Sailing in Greece; Naxos to Athens
- Vessel: Zorba
- Where: Naxos, Greece
- Duration: 8 days
- Embark: Naxos - 3 September 2022, 17:00
- Disembark: Athens - 10 September 2022, 09:00
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Sail from Naxos to Athens and experience the very best of the Cyclades under sail with Zorba.
Join modern yacht Zorba in her home country of Greece as you get ready to enjoy an authentic Greek sailing holiday from Naxos to Athens, enjoying the very best of the Cyclades and Saronic islands along the way.
This week is dedicated to more experienced sailors or newbies that are ready for an exhilarating sailing adventure. It is the perfect opportunity for those who wish to learn more about sailing and improve their skills with longer passengers at sea.
Your Sailing Area
Cyclades to Athens
This one – way cruises give guests the chance to explore the islands on the way to Athens as we set sails from the island of Naxos, the largest island in Cyclades with beautiful beaches and a gorgeous old town of meandering alleys. Our next stop is Paros (with its quieter sister Antiparos) offering guests a chance to visit and feel the “real Greece” with its relaxed local atmosphere. Other island stops along the way could also include Sifnos – the most delicious greek island and a beauty to behold. Serifos – with its rugged mining sites, ladened with history, has its own distinct Cycladic flair and Kythnos boasting a wild natural landscape, elegant architecture and a selection of stunning beaches and a lovely hot springs to swim at night. The local secret of Kea is a great weekend hangout and summer hideaway and has a different landscape and architecture than its Cycladic sisters. Before coming to Athens Zorba will stop at Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon, one of the most magnificent ancient landmarks in the Attica region.
From afternoon anchorages on remote islands perfectly lined with crystal coves for swimming and snorkelling to the very best, tried and tested tavernas on the main islands, there won’t be time to see it all and you’ll be longing to return before you’ve even stepped foot off the boat. There really is something for everyone sailing with Zorba, from relaxing on the sun deck to learning the ropes under the guidance of Greg, the experience really is yours to make.
Life on Board
Sailing with Zorba in Greece is one that will leave long-lasting memories and will more than likely see you longing to return. A modern Beneteau Cyclades 50.5, Zorba is owned, managed and skippered by couple Aga and Greg who share a real passion for Greece both from the water and on the land. Comfortable, relaxed and offering an abundance of sunshine sailing, Zorba is the perfect yacht to show guests a truly authentic sailing holiday in Greece. A typical say will see guests spend a few hours sailing before anchoring up in crystal clear waters to explore historical ruins ashore, sun-bathe or snorkel away the afternoon. Hoist the sails again to find a new spot for the night before enjoying dinner ashore in a traditional Greek Taverna, specially hand-picked by Aga and Greg.
Your sailing holiday in Greece is truly as you make it. Zorba is a fun and simple boat to sail and can be sailed by Greg alone if guests prefer a more relaxing experience. That being said, the larger Saronic Gulf gives some great winds for sailing for those wanting to learn the ropes in a safe and supported environment.
The price also reflects the half board nature of this holiday as explained in Zorba’s life on board section. Breakfast and lunch are included but you will dine out in traditional tavernas for your evening meals. This is at the cost of the guest, but you’ll find a delicious local spread for as little as 15€ per person – and that even includes the wine!
Meet your Skippers
All voyages for Zorba
Guest berths: 10 Rig: Sloop
Zorba lives up to her name as she takes guests on unforgettable, authentically Greek sailing holidays!
Built in 2007, Zorba is a modern and comfortable Beneteau Cyclades 50.5. She has five private cabins for guests, made up with four doubles and one twin bunk cabin; all share 3 bathrooms with showers. With a generous saloon and a well-equipped galley, Zorba was built with charter and guest comfort at the forefront of her design. A further skippers cabin with a separate entrance means guests have full and free use of the communal spaces. With a dropped transom and outdoor seating area at the stern, Zorba gives guests the perfect access to that crystal clear Mediterranean water!
A sailing holiday in Greece with Zorba is accessible to all ages and abilities. Her simple rig makes her an easy sail with winch systems and modern navigation equipment. That being said, she’s a great boat to sail whether you’re an experienced sailor looking for some sunshine or a novice wanting to try something new. Her owners and skippers absolutely love what they do and that’s very evident for guests to see and even better to experience first hand. They are well tuned to all abilities and ages, from family charters with young children to groups of friends or voyages for couples and solo travellers. They tailor every trip to suit their guests needs so if you simply want to sit back, enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine and enjoy the cuisine of the local tavernas – that’s fine too!
A sailing holiday on Zorba is certainly one that will leave you with long-lasting memories. Read more about what to expect from Life on Board Zorba here.
Among all the standard safety equipment required for charter, Zorba has a dinghy with a Tohatsu outboard engine, gas cooker and gas stove, refrigerator, ample storage space, 3 independent tanks of water (1000 litres each) a 400 litre fuel tank and portable air conditioning.
Each year the technical inspection of the boat is made by Lloyd’s register. In case of emergency the boat is equipped with: satellite device EPIRB – Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (second as a back up), various pyrotechnics, marine DSC radio plus handheld VHF, electronic active radar reflector, life raft (second as a back up) and personal life jackets.
Deck planMore about Zorba
What COVID policies are in place for sailing with Zorba?
Are all meals included?
Are there any added extra's?
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes - please specify at time of enquiry
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
4x double cabins, 1x twin bunk cabin
How many toilet/showers does she have?
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
Is there WIFI?
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.
Is bedding included?
All bedding is included but please bring towels.
Is offshore sailing insurance required for Zorba's voyages?
No - but you will still need coastal sailing insurance in addition to your usual travel insurance.
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
Flights go direct to Athens International airport from London Stansted with Ryanair, and London Gatwick with Wizz Air, British Airways and easyJet.
From here you can either catch a connecting flight internally to Naxos with Sky Express or get a Blue Star ferry from Piraeus, which is approximately 1 hour from Athens International.
STAY IN NAXOS:
Try Hotel Grotta, Naxos Antony Suites or Nastasia Village Boutique Hotel.
From Naxos catch your connecting flight internally to Athens with Sky Express or get a Blue Star ferry to Piraeus, which is approximately 1 hour from Athens International.
Flights go direct from Athens International airport to London Stansted with Ryanair, and London Gatwick with Wizz Air, British Airways and easyJet.
STAY IN ATHENS:
Try Athens Starlight Hotel, Attalos Hotel or Emporikon Athens Hotel.