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Saronic Sailing Adventure

If you love sailing and you wish to combine your summer vacations with some adventure, culture, history and relaxation in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, then our Saronic Sailing Adventure is the perfect option for you!

Join us on board and let us show you the hidden gems of the Saronic Gulf, indulge you in the local cuisine and guide you through the history of some significant archaeological sites, such as the temple of Aphaea and Ancient Epidaurus.  You can also enjoy swimming, snorkeling, hiking, biking and much more, having an unforgettable experience you will remember for years!

Our sailing adventures are ideal if you are looking for something more than just chartering a yacht. Sailing with Trails Beyond means that you will enjoy an authentic experience, including but not limited to swimming in secluded beaches, visiting beautiful islands, enjoying extra activities while on the islands, such as hiking, biking, visits to significant archaeological sites, tasting great food on board, while our crew is at your entire disposal to make your sailing holidays in Greece a truly memorable experience! You will be more than just a traveler, you will feel like a local!

The Saronic sailing adventure is also ideal for families traveling with younger children. The generally protected from winds Saronic sea sets the ideal conditions for a fantastic family sailing adventure!

If you are already a family of 4 or more or a group of friends, you can even book your own private sailing holiday, have the entire yacht just for you and your beloved ones and enjoy the absolute privacy on board! This is a great way to explore the islands at your own pace, customize the itinerary and activities based on what you want and feel 100% safe, as you are naturally distanced from other people.

Tours Highlights

  • Taste the original pistachios on Aegina island
  • Visit the temple of Aphaea, built in 500 BC and the monastery of Agios Nektrarios, one of the biggest in the Balkans
  • Circumnavigate the aristocratic green island of Spetses on a bike!
  • Take a Donkey-riding tour on car-free Hydra islandor join us on a hike and enjoy the amazing panoramic views over the island
  • Swim in the crystal – clear waters of Moni and Agkistri islands
  • Visit the sacred site of Epidaurus (a UNESCO Heritage Site), where the Sanctuary of Asclepius (God of Medicine) and the well-known Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus lie
  • Visit an Organic Olive Oil family-run farm near Epidaurus, learn more about olive oil making in Greece and taste extra virgin olive oil
  • Sip the sun under the Greek skies, while anchoring in beautiful, secluded beaches around the islands

 

Additional information

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

Welcome aboard! On our first day, you will embark our boat, which will be your vacation home for the coming week. You will take a boat tour with all the necessary instructions you need to know and you can settle in your cabins. We will then sail to our first destination, Aegina Island, famous for its pistachios (≈18-20nm, ≈ 3 hrs sail). On our way there we can optionally make a stop near Agia Marina for a quick swim.
Depending on the berths available at the marinas and/or the weather, we will either take you to the main port of Aegina or to the smaller quaint port of Perdika. Upon arrival in Aegina, later in the afternoon, you are free to walk around, enjoy the sunset and dinner in one of the seaside tavernas.

meals Welcome snacks          accommodation Cabin on board the sailing yacht

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Day 2: Aegina inland tour – Poros island

After enjoying breakfast on board, we will take an exciting tour in Aegina inland and explore some of its hidden gems! We will first visit the temple of Aphaea (dating back to 500 BC), located on a pine – clad hill at the northeast side of the island. We will then head to 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. Next comes the impressive Monastery of Saint Nektarios, one of the biggest of the Balkans.
Tour duration: approx. 2.5 hrs.

You will have some extra free time at the port of Aegina, so you can walk around, purchase any souvenirs you may want, taste traditional pistachio products and grab a quick 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).

Tip: do not forget to buy some fresh fruits and vegetables from the floating groceries (traditional boats in the port selling fruits & vegetables).

We will then set sail to the relatively small island of Poros (≈11nm, ≈ 1.5 hrs sail). But before getting there, we will drop our anchor around a nice beach, so you can enjoy a swim!
Once we enter Poros harbor, you cannot help but sigh at the scenic view of the little town that rises amphitheatrically over two hills and admire the historic Clock tower and the pastel-colored buildings lining the harbor front.

meals Breakfast                 accommodation Cabin on board the sailing yacht

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Day 3: Poros - Spetses island

Today we will sail to the charming green island of Spetses (≈25nm, ≈ 3.5 hrs sail). The island is well – known for its long naval tradition and its significant contribution to the War of Independence in 1821. You will feel captivated by its romantic and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Spend the day circumnavigating the island by bike, stopping at the beach with an underwater cave you can swim into.

Cars are banned in the harbor town, Dapia. If you are travelling with your family, treat the kids to a ride in a horse drawn carriage around the cobble-stoned streets

meals Breakfast, Lunch            accommodation Cabin on board the sailing yacht

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Day 4: Spetses – Hydra island

After breakfast on board, you will enjoy the morning on and off the yacht, swimming, snorkeling and enjoying the sun at a beautiful beach on Spetses. Depending on the weather, we can also stop at the beautiful, uninhabited island of Dokos for a second swim and lunch on board!

We will then sail to Hydra island (≈16-17nm, ≈ 2-2.5 hrs sail). Once we get there, you are free to explore the car-free island of Hydra, whose only means of transport are mules, your feet or the water taxis. It is an elegant artist’s colony and gives a sense of magic and romantic touch. You can wander around the art shops, handmade jewelry stores and clothing boutiques or we can take you on a hike inland and upward, ascending to the Prophet Elias monastery. The island is a paradise for hiking lovers and naturalists and its diverse natural environment and rich history and tradition make Hydra a unique destination you will love. The sailing boat is at your entire disposal if you simply want to relax on board or enjoy swimming in one of the island’s rocky beaches!

meals Breakfast, Lunch                     accommodation Cabin on board the sailing yacht

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Day 5: Hydra - Epidaurus

Today we will sail away from Hydra with destination the port of Old Epidaurus (≈32nm, ≈ 4.5 hrs sail). We will stop en route to enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters of the surrounding islands, while our crew will prepare a delicious meal for you!
Upon arrival at the port of Epidaurus, do not miss the chance to visit the archaeological site of Ancient Epidaurus, one of the most important healing centers of the antiquity. This is where the famous Epidaurus ancient theatre lies, a wonderful amphitheater, well known for its great acoustics, that hosts international festivals even today. You can combine the historical tour of Epidaurus with a visit at a nearby Olive Oil family-run Farm, where you can learn more about the olive oil making process and taste some fine extra virgin olive oil! Tour cost: 50€-65€ per person (depending on the season and the number of participants).

meals Breakfast, Lunch            accommodation Cabin on board the sailing yacht

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Day 6: Epidaurus - Agistri island

After breakfast, we will set sail for the nearby verdant island of Agistri (≈11nm, ≈ 1.5 hrs sail). Today you can spend a leisure day on board and in the water. If you love water activities, we can arrange a sea kayak tour around Agistri island, so you can explore more of its pristine beaches while paddling or you can rent a bike from the port and cycle around this small paradise!

meals Breakfast              accommodation Cabin on board the sailing yacht

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Day 7: Agistri island - Athens

This is the last morning of our sailing adventure, before we sail back to Athens (≈22nm, ≈ 3-3.5 hrs sail). We will take you to a beautiful secluded spot so you can spend your morning swimming, diving from the yacht or reading your favorite book. You will also enjoy lunch on board with traditional local delicacies, before we take you back to the yacht’s base.

meals Breakfast, Lunch     accommodation Cabin on board the sailing yacht

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Day 8: Departures - Check out

In the morning, by 9:30am – 10:00am, you will have to check out from the boat. You can either arrange a transfer to the airport, if you need to catch your flight, or continue your holidays in Greece!

meals On your own                     accommodation On your own

What is included:
 Sailboat with skipper and tour leader
 All meals as indicated on the trip notes (6 breakfasts, 4 light lunches)
 Inland tour in Aegina (incl. car transfer, tour leader, entrance fees in the archaeological site of Aphaea)
Snorkeling equipment & 2seater inflatable sea kayak
 Port taxes, petrol ,all electricity and water port costs
1 set of bed linen and towels per person
Cleaning fee
 
VAT

What is not included :

International airfares

Travel insurance

Optional activities that are not included in the day-to-day itinerary (visit to Ancient Epidaurus, biking on Spetses island, sea kayak in Agistri etc)

Security deposit (TBA depending on the yacht)

Transfer to/from the marina and hotel/airport transfers

Other expenses of personal nature and tips

Scheduled departures 2021 & 2022

Departs on Price / person + Own Cabin
22 May ‘21 1.250 580 €
19 June ‘21 1.250 580 €
03 July ‘21 1.320 620 €
21 August ‘21 1.320 620 €
11 September ‘21 1.250 580 €
02 October ‘21 1.180 500 €
21 May ‘22 1.250 580 €
18 June ‘22 1.250 580 €
16 July ‘22 1.320 620 €
27 August ‘22 1.320 620 €
24 September ‘22 1.250 580 €

*There is a minimum of 5 participants for our scheduled sailing trips to depart

*This is a semi-private sailing holiday, operated in small groups of 8-10 guests. Guests have their own cabins, but you might share the WC with your co-travelers, as well as common areas on the yacht (living room, kitchen, deck etc). In case you wish to enjoy a 100% exclusive experience, having the entire yacht available just for you, your family and friends, we welcome you to book a private sailing holiday and enjoy the utmost of the Greek islands in an intimate way!

You can find more info about our private sailing experiences here.

Prices for private groups 2021 – 2022:

Yacht class Price per group (up to 4 guests)
Period A Period B Period C Period D
Economy monohul 6,540 € 6,760 € 6,990 € 7,400 €
Prestige monohul 6,950 € 7,640 € 7,950 € 8,450 €
Economy Catamaran 7,700 € 8,250 € 8,520 € 9,250 €
Prestige Catamaran 8,200 € 9,200 € 9,650 € 10,500 €
 

 

Yacht class

 

 

Extra cost per person (5-8 guests)

Period A Period B Period C Period D
Economy monohul 500 € 500 € 520 € 520 €
Prestige monohul 600 € 650 € 700 € 750 €
Economy Catamaran 650 € 700 € 800 € 880 €
Prestige Catamaran 750 € 800 € 900 € 1,000 €
Period A before 22/05 & after 2/10
Period B 22/05-26/06 & 18/09-2/10
Period C 26/06-31/07 & 21/08-18/09
Period D 31/07 – 21/08

Please read carefully our Updated Flexible Terms & Conditions.

Travel safe – Learn more about our enhanced safety measures.

 

Tour Reviews

5/5 based on 6 reviews
November 14, 2017

Best Sailing trip ever!!!
We had the best time sailing with Danae in Greece! Can’t say enough good things about the trip. The boat was great, the laid-back nature of the trip was exactly what we were looking for, and we did exactly what we wanted each day on the island (scooters, hiking, shopping, sightseeing, etc). Danae also made great food every day and showed us the best spots on each island. My husband and I travelled with another couple from home and made new friends on the boat. We are already looking forward to our “Greek Reunion” with Danae next year!

November 15, 2017

This sailing trip was absolutely phenomenal. My husband and I booked it as part of our honeymoon and it was everything we had hoped for and more!! Some friends joined us and Danae was amazing in answering our questions, providing an amazing experience, and something not advertised… she is an AMAZING chef! Breakfast and lunch were a highlight to see what she would make! The islands we visited were exceptional as well, as Danae gave us tips on what to do, where to go, and what to eat. I would do this trip every year for the rest of my life if I could!!

July 16, 2018

We have recently enjoyed a week in and around the Saronic Islands with Danae from Trails Beyond.
Two Aussie couples on a catamaran with Costas as skipper and Danae as “guide come all ” was a wonderful experience.
It felt like travelling with friends who could transport us safely to wonderful destinations and swimming spots.
We enjoyed hikes, temples, ancient sites, amazing architecture, sailing, swimming, shopping and the odd beer and great food.
Greece in a nutshell! A wonderful stress free and relaxing introduction to our month in Greece.
Thank you
Heather and Peter
June 2018

September 14, 2018

Had the best time on this holiday. Warm, generous owner/ guide, Danae, and equally charming skipper, Costas, ensured this authentic experience of the Greek islands was 100% relaxing and enjoyable. Beautiful 49ft yacht, healthy delicious breakfast and lunches on board, swimming in the sea, exploring different islands late afternoon on. Loved this small group experience. Excellent value for money.

December 13, 2019

Put this trip on your bucket list! Coasta and Danae were awesome Skipper, Guide, cook, you name it, they did it. If you like personal attention, these two will give you that. They are young, fun and professional. Beautiful boat, water, islands, and villages. My sister and I are in our 70’s, cousin 60 and the remaining passengers 50’s and 30’s. So good trip for all ages. You can’t beat the money value of this trip. It includes breakfast and most lunches. I would love to do this trip again.

December 13, 2019

Hi Beverly!! Thank you sooo much for your wonderful words 🙂 One of the best, most easy going and wonderful people to have on board our yacht! Thanks for joining us and hope to see you again Big hug, Danae

February 21, 2020

Our captain Kostas and tour guide Danae were totally fantastic. We lived on board their Bavaria 49 sailboat for a whole week, and totally enjoyed everything. The fresh hand-prepared breakfast and lunch served each day was delicious and filling, with a nice variety. Our tour guide Danae arranged several fascinating tours on islands we visited. Kostas is a master sailor and also superb at the art of Mediterranean mooring, required at all the islands we stopped at. Most days we stopped midday and anchored for a swim, a real plus. Though wind was light and on several days we motored, we got some great hands on sailing on several of the days. Both Kostas and Danae were gracious, easy to talk to, and helpful in so many ways. it was an experience of a lifetime and one we will long remember!

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