FAQs

All of our charters return to Alimos marina on Friday afternoon.  The exact time is fairly flexible and depends on what time you leave the final island that Friday morning.  If you have a flight on Friday, just let your captain know at the beginning of your charter.

Check out is 9am on Saturday.  We offer the opportunity for clients to spend that final night on the yacht as an added convenience, but we do want to point out some possible disadvantages.  Since Alimos is a busy marina located in Athens it can be loud in the evenings (there are night clubs and heavy traffic nearby) and the air can be stagnant at times since it is the mainland.  We also like to note that your skipper will depart the yacht on Friday evening so they have a night in their own bed before their next trip Saturday morning.

Many people enjoy spending the final night on the yacht, but if you want to be assured a quiet, cool night of sleep we would recommend booking a nearby hotel.   We highly recommend the Poseidon Hotel which is a short walk from the marina.

There are plenty if fantastic museums to visit, however in order to get a real understanding of Athens we recommend walking the streets of the city and visiting some of these sites:

  • Spend an afternoon visiting the famous world heritage site: the Acropolis of Athens and the new museum.
  • Walk in the areas of Plaka (with the narrow alleys under the hill of Acropolis).  There are lots of restaurants and bars in this area.
  • Go to Monastiraki square and visit the flea market (Ifestou 2, Athina 105 55, Greece)
  • Drink a Greek coffee or freddo espresso in the square of St. Eirini (near Monastiraki)
  • Take Ermou street all the way to Syntagma square and watch the changing of the guard in the parliament (change every hour on the hour).
  • If you have time search if there is performance in the ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus.
  • If you’re looking for a drink, Athens is well known for the night life. Here are some great options:

*All these areas are safe for walking at night.

We use the company OFX to get the best possible EUR/USD rate.

It’s important to note that the published rate you see online or in newspapers is often the interbank rate (the bank to bank exchange rate).  This is the best possible rate that banks charge each other, however the consumer rate is different.  The consumer rate (the foreign exchange rate you get from the bank for ATM withdrawals and credit card transactions) is generally 3-4% higher.  We pass on the same rate we get from OFX to you, which is generally better than the standard consumer rate.

The sailing season in Greece runs from late March through October, with prices as well as the tourist crowds peaking in August.

The chart below will give you a good idea of average air and water temperatures each month of the season in the area around Athens.

Date Avg High Temp (°f) Avg Water temp (°f)
April 70-76 62-68
May 76-81 63-70
June 82-88 72-75
July 89-91 75-77
August 86-90 76-79
September   78-81 72-74
October 72-77 70-72

 

The winds in the Cyclades pick up in June through September.  This can be great for sailing, but also make for the occasional rough day at sea.  The captain will do his best to take you the best route possible, but if you are worried about rough seas you can chose to go the calmer route through the Saronic.

Regardless of the route you chose or the month you visit, you will enjoy many sunny days during your sailing trip in one of the most beautiful and ancient landscapes in the world.

There are a wide range of activities on the islands from horseback riding to ATV rentals to scuba diving.
Activities do not need to be arranged before you arrive in Greece.  However, we recommend speaking to the captain when you arrive.  If any activities do need to be booked in advance the captain will phone ahead while on charter.

Unless otherwise stated, our yachts are all located at Alimos Marina which is located about 15 min from central Athens and 45 min from the Athens International Airport.

Alimos Map

From either the airport or central Athens we recommend taking a taxi or Uber to the marina.  You can also pre-book your transportation; we recommend this company: http://transfers-in-greece.com/.

Click here for more details about the arrival and boarding process.

 

Currently, Greece has no known risk of Zika from mosquitos according to the CDC

The number one priority of your experienced and knowledgeable Greek captain is to ensure your safety while sailing the Greek islands, so it is very important to listen to them and understand that any route decisions are based on this principal.

Their second priority is to help you have the best possible vacation.  We find that clients who interact with their skipper while on charter have the best overall experience.   Don’t hesitate to ask questions if would like to learn more about sailing, history, or various activities on Greek islands.  We recommend inviting them out to dinner on one of your first few evenings.  It’s a great way to get to know them better and they’ll likely know the best local menu items on each island.  

Since you’ll be sailing on a boat, seasickness is always a possibility, however we have found that passengers tend to get seasick on smaller charters less often than cruise ships.  This is because you’ll spend most of your sailing time outside and you’ll always be within site of land.   A vast majority of clients have no issues at all and even clients who are very sensitive to motion sickness adjust after a day or so at sea.  We recommend bringing an over-the-counter medication such as Dramamine if you are prone to motion sickness.

Quick Notes:
-If you are worried about seasickness, we highly recommend the Saronic route.  This route features shorter sail times and calmer seas than the Cyclades (if Athens is your base).
-If you do need to go into your cabin during sailing, we recommend a quick trip or laying down for a nap is always nice.
-While you’re anchored or docked for the night there will be very little rocking or movement of the boat.

Of course!  We always like to like to mention that the captain must be on hand to supervise and all final decisions are made by the captain.