Sailing Holidays

Sporades Flotilla in Greece

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

Join this new flotilla in the stunning Sporades islands, a wonderful mix of busy towns, sleepy harbours and deserted islands. The 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. 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!

If you have sailed in the Ionian and Saronic, come and discover this idyllic sailing area on flotilla. Fresh sailing breezes Force 3-6 offer exciting sailing for more experienced crews who want to discover islands and harbours off the beaten track.

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

This flotilla is run in conjuction with Seafarer Holidays.

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

This flotilla is based at the picturesque harbour of Loutraki on Skopelos island, a short ferry ride from Skiathos airport. This flotilla starts on Fridays and follows two 1-week itineraries returning to Loutraki at the end of each week. There are free sailing days if 2-weekers do not want to return to base after 1 week.

One week the flotilla follows the SPORADES ROUTE and explores the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and the uninhabited islands of Peristeri and Pelagos. These islands are stunningly beautiful with white sandy beaches, green pine forests and the bluest sea. 

The following week the flotilla follows the PELION ROUTE and heads west via the island of Skiathos into the beautiful Gulf of Volos, once the home of Jason of the Argonauts. Visit historic Pegadi from where Achilles set sail for Troy.

 

 

2015 dates : 22 May  |  5, 19 Jun  |  3, 17, 31 Jul   |  14, 28 Aug   | 11, 25 Sep

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 Louraki, a  pretty harbour on the island of Skopelos, a short water taxi ride away from Skiathos harbour.

SAT : Patitiri (21 nm) – Capital of Alonissos and an enchanting and timeless harbour. Time to enjoy the punch party on the quay before an evening meal in a traditional taverna.

SUN : Peristeri or Pelagos (7 nm) – a chance to escape and explore uninhabited islands. The perfect venues for our fortnightly beach party.

MON : Steni Vala (4 nm) – a pretty fishing village with a choice of good tavernas ashore.

TUE : Skopelos Town (12 nm) – Capital of the island of the same name and a charming harbour town rising amphitheatrically from the scenic harbour.

WED : Agnonda Bay or Panormos Bay(15 nm) – these fjord like bays lined with wooded hillsides boast great beaches, waterside tavernas and good shelter.

THU : Loutraki (5 nm) – a swimming stop and a leisurely sail back to our base. Time for drinks on board before a last night out.

FRI : Disembark. Two-week flotilla on independent sailing with rendez-vous at Paleo Trikeri.

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

2015 dates : 29 May  |  12, 26 Jun  |  10, 24 Jul  |  7, 21 Aug  | 4, 18 Sep

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 Louraki, a pretty harbour on the island of Skopelos, a short water taxi ride away from Skiathos harbour.

SAT : Paleo Trikeri (26 nm) – after a morning briefing sail to this sleepy fishing harbour, great for hill walks in this little island’s interior.

SUN : Amaliopolis (10 nm) – time to explore the gulf and a leisurely swim stop before anchoring for the night.

MON : Pegadi (12 nm) – a quaint fishing harbour with authentic tavernas. Be sure to explore the ruined tower of Achilles.

TUE : Orei, Evia (11 nm) – sail to the north coast of Evia island and visit this lively little resort with its ancient Acropolis guarding the harbour.

WED : Koukounaries (20 nm) – we sail east towards Skiathos and famous Koukounaries, a fantastic beach backed by a pine forest and a low key resort.

THU : Loutraki (12 nm) – a swimming stop and a leisurely sail back to our base. Time for drinks on board before a last night out.

FRI : Disembark. Two-week flotilla on independent sailing with rendez-vous at Patitiri on Alonnisos.

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

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 short ferry ride striaght to Loutraki harbour  (one transfer each way per yacht).  

 

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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.

FLIGHTS TO SKIATHOS:
Thomson, Thomas Cook and Monarch have flights to Skiathos from most UK airports on Fridays.  

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.

"we had a fantastic week holiday. The boat was perfect for our requirements and all in good order, as always the staff at the Palairos base were excellent - very helpful and made sure that everything was to our expectations. "
Ionian 2014 - J.D.

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