SEVEN DAYS // SEVEN NIGHTS // SARONIC

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I GREEK OUT //

Dig into your Greek history and mythology on this route.  We'll visit some VERY old places.  Did you know you can visit THE VERY PASS that Leonidas defended way back when?  Not the one where they filmed it....I mean the ACTUAL PASS.


ARRIVAL // GETTING THERE

The Saronic route starts from the city of Lavrion, just south of Athens.  Fly into Athens and take the bus or taxi transfer to Lavrion port.  A great guide for making the transfer can be found here.  What a good time to take a couple days on either end of your trip to visit some of the best-known and best-surviving archaeological wonders of ancient Greece!

Arrive around 2PM to allow for enough time to check in, provision, and move onto your floating home for the week.  

ATH - Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos"

 

DAY 1 // SATURDAY // WELCOME ABOARD

LAVRION // 37.42.719'N 024.03.535'E

Welcome to the Athenian peninsula! This part of the world has a history thousands of years old. Known for its characteristic sculptures made out of marble (long before the bronze age arose), the Cyclades have become a thriving and well-known destination that provides luxury as well as cultural significance and history.

We begin in Lavrion!  The port offers access to various islands, the most obvious of which are the Cyclades (hence the same start location).  Less than an hour from Athens by taxi, this city has quite the history. It is best known for its silver mining. In fact, the silver mines date back to prehistoric times and are believed to be the oldest in the world! These mines financed the Athenian fleet that defeated the Persians, the building of the Acropolis, as well as the other monuments of the Athenian Golden Age. The port of Lavrion was in terrible disarray until a few short years ago. The town is now a thriving spot of culture, food, and tourism.

Up and at 'em! We're going sailing!  Pack your bags, gather your big floppy hat and your flippy-floppies - it's time to board a sailboat! You’ll now embark upon one legendary week where your only vehicle is a yacht; your thoroughfare the sea.  All will board yachts on Saturday afternoon. You'll get a chance to move into your cabin and get settled with a cold glass of bubbly while exploring all your yacht has to offer.  Grab something boozy, unwind on the spacious teak deck, and get acquainted with the yacht and some safety and sailing basics with help from your skipper.

After getting settled in your yacht, stroll into town for a dinner in one of the oldest locations of the Aegean sea.  Relax over wine and lamb enjoying the thought that you'll soon have some wonderful photos to make your friends jealous back home.

Lavrion

Lavrion

Port town

Port town

Pay respects to Poseidon

Pay respects to Poseidon


DAY 2 // SUNDAY // PUT SOME MILES DOWN

POROS // 37.29.870'N, 023.27.257'E

First night into Poros, a wonderful sea-side village of old.  Head into town for a glass of wine while you take in the sights and feel of a polis thousands of years old.  Feeling adventurous?  Head up to the island's summit to discover an ancient temple to the Greek god Poseidon.

Poros

Poros

Poseidon

Poseidon

Water and city culture

Water and city culture


DAY 3 // MONDAY // WHERE ARE WE?

ERMIONI // 37.23.000'N, 023.14.738'E

Another ancient Greek village.  Damn, stuck in beauty and culture again.  Catch a cab up to Milo's Lounge Bar for a stunning view of the port as the sun sets.  

Lots to explore

Lots to explore

Yachts Yachts Yachts

Yachts Yachts Yachts

View from Milo's Lounge Bar

View from Milo's Lounge Bar


DAY 4 // TUESDAY // ANCIENT LEGENDS

PLAKA LEONIDIO // 37.08.746'N, 022.53.595'E

Great day to stretch your sea legs!  A fantastic crossing, past the island of Spetses to land in the remote village of Plaka.  Up the road from here is the very pass that Leonidas defended.  Yep, the same Leonidas from the movie 300.  

Port Quay

Port Quay

From Above

From Above

Swim time

Swim time


DAY 5 // WEDNESDAY // HOW FAR DOWN CAN YOU SEE?

DOKOS // 37.20.632'N, 023.20.479'E

Let's get remote.  Dokos is an uninhabited island just off the coast from Ermioni.  We'll have some amazingly clear, blue water in which to go swimming here.  Take a hike around the island to find the lighthouse and church built on an Bronze Age foundation.  Rewards to the adventurous who summit the island, as a special treat awaits them up top.

Crystal Clear Water

Crystal Clear Water

Now that's remote

Now that's remote

Lighthouse on Dokos

Lighthouse on Dokos


DAY 6 // THURSDAY // THE NIGHT WILL LIVE ON...

HYRDA // 37.21.034'N, 023.27.960'E

Back to a little bit of civilization; well, super ancient civilization that is.  There is evidence of agriculture cultivation on the island as early as 2500 BCE. The Hyrdiots (as they are known) like the pace of life on island and have banned cars.  The only modes of transportation are by foot, bicycle, moped, and donkey. This is the best place in the Aegean to catch the sunset - we'll sneak up to a little hidden bar on the rocky cliff to watch as it passes beyond the horizon.  

The Town

The Town

The Beaches

The Beaches

Best Sunset Around

Best Sunset Around


DAY 7 // FRIDAY // ALAS...

LAVRION //

We'll have plenty of time on the water as we beat back upwind to our home port.  Put to use those freshly-garnered sailing skills!  We'll be back in time to have our last dinner in town at one of the nice restaurants to charge up for our next adventure!

YL Regatta 2013, Balearic Sea

YL Regatta 2013, Balearic Sea



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