Flotilla sailing yacht charter in Greek islands
What is a flotilla?
Flotillas are the sociable way to sail. You have the freedom of
skippering your own yacht during the day but with the support
of a British lead crew with an experienced skipper and hostess,
providing weather forecasts, guiding you on the best itinerary,
helping you to moor up in the evenings and sorting out any
queries you may have.
We aim to ensure a friendly flotilla with a maximum of 10 yachts
sailing with each lead crew. This allows you to visit the small
harbours and anchorages which make sailing in Greece so special.
People choose flotillas for a variety of reasons. It’s popular with those
who appreciate the support of the lead crew but also with those
who have sailed many times before who enjoy the sociable side of a
flotilla and the local knowledge and reassurance that the lead crew
provide – useful if you’re new to the cruising area. During the school
holidays flotillas are particularly popular with families who enjoy an
active holiday together.
Saronic Flotilla from Athens - the Saronic Golf islands
This flotilla starts on Saturday from Kalamaki Marina, the main yacht charter marina
in Athens, and cruises the beautiful Greek islands of the Saronic Gulf, an ideal area for
flotilla sailing offering reliable winds of moderate strength, short distances and
You’ll visit the picturesque islands of Aegina, Hydra, Spetses and Poros as well as
mainland towns such as Epidavros with its famous ancient theatre.
The flotilla follows a 2-week itinerary returning to Athens at the end of each week with
clients on a 1-week holiday, while the 2 weekers enjoys a couple of days free sailing
before meeting up for the welcome drinks party in Aegina.
Athens & Saronic Gulf Islands
The Saronic islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses and the Peloponnese
coast offer smooth sailing sheltered from strong winds. The Saronic route is
highly recommended for easy sailing, especially in July & August to avoid the
strong meltemi winds blowing in the Cyclades.
One week the flotilla follows the SARONIC
ROUTE. Visit the beautiful island of
Aegina and Epidavros, the health resort
of Ancient Athenians - the theatre is well
worth a visit. Poros is a busy town quay -
very popular for a typical Greek night out.
The following week the flotilla follows the
ARGOLIC ROUTE south of Poros. The yachts
raft up in the beautiful anchorages near
Port Heli, before returning via Poros
The flotilla returns to Athens at the end of
each week, while the 2-weekers enjoy a
couple of days free sailing before meeting
up for the welcome drinks party.
You’ll be met at the airport and taken to
your yacht, a 40-minute taxi ride straight
to the marina. An excellent supermarket
is within easy walking distance. Your
fridge will be chilling and there’s a
welcome pack on every yacht – see
page 7 for details.
Kalamaki Marina is a taxi or tram ride
from the centre of Athens. On your first
evening, enjoy dinner in the famous
Plaka area of Athens, with a view of
the Acropolis, or chill out in one of the
restaurants in or near the marina.
Typical 1-week flotilla sailing itineraries
SAT: Embark at Kalamaki Marina in Athens. Transfer to
the marina for embarkation. On your first evening, enjoy
dinner in the famous Plaka area of Athens, with a view of
the Acropolis, or chill out in one of the restaurants in or
near the marina.
SUN: Athens – Aegina (21nm). After the flotilla skipper’s welcome briefing, sail
across to an anchorage on Aegina for some of the best sunsets in
MON: Aegina –Poros (14nm). Busy town quay with plenty of restaurants and bars.
A popular night out!.
TUE: Poros-Epidavros (21nm). The health resort of Ancient Athenians. Take a
trip to the famous theatre, where the acoustics enable you to hear
a pin drop even in the outer seats (74ft from the orchestra).
WED: Epidavros - Vathi (9nm). BA charming small harbour with a choice of tavernas
THU: Vathi - Nea Epidavros (10nm). Afternoon sail to this quiet bay for a swim
and beach party.
FRI: Nea Epidavros– Athens (29nm). One-week flotilla returns to Athens. Two-week flotilla clients have free sailing
until Sunday evening.
SAT: Disembark at Kalamaki.
Independent sailing for yachts on a two-week flotilla.
SAT: Embark at Kalamaki Marina in Athens. Transfer to the marina for embarkation. Enjoy dinner in the famous Plaka area of Athens, with a view of the Acropolis, or in a restaurant near the marina.
SUN: Athens – Poros (29nm). After the flotilla skipper’s welcome briefing, sail
south to Poros. This busy town quay with plenty of restaurants
and bars is a popular night out.
MON: Poros – Ermioni (20nm). We moor at this typical Greek harbour with bars
and restaurants around the town square.
TUE: Ermioni – Porto Heli (13nm). This lagoon offers great shelter. We can either
moor on the long quay or anchor in the scenic bay.
WED: Porto Heli –Hydra (19nm). Hydra harbour can get very crowded so we often
raft up in peaceful Mandraki Bay and walk round the scenic cliff
top into town.
THU: Hydra – Aegina (21nm). Sail across to an anchorage on the island of
Aegina for some of the best sunsets in Greece.
FRI: Aegina – Athens (21nm). One-week flotilla returns to Athens.
SAT: Disembark at Kalamaki Marina.
Independent sailing for yachts
on a two-week flotilla
Routes may vary due to weather conditions.