The “Cyclades” is perhaps the most famous island group in Greece! Its name refers to the islands forming a circle around the island of Delos. The group consists of more than 200 islands and islets of which 30 are inhabited. This is a once in a lifetime journey to the tranquil and remote West Cyclades, where you will experience the unique natural environment and the warm ‘filoxenia’ of the islanders.
Athens is a fascinating city, a vibrant metropolis that is both historical and modern. Hike up to the Acropolis and visit the Pnyx, one of the most important sites in the creation of democracy. Wander through the ancient Agora, the Hephaestus temple, the churches of Plaka and the open markets of Monastiraki and Thisseio. Visit the spectacular new Acropolis museum and venture off to the suburbs to feel the city like a true Athenian. Enjoy the Athens riviera with its chic cafes, boutiques and nightlife, stretching for over 20km from Piraeus to Vouliagmeni.
We aim to embark by 5pm and set sail to Sounio, 3.5 hours away. The “Kolones” bay is a great spot to swim during the day and stay overnight and to admire the Ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, sitting atop the cape. The two tavernas ashore offer fresh fish food and amazing setting with captivating views of the temple.
Kythnos is a 3-4 hour sail from Sounio and is among the least touristic islands in the Cyclades. Today’s destination is Loutra bay, a picturesque harbour on the north east. Its name means “baths” and is associated with the thermal springs of the area. The main village is a 10’ bus ride from Loutra. With its narrow streets, white houses and churches, it is the best introduction to the typical Cycladic architecture. You will find an excellent choice of tavernas for dining. Try the delicious local sausages, kopanisti, sfouggato and kokkinisto meat, accompanied by the local ‘thermiotiko’ wine.
Today’s destination is the small marina of Platis Gialos. On your way you will stop for a swim and a bite at Chrisopigi, our favourite beach on the island. Visit Sifnos’ main town, Apollonia, with its typical Cycladic architecture and cosy rooftop terraces. Try the local delicacies at one of our recommended tavernas and enjoy some amazing cocktails at the nearby rooftop bars. If time permits head to the clifftop village of Kastro (Castle), the island’s ancient capital, overlooking the east coast.
Kimolos is a little wonder island. It takes no more than 1.5 hours to get there from Platys Gyalos. Or take the longer (3 hour) route to swim at the crystal azure waters of the uninhabited Polyaigos. Kimolos is untouched by tourism. The main village is located 15’ walk from Psathi harbour and is the highlight of the island. Picturesque flower-decorated corners, beautiful churches, children playing until past midnight, people socializing in the outdoors, genuinely friendly locals, all combine for an unparalleled, movie-like setting.
The next day, there are several trekking routes available. Most lead to pristine beaches such as Gerakias and Pelekiti caves, Soufi. Alternatively, sail directly to Prasa beach, on the way to Serifos. If you are into scuba diving head to the Ellinika beach to explore the visible remains of the submerged ancient town.
The main harbour of Serifos is a 4-hour sail from Kimolos. The island maintains a low profile due to the lack of mass tourism. Most beaches are pristine and many of them can only be accessed by private boat. Upon arrival, climb all the way up to the top of the Venetian castle to admire the breath-taking scenery of the surrounding area.
Stay around for sunset and the views will be highly rewarding. Stop for an aperitif at the scenic main square, with its cute cafes and colourful flowered balconies. Then head back to the ‘cosmopolitan’ Livadi, where the crowds have already begun to fill up the streets and restaurants.
The destination this time is the west coast of Kythnos and the small fishing harbour of Merichas. On the way, you will enjoy swimming in the marvellous Fykiada sandbar. Staying here overnight is a superb idea and the small family taverna nearby is an excellent dining option. Head to the harbour if you are looking for a livelier atmosphere for the evening. Fresh fish food is always on display at the restaurants of Merichas. Visit the harbour’s fish market the next morning and buy fresh fish directly from the local fishermen.
Today is the return to Alimos marina. The trip lasts about 7 hours, not including a refreshing stop midway for a swim and a bite at your already familiar Cape Sounio. You should arrive in Alimos no later than 8 pm. This will give you plenty of time to relax at the marina or venture off to the city once more.
Time to say goodbye. Until next time, of course! Check-out is by 9am on the Saturday; if needed this can be done on Friday evening, according to your plans. There are several taxis available at the marina and the airport is an easy 40’ away.
Cape Sounio is a 3.5-hour sail from Alimos marina and it is the southernmost point of the Attica region
✔ Professional Skipper with excellent local knowledge
✔ Yacht Insurance
✔ All port fees & taxes
✔ Towels and linen & end cleaning
✔ Dinghy with motor
✔ Snorkelling Equipment
● Food & Drinks (€30-50 /person /day)
● Stand Up Paddle (€80/week)
● Car / Scooter / Bicycle Hire (€20-50/day)
● Entry to museums & archaeological sites
☺ Tour the temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio
☺ Scuba Dive in the submerged ancient town of Kimolos
☺ Hike to the sunset viewpoint of Serifos’ old town
☺ Meet the ceramicists of Sifnos and discover the island’s rich pottery tradition
Flexible on Dates? More than 10 people traveling? Have special requests? Get in Touch and we will be happy to add more destinations or create a custom experience for you!