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Day 7: Cape Sounion - Athens

7 day route from Santorini to the Cycladic Islands

Sailing to Athens will be the last stage of the cruise. Here you’ll have to address all formalities in the port and return the yacht to the manager. After that, you may explore the city and take pictures with the city’s main sights as a background to remember the trip.

Athens

Athens is consistently ranked as one of the top must-see cities of the world. Capital of Greece, birthplace of democracy, open-air museum, cradle of ancient culture – the city has no shortage of titles and admiring epithets. Thousands of years of history have made their mark on the architectural look of the city, making it a place of truly unique beauty.

While all of Athens’ districts are inviting, visitors head straight for the Acropolis to see with their own eyes the Parthenon, the Erechtheion with its famous Caryatid sculptures, the temple of Athena Nike, and the Theater of Dionysus. An exhaustive exposition is offered by the city’s many museums: the National Archeological, the Byzantine, the Theatrical, the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, the Cycladic Art, and others. The second-most popular tourist draw is the colourful district of Plaka. Its ancient buildings have been transformed into souvenir stalls, cafes, bars and restaurants. Getting lost in the maze of Plaka’s streets is easy to do, so it’s best to regain your bearings by looking at the Wind Tower, and to stop by the ruins of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Gate.

Arriving in Athens, yachtsmen can’t help but visit Piraeus – the third-largest city in Greece and the country’s biggest port. Although the locals don’t consider themselves Athenians, Piraeus is actually part of the capital, since it’s impossible to precisely delineate the boundary separating the two cities. Here, the bustle of harbour life blends seamlessly with official museums, archaeological landmarks, and even international film festivals.

Recommended boats for this region

Beneteau, 2010
Oceanis 50
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Dinghy
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 22/05 to 29/05
3 800 2 660
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2018
Sun Odyssey 479
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
GPS plotter
GPS plotter in cockpit
Hot water
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
Swimming ladder
Teak
From 22/05 to 29/05
3 944
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2011
Bavaria 45 Cruiser
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Microwave
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
From 22/05 to 29/05
3 416 2 904
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2010
Jeanneau 53 (5 cabs)
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
Electric winches
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Hot water
Hydraulic gangway
Inverter
Microwave
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Teak
TV
From 22/05 to 29/05
4 590 3 532
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2008
Bavaria 46 Cruiser
Booked 1 time recently
Lavrion Main Port, Lavrio
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 22/05 to 29/05
2 850 2 565
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Dufour Yachts, 2018
Dufour 382 Grand Large
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Self-tacking jib
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
Swimming ladder
Teak
From 22/05 to 29/05
2 471 2 100
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat