Q: What time & date is the yacht delivery?
A: All charters begin at 17:00 on the day of departure (normally Saturdays) and typically end at 08:00 on the day of arrival (normally Saturdays). Our base manager, with the skipper and the co skipper of the group, will start the check in procedure following the briefing of the crew from a qualified member of Ionian Charter.The charterer (skipper) of the yacht has to sign the inventory list upon embarkation, after having checked carefully the equipment of the yacht.
Ionian Charter staff will give you all the useful information and instructions for a safe and pleasant trip.
Suggested sailing itineraries
Sailing in Cyclades from Athens/Lavrion or from a Cycladic island
For a sailing cruise in Cyclades, you can start from Athens (Marina Alimos) or Lavrion (Lavrions port). There are also organized yacht bases in Paros and Syros. Depending on your travel plans and your specific requirements for your sailing holidays in Greece, we can also suggest other bases and routes.
When sailing in Cyclades, sailors often face strong north winds especially within Meltemi season (mid July to mid August). Winds within Meltemi season, start early with the morning sun until sunset and keep their force for 3-4days.
North winds are also faced in June and September, but they are not as strong as during July and August. Only in the South West Cycladic islands the winds have signifficantly lower force than all others.
We often suggest to start from Athens instead of Lavrion, when choosing a two weeks cruise, since the surounding area is more proteceted in case of strong winds. If you definately wish to sail in Cyclades, it is wise to choose a yacht over 40ft.
Cyclades area, is well advertised and with good reason. Cycladic islands took their name as a complex of islands around Delos, the ancient trade, political and religious centre. Cyclades consist on 21 bigger and 20 snaller islands characterized by whitewashed houses, ancient ruins, beautiful sunny beaches, local small Greek tavernas with good food and wine.
Cyclades most important ones being Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sikinos, Sifnos, Syros, Tinos, Folegandros, as well as the “Minor Cyclades” comprising Donousa, Irakleia, Koufonisia and Schinoussa.
With 4-6hours daily sailing, you can move from one island to the other and to discover the local architecture and traditions, history and natural beauty. If you are beginers in sailing, we should suggest to hire a professional skipper as they know the waters and nice places to take you to.
A sailing cruise in Cyclades is characterized as moderate or difficult depending on the route you choose, but not expect to be easy.
You can find our suggestions for one week cruise and two weeks cruise in Cyclades. You are more than welcomed to contact us with your special requirements; we will be very pleased to assist you in planning your own cruise
Depending on your travel plans, we can suggest you itineraries for one week or two weeks cruise.