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7-day Yachting Tour of Argo-Saronic Islands

7-day yachting tour of the Argo-Saronic Islands from Athens

Sail on a private yacht through the diverse and beautiful Argo-Saronic Islands for a week-long discovery of quaint ports, isolated beaches, blue coves, and Greek hospitality. You’ll sail from island to island under the expert guidance of a local captain, enjoying plenty of time at each port to explore while sleeping each night in the comfort of your double cabin on board. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 7 days of guided sailing in the Argo-Saronic Islands
  • 7 nights accommodation on board your private yacht
  • Overnight visits to Hydra, Spetses, Ermioni, Dokos, Poros, Aegina and Alimos
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 1 dinner on board
  • Drinking water
  • Experienced, local, English-speaking captain and hostess
  • Snorkeling and fishing equipment
  • 2GB of wifi
  • Captain’s fee, fuel costs, marina fees, end cleaning and VAT

Perfect for:
This is the perfect week-long getaway for those who enjoy a guided, effortless sailing adventure with a new destination every day. No previous sailing experience required.

  • —Palaió Fáliro > Palaió Fáliro
  • Activity Type
    • With skipper
    • Sail place to place
  • Groups up to 6

Service

Day 1: Alimos Marina (Athens) to Hydra (36 nautical miles)

You’ll be greeted at the Alimos Marina by your captain and hostess. Settle in while the captain briefs you about life on board, then let the wind catch your sails and guide you to the island of Hydra. Enjoy a delicious Greek lunch on the way.

Pass the evening exploring car-free Hydra, a haven for artists where cobblestone streets are lined with 18th-century buildings, craft shops and restaurants. The town centre enjoys a busy nightlife, including festivals and concerts throughout the summer months. Find a restaurant for dinner, then return to your boat for the night.

Included meals: Lunch

Day 2: Hydra to Spetses (15 nautical miles)

Wake up with the breeze of the Aegean Sea on you face, enjoy a hearty breakfast, and go for a rejuvenating swim. You’ll sail to the island of Spetses in the morning, then relax on the island in the afternoon and evening. Horse-drawn carriages and motorcycles are the only means of transport around the island’s one community. If you’re looking for nightlife, the port’s promenade features the island’s best bars and clubs, attracting the international jet-set.

Included meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 3: Spetes to Ermioni (12 nautical miles)

Have a final stroll around the enchanting village, then sail towards Ermioni. Have lunch on board before visiting this small seaside village and its community or finding a nearby beach. At night enjoy dinner ashore and have a walk through the winding alleys of this traditional Greek village.

Included meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 4: Ermioni to Dokos (5 nautical miles)

After a quick sail you’ll arrive on the island of Dokos where you’ll find a number of tiny secluded beaches. It’s the perfect location for a relaxing day of swimming and sunning, followed by a night of stargazing. Dinner will served on board under a tapestry of shining stars.

Included meals: breakfast and dinner

Day 5: Dokos to Poros (18 nautical miles)

Enjoy breakfast on board and a final swim at Dokos, then sail across blue waters to the picturesque island of Poros, which offers a combination of nature, culture and traditional architecture. Head to shore to walk the beautiful coastline, find a beach, or stroll around the pleasant port town.

Included meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 6: Poros to Aegina (14 nautical miles)

Wake up with the beautiful view of Poros, then sail to the island of Aegina, stopping on the way for a delicious lunch and refreshing swim. Enjoy the evening in the port town with its array of restaurants, shops and entertainment options for everyone.

Included meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 7: Aegina to Alimos Marina (17 nautical miles)

Relax over your final breakfast on board, then sail back toward Athens with a couple of stops along the way for swimming and lunch. Arrive at Alimos Marina in the evening with plenty of time for dinner on shore. You’ll sleep on board one last night before disembarking the next morning.

Included meals: breakfast and lunch

Please note: The itinerary may change due to weather. The final decision regarding weather, safety and destinations is always made by the captain. But don’t worry: there are alternatives to enjoy your stay no matter the route!

Accommodation

You will be staying on a private 12.5m sailing yacht. There are 4 cabins, each sleeping 2 people, and 2 bathrooms. All bed linens and towels are provided. Other amenities include hot showers, a kitchen, ample lounging area, and speakers on deck. The captain has a separate cabin and bathroom.

Location

Athens:
Athens is the historical capital of Europe. It’s a great city to explore on foot, with all of the major archaeological sites around the Acropolis located within a 3km pedestrian zone. Climb the sacred rock of the Acropolis to savour the view and consider the extraordinary wonders of where you are standing before sailing off into the sunset.

Hydra:
Seafaring prowess brought great wealth to Hydra in the 18th and 19th centuries. The town is built in the shape of an amphitheatre with traditional stone mansions and lovely homes centred round the harbour. All new construction work is banned and there are no cars on the roads, just donkeys, so jump ashore and step back in time.

Spetses:
Sporty Spetses hosts the biggest triathlon in Greece as well as the annual Spetsathlon and Spetses Mini Marathon, where thousands of participants take part. For a more relaxed experience, hire a horse-drawn carriage from the harbour for a romantic trip to admire grand mansions adorning the narrow cobbled streets.

Poros:
Lush vegetation, crystal clear waters, fine beaches, a lively waterfront with cafes and restaurants all make Poros an alluring island. The picturesque town is a protected settlement. Sail into Love’s Bay, a romantic cove perfect for swimming and sunning under the fragrant pine trees.

Aegina:
Aegina, the closest island to Piraeus, takes its name from a nymph, daughter of the river god Asopos. Zeus fell in love with her and took her to this island which is brimming with natural beauty. Visit the Aphea Temple which, along with the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, forms the ‘holy triangle’ of antiquity.

Start point
You will meet your crew and board your yacht in the Alimos Marina in Athens. Your host will be in contact to arrange the details.

Finish point
Your trip will end back at the Alimos Marina in Athens. Your host will be in touch to arrange the details.

Getting there and away?
There are regular low-cost flights to Athens throughout the year. A very affordable metro runs from the airport to Alimos via Athens, or airport transfers can be pre-booked for you at an extra charge.

F.A.Q.

What extra costs are there?

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Flights to and from Athens
  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • Accommodation before and after the tour
  • Travel insurance
  • 5 dinners and 1 lunch
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Personal expenses

Can I book on my own?

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

How big will the group be?

This trip will run for a group of 6 people. Please note, if there are not 6 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

What is the food like?

Greek food is delicious! You’ll enjoy a variety of foods served on board and at island tavernas. Menu items include Greek salad, fresh seafood, moussaka (kind of like lasagna), souvlaki (meat skewers served on a platter or in a wrap), and dolmades (stuffed grape leaves). Most tavernas serve food they produce themselves, so it’s fresh, delicious, and a great value. Breakfasts and lunches served on the yacht are typically light, with fresh fruit, olives, and yogurt providing the staples.

Can my dietary requirements be catered to?

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

How long are the daily sailing journeys?

Sailing journeys depend on whether you will sail supported by the engine or just by the wind. Average speed in the former case is 6NM per hour, sailing just with the wind is a bit slower than that. Expect to sail from 3 to 6 hours per day. The rest of the day can be spent on board, on shore, or in the water!

What’s the weather like?

The Argo-Saronic Islands have a warm, sunny climate. Spring temperatures average 20°C. July and August are the hottest months, with temperatures averaging 27°C, but a cooling breeze blows frequently. Autumn sees warm temperatures averaging 25°C.

Who's the captain?

Your captain will be Gioros, a qualified, native Greek seaman with vast experience navigating the Aegean, the Mediterranean and beyond. His wife will prepare all the included meals on board and help make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

I have never gone sailing before, what should I know?

Life on a sailing boat is an experience of a lifetime! No prior knowledge is required to participate with our team. Your captain will brief you on safety and will teach you the basics of sailing during your holiday. The boat’s interior is designed to be both comfortable and use space efficiently, and you will quickly become accustomed to the layout.