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One Week Sample Itinerary of Greece

This is an example of a typical itinerary on our one week Greece trips. However, no two trips are ever exactly the same; one of the greatest things about being on a sailboat is the flexibility to change our minds and our route to suit personal preferences, prevailing wind conditions, etc. The start and finish points are fixed, of course - but all else is changeable according to the whims of the wind gods and those on board !

Day One
Your yacht will be awaiting you at 11am in Lakki, the main harbour on the west coast of Leros. We'll have drinks, boat chat and show you the ropes - time to settle in before we sail for our first destination.
Dependent on the winds - our first port of call is usually Lipsos - the island of the 42 blue-domed churches. It's a quiet, very untouristy island; the harbour is a typical, whitewashed little Greek town; a photographers' dream in the village! To cool off, there is a lovely little sandy beach, just over the hill from where we moor the boats, and a great hike along a little goat track to the point, with amazing views to the other islands. Sail time, approx 3-4hrs

Day Two
Given calm conditions, we may be able to stop for a late breakfast at Macronisi - a collection of stunning rocks and cliff faces, just outside the entrance to Lipsos harbour. The water is a bright turquoise, perfect for snorkelling; and for the brave, there is an underwater cave swim-through!
Duly refreshed, we'll set sail for Marathi. - If you could paint a picture of the perfect, idyllic island retreat, Marathi would be it - a tiny island with a sandy, horseshoe-shaped beach, and more beautiful water to swim and snorkel in. There are just two families living here; wonderfully friendly and hospitable people. The food is incredible too !! This place is a magical balm for the stressed-out city-living much so that it's often been hard to persuade people that, really, we should leave, there are other islands to visit ! Sail time, approx 3hrs.

Day Three
Sail to Patmos - a short hop of only a couple of hours. This is the famous monastery island - in fact is supposedly the second most important religious centre for Greek Orthodoxy in the world! This is where St John (as of Apostle fame) was inspired by visions to write the Book of Revelations; where the 10th century monastery (built by Crusader Knights) reigns over the island, still an active training centre for novice monks. The village that lies at the foot of the monastery is everyone's romantic image of what a Greek village should be like; incredibly narrow, winding alleyways, cats sunning themselves on whitewashed streets, old ladies in black collecting fresh bread from the bakery in the morning. Despite all the visitors they now get, these villagers have remained wonderfully friendly; particularly if you go up there in the early morning hours; the old ladies will look at you in faint amazement that a foreigner should find their way up there at such an hour; if you can remember enough of our Greek lessons to say "kalimera!" (good morning), they'll give you a huge smile and a "kalimera-sas" back (good morning to you too) !

Day Four
We'll spend most of the day in Patmos.... there's so much to do and see here, we could spend a week and still not be bored ! It's a great place to rent little 50cc scooters and explore; or mountain bikes for the more energetic; or join us for a hike to a really cool, sandy "clothing-optional" beach which even has surf at times! For those who love a little nightlife, the more modern port of Skala offers plenty of choices; tavernas, bars and chance to dance the night away for those so inclined !

Sail late afternoon for Arki - another relatively short hop. Arki is another of our real tiny, traditional islands... there is a total population of 37 here... not counting the goats ! Dinner at Manoli's - another of our very colourful island friends. Many an evening has been spent up at his cottage on the hill; dancing the night away under the stars (he and all his nephews & nieces are amazing dancers!); or maybe just sitting and sipping an ouzo, doing some quiet star-gazing.

Day Five
Sail to Agathonissi - a small, traditional island with just one fishing port, two tiny villages perched on top of the hillside - population of just 150 people. On arrival, we'll no doubt be greeted by our host Giorgos - a.k.a. Unofficial Harbour Master and Ouzo King of Agathonissi! A colourful evening at George's is usually on the menu; he loves to see our yachts sailing in - a great excuse for a party on an otherwise quiet and isolated island. Sail time: 3-4hrs

Day Six
Sail to our lunchtime picnic island of Archangelos... a lovely little sandy beach. Spend a few hours just hangin' out, swimming, hiking over the island... whatever takes your fancy for the afternoon ! The water here is a bright turquoise - the perfect spot to get that last "ahhhh!" shot of the boat(s) anchored off an idyllic little Greek island. Then late that afternoon, we'll be sailing on to Lakki. Farewell dinner at Vromolithos - a beautiful beachfront taverna with the most amazing views over the bay and live Greek music ! (and for those brave enough, perhaps a little dancing too...??)

Day Seven
Disembark 9am in Lakki (Leros).
Ongoing connection info: Flights to Athens depart approx 10.30am.. Hydrofoil connections to Samos and Kos depart between 9-10am. Ferry to Athens departs approx 9pm; takes 10hrs. Cabins are comfortable and booking one is highly recommended! The ferry dock is 5mins walk from our marina base; the airport is 10mins taxi ride.

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