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April 5, 2020

Island Hopping in Greece: A 7 Day Itinerary

It is no surprise that Greece has historically been one of the top sailing destinations for sailors worldwide. With a combination of its rich history, beautiful coastline and unforgettable cuisine, it is what holiday dreams are made of.

When sailing, you’ll discover that there are an endless amount of itineraries available to you. You’ll have different port of departures, different regions and island chains and different routes depending on the time of the year and your boat. To make it simple, we created an itinerary to cover several islands on a typical 7-day yacht charter ​in Greece​. Don’t worry, you do not need to have prior knowledge (or any knowledge) of sailing to enjoy island hopping in the Cyclades.

Day 1: Arrive in Mykonos

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When arriving in Mykonos, the first day will be saved for exploring on land. Typical charters don’t have check-in until the evening and don’t depart until the morning so you’ll have plenty of time to explore. One of the biggest attractions is the amount of beaches on the island, 25 to be exact. Each one is suited for different purposes as some will be calm and some will be more for the partygoers. After taking in some sun, the local dining scene is a must in Mykonos. Explore the different culinary offerings and end the perfect day with a signature Greek sunset.

Day 2: Mykonos to Naxos

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After your early departure from the marina in Mykonos, start sailing south and start your adventure. Your first point of interest will be the historical island of Delos. This island holds some of the most important history and artifacts of all Greece. Birthplace of Apollo, you will be instantly emerged in an unbelievable setting only known to the island in the center of the Cyclades.

Continue your journey to Naxos which is only 23 nautical miles from Mykonos. The island is increasing in popularity as more and more tourists are discovering the beauty and charm of Naxos. The island has picturesque hilltop villages and numerous pristine beaches. After taking a quick swim, head into the village and try some of the local cuisine and local delicacies.

Day 3: Naxos to Paros

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On the third day, we recommend leaving Naxos and heading to Paros, which is only a short distance away from Naxos. Paros will show you how to mix completely modern elements while keeping its traditional touch. The architecture of the island is traditional of the Cyclades that holds a bustling, vivid nightlife. One of the main attractions of Paros is its beaches. Like most of the islands, you’ll find beaches that are better for partygoers and

some that lend themselves to those wanting to layout and take in some sun. Whichever beach you choose, you’ll have the option to partake in water activities that are a big draw in Paros.

After visiting the island a bit, you’ll head north to the beautiful port of Naoussa. It is a smaller port so you will need a bit of planning, but it will be more than worth it when you arrive. When travelling through the different Greek towns, you’ll soon realise that it is hard to find a town that has held onto its authentic culture for that long. Paired with the perfectly clear blue water and its signature architecture will easily make it a highlight of your trip.

Day 4. Paros to Serifos

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When departing from Paros, you’ll head west to the beautiful island of Serifos. This will surely be the longest trip you’ll make on your 7-day journey so be prepared. Like much of the islands you’ll see, the Cycladic architecture will be very present with whitewashed houses and incredible churches.

This is one of the biggest appeals of the island is that it has remained unchanged over time. The combination of the different landscapes is surely something unique for the island. The rugged countrysides are a sight to see and you will marvel at them and at the sight of the view changing with the light.

Day 5: Serifos to Kythnos

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Depart from Serifos and head north towards Kythnos. Kythnos is known for its magnificent beaches, numerous white churches and thermal springs in the north. You can also anchor on the west coast in the Sand Bar Bay where you’ll find perfect shelter. Since the voyage is relatively short, you should take advantage of exploring the area. Here, you can find a taverna close to the beach and take in the views. You’ll also have the option of going to Merikhas where you’ll have a busier setting where you’ll find several restaurants and cafes in close proximity.

Day 6: Kythnos to Syros

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Syros is another Greek island full of history dating back over 5,000 years. The island has seen a lot of change and has now become one of the most popular in the Cyclades. From the hills, you can see other Cyclade islands that make for an incredible view.

When arriving in Syros, you can birth at one of its two main ports. These will both give you access to beautiful neighborhoods and shops. On your last day, we suggest taking in one last taste of the local delicacies and enjoy a last Greek sunset.

Day 7: Syros to Mykonos

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On your last day back to Mykonos, you will head back directly to the port where you departed. At this point, you’ll have the chance for one last swim before meeting with the base manager. Since you will have to check in during the early afternoon, why not take a taxi to the city to the old town and take in the last beautiful sights of Greece.

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