Odysseus’s epic journey took in the Dardanelles, Malta and Sicily. Thankfully, nowadays, the route taken by the archetypal adventurer can be followed in altogether more luxurious style
While Homer’s Odyssey is filled with myth and legend, the possibility of a cruise following Odysseus’s epic journey home to Ithaca is certainly real enough. Indeed, several of the places through which Homer’s Greek hero journeyed after the fall of Troy are now popular yachting destinations that can be enjoyed in the contemporary sense as well as in the spirit of Homer’s writing.
Although the exact site of Troy remains elusive, it is believed to have been located on the Turkish coastline south of the Dardanelles, in the North Aegean Sea. From Turkey, there is a long haul to Tunisia, the land of Homer’s Lotus-Eaters. This leg is easily combined with trips to Sicily, Malta and Pantelleria, covering Odysseus’s encounters with Cyclops, Helios and King Aiolos.
Striking further west, it is possible to unite mythology – namely Calypso, Circe and the Underworld – with top yachting locations in Ibiza, Palma and Barcelona. Combine this with visits to both ends of Sardinia (Sirens and Phaeacians) and the Strait of Messina (Scylla and Charybdis), and one has experienced the western Mediterranean’s most charming highlights.
‘The ultimate goal is Ithaca,’ says Toby MacLaurin, commercial director in Zürich. ‘It’s an exceptionally pleasing destination for the modern-day traveller, offering spectacular sailing that’s saturated in Greek history, mythology, hospitality and sunshine.’
Beautifully built 45-metre sloop.
HEUREKA is one of the most coveted high-performance sailing yachts on the charter market, attracting countless awards and nominations since Holland Jachtbouw commissioned her 2014.
Designed with performance in mind, she sails fast and efficiently in the lighter breezes found in the Mediterranean.
A contemporary interior, designed to give a feeling of light and space, BERZINC has been designed with the charterer in mind.
Rebuilt from the hull up in 2007, she offers ample accommodation for 10-12 guests in 5 staterooms, all with luxurious en-suite facilities.
Extensive deck space and a broad range of watertoys ensure ELENI remains a popular charter yacht.
Comfortable accommodation for up to 12 guests in 6 luxurious staterooms, packed with facilities. Exceptional deck spaces for sunbathing, relaxation and entertaining. Guests can benefit from the fact that she is an RYA training centre.
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