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Carpe Mundo Sailing Tour
Join our deluxe Greek sailing adventure calling on Greece’s idyllic Cyclades Islands – Paros, Folegandros, Sifnos, Milos, Naxos and Ios. Revel in their uncrowded beaches, medieval towns, ancient ruins and myths of Apollo and Homer. Bike, hike, swim, snorkel, wine taste, explore. On this fully-escorted small group trip, you can make each day as relaxing or adventure-packed as you like, with a choice of optional activities on each island. Retire each night to your private cabin aboard a first-class catamaran.
June 6th – 13th
June 13th – 20th
*additional dates by request
7 Days/ 7 Nights
8 guests maximum
$2,195 per person
Greek islands sailing Tour Highlights
The Carpe Mundo Touch
Join us in Greece as we explore the beautiful Cyclades! This area is home to famous Mykonos and Santorini, but there are over 200 islands in the Cyclades and we will be visiting six of them on our Greek Islands Sailing tour. Our itinerary was chosen to allow you to experience Greece off the beaten path, while still having the opportunity to visit Athens, Mykonos, and/or Santorini before or after our tour. The islands we visit have a lot to offer- beautiful scenery, delicious food, great hiking and biking, beautiful beaches, interesting museums, ancient ruins, and more. There is one thing they are missing- the floods of tourists that descend on the more well known islands! In addition to the charming towns where we will dock at night, we will visit remote beaches and bays where you can swim in the crystal blue water of the Aegean Sea. This trip is the perfect combination of fun activities and relaxation, of group time and opportunities to explore on your own.
This is the general itinerary that is used for the trip. Itineraries are subject to change based on weather, group preferences, and other circumstances.
Your Cyclades sailing adventure begins at the port of Parikia on the island of Paros, known for its golden beaches and white-washed shops and houses decked with bougainvillea. Ferry or fly to the island on your own in time for boarding your deluxe catamaran in the late afternoon. Your captain and trip leader welcome you aboard with refreshments and appetizers and will assign you to your cabin with private bathroom for the week. Meet your fellow travelers and get oriented to Paros’ many attractions, including Ekatontapiliani (the “church with 100 gates”). Stroll back into town for dinner and drinks at your leisure; then tuck into your catamaran for the night.
Wake up to a typical Greek breakfast buffet of yogurt, coffee, fresh fruits and pastries and set sail for Sifnos. You’ll have the whole afternoon and evening to discover the island. Sifnos is a hiker’s paradise, with dozens of trails to explore and experience Greece off the beaten path. There are many other great options besides hiking… Borrow a snorkel and mask from your catamaran and dive into the warm, crystal clear waters. Stroll the maze of narrow streets and shops, rent a bicycle, or visit the archaeological museums. Pause for a prayer at the beautiful Church of the Seven Martyrs and explore the antiquities in Kastro, the old capital. Tonight, dine near the harbor or head inland to the tavernas of lively Apollonia, a town dedicated to the god Apollo. Apollonia is known for its fun yet unpretentious atmosphere and is the perfect place to enjoy Greek nightlife.
Leave lively Sifnos for the striking rock formations, caves and hot springs dotting unspoilt Milos. As you approach the island, you’ll be greeted by a colorful spread of boathouses; venture further to visit the Christian catacombs and the ancient amphitheater, built to hold 7,000 people. We can recommend several of the island’s dozens of beaches to laze upon, and point you to the hot springs. Head to the capital town of Plaka to visit its museums and castle. A popular way to experience Milos is by renting an ATV to tour around the island! As the sun sets, perhaps hire a taxi or drive an ATV to the port of Pollonia for a gorgeous view and lovely setting for dinner. Watch the stars slowly reveal themselves as you return to your cabin and doze off to the gentle lapping of the sea.
After a leisurely breakfast, set sail to Folegandros, said to be “as beautiful as Santorini” with its cliffside setting and white-washed houses pouring down to the sea. Only 12 square miles, this gem of an island has less than 700 full-time residents. Venture to Chora (the main town), closed to cars but bustling with tavernas and shops under the trees. Take the bus or hike to find secluded beaches and villages. Time travel to the Middle Ages as you stroll along the Kastro, a small fortress built by the Venetians in 1210. Feel the magic of old Greece as you walk up the hill to the Orthodox church of Panagia for a panoramic view of the Chora and coast as the sun sets. Return to your catamaran to sip a glass of wine or grappa and watch the sunset from the deck.
Today’s exciting destination is Ios, in the heart of the Cyclades. Known for its great beaches, fun bars and tavernas, you will love this beautiful island. The main town, also called Ios, is located on a hillside marked by a double windmill. Explore the island’s numerous churches and chapels encircled within its crumbling medieval walls. Or, seek out the beautiful, domed 17th century Church of Ayia Irini on the west coast of the island. Archaeology enthusiasts can hire a taxi to visit the terraced ruins of Skarkos, an early Bronze settlement and one of the most important prehistoric sites in the Aegean. Tonight, join the party in town with a shot of grappa and some Greek dancing – or just relax onboard.
Catch the steady breeze and set sail for lively Naxos, one of the largest and greenest islands in the Cyclades. Wander through the old town’s market and meander around the Venetian castle, or join your trip leader and rent a bike or hike to a traditional village or particularly gorgeous beach. Venture further by renting a scooter or car to visit the island’s attractions (like the giant unfinished statue of Apollo in Apollon) as you wish. Drop into the church of Panagia Mirtidiotissa and Saint Georgios Diasorites to take in the artwork and beautiful frescoes. Walk through the Portara, the gateway to the unfinished Temple of Apollo. Head to the old town for dinner and an evening stroll or partake in an optional cooking lesson with a local Greek chef before returning to your peaceful cabin on the Aegean.
Your last day sailing returns you to the island of Paros and the port of Naoussa where you’ll have a full afternoon to explore this beautiful island – its white marble quarries were used to create the famed Venus de Milo. Set off on your own to seek out one of several incredible beaches, such as Alykí beach with its ancient ruins, where you can laze on the beach and dive into the clear waters to cool off. If you enjoy wine, visit one of several wineries on the island where you can sample varieties of wine found only in this region! Tonight, toast your captain and traveling mates to your weeks’ adventures. Opa!
After one last hearty Greek breakfast, disembark your catamaran. You can extend your stay in Paros for the day or continue to other Greek destinations such as Santorini, Mykonos, or Crete, or journey homeward.
Dates & Prices
2020 Trip Dates
June 6th - 13th
June 13th - 20th
Custom Dates (Choose Your Own!)
$2,195 per person*
*Prices are in US Dollars, based on double occupancy.
We pride ourselves on offering one of the smallest group sizes and best leader to guest ratios in the industry. This trip has a maximum of 8 guests plus a captain and guide/cook, allowing us to personalize the trip to best suit your travel needs and preferences. Larger groups are available as a custom/private tour.
Accommodations: Accommodations are on a catamaran. Every stateroom has a double or queen size bed and a private bathroom. The boat has inside and outside living areas and air conditioning when in port.
Payment Terms & Conditions: If you are thinking about signing up for a trip but are not yet ready to commit, we offer a 5 day courtesy hold. To secure your space on a trip, a $500 per person deposit is required and can be paid by check or credit card. The remaining trip balance is due no later than 90 days prior to the start of the trip. If you decide to cancel more than 45 days prior to the start of your trip, you will receive a Carpe Mundo credit that is transferable with no expiration for the amount paid, or we will refund your payment less a $250/person cancellation fee. If you decide to cancel less than 45 days prior to the start of your trip, no refunds or credits will be available.
Single Supplement: Single accommodations are available for an additional fee, based on availability. If you are willing to be placed in a room with someone else from the trip (with two single beds), we will match you with another traveler if possible and waive the single supplement.
Packing List: A suggested packing list as well as additional information on travel to Greece can be found in our Customer Information packet. There are drawers and storage on the boat, but space is limited so we recommend packing wisely. You can store additional bags in Paros if interested (fees may apply).
Release of Liability: We require that everyone participating in a Carpe Mundo trip completes and e-signs an Assumption of Risk/Liability Release waiver as well as a Medical Information Form. You will receive these after you have registered for a trip, and they must be completed prior to your trip.
Insurance: Due to the nature and locations of our trips, we highly recommend that everyone participating in a trip has medical insurance that provides coverage while abroad. Although not required, we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance or a travel protection plan for your trip. We adhere to our cancellation policy, and these plans will protect your trip purchase in the event you cancel under certain circumstances.
This trip is new for 2020, so no testimonials yet but we promise it will be an amazing trip!