Greece - The Cyclades
Departing out of our base in Lavrion a thirty minute shuttle ride from the Athens airport, this region of Greece is a popular gateway to the Cyclades and the Agean Sea. The name Cyclades refers to the islands that surround the sacred island of Delos.Book Now!
On your visit to this region of the Mediterranean, you not only will you find great sailing, snorkeling and sunbathing on beautiful beaches, you'll experience some of the most remarkable ancient temples, castles and have the opportunity to take historic sightseeing tours and enjoy fantastic Greek dining in the many quaint Greek island communities. We will provide you with a shuttle that will take you to Lavrion where you will begin your seven day sailing vacation with us!
Please take a few minutes and enjoy an overview provided by www.visitgreece.gr
International flights will be booked into Athens International Airport Greece which offer service by British Airways, American, Delta and Olympic. The airport is located 1 hour from downtown Athens. On Saturday, a provided shuttle will take you on a 30 minute transfer to our base location at Lavrion. Your package includes the cost of the transfer to and from the yacht.
What Airport do we fly into?
Athens International Airport (ATH).
Where do we board the Yacht?
Athens Marina, Lavrion. Shuttle from the airport is provided to our base.
Is there internet and cell phone service available?
Most of the islands you will be visiting have internet cafes and a few ports have wifi access for free. You can also purchase an aircard at the base to allow you to have unlimited anytime internet access. The fee for this is 75 euro per week.
Cell phone coverage is available everywhere throughout the week. The base can also offer a local cell number for 25 euros per week plus usage through cards that can be purchased at local kiosks.
Who can we call if there are any issues while traveling to the yacht?
In case of any issues or emergencies, you can contact our Base manager Alex Mazarakis at +306977977578 .
Will our plugs on our electronics work in the outlets or do we need a European adapter?
The vessels in Greece do have European outlets. If you will be bringing electronics that need to be plugged in, be certain to bring along an adapter US to European.
What time to do we board the yacht?
Boarding time is at 5pm on Saturday at Athens Marina, Lavrio and check out time is 9am on the following Saturday.
What is the currency used in Greece?
Greece uses the Euro. Credit cards are taken everywhere, and ATM machines are widely available. Travelers to Greece planning to use their ATM or credit cards should call their carrier before traveling to make sure their card is set up to be used overseas.
What is the main language? Is English enough?
Greek is the predominant language, but English is spoken everywhere.
How should we pack?
Ashore, you will need good shoes and casual, cool clothing—the streets are often cobblestone, and the ancient archaeological sites often have uneven stony ground. A broad-brimmed hat, sunscreen, and good sunglasses are essential.
What’s the climate like?
Average temperatures April through October are 76-82 degrees and water temperatures average around 75 - 80 degrees.
Since many of the Greek Isles are almost treeless, (except for olive trees) there’s not much shade. All of the archeological sites have little or no shade. You might need a sweater in the late autumn or early spring. There is almost no rain in the islands from May through September, and even October and November can be relatively dry.
The island of Kythnos lies south-east of Kea and is a rocky and barren island of karstic limestone that is usually covered in an abundance of colorful flowers in the early months of the sailing season. The coast is much indented - with many beautiful anchorages and ports - and for the most part falls steeply down to the sea. It has more than 70 beaches, many of which are still inaccessible by road. Of particular note is the crescent-shaped isthmus of fine sand at Kolona, where sunbathers may relax with the sea lapping at both sides of the beach.
The beaches of Kythnos are mostly small and do not get very popular. Their seashore is usually sandy and their water is crystal clear. The most impressive and well-known beach of the island is Kolona, close to Chora. It is a really beautiful beach characterized by the fact that it has the sea from both sizes. There are also: Loutra, Apokrousi and others.
Kythnos is not famous for its wild nightlife. It is more of a quiet island with only a few bars and clubs by the sea.
The hilly island of Syros lies half-way between Kythnos and Mykonos. Its central situation makes it the principal centre of administration, commerce and fisheries in the Cyclades and a focal point of the shipping routes in the Central Aegean.
Agriculture makes a major contribution to the island's economy, supplemented in the last ten years by a rapidly developing tourist trade. Both Ermoupolis and Finikas serve as practical yacht charter bases in the middle of the Cyclades, just like the Paroikia port on Paros. The islands capital, Ermoupolis, named after Hermes, the Greek god of trade, occupies the site of an ancient settlement of which no trace remains. It is the seat of the Prefect of the Cyclades, a Roman Catholic bishop and an Orthodox archbishop.
Mykonos is a Greek island and a top tourist destination, renowned for its cosmopolitan character which attracts large numbers of tourists. The island is part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos.
There are 9,320 inhabitants (2001) most of whom live in the largest town, Mykonos, also known as Chora (i.e. the Town in Greek, a common denomination in Greece when the name of the island itself is the same as the name of the principal town), which lies on the west coast. Mykonos is one of the most cosmopolitan islands in Greece, known for its diverse and intense nightlife as evidenced by a vast number of bars and nightclubs. Mykonos is also known for its sandy beaches. The island has an international airport, and is a frequent destination for cruise ships.
The central island of Paros, lying some 8 km west of Naxos, is occupied by a range of hills of gently rounded contours, rising to 764 m in Mount Profitis Ilias (rewarding climb, with guide; magnificent panoramic views).
Three bays cut deep inland - in the west the sheltered Paroikia Bay, with the island's capital that serves as the main sailing port. In the north the bay which shelters the little town of Naoussa, which in Roman times was the island's main port for the shipment of Lychnites marble; and in the east the flat Marmara bay. The island's considerable prosperity has depended since ancient times on agriculture, favored by fertile soil and an abundance of water, and on the working on marble, which is still quarried on a small scale. In recent years the rapid development of the tourist trade has brought changes in the landscape, the island's economy and its social structure.
The island Serifos , north-west of Sifnos, is a bare and rocky island, its hills slashed by gorges; its highest point is Mount Tourlos with 483 m.
The island's main sources of income are its modest agriculture and its open-cast iron mines, which have been worked since ancient times. The ore used to be shipped from Koutalas on the south coast, where there is now room to anchor (magnetic anomalies are reported due to the remaining ore!). In the season especially Livadi is much frequented by charter yachts; the Chora, towering above the sheltered harbour of Livadi, makes this one of the most stunning approaches in the Northern Cyclades.
Cape Sounion is noted as the site of ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The ruins bear the deeply engraved name of English Romantic poet Lord Byron (1788–1824).
According to legend, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. The story goes that Aegeus, anxiously looking out from Sounion, despaired when he saw a black sail on his son Theseus 's ship, returning from Crete. This led him to believe that his son had been killed in his contest with the dreaded Minotaur, a monster that was half man and half bull. The Minotaur was confined by its owner, King Minos of Crete, in a specially designed labyrinth. Every year, the Athenians were forced to send 7 boys and 7 girls to Minos as tribute. These youths were placed in the labyrinth to be devoured by the Minotaur.
Theseus had volunteered to go with the third tribute and attempt to slay the beast. He had agreed with his father that if he survived the contest, he would hoist a white sail. In fact, Theseus had overcome and slain the Minotaur, but tragically had simply forgotten about the white sail.
Below are a list of hotels we can recommend.
Fine hotels in Athens downtown:
(one hour from the marina)
We recommend the following resorts if you are looking to extend your stay in Greece.
Hotels Outside Athens Seaside : (30 minutes from the marina and 30 minutes from Athens downtown)
Hotel Close to Lavrio Marina: (5 minutes from the marina)
Our Guaranteed Departure Policy: When you purchase any of our stateroom packages for two, your catamaran will depart on the confirmed charter date for the confirmed stateroom price even if no other staterooms are reserved on that vessel.
Book By the Stateroom Yacht Assignment: Every yacht within the Festiva Sailing Vacations' fleet is identical in terms of cabin layout and design. To create the best make-up when purchasing stateroom packages, we do not assign guests to a specific yacht until we receive each guest's preference form. This allows us to mix those couples with similar interests when possible.
Book By the Stateroom Provisioning Details: Menu offered is a delicious variety of cuisine planned in advanced to accommodate our guests throughout the course of the week. Some snacks and fruit will be provided in addition to the set meals. Chefs cater to any food allergies or special dietary requirements and guests are asked to indicate this information on pre charter preference forms.
Book By the Stateroom Occupancy Details: Occupancy aboard some our catamarans is limited to 8 guests in total (including children) in the British Virgin Islands and 6 guests in Greece, St. Maarten and St. John. When chartering with children under the age of 16, you must reserve all guest cabins on the yacht. When party exceeds eight in total, two or more yachts will sail in tandem. Special flotilla discounts may be available for reservations of more than one yacht.
Payment Details - A 50% deposit is required for Greece bookings. Balance of charter amount is due 60 days prior to departure. A 100% deposit is required for reservations made inside 90 days.
What's Not Included in Package Price: Five dinners ashore on Greek charters. Local cruising permits and park fees (if any), gratuities for crew, special requested liquors.