"The Islands of the Gods"The Greeks sail in September when the water is warmest, summer crowds are gone, and the strong, Meltem winds have diminished. From Athens, we'll sail the "Sweet Saronics" and the coast of Peloponnesus, visiting sun-bleached villages, numerous legendary ruins, and a few sea-side tavernas. We'll be anchoring off spectacular beaches for solitude, and at cozy and classic Greek ports for renowned hospitality, dance, laughter and fabulous food.
Parties of 3-4, 5% discount per person; 5+, 10% discount p/p. Includes: 40-52' yacht, 4-8 people respectively, RT JFK to Athens, 4 land/air transfers, 3 nts hotel, Athens tour, taxes, cruising fees, provisioning starter kit*, a Greek feast, flotilla parties, archeological guide/capt/anchoring assistant... Mileage awards recognized. Additional expenses: air travel to JFK, food ashore, additional tours, fuel, water, port fees, gratuities.
Alternatives: If you have a special request (larger boat, larger crew, or an extended stay ashore, arrival/departure times...), just ask; we can customize your travel to your budget and desires.
PRIVATE CHARTERS are welcome! Take advantage of the discounts. Sail with the flotilla or spontaniously, without an itinerary.
FLOTILLA ITINERARY: The cruising possibilities in Greece are endless. The flotilla coordinator will take full advantage of the weather and cultural events and may alter this itinerary to enhance the trip. Please feel free to go at your own pace. It is your vacation!
Depart JFK non-stop to Athens.
Day 1: Arrive Athens around midday. Relax in A-class hotel or explore Athens. "Meet the group" gathering, climb to the Parthenon, or sleep. It's your vacation.
Day 2: After breakfast, join the group on a 1/2 day tour aboard an air-conditioned land yacht with archaeological guide. Afternoon and evening free.
Day 3: After a boat briefing, hoist sail for the island of Poros. Anchor in front of the bustling town or in a nearby quiet cove. Meet at a favorite taverna for a Greek feast!
Day 4: A short ferry ride takes you to Epidauros to admire the best preserved ancient theater in Greece. Afternoon sail to Spetses. Relax or wander the cobbled alleys and taste the famed "Fish a la Spetsiota."
Day 5: Everyone's charmed by Spetsos, so we'll stay another day. Spectacular beaches, a naval museum, birthplace of a seafaring heroine. Tour, swim, snorkel, rent a motorbike and/or sun on a deserted beach on the backside of the island.
Day 6: Sail off the wind to Ierakas. A very small, fjord-like harbor on the Peloponnesian coast, an unspoiled picture of traditional Greek life.
Day 7: A worthwhile day-stop just south of Ierakas is Monemvasia, a walled town which has barely changed since the Byzantine period.
Day 8: Cruise up the mainland coast to Leonidhion, a hamlet nestled beneath towering cliffs.
Day 9: Miracles have been known to happen at a nearby mountain monastery. After a healing, swim in crystalline waters on Tselevinia, then sail onto Idra, aka Hydra, a favorite among anyone who has cruised Greece.
Day 10: Idra, also beloved by painters for its local color and architecture, enchants by day and night. Stroll the cosmopolitan waterfront, lounge in a cafe, ride donkey-back to the hilltop for the views. For a exceptionally quiet night anchor off the deserted island of Dhokos.
Day 11: But the gorgeous beaches, harbors, architecture don't end. Sail the yacht into Egina and snorkel over the remains of an ancient harbor. Fish lovers - the market is the place to eat.
Day 12: Sail to the small wooded island of Angistri. The day is yours. Row around a quaint fishing village, or simply savor the life in one of many secluded coves.
Day 13: Return the yachts to the Athens base by noon. Transfer into the hotel. The night is yours.
Day 14: After breakfast, fly home, or spend a few extra days. Add-on excursions to other sites or islands, (Santorini, Mikonos...) can be easily arranged. We'll send you a list of popular options.
NOTES FOR THE LOGBOOK: This flotilla welcomes individuals, couples and private groups. The lead boat will have a licensed Capt. and room for 4-6 sailors or non-sailors. All other boats will have a competent skipper and at least 1 competent crew. Private charterers are not feel obligated to follow the itinerary. ASA Bareboat Chartering certifications are available with prior notice.
Prices are based on 4-8 crewmembers @ double occupancy. See top of page. 6 persons per 43-45'; 8 per 49-50'; 4 on a 40' at a $90/person surcharge. We will work with your budget and comfort requirements. Prices valid as of 8/97 can only be guaranteed upon deposit. $200/boat, berth or stateroom. 25% due Dec 1st.
The Boats: We have chosen GPSC due to its reputation for being Greece's finest charter company. The yachts are fully-equipped GPSC yachts: anchor windlass, dinghy, full linen . . . 3-4 double-berth cabins, sleep 5-12. Layouts available. Larger boats are available.
*Dining: Since fabulous local provisions are readily available, and dining ashore is excellent, inex-pensive and part of the experience, we provide only a starter kit (galley essentials and a few meals).
Travel arrangements: RT JFK to Athens. You have may arrive or depart at any time, though the charter must start on the 12th. Accomodations are A-class hotels. Pacific Yachting will assist you with all the details: air arrangements and transfers; tour suggestions; alternate itineraries...