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3Day Sailing Escape to the Saronic islands

If you love sailing and you are looking for a short refreshing getaway from Athens city, then this tour is just your ideal choice… Join us on board and let us show you the hidden gems of two Saronic islands in only 3 days!

Just a few miles away from Athens, this is a unique and exciting sailing escape that perfectly combines some adventure with culture, history and relaxation in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea… Whether you are a family, couples or group of friends, you cannot miss it!

 Tour highlights

  • Sail to 2 beautiful islands in the Saronic Gulf
  • 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 the abandoned ghost town of Paleochora and explore its numerous Byzantine churches
  • Taste fresh seafood and other local delicacies
  • Swim and enjoy snorkeling in the crystal – clear waters of Moni and Agkistri islands

Additional information

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

Welcome aboard!
We will meet at the designated meeting point in the morning of 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 Agia Marina for swimming and dives from the boat! In the afternoon, we’ll reach the quaint fishing village of Perdika, where we will stay overnight. You can walk alongside the small port and enjoy dinner in one of the local fish restaurants.

meals Light Lunch          accommodation Cabin on board the sailing yacht

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Day 2: Moni island - Aegina inland tour

The second day, after enjoying breakfast on board, we will sail towards 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!

In the afternoon, we will reach the port of Aegina and we will take an exciting tour in Aegina inland and explore some of its 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.
Next comes the impressive Monastery of Saint Nektarios, one of the biggest of the Balkans. 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 return back to the port of Aegina, 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.
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). You can enjoy your dinner in one of the coastal restaurants and also enjoy drinks in one of Aegina’s numerous bars along the port!

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 Breakfast, Light lunch      accommodation Cabin on board the sailing yacht

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Day 3: Dorousa island – Agkistri – Athens

The third and last day, 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.
On our way there, 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! We will enjoy lunch on board, before we take our way back to Athens.
We will reach Athens (Kalamaki marina) in the evening, where our wonderful sailing adventure ends.

meals Breakfast, Light lunch     accommodation Depends on your schedule

What is included:
 Sailboat with skipper and tour leader
2 nights of accommodation on a sailing yacht, based on double occupancy
 All meals as indicated on the trip notes (2 breakfasts, 3 light lunches)
Inland tour in Aegina (incl. car transfer, tour leader, entrance fees in the archaeological site of Aphaea)
 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 that are not included in the day-to-day itinerary (i.e. entrance fees to Kolona archaeological site)
Transfer to/from the marina and hotel/airport transfers
Other expenses of personal nature and tips

Scheduled departures 2019:

Departs on Price / person
26 May ‘19 480 €
13 October ‘19 480 €

Prices 2019 for private groups:

No of guests Price / person
4 guests 660 €
5 guests 548 €
6-7 guests 483 €
8 – 10 guests 425 €

*Please read carefully our General terms and conditions.

*Single supplement: 120 € for own cabin on board

Tour Reviews

5/5 based on 2 reviews
January 11, 2016

Where should I begin… This 2 day sailing trip in the Saronic is the exact city escape you need if you visit Athens. I honestly had a great experience and chance to see (and swim in) shores that I wouldn’t believe they exist so close to Athens. I would totally recommend it not only to tourists coming from abroad but even locals that want to see another aspect of the wider area. Great food, fun people, 100% value for money!

January 15, 2016

This 3 day sailing tour was the best city break we could choose from Athens! We never thought we could find such beautiful places and turquoise waters so close to Athens! The crew was fantastic, they treated us as if we were their friends, they showed us all the hidden secrets in Aegina island and we had the chance to see a shipwreck just from the water surface. The homemade food we ate on board was also one of the tour highlights. We will definitely choose Trails Beyond on our next trip to Greece and we highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Athens as a short yet fantastic getaway!

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