Chalkidiki – Mount Athos – Ammouliani – Sithonia Sailing 8 people
CRUISE 8 Days / 7 Nights (Beginners)
We welcome you at 14:00, and after the necessary safety exhibition, we depart from our base in Paliouri to explore the beautiful shores of Sithonia - a unique combination of sea and trees for many miles. During the trip, our experienced skipper will teach you all the basics of sailing. Be ready to learn how to tie a knot, adjust the sails, and steer as for the rest of the day you can be the captain! The calm winds of the area offer the perfect conditions for beginners to have their first touch with sailing. The small village of Sykia will be our shelter for the night, but before you go to sleep make sure you taste the most delicious fish soup you’ll ever try, cooked by an old lady cook of a traditional fish tavern nearby…(20NM,3h)
Breakfast on board and it is time to visit Mount Athos, one of the most sacred places in Christianity. The cruise to the “Garden of Holy Virgin Mary” will reveal to you its beauty among monasteries built on cliffs of the powerful Mount Athos, and offer its shade amidst the Aegean Sea! You will learn about its importance and history dating from ancient times and Persian wars, till Byzantine times and the expansion of Orthodox faith in Greece. Have your cameras ready for unique photos and let yourself travel through time… Our cruise ends on the island of Ammouliani, a hidden paradise with amazing waters, golden beaches, and some special places where you can enjoy a delicious cocktail at night-time. (30NM,5h)
Wake up with a dive and your day will start in a special way! Our visit to Platanorema farm will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Get ready to make your own ceramics, watch the making and baking of traditional pies in wood-fired ovens, learn how yogurt is made after milking the animals of the farm, and many other activities. You will also have the chance to have a sip of tsipouro, a traditional Greek spirit after it’s distilled in front of your very eyes! During the day you can try your hand at archery or even do some horse-riding, in safety and under the guidance of supervisors. Yes, it will be a day full of surprises that will end with a unique sunset on board, as we approach our new destination, Diaporos island. (15NM, 2h)
Waking up with a dive in Diaporos island, one of the most colorful spots in Chalkidiki, is how every day should start. After that, we explore nearby destinations and where needed we offer our eco- services by cleaning shores and water from litters. Ok, you’ve had plenty of sailing, produced and tried traditional products, and learned a lot about the islands, so now let’s enjoy a session of sea-kayak during sunset! The colors and the calm sea, while you explore nearby hidden places, will empty your mind and lose the tense you carry. And if you think that sea kayak during sunset is the highlight of the day wait till you taste “The sailor’s pasta” for dinner! The night sky and the exchanging of the trip’s highlights with the crew will end your day with a huge smile.
Want to visit some really nice places for swimming and snorkeling? ‘Cause day 5 is full of that thanks to Portokali and Armenistis, two of the best beaches in Halkidiki! It’s time for sunbathing, diving, and relaxing on board as we sail smoothly across the east side of Sithonia. With the boat, we’ll visit special spots that are inaccessible from land and admire all the unique combinations of green and blue. We spend the night in Sykia (yes that place with the delicious fish soup!) as just one time is never enough! (20NM, 3h)
Good morning sailors! Put your shoes on and let’s discover the small, traditional village of Sykia and visit a few of the landmarks in the area, like the Windmills, Pavlaras wellspring, and the Koukos cave. After almost 1 hour of soft hiking, we enter the village to get some rest and treat ourselves with local meze and some cold beverages. Try not to lose the track of time as we should get back to the boat and begin our cruise to the west side of Sithonia. The day will end in Porto Koufo, one of the bigger natural ports in Greece, famous for hosting submarines during WW2 as its depth reaches 1000m! As all that sailing surely made you hungry, the fresh fish food from restaurants by the sea will be the ideal menu for dinner. (15NM, 2h)
Welcome to Toroneos bay with its golden beaches and the uninhabited Kelyfos island.
An ideal spot for snorkeling and swimming among its rocks and small caves. After we cross the ancient city of Toroni the cruise leads us to Porto Karras’ private bays with turquoise waters perfect for diving and relaxing. The smell from the pine trees and the sounds of nature will help you reach true serenity. The golden sunset, along with some jazz and a nice, cold, local wine will reward you for a day well spent. The sunset, as our Udyssea comes to an end, will highlight the feelings we share on our last night on board. (20NM, 3h)
It’s time to say goodbye, but this bond created from all those experiences we’ve shared will keep us connected until our next Odyssey. Chalkidiki exposed to you many of its beauties but not everything. There is always next time… Until then!
Total Sailing Distance: 120N