Saronic Islands Luxury 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 on Aegina island and Ancient Epidaurus, the sanctuary of god Asclepius and the most important healing center of the Ancient Greek and Roman world. You can also enjoy swimming, snorkeling, hiking, biking and much more or simply relax on board and sip the sun, 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! Our very small groups of maximum 8 guests on board will guarantee the intimate and authentic holidays you are looking for.
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.
- Enjoy a week on board a luxurious sailing boat, sailing around renowned Greek islands!
- 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 island or 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
|Suitable for||All travelers, Couples, Families|
Day 1: Athens – Poros 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, Poros Island, (≈28nm, ≈ 4 hrs sail). 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.
You will have free time to walk on your own and explore the picturesque town, before we go out all together for a welcome dinner!
Day 2: Poros - Dokos island - Ermioni
After breakfast on board, we will sail towards our port for today, which is located at the south coast of the Peloponnese peninsula and, in particular, the quaint small town of Ermioni (≈22nm, ≈ 3.5 hrs sail).
On our way there, we’ll stop at the uninhabited island of Dokos, where we will spend our day swimming, snorkeling and relaxing on board, while our crew will prepare a delicious lunch for you! Dokos is an ideal and favorite destination for sailing boats, as it offers clear waters and shelter from almost all winds. It is also perfect for those who love wild landscapes, peace, tranquility and stunning sunset views!
In the afternoon, we’ll reach Ermioni, where we will spend the night.
Day 3: Ermioni - Spetses island
Today we will sail to the charming green island of Spetses (≈11nm, ≈ 1.5 – 2 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
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.
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!
Day 5: Hydra - Aegina island & inland tour to Aphaea temple
Another wonderful day awais for you! After breakfast, we will sail to Aegina island, famous for its pistachios (≈25nm, ≈ 4.5 hrs sail). Depending on the berths available at the marina 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, 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.
Once we are back, you can enjoy a walk along the portside, admire the neoclassical buildings, taste several local pistachio products, before we head for dinner all together.
Tip: do not forget to buy some fresh fruits and vegetables from the floating groceries (traditional boats in the port selling fruits & vegetables).
Day 6: Aegina - Agistri island - Old Epidaurus
This morning, before we leave Aegina, if we are docked at the main port, you can have some free time to visit the Temple of Apollo at the archaeological site of Kolona, which lies at a walking distance. Once there, do not miss the chance to visit the Archaeological Museum, the first one to have ever been built in Greece (in 1829).
We will then set sail to the nearby verdant island of Agistri (≈9nm, max. 1.5 hrs sail), drop our anchor and enjoy swimming in crystal clear turquoise waters! Once you enjoy lunch, our compass will take us to our final destination for today, the small port of Old Epidaurus (≈9nm, max. 1.5 hrs sail).
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).
Day 7: Epidaurus - Athens
This is the last morning of our sailing adventure, before we sail back to Athens (≈32nm, ≈ 4.5 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.
*Skipper & crew reserve the right to modify the itinerary at their discretion, depending on the weather & wind conditions.
What is included:
Sailboat with skipper and tour leader
All meals as indicated on the trip notes (6 breakfasts, 4 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
1 set of bed linen and towels per person
What is not included :
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 (300 euro per person cash upon embarkation, fully refundable at the end of the trip)
Transfer to/from the marina and hotel/airport transfers
Other expenses of personal nature and tips
Scheduled departures 2023:
|Departs on||Price / person||+ Own Cabin|
|20 May ‘23||1.850 €||900 €|
|24 June ‘23||1.990 €||1.000 €|
|26 August ‘23||2.100 €||1.150 €|
|30 September ‘23||1.850 €||900 €|
*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 2023:
|Prices per person|
|Number of guests||Period A||Period B||Period C||Period D|
|4 guests||2.280 €||2.400 €||2.600 €||2.720 €|
|5 guests||2.085 €||2.040 €||2.260 €||2.280 €|
|6-7 guests||1.750 €||1.800 €||1.980 €||2.000 €|
|8 guests||1.400 €||1.530 €||1.700 €||1.800 €|
|Single supplement||800 €||900 €||1.000 €||1.150 €|
|Period A||before 20/05 & after 7/10|
|Period B||20/05-17/06 & 16/09-7/10|
|Period C||17/06-29/07 & 02/09 -16/09|
|Period D||29/07 – 02/09|
Please read carefully our booking terms & conditions.