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Our base in Alimos Marina, close to Athens, is the perfect starting point for sailing the Saronic Gulf, whose smooth, calm waters make it ideal for those who have just started sailing.

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  • Ancient ruins
  • Delectable seafood
  • Scenic fishing villages

Athens sailing charter

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An Athens sailing charter offers something for everyone, from impressive ancient ruins to open-air markets, from vibrant nightlife to secluded Greek islands where you can swim or snorkel in crystal blue-green waters. 

History enthusiasts can visit the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion or the nearby Temple of Athena. Other fascinating places include the site of Kolona on Aegina, the ancient open-air theater at Epidavros and the Temple of Aphaia.

On your Athens yacht charter a trip to Poros should not be missed. Sail into the harbor for the best view of this beautiful town with its red-tiled houses and colorful little taxi boats. Then wander the narrow winding streets and stop for a break at one of many delightful cafes. 

From our Alimos base, there are many other places to discover that are within easy reach, including Kythnos, Aegina, Palaia and Methana. Our team will be more than happy to recommend local highlights.

To sail in Athens, you’ll need a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities, or you can hire a skipper. Read our guide to sailing qualifications for more information.

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Bareboat

For experienced sailors, a bareboat charter is the perfect getaway..
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Skippered

Relax and leave all the sailing to a professional skipper.
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The simplest, hassle-free way to charter a crewed private yacht.
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Fully crewed

Your own private yacht for an all-inclusive luxury sailing vacation.

Cabin cruise

Reserve a private ensuite stateroom on a modern catamaran.
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SailShare

Low package rates for island-hopping aboard a sailing yacht.

Aqualodge

Get closer to nature on the perfect self-catering Caribbean holiday.

Power Catamaran

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Top Things to do in Athens

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See the view from the Temple of Poseidon

Head to Sounion and walk among giant gleaming-white columns that date back to 444 BC and enjoy expansive views over the distant Greek islands. As one of the top things to do in Athens, it can get busy, so a visit here is best first thing in the morning or at sunset.

Lunch and sunbathing at Love Bay

This scenic little bay on Poros offers a day of relaxation, with sun loungers, divine views and refreshments on tap. Stop for a snack and stay for a delightful swim during your Greece yacht charter in Athens.

Horseback riding in Hydra

With no cars permitted on Hydra, horseback riding is the perfect activity for touring the best of this island’s scenery. There are a few different outfitters offering horseback riding.

Ancient Greek Theatre of Epidavros

One of our top things to do is to spend some time touring this ancient amphitheater, famed for its classic Greek construction and astounding acoustics. This UNESCO-listed monument is still used for concerts today.

Weather insights

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When is the best time to visit Athens?

The best time to visit Athens and the Saronic Islands is summer, with great temperatures averaging 86ºF in July and August and plenty of sunshine hours.

However, the Saronic Gulf and its islands have great weather conditions year-round, with mild winters and dry summers. In spring, between March and May, and fall, between September and October, the weather is still sunny and warm with very little rain. The area has a long sailing season.

What are the sailing conditions in Athens?

The sailing conditions for Athens yacht charters are normally relatively calm, so popular with families and novice sailors. 

Enjoy sheltered sailing in the Saronic and Argolic Gulfs with typically N to NNE winds averaging Force 3 to 4. In the summer you’ll find SE winds in the Argolic Gulf averaging Force 3 to 5. 

During spring and autumn, the winds are normally weaker and blow from the south. In the Saronic Gulf, you do not usually get the meltemi wind (the strong wind that is found in other parts of Greece) due to its sheltered position.

The reef of Aghios Cosmas, SE of the entrance of Alimos Marina, is difficult to spot at night, although there is a light on it. Stay clear of the Mermingia rocks, 4.5 miles SE of Alimos Marina in the direction of Cape Sounio.

Use the moorings on the floating pontoon and the head of Pier 3, as no anchors are allowed.

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Sailing Athens with Dream Yacht Charter

Yacht charter Athens

Enjoy Aegean sailing with an Athens Greece yacht charter. Enjoy the best of Greek food and culture on board your own catamaran or monohull.

Skippered Athens sailing charters

You do not need any sailing knowledge to be able to cruise the Aegean on your own yacht. Hire a skipper to take care of the sailing while you enjoy relaxing and seeing the sights.

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Athens sailing itinerary

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7-day itinerary Argosaronic & Peloponnesian regions

Day 1

Set off from Alimos Marina (also known as Kalamaki Marina), the largest marina in Greece with restaurants, snack kiosks, telephones, toilets and showers. Don’t miss the sights at Athens before you sail.

Day 2

Head to Epidaurus Marina on the north eastern Peloponnese coast in Argolis and explore the huge 4th century amphitheater with its impressive, intact stadium, rising up in perfect symmetry. This ancient ruin, together with Mycenae, are important archaeological sites in Greece. Make sure you snorkel the sunken city of Epidaurus to see ancient underwater ruins.

Day 3

Sail over to car-free Hydra Island, named after its natural springs by the ancient Greeks. Get to know Hydra’s main town and the artist community. Most of the island is wild and perfect for hiking. Or dive at Bisti, swim at Mandraki and enjoy the sands at islet Agios Nikolaos.

Day 4

Spetses Island has a strong naval history and you can see its influence among the architecture of the captain mansions. The beach at Agii Anargiri is one of the largest on the island with Berkiris’s cave at one end. Agia Paraskevi beach is popular with its green-topped rocky backdrop, flanked by a whitewashed church and sandy beach.

Day 5

Head to Galates, opposite Poros, to stroll the forest which is home to thousands of orange and lemon trees. At Poros waterfront, climb the hill to the clock tower for a great view of the bay. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches, so try Love Bay, Askeli and Monastery.

Day 6

Make for Aegina Island, a popular destination with native Greeks. Explore the ancient ruins at the Temple of Aphaia and the Temple of Apollo at Kolona, where you can get a great view too. You can also island hop to nearby islets of Moni and Metopi.

Day 7

Head back to Alimos Marina

Useful information for yacht charters in Athens

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How do I get to Athens from the US?

Fly to Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) direct from New York with Emirates, or with scheduled stops from San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago with American Airlines. 

We can arrange airport transfers on request and the airport is a one-hour taxi ride away from your Athens yacht charter.

What language is spoken in Athens?

The language spoken in Athens is Greek.

What is the currency for Athens?

The currency in Athens is the Euro (EUR).

What documents do I need to sail Athens?

To visit Athens you will need a valid US passport. US citizens do not need a visa for visits to Greece for up to 90 days.

To sail Athens you will need a sailing license that is recognized by local port authorities.

Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.

How do I get around Athens?

You can get around Athens and mainland Greece easily by taxi. You’ll find taxis at the main drop off and pick up destinations, such as ports and airports.

What is the Wi-Fi like in Athens?

You’ll find free Wi-Fi in many town squares, shopping malls, restaurants and cafes, but you may find that speeds vary.

Cell phones with sim cards from European Union countries (except Switzerland) operate without roaming fees. For other countries, please contact your provider. Local sim cards are available for sale at telecommunication shops.

What regulations are there in Athens?

The regulations in Athens vary depending on weather conditions. Scuba diving is allowed only with an instructor and after seeking permission from the port authorities. Fishing requires a special license. 

Make sure you’re aware of the regulations ahead of your Athens yacht charter.

Where can I find weather forecasts in Athens?

You can find Athens weather forecasts on the Meteo website.

What provisioning is there in Athens?

There are plenty of choices for provisioning in Athens. Please refer to the base guide.

What baggage can I take on my yacht charter, Athens?

Please  take only soft bags and not suitcases as they are too cumbersome on board.

What is the electrical current in Athens?

The electrical current in Athens is 220V (power sockets are F type).

What is the dialing code for Athens?

The dialing code for Greece is +30, and the Athens area code is 21.

What is the cancellation policy for Sail Share?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits.

Our Sail Share cabin cancellation fees are:

  • More than 90 days before original embarkation date: 25% of the charter fee
  • 89 – 60 days before original embarkation date: 50% of the charter fee
  • 59 – 30 days before original embarkation date: 75% of the charter fee
  • Fewer than 29 days before original embarkation date: 100% of the charter fee

How flexible is the itinerary for a Sail Share charter?

Our yacht itineraries are designed by our destination experts and are set to showcase the best of the destination’s highlights. They are set and not flexible, even if you book all the cabins.

What happens if the weather changes while sailing on a Sail Share charter?

The skipper may decide to change the itinerary if there is bad weather.

Can I choose which cabin I want when I book a Sail Share?

Choose a double cabin with shared bath, or private bath for an additional fee.

Are there child or age restrictions for Sail Share?

Minimum Age: 16 years old

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We had an incredible trip and actually got engaged on the first night of our sail! We will certainly be back one day. Thank you for getting us ready for our charter. We were definitely beginners but he gave us a very thorough but very easy to follow training and it gave us a lot of confidence.

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