Mykonos Island, Cycladic Islands, Greece

By |2023-12-07T16:33:54-05:00August 22nd, 2018|

Mykonos Island, Cycladic Islands, Greece

Written by Missy Johnston

Mykonos seaside at sunset

Mykonos Chora

Mykonos Island is the playground of Greece with the postcard view: white little houses with flowers and blue trimmed windows and doors, hand painted walking streets, windmills, pigeon keepers, chimneys, lots of little churches and wonderful restaurants and cafes. According to mythology, Mykonos was where Heracles killed the giants with their corpses becoming the many rocks around the island. Yacht Charter in Mykonos is one of the best ways to visit and enjoy this lovely Cycladic Island.

Many of the Greek “jetsetters” either have a house here or visit every summer, and the nightlife is quite active; frequented by the rich and famous. In fact, night life continues until the wee hours of the morning, and in some instances until the new sun rises. This island does not provide much for those on a budget, so be prepared to open your wallet.

What to See and Do on Mykonos Island, Greece

Chora: The town Chora, is the main town on the island and is a place you should really explore. Walk around, go to the windmills, feed the mascot pelican Petros, have a drink in the little harbor and visit the Parapotiani church. And of course, go shopping. There are five museums in Chora: an archaeological, a laographic, a maritime, a cultural and a private museum with old rooms and furniture. Folklore shops are everywhere, and a great souvenir is a copy of the ancient Cycladic ideology; little white figures in various positions (playing the flute, praying, thinking, families etc.) fashioned after artifacts that have been found that are more than 6000 years old.

Mykonos Greece. Windmills and Little Venice waterfront houses considered one of the most romantic places on the Cyclades Islands.

Windmills of Mykonos

For those interested in architecture, the built town of Chora is one of the best examples of the unique white box style with blue painted trim, a specific style of the Cycladic Islands. Within the town are a maze of little streets and walking paths that wind throughout, providing endless opportunities to explore, as you never know where you will end. On the way, you might pass a store of couture, next to a store selling the Mykonos espadrilles, next to an artist’s gallery, next to a restaurant; as all is intermixed in a busy city center. Just outside Chora are the famous and often photographed Windmills of Mykonos, which are another trait of the Cycladic Islands, the windiest island chain in Greece.

Mykonos Petros the Pelican

Petros the Pelican

Delos: A small island which used to be the holiest island in ancient Greece is easily accessed from Mykonos. No one can spend the night on this sacred island, but a visit is a must: the island is cluttered with archaeological remains. Once felt to be the birthplace of Apollo, Delos has been an important sacred island and an important island of commerce in a history that stretches back 5000 years. Your private crewed charter yacht can anchor right off the island of Delos and take you ashore with the ship’s tender. While the ruins are all marked, you may want to hire a guide for a more thorough tour, as the ruins on this sacred island are certainly some of the most famous. There is also a museum on the island housing various smaller artifacts found, many from everyday life. The museum also houses some of the more delicate statues and art found, including wall murals from various homes.

Tenos: A neighboring island, Tenos, is the holiest island of modern Greece. The church of the Virgin Mary is a goal for thousands of orthodox pilgrims every year. It is also a very beautiful place worth visiting.

Beaches: Around the rest of the island are many beaches, including Paradise Beach, the daytime party location for the chic. Walk between Paradise Beach and Psarou Beach on land, while your yacht follows behind by sea. The numerous beaches head up the many anchorages sprinkled around the coast of Mykonos, offering great spots for anchoring, swimming and enjoying lunch on board.

Mykonos Shopping Streets at Night

Chora Shops

Include Mykonos Island in a crewed yacht charter itinerary for the beauty of the island, the shopping, the nightlife, the beaches, and spend at least one night enjoying all that Mykonos has to offer.

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Mykonos Delos, Greece: Where History and Mythology Meet

By |2023-12-04T10:57:16-05:00August 18th, 2009|Greece|

Written by Missy Johnston

Mykonos

Delos, the Sacred Island is just off of Mykonos and a “must see” when visiting Mykonos. In fact, it is difficult to miss the island of Delos, as the island is readily seen right from the main harbor in Mykonos. Ferries leave from this same harbor regularly to take visitors to the island, during daylight hours only, as after sunset, the island is home to the ghosts of past civilizations only. When on yacht charter, cruise to Delos on board and anchor right off of the island in the protected anchorage and take the ship’s tender into the shore dock. It is easy to spend several hours or more wandering the ruins, or hire a guide for a more in depth tour. A museum is on the island which is well worth seeing, with stone carvings, mosaics and bits of everyday life that have been excavated from the ruins of a once busy island civilization.

Delos, the center of the Cyclades, has been inhabited since at least the 3rd millennium B.C. It rose in importance as the Greeks did and around 480 BC it became the center of the Delian League. The Delian League in turn kept its treasury on Delos making it a rather wealthy location. They also passed several decrees, including that no one could be born or die on the island. Pregnant women were quickly shipped off to neighboring islands as was anyone who became ill.

Delos Anchorage

Delos became immensely wealthy and was so impressive that the Romans kept it as a free port when they came into power. It finally collapsed in 88 BC when Mithridates conquered it. What is left today is one of the most extensive ruin sites anywhere in the world. The entire island is strewn with sections of walls and marble fragments. It is also still being excavated.

In all directions of Delos are the remains of temples, homes, and monuments. There is also an impressive array of different cultures that left their mark on the island. Shrines for Samothracian, Egyptian, and Syrian Gods are interspersed amongst the Greek ones. The Temple of Isis stands above most of the town. Entire sections of the residential areas are more or less intact. The streets are still clearly outlined, many of them with sewers running underneath. The northern section of town featured more modest living quarters. Here most of the homes were only a couple rooms. Wildflowers have taken over in force in most places which only enhances the whole effect. A hill rises on the south side of town and that area is known as the theater district. It is there that some of the truly opulent houses can be found. Two themes show up most often in the mosaics. The dolphin symbolized Apollo while the panther was associated with Dionysus. One of the most famous mosaics on Delos is that of Dionysus riding a panther. This is found in the completely intact House of the Masks (named for another mosaic featuring theater masks). Several rooms in this building contain large sections of the original wall decoration as well as mosaics covering the entire floor. It is difficult to tell from the distance you’re forced to remain from it, but this mosaic is so incredibly detailed that there are over 100 stones in the eye of the panther alone. The building itself was probably a hostel for actors.

Delos Lion Statuary

Unfortunately, visitors have a limited time to tour the island and yachts may not anchor overnight in the harbor. Visit the museum first which is where the famous marble lions that once guarded the sacred lake are now stored, and then spend time seeing the rest of the island before returning back on board to cruise on to the next waiting Cycladic Island.

Yacht Charter in Greece | Mykonos Island

By |2023-12-04T10:58:42-05:00January 6th, 2009|Greece, Itineraries|

Written by Missy Johnston

Mykonos
Mykonos

Mykonos is one of the most well know of the Greek Islands, and has now become a vacation spot for the rich and famous. The main harbor is very attractive ringed by cafes, and home to Petro the Pelican, however is too small for the growing yachting activity. Several marinas have now been built on the side of the harbor for visiting yachts. This marina is not right in town, so expect to walk, take a taxi, and the yacht’s tender to visit the main harbor.

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Yacht Charter in the Greek Islands- Dec 2021

By |2023-12-09T19:49:18-05:00May 31st, 2023||

Yacht Charter in the Greek Islands is Alive and Hopping!

December 2021 E-News

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It is all about crewed yacht charter in today’s world as a great way to enjoy a vacation and see the world!  If you are thinking about the sunny beautiful Greek Islands, now is the time to act and give us a call.  The yacht charter fleet in Greece is filled with motor yachts, super yachts, and sailing catamarans.  This is a summer charter location, and charters are being booked now for summer 2022.

The season in Greece is May through about mid-October, although, to have lovely warm water, it is best to charter no earlier than the last week in May.  Most crewed charter yachts are located for boarding in Athens, and from Athens, there are a myriad of Greek Islands waiting to be explored – over 6000!  With more than 200 of these islands inhabited there is a taste of traditional Greek island life available on every charter itinerary.

Perhaps cruise through the Cycladic Islands, if the Meltemi Winds allow, to visit the often heard of islands of Mykonos and Santorini, along with the secret little islands such as Milos, and Kithnos.  Or enjoy a charter itinerary through the Saronic Islands, including HydraSpetses, and Poros. Or the Sporadic Islands, where scenes for the well-known film Mamma Mia were filmed.  On the western coast of Greece, march the Ionian Islands from Corfu on the northern end to Zakynthos on the southern end, with other spectacular islands in between for a terrific charter itinerary.

There are so many fabulous islands to discover in Greece in either the Aegean or Adriatic Seas, all of which, including every secret anchorage on each island, can be seen by private crewed yacht charter, on your own customized itinerary, at your own pace!

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We are booking yacht charters in Greece NOW, along with Croatia, Italy, France and the Balearic Islands.  The Western and the Eastern Mediterranean have been very busy since early this fall with charters being booked for next summer.  New England and Alaska are busy as well, with now being the time to consider a charter, if any of these locations are of interest for next summer.  Great yachts still have good availability in the Caribbean for the rest of the winter after New Year’s.  Yachts can be easily fully cleaned with the best cleaning goods, many crew are vaccinated, all crew can wear masks if requested, and all crew can be tested right before each charter. And if there is a COVID issue most Owners are offering a Delay and Reschedule for up to 12 months after the booked charter dates for protection of charter funds.

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The Wide Array of Destinations Available for Private Yacht Charter

By |2023-12-06T14:59:13-05:00March 16th, 2022|Yacht Charter Tips|

Written by Missy Johnston

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If the white sand beaches of Greece or the bustling nightlife of Nassau in the Bahamas sound appealing, start planning now for your next vacation. Before booking an airline ticket and arranging for a private car to transport you once you land, ask yourself:

Do you want the same old vacation you’ve always taken? Or would you like to experience something new?

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Visit Bodrum on a Luxury Yacht Charter: The “St. Tropez of Turkey”

By |2023-12-04T10:33:55-05:00June 15th, 2021|Turkey|

Written by Missy Johnston

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Bodrum, Turkey, an exotic yacht charter location, is an up and coming luxury hotspot to visit that has been compared to St. Tropez and Mykonos in its upscale offerings. In fact, quite a few billionaires have been spotted vacationing in Bodrum aboard their superyachts. We have always recommended including a stop in Bodrum on any luxury yacht charter itinerary in Turkey, as it has much to offer every yacht charterer.

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Social Distancing Luxury Travel on a Private Yacht Charter

By |2023-12-04T10:34:09-05:00March 22nd, 2021|Yacht Charter Tips|

Written by Missy Johnston

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One of the things our clients love the most about a private yacht charter vacation is that it affords the opportunity to social distance as much or as little as you want, while offering up luxury amenities and five-star service. There is simply no better way to travel and explore the world!

A private yacht charter vacation has so much to offer any time of year as this is the ideal trip that offers the ultimate in personalization, social distancing, and (perhaps most importantly) luxury! Let’s take a closer look at why a luxury yacht charter is the best type of vacation to plan, then see exactly what awaits you onboard with an exclusive look at some of the charter yachts available in three of our favorite destinations.

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Holiday All over the World -Dec 2020 E-News

By |2023-12-08T12:06:39-05:00February 15th, 2021||

Have a Fabulous Festive Season!

December 2020 E-News

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Relax, and Celebrate the Festive Season. 

Here is looking forward to a Bright New Year with many Vistas opening up ahead as the World moves forward to new Horizons!  

Now is the Time for Thoughts for Summer Charters around the World! 

Maybe you hear the lure of the Italian Tuscan, Pontine or Aeolian Islands, more popular in Roman times as resort islands, now waiting to be re-discovered today.  Or the whitewashed glistening villages of the 15 Cycladic Islands in Greece, including Mykonos and Santorini, and other lessor known islands, where traditional Greek life flourishes just as the black robes of the Greek Priests billow in the wind as they scurry along village paths. All best visited by private charter yacht.

Why not try a boutique wine tasting charter in Croatia, to taste excellent local wines with such small productions, the vintages are only available on the island where the wines are produced?  Mix that with tasting local raw oysters from local oyster shell farms, and black and white truffles dug from the forests in Istria, Croatia for a gastronomic extravaganza. All while enjoying the beautiful waters and all that the many islands and coastline of Croatia have to offer.

Summer is the best time of year in the Bahamas, with long expanses of sandy deserted beaches and miles of shallow beautiful clear water in extraordinary shades of blues and greens, to enjoy in warm weather with no humidity.

Heading north, summer is the time of year for Alaska, when wildlife comes out of hibernation, the seas swarm with salmon returning to their birth waters to spawn, bald eagles soar overhead, and tidewater glaciers, always on the move, calve with a loud crack into the waters below, continually creating ice floes that are perfect sun pads for basking seals.

There are so many summer places to charter.  Give us a call and we will create a wonderful private charter where ever you would like to cruise!

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Coronavirus Requirements: We are up to date and staying current on all Coronavirus requirements in every charter location, and will advise about any special requirements for each charter location that might be in place at the time of your charter. Coronavirus addendums to allow delays of your charter dates are available if needed.

Lower USD to EUR Exchange Rates may be Available for your EUR Priced Charter Booked with Us: With the growing number of charters being priced in Euros, We have contracted with Money Corp U.S. a large foreign exchange company for our clients to be offered a reduced corporate exchange rate by Money Corp U.S. for EUR payments for any charter booked with us priced in EUR. By our contracting with Money Corp., any of our clients interested will receive the reduced corporate bulk exchange rate, which is usually lower than that which a private individual might be offered for a one time exchange from their bank.

Not sure if the Money Corp corporate rate for which we have contracted is lower than a rate you might be provided elsewhere? Money Corp is happy to provide an exchange rate for an EUR payment you might need to make which you can take to your bank or financial institution to see if the rate offered by your bank is lower than the rate offered by Money Corp. We are not a bank or financial institution. This is a pass through service only, in which we do not participate or have a financial interest. Our interest is in helping you find the best exchange.

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Explore the History and Beauty of the Cycladic Islands on a Luxury Yacht Charter

By |2023-12-04T10:35:32-05:00December 1st, 2020|Greece|

Written by Missy Johnston

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The Cycladic Islands are some of the most beautiful and popular of the more than 6,000 islands and islets making up the Greek Islands. There is no better way to visit the Cycladic Islands than on a luxury yacht charter. A custom yacht charter itinerary can be handcrafted and personalized to ensure your trip is filled with the perfect balance of relaxation, dining, shopping, and play.

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Greece Yacht Charter Itineraries

By |2023-12-07T21:05:13-05:00November 13th, 2020|

Greece Yacht Charter Itineraries

A luxury yacht charter vacation through the Greek Islands is filled with history, beauty, and romance. Some of our more popular private yacht charter itineraries in Greece include the Cycladic Islands, where Santorini and Mykonos are located, the Saronic Islands, where Hydra and Spetses are located, the Dodecanese Islands, where Patmos and Rhodes are located, and Athens. Each of the more than 6,000 Greek islands and islets is unique, with something special to offer visitors. Whether your wish is for traditional Greek Islands where life slumbers on from yesteryear, or chic lively Greek Islands, or a mix of each, the Greek Islands offer the perfect experience for everyone. Read more about the many ways to explore Greece on a luxury yacht charter and create a trip that checks off every item on your wish list.

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