Sailing, hiking and trekking adventure holidays
the Cyclades islands
Experience the unique nature and landscapes of these small, non-touristy Greek islands by walking their ancient paths. Walk at the tips of mountains that offer breathtaking views to the Aegean sea, traditional villages, byzantine and ancient settlements… and reach virgin beaches where you can rest and have a refreshing swim.
Here is a sample of what you’ll experience while sailing & hiking with us for a week…
Day 1: Meeting at the island of Naxos in the evening. Briefing, arrangement of provisions and supper at one of our favourite taverns in the old town. Check the island’s beaches, enjoy a short walk to the temple of Apollo and watch the sunset or walk around the picturesque alleys of the old town leading up to the castle.
Day 2: We’ll start the day with a visit to one of the island’s most picturesque villages, Filoti. Within an easy 2 hour walk you will conquer the Cyclades’ highest peak, Zas. The view from the top to the Aegean Sea and the islands of West and Small Cyclades is really mind blowing. We’ll rest and have a picnic admiring the view. We’ll then descend towards Agia Marina and go back to the boat. Late in the afternoon we’ll sail towards the remote bay of Kalando in the South of Naxos. We’ll enjoy a barbecue on the beach.
Day 3: After a morning swim we’ll sail to the little fishing port of Iraklia. You have the day to relax and swim and check the island. Early in the evening we’ll walk from the hora, Panayia to the cave of St. John. It’s an hour hike to the largest cave of the Cyclades, famous for its formation of stalactites. On our way back to the village we’ll enjoy the sunset from the top of the hill. You’ll have the chance to enjoy home made food during supper at the local bakery/tavern at Panayia.
Day 4: Sail towards the mountainous island of Amorgos. We’ll stop on the way for lunch a swim at the crystal clear blue water of the deserted island of Antikeri. We’ll continue our sail towards the fishing port of Aegiali where we’ll spend the night. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a short hike to the village of Tholaria where we’ll enjoy traditional island music and delicious dishes at one of its taverns.
Day 5: Today the day we’ll be dedicated to hiking and discovering the island’s northeast area which is characterised as Natura 2000 due to its unique flora and nature. We’ll start our hike from the beautiful village of Langada. We’ll follow the narrow path towards the impressive church of St. Theologos, where we’ll rest and have a snack under the shade of one of the churches outhouses. We’ll then take the trail towards Stavros enjoying the great view of rock formations and deep blue sea underneath. Relax and enjoy one of Aegiali’s beautiful beaches for the rest of the day.
Day 6: We’ll set sails towards the islands of Koufonisia, known for their unbelievable waters and beaches. They also belong to the Natura 2000 network. We’ll spend the night on the anchor at one of the beautiful bays of Kato Koufonisi. In the evening we’ll enjoy a walk around the island and have supper at the tavern of the only family that lives in the island. They have their own animals and produce all their vegetables and fruits themselves. We don’t have words to describe the quality of food you’ll taste!
Day 7: Last day sailing towards the island of Paros and the fishing port of Piso Livadi. Early in the evening we’ll go to the one of the oldest villages of Paros, Lefkes and walk for an hour towards the most picturesque village of Prodromos. We’ll have supper at the local cafeneio and enjoy Greek hospitality and home made food. If we’re lucky locals we’ll entertain us with live music!
Dates available: Every Saturday in April, May, September and October. In June-July-August only whole yacht charter available.
Meet the Team
Skipper Sotiris Diamantis
Sotiris was born in Essen, Germany on 9th January 1974. He has been
skippering professionally for the last 19 years throughout the Aegean,
Ionian, Adriatic and Central Mediterranean seas as well as the Atlantic
and Indian Oceans. He has some 60,000 miles of sailing on his record.
Sotiris has also been maintaining both wooden and fiberglass boats
for the last nine years.
Sotiris started diving in the Red Sea 18 years ago and eventually
became a Divemaster in Thailand in 2002. He is also trained to give
first aid and rescue assistance.
Sotiris speaks fluently German, English and Spanish and also basic
Dive Instructor / Hiking Guide / Annie Antonatou
Annie was born in Athens on 31st August 1973. Her love for the sea and marine world brought her together with the rest of the Mystic Blue crew. Annie started her career in the world of marketing and publishing but soon sailing and diving stole her heart.
Annie is a certified Day Skipper (RYA) and has sailed around 20,000 miles in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea. She's also a PADI certified Diving Instructor (Open Water Diver Instructor & EFR First Aid Instructor). She's dived in Belize, Thailand, Red Sea, the Society islands in the Pacific Ocean but the Mediterranean Sea is her big love. She'll be glad to share with you the secrets of the underwater world!
Annie is also a keen hiker and she has been guiding our guests around the traditional paths of the Greek islands.
Annie speaks English fluentlyand basic Italian and French.
Biologist & Wildlife photographer / Andrea Bonnetti
Andrea is the scientist but also artist of theTahita crew who will introduce you to the unique fauna of the Ionian and Aegean Seas.
Andrea was born in Lugano, Switzerland, in 1968. Soon after finishing his studies in Biological Sciences at the University of Pavia, Italy, he moved to Greece to begin a research on the birds of the Gialova Lagoon of Pylos, SW Peloponnese. As the years went by, Wildlife photography slowly became his first occupation. Throughout the years, he's travelled around Greece taking part in researches and studies of the local wildlife and ecology of various NGOs, always carrying around his camera and taking photos that would be published on a number of national and international magazines, including the National Geographic and the BBC Wildlife Magazine.
Andrea published also several books about Greek nature, the last of which – “40 Natural Paradises”, was published in partnership with WWF and is a guide to the 40 most interesting protected areas of Greece. Andrea also had the honor to win two awards in the prestigious photo contest BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year, in 1999 and in 2004. His pictures can be found at the UK Photo Library: www.nhpa.co.uk and at his website: http://www.andreabonetti.com.
Andrea is keen to share with you his passion and knowledge about Greek wildlife and wildlife photography. He speaks fluently English, Italian, French, German and modern Greek.
Environmental Researcher - Melita Lazaratou
was born on March 21st 1979 in Athens. Her interest in the causes
of human and animal behaviour and their interaction with the environment
determined the selection of her studies and professional orientation.
After completing her studies in Psychology she studied Applied Animal
Behaviour and Welfare in the University of Edinburgh. Her love for
cetaceans motivated her to specialise in them and through her postgraduate
thesis she studied the effect of whale watching on minke whales in
cooperation with the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.
Motivated by her interest and respect towards wildlife she has participated
in the work of environmental NGOs for the protection and conservation
of the natural environment. She has participated in programs of the
Hellenic Cetacean Research and Conservation Society as well as the
Hellenic Ornithological Society. She was in charge of operations in
the Peloponnese region for ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society
of Greece, and she has been heading projects for the Mediterranean
Melita speaks English fluently and also a little bit of French.
Walking Guide / Dafni Kalafati
Dafni Kalafati was born in Greece in the decade of the eighties. She studied photography and education and then followed a Masters degree in Art Therapy. Combining both disciplines she travelled around the world giving workshops of participatory video to children. Today she lives and works in Athens, continues her teaching practices while directing her own documentary films.
Dafni's love for the mountains has followed her everywhere she went. Since a young age she started climbing on the Greek mountains and then continued with her mountaineering career in the Alps. However the climax came when she visited the Andes where she spent almost a year walking in several national parks. Today, back in Greece, she re-discovered the greek islands through their traditional paths that she started exploring in 2008.
Dafni looks forward to guiding you around the undiscovered paths of the islands of the Aegean Sea.
Further information about the boat
We can also offer a selection of land based hiking cruises also (without sailing) in the Cyclades and the Ionian islands. Please contact us for further details.