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Yacht Charter Cyclades Islands

Yacht Cruise Guides to Destinations around the Cyclades Islands

The Cyclades are a large group of islands in the south west of the Aegean. Greek mythology tells how Poseidon, the God of the Sea, angry at the sea nymphs, changed them into islands. They form a circle around the sacred island of Delos which was once a famous trading port but is now uninhabited. The islands themselves are almost exclusively the peaks of underwater mountains with the two major exceptions, Santorini and Milos which are volcanic. There are many islands in the Cyclades, many of them uninhabited, and with the freedom of a yacht charter, you are not restricted from seeing whichever ones you want.

The calm blue waters of the Aegean have become increasingly popular in recent years. There are few more relaxing holidays than taking a yacht vacation on the calm seas while your every need is catered for by an experienced captain and crew, everything from information on the itinerary to the cuisine cooked with the freshest of local produce. Sometimes it may even be fish out of the waters just in time for dinner. A luxury yacht charter holiday is an experience that you will never forget.   

The Cyclades have become very popular with people wishing to sail in the Aegean, and it is easy to see why. They cover over 2,500 square kilometres of sea so you are unlikely to come across crowds as you can lay anchor anywhere. There are few sunrises and sunsets as impressive as those you can enjoy when you are out on a yacht. 

Delos is regarded as a sacred island. A great deal of mythology is associated with Delos but it is also an island where there has been extensive excavation such is the richness of its history. There are several reasons for ruins in these islands. One is age, and another is the struggles that have taken place over centuries. A third is earthquakes which have been prevalent throughout history; they are responsible for the destruction of Greek Ancient Wonders of the World. 

Santorini is one of the main attractions in the Group. It is a romantic island formed by volcanic activity. The caldera is a popular location for photographs, especially at sunset. The highest point on the island is 340 metres so there are stunning views for those taking the time to get there. Mykonos, Paros, Naxos and Ios are popular holiday destinations in themselves and when you book a luxury yacht charter, you can see them all. Each is likely to have the architecture, typical of the region; whitewashed houses with blue windows and doors. Each also has lovely beaches that those staying on the islands will spend much of their time.

Mykonos is another with a high point over 300m. The majority of its 10,000 population live in the main town of the same name. It is certainly the party capital of the Cyclades offering luxury to those who want it. Few have the ‘’riches’’ that you have on your yacht; you can just sail away. Naxos and Paros are two adjacent islands, the latter especially popular with young people. If you are sailing as a family and have teenagers with you, then you may give them a chance to enjoy Paros for a night. After all, you can stay on board and just relax. Nearby Naxos is one of the very few Greek Islands where the inhabitants can feed themselves. Its highest point is over 1,000 m so few places offer such extensive views over the Aegean. There is livestock farming on Naxos so it is a regular place for restocking the kitchen. 

Ariva Yachting is happy to advise on what is available and even devise a bespoke itinerary if a group is chartering the whole yacht. The remote islands that you might want to visit include Amorgos, Donoussa, Folegandros, Iraklia, Kea Kythnos, Milos, Schinoussa, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos and Syros. There are over thirty that can be included on an itinerary and that does not include the uninhabited ones where you have the freedom to anchor simply because you have reasonable flexibility in your itinerary.

There will be last minute availability as well. As an experienced charter company, we understand the importance of service and you can expect a quick response to your enquiry and questions. The details of your holiday of a lifetime can be discussed so that everything from dietary requirements, to duration and itinerary can all be done well in advance. In addition, the whole region is well served by international airports with regular flights from most regions of Europe and beyond. If you want to be collected when you land and taken back to the airport at the end of the holiday, that is not a problem. After first touch with Ariva Yachting , your yacht charter holiday will be unforgettable. 

Santorini Island

A huge volcanic eruption formed the main island of Santorini which is surrounded by a series of smaller ones. The crater is a much-photographed setting, especially at sunset. There are stark colours to experience; the whitewashed buildings, the blue skies and multi-coloured cliffs and a vibrant nightlife. 

Mykonos Island

Mykonos was named after Apollo’s grandson and has a town of the same name where 10,000 of the island’s population live. It is a beautiful island, very cosmopolitan and one of the most popular islands in the whole of the Aegean, offering luxury for those who want it, and lovely beaches where suntans develop in no time.

Delos Island

Legend has it that the Cyclades were formed in a circle around the sacred island of Delos when Poseidon, the God of the Sea, turned sea nymphs to stone because they upset him. Legend says it was the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis and even today it is regarded as a sacred island that is uninhabited but receives many visitors annually.


  • Warm Weather from Spring onwards
  • Delicious Greek Cuisine
  • Historical reminders of the Past
  • Beautiful and Isolated Beaches


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The climate in the Aegean is very predictable. There is day after day of sunny weather, and even when the sun goes down, temperatures are still high enough for you to wear T shirt and shorts. You would be very unlucky to get a shower, although perhaps that would be refreshing? 


Greek is the language on these islands though English will be understood and spoken in popular tourist areas.

The Euro is the local currency

The Cyclades are one hour behind UK time all year round.

Fly to: There are two main airports in the Cyclades, Santorini and Mykonos. International visitors may also fly to Athens on the Greek Mainland as well as Turkish Airports, typically Adnan Menderes Izmir and Milas-Bodrum which have regular charters from throughout Europe during the many weeks of the holiday season. Yachting is then a popular way to see these islands. Flights from the UK average around 4 hours, depending on the choice of airport.


There are a limited number of top quality marina in Greek waters despite the huge popularity of yachting. That said, the harbours on the main islands have the facilities that ensure yachting is trouble-free. Ferry transport for locals and independent travellers mean that berthing facilities are widely available. The large islands such as Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Ios and Milos are certainly places that receive many yachts each year.

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