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5 sailing cruises in Greece
12 Knots invites you to become part of the racing team in Rhodes Cup regatta - international sailing race annually held in Greece. Candidates with little to no sailing experience are invited.
For many years, the Aegean Sea has been known as destination for relaxed sailing cruises under the Mediterranean sun, accompanied with great local cuisine and most turquoise sea. Explore Greek islands on board of a luxury motor-sailer and visit Mikonos and Santorini with its distinctive architecture and isolated beaches.
Sailing holidays in Greece
Kos is one of the biggest islands Greece that represents a unique mixture of Ancient Greece and Ottoman Empire culture. During your sailing cruise, you will discover its rich history, this beautiful island was the home of Hippocrates, numerous monuments, sandy beaches and beautiful nature. It is very cozy, with warm energy and cheerful islanders.
The Castle of Joanites (The Castle of the Knights of Saint John) is considered to be the major attraction in Kos. A rather big castle that has withstood the ravages of time is located right on the bay near the harbor. The construction of the castle was started by the Knights of the order of Saint John who came to Kos Island in 14th century.
After crossing a small bridge, you will find the Plane Tree of Hippocrates. According to the legend this tree was planted about 2400 years ago by Hippocrates who toughed his students under the shade of this tree.
By the cabin charter in Astypalaia
Miracles in Greece are not always explained by myths and legends. Yacht cruise to Astypalea is a good example. This island in a shape of butterfly, has never been mentioned in mythology, so there is plenty of room to create your own story! The narrowest place of this island is only 130 meters wide with beautiful shores from both parts.
Western part – Horus, is the second name of Astypalea. Here you may visit one of the most beautiful settlements in the Aegean Sea. Build in 13th century Venetian fortress of Guerini is surrounded with white houses with blue windows, doors, balconies and wooden handrails.
In the center, there is the 13th century Venetian castle. At the castle entrance you can see the church "Our Lady of the Castle" and the church of "St.Goerge" on the other side of the castle. The white church of "Lady Portaitissa" (18th century) is situated below the castle. In Analipsi there are many beautiful historical churches: St. Barbara, Analipsi and the important monastery of "Our Lady Poulriani". At Agios Andreas and Vathi, you will find sandy beaches with clear shallow water and at the taverns you can enjoy fresh fish. A visit to Dragon's Cave (Vathi), will give you the chance to see beautiful stalactites.
Santorini crewed yacht vacations
Sailing cruise to the most beautiful island in Greece - Santorini. There are few sailing destinations that can boast beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery, ancient cities, amazing restaurants and an active volcano. But Santorini has all this and more. This island is famous for the largest sea volcano in the world and picturesque coastline.
Part of its crater went under water during an eruption, thus creating a caldera – a funnel filled with sea water. The edge of the caldera is an upright rock, approximately 300 meters high. You can get to the top, conquering 687 steps, or simply taking a funicular. On the height of 220 meters above sea level, you reach Fira – the capital of Santorini. This picturesque town is perched high up on the edge of the Caldera and looks like a marvelous painting. Located high above on a cliff it offers an amazing view of the volcano.
During this sailing vacation, you will enjoy a thrilling panorama of the island, admire the volcano and stroll along the town streets. Do not miss Wine Museum, where you may learn the history of wine making on Santorini Island.
The highest point of the island is the 16th century Monastery of Profitis Ilias located on the mountain. Go ahead and enjoy the panoramic view of the island and take beautiful pictures. Our final stop will be in Fira - the island’s capital. The town offers a thrilling view of the caldera and the volcano. Enjoy a stroll along the town streets, which offer plenty of venues to buy souvenirs.
Iya is considered the second capital of Santorini Island. It is one of the most picturesque settlements, offering the best sunsets on the island. You cannot stay indifferent to this town with all its attractions – the narrow side streets, white houses, bright blue of domes and doors. Iya won the 1981 Italian architectural contest as a town with best architecture. A visit to the Koutsoyannopoulos winery and the winemaking museum therein offers a great wine tasting opportunity. The museum, located at the very entrance to the winery, gives a glimpse of wine production from the ancient times to present. Moving wax figures demonstrate the process of wine making in the twenty four rooms of the museum. Once the museum tour is over, we can get to the actual wine tasting and even purchase any of your favorite wines.
Family sailing vacations to Paros
Most of the small ship cruises stop on this most typical Greek island – with quiet villages, narrow streets and monasteries, walls of which have been filled with prayers over the centuries. Paros Island was famous for its fine marble, used in almost all ancient statues and temples. These marble quarries can still be found near Marathi village.
Second half of the day crewed yacht will sail to Antiparos tiny little island with low hills, splendid beaches and a small picturesque port. Antiparos is one of the beloved places among Hollywood celebrities: Tom Hanks, Monika Bellucci and many others.
To visit Parikia, the capital of Paros during the Greek sailing holidays is the must. It is a beautiful Cycladic village with whitewashed cubic houses and impressive neoclassical mansions. A well-preserved 13th century Venetian castle stands proudly on a hill at the center of the village offering an amazing view of Parikia. In the capital, you can also admire an important ecclesiastical monument, the 6th century church of Panayia Ekatontapyliani, also called Katapoliani. You have the chance to visit the baptistery (4th century AD), one of the best-preserved baptisteries in the Orthodox East.
Sailing tour to one of the most unique places in the world – Delos island. This place can be considered as one large outdoor museum. Here you will feel like a real archeologist getting lost in ancient town! Take a walk around the island to discover beautiful terrace of lions that protect the Holy Lake where, according Greek mythology god Apollo was born. Stop by in the theatre to have a look on wonderful mosaics in the House of Dolphins.
Out next sailing trip will be to Mykonos. This island is completely opposite to Delos, and considered to be Greece most famous cosmopolitan island. According to mythology, Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. The island took its name from the grandson of Apollo, “Mykonos”.
During vacation visit the Terrace of the Lions, dedicated to Apollo, the Minoan Fountain, the House of the dolphins, decorated with numerous mosaics is one of the unique landmarks you can admire at Delos. The excavations began in 1873 and in 1990 Delos was included in world's cultural heritage, protected by the UNESCO, because of its religious importance.
You can enjoy a Mykonos Town, a jumble of white houses, scrubbed and polished and accessorized with blue doors and flower-filled balconies. The whole place is a warren of narrow lanes and endless nooks and crannies hiding a little church here, a tiny boutique there. It climbs from the port up the gentle inclines of a hillside, watched over by the island’s 16th-century windmills. At the end of the tour you will get on board in the evening hours and sail to the island of Mykonos. Relax with a refreshing drink in your hand and watch the fantastic red sun disappear in the waters of the Aegean Sea.
Arrival at 10:00 am to a worldwide known island famous for being a place where Saint John wrote the Book of Revelation. Patmos is an ideal destination for nature lovers offering lace-like coastline, sheer cliffs and volcanic soil.
The Cave of the Apocalypse is the main attraction and pride of Patmos. It is located between Skala and Chora. John the Theologian (also known as St. John), who lived here in 95 – 97 A.D., heard the Voice of God in this cave and wrote his Revelations. The cave still stands today and is a place of pilgrimage and worship. The cave has two aisles - the Revelation Cave itself and the second dedicated to Saint Anna. The cave is on the World Heritage List.