The magic of Greece.
Hydra by day.
I don't know about you, but there's nothing more magical than the Greek islands, from being on a luxury yacht gliding around the Aegean to bumping along the rocky roads on a moped.
You will sail for an average of three to five hours a day, depending on how many things passengers wish to see and, of course, the wind.
By faxing a list of provisions, the yacht will be stocked with food and drink when you arrive, to be shared with the skipper. Most people like to have breakfast and snacks on board and eat main meals on the islands.
You can pick up your yacht from Athens, Rhodes, Samos, Skiathos or Corfu. It is much cheaper to do a round trip.
A typical one-week charter will depart Kalamaki and head to Aegina, Poros, Spetses and Hydra, collectively known as the Saronic Gulf islands, and Salamis.
Salamis is close to the port of Piraeus and is virtually a suburb of Athens. Aegina is 35 minutes by hydrofoil from Piraeus, close enough for many Athenians to commute each day. It is said the first coins in Europe were minted there in the 7th Century BC.
Poros is just 360m off the mainland and is actually made up of two islands, Sferia and Kalavria, joined by a road bridge. The town is interesting but the beaches are not really among the best in the area.
Hydra is known as the Saronic Gulf island with the most style. While the most common mode of transport on Greek islands is the motorbike, there are no motorised vehicles on Hydra except for the garbage trucks. Everyone walks or rides a donkey. It is quite a rich island and there are huge mansions dating back to the 18th century stacked against the rocks surrounding the harbour.
The island of Spetses was once covered with pine trees, but they disappeared long ago. In 1914 a Greek-American philanthropist bought up more than half the island and planted the Aleppo pines which still stand. No cars are allowed on the island but there are motorbikes. The best beach is Ayii Anaryiri.