Frequently Asked Questions

Quick Answers to Common Questions

Any questions about Sailing the Greek Islands?

Here you can find quick answers to the most common questions or FAQs when planing a sailing trip to Greece. If you cant find an answer to your question, please contact via our Form and we will be happy to answer you.

Cabin Booking

Our prices assume that each double cabin will be shared by two guests. In case of booking a double cabin on a single-occupancy basis, please contact us for availability and price. We’ll do our best to accommodate you!

Preparation

Space is limited on a Sailing Yacht. We strongly recommend against rigid suitcases that are difficult to store and take lots of space. Ideally, a soft bag that can be folded and stowed away is the best option.

Since your health and well-being are our top priority, we strongly recommend that you purchase travelers insurance. As infamous traveler, Rick Steves, points out in this article, travelers insurance can minimize the considerable financial risks of traveling, including accidents, illness, missed flights, lost baggage, theft, and many more circumstances.

Please contact your health insurance provider or agent to determine the extent to which your coverage applies while you are traveling in Greece and while participating in the sport of sailing.

Click the links below to review several options for travelers insurance. We do not endorse any providers. This list only includes a few and is in no way exhaustive of your options. Please conduct research and compare benefits carefully. Please choose a plan that is right for you.

Bring your most comfortable clothing.

  • T-shirts and shorts are great for daytime.
  • Bare feet are perfectly acceptable on the boat. If you prefer to wear shoes, please make sure they have light-colored, non-marking soles.
  • Bring a hat to protect your head and face from over-exposure to the sun.
  • Rings and long necklaces are NOT safe to wear while sailing. If you decide to bring a ring or long necklace, please stow your items while sailing.
  • Sun screen is essential, but please do not bring spray, since it tends to stain the boat’s fiberglass.
  • Bring your swimming clothes and a beach towel.
  • Attire for dining in tavernas and most island restaurants is comfortable and ‘vacation-casual.’
  • Pack warm layers and a jacket for Spring or Autumn nights.
  • When visiting some religious establishments, you may be required to dress modestly, covering shoulders and knees.

 

Sea sickness is manageable. Even if you know you suffer from it, you can have a wonderful, nausea-free sailing trip. Bring Dramamine. It is sold “over-the-counter” at most drug stores. On windy days, take Dramamine thirty minutes before you sail.

 

Almost every ‘taverna’ or restaurant on the islands has free internet access for customers. Although there is no internet on sailing yacht NISI, every afternoon we will be in a nice harbour with wifi access.

 

From the airport, you will go to the Port of Piraeus and take a ferry to Aegina. The taxi takes 40 minutes, and the ferry takes 1.5 hours.

CLICK HERE for ferry timetables.

MORE DETAILS

Taxi From The Airport To Piraeus

First, to get to the boat in Aegina from the airport, you will go to the Port of Piraeus (“Pa-re-OOS”). The taxi ride takes 40 minutes. We can arrange to send a taxi with a professional, English-speaking driver to pick you up. He will also help load and unload your bags, drop you at the correct ticket counter, and help you purchase your tickets. The cost is 50 Euro plus tip (cash is best).

For information about the train or bus, click HERE.

Ferry From Piraeus To Aegina

Next, take a ferry to Aegina. It takes 40 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on the company that you choose. Ferries run frequently between the main port of Piraeus to Aegina at all times during the sailing season. Therefore, you can buy your ticket at one of the ticket counters when you arrive.

We recommend taking one of the ferries that costs 8 Euro and takes 1.5 hours. They make for a more comfortable trip because they have inside and outside seating, the inside is upholstered and air conditioned, and there are snack and coffee bars on board.

Flying Dolphins are a good option if you’re in a hurry. They cost 14 Euro and take 40 minutes. They’re smaller and have basic, indoor seating and air conditioning. However, they also smell of diesel.

When planning your travel itinerary, check the timetable for the last ferry of the day. Allow plenty of time for late flights or other delays at the airport. Arrive at the ferry port at least 30 minutes before the ferry departs to buy your ticket and board comfortably before departure.

Once In Aegina

Communicate with us throughout the day, so we know when to meet you at the ferry port in Aegina. We’ll be happy to help with your bags. If we do not find you right away, go to the nearest cafe (there are many), order a refreshment, and use their WiFi to message us. We’ll come to you, and then we’ll be off to get you settled aboard NISI!

 

For an additional charge of 50 Euro, we will book a professional taxi service to take you from Athens International Airport to the Pireus ferry port. Your English-speaking driver will be waiting for you at the airport. He’ll direct you to the ticket counter for the ferry that will take you to Aegina Island.

Greece uses the Euro, as do most of the countries on the European Union. There are plenty of ATMs on the islands to withdraw cash if needed. Cash is preferred at most establishments in Greece, including restaurants and hotels. Some businesses will accept Credit Cards.

On board sailing yacht NISI we have 230v power when connected to shore power in port. We recommend bringing a European adapter to charge telephones, computers, and other electronics. You may also want to bring a portable charger for times when we are under anchor or at sea.

INCLUDED IN CHARTER PRICE

The listed charter price includes taxes, one skipper and one crew member, fuel, marina/anchorage fees, and breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages consumed aboard Sailing Yacht NISI.

NOT INCLUDED IN CHARTER PRICE

Transportation to and from the airport is not included. For an additional fee of 50 Euro, we are happy to book a professional, English-speaking taxi service to meet you at the Athens International Airport and take you to the Pireus ferry port. This trip takes about 40 minutes.  Alternatively, you can take the bus, which takes approximately an hour and a half, and costs 6 Euro.

At Pireus, you will purchase a ticket for a ferry to Aegina, which will cost approximately 10 to 15 Euro per person, depending on the company you choose.

The same transportation fees apply on the return trip to Athens International Airport.

We recommend a budget of approximately 15 to 20 Euro per day for dinner in local tavernas. Dinners are not included in the charter price, nor is other food or drink consumed while you are not on board Sailing Yacht NISI. Meals are relatively inexpensive in the Islands, and they’re sure to satisfy!

You may wish to budget for experiences on land. Admission to cultural or historical sites is not included in the charter price. Transportation to historic or cultural sites, and any other transportation is also not included.

We will be happy to assist in getting you to and from all the wonderful places that you would like to see and things you would like to experience.

Reservation

Take Your Family Sailing

Take your next family vacation with NISI Sailing. A sailing vacation is a wonderful way for families to spend quality time together. Children ages 7 and over are welcome and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you would like to bring a child that is under the age of 7, please contact us. We will discuss potential safety considerations. Together we will determine whether we can safely accommodate your child.

Through sailing, children learn team-building skills, gain confidence in their abilities, and return home with exciting stories to tell their friends! Sailing with NISI will expose your kids to Greek history and culture. It will give them an appreciation of the sea and its creatures. Safety is always our top priority, so bring your kids and create memories that your family will share for a lifetime.

Showers And Toilets

Only “wee” goes into the toilet on the sail boat. Toilet paper goes into the waste bin under the sink.

You will have access to tavernas for additional “business” while we are at port or under anchor.

The toilet on board the boat requires you to pump it manually. We’ll give you a tutorial when you arrive.

All the toilets on land in the Greek Islands also require that you put your toilet paper into the waste bin. No paper or other items go into the toilets.

 

Yes.

Your “head” or bathroom on the boat, is a wet room o shower. There is no separate shower stall. The sink faucet pulls out and becomes a handheld shower head. If you book one cabin, and there are guests in the other cabin, you will share a head with the other guests.

The skipper and crew have a separate shower in their head.

There is also a shower head on the back of the boat for washing off after being in the salty seawater.

At some ports, there will also be showers at a hotel or public bath house, which cost about 2 Euro.

Weather

The best time to visit the Greek Islands depends on the kind of experience you enjoy most. Summer is best if you’re energized by the bustle of people, if you’re a sun-seeker, or if you’re limited to the time your kids have to vacation in the summer. Spring or Fall are best if you enjoy the peace and quiet of secluded anchorages, if you love temperate, sunny days, or if you’re seeking a great value.

In the Spring, coves and anchorages are not yet as crowded as they are during the high season. The islands tend to be calm and peaceful this time of year. The water is cooler than in the Summer.

The hot, sunny Summer months are perfect for swimming. The days are long and the nights are warm. The tavernas, attractions, coves and marinas are alive with tourists enjoying all that Greece has to offer.

In the Fall, the water is warm and the bustling tourist crowds die down. The weather tends to be sunny and temperate, and days start to get shorter. Greece is a quite enjoyable this time of year.