Holiday Sailing Area: The Argo Saronic and East Peloponnese coastline

The Saronic Islands or Argo-Saronic Islands is an archipelago in Greece, named after the Saronic Gulf in which they are located, just off the Greek mainland. The main inhabited islands of this group are Salamis, Aegina, Agistri, and Poros. The islands of Hydra and Dokos, which lie off the northeast tip of the Peloponnese (technically between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf), are sometimes included as part of the Saronic Islands.

The East Peloponnese coastline is best combined with a sailing cruise in the Argo-Saronic Gulf. The land regions are called Argolis and Arcadia and the places worth a visit include Nafplion, Epidavros, Methana, Ermioni, and Leonidio.

MAP & INTRO

The Argo Saronic islands and the East Coast of the Peloponnese are very popular Greek islands for summer sailing holidays and weekend breaks. This is because they are the closest Greek islands from Athens. Aegina, Poros, Hydra, and Spetses have developed a lot in tourism over the last years. Agistri is not that famous and remains a true gem to explore. The crystal water, the relaxing atmosphere, and the long history are the most distinctive characteristics of  Saronic Greece, which have a different character each. On the east coast of the Peloponnese Navplion is the capital of the regional unit Argolis and has developed in a cosmopolitan center for the whole region. Other interesting places on the East coast of the Peloponnese are Porto Heli, Leonidio, Ermioni and Epidavros.

Greek Island Yacht Holiday Map of the Argo-Saronic Gulf and the East Peleponnese

THE BEST WAY TO SAVOR THE ARGO-SARONIC GULF

The Argo-Saronic Gulf and the East Peloponnese offers diversity and history in a small package suitable for a one or two week yacht holiday starting from Athens or Lavrion. This area will be a mix between crystal clean bays, history and

A yacht holiday provides access that can not be achieved in any other way — your floating hotel suite allows you to travel effortlessly and provides access to the finest islands, villages, beaches, and experiences.

WHEN TO VISIT THE ARGO-SARONIC GULF

The islands are at their best in late spring (starting end of April, mid-May) when the landscape is still green, although the sea has not yet fully warmed up for swimming, and when the tourist crowds have yet to arrive. The Argo-Saronic, however, is an all year round destination. During the so-called Meltemi season, when the Cyclades islands are too windy to visit by yacht, the Argo-Saronic is the perfect destination when sailing from Athens or Lavrion.

 

DESTINATIONS IN THE CYCLADES

When sailing the Argo-Saronic Gulf and Peloponnese from Athens you have three choices to start from; Athens Alimos/Kalamaki Marina, Ayios Kosmas Marina or Lavrion (Port Marina and Olympic Marina). The biggest selection of quality yachts can be found in Athens Kalamaki – Athens Alimos Marina. Lavrion Port Marina or Olympic Marina are situated further south on Attica.

 

Greek Island yacht holidays provide the best access to the islands of the Argo-Saronics.

You’ll be surprised at how reasonable your private floating hotel suite (yacht with captain and cook/host) is.

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SAIL AND STAY

Some of our clients like to extend their Yacht Holiday by staying a few days before or after their cruise in Athens or on one of the islands.

A few days in Athens can be a great holiday starter, and if your group is flying in from different or distant countries this allows you time to catch up and recover from jet lag before your cruise. If you’re interested in history and art you may enjoy a visit to the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens and the National Archeological Museum that between them house most of the islands best historic art.

We are happy to recommend great places to stay, dine, explore and shop and can book your hotels and arrange airport and port transfers for you.

If you plan to spend some days on one of the islands, here is a brief overview of tourist numbers you can expect to encounter.

TOURISM IN THE ARGO SARONICOS AND EAST PELOPONNESE

Aegina, Agistri, Spetses, Hydra, Poros, Salamina and the peninsula of Methana form the island complex of the Argosaronic Gulf in southern Greece. Sprinkled over the Argosaronic Gulf and steeped in ancient mythology, these islands are small havens in close proximity to Athens. Daily ferry connection from the port of Piraeus makes them a lovely, easily accessible all-year-round destination for the Athenians and tourist visiting Athens for a long weekend. Visitors here will enjoy natural beauty, historical treasures, unique architecture, and glamorous, yet romantic atmosphere.

The three main islands are dominated by tourism season:

  • Hydra– is built in the shape of an amphitheater on a slope and is one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Traditional stone mansions, narrow cobblestoned streets, secluded squares and above all no cars.  All means of transport is organized by donkeys and handcars. Hydra preserved its distinctive atmosphere through the passage of time.
  • Aegina – The island of Aegina is one of the most popular tourist destinations as it is the closest island to Athens (only 16.5 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus).
  • Poros – Lush pine trees vegetation, crystal clear beaches, a lively waterfront adorned with shops and cozy cafes and restaurants make it a perfect place for a short holiday.

 

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02-09/07/2016

Dear Captain Peter, Andriana, and beautiful Malena…from the very first moment stepped on Malena you have treated us very lovely and since then the time has flown, and here we are on our last night on board. We would like to thank you for all the good memories and your hospitality. Peter, you are a great Captain with a big sense of humor, you were always been available for us and you did your best, to make all have an unforgettable time. With your guideless, we ‘ve seen beautiful places, dined at wonderful tavernas, swimming in amazing waters. It was an unforgettable week for us and we would definitely come back to explore new places and to live a new adventure with you if possible. From now on you have a family in Istanbul and we know that we have a friend in Greece! Thank you again for the unforgettable journey!

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Kelly Marchetti
Kelly Marchetti
19:58 03 Oct 19
Unmatched Ionian Islands Sailing Adventure!! I recently traveled to Greece with a group of friends to go on a chartered sailing adventure and it surpassed any and all expectations. It's not hard to fall in love with all the beauty Greece has to offer, but a great sailing vacation (even in Greece) can be dampened by a less than stellar boat charter or skipper. I was beyond thrilled that my experience with Greek Island Yacht Holiday, by far, made for the best vacation of my life! The captain, Walter, was an expert in sailing and knew all the good places to explore, both on sea and land. Most importantly, he took the time to understand what we wanted out of our vacation and helped develop an agenda that, combined with his local knowledge, maximized our time there. And we made changes along the way depending upon what we felt like doing or seeing, which wasn't a problem at all. He emphasized it was our vacation and he made everything happen. Walter was the perfect guide – super friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. We mixed great sailing with docking at villages that provided us with local culture and we even rented a car one day to go further inland to see some sights on our list. When we wanted a break from the docks, we anchored, made dinner on board and enjoyed the quiet. I didn't sleep inside the entire week. I slept on deck so I could look at the clear skies and brilliant stars. I can't recommend Walter and his company highly enough and can't wait to go back next year!!
ori goren
ori goren
16:36 21 Nov 18
We sailed with a charted boat this November, both Walter and the boat were amazing, Walter was super cool, had a lot of patience during our inquirys before, gave us the bast recommendations and tips. All and all great service, lots of fun.
Gilad de Vries
Gilad de Vries
20:06 20 Nov 18
Amazing welcome and service by Walter, highly recommended. Very trustworthy and worked really hard to make us happy customers!
Gal Sivan
Gal Sivan
19:38 20 Nov 18
We chartered a bare boat from Walter and had a great time. We really enjoyed the boat and the service of Walter was super. All our needs and wishes were attended with a smile. Checkin and our were quick and effective. Everything was as agreed and described - Walter is surely trustworthy and we highly recommend his services. We hope to do it again soon!
Yvette Yong
Yvette Yong
00:31 03 Nov 18
Walter was fantastic! We left the itinerary up to him and he planned the perfect trip. He's an extremely capable skipper and excellent company as well. Highly recommended!
Ben Duncan
Ben Duncan
14:57 27 Sep 18
Before my wife and I even arrived to bareboat charter ‘Argo’ for two weeks in September '18, Walter had provided us with exceptional communication and service that was a step above any regular company. When we eventually arrived to the immaculately prepared and meticulously maintained 'Argo' we immediately knew he was true to his word, and the boat was exactly as described. Cruising the Cyclades aboard ‘Argo’ was effortless and stress-free knowing the highest level of care and attention had gone into the boat – it felt like our own yacht, not a charter boat with thousands of miles under her keel! We found Walter to be highly professional, knowledgeable and extremely helpful, and his local knowledge and advice aided us to have a wonderful two weeks on board. Thank you again Walter, and we hope to see you again for our next Greek Islands adventure!!
Brianna Niles
Brianna Niles
22:15 16 Dec 16
Best vacation of my life! I was hesitant about being on a sailboat with 2 toddlers, but Walter's abilities and attention to our family (along with his wife, loveliest ever, Aleca) made us feel right at home and in trustworthy hands. Walter considered all of our needs and wishes and was willing to go out of his way at any point and time. I not only hold this trip dear to my heart, but Walter and Aleca as well.
Stas Blokhin
Stas Blokhin
00:07 16 Dec 16
Thanks to Ocean Nomads! I had one week on board of "Argo". Yacht is good, clean, and it is very easy to sail. Walter is an owner, and he assist with all issues. Great man and experienced skipper. Highly recommended!
Claude Cloutier
Claude Cloutier
17:27 11 Apr 16
We spent one week touring Athens and the surrounding area and then ten days touring the islands by sailboat. One of the highlights was swimming in the caldera at Santorini and another was watching the pod of dolphins swim by the sailboat. Walter and his wife, who's a fabulous cook, we're the most gracious hosts. Walter arranged for everything we could ask for. We loved our vacation and would do it again in a heartbeat. You can't go wrong with Ocean Nomads!
Pete Popov
Pete Popov
22:57 26 Feb 16
Since 2007, Walter has been our skipper every summer. Sailing in the Mediterranean is my favorite summer experience. So many unforgettable memories. Walter is a great sailor and a fantastic skipper. He quickly became a friend and someone we enjoy having with us on the boat, at dinner, etc, summer after summer. Walter knows the Med very well - the swimming spots, the good tavernas, the marinas and the anchoring spots, the local hidden bars and other gems. Highly recommended.
Christian Billen
Christian Billen
14:58 24 Feb 16
My family sailed with Walter and his wife and we had the most amazing vacation. The sailboat was in perfect condition, the sites changed every day and were beautiful, his wife prepared fresh meals for us every day from the different local markets where the boat docked. We highly recommend this experience of a lifetime to anyone.
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2019-10-12T13:23:38+0000
What a great sailing trip on the Ionian Sea! Our seasoned captain, Walter, was very knowledgeable. He provided lots of options and recommendations for our every desire.Happy highlights include a surprise sighting of dolphins, sleeping under the stars, an excursion to Shipwreck beach on Zakynthos island, visiting Myrtos beach on Kefalonia island, dropping anchor at Skorpios and swimming by Aristotle and Jackie O's house, great food, picturesque island villages, beautiful cliffs and quaint country side. Highly recommend!read more
Kelly Marchetti
Kelly Marchetti
2019-10-03T19:49:19+0000
Unmatched Ionian Islands Sailing Adventure!! I recently traveled to Greece with a group of friends to go on a chartered sailing adventure and it surpassed any and all expectations. It's not hard to fall in love with all the beauty Greece has to offer, but a great sailing vacation (even in Greece) can be dampened by a less than stellar boat charter or skipper. I was beyond thrilled that my experience with Greek Island Yacht Holiday, by far, made for the best vacation of my life! The captain, Walter, was an expert in sailing and knew all the good places to explore, both on sea and land. Most importantly, he took the time to understand what we wanted out of our vacation and helped develop an agenda that, combined with his local knowledge, maximized our time there. And we made changes along the way depending upon what we felt like doing or seeing, which wasn't a problem at all. He emphasized it was our vacation and he made everything happen. Walter was the perfect guide – super friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. We mixed great sailing with docking at villages that provided us with local culture and we even rented a car one day to go further inland to see some sights on our list. When we wanted a break from the docks, we anchored, made dinner on board and enjoyed the quiet. I didn't sleep inside the entire week. I slept on deck so I could look at the clear skies and brilliant stars. I can't recommend Walter and his company highly enough and can't wait to go back next year!!read more
Iakovos Papadopoulos
Iakovos Papadopoulos
2019-07-05T10:06:29+0000
Full recommended!Great experience!
Yvette Yong
Yvette Yong
2018-11-03T00:27:31+0000
Walter was fantastic! We left the itinerary up to him and he planned the perfect trip. He's an extremely capable skipper and excellent company as well. Highly recommended!read more
Ben Duncan
Ben Duncan
2018-09-27T14:54:01+0000
Before my wife and I even arrived to bareboat charter ‘Argo’ for two weeks in September '18, Walter had provided us with exceptional communication and service that was a step above any regular company. When we eventually arrived to the immaculately prepared and meticulously maintained 'Argo' we immediately knew he was true to his word, and the boat was exactly as described. Cruising the Cyclades aboard ‘Argo’ was effortless and stress-free knowing the highest level of care and attention had gone into the boat – it felt like our own yacht, not a charter boat with thousands of miles under her keel! We found Walter to be highly professional, knowledgeable and extremely helpful, and his local knowledge and advice aided us to have a wonderful two weeks on board. Thank you again Walter, and we hope to see you again for our next Greek Islands adventure!!read more
François Dugast
François Dugast
2018-09-15T09:02:42+0000
We spent two weeks sailing around the Cyclades with a bunch of friends and captain Walter. If there is a word that can describe these vacation it is: perfect. Perfect skipper, perfect routes, perfect tavernas, perfect beaches, perfect sea, perfect food. Thank you Walter. We’ll try to come back next year.read more
Brent Jones
Brent Jones
2018-07-16T19:28:59+0000
My wife and I spent a fabulous 2 weeks with Captain Walter on board the “Argo” exploring the Cyclades Islands. It was the proverbial trip of a lifetime every stop seemed to be more beautiful than the last and every morning I felt like I was waking up in a picture postcard. Walter’s many years of sailing experience in the area made him the perfect travel advisor giving us valuable advice on where to go and what to see when we were in port as well as helping us navigate the various Greek specialties on the menus of the local “Taverna’s As a non sailor non boater of any type I was a little nervous about being on a sail boat for two weeks never mind concerns about motion sickness but after a few days watching Walter in action I could see he was a very safe and experienced sailor, in addition after 2 or 3 days of sailing I was happy to find my sea legs and didn’t require any anti nausea medication whatsoever! In conclusion I highly recommend Captain Walter and Greek Island Yacht Holiday you will not be disappointed 👍🏼😎read more
Mark Loon-en
Mark Loon-en
2018-07-14T06:55:17+0000
Sailing => ok i have (18yrs) and 1500+ hours of sailing/cruising, sail racing (yachts& dinghy) and about the same hours on repairs and maintenance in Canada... and read many books on sailing around the world. The opportunity came up to sail the Greek Islands by sailboat... and i have never done “International Sailing” and I said = for sure... and with another couple we signed up with Walter & Argo for 2 week Greek Island trip beginning of May 2018. Walter was great & we explored approx 17 islands, learned a bit about the history, ancient sites, local culinary foods, language, greek mannerisms, caving, snorkelling, hiking, swimming in hot springs, shopping, and good sailing... the list goes on and I am still not finished sorting photos Walter is also very safe on the water and I was totally comfortable even in high winds as his sailing skills are extremely good. I definitely learned a few extra sailing & boat handling tricks. I was completely relaxed and totally rested by the end of this vacation.. Would I go again = yes.. and longer Absolutely appreciated Mark Member of the LMYC Lower Mainland Yachtread more
Bobi Asenov
Bobi Asenov
2018-03-30T16:30:41+0000
Camellia Andreeva
Camellia Andreeva
2018-03-16T15:33:28+0000
BE HAPPY AND GO TO TRAVELING WITH ISLAND YACHT HOLIDAY!!! CAMELLIA ANDREEVA GENIUS OF THE WORLD
Sahka Urumova
Sahka Urumova
2018-03-16T15:32:07+0000
Била съм в Гърция по работа с личния си автомобил, обикалях много. Това което видях е направо рай. Едно място докоснато от Бог, което си заслужава да видите и изживейте.read more
Ray Zandvoort
Ray Zandvoort
2017-12-08T20:52:33+0000
Rex Bleau
Rex Bleau
2017-12-08T20:21:54+0000
Bonjour. Excellente page avec toujours de belles photos invitants au voyage. Merci
Erwin Kruk
Erwin Kruk
2017-12-08T18:34:39+0000
Donald Maureen Conrath McKay
Donald Maureen Conrath McKay
2017-11-15T15:23:14+0000
A wonderful way to explore Greece and learn about the culture. If you are prone to sea sickness, Walter has the cure down pat. He supervises you steering the big wheel while staring at a given point on the horizon! Amazing!read more
Snejanka Pantcheva
Snejanka Pantcheva
2017-09-24T15:28:58+0000
It was exceptional experience. Thank you, Ocean Nomads and thank you, Walter, for making it possible for the first timers to fall in love with sailing in Greece.read more
Cnneal Wang
Cnneal Wang
2017-06-29T22:00:04+0000
Ricardo Ortiz
Ricardo Ortiz
2017-06-29T14:28:35+0000
Keith Shirlaw
Keith Shirlaw
2016-12-14T17:02:36+0000
Had a absolutely fabulous time on ARGO in July this year all around the Greek Islands, the boat was immaculate on boarding for our adventure and Walter made us feel right at home.We sailed with 3 persons on the boat and really appreciated the stability and speed of ARGO, A great time on a great boat,well done Walter and Ocean Nomads Greece.You guys rock !!!!!!read more
Evgeni Shatzki
Evgeni Shatzki
2016-11-10T11:10:58+0000
Отличный скиппер,замечательный человек. Много знает и многому может научить. Рядом с ним на яхте ты чувствуешь себя уверенным.Две недели проведенные вместе многому меня научили.read more
Keri Vincent-Dykes
Keri Vincent-Dykes
2015-07-16T14:57:23+0000
We enjoyed everything about our time with Walter and Alexandra!!! If you want a great experience----look no farther!!!!This is who you want for your boat charter. Beautiful coves- great meals-definitely a 5 star experience.read more
Mark Dykes
Mark Dykes
2015-07-09T07:41:50+0000
I can't say enough about Ocean Nomads with Captain Walter and Aleka. If you ever considered a crewed Greek charter you must do it with these guys. My entire family loved this charter more than any other and it's because everything was done top notch and the trip was truly carefree. Feel lucky we found them!read more
Soeredj Monorath
Soeredj Monorath
2015-04-16T13:22:59+0000
Great life needs active sailing with Walter and his crew! Thanks again for a wonderful two weeks of sailing. See you next year!read more
Dan Mitchell
Dan Mitchell
2014-06-29T05:43:46+0000
Taraneh Lajevardi
Taraneh Lajevardi
2014-06-28T16:31:02+0000
Dimitris Anafiotis
Dimitris Anafiotis
2014-03-20T18:42:54+0000
Luigi Theunissen
Luigi Theunissen
2014-03-02T23:45:49+0000
Riza Pipe Akter
Riza Pipe Akter
2013-12-14T22:50:56+0000
Douglas Wagar
Douglas Wagar
2013-12-09T22:52:09+0000
Sheila Anne White
Sheila Anne White
2013-10-22T18:49:45+0000
Eugenia Tigris Altaica
Eugenia Tigris Altaica
2013-09-29T20:40:18+0000
Fer Corallo
Fer Corallo
2013-09-19T03:33:40+0000
Romualdo Silva
Romualdo Silva
2013-09-18T23:07:02+0000
Gilberto Menhinick Messeder
Gilberto Menhinick Messeder
2013-09-12T09:48:22+0000
Ricardo Gil
Ricardo Gil
2013-09-09T21:08:15+0000
Monica Terço de Menezes
Monica Terço de Menezes
2013-09-09T20:05:41+0000

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  • A fantastic week sailing! | Erik
    We are a family of 8 and wanted to sail for a week on the Greek islands. As we are not advanced sailors, we chose to hire a skipper. We had the luck to get Walter as a skipper in the Piraeus Marina, where we started for our week in the Saronic Sea. Arriving on Saturday, we started our sail ...
  • Sailing the Argo-Saronicos in July 2017 | Melissa
    My two daughters and I sailed with Walter and Aleka in the Argo-Saronic in July and couldn’t possibly have had a better experience. From the planning stages, it was a pleasure. He was helpful finding a sailboat that fit our needs and budget. We were very inexperienced in sailing, so his input led to the right boat and the right ...
  • Thanks to Ocean Nomads! Highly recommended!
    I had one week on board of “Argo”. Yacht is good, clean, and it is very easy to sail. Walter is an owner, and he assist with all issues. Great man and experienced skipper. Highly recommended! Stas Blokhin