University Sailing Holidays in Greece
UPDATE 19th March 2020, Covid-19 Outbreak
Due to the current Covid-19 Virus outbreak this trip is cancelled. All the participants who booked already have been contacted. Please check your email box in order to arrange the refunds. We are hoping to organize this sailing trip once more in 2021 when the situation is back to normal.
A group of Cass Alumni are organising a sailing trip in Greece for summer 2020 exclusive for the Cass Community!
The route will start from Athens on the 27th of June and will cover the beautiful Saronic Gulf islands during a one week journey. This is a unique opportunity to explore some of the gems of the Mediterranean along with fellow Cass friends and friends-to-be.
This “Ancient Track” Route will lead us all along the Saronic Islands, where we navigate through hilly islands, turquoise coves and might possibly spot some Dolphins! We discover ancient places with Greek temples, wild bays where we anchor overnight and snorkel first thing in the morning. We fill evenings by strolling in little towns and villages where we dine on freshly caught seafood having our tables out in the cobblestone streets that have seen thousands of years of history already.
Note: We are faithful to the true sailing spirit, therefore we plan exact stopovers together with the wind and weather. Our trips are not a planned itinerary which is always the same. This means that the exact order of stopovers may be different to the one presented below, but definitely as much interesting! In our opinion, that fact only makes these holidays more enjoyable!
Our Main Stops En route:
Marina Kalamaki, Athens
We start our sailing adventure nearby a cradle of philosophy and democracy. Arrival is easy as our marina, Marina Alimos in Kalamaki is situated only 45 minutes from the airport and you can reach it by taking only one bus. The marina is a bit out of town, so if you want to take time to discover this great multi faceted city, please do arrive a day or two earlier.
On the easterns side of Aegina island we stop in a cute little bay. From there it`s a 30 minutes walk up the hill to the Temple of Aphaea which for already 2500 years is overlooking the island. It feels like travelling back to the time of ancient Greece. On the way down we stop to eat in a local restaurant and enjoy the shade. This evening we spend unwinding, getting into the sailing mode and getting to know each other from our crew.
Extremely beautiful while arriving from the sea, and even more astonishing while strolling through narrow, winding streets up the hill on which its built. After mooring our yacht at the promenade we go through a maze of beautiful old houses piled on one another to reach the hill`s top just in time for the sunset. On our way down we find a cozy restaurant somewhere in the labyrinth of passages and after a wonderful meal we enjoy the night life along the promenade. Our yachts are never too far…
Hydra is a real magic. Tiny, tiny port offers shelter not for many yachts so we arrive here early. And that gives us time to really enjoy ourselves. We spend our afternoon with a walk in the cobble streets, great food with stunning view in a
Sunset Bar and one of the best sunsets in Greece!
The city has almost an intimate feeling. Just try going through streets full of flower pots, little coffee places, and pine forests all around. It`s definitely a highlight of the trip! That will be one of your long-lasting memories from sailing in Greece! Because there is a ban on wheeled vehicles all the transportation is done with donkeys!
For the ones who are up for a hike Mount Eros is awaiting to be conquered! It is only 590m high and the views from the peak are breathtaking. There is also nice fields, gardens and some semi wild horses to admire along the way!
By anchoring in Palaia Epidavros, beautiful little village set in lush surroundings we gain not only a beautiful mooring spot, but also an access to an ancient amphitheater. It was built in 4th century BCE and is in the heart of the forest. This 1400 seater is a part of much larger sanctuary and has incredible acoustics. Words whispered from the beaten earth stage can be heard high up among 54 tiers of seats.
Pure blue water welcomes us while approaching Agistri island. It is quite a small, but very green island. There are only three small settlements, but we aim to find a wild bay and raft the yachts together there. As there is not much light pollutions we sleep under the blanket of stars and clearly visible Milky Way! It`s time to relax, cook and share meals, enjoy music, do some night snorkelling and simply enjoy being in the wilderness.
Some of Other Yacht Life Perks
Everyone and everything becomes quiet and peaceful when the sun goes down while you still sail. Magic.
You can use one of the lines attached to the top of the mast to swing out of the yacht to dive into the water!
A long line behind a yacht and a bunch of people holding onto it. Exciting and refreshing!
Remember to bring your ABC snorkeling set. Greek coast if full of marine life!
Everyday we aim to stop at vibrant bays for a quick lunch and snorkelling. We drop an anchor and enjoy the beauty of the nature around us. We eat what we cook on board, swim in crystal clear water, sunbath and relax. And if you wish to, you can climb the mast to take such a great photo! Afterwards another sailing session awaits!
We always have a regatta on Friday, the last day of our sailing in Greece. We put our newly learnt skills into use and you take the reins. Skippers do not help at all and the team has lots of fun and a little prize at the end!
Who is on board?
This sailing holiday is limited to Cass Business School alumni and students only. You can expect to meet old friends, make some new ones, catch up on the life stories, network or simply enjoy a great holiday under the sails. You can request to be put on board with your friends, you can let us assign you to a boat or you can reserve a boat only for your friends’ group.
Reliable and tested sailing yachts launched between 2005 and 2008. These monohull cruisers offer all the comforts you could expect. They feature spacious sunbathing decks, above deck dining areas and swimming platforms with outside shower.
Our Premium Monohull yachts are for those willing extra comforts while en route. Launched between 2014 and 2020 they offer ultimate space comfort, large social and dining area and a sleek design.
Catamarans are a perfect choice for those looking for the high end in yachting. Spacious living areas, large deck space, ensuite cabins, and a sunbathing net adds to the modern design with a touch of luxury.
We are meeting in the Marina Alimos Kalamaki on 27th of June 2020. Athens International Airport (ATH) is the closest one to Alimos marina. It will take minimum 40 minutes to get from the airport to the marina. Upon arrival you will recognize our yachts by the Naleia Yachting flags. A couple of weeks before the departure you and your crew will be contacted by the skipper to finalize some organizational details so that the check-in day runs smoothly.
Check-in: 27th of June 2020, 14h00* | Check-out: 04th of July, 09h00 | Marina Alimos Kalamaki
*later check-in is possible, but the organizer must to be notified before
Bus to Alimos Marina
Inexpensive, but slow option from the Athens Airport. The bus is X96 and it runs 24/7 every 20-30 minutes. It will take about 60-90 minutes depending on the traffic and will cost 5€. Tickets can be purchased outside main airport hall. Ask the driver to let you know when to get off. You go to “Alimos marina in Kalamaki”.
Tram to Alimos Marina
This is a very affordable option from the center of Athens. Get off on the Marina Alimou stop on the blue/green line. Here is the metro map of Athens. Please be aware of pickpockets.
Taxi to Marina Alimos
Taxi stand is just in front of the airport terminal. Tell the driver to take you to Alimos marina in Kalamaki. It will cost around 50€ and will take 30-40 minutes depending on the traffic.
Marina Alimos Kalamaki
Leoforos Posidonos 3, Alimos 174 55, Greece
tel. +30 210 988 00 00
Join Cass Business School Alumni for Sailing Holidays in Greece!
Included: Accommodation on a Sailing Yacht, Skipper, Learn-to-sail, Insurances, Mooring fees, Fuel for the yacht, Damage Insurance Above 50EUR pp., Final Cleaning, Bed Linen, Towels, WiFi, Air Conditioner or Fans, Dinghy with Engine, SUP, Snorkeling Gear. ⛵️ 🌴 🌞
Excluded: Food and Drink, Air Fares and Transfers, Returnable Security Deposit (50 EUR pp.)
|Monohull Standard||Monohull Premium||Catamaran|
|€ 875 pp.||€ 1030 pp.||€ 1290 pp.|
Payment Conditions: 50% at the time of booking, 50% by the 14th of May. All major credit & debit cards accepted.
Most Frequent Questions About Sailing in Greece
IS THE PRICE FOR A CABIN OR FOR SINGLE SPOT?
The price indicated above is for a shared cabin. This means you will either be sharing a cabin with a double bed or with bunks. We will do our best to mix crews in a way that cabins are shared by people with the same gender naturally.
WHAT DOES THE EXACT ITINERARY LOOK LIKE?
At Naleia we plan as we go according to the weather conditions and all crews` moods. There are a variety of places that we can visit, but the order and exact choice is only made each morning after verifying the weather conditions. Leave planning at home! We live for the moment!
WHEN CAN I CHECK-IN ON THE FIRST DAY AND WHEN DO WE ARRIVE TO MARINA ON THE LAST DAY?
Check-ins are always on Saturdays at 14h00. You are naturally most welcome to come earlier and say hello! Our yacht will be being cleaned at this moment, so we will need to wait a little. We usually leave the port next morning (Sunday) after breakfast.
On Friday, the last day, we arrive at our marina in the afternoon: 15h00-18h00. We need to check-out and leave the yachts before 09h00 on Saturday morning.