For our honeymoon, Sam and I wanted to go somewhere with a beach that wasn’t our typical beach destination (so no Miami/California/Mexico). Ironically enough, I saw an ad on Instagram for a boat getaway in Europe, which ended up leading me to MedSailors and more specifically their Greek Saronic Island route. This getaway would last seven days and take us island hopping through Greece. After checking out all the reviews on MedSailors (I couldn’t find a bad one), we booked our trip with a Sunday departure on a catamaran for early August.
We left on a Friday morning, traveling with Delta from Indianapolis to New York, and then a midnight flight on Aeroflot to Athens with a two-hour layover in Moscow. Word of advice, you probably need more than two hours in Moscow, as both times we barely made our flights (the transfer passport control lines are chaos).
Once in Athens, we took a cab to our hotel and the next day made our way to the marina to meet up with the Medsailor fleet. In Greece, Uber isn’t really a thing – it uses local cabbies. I recommend using Beat, which is the same concept but I found was more reliable and you can pay with your card/cash/PayPal.
On the first day, we journeyed from a marina in Athens to the island of Perdika. On our catamaran were two other couples, Michael/Callie and Ahkmed/Sandra, and Sophie, the skipper. Perdika was situated on a small bay with big open fields surrounding the town. For dinner, MedSailors set up a dinner at a local restaurant where they just kept bringing out plates of different traditional Greek food (this is a reoccurring theme for dinners – MedSailors partner’s with a local restaurant and for a small fee you get a ton of local food)
Hydra and Ermioni
The next day, we set sail for Hydra. Every morning the boat typically left at 7AM for a small cove outside whatever island we were at. Once there, the skipper would make breakfast and we would eat and swim until about 11. The boat would then make its way to whatever island we were going to and stop right outside the bay for lunch (and swimming) and then actually head into the bay and dock.
For Hydra, we stopped outside of the city and hopped on a small “ferry” (a fast speed boat that held like 12 people). For everyone that was seasick earlier that day, the ferry was not a fun experience needless to say.
Hydra was a city built up in the hills surrounding a small bay. It had a ton of highpoints that offered great views, as well as tons of shops and restaurants. We choose to make our way to a really cool vantage point that overlooked the entire city and do some swimming as well.
In the morning we had breakfast basically opposite of Ermioni. The water was super calm so we broke out the paddleboard for some fun.
After breakfast, we made our way to Spetses. The main port, which was divided up with Old Town and New Town, was very dense with a ton of shops and restaurants. At nights, cars are banned from travel so horse-drawn carriages line the streets, along with bicycles.
From our boat, we had a dingy attached to a rope so you could pull your self to shore (and send the dingy back and forth between the shore and boat). We started off the day with the goal of making it a cave on the other side of the island – needless to say, it was a huge adventure making it there.
After some initial riding, we stopped at Vrelos Beach. It was located at the bottom of a huge cliff and had a beach side bar.
With some refreshing drinks and a dip into the water, we continued on our journey. I managed to ride off the road and into some thickets at one point. From there it went downhill. Sam managed to get stung by a bee (while riding) and crashed her bike (kinda like a baseball slide). She was left with a bum knee, a big burn below her butt, and a cut-up ankle. Shortly after that, Kallie (one of the people on our boat) swerved to avoid some brush and crashed out, get her fingernail pulled up and pretty scratched up hands. Moral of the story was the cave (Bekiris Cave) was not worth the pain. It was a cool bike ride though.
After breakfast in a beautiful bay on a small island (if you could call it that) in the middle of the sea, we made our way to Poros. A boat picked us up from our boat and took us to a floating pier that offered water sports (tubing, skiing, jet skis, etc..) and best of all free water and beer. Sam attempted to ski (that didn’t go over too well with a bum knee) and she also hopped on a tube.
From the pier, we walked down the island to another beach and then eventually to our boat to get ready for the wine tasting. For the wine tasting, we traveled as a group to a little bar, which was closed (I’m assuming for us). The bar owner brought out different cheeses and bread, taught the basics of wine tasting, and then for every wine he talked about the origins, how it was made, and any unique characteristics about it. The wine was truly his passion and it was an awesome experience (and this is coming from someone who doesn’t like wine).
The bay for the morning breakfast had a little island in the middle of it with the smallest of churches on it. We actually swam from the boat to the island and checked out the church (it was locked but you could see in it)
After a longer than usual travel, we made out way to the island of Kefalonia. The island was much more spread out than the other islands but was lined with beautiful beaches and restaurants. Eventually, we walked to the other side and then took a bus back to get ready for the toga party.
The toga party was a combination of all the MedSailor boats (regardless of Saturday or Sunday departure) and was a dinner complete with Greek dancing and plate smashing. The togas were the sheets from our beds that our skipper Sophie helped turn into togas. After the party, the majority of parties went to another night club, but Sam and I made our way back to the boat for a nice night laying under the stars.
On our true last day (not the day we traveled back to Athens), all the boats met up in a small bay outside the island of Epidvaros. After eating breakfast, all the boats gathered for the relay race.
Two teams of two people from each boat gathered their paddleboats and got ready to race from out catamaran to another boat a good distance away. One person would be at the front of the paddleboard directing it and moving it while the other was behind it kicking to give it power. The paddleboard would race down and back (to the other boat) and then the other team would jump on and do the same. The winning team received the trophy for their boat and a bottle of champaign.
Our boat had previously won the race the week before and we kept of the tradition by winning it again.
After the races and running across the paddleboards (all tied up together), we made our way to another bay and then onto the actual island for dinner and a show. We docked outside the bay so we had to take the dingy into town (which was pretty cool) and we ate our a restaurant that was built up with an orange grove. After dinner, we caught a bus to “The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus” for a play. To be completely honest, the whole play thing was pretty bad… While there were subtitles in English on two small screens in the theatre, unless you had 20/20 vision there was no way you could see them, so try sitting for two hours on an uncomfortable ancient rock watching a play in Greek (total first world problem).
We woke up early Saturday for one more breakfast and swim and then made our way back to the marina in Athens (it was a long and bumpy journey). We thanked Sophie for an amazing time and then made our way to the center of Athens to our hotel 18 Micon St, which had a great view of the Acropolis.
That area of Athens has tons of markets, shops, and an obscene amount of restaurants.
We made a homemade amateur video during our time on the boat (it was made on purpose to be the way it is). Enjoy!