05/11/2013 to 05/18/2013
Only One Cabin Left!
For Sail Greece, we have enlisted the help of our old friends at Dream Yacht Charters. Scott has hooked us up with some awesome yachts in one of our favorite destinations. Prepare yourself for an entirely different adventure through the center of civilization. Explore Greece by sailboat with us.
Tania Aebi and I will be your guides as we tour the amazing sights, sounds and eats of the Saronic islands. Greece—the land of gods, goddesses, and baklava.
Tania says, Yassou! “Once again, we return to one of our most popular foreign destinations—Greece. The islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses, and Epidauros and Navplion on the Peloponnese, are all on the itinerary for this amazing week of sailing into ancient history and culture. Join us as we visit what always leave us wanting more—more yoghurt, more souvlaki, more moussaka, more of the cerulean sea and its harbors framed by beautiful, whitewashed towns and villages, more of all the fun that is Greece, on land and at sea.”
Only five boats, space limited.
The Boats – all Monohulls… 48′ Premium Oceanis 2012, 5 cabins, 3 heads 50′ Oceanis 2010, 5 cabins, 3 heads – Sold Out 50′ Cyclades 2007, 5 cabins, 3 heads – Sold Out 56′ Ocean Star 2003, 4 cabins, 4 heads – Sold Out 47′ First 2001, 4 cabins, 2 heads
Your Options… -48′ new Premium Oceanis: Couple, own cabin, $3900
-47′ Beneteau First: Couple, own cabin, $3600 Single, own cabin, $2400
Everyone works together on Adventure Voyages. To the extent that you are able; you help with lines, fenders, hoisting, helming, trimming, navigation, mooring, anchoring, etc. And if you don’t cook, you ought be good at dishes.
- We like to do a get together on the night before our adventure. For those who would like to participate and get the added benefit of time acclimation, fly in the day before. We found a hotel by the marina and will be offering a Saturday morning trip down to visit the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. Info to come.
- Price includes boat accomodations and partial provisioning – food for simple breakfasts and lunches, some dinners/BBQ. For most of our stops in Greece, we park stern-to right in front of a string of Tavernas (family restaurants). It is a chance to add some local flavor to your adventure.
- Your travel is extra (though we do publish tips and pass on group rates when we get them).
- Cabins booked first come, first served.
- No smoking onboard boats – includes the dink. Just step ashore.
- She or he is responsible for you. Skipper decisions are final.
- Some boats shown here may be sisterships.
- $1000 deposit secures your spot, couple or single. Balance due 60 days prior to cruise.
- 100% refund within 14 days of purchase unless within 60 days of sail. Refund also given if another party can be found to fill the spot.
- $100 off for anyone who has ever done a trip with us and for Cruising Outpost charter members.
From our charter partners at Dream Yacht Charters – The Brochure:
Is it too grand a statement to say that Greece is the cradle of Western Civilization, that politics, philosophy, history, the arts, medicine, trade and sportsmanship all had their origins in this gentle island nation? We don’t think so.
Nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Greek villages dotted with white houses are set against turquoise water that shimmers under eternally blue skies. Here, anyone’s desire for a dream sailing vacation can be fulfilled. And with 10 bases in Greece, Dream Yacht Charter can deliver an unforgettable holiday filled with ideal sailing, beauty, culture and history. All you have to do is imagine.
Athens is the Greek capital, built in the Attic Basin surrounded by a series of hills. Our base, in the Alimos Marina, is an ideal spot to begin sailing in the region. Along with magnificent coastal swimming and regional beaches, you can visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Acropolis, with the Parthenon, and the Daphni Monastery. Walk through the National Gardens of Athens or spend a day in the National Archaeological Museum. Find glorious shopping in the afternoons and fine dining and nightlife in the evenings. Come visit the birthplace Democracy. The friendly people are just the beginning.
The Saronic Islands are scattered between the prefecture of Attica and the eastern side of the Peloponnese. This group of Greek Islands is composed of Angistri, Aegina, Methana, Poros, Salamina, Spetses and Hydra and they have a lot to offer to the visitors: natural beauty, clean sandy beaches and even small deserted islets to explore.
And more …
Sailing the Saronic Islands of Greece
Between Athens and the Peloponnesian peninsula lays the Saronic Gulf. Dotted with islands, this area offers wonderful cruising routes with ideal sailing conditions, clean, calm waters and spectacular coasts and islands to explore. A region famous for fishing, look out for local fishing boats as local Greeks go about their everyday lives.
Many of the islands in this region you may have heard of before, with such well known names as Poros, Hydra, Spetses and Aegina. South of the Saronic Gulf is the Argolic Gulf, which is also a very special sailing destination. It is readily accessible even on a one week cruise as much of the sailing in this area can be either gentle ‘short-hop’ or longer more intensive sailing if you wish.
With numerous bays to explore, secluded beaches to enjoy, historical towns to sweep you back in time and enough wind to fill your sails, sailing the Saronic Islands will delight all those that cruise its waters.
Weather and Winds
While the predominant wind in the Saronic comes from the northeast, the Meltemi – the strong, dry north wind from the Aegean Sea – is present in the Saronic Islands. The Meltemi can pick up to 5-6 Beaufort, particularly later in the season around July and August, but the winds usually calm down later in September. In the Argolic Gulf around Hydra and Spetses the wind blows mainly from the southeast, though the Meltemi also affects this area, bringing some fantastic afternoon sailing breezes.
Temperatures average between 70 and 80 degrees in May. The beauty of the Saronic area is that it is a comfortable compromise between the sometimes benign sailing in the Ionian and the challenging sailing in the Cyclades Islands.
Marina Alimos is 40 minutes away from Athens Airport. There are taxis outside the airport or there is the X96 bus which leaves from the airport and will drop you outside the marina entrance (ask the driver to let you know when it’s your stop). More info on transfers to come.