“I’ve been with Burgess since 2002, and love working in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, using my knowledge of ancient, unspoiled sites and keeping up with the latest yachts and venues in the Eastern Mediterranean.”
Charter Broker, Athens
Among all the Greek Islands, the Cyclades group offers the perfect charter combination of relaxation and activity, from the buzz of cosmopolitan Mykonos, to the breathtaking views of Santorini.
“If you like safe, warm waters, ancient history, hospitable culture, gorgeous scenery and modern facilities then you will love the Cyclades.”
If you fly into Athens, take time to visit the Acropolis and the breathtaking new Acropolis Museum before joining your yacht at one of the marinas on the Athenian Riviera. Top of any Cycladian charter is Mykonos, for great beaches, sophisticated nightlife, elegant shopping and fine dining at exclusive restaurants like Matsuhisa (the Greek outpost of Nobu) at the Belvedere or The Plate at the Theoxenia.
Take a private tour of the ancient site of Delos on the neighbouring island before heading south to Paros. Here, Naoussa Bay is the place for swimming and watersports. By day, Paros is a hive of activity, but tranquillity descends after dusk. If you want to dine ashore, Astir of Paros is a gourmet choice.
Don’t miss spectacular Santorini, where the views from the port of Thira and the village of Oia are ravishing. From the port, choose the cable car over the donkey (unless you are intrepid!). Browse charming shops in narrow streets and end the day sipping a cocktail with the best sunset in the world. Dinner? Consider Sphinx for local delicacies and an extensive wine list. 1800 in Oia, built in 1845, is also out of this world.
For ultra-clear water, head to the island of Milos. One of the best anchorages is off the stunning coastal site and former haunt of pirates, Kleftiko. Don’t leave the island without trying one-of-a-kind cocktails at Pirate, the island’s oldest bar. For a taste of traditional Greek island life, step ashore on the island of Hydra and eat at its renowned seafood restaurant Paradosiako, before you leave.
Plan your charter between May and September, when temperatures are perfect and allow 7-10 days minimum. From mid-July to mid-August, the notorious meltemi winds may disrupt itineraries. Be flexible: your captain’s Plan B will be fantastic! Only Greek-flagged yachts can both embark and disembark charter guests in Greece.
Marie Molls is a charter broker for Burgess Yachts, the world’s leading luxury yachts provider.