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On this relaxing sailing holiday we cruise along the Northern Sporades Islands: Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos. Three islands that complements, where thousands of tourists arriving each year from every corner of the planet. The verdant green forests compete the infinite blue of the Aegean and crown astonishing beaches, places for unforgettable holidays. From our base in the Port of Skiathos we travel by sailboat, bicycle and on foot to explore the region’s breathtaking landscapes, rich culture and to discover delicious secrets of Greek cuisine.

In a week we cruise along Alonnisos, where we visit Patitiri, the island’s port and capital, we continue sailing through the National Marine Park, explore small bays and swim in the blue clear waters of Kyra Panaghia Islet, an old Pirate hiding place. We visit Steni Vala, a picturesque fishing village and continue to Old Alonnisos, the former capital of the island. We explore Skopelos Island and in Panormos we enjoy a cooking lesson and a demonstration on how to make a Skopelitian Tyropita. We will also visit Ai Yiannis Kastri, a small church with excellent views. Here we will recognize scenes of the film “Mama Mia”. We continue our cruise to Skiathos, the cosmopolitan jewel of the Northern Sporades, where we swim at the beach of Koukounaries, one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean. There are also opportunities for walking, biking, watersports and for enjoying the party atmosphere of Sporades famous beach bars. If you feel like relaxing, then just stay on board and enjoy the view!

Holiday Outline

DAY 1 Transfer from airport to Skiathos Port. Sailing to Skopelos – Welcome Dinner.


DAY 2 Sailing to Patitiri – Alonnisos for a boat tour in the National Marine Park (engine free) – overnight in Kyra Panaghia Islet.


DAY 3 Sailing to Steni Vala village in Alonnisosfor swimming.Transfer to Old Alonnisos for a walk at the night.


DAY 4 Scuba Diving in Steni Vala. Sailing to Skopelos – Panormos natural harbour.


DAY 5 Sailing to Ai Yiannis Kastri and continue towards to Loutraki, seaport of Glossa.


DAY 6 Sailing to Skiathos. Visit Koukounaries beach – continue to Skiathos harbour.


DAY 7 Transfer back to airport. Optional ->guided walking tour in Skiathos town.


DAY 1

Arrival at Skiathos Airport and transfer to our sailing boat at Skiathos Port, approximately 2.5km away. A safety and orientation briefing will be given, where you will meet your crew and fellow travellers. We will then start our sailing tour sailing towards the Port of Skopelos.In the fair town of Skopelos or Chora, with the close-knit houses surrounding the Citadel, we will enjoy a welcome dinner at a local traditional restaurant. You can also take the opportunity to explore this bustling town, enjoy the party atmosphere of Skopelos’ nightlife or just have a cosy rest on board.

Included meal: Dinner


DAY 2

We start our sailing day heading to Alonnisos, the island of the seals. We anchor in Patitiri, the island’s port and capital.Here we have the chance to visit the Folklore Museum, a stone building exhibiting artefacts from the history and tradition of the island, and the Association for the Study and Protection of the Mediterranean Seal. We will welcome on board our environmentalist, for an excursion through the National Marine Mark*, where the remaining numbers of the Mediterranean Seal (Monachus-Monachus) are being protected. On our return, we will moor in Ormos Planitis, one of the largest natural harbours in the Mediterranean, at Kyra Panaghia Islet. This harbour was used as a safe haven by pirates in order to escape Byzantine forces. Kyra Panagia is a small, uninhabited island owned by the Athonite monastery of Aghias Lavras.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
* Guided tour in National Marine Park


DAY 3

We head to Peristera Islet, a small, uninhabited island very close to the east coast of Alonnisos, mostly covered in scrappybushes, for a few goats to graze. Despite its small size, Peristera is a peaceful and dreamy spot where one can enjoy beautiful beaches and a quiet swim. We set sail to Steni Vala a picture-postcard fishing village with a lovely beach, situated in the eastern part of Alonnisos. A visit to the fish tavernas will leave us with an authentic taste of the seafood delicacies of Alonnisos. After lunch we will spend our evening with watersports or relax and have a swim off the beach before we transfer to Old Alonnisos*, the former capital of the island. Today it is literally undergoing a rebirth and impresses with its renovated houses and picturesque streets. Built on an imposing site, it looks like an eyrie built high above the Aegean.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
* Sightseeing in Old Alonissos


DAY 4

The day begins by following the “Discover Scuba Diving” Program* guided by professional dive instructors (Certified by PADI, IANTD and CMAS). We continue sailing to Leftos Yialos, a large beach surrounded by olive groves, with round white pebbles and amazing waters that make swimming an unforgettable experience. Tasty dishes will be served at the local tavern of the beach. After lunch we sail towards Skopelos Island to anchor at Panormos, a natural harbour, which is believed to be one of the most scenic places, with respect to the beauty of the nature surrounding it. Here we will have the chance to take part at the preparation of a barbeque night on a sea side family house.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
* Optional: This program is for anybody who is 8 years or older and wishes to try diving. Everybody has the opportunity to dive, unless you have certain health problems which you will discuss with the trainers. The whole process is carried out according to relevant laws and rules of various diving organizations such as PADI- CMAS- IANTD. Our major aim is to achieve the highest safety and enjoyment possible for our guests, as well as an excellent service.


DAY 5

Today we start the daywith a bike tour from Panormos up to Kastani beach where will stop for swimming. Kastani is one of the most beautiful andattractive beaches on the island. From Kastani we will sail to Ai Yiannis at Kastri*, a picture-perfect chapel built on the top of a steep rock. Climb up the steps carved into the rock and enjoy a marvellous view of the Aegean! The chapel became famous worldwide when thewedding scene from the film “Mamma Mia” was shot there. Here we will preparethe famous Skopelitian Tyropita** (cheese pie) with the village ladies. For the night we will sail back to Loutraki, the seaport of Glossa. It is here that remnants of the acropolis walls of ancient Selinounta (4th BC) were discovered and this is also the site of the temple of Athena (5th BC)
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
* Sightseeing in Ai Yiannis Kastri
** Cooking


DAY 6

On day six we start sailingtowards Skiathos, at Koukounaries beach, one of the best known beaches of Greece worldwide. It is knownas Golden Sand (Chrysi Ammos), due to the fine beach sand that glitters like gold under the summer sun. It has been listed as the third most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean. Besides its deep blue, crystal-clear waters, this beach provides holiday-makers with the unique opportunity to combine rest and enjoyment, as the forest of Koukounaries ends a few meters from the sea. Here we will swim, relax, and those who want to explore the forest will have the chance to participate in a horse riding* route. In the evening we set sail to Skiathos town, where we will anchor for the night. A stroll through the town’s paved streets brings to light cute white houses with red tiled roofs and colourful gardens. The picturesque harbour surrounded by four small islets is a sight not to be forgotten.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
* Horse riding, optional


DAY 7

In line with your flight schedule, we will transfer to Skiathos Airport. For those who have time, a guided walking tour can be organised to get to know the town of Skiathos.
Included meal: Breakfast

 

Please note that our itineraries may be altered, either for operational reasons (windward) or in response to your feedback. Please ensure you have read the latest tour description before booking your tour.

All inclusive package includes:

  • sailing boat
  • 6 nights accommodation in a double cabin
  • all meals
  • airport transfers on first and last day of tour
  • road transfers
  • entries
  • harbour fees and crew services (skipper and hostess)
  • fuel
  • professional guide on day 2

Standard package includes:

  • sailing boat
  • 6 nights accommodation in a double cabin
  • breakfasts (6)
  • harbour fees and crew services (skipper and hostess)
  • fuel

Not included:

  • Flights and airport taxes
  • Visas
  • Personal travel insurance

Arrival and departure information

Arrival Airport–Skiathos Airport (JSI)
Departure Airport-Skiathos Airport (JSI)
We recommend you to arrive at Skiathos Port in the late afternoon/evening on the first day, and leave the boat first thing after breakfast in the morning on the last day. Your transfers from the airport on first day of the tour, and to the airport on last day of the tour will be arranged by us. You will just have to indicate us the arrival and departure date and time on your booking form. Guests can get on board after 17.00hrs on the first day. In case that you arrive earlier, you can spend your time exploring this bustling resort until late afternoon when everything will be ready for your group.

The cheapest way to book your flights is directly with the airline online.If you prefer to book with a travel agent, we are happy to recommend you our partner in Greece. Please contact our office for more details.

Meals: A taste of Greece

Our hostess will be cooking up wonderful meals during your tour. All products used for the preparation of the meals on board will come from local producers and the receipts will be inspired from our awarded Greek chefGiannis Giannakaras. On board we’ll enjoy modern delicacies and fabled Greek dishes along with distinguished wines, beers and spirits. Some of the products are branded exclusively for us under Acrobat’s “Deli Collective” brand name. We will be visiting ashore Greek taverns and restaurants chosen carefully and trying to find locally-owned hostelries which offer authenticity, cleanliness, welcome and real good local food. We will ensure you that you’ll have the chance to sample a good many of the local Greek delicacies and region’s wines.

Travel insurance

It is a condition of joining any of our multi-activity and theme tours that you must have valid travel insurance. It must indicate that you have cover for (at least) medical expenses and emergency repatriation in the event of illness or injury. We also strongly recommend your policy includes cancellation protection as all deposit paid are non-refundable.
Our travel insurance policy is specially tailored to the needs of the traveller and will cover you for any included activity on any trip. You can either purchase this at the time of booking or contact us after you have booked. Alternatively you might like to look at an online travel insurance company to give you a comparison in terms of price and coverage.
If you would prefer not to take out travel insurance you will need to complete a travel insurance waiver form.

Visas and passports

Citizens of the European Union or Schengen Treaty member states need no visa for Greece. Those from the United States, Canada and Australia do not need to apply for a visa to visit Greece for trips of less than 90 days duration. Other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate. All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related issues with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.
Citizens traveling inside the E.U. just need to display their police I.D. Card without the need of a passport. However, a passport is necessary for a number of other transactions, such as currency exchange, purchases, etc.
Note: During the stay in Greece, citizens with a visa must also have suitable insurance coverage for emergency medical or other needs.
Embassies and Consulates in Greece http://www.ausgreeknet.com/greekembassiesandconsulates.htm

Extend your holiday

We would be delighted to arrange additional accommodation during your stay in Greece. You may wish to plan a rest day or have an additional night at Thessaloniki or at Sporades Isles please contact us for more details.

Overnights

On our seven days / six nights sailing tour, we will be spendingmore nights in harbours. This means you’ll have the chance to go ashore and wander in the mornings and evenings when we are tied up in the picturesque Greek harbour towns and villages. When weather permitting, we will spend a night off shore.

Foreign exchange

Local Currency: Euro.
Where to Exchange: In most major towns – your tour leader or skipper will advise you.
ATM Availability: Cash can be drawn from ATMs from all types of cards in most towns.
Credit Card Acceptance: In most places.
Global exchange rates can be obtained at http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

Luggage

Total allowance 20kgs/44lbs. Space is limited on board so only bring what you need. A soft bag is recommended as it is more easily stored than a hard suitcase.

Clothing

During summer the temperature is really high especially in July and August whichare the hottest months. You’ll need your swimming gear and an extra towel. Early and late in the season, you will need a warmer sweater and/or fleece for the odd chilly breeze whilst we travel between the ports.

Footwear

Footwear is not generally worn on board but bring trainers, walking sandals for shore excursions or walking shoes for longer walks.

Equipment

Torch, sunhat, sunglasses and sunblock. Please note that if you intend to sleep out on deck on some nights, as many travellers choose to do in good weather, please bring a sleeping bag with you (the sunbathing cushions are available to sleep on the boat but cabin bedding can’t be taken on deck).

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