The wonderful islands of the Cyclades
offer a plethora of options for cruises and other forms of yacht charters
. If time allows a visit to the nearby Aegean islands of the Dodecanese
or the Argolic and Saronic Gulfs
could serve as an extra treat.
The most convenient way to enter the Cyclades is from Athens International Airport
, with the Athens' ports and marinas
close by. But several islands also have airports, notably: Paros
. Instead of a domestic flight from Athens to these smaller airports it is also possible to use the extensive greek ferries system which connects all but the smallest of the Cyclades islands
Various cruises in the Cyclades
The best known option for Cyclades cruises
is a cabin charter onboard the opulent cruise liners that frequent these waters.
There are however several downsides to such cruises:
- The ships are much too large to visit any lovely bay or port except for the major commercial (ugly) harbours in the Aegean
- The itinerary is predetermined, as a guest you won't have an influence on the schedule and route of your cruising vacation
- Instead of focussing on several must-see islands within the Cyclades, only 2 or 3 (usually Mykonos, Santorini) are chosen, and the rest is neglected
Obviously, there are better cruises possible to truly discover the rich culture and important ancient history
of these Aegean waters
in more depth.
The ultimate cruises can be experienced onboard the fully crewed superyachts and megayachts. Since these are full charters (also known as private charters), you can decide on the itineraries and schedules. Moreover, the crew will serve only you. Both the megayacht and super sailing yachts come in all sorts of sizes.
A more romantic equivalent of such luxurious Cyclades cruises are the motorsailers or gulets. These wooden local ships are also fully crewed with cooks, hostesses and deckhands and resemble the blue cruises or blue voyages along the Turquoise coasts of Turkey. Sometimes cabin charters are possible as well.
To better choose between the various Cyclades cruises please see my yacht charter page.
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