Scenery, history, great sailing

Let the strong winds of the Saronic Gulf carry you towards the waiting Saronic and Cycladic Islands. Boasting both island hopping and prolonged blue water sailing, the islands offer a cocktail of the Aegean’s culture, cuisine, history and scenery.

Discover peaceful beaches, ancient ruins and exceptional dive spots. Sample the Greek Islands’ famous nightlife or enjoy high-octane water sports. The one-week Saronic flotilla is a sociable way to explore some of Greece’s most beautiful scenery. 

Saronic itinerary

7
Days

Highlights

  • Ancient temples
  • Lord Byron's signature
  • Diving beautiful Kea Island
  • Catching the Meltemi Wind
  • Vibrant Poros Town nightlife
  • Excellent Cycladic Islands sailing
Day 1

Zea Marina

The day's sailing

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Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Exploring Exploring

Our Saronic base is located in the bustling Zea marina, just a short metro hop or taxi ride from Athens’ historic city centre. Arrive early and you’ll have time to explore a bustling metropolis home to some of Europe’s most incredible historic sites, including the Acropolis and the world-famous Parthenon. Whet your appetite for a weeklong voyage through the Saronic and Cycladic islands waiting just beyond the breakwater at Zea marina.

Day 2

Zea Marina to Epidaurus Town

The day's sailing

19
Nautical miles
4 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Exploring Exploring

Cruise through the mouth of Zea Marina and into the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea, through miles of open water to a beautiful port Epidaurus town set in a broad, clear bay. Epidaurus is a lovely spot for a visit. Arrange an excursion further inland to visit the ancient and spectacular Epidaurus Theatre. Constructed in the 4th century BC and extended in Roman times, performances are still held here today. Praised for its symmetry and beauty throughout history, Epidaurus Theatre is a must see.

Day 3

Epidaurus Town to Poros Town, Poros

The day's sailing

22
Nautical miles
4 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Exploring Exploring

Sail through the shallow waters separating Agisitri from her larger sister island Aegina, keeping the volcanic Methana Peninsula to your starboard side as you make for Poros Town. Quiet and romantic by day, lively and exciting by night, Poros provides a real taste of the Greek way of life. The ancient Greeks considered the island of Poros to be home to mighty Poseidon, god of the sea—which is reflected in the names of many local businesses today. Spend your time in Poros relaxing in a waterside taverna with your new flotilla companions, strolling along the attractive headland or drinking cocktails in the town’s many fine bars.

Day 4

Poros Town, Poros to Ermioni

The day's sailing

16
Nautical miles
3 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Exploring Exploring

Keeping to the coastline from Poros, you’ll pass the almost-untouched corner of the eastern Peleponnese on your way to Ermioni. This small seaside town is off the beaten path but has grown to be a popular tourist destination with a good beach for swimming, and a peaceful harbour with a great view of Hydra and Dokos.

Day 5

Free sailing day

The day's sailing

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Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Exploring Exploring

Now that you’ve had the chance to familiarise yourself with your yacht and grown used to sailing in the peaceful waters of the Aegean Sea, it’s time to strike out on your own and let your curiosity guide you. The free sailing day is your chance to sail alone or in small groups, taking in sights and experiences you’re particularly keen to see. You could visit the quiet, forest-covered island of Agistri to hike its gentle hills or swim and snorkel in the crystalline waters, or stop off at the dramatic volcanic peninsula of Methana and soak in its sulphurous baths. If you aren’t sure what to do with your free sailing day, be sure to ask your lead crew for the best local recommendations and the latest weather reports.

Explore Hydra

Overnight option

Hydra town is built on the slopes of steep hillsides where the traditional pace of life is still king. In fact it’s so traditional; you’ll have to make your way around on foot or donkey, as cars are forbidden in Hydra town.

Day 6

Aegina

The day's sailing

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Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Exploring Exploring

On your way back to base, your last stop is the beautiful island of Aegina, squarely in the middle of the Saronic Gulf. Aegina once rivalled Athens with its naval might, but today the island is a popular holiday destination amongst local Athenians.

Explore Aegina

Temple of Apollo

Visit the magnificent ruined temple of Apollo to the north of the town for a glimpse of Aegina’s ancient past.

Day 7

Aegina to Zea Marina

The day's sailing

16
Nautical miles
3 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Exploring Exploring

Return to Zea at your own pace and soak up the atmosphere of a last day on deck or hurry back and make the most of the opportunity to explore historic Athens. Whatever you decide to do, the last day of your Saronic flotilla holiday is sure to be a memorable one.

Discover Zea Marina

Suggested lunch spots

Anchor in one of the bays around pretty Phleva Island, enjoying olives, cheese and wine before slipping into the Aegean for a spot of swimming or snorkelling.