Saronic islands charter itineraries

Names of islands: Close to mainland Greece, the Saronic Gulf offers easy sailing, sheltered from the stronger winds of the Aegean. Saronic gulf islands charter itineraries usually begin from Athens’ Kalamaki marina. Of the six inhabited islands, Aegina, Angistri, Hydra, and Poros are popular weekend retreats for Athenians. While Salamis is somewhat industrial, and Dokos is home to just a dozen monks.

The largest island and closest to Athens is Aegina. Sail to Agia Marina, where you can safely spend a night at anchor below the impressive fifth-century BC Temple of Aphaia. The local specialty is pistachio nuts, on sale across the island. Nearby, tiny Angistri is known for its fragrant pinewoods and low-key vibe.

Temple of Aphaia is part of Saronic islands charter itineraries
Temple of Aphaia, Aegina

But for many visitors, the highlight is Hydra. Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen lived here during the 1960s when the island became a magnet for international artists and bohemians. Historically, Hydra’s wealth was from shipping, hence the elegant pastel-colored neo-classical mansions above the lovely harbor. Hike up to the hillside monasteries (there are no cars on Hydra – locals use donkeys instead) and later visit the Deste Foundation Project Space to see the contemporary art exhibition. Note Hydra’s harbor gets packed with yachts in summer, often berthing several abreast.

North of Hydra, pine-scented Poros sits close to the mainland Peloponnese. In particular, Poros Town has a pretty harbor lined with lively cafes and restaurants.

While sailing the Saronic Gulf, you might also visit the volcanic Methana peninsular, with its sulfur springs, and the impressive third-century BC Epidaurus Theater, with its superb acoustics, both on the Peloponnese.

Saronic islands charter itineraries highlights

Activities: Exploring archaeological sites and monasteries; scuba diving and sea kayaking; cycling and hiking; attending an after-dark open-air performance at Epidaurus Theater during the Athens & Epidaurus Festival

Places of interest: Temple of Aphaia on Aegina; Hydra Town and the Deste Foundation Project Space (for contemporary art); Epidaurus Theatre on mainland Peloponnese.

Athens to Monemvasia to Athens Itinerary

Athens to Monemvasia to Athens Itinerary
A seven-night yacht charter from Athens to Monemvasia to Athens takes you to stunning Greek Islands. The itinerary combines the Saronic Gulf, Peloponesse, and Cyclades Islands. Please note that this is only a sample itinerary. Your Captain will work with you to design an itinerary that suits your interests and desires. You may want to arrive in Athens a day before your charter. You will have time to see the city and rest before your yacht departs. Day 1: Athens to Poros - 29 NM Board your yacht and set sail for Poros after a brief safety meeting. Poros offers a lovely combination of pine tree forests and small bays. The island consists of two parts, connected by a narrow piece of land. The first one, called Sferia, is the capital Town. The other one, Kalavria, is the mainland, with forests and beaches. Poros, Greece. Photo by Peter Boccia on...

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Athens to Nafplion to Athens Itinerary

Athens to Nafplion to Athens Itinerary
This sample Athens to Nafplion 14-Day Itinerary highlights the beautiful Saronic Islands. Please note that this itinerary is only a sample. You and your Captain will decide the best itinerary based on your preferences and desires and the weather at the time of your charter. Acropolis in Athens at night. By taking a 14-day charter rather than a 7-day, you will have ample time to visit those out-of-the-way islands that most visitors miss. Day 1: Alimos Marina (Athens) Athens is a fantastic place to begin your charter to the Saronic Islands. Once you board your yacht and your Captain reviews the safety procedures, set sail, and enjoy lunch on board. Day 2: Aegina - 16 NM Aegina Island welcomes you with big sandy beaches and shallow waters good for families. Perdika Harbour in Aegina Places to see Temple of Aphaia. Formerly known as the temple of Jupiter Panhellenius, this iconic...

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Athens to Saronic Islands Itinerary

Athens to Saronic Islands Itinerary
Athens to Saronic Islands Itinerary takes you to magnificent islands of the Greek Saronic Gulf. Discover the rich history, nature, traditions, and local cuisine of these beautiful islands. Note that this is only a sample itinerary. Your Captain will work with you to create a personalized itinerary based on your preferences. Athens, Greece. Photo by Takis Kolokotronis on FreeImages. Day 1: Alimos - Epidaurus 36 NM Begin your journey in Alimos, Athens. After a brief safety meeting with the Captain, set sail for Epidaurus. Epidaurus, Greece. Photo by Kostas Vrouvas on Unsplash. Places to see Archaeological Museum of the Asklepeion at Epidaurus. Ancient Theatre of the Asklepieion at Epidaurus. This amphitheater, known for its excellent acoustics, was built in 340 BC. In fact, the acoustics are so good that plays and concerts are still held here. The Asklepieion of Epidaurus: The sanctuary Asklepieion was a sacred healing place devoted to...

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Athens to Saronic to Cyclades Itinerary

Athens to Saronic to Cyclades Itinerary
This Athens to Saronic to Cyclades Itinerary highlights some amazingly scenic Greek Islands. Please note that this itinerary is a sample. Your Captain will connect with you to create a personalized itinerary based on your preferences and desires. Day 1: Athens – Poros (overnight) Separated from the mainland Peloponnese by just a few hundred meters, Poros is practically a tale of two islands. Poros Town is the urban center. Larger Kalavria, green with olive groves, pine forests, and vineyards, is the choice for beaches, seafront tavernas, and watersports. Day 2: Poros – Spetses, Zogeria Bay | Spetses, Zogeria Bay – Spetses Port (overnight) Just a few kilometers from the mainland Peloponnese, Spetses has nevertheless kept its insular charm. A vibrant, living town, Spetses Town is large by island standards. The attractive Old Harbour is busy with yachts and the focus of the island’s nightlife. The town has a good choice...

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Lavrion to Saronic Islands Itinerary

Lavrion to Saronic Islands Itinerary
A one-week Lavrion to the Saronic Islands to Lavrion Itinerary takes you to some of the most beautiful islands in the Saronic Gulf. It is an accessible itinerary as the local sea is protected from strong winds and big waves. The itinerary comprises relatively short sailing trips, with one or two exceptions. So, if you and your guests prefer relaxed holidays, then one week in the Argosaronic Gulf can be ideal. Aegina Island. Photo by Emily Karakis on Unsplash. Day 1: Aegina - 35 NM Depart from the Lavrion-Olympic marina. The first destination is the cove of Agia Marina on Aegina island. Places to see Temple of Apollo Tower of Markellos Temple of Athena Aphaia Aegina Agios Nektarios Monastery Aegina Archaeological museum. The museum has findings from all the ancient sites on the island. Church Isodia Theotokou Things to do The port has many restaurants, bars, and cafes in the...

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