SINGLE AND DOUBLE OCCUPANCY CABINS AVAILABLE BOOKING DEADLINE: August 1ST, 2017
ON SALE FOR 10 % OFF Single cabins - $2,610 (limited number available!) Double cabins - $4,680 Beginning in Athens, we sail along the Saronic Gulf stopping at the famous islands of Poros, Hydra, Spetses, and Aegina. With numerous bays to explore with secluded beaches around the corner from historical towns in the backdrop, the Saronic Archipelago is the prime yachting area of Greece. With a perfect mix of rustic towns and uninhabited anchorages, vacationing the Saronic Islands is one voyage not to miss. Included in the package is 7 nights aboard a modern 45' - 60' modern premier sailboat with private cabins, bathrooms and modern living accommodation, Sailing Collective captan and chef, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 3 dinners aboard. Each boat is limited to up to 8 travelers and 2 Sailing Collective crew with private full boat charters also available.
Rob N. Crooks grew up racing and later instructing on Lasers, 420s, and C-Snows on Chautauaqa Lake in western New York. With a strong thirst for exploration and adventure, Rob is prepaing to utilize his boating background for the ultimate sailing adventure, an around the world voyage. As a captain for the Sailing Collective, Rob might be found foraging herbs, diving for sea urchins, or making deals with a local restaurant for key ingredients in preparation for onboard cooking. Around the table, Rob immerses himself in the lives of his boat mates, enagaging in great conversation, helping to build strong relationships between Sailing Collective members. When not at sea, Rob works as an artist in New York.
April Valencia is a freelance stylist, photographer and artist based in Brooklyn. Born and raised in the southwest deserts of Arizona, she developed an early appreciation for transparency - a reoccurring influence within her work - capturing subjects free of inhibition. Valencia's company, Native Kind, provides a platform for her to incorporate design with her love for textiles and fabric installations. The Sailing Collective has given her the opportunity to combine her passion for travel, design and photography into one. IG: @april_valencia Web: aprilvalencia.com
The islands situated in the Saronic Gulf southwest of Athens are among the most beautiful and interesting of all the Greek islands.They are favorites close to one another, usually within a two or three hours sail. Long stretches of sandy beaches, fragrant pine forest, and rocky capes against a backdrop of brilliant sunshine and crystal blue water provide an infinite variety of scenic beauty.The cultures and people are as varied as the settings, luring visitors with pottery, sponges, pistachios, and almond cakes, which are available at shops and restaurants along the narrow, winding streets of the island towns
Alimos Marina (Kalamaki Marina) - Alimos 174 55
Alimos Marina, also known also as Kalamaki Marina, is the largest Marina in Greece, located an hour away from the new Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” and opposite the Vernicos Yachts Head Offices. The Marina can be accessed by taxi & public bus (E96) that departs every 15 minutes from the Airport.
Arrival and Departure Procedure
Meeting time at the marina is between 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Please notify your captain in advance if you are delayed and will not arrive by 6pm. Upon arrival, the front desk at the marina will direct you to the Sailing Collective boats. Each Sailing Collective sailboat dons our banner with logo where your captain and crew will be waiting for your arrival. After everyone arrives and settles in aboard, we will dine ashore for our first outing of the journey.The evening of Day 1 and the morning of Day 2, passengers should purchase alcohol or other and beverages for the week as well as any last minute personal provisioning.
Athens - Elefterios Venizelos Airport
Transfers from Athens Airport to the Alimos base are approximately 40 minutes.
Useful links for transportation to Alimos (Kalamaki) Marina.
Athens Bus Network (http://www.oasa.gr)
A very useful site for Athens Public Buses services.
Lots of information concerning bus routes, terminals, schedules etc.
You can even download a complete map of Athens with the bus network
(enormous PDF files, only for very fast connections)
Attiko Metro (http://www.ametro.gr/)
The site of "Attiko Metro" gives useful information for the subway network of Athens.
The "Ilektrikos" is the first subway line of Athens in service since 1869.
It links the Piraeus harbour with Athens and the northern suburbs.
Since it's operated by a different consortium than "Attiko Metro" it has a different Web Site...
The new way of transportation in Athens with lines that connect downtown with the coast. We are located on “Pikrodafni” station.
El. Venizelos Airport (http://www.aia.gr/)
The official Athens international Airport site.
Intercity Bus System (http://www.ktel.org/)
To travel between cities in every part of Greece, you can use the "KTEL" buses.
National Railways (http://www.ose.gr/)
For those preferring travelling by train...
The easiest way to reach Lavrion is to take a taxi from the airport (plenty of taxis waiting just outside) and reach Lavrion in approximately 40 minutes (depending on the traffic), costing 45 Euros (based on 4 passengers).
Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.
It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. The Sailing Collective cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt please contact your Embassy for full details.
Sailing Collective provisions each boat with local foods and produce from the region. Included in the provisioning package includes:
7 Breakfast, 7 Lunch, 3 Dinner, Snacks*, Water, Light beverages
Not included in provisioning package:
Soft Drinks, Alcohol, Wine, Beer, etc.
Cooking Aboard: Passengers and crew cook family style aboard with cooking enthusiasts welcomed. Sailing Collective skippers and crew are all talented cooks as well and will prepare meals as well. Collective groups may choose to dine out more times than scheduled if the group or individuals choose.
Dietary Restrictions: Important to notify your Sailing Collective representative of any dietary restrictions ahead of time and fill out details in Guest Form
Alimos Marina is one of the largest marinas in Greece with a 1000 permanent positions. The Marina is located South West of Athens 15 Km from the city center, 8 Km South of Piraeus port and 30 km from El. Venizelos International Airport. It is served by a dense transportation network of Trams, Buses and Taxis, with stations 500 meters from the Marina.
Amidst the blue of the Saronic Gulf, well protected on its own smaller gulf of Epidavros, with the scent from the valley's orange blossoms meeting the sea breeze in its picturesque and friendly port, with pine trees descending its slopes to offer their shade to its beautiful beaches, Ancient Epidavros, traditional yet modern, both tranquil and cosmopolitan, is always ready to welcome travellers whatever the season. Midway along the east coast of the Argolid district, with its houses spread out amphitheatrically from the sea inland, the little town is built on the site of the ancient city-state of Epidavros. The local church, St. Nicholas, is built on the ruins of the Temple of Hera and, nearby is the Sanctuary of Asklepios the Ancient Theatre that attracts thousands of visitors every day.
Hydra is a historically wealthy island and this is continued into modern times with it being known as a weekend getaway for Athenians and something of an artist's haven with many local art galleries showing exhibitions of well known and upcoming artists. Hydra is also known for its architecture and the main town is filled with beautiful houses. Hydra is also well known as an island with no cars or motorbikes, so enjoy the peace and quiet while you are there!
Some 18 nautical miles from Athens, Aegina is a popular first and/or last port of call for sailing charters starting and ending in Athens. A site not to miss is the impressive Temple of Aphaea built in the 5th century BC. Aegina is also famous for its fantastic pistachio nuts, the island's soil being considered perfect for their cultivation, so be sure to pick up a bag or two to take with you!
The town of Poros is built in the shape of an amphitheatre over two hills. In antiquity Poros consisted in fact of two islands, Sphería and Kalávria, but the last explosion of the Méthana volcano in 273 BC radically changed the morphology of the area. Sphería was cut off from Méthana, and in this way Póros took its present-day form. Lush pine trees vegetation, crystal clear beaches, a lively waterfront adorned with shops, cosy cafes and restaurants, a picturesque capital (it has been declared protected settlement) with grand traditional mansions and picturesque cobbled streets, as well as a wide selection of entertainment venues are the ingredients of this quiet, yet cosmopolitan, destination that attracts visitors from all age groups. Take the opportunity to stroll around the Lemon Forest, a verdant hill with more than 30,000 lemon and orange trees, located on the opposite situated coast of the Peloponnese, southeast of the town of Galatás. The boat trip will only take a few minutes. The view from the hilltop to the island of Póros is really stunning.
Along with Hydra and Poros, Spetses played a defining role in the Greek war of independence in the early 1800's. Spetses was the home of famous Greek heroine Laskarina Bouboulinas and her house has now been converted into a museum documenting her life and contibution to the independance struggle.
Now the largest chartered monohull by the Sailing Collective in the BVIs, the 53 built by Jeanneau, is perfect for larger groups and families, looking for a combination of sailing performance and comfort. Above and below deck, her layout allows for plenty of room for socializing, but also offers practicality and performance where required. Headroom: Entry to Cabins: 6' 1" Galley and Cabins: 6' 5" Headroom at helm: 6' 6" The Jeanneau 53 is a pleasure to sail and is responsive to touch, her electric winches and bow thrusters make her surprisingly easy to handle.
HanseYachts is presenting another top model: the new Hanse 455. Powerful and athletic. Striking and distinctive like a typical Hanse model, the new Hanse 455 breaks all boundaries. The strong rig brings the performance on the water. The boat is also characterized by extraordinary equipment and quality materials which guarantee a grand appearance typical of Hanse. Three double passenger cabins with three bathrooms and one captain and first mate cabin.