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12 Top Tourist Attractions on Santorini-Visit by Luxury Yacht Charter

Santorini at Sunset

Santorini at Sunset

Written by Missy Johnston

The iconic whitewashed churches and homes of Santorini beckon visitors, but there is so much more to discover beyond these walls. The island is the largest in a circular archipelago formed by an ancient volcanic eruption. Still, today, tourists can bathe in hot springs bubbling up from the caldera, or volcanic crater. Ruins rivaling Pompei invoke a civilization of sea-bound merchants and craftsmen. To learn more about the magic of this place, read about its 12 top-rated tourist attractions.

Could this archipelago be the lost city of Atlantis, as some mythologies indicate? Explore natural wonders and mysterious ruins from the comfort of your own private charter yacht on a yacht charter in Greece, and don’t forget to visit the village of Oia to witness its spectacular sunsets.

12 Top Tourist Attractions on Santorini-Visit by Luxury Yacht Charter2021-03-18T11:01:20-04:00

Amorgos Yacht Charter, Cycladic Islands, Greece


Amorgos Island Traditional Fishing Vessels

Written by Missy Johnston

A less often visited Cycladic Island and the furthest east in the Cycladic chain of Greek Islands, Amorgos Island is most easily visited by private yacht charter.  Probably the most iconic and easily identified part of this island is the fantastic Monastery of Chozoviotissa painted white, built into and clinging to the side of a cliff on the other side of the island from the main port.  This is what identifies and sets this island apart from the rest of the Cycladic Islands, and lets any visitor know at once on approach by sea cruising towards the island on a charter yacht, that yes, one has reached Amorgos Island.

Inhabited since the Early Cycladic Era, which has been evidenced by archaeological finds on the island, Amorgos has a long cultural history and tradition. This is an island where one steps off the beaten track to visit a Cycladic island by yacht charter that has preserved its traditional feel; where the locals welcome you with a smile on their face and perhaps a shot of the local raki based liquor steeped in aromatic herbs.  Once on shore, walk across this island on the many trails and walking paths through a countryside redolent with wild herbs. One trail or another will end up at one of the many beaches around the coastline of this lovely island.


Amorgos Yacht Charter, Cycladic Islands, Greece2021-03-18T11:04:01-04:00

Exploring Greece On A Private Yacht Charter vs Cruise Ship


Written by Missy Johnston

Santorini, Greece, luxury yacht charter

Santorini, Greece

Obviously, we are biased. We long ago decided there was no comparison between cruising on a cruise ship versus a private yacht charter. For starters, you will enjoy a customized itinerary, personalized menu, complete privacy, and in-depth exploration, all at your own pace. To show you a clearer picture of the benefits of a private yacht charter, we zoom in on one of our favorite destinations—Greece.


Exploring Greece On A Private Yacht Charter vs Cruise Ship2021-07-08T10:37:20-04:00

Yacht Charter Itinerary Cruising the Greek Islands


Ocean bay sunrise , Kea, Greece

Kea, Greece

Written by Missy Johnston

Cruise through two lovely Greek Island chains, the Saronic Islands and the Cycladic Islands, on this yacht charter itinerary through the Aegean Sea.  This is an excellent itinerary for a one week charter on a sailing yacht or sailing catamaran out of Athens, for lovely, easy sailing every day, while enjoying some terrific Greek Islands.  This is also a great yacht charter itinerary to enjoy on a crewed motor yacht.


Yacht Charter Itinerary Cruising the Greek Islands2021-03-18T11:06:52-04:00

Enjoy a Charter Itinerary of the Greek Dodecanese Islands


Written by Missy Johnston
Rhodes - Medieval City
Rhodes, Medieval City

From Rhodes to Samos, this yacht charter itinerary cruising through the Greek Dodecanese Islands is cruise through a lovely group of islands; each with its own unique feel.  From Rhodes, once a hub for medieval crusaders, to nearby Symi, quiet and beautiful, to Kalymnos, where locals once free dived for sponges in the depths of the sea, to Patmos, said to be where John the Apostle wrote the Book of Revelations, and where there is a church for every day of the year, and finally to Samos, home of Pythagoras, discover each island for yourself on a yacht charter through the Greek Dodecanese Islands. 


Enjoy a Charter Itinerary of the Greek Dodecanese Islands2021-03-18T11:11:26-04:00

What can a Blue Monkey do for you?


Written by Missy Johnston

Rooftops of Santorini, Greece, yacht charter

Santorini, Greece

There are many different ways to arrive in Santorini Island, Greece, however; arriving by private charter yacht cruising into the inner harbor Caldera is the most extraordinary. The present Caldera was created sometime around 1645 BC, by a huge volcanic eruption, during which volcanic ash and debris covered an ancient and very wealthy Minoan trading city near present day Akrotiri, Santorini.  The disappearance of this city, may be the basis of the legend of the “Lost City of Atlantis”.  After cruising into the Caldera in Santorini by charter yacht, head ashore to explore the Akrotiri Excavations, where extraordinary wall murals depicting Blue Monkeys were found.


What can a Blue Monkey do for you?2021-03-18T11:13:52-04:00

Athens, Greece; The Birthplace of Civilization


Fishing boats on Greek Islands

Fishing boats on Greek Islands

When chartering a crewed charter yacht to cruise through the beautiful Greek Islands, surrounded by the blue green waters of the Aegean Sea, the embarkation port is usually Athens, Greece.  There is so much to see and do in Athens, here at Northrop and Johnson Yacht Charters, we recommend spending at least one night either before or after your charter exploring Athens.


Athens, Greece; The Birthplace of Civilization2018-10-28T14:12:26-04:00

The Sacred Island of Delos, Greece


Ancient Greek ruins at the archaeological island of Delos Cyclades Greece

Ancient Greek Ruins at the Archaeological Island of Delos

Delos, the center of the Cyclades, has been inhabited since at least the 3rd millennium B.C. As did the Hellenic Nation, this island rose in importance and around 480 BC, became the center of the Delian League. The Delian League located their treasury on here solidifying the importance of this island in the ancient world. Today Delos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important archeological sites in the world. This island, located just next to Mykonos is open to visitors 12 hours during the day, every day of the week. Visiting on a private yacht charter, is so easy. This island is certainly not to be missed.


The Sacred Island of Delos, Greece2023-01-17T23:39:55-05:00

A Lost Civilization, Santorini, Greece


Santorini Excavations

Akrotiri Excavations

Explore the many secrets of the magical mystical Cycladic Island of Santorini, Greece, when cruising the Cycladic Island chain on a luxury crewed yacht charter, as tucked away on the Island of Santorini, excavations continue revealing the remains of an ancient wealthy trading city. This is a city lost in time; covered by ash and debris in the massive volcanic eruption in the 1600’s BC when the island blew its top, literally. It was in 1967 that excavations began in earnest, and still continue at a site in Akrotiri on the island of #Santorini where only 5% of this ancient city is said to be revealed to date. The ruins are fascinating to see, and excavated artifacts are on display at the Archeological Museum in Fira. Include both the #Akrotiri Archeological Site and Archeological Museum in Fira on a land tour when visiting the #GreekIsland of Santorini on a crewed sailing yacht or mega yacht charter.

The lost city was discovered in the 1800’s in fields in an area of the island known today as Akrotiri.  As the origin of the civilization that built this extraordinary city with three story apartment buildings, running water and a city sewer system was unknown, the excavations are now known as Akrotiri by their location on the island.  Today only a small area of what was once an extensive wealthy trading city has been excavated.  That which has been excavated, based on excavations in other parts of the world, is now felt to have been a wealthy Minoan trading city, that clearly evacuated the city before the final and most devastating volcanic eruption on Santorini Island covered the abandoned all for a city lost in time.


A Lost Civilization, Santorini, Greece2020-08-14T15:33:46-04:00

Cruise the Fabulous Cycladic Islands of Greece


Windmills of Mykonos

Windmills of Mykonos

Cruising through the Cycladic Islands on a luxury yacht charter in Greece includes the Greek Islands of Santorini, and Mykonos, considered by many to be two of the top Greek Islands to visit out of over 6000 islands and islets. It is the Cycladic Islands where the well-known cubist white buildings with cobalt blue trim are found, in the old Choras on each island, with little walking streets. The Greek Cycladic Islands are the only island chain seriously affected, however by the Meltemi Winds which can blow at any time from May to October. So that on a #crewedyachtcharter, cruising through the #CycladicIslands is a #yacht charter itinerary only if the Meltemi Winds allow.


Cruise the Fabulous Cycladic Islands of Greece2019-03-25T15:14:16-04:00
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