Day 1: Bodrum
Welcome to Bodrum, Turkey! Jump on board to meet your captain, crew and fellow travellers. After meeting with your tour leader in the afternoon, we’ll start to explore the famous night life of Bodrum with our new travel mates. Bodrum is the centre of night life in the Aegean region of Turkey and known for its amazing beaches and gullet cruise trips. History of Bodrum dates back to the 12th century B.C. The city was named ‘Halicarnassus’, which was the birthplace of Herodotus; the ‘Father of History’ who lived in the 5th century B.C. The ‘Mausoleum’ of King Mausolus (350 B.C.) which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World is located in Bodrum. That’s the only structure that survived from the Classical Era is the Amphitheatre. It is one of the oldest theatres in Anatolia with a capacity of 13.000 people, and is still hosting many shows and concerts for the art-lovers of Bodrum. Another place that you should visit whilst in Bodrum is the landmark of the city ‘Castle of Saint Peter’. It is one of the best preserved pieces of architecture with a history that dates back to the Middle Ages. ‘Myndos Gate’ through which Alexander the Great entered Halicarnassus is another place that you should not miss.
Day 2: Bodrum – Kos
This morning we will cruise to Kos (Cos), the birth place of Hippocrates, ‘the Father of Medical Sciences’. Kos is the second largest island of the 12 Dodecanese islands and has a very mild climate and very fertile lands. The island houses a 560-year-old tree, a 211-year-old fountain and a 290 km long beach. You may take a swim in Lambi Beach which is very close to Kos Harbour. Overnight at Kos.
Day 3: Levita or Amorgos
Early morning we pull anchor and start the sail to Amorgos. Amorgos is one of the popular islands in Greece with white houses, crystal clear water and a peaceful atmosphere. It is no coincidence that Luc Besson chose to shoot the first part of the film “The Big Blue” here. Once only visited by young travellers, Amorgos has become quite a “trendy” island since the film was released, and it is no surprise that you will find more adventurous people here than usual. The coastline is 112 kms long, surrounded by impressive mountains and rocky hills and the island is one of the best spots to taste traditional Greek cuisine and wine. In the evening you will have free time to visit the island on your own. Depending on the weather/wind conditions we may sail to Levita instead of Amorgos. Levita is also a popular island on the Aegean Sea famous for its white houses, long beaches and peaceful atmosphere.
Day 4: Levita or Amorgos – Santorini
As the sun comes up we head for the magic summer madness of Santorini. It has been said that the sunsets in Santorini are the best in the world. From the Caldera, watch breathtaking views of the volcano & neighbouring islands. Santorini is one of the major tourist attractions of Europe with its marvellous climate and perfect observation conditions, you will experience a wild beauty created from a volcano that lies in the middle of the bay. Today you will have free time to explore the island.
Day 5: Santorini – Ios
Early this morning we pull anchor and start the sail to Ios. A lazy day ahead filled with sun tanning, listening to music and on board meals. We stop at an ideal swimming spot on the way to Ios – the famous tourist destination. Visitors come for its golden beaches and the characteristic Aegean architecture. Ios is well known as the party island with the lively atmosphere and the endless fun. The capital is built at the point where the ancient city was, where white houses unfold and its windmills and narrow small roads can be seen on the hill tops. We remain floating in the bay over night.
Day 6: Ios – Paros – Naxos
We depart Ios for Naxos. On the way we stop for a swimming break in Paros. Then we sail to Naxos.The island of Naxos is the largest and most central island in the Cyclades. Approaching the island by boat, you can see two small islands to the left and right of the harbour, one with the little church of Myrtidiotissa, and the other called Palatia which is linked to Naxos Town. The imposing gate, Portara is an ancient marble temple dedicated to Apollo. Ligdamis ordered this to be built in the god’s honour in the 6th century B.C After the orientation walk in this impressive island you will have more free time to explore the town and to swim in the warm waters of the Aegean Sea – with an optional excursion.
Day 7: Naxos – Mykonos
Departing from Naxos in the small hours of the morning we head for Mykonos. It is no coincidence that this, the most cosmopolitan of all Greek islands, attracts so many visitors from the entire globe. Here the steep mountains to be encountered in most of the Cyclades islands give way to low, rocky hills which combine with superb beaches. The capital Hora, with its colourful harbour in which little fishing boats nest happily side by side with luxury yachts, presents quite a different picture from that of the majority of Aegean island towns. Mykonos is spread out over a flat area, and the whitewashed streets stand as brilliant white cubic houses with stepped walls for sitting on.
Day 8: Mykonos
The guests will leave the boat with precious memories by 10:30 after breakfast. A guide who speaks English and Greek is always on the boat.
Depending on sea and weather conditions, Barbaros Yachting reserves the right to make necessary changes to the tour itinerary to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests.