The summer sun seems to shine more brightly in the Greek Isles, illuminating the vivid blue waters of hidden harbors awaiting your discovery. Sail from Athens for an unforgettable week exploring yachting playgrounds like Amorgos and Nafplio, where whitewashed homes are draped in bougainvillea and seaside fortresses have centuries of history to share. Turkey has its own answer to the Greek beach scene, as you’ll discover in the chic resort town of Bodrum.
Begin your journey in the cradle of civilization, strolling between the massive columns of the Parthenon that have inspired centuries of Western architecture. Then descend from the hilltop Acropolis to the Plaka neighborhood, where cobblestone streets lead you to a local café for moussaka and a sip of ouzo before embarking the yacht.
As you sail from Athens past the tiny islands dotting the Aegean Sea, sit back on a lounger at The Pool and sip a handcrafted cocktail. After lunch on your private terrace, treat yourself to a massage that will leave you invigorated and ready to explore ashore the next day.
Your first stop is the resort town of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera. Take in the views from the 15th-century Bodrum Castle before climbing aboard a traditional gulet sailboat and following the coastline to your own hidden cove. Check out Bodrum’s lively beach clubs and bustling nightlife before the yacht departs late that evening.
Your exploration of the Greek Isles begins with your arrival in Rhodes, where sun-kissed sands are just steps from the yacht. Beyond the beaches, you’ll find the medieval walls of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site of Gothic palaces, vaulted passageways and winding cobblestone streets.
As you sail into Amorgos, this quintessential yachting destination welcomes you with a laid-back island vibe. Lose yourself in the narrow streets, charming squares and whitewashed façades of the main village, or hike along the ruggedly scenic coastline to find your own secluded stretch of sand.
Continue to Nafplio, where an overnight stay lets you explore at length in one of Greece’s most beautiful cities, filled with neoclassical mansions and hillside fortresses that are a tribute to Venetian rule. Travel inland to ancient Mycenae, one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, and then enjoy a Greek cooking class and wine tasting.
Your journey comes full circle when you return to Athens. Before heading home, spend some more time in this iconic city, contrasting the ancient Acropolis with the strikingly modern museum that houses the artifacts unearthed there.