Monemvasia
Boats motoring in the Saronic Islands by Patrick Bellew
The view of Monemvasia from the water

Two Week Adventurous Saronic Islands

Two Week Adventurous Saronic Islands
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So many places to explore!

Our more adventurous Saronic flotilla starts and finishes in Navplion, one of the most picturesque towns in the area, rich in culture, with a traditional Greek atmosphere.

The first few days of the flotilla will be spent sailing south along the Eastern coast of the Peloponnese visiting some of the most beautiful ports the coastline has to offer including Astros, Tiros, Plaka and Kyparissi. The flotilla may aim to visit the stunning port of Monemvasia (weather permitting!). Dhokos Island is a popular spot where we often host flotilla beach parties in the large sheltered bay with spectacular sunsets.

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. 

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

We currently have 3 itineraries available.   Select Itinerary:

Days 1 - 2, Join the flotilla in Navplion

Our more adventurous Saronic flotilla starts and finishes in Navplion, one of the most picturesque towns in the area, rich in culture, with a traditional Greek atmosphere. 

The town has pretty side streets with a mix of Venetian, Turkish and Neo Classical architecture. These influences can also be seen in the incredible range of restaurants and shops.

After you arrive the lead crew will give you a short boat briefing before the main skippers briefing the following morning!

  • Navplion Navplion

Days 2 - 8, Exploring the eastern coast of the Pelopennese

The first few days of the flotilla will be spent sailing south along the eastern coast of the Peloponnese visiting some of the most picturesque ports the coastline has to offer including Astros, Tiros, Plaka and Kyparissi. The flotilla may aim to visit the stunning port of Monemvasia (weather permitting!).

Plaka is a beautiful small harbour in the Argolic Gulf.  It is a very peaceful spot, with a long pebble beach and a harbour with crystal clear waters. It is a stop hard not to love.

Tiros is a beautiful fishing village with a bustling promenade and market stalls. It is a completely loveable place with excellent shelter and friendly locals! Plaka is another small harbour in the Argolic Gulf that offers a peaceful spot with a pebble beach and crystal clear waters.

If the weather is good the flotilla may try to have a couple of longer days to head down to Monemvasia before heading over to the islands.

Days 9 - 12, The Saronic Islands

The second week will be spent heading up to explore the islands of Spetses, Hydra and the surrounding coast.

Hydra is a beautifully picturesque harbour that has changed very little since the mid 19th century. There was no motorised transport on the island until very recently, instead there are mostly donkeys! It has a number of boutique shops and beautiful mansion houses, which subsequently attract throngs of tourists and celebrities.

Dhokos Island is another popular spot where we often host flotilla beach parties in the large sheltered bay with spectacular sunsets.

Days 13 - 15, Returning to Navplion

The last few days will be spent meandering along the eastern coastline of the Argolic Gulf visiting stunning ports such as Koiladhia. An overnight stop at anchor in Vivari is also not to be missed before returning to the cultural hub of Navplion for a final meal with your fellow flotilla sailors.

Days 1 - 4, Exploring the Saronic Gulf

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.

Agkistri is the beautiful neighbouring island to Aegina. It is the smallest island in the Saronic Gulf and has managed to remain untouched by tourism. Yachts are the islands main visitors. There are sandy beaches only a short walk from the harbour along with some of the beautiful hidden bays that can be reached by yacht.

Aegina is a fascinating island located half way between Athens and the Pelopennese. Aegina is also the location of the spectacular Temple of Perdika which is one of the best preserved temples of any Greek Islands. There are two amazing anchorages on the island: Aegina and Perdika, along with the large bay of Marathonas between the two.

Days 9 - 12, The Saronic Islands

The second week will be spent wending your way south via the island of Poros before heading down to explore the islands of Spetses, Hydra and the surrounding coast.

Hydra is a beautifully picturesque harbour that has changed very little since the mid 19th century. There was no motorised transport on the island, until very recently, instead there are mostly donkeys! It has a number of boutique shops and beautiful mansion houses, which subsequently attract throngs of tourists and celebrities.

Dhokos Island is another popular spot where we often host flotilla beach parties in the large sheltered bay with spectacular sunsets.

Ermioni is a particularly picturesque village on the mainland with authentic Greek charm. The locals are friendly and welcome visitors with open arms. Wander through the small backstreets and see the local villagers at work and play...

Days 13 - 15, The Argolic Gulf & Navplion

Plaka is a beautiful small harbour in the Argolic Gulf.  It is a very peaceful spot, with a long pebble beach and a harbour with crystal clear waters. It is a stop hard not to love.

Tiros is a beautiful fishing village with a bustling promenade and market stalls. It is a completely loveable place with excellent shelter and friendly locals!

The last few days will be spent meandering along the eastern coastline of the Argolic Gulf visiting stunning ports such as Koiladhia. An overnight stop at anchor in Vivari is also a stop not to be missed before returning to the cultural hub of Navplion for a final night meal with your fellow flotilla sailors.

Days 1 - 2, Join the flotilla in Navplion

Our more adventurous Saronic flotilla starts in Navplion, one of the most picturesque towns in the area, rich in culture, with a traditional Greek atmosphere. This version of the flotilla is a slight variation on the normal route at the boats will be finishing in Epidavros, ready to head through the Corinth Canal, and back to our winter base at Corfu. This one way itinerary has been popular with flotilla sailors for a number of years.

Navplion town has pretty side streets with a mix of Venetian, Turkish and Neo Classical architecture. These influences can also be seen in the incredible range of restaurants and shops.

After you arrive the lead crew will give you a short boat briefing before the main skippers briefing the following morning!

Days 2 - 8, Exploring the eastern coast of the Pelopennese

The first few days of the flotilla will be spent sailing south along the eastern coast of the Peloponnese visiting some of the most picturesque ports the coastline has to offer including Astros, Tiros, Plaka and Kyparissi.

Plaka is a beautiful small harbour in the Argolic Gulf.  It is a very peaceful spot, with a long pebble beach and a harbour with crystal clear waters. It is a stop hard not to love.

Tiros is a beautiful fishing village with a bustling promenade and market stalls. It is a completely loveable place with excellent shelter and friendly locals! Plaka is another small harbour in the Argolic Gulf that offers a peaceful spot with a pebble beach and crystal clear waters.

If the weather is good the flotilla may try to have a couple of longer days to head down to Monemvasia before heading over to the islands. However, please bear in mind that this is weather permitting and may be difficult at this time of year. 

Days 9 - 12, The Saronic Islands

The second week will be spent heading up to explore the islands of Spetses, Hydra and the surrounding coast.

Hydra is a beautifully picturesque harbour that has changed very little since the mid 19th century.  There was no motorised transport on the island, until very recently, instead there are mostly donkeys! It has a number of boutique shops and beautiful mansion houses, which subsequently attract throngs of tourists and celebrities.

Dhokos Island is another popular spot where we often host flotilla beach parties in the large sheltered bay with spectacular sunsets.

Days 12 - 15, The Saronic Gulf

In contrast to the wonderfully quiet village harbours of the Argolic Gulf 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.

The last 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.

Agkistri is the beautiful neighbouring island to Aegina. It is the smallest island in the Saronic Gulf and has managed to remain untouched by tourism. Yachts are the islands main visitors. There are sandy beaches only a short walk from the harbour along with some of the beautiful hidden bays that can be reached by yacht.

Aegina is a fascinating island located half way between Athens and the Pelopennese. Aegina is also the location of the spectacular Temple of Perdika which is one of the best preserved temples of any Greek Islands. There are two amazing anchorages on the island: Aegina and Perdika, along with the large bay of Marathonas between the two.

The final night will be spent in Epidavros where you can explore the famous amphitheatre, or simply anchor off in the bay for a lazy lunch and swim, before a final night meal with your fellow sailors at one of the quayside tavernas.

 

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

Quick Yacht Price Search - For prices simply select party size and date

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: £775 pp

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

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Beneteau 361

From: £915 pp

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

Beneteau 361 Yacht Layout Enquire

Beneteau 323

From: £1,015 pp

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

Beneteau 323 Yacht Layout Enquire

Beneteau 35

From: £1,045 pp

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

Beneteau 35 Deck Plan Enquire

Beneteau 40

From: £1,115 pp

Launched in: 2011
Sleeps: 8 (great for 6)

Beneteau 40 Yacht Layout Enquire

Beneteau 38

From: £1,115 pp

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

Beneteau 38 Yacht Layout Enquire

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!)

Choose from studios or apartments beside the sea at the Iris Hotel, Stena, near Nidri, or opt for one of our carefully selected boutique hotels. The San Nicolas Resort Hotel is now available in nearby Roudha Bay, or really pamper yourself at the Salvator Villas and Spa Hotel in Parga, which also has a selection of two-bedroom villas with private pools.

  • Pool at the Salvator Hotel

    Salvator Spa Hotel & Villas

    We have no doubt at all that our flotilla sailing gang will really score a few points with the non sailors of the family by bringing them here! The combination of one of our yachts and a room here is about as good as it gets!

    For 20 years, our flotillas have been enjoying the wonderful food from the 'Castello Restaurant' in Parga. Spiros and his six sons have now expanded their programme in Parga with a fabulous boutique complex of rooms, apartments and villas called the Salva…

  • Relaxing by the pool at the Iris

    Iris Hotel & Apartments

    The Iris Hotel is one of our accommodation options in the South Ionian, ideally suited for a shore based week before or after one of our Lefkas or Ithaka flotillas, or one of our two week flotillas which finishes in the South Ionian.

    A 'beside the sea' base for your shore based week on Lefkas …

 

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