Cyclades Sailing Adventure
Join Gioconda Parker for an experience of a lifetime as you sail the Greek archipelago!
We’ll meet in Athens and transfer to your 50 foot private sailboats that will take you on your week long sailing adventure to experience the sea faring life of open waters, sea breeze, sunshine and magic! We’ll visit the Cycladic islands of Kythnos, Sifnos, Serifos and Kea – true gems of the Aegean, and only accessible by sea. Our secluded destinations offer tranquil beaches, blue and white painted villages, and some of the best cuisine in Greece.
Everything is included and taken care of from the moment you board!
Among the 223 tiny islands, the most popular are Mykonos & Santorini, but our adventure will take us to more secluded destinations off the tourist path. We’ll visit Kythnos, Sifnos, Serifos & Kea, the gems of the Cyclades, located just southeast of mainland Greece.
Our home for the week will be aboard 45-50′ sailboats that travel and moor together as a “floatilla” at our various sites each day. Four guest cabins are available on each boat with a double bed and shared or private bathrooms. These simple and compact accommodations are part of the sailing life (and charm!) and we’ll advise on how to best prepare and pack.
Everything is included once you land in Athens, from our first group lunch in Athens, and everything during your sailing adventure – meals on board an in local villages, excursions, yoga classes, sea exploration equipment, and our crews on each boat teaching us the ins and outs of sailing and the magic of sea life.
The retreat includes a last night (Friday) in a hotel near the marina (so everyone can re pack and have a good shower) For those departing back home on the Saturday, we suggest after 11am. We will advise on tax’s or one group shuttle back to the airport. You will need to depart 3 hours prior to your flight home. If you decide to add time after the retreat, you can continue your journey as you like!
More details including how to pack for a sailing trip will be provided several months prior to departure.
Our adventure begins in Athens, where we set said for Kythnos. This mountainous island is characterized by the embossed Cycladic scenery. Small villages built according to traditional architecture, paved alleys, pristine white houses, churches, windmills, countless beaches, crystal clear water and tranquility. A great first destination to get accustomed of the sailing lifestyle and immerse into the Cycladic scenery.
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In Greek mythology, Serifos is the birthplace of Perseus (the hero who killed Medusa) and where the Cyclopes were said to live. Serifos has a raw, rugged beauty with steep mountains plunging to broad ultramarine bays. ThMemories of a purer era permeate this island’s town, a vision in brilliant white cascading down a conical hill.
Kea or Tzia has plenty of natural appeal with craggy cliffs, a spectacular coastline, and fertile valleys filled with orchards, olive groves and oak trees. You’ll love discovering its beaches, old churches, Hellenistic towers, watermills and windmills. Trekking trails pass no fewer than four ancient cities (Ioulis, Korissia, Poiessa and Karthaia). Mythology says that the first home of the nymphs was here, and it isn’t hard to imagine why.
**This is a sample itinerary since each week may be different depending on wids and sea conditions!*
Day 1 – Saturday – Group lunch and sail to Kythnos island | offshore mooring
We will meet at an hand picked Athenian restaurant for our fisrt Greek lunch experience. For those flying in that morning, a group transport can be proveded around 1pm from the airport, otherwise, we’ll jsut meet at the lunch spot. During lunch we’ll have a trip orientation, then head to the marina, check in at the boats, get a thorough safety brief by the captains, and set sail to Kythnos Island. We’ll moor offshore at the spectacular Kolona Bay.
Day 2 – Sunday – Kythnos Island – Merichas Marina | Marina mooring
Wake up in a magical scenery. We’ll offer an early yoga session on a small hill overlooking the Aegean Archipelago followed by an organic breakfast on board. Afterwards, enjoy the sun and crystal-clear waters and sea activities (gear provided). Lunch will be served on board, then we set sail for Merichas Marina. We will moor there with free time to explore the tiny, picturesque seaside village. At sunset you can choose to participate in a second yoga session, and as the moon rises to welcome the night, we’ll enjoy dinner together prepared by local chefs.
Day 3 – Monday – Kythnos Island – Sifnos Island (Vathi Bay) | offshore mooring
After a sunrise breakfast, we set sail to Sifnos island where we’ll moor in the dazzling Vathi Bay. Lunch will be served on board followed by relaxation and sea activities to explore the bay. A sunset yoga session will be offered followed by a seaside dinner. We’ll overnight offshore under a stary sky.
DAY 4 – Tuesday – Sifnos Island – Kamares Marina | Marina mooring
Wake up in the breathtaking cove of Vathi. Breakfast will be served on board and then we sail to Kamares Marina, located in Sifnos. After lunch and some down time, you’ll be invited for a hike to the astonishing Castle of the island. A Sunset Yoga session will be offered in a secluded spot by the sea, and then we’ll explore the breathtaking main town of the island and have dinner in a selected restaurant, located in one of the scenic alleys of the small town. After dinner, you are welcomed to explore the many small bars this island offers for a post dinner cocktail.
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An early morning yoga session will be followed by breakfast. Then off we sail to Serifos Mega Livadi. After lunch, you can relax on the boat, or participate in sea activities and an exploration of the old mines. A sunset yoga session by a breathtaking bridge will follow and then dinner on a tiny Greek Restaurant. During nighttime you can join a small gathering by the beach, with music and dancing.
Day 6 – Thursday – Serifos Island – Kea Island – Karthea | Off Shore mooring
Enjoy your breakfast, listening to the sea entering the serene cove of Mega Livadi and take a swim in the crystal-clear waters before we set sail towards a mythical place: Karthea Bay in Kea island. a cloistered cove approachable only from the sea. Embraced by ancient marvels such as a temple and an amphitheater, this place will take your breath away. After lunch, we’ll explore the cove, snorkel, collect seashells and enjoy the magnificent surroundings on stand-up paddle boards. In the afternoon we’ll have a yoga session by the temple. Dinner on the beach by a bonfire and then a restful sleep on board will be the perfect ending of a mythical day.
Day 7 – Friday- Kythnos Island – Sifnos Island (Vathi Bay) | offshore mooring
Wake up in the rejuvenating energy of Karthea. You can join an early yoga session by the temple before breakfast and then relax by the sea until we will sail for Athens to moor back in Alimos Marina. We’ll have lunch on board return to the Athens marina. While you could sleep on the boat, we are also providing a hotel for everyone to freshen up and pack with more spaciousness. Our last grou dinner will be in Athens.
Day 8 – Saturday- CHECK OUT – TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
Say farewell to our new friends and Greece if you are departing. We will offer one shuttle to the airport. Taxi’s are also available at your lesure.
** We will provide details on hot to prepare and what to pack well in advance of your adventure!
Sleeping quarters, as well as the bathroom and shower areas are very compact and part of the sailing experience. Participants can bring a soft bag luggage onto the sailboat. If you have hard or rectangular luggage / case for extended travel, it can be stored at our hosts land offices. Since each sleeping cabin has only one double sleeping area, if you choose the shared accommodation option, you will need to let us know who you will be sharing your room with.
Our 45-50″ sailboats each have 4 sleeping cabins with a double sized bed suitable for a single, couple or 2 friends who are OK sleeping in one bed / close quarters.
2 have private bathrooms, the other 2 have a shared bathroom shared with each other and your boat hostess
Cabin with shared bathroom / shower / sink facilities:
2 sharing this cabin: $3995 per person
Single Cabin: $5495
LAST cabin can be single or double occupancy
Cabin with private bathroom / Shower / Sink:
2 sharing this cabin: $4495 per person SOLD OUT
Single cabin: $5995 SOLD OUT
Step off the plane and everything is taken care of from there!
- Expert guides for land and sea
- Experienced and specialized staff take care of all the sailing logistics!
- Group transportation to/from Athens Airport
- 6 nights accommodations on 50ft Sailboat fully equipped to maximize comfort, 1 night hotel on back end
- Visit 4 Greek Islands: Kea, Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos
- Guided hiking adventures
- Use of snorkel gear, subwings and paddle boards throughout the entire journey
- Daily breakfast plus snacks, coffee, tea and water always available on the boat
- light lunches on board plus and dinners each day on board or in hand-picked restaurants
- Yoga mats provided.
- Linen and shower towels provided.
- On-board internet.
- Pre-departure manual providing extensive details on what to pack and how to plan
- All excursions and more!
- Your flight to Athens
- Alcoholic beverages
- Trip insurance and Travel Health Insurance is NOT included, but they are HIGHLY recommended
- Any additional evenings in Greece before or after.
- Tips to the bot crew (budget €60-€100 please)
A $695 deposit will secure your space. If you sign up for a shared room, please let us know who you will be rooming with.
If you place a deposit, the balance due will be set to charge in equal installments starting the month after deposit through January, 2023 unless other arrangements are made.
We HIGHLY recommend that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance. Travel insurance companies like TRAWICK INTERNATIONAL and TRAVEL GUARD policies that insure your investment in case you need to cancel (including “cancel for any reason” coverages), coverages for expenses incurred due to to weather & travel delays, personal property loss and emergency travel medical. Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.
We recommend that you consider purchasing trip insurance to protect your investment. Trawick International and Travel Guard are two providers that we recommend. Please review policies carefully to ensure they provide the coverage you need.