Peloponnese and Saronic Gulf
Peloponnese and Saronic Gulf
8 day itinerary
Greece's stunning south coast and its islands combine breathtaking natural sights with ancient culture and life lived in simplicity. Drawing yachts and their owners for centuries, this is a world of sun-baked temples, glorious beaches and welcoming tavernas set over stunning bays.
WELCOME TO GREECE
Join your charter yacht in Athens. Enjoy cocktails and lunch onboard as you cruise to the island of Poros. Be ready for an Instagram moment as you arrive in pretty Poros Town, overlooked by its clocktower. Cool off with a swim from the yacht or try out the water toys. Head to the beach at Russian Bay and relax on soft golden sand. As the sun dips below the horizon, head for Kanali Beach restaurant or Primasera on the waterfront for wonderful fresh seafood.
Named the ‘Fragrant Isle’ by the Venetians because of its wild herbs and pine-covered hills, Spetses is the island chosen by many Athenians for their second homes and holiday villas. Anchor off Zogeria Bay and discover pretty coves and beaches on the yacht's kayaks or paddleboards. On land, take a walk through the scented pine forests. As the sun goes down, choose between the sophisticated Poseidonion Hotel for gourmet dining or a traditional taverna, then continue your night at the popular Club Stavento in the pretty fishing harbour.
The first capital of Greece, Nafplion has a sense of grandeur with neoclassical houses and stylish boutiques. Climb to the imposing Venetian-built Palamidi fortress above the town, or take the lift to Akronafplia, the oldest castle in Nafplion. Visit nearby Mycenae, home to the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon and the richest palatial centre in ancient Greece. Head to nearby Kitheros Bay for a lazy day on the beach. Stroll through the quaint streets behind the port, then move on to hip 3SIXTY for cocktails, dinner and dancing.
This cosmopolitan spot is another favourite with the discerning holiday traveller. Your crew can book a pampering session at the Spa at Nikki Beach or a place at the Beach Club at Amanzoe. Alternatively, discover the island's numerous islets and secluded coves and enjoy the tranquillity, or wander through the town browsing the various boutiques. Watch the sunset from the sundeck over cocktails. Enjoy another gourmet meal onboard or try the Salt and Pepper restaurant on the harbour for delicious authentic Greek food.
Hydra is a delightful car-free island. Start your day on the beach at Plakes Vylhou, where you can go bareback swimming on sea-loving horses. Hike up Mount Eros to the monastery of Prophet Ilias or ride a donkey up instead. Explore the cobbled streets of Hydra Town to discover the several ‘house-museums’ and the works of many inspired artists who have made Hydra their home. After cocktails onboard, head to the stylish Techné restaurant for dinner. Continue your evening at the lively Amalour bar, a Hydra institution.
TRANQUILLITY IN NATURE
Agistri (translated as 'the fishing hook') is a nature lover’s dream. Explore the coves and beaches around the coast. Head to Mariza to jump off rocks into the bluest waters imaginable, or go snorkelling at Aponisos. Ride a horse along the beaches and pine forest paths or cycle round the tiny island. See the beautiful wall paintings in Zoodochos Pigi cathedral in Megalohori and watch the sunset from Dragonera beach before dinner onboard your yacht under the stars.
Cruise across to the island of Aegina, and venture beyond its bustling port to experience the remains of the 5th century BC Doric Temple dedicated to the goddess Aphaia. Wander the quaint fishing village of Perdika. Step back in time at the Folklore Museum or admire the work of sculptor Christos Karpalos in Livadi. Go snorkelling at Klima beach. Enjoy creative Greek cuisine at courtyard restaurant Kappos Etsi, by the port. Spend the night at anchor reflecting on your Greek island odyssey.
THE END OF THE ODYSSEY
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as the yacht cruises back to Piraeus Port, Athens, for disembarkation and your onward flight. If flight times allow, head into Athens for your last taste of Greece.