Sailing Holidays

Yacht Charter from Athens in the Saronic Gulf

Plan a relaxed sailing holiday in the Saronic Gulf south of Athens with reliable winds and a good variety of islands to visit.

Start your sailing holiday from Athens and discover the unspoilt islands of the Saronic Gulf and Argolic Gulf. These Greek islands have bustling, cosmopolitan towns, ancient temples, Byzantine castles, traditional fishing harbours and unspoiled anchorages. On a yacht charter holiday you will find so many interesting places to visit with a great mix of modern and ancient Greek culture.

This is a popular sailing holiday destination with an enormous choice of bareboat charter yachts and suits sailors looking for a change from the Ionian. You will enjoy reliable sailing winds every day but the area is sheltered from the strong meltemi wind which can blow in the Aegean during the summer.

This yachting centre is easily accessible with daily flights to Athens so you can add a day or two in a hotel to explore this fascinating capital city. Don't miss the Parthenon and new Acropolis Museum. Stroll through Plaka, Gazi and Psiri with small streets of cafes, ouzeries, tavernas, shops and galleries.

To book your next sailing holiday in Greece, give us a call or fill out the Quick Quote Form.

Sailing conditions

The Saronic Gulf offers ideal conditions for a sailing holiday with reliable afternoon winds. The wind is generally from the South Force 3-5 dying down at night. The sailing area in the Saronic Gulf is protected from the meltemi wind which can blow in the Aegean in the summer. Summer temperatures reach 28-31ºC.

Sailing area

The Saronic Gulf is very popular yachting holiday destination as it offers so many interesting sailing itineraries. 

On a 1 week yacht charter holiday you can explore the Saronic islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses. Anchor in unspoiled anchorages for lunch and moor up for the night in bustling fishing harbours.

On a 2-week sailing holiday you can sail further south via the Argolic Gulf to explore the Peloponnese coastline. Anchor in the huge bay at Port Heli. Visit the grand old harbour at Navplion and discover the unspoilt harbours at Astros and Leonidion. You can plot a course as far south as Monemvasia, a dramatic medieval fortress.

See our suggested 1 and 2 week sailing itineraries below. 

Charter yachts

Kiriacoulis run one of the largest fleets of bareboat charter yachts in the Mediterranean, and have yachts based at Athens Kalamaki Marina, including many of the latest yacht models from Bavaria, Jeanneau, Dufour and Beneteau. These yacht charters can start and finish any day of the week, giving you total flexibility over your sailing holiday dates.

These charter yachts in Athens are also available on our Saronic flotilla holidays.

We are also pleased to offer yachts from Athenian Yachs, a fleet we have worked with for many years. Their fleet of Sun Odyssey yachts ranges from the smallest 32’ to the largest 53’. All their yacht charters include dinghy with outboard.

We can also offer bareboat charter yachts from several other charter fleets we work closely with in Athens Kalamaki Marina, the largest yacht charter centre in Greece so we are sure to have the perfect charter yacht for your next sailing holiday from Athens.

Travel arrangements

Athens is well served with direct flights from the UK. British Airways, Aegean Airlines & Olympic Airlines operate flights from Heathrow to Athens. easyJet operate flights from Gatwick. Transfer time to Athens Kalamaki Marina 1 hour.

With daily flights you can add on a few days for a city break in Athens before or after your yacht charter.

DAY 1 : Embark at Kalamaki Marina,  the marina for charter yachts for Athens. Take a taxi or tram into Athens for dinner with a view of the Acropolis.
DAY 2 : Aegina Town (17nm). Traditional harbour with shops, bars and restaurants.
DAY 3 : Epidavros (15nm) was the health resort of Ancient Athenians. Take a taxi from the main square for the 30 minute trip to see one of the best preserved ancient amphitheatres.
DAY 4 : Poros Town (22nm). Lively harbour with a long quayside full of bars and tavernas.
DAY 5 : Hydra (15nm) is one of the most picturesque harbours in Greece. Discover the traditional restaurants away from the harbour-front. Visit the Sunset bar for stunning views across to Spetses. Raft up if necessary but put a tripping line on your anchor - the harbour is renown for fouled anchors!
DAY 6 : Perdika, Aegina (25nm). Anchor in the bay and go ashore for an excellent seafood dinner.
DAY 7 : Return to Kalamaki Marina (20nm)

DAY 1 : Embark at Kalamaki Marina, Athens. Take a taxi or tram into Athens for dinner with a view of the Acropolis.
DAY 2 : Aegina Town (17nm). Traditional harbour with shops, bars and restaurants.
DAY 3 : Epidavros (15nm) was the health resort of Ancient Athenians. Take a taxi from the main square for the 30 minute trip to see one of the best preserved ancient amphitheatres.
DAY 4 : Poros Town (22nm). Lively harbour with a long quayside full of bars and tavernas.
DAY 5 : Porto Heli (30nm) is in a large bay with excellent shelter. Moor at the long quayside or anchor in the bay.
DAY 6 :  Navplion (21nm). Elegant Ventian town with& a 13th century castle - well worth the walk up for the view.
DAY 7 : Leonidhion (23nm). Friendly little harbour with shop and tavernas.
DAY 8 : Monemvasia (29nm) s a humpbacked island with an old walled Byzantine town, being sympathetically restored. Climb to the top for a spectacular view. Down below the lower town and fishing harbour have also been restored into a charming mix of Byzantine, Venetian and Turkish architecture.
DAY 9 : Kiparissa (15nm). Spectacular setting in the mountains.
DAY 10 : Spetse (22nm). Choose from several anchorages on the north west coast. This island was the home of John Fowles when he wrote his famous novel “The Magus”.
DAY 11 : Hydra (15nm) is one of the most picturesque harbours in Greece. Discover the traditional restaurants away from the harbour-front. Visit the Sunset bar for stunning views across to Spetses. Raft up if necessary but put a tripping line on your anchor - the harbour is renown for fouled anchors!  
DAY 12 : Perdika, Aegina (25nm). Anchor in the bay and go ashore for an excellent seafood dinner.
DAY 13 : Return to Kalamaki Marina (20nm).

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Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.

FLIGHTS TO ATHENS:
British Airways, Aegean Airlines & Olympic Airlines operate flights from Heathrow to Athens. easyJet operate flights from Gatwick.  Transfer time to Athens Kalamaki Marina 1 hour. Transfer time to Lavrion 40 minutes.

With daily flights you can add on a few days for a city break in Athens before or after your charter.

To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in Croatia, Mallorca, Tenerife and Malta.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School

Whether you are an experienced sailor or setting foot on a yacht for the first time, we can offer you a holiday afloat to suit you. We have given all the sailing areas a level with 'Experience Level 1' suitable for less experienced crews and 'Experience Level 3' for the experts.    

This takes into account the wind strength, tidal range and currents, distances between stops and ease of mooring. Of course even experts may choose to sail in Level 1 areas as they still offer stunning scenery and great sailing.

Experience Level 1: Ionian

Generally light winds Force 2-4, line of sight navigation, shorter sailing distances under 20nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 1 week or 100nm as skipper

Experience Level 2: Saronic Gulf & Sporades

Stronger winds up to Force 3-5 with some longer passages up to 30nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 2 weeks or 200nm as skipper

Experience Level 3: Aegean & Dodecanese

Stronger winds up to Force 4-7 which can lead to bigger seas on long passages between the islands. You will be Coastal Skipper standard with experience to a higher level having sailed at least 4 weeks or 400nm as skipper

The Ancient Theatre of Epidavros, one of the best preserved in Greece, was constructed in the 4th century BC. Even in ancient times, the theatre was considered to have great acoustics. The actors can be heard perfectly by all 15,000 spectators without the sound having to be amplified. The limestone rows filter the low-frequency sounds –such as the murmur of the crowd – but amplify the sounds from the stage. It is well worth the short taxi ride from the harbour.

Hydra is one of the most picturesque harbours in Greece with its chic waterfront cafes. No vehicles re permitted so donkey is the only form of transport. Visit the Sunset bar for stunning views across to Spetses. The tiny harbour gets very crowded so raft up if necessary but put a tripping line on your anchor - the harbour is renown for fouled anchors! Alternatively anchor in Mandraki bay less than a mile north of the main harbour and walk round the headland into town.

"We have had to finish an absolutely fantastic holiday, I should have booked 2 weeks. Right from my very first contact with Nautilus my customer experience has been exceptional. "
Saronic flotilla 2012 - A.L.

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