Yacht rental Greece | Luxury yacht charter itinerary from Bodrum to Mykonos and back
This sailing route includes visiting beautiful islands of Greece, inlcuding one of the most famous ones - the island of Mykonos.
The route will be tailor-made according to your preferences.
DAY 1: BODRUM - KOS
Bodrum is one of Turkey’s most popular coastal resort towns. White-washed houses decorated with colourful bougainvillea drape the sides of low, rounded hills leading down to the harbour. A magnificent Crusader’s Castle stands proudly on a rocky promontory overlooking the marina. This is the heart of Bodrum, where tourists flock to witness the town’s famous nightlife as much as to experience its impressive history.
Heredotus, the father of history, was born here when the place was known as “Halicarnassos”. The Mausoleum of Halicarnassos was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and it is possible to visit the remains of this monumental tomb, along with the “Myndos Gate”, the antique theatre and the Castle of the Knights of St. John. Exploring the castle, which houses one of the largest museums of underwater archaeology in the world, is very relaxing in the cooler hours of the day. In summer 2019 it is under construction and unfortunately is not available for the visits.
Embark the yacht in Bodrum Harbour and enjoy a "Welcome Cocktail" prepared by your crew. Once embarkation procedure is over, clear out of Turkish waters and set sails towards Kos - beautiful Greek island.
Kos is the second largest island of the Dodecanese and lies just off the coast of Turkey, just a short distance from the port of Bodrum. The island is synonymous with the forefather of modern medicine, Hippocrates who was born here in 460 BC and went on to teach many disciples the philosophy and science of medicine.
There are many different choices for dining out tonight, so try one of the traditional-style tavernas on the waterfront, and round off the evening with a walk through Kos' bazaar. You can explore Kos more when you are on the pre last day of your journey as you’ll have more day light to visit its historical and cultural sites.
Overnight in Kos Harbour.
DAY 2: KOS - PATMOS
Patmos, an island of great natural beauty, is synonymous with St. John. During his exile here in the period of 96-98 AD St. John wrote “The Apocalyse”.
Anchor in Grikos Bay for lunch, then move into Skala Harbour and go ashore to explore.
It is impossible not to be impressed by the sight of Scala harbour, set in a large, well-sheltered bay and at the base of a mountain crowned by the 13th century monastery of St. John the Divine. There is much to see and do ashore in Scala, but the real attractions of the island are the Cave of the Apocalypse and the Convent of Evengelismos. It is recommended that you set aside part of the day to just drive around the island at leisure and admire the beautiful views.
Spend the night in Skala Harbour with dinner at one of the island's finest restaurants. If you are looking for a spot to visit after dinner, head for Chora’s “Theo’s Lounge”.
DAY 3: PATMOS - MYKONOS
Welcome to the whitewashed paradise located in the heart of the Cyclades - Mykonos. It is not a secret, that Mykonos is the most famous cosmopolitan island of Greece. If to trust local myths and legends, this vibrant place was formed out of the petriﬁed bodies of giants that were killed by powerful Hercules.
By the way, do you know that the grandson of Apollo was also named Mykonos? That’s where the island’s name comes from.
Today you have a perfect chance to discover a charming summer world where glamour blends with simplicity and happy attitude towards life. It is the island where you’ll meet teenagers, students, families with kids, and famous people walking next to each other exploring the surroundings, dining in local tavernas, and swimming in crystal clear waters of the sea.
Unlike other capital towns of the Cycladic islands, the Hora of Mykonos does not resemble amphitheater. It spreads out over a wide area. Leave any map aside and just enjoy strolling around town’s narrow marble streets, whitewashed houses with colorful doors, blooming bougainvillea trees and little churches hidden among local beauty.
In the evening enjoy walking the pedestrian shopping streets of the Hóra. Visit Matoyánni Street, one of the most glamourous ones in town. It is full of brand name stores, charming cafés and stylish restaurants.
If you’re not in the mood of shopping streets tonight, visit Alefkántra, so called “Little Venice”. It is a very picturesque district of old and cute building with balconies perched over the sea. The scene reminds you of the famous Italian city - Venice.
DAY 4: MYKONOS
Today’s mood may direct you towards enjoying private bays and isles of Mykonos. Having a yacht as your floating villa is the best way to do it.
Mykonos is famous for its beaches. Sail south to see the most famous ones from a totally different perspective. Psarou beach with its pure and clean white sand is considered as a VIP place. You will often see here beautiful yachts at anchor and people enjoying gorgeous sea. It is also an ideal place for water sports activities. The water is usually calm as it is protected with the mountains around. Other famous places similar to Psarou are Elia, Kalafatis, Paranga located south.
After exploring the beaches and enjoying water posts, you can sail to the uninhabited isle of Dragonisi. It is a protected nature reserve where you can meet the monachus - monachus seal. Snorkeling here is also a beautiful experience.
As an alternative you can sail to the island of Delos laying just across Mykonos. History and Greek mythology lovers will enjoy time spent here. According to the local myths and legends, this island appeared suddenly from the blues of the sea when Leto was in the search of a safe place to give birth to her twins Apollo and Artemis.
Delos island and its archeological mood is a tranquil place. And you’ll like it if you wish to escape for few hours from busy Mykonos vibes in order to see the footprints of ancient Greece.
For the night time come back to Mykonos to enjoy on land dining experience and vibrant night life. Don’t forget to taste delicious pepper ﬂavoured kopanistí, a soft cheese seasoned with pepper. It is the gastronomic trademark of the island. Cooked pork ﬁlet with spices known as “loúzes” is perfect for meat eaters, as well as local sausages sprinkled with pepper.
DAY 5: MYKONOS - PAROS
Paros is your next destination after Mykonos. Paros looks and feels as if the vibrant life has not stepped on shore, however you’ll find here both, tranquil and lively atmosphere. The main village of the island is Parikia, whereas Naoussa is famous for having cosmopolitan vibes. Both have whitewashed houses that look like sugar cubes, ouzeries, restaurants, potted geraniums, clouds of bougainvillea, and fine restaurants. The picture-perfect scenery is completed with little colorful caiques - traditional fishing boats.
Kolymbithres Beach located near Naoussa is one of the most beautiful spots on the island. And it is also one of the most popular ones in the area for its strange rock formations. In summer it gets crowded so you may not want to stay there long. Let your captain choose a nice bay nearby for an overnight stay and dinner on board.
DAY 6: PAROS - ASTIPALIA
Your next destination is the island of Astipalia. Also known as Astypalea, it is a Dodecanese gem with a Cycladic soul.
Drop the anchor in front of its capital town, also called Astipalea, and go on a date with the maze of narrow streets, whitewashed little houses that spread all along the waterfront, tavernas and cafes where they serve delightful cheese and rakomelo, locally produced alcoholic drink mixed with honey.
It is one of those Greek islands that are not yet discovered by tourists much. Venetian castle crowning a bleached-white upper town, with many of the sugar cubes sporting Ottoman balconies. Within the castle walls archaeologists have uncovered foundations dating to the 6th Century BC. It is a perfect spot to enjoy the views and the sunset.
DAY 7: ASTIPALIA - KOS
After coming back to Kos, you finally have time to visit the Asclepeion, a centre for healing, built by Hippocrates' disciples. Understandably, this is the best archaeological site on the island, and we recommend that you take in a short visit to appreciate one of the Western world’s first true hospitals and medical schools.
The other main attractions on the island are the large Knights’ fortress, the Kos Archaeological Museum, the Hippocrates Cultural Centre, and the Roman Odeon, which is just 10 minutes’ walk from the harbour.
Besides the main town of the island, there are also cute villages that you can visit.
Zia is a beautiful little place located in the mountains, around 16 kilometers away from Kos town. It is possible to go there by taxi. From here you have amazing views to the island and authentic atmosphere as tourism isn’t very developed here.
Actually, before coming back to the main town of Kos, you can stop in Kefalos village, located west of the island. It was the first capital of Kos island. You will pass it first o your way back from Astipalia.
Kefalos lies on the slopes of a hill. Top sites of this place are the Folklore Museum displaying the rural way of life of the past, the ruins of Agios Stefanos - a Christian Basilica, and of course the picturesque islet located opposite village.
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