Saronic flotillas

  • Saronic flotilla – 1 week

    About the Saronic flotilla

    The Saronic flotilla is ideal for newly qualified skippers or families wanting a gentle introduction to sailing. It’s a delightful mix of small towns and traditional fishing villages. You can also visit the stunning Greek amphitheatre at Epidavros. This is so well preserved it still hosts plays.

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    Difficulty:EasyBase: PorosAirport: Athens
    Flights from:Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Luton, 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
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    The flotilla sails from the island of Poros, about an hours fast ferry ride south of Athens. The route also offer the chance to visit the islands of Agistri and Aegina.

    Navigation is mainly line of sight with fairly short sails. However, 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 great selection of high quality yachts. Whether you’re looking for a budget 2 cabin boat or a large new boat, there’s something for everyone.

    To sail the yacht yourself, the skipper should hold at least an ICC qualification or RYA Day Skipper Practical (or equivalent national certificate). However if you lack a certificate you can take an ICC assessment on arrival. Alternatively, many RYA schools now offer the ICC in the UK.

    The nearest airport, Athens, is well served by daily flights from London, Edinburgh and other international airports. This makes it much easier to reach for non UK sailors. (Many 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. This also means you can take advantage of weekday flights. These are often cheaper.

    The Saronic Flotilla runs on the following dates:

    FlotillaAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptOctober
    Saronic4th 18th1st 15th 29th31st14th 28th12th 26th
    View the Saronic 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.

    Saronic Flotilla Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination
    Average12Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Check in.
    • 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: Sun18
    • 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
    3: Mon9
    • 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
    4: Tue11
    • Agistri / Angistri / Agkistri The small island of Agistri offers a number of beautiful beaches. The cobbled streets and whitewashed house are picture postard Greece. Outside the settlements it’s olive groves and pine forests, which supply the resin used in making Retsina wine. Definitely one for your yacht charter itinerary and since the harbour has been developed, it now features on ... Read more
    5: Wed10
    • 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
    6: Thu15Free sailing: Why not try
    • Perdika A charming fishing village, Perdika is one of my favourite spots in the Saronic, with it’s row of restaurants on a terrace overlooking the harbour. Believe it or not, it also boasts the world’s first 360o camera obscura, essentially a huge pinhole camera giving an all around view. Like many Greek villages, Perdika also has some ruins ... Read more
    or
    • 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
    7: Fri10
    • 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: 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. Flotilla names may differ from those used by the operator.

  • Saronic flotilla – 2 weeks

    About the Saronic flotilla (2 weeks)

    Difficulty: Easy                  Departs from: Saturdays from Poros               Nearest airport: Athens

    Starts: Every other week in May, June, September and October.

    An ideal two week starter flotilla with short runs the first week and a few longer ones the next. Dolphins are often seen in the area so keep your eyes peeled. In high season, this flotilla is replaced by the Peloponnese flotilla.

    FlotillaAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptOctober
    Saronic 2 week4th 18th1st 15th 29th31st14th 28th12th
    View the Saronic flotilla (2 weeks) 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.

    Saronic flotilla 2 week Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination
    Average15Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Check in.
    • 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: Sun18
    • 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
    3: Mon9
    • 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
    4: Tue11
    • Agistri / Angistri / Agkistri The small island of Agistri offers a number of beautiful beaches. The cobbled streets and whitewashed house are picture postard Greece. Outside the settlements it’s olive groves and pine forests, which supply the resin used in making Retsina wine. Definitely one for your yacht charter itinerary and since the harbour has been developed, it now features on ... Read more
    5: Wed10
    • 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
    6: Thu15Free sailing: Why not try
    • Perdika A charming fishing village, Perdika is one of my favourite spots in the Saronic, with it’s row of restaurants on a terrace overlooking the harbour. Believe it or not, it also boasts the world’s first 360o camera obscura, essentially a huge pinhole camera giving an all around view. Like many Greek villages, Perdika also has some ruins ... Read more
    or
    • Korfos A pretty village set in a well sheltered bay, Korfos offers few facilities beyond a clutch of restaurants and bars, and basic provisions, but is worth a visit. Unusually for the area, the quayside is controlled by the two restaurants who have laid mooring lines.  Use their quay and you’re expected to use their restaurant.  It’s ... Read more
    7: Fri8Free Sailing. I'd suggest:
    • Methana Methana is popular with Greek tourists, many drawn by the therapeutic sulphur springs. Bareboat charter yachts are less frequent visitors, many I suspect put off by warnings in the pilot book about the smell. Those who have braved it seem to agree the odour is greatly overstated and rather a non issue. The town sits on the east side of ... Read more
    or
    • 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
    8: Sat18Free Sailing: How about:
    • 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 you could head back to Poros, or on to
    • 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
    2: Sun11
    • 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: Mon26
    • 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
    4: Tue19
    • 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
    5: Wed11
    • 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
    6: Thu24Free Sailing: For a quiet night I'd suggest:
    • 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
    For a livelier stop why not head for;
    • 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
    7: Fri17
    • 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: 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. Flotilla names may differ from those used by the operator.