Athens Via Epidavros - 7 Day Sailing Itinerary
Day 1 - Ayia Marina (Aegina Island)
Located on the northeast coast of the Island of Aegina, Agia is a great place to stop on your first night if you can get out of Alimos Marina early. It’s a favourite summer destination for Greeks and tourists alike, with big sandy beaches and shallow waters good for families. Why not take this opportunity to visit the temple of Aphaia. Formerly known as the temple of Jupiter Panhellenius, this iconic Greek landmark stands on a 160m peak on the eastern side of the island approximately 13km by road from the Marina.
Day 2 - Hydra Town (Hydra)
Hydra is truly the gem of the Saronic Gulf and stands alone among Greek islands as the one free of motorised vehicles. No cars. No scooters. Just tiny marble-cobbled lanes, donkeys, rocks and sea. Following the filming of the 1950’s film ‘Boy on a Dolphin’ with Sofia Loren, the island's population of artists exploded, and Hydra became as famous as St. Tropez or Portofino. In addition to the island’s exquisitely preserved stone architecture, criss-crossing rural paths and clear, deep waters, you can find a good cappuccino along the harbour which is great for people-watching.
Day 3 - Anker bay (Dokos Island)
The quiet island of Dokos is sandwiched snugly between the island of Hydra and the east cost of the Peloponnese peninsula. With a population of only around 50 people, mainly orthodox monks and shepherds, Dokos is a great destination to get away from it all and is often favoured by nature lovers and hikers alike. In 1975 a shipwreck was discovered on the sea bottom near Dokos, which was full of ceramic vases that date back to around 2700-2100BC making it the oldest known shipwreck in the world! This a great spot for a swim and some lunch on longer charters.
Day 4 - Ermioni (Peloponnese)
Ermioni is a small seaside town on the eastern coasts of Peloponnese, in the region of Argolis. Constructed on the hill slopes around a beautiful port, this town has been revived over the last few decades as many Athenians have holiday homes there. Mooring is available both to the North and South of the headland so it’s best to make a decision based on the direction of the wind.
Day 5 - Poros Town (Poros)
Poros is separated from the mountainous Peloponnese by a narrow sea channel, and its protected setting makes the main settlement of Poros Town seem like a cheery lakeside resort. Its pastel-hued houses stack up the hillside to a clock tower and make a vibrant first impression. The island is characterised by lush pine trees, vegetation, crystal clear bays and a lively waterfront adorned with shops, cosy cafés and restaurants.
Day 6 - Epidavros (Peloponnese)
In its day Epidavros, on the Peloponnese Peninsula, was famed and revered as far away as Rome as a place of miraculous healing. Visitors came great distances to this sanctuary of Asclepius (god of medicine) to seek a cure for their ailments. Today visitors are more likely to flock to the site for its amazingly well-preserved theatre, which remains a venue during the Hellenic Festival for Classical Greek theatre. Not surprisingly, Epidavros is a protected World Heritage site.
Day 7 - Alimos Marina (Athens)
The ancient city of Athens offers some of the world's most amazing historical sites which should be on every vistor's 'to-do list'. We'd recommend catching the tram, which runs past the entrance of the marina, into the city centre to explore places like the Parthenon.