Athens flotilla – Argolic Route

About the Athens Flotilla

The Athens flotilla is great for families or less experienced skippers wanting more easy sailing and straightforward morrings. It’s a great mix of small towns and traditional fishing villages.

Quick Choices - Peloponnese Flotilla
Difficulty:EasyBase: AthensAirport: Athens
Flights from:Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Manchester (poor times), Edinburgh
Qualifications:to sail yourself: minimum RYA Day Skipper Practical or ICC
Other options:Skippers available or combine your flotilla with a sailing course

The flotilla sails from Athens’ Alimos / Kalamaki marina, a short ride from Athens airport. The route offer the chance to visit the islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina,

Navigation is easy, mainly line of sight. The sails are about average by flotilla standards. There are plenty of options for detours if you want more sailing time.

The yachts are drawn from a large bareboat fleet. So there’s a large selection of yachts available. These range from budget 2 cabin boats to new 50 footers and catamarans.

To sail the yacht yourself, the skipper should hold at least an ICC qualification or RYA Day Skipper Practical (or equivalent national certificate).

The nearest is Athens, well served by daily flights from London, Manchester, Edinburgh and other international airports. For non UK sailors, this makes it easier to reach. (Many other flotilla destinations are reliant on UK charter flights).

The daily flights also mean it’s easy to add a few extra days holiday on to your sailing. You could explore the sights of Athens or relax on one of the many islands. If you do this, you’ll usually find the off weekend flights cheaper, so your extra stay won’t cost you much more.

ARGolIC FLOTILLA ITINERARY

DayMilesDestination
Average19Note: you will do more miles than this!
1: Sat0Check in.
  • Athens Kalamaki (Alimos) Kalamaki Marina is home to countless charter companies and is easily reached from Athens Airport, less than 20 miles (30km) away.  It is also handy for the centre of Athens, 5 miles (8km) to the north. There’s even a beach next door. That’s the good news. On the other hand, although it has improved greatly since ... Read more
2: Sun21
  • Aegina Town Aegina town, on the island of the same name, is known for its pistachio nuts and natural sponges. Alongside the harbour front cafes you’ll find an excellent fish market complete with several fish restaurants, and boats on the quay selling fruit and veg. One can’t help but think the fruit should be in the market and the ... Read more
3: Mon14
  • Poros The small town, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection of small shops providing the necessities of life. There’s also a good range of ... Read more
4: Tue21
  • Epidavros / Palaia Epidavros The main reason to pause your charter yacht in Palaia Epidavros is to see the impressive and well preserved Greek amphitheatre which dates from 4BC and is still used for performances in high season. However, town itself is pleasant enough and offers several restaurants and shops supplying basic provisions, as well as a couple of excellent bakeries ... Read more
5: Wed9
  • Vathi Vathi is a sweet little place with just two or three restaurants, no shops, one bar and a volcano (inactive)! It’s a small fishing harbour with limited space so one to avoid on Friday and Saturday nights when it gets over run with boats out from Athens for the weekend. The three restaurants are unremarkable which ... Read more
6: Thu10
  • Epidavros / Nea Epidavros This small harbour is less known than the larger town further south at Palaia Epidavros. In fact Nea Epidavros town is rarely frequented by yacht charter crews, being about a mile inland from its harbour. The town is virtually invisible from the sea. Nea Epidavros lies at the foot of Mount Akros. It is famed as the location of ... Read more
7: Fri29
  • Athens Kalamaki (Alimos) Kalamaki Marina is home to countless charter companies and is easily reached from Athens Airport, less than 20 miles (30km) away.  It is also handy for the centre of Athens, 5 miles (8km) to the north. There’s even a beach next door. That’s the good news. On the other hand, although it has improved greatly since ... Read more
8: Sat0Check out and depart

All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week.

 

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