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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Destinations / Greece / Athens - Athens

Greece / Athens - Athens

Day 1:  Athens – Kea( 50 nm) Kea is an exceptionally picturesque island. On the south side of Nikolaos Bay - which was a pirate stronghold in the 13th c. - is the little port of Korissia, built on the side of ancient Korissia. There are remains of the ancient town walls and a Sanctuary of Apollo. The famous lion - carved from the native rock in the 6th c. BCE - can be seen just north-east of Kea town. Another highlight is the beautiful anchorage of Poleis.  Vourkari is a small bay with many traditional taverns, small shops and bars and is certainly worth a visit.

Day 2: Kea – Mykonos(58 nm)  The most popular island of Cyclades Group, famous from the international jet set visitors and the celebrating atmosphere which is overarching the island. A very active night-life in combination with beautiful beaches and excellent restaurants.  

Day 3: Mykonos – Paros (27 nm)Paros is considered as one of the most beautiful island of the Cyclades. Three bays cut deep inland - in the west the sheltered Paroikia Bay, with the island's capital that serves as the main sailing port. In the north the bay which shelters the little town of Naoussa, which in Roman times was the island's main port for the shipment of Lychnites marble; and in the east the flat Marmara bay.  Paros is also known in Greece for its ideal weather conditions for windsurfing.

Day 4: Paros – Ios(36 nm)  Ios is a small island in the heart of the Cyclades. It is said to be the island of youth, where young people from all over the world meet and enjoy their summers. Ios is famous for its vivid nightlife with an uncountable number of bars, cafés, clubs and restaurants and for its beaches with crystal clear water. The little port of Ios, with the domed Church of Ayia Irini (17th c.) lies in a sheltered bay on the west coast of the island. One kilometre up the fertile Kato Kampos Valley, conspicuously and picturesquely situated on the hillside, is the chief place on the island, Ios.

Day 5: Ios – Santorini(Thira) (30 nm). Many reasons have made this island famous worldwide. Its great wines, the international and local cuisine but most of all, the villages which are situated on cliffs and offer breathtaking view over the submerged volcano. The island also has impressive beaches with the sand of tour choice: black, red or white! Thira together with the smaller islands of Thirasia and Aspro are part of a volcanic crater, which has been engulfed by the sea. In the centre are the Kammeni islands, the cones of later volcanoes, which came into being in historical times. Hot springs and emissions of gas bear witness to continuing volcanic activity.

Day 6: Santorini-Kythnos (90 nm).Kythnos or Thermia is an unspoiled island.  The coast is much indented - with many beautiful anchorages and ports - and for the most part falls steeply down to the sea. The two charming inland villages, Chora (Kythnos town) and the lively little Dryopis, can best be visited by scooter or bike. The two main ports are Mericha and Loutra. Mericha - only minutes sailing away from the oddly shaped Sandbar Bay - is the smaller of the two. Loutra on the north-east nowadays even has a new harbour with new moles providing the best protection from the Meltemi on the island.

Day 7: Kythnos – Athens (54 nm). Athens is the Capital of Greece. Within the sprawling city of Athens it is easy to imagine the golden age of Greece when Pericles had the Parthenon (the most eminet monument of the ancient Greek architecture) built.Athens is built around the Acropolis and the pinnacled crag of Mt. Lycabettus, which the goddess Athena was said to have dropped from the heavens as a bulwark to defend the city. The suburbs have covered the barren plain in all directions and the city is packed with lively taverns and bustling shops.
 
Day 8: Disembarkation in Athens.