Discover the Greek islands on a cabin charter in Greece. As an active crew member take the helm, trim sails, or simply relax on the sundeck – the choice is yours. Each day, enjoy a healthy breakfast, lunch, swim stop and participate in planned shore hikes, followed by the best restaurants Greece has to offer.
For over 25 years the itineraries on our cabin charters in Greece have evolved to become the most unforgettable, unique and sought after programs for sailing the Greek islands. There are three exciting itineraries to choose from.
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Saronic Cyclades: Athens to IosVIEW
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Cyclades Saronic: Ios to AthensVIEW
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Saronic Cyclades: Athens to AthensVIEW
Saronic Cyclades: Athens to Ios
Board in Athens and sail a selection of Saronic islands including Poros and Hydra before heading into the Cyclades via Kythnos or Milos ending on Ios island.
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Cyclades Saronic: Ios to Athens
Board in Ios, and sail the Cyclades stopping at Schinnousa, Paros and Delos then choose from Mykonos or Syros before heading via Kea back to Athens.
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Saronic Cyclades: Athens to Athens
Board and end in Athens combining both 7-night trips with a 2-day optional land excursion to Santorini half-way through the itinerary.
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- Cabin with private en-suite washroom
- Captain and cook/crew
- Expertly guided sailing tour on a cultural itinerary
- Prepared breakfast and lunch
- Non-alcoholic drinks with breakfast and lunch
- Water available all day
- 1 set of linen and towels per week
- Stand up paddle board, mask and snorkels
- Evening restaurant reservations with the best local gastronomy
- Dinghy and outboard
- Fuel and water for the yacht
- Insurance for the yacht
- Flights and transfers
- Single supplement of 40%
- Evening meals
- Alcohol, mixer drinks and snacks
- Beach towels
- Excursions and entrance fees to sites and museums
- All Santorini accommodation and transport
- Hotels pre or post trip
- Trip cancellation and medical insurance
- Gratuities – more information in resources
Depending on your cabin charter Greece itinerary, visit some of these stunning locations.
Sailing Greece on our tours, you will be on monohull yachts that are specifically designed for the larger seas of the Aegean and are built heavier at 40tons to offer more stability. The yachts are the largest in the cabin charter Greece industry and are designed by Ocean Star to have 5-6 double cabins all with private washrooms and cabin fans.*
The yachts have the following features:
- double-bed cabins based on double occupancy or single occupancy with supplement
- one set of linens per week
- two towels per person per week (beach towels excluded)
- bunk bed cabin 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
- 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
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. The cabins have a large ceiling hatch and side hatches (windows).
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. The cabins have side hatches (windows).
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 has a low ceiling height of 5' 5" and a smaller washroom with access by ladder to the cabin so is offered at a lower rate. The cabin has side hatches (windows). This cabin is only available on one of our yachts and is subject to availability on certain departures only.
Unless the small double stern has been reserved, cabin allocations are made on day of boarding. We are not able to provide specific yacht or crew names in advance.
*Actual accommodation may vary from images shown. On rare occasions an alternative yacht or 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 limited shore power/air-conditioning in the Mediterranean. When booking, it is not possible to specify a particular yacht or crew.
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
- fresh bread
- boiled eggs
- tea, coffee and juice
Lunch is usually served in the shaded cockpit anchored in secluded bays and consists of:
- resh 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
Soft drinks, iced tea and water are included and stowed on board. In the afternoon, coffee or tea and sweets such as chocolate and/or cookies are provided. Alcohol, mixer drinks for happy hour are not included.
Special Dietary Requirements
Can be accommodated in some instances with advance notice, but it is advised to bring your own snack foods if you have food intolerances or allergies.
Who takes our trips?
This 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. If that’s not for you, you can simply read a book and soak up the sun. You can join us if you are single, a couple or a group of friends, as you pay by the cabin. The majority of our guests are couples either younger or older!
What happens each day?
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.
Our cabin charter in Greece is an adventure sailing tour 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.
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 snorkelor it is best to bring your own.
*On rare occasions an alternative yacht or smaller yacht may be used based on the number of bookings. Yachts may motor sail in light air to make destinations on time. When booking, it is not possible to specify a particular yacht or crew.
Captain Steven Parry is our very own charter director and works as a skipper on most of the spring and fall Greek departures. He is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) commercial captain who has also trained with J-World, the Canadian Power Squadron and is a certified PADI Divemaster. Steven has worked in the Mediterranean since 1991, Steven has a BA in communication studies and attended the University of Texas A&M Masters level course in marine archaeology. He also dove with the Hellenic Institute of Marine Archaeology on the oldest shipwreck in the world at Dokos Island. Steven is convinced that sailing in the Eastern Mediterranean is one of the greatest travel experiences possible.
Captain Akis Papasarantis is an energetic 50 year old who studied Economics, Literature and Physics and is one of the founding members of the PanHellenic Skippers Association. He has 25 years' experience guiding and skippering international guests with all the major charter companies in Greece. During the winter he does yacht maintenance and he has delivered over 30 new yachts from France to Athens. Everyone who sails with him find Akis polite, cheerful and competent. Fishing, cycling and cooking are Akis’ other interests.
Captain Costis Georgas is a veteran skipper with knowledge of sailing modern sailing yachts and traditional 'caique' motor vessels. Born in 1957 in Athens, Costis has had a career on and in the sea specializing in underwater cinematography and video production. He is a father of 2, so great with kids and an all round great host to the Greek islands.
Sharron Ranby from the UK, came aboard in the spring of 2010. A keen sailor, she left her corporate marketing life behind to fulfill her ambition to sail the world, starting in Malaysia and Thailand. Sharron holds her RYA day skipper qualification and her warm personality and sense of fun and adventure makes guests feel welcome the minute they step aboard. Sharron's marketing background is invaluable in creating our company branding and website.
Sharon Weiner joined the company in 1998 as program director and has been instrumental in developing the position over the years. She is knowledgeable on all the island sites and guides guests on many of the excursions. Guests appreciate her organizational skills and her free spirit. Sharon joins us every few years and has a deep affection for Greece and sharing her love of the country with guests.
Athens Boarding Location
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.
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.
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.
Downtown Athens to Kalamaki Athens 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.
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
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/