Explore the Peloponnese on a 14-day Charter Itinerary

Explore the Mythical Peloponnese on a 14-day Charter Itinerary

Encompassing the most southern part of Greece, the Peloponnese charter region is astounding its scenic beauty and historical significance. It is the birth place of ancient Olympia, home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe and a masterpiece of natural beauty where majestic mountains meet cascading waterfalls and vast stalagmite filled caves. 

During the months of July and August, the popular Greek superyacht destinations of Santorini and Mykonos become almost impossible to reach due to strong winds and the Peloponnese provides a fantastic alternative itinerary. The extensive coastline of this peninsula offers a plethora of options, here is a sample 14-day itinerary to include a selection of the larger ports on offer. 

Athens Acropolis, Greece at dusk

Day 1: Embarkation in Athens
A Peloponnese charter itinerary can conveniently start Athens, which surrounded by ancient ruins and historical sites, provides a spectacular setting in which to step on board your luxury superyacht, ready for a vacation of a lifetime. From here, you will head out towards the west coast of the Peloponnese peninsula to the picturesque port of Epidavros.

The famous Ampitheatre in Epidavros holds performances throughout the summer

Day 2: Epidavros
Lapped by the sparkling blue waters of the Saronic Gulf, the picturesque town of Epidavros is built on the site of the ancient city-state of Epidaurus. It is famed for its spectacular Roman amphitheatre which throughout the summer becomes the stage for nightly ancient Greek re-enactments, watched by a sold-out audience of 14,000 under the stars. After an afternoon ashore, enjoy a gourmet al fresco meal prepared by your on board Chef to views of the twinkling village lights that lead up through the hills.

View of the Poros harbour at night

Day 3: Poros
After breakfast on the sundeck, your charter yacht heads out towards another of the Saronic Islands – the idyllic island of Poros. The Poros municipality also includes part of the mainland, Kyani Akti, at the most eastern point of the Peloponnese peninsula and is home to some of the most beautiful architecture to be found in Greece. Spend some time wandering around the fragrant Lemon Forest, a verdant hill covered with more than 30,000 lemon and orange trees before enjoying some traditional Greek food in one of the many fantastic taverna’s.

Hydra's charming harbour
Donkeys travelling through the winding streets of Hydra
Traditional fishing boats dot the harbour of Hydra

Day 4: Hydra
The cruise to Hydra is a breath taking experience in itself, where you can take in the serenity and scenic beauty of the Peloponnese coastline in its full glory. As you approach the pretty port of Hydra, superyachts sit alongside colourful fishing boats that bob peacefully on the surface of the turquoise water. Widely considered the gem of the Saronic Islands, this beautifully preserved island prohibits all vehicles from its cobbled winding lanes, meaning that travel is restricted to foot or by donkey.

Aerial view of Nafplion, Greece

Day 5: Nafplion
Next stop is the historic Greek town of Nafplion, an ideal place to step ashore for the day and appreciate the regions breath taking backdrop. As the first capital of Greece, Nafplion is rich in history and Venetian architecture where you can walk around for hours, stopping to get coffee and traditional Greek mezze along the way. The port is very well equipped, allowing luxury yachts with a draft of up to 6m as well as providing a beautiful setting in which to stay the night. 

Kyparissi's award-winning beach

Day 6: Kyparissi
Situated about half-way down the east cost of the Peloponnese Peninsula is the rural town of Kyparissi. A favourite holiday spot of Princess Diana, this tranquil town and port is backed by pine covered hills and boasts an expansive white sand beach. It is the perfect place to do some underwater exploration and enjoy unrivalled views of this rugged stretch of coastline.

View from Monemvasia town
Market stall in Monemvasia, Greece
Archway Monemvasia

Day 7: Monemvasia
Cruise overnight to the tiny medieval town of Monemvasia and wake up to views of magnificent Byzantine churches set into the volcanic backdrop. Explore the historical sites that date back to 300 AD that offer remnants of the town’s former Venetian, Turks, Byzantine and Crusader occupants. Spend an afternoon strolling around the winding streets before spending the evening in one of the fine dining restaurants.

Beautiful rugged beach in Elafonissos

Day 8: Elafonisos
Kicking off week two of your Peloponnese itinerary is island of Elafonisos. Home to just 500 year-round inhabitants, the island is renowned for its glorious beaches which are regularly voted in the top three throughout Europe. Although not as architecturally beautiful as some of the other stop-offs, the crystal clear waters that surround Elafonisos are unrivalled for watersports and snorkelling.

Gytheio's lively harbour with traditional fishing boats
Fine dining with a view in Gytheio
Diros Cave, Gytheio

Day 9: Gytheio
After taking in the astonishing views over breakfast, your charter yacht will cruise around to the most southern part of the Peloponnese to the port of Gytheio. Known locally as the ‘town in the hills’, the lively harbour benefits from the protection of the mighty Taygetos mountain range. Its highest peak being the ‘Profitis Ilias’ which at 2.407m is the highest mountain in the Peloponnese. Your Captain will anchor near the Diros Caves – the largest in Greece – where you will take a smaller boat into the darkness and marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites, each thousands of years in the making.

Beautiful ancient port of Pylos

Day 10: Pylos
As your charter yacht moves into the west of the Peloponnese, your first stop will be the ancient town of Pylos. The traditional setting of the town offers an idyllic setting in which to explore the history of Greece, in particular the Paleokastro castle which is spectacularly sited on a headland above Divari Beach, Divari Lagoon and Voidokilia Bay and can only be accessed by foot.

Patras Port at night

Day 12: Patras
Next stop is the third largest area in the Peloponnese and the gateway to Italy – Patras. This exciting city is full of cultural highlights and ancient monuments as well as a buzzing cosmopolitan nightlife. Spend the morning relaxing on board your luxury yacht before stepping ashore to discover the charming piazzas and architectural landmarks, such as the Apollon Theatre before dancing late into the night in one of the stylish bars.

Mountainous backdrop of Aigio at sunset
Sample some local Greek delicacies in Aigio, Greece

Day 13: Aigio
For a final day of absolute relaxation, head to the protected town of Aigio situated at the foothills of the Panachaiko Mountain. Trips up the mountain to the Old City come courtesy of a train, which at a 90% incline is not for the faint hearted but once you have reached the top offers truly breath taking views across the Ionian Sea. For your last evening on board your luxury charter yacht, enjoy the culinary delights of a five-course meal prepared by your Chef followed by cocktails on deck while you reminisce with your guests about your unforgettable Greek charter vacation.

Day 14: Disembark in Athens
After breakfast and a final swim, head back to Athens to disembark feeling refreshed and ready to book your summer superyacht vacation for next summer.

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Ulysse Nardin