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Boats motoring in the Saronic Islands by Patrick Bellew
The view of Hydra from above

Two Week Island Hopping Saronic Flotilla

Saronic Island Hopping Flotilla 2019
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Sail from island to island

Our island hopping Saronic flotilla sails from Epidavros to Astrous (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 you 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.

  • Kyparissi Town Saronic Islands Saronic Islands
  • 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 truly 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.

  • Donkey in Hydra, Saronic Islands Hydra Island
  • Birds eye view of Dhokos Bay,Saronic islands Dhokos Island

Days 8 - 11, Exploring the Pelopennese

The coastal towns of Kiparissi, Plaka and Tiros 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 is a small, stunning fishing village with excellent tavernas and friendly locals - not stops to be missed!

  • Beach at Plaka Plaka
  • 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 is another great stop on this flotilla and 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.

Astrous, the final stop for this flotill, is a small, stunning fishing village with excellent tavernas and friendly locals.

  • Kyparissi Town Saronic Islands Koiladhia
  • View from Astros in the Saronic Islands Astros
  • Navplion Navplion

Days 1 - 2, Starting in Astrous

From Athens our transfer will take to over the mighty Corinth Canal to your starting point at Astrous. 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. Astrous is a small, stunning fishing village with excellent tavernas and friendly locals.

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
  • View from Astros in the Saronic Islands Astros

Days 3 - 6, Exploring the Argolic Gulf & Navplion

The coastal towns of Kiparissi, Plaka and Tiros 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. 

Navplion is another great stop on this flotilla and 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.

  • Beach at Plaka Plaka
  • View from 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.

  • Donkey in Hydra, Saronic Islands 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.

The last stop on this route is in Epidavros, here you'll have one last group meal with your fellow flotilla sailors and raise a glass to a fabulous fortnight before heading home on Sunday morning.

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

 

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 (£60-£160)
- Food & Drink
- Personal Holiday Insurance
- Child Discount -£65 for one week 
- Child Discount -£115 for two weeks
- Infants travel for just £50

One & Two Week Optional Extras - Lefkas, Ithaka & Whole Ionian Flotillas

  • Manchester Flights £25
  • Brimingham Flights £25
  • Bristol Flights £25
  • SUP (paddleboard):
  • One Week £95
  • - Two Weeks £155
  • Dinghy Outboard:
  • - One Week £50
  • - Two Weeks £75
  • Cruising Chute
  • Holiday Insurance

 

One & Two Week Optional Extras - Kefalonia & South Ionian Flotillas

  • Manchester Flights £25
  • Heathrow Flights £35
  • SUP (paddleboard):
  • One Week £95
  • - Two Weeks £155
  • Dinghy Outboard:
  • - One Week £50
  • - Two Weeks £75
  • Cruising Chute
  • Holiday Insurance

 

One & Two Week Optional Extras - Paxos, North Ionian & Faraways Flotillas

  • Heathrow Flights £35
  • SUP (paddleboard):
  • One Week £95
  • - Two Weeks £155
  • Dinghy Outboard:
  • - One Week £50
  • - Two Weeks £75
  • Cruising Chute
  • Holiday Insurance

 

Two Week Optional Extras - Saronic Islands & Sporades Flotillas

  • SUP (paddleboard) £155
  • Dinghy Outboard £75
  • Cruising Chute
  • Holiday Insurance

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Below is an indication of the yachts that will sail on this flotilla. Please call us on 020 8459 8787 to check live availability.

Beneteau 331

From: £815 pp

Launched in: 2002/03
Sleeps: 6 (great for 4)

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Beneteau 361

From: £995 pp

Launched in: 2003
Sleeps: 8 (great for 4)

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Beneteau 35

From: £1,055 pp

Launched in: 2016 - 17
Sleeps: 8 (great for 4)

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Beneteau 323

From: £1,095 pp

Launched in: 2008
Sleeps: 6 (great for 4)

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Beneteau 45

From: £1,125 pp

Launched in: 2015 - 17
Sleeps: 8 (great for 6)

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Beneteau 38

From: £1,175 pp

Launched in: 2014 - 17
Sleeps: 8 (great for 6)

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Our Shore to Sail holidays are a combination of a one or two week flotilla sailing holiday with another relaxing week or two ashore.

These holidays will appeal to those who enjoy sailing but have family or friends who are not quite so enthusiastic about sailing - a compromise can now be made!

Most people opt for a week of sailing followed by a week of winding down on shore. However it is entirely up to you to do what you want to do (and when!)

Iris Hotel and Apartments

The Iris Hotel has been a popular choice for flotilla sailors for many years. This accommodation option will fit in with any of our flotillas starting and finishing on Lefkas Island. The hotel itself is a small family run hotel located close to Nidri Town. It has a combination of studio rooms for two or three people and apartments that can sleep up to 4.

Salvator Spa Hotel & Villas

The Salvator Spa Hotel is perched in the hills above Parga town and is a slightly more luxurious offering. The rooms on offer range from the Deluxe Room for two people, up to the Superior 2 Room Villa for up to 6 people. The hotel itself has an excellent restaurant, pool and spa facilities and all villas come with their own private pool.

 

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Our brand new villa in Sivota on Lefkas is exclusive to Sailing Holidays Ltd. Built with families and groups in mind, the 3 double bedrooms all feature en-suite bathrooms. Built into the hill the ground floor level comprises of the master bedroom, a large kitchen and living space. On the same level you will find a huge outdoor seating area and a private pool. 

Images from Flotilla

Locations

  • Saronic Islands

  • Palaia Epidavros

  • Nea Epidavros

  • Vathi

  • Poros

  • Hydra Island

  • Dhokos Island

  • Plaka

  • Kiparissi

  • Tyros

  • Koiladhia

  • Astros

  • Navplion

  • Koiladhia

  • Astros

  • Plaka

  • Astros

  • Kiparissi

  • Tyros

  • Hydra Island

  • Dhokos Island

  • Nea Epidavros

  • Vathi

  • Poros

 

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