The most picturesque islands of the Cycladic archipelago in one route: Paros, Serifos, Mykonos, Syros and Kythnos.
Day 1: Lavrio - Kythnos (26 NM)
Marina Lavrion will be the first stop on this route. First, prepare the yacht for the cruise, familiarize yourself with the equipment, and discuss important details with the manager. After everything is accomplished, you’ll have time left to take a walk and explore Lavrion.
Day 2: Kithnos - Serifos (24 NM)
According to ancient myths, Serifos is the place where Perseus grew up and Polyphemus, the Cyclops blinded by Odysseus, lived – whether at the same time or not, we aren’t sure. Compared to the closest neighbouring islands, tourism on Serifos is less developed. However, the island still has the spirit of authentic Greece and its traditional character. The island is well suited for family vacations, romantic weekends, leisurely dips in the turquoise waters of the Aegean, and long walks. It’s for this reason that Serifos is sometimes called an island of contrasts. The island’s administrative center, Hora, is situated at an elevation, so it offers a fantastic view of all of Serifos. Hora is worth a stop if only for the archaeological museum and church of Agios-Konstantinos. The island’s main port is the village of Livadi. It’s often confused with Megalo Livadi, a resort in the south of the island. Both feature the island’s best beaches: Avlomonas, Kutalas, Megalo Hore and Megalo Livadi.
Day 3: Serifos - Paros (31 NM)
Parikia is situated on the western side of Paros. It’s a classical city in the Cyclades, dotted with snow-white houses, blue shutters, and flat roofs. Parikia’s most famous attraction is the Byzantine church, Panagia Ekatontapiliani. It’s associated with a number of well-known legends, one of which asserts that as soon as the hundredth door in the building is found, the “sky will fall to earth.” For those who prefer modern amusements to contemplating ancient lore, Parikia also has lots of bars, restaurants, and clubs. It even has some pretty nice beaches close to the city like Delphini, Parasporos, and Aiya-Irini. Naousa is the second-largest port on Paros. In the winter, it’s home to just over a thousand people, but in the summer, it’s flooded with tourists. The reason for the island’s popularity is its authentic Greek flavour in both architecture and gastronomy. As a port city, Naousa hosts an annual Seafood-and-Wine Festival that runs from the beginning of July to the end of August. The local beaches, Piperi, Ayii Anagyri, Hriya, and Kolymbithres are of no less importance to tourists. Notably, Kolymbithres is particularly famed for its oddly-shaped cliffs right at the water’s edg and.Hriya is popular among surfers.
Day 4: Paros - Mykonos (27 NM)
The epithets “elegant,” “expensive”, and “fashionable” were worth thinking up if only for the purpose of describing the resorts of Mykonos. This island in the Cyclades is just as popular among affluent, beach-loving celebrities as the Alps and Aspen are among skiers. Politicians, musicians, and international movie stars flock to Mikonos every year to sail on yachts, learn windsurfing, or just stroll and tan. The island owes its name to one of Apollos’s sons, and its history to the centuries-long influence of passing Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. Mikonos got its modern look after the First World War, when Europe’s creative intelligentsia started frequenting the island. Movers and shakers followed the painters and artists and began to build up the island with fabulous hotels, villas, restaurants, and shops. Mykonos is distinct from its archipelago neighbours because of its milder climate, rocky hills, and wide-open bays. The main beaches – Ornos, Agios-Yannis, Platis Yalos, Psaru, Paranga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Agrari, and Elia – and resorts are concentrated on the southern coast. Mikonos’ capital is charming all by itself with fishing boats alongside massive yachts in the harbour, white houses with blue balconies in “Little Venice,” the maze of narrow streets in the Castro district, and the most postcard-worthy view of the whole island – the five windmills on Hora hill.
Day 5: Mykonos - Syros (18 NM)
Ermoupoli, the main urban center on the island of Syros, is a highly atypical city for Greece. It was founded relatively recently, in the 1820s, during the Greek War of Independence. It has no ancient structures or buildings, but its downtown has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a prime example of neoclassical style. The island of Syros is smaller than the other islands in the Cyclades, although Ermoupoli is officially its administrative center. In terms of tourist popularity, Syros also trails neighbouring Mykonos and Santorini, but many view this as one of its advantages. In Ermoupoli, it’s worth stopping by the museums (archaeological, Byzantine, and art). The Apollo theater – an exact copy of Milan’s La Scala is also a must-see. The local churches and cathedrals, most of which are catholic, stand for your enjoyment as well. For fantastic beaches, head for the villages of Agios Dimitrios, Thenikas, Posidonia, Galissas, and Klin. Some of them even have their own small mooring berths for yachts.
Day 6: Syros - Kythnos (38 NM)
Kythnos is probably the most unassuming island in the Cyclades. Myths and legends make no mention of it and its history features the same chapters as its neighbours. This might be surprising since Kythnos is one of the most ancient inhabited islands in the archipelago. Local towns aren’t bursting with attractions and architectural landmarks, so the island isn’t experiencing a boom in popularity. But that’s just fine with the Greeks who are busy buying up villas here to vacation in peace and tranquility. If you decide to go to Kythnos, you’ll be met by the port city of Merikhas. Compared to the island’s other towns, it can more or less be considered a tourist city. Its environs feature the island’s best beaches – Martinakia and Episkopi. You can take a look at Hora, but it’s best to head straight for the village of Driopis, built around one of the biggest caves in Greece.
Day 7: Kythnos - Lavrio (26 NM)
Lavrion will be the final destination of the cruise. Much like Day 1, your final day will be devoted to matters of handing over the yacht. You should take time in advance to clean everything on board and ensure the equipment is in working order. The smoother the transfer, the more time you’ll have for a walk in the city.