Skippered charter in Paros and Athens

Sail the Greek islands in style and comfort on board the Lagoon 39. This Lagoon is a nicely built, cruiser oriented boat, ideal for a group of friends or a family. Her permanent captain guarantees constant boat maintenance throughout the season. You may either start your sailing cruise out of Paros in the heart of the Cyclades islands (July and August) or out of Athens (outside July and August and depending on availability).
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            2017 CHARTER RATES

                 Weekly rates, skipper included
1 to 29/4
29/4 to 3/6
30/9 to 31/10
3/6 to 29/6
1/9 to 30/9
29/6 to 27/7
28/7 to 31/8
4250 €
4300 €
5200 €
5800 €
6100 €

Extra costs :
1. fuel-water-port taxes (in total approximately 320 € per week depending on the fuel consumption)
2. your food as well as your skipper's is at your charge.
Departure : Paros in July-August. Paros or Athens outside July-August and depending on availabilities.
Discount : 3% early booking (before January 31st).
What's included : catamaran Lagoon 39, skipper, insurance, VAT, taxes, bedding, linen & towels, motorised tender, AC current for charging your small devices, end cleaning.
Our offers are non-binding and subject to change.
  • Any family-friendly itinerary suggestion?
  • Sheltered from the strong winds and preserved the Small Cyclades are perfect for a relaxed and fun family cruise with not too long sailing legs and plenty of time ashore to explore the islands, i.e Paros (Piso Livadi), Naxos (Kalando), Koufonissi, Amorgos, Skinoussa ou Iraklia, Antiparos, Paros.

  • Are the Cyclades islands very windy?
  • The correct statement would be that the Cyclades boast a low percentage of calms and that some areas are indeed more windy than others. However, this northerly wind (locally aka Meltemi) very seldom reaches gale force and without it the heat would be scorching. As true high sea guides, our skippers avoid the traps of the funnel effect between islands where amateur or unaware sailors usually get caught. Thanks to long term forecasts your captain will anticipate a blow and tailor your itinerary accordingly.



    Finalizing your itinerary is one of the highlights of your sailing cruise. Upon boarding, your captain will summarize the route options according to your wishes and the weather forecast and will be happy to suggest dream destinations only accessible by sailboat.
    Paros-Paros via Santorin
    Paros   Sikinos   Santorini   Ios    Koufinissi    Skinoussa    Despotiko   Paros
    Feasible when the prevailing northerly winds are light or moderate from the third day because of the expected contrary winds when sailing from Santorini. Sailing legs of 3 to 6 hours. Combo of lively and relaxed islands.
    Paros-Paros via Milos
    Paros    Sifnos    Milos    Despotiko    Skinoussa    Antiparos    Paros
    Workable when moderate to strong northerlies prevail during the whole week. Sailing legs of 3 to 4 hours. Ideal for families or groups wishing relaxed and traditional Greek atmopsphere in a preserved environment.
    Athens-Athens via Nafplion
    Athens    Poros     Spetsai    Nafplion    Portoheli    Hydra     Aigina     Athens
    Achievable in most weather conditions. Sailing legs of 2 to 3 hours. On the menu: classical medieval 19th century port towns, superb food, deserted coves.
  • Is the water on the boat drinkable?
  • Tank water is safe however mineral water tastes better.

  • Where does the skipper sleep?
  • The skipper sleeps in the bow area in his own separate cabin with ensuite bathroom.

  • Is there a sound system on the boat?
  • The Lagoon 39 is equipped with a four 40W speaker system (2 indoors & 2 waterproof outdoors) powered by radio/DVD player with auxiliary jack and USB inputs.

                LOOKING INTO THE YACHT

    Lagoon 39 catamaran  
    Lagoon 39
    11,74 meters
    up to 8 + skipper
    Double cabins
    Skipper cabin/shower/head
    Bed linen & bath towels
    Powered tender
    Water maker
    Air conditioning

                Our clients' side of the story...

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        July 2016

    Spending a week on a catamaran away from crowds and discover exceptional landscapes: that was our and our two adult daughters dream. Nikos, our skipper, with his professionalism, availability and discretion, made it all happen. This first maritime adventure even took the form of an exceptional human experience. Thank you Nikos, simply.
    The boat was perfect in all respects: size, equipment, maintenance. Being able to leave Parikia without worrying about refueling was much appreciated. Our days were punctuated by a good breakfast, a succession of coves with crystal clear turquoise waters, lunch on board and swimming / snorkeling sessions . At night we would savor fine Greek food in the taverns Nikos advised us of. During all these meals shared with him we learned a lot about this country of his he knows so much about. This helped forge a true friendship. We spent our nights in either a port or at anchor in a cove, hot water and electricity never being in short supply.
    We expressed our desire to Nikos to visit Milos. He met our expectations by tailoring the route to the ever present wind and waves. These did not really bother us, except that we could not always lay on the trampoline to enjoy the view and sunbathe. Everyone was encouraged to steer the catamaran and learn some basic navigation! In six days, we discovered Folegandros, Milos, Sifnos, Kimolos and Polyaigos. Our eyes are still full of memories: the strikingly beautiful cliffs, postcard waters and even dolphins.
    Thanks to Vanessa’s availability and flawless organization, but also thanks to Nikos’ generosity, we already know that we shall be back for more!
    Pascal, Nathalie, Emilie, Melissa [Switzerland]
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        June 2016

    We are back home (its a lot cloudier than Greece!) since yesterday. We would like to convey you our gratitude for this extraordinary experience, forever engraved in our memory. Niko is not only a skipper of great skill but an extraordinary person who became one of our friends.
    Michel [Canada]

        Mai 2016

    While waiting for our flight, a short line to thank you for the wonderful vacation we had with you in the Greek islands. Thank you for your time and your kindness. Great thanks to our skipper Nikos too.
    Desilva [France-Italy]

        October 2015

    We would like to give you some feedback about our Cyclades cruise. This holiday was a true success. We had lots of fun on this (like new) boat with Niko, our skipper. He was always very caring, attentive and friendly. He went to great lengths to reconcile sailing, weather, best beaches and ports for the night. We were delighted to deal with a true professional. Some pictures are attached, please forward them to Niko. We wish to thank you for the organization and flexibility. We will not hesitate to repeat this experience or recommend you in the future. Good end of the season and best of luck!
    Marc & Katja [Switzerland]

        October 2015

    Hi Archipel, We thank you for the early October cruise you organized with Niko. He was very kind, offered us an itinerary compatible with the pace of a 1 year old baby and always very safe. In short, it was perfect environment for a family. Regarding practicalities, we did not use the floor mattress intended for children as our kid was too young and at risk of bumping around. However, we found out we could dedicate a cabin to install a cot. See the picture attached to illustrate the cot possibility to other families. Kind regards,
    Sarah and Thomas [France]

        July 2015

    A perfect mix between our wishes and the recommandations of the most experienced skipper; Niko! Our tour: our first request was to have a large path including Milos and Amorgos. As Niko told us that this was a too large tour for one week cruise, we decided to select Milos as the farest island.
    We had selected some walks on this island to discover its volcanic landscapes and also some archeologic spots referring to the Aphrodite of Milos. We jointly selected the following South West tour then: Sifnos - Milos (one day stop) - Folegandros - Schinousa - Koufonissi.
    Then starts a perfect experience made of sailing, beautifull islands, coasts and perfect spots for swimming and relaxing times that only boats may access to. About the skipper: Niko perfectly understood from the beginning that we were expecting rich and various experiences from the cruise. He told us afterwards that he agreed quite quickly with our choice for Milos, even if very windy, because he knew some perfect spots on the way and back via the small Cyclades. He also made that long runs may contain one or two stops in those beautifull spots where children enjoyed swimming in a perfect translucide water and parents enjoyed good rest... Thank to his sensitivness, Niko influenced positivelly our journey not only as a skipper but also, with small touches, as part of the group. He also ensured the safety of the cruise in a perfect manner. We were the whole week "as in our bedroom". A perfect week then...
    PS : we wish we were 10% as agile as Niko to park our car in a street than he is able to park Emilia in any positions in the harbours we visited during the week...
    Nicolas [Switzerland]

        June 2015

    I wanted to write a quick note to let you know how amazing our trip was last week! We loved it. Niko was great and the trip as a whole exceeded our very high expectations. The boat was beautiful and had everything we needed and Niko did a great job picking the islands to visit. I also want to thank you for all your help prior to the trip€.I really appreciate your quick responses to my questions (and I know there were many!) and how easy it was to set everything up€.so thank you very much. We will certainly be recommending Archipel to our friends at home! Thanks again for everything.
    Lori [USA]

        June 2015

    I just wanted to write a quick note to let you know how amazing our trip was last week! We loved it. Niko was great and the trip as a whole exceeded our very high expectations. The boat was beautiful and had everything we needed and Niko did a great job picking the islands to visit. I also want to thank you for all your help prior to the trip€.I really appreciate your quick responses to my questions (and I know there were many!) and how easy it was to set everything up€.so thank you very much. We will certainly be recommending Archipel to our friends at home! Thanks again for everything.
    Lori [USA]

        Juin 2015

    Hi! We are the Canadians who sailed the Lagoon 39 from June 11th to June 17th. I would like to state that we loved the experience. Niko was great; he led us to some wonderful spots, the Cyclades islands offering such unforgettable sceneries. Weather was perfect and we could swim everyday. It€s an experience we will definitely recommend our friends!
    We administered motion sickness treatment the first days to our 5 years old daughter who otherwise enjoyed swimming and sailing. The real difficulty was our 10 month old son, with lots of advance planning and precautions. He celebrated his first tooth by hurling my Iphone through an open porthole!
    Please convey Niko our kindest regards and our wish to sail with him again onboard the Lagoon 39 catamaran: we are grateful for the marvelous time we spent in the islands. Furthermore, great thanks to the Archipel shore team who advised us on restaurants and hotels in Paros: we loved both Argonauta and (gorgeous) Saint Andrea. Best regards,
    Stephanie [Canada]

        May 2015

    Hello! We just got home. We had an excellent week in the Greek islands with Niko, despite the rough seas of the first two days. The catamaran was well suited and comfortable, its skipper inconspicuous and very professional. We cant wait to come back next year. Kind regards.
    Alain [France]

        Avril 2015

    I would like to share with you my thoughts about our trip with Niko on board the Lagoon 39 catamaran.
    We spent a fantastic week and were delighted with our voyage through the Cyclades. Apart from an inconsequential (still unexplained) confusion in our shopping list, everything went smoothly with our discovery of the Greek islands. We are grateful to Niko who was always proactive while remaining inconspicuous.
    We were able to swim in beautiful bays, snorkel on a WW 2 wreck, sample delicious fare in tavernas with Niko and benefit from his local knowledge of this wonderful country.
    In short we are really motivated to renew the experience of a cruise with a truly professional skipper.
    Our boat was always among the few that were docked with great precision, always at the right sheltered spot, always making us feel safe.
    The catamaran is packed with nice features: boarding fenders, a perfectly outfitted galley, comfortable accommodation and we never lacked water or power. We€ll spread the word that Archipel truly provides first class services.
    We felt at home on the boat since the first day. Although the sailing had been rough, we ended up hanging out onboard with Niko, talking and watching the beautiful sunset, instead of strolling ashore in Naxos.
    We would be more than glad to sail again with Archipel and Niko.
    Aline [Switzerland]

        June 2014

    Just a word to tell you we had a fantastic week! We are currently visiting relatives in Ireland before heading for Mtl on friday. I will come back to you from Montreal but I wanted to let you guys know we spent 5 great days, with Niko becoming a member of our family... It was awesome cruising fom the beginning to the end.
    Brigitte [Canada]


  • How do meals work with the skipper?

  • Life on a sailboat implies good will and team spirit. You captain will never impose himself but when meals are taken on board he should get his share. If not busy with the boat he will be happy to give you a hand in preparing the meal. Regarding dinners ashore, your captain will advize you about the best taverna. However please remember you still have to provide for his meals. You can either give him 14 EUR for his dinner or invite him at your table and benefit from his insider knowledge.
  • Can we fish from the boat?

  • A fishing license is compulsory in Greece when fishing from any boat. In practice and if your captain agrees, you may troll a line or two while sailing in open waters.
  • Should we need a hostess or not?

  • The presence of a hostess on board may not absolutely be necessary since:
    - One may order in advance and get all the groceries delivered on board just prior embarkation
    - Dinners are usually taken ashore in a traditional taverna by the sea or in a village
    - Breakfasts on board may not require a great deal of effort
    - Lunches may be an issue needing preparations but our inventive customers have found the following solution: the evening before, they order takeaway cooked food from the taverna, keep it in the boat€s refrigerator and serve it for lunch on the next day accompanied by salad, cheese and fruit from the yacht€s pantry. And if you think that dishwashing doesn€t go well with holidays, disposable cardboard plates are available everywhere!
    So unless you really want to, there will not be much cooking on board.
  • Do you carry snorkeling gear on board?

  • Yes, we do carry flippers of various sizes.
  • Are any electrical sockets available in this boat?

  • Yes, each cabin and the saloon is equiped with electrical sockets for your small devices.
  • Is the Lagoon 39 available bareboat ?

  • Sorry, we charter our catamarans only with skipper. Quite a few of our patrons, who are expert sailors and while doing the sailing and navigating themselves, actually enjoy very much having someone taking care of the operation and maintenance of the boat's systems (which can be quite a hassle) as well as advising them about the best itinerary and anchorages (for the given weather), let alone worrying about a sudden weather change or some or novices dragging their anchor at night towards you!
    The Cyclades islands are quite windy, there are potentially tremendous gusts in what appear as "protected" anchorages, there are no yacht marinas, harbours are few, small and crowded, so given the size of our boats one has to have a very accurate idea of what time of the day and where one is going to anchor. Unfortunately this takes a lot of local practice and cannot be acquired by reading cruising guides. We see an awesome amount of damage generated on bareboats and being a small company with just 18 hours turn over between charters, we simply cannot afford to take the slightest chance with damage (even if it is not the captain's fault). These are the practical reasons why we never charter any of our boats without a captain. There are also reasons that are related to the quality of our services, as we feel that in order to fully comprehend and enjoy the greek islands, one needs to have someone onboard who will point you in the right direction, "open the doors" and know the local ways.
  • If we start from Paros, can we sail to Santorini ?

  • When light or moderate northerly winds prevail after the third day, the following itinerary is possible: Paros, Sikinos, Santorini, Ios, Koufonisi (or Amorgos), Skinoussa, Despotiko, Paros. Sailing to Santorini, the Southern most Cycladic island, and returning from it involves anticipating a combination of wind conditions. Beating against the prevailing northerlies can be long, unconfortable and tedious.
  • Can we overnight in deserted anchorages and avoid harbors ?

  • Spending the night in a starlit cove away from noise and commotion is an easily attainable goal in the Cyclades islands. All it takes is a little advance planning. In general avoiding harbors means water, electricity and food self sufficiency. For any given boat, the larger the group, the least autonomy there is. If you are a large group, after an overnighter in a cove, you€ll need to re-supply and stop for at least a few hours in a port. Evidently your itinerary ought to take this fact into account. Luckily Cycladic harbors are usually not commercial marinas but small and pleasant places.
  • We have 9 people in our group. Do we fit on the boat?

  • The Lagoon 39 accomodates maximum 8 guests + one skipper. Keep in mind that this mid-sized catamaran has only two bathrooms and fairly small water tanks meaning the more you will be on board the least autonomy you will have, particularly regarding water and food supplies.
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