The Weekly Hop
We (Andy & Carole) greet you at Kos airport and then a 10 minute drive will bring you to the Port of Kardamena where “Zeus Too” awaits you and that long awaited welcoming drink! awaits. Relax and unpack and then really start your Greek holiday with a traditional meze at a local taverna overlooking Kardamena Harbour. Your first night aboard your luxury motor yacht.
Your first morning aboard, we have a leisurely breakfast in the shade on the aft deck, al fresco and a chat about the days sailing and how you would like to spend your day, for example whether you would like a long leisurely lunch or more time to explore the island or port of the day. We then up anchor to start your Island Hopping Adventures. We head north for the famous sponge island of Kalymnos, dropping anchor at the islands of Pserimos or Plati for a lunchtime stop, with time to swim, fish or just relax in a beautiful bay. Arriving in Vathi, a picturesque fjord like inlet, where we anchor overnight in the Port of Rina and enjoy a meal at one of surrounding tavernas. Back onboard for a night cap before retiring for the night.
After breakfast we up anchor and off we go at a gentle pace to the next island, travelling north to the island Leros for our overnight anchorage in Pandeli. This is a pretty horseshoe shaped bay with the traditional blue and white house’s adorning the hill side. Here you have plenty of time to relax or swim from the boat, or go ashore to explore, if you are feeling a little energetic you can hike to Pandeli Castle, where the views are spectacular. Again your evening meal will be spent ashore at one of the many tavernas that are scattered along the bay. It is an amazing experience to sit and watch the moon and the stars, with “Zeus Too” in the foreground, with the waves almost lapping at your feet. Back onboard for the night, ready for another day and another bay.
After breakfast we travel south west at a leisurely pace to Pirate Bay which is on the north west coast of Kalymnos stopping for lunch and a cooling dip in one of the wonderful bays on the way. Your afternoon and evening will be spent on the beach run by pirates! Be careful their ouzo is deadly but their food is amazing….if you can’t find your way back to the boat, there is always a tree house to spend the night in!!
We have a leisurely start to the day and maybe a quick swim before we head towards our next port, Pothia. This is the capital and main port of Kalymnos and is a very picturesque town with the brightly coloured houses built amphitheatrically around the port. Here you will have plenty of time to explore the town and browse through the many shops and winding streets, pick up a sponge or two, as this is the famous sponge island…sit with a coffee and watch the world go by (their cakes are truly scrumptious) Check out the tavernas to decide where you would like to eat tonight.
After breakfast we head south to the volcanic island of Nisyros, where we anchor in Palon, a pretty little harbour retreat surrounded by tavernas. There is a lovely sandy beach just past the harbour where you can take a very welcome dip. If you wish to hire a car or scooter to explore the island of Nisyros and the semi dormant volcano you will have plenty of time. Check out Nikia, it is an amazing village where no vehicles are allowed and the views are spectacular. This is another island which is true Greece. Your evening meal will be at a taverna of your choice. Back on board for a nightcap under the stars before retiring for your last day.
A leisurely breakfast in the shade on the aft deck, al fresco. We then move onto your lunch time stop and swim, this will be at the tranquil island of Kastri, which is the Mama Mia island of Kos, before returning to Kardamena for your last night on board.