Greece - The Cyclades

Departing out of our base in Lavrio and just a thirty-minute shuttle ride from the Athens airport, this region of Greece is a popular gateway to the Cyclades and the Agean Sea. The name Cyclades refers to the islands that surround the sacred island of Delos.

On your visit to this region of the Mediterranean, you'll find great sailing, snorkeling and sunbathing on beautiful beaches. Experience some of the most remarkable ancient temples and castles, enjoy the opportunity to take in historic sights and dine on fantastic Greek cuisine in the many quaint Greek Island communities. We provide you with a shuttle that will take you to Lavrio to begin your seven day sailing vacation with us!

Package Includes:
Athens hotel stay Friday evening
Athens city tour
Transfer from hotel to marina
7 Night sailing the Greek Isles, Saturday to Saturday
Air conditioned stateroom with private bathroom on a Lagoon 450
Experienced Captain and Chef
Onboard meals include 1 dinner, 6 lunches, 7 breakfasts, appetizers and snacks
Beer, wine, watermaker, and limited stock of liquor
Onboard sporting equipment
Cruising permits/fuel/fees/taxes

 

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"They delivered everything they promised and then some, from the Hotel selection prior to boarding, transfer to the port, the entire cruise experience and the final transfer to the hotel were timely, efficient and friendly. The Captain was very experienced and knowledgeable, he took the time to explain everything that was asked to him, from navigation to tips around the Greek islands, he even gave us sailing lessons! The lady chef was outstanding, every meal was perfect and delicious, she always explained what each dish was and asked us how would we like it, asked for suggestions and she was always very accommodating. The ship condition was second to none, the crew was very professional, and the weather was excellent. I am not exaggerating, this was by far our best sailing trip, it was better than the one we took over the BVI's 5 years ago. You can't beat the value.”

–Oscar N., Illinois, August 2019,

Kythnos:

The island of Kythnos lies south-east of Kea. Known as a rocky and barren island of karstic limestone, it is usually covered in an abundance of colorful flowers in the early months of the sailing season. The coast is indented with many beautiful anchorages and ports and for the most part falls steeply down to the sea. The area has more than 70 beaches, many of which are still inaccessible by road.

The beaches of Kythnos are mostly small and tend to stay very secluded, boasting crystal clear waters.The most impressive and well-known beach of the island is Kolona, close to Chora. It is a beautiful crescent-shaped beach characterized by the fact that it has the sea from both sizes. Sunbathers can relax here with the sea lapping at both sides of the beach.

Kythnos is not famous for its wild nightlife but rather is more of a quiet island with only a few bars and clubs by the sea.

Syros:

The hilly island of Syros lies half-way between Kythnos and Mykonos. Its central situation makes it the principal location of administration, commerce and fisheries in the Cyclades and a focal point of the shipping routes in the Central Aegean.

Agriculture makes a major con­tribution to the island's economy, supplemented in the last ten years by a rapidly developing tourist trade. Both Ermoupolis and Finikas serve as practical yacht charter bases in the middle of the Cyclades, just like the Paroikia port on Paros. The islands capital, Ermoupolis, named after Hermes the Greek god of trade, occupies the site of an ancient settlement of which no trace remains. It is the seat of the Prefect of the Cyclades, a Roman Catholic bishop and an Orthodox archbishop.

Mykonos:

Mykonos is a Greek island and a top tourist destination, renowned for its cosmopolitan character which attracts large numbers of tourists. The island is part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos.

There are 9,320 inhabitants (2001) most of whom live in the largest town, Mykonos, also known as Chora (i.e. the Town in Greek, a common denomination in Greece when the name of the island itself is the same as the name of the principal town). Mykonos is one of the most cosmopolitan islands in Greece, known for its diverse and intense nightlife and sandy beaches. The island has an international airport, and is a frequent destination for cruise ships.

Paros:

The central island of Paros, lying some 8 km west of Naxos, is occupied by a range of hills of gently rounded contours, rising to 764 m in Mount Profitis Ilias (rewarding climb, with guide; magnificent panoramic views).

Three bays cut deep inland - in the west the sheltered Paroikia Bay, with the island's capital that serves as the main sailing port. In the north the bay which shelters the little town of Naoussa, which in Roman times was the island's main port for the shipment of Lychnites marble. And in the east,  the flat Marmara bay. The island's considerable prosperity has depended since ancient times on agriculture ,favored by fertile soil and an abundance of water, and on the working on marble - which is still quarried on a small scale. In recent years the rapid development of the tourist trade has brought changes in the landscape, the island's economy and its social structure.

Serifos:

The island Serifos , north-west of Sifnos, is a bare and rocky island with its hills slashed by gorges. Its highest point is Mount Tourlos at 483 m.

The island's main sources of income are its modest agriculture and its open-cast iron mines, which have been worked since ancient times. The ore used to be shipped from Koutalas on the south coast, where there is now room to anchor (magnetic anomalies are reported due to the remaining ore!). In the season, Livadi is especially frequented by charter yachts. The Chora, towering above the sheltered harbour of Livadi, makes this one of the most stunning approaches in the Northern Cyclades.

Cape Sounion:

Cape Sounion is noted as the site of ruins from an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon - the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The ruins bear the deeply engraved name of English Romantic Poet Lord Byron (1788–1824).

According to legend, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, King of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff - thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. The story goes that Aegeus, anxiously looking out from Sounion, despaired when he saw a black sail on his son Theseus 's ship returning from Crete. This led him to believe that his son had been killed in his contest with the dreaded Minotaur, a monster that was half man and half bull. The Minotaur was confined by its owner, King Minos of Crete, in a specially designed labyrinth. Every year, the Athenians were forced to send 7 boys and 7 girls to Minos as tribute. These youths were placed in the labyrinth to be devoured by the Minotaur.

Theseus had volunteered to go with the third tribute and attempt to slay the beast. He had agreed with his father that if he survived the contest, he would hoist a white sail. Sadly, Theseus had overcome and slain the Minotaur but tragically had simply forgotten about the white sail.

International flights should be booked into Athens International Airport Greece which offer service by British Airways, American, Delta and Olympic. The airport is located 1 hour from downtown Athens. On the day of your charter, your transfer to the marina will be at 14:30. Please be ready at the reception 10 minutes prior to your departure. Payments for additional services/extra accommodation/transfers etc. can be paid at the base in Lavrio by credit card or cash. The current time in Athens, Greece is:

 

Transfers
Upon your arrival in Greece, you have one transfer included (from the hotel to the marina at the start of your trip). If you require additional transfers (airport to hotel), it must be prebooked at an extra cost. We require the following information: time of arrival, flight number, names and number of passengers.

Rates

Prebooked Taxi Up to 4 passengers is approximately 70 euros. A mini bus for up to 12 passengers is approximately 150 euros. The advantage of prebooking your transportation is that there is no waiting time at queues, in addition to our friendly meet and greet service. Alternatively you can take a taxi from a taxi stand with an approximate cost to downtown Athens of 40 euros.


Bus
Located outside customs Exit 4 or 5(see below link for more information), guests can take a bus from the airport (X96 to Piraeus). The cost is approximately 6 euros per person which drops you off near the Coral Hotel. Bus stop is called “Floisvos” or X95 to Athens downtown.

Hotel
Upon your arrival Friday, the first night hotel stay is included in the package. Additional nights may be booked. Please notify us if you would like to check availability and rates for additional nights. As of June 16, 2021, current rates are 130 euros per night for a double room and 160 euros per night for a sea view room. Coral Hotel Address: 35 Posidonos Ave. Floisvos Palaio Faliro 17561 tel: 210-9816441. The Coral Hotel is located in the southern suburbs of Athens along the coast (Palaio Faliro), approximately 4 miles from the Acropolis.

Acropolis/Downtown Athens - map

Acropolis by bus or tram
Each ticket cost 1.40 euro per person and is valid for 1 ½ hour for all transport means. It takes about 30 minutes by public transport.

Acropolis by taxi
If you choose to take a taxi to Acropolis or downtown Athens the cost is approximately 12 euros and takes approximately10 minutes from the Coral Hotel. The maximum amount of passengers per taxi is four. If you have a party of four or more, passengers can be prebooked for larger accommodations. Please let us know if you will need larger accommodations and our base team can arrange that for you in advance

City Tour of Athens is included
Upon your arrival at the hotel th hop on-hop off vouchers will be at reception.

What Airport do we fly into?

Athens International Airport (ATH).

Where do we board the Yacht?

Athens Marina, Lavrio. Transfer from the hotel to the marina at the start of your trip is included in your package.

Is there internet and cell phone service available?

Most of the islands you will be visiting have internet cafes. A few ports have WiFi access for free. You can also purchase an aircard at the base to allow you to have unlimited anytime internet access. The fee for this is 75 euro per week.

Cell phone coverage is available everywhere throughout the week. The base can also offer a local cell number for 25 euros per week, plus usage through cards that can be purchased at local kiosks.

Who can we call if there are any issues while traveling to the yacht?

In case of any issues or emergencies, you can contact our Base manager Alex Mazarakis at +306977977578 .

Will our plugs on our electronics work in the outlets or do we need a European adapter?

The vessels in Greece do have European outlets. If you will be bringing electronics that need to be plugged in, be certain to bring along an adapter - US to European.

What time to do we board the yacht?

Boarding time is at 5pm on Saturday at Athens Marina, Lavrio and check out time is 9am on the following Saturday.

What is the currency used in Greece?

Greece uses the Euro. Credit cards are taken everywhere and ATM machines are widely available. Travelers to Greece who plan to use their ATM or credit cards should call their carrier before traveling to make sure their card is set up to be used overseas.

What is the main language? Is English enough?

Greek is the predominant language, but English is typically spoken everywhere.

How should we pack?

Ashore, you will need good shoes and casual, cool clothing. The streets are often cobblestone and the ancient archaeological sites often have uneven stony ground. A broad-brimmed hat, sunscreen, and good sunglasses are essential.

What’s the climate like?

Average temperatures April through October are 76-82 degrees. Water temperatures during those months average around 75 - 80 degrees.

Since many of the Greek Isles are almost treeless, (except for olive trees) there is not much shade. All of the archeological sites have little or no shade. You might need a sweater in the late autumn or early spring. There is almost no rain on the islands from May through September, and even October and November can be relatively dry.

7 NIGHT ALL-INCLUSIVE, BY-THE-STATEROOM PACKAGES

8 Passenger Lagoon 450: $5,595/couple
Rates are all-inclusive of the following: a Captain and Chef, 1 dinner, 6 lunches, 7 breakfasts, appetizers, snacks, beer, wine and limited liquor, snorkel gear, stand up paddle board, transfer to the yacht from the hotel at the beginning of your trip, a one-night hotel stay the Friday before boarding, Athens city tour passes, cruising permits and taxes.

Season:

May - September 2022

*Dates indicate check-in date for 7-night trip

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Our Guaranteed Departure Policy:

When you purchase any of our all-inclusive packages, your catamaran will depart on the confirmed charter date for the confirmed price.

Book By the Stateroom Yacht Assignment:

Every yacht within the Festiva Sailing Vacations' fleet is identical in terms of cabin layout and design. To create the best make-up when purchasing stateroom packages, we do not assign guests to a specific yacht until we receive each guest's preference form. This allows us to mix those couples with similar interests when possible.

Book By the Stateroom Provisioning Details:

The menu offered is a delicious variety of cuisine, planned in advanced to accommodate our guests throughout the course of the week. Some snacks and fruit will be provided in addition to the set meals. Our chefs can cater to any food allergies or special dietary requirements. We ask that guests please indicate this information on their preference forms.

Book By the Stateroom Occupancy Details:

In Greece, occupancy aboard our catamarans is limited to 8 guests. If a party exceeds eight in total, two or more yachts can sail in tandem. Special flotilla discounts may be available for reservations of more than one yacht.

Payment Details:

A 50% deposit is required for Greece bookings. The balance of the charter amount is due 60 days prior to departure. A 100% deposit is required for reservations made inside 90 days.

What's Not Included in Package Price:

Six dinners ashore on Greek charters. Local cruising permits and park fees (if any), gratuities for crew, special requested liquors.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

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Cruising Day 1 - Lavrio - Kythnos

Cruising Day 2 - Kythnos - Syros

Cruising Day 3 - Syros - Mykonos (Delos), weather permitting

Cruising Day 4 - Mykonos - Paros

Cruising Day 5 - Paros - Serifos

Cruising Day 6 - Serifos - Kythnos

Cruising Day 7 - Kythnos - Sounion - Lavrio