Charter Greece’s Saronic Islands with Atalanta
by Nicci Perides
Mr. Panos Pellas, captain of 53.54 metre motor yacht O’Rama has been actively involved in the marine industry for over 23 years. He first began on board the merchant marine vessel Pacific Trader from there he moved into cruise ships with Celebrity Cruises before entering into the world of luxury yachts. He has been captain of Seralia, Toxon, Sagitta, Charisma A, Andilis and Smile.
Throughout his career he has sailed extensively around Greece and its surrounding islands. Here he takes us on an exclusive tour of Greece’s Saronic Islands. These islands are located just a few hours from mainland Greece and have always been popular holiday spots for luxury yacht charters in Greece.
Charter M/Y O’Rama with Atalanta.
Day 1: Athens
Arrive in the ancient Greek capital of Athens. Embark and explore your new home for the next 7 days.
Later that afternoon, choose to explore the city or relax onboard and enjoy the delights of an alfresco dinner.
Overnight in Athens.
Day 2: Athens – Agkistri – Aegina
Arrive onto the beautiful island of Agkistri early morning for a day of fun in the sun. Choose to take advantage of the water toys or explore the island. Agkistri is a very popular haunt with locals from Athens, being located only an hour away from the city. There are seven main beaches on the island all perfect for swimming and sun bathing.
The yacht will then sail to neighbouring island Aegina in the evening where you will enjoy a meal prepared by chef.
Day 3: Aegina – Poros
Leave Aegina for the charming island of Poros. First stop will be at anchor allowing guests to make full use of the toys. After a leisurely lunch, the yacht will cruise into the port of Poros. Here, you will enjoy a delightful town filled with many restaurants, bars and boutique shops. Poros has a wonderfully sleepy feel to it.
Day 4: Poros – Spetses
The yacht will depart for Zogeria Bay on Spetses at around 9am. Spetses has been known locally as the playground for billionaires, but as the Greek economic climate dwindled, the island showed the true divide between the rich and the poor in Greece. It is a wonderful place to visit though and take a dip in its crystal clear waters.
After leaving Zogeria Bay, the yacht will arrive in the port of Spetses where she will stay overnight. This is the perfect opportunity to explore the local town and sample its fine cuisine.
Day 5: Spetses – Kiparisis – Monemvasia
Kiparissi is an ideal spot for swimming and Monemvasia is a picture perfect traditional Greek town. Wander the streets and soak up the atmosphere. There are many Byzantine churches that remain from the medieval period so be sure to explore.
Day 6 Monemvasia – Fokianos – Nafplio
Leaving Monemvasia, the yacht will sail north to Fokianos. She will drop anchor in the bay where guests can jump off and cool off in the lagoon-green waters.
After lunch, the yacht will proceed further north to the once capital city of Greece, Nafplio. She will arrive into the port late afternoon, leaving you with enough time to explore the Castle of Palamid. It is located on the top of a hill that has 999 steps made of stone. Once you reach the top, you will have a spectacular view of the port and the Argolic Peninsula.
Day 7: Nafplio – Hydra
The yacht will leave Nafplio for a spot of swimming off of Dhokos Island before reaching the picturesque island of Hydra.
Hydra shot into the limelight back in 1957 as the chosen location for the film Boy on a Dolphin starring Sophia Loren. Today grand mansions are perfectly position around the port in a semi circular design making it an extremely pretty sail-in.
Day 8: return to Athens
Today we sadly say goodbye to the waters surrounding Athens and head back to the homeport Agios Kosmas in Athens. Guests will disembark and either make their way back to the airport or spend one last day soaking up the sites of the Acropolis, the flea market, museums and other ruins.