Peloponnese flotilla

  • Peloponnese flotilla – 2 weeks

    About The Peloponnese Flotilla

    Few sailors get to see the medieval fortress town of Monemvasia and the beautiful villages of the eastern Peloponnese. The Peloponnese flotilla offers rich variety, from quiet villages to traditional Greek holiday towns. The sailing ranges from short hops to longer runs, taking advantage of the good winds.

    Quick Choices - Peloponnese Flotilla
    Difficulty:ModerateBase: PorosAirport: 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

    There’s an excellent selection of well kept boats to choose from. Sizes range from 32 to 50 feet, offering two to six cabins. New yachts are added every year. However older boats are also available for the budget conscious.

    The operator also runs an RYA sailing school so you can take a course either before or during your Peloponnese flotilla. Courses offered include the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper. These are available sharing a yacht with other students, or you can have a yacht and instructor to yourself.

    The coast is a little exposed. For your comfort, the Lead Crew may resequence the route. So the itinerary below is indicative rather than cast in stone. You may visit places in a different order.

    The Peloponnese flotilla runs on these dates: 

    FlotillaAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptOctober
    Peloponnese15th 29thevery Saturday3rd 10th 17th 31st

    View the Peloponnese flotilla on a map

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the Saronic: Gallery. For what’s included see Flotillas; inclusions and options.

    This flotilla is not ideal for first timers. But if you’ve already done a flotilla or two you’ll love it. If you can only spare a week I recommend the Argolic flotilla. This covers the northern half of the Peloponnese route.

    Peloponnese flotilla Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination
    Average17Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Check in from late afternoon.
    • 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
    2: Sun20
    • Ermioni This bustling town, built on a peninsula, seems to be a latecomer to tourism. The north side of the peninsula, known as Limania, provides the harbour and all the facilities you would expect of a small town, including chemists, excellent bakeries, banks with ATM’s and various general stores. There’s even a small hypermarket within walking ... Read more
    3: Mon25
    • Sambateki / Sabateki A new destination for yachtsmen, following recent construction of a breakwater across the bay. Let’s hope it lasts longer than the harbour at Plaka! Sambateki is a small village with limited facilities though this may change if it becomes popular with sailors.  There are a couple of  tavernas so you won’t starve, and you should be ... Read more
    4: Tue6
    • Tiros A sleepy village that stretches about a mile along the seafront of the large bay. In high season, it is a popular destination for Europeans, but even then, with the yacht moorings right at the south end of the bay, you’re unlikely to be disturbed. The sea front is dotted with restaurants along it’s length so ... Read more
    5: Wed18
    • Astros / Astrous A holiday town popular with the Greeks, Astros is really two towns; the commercial centre being a couple of miles inland. The port and beaches form the tourist centre, but the medieval castle on the headland demonstrates this is not just a modern settlement. The town has numerous restaurants and cafe’s, and plenty of places to ... Read more
    6: Thu11
    • Nafplion / Navplion & Mycenae Nafplion, at the head of the Argolic Gulf, was previously the capital of Greece. The walled city had spells of Venetian and Turkish occupation, both of whom left their mark in the elegang architecture that remains today. The Palamidi fortifications also remain, ringing the town and offering great views for those who can manage the ... Read more
    7: Fri24Free Sailing. For a quiet night I'd suggest:
    • Petrokaravo This large bay at the north end of Spetses offers plenty of space. Off the west side of the main bay is a smaller inlet with a restaurant. The main bay is often used by flotillas for beach parties but there’s plenty of room for everyone. Read more
    For a livelier spot there are several choices including Porto Heli, Spetses and;
    • Koiladhia / Kilada If you like fish, don’t miss Koiladhia. This is a working port and fishing is one of the two main occupations, so you can dine out on the local catch at one of several restaurants. The other business in town is boat building and repairs, with a substantial boatyard dealing with a variety of craft, yachts ... Read more
    8: Sat20
    • Kiparissi With it’s low lying white buildings set against the green mountains behind, this fishing village provides an impressive stop. A few holiday rentals have appeared and the bar on the front is popular in high season but otherwise the bay is untouched by the tourist trade and I hope it will stay that way. The basics are ... Read more
    2: Sun20
    • Monemvasia Monemvasia is a fantastic place, a fortified Byzantine town full of zigzagging alleyways perched on a 300m high rock connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway. A walk through the streets (and there’s no other way to get through them because of their narrowness) is like going back hundreds of years, though perhaps the ... Read more
    3: Mon8
    • Yerakas This delightful fishing village is little more than a row of houses (and a couple of restaurants) lining the quayside. Other than visiting sailors, Yerakas sees few visitors, and indeed quite a few yachtsmen manage to sail past the well concealed entrance! Yerakas is set in a long inlet, described by some as a fjord (they’ve ... Read more
    4: Tue25
    • Plaka / Leonidion The small village of Plaka on the west side of the Argolic Gulf has long been a popular stop. The village has three or four restaurants, a small shop and a long and sparsely occupied beach, with a beach bar. There’s a small hotel and a municipal shower block just a couple of minutes walk from the ... Read more
    5: Wed26
    • Dokos / Dhokos The island of Dokos, is a great place to escape from it all. Other charter yachts aside, the population of a few monks and shepherds only just make it in to double figures (though it’s getting more popular; there were only 11 of them in 2001 but 18 in 2011)! The large bay of Skintos / Skindos ... Read more
    6: Thu7Free Sailing:if you don't mind being rafted out try:
    • Hydra Hydra is a must see destination for any Saronic Cruise. The former artists colony still relies on donkeys to transport everything from food to fridges along the cobbled streets, the only mechanised transport being a couple of dust carts. The bustling harbour is ringed with restaurants and gift shops selling everything from tacky souvenirs to highly priced designer attire ... Read more
    or for a quieter night how about one of the several anchorages west of Poros.
    7: Fri12
    • 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
    8: Sat0Disembark.
    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Flotilla names may differ from those used by the operator.