Destination – Greece

North and South Ionion Islands (Levkas base)

Dodecanese Islands and the Cyclades (Kos Base).

The Saronic Gulf and Cycladese (Athens Base)

We offer top quality sailing charters in the best areas in Greece.  Prices are competitive with last minute discounts available and special offers.  Budget flight providers include Easyjet, Ryanair and Thompson.

Choose from three superb Greek bases of Levkas, Kos and Athens.   Fly to Levkas for North and South Ionion, Kos for the Dodecanese Islands & Athens for the Sporades and The Cyclades.

The Ionian Islands includes many smaller islands as well as the seven principal ones. Corfu, Parga and Paxi Island are in the North, a day’s trip from Levkas in the South where you will find Kefalonia with three fascinating ports of Luxouri, Fiscardo and Poros plus a mirad of fabulous communities to engage with and remote Islands to explore.

Start your tour of the Dodecanese from the Island of Kos.  This cruising area consists of an idyllic group of 12 larger plus 150 smaller Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, of which 26 are inhabited. Τhis island group generally defines the eastern limit of the Sea of Crete.They belong to the Southern Sporades island group. They have a rich history, and many of even the smallest inhabited islands boast dozens of Byzantinechurches and medieval castles.

The city of Athens lies on the north edge of The Saronic Gulf.  The Saronic Gulf includes the islands of Aegina-Poros-Idhra and Spetses ,with a lot of beautiful places on the Greek mainland to visit including Korfos-Palaia Epidavros-Vathi in Methana-Ermioni and N.Khinitsa close to the marina of Porto Kheli.

The Cyclades  is a Greek island group in the Aegean Sea, southeast of mainland Greece and a former administrative prefecture of Greece. They are one of the island groups which constitute the Aegean archipelago.

greece_ionian-largeThere are seven main islands in the Ionion Sea from north to south they are:

  • Kerkyra (Κέρκυρα) usually known as Corfu in English and Corfù in Italian
  • Paxi (Παξοί) also known as Paxos in English
  • Lefkada (Λευκάδα) also known as Lefkas in English
  • Ithaki (Ιθάκη) usually known as Ithaca in English
  • Kefalonia (Κεφαλλονιά) often known as Kefalonia, Cephalonia and Kefallinia in English
  • Zakynthos (Ζάκυνθος) sometimes known as Zante in English and Italian
  • Kythira (Κύθηρα) usually known as Cythera in English and sometimes known as Cerigo in English and Italian

The six northern islands are off the west coast of Greece, in the Ionian Sea. The seventh island, Kythira, is off the southern tip of the Peloponnese, the southern part of the Greek mainland. Kythira is not part of the region of the Ionian Islands, as it is included in the region of Attica.

All the islands are part of the Greek region of the Ionian Islands (Ionioi Nisoi), except Kythera. Kerkyra has a population of 103,300 (including Paxoi), Zakynthos 40,650, Kefallonia 39,579 (including Ithaca), Lefkada 22,536, Ithaki 3,052, Kythera 3,000 and Paxi 2,438.

In recent decades, the islands have lost much of their population through emigration and the decline of their traditional industries, fishing and marginal agriculture. Today, their major industry is tourism. Specifically Kerkyra, with its harbour, scenery and wealth of ruins and castles, is a favourite stopping place for cruise liners. British tourists in particular are attracted through having read Gerald Durrell’s evocative book My Family and Other Animals (1956), which describes his childhood on Kerkyra in the 1930s. The novel and movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin are set in Kefallonia.

The region is a popular tourist destination. The airports of Corfu, Zante and Cephalonia were in the top ten in Greece by number of international arrivals, with 1,386,289 international arrivals for 2012, with Corfu being the sixth airport by number of arrivals nation-wide, while Zante and Cephalonia also being in the top ten. While Cephalonia Airport had the biggest increase nation-wide by 13.11% compared to 2011, while Corfu had an increase of 6.31%.

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greece_dodecanese-islandsDodecanese are a group of 12 larger plus 150 smaller Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, of which 26 are inhabited. Τhis island group generally defines the eastern limit of the Sea of Crete. They belong to the Southern Sporades island group. They have a rich history, and many of even the smallest inhabited islands boast dozens of Byzantine churches and medieval castles.

The most historically important and well-known is Rhodes (Rodos), which, for millennia, has been the island from which the region is controlled.

Of the others, Kos and Patmos are historically more important; the remaining nine are Astipalea, Kalians, Karpathos, Kasos, Leos, Nisyros, Symi, Tilos and Kastellorizo.

iAgathonisi, Alimia, Arkoi, Chalki, Farmakonisi, Gyali, Kinaros, Levitha, Lipsi, Nimos,Pserimos, Saria, Syrna and Telendos are the remaining islands in the chain.

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greece_cyclades-islandsThe Cyclades comprise about 220 islands, the major ones being Amorgos, Anafe, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Eschate, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Kythnos, Melos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Folegandros, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos,Syros, Tenos, and Thera or Santoríni. Most of the smaller islands are uninhabited.

Ermoupolis, on Syros, is the chief town and administrative centre of the former prefecture.

The islands are peaks of a submerged mountainous terrain, with the exception of two volcanic islands, Milos and Santorini (Thera). The climate is generally dry and mild, but with the exception of Naxos the soil is not very fertile; agricultural produce includes wine, fruit, wheat, olive oil, and tobacco. Cooler temperatures are in higher elevations and mainly do not receive wintry weather.

The Cyclades are bounded to the south by the Sea of Crete.

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greece_saronicThe gulf includes the islands of Aegina-Poros-Idhra and Spetses ,with a lot of beauty-full places in the mainland of Greece like korfos-Palaia Epidavros-Vathi in Methana-Ermioni and N.Khinitsa close to the marina of Porto Kheli. The city of Athens lies on the north edge of the gulf.

Beaches line much of the gulf coast from Poros to Epidaurus,Galataki to Kineta.Megara to elefsis and from Piraeus down to Anavysos. Athens urban area surrounds the northern and the eastern coasts of this gulf.

The volcano of Methana is to the southwest along with Kromyonia at the isthmus of Corinth, Aegina and Poros. Methana is also the youngest most active volcano center forms the northwestern end of the cycladic arch of active volcanoes that includes Milos island, Santorini island. And Nisyros island.A hydropathic institute at Methana makes use of the hot sulphurous water that still surfaces in the area.The most recent eruption was of a submarine volcano north of Methana in the 17th century.

Sailing Itineraries
One week sailing Itinerary (Less Experienced Sailors)

DAY 1: Aigina (BA 1657). The small town around the harbor is a pleasant homely sort of place. The single column on Ak Kolona is all that remains of the temple of Aphrodite that formerly stood on the cape. Good tavernas around the waterfront and good shopping for provisions. Beware of shallow waters in front of Aigina main port.

DAY 2: Perdika (37o41oN, 23o27oE). The bay is an attractive place! Get here early and take some time off for a walk around the village and a beer on the seafront! Good tavernas on the waterfront, some of which specialize in seafood!

DAY 3: Vathi (37o35oN, 23o20oE). Good shelter with several cafes, and tavernas ashore. The hamlet is a delightful spot and well off the Saronic charter milk run.

DAY 4: Epidavros The port of the ancient Greek Epidavros, you can plan a road trip to the ancient theater of epidavros. You will also find tavernas, shopping and provisions.

DAY 5: Agistri a very beautifull small island where you can find clear blue waters and a relaxing atmosphere.

DAY 6: Poros (37o31oN, 23o25oE). The small volcanic peninsula on which Poros town is built was known in ancient times as Sphaeria. Very popular island and provides everything! Read more…

DAY 7: Back to the Marina of Alimos. Disembarkation no later than 09:00 am.

One week sailing Itinerary (Experienced Sailors)

DAY 1: Poros (37o31oN, 23o25oE). The small volcanic peninsula on which Poros town is built was known in ancient times as Sphaeria. Very popular island and provides everything! Read more…

DAY 2: Spetsai (37o16oN, 23o10oE). Around the old harbor are many grand old houses built in a prosperous era of the 18th and 19th centuries. Spetsai restaurants often have an excellent dish peculiar to the island which is well worth sampling!! After that you can visit Hydra (37o21oN, 23o28oE) the island of the ancient Greek poets, where you can find some nice tavernas and good shopping for provisions.

DAY 3: Ermioni (37o23oN, 23o15oE). Walk over the saddle of the town where things are peaceful. Sit in a bar on the waterfront with wonderful views over the water. Hardware shop

DAY 4: Hydra (37o21oN, 23o28oE). The island of the ancient Greek poets, where you can find some really nice tavernas and good shopping for provisions Read more…

DAY 5: Epidavros The port of the ancient Greek Epidavros, you can plan a road trip to the ancient theater of epidavros. You will also find tavernas, shopping and provisions.

DAY 6: Agistri a very beautifull small island where you can find clear blue waters and a relaxing atmosphere.

Aigina. The small town around the harbor is a pleasant homely sort of place. The single column on Ak Kolona is all that remains of the temple of Aphrodite that formerly stood on the cape. Good tavernas around the waterfront and good shopping for provisions. Perdika (37o41oN, 23o27oE). The bay is an attractive place! Get here early and take some time off for a walk around the village and a beer on the seafront! Good tavernas on the waterfront, some of which specialize in seafood! Beware of shallow waters in front of Aigina main port.

DAY 7: Back to the Marina of Alimos. Disembarkation no later than 09:00 am.

Two weeks sailing Itinerary

DAY 1: Poros (37o31oN, 23o25oE). The small volcanic peninsula on which Poros town is built was known in ancient times as Sphaeria. Very popular island and provides everything! Read more…

DAY 2: Ermioni (37o23oN, 23o15oE). Walk over the town. Sit in a bar or tavern with wonderful view over the water. Hardware shop and good shopping for provisions.

DAY 3,4: Spetsai (37o16oN, 23o10oE). The old harbor and environs is a wonderful place to wander around. Around the harbor are many grand old houses built in a prosperous era of the 18th and 19th centuries. Spetsai restaurants often have an excellent dish peculiar to the island which is well worth sampling!!

DAY 5: Nafplio (37o34oN, 22o47oE). Excellent shopping for provisions. Plenty of tavernas in town including some quite sophisticated places in and around the old streets.

DAY 6: Astros (37o24oN, 22o46oE). The village is built around the slopes above the harbor with the new development along the long sandy beach around the bay. The harbor is one of the most beautiful places in the gulf and even with its tourism remains a likable and very Greek village…

DAY 7: Monemvasia (36o41oN, 23o02oE). Good shopping for all provisions and good tavernas in a romantic setting between the steep slopes and the sea. Good ouzeries with octopus meze (delicacy) around the fishing harbor. Do not forget to buy some red and white wine, they are one of the best wines at Peloponnesus.

DAY 8: Kithera (36o14oN, 23o07oE). The island has another claim to classical fame and this is that Aphrodite was born here. It is the perfect place to enjoy quiet vacations!!

DAY 9: Ieracas (36o47oN, 23o05oE). The small hamlet is surrounded by the hostile mountains of the Parnon and is hardly touched by outside influences. Tavernas and cafes ashore. On the summit of entrance is an extensive ruined acropolis, probably of Mycenaean origin.

DAY 10: Hydra (37o21oN, 23o28oE). The island of the ancient Greek poets, where you can find some really nice tavernas and good shopping for provisions Read more…

DAY 11,12: Poros (37o31oN, 23o25oE). The small volcanic peninsula on which Poros town is built was known in ancient times as Sphaeria. Very popular island and provides everything!!

DAY 13: Aigina (BA 1657). The small town around the harbor is a pleasant homely sort of place. The single column on Ak Kolona is all that remains of the temple of Aphrodite that formerly stood on the cape. Good tavernas around the waterfront and good shopping for provisions.

DAY 14: Back to the Marina of Alimos. Disembarkation no later than 09:00 am.

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