SALAMINA & CORINTH CRUISE
Salamina. Corinth Canal. Ancient Corinth. Akrocorinth Fortress.
The first stop on this westward sailing cruise is Salamina island, site of the famous naval Battle of Salamis in 480 BC when the outnumbered Greeks defeated the Persians. Then comes a thrilling passage through the Corinth Canal and that ends the sailing portion of the cruise. By vehicle or bike you visit Ancient Corinth and the Akrocorinth Fortress before a land transfer back to Athens.
One reason to sail to Salamina is because this is where the famous Battle of Salamis took place that forever changed the course of Western Civilization. Until today the people of Salamina still celebrate the victory. The yacht will linger in the heavenly blue waters of Kanakia Bay for swimming, snorkeling, fishing or hiking and biking in the trails of the pine forest that reach to the sea.
From Salamina, excitement is around the bend as you approach the stately Corinth Canal and sail through its passage. The Canal, which is 6.4 kilometers (4 miles) separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, making the former peninsula an island. 11,000 ships per year pass through the Canal and the yacht you will sail is one of them!
From the Canal, guests go to Ancient Corinth by vehicle or with option to bike there. The bike route to Ancient Corinth is 13 kilometers plus an additional four kilometers for ambitious riders ascending Acrokorinthos Fortress. Corinth was an important city in ancient days with 90,000 residents during the Greek period, and a surge to 100,000 – 700,000 residents during the Roman period (compared to 58,000 residents today). Most of the ruins at the archaeology site are from the Roman era. St. Paul preached here and possibly penned one or more of the Epistles to the Corinthians. The Corinth Museum has exquisite pieces and rates as much viewing time as the grounds themselves.
Sitting almost 1900 feet high, the Akrokorinthos Fortress is visible for miles around. Akrokorinthos was occupied by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Frankish crusaders, Venetians and Turks. The fort offers an invigorating opportunity to explore the sprawling grounds with spectacular panorama views of both the Corinth Gulf and the Saronic Gulf underscoring its strategic location.
Embarking and Disembarking Point
Alimos Marina is the start and end point of the cruise, located 20 minutes by vehicle from central Athens.
Trip Duration 09:00 to 18:00
Capacity up to 49 passengers per yacht. Multiple wooden yachts available for large groups
Note Bring swim wear, hat, sun glasses and sun screen For cyclists, wear appropriate shoes. On the yacht rubber soled footwear only, or barefoot.
BOOKING AGREEMENT Participants are required to sign our company Booking Agreement as a condition of the tour.
WAIVER Participants are required to sign our company Waiver as a condition of the tour
08:00 Transfer from central Athens by vehicle to the yacht’s home port, Alimos Marina, 20 minutes drive. see map on right
Boarding upon arrival and mandatory safety lesson.
09:00 -10:00 Departure. Sailing to Salamina takes one hour
10:00 Spend an hour in Kanakia Bay in Salamina, swiming, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, biking
11:30 Sail to Corinth Canal. En route guests are served lunch, a buffet lunch of Greek fare on board the yacht and may eat either outdoors in the front or rear decks or inside in the salon
Cross the Corinth Canal from Saronic Gulf to Akrokorinth Gulf
Visit Ancient Corinth and museum. Travel by vehicle or bike 15 kilometers (9 miles) plus optional mileage to pedal up Akrokorinth Fortress 4 km (2.50 miles)
Vehicle transfer Corinth to central Athens
18:00 Arrive central Athens
Contact us for pricing.
♦ Vehicle transfer from central Athens to Alimos Marina
♦ Vehicle transfer from Corinth to central Athens
♦ Entry fees to Ancient Corinth
♦ Vehicle transport Corinth
♦ Hybrid bicycles, helmets, water bottles (active group)
♦ Traditional Greek lunch aboard yacht
♦ Snorkeling gear, fishing gear, sea kayaks
We own and operate our own traditional wooden yacht, the 82 foot Apollon, and manage other wooden yachts to create unique cruising experiences in Greece. In our fleet you find “artisanal yachts,” so named because the ships are wholly handcrafted from fine woods in a traditional style. The technique is ancient. The result is modern.