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 !
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
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 soul...so 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.
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) !
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.
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
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
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.