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Saronic Gulf
7 Days Charter
Athens, Epidavros, Methana, Poros-Ermioni, Hydra, Sounion, Aegina

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Athens, Epidavros, Methana, Poros-Ermioni, Hydra, Sounion, Aegina

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7 Days Charter
Day 1

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Athens
Epidavros
30 nm
Epidavros

Saronic (or Argosaronic) Gulf is set between Attica Prefecture and Peloponnese and is the home of the Saronic Islands: Aegina, Angistri, Poros, Hydra, Spetses, and Salamina are the main islands making a good holiday resort, not far from Athens.

The Weather: Due to Saronic's geographical location, its climate range includes mild winters and dry warm summers cooled by a system of seasonal breezes called “meltemi” or "maistros". The meltemi blows less severe in the Saronic than in the adjacent Aegean Sea making this area idyll for sailing.

Epidavros

For many people, this word brings to mind the town’s Ancient Theatre (c. 340-330 B.C.), a renowned monument included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list as part of the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the god of medicine for the ancient Greeks. The dramatic performances staged in this theatre were watched by the god’s patients, during their stay at the healing center.

Since the 1950s, ancient theatre plays have been performed here every summer, as per the Athens & Epidaurus Festival program.

The Epidaurus area is in the Argolida region, in East Peloponnese, where you’ll find beautiful seaside destinations with great beaches shaded by pine trees. Dive in crystal clear waters, go snorkeling & scuba diving, and discover a sunken ancient city; go hiking in the country and follow the paths that pass through ancient ruins, orange and olive groves; and visit traditional tavernas serving fresh fish & seafood from the nearby Saronic Gulf area, as well as other local dishes.

 

Epidavros
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Day 2

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Epidavros
Methana
17 nm
Methana

Methana with its two steep volcanic slopes is actually a volcano that emerged from the sea! Explore a stunning volcanic landscape with dense vegetation, coastal villages and diverse flora and fauna. The establishment of the spa complex in 1870 made it a popular spa town attracting mainly senior citizens from many European countries.
Follow a fascinating route to the fishing village of Agios Georgios and on to the Baths of Pausanias, one of the peninsula’s hot springs, or follow the footsteps of the ancient historian Pausanias to the ancient city of Méthana. In the village of Paleókastro stand the remains of the classical walls and gates of an acropolis, the rest of which fell into the sea due to a volcanic eruption.

The peninsula boasts approximately 32 volcanoes. Climbing to the largest crater is a truly challenging experience. Start from Kameni Hora and follow the path on a 25-minute climb to the lip of the volcano. Step on now solid red lava flows and take in views of a different world of savage black, red and green crags and sharp abysses… Last but not least, soak up the atmosphere along the island’s volcanic beaches.

Methana
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Day 3

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Methana
Poros - Ermioni
27 nm
Poros - Ermioni

The town of Poros is built in the shape of an amphitheater over two hills. In antiquity, Poros consisted in fact of two islands, Spheria and Kalavria, but the last explosion of the Methana volcano in 273 BC radically changed the morphology of the area. Spheria was cut off from Methana, and in this way Poros 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 a 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.

The tranquil town of Ermioni is built on the tip of a peninsula covered with pine trees strongly resembling an island. You will enjoy the lovely beaches and the picturesque little harbour lined with popular fish tavernas and clubs for a crazy night out. It is located in the NE part of the Peloponnese at a short distance from Athens reached either by land or sea.

Ermioni, as much as the nearby Porto Heli,  is a beloved destination for the rich and famous. Its charm derives from nature as well as its cosmopolitan aura. The gentle green hills are home to beautiful houses whereas luxury boats anchor in the nearby coves and marinas.

The town’s beauty is without a doubt well worth a visit.

 

Poros - Ermioni
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Day 4

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Ermioni
Hydra Island
9 nm
Hydra Island

Hydra, built in the shape of an amphitheatre on a slope overlooking the Argosaronic gulf, is one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Traditional stone mansions, narrow cobblestoned streets, secluded squares and above all the banning of cars and the use of around 500 donkeys as means of public transportation, explain the reason why Hydra preserved its distinctive atmosphere through the passage of time.

The island experienced exceptional economic growth in the past thanks to its great naval and commercial activity. The Hydriots contributed significantly also to the 1821 War of Independence as their powerful fleet participated in crucial sea battles. It is rather impressive the fact that such a tiny island is the birthplace of five Greek Prime Ministers!

Hydra Island
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Day 5

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Hydra
Sounion
32 nm
Sounion

The temple of Poseidon, the ancient Greek god of the sea, dominates the southernmost tip of Attica, where the horizon meets the Aegean Sea. Perched on the craggy rocks of Cape Sounio, the temple is enveloped in myth and historic facts dated from antiquity until the present times. The Temple of Poseidon is the apex of the isosceles triangle formed by the temples of Parthenon and Aphaia. It is built with Agrileza marble in Doric style, in the middle of the 5th century BC, by the Athenians in a very strategic geographic location.

According to the theory of the geodetic triangulation of the ancient Greek world, the location of temples and sanctuaries was not accidental but created conceivable geometric formations. Various sites of ancient temples form equilateral and isosceles triangles such as the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio with the Temple of Aphaia Athena in Aegina and the Temple of Hephaestus in Thissio, next to the Acropolis of Athens, which form an isosceles triangle. Or, another triangle with the temple of Apollo in Delphi and again Aphaia in Aegina and Acropolis.

Enjoy the sunset or sunrise from the ancient Temple of Poseidon and swim at the bay in front.

Sounion
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Day 6

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Sounio
Aegina Island
30 nm
Aegina Island

Even though the island is small, it boasts a great number of sights and natural beauties. The island’s highlight is the famous Aphea Temple. It forms in fact an equilateral triangle with the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, the so-called “holy triangle” of the antiquity. Aegina town, the capital of the island, stands out for its well-preserved buildings. From 11/1/1827 until 3/10/1829 Aegina town was the temporary capital of the newly founded Greek state. It was during that period when Governor Ioannis Kapodistrias had impressive neoclassical mansions built to house his headquarters, which are well worth a visit. On the outskirts, you can find charming little villages with distinctive traditional character.

Aegina Island
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Day 7

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Aigina
Athens
18 nm
Athens

On Friday afternoon around 17:00 - 19:00, you are expected to return to Alimos Marina. Our marina personnel will be waiting to help you moor and check - out the yacht.  You will be spending the night onboard the yacht and you will be expected to leave Saturday morning at 09:00.

Athens
Alimos Marina

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