Athens to Athens Itinerary

Please note that this Athens to Athens itinerary is only a sample. The final route will be decided on board in coordination with your Captain, and he will help tailor-make the journey according to your preferences and the current weather conditions.

Day 1: Athens

Begin your Athens to Athens Itinerary as you board your yacht in this ancient city. Before departing, take some time to explore. From magnificent ruins to modern neighborhoods, the vibe of Athens is exciting. The city is full of rich history, impressive archeological landmarks, and views of the surrounding mountains and distant sea.

Since you’ll be returning to Athens, don’t worry if you don’t have time to see everything. You’ll be able to spend more time here when you return.

Begin your Athens to Athens Itinerary with a beautiful scenery from Mount Lycabettus, Athen.
Mount Lycabettus, Athens. Photo by Courtney Hall on Unsplash.

Places to see

Things to do

  • Plaka. Walk this area in the evening, and enjoy the nightlife, dining, and shopping.
  • Food lovers will enjoy a 4-hour gourmet tasting tour of Athens. Sample a selection of Greek specialties such as koulóuria (sesame bread rings) and loukoumades (Greek donuts).
  • Al Hammam & Niriides spa for a unique spa experience.
  • Athens Flea Market. You can find clothes, vinyl discs, old books, street food, jewels of any price and type, and vintage gifts.
  • Stop by the Central Market, where you’ll find snacks such as dried fruits and nuts and fresh fish and meats.

Day 2: Kea

Arrive at Kea, the ‘gate’ to the Cyclades. It’s a beautiful and rare natural environment with quaint villages and rugged landscapes. If you enjoy hiking, Kea is a paradise.

Places to See

  • Ancient Karthea: Its remains are undoubtedly impressive. Among them, you will see the city’s acropolis and the temples of Athena and Pythios Apollon.
  • The Kea Lion: A trademark of Ioulida, is a 6th century BC sculpture carved on a rock.
  • Ruins of the prehistoric settlement of Agia Irini – it was one of the most important cultural centers of the Aegean until the 15th century BC, when an earthquake destroyed it.
  • The Hellenistic 20m tower of Agia Marina is a significant fortification monument of the island.
  • Ioulida village, the capital of the island. This traditional village is laid-back and quiet. No cars are allowed here; locals walk or ride bikes and occasionally travel by donkey.

Things to Do

  • Koundouros Beach. Beach bar with food, drinks, and music.
  • Sykamia Beach. No facilities but an excellent beach.
  • Hiking. Paths with a total length of 36 kilometers, 65% of which are stone-paved, cross routes through dense forests of tall oaks and lead to beautiful isolated beaches.
  • Bike.
  • Shop Aristaios for local handmade products.

Day 3: Serifos

With its rugged mining sites, Serifos Island exudes a calm atmosphere that
speaks directly to your senses. Despite its arid characteristics, Serifos is gracefully embraced by the deep blue colors of the Aegean Sea and has some magnificent beaches.

Places to See

  • Church St. Konstantinos.
  • Monastery of Taxiarches.
  • Archaeological Collection of Serifos.
  • Windmills.

Things to Do

  • Take a walk along the main port of Livadi for cafés, fish tavernas, and pastry shops next to the seashore.
  • Visit the main square, Agiou Athanasiou. There are also many interesting historical monuments here, such as the 17th-century Metropolitan church and the old Town Hall.
  • Go to the beach. There are plenty of beaches to choose from while visiting Serifos Island; rocky, pebbly, or sandy ones accompanied by crystal blue waters will satisfy all tastes. Because some beaches are pebbly, you may want to bring water shoes.

Day 4: Ios

On day four, you’ll arrive at Ios Island. This island drips with ambiance. See blue-roofed white buildings perched on a hillside, a theater, in addition to golden-sand beaches surrounded by an unbelievably blue sea. Ios is known not only for its classic Greek style but also for its vibrant nightlife.

Places to See

  • Diesel Traditional Cheesery. This family cheese factory offers guided tours as well as tastings.
  • Panagia Gremiotissa Church.
  • La Tomba di Omero.
  • Agios Ioannis monastery.

Things to Do

  • Beaches. Ios has dozens of amazing beaches. Excellent choices are Manganari Beach, noted as one of the best beaches in Greece, and also Mylopotas Beach. Mylopotas has lots of services such as WiFi, bathrooms, and restaurants. Bring your sunscreen since this beach is clothing-optional. Visit Tris Klissies for a secluded beach experience.
  • Scuba diving. Try Meltemi Watersports not only for its excellent dive trips but also for watersports like SUP, windsurfing, and water skiing.
  • Snorkeling
  • Nightlife. In addition to sampling local spirits, meet people from around the world on an Ios Bar Crawl.

Day 5: Santorini

The stunning island of Santorini was formed by volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. Indeed the gorgeous capital city, Fira, is a truly magical destination. Imagine yourself amidst stunning white-washed buildings, winding narrow stairways, fun bars and cafes, and magnificent views of the stunning caldera.

Oia, Santorini is a highlight of your Athens to Athens Itinerary
Oia, Santorini. Photo by James Ting on Unsplash.

Places to See

  • The Museum of Prehistoric Thira is home to many prehistoric artifacts.
  • Archaeological Museum of Thira.

Things to Do

  • Climb from the port to the clifftop capital
  • Have an authentic Greek salad of fresh tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and feta cheese.
  • Sample the local wine. The island’s volcanic soil influences the flavor of the wine.
  • Dine alfresco in Amoudi Bay. In addition to beautiful views of the caldera, you’ll also have a front-row seat to a fantastic sunset.

Day 6: Sifnos

Today takes you to Sifnos, another stunning Greek island. Get your camera ready to take hundreds of breathtaking photos of this classically Greek island.

Places to See

  • Church of the Seven Martyrs
  • Moni Chrysopigi
  • Acropolis of Agios Andreas
  • Museum of Poplar Art & Folklore
  • Archaeological Museum of Sifnos

Things to Do

  • Rent a scooter in the port town of Kamares and then explore the island.
  • Dive. Visit Sifnos Diving Center to find an organized dive trip such as a beach, boat, or night dive. The price includes equipment and underwater photographs.
  • Go to a beach (or two). Try Kamares Beach, Platis Gialos Beach, or Vathi Beach.
  • View out-of-this-world sunsets.
  • After sunset, stargaze.

Day 7: Kythnos visit on an Athens to Athens Itinerary

Lovely Kythnos is the last full-day stop on your journey. And what an excellent place to visit, and one or more of over 70 beaches, quaint villages, and thermal springs.

Places to See

  • Castle of Oria
  • Maroulas is a Mesolithic settlement near the village of Loutra.
  • Folklore Museum of Dryopida
  • Folklore Museum of Chora

Things to Do

  • Take pictures. The uniquely Cycladic architecture, sugar-cube houses clustered like white grapes on the hillsides, are worthy of any Instagram post.
  • Bask on the beach. Choose from one of 70 gloriously sunny shores. Kolona beach is perhaps the most famous beach on Kythnos.
  • Soak in a hot spring. The Kythnos thermal springs in the village of Loutra One is indoors at Agioi Anargyroi spa, and the other is outdoors at Kakavos. The springs are said to have therapeutic properties and help alleviate the pain of conditions like arthritis.
  • Taste the local honey. Due to the unique plant life on the island, honey has a distinctive flavor.

Day 8: Athens

Return to Athens and end your Athens to Athens Itinerary.

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