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Uncover the rich history and culture of Greece as you sail the stunning Aegean Sea, immersing yourself in the heart of ancient antiquity.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Athens, you will find the laid back, coastal town of Lavrion, ideally positioned close to Athens International Airport; it is the perfect spot to start your exploration of the rustic and unspoilt Cyclades and Aegean Sea.    

Among the charming streets filled with traditional Greek tavernas and boutiques, you will find the picturesque and well equipped harbour of Lavrion, a yacht charter from here will allow you to explore Greece's most famous islands, you are short sail from the secluded coves of Kea and from there it is a glorious sail to the natural hot springs of Kynthos, or the famed nightlife and destination of the rich and famous in Mykonos or the golden sands of Paros.

This sailing holiday is great for more adventurous sailors with a few miles on the log who are looking for some stronger wind, longer passages and more time spent at the helm. For those less experienced seafarers, Lavrion is also a great place to start to explore the Saronic Islands without the fear of crossing a busy shipping lane. Lavrion is a superb location whatever sailing holiday you decide to take.

Aegean Yacht Charter

  • Overview



    Naoussa, Paros







    Sailing holidays in the Aegean

    • Easily accessible - daily flights from London and just a 3.5 hour flight time
    • Lavrion only 30 minutes from Athens International Airport
    • Surrounded by the most famous Greek islands
    • Average distances of 25nm/day
    • Level 2-3 sailing
    • Average summer temperatures of 26-30 degrees
    • Average winds force 5-7
    • Great for experienced sailors
    • Great base to avoid crowds
  • 1 Wk Lavrion

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary from Lavrion

    DAY 1 : Lavrion.

    Embark at Lavrion and sail to Sounion Point (10nm). The photogenic temple ruins are worth a visit.

    DAY 2 : Kithnos (35nm)

    This island charms visitors with its authentic atmosphere. The island is barren and rocky and the rugged coastline has numerous coves and beaches. Anchor in Ormos Kolona (Sand Bar Bay) or moor in Merikha, the main harbour.

    DAY 3 : Sifnos (25nm)

    A verdant island, full of olive trees, with traditional whitewashed houses, blue sea and bright red bougainvillea. Choose between Kamares, the main harbour or Faros, an attractive bay in the south-east.

    DAY 4 : Paros (28nm)

    Paros is one of the most popular Greek islands due to its sandy beaches, traditional villages with narrow paved alleys and plenty of tavernas. The main harbour is Parikia but Naoussa is also a lovely anchorage with a picture-postcard town.

    DAY 5 : Serifos (32nm)

    Serifos has remained its traditional character with an unspoilt coastline and beautiful beaches. Moor in Lavadhi harbour or anchor in Ormos Koutala to the south.

    DAY 6 : Kea (27nm)

    Kea lies to the south of Lavrion and is famed for its important archaeological sites, locations of unique natural beauty, wonderful beaches and picturesque villages. Ayios Nikolas offers a choice of anchorages within the bay.

    DAY 7 : Lavrion (16nm)

    Aegean Lavrion 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions in the Aegean

    A sailing holiday in the Aegean will suit more experienced skippers as the passages between the islands can be exposed. In general the sailing conditions are more demanding than in other areas of Greece and involve longer passages.

    The best times to sail in the Aegean are May/June and September/October when you are less likely to be affected by the prevailing meltemi wind from the north which blows strongest in July and August at Force 5-6 and may reach Force 7-8. The meltemi can blow for 1 day or it can blow for 1 week continuously. In the Spring and Autumn the wind strength is less, around Force 3-4. Summer temperatures reach 25-27ºC.

    There are many sailing itinerary options available in the Aegean so you can plan your itinerary to best suit your sailing experience and the weather forecast. Your itinerary in this area must be flexible to cope with wind conditions, it is always a good idea to keep an extra day or so in hand to allow for adverse weather on the return leg.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 2-3' (levels info) and you will need an ICC qualification for bareboat charters in the Aegean. You should be Coastal Skipper standard with plenty of skippering experience.

    You can see all of the bases we offer in Greece along with the level ratings here so that you can find the most suitable destination for you. If you are at all unsure about a destination then please get in touch and our sales team will be more than happy to make their recommendations for you.

  • Getting There

    Getting There

    Flights to Athens

    British Airways, Aegean Airlines and Olympic Airlines run flights from Heathrow to Athens, easyJet operates from Gatwick. With daily flights you can add on a few days for a city break in Athens before or after your charter.


    The transfer time from Athens airport to Lavrion is approximately 40 minutes. 

"A mail to say how much we enjoyed last week's flotilla. The lead crew were really excellent, we are full of compliments for them. They were ever patient, helpful, genuinely kind people who went out of their way to make everyone relax and feel included. The rest of the people on the flotilla were all really lovely and great group meals in some very well chosen restaurants added to the memory. Thanks to you all for a really great holiday. "

Athens Flotilla 2016 - A.O.

Aegean Yacht Charter prices

Yachts from Lavrion Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

Yacht details 01 Jan-21 Apr22 Apr-26 May27 May-14 Jul15 Jul-28 Jul29 Jul-11 Aug12 Aug-25 Aug26 Aug-22 Sep23 Sep-13 Oct14 Oct-31 Dec
Model / layout Year Cabins WC
Bavaria 38 Cruiser200831156219522295254328292543229519521562
Sun Odyssey 410 - 3 cab.202032224828103305366740763667330528102248
Sun Odyssey 419201832203825523000333337053333300025522038

Yachts from Lavrion Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

Yacht details 01 Jan-21 Apr22 Apr-26 May27 May-14 Jul15 Jul-28 Jul29 Jul-11 Aug12 Aug-25 Aug26 Aug-22 Sep23 Sep-13 Oct14 Oct-31 Dec
Model / layout Year Cabins WC
Bavaria Cruiser 55 - 5 cab.201053366745815381598166485981538145813667
Jeanneau 53 - 6 cab.201453398149715848649572196495584849713981
Jeanneau 582019545810725785439486105439486854372575810
Sun Odyssey 440202042278134674076453350384533407634672781
Sun Odyssey 449201842250531333686410545524105368631332505
Sun Odyssey 479 - 4 cab.201644287636004238470552294705423836002876
Sun Odyssey 490 - 5 cab.201953341942765029559062105590502942763419
Sun Odyssey 509 - 5 cab.201553344843055067562962575629506743053448

Yachts from Lavrion

Extras payable on embarkation:

  • Refundable deposit €2500 -€3000
  • End cleaning €110 2-3 cabin yachts, €150 4 cabin yachts, €180 5 cabin yachts, €200 6 cabin yachts,
  • End cleaning Jeanneau 58 €200
  • Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e Outboard, SUP's etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: €1050/week + food and drink + own cabin


Prices may be subject to change.

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

The port authorities in Greece are now insisting on one of the following practical certificates: RYA ICC (International Certificate of Competence), RYA Coastal, RYA Yachtmaster, ASA IPC (International Proficiency Certificate) or the IYT (International Yacht Training) Passport. If you hold an RYA Day Skipper or ASA104 it will no longer be accepted and you need to obtain either an ICC or IPC from the corresponding issuing body (RYA or ASA). If your RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster or ASA105/106 certificate is more than 12 years old and does not have a photo ID, then we would also strongly advise applying for an ICC or IPC. If you are a member of the RYA or ASA, you may qualify for a discount or free certificate, otherwise, you will have to pay. The approximate cost is £50. Please use this link - RYA application for the ICC or ASA application for the IPC.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Seychelles, the local authorities require an ICC for the skipper of a bareboat or flotilla yacht charter.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.