Ideal for Summer Season
If you're considering a social distancing yacht charter as a result of Coronavirus this summer, Greece is the perfect destination for you. With its thousands of islands, countless tiny beaches and huge number of secluded coves spread out across its shores, Greece is ideal for self-isolation, and the Sporades islands are unspoilt and largely untouched by mainstream tourism.
- Day 1
Fly privately into SkiathosDistance: 5 nm*
If you're thinking about booking a social distancing yacht charter and you're looking to explore the islands of Greece, Skiathos is the perfect place to start.
The island of Skiathos sits in the heart of the Sporades islands, and is home to an international airport that can accommodate private jets and chartered flights.
The most common choice for charterers is Skiathos Airport (IATA) which also operates commercial flights to a selection of international destinations. From Skiathos airport, a private car will whisk you to the marina - a mere ten-minute journey end to end. It’s here that you’ll meet your charter yacht.
- Day 2
Discover the region's peaceful beachesDistance: 15 nm*
Spend your first night on board your yacht and wake up refreshed and ready to begin your Greece superyacht vacation in Skiathos.
Enjoy breakfast underway as you cruise around Skiathos admiring its picture-perfect shoreline. Known for its emerald bays and pine-coated landscapes, the island has no end of natural beauty, and it also boasts some blissful beaches.
Among the best is Lalaria Beach, which is only accessible by boat. Don your snorkelling gear for some underwater exploration; there’s a rock arch at one end of the beach that’s teeming with fish. Dry off on deck, then cruise round to Elia Beach for a stroll along the fine-as-flour sand as the sun sets.
- Day 3
See the famous sights of SkopelosDistance: 10 nm*
Enjoy breakfast on your yacht as you set course for Skopelos, an untouched oasis of picture-perfect landscapes which are famous for being the filming location of Mamma Mia!
On the north-eastern side of the island you’ll encounter rugged landscapes and crystal-clear shallow sea. Drop anchor opposite Agios Ioannis and take a tender across to the Chapel of St. John, the shooting location for the famous Mamma Mia! wedding finale. If you arrive early you’ll beat the crowds and have the site to yourself; take the time to walk the 200 steps that lead to the little chapel at the top of the hill.
Have lunch on the yacht as you cruise around to the south side of the island. You’ll spot Kastani Beach, another famous Mamma Mia! filming site, which is usually popular among tourists, locals and yacht-goers alike. Opposite the beach is Dasia, a tiny island that’s perfect for some on-shore discovery and in-water fun, thanks to a network of sea caves. Round off the day with a Mamma Mia themed dining extravaganza back on board your yacht, and spend your evening singing along to the hits of Abba.
- Day 4
Swim with dolphins in Alonissos Distance: 10 nm*
Cruise over to Alonissos in the morning, enjoying the short journey while lying out on the deck of your yacht.
Alonissos is home to the largest marine reserve of its kind in the Mediterranean, and it acts as a haven for the rarely-seen Mediterranean monk seals. Yachts aren’t allowed to drop anchor here, so jump into the tender and grab your flippers and snorkelling mask. You can expect to spot dolphins, loggerhead turtles and over 300 species of fish inhabiting these waters.
After some underwater exploration, head over to the pretty fishing village of Steni Vala and stretch your legs with a walk along one of the untouched beaches. The sea here is as clear and smooth as polished glass, and the air is fresh and heady with the scent of maquis. Feeling calm and relaxed, you'll step back on board your yacht for a sunset aperitif.
- Day 5
Scuba dive at PatitiriDistance: 8 nm*
With two shipwrecks and an abundance of sea caves to explore, Patitiri is a scuba-diver’s paradise.
The major shipwreck of Patitiri is the Shipwreck of Peristera. Half-sunk in the shallow waters, its rusted hull is clearly visible jutting out above the water. But there’s a second, more secret shipwreck in the strait between Alonissos and Peristera, and this is known to be the most important merchant wreck from the ancient world. When it sunk, it was carrying a huge amount of wine and amphorae.
After a morning of scuba-diving, enjoy a relaxed afternoon on deck. Stretch out and soak up the sun, or take the water toys out for a spin.
- Day 6
Experience peace and solitude at Kira PanagiaDistance: 20 nm*
Set a few miles adrift from Alonissos, Kira Panagia is a lesser-explored gem of the Sporades. Its off-the-beaten-track location means it's only accessible by sea, and those who visit as part of a private yacht charter will be rewarded with secluded anchorages and mesmerising vistas.
Covered in olive groves and red-domed buildings, Kira Panagia looks like it's been lifted from a glossy Greek postcard. It is virtually uninhabited so be prepared, as there's no facilities or amenities to speak of.
Enjoy breakfast in the bay of Agios Petros, a calm little inlet which serves as a popular mooring spot for yachts during the height of summer. The Aegean waters have been gently warmed by the sun, so you can dive straight in, swim up to to shore and get lost in the densely forested terrain. Hikers are in for a treat, as there's plenty of trails through the island's hilly interior.
- Day 7
Head back to Skiathos to disembark
The final leg of your crewed yacht charter takes you back to Skiathos for your flight home.
Opt for an overnight cruise and spend the last few hours of your charter at anchor, enjoying a coffee on deck and savouring the memories of your Greek adventure through the Sporades. You'll step on shore feeling relaxed, rebalanced and rejuvenated. If you're interested in learning more about social distancing vacations, please refer to our Yacht Charter and Coronavirus Guide.
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*All distances are approximate