Edged by some of the Aegean's best beaches and bluest waters, Skiathos is a top snorkelling spot for those in the know. Set sail aboard a full day cruise to the islands standout snorkel sites that've been a hit with scuba divers for decades. You'll see shoals of exotic fish, enjoy lunch on board, and all the benefits of a boat trip.
High up in the hills north of Skiathos town, you'll find two of the island's holiest sites. Your afternoon starts with a guided tour of the Church of the Archangels and then hike over to the Evangelistria Monastery. It is a haven of cultural and historical artefacts. This 18th-century monastery is perched on the mountainside and surrounded by a lush pine forest. The chapel is decorated with colourful icons and there's also a museum displaying rare books and manuscripts. After a guided tour, you'll enjoy a tasting of some local wines. And you'll also have free time to wander around the grounds.
You can expect dollops of déjà vu and nostalgia on this full day cruise. It all kicks off when we sail from Skiathos port for neighbouring Skopelos. Light refreshments are served as we head for the beach of Kastani, where Mamma Mia! was filmed in 2007. Then, it's just a few minutes' sailing to the neighbouring beach of Panormos, in time for lunch at one of the beach tavernas. Or, if you prefer, you can sunbathe and swim. The last stop is the beautiful beach of Milia for a final dip in the sea.
Skiathos sets the bar high where wine is concerned. So whether you're a wine aficionado or just want to learn a little about the local vino, a winery tour ticks all the boxes. Visit one of the island's most up-and-coming wine producers to hear their grape-growing secrets and the history of the craft. Then, taste four fine wines all paired with Greek nibbles.
The Skiathos coast is full of gorgeous towns and with secluded swimming spots that are best accessed by boat. Climb aboard the yacht at Skiathos port and you'll be warmly welcomed by the crew. Sail for the portside town of Klima in Skopelos, before it's on to some of the best swimming beaches in the area – including the Mamma Mia! beach of Kastani, or beautiful Chovolo. More swimming and beach relaxing awaits at the Panormos beach, and at remote Tsouggria. The day-long excursion is filled with beautiful views, landscapes, dives into the blue-green waters and a light lunch.
This island-hopping cruise offers you a great chance to discover some of the gems in the Sporades archipelago. First up, you'll sail to Skopelos. Its blue-domed churches and whitewashed villages are everyone's vision of Greece. After docking at Skopelos town, you can walk around its cobbled lanes and explore. Then cruise to the lush island of Alonissos, sailing through the Sporades Marine Park en route. This reserve was created to protect colonies of rare Mediterranean monk seals. Once you're on Alonissos, you'll have two hours to do whatever you want.
As well as sinking your teeth into Greece, this trip allows you to give something back to the island of Skiathos. At the start of the day, you'll visit the famous dog shelter of Skiathos in the hills above Troulos. Spend time at the shelter and join our guide for a one-hour walk through the hills. Then it's on to Maria's place in Agia Paraskevi for lunch. Once the food is cooked, you'll get to enjoy a tasty traditional Greek feast. Lunch will be served with wine, soft drinks and water. You'll also get a recipe book, so you can go home and cook some authentic Greek dishes.
Discover Skiathos from a different perspective on this cruise. Relax on deck in the morning sun as you sail past the Blue Caves – a string of sea grottoes carved into the coastline – en route to the island's most beautiful beach, Lalaria. This sweep of white pebbles is a little slice of heaven and only accessible by boat. Follow this up with a stop at Kastro beach. Later, you'll sail on to mainland Greece, docking at a fishing village under Mt Pelion.