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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 Journal

    Our experience

    Lagoon 380, 1 week in September 2018 from Kalamaki Marina, Athens

    Supplied by Julie, Nautilus Yachting

    Day 1

    Day 1 - Kalamaki Marina, Athens

    A very unusual weather system the week before our charter put paid to any chance of leaving Kalamaki Marina, let alone sailing! The tail end of a hurricane brought with it wind and torrential rain! Following the morning briefing on our Lagoon 380, we headed to Athens on the tourist trail and visited the Acropolis. We took the tram, located just outside the marina straight into the centre of Athens. The journey time was 40 minutes and a ticket cost €1.70 per person. A late night was enjoyed in a busy and vibrant part of town with a delicious dinner to conclude.
    Day 2

    Day 2 - Kalamaki Marina to Perdika (18nm)

    Aegina Town was recommended as our first stop of the holiday, however we put ‘our nose’ in and the marina was already full. Instead, we travelled further along the coast to the next mooring spot at Aegina - quaint little Perdika. Perdika is less built up than Aegina Town, quieter but with plenty of Greek charm. Not the biggest marina, but a wide entrance and an easy approach ensures a relatively simple stern-to mooring spot if there is space. With the help of a local fisherman we moored up in a prime position alongside the town quay. A handful of tavernas line the quay and we enjoyed a delicious dinner in one of the very friendly family owned establishments.
    Day 3

    Day 3 - Perdika to Hydra via Poros (30nm)

    We arrived at Poros for a lunch stop. The town quay is very long with ample space for stern to mooring, although some boats were rafted up nearer to where the restaurants lined the quay. Shore power and water are readily available here. After lunch we left Poros and soon found both Mandraki Bay and Hydra were full so we ended up mooring outside the marina with shorelines on the mole. Hydra is a very popular place indeed and not surprising given the labyrinth of cobbled backstreets where only donkeys tread (no cars) and where you can find an array of little tavernas and an exclusive mix of gift shops selling clothes, jewellery and art! Breakfast tip-try the very 'zen' cafe hidden in the backstreets called 'Plakostroto'.
    Day 4

    Day 4 - Hydra to Poros (14nm)

    We moored easily today on the pontoon in Poros. Too many boats to count lined the very long town quay, with their crews relaxing in the cockpits and drinking wine. This created a lively and welcoming atmosphere. We ate in a very friendly family run taverna and I enjoyed the best stuffed tomatoes and lamb kleftiko I have ever eaten!! I thoroughly recommend this restaurant which is called ‘Peia Mas’ and is located along the town quay, so is very easy to find. Strolling along the vast town quay, we stumbled upon a very cool music bar, some dancing and a night cap followed, before returning to the boat.
    Day 5

    Day 5 - Poros to Vathi (25nm)

    We stopped for a quick dip in a little bay before heading into Vathi. There were a few spots to anchor for a swim and lunch stop on this route so take your pick! Vathi is a tiny little gem of a harbour town with lots of quaint and colourful fishing boats. The entrance is narrow and mooring space along the short town quay is very limited. There is a mole to the left of the marina entrance where we observed some yachts moor up with shore lines. We were incredibly lucky to get the last spot in the far corner of the town quay, successfully avoiding all the fishing tackle and ending up literally a ‘gang plank’ distance away from the nearest taverna! We ate in a family run fish tavern called ‘Jimmy’s’ and I would highly recommend this to anyone! Delicious!
    Day 6

    Day 6 - Vathi to Kalamaki Marina (32nm)

    After several days of very little wind, we finally got some! Unfortunately this was right on the nose, so no sailing for us! Safely moored back at Kalamaki Marina, leaflets were handed out to each boat advertising a restaurant called Vassilis Taverna which was about a 15 minute walk from the marina. This seems to be the most popular Taverna choice for likeminded sailors enjoying their last evening in Athens. We went along and enjoyed a delicious dinner with traditional Greek charm. I highly recommend it for the last evening of your charter. Nice and simple!!
    Day 7

    Day 7 - A day in Athens

    We had a late flight home, so after checking out we enjoyed a coffee in the Skippers cafe in the marina and then headed to Athens on the tram. We ate lunch on one of the main promenades, before meandering through the winding cobbled backstreets lined with little shops, cafes and restaurants – very pretty and unexpected! We returned to Kalamaki on the tram and spent the next couple of hours relaxing in a cafe on the beach just outside the marina. The Posiedon Hotel, situated directly opposite the tram station, has a section of this beach where guests can use the sun loungers. Glorious sunshine on our last day and wind too! A very enjoyable week soaking up the history and stunning scenery of the Saronic Gulf.
  • 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 an 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

    The transfer time to Athens Kalamaki Marina (also known as Alimos) is approximately 1 hour. We can often arrange transfers in advance with the base and costs vary depending on time of day and number of guests. Please speak to one of our helpful sales team who can advise you on current transfer information.

    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.

"We had a very enjoyable and rewarding week in Kefalonia. The tuition was very thorough and professional. The First 40.7 Is a superb boat to sail and kept to a very high standard. Add to that the fantastic weather and you could not get better. We would recommend this to anyone wishing to learn to sail or upgrade their skills and knowledge."

Learn to Sail Kefalonia 2015 - T.B..

Athens Yacht Charter prices

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

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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). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. 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.