Peloponnese Flotilla Holiday
Why Choose the Peloponnese Explorer Flotilla?
Our new Peloponnese Explorer Flotilla is a unique opportunity to sail the entire coast of the Peloponnese peninsula in the company of like-minded explorers.
Hosted by Giannis (who’s home sailing area is the southern Peloponnese) and Achilles, our lead crew in the Ionian in 2017, this wondrous 500 nautical mile journey is a true Greek Island Odyssey, circumnavigating the Peloponnese. Our epic voyage includes: 2 of the ancient world’s most notable sanctuaries at Olympia & Delphi, 2 historic monasteries, 5 kilometres of spectacular caves, The sites of the major sea battles of Navarino and Lepanto, sailing around Calypso Deep (at 5,267 metres, the deepest recorded point in the Mediterranean). This route features 20 amazing destinations plus the “bucket list” transit of the spectacular Corinth canal.
A Greek Island Odyssey
The Route - Embarking on the 7th April, disembarking 28th April 2018
Arrival & check in, plus the opportunity to see the Greek Easter resurrection celebrations in the shadow of the Acropolis.
A true sailing town with its listed neoclassical houses and lively sea front with a great choice of tavernas – We organise a traditional Greek Easter feast ashore.
En route be sure to sail close to spectacular Hydra, for some great photography. Ermioni is a charming traditional fishing village popular with Greek tourists seeking the authentic.
We are really getting off the beaten track now and Kiparissi is a charming remote fishing hamlet where the locals will appreciate our visit and extend a warm welcome.
The truly atmospheric fortified medieval town is linked to the mainland by a causeway and has been well preserved . The ‘Rock of Monemvasia’ has been the landmark of this safe haven since antiquity, also regarded as the birthplace of Aphrodite, according to Homer.
An ‘aristocratic’ island with fine Seafaring traditions, well off the regular tourist trail and something of a secret amongst those ‘in the know’. Well worth the visit.
An easier day today and a chance to linger off one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean at Elaphonissos, the small fishing village ashore has an authentic charm.
A proper marina with good facilities (something of a rarity in these parts) and a pleasant resort town and cruise port. The big attraction here is nearby Olympia, home of the Olympic Games of antiquity. We organise a visit by train.
S outhernmost of the ‘Eptanissa’ or 7 islands group of the Ionian and a delightful holiday island, blessed with superb beaches and pleasant capital. Of note is
the Church Of St Dionysios, housing the relics of this revered patron saint of the island.
A longer voyage today, which should be downwind and a
pleasant sail. Historic Messolonghi is different to everywhere else we will visit. The lagoon is home to diverse bird life which includes pelicans, as well as seals and turtles. The characteristic stilted fishermen’s houses could easily be in Vietnam or Thailand. The town is where Lord Byron left his last breath during the Greek war of independence and he is honoured with a notable small museum.
We sail under the Rion Bridge, one of the world’s longest, joining the Peloponese to the mainland. En route we also pass historic Nafpaktos, site of the historic naval battle of Lepanto. Then island of TRizoniais an undiscovered gem, home to a few fishermen and holiday homes, plus the obligatory and most authentic fish tavernas.
A truly delightful old Seafaring town, noted for its’ listed ‘Kapetanospitta’ or court yarded Captain’s houses, many of which have been lovingly restored. We organise an optional visit by road to the famous Ancient Oracle of Delphi 40 minutes away.
We overnight in this historic town, before transiting the spectacular Corinth Canal, A long term project conceived and commenced in classical times and finally completed in 1888. These days it is too small for modern super tankers and mega ships, though still enjoying regular shipping and yachting traffic.
Return to Athens and the end of our spectacular journey. We organise a farewell dinner in the shadow of the Acropolis in the Old Plaka district of Athens.
For those travelling alone or not wishing to skipper a yacht, as well as those furthering their experience with mile building trips, you can book by the cabin on our 52 foot yacht with professional skipper and first mate. If you can’t find the time for the whole trip, the cabin charter option is available for 1 or 2 weeks.
Price for the full 3 week trip, including port charges, breakfast, light lunch and the services of our professional crew is £1,995 per person.
Meet your Crew
Together Giannis and Achilles are responsible for the safety and organisation of the Peloponnese Explorer flotilla. They are responsible for ensuring that you have a fantastic, safe, sailing holiday.
We are in the renowned ‘Mani Peninsular’ dramatic
mountainous terrain, punctuated by the characteristic traditional fortified stone tower houses and locals proud of their traditions, never having been subdued by any invader. From here we organise a visit to the spectacular Dirou caves.
A delightful coastal village that has been discovered by British and other retirees as a great place to linger during their twilight years. Those still being some way off for us, we move on next morning.
Kalamata, a candidate for the European city of culture for 2021, is the regional capital, and quite chic and sophisticated. A sheltered harbour with good shopping and facilities ashore.
After the demise of Byzantium this was an outpost of the Venetian maritime empire that has left its mark in notable coastal fortifications and elements of the local cuisine
The beach resort of Finikounda is on our way, Methoni the second historic Venetian outpost and important staging post on the ancient trading routes from
Venice to the east. The village is dominated by an imposing castle
We visit the offshore island of Sapientza with its famous Venetian lighthouse before continuing to the historic town of Pylos, in the scenic and sheltered Navarino bay, site of the famous naval battle of the same name of 1827, when the joint fleets of Britain, France and Russia destroyed the Ottoman fleet. In the afternoon, an optional visit by motor boat to the spectacular bay and beach of Voidokilia.
Today a true adventure as we voyage to the desert islands of Strofades, steeped in legend and history. There is an medieval monastery, previously looked after by a solitary monk, who sadly died in 2014.
Prevailing winds are from the north-west in the Ionian Sea, and from the north in the Argolic and Saronic Gulfs. When sailing the gulfs of Corinth and Patras, the winds are generally from the west. We will be sailing at a changeable time of the year, and as such wet weather gear is recommended, as some good sailing weather is virtually guaranteed!
Peloponnese Explorer Flotilla2018 prices (per yacht)
|Start Date||End Date||Yacht||Three Week Price|
|7th April 2018||28th April 2018||Oceanis 37 -2010||£3,995
|7th April 2018||28th April 2018||Bavaria 37 - 2015||£3,750|
|7th April 2018||28th April 2018||Dufour 382 - 2015||£3,850|
|7th April 2018||28th April 2018||Oceanis 40 - 2008||£4,379|
|7th April 2018||28th April 2018||Bavaria 41 - 2015||£4,525|
|7th April 2018||28th April 2018||Sun Odyssey 439 - 2014||£4,695|
|7th April 2018||28th April 2018||Bavaria 46 - 2015||£5,335|
|7th April 2018||28th April 2018||Harmony 47 - 2007||£3,995|
|7th April 2018||28th April 2018||Cabin Charter||£1,995 per person|
Book your flights with us to ensure full ATOL protection for your holiday.
Flights – Easyjet from London Gatwick, Bristol or Edinburgh; Ryanair from Stansted. British Airways or Aegean from London Heathrow; Aegean or Lufthansa from Manchester.
Transfers – Athens airport to Alimos marina, Kalamaki, £60 per person return. Alternatively you can take the X96 bus from the airport to Alimos marina directly, 5€ per person.
Yacht Security Deposit
- Payable locally – from 1500€ to 4000€
Non-Returnable Yacht Damage Waiver:
- Yachts 37-49ft – £567 + 500€ security deposit, payable locally.
- Skipper £995 per week
- Hostess £700 per week