The Sail and Hike tour is a lifetime experience! Sail through some of the most pristine Greek islands and explore them by sea and land! Your adventure will be like a modern Odysseus or Jason sailing from one island to another and hiking through amazing sceneries.
The Greek islands are a mecca for sailing holidays! If you are a sea lover and wish to enjoy the magic of the less touristy and more beautiful beaches, join us on this exciting sailing cruise. Our starting point is Athens and focuses on the perfect combination of the art of sailing along with beautiful hikes on the Greek islands!
Our Sail and Hike Tour is an ideal experience for families, couples and mini groups that includes visits to the important historic sites, activities away from the crowds and a of course swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean sea!
We curated this experience for people who enjoy trekking. You should be in good physical condition. The walking trails are a mixture of dirt tracks and well-constructed stone mule paths. Along the coast, we walk on the sand for some stretches — a good walking pole may be useful. Relatively easy hikes, 3 to 5 hours per day. This a good start for a first trekking holiday.
If you don’t want to hike, you can just hang out on the boat or enjoy the warm Aegean waters.
No sailing experience necessary. Those who are already familiar boating are more than welcome to assist our certified skipper throughout the journey. This trip is also a great opportunity for people with no experience to learn the fundamental principles of the art of sailing.
Upon arrival settle to your hotel in Athens. In the evening, meet with your guide for a short walking tour of the city, Then, enjoy a welcome dinner in a traditional Greek tavern in the old part of Athens which overlooks the Acropolis, Plaka. Overnight in Athens.
After breakfast, half-day sightseeing tour of Athens, the hostess of the Olympic Games in 2004. Visit Acropolis, the greatest monument in the Western world, the Parthenon, and Panathinaikon Stadium, the stadium where the first Olympic games were in 1896, and the New Acropolis Museum. Lunch at the Acropolis Museum restaurant. Around 15:00, we head to the island of Serifos via high- speed ferry from Piraeus. After disembarkation on Serifos, we begin an incredible hike from the port, through the amazing town of Chora, ending in the evening at Psili Ammos beach, where our sailing boat will be waiting for us! After settling into your cabin, enjoy your first wonderful dinner onboard.
Ferry Piraeus to Serifos: 2-hours | Hike: 3.5-hours | Overnight onboard a Catamaran Lagoon 450, Serifos | B, L, D
Early morning, we sail to Milos — a volcanic island in the southwestern corner of the Cycladic islands. It is mostly famous for the statue of Venus of Milo (Aphrodite), a beautiful piece of Greek ancient art, that was discovered on this island and is today housed in the Louvre Museum, Paris. Our catamaran will disembark us at the fishing village of Pollonia, where our hike starts for today. On the walk, we will see the infamous Sarakiniko, with its lunar landscape; the Papafraga, the famous archaeological site of Filakopi, one of the most important cities of the ancient Greek era. We end at a stunning beach in Mandrakia — white sand and turquoise crystal clear waters. After a swim, the catamaran will take you to the bay of Adamas, the largest natural harbor in Greece. It is one of the safest anchorage places in the entire Mediterranean. Tonight, we will visit the beautiful town of Adamas and dine at a local taverna. Sail 4.5-hours | Hike: 4-hours | Overnight onboard the Catamaran, Adamas Bay | B, L, D
Today’s sailing around the whole island takes us to picturesque beaches, inviting sea caves, rare and extraordinary geological formations, and amazing spots that are only accessible by boat. We will see the spectacular rock formations of Glaronissia, Arkoudes, Sikia, and Kleftiko. Swim in turquoise waters. In the evening we will sail to either Kimolos or Polyaigos to set anchor for our next day’s departure. Lunch on board. Dinner is either onboard or in Kimolos.
Overnight on board the Catamaran, Milos | B, L, D
Today we head towards Sifnos, one of the most “fulfilled” Greek islands. The island is known for its beaches, idyllic villages, and a wide variety of beautiful hikes. We have selected the best of them. The catamaran will reach Platys Gialos, our hiking starting point. Today’s walk takes us away from modern civilization! Afterwards, we will settle into our hotel, home for the next two nights. Then get ready for a fantastic Greek dance lesson experience! Overnight on-board.
Sail: 2-hours | Hike 4.5-hours | B, L, D
Our hike takes us today from Kastro, the ancient capital of Sifnos and one of the best preserved ancient capitals of the Cyclades, to the modern capital of Sifnos, Apollonia. It is considered to be the cosmopolitan spot of Sifnos, full of shops, cafes, and tavernas. We will walk along the narrow streets of the town, enjoying the architecture, as well as some impressive churches. Eventually, we will make our way to a hidden valley, Skafi, an area with ancient monasteries, caves, and spectacular sea views from the church of Panagia tou Niliou, called the “Aegean Balcony.” This setting is where we will have a picnic lunch. Then continue to mavro Chorio (“Black Village”), known for its impressive huts, terraces and magnificent gates. Our path leads us to the spring of Kalamitsi, between two huge crags, the “Froudia baronas” crags. On top of the larger crag, there is an ancient citadel. We continue our hike, descending to the Bay of Vathy, the most beautiful beach village on the island, where our catamaran awaits for us. Then time for a refreshing dip in the sea. Afterward, a marvelous cooking class on-board!!!
Hike: 6-hours | B, L, D
Today, we sail to Kythnos where we will relax and enjoy a “beach day” in Kolones, one of the most photographed beaches in Greece. In the evening, we head to the Port of Merichas, our anchorage for the night. Lunch onboard, and dinner in Merichas.
Sail: 5.5-hours | Overnight on board | B, L, D
After a lovely breakfast on board, we depart by private motor coach or taxis to the Chora of Kythnos, where our hike begins. This exceptional hike is considered to be one of the best in the Cycladic islands. After a short exploration of Chora and Panagia tou Nikous, we will walk through paths with fantastic views to the neighboring islands, crossing large flat stones toward Aghios Georgios to visit the virgin sandy beach of Aghios Ioannis. This loop walk takes us back to Chora, where we will be transferred back to Merihas for an afternoon sail to Sounio. Here we will visit the Temple of Poseidon at sunset. Picnic lunch and Farewell dinner under Poseidon’s temple onboard or at the Grecotel Cape Sounio Hotel.
Sail: 3.2-hours | Hike: 3.5-hours | Overnight on board | B, L, D
Breakfast on board while we sail along the Athenian Riviera to reach the Alimos Marina. End of services.
Sail: 3-hours | B
Price is based on a minimum attendance of 6 people (for less or more participants, please to contact us. End of July-August prices may vary).