Sunset at Dhokos in 2015
Briefing in the Amphitheatre at Astros
Boats motoring in the Saronic Islands by Patrick Bellew
 

Two Week Island Hopping Saronic Flotilla

Saronic Island Hopping Route 2016
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Sail from island to island

Our island hopping Saronic flotilla sails from Epidavros to Navplion (and vice versa) and offers an enjoyable introduction to the best of the Saronic Islands and their traditional Greek ambience.

The first few days of the flotilla will be spent sailing east to the Islands of Agistri and Aegina as well as exploring the traditional fishing village of Vathi. You will also visit the buzzing harbour of Poros before heading around the headland to the famous islands of Hydra and Spetses.

Why sail in the Saronic Islands?

When we sail in this area, we always wish we had another week, as there are so many places to explore! We are often amazed to find some harbours uncrowded, even in August. There is seldom a rush to get in and the welcome in each place gives you a taste of true Greek hospitality.

The taverna atmosphere remains familiar with the addition of a few new dishes. The local wine is delightful and the ambience is addictive. Dining out is more than a meal - it is a cultural experience that will envelop you.

What is the weather and wind like?

The winds in the Saronic Islands are generally from the south east. It offers great sailing without any significant swell, however it can be stronger than some are used to, so a previous flotilla or other sailing experience is a good idea before tackling this cruise. Having said that, the area is idyllic.

Typical Itinerary & Highlights

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Days 1 - 2, Joining the flotilla in Epidavros

From Athens our transfer will take to over the mighty Corinth Canal to your starting point at Epidavros. The lead crew will be there to meet you, and after a very quick boat brief, it will be time for a cold drink and a bite to eat at the nearest taverna.

  • Epidavros Amphithatre and Bay Palaia Epidavros

Days 2 - 6, Exploring the Saronic Gulf

The first few days will be spent acclimatising and exploring the Saronic Gulf. Small village harbours such as Vathi offer wonderfully quiet evenings and an instant escape from daily life at home. In contrast the buzzing town of Poros offers a truely Greek atmosphere among the quayside and backstreet tavernas that cannot be beaten. Sunset at Poros over the 'sleeping lady' is a site not to be missed.

  • Sunrise at Nea Epidavros Nea Epidavros
  • Vathi Saronic Islands Vathi
  • Poros Town Poros

Days 6 - 8, Hydra & Spetses Islands

The next few days take you further south into the Aegean Sea where Hydra and Spetses Islands await. Cars were banned on Hydra until very recently so the best way to get from the harbour into town is via horse drawn cart. The boutiques and jewelry shops are hard to resist! During this part of the trip you may spend a night anchored in a bay off Dhokos Island - one of our favourite picnic spots. For this evening the lead crew will put on food and drinks for those who wish to join in. The sunset and stars at Dhokos make for a magical evening.

  • The view of Hydra from above Hydra Island
  • Birds eye view of Dhokos Bay,Saronic islands Dhokos Island

Days 8 - 11, Exploring the Pelopennese

The coastal towns of Kiparissi, Plaka, Tiros and Astros are some of our favourite spots. Plaka has a stunning beach so this is a good spot for chilling out in between sails. Beautiful new possible stops include the stunning, naturally sheltered harbour of Kiparissi or even in good conditions the village of Ieraka.  The air is seldom still, as there is always a breeze from one direction or another. Tiros and Astros are two small, stunning fishing villages with excellent tavernas and friendly locals - not stops to be missed!

  • Beach at Plaka Plaka
  • Flowers at Astros in the Saronic Islands Astros
  • Kiparissi Harbour Saronic Islands Kiparissi
  • View of Tiros Harbour Tyros

Days 12 - 15, Argolic Gulf & Navplion

Koiladhia is a small fishing town tucked in a bay around Red Cape.  It is a very traditional working village, with an abundance of fresh fish.  But what does make this place appealing is the vast array of wildlife and the almost guaranteed sight of turtles! Another distinguishing feature of Koiladhia is Francithi Cave that is set in the cliff side just opposite the quay.

Navplion, the final stop for this flotilla, will appeal to the history buffs among you.  Its history goes back fifteen thousand years or so and many Greek myths and stories emanate from this town and the surrounding area.  Navplion is a working port, but the old town has an enchanting atmosphere in the evenings with all sorts of shops and tavernas and even a museum. It is well worth the effort to climb up to the amazingly well preserved castle called Palamidi which towers above the town.  The view is one of the more spectacular sights in the area.

  • Kyparissi Town Saronic Islands Koiladhia
  • The view of Navplion from the Palamidi Fortress Navplion

Days 1 - 2, Starting in Navplion

From Athens our transfer will take to over the mighty Corinth Canal to your starting point at Navplion. The lead crew will be there to meet you, and after a very quick boat brief, it will be time for a cold drink and a bite to eat at the nearest taverna. Navplion is a working port, but the old town has an enchanting atmosphere in the evenings with all sorts of shops and tavernas and even a museum.

Navplion will appeal to the history buffs among you.  Its history goes back fifteen thousand years or so and many Greek myths and stories emanate from this town and the surrounding area.  It is well worth the effort to climb up to the amazingly well preserved castle which towers above the town.  The view is one of the most spectacular sights in the area.

Koiladhia is a small fishing town tucked in a bay around Red Cape.  It is a very traditional working village, with an abundance of fresh fish.  But what does make this place appealing is the vast array of wildlife and the almost guaranteed sight of turtles!

  • Kyparissi Town Saronic Islands Koiladhia
  • The view of Navplion from the Palamidi Fortress Navplion

Days 3 - 6, Exploring the Argolic Gulf

The coastal towns of Kiparissi, Plaka, Tiros and Astros are some of our favourite spots. Plaka has a stunning beach so this is a good spot for chilling out in between sails. Beautiful new possible stops include the stunning, naturally sheltered harbour of Kiparissi or even in good conditions the village of Ieraka.  The air is seldom still, as there is always a breeze from one direction or another. 

  • Beach at Plaka Plaka
  • Flowers at Astros in the Saronic Islands Astros
  • Kiparissi Harbour Saronic Islands Kiparissi
  • View of Tiros Harbour Tyros

Days 6 - 8, Hydra & Spetses Islands

The next few days take you further east where Hydra and Spetses Islands await. Cars were banned on Hydra until very recently so the best way to get from the harbour into town is via horse drawn cart. The boutiques and jewelry shops are hard to resist! During this part of the trip you may spend a night anchored in a bay off Dhokos Island - one of our favourite picnic spots. For this evening the lead crew will put on food and drinks for those who wish to join in. The sunset and stars at Dhokos make for a magical evening.

  • The view of Hydra from above Hydra Island
  • Birds eye view of Dhokos Bay,Saronic islands Dhokos Island

Days 9 - 12, The Saronic Gulf

The next few days will be spent exploring the islands of the Saronic Gulf. Small village harbours such as Vathi offer wonderfully quiet evenings and an instant escape from daily life at home. In contrast the buzzing town of Poros offers a truely Greek atmosphere among the quayside and backstreet tavernas that cannot be beaten. Sunset at Poros over the 'sleeping lady' is a site not to be missed.

  • Sunrise at Nea Epidavros Nea Epidavros
  • Vathi Saronic Islands Vathi
  • Poros Town Poros

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Beneteau 331

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Launched in: 2002/03
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Beneteau 323

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Launched in: 2014 - 17
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Launched in: 2011
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Launched in: 2003
Sleeps: 4

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Locations

  • Palaia Epidavros

  • Nea Epidavros

  • Vathi

  • Poros

  • Hydra Island

  • Dhokos Island

  • Plaka

  • Astros

  • Kiparissi

  • Tyros

  • Koiladhia

  • Navplion

  • Koiladhia

  • Navplion

  • Plaka

  • Astros

  • Kiparissi

  • Tyros

  • Hydra Island

  • Dhokos Island

  • Nea Epidavros

  • Vathi

  • Poros

 

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What's included?

- Return flights
- Transfers
- Diesel
- Village harbour fees
- Linen & Towels
- Dinghy
- Harbour Guide
- Starter Pack
- Full Financial Protection

What's not included?

- Yacht Security Waiver (£40-£160)
- Food & Drink
- Personal Holiday Insurance
- Child Discount -£50 per week
- Infants travel for just £50

Saronic Optional Extras

- SUP (paddleboard) £125
- Dinghy Outboard £75
- Cruising Chute
- Holiday Insurance