Departs: Alternate Saturdays April/May – October. All journeys sail aboard The Elysium.
2023 dates: May 6, 13 27; June 3, 17, 24; July8, 15, 29; August 5, 19, 26; September 2, 9, 16, 23; October 7, 21
DAY 1: Lavrion – Cape Sounion
Embarkation at Lavrion port between 14:00-15:00. Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink during your smooth check-in. We set sail for the nearby Cape Sounion, home to the “Temple of Poseidon” for your first dip in the Aegean waters. Perched at the edge of the cliff, the ancient sanctuary is one of the most important monuments of the golden age of Athens. Dinner onboard. Overnight at anchor.
DAY 2: Delos-Mykonos
Morning arrival in the island of Delos, the mythical birthplace of god Apollo and his twin sister Artemis, a Unesco World Heritage Site of unique energy. Optional tour of the archaological site. Mid-day sailing to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos, where we drop anchor at one of its beautiful southern beaches. Lunch on board. In the evening, enjoy a sunset drink at Little Venice, photograph the iconic windmills or simply explore the swirling pathways of the white-washed chora with the many elegant boutiques, cafes, restaurants and clubs. Optional excursions include visits to Paleokastro Monastery, the Maritime Museum or the Agricultural Museum. Overnight in Mykonos to enjoy its famous nightlife.
DAY 3: Naxos
Wake up at a beautiful cove in Naxos for a swim-stop before we sail towards the main port. Lunch onboard. Afternoon arrival for a leisurely exploration of Naxos town and its famous “Portara”or join an optional excursion to the Olive Press Museum, a local liquor distillery and the traditional village of Apeiranthos. Overnight at port.
DAY 4: Schoinoussa-Koufonissi
Morning sailing to Schinoussa island for a relaxing day swimming, kayaking and enjoying lunch onboard. In the afternoon, we sail to tranquil Ano Koufonisi for a guided walking/photography tour with refreshing dips along the way. “Koufonisia”, meaning hollow islands, were given their name by pirates, as the huge caves convinced them the islands were in fact hollow. Overnight at port.
DAY 5: Ios-Santorini
Sail to Ios island and enjoy a morning swim stop at Magganari Beach, one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Greece. Lunch onboard. Early afternoon arrival in Santorini for an excursion to Akrotiri pre-hestoric excavation site and mesmerizing Oia village. Find your perfect dinner spot and experience the world famous Santorini sunset before returning aboard for our overnight sail to Milos island.
DAY 6: Milos-Kimolos
Morning arrival in the volcanic island of Milos, consistently voted best island in the world. Visit the Geological Mining Museum and the iconic Sarakiniko beach with it milky blue waters and spectacular white rock lunar landscape. In the afternoon we set sail to Kimolos island, a true hidden gem. Dinner on board. Evening at leisure to explore the fairy-tale like chora of Kimolos. Overnight at port.
DAY 7: Serifos – Kythnos
Mid-morning arrival in Serifos, a lesser-known island of distinct Cycladic flair, dotted with windmills, white-washed chapels, pristine beaches and many sites of cultural interest. Optional excursion to discover the island. Afternoon sailing to Kythnos for a swim stop at Kolona Bay beach, famous for its crystal-clear waters and golden sand. As the sun sets, it’s time for our farewell cocktail & dinner. Late night we set sail for our return to Athens.
DAY 8: Lavrion
Disembarkation at Lavrion port after breakfast, before 10:00.
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