We welcome you at 14:00, and after the necessary safety exhibition, we depart from Halkidiki to Skopelos. 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! After an 8-hour trip, we arrive at a picturesque harbor and take our time to relax and enjoy cold drinks in one of the many secluded bars and cafés that are hidden in narrow alleyways. You’ve earned it! (50NM, 8h)
Our first breakfast will be a traditional cheese pie from Skopelos and Greek coffee – an absolute must! After that, we sail to the church of Ag. Ioannis, the place where the movie “Mama mia” was filmed. There we will walk up to the rock where the church is built and we will also have time for swimming.
After a few stops at beautiful beaches for swimming and snorkeling, we end the day in the unique natural port of Panormos. The scent from the trees and the calmness of the surroundings make this place the ideal spot to spend our night. (17 NM, 3h)
Breakfast will be had on board, and afterward, we will have a paddleboard (SUP) lesson and an excursion provided by the great team of Sporades Sup nearby. They will drive us through narrow passages, between rocks and caves, all the way to the hidden gems of the region waiting to be discovered! After that, we will visit an isolated small bay to relax and swim.
Afterward, we will spend the night in the small fishing village of Agnontas – fresh fish dishes await! Let yourself enjoy a cold glass of ouzo along with fish delicacies and share stories with the team. It’s bonding time!
The best way to wake up is to take a dive! Take a leap of faith and enjoy your morning coffee like never before… So, with everyone on board with the idea, we will have our first stop for a quick dive at Stafylos beach and then it’s time to visit our second island, Alonissos.
In order to make your trip ‘‘once in a lifetime’’ we came in terms with the non-profit, non - governmental organization MOm, to participate at the innovative research project for evaluating the conservation status of Cetacean (i.e., dolphins and whales) populations in the wider area of the National Marine Park of Alonnisos in the Northern Sporades (NMPANS). The specialized scientist of MOm will join us on board for a scientific guided tour during which, the life, behavior, and problems of those magnificent mammals will be presented in detail.
As a result, you will get the chance to witness and photograph some of the most fascinating wildlife in the Aegean Archipelago, visit unique locations and come across amazing landscapes and breathtaking sceneries! The day will continue with more nature around the islands, combined with swimming, snorkeling, and hiking as we will approach the small island of fishermen, called Peristera (Dove).
There we visit the famous shipwreck and enjoy the sunset before we spend the night in Vasilikos, a colorful, quiet bay and the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and the “Sailor’s Pasta”, prepared from our Skipper! (15NM, 2h)
By now you’ve gotten the hang of this, so let’s have our refreshing dive and breakfast before visiting Adelfia (brothers) islands, a pair of uninhabited islands with crystal clear waters. If we meet any fishermen nearby we will treat ourselves to fresh fish on board and share a cold beer with them (or a couple)! It’s time for some civilization again so we take the route to the capital of Alonissos, Patitiri and there we have a chance to visit the stone Pirates’ Museum in Patitiri, the only museum with the history of pirates in the Aegean Sea. In the evening we visit Hora, a traditional and colorful village on the top of the island with a great view and a spectacular sunset. Grilled wild-goat is highly recommended unless you prefer some of the other specialty dishes available.
And yes, it will be hard to keep in shape with all those delicious temptations around you, but you will always have the chance to burn those calories the very next day… (12NM, 2h)
After breakfast, we sail north, up to the last island of our Udyssea, called Kyra Panagia. We have a quick dive and go snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of Ag. Petros, and afterwards we will visit the Monastery of Ag. Antonios. It’s the sole sanctuary on the island, built-in 8th century AD and thus has a very long and significant history.
After walking up the hill while enjoying the view we learn all about the monastery and the island from the only monk living there. He welcomes us with local products and shows us his rich garden and the old-stone olive oil mill. Let your mind wander through the history of those walls as you feel the cool breeze and the holiness surrounding this sacred place. It will be a time-traveling experience…
We end the day with serenity, in the quietest bay of the Aegean in the northern part of the island, called Planet. After sunset you will understand how it got its name as at night you will clearly the milky way in the sky. As our skipper describes the constellations above, you become one with the universe. No other sounds, no other lights, nothing between you and the endless sky.
Highly recommended: Find a nice spot and sleep outside onboard, it will be an experience of a lifetime! (20NM, 3h)
Ultimately, we have to return to our “Ithaka”, so after a light breakfast, we start our 7-hour way back to Halkidiki. By this point, you’ll know the ropes well so take over and sail away! Give commands to the crew, set the route and take the boat to the final destination.
The sunset, as our Udyssea comes to an end, will highlight the feelings we share on our last night on board. (40NM, 6h)
It's time to say goodbye, but this bond we created through our experiences will keep us close until our next Odyssey. Gather your belongings, say your farewells, and check out at 09:00, keeping in your heart all the memories and friends you made along the way. You are now a part of the sea and the sea is now a part of you…