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, 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

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
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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
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.

 

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