Starting from Lavrion is a great choice for a one week holiday being only 35 minutes from Athens airport and having its own charming town harbour this is an ideal starting point if you’ve got a week out on the water. There over 220 islands to explore in the Cyclades with the most popular islands being Santorini and Mykonos. In this area you can expect winds that make for thrilling saiing it is the perfect route for the keener sailor.
The winds are something to consider here, similar to our one week Mykonos route as the Meltimi blows heavily during the summer season, up to Force 6 making it an exhilarating sailing ground for an experienced crew.
The Cyclades are fairly far south so experiences a warm summer with temperatures up to the mid 30’s in peak season. And the best bit about this area is the moorings fees…there aren’t any! (Or if there are, which is extremely rare they won’t be much more the €20).
After arriving in Lavrion and completing your check in with the local charter company you can relax on your yacht and try out the delicious restaurants nearby.
From Lavrion you can sail 10 miles south to visit Kythnos. Kythnos is a charming Greek island that is off most tourists' radars despite its proximity to the mainland, thermal springs and 65 beaches. If you are looking for a beach then Kythnos has you covered, with 65 different sandy beaches to choose from. However if you are looking for a beach to impress, then look no further than Kolona where a lane of sand connects the islet of Ayios Loukas to Kythnos.
Sailing further south you will come across Serifos, Sifnos and Syros.
Serifos is the first one you will come across as you sail south from Kithnos. The main village on the island is Chora which has a lot of character and is very picturesque. It’s a great place to spend your evening where you will find many tavernas and bars to keep you busy throughout the evening.
Sifnos and Syros are also perfect spots for an overnight stay with lots going on here dya and night.
As you near the end of your sailing trip it's time to get in those last key bits of sailing. With a maximum of 15 miles sailing from the more Northern Islands and lots of open sea to have fun with you can get those sails up and enjoy your last few days.
Visit Kea as your last stop before heading back to base. Kea is one of the largest islands in the Cyclades archipelago; home to stunning beaches, clear waters and traditional Greek villages. If you're a keen walker, then you're in luck as Kea is a walker's paradise. Explore a myriad of ancient paths throughout the island, which lead you through olive, fruit and oak trees so you can marvel just how lovely Kea is.
Give yourself enough time to get back to base though as you need to be back at base the night before check out.
Below is an indication of the yachts that will sail on this flotilla. Please call us on 020 8459 8787 to check live availability.
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.
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…
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 …