Sprinkled over the Argosaronic Gulf, steeped in history and ancient mythology, the Saronic islands are small havens in close proximity to Athens. Short distances and mild winds, make this the ideal route for smooth sailings.
Authentic and laid-back, each island has its own distinct character and charm. Spetses, lush, cosmopolitan and picturesque with pine-covered hills and Venetian influenced architecture. Hydra, quaint and undoubtedly unique, voted by UNESCO “Best preserved island of the Mediterranean” and chosen by many famous international celebrities for their summer home. Poros, the only Greek island with a male name, fringed with beautiful coves and glittering azure waters. Aegina, home to the ancient temple of Aphaia, the invincible Greek Mythology Goddess.
An all-time favourite with the Greek yachting crowd in the know, this route has all the ingredients for an unforgettable, lifetime experience. An inspiring journey for true travellers.
Combine journeys for a fully immersive experience of Greece.
Departure dates: First cruise April 20th– Last cruise October 26th 2024
Saturday – Saturday
PLEASE NOTE: Half board, open bar, port taxes and transfers from/to your hotel or the airport are inclusive of your cruise with M/Y Gemaya. We will also be happy to assist with land/accommodation arrangements.
6, 13, 20, 27
IMPORTANT: Please note itineraries are subject to change dependent on weather conditions, difficulties at docking or unforeseen circumstances. This decision will be solely made by the captain based on the safety of the passengers, the crew and the vessel.
Relaxing & Fun:
Swimming, snorkelling, jacuzzi, board games, gaming console, sleep under the stars
Hiking trails, scuba diving (third party providers), water ski, wakeboard, SuP, kayak, sea bob, sea scooter, tubes
Cooking demonstration, Greek dances, fishing experience with our seamen
Ancient theatre of Epidaurus, churches and monasteries, museums
Nature & Architecture:
Pristine beaches, Hydra: UNESCO “Best preserved island of the Mediterranean”
*Scuba diving will be offered by our trusted providers in Poros
*Please note activities may vary depending on itinerary changes due to weather conditions.
Embarkation at Lavrion port between 14:00-15:00. Enjoy a welcome drink during your smooth check-in. We sail along the Athenian Riviera and drop anchor at an inviting spot your first refreshing dip in the Aegean waters and your welcome dinner. Overnight at anchor.
Morning arrival at Palaia Epidavros, a journey through the history of Greece. Optional excursions to the Ancient Theatre, located on the southeast end of the Sanctuary dedicated to the ancient Greek God of medicine, Asclepius. In the afternoon we set sail to Aegina. Enjoy a walk at Aegina town, the center of the island, boasting elegant Neoclassical buildings, narrow alleys and a bustling seafront promenade. Aegina is also an island with a glorious historical past. The most impressive archaeological site of the island is the Ancient Temple of Athena Aphaia, dating back to the 6th century BC. When the night falls set out to discover restaurants and lounge bars on this lovely island.
Morning arrival at the quiet island of Poros, ideal for relaxing in the sunshine and enjoying its beautiful beaches. Lunch onboard. We will dock in the afternoon, allowing you to experience the many activities and options on this unique island. Visit the town and meet the friendly locals, go to the Clock Tower, which is a historical attraction and the symbol of the island. You can also explore the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi of Kalavria or the Archeological Museum. Explore Poros by night as there are many tavernas and restaurants almost all located by the sea.
In the morning enjoy a refreshing swim stop before we set sail for the small and cosmopolitan Porto Cheli, home to many impressive villas of the Greek elite. This place is ideal for total relaxation and swimming in the calm azure waters. Enjoy hiking the area or simply bask in the sun and return to Gemaya for a delicious lunch. In the evening relax with a cocktail under the stars at the many lovely cafes and bars. Overnight at port.
Early morning sail to the magical town of Nafplion. Take an optional guided tour to the Ancient City of Mycenae and, upon your return, visit the many museums of Nafplion: The Archaeological Museum, the War Museum, former site of the first Military School of Greece or the Komboloi Museum, showcasing an impressive collection of worry beads. Travel into the history of Greek komboloi and participate in an optional workshop to make your own. Enjoy a romantic evening at one of the most elegant Greek cities.
Early afternoon departure for the elegant island of Spetses. Enjoy a swim stop on the way to port at beautiful Zogeria beach. Lunch on board. Take a romantic walk around the island and when the sun sets discover its glamorous nightlife, there are plenty of bars, discos, and bouzouki clubs on the island. Cars are not allowed on Spetses island but you can also enjoy its beauty by taking a romantic horse-carriage ride. Overnight at port.
Morning arrival at the rocky island of Dokos, a small Greek island in the Argo-Saronic Gulf for a swim-stop. Dokos is part of the municipality of Hydra and is inhabited only by a few Orthodox monks and perennial sheepherders.
Early afternoon arrival at Hydra, voted by UNESCO “Best preserved island of the Mediterranean”. Enjoy a leisurely walk at one of the most cosmopolitan and equally romantic destinations in Greece. Hydra is an architectural reserve, free of motor vehicles, and summer home to many international celebrities. Late afternoon we start our return to Athens, anchoring at Cape Sounion to enjoy the farewell dinner under the mesmerising “Temple of Poseidon”. Perched at the edge of the cliff, the ancient sanctuary is one of the most important monuments of the golden age of Athens.
Disembarkation at Lavrion port after breakfast, before 10:00.