8 Day Cyclades Crewed Yacht Itinerary

8 Day Cyclades Crewed Motor Yacht Itinerary - Discover Kynthos, Mykonos, Paros, Koufonisia and Ios on your Greece Yacht Charter

Overview | Day 1: Athens to Kynthos | Day 2: Kythnos to Mykonos | Day 3: Mykonos to Paros | Day 4: Paros to Koufonisia | Day 5: Koufonisia to Ios | Day 6: Ios to Sifnos | Day 7: Sifnos to Kea| Day 8: Kea to Athens

The Cyclades are the picture-perfect cluster of Greek islands where ancient villages tumble down into beautiful bays. Reminiscent of the iconic settings shot in the film Mamma Mia! these islands feature rugged terrain, powder-white sand beaches and a myriad of activities on offer that are suitable for all. According to Greek mythology, Poseidon - God of the Sea - transformed the Cyclades into the individually unique islands that we recognise today. With sparkling turquoise waters, sweeping sunset views and superb food, these locations have so much to offer to fulfil your Greek Island dream on your luxury yacht charter holiday.

Day 1: Athens to Kythnos

Greece, Athens, Mykonos, yacht, sunset, sailing

Embark on your yacht charter in the beautiful and ancient city of Athens. As your captain takes you southeast through crystal clear waters towards the rugged and mountainous island of Kythnos, you can start to get to know the crew onboard that will be with you to cater to your every need. The most traditional villages on Kythnos island are Chora and Driopida with stone houses and cobbled streets winding their way from mountains, while Loutra and Merihas have many tourist attractions. Whether you prefer the thrill of the watersports on board or spend the afternoon on the secluded white-sand beach called Kolona, the choice is yours! Head back to your yacht in time for dinner on board, prepared by your crew.

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Day 2: Kythnos to Mykonos

Greece, sailing, sea, boat, water

After breakfast on board, spend the morning swimming in the turquoise waters that lap the shores of Rineia Island. Later on, cruise to Mykonos, once known as the ‘Island of the Winds’ where you will find charming places to visit such as Little Venice. Your captain will bring you to Kalafatis Bay, a stunning bay that stretches out on either side of a narrow, rugged headland. This is the perfect place for trying out the water toys on board before cruising to Psarou Beach. This is where you’ll find the trendiest beach restaurant in Mykonos, Nammos. Known for its bustling dinner scene and casual approach to Greek cuisine in an open-air setting, an evening at Nammos is bound to be one to remember during your yacht charter! The contemporary beachside lair of Scorpios Mykonos offers a relaxed vibe with an open-air restaurant and bar for a sundowner beside the sea. End the night in style at Mykonos’ Mediterranean Mecca Cavo Paradiso, the number 1 club in Greece. You might even be able to catch the sunrise if you stay out until the early hours of the morning! See our Mykonos Beach Club Guide for more inspiration on where to go on this party island! 

Day 3: Mykonos to Paros

On your third day, your captain will take you to Naoussa, one of the few distinctive islands to retain its authenticity, character and charm among the archipelago. In a huge bay in northern Paros, there is the opportunity to explore the underwater life for an hour or two deep-sea diving or if you prefer to stay on land, try horse riding! Explore the rocky terrain before spending the evening wandering around the streets of Paros for some shopping and fresh octopus in the famous Greek taverna Tsahpinis. 

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Day 4: Paros to Koufonisia 

Greece, flag, Mykonos, Paros, Athens sailing
Koufonisia is made up of three islands, the main island of Pano Koufonisi, Kato Koufonisi and the off-limits island of Keros. The main island Pano is home to the town or 'chora', featuring whitewashed buildings and winding streets. The main attraction of Koufonisia are the outstanding beaches - those on the island often have to hike to reach the rocky inlets and beaches, but by boat, they are very accessible and usually unoccupied by anyone, perfect for sunbathing in seclusion! The bright blue waters are perfect for swimming, or you could have a go using the water toys further out at sea! Spend the night exploring the old town, sampling some freshly caught seafood for your dinner before heading back to your yacht.
 

Day 5: Koufonisia to Ios

cocktails, Ios, Greece, drinks, fruit

After breakfast on board, cruise to the picturesque island of Ios. Renowned for its lively atmosphere and buzzing nightlife, Ios is a hub of activity with markets and the famed village of Chora to explore. With some of the most breath-taking beaches leading out to the Aegean Sea, dive into warm waters and soak up the sun before enjoying cocktails at one of the many beachside bars on the island. If you aren’t tempted by the party scene, why not visit the imposing church Panayia Gremiótissa which stands on Ios’ highest point, affording sweeping sunset views over the open sea.

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Day 6: Ios to Sifnos

Greece, flag, Mykonos, Paros, Athens, Santorini, sailing
The next stop on your Cycladian adventure will be to Sifnos, a lesser explored but equally charming island that is a haven for foodies! Moored up at Agia Marina, sample sizzling calamari, octopus bruschetta and aubergine chips at the Isalos beach bar as you look out onto the sparkling waters! Take a dip to cool down before settling down with a cucumber margarita in hand. For those looking for somewhere to go for a dance, head to the unbeatable Botzi, a little bar serving mojitos with Cuban inspired tunes playing in the background!
 

Day 7: Sifnos to Kea

Greece, Athens, Mykonos, yacht, sunset, sailing

After a leisurely breakfast, continue your journey back to you the start point of Athens, but first, stop at the wonderful island of Kea. Being the closest island to the mainland, this is a popular choice for a 'home away from home' for the Greeks living in Athens and such places. Its rugged landscapes and blue and green coves make for wonderful exploring, as well as having some great dive spots! Its untouched charm and the fact that it is not overrun by tourists make it the perfect place to experience the real Greece before ending your yacht charter!

Day 8: Kea to Athens

Today marks the last voyage back to Athens so enjoy a superb breakfast aboard your yacht before departing! Other popular places to visit are the Ionian Islands so wherever you choose, get in touch today with our expert brokers who can personalise an itinerary that suits you and your guests.

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