Flotilla sailing
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Flotillas are the ideal compromise between bareboat and a crewed charter vacations. With a flotilla you will skipper your own boat, together with a fleet of several other yachts. Yet, an experienced skipper (flotilla leader) - onboard one of the leading yachts - will guide you and the rest of the flotilla fleet from port to port.

Flotilla holidays

Flotilla fleet in the Ionian Sea Flotilla cruises: Samos coastline Flotillas in the Saronic and Argolic Gulfs: Spetses port on Spetses island

(Possible) downsides of Flotilla cruises

If you opt for a reliable flotilla company, nearly all these downsides won't apply ☺

 

Assisted bareboat charters

Fortunately, most of the downsides can be avoided via assisted bareboat charters, the ideal compromise between a regular flotilla and a regular bareboat.
On an assisted bareboat charter you will have a lot more freedom, but the lead crew will still serve as a safety net. More details via my yacht charter page.

Flotilla routes

The best served areas by far are the Ionian Sea and the Saronic Gulf.

The Ionian Sea offers bright green sceneries and crystal clear waters. The architecture is eclectic, revealing the complex history of so many influences, notably the Venetian Occupation.

The sailing distances between the hundreds of beautiful anchorages and ports are the smallest of the whole Mediterranean and especially in the area east of Lefkas and Kefalonia tourist facilities are everywhere. This so-called “Inland Ionian Sea” suffers the most flotilla fleets in Greece because of its secluded character and gentle winds to match. Yet, during the main sailing season in Greece the various flotilla fleets are more and more considered a nuisance by the regular cruising yachts and even by the native Greeks, despite the money these tourists bring to their islands.
However, the Inland Sea is absolutely worth visiting, especially outside the main season, with its beautiful islands of Meganisi, Kastos, Kalamos and Ithaca.
Most standard flotilla routes in the Ionian will start out of Lefkas / Preveza and will resemble itineraries A, B or G. In the main season it therefore pays to look for flotillas elsewhere!
Flotilla cruises in the Argolic and Saronic Gulfs: Leonidio Port Flotilla cruises: Hydra anchorage East coast of Zakynthos - Flotilla cruising

The Saronic near Athens (and in the 14-day itineraries also the adjacent and even more lovely Argolic gulf adjacent to the east coast of the Peloponnese) is rich in culture. You will find a plethora of must-see archaeological sites such as the ancient temples of Poseidon at cape Sounion, Aphaia on Aegina island, the most beautiful preserved amphitheatre near Epidavros and legendary cities like Mycenae, Argos, Corinth and Navplion. Moreover, you will visit the picturesque ports of Methana, Hydra and Poros.

In my opinion the most stunning and interesting places can be found in the Argolic gulf (Spetses, Tolo, Navplion, Leonidio, Kiparisi, Gerakas and Monemvasia).

There are a lot of possible itineraries in the Saronic and Argolic. A 7-day flotilla will take usually take route A probably leaving out Methana and including Epidavros. On 14-day holiday you will likely sail a route comparable to G.

 

For unbiased advice on flotilla cruises and reliable flotilla companies please visit my yacht charter page.



Related pages:
Our bareboat one-way trip from Athens to Melos.
Sailing Greece.
Advice on gulet cruises in Greece and Turkey.
Further reading:
Indispensable books about (sailing in) Greece and Turkey.

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