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, Greece at night.
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 on Aegina.
Perdika Harbour in Aegina

Places to see

  • Temple of Aphaia. Formerly known as the temple of Jupiter Panhellenius, this iconic Greek landmark stands on a 160m peak on the eastern side of the island.
  • Agios Nektarios Monastery. Agios Nektarios was known as a great miracle worker, particularly as a healer of disease.
  • Archaeological Site of Kolona. This was the former religious and political center of the island.

Things to do

  • Visit the beach. Two nice ones are Marathonas Beach and Moni Island Beach.
  • Snorkel. The waters around Aegina are crystal clear, so visibility is superb.
  • Stroll the Aegina waterfront. Perfect for people-watching, dining, and shopping.
  • Horseback ride.

Day 3: Poros – 14 NM

Poros is characterized by lush pine trees, crystal clear bays, and a lively waterfront.

Poros Harbour on Poros, Greece
Poros. Photo by Dominik Gawlik on Unsplash.

Places to see

  • The Poros Folkloric Museum. The museum includes a range of household utensils and other items such as farm tools, traditional furnishings, a loom, embroidering, weavings, handicrafts, traditional costumes, and photographs.
  • The iconic Poros clock tower, which as built-in 1927.
  • The Dana Lighthouse. A 15-minute walk from Poros town takes you to this lighthouse. In addition to a nice walk, you’ll have a perfect viewing point over the Saronic Gulf and the Methana peninsula.

Things to do

  • Browse the waterfront. It is adorned with shops, cozy cafés, and restaurants.
  • Kayak.
  • Rent a quad-bike and tour the island. Moto Stelios rents scooters, quad bikes, mountain and city bikes, and electric bikes.

Day 4: Hydra – 17 NM

Hydra is unique in that it has no cars or other motorized vehicles. It is also well-known as the location for filming the 1950s film ‘Boy on a Dolphin with Sofia Loren. In ancient times, the island was known as Hydrea, a reference to the natural springs on the island.

Hydra harbour on Hydra, Greece
Hydra Island. Photo by Dims Psichos on FreeImages.

Places to see

  • Mount Eros. At 600 meters, Mount ERos is the highest point on the island. From the top, you will have fantastic views of the surrounding area.
  • Saint Nicholas Beach. The beach is located at the southern point of Hydra, and the name is given by the chapel of St. Nicholas, which is nearby. There is also a beach bar with refreshing drinks and snacks.
  • Historical Archive – Museum of Hydra. The houses many items donated by the descendants of the families who dominated the island’s social structure in the 1800s.
  • The Ecclesiastical Museum. You’ll find this interesting museum housed in the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin near the port of Hydra. It displays ecclesiastical items, priests’ clothing, and other holy items from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Things to do

  • Visit Cave Beach. It is the most popular beach in Hydra. The rocks create a raised natural platform suitable for diving into the water or sunbathing.
  • Dive. Hydra has many underwater caves and reefs, providing exciting diving sites.

Day 5: Kyparissi (Peloponnese) – 30 NM

Kyparissi is such a beautiful place that it has been in the book “The Most Beautiful Villages of Greece.” And once you arrive, you’ll see why. Recently this tiny village has gained popularity as a terrific rock-climbing destination. Besides that, this charming town has a few small tavernas, restaurants, and a sandy beach.

Day 6: Plaka (Peloponnese) – 15 NM

Your yacht will moor in a small quay when you arrive in Plaka, a small village just south of the river ‘Rema Dafnon’. There is a small selection of tavernas near the waterfront. Alternatively, travel six minutes to the small town of Leonidio, where you’ll find a range of shops and restaurants to explore. This is an excellent spot to play with the yacht’s water toys.

Day 7: Paralio Astros (Peloponnese) – 21 NM

Paralio Astros is a beach resort for the village of Astros. It’s a relatively untouched area and is popular with the Greeks.

Places to see

  • Ancient castle.
  • Astros Beach. This beach has nice, calm water, which is excellent for families.

Things to do

  • Shop. Note that many shops are open only in the mornings and evenings as siestas are popular.
  • Take a siesta on the beach or on your yacht.

Days 8 and 9: Nafplion (Peloponnese) – 5 NM

Days 8 and 9 of your Athens to Nafplion to Athens Itinerary bring you to Nafplion. Nafplion is one of the most beautiful towns in the Peloponnese and is said to be the most romantic city in Greece.

Places to see

  • Medieval Old Town, the narrow cobblestone alleys, the well-preserved neoclassical mansions with the Bougainvillea trees adorning their yards and balconies, and the Turkish fountains.
  • Italianate Syntagma Square. Here you can admire important historic buildings and monuments.
  • Archaeological Museum with essential artifacts from the Prehistoric and Mycenaean Eras.
  • Municipal Gallery
  • Palamidi Castle, which is 216 meters above sea level. You must climb all of its 999 steps carved into the rock to reach it. However, the view is worth the climb.
  • Bourtzi, the small Venetian fortress, is standing on the rocky islet of Agioi Theodoroi.

Things to do

  • Beaches: Choose from several nice beaches, including Arvanitia, Karathonas, Nea Kios, Miloi, and Kiveri.
  • Try Striftades and handmade pasta.
  • Dive. Few regional diving centers offer organized diving trips in reefs and islets of the Saronic Gulf.
  • Kayak or canoe.
  • Take a cooking class.

Day 10: Vivari (Peloponnese) – 12 NM

Vivari is a traditional Greek village that has not been changed by tourism.

Places to see

  • Ancient ruins
  • Windmills

Things to do

  • Hiking and walking. Trekking enthusiasts will love the mountainous country surrounding the village.
  • Learn about beekeeping.
  • Bike. Ride between beautiful orchards, olive trees, lakes, ancient ruins, and medieval streets.
  • Birdwatch. Vivari salt lake is home to herons, cormorants, kingfishers, ducks and swans, and other species.
  • Discover the amazing beauty of stars and the moon clear of town lights.
  • Go to the beach. Vivari is famous for crystal clear waters in a natural bay permanently protected from winds and swells. As such, Vivari is ideal for water sports and swimming.

Day 11: Spetses Town (Spetses) – 20 NM

Spetses is a small island, only around 7km from one end to the other. The island offers green landscapes, pine tree forests, hilly mountains, and lovely beaches. The capital town of the same name is characterized by its terracotta-roofed houses and rich history.

Places to see

  • The monastery of Agios (Saint) Nikolaos, the patron saint of sailors, is just outside Spetses town.
  • Bouboulina Museum.

Things to do

  • Walk to the Spetses Lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece.
  • Explore the island on a scooter or ATV.
  • Enjoy the sunset.

Day 12: Poros Town (Poros) – 35 NM

Today make another stop on the way back to Athens. This is a beautiful opportunity to explore more of the island’s tranquil forests and monasteries. Or, if you prefer, visit the rustic town of Galatas just across the water.

Day 13: Perdika (Aegina Island) – 12 NM

The simple charm of Perdika on Aegina Island enchants all who visit. It’s a small fishing village with traditional Aegean-style houses, narrow streets, and fish tavernas.

Perdika Harbour in Aegina, Saronic Islands
Perdika Harbour in Aegina

Places to see

  • Camera Obscura. Stroll across the peninsula directly opposite the harbor and find a low building that is a ‘camera obscura. This Camera Obscura is the first one built in Greece and the only one with a 360° panorama worldwide.
  • Church of Agios Sozon.

Things to do

  • Go to the beach. In town, there is a small beach with sunbeds.
  • Have a traditional Greek meal at Deka.

Day 14: Alimos Marina (Athens) – 24 NM

Return to Alimos and end your Athens to Nafplion to Athens Itinerary.

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