The lovely islands of Andros and Tinos can be reached from the yacht charter bases of Samos, Athens, Paros and Syros and often also Mykonos port offers charters and Cycladic cruises in this beautiful area of the Cyclades. Furthermore Tinos acts as a stepping stone between the Cyclades and the Dodecanese islands and often Cycladic cruises - if 10 or 14 days cruises - do indeed include the stunning islands of Patmos, Ikaria, Kos and Rhodes.
The are generally four types of Cycladic cruises:
- Gulet cruises on motor sailers - very luxurious cabins with en suite bathrooms
- Regular sailing yachts such as Beneteau Oceanis, Bavaria, Ocean Star or Jeanneau Sun Odyssey yachts
- Cruises on superyachts or megayachts
- Cruise ships
Note that only the first three can be rent as a full charter or private charter, and indeed cabin charters on these yachts are often more difficult to find.
Furthermore, cruise ships are not recommended since these are way too large to visit the more interesting ports and you have no say in the itinerary whatsoever.
The Cycladic cruises on regular yachts, either with just a skipper or fully crewed with additional hostess and cook are the cheapest, the gulet cruises and the super yachts are often more expensive.
Also note that:
- Most yacht charters have a minimum of 7 days/1 week, the more luxurious gulets or megayachts are the exception
- Gulets or motorsailers should preferably be chartered as full charter or private charter, otherwise you will have fewer option and hardly any freedom in itineraries for your Cycladic cruise
- Yachts larger than 35 metres will have problems entering picturesque little ports and anchorages which are truly the highlights of all Cycladic cruises!
- Although regular sailing yachts include catamarans, multihulls are very rare in Greece, best look for monohulls as well.
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