Peloponnese flotillas; the Saronic & Argolic Gulfs

The Peloponnese flotillas sail from Poros, Athens and Corinth. Of these I prefer the Poros based flotillas. It’s both a prettier place and situated in the middle of the cruising area. It also offers a superb fleet of yachts. But if you fancy a shorter trip to the base, head for Athens. And if you want a run through the Corinth Canal, start from Corinth.

The Peloponnese includes the Saronic and Argolic Gulfs. The Saronic is the area between Athens and Poros. The Argolic is the area south and west of Poros.

North of Poros winds are steady but rarely strong. The Saronic, Poros and Epidavros flotillas visit the fishing village of Perdika, with its camera obscura. And at Vathi, you can walk up to the volcano crater. You also visit the small island of Agistri, which has several beaches. And Epidavros offers its superb amphitheatre and underwater ruins.

South of Poros there’s a little more wind though it’s still easy sailing. The Nafplion and Hydra flotillas include beaches at Plaka, Tiros and Astros. The latter also boasts a fort, though smaller than the huge affair at Nafplion. You can also visit the traffic free island of Hydra, where donkeys rule the streets.

The Monemvasia flotilla takes you further south, including the fantastic Byzantine town at Monemvasia itself. En route are a series of pretty fishing villages such as Kiparissi and Yerakas.

The different one week flotillas run on alternate weeks. So they can be combined to form various 2 week options. Indeed, twice a season there’s even the option of a three week flotilla – contact me for details!

Peloponnese flotillas take you to a Greece that’s still truly Greek. Find out more below.

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Aegina flotilla - 1 week

About the Aegina Flotilla

The Aegina flotilla is ideal for less experienced skippers or families wanting more gentle sailing. It’s a great 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 from Athens
Difficulty:EasyBase: AthensAirport: 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:Transfers
Extras:Fuel, outboard

The flotilla sails from Athens’ Kalamaki / Alimos marina, just a short ride from Athens airport. The route offer the chance to visit the islands of Poros and Aegina, as well as the volcanic Methana peninsula.

Navigation is straightforward, 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 large selection of yachts available. These range from budget 2 cabin boats to new 50 footers and catamarans.

2022 Dates
FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSept
Aegina14th 28th11th 25th9th 23rd6th 20th3rd 17th
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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.

Aegina Flotilla Itinerary

DayMilesDestination
1: Sat0Check in.
  • Athens Kalamaki (Alimos) Kalamaki Marina is home to countless charter companies and is easily reached from Athens Airport, less than 20 miles (30km) away.  It is also handy for the centre of Athens, 5 miles (8km) to the north. There’s even a beach next door. That’s the good news. On the other hand, although it has improved greatly since ... Read more
2: Sun21
  • 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 fish ... Read more
3: Mon14
  • Poros The small town of Poros, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. Poros: Sunset over the West Quay, pontoon (since expanded) and Navy Bay A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection ... Read more
4: Tue21
  • 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
5: Wed9
  • Vathi Vathi is a sweet little place with just three or four 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 first couple of restaurants nearest ... Read more
6: Thu10
  • 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: Fri29
  • Athens Kalamaki (Alimos) Kalamaki Marina is home to countless charter companies and is easily reached from Athens Airport, less than 20 miles (30km) away.  It is also handy for the centre of Athens, 5 miles (8km) to the north. There’s even a beach next door. That’s the good news. On the other hand, although it has improved greatly since ... Read more
8: Sat0Check out and depart
Average19Note: you will do more miles than this!
All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Route names may differ from those used by the operators.

More about the Aegina Flotilla

The nearest airport, Athens, is well served by daily flights from UK and other international airports. This makes it much easier to reach for non UK sailors. (Many other flotilla destinations are reliant on UK charter flights). The daily flights 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. If you do this, you’ll usually find the off weekend flights cheaper, so your extra stay won’t cost you much more.
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Epidavros flotilla - 1 week

About the Epidavros flotilla

The Epidavros flotilla is an easy route. It sails from Korfos making its way through the Saronic Gulf going as far south as the artists colony at Hydra.

Quick Choices - Epidavros  Flotilla
Difficulty:EasyBase: KorfosAirport: 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

As well as Hydra, the flotilla visits the pretty holiday island of Poros. There’s the chance to add to your islands with visits to the animal sanctuary on Moni or the beaches on Agistri. Or why not explore the ruins of the world war two garrison and camera obscura at Perdika on Aegina.

There are also mainland stops, notably at Palais Epidavros. From here, it’s a short ride to the impressive Roman amphitheatre and extensive ruins. The amphitheatre still hosts plays.

Navigation is easy and distances are fairly short, making this an ideal first flotilla. There’s a range of yachts from 33 to 46 feet. However, the fleet isn’t large so early booking is advised.
2023 Dates

FlotillaAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptOctober
Epidavros6th 20th3rd 17th1st 15th 29th12th 26th9th 23rd7th 21st

Epidavros flotilla Itinerary

View the Epidavros 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.

DayMilesDestination
1: Sat0Check in.
  • 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: Sun9
  • 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
3: Mon21
  • Poros The small town of Poros, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. Poros: Sunset over the West Quay, pontoon (since expanded) and Navy Bay A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection ... Read more
4: Tue20
  • 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
5: Wed11
  • 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
6: Thu22Free 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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  • 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
  • Vathi Vathi is a sweet little place with just three or four 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 first couple of restaurants nearest ... Read more
7: Fri16Check in.
  • 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
8: Sat0Check out and depart
Average17Note: you will do more miles than this!
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 this flotilla

The nearest airport is Athens, well served by scheduled UK flights and readily accessible from other international start points. This is in contrast to many flotilla destinations which are reached by charter flights – fine if you’re in the UK but not so easy from elsewhere.

The transfer between the airport and the base takes about an hour and three quarters by road – the operator offers transfers. Alternatively you can make your own way by train to Corinth and take a taxi or bus from there.

Athens itself is well worth a visit whilst you are passing through. A popular option is to add a day or two to the holiday. This also means you can fly one way during the week, often cheaper than at weekends.

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Hydra flotilla - 1 week

About the Hydra Flotilla

The Hydra flotilla is great for families or less experienced skippers wanting more easy sailing and straightforward moorings. It’s a great mix of small towns and traditional fishing villages.

Quick Choices - Peloponnese from Athens
Difficulty:EasyBase: AthensAirport: 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:Transfers
Extras:Fuel, outboard

The flotilla sails from Athens’ Alimos / Kalamaki marina, a short ride from Athens airport. It’s not the prettiest place to start but is at least easy to get to. The route offer the chance to visit the islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina,

Navigation is mainly line of sight. The sails are about average by flotilla standards. Detours are possible if you want more sailing time.

The yachts are drawn from a large bareboat fleet. So there’s a large selection of yachts available. These range from budget 2 cabin boats to new 50 footers and catamarans.

The nearest airport is Athens, well served by daily flights from the UK and other international airports. For non UK sailors, this makes it easier to reach. (Many other flotilla destinations are reliant on UK charter flights).

2022 Dates

FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSept
Hydra7th 21st4th 18th2nd 16th 30th13th 27th10th
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Hydra Flotilla Itinerary

DayMilesDestination
1: Sat0Check in.
  • Athens Kalamaki (Alimos) Kalamaki Marina is home to countless charter companies and is easily reached from Athens Airport, less than 20 miles (30km) away.  It is also handy for the centre of Athens, 5 miles (8km) to the north. There’s even a beach next door. That’s the good news. On the other hand, although it has improved greatly since ... Read more
2: Sun29
  • Poros The small town of Poros, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. Poros: Sunset over the West Quay, pontoon (since expanded) and Navy Bay A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection ... Read more
3: Mon20
  • 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
4: Tue13
  • Porto Heli / Port Kheli This large almost totally enclosed bay is a popular water sports centre, though popular with bareboat charter skippers more for the excellent shelter. Porto Heli offers copious mooring space, courtesy of the long quay built when the bay was intended to become a NATO base. A sandy beach runs along the north shore in front of a line ... Read more
5: Wed19
  • 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
6: Thu21
  • Marathonos Marathonos is a bay just north of Perdika on Aegina island. There’s a small beach in the south east corner and several restaurants ashore. However, for more atmosphere, Perdika is only about a half a mile walk away and is highly recommended for a visit. Marathonos offers fairly good shelter, especially in the south east corner. ... Read more
7: Fri21
  • Athens Kalamaki (Alimos) Kalamaki Marina is home to countless charter companies and is easily reached from Athens Airport, less than 20 miles (30km) away.  It is also handy for the centre of Athens, 5 miles (8km) to the north. There’s even a beach next door. That’s the good news. On the other hand, although it has improved greatly since ... Read more
8: Sat0Check out and depart
Average21Note: you will do more miles than this!

All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Route names may differ from those used by the operators.

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Monemvasia flotilla - 1 week

About the Monemvasia flotilla

The Monemvasia flotilla is probably the most exciting of the Peloponnese flotillas. The flotilla sails south from Poros down to the dramatic and well preserved Byzantine island at Monemvasia.

Quick Choices - Peloponnese from Poros
Difficulty:EasyBase: PorosAirport: Athens
Flights from: Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol (Fridays)
Qualifications:to sail yourself: minimum RYA Day Skipper Practical or ICC
Other options: Skippers available. ICC assessments on arrival. Or combine your flotilla with an ICC or RYA course.
Includes:Fuel, outboard (larger yachts)
Extras:Outboard (smaller yachts), towels, transfers, courses

The flotilla sails from the pretty island of Poros, about a hours fast ferry ride south of Athens. It’s at the intermediate end of easy, as the open seas down the east side of the Peloponnese can allow a bit more swell than elsewhere.

Once away from Poros, the stops are mostly small villages with the option of calling at the towns of Spetses, Ermioni or Hydra on the way back. Most of the charter yachts from Athens don’t venture this far so you will find it pleasantly peaceful and undeveloped.

The fleet is very well kept by the family run business that runs the flotilla. They also run an RYA sailing school so if you lack the necessary skipper certificate, you can take an ICC assessment before you flotilla, or an ICC or RYA course during the flotilla.

2022 Dates
FlotillaAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptOctober
Monemvasia18th2nd 16th 30th13th 27th10th

Monemvasia flotilla Itinerary

The Monemvasia flotilla will visit five of the following ports or bays (one overnight in a bay is included weather permitting):
Ermioni, Plaka (Leonidhion), Kiparissi, Yerakas, Monemvasia, Fokianos (bay), Dhokos (bay), Agios Nikolaos (bay). The following is a typical route:

Click to view the Monemvasia 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.

DayMilesDestination
1: Sat0Check in.
  • Poros The small town of Poros, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. Poros: Sunset over the West Quay, pontoon (since expanded) and Navy Bay A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection ... Read more
2: Sun19
  • Agios Nikolaos Agios Nikolaos is a bay on the south end of the island of Hydra. It’s only accessible by sea. However, you may not be alone – it’s a popular stop for water taxi’s from Hydra town. There’s a small pebbled beach, equipped with sun beds and umbrellas. Snacks and drinks are available, provided by a friendly ... Read more
3: Mon27
  • 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
4: Tue20
  • 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
5: Wed32
  • 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
6: Thu16Freesailing: I suggest
  • Spetses Town If your yacht charter was conditional on including some retail therapy for your nearest and dearest, then Spetses could be the answer. There’s a choice of beaches for the youngsters, fine restaurants, and a good choice of bars to party the night away. The town centre is car free, there are excellent walks, so why do so ... Read more
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  • 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: Fri26
  • Poros The small town of Poros, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. Poros: Sunset over the West Quay, pontoon (since expanded) and Navy Bay A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection ... Read more
8: Sat0Check out and depart
Average23Note: you will do more miles than this!

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 Flotilla

There’s a good choice of yachts from 2 to 6 cabins, mostly Sun Odyssey’s.

The nearest airport is Athens. This has daily flights from London and also services from Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh. It’s also well served by flights from other countries so it’s an easy destination for non UK travellers. So if you fancy taking in the sights of Athens or whiling away some time on a Greek island, a few days ashore before or after your sailing is easy.

The operator offers transfers between Athens Airport or city centre hotels and Poros. Alternatively, it’s easy to make your own way there. There’s a frequent Express Bus which drops off about 100m from the ferry quay and ferry tickets can be booked on line. Self drive car hire is also possible.

There are other 1 week and 2 week flotilla options available from this base. The 1 week Nafplion flotilla runs throughout the season whilst the Saronic flotilla runs in place of this Momenvasia flotilla in low season. Permutations of these three one week options are joined to provide three 2 week choices; the Peloponnese flotilla, the Argolic flotilla and the Laconia flotilla.

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Nafplion flotilla - 1 week

About the Nafplion flotilla

The Nafplion 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 from Poros
Difficulty:EasyBase: PorosAirport: Athens
Flights from: Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol (Fridays)
Qualifications:to sail yourself: minimum RYA Day Skipper Practical or ICC
Other options: Skippers available. ICC assessments on arrival. Or combine your flotilla with an ICC or RYA course.
Includes:Fuel, outboard (larger yachts)
Extras:Outboard (smaller yachts), towels, transfers, courses

The flotilla sails from the charming island of Poros. Poros is about a hours fast ferry ride south of Athens. The flotilla sails south in to the Argolic Gulf. It reaches the most northerly point at the historic fortress city of Nafplion.

Stops range from small holiday towns to sleepy bays. In addition to the fort at Nafplion, there’s a castle at Astros and windmills at Tiros. The tiny village at Plaka hides one of the country’s most popular night clubs. Though not stops for the whole flotilla, there’s also the chance to visit the chic holiday town of Spetses or the traffic free artists colony of Hydra.

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.

The yachts are very well kept by the family run business that runs the flotilla. They also run an RYA sailing school so if you lack the necessary skipper certificate, you can take an ICC assessment before you flotilla, or an ICC or RYA course during the flotilla.

2022 Dates
FlotillaAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptOctober
Navplion30th14th 28th11th 25th9th 23rd6th 20th3rd 24th8th

Nafplion flotilla Itinerary

The Nafplion flotilla will visit five of the following ports or bays (one overnight in a bay is included weather permitting):
Ermioni, Tiros, Nafplion, Astros, Tolo, Koiladha, Porto Heli, Dhokos (Bay), Agios Nikolaos (Bay), Kapari (Bay).

The following is a typical route:

Click to view the Nafplion 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.

DayMilesDestination
1: Sat0Check in.
  • Poros The small town of Poros, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. Poros: Sunset over the West Quay, pontoon (since expanded) and Navy Bay A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection ... 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: Mon30
  • 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
4: Tue10
  • 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
5: Wed20
  • 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 of Poros, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. Poros: Sunset over the West Quay, pontoon (since expanded) and Navy Bay A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection ... Read more
8: Sat0Check out and depart
Average17.3Note: you will do more miles than this!

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 Flotilla

There’s a good choice of yachts from 2 to 6 cabins, from budget to near new.

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.

The operator offers transfers between Athens Airport or city centre hotels and Poros. Alternatively, it’s easy to make your own way there. There’s a frequent Express Bus which drops off about 100m from the ferry quay and ferry tickets can be booked on line.

There are other 1 week and 2 week flotilla options available from this base.

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Salamis flotilla - 1 week

About the Salamis flotilla

The Salamis flotilla is an easy route. It sails from Korfos, exploring the islands of the Saronic Gulf.

Quick Choices - Salamis Flotilla
Difficulty:EasyBase: KorfosAirport: 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 route includes visits to the islands of Aegina, Agistri and Salamis. There is also the option to add the pretty holiday island of Poros. It’s a lovely mix of fishing villages and small holiday towns with plenty of interest along the way. From the horse drawn carriages of Aegina, and the pretty beaches of Agistri to the fishing boats of Salamina there is something for everyone.

There is also a free sailing night where you can explore where you will. Options include the Roman amphitheatre at Epidavros, the thermal spa at Methana or for the energetic, a walk up to the inactive volcano from Vathi.

Navigation is easy and distances are fairly short, making this an ideal first flotilla. There’s a range of yachts from 33 to 46 feet. However, the fleet isn’t large so early booking is advised.
2023 Dates

FlotillaAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptOctober
Salamis29th13th 27th10th 24th8th 22nd5th 19th2nd 16th 30th14th

Salamis flotilla Itinerary

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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.

DayMilesDestination
1: Sat0Check in.
  • 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: Sun16
  • 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
3: Mon20
  • Salamina Salamina is the main town on the island of Salamis, the nearest island to Athens. The town surrounds the fishing harbour. The island is famed of the location of a historic naval battle in 480BC when the Greek fleet fought off the Persians and thus purportedly saved western civilisation. The town is on the prettier west ... Read more
4: Tue17
  • 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 fish ... Read more
5: Wed4
  • 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
6: Thu9Free sailing: Why not try
  • Vathi Vathi is a sweet little place with just three or four 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 first couple of restaurants nearest ... Read more
or
  • 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
  • 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
7: Fri15Check in.
  • 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
8: Sat0Check out and depart
Average14Note: you will do more miles than this!
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 this flotilla

The nearest airport is Athens. There’s a good service from the UK with scheduled and low cost airlines. It is also readily accessible from other international start points. This is in contrast to many other flotilla destinations which are reached by charter flights – fine if you’re in the UK but not so easy from elsewhere.

The transfer between the airport and the base takes about an hour and three quarters by road. The flotilla operator offers optional transfers. Alternatively you can make your own way by train to Corinth and take a taxi or bus from there.

Athens itself is well worth a visit whilst you are in the area. A popular option is to add a day or two before the start or at the end of the flotilla . This also means you can fly one way during the week, which is often cheaper than at weekends.

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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. The flotilla sails from the island of Poros, about an hours fast ferry ride south of Athens.

Quick Choices - Peloponnese from Poros
Difficulty:EasyBase: PorosAirport: Athens
Flights from: Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol (Fridays)
Qualifications:to sail yourself: minimum RYA Day Skipper Practical or ICC
Other options: Skippers available. ICC assessments on arrival. Or combine your flotilla with an ICC or RYA course.
Includes:Fuel, outboard (larger yachts)
Extras:Outboard (smaller yachts), towels, transfers, courses

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.The route also offers 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 flights from London, Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh as well as 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:

2022 Dates

FlotillaAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptOctober
Saronic7th 21st4th17th1st 22nd
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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
1: Sat0Check in.
  • Poros The small town of Poros, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. Poros: Sunset over the West Quay, pontoon (since expanded) and Navy Bay A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection ... Read more
2: Sun18
  • Vathi Vathi is a sweet little place with just three or four 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 first couple of restaurants nearest ... 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 fish ... Read more
7: Fri10
  • Poros The small town of Poros, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. Poros: Sunset over the West Quay, pontoon (since expanded) and Navy Bay A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection ... Read more
8: Sat0Check out and depart
Average12Note: you will do more miles than this!

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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Argolic flotilla - 2 weeks

About the Argolic flotilla (2 weeks)

The Argolic flotilla explores the whole of the cruising ground south of Poros, from the fortress town of Nafplion to the Byzantine town at Monemvasia. In between you will experience rural Greece from fishing villages to small holiday towns.

Quick Choices - Peloponnese from Poros
Difficulty:ModerateBase: PorosAirport: Athens
Flights from: Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol (Fridays)
Qualifications:to sail yourself: minimum RYA Day Skipper Practical or ICC
Other options: Skippers available. ICC assessments on arrival. Or combine your flotilla with an ICC or RYA course.
Includes:Fuel, outboard (larger yachts)
Extras:Outboard (smaller yachts, towels, transfers, courses

The route is a combination of the Nafplion and Monemvasia one week flotillas. There’s a chance to visit more compact ports not suitable for the whole flotilla over the middle weekend.

Depending when you start you may visit the northern parts first, heading south for the second week, or the south first, then the north.

So whether you want beaches, beautiful swim stops, ancient buildings or to watch the local fishermen at work, there’s something for everyone. The further south you go, the more peaceful it gets because many of the Athens based charter yachts simply don’t get that far. And to top it off, it’s an excellent area for dolphin spotting.

There’s an excellent selection of yachts to choose from, ranging from 2 to 6 cabins. There’s a mix of newer and budget options so there’s something to suit every budget.

2022 Dates
FlotillaAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptOctober
Argolic 2 week
....North then south11th 25th9th 23rd6th 20th3rd8th
....South then north18th2nd 16th 30th13th 27th

Typical Argolic Itinerary

On the northern part of the route you will visit five ports or bays (one overnight in a bay is included weather permitting) from:
Agios Nikolaos (Bay), Astros, Dhokos (Bay), Ermioni, Kapari (Bay), Koiladha, Nafplion, Porto Heli, Tiros, Tolo.

For the south part of the route you will visit five from the following ports:
Agios Nikolaos (bay), Dhokos (bay), Ermioni, Fokianos (bay), Kiparissi, Monemvasia, Plaka/Leonidhion, Yerakas

Here’s a typical itinerary taking in first the north then the south part:

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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.

DayMilesDestination
1: Sat0Check in.
  • Poros The small town of Poros, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. Poros: Sunset over the West Quay, pontoon (since expanded) and Navy Bay A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection ... 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: Mon30
  • 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
4: Tue10
  • 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
5: Wed20
  • 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: Thu19Free Sailing: I'd suggest:
  • Vivari / Khaidhari The village lies at the head of a superb natural anchorage offering good shelter.  There’s not much here, just a few restaurants, a beach and some basic provisions, but it’s a little off the beaten track and I’ve always found a warm welcome here. Quay space is very limited so be prepared to anchor and dinghy ... Read more
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  • Porto Heli / Port Kheli This large almost totally enclosed bay is a popular water sports centre, though popular with bareboat charter skippers more for the excellent shelter. Porto Heli offers copious mooring space, courtesy of the long quay built when the bay was intended to become a NATO base. A sandy beach runs along the north shore in front of a line ... Read more
7: Fri14Free Sailing. I'd suggest:
  • 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
or
  • 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
8: Sat14Free Sailing: How about:
  • Spetses Town If your yacht charter was conditional on including some retail therapy for your nearest and dearest, then Spetses could be the answer. There’s a choice of beaches for the youngsters, fine restaurants, and a good choice of bars to party the night away. The town centre is car free, there are excellent walks, so why do so ... Read more
or
  • 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
2: Sun11
  • Agios Nikolaos Agios Nikolaos is a bay on the south end of the island of Hydra. It’s only accessible by sea. However, you may not be alone – it’s a popular stop for water taxi’s from Hydra town. There’s a small pebbled beach, equipped with sun beds and umbrellas. Snacks and drinks are available, provided by a friendly ... Read more
3: Mon27
  • 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
4: Tue20
  • 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
5: Wed32
  • 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
6: Thu30Free sailing: Why not 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
  • 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: Fri11
  • Poros The small town of Poros, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. Poros: Sunset over the West Quay, pontoon (since expanded) and Navy Bay A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection ... Read more
8: Sat0Check out and depart
Average20Note: you will do more miles than this!
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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Korfos flotilla - 2 weeks

About the Korfos flotilla

The Korfos flotilla is an easy flotilla, sailing from the village of Korfos

Quick Choices - Salamis Flotilla
Difficulty:EasyBase: KorfosAirport: 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

This 2 week flotilla consists of two 1 week flotillas back to back. It explores the Saronic Gulf and the Gulf of Hydra. Depending which week you start you will either cover the north part first then the south part, or the south part first then the north part.

The stops range from sleepy fishing villages to holiday towns. The area is little known to international tourism so retains a true Greek charm. It’s a popular destination for Greek holidaymakers.

The route takes in the islands of Aegina, Agistri, Poros and Hydra, with a chance to visit the volcanic Methana peninsula. There’s something for everyone; beaches, archaeological sites includes a fabulous Roman amphitheatre, fish markets, beautiful churches, a sunken village, beautiful churches and of course excellent swimming.

2023 Dates
FlotillaAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptOctober
Korfos29th13th 27th10th 24th8th 22nd5th 19th2nd 16th14th
Agistri6th 20th3rd 17th1st 15th 29th12th 26th9th 23rd7th

Korfos flotilla itinerary – North South Route

View the Korfos North South route 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.

DayMilesDestination
1: Sat0Check in.
  • 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: Sun16
  • 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
3: Mon20
  • Salamina Salamina is the main town on the island of Salamis, the nearest island to Athens. The town surrounds the fishing harbour. The island is famed of the location of a historic naval battle in 480BC when the Greek fleet fought off the Persians and thus purportedly saved western civilisation. The town is on the prettier west ... Read more
4: Tue17
  • 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 fish ... Read more
5: Wed4
  • 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
6: Thu33Free sailing: Why not try
  • 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
or
  • Spetses Town If your yacht charter was conditional on including some retail therapy for your nearest and dearest, then Spetses could be the answer. There’s a choice of beaches for the youngsters, fine restaurants, and a good choice of bars to party the night away. The town centre is car free, there are excellent walks, so why do so ... Read more
7: Fri23Free sailing: How about
  • 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
  • Tselevinia / Skillaion Just south east of Tselevinia is an pleasant anchorage, ideal for breaking the trip between Poros and Hydra or Ermioni. There’s nothing there so not much more to say really! Read more
8: Sat16Free sailing: Options include
  • 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
or
  • Dhoroussa / Dorousa This small island lies at the west end of Agistri. The channel between these two islands provides several anchorages on the east side, popular with charter yachts. At the north end a small cafe sometimes operates on the Agistri shore. Read more
2: Sun3
  • 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
3: Mon21
  • Poros The small town of Poros, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. Poros: Sunset over the West Quay, pontoon (since expanded) and Navy Bay A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection ... Read more
4: Tue20
  • 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
5: Wed11
  • 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
6: Thu22Free sailing: Why not try
  • Vathi Vathi is a sweet little place with just three or four 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 first couple of restaurants nearest ... Read more
or
  • Marathonos Marathonos is a bay just north of Perdika on Aegina island. There’s a small beach in the south east corner and several restaurants ashore. However, for more atmosphere, Perdika is only about a half a mile walk away and is highly recommended for a visit. Marathonos offers fairly good shelter, especially in the south east corner. ... Read more
7: Fri16Check in.
  • 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
8: Sat0Check out and depart
Average17Note: you will do more miles than this!

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.

Korfos flotilla itinerary – South North Route

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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.

DayMilesDestination
1: Sat0Check in.
  • 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: Sun9
  • 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
3: Mon21
  • Poros The small town of Poros, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. Poros: Sunset over the West Quay, pontoon (since expanded) and Navy Bay A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection ... Read more
4: Tue20
  • 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
5: Wed11
  • 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
6: Thu30Free sailing: Why not try
  • 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
or
  • 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
7: Fri15Free sailing: How about
  • Spetses Town If your yacht charter was conditional on including some retail therapy for your nearest and dearest, then Spetses could be the answer. There’s a choice of beaches for the youngsters, fine restaurants, and a good choice of bars to party the night away. The town centre is car free, there are excellent walks, so why do so ... 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
8: Sat32Free sailing: Options include
  • Spetses Town If your yacht charter was conditional on including some retail therapy for your nearest and dearest, then Spetses could be the answer. There’s a choice of beaches for the youngsters, fine restaurants, and a good choice of bars to party the night away. The town centre is car free, there are excellent walks, so why do so ... Read more
or
  • Tselevinia / Skillaion Just south east of Tselevinia is an pleasant anchorage, ideal for breaking the trip between Poros and Hydra or Ermioni. There’s nothing there so not much more to say really! Read more
2: Sun8
  • 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
3: Mon20
  • Salamina Salamina is the main town on the island of Salamis, the nearest island to Athens. The town surrounds the fishing harbour. The island is famed of the location of a historic naval battle in 480BC when the Greek fleet fought off the Persians and thus purportedly saved western civilisation. The town is on the prettier west ... Read more
4: Tue17
  • 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 fish ... Read more
5: Wed4
  • 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
6: Thu9Free sailing: Why not try
  • Vathi Vathi is a sweet little place with just three or four 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 first couple of restaurants nearest ... 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: Fri15Check in.
  • 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
8: Sat0Check out and depart
Average16Note: you will do more miles than this!

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 this flotilla

The closest airport is Athens, well served from the UK by scheduled and low cost airlines. It is also readily accessible from other international start points.

The road transfer between the airport and the yacht base takes about an hour and three quarters. The flotilla operator offers transfers as an optional extra. Alternatively you can get there by public transport; by train to Corinth and then a taxi or bus from there.

Athens itself is well worth seeing whilst you are in the area. A popular choice is to add a day or two before the start or at the end of the flotilla. This is easily done with the frequency of flights to Athens. This also means you can fly one way during the week, which is often cheaper than at weekends.

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Laconia flotilla - 2 weeks

About the Laconia flotilla (2 weeks)

The Laconia flotilla visits both the Argolic and Saronic Gulfs from the base on the island of Poros. From beaches to ancient monuments, holiday towns to fishing villages, there’s something for everyone.

Quick Choices - Peloponnese from Poros
Difficulty:ModerateBase: PorosAirport: Athens
Flights from: Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol (Fridays)
Qualifications:to sail yourself: minimum RYA Day Skipper Practical or ICC
Other options: Skippers available. ICC assessments on arrival. Or combine your flotilla with an ICC or RYA course.
Includes:Fuel, outboard (larger yachts)
Extras:Outboard (smaller yachts, towels, transfers, courses

The flotilla is a combination of the one week Monemvasia and Saronic flotillas. You get a few days over the middle weekend to head off to places that are too small for the whole flotilla to visit.

Cultural highlights are the brilliantly preserved amphitheatre and settlement at Epidavros and the fascinating byzantine town at Monemvasia. There are also underwater ruins and a fort.

As the flotilla only runs later in the season, you will find the Saronic more relaxing than in summer. The Argolic is always pretty relaxed, being too far for the Athens day trippers to reach.

There’s a great choice of yachts from 2 to 6 cabins, with both newer and budget options. Those joining the last run of the season will get the option of two days extra free yacht hire at the end of the flotilla. This will enable you to take part in the Poros regatta.

2022 Dates
FlotillaAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptOctober
Laconia 2 week10th15th

Typical Laconia Itinerary

During the first week you will visit five from the following ports: Agios Nikolaos (bay), Dokos (bay), Ermioni, Fokianos (bay), Kiparissi, Monemvasia, Plaka/Leonidhion, Yerakas.

During the second week you will visit five from the following ports: Aegina Town, Agistri, Korfos, Methana, Nea Epidavros, Palaia Epidavros, Perdika, Vathi

Here is a typical route:

Click to view the Laconia 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.

DayMilesDestination
1: Sat0Check in.
  • Poros The small town of Poros, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. Poros: Sunset over the West Quay, pontoon (since expanded) and Navy Bay A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection ... 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: Mon29
  • 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
4: Tue20
  • 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
5: Wed32
  • 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
6: Thu18Free Sailing: I'd suggest:
  • 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
or
  • 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
7: Fri21Free Sailing. I'd suggest:
  • Spetses Town If your yacht charter was conditional on including some retail therapy for your nearest and dearest, then Spetses could be the answer. There’s a choice of beaches for the youngsters, fine restaurants, and a good choice of bars to party the night away. The town centre is car free, there are excellent walks, so why do so ... Read more
or
  • 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
8: Sat15Free 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
  • 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: Sun26
  • 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
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: Tue14
  • 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
  • Vathi Vathi is a sweet little place with just three or four 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 first couple of restaurants nearest ... 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 fish ... Read more
7: Fri10
  • Poros The small town of Poros, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. Poros: Sunset over the West Quay, pontoon (since expanded) and Navy Bay A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection ... Read more
8: Sat0Check out and depart
Average18Note: you will do more miles than this!
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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Peloponnese flotilla - 2 weeks

About The Peloponnese Flotilla (2 weeks)

The Peloponnese flotilla sails from Poros. It explores the Saronic Gulf to the north and the Argolic Gulf to the south. (Note this route is different to the one of the same name which ran up until 2021. For those wanting a two week trip taking in Monemvasia, see the Argolic flotilla and the Laconia flotilla).

Quick Choices - Peloponnese from Poros
Difficulty:ModerateBase: PorosAirport: Athens
Flights from: Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol (Fridays)
Qualifications:to sail yourself: minimum RYA Day Skipper Practical or ICC
Other options: Skippers available. ICC assessments on arrival. Or combine your flotilla with an ICC or RYA course.
Includes:Fuel, outboard (larger yachts)
Extras:Outboard (smaller yachts, towels, transfers, courses

This route is a combination of the Saronic and Nafplion one week flotillas. Depending which week you start you may go north first then south, or south first then north. The Saronic is a popular area with Athenians wanted a break from the city. But the small holiday towns have retained their charm, and their fishermen.

The Argolic Gulf is quieter, being too far from Athens for a day trip. It’s a pleasing mix of towns and villages, culminating in the impressive fortress town of Nafplion.

There’s an excellent selection of well kept modern boats to choose from. Sizes range from 32 to 50 feet, offering two to six cabins. 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.

2022 Dates
FlotillaAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptOctober
Peloponnese 2 week
....North then south7th 21st4th17th 1st
....South then north30th14th 28th24th

Typical Peloponnese Itinerary

On the north part of the route you will visit five from the following ports: Aegina Town, Agistri, Korfos, Methana, Nea Epidavros, Palaia Epidavros, Perdika, Vathi.

On the south part of the route you will visit five from the following ports: Agios Nikolaos (Bay), Astros, Dhokos (Bay), Ermioni, Kapari (Bay), Koiladha, Nafplion, Porto Heli, Tiros, Tolo.

The following is a typical route:

Click to 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.

DayMilesDestination
1: Sat0Check in.
  • Poros The small town of Poros, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. Poros: Sunset over the West Quay, pontoon (since expanded) and Navy Bay A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection ... Read more
2: Sun18
  • Vathi Vathi is a sweet little place with just three or four 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 first couple of restaurants nearest ... 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: Thu10Free 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
  • 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 fish ... Read more
7: Fri15Free Sailing. I'd suggest:
  • 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 fish ... 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: Sat25Free 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: Mon30
  • 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: Tue10
  • 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
5: Wed20
  • 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: Thu17Free Sailing: I'd suggest:
  • Spetses Town If your yacht charter was conditional on including some retail therapy for your nearest and dearest, then Spetses could be the answer. There’s a choice of beaches for the youngsters, fine restaurants, and a good choice of bars to party the night away. The town centre is car free, there are excellent walks, so why do so ... Read more
or;
  • Porto Heli / Port Kheli This large almost totally enclosed bay is a popular water sports centre, though popular with bareboat charter skippers more for the excellent shelter. Porto Heli offers copious mooring space, courtesy of the long quay built when the bay was intended to become a NATO base. A sandy beach runs along the north shore in front of a line ... Read more
or;
  • 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: Fri26
  • Poros The small town of Poros, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. Poros: Sunset over the West Quay, pontoon (since expanded) and Navy Bay A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection ... Read more
8: Sat0Check out and depart
Average16Note: you will do more miles than this!
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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Poros flotilla - 2 weeks

About the Poros flotilla (2 weeks)

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

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

This is a two week flotilla from Athens. I can also offer flotillas that start from Poros, ideal if you want to head further south.

2022 Dates

FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSept
Poros N & S14th 28th11th 25th9th 23rd6th 20th3rd
Poros S & N7th 21st4th 18th2nd 16th 30th13th 27th10th

This 2 week flotilla consists of two 1 week flotillas back to back. For the North / South option:

View the first week on a mapView the second week on a map
For the South / North 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.

Poros Flotilla (2 Weeks): North Week Itinerary

DayMilesDestination
1: Sat0Check in.
  • Athens Kalamaki (Alimos) Kalamaki Marina is home to countless charter companies and is easily reached from Athens Airport, less than 20 miles (30km) away.  It is also handy for the centre of Athens, 5 miles (8km) to the north. There’s even a beach next door. That’s the good news. On the other hand, although it has improved greatly since ... Read more
2: Sun21
  • 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 fish ... Read more
3: Mon14
  • Poros The small town of Poros, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. Poros: Sunset over the West Quay, pontoon (since expanded) and Navy Bay A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection ... Read more
4: Tue21
  • 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
5: Wed9
  • Vathi Vathi is a sweet little place with just three or four 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 first couple of restaurants nearest ... Read more
6: Thu10
  • 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: Fri29
  • Athens Kalamaki (Alimos) Kalamaki Marina is home to countless charter companies and is easily reached from Athens Airport, less than 20 miles (30km) away.  It is also handy for the centre of Athens, 5 miles (8km) to the north. There’s even a beach next door. That’s the good news. On the other hand, although it has improved greatly since ... Read more
8: Sat0Check out and depart
Average19Note: you will do more miles than this!
Unless you wish to return to Athens 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.

Poros Flotilla (2 Weeks): South Week Itinerary

DayMilesDestination
1: Sat0Check in.
  • Athens Kalamaki (Alimos) Kalamaki Marina is home to countless charter companies and is easily reached from Athens Airport, less than 20 miles (30km) away.  It is also handy for the centre of Athens, 5 miles (8km) to the north. There’s even a beach next door. That’s the good news. On the other hand, although it has improved greatly since ... Read more
2: Sun29
  • Poros The small town of Poros, which bears the same name as the island, is only 30 miles from Athens but a world apart. Poros: Sunset over the West Quay, pontoon (since expanded) and Navy Bay A popular retreat for Athenians, the island retains it’s “Greek-ness”, with a range of traditional restaurants, a fish market, and good selection ... Read more
3: Mon20
  • 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
4: Tue13
  • Porto Heli / Port Kheli This large almost totally enclosed bay is a popular water sports centre, though popular with bareboat charter skippers more for the excellent shelter. Porto Heli offers copious mooring space, courtesy of the long quay built when the bay was intended to become a NATO base. A sandy beach runs along the north shore in front of a line ... Read more
5: Wed19
  • 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
6: Thu21
  • Marathonos Marathonos is a bay just north of Perdika on Aegina island. There’s a small beach in the south east corner and several restaurants ashore. However, for more atmosphere, Perdika is only about a half a mile walk away and is highly recommended for a visit. Marathonos offers fairly good shelter, especially in the south east corner. ... Read more
7: Fri21
  • Athens Kalamaki (Alimos) Kalamaki Marina is home to countless charter companies and is easily reached from Athens Airport, less than 20 miles (30km) away.  It is also handy for the centre of Athens, 5 miles (8km) to the north. There’s even a beach next door. That’s the good news. On the other hand, although it has improved greatly since ... Read more
8: Sat0Check out and depart
Average21Note: you will do more miles than this!

All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Route names may differ from those used by the operators.

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More about the Peloponnese flotillas

For most of the season, the Peloponnese flotillas sail the areas north and south of Poros on alternate weeks. Those on two week holidays will cover both areas. In high season, the Poros based flotillas stay south of Poros. This avoids the harbours in the north which get busy in summer.

The flotillas from Poros also offer sail training options. The associated RYA Sailing School offers courses you can take whilst on flotilla. These include Competent Crew, Day Skipper and the International Certificate of Competence (ICC). Bareboat and skippered charter are also available across the area.

Winds are steady but not generally strong, typically force 2-4. The Peloponnese flotilla can be a bit windier, typically force 3-5. Consequently there can be a little more swell on this trip.

A popular extension to these flotillas is to spend a day or two in Athens before or after sailing. Alternatively, you can enjoy a few days ashore on one of the many islands readily accessible from Athens.

Getting there

The Peloponnese flotillas are well served by international flights to Athens. From the UK there are services from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh and (if you don’t mind going out a day early), Bristol.

The flotilla operators offer optional transfers between the airport and base. The Athens base is about 45 minutes by road. Corinth is about an hour and a quarter by road or a couple of hours by train. For Poros you’ve a choice of  either a fast ferry or road transfer. The ferry ride sometimes offers the increasingly rare chance to experience the hydrofoils (flying dolphins). These are converted Russian troop carriers. They used to form the mainstay of Greek ferry services but are now being phased out.

You can book your Peloponnese flotilla holidays as a package with flights from the UK, or flotilla only. However, as usual it works out cheaper for you to buy your own flights.