ABOUT YOUR SAILING COLLECTIVE JOURNEY
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.
Sailing Collective is a hands-on, bespoke charter company exploring coastlines of the world on crewed sailing adventures. Our customized voyages integrate adventure, heritage, and great sailing through a unique and thoughtful approach to modern travel.
With diverse backgrounds as sailors, travelers, artists, gastronomes and academics, Sailing Collective offers a wealth of information and life experience to every journey. Your journey will be crewed by a sailing collective captain and private chef. Trained professionals and explorers at heart work, they will work with you to build a customized day to day itinerary tailored to your group needs, interests and desired activities.
Option 1: Lagoon 40 Prestige (2019) | Athens | $16,000 total
Option 2: Lagoon 450 (2019) | Athens | $18,000 total
Option 3: Lagoon 50 (2019) | Athens | $22,000 total
Option 3: Lagoon 450 (2019) | Trogir | $17,500 total
Option 3: Saba 50 (2018) | Trogir | $24,000 total
Included in the Collective Package:
• Private Collective captain and chef
• Travel support to help customize and guide your group's journey
• Delicous family style meals with six breakfasts, five lunches, three dinners and snacks aboard, all prepared by your private chefs
• Marina fees, dockage, and moorings for overnight anchorages
• Boat incidentals including fuel, water, bedding, towels, etc.
• And, of course, unabashed adventure and epic memories!
50 percent due at booking, remaining balance due 90 days prior to departure
Please review cancellation, change, and insurance policy on the booking page before booking!
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.
Sailing Collective will provision your journey with local foods and produce.
Cooking Aboard: Your Sailing Collective crew is incredibly talented and can handle the group's needs with ease. We are all about participation and learning, so if you'd like to help, just ask and we'll get you involved! Collective groups may choose to dine out more times than scheduled if the group or individuals choose.
Dietary Restrictions: please notify your Sailing Collective representative of any dietary restrictions ahead of time using the provided Guest Form.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. The name on your passport must match the name on the flight ticket, otherwise, you may not be able to travel.
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.
Collapsible bags in place of large rigid suitcases are advised for ease of transport on and off the boat. Loading and unloading from the dingy can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes such as flip-flops that you can get wet if we are landing on a beach.
During days on the water, you’ll want to be wearing light and comfortable clothing. As the vast majority of your time will be spent outside, prepare for elements — bring a light raincoat just in case, a hat to shield yourself from the sun, and a set of warm clothing. Throughout the week we may dine out at a nice restaurant, so bring gear that you’ll look nice in and suits your style. Loading and unloading from the dingy can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes that you can get wet is recommended.
ALIMOS MARINA, ATHENS
Alimos Marina is one of the largest marinas in Greece with 1000 permanent positions. The Marina has 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.
Along with Hydra and Poros, Spetses played a defining role in the Greek war of independence in the early 1800s. Spetses was the home of famous Greek heroine Laskarina Bouboulinas and her house has now been converted into a museum documenting her life and contribution to the independence struggle.
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.
The town of Poros is built in the shape of an amphitheater 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, cozy 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.
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 is considered perfect for their cultivation, so be sure to pick up a bag or two to take with you!
Trogir is a remarkable example of urban continuity. The orthogonal street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was embellished by successive rulers with much fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period. Dating back to the 3rd century, Trogir was founded by Greeks. Wandering the bustling narrow passageways paved in stone it's easy to see that some things have not changed much in Trogir in the last 2000 years. The Kamerlengo castle provides an impressive backdrop to the start of our journey as we sail past its ramparts into a week of exploration.
Visit Maslinica, a port town of just two hundred people that grows olives in groves reaching up to the hillsides. Maslinica is an old fishing village with a handful of cafes and shops and a modern marina. Spend time wandering the hillside amongst grazing livestock in ancient olive groves or relax on the seawall with a drink. The pace of life here is slow and steady. With a very nice marina with excellent facilities and a spa at the marina hotel, this location is the perfect location for a cool chill, a nice walk around the town, a quick swim, some fine wine, a great chow, and the list continues. For spa reservations, please contact your Sailing Collective captain ahead of time to make arrangements.
Komiza made a name for itself as a fishing village but the island of Vis where it sits has a long tradition of making wine. As you can imagine from this combination komiza is an excellent place to sit down for an unforgettable dinner. The traditional way of cooking seafood is over an open grill in the middle of the restaurant and you won't be disappointed with the results. Komiza is located in a deep bay on the western side of the island Vis below the 600-meter high mountain Hum. It is a typical Mediterranean village, which attracts the tourists with beautiful beaches and with narrow roads and houses squeezed together around the harbor.
Hvar has long been a center for culture and trade in the Adriatic. As you wander Hvar town you'll notice an infrastructure of hospitality that stems from the many centuries of travelers and tradespeople that have frequented this port town; the food is good, the people are friendly, the markets are bustling. For some extra adventure, you can hike uphill to the Spanish fortress or rent a convertible and drive the winding mountains roads of the island to see where the most fragrant lavender in the world is grown and visit the picturesque village of Stari Grad.
With pebble beaches and pirate coves Brac is a large island covered in rolling hills with pine and fig trees. Clear water laps at the shores of Brac and you'll appreciate the serenity of it all. Milna is one of those typical Mediterranean fishing villages they don't make anymore. Lying on the west coast of Brac Island and 20km southwest of Supetar, the harbor of Milna is drop-dead gorgeous as it digs into the island like a spoon. To each side of the harbor stretch sand and pebble beaches including the cove of Vlaska.
The Lagoon 400 S2 boasts plenty of room and comfort for life aboard. Cabins and interior living spaces are filled with natural light while the expansive deck space will beckon passengers outside at all times of day. Speed offered with a smooth ride makes the Lagoon 400 S2 a perfect choice for Ocean and Coastline sailing.
The Lagoon 450 has everything you could want in a cruising boat: Incredible performance under sail, wide open deck space for lounging, and an incomparable comfort in the saloon and the cabins. The wide hulls of Lagoon 450 offer comfortable cabins with larger floor space than other catamarans of the size. An airy saloon contains an open concept modern galley (kitchen) and comfortable seating all with stunning panoramic visibility of the natural beauty that you came for. The aft deck is covered by a hard top bimini so that there is always plenty of breezy shaded space for lounging when you are taking a break from the sun drenched foredeck. Up front the netted "trampoline" between the hulls is the ultimate place to enjoy this boat under sail with the sun beaming down and the water rushing below you.
The Saba 50 has enormous living areas making it ideal for extended cruising ventures and entertaining family and friends. The spacious saloon is accessed via an extra-wide entry door that seamlessly integrates the indoor and outdoor spaces, and features new skylights plus a spectacular panoramic window that encases the saloon and provides exceptional views and natural light. The L-shaped galley overlooks the saloon and cockpit, and boasts an abundance of storage space, a 190 litre fridge with draws, and is adjacent to the convenient forward-facing chart table. The Saba 50 has been designed with multiple relaxation areas including a luxurious 12.4m2 upper lounge deck that is equipped with a chaise lounge and two sunbathing decks. The generous cockpit features a large lounge, extra sofa, dining table for 12 guests, and there is also an option for a huge sunbathing lounge on the fore deck.