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One-way itineraries in the Aegean

There are several one-way routes possible in the Aegean Sea since Lavrion and Athens; Alimos marina are upwind from the Cycladic main yacht charter bases of Syros, Paros and Kos. The spectacular approach of Ermoupolis on Syros Island Furthermore, the ports of Mykonos, Milos and Santorini increasingly serve as useful secondary bases for yacht charters as well.
Frequent domestic flights, ferries and hydrofoils connect these islands with Athens Airport and Piraeus Port.

Athens/Lavrion to Syros - 7 days
Day 0   SatAthens or Lavrion
Day 1   SunKea, Main port as well as Polis bay, delightful anchorage
Day 2   MonAndros/Tinos, Andros Port is lee-shore and involves distance, Tinos port is recommended. These islands are really off the beaten track and Gavrion and Kastro are very beautiful
Day 3   TueDenoussa, Lovely islet east of Naxos
Day 4   WedAmorgos, Fjord bay lunch, night in Aegiali, visit northeast cliffs-800 metres sheer drop, Katapola for night (after Santorini the best island in the Cyclades)
Day 5   ThuIraklia + bays around the islets there - mini cruise area :-)
Day 6   FriSifnos, Kamares port; anchorages: Platis Gialos, Faros and Kastro
Day 7   SatSyros, Ermoupolis approach even more breathtaking than the Poros approach

Athens/Lavrion to Paros - 7 days
Day 0   SatAthens or Lavrion
Day 1   SatKea, port and anchorages (Poleis bay)
Day 2   SunKythnos, both Mericha and Loutra are worthwhile
Day 3   MonSifnos, Kamares and anchorages; Platis Gialos, Faros or Kastro
Day 4   TueFolegandros, Karavostasi and the chora, Sikinos, Alopronia port, delightfully off the beaten track and lots of ancient ruins
Day 5   ThuSantorini, Vlichadi / Vlichada marina (rent scooters) and Thirasia or Oia, best to visit the Kameni islands by tripper boat from Skala
Day 6   FriNaoussa on Paros, very pretty both the bay (anchorages!) as the harbour
Day 7   SatParikia port on Paros, charter base and ferry port
Sailing Athens - Sounion Temple Amorgos island The port of Ios - Sailing in Greece
Athens/Lavrion to Syros - 10 days
Day 0Athens or Lavrion
Day 1Kea, main port and Poleis bay in the south east of the island, Kalidoniki bay
Day 2Andros, Gavrion, but also try to reach Andros and Korthi ports
Day 3Tinos, Panormos port and Tinos port
Day 4Denoussa, Simply delightful
Day 5Amorgos, Fjord bay lunch, visit northeast cliffs-800 metres sheer drop, katapola for night or Aegiali
Day 6Iraklia, Mirsini, Karos, Parianos
Day 7Naxos, Ay Ioannis bay, Panormou or Apollonia
Day 8Paros Naoussa,
Day 9Sifnos, Kamares port plus the following anchorages: Platis Gialos, Faros or Kastro; all blue turquoise
Day 10Syros, Ermoupolis, Finikas and Delfino Bay

Syros to Athens - 14 days
Day 0    SatSyros, Finikas port
Day 1    SunSyros Ermoupolis, perhaps the most beautiful Cycladic approach
Day 2    MonTinos, Tinos port
Day 3    TueAndros, Gavrio port
Day 4    WedKythnos Loutra and anchorage in Stefanos bay
Day 5    ThuKythnos Mericha or anchorage in sandbar bay.
Day 6    FriHydra port and anchorages near southwest tip of the island
Day 7    SatSpetses port and anchorages
Day 8    SunDrepano bay and Tolo
Day 9    MonNafplion, history and ancient sites
Day 10  TueErmioni or the anchorage behind Nisos Soupio
Day 11  WedPoros, one of the most beautiful approaches
Day 12  ThuMethana, marvellously mephitic
Day 13  FriAegina, the marina or Ay. Marina bay (Aphaia Temple)
Day 14  SatAthens

Athens to Paros - 14 days
Day 0    SatAthens
Day 1    SunKea (via Sounion) either Kea port or Polis Bay anchorage on the southeast
Day 2    MonAndros, Gavrio port
Day 3    TueTinos, Tinos port or Panormos
Day 4    WedAmorgos Long leg downwind - lunch on Donoussa island on 3/4th - Fjord bay lunch, visit northeast cliffs-800 metres sheer drop, Katapola for night
Day 5    ThuKythnos, Mericha port or anchorage in sandbar bay.
Day 6    FriIraklia, plus other islands in the Little Cyclades (mini cruise area)
Day 7    SatSantorini, Vlichada marina
Day 8    SunSantorini
Day 9    MonFolegandros, Karavostasi and the Chora
Day 10  TueMilos, also the south coast
Day 11  WedSifnos, Kamares port and anchorages Platis Gialos, Faros or Kastro
Day 12  ThuAndiparos
Day 13  FriParos, Naoussa bay and port
Day 14  SatParos, Parikia port

Athens/Lavrion to Kos - 14 days
Two options; either take the east and then south route via Andros, Tinos, Ikaria, Samos and Patmos, or take the south and then east route which is my and my crew's favourite:
Day 0    SatAthens or Lavrion
Day 1    SunKea, Korissia port and anchorages
Day 2    MonKythnos, Mericha and Sandbar bay & on the east side Loutra marina
Day 3    TueSifnos, Loads of stunning anchorages
Day 4    WedFolegandros, Karavostasi and Chora & Sikinos, Alopronia port, delightfully off the beaten track and lots of ancient ruins
Day 5    ThuSantorini, Vlichada in the south, Thirasia, Skala
Day 6    FriAmorgos, The monastery is best visited from Katapola port
Day 7    SatKinaros & Livitha, please see below
Day 8    SunLeros, Alida bay, Lakki marina, Xerokambos bay and Pandeli port
Day 9    MonKalymnos & Pserimos, Vathi, Telendos islet, Emborios bay and anchorages around Pserimos
Day 10  TueNisyros, Palon port - visit the caldera and fumaroles
Day 11  WedTilos, Livadi port (recent new breakwater) and Eristou bay
Day 12  ThuSymi, Main port of Symi and Marathouda, Nanou and Thessalono bays
Day 13  FriNisyros, Palon port
Day 14  SatKos, Visit the old town and castle

Several islands - notably Sifnos, Amorgos, Andros, Santorini, Symi, Tinos, Paros - are worth more than one day !!!

Note, that in the above one-way itineraries - in contrast to the Saronic, Cyclades, Ionian and Dodecanese routes - I have opportunistically incorporated sailing the first day (Day 0). Planning to sail the Aegean, should mean you are an experienced yachtsman and reaching for Kea should even in twilight pose no added risk if you are qualified enough to make such a landfall. When sailing with reputable yacht charter agencies the handover of your yacht can be arranged much earlier in the afternoon.

Stepping stones between Dodecanese and Cyclades

There are a couple of stepping stones or logical connections between the Dodecanese and the Cyclades:
  1. Between Kalymnos/Leros and Amorgos you will find the lovely islets of Kinaros and Livitha, the latter offering the best anchorage, totally secluded, usually mooring buoys.
  2. East of Astypalea - totally off the beaten track - is the islet of Ioannis which has a nice solid anchorage at the south (loads of Ifalos here) and from there dead east to Nisyros.
  3. Denoussa (islet east of Naxos) to Patmos.
  4. Between Andros or Tinos and the Southern Sporades - notably Ikaria island (this is part of the east and then south route). This is also the recommended route when returning upwind in heavy weather such as the Meltemi.
The large fetch of more or less unblocked sea all the way from Mount Athos, allows for higher waves in the open waters between the Dodecanese and Cyclades!

 
Further reading:
Greek chart terms and toponyms for sailing in Greece.
The Wind roses of Greece.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you want to know more about cruising in Greece and trustworthy yacht charter firms for these one-ways.

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