Poros flotilla holidays; Saronic, Argolic & Peloponnese

The Saronic, Argolic and Peloponnese flotillas I offer sail from Poros and Athens. Of these I prefer the Poros flotilla holidays; it’s both a prettier place and situated in the middle of the cruising area. It also offers a superb fleet of yachts.

North of Poros winds are steady but rarely strong. The Saronic flotilla visits the fishing villages of Perdika, with its camera obscura, and Vathi, with its volcano crater. You also visit the small island of Agistri, whilst Epidavros offers its superb amphitheatre.

The Argolic flotilla, south of Poros, includes beaches at Plaka, Tiros and Astros, the latter also boasting a fort, though smaller than the huge affair at Navplion. You can also visit the traffic free island of Hydra, where donkeys rule the streets.

In summer, the Peloponnese flotilla (2 weeks only) enables you to extend your cruise down to the stunning medieval island fortress of Monemvasia, via the charming villages at Kiparissi and Yerikas.

Poros flotilla holidays take you to a Greece that’s still truly Greek. Find out more below.

Take your pick from the following

View the Argolic flotilla - 1 week
  • Argolic flotilla – 1 week

    About the Argolic flotilla

    The Argolic flotilla is a great choice for less experienced skippers and crews. However with sailing distances varying from shorter runs to longer sails, old hands won’t be disappointed either.

    Quick Choices - Peloponnese Flotilla
    Difficulty:EasyBase: 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

    The flotilla sails from the charming island of Poros, about a hours fast ferry ride south of Athens. Stops range from small holiday towns to sleepy bays.

    There’s a chance to visit the traffic free island of Hydra or the chic holiday town of Spetses. If conditions permit, you may even get right up to Nafplion, with its impressive fortifications.

    The area is the Greeks’ little secret, so it’s pleasantly quiet. Unlike some flotilla areas you won’t have to play dodgems as you moor up.

    There’s a great choice of yachts from 2 to 6 cabins, budget to brand new. All are very well kept by the family run business that operates the flotilla. They also run a sailing school so if you lack the necessary skipper certificate, you can take an assessment or course before or during your flotilla.

    The Argolic flotilla runs on the following dates:

    FlotillaAprMayJunJulAugSeptOct
    Argolic29th13th 27th10th 17th 24th8th 15th 22nd 29thevery Saturday9th 23rd7th 21st
    View the Argolic 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.

    The flotilla is reached via Athens airport. This has daily flights from London and many other international airports. So if you fancy a few days ashore before or after your sailing it’s easily done. Take in the sights of Athens or relax on Poros or one of the other nearby islands.

    Argolic flotilla Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination
    Average19.5Note: 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: 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: 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.

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View the Saronic flotilla - 1 week
  • 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.

    Quick Choices - Peloponnese Flotilla
    Difficulty:EasyBase: 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

    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:

    FlotillaAprMayJunJulAugSeptOct
    Saronic6th 20th3rd 17th1st2nd 16th 30th14th 28th
    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.

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View the Argolic flotilla - 2 weeks
  • Argolic flotilla – 2 weeks

    About the Argolic flotilla (2 weeks)

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

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

    A great range of stops covering islands and the mainland, from refined tourist towns to sleepy fishing villages, with short legs and longer stretches. You’ll probably have winds from just about all directions so there’s lots to enjoy in this area. Note that in high season this 2 weeks route is replaced by the Peloponnese flotilla.

    FlotillaAprMayJunJulAugSeptOct
    Argolic 2 week29th13th 27th10th 24th26th9th 23rd7th 21st
    View the Argolic 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.

    Argolic 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: 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: 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: I'd suggest:
    • 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
    • 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
    7: Fri18Free 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
    • 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
    8: Sat11Free Sailing: How about:
    • 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
    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
    2: Sun14
    • 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.

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View the Peloponnese flotilla - 2 weeks
  • 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: 

    FlotillaAprMayJunJulAugSeptOct
    Peloponnese17thevery Saturday5th 12th 19th2nd
    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.

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View the Saronic flotilla - 2 weeks
  • 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.

    FlotillaAprMayJunJulAugSeptOct
    Saronic 2 week6th 20th3rd 17th1st2nd 16th 30th14th
    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
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    • 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.

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More about the Poros flotilla holidays

For most of the season, the Saronic Gulf flotillas sail north and south of Poros on alternate weeks. These are the Saronic flotilla and Argolic flotilla respectively. Those on two week holidays will cover both. In high season, the flotillas stay south of Poros, with the Argolic flotilla running weekly and the Peloponnese flotilla providing an additional week running down to Monemvasia.

Winds are steady but not generally strong, typically force 2-4. The Peloponnese flotilla can be a bit windier, typically force 3-5 and so can experience a little more swell.

A popular extension to your flotilla holiday is to spend a day or two in Athens before or after your flotilla, or to spend a few days ashore on one of the many Greek islands readily accessible from Athens.

The Poros flotilla holidays are well served by international flights in to Athens. From the UK there are services from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Edinburgh and (if you don’t mind going out a day early and coming back a day later), Manchester.

The flotilla operator offers optional transfers between the airport and Poros, either by fast ferry or by road. The ferry ride sometimes offers the increasingly rare chance to experience the hydrofoils (flying dolphins). These are converted Russian troop carriers which used to form the mainstay of Greek ferry services but are now being phased out.

You can book your Poros flotilla holidays through Sailing Choices as a package with flights from the UK, or flotilla only. Bareboat Charter, Skippered Charter & Cabin Charter are also available.