Bareboat & Flotilla Charters/Flotillas

Argo-Saronic & the Peloponnese Flotilla from Poros

The Area

This route brings you close to nature and an area steeped in history and legend. Idyllic sailing with predictable steady breezes with plenty of secluded anchorages and swimming spots. From the enchanting island of Poros, some favourite islands include Hydra, Spetses, Perdika as well as Plaka and the ancient theatre of Epidavros. This flotilla covers a northern or a southern route over the course of a week. The northern route in the Saronic Gulf via Aegina visits the charming ports of Perdika, Vathi, Palea Epidavros and Korfos each boasting its own special character and charm. Two routes in the Argolic gulfs visit the some delightful fishing villages and bays together with the famous ancient port towns of Naplion and Monemvasia. 

During the summer there is also the chance to join the 2 week Eastern Peloponnese flotilla which follows the Argolic route for the first week and continues south along the Peloponnese coast for the second week, as far south as Monemvassia or even up to Kythira.

This flotilla boasts a superb fleet of yachts, consistant winds and a perfect starting and finishing point away from busy shipping lanes and in the middle of a wonderful and varied sailing area. The narrow waterway between Poros and the mainland makes a great natural harbour for our Saronic Gulf flotilla home base, complete with waterfront tavernas and bars. From here the first week normally takes you north via Epidavros, with its fabulous amphitheatre, to visit the floating fruit and veg boats in the pistachio and pottery port of Aegina town. En route you will drop anchor at sleepy Perdika, Korfos and Vathi.


2022 Flotilla embarkation dates for the Argo-Saronic from Poros

THE SARONIC GULF NORTH OF POROS
The Aegina Route

2022 embarkation dates from Poros:
7 May, 21 May,
4 June

17 September

1 October, 22 October

Embarkation is from 17:00 (5pm) on Saturday and disembarkation is at 09:00 the following Saturday. The boats will return to Poros base on Friday afternoon. 

The Saronic Gulf Flotilla will visit five of the following ports or bays (one overnight in a bay is included, weather permitting). 

Distances 10 - 20 NM/day

Methana - situated on a volcanic peninsula on the Peloponnese. There are some excellent hiking trails and amazing views. There are also some sea caves to discover and a hot spring on the beach. 
Vathi - A charming little fishing harbour. Vathi should be reached early to be sure of a place. There are excellent fish tavernas and a visit to the extinct volcano caldera above the hamlet of Kratiras is worthwhile, but not in sandals!
Palaia Epidavros / Nea Epidavros - Visit the spectacular ancient amphitheatre or simply enjoy the beach. The harbour at Paleo Epidauros has many good tavernas and bars with places to swim. This makes it a particularly pleasant destination. However, the most important aspect of Epidauros is the nearby Asklepion and the famous amphitheatre, an absolute wonder and world heritage site which should not be missed. The theatre is still used to stage plays during the summer months, over 3,000 years since it was constructed.
Korfos - a good choice of tavernas and crystal clear waters. Korfos is a semi-landlocked bay and a useful anchorage before or after transiting the Corinth canal. It can provide good shelter in the event of other nearby harbours being full. There are some tavernas and provisions are available.
Aegina town - take a taxi to the Temple of Aphaia or stroll around in the colourful seaside town. Aegina is a bustling little port surrounded by numerous small shops tucked away in narrow back streets with colourful tavernas and cafes along its waterfront. Traditional caiques with fruit and vegetables tie up along the quayside and sell their wares directly from the boat.
Perdika on the south-west tip of Aegina is a charming fishing village with excellent seafront tavernas and bars. There is a lovely beach which is a great place to view the sunset. 
Angistri is a little-visited island west of Aegina. Limin Angistri on the north east offers reasonable shelter. The island is densely wooded and has attractive bays on the west coast sheltered by Dhonousa islet.

 THE NORTH ARGOLIC GULF FROM POROS
(via NAFPLION)

embarkation dates from Poros:
30 April,
14 May, 28 May

11 June, 25 June
9 July, 23 July
6 August, 20 August, 
3 September, 24 September,
8 October

Embarkation is from 17:00 (5pm) on Saturday and disembarkation is at 09:00 the following Saturday. The boats will return to Poros base on Friday afternoon. 

North Argolic Flotilla will visit five of the following ports or bays (one overnight in a bay is included, weather permitting). 

Distances 10 - 28 NM/day

Ermioni - It is really worthwhile finding the time to visit this beautiful village perched on a pine-clad peninsula. Choose the north or south quay according to the wind direction and enjoy magnificent sunsets from the many fine tavernas. 
Tyros - this old naval town is now a beautiful, traditional Greek fishing village. It is located 19 km north of Leonidio between the Parnon mountains and the Myrtoan Sea. The ancient Tsakonian dialect is still spoken here by a handful of locals. Visitors can buy local honey, olive oil, Tsakonian cheese and traditional hand-woven materials. There are a few small hotels, tavernas and bars along the seafront. 
Plaka - Great swimming, or stroll up the hillside to explore the ancient cliff top town of Leonidhion. Plaka harbour is situated under impressive rocky slopes and boasts a mile long beach with tavernas selling dishes sourced from the local market gardens. It is the port for Leonidhion which is situated four kilometres inland on the floor of the valley and is the capital of the region. Leonidhion is an untouched Arcadian town and worth a visit to see the beautiful traditional stone houses and the spectacular landscape that surrounds it. Nearby is the spectacular convent of Mount Elonis.
Nafplion / Nafplio - is the capital of the Peloponnesian region and an important coastal city with tons of history. From ancient times, through the Middle ages, Byzantium, the Venetian occupation, The Ottoman empire and once the Capital of Greece from 1827 - 1834. There is a mixture of architectural styles, and an ancient castle. The lively alleys and back streets of the sea-port town are full of craft-shops, bars, tavernas, dripping with colourful bougainvilleas. 
Astros - a small town in the Argolic Gulf in eastern Arcadia lies a few kilometres from Paralio Astros, the main port village and part of the old settlement. There are beaches nearby and a medieval Frankish fortress stands above the small peninsula island. There are approximately 1000 permanent residents. 
Tolo - a popular tourist resort, in a beautiful location, Tolos boasts a sheltered beach, warm waters and golden sands. Water sports inluding scuba-diving and kite-surfing are available from the beach in the summer months. 
Koilada - is a picturesque fishing village located in Ermionida. It is famous for traditional shipbuilding and boat yards. You can eat freshly caught fish in many of the village tavernas. There is a small local beach and an ajoining cafe-bar, just past the large church at the end of the harbour. 1 Km away is the famous Lepitsa beach. 
Porto Heli - Porto Heli’s fine little harbour is well protected from the wind and much favoured by yachtsmen. Across the water are the ruins of the ancient city of Alieon. Whether you arrive by sea or not, you’ll enjoy your stroll through the streets lined with shops, restaurants and hotels. Porto Heli is one of the most luxurious holiday destinations in Greece and is well known for its beautiful beaches, across the narrow straits from the island of Spetses, there`s a bit of everything here, including a lively nightlife. You’ll find good swimming at Ververonta with clear water and beach bars, at Hinitsa with golden sand and pine trees and at Kounoupi, which is an extension of Agios Emilianos.
Dhokos (Bay) - A small island adjacent to Hydra with a nice sheltered bay to the north of the island, ideal for an overnight stay. 
Agios Nikolaos bay / Hydra island - This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Hydra and situated in a secluded area full of pine trees on the western coast, and is only reachable by boat. It is very popular with yachties. It`s best to put a line to shore for safety. The sea is crystal clear and there is a small cantina on the beach during the summer offering refreshments. The beach has fine pebbles, a few sunbeds and straw umbrellas. 

HE SOUTH ARGOLIC GULF FROM POROS
(via MONEMVASIA)

2022 embarkation dates from Poros:

18 June
2 July, 16 July, 30 July
13 August, 27 August, 
10 September
15 October

Embarkation is from 17:00 (5pm) on Saturday and disembarkation is at 09:00 the following Saturday. The boats will return to Poros base on Friday afternoon. 

South Argolic Flotilla will visit five of the following ports or bays (one overnight in a bay is included, weather permitting). 

Distances 10 - 28 NM/day

Ermioni - It is really worthwhile finding the time to visit this beautiful village perched on a pine-clad peninsula. Choose the north or south quay according to the wind direction and enjoy magnificent sunsets from the many fine tavernas. 
Plaka - Great swimming, or stroll up the hillside to explore the ancient cliff top town of Leonidhion. Plaka harbour is situated under impressive rocky slopes and boasts a mile long beach with tavernas selling dishes sourced from the local market gardens. It is the port for Leonidhion which is situated four kilometres inland on the floor of the valley and is the capital of the region. Leonidhion is an untouched Arcadian town and worth a visit to see the beautiful traditional stone houses and the spectacular landscape that surrounds it. Nearby is the spectacular convent of Mount Elonis.
Kiparissi - a small village in Lakonia, situated between the slopes of Mount Parnonas and the shores of the Myrtoan sea. It has a unique character, and very much resembles the style of the Greek islands. There are a couple of sandy beaches. In recent years it has become famous as a rock climbing destination as well as a perfect location for yachties to spend the night. 
Gerakas / Ierakas - A natural fjord consisting of three small villages with small houses perched on the hills; a magestic landscape where photographers come to immortalise the views. There are several tavernas in the sheltered harbour.
Monemvasia - the town is situated inside the walls of a medieval fortress built on top of a rock island, about 100 m above sea-level and joined to the mainland by a 200m long causeway. Here you will find many delightful small cobbled alleys full of tourist gift shops and restaurants. 
Fokianos bay - arguably one of the best beaches in Greece, for many years it was only reachable by boat, although now there is a road to the village of Kyparissi and there are now a couple of tavernas and some sunbeds on the beach. 
Dhokos (Bay) - A small island adjacent to Hydra with a nice sheltered bay to the north of the island, ideal for an overnight stay. 
Agios Nikolaos bay / Hydra island - This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Hydra and situated in a secluded area full of pine trees on the western coast, and is only reachable by boat. It is very popular with yachties. It`s best to put a line to shore for safety. The sea is crystal clear and there is a small cantina on the beach during the summer offering refreshments. The beach has fine pebbles, a few sunbeds and straw umbrellas. 

Combine different routes for 2 or 3 week flotillas. 

Two week flotillas include two days of free sail at the end of first week. Additional days of free sailing possible at any time. Lead yacht returns to Poros Friday and rejoins on Sunday evening with new additions.
Distances. Most days the distances only require 3 to 4 hour of sailing leaving plenty of time to stop for swimming.
Getting a berth Some ports, at certain times of the year, may require an early arrival in order to secure a berth.
Visiting Hydra and Spetses These ports do not have enough berths or are frequently too busy to visit with the entire flotilla. These can be visited on free sail days or, in early or late season on with fewer yachts in the flotilla.

Note: Sailing holidays, routes may vary during the season according to weather and operating conditions. Our flotilla crew will keep you fully briefed each day.


The Yachts

We offer modern yachts, mainly Jeanneau from 29` - 50`, carefully chosen for their excellent reliability and sailing performance, comfortable and well planned accommodation. Standard equipment includes bimini top for protection from the hot sun, roller genoa plus roller or slab reefing on the mainsail, electric windless (32ft +), hot water shower, deck shower, VHF radio, GPS, dinghy, full safety equipment including life jackets, fire extinguisher, flares etc. bed linen and blankets and a fully equipped galley with electric fridge. Additionally, charts and a Greek waters pilot are provided. Outboard engines are offered as optional extras up to 39`. Over 40` they are included free of charge. 

2 cabin yachts 3 cabin yachts 4 cabin yachts 5 cabin yachts 

Sun Odyssey 32i (2007)

Sun Odyssey 33i (2012)

Sun Odyssey 349 (2014-2018)

Sun Odyssey 36i (2007)

Sun Odyssey 389 (2016)

Sun Odyssey 409 (2011-2014)

Sun Odyssey 439 (2011-2015)

Sun Odyssey 44i (2009)

Sun Odyssey 469 (2015)

 Beneteau Cyclades 50.5 (2007)

The Weather
The area is well-protected from the North-east Aegean winds (Meltemi) in high summer and is ideal for novice sailors, families with children, intermediate sailors and small groups. The conditions in the Saronic gulf, Argolic gulf and along the eastern coast of the Peloponnese are ideal for sailing with predictable and steady breezes over the day.

Getting There
Our base in Poros can be reached by ferry or hydrofoil from the port of Piraeus (about 1.5 hours). Piraeus is approximately 40 minutes from Athens international airport. Transfers can be arranged on request. The advantage of starting your holiday from Poros rather than from Athens is that you are immediately in the heart of the islands and can avoid the long sailing leg from Athens to the islands, which is often heavy with commercial traffic. Instead, scheduled flights direct to Athens are a short taxi or bus trip from the main port of Pireaus, from where you can catch a fast ferry to Poros.

2 week Peleponnese ports of interest

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