Sailing the Saronic islands 8 days

The Saronic islands offer the perfect setting for an unforgettable 8 days' sailing experience in Greece. Each island’s amazing hidden attractions and cultural character are unveiled to you as you sail on our monohull yacht captained by one of our expert skippers. And you won’t just be seeing these from afar – we take you to secluded beaches for swimming and stand up paddle boarding and in hidden coves for snorkeling. In the evening join the local nightlife scene in one of Hyrda’s or Spetses’ stylish beachfront bars after trying local specialties in one of our handpicked tavernas.

Highlights

Discover the magic of the Saronic Cycladic islandsSwim and snorkel in secluded beaches
Learn the basics of sailingExperience SUP-stand up paddle boarding in azure warm waters
Meet like-minded travelersGo where in the know locals go and enjoy the best local cuisine

DEPARTURES

Departure date
Return date
Theme
Price Per person
 
01/06/2019
08/06/2019
Sailing the Saronic islands
€985
13/07/2019
20/07/2019
Sailing the Saronic islands
€1085
03/08/2019
10/08/2019
Sailing the Saronic islands
€1085
07/09/2019
14/09/2019
Sailing the Saronic islands
€985

ITINERARY

Perdika & Moni island

Welcome to Greece! Our airport transfer will take you to Alimos marina, where you will receive a briefing onboard by your expert skipper. Set sails to Perdika an idyllic picturesque fishing village located at the eastern side of Aegina island. Paddle around the beautiful bay or head straight to one of our handpicked tavernas and taste homemade seafood and other local delicacies.

 

 

Hydra/Dokos

In the early morning sail to the nearby tiny island of Moni which is covered in shady pine trees, a nature haven for deer, wild goats, and peacocks. The tranquility makes it the perfect place to drop the anchor and swim or SUP to the shore where you can walk up a short trail and enjoy scenic views. The quest continues to Hydra which is arranged as a crescent-shaped amphitheatre overlooking the peaceful port and bay. Box-shaped houses with tile roofs are clustered together up the hillside. Hydra is a traffic-free zone and mules, donkeys and water taxis are the principal modes of transport. A stone’s throw away from Hydra lies tiny Dokos, a top spot for SUP, snorkeling and disconnecting from the rest of the world.

Spetses

Famous as the home of the Spetses Classic Yacht Regatta every year in June, the Saronic Island of Spetses in an upscale holiday destination. The chance to see 70 beautiful sailing boats competing in these calm blue seas is a highlight of any Saronic Gulf sailing adventure. The island has one main town which remains traffic-free where bicycles, motorcycles and horse-drawn carriages are the main means of exploration beyond the scenic port. Set sails to discover several beaches around the island offering fantastic opportunities for SUP and swimming.

Poros

Poros is a pair of islands connected by a bridge spanning the narrow sea channel. Sail to the secret spots to the south in ‘Sphairia’ which displays its volcanic origins while further north, Kalaureia lives up to its name which means “gentle breeze”. Poros is known for its antiquities dating back to Roman times. It played a significant role in the 1821 Greek Revolution which led to the formation of an independent Greek state. The main town of Poros is now a lively town with neoclassical architecture, a famous clock tower and several bars and restaurants.

Epidavros

Sail into the port of Epidauros and take the opportunity for an optional visit to the ancient theatre which dates back to the 4th century BC and was extended in Roman times. Epidauros was also a healing centre for the Classical World. The well-preserved asclepeion (healing temple) provided sanctuary for the sick and was a place of pilgrimage and prosperity. Beyond history, Epidauros is popular to Athenian sailors for its cozy and friendly harbor, its numerous beaches and choices of excellent taverns.

Agistri

Agistri is an island frequented by sailors and nature lovers, for its lush vegetation and dense pine forest that often leads all the way down to the sea and provides shade during the hot summer months. Discover ‘Aponisos’ a tiny private islet connected to Agistri by a little bridge. Enjoy scenic views to the eastern side of the Peloponnese while you sail, SUP and swim around this hidden paradise.

Aegina-Alimos marina

Just before you sail to Alimos marina, have a swim stop in Aegina. Now better-known for its pistachios, almonds and olives, the island rises to 531m elevation at the volcanic peak of Mount Oros. We will arrive back to the marina in Athens just before sunset and will prepare ourselves for our last dinner together at a charming seafront tavern within walking distance of our yacht.

Trip end

A single timed transfer to the Athens International Airport is provided.

INCLUDED

Accommodation 7 nights in 50ft.+ sailing boat in double or twin bed cabinQualified skipper / Tour leader7 breakfasts on-board
4 SUPs on-board (Stand up paddle boards)2 single timed transfers from/to Athens International AirportFuel, port fees, bed linen & end cleaning

NOT INCLUDED

Travel insurance (required)Entrance tickets to cultural places of interestMeals & beverages
Miscellaneous expenses souvenirs etc.Gratuities (optional)

TRIP INFORMATION

How to book

By clicking the 'Book now' button above, you will be asked to pay a 20% deposit. This is to secure your booking with us. On receipt of your booking, we will send you full written confirmation of your booking, the trip file and trip notes, together with your trip invoice, which is usually due for payment 8 weeks prior to departure. The date payment is due will show on the invoice. Please call us at +30 2152151629 if you need more information.

Arriving in Athens

Our sailing trip departs at 5:00 pm from Alimos Marina Athens. A single timed transfer at 3:00 pm is provided from Athens International airport to Alimos Marina (40 minutes drive).
If your flight arrived earlier or you are already in Athens city please arrange your own taxi transfer to Alimos Marina at Poseidonos Avenue. Our meeting point is at the cafe 'Dia Noce' located inside the premises of the marina at 4.00pm.

Yacht accommodation

Our monohull sailing yachts are: Ocean Star 56.1 ft. and Ocean Star 51.2 ft, Beneteau Cyclades 50ft. Our boats are put under thorough monitoring during the winter in order to be in excellent condition when the sailing season starts.

Sailing yacht accommodation is in double or twin/bunk bed cabins suitable both for couples and solo travelers. Solo travelers of the same gender share a twin bed or a double bed cabin depending on availability.

Group size

Minimum guests: 2
Maximum guests: 10

Personality Journeys' sailing team experience

Our skippers are qualified, native Greek seamen with vast experience navigating their local Aegean waters, the Mediterranean and beyond. Our boats are put under thorough monitoring during the winter in order to be in excellent condition when the sailing season starts.

I have never gone sailing before what should I know?

No prior knowledge is required to participate in a sailing trip with us. Your captain will brief you in detail on moving around the sailing yacht and will teach you the basics of sailing during your holiday. You will easily get accustomed to the indoors of the boat which is designed in such a way to achieve maximum space efficiency.

Meals

Breakfast is provided on-board on a self-prepare basis.

Examples of breakfast:
- Milk & yogurt
- Honey
- Fruits (bananas, peaches, grapes, apples, oranges)
- Cereals (oats, cornflakes)
- Organic bread (slices)
- Yellow cheese (slices)

Minimum and maximum age limit

We require our participants to be above 18 years old. In the case of families, we offer private sailing trips with no age limitation.

SUP (stand up paddle board)

During your week-long adventure, you will have the opportunity to paddle along the turquoise waters of the Saronic Gulf. Our inflatable boards are ideal for beginners and our skipper will be more than happy to show you the basics of stand up paddling.

Weather

The weather conditions in the Saronic islands during summertime are on average ideal for sailing and swimming: moderate breezes combined with warm temperatures. Air temperature 23-35 degrees.
All sailing routes are designed based on statistically most probable wind speed and direction in the Saronic islands. However, should adverse conditions prevail (too strong winds or opposite direction winds) that prevent us from anchoring in specific bays, it is up to the judgment of the skipper to alter a sailing route.

What do I need to bring?

Small day-pack, sandals, water-resist jacket, sunglasses, hat, sun cream, water can, bathing suit, beach towel, toiletries.
We would ask you to bring 1 soft-suitcase per person. On a sailing boat, there is no luggage storage space - all passengers keep their luggage in their cabins.

Responsible travel policy

Our aim is to reduce as much as possible the negative and increase the positive impacts our operational practices have on the social and physical environment within the areas of our operation. During briefing, our team will inform you of how we try to achieve this in practice.

Guaranteed departures

Our scheduled sailing trips have guaranteed departures.

Travel Insurance

We require that all our travellers are insured while travelling. In case you need assistance in order to choose your travel insurance please contact us. Personality Journeys is a World Nomads partner, Lonely Planet's trusted travel insurance provider.

Single supplement

The single supplement is an extra charge of 500€ for solo travellers who wish to book a double bed cabin on their own. In the occasion of two solo travellers of the same gender sharing a twin bed or a double bed cabin there is no single supplement charge.

Make this trip private

Adjust this itinerary to suit your preferences. Choose your preferred dates and we will plan a custom sailing adventure for you.