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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 picturesque 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. Stroll through Plaka, Gazi and Psiri with their small streets dotted with cafes, ouzeries, tavernas, shops and galleries. A trip to Athens would not be complete without also visiting the Parthenon and Acropolis Museum.

Athens Yacht Charter

  • Overview
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    Plakka, Athens

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    Acropolis, Athens

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    Aegina

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    Sailing holidays from Athens

    • Easily accessible - daily flights from London and just a 3.5 hour flight time
    • Huge range of yachts to chose from
    • Average distances of 19nm/day
    • Level 1-2 sailing
    • Average summer temperatures of 26-30 degrees
    • Average winds force 3-5
    • Great for families
    • Flexible start and finish dates
    • Flotilla option
    • Sail and Stay options
  • 1 Wk Itinerary

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary from Athens

    DAY 1 : Kalamaki Marina

    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)

    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)

    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)

    Athens 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • 2 Wk Itinerary

    Suggested 2 week sailing itinerary from Athens

    DAY 1 : 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)

    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)

    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)

    A humpbacked island with an old walled Byzantine town, which has been sympathetically restored. Climb to the top for a spectacular view from the medieval fortress. 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)

    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 : Kalamaki Marina (20nm)

    Athens 2 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions in Athens

    The Saronic Gulf offers ideal conditions for a sailing holiday with reliable afternoon winds. The wind is generally from the South, Force 3-5 and 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.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 1-2' (levels info) and you will need RYA Day Skipper or ICC qualification for bareboat charters from Athens.

    For those wanting more support or who are looking for more of a social holiday then why not take a look at our Saronic flotilla holidays.

    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 3016Flights to Athens are served by a number of airlines - British Airways, Aegean Airlines & Olympic Airlines all operate flights from Heathrow; EasyJet operate flights from Gatwick and Manchester; Ryanair operate flights from Stansted.

    Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights. If you would prefer a flight-inclusive holiday then 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.

    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 to Athens Kalamaki Marina (also known as Alimos) is approximately 1 hour.


    Book your Hoppa airport transfers online here >>

    Hotels


    With daily flights why not add on a few days for a city break in Athens before or after your charter? If you would like to stay close to the Marina then why not try Hotel Poseidon which is located right opposite Kalamaki Marina and has comfortable rooms, swimming pool and is only 8km from the centre of Athens.

"Just to say thank you for a brilliant holiday. The flotilla lead crew were excellent and could not have been more helpful and friendly. Bobby, who was our instructor for 3 days, was also excellent and we are already recommending Nautilus to other friends. We are looking forward to our next trip with you."

Ionian flotilla 2016 - S.R.

Athens 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

Athenian Yachts Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red.

Yacht details Before 28 Apr
After 27 Sep
28 Apr-9 Jun
6-20 Oct
9 Jun-28 Jul
18 Aug-6 Oct
28 Jul-18 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2018-GR-BB-Ath/2

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

Athenian Yachts Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red.

Yacht details Before 28 Apr
After 27 Sep
28 Apr-9 Jun
6-20 Oct
9 Jun-28 Jul
18 Aug-6 Oct
28 Jul-18 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2018-GR-BB-Ath/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/4

Athenian Yachts Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red.

Yacht details Before 28 Apr
After 27 Sep
28 Apr-9 Jun
6-20 Oct
9 Jun-28 Jul
18 Aug-6 Oct
28 Jul-18 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2018-GR-BB-Ath/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

Athenian Yachts Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red.

Yacht details Before 28 Apr
After 27 Sep
28 Apr-9 Jun
6-20 Oct
9 Jun-28 Jul
18 Aug-6 Oct
28 Jul-18 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2018-GR-BB-Ath/6

Yachts from Athens - 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

Yachts from Athens - Athenian Yachts

FREE outboard

Extras payable on embarkation:

YACHT SECURITY:

  • Refundable deposit €2000 -€4000
  • OR Non refundable insurance €20-40/day + €500 deposit
Optional extras (i.e Outboard, SUP's etc) available on request.

SKIPPER: €1050/week + food + 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.