Greek Island Odyssey 2014

23 May to 7 June - 16 Days

From $4125pp

  • This is the quintessential sailing destination; it is a place we all imagine when we think of a sailing holiday. The Greek Island Odyssey Rally 2014 is hosted by Maggie and Trevor Joyce who lived in Greece for ten years and share their local knowledge with you.

    The rally is run in late May and early June when the fierce heat of the summer is yet to be felt and the notorious Meltemi winds are still a month away. We will travel from Athens to Irakleia and end our journey on the island of Paros. Because this is a one way journey and the yachts return taken care of, we travel at ease, take in beautiful islands and completely relax into the rhythm of the Greek culture.

    Sailors, non-sailors, singles, couples or complete crews. No sailing experience necessary.
  • For 2014

    Day 1:

    Arrive in Athens. Take the opportunity to visit the Acropolis along with its Museum. This evening enjoy Welcome drinks with the group before enjoying your night at leisure in Athens.

    Day 2:

    Transfer to the base at Lavrion. Along the way, stop at Sounion, where the temple of Poseidon stands sentinel on a cliff overlooking the Aegean. Board the yachts.

    Day 3:

    Cruise to Kea 16 nm. Discover a traditional slice of the Greek Islands and cruise to Kea.

    Day 4:

    Leisure Day in Kea. Walk, cycle or taxi to the hilltop chora and visit the lion rock located above the town. Imagine how it came to be in such a location - and why?

    Day 5:

    Race 1 to Loutra, Kythnos 20 nm. Kythnos is an unspoiled Greek Island mostly attracting Greek tourists. Locals are very friendly and life is slow. Explore this quiet island with its empty sand beaches and traditional villages. Post-race dinner ashore.

    Day 6:

    Leisure Day in Kythnos. Explore Loutra, famous for its warm sulphurous spa-waters from springs used since ancient times. Explore the many bays and or one of the towns - Diriopida, Merihas and Chora. Kolona is the most famous of the beaches.

    Day 7:

    Race 2 to Serifos 21 nm. Serifos is a quiet traditional Greek Island with the main town perched high above the port. Post-race dinner ashore.

    Day 8:

    Leisure Day in Serifos. Undeveloped, Serifos has retained its traditional character. The calm coastline of Serifos is perfect for yachties and many trekking paths ashore offer views of the whole island for the more energetic.

    Day 9:

    Race 3 to Sifnos 15 nm. The capital Apollonia is a picturesque village with white cube houses, cobbled streets and a view to the sea. Kastro, boasts the most photographed site on Sifnos, a small white church with blue dome on a rock. Artemonas and Exabela are known for their traditional architecture. Post-race dinner ashore.

    Day 10:

    Leisure Day. The most popular beaches are on the southern side - Vathi, Faros, Platis Gialos and Chrissopigi. In Chrissopigi, there is a beautiful monastery on a rocky peninsula jutting into the sea. The northern shore boasts secret coves. Go and explore!

    Day 11:

    Race 4 to Antiparos 16 nm. After a morning cruise to Kitriana, (6 nm) race to the remote bay of Despotiko on the south western shore of Antiparos. Here you will feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle. Dinghy to the Post-race dinner ashore.

    Day 12:

    Leisure Day Cruise to Iraklia 18 nm. Iraklia and the neighbouring islands offer splendid isolation to visiting yachties.

    Day 13:

    Race 5 to Naxos 18 nm. Naxos is one of the most beautiful of the Cycladic Islands with a picturesque mixture of Venetian and Greek architecture. Post-race dinner ashore.

    Day 14:

    Leisure Day. Choose to enjoy fine sand beaches, fertile valleys, dramatic mountains, historical places of interest and beautiful walking routes.

    Day 15:

    Race 6 to Paros 8 nm. Cruise to Naoussa for lunch before the final race to Paroikia, the main port of Paros. Dinner and the final presentation will be held in Paros this evening.

    Day 16:

    Disembark. Continue your travels or extend your stay in Paros.

  • Yachts Cabins Heads 4 Crew 5 Crew 6 Crew 7 Crew 8 Crew
    Oceanis 41 3 2 4,995 4,495 4,195    
    Oceanis 46 4 2 5,750 5,295 4,775 4,350 4,125
    Oceanis 48 5 3     4,995 4,775 4,525

    * Please note that all prices are subject to change, based on currency exchange rates.

    Standard Rally Prices include:
    • Mariner Boating hosts with extensive local knowledge
    • Overnight hotel accommodation in Athens on a twin share bed and breakfast basis
    • Welcome cocktails in Athens
    • Coach transfer to the yacht base in Lavrion
    • Excursion to the ancient site at Sounion including admission
    • Charter of the yacht selected for 14 nights on a bareboat basis
    • Dinghy and outboard motor
    • Final yacht cleaning
    • Two sets of bed linen and bath towels
    • One way charter redelivery fee
    • Security Deposit Reduction for yacht
    • 24/7 technical support for the yacht
    • Berthing on race days if applicable
    • Five post-race dinners with limited drinks
    • Race management including post-race results
    • Post-race newsletters with leisure day information
    • Race and event trophies
    • Rally vest
    • Final night presentation dinner in Paros

    The Prices Exclude:
    • Refundable security deposit payable by credit card transaction validated but not processed
    • Travel Insurance
    • Provisioning
    • Marina fees on non race days (if applicable)
    • Flights and taxes
    • Airport Transfers

    Please Note:
    • A completed booking form and a deposit of AU$1,500 per person is required to confirm a booking.
    • Sailing qualifications are required to charter a yacht. Please enquire for details
    • Prices are subject to currency fluctuation
    • Credit card transactions are subject to merchant fees
    • The itinerary and prices are correct at the time of issue but subject to changes without notice.

    Personal Travel Insurance:
    A valid travel insurance policy is a Mariner Boating booking term condition. We offer Suresave, with whom we have special arrangements for cover during our yacht rallies. Please ask your Mariner consultant for a Suresave no obligation quote.
  • Beneteau Oceanis 41

    • Length: 12.43m
    • Draft: 2.05m
    • Cabins: 3
    • Berths: 6
    • Heads: 2
    • Built: 2012 & 2013
    From $4195pp

    Beneteau Oceanis 46

    • Length: 14.40m
    • Draft: 2.05m
    • Cabins: 3+
    • Berths: 8
    • Heads: 2
    • Built: 2011
    From $4125pp

    Beneteau Oceanis 48

    • Length: 14.6m
    • Draft: 2.15m
    • Cabins: 4+
    • Berths: 10
    • Heads: 3
    • Built: 2013 & 2013
    From $4525pp