The Cyclades, south of Greece, are considered some of the most beautiful islands in the world. These are the classic Greek islands of countless posters, films and postcards: White-washed villages, sugar-cube houses, blue domed churches, these islands are often the repositories of most of Greece’s best preserved island traditions and deserve their iconic status.
The Cyclades got their name from the ancient Greek word meaning “to circle,” or “surround,” because the islands encircle Delos, the birthplace of the god Apollo.
Today, especially in the summer, it’s the visitors who circle around Cyclades, taking advantage of the boats, trains, planes and helicopters that link them.
But, what’s the best way to view the islands — by helicopter or by boat?
From Athens to Syros, Paros, Mykonos, Milos and Santorini the options are endless for each type of vacations…When you visit the Cyclades, chances are that one island will turn out to be your favourite.
Whether you are planning a boat cruise or helicopter trip, there are some helpful tips to organize the best holidays for you.
- Get there faster
Whether you are taking a quick trip to the airport or heading to Mykonos for the weekend, a helicopter charter offers a quick, easy and comfortable alternative for travel in and out of the Cyclades.
- Get the VIP treatment
The beauty of private aviation is that is revolves around you, not the other way around. When you charter a private jet or helicopter, you will automatically avoid the long security lines associated with taking commercial flights and be assisted by your own luggage handlers.
- Get to more places
The vertical flight capability of helicopters may be their greatest advantage over airplanes. Not needing a runway makes is possible to land in secluded, remote locations, mountaintops, backyards, parking lots, even yachts. Many high-end hotels, stadiums and other entertainment venues have their own helipads for VIP guests.
- Get your sightseeing done while you’re at it
Most types of civilian-use helicopters have large windows allowing passengers to enjoy the views from above. It is very convenient for those tourists who want to combine their lack of time and sightseeing tour. A bird’s eye view from a helicopter or light aircraft opens up unrivalled views of the Cyclades.
- Get there in style
Contrary to popular belief, helicopters are no longer reserved for the rich and famous. More and more operators are opening up to the everyday traveller by offering individual seats on flights that would otherwise be beyond their budgets.
With your knees jammed somewhere up around your chin in another cross-country bus, you truly begin to appreciate the luxury of space that boats can afford.
- Leisurely pace
Boats are not lightning fast, far from it but this is another aspect you may enjoy. You meander across an ocean or down a river at a leisurely pace, giving you time to genuinely appreciate the journey that you’re on.
Boat trips create bonding experiences with family and friends. The lasting memories you can make while on a boat trip are priceless. Think about watching a sunset on the water with your best friends, fishing and snorkelling with your kids, or admiring the wildlife.
- Boat cruises
Taking a cruise is a great way to see more of the Cyclades. Part of what makes Cyclades unique is its many groups of islands, each with its own culture, identity and attractions, and cruising is one of the best ways to get around them.
Whatever you choose, be sure that you will enjoy the Cyclades in all its glory, whether it’s an unplanned helicopter ride from Paros to Milos or a boat cruise around Kato Koufonissi and Ano Koufonissi.
You only need to think about your next destination.