Sailing Around Argo - Saronic Gulf
Sailing brings you back to fundamentals. Spending time on a boat seems to bring out the best in human nature. Living and working together we talk a lot, laugh a lot, put the world to rights and learn more than we expect. Nature is more powerful than us. We harness its forces to our best ability and it can be a wild exhilarating ride. Then there are quiet moments that etch themselves into our memory, where seas and skies provide moments of pure beauty. Sailing is a nice way exploring the Greek sea, sun and landscape.
Group arrival at Athens International Airport, meet and greet by your English speaking guide.
Optional: VIP Welcome
Meeting at the gate of aircraft by hostesses. Assistance for completing the customs and immigration procedures. Collection of the luggage by porters and delivery to the transfer vehicle.
Transfer to the marina to board your private yacht & relax with a refreshing cocktail until your first stop Spetses
Known as the Saronic Gulf's Diamond, Spetses is located at the entrance of the Gulf very near the mainland of Peloponnese. The island retains much of the grandeur and old-world elegance of its heyday as an important shipbuilding and maritime trading centre. The main town is peppered with imposing 200 year old mansions with pebble mosaic courtyards. Despite its famously grand architecture, Spetses has managed to retain a serene island atmosphere. Enjoy a coach riding to explore the island!
WELCOME DINNER at POSEIDONION GRAND HOTEL
Hotel is the landmark of the island for nearly a century with its exceptional architecture echoing hotels of Cote d’Azur style.
Accommodation at Spetses island
Today we will be sailing to two of the islands in Saronic Gulf.
It’s a listed architectural preserve and the only way to move around is with small donkeys, sea taxis and of course the best way is to stroll around all day on foot! While arriving to port, you get the feeling of an original cosmopolitan island which will enchant you at first sight. Its picturesque capital, full of red-tiled houses and stone-paved narrow alleys, will fill you with colorful memories. Breathtaking views from the Monastery of Profitis Elias will complete the magical scenery of this small island so close to Athens.
Embarkation on the sailing boats and departure for Poros.
Stop for swimming at Tselevinia (small secluded islet close to Hydra)
Poros is a leafy island, with insuperable natural beauty and thousands of pine trees, expanding from the steep to the sandy beaches.
Upon arrival, you will have the chance to walk across the town and discover the city hall, the archaeological museum, the public library, the cultural center and the white little houses on the island.
If we have time we will head towards the highest point of the island to discover the historical and famous clock tower of Poros.
Sail back to Spetses
DINNER at LOCAL TAVERN with MEDITERRANEAN DELICACIES
Accommodation at Spetses island
Today we will sail to the main land.
The scenic town of Porto Heli is situated on the east coast of the Peloponnese and across from the cosmopolitan island of Spetses. Surrounded by a glittering blue sea, this area is the birthplace of legends and civilization, blessed by a history that embraces the Spartans and Romans, the Byzantines and Venetians, all drawn here over the millennia because of the region’s beauty, wealth and strategic location.
Nafplio is one of the most historic cities of the region, full of spectacular monuments and sights that have stories that span from the ancient times to the medieval. It played a major part in the history and creation of today’s Greece, as it hosted the first Greek parliament after the Greek War of Independence. It was also the town where the first pharmacy was opened, the first military school was founded and the first Governor of Greece, Ioannis Kapodistrias, was murdered. Over the centuries, the different occupying forces, such as the Venetians and the Ottomans, have left their marks through the architecture and the culture in Nafplio, giving it the unique and cosmopolitan atmosphere it has today. You can spend hours between the ancient castles that boast riveting legends to the many museums that paint a clear picture of the architectural, historical and cultural stories that Nafplio is founded upon. You also may simply stroll through the quaint streets of the old town, surrounded by bougainvillea and lined with restaurants and shops.
Wine Tasting in Nemea
The region was first put on the map for its winemaking by Homer, who called it Ampeloessa - “full of vines”. Today the appellation of Nemea is the most important red wine AOC of southern Greece and arguably of all Greece. The indigenous Greek Agiorgitiko grape is used and produces wines famous for their deep red colour with violet and blue hues, complex aroma and long, velvety palate.
SPECIAL DINNER in BOURTZI CASTLE in NAFPLIO
Return back to Spetses.
Time to live a day full of surprises!
Diving into Deep Blue
Captain Dimitris with his boat will take you for a private tour along the beautiful coasts and beaches of the island. Spetsopoula, Agia Paraskevi and Xilokeriza are some of the island’s beaches where you can enjoy a dive into the deep blue waters. You will explore the wonderful sea cave of Mpekiris.
But the journey is not over yet!
Your Captain will take you to a remote beach, where you will relive and revive Robinson Crusoe adventures. A unique Treasure Hunt game will be set around the beach area where participants will be asked to perform several fun and bonding activities. A great picnic will be organized at the beach with local delicacies, fresh salads and fruits, traditional pies, great Greek wine and ouzo!
DINNER at ORLOFF RESTAURANT and FAREWELL PARTY at GUZEL CLUB
Enjoy a refreshing cool cocktail in the beach bar at sunset, have your farewell dinner and dance till dawn in the island’s club at your last night!
Depart from Spetses and sail to Aegina island.
The biggest island of the Saronic gulf, which took its name by the beautiful nymph that was kidnapped by Zeus. Aegina is well known across the world for the delicious pistachios, the beautiful, “virgin” beaches and the Temple of Afaia.
At the end of September, the locals organizing “Fistiki Festival” in the capital of Aegina, the largest event in the region. More than 20,000 visitors browse and buy from the many booths featuring pistachio cultivation, and sweet-making along with many other artists and craftsmen who, with their unique techniques and talents, present their imaginative creations.
Return to Athens marina.
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