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5-day Trip – Halkidiki

Join us on a 5-day trip along the beautiful coast of Sithonia. We start our adventure from the picturesque village of Neos Marmaras that has the atmosphere of an island with its small gulfs, the nice taverns by the sea, the cosmopolitan bars and beach bars. We spend a night here and then we set sails to Toroneos gulf visiting beaches only accessible by boat. The trip passes through some of the most extraordinary spots of the peninsula.

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The route that we have chosen for you is of great variety and unique beauty. Halkidiki is caressed by a gentle wind that allows smooth sailing, easy access to most of the places and gives you the opportunity to learn how to sail. That would also be an easy cruise for those having their first sailing experience.

Thanks to the abundance of water and the pleasant climate Sithonia is full of small green paradises covered with pine and olive trees reaching all the way to the sea as well as white sand beaches. The short distance between the nice beaches and the three peninsulas of Halkidiki makes the area ideal for short but relaxing holidays on a sailboat.

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Terms & Conditions

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  • The itinerary is subject to amendment depending on weather conditions and at the discretion of the skipper
  • Each booking is automatically confirmed after paying the deposit of 50% (during the process of the booking). The rest of the money has to be paid until 1 month before the scheduled trip.
  • Τhere is a minimum of 5 passengers for the departure to be confirmed. In case the trip is cancelled due to low participation, all money will be refunded and we can assist you to find alternative accommodation at Neos Marmaras or the nearby area.
  • When the required participation is confirmed it acquires the confirmed status, and all participants that have applied and paid the deposit will receive a notification email stating the confirmed status of the trip.
  • The above price includes the skipper’s payment, cost of fuel, port charges and the cleaning of the boat after the trip.
  • Sets of linens (2 Bed linens, pillowcases, pillows) are also included and provided.
  • The start/finish point of the trip is N. Marmaras Marina
  • After a booking cancellation due to participants, refunds will be done as follows:
    • Cancellations until 28/2/17–> full refund
    • Cancellations up until 1 month before the trip –> The 50% deposit will not be refunded.
    • Cancellations within 1 month from the start date of the trip will not be refunded.
  • Each cabin is for 2 people, thus each booking has to be for an even number of people. (e.g. 2,4,6,8)
  • Please note that single bookings should be flexible to share a room with another person
  • For single occupancy of the double cabin, 180% of the price is required
  • Children under 7 years old and pets are not allowed (please contact us to discuss)

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Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Neos Marmaras

Welcome to Neos Marmaras, Halkidiki.

During Day 1 you will check in to the boat, a briefing meeting will take place at 19.00 onboard and a bit later a group will go to a local supermarket to buy the supplies for the trip. We will spend the night aboard the boat at Neos Marmaras port.

Day 2: Sailing The Toroneos Gulf / Anchorage: Porto Koufo

This morning we head to the private Porto Carras Bays for breakfast and a swim, before making our way to the Turtle island at the centre of the Toroneos Gulf. In the early afternoon, a local soft breeze is out and we will take advantage of it to do some sailing and learn how to handle the ropes. If you do not want to participate you can just sit back and relax, just reading your book or watching the others sail the boat.

We spend the night at Porto Koufo, a quaint fishing villages with great fish taverns, having dinner either on board or at a local fish tavern.

Day 3: Kartalia, Kalamitsi & Amouliani/ Anchorage: Amouliani

South, from the harbors exit we will find Kartalia, the most southern part of Sithonia, a very impressive area which puts its visitors under a spell with its rocky secluded beaches.  We will visit some more beaches during the day: Korakas, Marathias, Kalamitsi, Kriaritsi are few of them. We set sail to go around the Sithonia, ending up during the evening at Amoulaini Island that lies between the second and the third leg  of Halkidiki.

Day 4: Diaporos / Anchorage: Ormos Panagias

Next is a brief sail to Diaporos island, sometimes called “the Greek Polynesia” with many small islands with crystal clear waters, blue and green sands and pine tries coming all the way down to the sea. Lagonisi beach and Myrsini Beach are also interesting spots that we will probably visit. We will end up the day at the port of Ormos Panagias.

Day 5: Armenistis and Kavourotrypes / Anchorage: Porto Koufo

We sail around Sithonia again and just before we leave the east coast of Sithonia we make some stops at a few of the most famous beaches of Halkidiki: Armenistis, Platanitsi, Kavourotrypes, Klimataria. We end the day at Porto Koufo or οffshore depending on the weather conditions.

Day 6: Neos Marmaras / Debarkation

We reach the port of Neos Marmaras at any time between 8 and 12 o’clock next morning.  Your adventure comes to an end today! Please let us know if you require any extra nights accommodation to explore the rest of the beaches in Sithonia and enjoy Neos Marmaras and Halkidiki.

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What’s Included

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  • 44ft. luxurious sailing yacht, accomodating 8 people max. in double cabins
  • Experienced and Certified skipper
  • Fuel, water and electricity
  • VAT
  • Marina fees
  • Cleaning fee at the end of the trip
  • Bed sheets, pillows, pillowcases and bath towels are provided

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What’s Not Included

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  • Transfer from/to embarkation/disembarkation
  • Meals/drinks
  • Beach towels
  • Personal Insurance
  • Tips

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Frequently Asked Questions / Important Information

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Q: Why sailing with Alterra Vita?

The Alterra Vita holiday experience means you’ll eat the local way, travel the local way, sleep the local way and experience the ultimate Greek Hospitality no matter what activity you choose to enjoy with us.
Both crew members have spent many years in Halkidiki, have already explored all the secret paradises for you, and can give you all the necessary tips to enjoy your stay at Halkidiki, on the yacht and even show you how to sail a boat.
At the same time our skipper is a very experienced, certified skipper, having great sailing experience in some of the most challenging waters of the world.

Q: What is the maximum group size?

The maximum capacity on our boat is 8 (plus 1 crew members).

Q: Is sailing experience required?

No. It is certainly welcome but not required.

Q:Are children allowed?

For safety reasons we would prefer not to host children below the age of 7 year old. Additionally, swimming skills are a prerequisite for children to participate in these trips.

Q:Are animals allowed?

Although we love animals we would prefer not to host animals during these trips for the convenience of the rest of the group. In case the boat is booked by a whole group of friends, then animals could be travel on board.

Q:Which is the meeting point and time for the trips?

The embarkation/disembarkation point is at Marmaras Harbour.

Please note that due to sailing being a heavily weather-dependent activity, sometimes itineraries may have to change. We recommend an additional night at the beginning and end of the trip to ensure nobody misses any onward flights. Please contact us and we can assist you to find accommodation based on your needs and budget.

Q: Who decides rooming configurations?

The skipper will allocate rooms on arrival to the boat. Single travellers will be paired up with another passenger of the same sex, and this may mean sharing a double mattress side by side. In practice, lots of passengers end up sleeping on deck, as it’s warm and there’s no air conditioning on a sailing boat.

Q:What about the toilets? Do the cabins have ensuites?

No, there are only two toilettes on the boat (please see boat floor plan for details). Bathroom facilities are shared. Cold and hot water is available for showers, and toilets are either electronic or hand pump.

Q: What should I bring with me?

As you probably know, there is limited amount of space on the boat, so please avoid bulky suitcases, or ten pairs of shoes. Wheeling an enormous suitcase along the small deck of a yacht isn’t really an option, and you’ve got to be considerate of the people you’ll be sharing this space with for the next days.

Keep in mind that you’ll probably be wearing the same outfit every day, which will essentially consist of shorts, a t-shirt, a swimming-suit and flip-flops. Below we provide you with a short list, that is not designed to be an exhaustive packing list, but it’ll get you thinking like a real sailor:

  • Some flip flops or deck shoes that can get wet
  • A jumper or a waterproof jacket – while days on the water will be beautifully warm, it can get quite cold during the evenings, so bring something to stay cozy in.
  • A beach towel (a bath towel will be provided by us).
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat
  • Swimsuits (don’t worry about the snorkel and fins – we provide those)
  • A small flashlight – you’ll thank us when it’s 12am and you’re crawling through a dark, crowded cabin trying to find your pyjamas.
  • A medium-sized fabric bag that can be flattened or stored easily

Tip: Just remember that it is a huge pain trying to haul a massive suitcase up and down a tiny stepladder.

Q: Can you assist me with post or pre trip accommodation in Neos Marmaras and/or Thessaloniki?

Regarding Halkidiki, we can host you in one of our accommodation options (Alterra Vita B&B and our lovely independent apartments at the outskirts of the village). In case of no availability we can arrange accommodation with one of our business partners.

Regarding Thessaloniki, we can give you some accommodation options but we do not cooperate directly with any provider.

Q: How much does transfer from and to Thessaloniki Airport cost? How long does it take?

  1. One-way taxi drive costs about 100-120 EUR (max 4 passengers) – Trip duration: approx. 1h 20mins
  2. One-way bus trip costs 14 EUR per person – Trip duration: approx. 2h 30mins
    Departure bus times from Thessaloniki to Neos Marmaras: 9.30am, 13.30, 17.45
    Departure bus times from Neos Marmaras to Thessaloniki Bus station: 8.00am, 15.00, 18.30
  3. Car transfers: Contact us and we can arrange a one-way transfer at the cost of 80-90 EUR (max 4 passengers) and a minivan transfer for 100-110 EUR (max 6-7 passengers)
  4. Car rentals: Contact us and we can arrange car rentals (pick up from Thessaloniki Airport or any place in Halkidiki, and return either to the Airport or to any other place in Halkidiki)

Other Important Notes


The trip commences on day 1 in Neos Marmaras at 7pm. But you have the flexibility to check in anytime during DAY 1 since the boat will stay at the port till early in the following morning. In case you are not able to participate at the briefing meeting at 7pm, please contact the captain directly at or call him on his mobile: +306948758082, to inform him about your arrival time.


Summer temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius, which can be uncomfortable for those not used to the heat. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.


The minimum age on this trip is 7. Please note that triple cabins are not available. If travelling with a child, we will give the child the cabin with 2 singe beds where it can share with another kid or alternatively, the child will need to share with one of the adults/parents, and the other adult will share with another adult passenger, or pay a single supplement.


Dietary requirements are required at the time of booking so that any included meals can be properly catered for or the shopping supplies can incorporate these requirements.


Please note that the majority of our sailing trips start and/or finish at a marina or port. If you have pre-booked any additional accommodation through us, you will need to make your own way to the joining point on day 1 and from the finish point on the final day. We do not provide transfers between hotels and the port/marina.

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