Sailing Holidays

Skiathos Flotilla in Greece

SUMMER HOLIDAY SPECIAL : This flotilla runs for just 5 weeks
Fri 25 July to Fri 29 August 2014.

Explore the beautiful Sporades and scenic Gulf of Volos on this flotilla from Skiathos and experience exciting sailing off the tourist track.

Flotilla sailing holiday in Skiathos Greece

The Sporades islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonnisos, together with the more sheltered Gulf of Volos, offer excellent sailing off the tourist trail. Fresh sailing winds, unspoilt harbours and beautiful sandy beaches await you on this flotilla from Skiathos. These islands are stunningly beautiful with white sandy beaches, green pine forests and the bluest sea. No wonder the movie makers of "Mamma Mia" chose Skiathos for their film location!

This wonderful sailing area will suit more experienced crews who relish the challenge of some fresh sailing winds and quieter islands and harbours off the beaten track. Afternoon breezes Force 2-5 from the north-east give good sailing from mid-morning to early evening. In July and August the meltemi can bring stronger winds, but the islands have good shelter.

The flotilla skipper and hostess are on hand with support and advice to help you make the most of the cruising area. 

The Skiathos flotilla starts on Fridays from Skiathos harbour and sails a figure of eight itinerary, one week sailing east among the Sporades islands and one week sailing west into the historic Gulf of Volos so that the 2-weekers do not cover the same cruising area. There are free sailing days if you do not want to return to Skiathos after 1 week.

One week the Skiathos flotilla follows the Sporades Route and heads east to explore the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos and the uninhabited islands of Peristeri or Pelagos. 

The following week the Skiathos flotilla follows the Volos Route and heads west into the Gulf of Volos, once the home of Jason and the Argonauts. Visit historic Pegadhi from where Achilles set sail for Troy. Find unspoilt fishing harbours and deserted anchorages in this beautiful gulf.


2014 dates : 25 Jul  |  8, 22 Aug  

In this cruising area there are many picturesque harbours and peaceful anchorages. The flotilla crew will set the itinerary each week depending on the prevailing wind conditions and other factors but here is an example of a typical itinerary:

FRI : Embark at Skiathos Town. The airport transfer only takes 5 minutes! Skiathos is a lively town with many bars and restaurants. 

SAT : Loutraki, Skopelos (6nm).  After the flotilla skipper's welcome briefing, sail across to Loutraki, a popular harbour on Skopelos with a nice sandy beach.

SUN : Skopelos Town (17nm). An attractive town, with whitewashed houses and churches stretching up the hill.  Sample the local cuisine in the many tavernas, including Skopelos cheese pie. “Skopolos town was lovely.”

MON : Pelagos (25nm). Pelagos is an uninhabited island and nature reserve. We anchor in a lovely bay and watch out for the local monk seals while we enjoy our beach BarBQ.

TUE : Steni Vala, Alonnisos (15nm). An enchanting harbour in a small fjord with tavernas ashore. ”Loved Steni Vala, a beauiful, quaint little harbour.”

WED : Panormos, Skopelos (18nm). Anchor in this well protected bay and stroll round to the tavernas on the beach.  “Panormos Bay was beautiful."

THU : Skiathos (10nm). Independent sailing for two-week flotilla. One-week flotilla returns to Skiathos for farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

FRI : Disembark at Skiathos Town.

Routes and places may vary during the season due to weather conditions & other factors.

2014 dates : 1, 15 Aug  

In this cruising area there are many picturesque harbours and peaceful anchorages. The flotilla crew will set the itinerary each week depending on the prevailing wind conditions and other factors but here is an example of a typical itinerary:

FRI : Embark at Skiathos Town. You are met at Skiathos airport and taken to your yacht in the nearby harbour for embarkation. The short transfer only takes 5 minutes! Skiathos is a lively town with many bars and restaurants in the town.

SAT : Elios, Skopelos (8nm). After the flotilla skipper's welcome briefing, sail across to Elios, an unspoilt village on the beautiful island of Skopelos.  We moor up for our welcome drinks party and a chance to meet the 2-week crews.

SUN : Pighadi (29nm). Sail into the Gulf of Volos. On the approach watch out for the ruined Achilles Tower. It is said that Achilles set sail from here for Troy. “Pigadi was very pretty and one was able to swim from the boat whilst moored”

MON : Milina Bay (17nm). Time to explore the Gulf of Volos and enjoy a swim before anchoring in a secluded bay for our beach picnic.

TUE : Paleo Trikeri (9nm). We moor at the small village with its shop, café and couple of tavernas.

WED : Koukounaries (21nm). Often said to be the best beach in Greece with white sand backed by pine trees.  “We did enjoy anchoring off the beach at Koukounaries - kids loved the water sports and we enjoyed the chic beach bar.”

THU : Skiathos (7nm). Independent sailing for two-week flotilla. One-week flotilla returns to Skiathos for farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

FRI : Disembark at Skiathos Town.

Routes and places may vary during the season due to weather conditions & other factors.

The Skiathos flotilla offers Sun Odyssey yachts from 32'-49' giving you a choice of 2, 3 or 4 double cabins. All flotilla yachts are well-specified with CD player, hot water, deck showers, cockpit cushions, bimini suntops and sprayhoods - thoughtful extras for your cruising comfort.

Flotilla prices are shown PER YACHT. Just divide by the number of people onboard for a per person price.

This flotilla has been priced WITHOUT flights but including transfers from Skiathos airport. Ask us for a quote for an ATOL-bonded flight-inclusive holiday from a choice of UK airports or arrange your own flights. There are charter flights from Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands & Newcastle.

Whether you book flights through us or not, the flotilla holiday package starts at Skiathos airport and you will be met and taken to your yacht, a 5 minute taxi ride straight to the marina (one return transfer per yacht). An excellent supermarket is within easy walking distance. 


10% OFF Skiathos flotilla

10% OFF Skiathos flotilla

Sun Odyssey 35 (2003) available
1-8 August JUST £1786/week.
8-15 & 15-22 August JUST £1806/week.
3-cabin yacht – perfect for friends and family!


Prices given below. Click on the yacht names to view yacht layout & specification

Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.Airport transfers from/to Skiathos airport included in flotilla rate (one transfer per yacht).

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. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016.

Thomson, Thomas Cook and Monarch have flights to Skiathos from most UK airports on Fridays. Transfer time to Skiathos Harbour 5 minutes.

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 October 2011 issue of Sailing Today had a Charter Special report by Joe Adams who went on his first flotilla in Skiathos with girlfriend Emma Lucas.  A rusty Day Skipper more use to racing than cruising, Joe didn’t take long  to master stern-to mooring and have a wonderful trip. “I felt like I had had an adventure and Emma was suitably tanned and relaxed. Mission complete.” Click here to read the article >>

The island of Skopelos is your favourite in the Sporades. There's two harbours - Skopelos town and Glossa - both small, traditional and unashamedly Greek. There are some lovely beaches and anchorages, such as the pine-clad bay of Panormos. The secluded inlet on the south side of the bay features in Michael Carroll’s Gates of the Wind, which describes these enchanted islands before tourism. Watch out for the chapel on the cliff at Kastri where the wedding scene of the movie ‘Mamma Mia’ was shot.

If there’s one thing that sets Skiathos apart from some of the other Greek islands, it has to be the beaches. And the best one is at Koukounaries on the south west coast. It's been called the best beach in Greece. It’s a particularly eye-catching crescent-shaped sweep of soft, golden sand, fringed with palm trees, that looks like it might have been transported to Skiathos grain by grain from the Caribbean.

The Alonnisos Marine Park is a protected habitat for the Monk Seal, one of the largest seals in the world but now numbering only 600 worldwide, making it one of the most endangered mammals in the world. These shy seals have tried to avoid human contact by breeding in the underwater coastal caves of Alonnnisos, rather than on beaches but this is more dangerous for the new born pups which have a high mortality rate.

"From initial contact to delivery of e-tickets the service was perfect. Organisation of transfers perfect. Good customer service including meeting Jonathan at the Southampton Boat Show."
Ionian flotilla 2013 - T.M..


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