MAINLAND GREECE CHARTER GUIDE
DISCOVER THE VIBRANT, LIVELY AND INTOXICATING WAY OF LIFE THAT THE GREEK PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PERFECTING FOR CENTURIES
Sitting at the crossroads of three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa, Greece has been a mecca of civilization for millennia. The scared land of Greece is drenched in sun and history dating back to 270,000 B.C. The Greeks boast a unique and effervescent culture and a warm hospitality that is all their own. Beautiful white-washed towns are the perfect backdrop for enjoying local seafood and drinking ouzo, a dry anise-flavored aperitif that Greeks say “makes the spirit.”
Home to the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the hilltop citadel and a myriad of other ancient treasures, Athens is the capital of Greece and the veritable birthplace of the country. Here the tales of Grecian heroes and epic battles against the prevailing gods were born. The city also is claimed to be the birthplace of Western civilization. As you walk the streets of antiquity, take in the history that abounds, enjoying and exploring every moment. Athens isn’t just old-world, however. The city has grown a more cosmopolitan section. Psiri district of Athens is becoming a trendy spot to visit. Dine at the little cafes that dot the streets and enjoy a night out on the town in Athens.
Just south of Athens you will find Poros, a small pair of islands in the Saronic Gulf. Easily accessible from the mainland, these islands are the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Despite its size, only 31 square kilometers, Poros is home to many beautiful beaches, impressive archeological sites — including the Sanctuary of Poseidon — and a beautiful little town. The laid-back atmosphere combined with lively tavernas make Poros a must-visit.
Peloponnese is a stunning region in south Greece and an incredible location to stop at during a Greek yacht charter. There you will find ancient relics and ruins amongst ancient Olympia, where the first Olympics were held in honor of Zeus.
Thessoloniki is widely renowned as the cultural capital of Greece. Situated in Macedonia, the city is heaving with history. Ancient Byzantine walls surround the city and protect its museums, galleries and cultural enclaves. There is an abundance of incredible restaurants also found in Thessoloniki. Featuring the most incredible Grecian-style fare, diners will be delighted by the options available. Just south of Thessoloniki is the Halkidiki region, which is famous for its incredible sweeping views and beautiful beaches. Spend your days lazing about the sand and enjoy lively nightclubs and bars in the evening.
- Explore the world’s first Olympic Stadium
- Visit the National Archaeological Museum, Athens
- Dine at the Acropolis Museum Restaurant
- Take in a movie at the charming open-air Thiseion Cinema
- Enjoy Greek fare and stunning views at the cafe atop Mount Lycabettus
Avoid going into Athens proper by boarding in Lavrion. Located on the coast just a 35-minute drive south of the Athens International Airport, getting to Lavrion is easy. Once embarked, it is just a quick hop from Lavrion to the first Greek Cycladic Island of Kea. If you have time before boarding in Lavrion, swing by nearby Cape Sounion to see the lovely ruins of the Temple of Apollo, perched high on a cliff above the ocean, a beautiful sight with white columns highlighted against the bright blue Grecian sky.
ATHENS TO HYDRA
Embark the yacht in Athens. After settling in, cruise to Hydra, a unique little island to the south. No vehicles, including cars, motorbikes and even bicycles, are allowed on the island. The best means of exploring include donkeys, water taxis, speed boats and walking. Interesting architecture, historical churches and beautiful rocky beaches abound. The island features exciting nightlife for those who want to dance ‘til dawn.
HYDRA TO LEONIDIO
Located on the southeastern coast of the Peloponnese is the town of Leonidio. This beautiful little spot lies a bit inland but is accessible via the Dafnona river. Tender in to visit the immense beauty found here.
LEONIDIO TO MONEMVASIA
Monemvasia is home to one of the most important and impressive castles in the Peloponnese. This Byzantine-period castle and down retain its traditional style, including stone homes, churches and fortifications. The town is connected to the coast via a single bridge and gate, which garnered the town’s name “Moni” means single and “Emvasis” means gate.
MONEMVASIA TO KITHIRA
Kithira is rumored to be one of the islands where Greek goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of love, arose from the ocean in her iconic clamshell. Upon arrival in Kithira, it would not surprise you that the goddess of love spent time here due to the romance and beauty of the island. The village of Milopotamos with a Venetian castle, caves and a waterfall, also is worth a visit. Beach lovers will enjoy soaking up the sun at Kalami Bay. Kithira’s capital Chora is located on the southside of the island. This charming parish sits above the island’s famed Kapsali beach.
KITHIRA TO SPETSES
The island Spetses boasts a beautiful dynamic of traditional and cosmopolitan culture. Cars are few and far between ashore; most choose to get around via horse-drawn carriage or bicycle. Visit the island’s impressive mansions, the square of Poseidon, the variety of museums and town hall, among other locations. The island is famous for almonds and pottery; both are great items to purchase while visiting.
SPETSES TO POROS
The sister islands of Poros offer a beautiful dichotomy; the large island has lush, green rolling hills while the smaller features rocky topography. The larger island’s main town features a variety of restaurants, shopping and bars and an iconic clocktower. The island’s lemon forest and Temple of Poseidon also are worth a visit.
POROS TO ATHENS
Greece’s capital of Athens truly is a magical place. Often regarded as the birthplace of Western culture, its traditions are steeped in antiquity. Archeological wonders and ruins can be found everywhere. After disembarking the yacht, spend the day exploring all that Athens has to offer.