East Attica, the region east of Athens, is barely known to foreign travelers. Yet, it is overflowing with valuable sites to see, cultural places to go and scenic nature settings for active and leisure land and sea activities. You will be surprised by the abundance found in East Attica.
Athens’ best kept secret is the Attica Peninsula, the terrain which surrounds Athens on all sides. Few tourists explore the eastern region which is blessed with an abundance of natural assets – mountains, rivers, lakes, beaches, forests, caves and flat plains. The area is also full of cultural riches, fine foods, award winning wineries and a trove of historical sites where Greek mythology flourished.
The Attica Sailing cruise hugs the Attica coastline heading eastward to Sounion, home of the magnificent Temple of Poseidon. Other historical sites include the Lavrio silver mines where ancient Athens derived its wealth, Mikronissos island known by all contemporary Greeks as a post World War II history scene of exile for dissidents and Marathon where the famed battle occurred in 490 BC, and the Temple of Artemis at Vravrona where young Athenian girls of the “bear cult” learned to become women.
Culturally, the cruise visits the Vravrona museum and the Lavrio mineral museum, plus wineries. Attica is famous since antiquity for its wines and modern wine makers there have harnessed the latest technologies to produce stellar varieties, including the indigenous Savatiano.
For activities in nature, cruise guests have ample swimming and snorkeling opportunities, including at Sounion and the Petali islands. Bike rides are also available to Sounion National Park and in Marathon.
On board, guests can be assured of a comfortable cabin for a quiet night’s sleep. The yacht’s chef makes all meals on board which feature the healthy Mediterranean cuisine with Greek food at its centerpiece. The crew is friendly and attentive to ensuring your cruise is an amazing event.
DAY 1 Overnight Lavrio
DAY 2 Overnight Porto Rafti
DAY 3 Overnight Petali Islands
DAY 4 Marathon and vehicle transfer to Athens
Sailing from Alimos to Lavrio takes 4 hours
Sailing from Lavrio to Porto Rafti takes 2 hours
Sailing from Porto Rafti to Petali Islands takes 2 hours
Sailing from Petali Islands to Marathon takes 2 hours
Vehicle transfer from Marathon to Athens takes 1 hour
Inclusions depend on the yacht that is chartered and its capabilities. Below are indicative inclusions for this tour.
Bring swim wear, hat, sun glasses and sun screen. For bikers, wear appropriate shoes. On the yacht rubber soled footwear only, or barefoot.