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Trial tour for sailing novices in the Saronic Gulf

Have you always wished to experience the feeling of setting sail on the open sea? Have you always put off sailing holidays because you aren’t confident enough to sail the boat alone for days on end?

Then it’s high time to give it a try! Our two-day introductory trip to the dream-like islands of the Saronic Gulf is the ideal introduction to what may even become a life-long passion! On this trip you will have the opportunity to sail for two days accompanied by an experienced skipper, enjoy fantastic swim stops in beautiful bays, relax in the sun on the deck, experience an authentic island atmosphere, and spend one night in a cabin onboard the sailing yacht. This trip is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of sailing for a couple of wonderful days.

Along the way, we visit the islands of Angistri, Poros, and Aegina. Our expert skipper will ensure that you always feel safe and is happy to show you the most important sailing techniques. Enjoy the fresh sea air and the endless expanse of blue. Swim in beautiful bays or use the SUP, sea scooter, or kayak equipment provided free of charge onboard.

 


Highlights

  • Sailing novices ahoy: Discover sailing at its best on this introductory trip
  • Dive into the refreshing sea: Our skipper will take you to beautiful bathing bays
  • Authentic island experience: Enjoy an evening in the wonderful harbor of Poros


2 days/1 night
Jun – Oct
Easy
Athens
Athens
Full charter 4-8 persons
Age: 12+

Included Activities

  • Two-day sailing trip in the Saronic Gulf
  • Swimming stops in secluded bays
  • Free use of water sports equipment

Dates

This tour can be booked on any weekend between June and October. A minimum of 4 participants is required.

*Groups of 6-10 persons can book this sailing tour on any other day of the week on request.


WHAT TO EXPECT
Our introductory sailing trip starts at Marina Alimos near Athens, which is only a 30-minute drive from Athens Airport or about a 1-hour drive from the city centre. Check-in on board by 9 am and then it’s time to cast off!

When travelling by sailing ship we are dependent on the wind and weather conditions, so the tour itinerary is subject to change. We use different boats from 40 feet (3 cabins) to 50 feet (4 cabins) in length, depending on the size of the group.

Even if you have no sailing experience, you are more than welcome on board: Skipper Ilias will not only navigate you safely through the blue expanses of the Saronic Gulf but will also be happy to show you the basics of sailing.

WHAT TO EXPERIENCE
Typically, our journey goes like this: We enjoy a wonderful crossing towards the island of Angistri with swim stops in hidden bays.

During the stops, you are welcome to use all the water sports equipment available onboard free of charge. We then sail south along the eastern coast of the Peloponnese until we reach the beautifully sheltered bay, home to the island capital of Poros.

The enchanting harbour town with its neoclassical houses is the perfect place to enjoy a long evening stroll. If you’re willing to exert a bit of energy, take a walk up to the clock tower from where you can enjoy the best view of the sunset. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious dinner in one of the many cosy tavernas before heading back to the yacht to spend the night in your cabin.

The next day we begin sailing back towards Athens, stopping for a swim and to visit the pistachio island of Aegina. Here we have plenty of time to wander through the picturesque village of Perdikka and enjoy lunch at one of the traditional tavernas.

After two days full of wonderful experiences, fresh sea air, and plenty of swimming, we arrive back at the Marina Alimos at around 7 pm.

Sailing yacht (3 – 4 guest cabins)

On this trip we either take small sailing yachts like Ocean Star (42 or 52), Bavaria (42, 44 or 50), or Sun Odyssey (42, 45, or 47), depending on the size of the group. Our well-maintained sailing vessels are equipped with 3 to 4 guest cabins as well as a crew cabin. Onboard there are 1-3 all-in-one bathrooms with shower/WC, depending on the size of the ship. In addition, there is a fully equipped kitchen and an outside shower. The following water sports equipment is available onboard free of charge: SUP, sea scooter, and kayak.

When can I go on this sailing trip and how big are the groups?
This tour can be booked on any weekend from June to October. A minimum of 4 participants is required. Groups of min. 6 to max. 8 persons can book this sailing tour on any other day of the week on request.

How flexible is the tour itinerary?
Weather-related changes to the tour itinerary are always a possibility. If the weather is favourable, the trip will run as described in the itinerary.

If you choose to charter the whole boat (min. 6 participants), we are happy to adapt the itinerary to meet your wishes and ideas.

One alternative would be to sail to Epidauros on the Peloponnese instead of Poros and spend the night there. This would give you the opportunity to visit the famous theatre of Epidauros (at your own expense: taxi approx. 50 euro, entrance fee: 12 euro/person).

How do I get to Marina Alimos?
You can reach Marina Alimos from Athens Airport with the express bus X96 (bus stop EDEM). Depending on traffic, the journey takes between 20 and 30 minutes.

Coming from the city centre, it is advisable to take a taxi. You will need to budget about 50 euros for this. We would also be happy to organize exclusive transfers from the airport or Athens city centre to Marina Alimos on request.

What are the age requirements for the tour?
Children from the age of 12 are welcome on board accompanied by a parent or guardian. If the sailing yacht is fully chartered (min. 6 persons) there is no age restriction for children.

What language is this tour conducted in?
This tour is guided in English only.

What food is included?
The tour price includes sandwiches, mineral water, and soft drinks. Lunch and dinner in local tavernas and alcoholic drinks are not included.

Is there a chance I could get seasick?
If you decide to do this tour, you should have good sea legs. Strong winds can blow in the Saronic Gulf, so the boat may rock more during these crossings. The crew provides tried and tested seasickness remedies on board, which will help make your trip easier if you do get seasick.

What should I bring on this tour?
We recommend bringing as little as possible, as space on a sailing yacht is limited. You should avoid hard-sided suitcases at all costs and rather use foldable duffle bags or soft cases. Below you will find a rough guideline of what you should bring with you, which you can of course modify according to your own needs.

Packing list

  • Casual clothes Swimwear and towel
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream

BASIC TOUR PRICE

2000 € Full charter boat

INCLUDED SERVICES

  • 2-day sailing trip in the Saronic Gulf with experienced skipper
  • 1 night on the sailing yacht in a shared double cabin (single cabin booking is possible at an extra charge)
  • Boat diesel, harbor fees, and final cleaning of the boat
  • Sandwiches, soft drinks, and mineral water
  • Free use of SUP boards (not guaranteed sea scooters and kayaks)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Journey to Athens
  • Personal expenses
  • Entrance fees to individually visited sights and museums
  • Tip for skipper

ADDITIONAL BOOKABLE SERVICES

  • Exclusive transfers between Athens airport/city centre and Marina Alimos: prices on request
  • Additional nights in Athens: prices on request

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