Sailing Yachts & Sandy Spots in Greece Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailor Made Adventures
Destinations:
Greece
Programmes:
Exodus Edits
Trip Code:
EVG
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

8 Days Land only

Trip Overview

Ahoy there! Fancy swapping your apartment for a yacht, and your grey cityscape for sun-drenched islands? Steady those sea legs and spend a week navigating the idyllic waters of the Saronic Gulf. Give us five days of your annual leave, and we’ll show you five Greek islands and the Peloponnese peninsula with all the beaches, history and escapism they bring.

Live Adventure, Give Adventure.

Each time you book an adventure with Edits, we’ll contribute £15 to the Inspiration Project. That’s enough money to fund a day trip for a local child. Since 2017, our guides have been taking disadvantaged children to see their country’s famous sights and you’ll help us do this more in 2020.

At a Glance

  • Seven nights aboard a yacht
  • Three hikes
  • Included e-bike tour
  • Additional optional water activities

Trip Highlights

  • Board a skippered yacht and set sail around five Greek islands
  • Hike to ancient temples, peer into an active volcano and cycle to see the best seascapes from lofty vantage points
  • Explore the aquamarine waters by swimming, snorkelling and kayaking

Is This Trip for You?

  • No previous sailing experience required
  • There will be one skipper and one further crew onboard
  • Crew prepare all food, but guests are expected to treat the boat as their home and keep it clean and tidy
  • Please bring soft bags as hard suitcases are not suitable due to limited storage

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Min group size:
6
Max group size:
14

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Athens
End City:
Athens

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Hello Sailor – you’re bound for the Methana Peninsula

    Welcome to Greece. You’ll be met at the airport and take the 30-minute journey to the Alimos Marina. Here, you’ll meet your group, crew and skipper for a briefing aboard a sailing yacht and your home at sea for the next week.

    At around 4 pm, it’s anchors aweigh as you set sail for Methana, crossing the Saronic Gulf. By 8 pm, you’ll be anchored at its volcanic peninsula, and join your group for an optional welcome dinner at a seafront restaurant.

  • Day 2

    Set sail to Poros

    After breakfast on board, you’ll have the chance to stretch your legs on a four-hour hike up Methana Volcano. The trail rises through pine forest, eventually leading to the precipice of the volcano’s crater.

    Later you’ll set sail to Poros, less than an hour away. Separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow sea channel, this romantic harbour town is lined with pastel-coloured houses overlooked by the Clock Tower.

    You’ll spend the afternoon anchored in the bay, having lunch on board and swimming and diving from the deck. There’s the option for water skiing and other watersports on Poros Island too.

    Tonight, you’ll venture into town for dinner at one of Poros’ seafront restaurants.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 3

    Navigate south for e-biking on Spetses

    After not-your-average-Monday breakfast, you’ll sail to Spetses, around four hours away and the most southerly of all the Saronic Islands. The town, enclosed by undulating hills and scented pine forests, is a lively spot steeped in naval history.

    There’s time for lunch before picking up e-bikes for an island tour, visiting the shimmering coves and immaculate beaches. The four-hour ride around the island will fly by, and before you know it, you’ll be back in the town.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Eastward to Hydra for hiking

    This morning you’ll sail to sun-soaked Hydra, a highlight of the Saronic islands thanks to its horseshoe port, cobbled lanes, clear waters and sublime architecture. There are no cars, scooters or even bikes on Hydra, giving it a quixotic feel. 

    With no wheels to transport you, you’ll motor under your own power, hiking for a few hours to the top of Eros Peak. Your efforts will be rewarded with spectacular views across the sea and a refreshing swim at Vlichos Beach.

    Instead of hiking, you can opt to scuba dive off Hydra Island, at your own cost.

    Tonight is yours to explore the town.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Depart for Aegina

    Parting with gorgeous Hydra is never easy, but today you’re bound for Aegina Island, stopping at the uninhabited Moni en route. Here you’ll swim and snorkel and have a spot of lunch before continuing to Perdica, a fishing town on Aegina.

    Here there’s an optional visit to the Temple of Aphaea. It’s an ancient archaeological site that forms an equilateral triangle with the Acropolis and the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio. Otherwise, you can spend some time in the port, admiring neoclassical buildings and floating markets and sampling the local pistachios from the harbour-front kiosks.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 6

    Taste olive oil on the Argolis peninsula

    Today you’ll set sail from Perdica bound for the aquamarine shores of Old Epidaurus on the Argolis peninsula. You’ll visit the ancient Epidaurus archaeological site, home of the god of medicine, Asclepius. There’s a well-preserved amphitheatre (with impressive acoustics) to admire before you visit an olive oil farm to learn about the oil-making process and taste the produce.

    Later, you’ll return to the port for a seaside walk towards the Sunken City.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Swim and snorkel around Agkistri Island

    After breakfast on board, you’ll head inland to Agkistri Island. Today the choice is yours – you can spend time kayaking around the island or spend your last full day swimming and snorkelling from the boat. Or maybe just soaking up the warmth of the sun on the deck, in a blissfully relaxing way to finish your week.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 8

    From the water to the sky

    By 9 am, you’ll disembark. Sunkissed and satiated, you’ll transfer to the airport.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Yacht

The group will sail in a flotilla of two yachts. On each yacht, there are cabins, with double beds or bunk beds. There is one single room available on each boat with a supplement. There are shared toilets onboard, an outside deck, living room and kitchen.  

Where a solo room is available, paying for a solo room only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for solo occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a solo room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a solo room.

Solo supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

  • All breakfasts, two light lunches and one dinner included
  • Water provided on-board
  • Vegetarian and vegan-friendly
  • A supplement applies for a gluten-free diet

Joining Instructions

On Day 1, you are met and welcomed by our representative in Athens international airport and transferred to the sailboat in Alimos marina of Athens (approx. 30 min transfer time).

Check-in on board is at 15:00pm. The crew & skipper welcome everybody. Once all passengers are on board the boat the skipper will give the safety briefing while the tour guide will do the tour briefing.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Included transfers 

Exodus Edits provide 1 airport return transfer from Athens airport to Alimos Marina.

Transfer arrival time

Arrive at Athens airport by 1.45pm in time for your transfer to Alimos Marina. If you do not take the group transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions.

We know that the unexpected can happen. Your plane may get delayed, or things just don’t go to plan. If you miss your tour departure, check with the hotel to see if your tour leader has left you a message with details of how to catch up with your group. If not, call our emergency number (you will find it on the final joining instructions) and our team will help you. Don’t forget that you are responsible for any extra travelling expenses incurred if you miss your tour departure.

Please note: The boat will depart at 16.00 so it is important not to miss check-in at 15.00.

Flights

Remember, flights aren’t automatically included in your trip. If you’d like the Exodus Edits team to help you find some good options, give us a call on 020 8772 3837.

Location start:
Athens airport or Alimos Marina
Location end:
Athens airport or Alimos Marina

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Soft bag, no hard suitcases
  • A windproof/waterproof jacket is highly recommended
  • Swimsuits and beach towel
  • Toiletries (no complimentary shower gel and shampoo is provided on-board)
  • Water bottle

Water Included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Practical Information

Passport

Greece

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Greece

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Greece

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Exodus Edits

Local Time

Greece's Timezone:
Europe/Athens EET (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Greece's Electricity:

230 Volts. Plug types C & F; establishments take European, two round pin, plugs.

Money

Greece's Currency

The national currency of Greece is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (September 2017) of approximately 1.1 to the GBP, 0.8 to the USD, 0.7 to the CAD, 0.7 to the AUD and 0.6 to the NZD.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

To cover any additional costs, including meals not included in the itinerary, we recommend a spending budget of around €150-250

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. If you wish to tip your skipper and crew member in appreciation of their help and friendliness, we recommend 20-25EUR each per person

Responsible Tourism

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

Learn more about what sustainable travel means to Exodus Edits here…

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

This trip includes time by a lake, river or sea, where there may be opportunities to swim. Swimming results in more tourists deaths than any other activity. All customers should always seek local advice before deciding whether to swim, and are requested to treat the sea with extreme caution if they choose to enter the water. Details on how to keep yourself safe while swimming are shown here.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.