Sailing southwest crossing the Aegean Sea to Athens with 7 port visits along the way.
Throughout thousands of years, Istanbul's geographical position has maintained its importance. Today it is a huge metropolis connecting continents, cultures and religions, home to eleven million people, and one of the greatest business and cultural centers of the region. Don't miss Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
Çanakkale is located in the northwestern part of Turkey. Çanakkale province has both European and an Asian sections. The European section is formed by the Gallipoli peninsula, and the Asian section is part of Anatolia. They are separated by the Dardanelles, the strait connecting the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean Sea. The site of ancient Troy is found in Çanakkale province.
Limnos with one of the prettiest harbors in Greece, beautiful beaches and picturesque, traditional villages untouched by modern-day tourism, hardly fits with any Greek Island stereotypes. It lies low with gently rolling hills, a lush green carpet in the spring that becomes crackling yellow-brown in the summer. The landscape is dotted with fields of grain, quirky scare crows and beehives.
Limnos was famous since antiquity for its vineyards; Aristotle wrote about the traditional red wine of the island, produced from a very ancient and unique variety of grape that he called Limnio (locally referred as Kalambaki).
Monasteries on Mt. Athos (sail by)
Mt. Athos is the oldest surviving monastic community in the world. It dates back more than a thousand years to Byzantine times. While part of Greece, Mt. Athos is self governed. The imposing marble summit of Athos is over 6000 feet high.
Mt. Athos is commonly referred to as the "Holy Mountain" and has been inhabited since ancient times and is known for its +- 1,800 year continuous Christian presence and its long monastic traditions which date back to 800 AD. Today over 2000 monks from Greece and many other Eastern Orthodox live a monastic life isolated from the rest of the world.
Ouranopolis, Greece (afternoon-evening)
Ouranoupoli is an ancient city and a modern village in Chalcidice. It was founded by Cassander and his brother Alexarchus in the late 4th century BC. The village is today called Ouranoupoli.
Many visit the village and the old tower every year. Some seem to have fallen under it's spell and cannot get away and keep returning year after year, after year... As if the mysterious tower by the sea summons one back to Ouranoupolis. Maybe it's because of the golden beaches, the clear blue sea, or the green hilltops with their dazzling views of the bay and the tiny deserted islands. Perhaps it is because of the unspoiled natural beauty, the relaxed atmosphere and fishing.
The island of Skiathos has 70 beaches all around it.
Between the beach and the main coastal road, there is the lagoon of Strofylia which together with the forest of Koukounaries form a rare aquatic natural habitat and are protected under the supervision of the Municipality of Skiathos.
Skopelos is a Greek island in the western Aegean Sea. This island is uninhabited however, Skiathos to the west.
Skiathos is a small Greek island in the northwest Aegean Sea and west of the island of Skopelos.
There are a variety of beaches to choose from and the Monastery di Panagia Evanalistria is well worth visiting. Views from the monastery are serene and wonderful. There is a very good cafe at the back with home made wines. Visit the open air cinema and Il Kastro castle, the latter somewhat difficult to get to.
Poros is a small Greek island-pair in the southern part of the Saronic Gulf, at a distance about 31 nautical miles south from Piraeus and separated from the Peloponnese by a 650 wide sea channel, with the town of Galatas on the mainland across the strait. Its surface is about 12 sq miles and it has 4,117 inhabitants. Like other ports in the Saronic, it is a popular weekend destination for Athenian travelers.
Poros Greece is a verdant island full of beauties and wonderful landscapes. Because most of the Athenians and foreign tourists are mostly going to cosmopolitan Hydra, is still unspoiled and very authentic, ideal for relaxing and peaceful holidays. The capital of this Greek island is a beautiful town with fine neoclassical and Venetian buildings; picturesque villages and beautiful beaches are completing the wonderful image.
This section of Greece, Poros island, provides much information: pictures, map, villages, history, museums, architecture, excursions, weather and more such as a large range of hotels.
The Piraeus is the ancient port of Athens and still functions as the chief exit point from the city by sea for destinations amongst the Aegean Islands and elsewhere in the east Mediterranean. Domestic destinations include all of the Aegean islands except the Sporades and some smaller Cyclades and Dodecanese isles that require a connection. International destinations (apart from cruise ships) include Cyprus and the Middle East.