Sporades Flotilla Holiday

Challenging Flotilla Sailing - Level 3

Ideal for explorers

Unspoilt destinations

Fresh breezes and open waters

Off the beaten track

Why Choose a Sporades Flotilla ?

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f you have already experienced the delights of sailing in the Ionian and the Saronic Gulf, why not try one of our more challenging sailing areas, the Northern Sporades?

With fresh breezes, which strengthen in the summer Meltemi winds, the open waters of the Sporades offer excellent sailing. The end of each day on the water rewards you with a wonderful mix of cosmopolitan towns on our island route, such as Skiathos and Skopelos as well as sleepy little hamlets like Steni Vala and deserted island bays such as Kyra Panagia.

for culture vultures you can visit some of the locations for the hit movie “Mamma Mia” or anchor up and relax on one of the stunning sandy beaches.

The contrasting Pelion route explores the Gulf of Volos and its islands as well as the northern part of Evvia island. Paleo Trikeri and “Donkey” island are must see destinations as you explore the crystal clear waters on your Sporades flotilla holiday.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose a flotilla holiday?

You will be in charge of your own chartered yacht as part of a flotilla fleet of not more than twelve yachts. Your professional lead crew will be on hand to assist and guide you through the beautiful waters, organising social events along the way. The crew’s aim is to make this a personal experience for you, and their local knowledge will help to make your holiday a very special one.

What is included with my flotilla holiday?

  • Return flights from the UK (on flight inclusive packages)
  • Overseas airport transfers
  • ATOL Protection (on flight inclusive packages)
  • Fully equipped charter yacht
  • Dinghy with outboard engine
  • A Seafarer welcome punch party
  • A Seafarer beach party (14 night flotilla holidays only)
  • End cleaning of your flotilla yacht
  • The services of our experienced lead crew and the support of our local base team / local agents
  • One full tank of diesel, full water tank(s) and cooking gas
  • Welcome pack of provisions and cleaning products to get you started
  • Bed linen, shower towels & tea towels.

Note: Mooring charges (except at flotilla base) extra fuel or water; food, drink and items of a personal nature such as laundry are excluded. For those extending their holiday after the yacht charter, transfer costs from yacht base to your accommodation are usually excluded and payable locally unless you are booking a flight inclusive package.

Do I need a sailing license?

Yes, each skipper on a flotilla or bareboat charter is required to possess a recognised sailing qualification, typically either an RYA Day Skipper practical certificate or an International Certificate of Competence (ICC). If you have experience but not the qualification, our RYA training centre can help you to achieve this as part of your holiday. Call us to discuss this.

Do I need a visa for my holiday in Greece?

No, for British citizens, a tourist visa is not required.

Will I have to pay mooring fees?

On our flotillas, the first and last night of your charter will be in the marina, and we cover the fees for this (excluding showers and other marina facilities). During the course of your holiday there may be one or two places that charge a small fee, but this will generally not exceed 10 euros per night. In some places you will have to pay for topping up your tanks with water. Again, this is included whilst in the marina on your first and last nights.

What wind conditions can I expect?

Generally the prevailing wind is from the North / North East and the strength ranges from force 3 to force 6. Stronger sailing breezes can generally be expected in the afternoons, between 2 and 5pm. During the Meltemi season, which is generally late July to the end of August, the winds can be a little stronger, between force 4 to 7 at times, although much of the sailing area is protected by the island chain or the gulf of Volos so the swell is not too exaggerated.

What's included in my welcome pack?

Your flotilla welcome pack includes a few essentials to get you started:

  • Water, tea, coffee, milk, fruit juice
  • Biscuits, seasonal fruit
  • Washing up liquid, sponge, bin bags, matches
  • Toilet paper, hand soap

How much cash should I take with me?

Obviously this will depend on what your plans are, but generally you can expect to pay around 15 euros per person for an evening meal. Although most places take card, it is good practice to have enough cash with you to cover any bill. Cash points are available at our home ports of Rhodes and Kos as well as many of the islands – your crew know exactly where and when you can get more and they will keep you updated as your holiday progresses. Travellers cheques are no longer readily accepted, and of course euros is the currency used in Greece.

Do I need to stock up with provisions at base?

A few basic supplies and plenty of water is always good to have on the yacht, and the marina supermarket is close for the heavy items, however all the islands and ports have some facilities and shops (although sometimes quite basic!). Half the fun of your flotilla holiday is exploring the harbours and villages, and of course there are plenty of restaurants for your evening meals ashore.

What are the rules regarding Holding Tanks in Greece?

In Greece the regulations relating to discharges and pollution make a holding tank a practical necessity although we are not aware of them being a legal requirement as yet. It is prudent to ensure that the discharge of any holding tank is done as far from the shore as is practical and to certainly avoid discharge in a confined area such as a bay, harbour or marina.

Where in the UK can I fly from?

You can fly directly to Skiathos airport from London Gatwick, Stansted & Luton, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and Newcastle. You can also fly to Volos from Gatwick on Wednesdays and Saturdays if you are extending your stay.

How far is the base from the airport?

Our base is on the neighbouring island of Skopelos, and offers a tranquil start to your holiday. The transfer from the airport to the ferry port takes 10 minutes, and the connecting ferry takes approximately 45 minutes to the harbour of Loutraki, our base. If flying to Volos, there are direct fast catamaran services to Skopelos in approximately 2 hours.

Meet the Crew

Giannis Patsamanis

Giannis Patsamanis

Flotilla Skipper

Sarah Cobley

Sarah Cobley

Flotilla 1st Mate

Together  will be responsible for the safety of the flotilla fleet and to ensure you have a fantastic sailing holiday in the beautiful Sporades.

The Sporades Route

Sporades Flotilla Holiday

Fly UK to Skiathos.Our base is in the pretty harbour of Loutraki on the island of Skopelos, a short water taxi ride away from Skiathos harbour.

Capital of Alonissos and an enchanting and timeless harbour.

Sporades Flotilla Holiday

A chance to escape to the beautiful island inhabited by the residents of the monastery. We anchor for the night under a star filled sky in Planitis bay.

Ionian flotilla

A a pretty fishing village with a choice of good tavernas ashore.

Sporades Flotilla Steni Vala
Sporades Flotilla Holiday

Capital of the island of the same name and a charming harbour town rising amphitheatrically from the scenic harbour.

We suggest either Agnonda Bay or Panormos Bay (15 nm) – these fjord like bays lined with wooded hillsides boast great beaches, waterside tavernas and good shelter. Alternatively the small harbour in Neo Klima offers good fish restaurants in the village.

sporades flotilla

Α swimming stop and a leisurely sail back to our base. Time for drinks on board before a last night out in this authentic island fishing village.

Sporades Flotilla Holiday

Arrivals & departures. Two-week flotilla on independent sailing with rendez-vous in Skiathos.

Sporades Flotilla Holiday

The Pelion Route

Sporades Flotilla Holiday

Fly UK to Skiathos.Our base is in the pretty harbour of Loutraki on the island of Skopelos, a short water taxi ride away from Skiathos harbour.

After a morning briefing, set sail to the lively island of Skiathos. Plenty of time to anchor on one of the fantastic beaches before stopping in Skiathos town for a punch party and a meal together in this party town.

Sporades Flotilla Holiday

Sail into the gulf of Volos and to this gem of an island, Paleo Trikeri. Stop at ‘Donkey Island’ to say hi!

Ionian flotilla

The main town in the gulf offers a choice of bars and tavernas on the seafront, with the option of a fantastic excursion in to the mountains for an authentic Greek barbecue.

Sporades Flotilla Volos

Visit the lovely village of Kato Gatzea before heading to Milina for the evening shore.

Sporades Flotilla Holiday

We suggest either Amaliapoli or Achillio on the mainland or maybe Orei on Evia (20 nm) – All have lovely harbours and local restaurants to explore. Alternatively for the party goers, head back to Skiathos town.

sporades flotilla

Explore the south coast of the Pelion peninsula on your way back to our base in Skopelos.

Sporades Flotilla Holiday

Two-week flotilla on independent sailing – explore the South Pelion Coast or southern Skopelos then rendezvous at Patitiri on Alonissos.

Sporades Flotilla Holiday

TWO WEEK FLOTILLA – Combine the Sporades route with the Pelion route for a two week flotilla holiday

The Weather

Reliable sunshine and good sailing winds with flat seas along the southern side of the Islands. The temperature ranges from the low 20’s at the beginning and end of season to the high 30s in August. Moderate to fresh winds force 3-6, the upper range being during the late July and August Meltemi season. Great for experienced sailors.

Note: Sporades flotilla routes may vary during the season according to weather and operating conditions. Our flotilla crew will keep you fully briefed each day.

The Yachts

Prices

Sun Odyssey 33i - 2 Cabins 1 Sh/wc (2014)

Sporades Flotilla
2018 prices (per yacht)
Departure DateRouteOne WeekTwo Weeks
18-MaySporades Route£1,713£3,122
25-MayPelion Route£1,782£2,927
01-JunSporades Route£1,785£3,151
08-JunPelion Route£1,785£3,151
15-JunSporades Route£1,952£3,445
22-JunPelion Route£1,952£3,445
29-JunSporades Route£2,121£3,767
06-JulPelion Route£2,121£3,767
13-JulSporades Route£2,150£3,818
20-JulPelion Route£2,150£3,818
27-JulSporades Route£2,354£4,145
03-AugPelion Route£2,354£4,145
10-AugSporades Route£2,354£4,145
17-AugPelion Route£2,354£4,145
24-AugSporades Route£2,354£4,145
31-AugPelion Route£1,983£3,512
07-SepSporades Route£1,983£3,512
14-SepPelion Route£1,983£3,512
21-SepSporades Route£1,909£3,381
28-SepPelion Route£1,909-

Sun Odyssey 349 - 3 Cabins 1 Sh/wc (2015)

Sporades Flotilla
2018 prices (per yacht)
Departure DateRouteOne WeekTwo Weeks
18-MaySporades Route£2,091£3,847
25-MayPelion Route£2,175£3,607
01-JunSporades Route£2,299£4,109
08-JunPelion Route£2,299£4,109
15-JunSporades Route£2,514£4,492
22-JunPelion Route£2,514£4,492
29-JunSporades Route£2,684£4,815
06-JulPelion Route£2,684£4,815
13-JulSporades Route£2,720£4,880
20-JulPelion Route£2,720£4,880
27-JulSporades Route£3,106£5,533
03-AugPelion Route£3,106£5,533
10-AugSporades Route£3,106£5,533
17-AugPelion Route£3,106£5,533
24-AugSporades Route£3,106£5,533
31-AugPelion Route£2,531£4,532
07-SepSporades Route£2,531£4,532
14-SepPelion Route£2,531£4,532
21-SepSporades Route£2,436£4,363
28-SepPelion Route£2,436-

Bavaria 36 - 3 Cabins 1 Sh/wc (2012 - 2013)

Sporades Flotilla
2018 prices (per yacht)
Departure DateRouteOne WeekTwo Weeks
18-MaySporades Route£2,143£3,932
25-MayPelion Route£2,229£3,686
01-JunSporades Route£2,349£4,186
08-JunPelion Route£2,349£4,186
15-JunSporades Route£2,568£4,577
22-JunPelion Route£2,568£4,577
29-JunSporades Route£3,102£5,590
06-JulPelion Route£3,102£5,590
13-JulSporades Route£3,144£5,666
20-JulPelion Route£3,144£5,666
27-JulSporades Route£3,162£5,619
03-AugPelion Route£3,162£5,619
10-AugSporades Route£3,162£5,619
17-AugPelion Route£3,162£5,619
24-AugSporades Route£3,162£5,619
31-AugPelion Route£2,584£4,615
07-SepSporades Route£2,584£4,615
14-SepPelion Route£2,584£4,615
21-SepSporades Route£2,488£4,442
28-SepPelion Route£2,488-

Oceanis 37 - 3 Cabins 1 Sh/wc (2013)

Sporades Flotilla
2018 prices (per yacht)
Departure DateRouteOne WeekTwo Weeks
18-MaySporades Route£2,143£3,932
25-MayPelion Route£2,229£3,686
01-JunSporades Route£2,349£4,186
08-JunPelion Route£2,349£4,186
15-JunSporades Route£2,568£4,577
22-JunPelion Route£2,568£4,577
29-JunSporades Route£3,102£5,590
06-JulPelion Route£3,102£5,590
13-JulSporades Route£3,144£5,666
20-JulPelion Route£3,144£5,666
27-JulSporades Route£3,162£5,619
03-AugPelion Route£3,162£5,619
10-AugSporades Route£3,162£5,619
17-AugPelion Route£3,162£5,619
24-AugSporades Route£3,162£5,619
31-AugPelion Route£2,584£4,615
07-SepSporades Route£2,584£4,615
14-SepPelion Route£2,584£4,615
21-SepSporades Route£2,488£4,442
28-SepPelion Route£2,488-

Oceanis 40 - 3 Cabins 2 Sh/wc (2011)

Sporades Flotilla
2018 prices (per yacht)
Departure DateRouteOne WeekTwo Weeks
18-MaySporades Route£2,307£4,255
25-MayPelion Route£2,399£3,989
01-JunSporades Route£2,660£4,776
08-JunPelion Route£2,660£4,776
15-JunSporades Route£2,908£5,222
22-JunPelion Route£2,908£5,222
29-JunSporades Route£3,247£5,867
06-JulPelion Route£3,247£5,867
13-JulSporades Route£3,291£5,946
20-JulPelion Route£3,291£5,946
27-JulSporades Route£3,511£6,273
03-AugPelion Route£3,511£6,273
10-AugSporades Route£3,511£6,273
17-AugPelion Route£3,511£6,273
24-AugSporades Route£3,511£6,273
31-AugPelion Route£2,998£5,400
07-SepSporades Route£2,998£5,400
14-SepPelion Route£2,998£5,400
21-SepSporades Route£2,885£5,198
28-SepPelion Route£2,885-

Bavaria 40 - 3 Cabins 2 Sh/wc (2013)

Sporades Flotilla
2018 prices (per yacht)
Departure DateRouteOne WeekTwo Weeks
18-MaySporades Route£2,470£4,577
25-MayPelion Route£2,568£4,291
01-JunSporades Route£2,737£4,924
08-JunPelion Route£2,737£4,924
15-JunSporades Route£2,993£5,383
22-JunPelion Route£2,993£5,383
29-JunSporades Route£3,417£6,189
06-JulPelion Route£3,417£6,189
13-JulSporades Route£3,463£6,273
20-JulPelion Route£3,463£6,273
27-JulSporades Route£3,685£6,598
03-AugPelion Route£3,685£6,598
10-AugSporades Route£3,685£6,598
17-AugPelion Route£3,685£6,598
24-AugSporades Route£3,685£6,598
31-AugPelion Route£3,163£5,714
07-SepSporades Route£3,163£5,714
14-SepPelion Route£3,163£5,714
21-SepSporades Route£3,044£5,500
28-SepPelion Route£3,044-

Sun Odyssey 419 - 3 Cabins 2 Sh/wc (2016)

Sporades Flotilla
2018 prices (per yacht)
Departure DateRouteOne WeekTwo Weeks
18-MaySporades Route£2,714£5,061
25-MayPelion Route£2,823£4,744
01-JunSporades Route£2,970£5,366
08-JunPelion Route£2,970£5,366
15-JunSporades Route£3,247£5,867
22-JunPelion Route£3,247£5,867
29-JunSporades Route£3,587£6,512
06-JulPelion Route£3,587£6,512
13-JulSporades Route£3,635£6,600
20-JulPelion Route£3,635£6,600
27-JulSporades Route£3,859£6,926
03-AugPelion Route£3,859£6,926
10-AugSporades Route£3,859£6,926
17-AugPelion Route£3,859£6,926
24-AugSporades Route£3,859£6,926
31-AugPelion Route£3,328£6,028
07-SepSporades Route£3,328£6,028
14-SepPelion Route£3,328£6,028
21-SepSporades Route£3,203£5,802
28-SepPelion Route£3,203-

Sun Odyssey 439 - 4 Cabins 2 Sh/wc (2015)

Sporades Flotilla
2018 prices (per yacht)
Departure DateRouteOne WeekTwo Weeks
18-MaySporades Route£3,221£6,016
25-MayPelion Route£3,350£5,640
01-JunSporades Route£3,685£6,682
08-JunPelion Route£3,685£6,682
15-JunSporades Route£4,029£7,305
22-JunPelion Route£4,029£7,305
29-JunSporades Route£4,199£7,628
06-JulPelion Route£4,199£7,628
13-JulSporades Route£4,256£7,731
20-JulPelion Route£4,256£7,731
27-JulSporades Route£4,488£8,058
03-AugPelion Route£4,488£8,058
10-AugSporades Route£4,488£8,058
17-AugPelion Route£4,488£8,058
24-AugSporades Route£4,488£8,058
31-AugPelion Route£4,007£7,273
07-SepSporades Route£4,007£7,273
14-SepPelion Route£4,007£7,273
21-SepSporades Route£3,857£7,000
28-SepPelion Route£3,857-

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Flight and transfer prices per person from

2018 DatesFlights & Transfers from
 
14th April - 21st May
£298
22nd - 28th May£499
29th May - 11th June£348
12th June - 30th June£378
1st July - 15th July£398
16th July - 26th August£499
27th August - 9th September£388
10th September - 23rd September£329
24th September - 22nd October£298

Yacht Security Deposit

Returnable Deposit:

Returnable Yacht Security Deposit: €2000 ( €2500 for 4-5 cabin yachts and catamarans)

Non-Returnable Yacht Damage Waiver:

  • Yachts 35 ft or under – 1 week £120 2 weeks £180
  • Yachts 36 ft to 40ft – 1 week £180 2 weeks £270
  • Yachts 41 ft to 45ft – 1 week £250 2 weeks £375
  • Yachts 46ft and over – 1 week £300 2 weeks £450

Extras

  • Inflatable Sea kayak £60 per week
  • Inflatable SUP (stand up paddle board) £120 per week
  • Skipper £135 per day
  • Hostess £100 per day
  • Child safety netting (per Charter, up to 40ft) £140
  • Child safety netting (per Charter, 41 to 50ft) £180
  • Wi-Fi – £28 (3GBP), £45 (6GBP)
  • Food shopping service (provisioning) – €20 service charge (payable locally)
  • Seafarer Beach Towel £15 (yours to keep)
  • Outboard Engine £50 per week (on Sun Odyssey 349 2016 model, Bavaria 40, Sun Odyssey 419 & 439)

Friday morning charter flights from Gatwick and Manchester to Skiathos with afternoon return to reach this Greek flotilla. Flight Time 3 hrs 15 mins. Regional charter flights are available on request. Flights are also available to Volos on Wednesdays and Saturdays, if you are thinking of extending your stay in the Sporades before or after your charter.

Direct road transfer to Skiathos town quay in approximately 10 – 15 minutes, 30 minute boat transfer to Loutraki, Skopelos. Fast catamaran ferry service is available from Volos, taking approximately 2 hours.

Seafarer will price match on any like-for like sailing product this summer. If you have been quoted a cheaper price than you see here for your selected date, show us the quote and (subject to verification) we will aim to match it for you.

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