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Ulysses Route | Cephalonia - Mykonos | Sailing cabin charter cruise | Stage 3

Sailing holiday in catamaran - Cabin charter - Greece, Cephalonia - Yacht: Lagoon 440

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The third stage of the "Along the Ulysses Route" sailing cruise in Greece, from Cephalonia to Ithaca in order to arrive to Cyclades Islands. Our final destination will be Mykonos. Two weeks of history, sea and culture.

"Along the Ulysses route" is the result of years of sailing along the Mediterranean routes. These routes touch many of the most beautiful destinations of the world. The cruise is a mix of vacation, culture, history, sea, sun and why not, also food and wine.

Enjoy the reading of the description of stages, resorts and sightseeings included in the "Along the Ulysses route" sailing cruise.

A unique sailing cruise, in order to taste all the flavor of the history and the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea.

Along the Ulysses route

We will travel for two months along the same route traveled by Ulysses for years. We will sail on board of a comfortable catamaran equipped with all comforts and a video-library related to all places that we will visit.

We will sail together for over 1200 miles, touching almost all the original landing of Ulysses. For geopolitical and marine weather reasons we chose to start from Sardinia. We will start from the Maddalena Archipelago (Land of Lestrygonians), that is made up of seven main islands: La Maddalena, Caprera, Santo Stefano, Spargi, Budelli and Santa Maria, all characterized by a natural landscape of great beauty and embellished by the rich colors of one of the most beautiful sea areas of the world.
From Maddalena we will set sail towards Ventotene, and leaving behind San Felice Circeo and the Cave of the sorceress Circe, we will cruise to the famous Mermaids Island, where as Homer tells in the Odyssey, Odysseus had to resist to the song of these mythological creatures.
We will continue to Amalfi (Land of Cyclops) the oldest Italian maritime republic and one of the most beautiful places in the world thanks to its clefts, wonderful beaches, beautiful caves and the scent of lemon and olive trees. Then, sailing till the Aeolian Archipelago (The palace of Aeolus) with its attendant Stromboli, an active volcano that has earned the nickname of "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean".
We will cross from Sicily to the mythical Ithaca in Greece. Ithaca is a popular island thanks to the legendary tales, told in the Odyssey, but it boasts an ancient history that can be lived through archaeological finds existing on the island.
Passing through the Corinth Canal and sailing counter of Ulysses, that passed from Cyclades to reach Alexandropoulis (Land of Cicones), we will arrive to Cyclades. Then, pushed by Meltemi we will lead to Bodrum in Turkey. This town is placed a few nautical miles far from Troy (departure city of Ulysses), currently defined Truva, the legendary city mentioned by Homer in his epic tales; built on 9 levels it is a witness of a long and ancient history.
On board you will be pampered by our hostess while the comfortable navigation of the catamaran will take you along the routes and stages of the cruise.
Areas boasting historical and archaeological sites will be destinations of shore excursions with professional guides, but it will not lack a visiting to places where we could know the local culture of the local people enjoying typical food products.

Cruises of the "Along the Ulysses route"

You can choose to travel the entire route of Ulysses and sail with us for 60 days, otherwise sailing:

for one of the stages of 30 days:

for one of the 4 stages of 15 days:

The crossing from Messina to Cephalonia is included in programs but is not mandatory. It is a real offshore sailing of more than 250 NM, we suggest this crossing only for those who really want to try the emotion of a day and night offshore sailing.

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  1. From Cephalonia to Ithaca

    From Cephalonia to Ithaca

    Cephalonia, generously endowed by nature, a place with mysterious caves, hot springs and groundwater, beautiful beaches, traditional villages and archaeological sites.

    Mooring at Poros, interesting coastal town.

    Cephalonia. Possibility of shore excursion with car rental to visit the island. There are many interesting buildings which retain their old nobility, large squares and picturesque neighborhoods.

    Ithaca (20 NM) popular for the Homer's Odyssey, mythical and symbolic place. Its western part is mountainous and treeless while the east part is rich in vegetation and ends into the sea.

    Mooring at Vathy, a fascinating little village situated in a deep and safe bay.

    Visited places

    Day 1 to 3
  2. Towards to Corinth Canal

    Towards to Corinth Canal

    If you are sailing from the Ionian Sea to Greece you have absolutely to cross the Corinth Canal. Both for a real need of sailing because the route to the Aegadian islands is definitely shorter, and for the beauty, the charm and grandeur of the high walls of the strait.

    This waterway, which connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Aegean Sea, bisecting the Isthmus of Corinth, was built between 1881 and 1893, about thirty years after the construction of the Suez Channel.

    Its length is about 4 miles, while its maximum width is slightly more than 25 meters at the narrowest point. The channel depth of only 7 meters, greatly restricts the draft of the larger boats that at full-load are likely to remain covered up.

    Passing through the Corinth Channel saves about 200 miles on the route between the Ionian and the Aegean sea. Besides, it avoids the circumnavigation of the Peloponnese where, because of the wind from the north, the Meltemi, at certain periods of the year it becomes difficult or even not possible for most pleasure boats.

    Leaving back Ithaca, will arrive to Oxeia, a small and wild island for anchors out of the world, then, we will continue to Trizonia (about 40 mg), in the north coast of the Gulf of Corinth. Trizonia is an island with a couple of taverns and less more, but characterized by a nice atmosphere, quiet and beautiful nature. It is the common stage for those who cross to and from Corinth.

    It will then be the turn of Galaxidi (about 25 mg), in the north coast of the Gulf of Corinth. Galaxidi is a nice town that is worth a stop to learn about the authentic Greece of these areas. Few miles in the gulf there is Itea, where we will visit the archaeological site of Delphi and the new museum.
    A large stage to be closer to the Corinth Strait (about 35 miles) where we will overnight at the city before to cross the channel during the following day.

    After leaving the Corinth Channel we will cruise to Aegina.

    Visited places

    Day 3 to 5
  3. Aegina

    Aegina

    In the Saronic gulf, which bathes the Attica from the south, there is a group of small islands called the islands of the Saronic. The route in this gulf is held in calm waters and often protected from the sometimes strong wind of the Aegean Sea.

    These islands characterized by a special beauty offer a variety of truly amazing landscapes: high mountains overlooking the sea, shallow and sandy coasts, covered by forests or rocky and arid islands. They don't lack of archaeological treasures.

    Aegina is renowned for its pitchers, it is full of pistachio trees, plants and beautiful villages submerged by greenery. The "Pistachio Aegina" is famous and it stands for the main product of the island. The Temple of Aphaia, among the most famous of antiquity, is located on the top of the only existing hill. Under the temple there are beautiful bays and sandy beaches.

    Visited places

    Day 5
  4. From Aegina to Kato Sounion

    From Aegina to Kato Sounion

    From Aegina to the bay of Kato Sounion there are about 20 NM.

    On the top of the promontory there is the Temple of Poseidon. This wonderful temple overlooks the sea.

    The legend tells that Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, the king of Athens, fell down giving life to the sea which then took his name. Aegeus was the father of Theseus, the young man who had been sent to kill the Minotaur. From that kind of trip, Theseus promised that, if he could return in victory, he had hoisted white sails on the ship. If the fate had been adverse to him, ships would deploy the black sails. Unfortunately, thanks to the Arianna's curses Theseus lost his memory and therefore, even if he was the winner, he forgot that promise and arrived to the coast with dirty and dark sails. Aegeus, who was trying to catch a glimpse of his return from the top of the hill, as soon as he saw the color of the sails, he thought that his son had been defeated and, for the pain, jumped into the sea.

    Visited places

    Day 6 to 7
  5. From Kato Sounion to Kythnos

    From Kato Sounion to Kythnos

    After leaving the enchanting bay dominated by the Temple of Poseidon we will sail towards the south east to reach Kythnos.

    The places to visit in Kythnos are a lots; in addition to natural beauty, such as Katafiki's quarries there are the archaeological sites that are considered real attractions. The most important site is Vryokastro which is located next to the bay of Episkopi in the north-west part of the island. It has been found many evidences of a  Mycenaean origin, including an whole sanctuary dedicated to Aphrodite (goddess of love and beauty) and many jewels of gold, silver and bronze.

    Visited places

    Day 7-8
  6. Syros

    Syros

    Syros, the heart of the Cyclades, is one of the most populated island of the archipelago. Syros, mountainous in its northern part, is notable for the variety of the landscapes of its inland. It boasts hills, plains, fields and crops.
    Its coastline forms large and small bays, headlands and two large gulfs. That one on the east part is called Ermoupolis and that to the west part is called Foinikas.
    The island, as shown by the excavations, has already beeen inhabited during the Neolithic age.

    Excavations of Kastri and Chalandriani have revealed prehistoric acropolis, a settlement and a necropolis, as well as evidences of the Cycladic civilization.

    Ermoupoli, called "Lady of the Cyclades", is the capital and the port of Syros, but is also the undisputed "capital" of all the Cyclades. It was built as an amphitheater with neoclassical buildings, old mansions but also white houses that descend along the surrounding hills to the port. It gains more grandeur in its central area, where there is the Miaouli square, a nice square characterized by picturesque cafes.
    Some of the most important things in Syros are the Town Hall, the statue of Miaouli admiral, and the Apollon Theatre, a small copy of La Scala in Milan.
    The Archaeological Museum hosts relics of value, while in the Public Library there are interesting rare editions.

    Visited places

    Day 9-11
  7. From Syros to Mykonos

    From Syros to Mykonos

    Mykonos arouses the interest of a large number of tourists from all parts of the world, among which there are also many artists and intellectuals.

    Mykonos took its name from the son of the king of Delos and from this mythological short tale:

    Hercules, during one of his 12 efforts fought against giants and he won. After the giants killing, he threw them into the sea and their petrified bodies gave life to the coasts of Mykonos.

    On the small hill of Kastro there is the complex of churches of Paraportiani, which has been developing for centuries and nowadays it has became a national monument.
    In the Archaeological Museum of Chora there are finds that come from the tombs of Renea, sculptures and idol's vases. The Folklore Museum gather up collections of furniture, icons, sculptures and folk musical instruments. Of particular interest there is also the Naval Museum of the Aegean.

    We will enjoy the charming and dissolute life of Mykonos for two days before coming back to the sea and sailing towards to Paros.
    We will leave Mykonos to sail in the Cyclades and small Cyclades to Bodrum in Turkey. We will anchor in the fascinating islands, bays, and historical harbors. With a navigation of no more than 20nm per day we will visit: Paros, Iraklia, Koufinissia, Dounussa, Amorgos and Bodrum.

    Visited places

    Day 11-15

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