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Explore Saronic as a sailor
Overview

Tour Overview

If you love sailing and you wish to combine your summer holidays with some adventure, culture, history and relaxation in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, then our Saronic Sailing Adventure is the perfect option for you!
Join us on board and let us show you the hidden gems of the Saronic Gulf, indulge you in the local cuisine and guide you through the history of some significant archaeological sites, such as the temple of Aphaea and Ancient Epidaurus. You can also enjoy swimming, snorkeling, hiking, biking and much more, having an unforgettable experience you will remember for years!

Tour Highlights

  • Taste the traditional pistachios in Aegina island
  • Visit the temple of Aphaea, built in 500 BC and the monastery of Agios Nektrarios, one of the biggest in the Balkans
  • Hike in the “ghost town” of Paleachora, the island’s former capital, with its numerous byzantine churches
  • Swim in the crystal – clear waters of Moni and Agkistri islands
  • Discover the 18m deep shipwreck in Dorousa island
  • Enjoy sea sports on Poros island
  • Listen to a stage whisper at the ancient Epidaurus theater
  • Take a Donkey-riding tour on car-free Hydra or follow one of its numerous hiking paths
  • Swim in a pirate’s hideout, an underwater cave on Spetses island

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Athens – Aegina island

Welcome aboard! On our fist day, you will embark our boat, which will be your vacation home for the next week. You will take a boat tour with all the necessary instructions you need to know and you can settle in your cabins. We will then sail to our first destination, Aegina Island, famous for its pistachios. On our way there we will make a stop near Agia Marina for a quick swim and then we’ll head to the tiny uninhabited island of Moni. Once there, you can go hiking through its pristine pine forest and come across beautiful deer and peacocks or simply enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the turquoise crystal clear waters!
Upon arrival in Aegina, later in the afternoon, you are free to visit Aegina town, walk through its narrow streets or alongside the picturesque port and enjoy a cup of iced coffee. If you are a history aficionado, we also recommend you to visit the Temple of Apollo at the archaeological site of Kolona, which lies at a walking distance from the port. Once there, do not miss the chance to visit the Archaeological Museum, the first one to have ever been built in Greece (in 1829). Dinner and drinks in Aegina’s bars is entirely up to your mood!
Tip: do not forget to buy some fresh fruits and vegetables from the floating groceries (traditional boats in the port selling fruits & vegetables).

Day 2: Aegina – Agkistri island – Methana / Epidaurus

After enjoying breakfast on board, we’ll take an exciting tour in Aegina inland and explore some of its hidden gems! We will first visit the temple of Aphaea (dating back to 500 BC), located on a pine – clad hill at the northeast side of the island. We will then head to the island’s Mystras and also former capital, Paleachora. We will follow the hiking trails to explore this abandoned “ghost town” with its numerous byzantine churches and enjoy the panoramic views over the Saronic Gulf. Next comes the impressive Monastery of Saint Nektarios, one of the biggest in the Balkans.
We will then set sail to the small, verdant island of Agkistri, considered to be the closest to Athens natural paradise! You can enjoy swimming & snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the Saronic Gulf. We can also anchor at the magnificent uninhabited island of Dorousa, where you can discover, while snorkeling or diving, the shipwreck of the 79m long Avantis III, lying at 18m depth!
In the evening, we’ll reach the volcanic peninsula of Methana, where we will stay overnight.
(*You can optionally choose to stay overnight at the port of Epidaurus, from where you can visit next morning the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus)

Day 3: Methana – Hydra

In the morning, after we enjoy breakfast on board, we will sail to Hydra island. Once we get there, you are free to explore the car-free island of Hydra, whose only transport is mules, foot or boat. It is an elegant artist’s colony and gives a sense of magic and romantic touch. You can wander in the art shops, handmade jewelry stores and clothing boutiques or take a gentle hike inland and upward, ascending to the Prophet Elias monastery. The island is a paradise for hiking lovers and naturalists and its diverse natural environment and rich history and tradition make Hydra a unique destination you will love. The sailing boat is at your entire disposal if you simply want to relax on board or enjoy swimming in one of the island’s rocky beaches!

Day 4: Hydra – Spetses

Today we will sail to the charming small island of Spetses. The island is well – known for its long naval tradition and its significant contribution to the War of Independence in 1821. You will feel captivated by its romantic and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Spend the day circumnavigating the island by bike, stopping at the beach with an underwater cave you can swim into. Cars are banned in the harbor town, Dapia. If you are travelling with your family, treat the kids to a ride in a horse drawn carriage on the cobble-stoned streets.

Day 5: Spetses – Dokos island

In the morning, you can enjoy a walk around the picturesque town of Spetses, before we depart for the almost uninhabited tiny island of Dokos. This is an ideal and favorite destination for sailing boats, as it offers clear waters and shelter from all winds. It is also perfect for those who love wild landscapes, peace, tranquility and stunning sunset views! There, we will anchor, enjoy some more swimming and dinner on board!

Day 6: Dokos – Poros island

What you most probably don’t know is that the tiny island of Dokos has been recognized as an archaeological site, with findings of more than 8.000 years old and the oldest shipwreck in the world (2.700 – 2.200 BC)!!
You have all the morning free to enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the Saronic gulf, before we set sail for the island of Poros.
Once we enter Poros harbor, you cannot help but sigh at the scenic view of the little town that rises amphitheatrically over two hills and admire the historic Clock tower and the pastel colored buildings lining the harbor front.
The island’s two bays supply all the water sports you will need – water skiing, snorkeling, little boats, sea kayaking, windsurfing. Alternatively, you can spend a leisure afternoon, on and off the boat, swimming, snorkeling, reading your favorite book or playing games!

Day 7: Poros – Athens

This is the last morning of our sailing adventure, so you have the entire morning free to relax, swim or take a walk alongside the picturesque port of Poros island, before we set sails for our return trip to Athens.

Important Tips

  • Travel Bite date and/or time might be modified or cancelled due to weather conditions and in this event the option of an alternative date or full refund will be given.
  • Being as light as possible is always important on an adventure tour plus space is limited on board a sailing boat so, our travellers are expected to bring with them a backpack or suitcase as well as a daypack for personal items and valuables.
  • We strongly advise you to have a valid Personal Travel & Health Insurance and bring your personal medication, sunscreen, insect repellent, travel sickness tablets, sunglasses, a camera, a hat, insect bite gel.
  • We would recommend you for Clothing/walking/swimming gear to bring with you fleece/softshell, jacket, waterproof & windproof jacket, sun, hat, long trousers (wearing shorts is not permitted in monasteries and churches), shorts, swimming costume, extra towel for swimming, t-shirts, hooded tops, trainers/walking shoes, waterproof hiking shoes/boots, personal mattress or a sleeping bag (should you choose to sleep on the yacht’s sundeck), torch, umbrella, snorkelling mask and fins.
  • Single occupancy with extra charge 120 euro per person (in case of interest please send email from contact us section or here)

Tips & Useful Info

Starting point: Athens Marina Alimos, Λεωφόρος Ποσειδώνος, Άλιμος, Ελλάδα
Languages: English, Greek
Included Amenities: Public Liability Insurance, Sailboat with skipper and tour leader, 6 night of accommodation in the sailboat’s cabins, based on double occupancy, Bed linen and towels, meals for 6 breakfasts, 7 light lunches, 1 dinner, Transfer from the marina to your hotel, Inland tour in Aegina (incl. car transfer, tour leader, entrance fees in the archaeological site of Aphaea), Snorkelling equipment, Port taxes and petrol, Cleaning fee, all local taxes
Excluded Amenities: Personal Travel & Health Insurance, personal expenses, gratuities, meals not mentioned in inclusions, Airplane (international and domestic) tickets, optional activities that are not included in the day-to-day itinerary, Optional activities that are not included in the day-to-day itinerary (visit to Ancient Epidaurus, biking on Spetses island, sea sports in Poros), Hotel transfers to/from airports, Transfer to/from meeting
Minimum number of guests needed: 4
Maximum number of guests: 8
Physical Level: No difficulty. Previous experience is not required. Basic level of agility and fitness is needed.

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