Saronic Islands and Athens area
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Brief description of the holiday
For this year: I make 200 euros of
reduction by people who do not participate (based on a starting
price for 8 people). So for example if there are only 2 people, it
would make them 1200 euros of reduction on the price of based. Not
bad is not it? :)
Welcome onboard !
Starting from Athens, I will be delighted to welcome you on board my sailing boat and make you discover the magic of the Saronic Islands. After sailing the Greek waters for 10 years, I know for sure that the Saronic Islands are the most appreciated, both for their accessibility (Athens International Airport) and for their relaxing sailing conditions. Unlike the Cyclades, the area is both sheltered from the prevailing wind and waves. Sailing between the islands is really pleasant. To me, the Saronic has proved so far the perfect balance sailing holiday-makers are seeking. Remote coves and cultural sightseeing, in breathtaking landscapes.
What is a typical day on board like ?
In the morning, after breakfast, we go shopping for fresh supplies for lunch ... Then we set sails for a wild anchorage where we spend the beginning of the afternoon. On the program, relaxation, swimming, reading and getting lunch ready all together... Departure time is set by the rise of the afternoon breeze. We then set sail for an exciting time sailing to the next village where we stop for the night.
Here below is my typical route in the Argo-Saronic islands and the Peloponnese coast. This route is preset for shared booking. For private charters (in case you book the whole boat for yourself/your party), we can plan a taylor-made itinerary together. We can even contemplate heading to the Cyclades islands, providing weather conditions allow it.
Departure from Athens sailing to Hydra, the island called "the island without a car", where people still move around riding donkeys. This magnificent village is an ancient corsair rendez-vous and one of the most beautiful in Greece. Its stone mansions and their well-preserved tile roofs offer wonderful sightseeing as well as a large range of restaurants and shops. For nightlife lovers, there are also a few trendy bars where one can have a drink and dance the night away. Hydra, the island that meets each and everyone’s expectations!
Leonidio Very different stopover, this small port located in a mountainous landscape and its village are really quiet. Beach and swimming enthusiasts will find their groove as well, before heading up into the valley to the old village. There, a very good tavern serves among other specialties, delicious lamb chops with home-grown organic vegetables, in the dramatic scenery of the vertiginous cliffs.
Wild anchorage on Dokos Island (BBQ evening and night under the stars).
The island of Poros also has its old charming corsair village, in a wooded setting. A very popular stopover, with shops and a good variety of taverns and restaurants, not to mention bars and clubs for party goers.
Epidavros, a cultural stopover, with the inevitable visit of the exceptionally well preserved amphitheater dating back to the 4th century BC. It is probably the most beautiful Greek theater of the time. The place, located on the hills of Argolis was originally the Aesculapius, deity of Medicine’s sanctuary . Aesculapius could cure patients during their sleep, or manifested himself in dreams interpreted by priests who treated them.
Return to departure base on Friday afternoon.
Just over 50ft in length, my sailboat can accommodate up to 8 guests in 4 double cabins, each one with its own en-suite bathroom. Unlike most other 50 footers, the Dufour 51 offers proper crew sleeping quarters for the skipper and crew, if any, which means you do not have to share your own bathroom with the skipper / crew.
Our trip starts here
Alimos, Athènes-Sud, Grèce
Saturday 17 August from 17:00 until Saturday 17 August at 19:00
Our trip ends here
Alimos, Athènes-Sud, Grèce
Friday 23 August from 18:00 until Saturday 24 August at 9:00
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Other important information
- Bedding, blankets and towels
- The HB engine of the Annex
- One mask and snorkel per person
For a sailing cruise to be successful, it must remain simple. It is very important to plan it before leaving of course, but setting too rigid a route might not meet the crew’s individual expectations. The best days at sea are rather planned in the morning at breakfast.
Organization on board (Who cooks? How about shopping?)
I usually do not cook and shopping can be delivered, but I always advise my crews to do their shopping on their own, which avoids disappointment. It is important to buy essential supplies on the very first day, for fresh food the islands are well stocked.
For shared cruises, a kitty allows each guest to share shopping expenses such as food, port fees, water supply and refuelling at the end of the trip. To keep the share fair, each guest purchases his/her drinks separately. Keep in mind that the skipper's food is your responsibility.
For private cruises where the entire boat is rented, I would like to let you know that Cecilia, my teammate, will occasionaly come along. Cecilia is a Swedish student dentist (with a fun personality) who will me a hand for maneuvers and be involved in general life on board. However she is neither cook nor hostess.
Access meeting point :
Your sailing boat is usually based in Alimos Marina in Athens. From Athens Venizelos airport, you can either catch a taxi (costs around 40-50 euros) or take the shuttle bus X96 (that runs every 30 minutes 24 hours a day, just ouside the arrival terminal) for a journey duration that is about 50 minutes and costs 6 euros per person.
- Choose soft luggage as storage space on board is limited.
- Do not forget that shoes used outside are not allowed on the boat. In case you wish to wear shoes on board, consider bringing a pair that you will only wear on board the boat. They should be soft and with light soles.
- Remember to bring a fleece and a waterproof top, as night can be little chilly. Rain is scarce in summer but as Greece is a mountainous country, a raincloud can exceptionally break out.
- The possession of weapons and narcotics (even "joints") is strictly prohibited in Greece and punishable by imprisonment. Controls are frequent.
- Smoking on board the boat is not allowed.
- Pets are not allowed on board (sorry about that).
For more information, feel free to get in touch and I will be happy to answer you (I am more likely to answer in the morning or in the evening).
See you soon,
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Included in the price.
- Final cleaning
Not included in the price.
- Meals/drinks consumed ashore
- Trip from and to embarkment/disembarkment port
To be paid onboard.
In addition to the price, there will be some additional expenses that you will incur during your trip. Expenses have been listed below.
- Meals onboard
- Mooring fees
- Drinks onboard
The estimated expenses for the rest of the holiday are approximately 150-200€ per person.