Gulf of Corinth flotillas

The Gulf of Corinth flotillas take in some less sailed waters. You will visit a number of small towns, but there are islands too. These include the uninhabited Alkion Islands – the monks have long since left the monastery!

The Gulf of Corinth links the Saronic Gulf to the east and the Ionian to the west. The link is only possible due to the man made Corinth Canal. This saves over 400 miles of extra travel around the bottom of the Peloponnese.

There’s a choice of two Gulf of Corinth flotillas. The one week route runs on alternate Saturdays. This stays within the Gulf.

The two week route combines a week in the Gulf of Corinth with a week of easy sailing in the Saronic Gulf. And of course to get between the two areas, you have to go through the Canal!

It’s a choice of one:

View the Corinth flotilla: 1 week

About the Corinth flotilla

The Corinth flotilla offers intermediate level sailing in the less visited Gulf of Corinth.

Quick Choices - Corinth Flotilla
Difficulty:ModerateBase: CorinthAirport: Athens
Flights from:Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester (poor times), Edinburgh, Bristol (Fridays)
Qualifications:to sail yourself: minimum RYA Day Skipper Practical or ICC
Other options:Skippers available.
Includes:Fuel, outboard

The flotilla sails from Corinth Town, at the west end of the Corinth Canal. The Gulf runs out to the west, linking the Ionian with the Eastern Peloponnese.

The Gulf has limited islands but the route covers both the Alkyion Islands and Trizonia. In between, there’s a mix of small towns and villages. There’s also a chance to visit the impressive ruins of Ancient Delphi.

Though it looks sheltered on the map, the Gulf of Corinth gets some good winds, which accelerate down off the high hillsides. So it’s ideal for those with a flotilla or two under their belt.

The nearest airport is Athens, about an hour and a quarter away by road or a couple of hours by train.
2020 Dates and Route Map

FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptOctober
Corinth2nd 16th 30th13th 27th11th 25th8th 22nd5th 19th3rd 17th 31st
View the Corinth 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.

Corinth flotilla Itinerary

DayMilesDestination
Average24Note: you will do more miles than this!
1: Sat0Check in.
  • Corinth Canal & Town Corinth is best known for the Corinth Canal. The canal links the Ionian and Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Peloponnese. But the historic town is also an important transport hub. Corinth Town Corinth is located at the narrow strip of land connecting the whole Peloponnese to the rest of Greece. Its strategic importance ... Read more
2: Sun16
  • Alkyion (Alkionidhes) Islands The Alkyion Islands are a lovely place to spend the day. You can stay overnight if conditions are favourable. Also known as Kala Nisia (Nice Islands) the group consists of Daskalio, Prasonisi, Glaronisi and Zoodochos Pigi. The Islands are tucked away at the north eastern end of the Gulf of Corinth. The water is clear, and ... Read more
3: Mon24
  • Antikyra (Andikirion) Antikyra is one of the main towns on the northern coast of the Gulf of Corinth. With its workman-like seafront of tavernas and shops, it makes a welcome change from the beach holiday villages that make up the usual fare for this coastline. Famous in ancient times for the healing qualities of its black and white ... Read more
4: Tue33
  • Trizonia The island of Trizonia is a strange mixture of laidback charm, unfinished business and postcard views. A sleepy backwater that once had aspirations of becoming a yachting hub, Trizonia has had a clean up in recent years but sadly still hasn’t succeeded in realising its marina dream. Which may be no bad thing. Trizonia is unique ... Read more
5: Wed21
  • Galaxidi Galaxidi is one of my favourite ports of call in the Gulf of Corinth. This small dogleg of a harbour with its associated picture-perfect village maintains a semblance of peace despite being “discovered” in recent years. It’s also a handy start point for a visit to Ancient Delphi. If your crew is hankering after some heart ... Read more
6: Thu28Free sailing: Those wanting a quiet night could head for
  • Saranda Ormos Ay Saranda makes a welcome swim stop or possible overnight anchorage on route along the northern coast of the Gulf of Corinth. The bay is wide and sandy making the holding good but local authorities prefer if you anchor well out from the beach which can put you in fairly deep water. A small harbour ... Read more
Those wanting more life might want to head for
  • Kiato Kiato is a holiday town on the south coast of the Gulf of Corinth. It’s about 20 miles west of Corinth. The town is popular with Athenians wanting a break from the city as it has a direct rail connection. Kiato was originally focused on citrus and grape farming, and the raisins are allegedly famous. However, ... Read more
7: Fri20
  • Corinth Canal & Town Corinth is best known for the Corinth Canal. The canal links the Ionian and Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Peloponnese. But the historic town is also an important transport hub. Corinth Town Corinth is located at the narrow strip of land connecting the whole Peloponnese to the rest of Greece. Its strategic importance ... 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.

More about the Corinth Flotilla

Yachts range from 33 to 46 feet including both newer and older models. The available fleet is fairly small and the location means bringing in reinforcements is not an option. So early booking is advisable.

The flotilla is reached via Athens airport. This has daily flights from the UK 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.

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One route but two ways of doing it

View the Corinth Canal flotilla: 2 weeks

Corinth flotilla Route

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

Flights from: Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Manchester, Bristol, Edinburgh

Operates: Alternate weeks May to October.

2020 Dates and Route Map
FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptOctober
Corinth Canal W-E2nd 16th 30th13th 27th11th 25th8th 22nd5th 19th3rd 17th
Corinth Canal E-W9th 23rd6th 20th4th 18th1st 15th 29th12th 26th10th 24th

This 2 week flotilla consists of two 1 week flotillas back to back. For the West then East option:

View the first week on a mapView the second week on a map

For the East then West option, you will do the two weeks in the reverse order. Over the middle weekend, you will have a couple of nights to go where you wish.

Corinth Canal Flotilla (2 Weeks): West Week Itinerary

DayMilesDestination
Average24Note: you will do more miles than this!
1: Sat0Check in.
  • Corinth Canal & Town Corinth is best known for the Corinth Canal. The canal links the Ionian and Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Peloponnese. But the historic town is also an important transport hub. Corinth Town Corinth is located at the narrow strip of land connecting the whole Peloponnese to the rest of Greece. Its strategic importance ... Read more
2: Sun16
  • Alkyion (Alkionidhes) Islands The Alkyion Islands are a lovely place to spend the day. You can stay overnight if conditions are favourable. Also known as Kala Nisia (Nice Islands) the group consists of Daskalio, Prasonisi, Glaronisi and Zoodochos Pigi. The Islands are tucked away at the north eastern end of the Gulf of Corinth. The water is clear, and ... Read more
3: Mon24
  • Antikyra (Andikirion) Antikyra is one of the main towns on the northern coast of the Gulf of Corinth. With its workman-like seafront of tavernas and shops, it makes a welcome change from the beach holiday villages that make up the usual fare for this coastline. Famous in ancient times for the healing qualities of its black and white ... Read more
4: Tue33
  • Trizonia The island of Trizonia is a strange mixture of laidback charm, unfinished business and postcard views. A sleepy backwater that once had aspirations of becoming a yachting hub, Trizonia has had a clean up in recent years but sadly still hasn’t succeeded in realising its marina dream. Which may be no bad thing. Trizonia is unique ... Read more
5: Wed21
  • Galaxidi Galaxidi is one of my favourite ports of call in the Gulf of Corinth. This small dogleg of a harbour with its associated picture-perfect village maintains a semblance of peace despite being “discovered” in recent years. It’s also a handy start point for a visit to Ancient Delphi. If your crew is hankering after some heart ... Read more
6: Thu28Free sailing: Those wanting a quiet night could head for
  • Saranda Ormos Ay Saranda makes a welcome swim stop or possible overnight anchorage on route along the northern coast of the Gulf of Corinth. The bay is wide and sandy making the holding good but local authorities prefer if you anchor well out from the beach which can put you in fairly deep water. A small harbour ... Read more
Those wanting more life might want to head for
  • Kiato Kiato is a holiday town on the south coast of the Gulf of Corinth. It’s about 20 miles west of Corinth. The town is popular with Athenians wanting a break from the city as it has a direct rail connection. Kiato was originally focused on citrus and grape farming, and the raisins are allegedly famous. However, ... Read more
7: Fri20
  • Corinth Canal & Town Corinth is best known for the Corinth Canal. The canal links the Ionian and Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Peloponnese. But the historic town is also an important transport hub. Corinth Town Corinth is located at the narrow strip of land connecting the whole Peloponnese to the rest of Greece. Its strategic importance ... Read more
8: Sat0Check out and depart
Unless you wish to return to Corinth on Friday, you are free to sail where you will and meet up with the flotilla on Sunday afternoon. The Lead Crew will be able to advise on possible destinations.

Corinth Canal Flotilla (2 Weeks): East Week Itinerary

DayMilesDestination
Average18Note: you will do more miles than this!
1: Sat0Check in.
  • Corinth Canal & Town Corinth is best known for the Corinth Canal. The canal links the Ionian and Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Peloponnese. But the historic town is also an important transport hub. Corinth Town Corinth is located at the narrow strip of land connecting the whole Peloponnese to the rest of Greece. Its strategic importance ... Read more
2: Sun25Pass through the Corinth Canal en route to:
  • 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
3: Mon11
  • 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: Tue21
  • 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
5: Wed10
  • 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
6: Thu16Free sailing: Why not try
  • 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
or
  • 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: Fri22
  • Corinth Canal & Town Corinth is best known for the Corinth Canal. The canal links the Ionian and Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Peloponnese. But the historic town is also an important transport hub. Corinth Town Corinth is located at the narrow strip of land connecting the whole Peloponnese to the rest of Greece. Its strategic importance ... 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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More on the Gulf Of Corinth flotillas

The Gulf of Corinth flotillas start from the town of Corinth itself, at the west end of the Canal. Most of the stops are on the north side of the Gulf which is more sheltered.

The Gulf is bounded by land to the north and south but can be surprisingly windy. Gusts coming down from the hillsides making for some interesting sailing. It’s an intermediate sailing area. It’s fine for those who have a flotilla or two under their belt but not ideal for beginners.

Those joining the two week flotilla will spend a week in the Gulf and a week in the Saronic. The order of these two weeks will depend on which week you start.

The nearest airport is Athens, which has a good international service. From the UK, this includes direct flights from London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Bristol.

The flotillas are available as flight inclusive packages though it will work out cheaper if you buy your own. If you do so, you can still use the operators road transfers, taking about an hour and a quarter.

If you prefer to maker your own way, there’s a train service between the airport and Corinth with just one change in the centre of Athens. The train takes about 2 hours.