As a charter broker, I coordinate fabulous sailing charters for guests worldwide… and sometimes, I get to take them too! FAM trips- or, familiarization trips- are perfect ways for charter brokers to sample the yachting experiences that we recommend. And this year, after the Mediterranean Yacht Show in Nafplio, Greece, I headed off to experience a bit of the Cyclades Islands.
Our 5-night charter began at Cap Sounion, not far from Athens. It’s a perfect stop along the way for guests on Athens charters. The Temple Poseidon overlooks the quiet bay and makes for a great outing. We spent time hiking around the Temple grounds and taking in the magnificent views…then we headed out to the yachts.
Our flotilla consisted of 3 beautiful Lagoon 52 catamarans- Flo (2018), Nomad (2019), and Lucky Clover (2016). The three yachts were anchored offshore and their crews met us on the beach to take us out to get settled onboard before setting sail.
During the 5-night trip, I was fortunate to be able to experience life on 2 of the 3 yachts- Flo and Nomad. I began my FAM trip on Flo with Captain Alexis and Chef Vaya. Flo is elegantly decorated and very welcoming. My cabin was beautiful with an extremely cozy queen-sized bed and plenty of personal space.
Once sorted, we headed off for Kythnos in the Cyclades. After anchoring for a lovely lunch in a little cove, we made our way around to the other side of the island to the town of Loutra for the night. With an evening out and yoga on the beach the next morning, we were all well-balanced and happy! I even snuck off for a soak in the thermal springs which run across the beach and pool into a rocky area of the cove.
From Loutra, we sailed to Ermoupoli, Syros- the Capital of the Cyclades and a lively city. Moored in town, it gave us the evening and next morning to wander the city before setting sail. From Syros, we returned to Kythnos to a gorgeous cove called Kolones. At the far end is a sandy isthmus that connects Kythnos to the islet of Agios Loukas.
In Kolones, I hopped aboard Nomad to be continue being spoiled for the rest of my charter by Captain Nikitas, First Mate Popi, and Chef Tatiani. The Nomad décor is more dramatic with black and grey accents. My cabin was very comfortable with plush carpeting and a cozy queen-sized bed.
After a day swimming, cocktails, and exploring the coastline on the SUP, we headed off to our last island stop of Tzia. Our exploring took us by taxi up to the town of Ioulis- high on the hill. With narrow, rocky, and steep streets, there are no cars inside the town and locals still use donkeys to haul heavy materials.
We spent a quiet night in Tzia before our return to Athens in the morning. With a stop for a delicious lunch while anchored off the town of Vouliagmeni, we were ready to head into Marina Alimos for our last night.
As my charter clients always say… so sad it had to end.
I absolutely loved my charter experience! I had an amazing trip and learned so much about these 3 yachts and their incredible crews. I was thoroughly spoiled the entire time- from gorgeous islands, fun water sports, incredible food, and lively cocktail hours!
Chartering in Greece opens a world not available to those traveling by plane, ferry, or cruise ship. On a private yacht, you’re free to explore quiet coves, visit tiny island villages, and have a true Greek experience.
A yacht charter is at your own pace- whether you’re wanting to spend most of your time relaxing onboard, staying active with all the available water toys, or exploring the different islands, there’s certainly something for every interest.
So, if I’ve grabbed your attention with the beauty of chartering in Greece, let us know… we would love to put together a fabulous Greek adventure for you!