This region is defined by its three parallel peninsulas – they look like Poseidon’s trident extending into the Aegean Sea. The peninsulas create a unique coastline that’s marked by picturesque beaches and quiet harbors and framed by lush pine forests that in many places extend right to the water.
A week’s charter here can combine geographical wonders, historical significance and modern luxuries.
On the westernmost peninsula, the city of Kassandra offers nightclubs and entertainment, while this region is also known for the important archaeological sites of Stageira, Aristotle’s birthplace, and Olynthus, known for its mosaic floors that survive from the ancient city.
Next, the yacht will make its way overnight to the tiny Greek island of Antipaxos, which is famous for its beautiful beaches and is a quieter alternative to Corfu. Spend the day frolicking in the aquamarine waters off the beaches of Voutoumi and Vrika and playing with the extensive selection of water toys stowed on board. Afterwards, the yacht will relocate south to a secluded cove to watch the sunset.
Wake up anchored off Kefalonia’s Myrtos beach and have an al fresco breakfast taking in the views of the perfect half-moon of white sand backed by rocky cliffs. In the afternoon, cruise to the island’s capital of Argostoli, which sits within a deep, sheltered inlet along the Fanari peninsula. Head to the seafront and dine on the catch of the day at the Captain’s Table restaurant, hosted by colorful owner Captain Makis.
Start the long cruise through the Gulf of Corinth, stopping off at the historic naval town of Galaxidi to stroll past its neoclassical houses and visit its nautical museum. Afterwards, your yacht will navigate her way through the famous terracotta-colored cliffs of the Corinth Canal, which at its narrowest point is just under 69ft wide.
Arrive at the volcanic island of Milos and anchor off the smooth white rocks of the bay at Sarakiniko. Swim to the beach, which looks like a lunar landscape, or head slightly further west to snorkel the wreck of a freighter that hit rocks during a storm in 2003.
Spend your final day on the whitewashed island of Santorini. Take the cable car for stunning views of the volcano and the old port. Return to the yacht to watch the sunset and indulge in a final dinner on board. Next morning, depart by private jet from Santorini Thira airport or extend your trip to visit the Dodecanese islands and the Turkish Riviera.
Moor at Sani Marina, part of the luxurious 1,000-acre Sani Resort. In the middle of May each year, it hosts the Sani Gourmet festival where young Michelin-starred chefs showcase the best of modern cuisine. Work out at the state-of-the-art sports center at Sani Beach, or relax at the D Spa at Sani Dunes. You might also like to order a masseuse to come privately to the yacht for a treatment. End the day with sundowner cocktails on board.
Make your way around the peninsula, the first prong of Poseidon’s trident, to the picturesque village of Afytos, which is famous for having been mentioned in the texts of Aristotle. Wander the cobbled streets and take in the views across the Toroneos Gulf. Spend the afternoon playing with water toys or just unwinding on the sundeck with a good book. Enjoy dinner on board.
Meet your yacht on the island of Skiathos to start your journey towards the forested peninsulas. The island, along with its neighbor Skopelos, was used as a location for the Hollywood movie Mamma Mia! The two isles offer the perfect backdrop for lunch on board: whitewashed villages, verdant forests and azure waters.
Start your final day at Ammouliani and wander among the traditional houses – see fishermen’s nets laid out for drying, small vegetable gardens and flower beds in full bloom. Then either take the tender back to the mainland and enjoy the scenic drive to Thessaloniki airport, or set your course for Athens where further Grecian adventures await.
Cruise overnight and then spend the day exploring Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki, which is the capital of the Greek region of Macedonia (not to be confused with the Republic of Macedonia to the north). As well as monuments and museums to delight history lovers, the thriving city has great shopping, a buzzing café society and vibrant nightlife. Retire to the yacht when you’re ready for some well-deserved relaxation.