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Quick Facts

Country
Greece
Language
Greek
Time zone
GMT+2
Currency
Euro
Population
11,000,000
Departure tax
None
Cruising tax
None
Voltage
220V



Destination: Greece

Yacht charter bases

Athens Kalamaki Alimos Marina

Athens International airport is at Spata, a 45-60 minute taxi ride from the marina and central Athens. Saturday is best spent visiting Athens sites before coming to the marina and boarding. If you arrive early at the marina on boarding day, bags can be left with your owner/operator but you will not officially be able to board until 17:00. If you arrive early, explore the marina, shop at the Marionopolis supermarket (1 block west of the marina on Poseidonos Blvd along the beach) or have a drink or light lunch at Skipper’s or Kitchen Bar

By taxi
Airport to downtown: Yellow taxis can be found lined up at the airport. Taxis take 45 minutes to 1 hour to get downtown based on traffic. It costs approximately 50-60 Euros one-way per taxi.  They are smaller European vehicles and only have room for three passengers and baggage. Drivers may charge a baggage fee that is approx. Euro 3. 
Downtown Athens to the Kalamaki Alimos Marina: It takes 15-20 minutes and costs approx. 20 Euros per car one-way. Do not get out of your taxi at the marina until you have identified your meeting point, as it is a big marina.

By bus
Airport to downtown: Bus number X95 travels from the airport every 30 minutes making 8 stops (including the Hilton) and then terminates downtown at Syntagma/Constitution Square. It is air-conditioned and costs approx. 5 Euros. Syntagma Square is a short distance to most hotels but a taxi may be advisable at this point. Plaka hotels are within walking distance from Syntagma if you do not have too much baggage. 
Airport to Kalamaki Alimos Marina: Bus number X96, runs every 30 minutes south from the airport to Piraeus along the coast passing by Alimos Kalamaki Marina and costs approx. 5 Euros. Ask the driver for the Edem Taverna stop. You want the west main entrance road where the Shell station and Edem restaurant is located. 

By tram
Downtown Athens to Kalamaki Alimos Marina: 
Public transport by subway and tramcar from central Athens hotels is easy and convenient. From Syntagma Sqr. (Athens centre) take the Tram Line to Alimos marina (EDEM stop). The metro runs every 30 minutes from 05.30 to 00.20 on a daily basis. The ticket costs 8 Euro per person.

Boarding in Paros

Paroikia marina is approximately 15 km from the airport by taxi. Afros yachting look after all yacht check-ins at the marina. Afros yachting is next to "Marina Café on the first floor, see also the meeting point on the map.  If you arrive early at the marina on boarding day, meet with your owner/operator base staff then explore the marina, shop at the supermarket (Carrefour located across the road from the marina) or have a drink or light lunch at Marina Café.  Bags can be left with your owner/operator. 

By air and ferry
You can fly daily from Athens to Santorini. www.aegeanair.com then take a ferry to Paros.

By ferry
There are daily boats from Pireaus, Athens. Ferry schedules and tickets to Paros. www.ticketsonline.gr/

Boarding in Mykonos

The new port is in an area called Tourlos which is about 1.5km from Mykonos town (Chora). The new port is connected by taxi or bus to the main town. The taxi stand in the town is situated on the waterfront on the far right when looking at the sea. The main bus station is near the windmills on the top side of town. If you arrive early at the marina on boarding day, meet with your owner/operator base staff then, shop at the supermarket (small store located across the road from the marina) or alternatively, there is a larger supermarket 5km away form the marina - ask the operator to organise transport for you. Bags can be left with your owner/operator. 

By air
There are daily flights out of Athens to Mykonos with www.aegeanair.com. It is a 10 minute taxi ride from the airport to Tourlos port.

By sea
There are daily boats from Pireaus, Athens. Ferry schedules and tickets to Mykonos. www.ticketsonline.gr/. It is best to book in advance. The ferries typically arrive in Tourlos where the yachts are moored.

Boarding in Lefkas

Lefkas Marina is is approximately 20km from Preveza airport. You can expect to pay approximately 45 Euros in a taxi.  If you arrive early at the marina on boarding day, meet with your owner/operator base staff then explore the marina, shop at the supermarket and visit the centre of Lefkas which is located within walking distance of the marina Bags can be left with your owner/operator. 

By air
The quickest way of reaching Lefkas (Lefkada is by air.The closest airport is 20km north of Lefkada, near Preveza. There are a number of domestic flights from Athens with www.aegeanair.com. The duration of the flight is about 40 minutes.  

By bus
There are daily buses from Athens to Lefkada Town’s KTEL bus station, which is 1km from the centre and opposite the new marina. The bus costs approximately €33.80 and takes 5½ hours.

Boarding in Kos

Kos Marina is is approximately 26km from Kos airport.

By air
The quickest way of reaching Kos is by air. There are a number of domestic flights from Athens with Olympic Airways and Aegean Airlines. The duration of the flight is about 40 minutes, it is advised to take a taxi to the marina and you can expect to pay approximately 30 Euros.

Boarding in Corfu

Gouvia marina is approximately 6km from the town of Corfu and 8km from the airport by taxi. A cost of a taxi is approximately Euro 25. If you arrive early at the marina on boarding day, meet with your owner/operator base staff then, shop at the supermarket wihtin the marina. Bags can be left with your owner/operator. 

By air
The quickest way of reaching Corfu is by air. A number of domestic flights from Athens and Thessalonica take place on a daily basis all year round, with Olympic Airways and www.aegeanair.com. The duration of the flight from either city is about 40 minutes. International flights are scheduled throughout the year while during the summer period (April - October), there are many charter flights connecting Corfu directly with several European cities. 

By seaplane
There is a seaplane base within the marina premises, which organises international flights to and from Brindisi and domestic flights to and from Lefkas marina, Patra, Paxos, Ithaki and Cephalonia.  For more information please visit www.airsealines.com

By car
From Athens, the distance is approximately 550 km - 5 hours drive to Igoumenitsa, from there you take the ferry to Corfu.

Boarding in Rhodes

Mandraki port is located on the north east tip of Rhodes island. Mandraki port is in the old harbour of Rhodes and provides good shelter. The port can become very crowded, especially in the summer.

By air
There are daily flights out of Athens to Rhodes Diagoras with www.aegeanair.com. It is a 30 minute taxi ride from the airport to Mandraki port.

By sea
There are daily boats from Pireaus, Athens. Ferry schedules and tickets to Rhodes. www.ticketsonline.gr/. It is best to book in advance. The town of Marmaris, Turkey is about an hour's journey from Rhodes and there are daily boats. You can get information in the port or through one of the island ticket agencies. 


Weather

Average air temperatures

Temperatures in the spring months of April, May and June, range from 21-30°C. In the summer months of July, August and September you can expect temperatures to rise to 26-38°C.

Average water temperatures

Water temperatures are cooler in the spring months of April and May ranging from 15-22°C. In the hotter summer months of June, July, August and September the surface water reaches perfect swimming temperatures of 22-27°C.

Best time to visit

May through November are the warmer, drier months. May, June, July and September are the best months to visit with nice weather conditions while avoiding the crowded hot month of August. The climate is hot and dry in the summers and mild to cool in the winters, which is the wet season.  Cooler and rainy times of year are between December and April. 


Sailing conditions

Greece is a great yacht charter destination for intermediate to experienced level sailors. The best time to sail is May through October. A sailing license/certificate is required for bareboat and flotilla yacht charters. If you are on a skippered bareboat or cabin charter, you do not require any experience or certification to sail with a skipper.

Location
Sailing conditions

Saronic and Argolic Gulfs

 

This is the best area for a first time bareboat charter in Greece offering line of sight navigation and short passages. This area is protected by mainland Attica which limits strong winds and any larger seas.

Central Aegean:

Cyclades

The Cyclades are a more challenging area with longer open passages and potential for larger seas with stronger summer winds.

North and East Aegean: Sporades and Dodecanese

Both areas offer shorter passages and line of sight navigation but larger seas and stronger summer winds occur.

Ionian

 

A good choice for a first time charter in Greece with shorter passages, line of sight navigation and calmer conditions.

Wind and sea

The seas in the Saronic Gulf, north and east Aegean are generally calm with Ostria or southwesterly winds in the spring, and Meltemi northerly winds in the summer. Generally there is 5-15mph of wind offering wonderful light air sailing conditions May through October, however stronger winds above 20mph are not uncommon throughout the season.

On the Ionian side winds tend to be lighter and from the northwest in the spring and potentially stronger from the north or northwest in the hot summer months.

A one-meter short chop is the typical wave height in the eastern Mediterranean, but three to five-meter swells can develop. Longer passages of 40-60 miles are relaxing in light winds but can be more challenging if the wind and seas come up. Tides are minimal in the Mediterranean ranging between 20-60cm.

Weather forecasts

The most accurate weather forecasts in Greek waters can be obtained by the internet at local island cafes. Log on to the following websites:

National Centre for Marine Research: www.poseidon.hcmr.gr    
Worldwide wind surfer localized conditions: www.windfinder.com
National Observatory Athenswww.noa.gr
Meteowww.meteo.gr

Mooring

To allow for more yachts in the tiny Greek ports, sailors do Mediterranean Mooring by dropping anchor and backing stern-to the wharf in the harbors. Some harbors offer lazy lines - fixed underwater moorings with access lines on the wharf. There are no mooring balls and dropping anchor off shore is limited, as it is often too deep to anchor safely. There are very few organized marinas for charter yachts in Greece, instead you pay nominal fees to moor in municipal town harbors. Read more about Med Mooring on our yacht charter details pages

Greece operates under region A of the international navigational system - red right leaving.


Travel and excursion expenses

There are always additonal costs that mount up on any trip so we've created a handy list of expenses to allow for.  We'll be adding to this list all the time but this is offered as a guidance for a 7-night trip.

Transport and entrance fees

Description 
Euros (€)
Hotel in Athens mid-range per night 90-120

Taxi one way Athens marina to/from airport

55

Athens airport express bus to Athens Marinas one way per person

8

Evening meals in restaurants per person

20-30

Entrance to Temple of Aphaia per person

5

Entrance to Kea museam

3.50

Entrance to Delos per person

8

Average bottle of wine

15

Large bottle of beer

3.50
Regular coffee 3.50
Small bottle of water 2
   

Visit to Santorini

 

- mid-range apartment per night

170

- double hotel room per room per night

70

- ferry to/from Santorini one way

38

- small car rental per day

45

 

 

Gratuity - suggested amounts

 

7-night cabin charter per couple staying in a cabin: per crew member (typically a skipper and hostess)

100-150

14-night cabin charter per couple staying in a cabin: per crew member (typically a skipper and hostess)

150-200

7-night flotilla yacht (sailing yourself): from the group aboard for the flotilla leader

150

14-night flotilla yacht (sailling yourself): from the group aboard for the flotilla leader

200

Not to miss

Athens

The largest city in Greece and fourth largest in the European Union, is credited with being the birthplace of democracy and of western civilization. Looming over the city skyline, you can't miss the majestic columns of the Parthenon up on the Acropolis hill. Built in 438BC this 320ft long Doric temple is one the most important architectural monuments in the world. The Acropolis area also has numerous museums and open-air theaters that still have live performances. Below the Acropolis is the Agora or ancient marketplace, the Olympic Stadium, the Acropolis and National Archaeological Museums among many other attractions.

Surrounding the Acropolis hill is the Plaka area, a charming pedestrian tourist district in the heart of the city where you will find traditional Greek restaurants, unique souvenir and clothing shops and friendly Athenians. Athens is also the access point for touring the interior sites of Greece such as Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae, Sparta, Meteora and others. Athens and the surrounding area features some of the most important historical sites in the world, which makes the region rank among the top global tourism destinations worldwide.

Hydra

The tiny port of Hydra becomes congested in the summer months with yachts regularly rafting three deep bow to stern - it's fun to watch! To cool off dive in at Hydra's swimming area a five minute walk from the yachts or relax at one of the many cafes watching the donkeys pass by – Hydra's only mode of transportation! Visit art galleries and shop for local handicrafts, exquisite clothing and jewelry or take the 30-minute coastal walk/ten-minute water taxi ride to rustic Miramare hotel and charming Mandraki beach. For the more adventurous a one-hour hike through ancient stairways and Venetian architecture allows a view from the top of the steep harbor. For the very fit, two more hours through an enchanting forest reveals the sacred monastery Profitis Ilias overlooking the harbor, Hydra Channel and the Peloponnese - a view you'll never forget.

Santorini

As a result of its unique geology, Santorini is the most breathtaking of all the Greek islands. The island one sees today is what remains of a huge volcanic cataclysm in 1500BC that left a collapsed six-mile round crater. Must see historic sites are the entombed Minoan town of Akrotiri, thought to be the lost civilization of Atlantis and the hilltop settlement of ancient Thira that dates from 900BC. A great place for lunch and a swim is the black sand beach of Perissa and another interesting location is the original town of Pyrgos. In the north of the island, the UNESCO heritage town of Oia is the most beautiful place to stay and is famous for the sunsets. Santorini gastronomy is typically Greek but features delicious Santorini cherry tomatoes and deep fried tomato balls or tomato keftedes. Santorini is also well known for its fine wine and wine tasting is enjoyed at over a dozen of vineyards.

Sifnos

Platy Yialos marina and beach are the best kept secret of this charming, rural Cycladic island. The harbour is only 6 years old, so not listed in most versions of the sailing guide and the proximity to the bigger centre Livadhi, have most sailors pass right by. For those who know about it, the small modern harbour offers good protection from most all weather and there re fine restaurants along the beautiful beach and promenade. You will find good Greek tavernas and the best Italian food west of Mykonos can be enjoyed at MamaMia!  

Milos 

The island of Milos is the furthest southwest in the Cycladic chain and is truly off the beaten course. The reward for traveling this far south is that the island offers some of the most exceptional geology in Greece. On the north coast you can visit the spectacular volcanic creek of Sarakiniko and the deep grotto of Papafraga. A short drive along the north coast is the charming fishing villages of Madrakia and Pollonia. Up at the island's chora or hilltop town, is the Hellenistic amphitheatre where the statue of the Venus de Milos was unearthed. On the south coast lies the fabulous deserted beach of Firiplaka and the maze of caves, creeks and cliffs which is Kelftiko - one of the marvels of the Aegean. If you join the Aegean Adventure either by flotilla or cabin charter you may enjoy a night under the stars anchored at uninhabited Kleftiko bay. Swimming, snorkeling or kayaking through the caves and translucent waters is a surreal experience.

Miloan gastronomy features exquisite cheese pies known as pitarakia and barley bread rolls served with goat's cheese which probably comes from the island's rural roots. An exquisite restaurant choice in Milos is Ergina's Ouzeri in Tripiti, or Glaros taverna at beautiful Pollonia Bay.


Suggested sailing itinerary

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Yacht charter itinerary Greece 14-nights: Athens to Athens
Day 1

Day 1

Saturday: Athens, Alimos Kalamaki Marina

The first night is normally a sleep over in the marina.

Day 2

Day 2

Sunday: Athens | Aghia Marina Bay, Aegina

Distances and sailing conditions: 12 miles - 2.5 hours. The Saronic Gulf area is known for light winds from the south in the spring and from the north in the summer.

Highlights: See the famous Temple of Aphaia (490 BC) by taking a 1.5-hour round-trip hike. This is one of the more challenging hikes on the tour. If you choose not to hike you can explore the quaint little village and have coffee overlooking the bay. Aegina boasts the best pistachio nuts in the world and they can be found in the local shops.

Aegina | Poros

Distance and sailing conditions: 22 miles - 3 hours. Breezes tend to pick up in the afternoon but generally remain light.

Highlights: When viewed from seaward, Poros is one of the most beautiful towns in Greece - arriving is a great photo opportunity. After docking join an organized walk (20 minutes) up to the clock tower viewing local Mediterranean bougainvillea, jasmine, cactus, fig and cypress trees. Arriving at the clock tower you are rewarded with a panoramic view of the sun setting over the majestic Peloponnese Mountains.

Day 3

Day 3

Monday: Poros | Spathi Bay

Distance and sailing conditions: 6 miles - 1.5 hours. Motor sailing along the coastline.

Highlights: The narrow channel between Poros and Spathi provides an excellent photo opportunity of the built up terracotta roofed town, passing fishing boats and the bustling harbor. At Bourtzi island take pictures of the Venetian fort that once defended this narrow passage. Spathi bay's clear water is good for snorkeling and Mediterranean marine life.

Spathi Bay | Hydra

Distance and sailing conditions: 5 miles - 1 hour. In northerly conditions this is a nice broad reach.

Highlights: The tiny port of Hydra becomes congested in the summer months with yachts regularly rafting three deep bow to stern. After an exciting tie-up, spend the afternoon wandering the cobbled streets and Venetian laneways of this famous historic port. To cool off dive in at Hydra's swimming area a five minute walk from the yachts or relax at one of the many cafes watching the donkeys pass by - Hydra's only mode of transportation.

Day 4

Day 4

Tuesday: Hydra

Highlights: A free day to explore the wonders of Hydra. For a relaxing morning, sip coffee at Pirate's bar; visit art galleries and shop for local handicrafts, exquisite clothing and jewelry. A 30-minute coastal walk or ten-minute water taxi ride leads to the rustic Miramare hotel and charming Mandraki beach. For the more adventurous a one-hour hike through ancient stairways and Venetian architecture allows a view from the top of the steep harbor. For the very fit, two more hours through an enchanting forest reveals the sacred monastery Profitis Ilias overlooking the harbor, Hydra Channel and the Peloponnese.

Day 5

Day 5

Wednesday: Hydra | Kleftiko Bay, Milos

Distance and sailing conditions: 55 miles - 9 hours. Northerly winds in the summer months and south westerly air in the spring makes this a favorable passage.

Highlights: The best sail of the whole trip is this leg from the Saronic Gulf to the Cyclades leading to a remote overnight anchorage. Arriving at uninhabited Kleftiko bay, moor with fore and aft anchors, then swim or snorkel in translucent waters. For a surreal experience, take a kayak through a maze of breathtaking caves admiring the surrounding white cliffs - some as high as 100m.

or 

Wednesday: Hydra | Kithnos

 

Day 6

Day 6

Thursday: Kleftiko Bay, Milos | Adamas harbor, Milos

Distance and sailing conditions: 12 miles - 2 hours. Motor-sail along the coastline.

Highlights: Rent small cars or minivans to see some of the phenomenal geology of Milos. Visit the spectacular volcanic creek of Sarakiniko and hike around the deep grotto of Papafraga. Later in the day see the charming fishing village of Madrakia and the ancient, Hellenistic amphitheatre at Tripiti where the statue of the Venus de Milos was found. Other sites include the geological museum near the harbor.

Day 7

Day 7

Friday: Milos | Ios

Distance and sailing conditions: 50 miles - 8 hours. Open Aegean north winds normally allow for a broad reach.

Highlights: Swim in the azure waters of the blue lagoon at Poliagos before continuing to Ios the halfway point on the tour. After docking, enjoy the luxury of Leostasis' 5 star hotel and spa. Swim in the infinity pool, reserve a massage or simply have a hot shower and cocktails watching the fantastic sunset over Ios harbor.

Day 8

Day 8

Saturday: Santorini two-night excursion*

Highlights: Board a high-speed ferry for the 40- minute ride to Santorini. Drive a pre-arranged rental car on the magnificent road to Oia (Ia) - the most beautiful town in Santorini. A great lunch at Anemomilos hotel restaurant features Santorini's sweet cherry tomatoes and the best moussaka on the tour. Arriving at your pre-booked accommodation view the spectacular 6-mile round volcanic crater (caldera) formed in the eruption of 1500BC. Oia sites include: shops, art galleries and watching the world-renowned sunset at the northern most tip of town.

Day 9

Day 9

Sunday: Santorini two-night excursion*

Highlights: Leaving early visit the entombed Minoan town of Akrotiri (1500BC) thought to be the lost civilization of Atlantis and then the hilltop settlement of ancient Thira (900BC). Later enjoy lunch at the black sand beach Perissa, explore the original hilltop town of Pyrgos and sample excellent wines at famous vineyards (Sigalas one of the best vineyards is found near Oia).

*Yacht to remain in Ios for the two-night excursion. Accommodation in Santorini can be booked through Poseidon Charters.

Day 10

Day 10

Monday: Ios | Paros

Distance and sailing conditions: 30 miles - 4.5 hours. This leg tends to be head to wind.

Highlights: After ferrying from Santorini and leaving Ios, stop for a swim in the crystal clear waters of Tigania Island. Navigate the tricky 14ft deep passage between Paros and Andi Paros to arrive in Paroikia in time to see this charming harbor town. Visit the 4th-century Panagia Ekatontapyliani (Our Lady of a Hundred Doors). The oldest remaining Byzantine church in Greece has exceptional architecture, religious icons and an exquisite marble baptismal chamber. Wander the bougainvillea-fringed streets and explore a maze of shops offering fashion, jewelry and local handicrafts.

Day 11

Day 11

Tuesday: Paros

Highlights: Explore by rental car the oldest cave in Europe* (45 million years old) on neighboring Andi Paros. This ancient cave features stalactites/mites and an area known as 'the alter', where the French Ambassador to Constantinople gave a secret Christmas Mass in 1673. Optional lunch and a swim at the rustic Stillwater* restaurant is an Asian fusion delight. Returning to Paros, tour the island stopping at Butterfly valley*, the ancient interior town of Lefkas, abandoned marble quarries and the picturesque town of Naoussa.

* seasonal

Day 12

Day 12

Wednesday: Paros | Delos

Distance and sailing conditions: 20 miles - 2.5 hours. With northerlies this is a tack or motor sail.

Highlights: An early departure allows a morning visit to sacred Delos, the most important archaeological and religious site of ancient Greece. Delos remains in an excellent state of preservation allowing you to wander through an amphitheatre, stadium, private palaces and Roman baths. Finish your exploration with a climb up sacred Mount Kythnos for a divine panoramic view of the Cycladic Islands.

Delos | Mykonos

Distance and sailing conditions: 6 miles - 1 hour. Tacking in northerly winds.

Highlights: A spirited tack allows mooring at Mykonos new marina in the afternoon. Explore the labyrinth of Mykonos town, and enjoy fantastic shopping, fine dining and world-class nightlife.

Day 13

Day 13

Thursday: Mykonos | Kea

Distance and sailing conditions: 58 miles - 9 hours. The area around Mykonos tends to be windy. Sailing close hauled in northerlies.

Highlights: A longer passage and the most challenging of the tour. The little known island of Kea is surprisingly one of the most interesting. After mooring at the quaint harbor of Vourkari, walk around the bay to find the deserted ruins of a 3000 BC pre-historic settlement. A swim at a beautiful beach 5 minutes walk from the boats is a delightful way to relax before sunset.

Day 14

Day 14

Friday: Kea | Athens

Distance and sailing conditions: 41 miles - 6 hours. With northerlies a nice beam reach, with north westerly's more close hauled.

Highlights: Visit the traditional town of Ioulis by bus, take an enchanting 45-minute walk through the town and valley beyond and see the Petrified Lion. At twenty-one feet, this is the largest example of ancient Greek sculpture dated at 600 BC. The fascinating archaeological museum is something else not to miss and can be visited on the way back to the bus. Sail across the Kea channel and arrive in Cape Sounion on the eastern tip of Attica, enjoy lunch and the last swim of the tour in the shadow of the famous Temple of Poseidon (440 BC).

Day 15

Day 15

Saturday: Athens

Disembark: 09:00hrs


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