Island Hopping: Sailing The Greek Islands

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If you've always dreamt of sailing the Greek oceans, while soaking up the sun with a beer in your hand, then this EPIC ADVENTURE is for you!.

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Thinking of Greece, makes you think of summer. But when you think of summer in Greece, you think SAILING.

If you've always dreamt of sailing the Greek oceans, while soaking up the sun with a beer in your hand, then this EPIC ADVENTURE is for you!.

There is no need for you to be a skipper. All you need is your passion for the sea and the desire to party in one of the most beautiful and picturesque places in the world.

Each island, each port, each traditional restaurant is there waiting to be explored. We love the sea, we love the party, we love the experience and we cannot wait to share it with you.

Our private fleet is based in Athens, Kalamaki marina, where we offer 4 - 5 cabin yachts that can accommodate 8 and 9 people in pure comfort. All of our yachts are fully equipped with everything you need (including one amazing deck shower).

Sign up for the all-exclusive package or bring your own food and beverages and organise your meals and drinks around your needs - after all, you know what tickles your fancy better than we do. Each afternoon you will explore the beauties of each island, before returning to the boat for an evening party (please bring your own music as we have the option of a CD-Player, AUX or USB stick).

Itinerary

Day 1

Athens:

After we have collected you from the airport, it is time to check-in and meeting the Skipper.

Once the welcome meeting, health and safety procedures and the "meet-and-greets" are complete, you are free to explore Athens as you please. We can propose restaurants, clubs or nice things to see around the area.

Day 2

Poros:

Set sail to Pors at approx. 10am. We make a swim stop on the way and at approximately 4-5pm we moor at Poros. Must see in Poros island is the sunset from the old Clock tower on the top of the Hill. There is also the option of going to the Love Bay for swimming- 15 min by walk - or renting an ATV and go driving around the beautiful island.

We can propose restaurants and bars for the leisure time at night.

More info about the area:

The town of Poros is built in the shape of an amphitheatre over two hills. In antiquity, Poros consisted in fact of two islands, Sphería and Kalávria, but the last explosion of the Méthana volcano in 273 BC radically changed the morphology of the area. Sphería was cut off from Méthana, and in this way, Póros took its present-day form. Lush pine trees vegetation, crystal clear beaches, a lively waterfront adorned with shops, cosy cafes and restaurants, a picturesque capital (it has been declared protected settlement) with grand traditional mansions and picturesque cobbled streets, as well as a wide selection of entertainment venues are the ingredients of this quiet, yet cosmopolitan destination that attracts visitors from all age groups.

Day 3

Hydra:

Definitely the most exciting day of the week. We sail to Hydra. No swim stop, since Hydra is an amazing place to spend your whole day. No cars or motorbikes are allowed.

Plenty of activities to do like donkey riding, cliff diving, swimming, relaxing at sunset bars or go around the market for shopping. At night again we can propose restaurants and bars.

More info about the area:

Just 37 nautical miles from Athens in the Argo-Saronic Gulf, the long, narrow island of Hydra (or Ydra) is both cosmopolitan and tranquil. Donkeys and boats are the only forms of transport as laws prohibit automobiles (except for a few small garbage trucks), mopeds, and even bicycles. Due to the island’s status as a national historic monument, strict building laws also regulate development, protecting Hydra’s traditional architectural style and enhancing its old-world charm.

Aside from your feet, donkeys and boats are the only means of transport on Hydra. Hydra’s municipality covers 72 square kilometres. The main town is built amphitheatrically around the island’s main harbour, lined with large and small yachts, as well as traditional caciques, or fishing boats. Shops, hotels, cafes, and tavernas line the port, while cobblestone streets and alleyways wind along the coast and climb the steep, rocky hillsides, leading to the island’s various neighbourhoods and villages. Though Hydra has a year-round population of less than 2000 (per 2011 census), which can swell to 6000 over the summer, the interior is nearly uninhabited.

Day 4

Ermioni:

We sail to Ermioni. On the way, we will make a swim stop. Ermioni has some of the best places to moor for swimming in the whole Saronic Gulf. We moor at the dock approx. at 4pm. Our proposal is to rent a bike and explore the area. Just a small walking distance away from where we dock are some amazing small, private beaches.

At night there is a very nice cocktail bar to relax and have your drinks under the moonshine.

More info about the area:

Ermioni (Ancient Hermione) can be divided into three sections. The commercial Limani port and harbour is located on the Northern side, with the lively Mandrakia on the Southern side of the peninsula. At the Eastern end of the town, is the archaeological pine-cladded forest area called the Bisti. Here one can enjoy leisurely walks at any time of the day, as there is plenty of shade, and visit the 5th Cen. BC temple of Athena, and other ancient, Byzantine and medieval monuments. You can also swim in the clear blue sea, from the rocky coves along the Southern side of the Bisti, which overlook the islands of Dokos and Hydra.

Books refer to Ermioni as a seaside town of captivating beauty. This is absolutely correct, as it still remains authentically Greek, charming, hospitable and friendly. For the visitor to Ermioni, there are numerous amenities, from banks, post office, ATM machines, doctors, dentists, pharmacies, physiotherapist, tourist office where one can also hire cars, real estate offices if you wish to buy land or property, taxis, buses to Kranidi and Kosta, various shops, supermarkets, beauty salon, hairdressers, cafes, bars and tavernas.

Day 5

Methana:

Today we visit a Volcano.

We set sail to Methana. On the way, we make a swim stop and then at approx. 4-5 pm we moor at the dock. Methana is the land of Hyphaestus and there are a Volcano and thermal spa in the area. This is an optional trip we propose - but everyone books it - to the top of the mountain where the Volcano erupted hundreds of years ago. We book a minivan or bus, before walk a little to the top of the Volcano. This trip boasts spectacular views at the top. Before sunset, we take everyone to an amazing traditional taverna in a small port to have dinner. This trip costs an extra 30EUR and includes transfer, volcano trip and dinner with unlimited wine. When we return, you have the option to go to the open-air free thermal spot to relax.

More info about the area:

The peninsula of Méthana with its two steep volcanic slopes is actually a volcano that emerged from the sea! Welcome the opportunity to explore a stunning volcanic landscape with dense vegetation, coastal villages and diverse flora and fauna. The establishment of the spa complex in 1870 made it a popular spa town attracting mainly senior citizens from many European countries.

Follow a fascinating route to the fishing village of Agios Geórgios and on to the Baths of Pausanias, one of the peninsula’s hot springs, or follow the footsteps of the ancient historian Pausanias to the ancient city of Méthana. In the village of Paleókastro stand the remains of the classical walls and gates of an acropolis, the rest of which fell into the sea due to a volcanic eruption.

The peninsula boasts approximately 32 volcanoes. Climbing to the largest crater is a truly challenging experience. Start from Kaméni Hóra and follow the path on a 25-minute climb to the lip of the volcano. Step on now solid red lava flows and take in views of a different world of savage black, red and green crags and sharp abysses… Last but not least, soak up the atmosphere along the island’s volcanic beaches (Nissaki Ayion Anaryiron, Limniónas and Vathý).

Day 6

Perdika:

We set sail to Perdika. A small traditional fish village where you have a lot of optional things to do. Except for the beach where you can swim, you can rent an ATV to go around the island of Aegina and visit the town centre and one of the most famous ancient Temples in Greece - The Temple of Aphaia. You can also get the small wooden boat and visit the inhabited island of Moni. There you can relax at the beach, next to the only locals -peacocks and deers! They are all very friendly and a unique thing to see.

More info about the area:

Perdika village enchants many visitors with its simple charm. It is a small fishing village set in a pretty little bay. The traditional fish tavernas, modern cafés & bars are situated on a raised terrace above the small harbour and these are what attract the day visitor whether from Athens or Aegina Town. It is claimed that this is the best place on the island to come and enjoy a fish lunch overlooking the peaceful bay and Moni island beyond. The old town has the characteristics of the Aegean Sea-style of white square houses and narrow streets. Lots of charter yachts are having Perdika as their first or last day destination. Especially in the weekends, Perdika is very lively, mostly with Greek weekend tourists.

Day 7

Athens:

We sail back to Athens and on the way, we make a swim stop. This is the last one before we moor again at Marina Alimos where we started from. This night is free, so we can propose things to do according to everyone's needs. Most people head straight to the island club party.

Day 8

Goodbye :(

Disembarkation, latest by 9am.

Accommodation

Included

  • Skipper for 7 days
  • Volcano Hike
  • Berth/Bed
  • Dinghy
  • Bimini/Sun Tent
  • Sprayhood
  • Autopilot
  • Port Fees
  • Yacht Insurance
  • Pillows, Linen and Blankets.
  • Yacht End Cleaning
  • Hammock

Excluded

  • Visa fee and International flight.
  • Travel Insurance
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea/coffee, snacks, alcohol (unless stated)
  • Battery re-charge, laundry service, etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Cost raised by flight cancellation, emergency rescue charges, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control.

Essential Information

Fully Catered Option Available

Extra  £200+ per person  - includes all onboard breakfasts, evening restaurant meals and 2 free alcoholic beverages per meal.

Private Bookings only for 2021:

Our private fleet is based in Athens, Kalamaki marina. Here we offer 4 and 5 cabin yachts that can accommodate 8 and 9 people in pure comfort. All of our yachts are fully equipped with everything you need. You can bring your own food and beverages (fridges are quite spacious) and organize your meals and drinks the way you think is best.

The 4 cabin yachts have 3 double cabins and one bunk cabin, along with minimum 2 bathrooms. The 5 cabin yachts have 4 double cabins and 1 bunk cabin, along with 3 bathrooms. There is also the option of an amazing evening shower deck before you wear your clothes and go out to explore the beauties of each island. You can also bring your own music since there is the option of a CD-Player, AUX or USB stick.

Visas:

At the time of writing, you do not need a Visa to visit Greece if you are from the UK or US for less than 90 days. However, please check the full guidelines on the embassy website before you travel. For UK citizens this is the Foreign Travel Advice section of https://www.gov.uk

Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your Tour leader/ local representative, who will take note of your insurance details and emergency contact number. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability of luggage, cancellation, curtailment and loss and personal effects, alongside covid-19 cover.

If you would like to obtain cover for your trip please feel free to contact specialist Insurance Brokers, Campbell Irvine Direct for a quote. GoKo Travels is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Campbell Irvine Ltd who are Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority .

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Covid-19:

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Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, the safety and wellbeing of all of our travellers, leaders, suppliers and staff remains our top priority. Not only have we updated our booking policies so you can flexibly amend booking arrangements before departure and get the most out of your holidays while away, we have also introduced new measures and safety guidelines so you can travel with GoKo Travels safely and securely.

What does this new booking policy mean for me?:

Fully Flexible bookings for peace of mind - We understand that sometimes plans change. That’s why GoKo Travels have updated our booking policies, so you now have full flexibility to change your travel plans if needed.

Our flexible booking policy includes:

(a) Free date changes up to 45days prior to departure - with no interest or added fees

(b) Full refund giving if you have to cancel the trip due to any COVID-19 related issues or international restrictions.

(c) You can now lock in your trip with a small refundable deposit and then pay the rest in instalments whenever you like, with no interest or fees.

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As part of our commitment to preserving planet earth, we donate 3% of our profits to GoKo Travel's registered non-for-profit, "The GoKo Earth Preservation".

The GoKo Earth Preservation has been set up to protect and preserve the natural habitats of our planet and to conserve and enhance the biodiversity of threatened environments and endangered species around the globe. This is achieved through rewilding, reforestation and marine conservation projects, alongside local community support.

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With your help, we can buy boats to support marine conservation; securing the future for our fragile oceans and the wonderful beings that inhabit them.

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By helping with the creation of new parks, we can support local economies, empower native communities and put healthy landscapes into permanent protection.

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Although all of our GoKo holidays promise to warm your hearts, we don’t want it to contribute to warming the planet.

For every trip booked with us, we support a 3-step carbon offset scheme to calculate and neutralise your holiday footprint, allowing you to travel conscious free, for no added cost. This covers every step of the journey where you travel with us, from international flights to hotel heating, transport, food and more.

The GoKo Carbon Offsetting scheme does not focus on just planting trees, but rather the purchasing, persevering and protecting standing forests from deforestation and degradation - helping revive forests back to full health and avoiding the release of stored carbon. This also enables the regeneration of degraded habitats, which gradually re-absorb atmospheric CO2.

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