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

Join this 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 previously 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 conjunction with Seafarer Holidays.

Sporades Flotilla

  • Overview


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    Volos Harbour

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    Alonissos Town

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    Mamma Mia! Church


    Skopelos Old Town

    Sporades flotilla sailing holidays

    • Two 1 week itineraries - Sporades route and Pelion route
    • Perfect for groups & families wanting to get off the beaten track
    • Visit the setting for hit film 'Mamma Mia'!
    • Includes return airport transfers, end cleaning, bed linen & shower towels
    • Minimal mooring fees (approx. €10-€20/week)
    • Runs May to September. Operates Friday-Friday
    • Option to add flights
    • Supermarket is located within the marina
    • Transfer to the base includes 10 minute drive to ferry port & 45 minute ferry to Loutraki
  • Sporades Route

    Sporades Route on the Skiathos Flotilla

    2019 dates : 17, 31 May |14, 28 Jun | 12, 26 Jul | 09, 23 Aug | 6, 20 Sep

    Day 1 (Friday) : Loutraki, Skopelos

    Embark at Loutraki, a pretty harbour on the island of Skopelos, a short ferry ride away from Skiathos harbour.

    Day 2 (Saturday) : Patitiri (18 nm)

    The 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.

    Day 3 (Sunday) : Kyra Panagia (19 nm)

    A chance to escape and explore uninhabited islands. The perfect venue for a night under a star filled sky in Planitis bay.

    Day 4 (Monday) : Steni Vala (14 nm)

    A pretty fishing village with a choice of good tavernas ashore.

    Day 5 (Tuesday) : Skopelos Town (12 nm)

    The capital of the island of the same name and a charming harbour town rising amphitheatrically from the scenic harbour.

    Day 6 (Wednesday) : Free Sailing Day

    Why not head to Agnonda Bay or Panormos Bay (15 nm). These fjord like bays lined with wooded hillsides boast great beaches, waterside tavernas and good shelter.

    Day 7 (Thursday) : Loutraki (5 nm)

    A swim stop and a leisurely sail back to our base. Time for drinks on board before a your last night out.

    Day 8 (Friday) : Loutraki

    Disembark at Loutraki and take your included transfer back to the airport. Two-weekers have independent sailing with rendez-vous at Paleo Trikeri.

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

    Sporades Route 1 week flotilla sailing holiday itinerary

  • Pelion Route

    Pelion Route on the Skiathos Flotilla

    2019 dates : 24 May | 7, 21 Jun | 5, 19 Jul | 2, 16, 30 Aug | 13, 27 Sep

    Day 1 (Friday) : Loutraki, Skopelos

    Embark at Loutraki, a pretty harbour on the island of Skopelos, a short ferry ride away from Skiathos harbour.

    Day 2 (Saturday) : Koukounaries (12 nm)

    After a morning briefing set sail to the lively island of Skiathos. There is plenty of time to anchor on the fantastic beaches before enjoying our evening punch party and meal together.

    Day 3 (Sunday) : Paleo Trikeri (25 nm)

    Sail into the gulf of Volos towards the beautiful island of Paleo. Numerous opportunities to explore the gulf and a leisurely swim stop.

    Day 4 (Monday) : Amaliapoli (10 nm)

    A beautiful seaside village with some great tavernas.

    Day 5 (Tuesday) : Oreoi (18 nm)

    The town of Oreoi is situated on the island of Evvia. An authentically Greek town with lots of rustic charm.

    Day 6 (Wednesday) : Free Sailing Day

    We recommend Achillio or back to Amaliapoli. Those looking for a bit more nightlife could head to Skiathos Town.

    Day 7 (Thursday) : Loutraki (20 nm)

    A swim stop and a leisurely sail back to our base. There will be time for drinks on board before a final night out.

    Day 8 (Friday) : Loutraki

    Disembark at Loutraki and take your included transfer back to the airport. Two-weekers have independent sailing with rendez-vous at Patitiri on Alonnisos.

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

    Pelion Route 1 week flotilla sailing holiday itinerary

  • What's Included

    Included on the Sporades flotilla

    • One return airport transfer per yacht: Skiathos airport - Loutraki Harbour - Skiathos airport
    • Assistance of the flotilla lead crew throughout your holiday
    • End cleaning
    • Bed linen
    • Shower towels
    • Dinghy with outboard engine
    • Welcome punch party
    • One full tank of fuel, full water tank and cooking gas
    • Starter pack of provisions and cleaning products

    Mooring fees are not included. One tank of fuel is included, any extra fuel must be paid for.

  • Lead Crew

    Meet the Sporades flotilla lead crew

    Sporades flotilla lead crew

    Giannis and Sarah

    Giannis and Sarah will be your friendly flotilla crew, safely guiding you throughout the week to ensure you have an enjoyable holiday in the beautiful Sporades.
    Giannis is an extremely experienced sailor and adores showing clients some of the highlights of his home country.
    Due to a lifelong love of the sea, Sarah decided it was time to work the ropes and joined the flotilla team in 2018. She is loving her role as flotilla 1st mate and looks forward to welcoming you aboard.
  • Getting There

    Flights to Skiathos

    Thomson and Thomas Cook have flights to Skiathos from most UK airports on Fridays.

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


    One return transfer per yacht will be arranged for you once we have your flight details. Whether you book flights through us or not, ferry transfers from Skiathos airport to the base on Skopelos are included in the flotilla rate between 11.00 & 19.30 to fit flights from UK. Only one transfer each way is included. For those arriving at other times there may be a supplement.

"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..

Sporades Flotilla prices


Airport transfers from Skiathos airport (same arrival & departure time for all crew), welcome pack, welcome punch party, services of flotilla staff, end cleaning, 1 tank of fuel, outboard engine.

Extras payable on embarkation:

Non Refundable damage waiver: Under 36' £120 - 1 week, £180 - 2 weeks 36'-40': £180 - 1 week, £270 - 2 weeks 41'-45': £250 - 1 week, £375 - 2 weeks 46' +: £300 - 1 week, £450 - 2 weeks
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). 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.