Sailing Greek islands.
Learn how to sail while you tame the winds in one of the world’s best sailing locales – the Aegean Sea – on this thrilling marine adventure where you’ll explore the unknown beauty and exclusivity of “off-peak” Greece amid the endless blue.
Best Time to travel: March-November.
Suggested period: 8 Days.
Trip Type: Small Group.
Sailing the Greek islands: Ideal for 8 days & more!
Feel free and privileged Sailing Greek islands, and discover picturesque ports, whitewashed villages and azure waters.
Greecefully, offers you the exhilarating adventure of an island tour combined with sailing lessons from certified skippers during which you’ll encounter a radiant side of Greece you’d otherwise miss. Spend six unforgettable days living on a boat and getting acquainted with all the nautical essentials from rigging and back-stays to bowlines and halyards. Learn to sail surrounded by beauty, history and nature – and breathe in the unique character of each new island you meet along the way. Sailing Greek islands.
Poseidon and Aeolus will provide the means on this inspirational voyage of learning and travel. All you have to do is come and live it …
What is included
6 night onboard accommodation (double occupancy suitable for friends or couples, option for single occupancy at extra cost)
1-night accommodation in 3*or 4* hotel in Athens (based on double occupancy) (single occupancy upon request on additional cost)
Instructor’s fees, theory books & start pack
Mooring fees & Yacht insurance
Cooking equipment – Linens and towels – Final cleaning
8 breakfasts, 8 meals & snacks
Admission fees to all archaeological & cultural sites
Optional at extra cost: Courses for qualifying for Coastal skipper sailing license approved by
the Greek General Secretariat of Sports after examination (available for 16+ years old)
The island of Aegina
Arrive in Athens by 12.00 where you will be picked up and driven to Alimos marina to meet your group and your on-board accommodation.
You’ll have an introduction to your yacht (covering the basics of keel types, rigging and sails, etc.) Embark for Aegina, your first port of call (16 miles). Get to know Aegina’s authentic charms, cultural sites and finish the day with a fine meal at one of the island’s traditional tavernas.
After breakfast on the boat, you will spend the morning and the evening building on nautical basics by learning about anchorage and mooring techniques, yacht stability, and how to utilize and trim sails depending on wind direction. Set sail for Epidaurus, back on the mainland (16 miles), famed for its 14th century BC theatre with its splendid architecture and acoustics. On your shore leave, visit the seaside village of Ancient Epidaurus – a charming fishing spot where you’ll find pretty beaches and fish tavernas only too happy to host your evening meal. Sailing Greek islands.
The Famous Hydra island
Today’s 4-hour lesson covers navigation, lights, orientation, variation and deviation, along with essential chart practice. Then set out for exquisite Hydra (30 miles), which is bound to be a highlight of your Aegean adventure. No cars, no mopeds, no high-rises … donkeys are the official taxis on Hydra. Walk around its elegant harbour, where the island’s purest charms are best displayed. Return to your boat for the night.
A light day of studies today (just a one-hour refresher on what you’ve already learned); then sail smoothly 40 miles to the port town of Nafplion – Greece’s first capital. Walk in the paved streets of the picturesque city, or set up camp at an atmospheric café in the roomy Italianate piazza. Dine at a traditional taverna on the waterfront strip overlooking the beautiful island fortress of Bourtzi at sunset. Sailing Greek islands.
Wonderful Spetses island
After breakfast, today’s lesson is about all-important safety rules, including when to give-way to other vessels, and how to decipher the various lights and shapes you may encounter at sea (4 hours). Reward your efforts by sailing to stunning Spetses, the last of the Argo-Saronic group of islands (25 miles). Small, exclusive, and car-free, Spetses is known for its stylish beauty. Relax in the fashionable old harbor and enjoy a coffee and some of its famous almond sweets, or visit the old port and have dinner on the waterfront.
Pine covered Poros island
Today’s 3-hour lesson covers vital subjects including emergency cases at sea and procedures surrounding yacht delivery and re-delivery. Class dismissed, it’s time to meet the friendly pine-covered island of Poros, 28 miles from Spetses and separated from the Peloponnese mainland by the slimmest of channels (the ancients were said to be able to walk across it). The evening is yours to explore cheery Poros Town with its lively cluster of cafes and bars, before re-boarding for your last night at sea. Sailing Greek islands.
Rise and shine for your final lesson on meteorology and first-aid before bidding a bittersweet goodbye to Poros and the spectacular islands of the Aegean. Now you are ready to return back to Athens and enjoy the last sail of this trip. Overnight stay in Athens.
Welcome to Athens
Breakfast and get ready (those of you that desire to take certification) for your certification exams from 10.00am-13.00pm. For the afternoon we have arranged for you to visit the center of Athens and the Acropolis, followed by a last memorable dinner on the beautiful Athenian coast.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will arrange your airport transportation so you can lay back and enjoy your free day until departure. Return home awakened to the intense joy and freedom of sailing the Aegean.