Getting There and Checking In

The Yacht Week

By The Yacht Week

Posted on 18th May 2018

Before you arrive:

Fill out crew list

We want your holiday to get off to the perfect start, so please ensure your crew list is completed 3 weeks prior to arrival. Simply log-in to your booking and add your crew following the steps given. Cabin bookers please only add the name of the friend you'll be sharing a cabin with. If you don't do this, you might not get your yacht in time.

Check-in online

Once you have completed your crew list, you can save a lot of time on site if you all check-in online. Each member of the crew must do this before arrival, which will make getting your yacht on time that much easier. 

Online check-in will open 4 months prior to departure.

Getting to Greece

Getting to Greece

Flights

Athens Airport (ATH) is the closest airport to all of our marinas. We recommend using a search engine to find the best flights:

By Train/ Bus

If you have lots of time to kill, it is possible to get to Greece by train or bus from the rest of Europe. If traveling by train, there are two options: 

1. Via France to Italy, then from Italy by ferry to Greece and then by train to Athens. 

2. Via France, Germany, Hungary, Serbia and Bulgaria to Greece.

Useful websites:

https://www.rome2rio.com/

By Car

Greece can also be reached by car from Europe: one can either drive to Italy and then take the ferry, or via Bulgaria. All marinas have parking options.

Covid Entry Requirements  

All travelers must complete their Passenger Locator Form before entering the country, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. If you are going directly to your yacht upon arrival, you can use “the name of your yacht, Alimos Marina, postcode 174 55” as the address of your stay in Greece. The name of your yacht can be found on your booking profile. 

All travelers to Greece are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours OR a laboratory rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of arrival to Greece. This testing requirement applies to all travelers regardless of vaccination status or method of entry to Greece. 

Links to the form and all information regarding Covid regulations for travelers in Greece can be found here: https://travel.gov.gr/#/ 

Visas

We recommend using VisaHQ to find out if you require any visas to enter the country - www.visahq.co.uk

 Getting to Check-In 

Athens airport to check-in location

The Yacht Week staff will be waiting for you at VOE beach restaurant where you will register and collect your TYW wristband.

Taxi

We strongly recommend pre-booking your taxi for arrival and departure. Taxi wait lines at the airport can be very long, the quality of the vehicles varies greatly, many drivers do not speak much English, and rates can fluctuate.  

We recommend the following taxi provider. We have verified the quality of the vehicles and the drivers’ licenses. All drivers are fluent in English. A flat competitive rate is guaranteed. 

Prebooking must be done at least 24 hours prior to your arrival/departure. The taxi driver will be waiting for you when you exit the airport. The drivers are available to take you directly to TYW check-in or to any destination within Athens. 

We also recommend pre-booking your departure taxi to the airport with the same provider. 

Pre-book your taxi via email or whatsapp / viber : nikole4taxi@gmail.com / +30 690 777 7700

Bus

Take the X96 to VOE beach restaurant at “1st Agios Kosmas” bus stop, where you will meet our staff for check-in . The journey takes around 90 minutes and costs around €6 per person. From there, there will be transfers to take you to your marina once your yacht is ready. 

Metro/ Tram

Take the Metro from the airport to Syntagma Square. From there change to the Tram Line to Alimos Marina (LOUTRA ALIMOU Stop). The Metro from the airport runs every 30 minutes. The journey takes around 60 minutes and costs around €10 per person. For more information visit www.amel.gr.

Time to arrive/depart

We recommend you arrive at VOE at 3pm to meet the TYW crew and your skipper. You should have access to your yacht by around 6pm, though please be advised delays can occur as the yacht is being cleaned and prepared after the previous week’s charter. The Yacht Week is not responsible for any delays to your yacht but we will do our best to work with the charter companies to get you your yacht as early as possible. 

Please make sure to have already ordered your provisions for the week online or with your host before check-in day so that you will not have any delays.  More information on how to do this can be found here.

You will return to the marina on Friday afternoon (the exact time varies depending on weather conditions), when you will stay one last night on the yachts in the marina and will check out and leave the yacht by 9am on Saturday morning.

Onsite registration for yacht bookers and skipper

The Yacht Week staff will be ready and waiting for you at VOE where you will register and collect your TYW wristband.

Once the charter company has the paperwork ready for your yacht, your lead booker will go to the marina with the skipper to complete the yacht check-in procedure. Your skipper or event crew will let you know when this is. 

Lead Booker: Bring cash/credit card to pay the security deposit* and your passport.

Cabin Bookings: You must pay in cash as the security deposit cannot be shared amongst many credit cards.The amount can be found in your welcome email. 

 You will give your skipper the deposit who will take care of the paperwork with the charter company.  See the FAQ for more information. 

Skipper: Bring your nautical certificates and passport.

* The security deposit is the maximum cost you can be charged if you damage your yacht or lose equipment. The amount can be found in your booking profile

All deposits must be paid in Euros.

Luggage at check-in

Generally we recommend you keep your luggage with you at VOE while you wait for your yacht to be ready. If you need a safe place to leave your luggage for the day there is luggage storage available at Alimos marina for a fee in the container area. See directions here. There are also several luggage storage options in downtown Athens. The Yacht Week staff do not take responsibility for any lost luggage or items. 

Please keep away from the yachts

You will not be able to board your yacht until it has been declared ready by the charter company. We recommend hanging out at VOE, getting some “heliotherapy” (sun therapy, a term coined by the Greeks), taking a dip in the sea, and sipping on drinks until your yacht is ready. 

The Yacht Week will provide transfers between VOE and the marina when your yacht is ready. 

Grocery shopping

We strongly recommend pre ordering your provisions for the week online. This will save you time, money and a big hassle of getting a large order of groceries to your yacht. The online shop provides delivery directly to your yacht. 

If you have a host, please speak with them before ordering any food as they will prepare a menu catered to your group. If you don’t have a host and shopping for a whole week/crew feels overwhelming, use this shopping list as guidance, it will make sure you won't miss out on any essentials. 

Greek Online Grocery Store with Yacht Deliveries:  https://balaskas.shop/?ref=theyachtweek

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