Among the thousands of Greek islands that have graced the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, only 250 of them are occupied. Tucked away in seaside harbors and secluded coastlines, these small Greek island retreats deliver incredible food and wine, otherworldly beaches, white-washed and blue-domed architecture, and ruins of ancient civilizations. Although travelers have undoubtedly heard of—and perhaps visited—such marquee isles as Santorini and Mykonos, others are awakening to a new perspective of exploring the region. One where the nimbleness of yachting allows access to uncharted destinations, with time to dive deeper and linger longer.
As SeaDream I and SeaDream II drop anchor in these storied waters, enjoy long days of sunshine, quaint fishing villages, and UNESCO-protected Old Towns steeped in history and character. Our curated voyages to the Greek Islands call on quiet beaches, iconic cathedrals, and bucket-list landmarks, including the ancient ruins at Delphi, along the quietest shorelines of the Mediterranean.
Kioni, Ithaca, Greece
The few travelers that have visited Kioni describe it as one of Ithaca’s most beautiful villages and one of the most stunning destinations in the Ionian Sea. The island itself is known as the homeland of Odysseus (Ulysses), the hero of the Homeric poem The Odyssey. The village was built on the slopes of a mountain at the end of the sixteenth century by the inhabitants who used to live in the mountainous village of Anogi. Today, its tiny tile-roof houses overlook the picturesque port where small fishing boats and private yachts moor, its waterside promenade lined with cafés.
According to the early Greek Poet Hesiod, Hydra is the offspring of Typhon and Echidna, a gigantic snake-like water creature with multiple heads, one of which is immortal. Despite, or perhaps because of its mythological history, Hydra enjoys a long reputation as the artists’ muse of the Greek Islands. Car-free and protected by a preservation order, and built around a crescent-shaped harbor, Hydra centers on a strand of restaurants, shops, markets, and galleries that cater to visitors and locals alike. Hydra’s allure lies in her rich history and seaside waterfront, offering a rugged charm perfect for self-exploration. Next to Kaminia lies the untouched beach of Vlychos, with its black-pebbled shore and crystal-clear waters. Take a guided walk through the hidden paths of Hydra town and along the coastline that lead to Vlychos Beach and reward yourself with a refreshing swim in the clear blue sea.
Where Parnassos Mountain meets the sea at the Bay of Corinth sits Itea, a picturesque waterfront town located close to the archaeological site of Delphi, believed to be created by Zeus when he sought to locate the center of Gaia. Its view of the surrounding azure waters and imposing mountains in the horizon make Itea perfect for a pleasant seaside stroll, incredible cuisine, and robust coffee at one of its lovely outdoor cafés. From Itea, discover Delphi, and visit its well-preserved ruins including the Sanctuary of Apollo. Explore the museum containing sculptures and artifacts excavated from the Oracle and among its treasures a unique Bronze Charioteer on our specially curated Yachting Land Adventure.
This small island at the center of the Cyclades melds modern and traditional elements in an almost indescribably special way, showcasing a mix of traditional Cycladic architecture, incredibly romantic golden-sand beaches that line miles of rugged coastline, enchanting rural villages defined by their sophisticated restaurants and bars, and important historical monuments and archaeological sites. These include the Sanctuary of Delian Apollo, the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the ancient cemetery, and the surviving relics of the Church of Ekatontapiliani. Enjoy a wine tasting and highlights of Paros on our specially curated Yachting Land Adventure.
Tucked away in the South Aegean Islands, Patmos was named by Forbes as “Europe’s most idyllic place to live.” Its Cave of the Apocalypse is where John of Patmos (St. John) is said to have written the Book of Revelation. A fortress-like, 11th-century monastery dedicated to the saint overlooks the whitewashed houses of the hilltop capital, Chora, itself notable for its more than two dozen ancient churches and stone pathways only accessible by foot. Explore the Monastery of St. John & Patmian House on our specially curated Yachting Land Aventure.
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