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5-Days Sailing Itinerary from Athens

All the Saronic Gulf islands have something special in their style and a truly relaxing atmosphere. Since the islands are very close to Athens and the Athens airport, it makes them a perfect destination for many even for only short vacations.

The crystal water, the relaxing atmosphere, and the long history are the most distinctive characteristics of Saronic Greece, which have a different character each. Amazing architecture, elegant mansions, and many activities ideal for family vacations…

Crewed or Bareboat
All-inclusive or Self-catered
Amazing scenery

Creating a 5-day sailing itinerary from Athens can be an exciting and rewarding experience for those who love the sea. The first step in planning this itinerary is to choose your yacht and then decide whether you want to go for a bareboat or skippered charter.

If you have experience sailing and navigating, a bareboat charter can provide you with the flexibility to set your own itinerary and explore the islands at your own pace. On the other hand, if you prefer a more relaxed sailing experience, a skippered charter allows you to sit back and enjoy the journey while an experienced skipper takes care of navigating the boat.

Regardless of the charter type, it’s essential to plan and research the best places to visit, taking into consideration the weather conditions, sea currents, and your personal preferences. Keep in mind that the best time to sail in Greece is from April to October when the weather is warm and the sea is calm.

Rent a Luxury Yacht in Athens

Renting a luxury sailboat in Greece is the ultimate way to experience the country’s breathtaking coastline and crystal-clear waters.
Luxury sailboat charters offer an exceptional level of personalized service and comfort, ensuring that your sailing vacation is truly unforgettable.

You are provided with a tailor-made experience that meets your every need. With Sebastus Sailing, you have an opportunity to choose from a fleet of well-maintained boats and experienced crew members who can provide you with an exceptional level of service.

With a luxury sailboat charter, you can explore Greece hidden gems, relax on secluded beaches, and indulge in local cuisine while enjoying the comfort and elegance of your own private yacht.




Day 1: Sailing from Athens to Aegina

Start your journey from Marina Alimos and sail to Aegina, the closest island in the Saronic Gulf.

Explore the town of Aegina, visit the Temple of Aphaia, and enjoy the local cuisine. Aegina is famous for its delicious pistachios, and you can even visit pistachio orchards to learn about the cultivation process.

Aegina boasts several beautiful beaches where you can enjoy sunbathing. We reccomend you to go to go Agia Beach that offers various water sports facilities and nice beach bars and tavernas.



Day 2: Sailing from Aegina to Poros

Despite its small size, Poros is known for its lush greenery, pine forests, and picturesque landscapes. Poros is composed of two islands: Sphairia and Kalavria. They are separated by a narrow strait, which is crossed by a bridge.

Poros is a delightful destination for those seeking a peaceful and picturesque island experience. Whether you’re interested in history, nature, or simply relaxing by the beach, Poros has something to offer for every type of traveller.

The main town of Poros is built amphitheatrically around the island’s natural harbour. It is a picturesque town with neoclassical architecture, narrow alleys, and a lively waterfront. The clock tower in the centre of the town is one of the island’s landmarks, offering panoramic views of the surrounding area.


Day 3: Sailing from Poros to Hydra

Hydra is a rocky island characterized by its hilly terrain, deep blue waters, and charming architecture. Motor vehicles are prohibited on the island, contributing to its unique atmosphere. Transportation is mainly by foot, donkey, or water taxis.

The town is known for its vibrant cultural scene, attracting artists, musicians, and writers. Landmarks include the Hydra Cathedral, the Koundouriotis Mansion, and the Hydra Merchant Marine Academy.

Hydra has several beautiful beaches, including Mandraki, Bisti, and Vlichos. These beaches offer crystal-clear waters and a relaxing atmosphere.


Day 4: Sailing from Hydra to Spetses

Approximately 20 miles from Hydra you will reach Spetses island. It is a relatively small island, known for its hilly landscapes, pine forests, and crystal-clear waters. Spetses combines historical charm, natural beauty, and a relaxed atmosphere.

The main town of Spetses is a picturesque and historic port with neoclassical architecture, narrow streets, and a vibrant waterfront.

Notable landmarks include the Bouboulina Museum, honouring the heroine of the Greek War of Independence, and the House of Hatzigiannis Mexis, a well-preserved mansion.


Day 5: Sailing back to Athens

Spend your last day in home port of Athens. Do not miss the oportunity to explore one of the oldest cities in the world and its famous Acropolis fortress complex on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens. It is home to several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena.

Boat types for a perfect sailing vacation in Greece

Picking out the type of boat to go with will generally come down to your budget, and preferred method of sailing.

Not sure which one is suitable for you? Talk to our team and get professional suggestions and ideas for your romantic sailing trip.

Sailing boat | Sebastus Sailing

Sailing boat

Suitable for active and adventurous couples. If you and your loved one wish to experience real sailing then this is the right boat for you! Offered in all-inclusive and self-catered options.

luxury catamaran on the water aerial view


Catamarans provide comfort and a smoother sailing experience than the sailing boat. Perfect for couples that enjoy sightseeing, swimming, sunbathing and relaxing. Offered in all-inclusive or self-catered option.

Motor yacht on the water | Sebastus Sailing

Motor yacht

Luxury type of holidays with fully crewed service. A wide range of water toys is available for added fun.


The Cyclades islands, including popular destinations like Mykonos and Santorini, offer a classic and picturesque sailing route from Athens.
For a shorter trip, the Saronic Gulf provides beautiful coastal scenery and charming islands like Aegina and Hydra. Alternatively, sailing northwest to the Ionian islands offers a lush and relaxed sailing experience with destinations such as Corfu and Paxos.


The sailing conditions around Athens are generally favorable, with reliable winds during the summer months, particularly in the Aegean Sea. The Meltemi wind, blowing from the north in the Cyclades, can be strong but provides excellent sailing conditions for experienced sailors. The sea is usually calm in the Saronic Gulf, making it suitable for sailors of all skill levels.

To sail from Athens, you typically need a valid sailing license or certification, depending on the type of boat you’re operating. Additionally, you’ll need to register your vessel with the Greek authorities and obtain a sailing permit, which includes completing customs and immigration paperwork. It’s also important to carry necessary documentation such as passports, boat registration papers, and insurance documents while sailing in Greek waters.

Near Athens, sailors should visit the picturesque islands of the Saronic Gulf, such as Hydra, Poros, and Aegina, known for their charming harbors and historic sites. The Cyclades islands, including Mykonos, Santorini, and Paros, offer iconic white-washed villages, stunning beaches, and vibrant nightlife, making them essential stops for any sailing itinerary departing from Athens. For those seeking a more serene experience, the Ionian islands, like Corfu and Paxos, boast lush landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and a relaxed atmosphere.

Have a question about this route?
We have answers to your questions. So don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today!

Travelers experience

Check out what our guests said about their experience sailing with us. Our guests satisfaction is our main priority.

“The sailing trip was just fantastic! Thank you for organizing! It was really great! A large share of course goes to the skipper Marco.

Frank F. (Germany)

“I had a chance to spend a wonderful week of sailing in Croatia. Everything went smoothly and was well organized. I highly recommend it  and I would gladly do it again.”

Karin (Switzerland)

“We spent a great week sailing in Croatia as a family. Thanks to our skipper Korado we got to know beautiful beaches, snorkeling paradises, beautiful landscapes and friendly villages. It was a super relaxed family vacation! 🤩”

Claudia (Switzerland)

“We loved our week aboard a sailing boat. The company is very organized and it was super easy to book the trip the way we wanted. It’s a very personalised service. Our skipper, Filip, was very nice and helpful”


Fernanda Dal Piaz (Brazil)
“It was a truly fabulous trip and Zrinka was an exceptional skipper.
She Really fitted into our family unit and cared so much every day to take us to all the best places.
Best wishes and many thanks again for organizing such an incredible trip for us”
Tris (UK)

“It was a wonderful trip with beautiful bays and beaches. It was a pleasure to spend this week on a sailboat. All staff and skipper are very friendly and organized. Everything was perfect.”

Nick (Switzerland)

“Vesna and the Team have been helpful from day1 in accommodating our requests and always made sure throughout the process to satisfy our needs. Would definitely recommend the company!!”

Filippo C. (Italy)