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Explore the sun-baked Cyclades islands with their dazzling whitewashed hilltop villages on a sailing holiday in the Aegean.

The Cyclades in the central Aegean Sea are the archetypal Greek islands, with charming white washed houses, windmills, churches with bright blue domes, ancient ruins and small tavernas with traditional food and wine.

On a yacht charter holiday you can visit Paros and Naxos, popular tourist islands with sandy beaches and a lively nightlife. Santorini (Thira) has one of the most spectacular landscapes in Greece as the island is the exposed rim of a submerged volcanic crater. As a contrast, Kea, Sikinos, Kithnos, Serifos, Sifnos and Amorgos are much simpler with unspoilt small fishing harbours and protected anchorages - charming islands to discover and still very genuine places to visit on your sailing holiday.

This sailing holiday is great for more experienced sailors who want plenty of wind, longer passages and more challenging sailing itineraries. Distances between the islands in the Aegean are longer so you will spend much of the day sailing. Great sailing for serious sailors!

Aegean Yacht Charter

  • Overview
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    Lavrion

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    Naoussa, Paros

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    Santorini

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    Mykonos

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    Sifnos

    Sailing holidays in the Aegean

    • Choice of two bases to start from - Lavrion or Paros
    • Lavrion easily reached by daily flights to Athens
    • Iconic Greek islands
    • Average distances of 25nm/day
    • Level 3 sailing
    • Average summer temperatures of 26-30 degrees
    • Average winds force 5-7
    • Great for experienced sailors
    • Flexible start and finish dates from Paros
  • 1 Wk Lavrion

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary from Lavrion

    DAY 1 : Lavrion.

    Embark at Lavrion and sail to Sounion Point (10nm). The photogenic temple ruins are worth a visit.

    DAY 2 : Kithnos (35nm)

    This island charms visitors with its authentic atmosphere. The island is barren and rocky and the rugged coastline has numerous coves and beaches. Anchor in Ormos Kolona (Sand Bar Bay) or moor in Merikha, the main harbour.

    DAY 3 : Sifnos (25nm)

    A verdant island, full of olive trees, with traditional whitewashed houses, blue sea and bright red bougainvillea. Choose between Kamares, the main harbour or Faros, an attractive bay in the south-east.

    DAY 4 : Paros (28nm)

    Paros is one of the most popular Greek islands due to its sandy beaches, traditional villages with narrow paved alleys and plenty of tavernas. The main harbour is Parikia but Naoussa is also a lovely anchorage with a picture-postcard town.

    DAY 5 : Serifos (32nm)

    Serifos has remained its traditional character with an unspoilt coastline and beautiful beaches. Moor in Lavadhi harbour or anchor in Ormos Koutala to the south.

    DAY 6 : Kea (27nm)

    Kea lies to the south of Lavrion and is famed for its important archaeological sites, locations of unique natural beauty, wonderful beaches and picturesque villages. Ayios Nikolas offers a choice of anchorages within the bay.

    DAY 7 : Lavrion (16nm)

    Aegean Lavrion 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • 1 Wk Paros

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary from Paros

    DAY 1 : Paroika

    Embark at Paroika, the main harbour on Paros.

    DAY 2 : Folegrandos (30nm)

    An enchanting little island in the Cyclades, with an authentic character and spectacular landscape. Th main harbour of Karavostasi is a traditional Greek fishing harbour.

    DAY 3 : Santorini (21nm)

    Santorini (also called Thira) was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the world and what remains today is a submerged volcano and a caldera. Moor in the new marina and visit the stunning town of Thira overlooking the volcano crater to enjoy the sunset and local wine.

    DAY 4 : Ios (15nm)

    A "party island" famed for its nightlife but the harbour front is not noisy - most of the action is in the town, a steep walk up the hill. Apart from fun, the island has many beautiful beaches and peaceful anchorages.

    DAY 5 : Naxos(40m)

    The largest of the Cyclades islands with many sandy beaches. Naxos Town is the capital and main harbour and has a lovely waterfront with elegant Venetian architecture.

    DAY 6 : Naoussa, Paros (28nm)

    Paros is one of the most popular islands with lovely sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, traditional villages with whitewashed houses in narrow paved alleys contrasted with the many colourful bougainvilleas. Naoussa is a lovely anchorage with a cosmopolitan town and plenty of tavernas.

    DAY 7 : Paroika (6nm)Aegean Paros 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions in the Aegean

    A sailing holiday in the Aegean will suit more experienced skippers as the passages between the islands can be exposed. In general the sailing conditions are more demanding than in other areas of Greece and involve longer passages.

    The best times to sail in the Aegean are May/June and September/October when you are less likely to be affected by the prevailing meltemi wind from the north which blows strongest in July and August at Force 5-6 and may reach Force 7-8. The meltemi can blow for 1 day or it can blow for 1 week continuously. In the Spring and Autumn the wind strength is less, around Force 3-4. Summer temperatures reach 25-27ºC.

    There are many sailing itinerary options available in the Aegean so you can plan your itinerary to best suit your sailing experience and the weather forecast. Your itinerary in this area must be flexible to cope with wind conditions, it is always a good idea to keep an extra day or so in hand to allow for adverse weather on the return leg.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 2-3' (levels info) and you will need RYA Day Skipper or ICC qualification for bareboat charters in the Aegean. You should however be Coastal Skipper standard with plenty of skippering experience.

    You can see all of the bases we offer in Greece along with the level ratings here so that you can find the most suitable destination for you. If you are at all unsure about a destination then please get in touch and our sales team will be more than happy to make their recommendations for you.

  • Getting There

    Getting There

    Flights to Athens

    Bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016British Airways, Aegean Airlines and Olympic Airlines run flights from Heathrow to Athens, easyJet operates from Gatwick. With daily flights you can add on a few days for a city break in Athens before or after your charter. Transfer time to Lavrion 40 minutes.

    For onward travel to Paros: Olympic & Aegean have a 30 minute flight from Athens to Paros or the ferry from Pireaus Port in Athens to Paros runs daily and takes 4-5 hours.

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

    Transfers

    Booking your transfers from the airport to the base and vice versa could not be easier! Hoppa Transfers offer shuttles, express shuttles, minibus, private taxi and luxury private transfers depending on your needs. They serve over 7500 cities and resorts, via more than 700 airports, ports and train stations. For peace of mind, pre-book your airport transfer today. The transfer time from Athens airport to Lavrion is approximately 40 minutes.

    Book your Hoppa airport transfers online here >>

"Thank you all so much for a wonderful 2 week sail revisiting the Sporades after 30+ years. A special thank you to the flotilla crew, oh and the dolphins that came to say hi."

Skiathos flotilla 2014 - N.R.

Aegean Yacht Charter prices

Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 27 Apr-25 May 25 May-22 Jun
31 Aug-28 Sep
22 Jun-3 Aug
17 - 31 Aug
3 Aug-17 Aug From 28 Sep
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2019-GR-BB-Kir/2

Olympic Yachts from Lavrion Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% discount for 2 weeks

Yacht details 1 Jan-20 Apr
20 Oct-31 Dec
21 Apr-18 May
29 Sep-20 Oct
19 May-14 Jul
1-29 Sep
14 Jul-4 Aug
18 Aug-1 Sep
4 Aug-18 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2018-GR-BB-Oly/3

Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 27 Apr-25 May 25 May-22 Jun
31 Aug-28 Sep
22 Jun-3 Aug
17 - 31 Aug
3 Aug-17 Aug From 28 Sep
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2019-GR-BB-Kir/3

Olympic Yachts from Lavrion Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% discount for 2 weeks

Yacht details 1 Jan-20 Apr
20 Oct-31 Dec
21 Apr-18 May
29 Sep-20 Oct
19 May-14 Jul
1-29 Sep
14 Jul-4 Aug
18 Aug-1 Sep
4 Aug-18 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2018-GR-BB-Oly/4

Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 27 Apr-25 May 25 May-22 Jun
31 Aug-28 Sep
22 Jun-3 Aug
17 - 31 Aug
3 Aug-17 Aug From 28 Sep
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2019-GR-BB-Kir/4

Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 27 Apr-25 May 25 May-22 Jun
31 Aug-28 Sep
22 Jun-3 Aug
17 - 31 Aug
3 Aug-17 Aug From 28 Sep
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2019-GR-BB-Kir/6

Yachts from Lavrion - Olympic Yachting

Extras payable on embarkation:

YACHT SECURITY:
  • Refundable deposit €1500 -€2500
EXTRAS:
  • End cleaning €90 for 2-3 cabin yachts, €120 for 4 cabin yachts, €150 for 5 cabin yachts
  • Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e Outboard, SUP's etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: €980/week + food and drink + own cabin

Yachts from Paros - Kiriacoulis

FREE outboard on yachts 50'+
Extras payable on embarkation:

YACHT SECURITY:

  • Refundable deposit €2000 below 41', €3000 from 41' & catamarans
  • OR Non refundable insurance €35/day below 41' or €45/day 41'+ and cats
EXTRAS:
  • Service pack €95 for 2 & 3 cabin yachts, €115 for 4 cabin yachts & cats under 42', €135 or 5 cabin yachts & cats 42'+
    (includes end cleaning, bedding & towels).
  • Fuel used (fill up on return)

Optional extras (i.e Outboard, SUP's etc) available on request.

SKIPPER: €1050/week + food and drink + own cabin

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.