The Peloponnese mainland has many antiquities to explore, including two World Heritage Sites: the 3rd century Epidavros Theatre and Ancient Mycenae. Both lie within easy biking distance from the port. Hydra is a car-free, bike-free island — switch gears and go for a hike. The region is famous for its Nemean wine which you will try at a session led by a wine expert. You will also plunge into a Greek cooking class to learn the best recipes from our grandmother’s era with local chef Katerina. Enjoy Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece, is the prettiest city in the Peloponnese.
The Saronic Sailing Cruise can also be done in reverse by a vehicle transfer to Nafplio as the first overnight stop and the final overnight in Aegina.
Day 1: Aegina. Welcome to sunny Greece! We transfer you from the airport to the Glyfada marina around noon time to embark on our traditional 100 feet long yacht. Our first sailing journey takes us to Aegina island in the Argosaronic Gulf, a pristine island full of pistachio orchards and gardens. While we’re there we visit the ancient 5th century BC Temple of Aphaia. Our evening welcome dinner onboard includes orientation on the details of our cruise from the captain and tour guide.
Day 2: Loutraki. Early morning we sail west to the Peloponnese mainland and transfer to Epidavros to explore Greece's oldest outdoor theater (3rd century BC). From here we cycle to elegant Nafplio where we stop for lunch. After lunch we cycle to Mycenae to marvel at King Agamemnon's beehive tomb. On our way to Loutraki we cross the historic 1898 Corinth Canal.
Day 3: Agios Ioannis. Sail early morning to Alkyonides islands and the Kitheronas region to hike the sacred mountain. The mountainous route offers majestic panoramic views of the landscape and seascape. We end up at Agios Ioannis at the foot of the mountain range. The picturesque village is our anchor point for the night. Enjoy the tavernas serving delicious local fish dishes.
Day 4: Galaxidi. Sail to Itea port and cycle up to the sacred ruins of Delphi where the oracles prophesized. To the ancient Greeks this was the very center of the universe. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is in the pristine Mt. Parnassos region. Bike to charming Arahova for lunch. Cycle back and embark the boat at Itea to sail to Galaxidi for our overnight stay in this charming ship owners village.
Day 5: Nafpaktos. Sail to Derveni back on the Peloponnese and ride the rack and pinion train up to Kalavrita and hike its spectacular mountains, including Megalospili Cave. In these altitudes, the air is pristine and the villages are steeped in tradition. The views are tremendous. Take the train back to Derveni and sail to Nafpaktos for overnight.
Day 6: Astaktos. Sail to Rion and cycle across the bold, new Patras bridge, the deepest suspended bridge in the world. We cycle to Messolonghi, one of Greece's most bike-friendly cities and known for its heroic role in the War of Independence. We pedal over to Astakos (“lobster” in Greek) where we meet up with the boat. This area has beautiful scenery and birdlife. Continue to cross the “Limnothallasa” the biggest fish and bird sanctuary in Greece and come to Astakos village for overnight.
Day 7: Lefkada. Sail to Lefkada. Reaching Lefkada we are now in the Ionian Sea. This island is very fertile and green with underground springs feeding groves of olive trees. After exploring the capital town and the 14th century Venetian fortress, we dedicate the day to sea kayaking around the nearby smaller islands, including Skorpios, owned by the Onassis family.
Day 8: Kefalonia. Depart from Lefkada airport Sail to Ithaka, the island known as Odysseus' long lost home. Less traversed than other islands, Ithaka offers plenty of mountainous terrain for biking through aromatic pine forests and stately cypress trees. In the afternoon, while the boat sails to the Kefalonian port of Sami, we make our way by sea kayak. In Kefalonia we enjoy the local cuisine and spend the night at its port.
Day 9: Kefalonia. Today we hike on Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian islands. It has very fertile and mountainous terrain with intoxicating scents from herbs, fir trees and wild flowers, plus there's the mammoth Dragaroti Cave to explore. At the end of the day we come onboard our yacht at Skala, the southern end of the island.
Day 10: Zakynthos. In the morning we sail across to Killini the port of Olympia, home of the Olympics. We spend the day touring ancient Olympia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which inspires athletes and sports enthusiasts the world over. The day ends by sailing to Zakynthos island and its port for overnight.
Day 11: Zakynthos. The island of Zakynthos is magnificent and the last memory of our trip. We bike in the less developed western region and take a boat trip to the underwater sea caves that blind you with a tantalizing blue, and provide exquisite snorkeling. We enjoy our farewell dinner at night by the sea and spent the night in the Zakynthos port.
Day 12: Departure. End of the service.
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