GREEK ISLAND BOAT TOURS
Images of Greece, the typical whitewashed villages and azure seas, have appeared in many travel brochures and postcards, however, nothing can prepare you for the real thing. Yacht charter in the Greek Islands allows you to see sights you would otherwise miss if you holidayed on land. Greece has so much history and myths/legends you need to experience the adventure for your self. Of course, there will be plenty of opportunities to swim, relax and soak up the sun.
Each island has its own unique character, every island, bay or beach where you drop anchor will have afresh and different feel. You can tailor your cruise to be as busy or as quiet as you wish. Step ashore to explore the historic sights or sample the nightlife that Greece is famous for. Lazy days can be spent soaking up the sun on the deserted beaches and dining to the backdrop of a glorious sunset.
The best way to explore the Greek Islands is by a boat tour, it is one of the newest attractions for both domestic and international tourists. At Albatros Yachting our boat tours give you the chance to visit the stunning Greek Islands in the same level of comfort as a 5 star hotel, yet with more privacy.
Travelling broadens the mind and opens us to new experiences and cultures. Start your adventure in the Greek Islands with Albatros Yachting.
Hydra is a popular Greek island and one of the most cosmopolitan. As it is only 2 hours away from Athens by ferry it is the ideal option for a quick getaway. Hydra is unique in that you will not see any cars, transport around the island is by foot, boat or donkey! In the spring and autumn hiking is popular along the many walking paths that lead to historical monasteries and locations with amazing sea views.
Young people come from all over the world to sample the nightlife that Ios is famous for. Spend your days recovering and swimming on the marvelous beaches. When you tire of spending days on the beaches there is the ancient city of Skarkos, Panagia Germiotissa church and the windmills to discover in Chora. Manganari, one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, is where the movie ’Big Blue’ was partially shot. The movie ’Ginger and Cinnamon (Dillo con Parole mie)’ was also shot on Ios.
The main port on Kalymnos is Pothia, it is a working town and home to Greece’s sponge fishermen. Visit the sponge museum while you are here. Beautiful beaches around the island include Massouri, Mirties and Vlyhadia.
Kos is located off the shore of Turkey and is the third largest of the Dodecanese Islands. In the 1930s it was one of the first islands in the Aegean to start attracting visitors with its long sandy beaches, historical sites and balmy climate. While you are in Kos try the locally grown melons. Kos was the birthplace of Hippocrates, the author of the Hippocratic oath which is still taken by doctors today. Asklepion, was a therapeutic health centre known throughout Greece in ancient times. Legend states that Hippocrates taught under the boughs of a plane tree, although this is unlikely as the plane tree is only approx 700 years old. An ancient fortress that was built by the Knights of St John, based in Rhodes, still guards the entrance to Kos Harbour. If you are looking for nightlife visit Nafklirou, a street full of bars. It is always crowded. Close to Kos harbour take a swim at Lambi Beach.
Leros is a small Dodecanese island located between Kalymnos and Patmos, due to its close proximity these islands it is great for island hopping between Kalymnos, Patmos and Lipsi. Leros is a mythical and historical island. With its large deer population, according to the myth it was where the Greek goddess of hunting, Artemis, used to hunt.
Leros has stunning beaches in large bays. While you are here explore the island on foot or rent a bike. Do not miss the traditional windmill in Agia Marina, the medieval castle on top of the hill in Pandeli village and the War Museum in Lakki. The museum is housed in a World War II tunnel.
If you are looking for relaxation and privacy, Lipsi, is the island for you. Lipsi is located between Patmos and Leros and has not been invaded by mass tourism. It is known for its natural beauty, unspoilt beaches, crystal clear seas and laid back atmosphere. The ancient churches of Catopanaghia, constructed in the 7th century, and Panopanaghia, from the 15th century, both deserve a visit.
Located in the centre of the Cyclades islands group, Mykonos is famous for its nightlife and cosmopolitan atmosphere. During your stroll around Mykonos town, the main things to see are Little Venice quarter, where houses (now converted into bars) are situated precariously on the edge of the sea, the church of Paraportiani, the windmills were built in the 16th century and were once used for grain milling, the Maritime and Cycladic museums and the designer shops. Due to the strong winds in the summer afternoons, windsurfing and kitesurfing are popular sports. Mykonos is perfect for diving and many of the dive centres offer dive trips to uninhabited islands. The island of Delos is a short boat ride from Mykonos. According to mythology Delos is the birthplace of Apollo (god of music) and his twin sister Artemis (goddess of hunting).
Naxos is the largest, greenest and one of the most beautiful of the Cyclades island group. It is also one of the most interesting islands. The most important monuments from ancient times are the temple of Demeter, the statues of Kouros and the Marble Gate of Portara. More recent are the Monastery of Panagia Drossiani and the Medieval quarter of Kastro. To the left and right, as you approach Naxos by boat, are two small islands. One has the little church of Myrtidiotissa and the other is called Palatia and is linked to Naxos Town.
Nisyros is probably best known for its still active volcano. It is a little Dodecanese island which is peaceful and laid back. The volcano is the main sightseeing destination on the island, however, other places of note in the town of Mandraki are the Venetian Castle and the Monastery of Panagia Spiliani. The picturesque village of Nikia has great views of the island.
Paros is perfect for island hopping with its close proximity to the famous islands of Mykonos, Santorini and Naxos. Paros is one of the most popular of the Cyclades islands offering something for everyone, combining modern and traditional elements in a unique way. Places of interest to visit include the Byzantine Monastery of Ekatontapyliani (meaning - the church with the hundred doors), Monastery of Logovarda and many other monasteries. Kolymbithres, Santa Maris, Golden Beach and New Golden Beach are the most popular beaches and swimming spots on the island. Due to the wind conditions, Paros is ideal for watersports. Have a day away from the beach and explore the charming villages of Parikia, Lefkes and Naoussa.
Patmos is a popular destination with many religious festivals and feasts. Patmos was the inspiration for St John to write the Book of the Apocalypse and is also known as the ’Island of the Apocalypse’. The so-called ’cave of the Apocalypse’ where the book was written is one of the island’s main attractions. Above the village of Chora, the capital of the island is a large monastery dedicated to St John. Many pilgrims still visit the island to see these religious monuments. Wander around the narrow alleyways in Chora or relax on one of the amazing beaches.
Rhodes is a top holiday destination and is the largest and most popular of the Dodecanese islands. Rhodes is also known as ’Knights’ Island’ with its rich historical past you will never run out of things to see and do. Rhodes Town is one of the best preserved and largest European Medieval city. Explore the narrow, stone-paved alleyways, the Street of the Knights, the Palace of Grand Master, Hippocrates Square and the old port of Mandraki. Outside of the main town visit the many castles, the Acropolis of Lindos, the Monastery of Filerimos and the Springs of Kalithea. When you tire of sightseeing there are many stunning beaches to discover.
Santorini, as we know it today, is what remains following a huge volcanic explosion in 17th century BC. All settlements were destroyed and a caldera, lagoon of seawater, was created. The caldera is surrounded on 3 sides by the steep cliffs and on the 4th side by Thirassia island. Although the volcano is still active there is currently no risk of it erupting. Santorini is comprised of 5 islands with the main island being called Santorini (Thira), the two Kameni islands are at the centre and Thirasia and Aspronisi on the periphery. Sightseeing is a favoured option in Santorini. Examine the traditional Cycladic architecture in Oia and Fira, explore the dramatic rocky landscape and wonder at the important ancient site Minoan Akrotiri that was covered entirely in volcanic ash when the volcano erupted. The ancient site of Thera has breathtaking views from the hill above Perissa. Santorini is one of the most popular destinations worldwide, the hotels located in the towns surrounding the caldera are the most expensive due to the spectacular views.
Symi, one of the Dodecanese islands, is known for its relaxed atmosphere, colourful houses and beautiful architecture. The colourful properties really stand out as you approach Symi by ferry. Symi is a romantic location with its amazing sunsets and walks around the traditional main port. The Holy Monastery of Panormitis, the protector of the island, is one of the most important sights and is included in the program of many boat tours. Away from the main port are numerous beaches with crystal clear waters and quaint villages.