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Sailing the myth: From Troy to Ithaca

Set sail across Greek waters as a modern Odysseus — recreating his fascinating journey and reliving the myth at key locations

Sailing the myth: From Troy to Ithaca

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Setting off from Canakkale — an epic destination in Turkey and the present-day site of ancient Troy — embark on a mythical historical exploration among the Greek islands, on a truly inspiring journey across the seas. Fear not the Sirens’ call; travelling aboard a modern sailboat will allow you to savour all that the Greek oceans have to offer, without having to be lashed to a mast.

Delos, the birthplace of gods

Legendary explorers, your expedition has begun! Following ancient tradition, no journey can begin without paying homage to the gods. A wind’s-blow away from world-renowned Mykonos Island lies the sacred island of Delos, the mythic birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.

No other island on Earth hosts so many monumental antiquities from the archaic, the classical and the Hellenistic periods as this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The archaeological experience is what this island is really all about. Its enchanting landscapes are home to nobody; history is thus repeating itself: in a place of such importance, no person is ever born or dies.

Here, one can feel a divine, revitalising energy, even in the shimmering coastal waters. Indulge in refreshing sea dips from your boat, unwind on the unspoiled golden beaches of the nearby uninhabited islet of Rhenia, or head back to vibrant Mykonos. Your mobile home on the water will take you anywhere you like, for amazing experiences, without the need to spend your hard-won treasures.

Corinth Canal

Crossing the narrow yet striking Corinth Canal, the expedition continues to the Ionian Sea. A stone’s throw from the passage lie the ruins of Delphi, a cultural and religious centre reflecting a symbol of unity for the Hellenic world. A unity that you can feel while cruising the waves or enjoying the starlit sky from your sailboat, feeling the energy forming from the Oracle.

Unveiling the mysteries

Rising imperiously from the vast expanse of the Ionian Sea, Mount Ainos on Kefalonia island is a sight to behold; immortalised in Homer’s Odyssey as the Βlack Μountain, due to the deep-green, forest-clad slopes. Myrtos Beach is one of many dotting island’s verdant shores. Inland, Kefalonia contains equally dramatic landscapes; the stage for myriad mysterious natural phenomena that will surprise and astound. Set off by boat to discover remote coves and locations known only to Odysseus and his loyal companions. Despite the success of the Hollywood movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, which was shot on the scenic island, it remains unspoilt by mass tourism.

The trip is the destination

Ithaca, Odysseus’s home island and final destination, is one of the highlights of a truly epic sailing expedition. An ideal location for active outdoor pursuits, it boasts plenty of hiking as well as mountain bike trails, as well as offering huge potential for scuba diving and sea kayaking. 

Lay back under the warm Mediterranean sun, cherish the slow-paced atmosphere while the emerald waters kiss your feet, and let this fascinating sailing experience fulfill your wanderlust. This is the moment you’ll understand why the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy felt inspired to write the verse, ‘Keep Ithaca always in your mind. Arriving there is what you are destined for.’

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