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Don’t have the time to go on a weekly sailing tour, but you still want to explore those secret island beaches, accessible only by boat? Our 2day sailing tour from Athens is your ideal choice!

Join us on board and enjoy a fantastic sailing adventure in the crystal clear waters of the Saronic Gulf… Swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters of Moni and Agkistri islands, discover the significant history of Aegina island, visit the Temple of Aphaea, enjoy delicious snacks and meals on board, prepared by our crew and…last, but not least, have fun in one of Aegina’s charming bars alongside the port!

This is a unique sailing escape from the city, ideal for those of you willing to discover Athens nearby treasures beyond the ordinary way… You, your family, couple or friends are our special guests. Recline on deck and soak up the sun and dazzling sea views or get active and enjoy swimming, walking and of course sailing…It’s up to you!

 Tour highlights

  • Sail to 2 beautiful islands in the Saronic Gulf
  • Enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the crystal – clear waters of the uninhabited Moni island
  • Taste the world renowned pistachios in Aegina island
  • Visit the temple of Aphaea, built in 500 BC and the monastery of Saint Nektarios, one of the largest in the Balkans
  • Hike in the abandoned ghost town of Paleochora and explore its numerous Byzantine churches
  • Taste fresh seafood and other local delicacies on board
  • Swim in Agkistri island, the closest to Athens natural paradise
  • Sit back and relax as your captain sails your boat through the Aegean Sea

Additional information

Tour paceLeisure
Suitable forAll travelers, Couples, Families
Comfort levelStandard
AvailableApril-November
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Day 1: Athens – Moni island - Aegina island

Welcome aboard!

We will meet at the designated meeting point at about 8:30am the first day, for a boat tour with all the necessary instructions you need to know. After you settle in your cabins, we will set sail to our first destination, Aegina Island, famous for its pistachios.

On our way there, we’ll make a stop at the tiny uninhabited island of Moni. Once there, you will enjoy swimming & snorkeling in the turquoise crystal clear waters or go hiking through its pristine pine forest and come across beautiful deer and peacocks! You can also enjoy a coffee or ouzo (Greek aperitif) at the only tavern in the island, while our team will prepare a delicious lunch meal for you!

In the afternoon, we will reach the port of Aegina, where you will be free to visit Aegina town, walk through its alleys with the charming shops or alongside the picturesque port, admire the beautiful neoclassical buildings and enjoy a cup of iced coffee or lunch. If you are a history aficionado, we also recommend you to visit the Temple of Apollo at the archaeological site of Kolona, which lies at a walking distance from the port. Once there, do not miss the chance to visit the Archaeological Museum, the first one to have ever been built in Greece (in 1829).

Alternatively, we can take you on an exciting inland tour, so you can explore some of Aegina’s hidden gems! We will first visit the temple of Aphaea, located on a pine – clad hill at the northeast side of the island. It is the most important monument in the sanctuary of Aphaea, dating back to 500 BC. Our next stop is the impressive Monastery of Saint Nektarios, one of the biggest of the Balkans. If you put your ear to Saint Nektarios’s tomb, you can hear the sound of his feet tapping. Behind the monastery lies the island’s Mystras and also former capital, Paleachora. We will follow the hiking trails to explore this abandoned “ghost town”with its numerous byzantine churches and enjoy the panoramic views over the Saronic Gulf.

Once we are back, you are free to enjoy dinner in one of the numerous restaurants along the port and also drinks in one of Aegina’s charming bars.

Tips: do not forget to buy some fresh fruits and vegetables from the floating groceries (traditional boats in the port selling fruits & vegetables), which you can enjoy on board and of course, fresh raw plain or roasted local pistachios!

meals Lunch             accommodation Cabin on board the sailing yacht

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Day 2: Agkistri island - Dorousa - Athens

The second day, after enjoying breakfast on board, we will sail away to the small verdant island of Agkistri, known as the closest to Athens natural paradise. We’ll enjoy the rest of our day diving from the boat, swimming and relaxing in this pristine landscape. We can also anchor at the magnificent uninhabited island of Dorousa, where you can discover, while snorkeling or diving, the shipwreck of the 79m long Avantis III, lying at 18m depth!

Lunch on board, before we take our way back to Athens, which we’ll reach early in the evening (around 20:00pm)

meals Breakfast, Light lunch     accommodation Depends on your schedule

What is included:
 Sailboat with skipper and tour leader
1 night of accommodation on a sailing yacht, based on double occupancy
 All meals as indicated on the trip notes (1 breakfast and 2 light lunches)
 Port taxes, petrol ,all electricity and water port costs
 Bed linen and towels
Cleaning fee
 
VAT

What is not included :

International airfares
Travel insurance
Optional activities (i.e. entrance fees to Kolona archaeological site – 3 euro/person, inland tour to the Temple of Aphaea and St Nektarios monastery – 28 euro per person)
Transfer to/from the marina and hotel/airport transfers
Other expenses of personal nature and tips

  Scheduled departures 2018:

Departs on Price / person
4 June 2018 330 €
8 July 2018 330 €
16 September 2018 330 €

Prices 2018 for private groups:

 Number of guests Price per person
For 2-3 guests 760.0 €
For 4 guests 460.0 €
For 5 guests 375.0 €
For 6-8 guests 330.0 €

*Single supplement: 120€ for own cabin on board

*There is a minimum of 6 participants required for the tour to depart in our schedule departures

*Please read carefully our General terms and conditions.

Tour Reviews

5/5 based on 1 review
September 17, 2016

We had a wonderful time with Trails Beyond crew in a lovely 2day sailing trip in the islands of Egina, Moni and Agistri, near Athens. It was ideal for a short escape from the city. The trip with the boat was lovely as we were lucky enough to have the wind to enjoy some sailing hours, with our very experienced Captain, Stavros, who alongside with Danai offered us a very comfortable, unique experience of the Greek islands. We thank Trails Beyond for their beautiful and polite hosting, their wonderful cooking and their enthusiasm and love for the service they offer! Non commercial, human and different experience!
We will definitely going to chose them again!

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