Our Greek base is located in Athens at Zea Marina. Zea Marina is conveniently located in the port of Piraeus, around one hour from Athens International Airport. Zea Marina lies on the northeast coast of the Saronic Gulf.
Zea Marine Freatida
Friday and Saturday: 9am-8.30pm
Base is open from 1 April-7 November.
Base and shore facilities
Zea Marina facilities include:
Fuel, electricity, water, supermarket, chandlery, restaurants, cafes and bars, toilets and showers, laundry and dryers, postal services, wireless Internet access, ATM and bank.
Our boats are on Quay C.
The marina has its own swimming pool. You can swim for free if you buy drinks at the bar.
Arrival and departure
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Gatwick information: 0844 335 1802
Heathrow information: 0870 000 0123
Manchester information: 0871 271 0711
Luton information: 0158 240 5100
Glasgow information: 0870 040 0008
Luggage allowance is 20kg per person. Only one item of hand luggage per person is allowed and this must not weigh more than 5kg. For storage aboard we recommend travelling light and using folding luggage.
Lost or damaged luggage whilst flying is the responsibility of the airline and is not covered by your travel insurance. Thomson Airways carries no liability for loss or damage to valuable or fragile items packed in hold baggage however caused. You must not include in checked baggage money, jewellery, precious metals, computers, personal electronic devices, negotiable papers, securities or other valuables, business documents, passports and other identification documents or samples.
If an incident occurs, immediately report it to airport officials and ensure Property Irregularity Reports (PIR) are completed. Claims will not be considered once you have left the airport.
If you're taking our Thomson Airways flights and wish to enquire about pre-booking seats, please call the airline direct on 0844 871 1603. Group seats are available for pre-booking through us. Please call us for more details.
Please note: Thomson Airways are unable to provide a priority check-in service for your inbound flight. This service operates at London Gatwick outbound only. Alcohol may be taken on flights but only in checked luggage (well secured from breakages) not as hand luggage due to airport security restrictions.
Athens Elefterios Venizelos Airport, opened in 2001, is approximately 19 miles east of Athens. The journey time from Athens International Airport to Syntagma in the centre of Athens, is approximately 25 minutes. To Pireaus ferry port it takes approximately 60 minutes.
For flight inclusive holidays transfers are included. Transfers from Athens Airport to our base are approximately 60 minutes. Our base staff are happy to organise a taxi transfer for you. Please email the base at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon your arrival at Athens Airport there are several ways to get to Zea. Options include:
- Athens Metro: take the Metro to Monastiraki and change for Piraeus.
- Bus: route X96 to Pireaus.
- Tax: costs approximately 60 euros. Our base staff are happy to arrange a taxi transfer for you. Please contact us at email@example.com
We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage, as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.
Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht.
Passport and visas
Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket, otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.
If your child is not already included on a valid British passport, they are required to hold their own passport.
EU passport holders do not require a visa.
Non-British passport holders should check with their local consulate direct.
It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. We cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you're in any doubt, please contact your embassy for full details.
Customs and immigration
All visitors must have a valid passport or an IC for European citizens and onward ticket.
Travel formalities for non-EU citizens: For the citizens of the EU, no passports are required. An ID is enough. There are no currency limits, customs formalities or vaccines required.
Travel formalities for non-EU citizens: a valid passport is required for citizens from countries other than the EU. Visitors of some countries a visa is obligatory. There are currency limits and customs formalities. For more information, contact your embassy.
There is no departure tax for Athens.
Your yacht will be ready for boarding at 6pm. Chart and boat briefings will be scheduled. The chart briefing describes the cruising area and any potential hazards.
The yacht briefing introduces you to your yacht, its systems and rigging. It is carried out individually for each yacht. It is important that all systems and equipment are fully understood. Briefings are mandatory.
Out of hours arrival procedure
The base personnel will wait for you until 9pm. After 9pm, you will find an information sign at our reception office with a message for you indicating your yacht's berth. Your boat will be open and indicated by a sign with your name. The boat's equipment will be ready for the night. The base personnel will be available the next day at 9am.
Please return to the base by 5pm on the day before your departure. You will need to check out by 9am on the day of your departure.
Before departing your boat you'll need to collect a debrief form from reception.
The debrief form is to let us know if you have encountered any problems with the boat or broken anything during the trip. This enables us to rectify problems for the next charter.
In addition to filling in forms, we also require you to bag dirty laundry and leave in the cockpit, empty all cupboards and fridges of food and throw away, return snorkel gear and any lifejackets borrowed from reception and ensure that the boat is returned to us in a clean and tidy state. We reserve the right to charge you for boats left less than shipshape.
Sailing experience: Level 3
Click here to view the sailing requirements in Greece.
Cruising permits and taxes
In Greece it's essential that we have all of the following details in advance: full name, date of birth, place of birth, nationality and passport number or ID card number for every member of your crew so that your boat papers can be prepared. You won't be able to sail without these papers, and failure to supply information in advance could delay your departure from the base.
It's also essential that you bring any RYA certificates or other sailing qualifications with you.
Night time sailing
Night sailing is not permitted; you must be moored at least one hour before sunset at all of our locations.
Cruising area limits
This information is covered in the chart briefing.
Mooring fees and taxes
Greece does levy mooring fees in some harbours, and these are not included in the price of the charter.
Most overnight stops in this area will be ‘bow to’ Mediterranean mooring on town quays. This will cost approximately 10 euro per night to be paid at each town locally. Marina prices are considerably higher, depending on the size of your yacht.
If you stop free of charge at a private jetty, it is expected that you will eat at that taverna.
Shower facilities are available at most restaurants for a small charge.
Charts and pilot book
All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are on board the yacht.
Charts and pilot books can be purchased from the UK chandler Kelvin Hughes by contacting 02380 634911.
Skippered charter information
The skipper’s time is booked from 12pm-12pm in 24-hour periods. If you have reserved a skipper for the first day of your charter and have a 6pm start, he or she will use this time to ensure they are happy with all aspects of the yacht and will be at the base to meet you upon your arrival. If you've reserved a skipper for a later date on your charter they will start at 12pm on that day.
The skipper is responsible for the safety of the yacht at all times. They are not permitted to dive with you, nor leave the vessel overnight. He or she must conduct a safety brief with you before leaving the dock regardless of the duration of the contract with you.
For “check out charters” (anything less than the full duration of the charter) the check out skipper’s time is booked from 6pm-6pm to allow for a meet and greet in the evening and go over basic systems, then a full day with you the next day.
The skipper is required to give you a thorough briefing on all aspects of the yacht and dinghy in addition to assisting you with planning an itinerary for the trip and advising you how to contact the base, the return to base procedures and the emergency assistance procedures. We suggest that you attend the scheduled chart brief that will be supplemented by the skipper during his or her time with you on the yacht. We also suggest that you make it clear exactly what you want to cover: anchoring, docking, etc.
The skipper fee does not include food or beverages for the skipper and this is your responsibility. We suggest that you discuss this on the first day with your skipper and establish whether you'll provide cash for meals, whether you've included him or her in your provisioning or whether you'll accommodate him or her as part of the group for meals ashore.
The skipper must have his or her own cabin. We prefer not to put the skipper in the bow due to the shared head and size of the cabin. If you expect your skipper to stay in the bow, please let us know well in advance so that we can choose the appropriate (small) skipper.
For one-day check out skippers, it's your responsibility to get the skipper back to the base. If you prefer not to come back to the base you must pay all expenses (ferry, taxi, etc.) to get him or her back to the base.
The average tip for a skipper is 15-20 percent of the skipper’s fee. This is, of course, at your discretion.
Cool boxes are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Please sign for these and return them clean and undamaged, otherwise you will be charged for replacement. Only one per boat.
Banks and money exchange
The currency in Greece is the euro (EUR). Money changing facilities are present in the majority of towns, although, they are not that readily available off the beaten track. Money changing should be done either with cash or by travellers’ cheques, euro cheques and credit cards are rarely accepted, with most local tavernas accepting only cash.
Banks are open Monday-Thursday from 8am-2.30pm, and on Friday from 8am-2pm.
There are often small exchange offices in town offering a better exchange rate than the bank. They are open from 8am-8pm.
Banks are available in Piraeus close to Zea Marina, Epidavros, Ermioni and also on the larger islands of Aegina, Hydra, and Spetsai.
Credit card information
Travellers cheques and credit cards are accepted in most restaurants and shops in the major towns.
Please note: bases are unable to accept personal cheques and cannot give cash back on credit or debit (Switch/Delta) cards.
Currency can be exchanged commission free at any high street TUI retail travel agent on production of your Sunsail invoice. You can pre-order your currency from a TUI travel agent by telephoning them in advance on 0870 9005154 to find your nearest branch.
The official language of Greece is Greek.
Cost of living in Greece
The cost of living in Greece is approximately 10 percent less than the UK. Prices in Greece usually include service charges, although it's normal to leave loose change as well.
There is an excellent choice of tavernas and restaurants throughout these islands. Our local base staff will advise you of their whereabouts.
Tipping is standard and expected in all restaurants/bars and for other services undertaken during your holiday. The rule of thumb is generally 10-15 percent of the amount charged. Some establishments automatically add this onto the bill.
Tip according to quality of service.
Supermarkets: the supermarket Sklavenitis is situated five minutes by foot from the base.
Shops in Greece tend to be open from 9am-1pm and in the evening from 5pm-8pm.
Special purchases include lace, jewellery, metalwork, pottery, garments and knitwear, flokati rugs, leather goods, local wines and spirits. Athens is the centre for luxury and designer goods and local handicrafts.
Hydra and Spetses offer a wide variety of jewellery, art, and boutique shops catering for sophisticated tastes. Regional specialties can include silver from Ioannina, ceramics from Sifnos and Skopelos, embroidery and lace from Crete, the Ionian Islands, Rhodes and Skiros, alabaster from Crete and flokati rugs from the Epirus region.
Visitors should be aware that many ‘antiques’ sold to tourists are fake; it is illegal to export any item of real antiquity without a special permit from the Export Department of the Ministry of Culture.
Iroon Politechniou 93
Piraeus 185 36
Tel: +30 2104 284 580
Electrical, phones and music
The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. Electricity in Greece is 220 volts and uses the standard European 2-pin plug. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220 volts you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.
GSM 900 and 1800 networks exist. Coverage is good around the major towns on the mainland and on many islands. Main operators include Cosmote, Q-Telecom. Stet Hellas, and Vodafone. Please check with your service provider for coverage details and call costs. You may need to activate international roaming on your contract.
All boats are fitted with a radio and CD player. If you wish to listen to your iPod whilst sailing you will need to bring along an I-trip or FM radio transmitter.
You will require a 3G key to get internet onboard. This can be purchased from the airport Germanos shop, located in the arrivals hall.
Car and jeep hire
Car hire is available at Athens Airport and throughout Greece. All international rental companies are available.
We offer a wide range of food and drinks packages to suit your party’s needs.
There is a supermarket five minutes by foot from the base.
Scuba diving in the Greek Islands' crystal clear waters offers an excellent opportunity for both beginners and experienced divers. There are a number of diving centres throughout Greece.
We have a range of snorkelling gear which you may wish to use. We are limited on children’s sizes so if you have your own you may wish to bring them with you.
The newest way to experience the water. Experience gliding on the water's surface; this is as close as it gets to 'walking on water' and is suitable for all ages.
Explore our world of water by kayak and reach places that you never even knew existed. Check our website for more details.
Health and safety
Illness or injury
If you get ill and visit the doctor or hospital during your trip contact a member of Sunsail staff as soon as possible on either your lead boat or at our base. If you need to make a claim for curtailment due to illness, ask the base manager for assistance and contact your insurer’s emergency medical service immediately.
Your insurance company will assist with travel arrangements, advice and payment of bills.
Obtain receipts for any medication, treatment or transport you have to pay for and submit with your claim.
All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets and harnesses. We leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.
We have a limited supply of children’s life jackets (age 4+ only). If you have your own children’s life jacket we would encourage you to bring it along.
We suggest that children who are not strong swimmers should not be allowed in a dinghy without a life jacket or buoyancy aid and that they should wear a buoyancy aid or harness when on deck.
Children under the age of 16 should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy.