Sail and Shore Holiday – 1 week
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Sailing Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Volos. Travel to Makrynitsa . High in the cool mountain air with spectacular views across Volos, The Pagasitic Gulf and the High Pindos Mountains, this ancient fortified town is one of the gems of the area. Mountain spring water bubbles from marble fountains and in early summer the woods echo to the song of nightingales. There are shops for those last-minute purchases, and we can eat in one of the many traditional restaurants.
Day 2. Join sailing yacht, Nereida in Volos. We sail to the tiny remote island of Trikeri, at the end of the Pelion Peninsula. With no cars, Trikeri is largely untouched by the modern world. The pace of life here is at a walking pace. We overnight in an historic stone-built monastery with spectacular views across the island and the Pelion Peninsula. In early September, Trikeri hosts a religious festival celebrating the birthday of the Virgin Mary. One of our cruises is timetabled to coincide with this unique festival.
Day 3 Sail to Oreoi down the Oreoi Straight, which separates the island of Evia from the Greek mainland. We sail past spectacular steep pine-covered hillsides which drop dramatically towards the sea. Resin is tapped from these pines for flavouring the famous restina wine. The region is also famous for its bird life and has several protected areas for sea birds. Overnight Oreoi – and maybe try a little local retsina.
Day 4 Sail to the spa town of Aidipsos on the island of Evia. Aidipsos has attracted visitors from ancient times who came here to bathe in the hot mineral springs which run into the sea. Overnight Aidipsos.
Day 6. Return along the Oreoi straight, overnighting in the delightful town of Glyfa.
Day 7 Return to Volos. Trip ends Volos.