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Trip Summary

Price from
1299 USD to 1899 USD
Nights
7
Available
Jun & Sep
Passengers
8-10
Yacht
Monohull
Arrival airport
Santorini
Boarding day
Saturday



Greece sailing adventure: 7-nights Ios to Athens

Life aboard

Life aboard a cabin charter yacht can be considered an adventurous rather than a luxurious experience. The yachts are specifically designed for the larger seas of the Aegean, as they are built heavier to offer more stability and are the largest and most spacious monohull yachts in the Greek cabin charter industry. The yachts are designed by Ocean Star and have 5 to 6 double cabins all with private washrooms. When you book with us, you will be confirmed to sail aboard one of these very comfortable 35 ton vessels which all have similar layout and features*

The yachts have the following features:

  • double-bed cabins based on double occupancy
  • one set of linens per week
  • two towels per person per week (beach towels excluded)
  • bunk beds for singles
  • reading lights and cabin fans in each cabin
  • private washroom facilities (shared for singles)
  • equipped galley
  • large open salon with dining table and couch
  • ipod/mp3 sound system
  • generator providing 220V power in each cabin
  • spacious cockpit with external dining table
  • bimini (shade awning) and spray hood
  • GPS
  • kayak, masks and snorkels, zodiac and outboard
  • emergency life rafts, life jackets, harnesses, first–aid kits and the standard safety equipment for sailboats are part of all yacht inventories

*Unless the small double stern has been booked then cabin allocations are made on day of boarding. We are not able to provide specific yacht or crew names in advance.

Cabins

2 x forward double cabins with folding bunk bed above and private washroom. There is a small double bed and standing area at the side of the bed with a closet for storage.

2 x extra large double bed cabins with private washroom. Cabins have the widest double beds on the yacht and standing area at the foot of the bed with a closet for storage.

1 x small double stern with private washroom. Stern cabin is the widest cabin on the yacht offering good space next to the bed and a closet for storage. This cabin is offered at a lower rate due to a low ceiling height (5'3"ft) in both the cabin and bathroom. This cabin is only available on one of our yachts and is subject to availability on certain departures only.

Please note: Actual accommodation may vary from images shown. On rare occasions an alternative yacht may be used and a smaller yacht may be used based on the number of bookings. Our yachts will motor sail in light air to make destinations on time. There is no air-conditioning and limited shore power in the Mediterranean. When booking, it is not possible to specify a particular yacht or crew.

Who takes our trips?

The trip is for novice, experienced and non-sailors, you can join in all aspects of life aboard ship and we welcome you to take the helm or you can simply read a book and soak up the sun. You can join us if you are a single, couple or a group of friends as you pay by the cabin. Majority of our guests are couples either younger or older!

What happens each day?

Each day you'll be given the chance to savour the culture of your destination. Your warm and experienced crew will keep you up to date on the bays, classical temples, sites and gourmet restaurants in the region and most days, there is an excursion you can choose to take.  The day will typically start by sailing to the next destination with a lunch stop underway. Upon arrival at the next harbour, the gangplank will go down and you will be free to come and go and explore. Later in the day you can get together for happy hour with your fellow crew mates followed by dinner. Every day there will be another highlighted restaurant, but if you don't wish to join the rest of the crew, then you can choose to find your own little taverna or konoba!  

Swimming and snorkelling

Each day there is a chance to swim and snorkel. The Med is not a tropical destination and therefore is not a diving destination as there is very little to see underwater. However snorkelling is a great way to explore the bays and the few brightly coloured fish. There are a limited masks and snorkels onboard so if you are an avid snorkellor it is best to bring your own. 

You are the crew

A sailing cruise or cabin charter is an adventure sailing vacation where you can participate in all aspects of life aboard ship, this can include:

  • raising and trimming sails and taking a watch
  • assisting with Med mooring/docking the yacht upon arrival at port
  • helping to prepare, serve and clean up meals aboard each day

Meals

Two light meals are provided aboard the yacht each day. The hostess/crew onboard will have fresh coffee and tea ready at around 8am each day followed by a breakfast spread which is self-service and generally light continental rather than an American style hot breakfast. As an extra treat and where possible we will offer fresh pastries, pancakes or french toast at certain swim stops! Breakfast generally includes a mixture of:

  • fresh fruit
  • cereals
  • yoghurt
  • fresh bread
  • toast
  • boiled eggs
  • tea, coffee and juice

Lunch is usually served in the shaded cockpit anchored in secluded bays and consists of:

  • fresh bread, crackers, spreads and dips
  • Greek dips: tzatziki, taramou salata, melanzani salata
  • various salads: Greek, tuna, egg, coleslaw, potato, rice or pasta
  • an assortment of cheeses and/or cold cuts as well as olives, capers and bell peppers
  • hot meals may be served on legs when it is possible to prepare: Italian, Asian, or Mexican
  • a sweet or fruit may be served

Beverages such as soft drinks, iced tea and water are included and stowed on board. In the afternoon, we offer coffee or tea and sweets such as chocolate and/or cookies. You are advised to bring aboard your own specialty and snack foods, alcohol, mixer drinks and ice for happy hour which is not included.


Additional expenses

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

Provisioning

The best way to provision for happy hour and any personal snacks is upon arrival at the Marinopolis/Carrefour supermarket located diagonally west/left across Poseidonos Blvd. from the marina main entrance. Ice can be purchased at the super market of the Shell gas station at the corner of the marina main entrance road.  Other provisions can be picked up in the islands.

Evening meals

Evening meals are a cultural and gastronomic experience on our program. The wonderful selection of local restaurants on the itinerary, are traditional tavernas that have been chosen for their superb traditional or Greek fusion food, friendly atmosphere and local pricing of approximately 20-30 Euros per person. About 50% of the restaurants on our program do not accept credit card for payments at dinner. 

Restaurant customs

Appetizers and main dishes often arrive at the same time as Greeks are accustomed to many small meze dishes. It is customary to look into the display case and see what is fresh for the day.  Seafood such as calamari, octopus and swordfish is inexpensive but larger white meat fish like grouper and lobster is sold by weight and can be pricey (ask for the price/weight of the fish before ordering). Meals at our wonderful selection of local tavernas average around Euro 20–30/person but can be more depending on your order. There is always a service charge (approx 1 to 2 Euro per person) for sitting at a table in Greece, which includes bread and cutlery - but this service charge is not a tip. If good service is delivered then a minimum 10% tip is welcome.


Boarding location

Ios: Ios main harbour

Your yacht will be available to board on Saturday at 17:00.

By air and ferry
You can fly daily from Athens to Santorini with Aegeanair.com. If you are flying to Santorini prior to boarding, you will take a 40 minute ferry to the island of Ios

By ferry
There are daily boats from Pireaus, Athens. Ferry schedules and tickets to Ios.

The ferry will arrive at the Ios dock approximatley 100 metres away from the harbour wall where the sailing yachts are at anchor. As you disembark the ferry, keep to the right and follow the path around the harbour and look out for the Poseidon Charters banner, or the name of the yacht provided in your booking confirmations. If you arrive early at the marina on boarding day, bags can be left with your crew but you will not officially be able to board until 17:00.

You can purchase ferry tickets at: http://www.ticketsonline.gr/


Cabin charter FAQ's

Is a cabin charter for me?

A cabin charter sailing vacation is a great way to experience the culture of a country and see many coves, beaches and small harbors that larger vessels are unable to enter. A cabin charter is also a great way to make new friends - but it isn't for everyone. Factors to consider are your physical abilities and any medical conditions you may have and how well you enjoy the company of others, you are aboard a yacht which has smaller spaces than a large cruise ship.

How do I know which yacht I am on?

When you book a cabin charter, you are booking a cabin, not a specific yacht or crew. The price paid, includes a cabin on a yacht, meals and services of the crew. Information provided upon booking will detail the type of yacht, ie a monohull or a catamaran yacht and the approximate size of the yacht, ie 47-60ft catamaran. Some of the trips are aboard very large catamarans, if prior to departure, all the cabins do not get booked, then a smaller catamaran could be used in that size range. This will not affect the cabin type, meals, services or itinerary. 

How physically fit do I have to be? 

Sailing holidays do not require you to have a high level of physical fitness and are suitable for any age. However, a moving boat requires you to be steady on your feet and relatively agile. Some cabin charters require that you are able to climb off and on the yacht by ladder into the sea for swimming and to access the shore by dinghy. This requires some strength and dexterity.

What are the yachts like?

All yachts used for cabin charters offer private cabins, washrooms, indoor and outdoor common areas and access to shore via means of gangplank or tender/dinghy. The yacht is your accommodation and mode of transport while on your trip. The yacht can be either a monohull or a catamaran. Some yachts are more luxurious than others dependent on the destination. Singles may have to share a washroom or pay a 50-75% single supplement. Please refer to individual cabin charter details for details of yacht. 

Am I considered crew?

You will find two or three crew on every sailing cruise yacht. The crew consists of a skipper and a hostess or cook. The crew sleeps aboard the yacht in crew quarters. Skippers are experienced sailors and qualified to ensure your safety while aboard. They are happy to share their knowledge of the destinations and willing to help you hone your skills if you want to take a more active sailing role while aboard. Hostess' are responsible for provisioning and preparing wonderful meals aboard. Your hostess provides details of what there is to see and do on each island and in some cases will guide hikes ashore. In some instances they also manage the social aspect of your trip with sunset and happy hour activities and great restaurant reservations.

I want luxury is a cabin charter a luxury vacation on a yacht?

Yachts used for cabin charters tend to have basic facilities with some creature comforts. They have private washrooms for each cabin but this can't be considered an en-suite bathroom that you would get in a hotel. The galley is basic and if the yacht is moving any meals produced will generally be cold light meals such as sandwiches or basic salads. To avoid any dissapointment when booking a cabin charter, it is best to think of any type of cabin charter sailing vacation as an adventurous vactation rather than a high-end crewed yachting experience. 

Do I have to get my own group together for a cabin charter?

No. You charter by the cabin, if you have a large enough group then you will have the yacht to yourself, but if there are just two of you then you will be with other cabin charter guests.

Is a cabin charter aboard a sailing yacht like a cruise ship holiday?

No. A cabin charter holiday on a sailing yacht differs from a cruise ship experience, as the number of passengers is between 8-12, while cruise ships may have thousands. Yacht cabins are generally smaller and more streamlined and storage space is more limited. Cabin charters are guided by a captain and a crew/program director, so they are much more intimate cultural experiences than cruise ships. 

I have never been aboard a yacht and can't sail will this be a problem?

No. Cabin charter holidays are relaxing adventure vacations where you can participate as much or as little as you want with the actual sailing. There are crew members aboard the yacht who are responsible for sailing the yacht, your safety and preparing meals as outlined in your particular trip.

Will I get seasick?

The larger yachts used for cabin charters are very stable and sail in conditions that do not upset the vast majority of guests. If you are more prone to car motion sickness, we recommend that you bring your normal medication with you. Skippers and crew aboard all charters offer numerous methods to help alleviate the feeling of motion sickness including starting with short sails, so guests get their sea legs the first few days, which makes all the difference.

I want to learn how to sail, will I be able to get involved?

Skippers on our cabin charters in Greece and Croatia are happy to share their knowledge and willing to help you hone your skills if you want to take a more active sailing role while aboard. Aboard the larger catamarans and Turkish gulets there is less opportunity to be actively involved due to the size of the vessels. It is important to note, that cabin charter holidays are not sailing courses. If you would like to have a more formal sailing experience then sailing courses are a great option.

Are cabin charters just for couples?

No. Cabin charters are a mix of singles, couples, groups and families. At the time of booking you can ask about the group dynamic.

Will I pay a single supplement?

On some of our cabin charters single accommodation is available with no single supplement if you share a washroom. Where there are only double cabins aboard, you will pay a single supplement. Full details of single supplements are outlined with the dates and pricing for each cabin charter.

Are there children on a cabin charter holiday?

Children are allowed aboard some of our cabin charters but not all. Please check with our office at the time of booking your trip.

Is there an age restriction for a cabin charter sailing holiday?

No. As long as you are physically active we do not put an upper age limit on our trips. If you are under 18, you will need to be escorted by a parent or guardian.

Will I be with people I don't know?

Yes, unless you are booking the entire yacht for your private group. Crew members aboard all cabin charters are experienced at creating a good group dynamic and creating a relaxed and fun environment for everyone to feel comfortable aboard. Cabin charters are a much more intimate experience than cruise ship holidays and you will leave having made new friends. Where possible, passengers with similar interests and of similar age will be grouped together.

Who are my traveling companions?

For privacy reasons we cannot provide you with the names of your traveling companions. However, in some cases we can let you know the ages, interests, background and expectations of other cabin charter guests who fill in their resumé. These tours appeal to a wide range of travelers, most of whom share an adventurous spirit and a desire to experience new destinations.

What if another guest behaves inappropriately?

It is vitally important to us that all guests enjoy their time aboard. When booking a cabin charter, you are reserving a cabin aboard a yacht, not the whole yacht so there are a few guidelines that all guests are advised to follow.  It is very rare but if a guest demonstrates inappropriate behavior that goes against the guidelines provided and their behaviour is considered to disrespectful to any other guest, skipper or crew, the skipper reserves the right to terminate their trip and ask them to disembark immediately or at the next port without any applicable refund or recourse.

Can I bring alcohol aboard?

Each of the cabin charters vary with what alcohol they supply, some offer wine with dinner and others for welcome drinks only. Your invoice and boarding information will detail your chosen cabin charter. In general you purchase your own alcohol either from the stocked bar onboard or you can bring your own provisions onboard that you purchase.  

What type of luggage is best to bring?

Quite often bags need to be stored underneath the mattress in cabins so duffle bags with wheels that fold flat are ideal. 

What shall I do if I have specific dietary requirements?

For any specific dietary requirements you need to advise us in writing at the time of booking giving full details. We will try our best to accommodate your dietary requirements. If we are unable to properly accommodate your particular needs, we will let you know in advance. In general, in both the tropics and Greece and Croatia, gluten or lactose free products are quite limited. 

Can I do my own thing for dinner in the evening?

Many of our cabin charters include all inclusive meals so dinner tends to be included aboard. Cabin charters in the Mediterranean tend to arrange for dinner ashore at carefully selected local restaurants in order to try fantastic Mediterranean gastronomy. If you do not wish to eat with the group at these restaurants, you can choose to explore and find your own restaurant.

Can my medical situation or disability be accommodated aboard a yacht?

If you have a medical problem or disability which may affect your trip, you must advise us in writing at the time of booking giving full details. If we feel your health and safety or that of other guests could be in danger or we can't accommodate your particular needs aboard, we will let you know in prior to booking. In both the tropics and Greece and Croatia is is important to understand that their may not be medical facilities on each island and a transfer may be required shoudl a serious medical condition arise. 

Will I be able to use my CPAP machine onboard?

Yes. You will need to bring your own power supply for your cabin or alternatively ensure that you have a 12v (cigarette lighter) adaptor with a 10-12ft extension cord to access the 12v power from the navigation station of the vessels.

Will refrigeration be available for medicines?

Yes. There is refrigeration aboard all of our cabin charter yachts. Please request the use of this when boarding.

Will I have internet access?

Most yachts do not have their own internet access. In most cases coffee shops and restaurants on shore have internet access and will provide you with an access code if you buy a coffee or meal.  

What shall I pack?

All yachts have limited storage space so it is wise to travel light. Our comprehensive packing list will help with the essentials for traveling. See packing list.

Will there be a hot shower aboard?

Yes. All yachts used on our cabin charter sailing vacations will either have shore power, run the engine or generators to heat water. All washrooms have shower facilities. Fresh water showers are also available at the back of yachts for rinsing after swimming.

Do I need to bring linen and towels or a sleeping bag?

No. Yachts used for our cabin charters all have linen and towels provided.

What food is included?

Each of our cabin charters varies slightly on what is included. You will find full details of what is included on the dates and pricing section of each trip.

Will there be ice on board?

Some of our cabin charter yachts have icemakers onboard, on others ice can be purchased and stored in ice boxes. Ask your crew when you board if there are large quantities of ice always available.

How do the toilets flush on a sailing yacht?

Yachts will have either a standard marine head (manual pump handle attached to the pipes) or have a vacuum flush system (electric pump pressed by a button). Skippers will provide a briefing upon boarding to ensure that you know how to use the toilets correctly. Marine toilets only accept natural waste and anything else placed in the toilet will break the toilet.

Will there be air-conditioning on the yacht?

Some of the yachts do have air-conditioning; review the details of individual trips for more information. In European harbours in particular, generators are not allowed after 9pm so it is unlikely that air-conditioning will be ran after that time.  In the Caribbean, air-conditioning tends to run on the yachts from 8am-10pm but is turned off after that time. 

Is there electricity on board, how will I charge my devices?

All yachts have marine batteries to operate electrical equipment and most have cigarette lighter adapter for charging camera batteries and small accessories. Some yachts also have inverters, shore power cables and generators to provide electricity onboard. Most yachts will have electrical sockets in the cabin for use when the generator is on or connected to shore power.

Can I bring a hairdryer?

Skippers will accommodate the use generators for electrical sockets to be used where possible but this may not always be possible.

How much shall we tip the crew?

Your captain and crew will work very hard throughout the trip to provide excellent meals, snacks and drinks and offer great guidance - so it is customary to tip the amounts detailed on any individual charter. Tips are generally given as cash to crew. You can choose the proportions if you would like split your tip between crew members.


Reviews

 

Destination: Greece

Title: Sailing Paros to Athens June 2016

We both thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Steve was a knowledgable Captain who provided interesting insights about what we were doing and seeing. The itinerary was great even though we had to detour because of bad weather. Actually the detour to the Saronics was an unexpected pleasant surprise. The breakfast and lunch served by Steve and first mate Nick were delicious and the choice of restaurants for dinner were great. My wife and I go on many cruises but sailing in a midsize yacht instead brings you closer to environment and culture of new places, not to mention the experience of feeling an active part of the sea and not just an observer. Just too bad it had to end! We look forward to our next adventure with Poseidon!

From: Walter Grifel

Location: USA


Destination: Greece

Title: Week aboard Poseidon in Greece Oct 2015

Poseidon Charters was a life changing experience.  The crew was amazing, knowledgeable, beyond hospitable, and treated us all to a life changing experience.  The list of great moments is endless, but being able to enjoy the Greek Islands from a yacht was incredible. The opportunity to see historical monuments outside of Athens and see the variation between the Islands was special.  Highly recommend it as the crew and the family atmosphere was one for the books.  Can’t wait for the next go!

From: Garrett Carney

Location: San Francisco, United States


Destination: Greece

Title: Greek islands sailing adventure September 2015

What an amazing holiday from start to finish!  The week we spent on-board the good boat “Poseidon” with our great friends, our wonderful “Captain Akis” and our delightful host “Sharron” was a terrific, amazing and delightfully enjoyable experience. The adventure surpassed all of my expectations and I long for the day when I can do it all again. Every island visited was beautiful and unique , every experience encountered (planned or unplanned) contributed to the overall enjoyment, and every meal whether it was breakfast or lunch onboard or a sensational dinner at a restaurant (recommended by our crew), was perfect. Thank you Akis, Sharron and Steve … this holiday will live forever in our memories (Jake and Lynda)!

 

From: Jorgen Jacobsen

Location: Australia


Destination: Greece

Title: Cabin charter Greece September 2015

To put it simply the Poseidon cabin charter did exactly what it said on the tin,. The trip was a once in a lifetime experience that makes you want to go back for more. The crew were perfect from our first meeting, dealing with eight friends can be a daunting experience but they made us feel at home straight away and quickly became our long lost friends. Their choice of islands and lunch stops were perfect. Their restaurant recommendations were amazing‎ along with the on board catering I would strongly recommend Poseidon Charters and am sure that we will experience them again in the very near future.

From: Andy and Wendy Stevens

Location: Australia


Destination: Greece

Title: Cabin charter in Greece Sep 2014

Joining new friends Karen and Andy, we celebrated Zoltan's 50th birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary! We had a wonderful week aboard Christianna on the Aegean Sea. Thanks to Sharron and Steve for their professionalism and hospitality. Due to their knowledge and experience we could get a special view to the life of the Cyclades. We will never forget Ios' marvellous beaches, Paros' fabulous streets and shops, the lovely bays we could swim in and Deli's extremely delicious and rich dinner in Skinoussa. Thanks a lot.

From: Erika and Zoltan

Location: Budapest


Destination: Greece

Title: Cabin charter group of friends Greece September 2015

Even though we have been home from our trip to the Greek Isles for almost two months, Fred and I are still reminiscing about the fabulous time we had aboard the Poseidon.  Not being sailors, we weren’t sure of what to expect on our adventure – but being novices didn’t seem to make any difference in making this trip one of the best of our lives (and we have traveled a lot over the years).  Captain Steve gave us history, folklore, and other information about each place we visited.  He seemed to not only know a lot of people on the islands, but from their reaction, he had a LOT of friends there, and we can see why (he speaks a number of languages, including Greek).  Both he and Sharron were great fun, and took us to some wonderful restaurants and interesting places to visit.  They invited us to help sail the ship, teaching us some simple things to do.  Each afternoon we would anchor and snorkel in the crystal blue waters.  The cabins on the boat were small but quite adequate, and I have to admit that I slept better the week on the boat, being rocked to sleep, than I usually do.  I was concerned that I might be seasick, but I only felt a little queasy on one “rocky” day and Captain Steve helped me by suggesting I “take over the wheel”, which distracted me quite well!  By the end of the week, we were converts, and will definitely plan to join Poseidon Charters for another adventure, maybe this time exploring the islands in the Adriatic Sea.  If you are looking for a way to see Greece via sailboat, you can’t do better than going with Poseidon Charters!

From: Judy Suggs

Location: Georgia, United States


Destination: Greece

Title: Cabin charter Greece September 2015

"There is no better way to celebrate a milestone birthday than to climb aboard a beautiful sailboat with a group of close friends and sail away to the Greek Isles! Open water sailing is an adventure in and of itself, but getting the chance to visit some of the remote places one could not otherwise reach is the real treat. The island people are friendly and welcoming, and will make sure you never leave hungry. Greek culinary delights explode in mouth-watering bites at every port. Enjoy them all -- then go back and relax aboard your own private yacht. This is definitely the way to go!"

From: Jan Mock

Location: San Francisco, United States



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