Conveniently arranged across the prevailing northerly breeze the Sporades group also offers short passages between islands. Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos, Peristeri and Skiros make up this magnificent group and although you won't travel very far in two weeks you will centainly revel in the unique hospitality offered in this very self-reliant island group. Skiathos, easily reached by air or by car and ferry from Athens is the Seafarer Sailing base in Sporades.
The town of Skiathos is famous for its excellent restaurants and the island is one of the few in Greece that can boast white sandy beaches. The prevailing northern wind, the meltemi, is less pronounced in the Sporades than it is further south, and the passage making it easy. Alternatively you could venture further afield to the Halkidiki peninsular, with its golden beaches, pine-covered hills and monasteries clinging to the slopes of Mt. Athos. The ride back to Skiathos will make for some exhilarating sailing.
Volos Base is available too for starting your charter if you are planning on going to the Sporades area. Volos has an airport nearby the marina which is a great advantage in order to get to Sporades easily.
Seafarer Sailing operates from the Ancient port of Pythagorion on the island of Samos, at the northern end of Dodecanese Island chain which hungs the coast of Turkey.
Seafarer sailing is the only Charter Company based in Samos. There is a daily jet service operated by Olympic Airlines from Athens as well as many charter flights from many European Countries and the airport is only 2 kms from Seafarer's fleet.
The itinerary normally followed on by Sailors includes Agathonissi, Arki, Lipsos, Patmos, Leros, Kalymnos, Nissiros, and Kos but it may varies according to your needs and the duration of your trip. The islands are all pretty close together and the constant summer breeze makes for exciting sailing in the high performance Yachts of Samos Base.
Yachts based in Samos are all in excellent condition fully equipped and are given spotlessly clean.
Yachts offered are of 31 up to 51 feet and cover all needs in 2 cabins and salon up to 5 cabins and saloon for parties of 2 up to 10 persons.
Kos and Rhodes are the three bases operated by Seafarer Sailing in the Dodecanese Islands, which many hold as the best of the best.
In Kos island Marina ( one mile SE from Kos old harbour) Seafarer Sailing established its Branch Office which serves all clients wishing to sail out of Kos to cruise this enchanting islands from Simi to Patmos .
The Seafarer base at Rhodes is also a convenient starting port for visits to Nisiros, Tilos and Khalki. On some of these islands the only tourists are visiting yachtsmen who are readily welcomed into the "extended family". Even on the busier islands the sailor has the opportunity to escape to a secluded anchorage for that swim in crystal clear inky blue water, totally free of pollution.
The Ionian Sea offers the most tranquil sailing in the whole of Greece. Passages are normally made on protected waters between the islands and the coast so navigation is line of sight, the Meltemi is less pronounced and there are no tides. The Southern Ionian islands of Lefkas, Ithaca and Cephalonia encircle what is almost and inland sea, with more than 20 smaller islands offering safe anchorages in bays sourrounded by Olive Groves and pine trees.
To the north Corfu with is mixture of Greek and Venetian architectural influences is easily reached by plane from Athens, and many European airports. The Seafarer bases in the Ionians are on the islands of Lefkas and Corfu. The choice of a starting point is yours to make.
The island of Santorini also known as Thira is the most unique as well as the most romantic island of Greece located on the southernmost point of the Cyclades island cluster in the emerald Aegean Sea. Santorini is a result of an enormous volcanic explosion that lead to the creation of the geological Caldera. Due to its unique formation, the dazzling beaches and the cosmopolitan character as well as the picturesque villages and its spectacular sunset, the island of Santorini is one of the most popular holiday and honeymoon destinations in Greece as well as in the world.
Paros island has everything to offer to her visitors: beautiful contrasted landscapes, golden sandy beaches with crystal waters, traditional villages with white-painted cubic houses, picturesque fishing harbours, Byzantine churches…
For all these reasons Paros has become one of the most popular destinations in CYCLADES. Not to forget to mention that the island is also known for the perfect weather conditions, that offers to windsurfers.
Mykonos is part of a cluster of islands including Delos, Rhenia and some rocky islets. Since the fifties, Mykonos has always been one of the most popular tourist islands of the Mediterranean. Chora, as the town of Mykonos is commonly known, impresses and casts its spell on the visitor from the first moment, with its beautiful position, scale and architecture. Despite the great tourist development of the island, it manages to maintain its Cycladic features and traditional look, like few other towns. Its cube-shaped, all white houses glow in the sunlight, scattered wisely and orderly in the countless labyrinthine alleys and streets with whitewashed cobbled.