|Day 1:||Our sailing holiday starts on the stunning island of Paros, where we have a brief introduction and get to know our fellow sailors for the week. Dinner at one of Paros’ top tavernas, specialising in fine local ingredients, will help toast the start to a very exciting week ahead.|
|Day 2:||Our first day of sailing in the Aegean is to one of the gems of the Small Cyclades known as Iraklia. With only two tiny towns, the island has a wild, remote feel to it. The fishing port where we anchor, Ag. Georgios, is delightfully traditional, and we will discover some ancient architecture scattered around the island on a brief hike, for those who want to find their land legs. It is worth the walk to see the splendid Ai Giannis cave, however, the biggest Cycladic cavern of its kind. One of the highlights of this day is also snorkelling in Alimia Bay, where a Second World War German hydroplane wreck lies close enough to the surface to be seen without diving equipment.|
|Day 3:||Today’s sailing brings us to a delightful combination of uninhabited paradise islands, Antikeri & Dryma, where swimming, snorkelling and soaking up the sun in time for a beach BBQ are all order of the day. Sunset tonight will be celebrated on the island of Koufonisi, where a beach bar is within a stone’s throw of some of the clearest waters you will see in the Aegean.|
|Day 4 - 5:||These two days are dedicated to the island of Amorgos, its beauty much celebrated in the iconic film ‘Big Blue’ which was shot here. You will have plenty of opportunities to experience the big blues of the Cyclades today in Nikouria Bay. Dinner tonight is at the island’s much celebrated Maria’s Restaurant in Thoralia village, where traditional musicians can often be persuaded to play. Our second day on Amorgos involves a bit of a hike, but in pursuit of a real treat. Hozoviotissa monastery is an architectural marvel. Built right into a steep cliff, this is the island’s cultural pride and joy. In the afternoon, it’s beach time and there are several to choose from on Amorgos, especially around the Chora.|
|Day 6:||Another day another island, and this time to Ios where we drop anchor by the remote bay of Manganari. And to celebrate the eve of your last day in the Cyclades, you get a chance to do a night dive through bioluminescence that frequents this magical spot. We also have dinner at one of the islands’ top tavernas.|
|Day 7:||Our final day we sail to the magnificent Oia cliffs of Santorini, for one of the most famous seascapes in the Cyclades. And also a top spot to watch the sun go down if you climb up to the top. Which is definitely worth it. (There is an option to go on the back of a donkey if your land legs haven’t quite warmed up yet!)|
Our base has become the island of Syros where most of the maintenance work is carried out. We employ locals for all the jobs concerning the boat. We buy materials for the maintenance of the boat from local shops.
We encourage guests to visit and try the local cuisine and purchase local goods wherever we go in order to get a taste of the local culture and also support the local community.
We try to minimise the impact of our boat on the marine environment by using the motor as little as possible, mainly just to enter and leave the port. When mooring we avoid throwing the anchor on meadows of sea grass. We always use permanent moorings when provided.
When Tahita, our sailing boat, is not chartered, we sail around cleaning beaches, recycling or giving a helping hand to researchers and organisations in their efforts to collect data in order to study and protect the environment and wild life.
We’ve allowed space in the sailing boat to store waste plastics especially bottles. As there is no drinking water available in the Greek islands, there is a huge consumption of bottled water. We store all the plastic in the capital of Syros, Ermoupolis and we take it back to Athens at the end of the season for recycling.
We organise visits at the two national marine parks in Greece, in Zakynthos and Alonisos, where the two most important organisations for the protection of the loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta and the Mediterranean monk seal Monachus monachus are based. Our guests are briefed on their work and how they can support them.