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Greek Isles Vacation

Join us in Spetember 2014

A  great way to explore some of the best that Greece has to offer

Highlights from our 2013 trip include snorkeling an ancient city in 7’ of water, climbing an extinct volcano, dinner a a country taverna where the owner made his own wine and olive oil. Of course just watching the beautiful mountains rising up out of the sea, as you sail by the islands so important in history for thousands of years, is amazing. Little things like a cute 9 year old girl praticing her english with us while Grandma looked on or soaking in a hot spring as it mixed with the clear waters of the med will be memories we treasure.

A Well Equipped Bavaria 49’ yacht

Let Captain Harold and Captain Margie take you on an amazing sailing vacation. A typical day will start with breakfast on board.  We will set sail to our next island stop, maybe anchoring along the way for a swim or snorkel in the clear waters of the Mediterranean.  Lunch is served Tapas Style along with local beer and wine. Our sailboat has 3 double guest cabins and one storage cabin for luggage, the captains also have their own cabin.

Visit a new Island each night

We will sail to a new destination in the morning then you will have the afternoon to relax or explore the village at your leisure.  Dinner is ashore in a wonderful traverna featuring local delicacies and fresh fish. The evening is free to do some dancing, relax with an after dinner drink on the boat or take a walk along the water front or through the town.

A week long trip you will rember for a lifetime

 You will fly into Athens, Greece. You may want arrive in Athens a day or two earlier to enjoy the sites and to get acclimated to the time change. Plan on boarding the yacht on Saturday afternoon at 5:00pm.   You will disembark the boat on Friday in Athens.  Guests will need a hotel for Friday evening and can plan to catch a flight as early as Saturday morning.

We sail from Athens

From Athens you can visit two island groups.  All have beautiful harbors and bays and can give you everything from lively tavernas, shopping and cultural sites to quiet secluded anchorages. The Saronic Gulf Islands which include Ageina, Poros, Hydra and Spetsis.  The Cyclades Islands which include Kea, Kythnos, Syros and Serifos to name a few. Both Island groups have there charms, we will base our choice on the weather and your input .  

 

















Some places we like to stop in the Saronic Gulf:

Arrival day- We will spend the night on the boat in Athens, familiarize ourselves with the boat and enjoy the nightlife of the Plaka, setting sail the next morning.

Poros- When you sail into Poros you see the town built on the rocky slopes of the island and as you approach you say to yourself “this is a Greek island!” It’s one of the most beautiful approaches in Greece. There are several beautiful bays for swimming, some with ruins dating back centuries. In town are a marine academy, great night life, wonderful tavernas and beautiful markets for stocking up on fresh fruits and veggies. A  secret bakery down an alley way with the most amazing bread ever! There is no sign; you have to know where it is. The father and son don’t speak English so brush up on your Greek or sign language.

Spetsis-  This history-rich island of tranquil pine forests was the setting for John Fowles' The Magus.  This is a charming island and a great area to rent a bicycle and explore the coast line.

Hydra- An artists' hideout and not a car to be seen on the whole island. One of my favorite stops where you can take a donkey ride to the top of the island for a spectacular view and photo opts, later join the nightly sunset party at “Hydronetta” on the side of the cliffs, listen to classical music, sip a cocktail and applaud the sun making it's daily dip into the sea! Hydra is a great “2 day” island if we want to spend some more time soaking up the beauty and culture.

Methana- There is a spa today with Thermal baths that have been known from acient times where you can get a massage. Hike on an extinct volcano. Have dinner at an Taverna in the hills where they make wine from their own grapes and olive oil from their trees.

Epidavoros - On the Peloponnese peninsula this charming town is near one of  the best preserved of all ancient Greek theatres, close to  the ruins of a city in 7’ of clear water where you can snorkel and home to an active fishing community. The fresh fish at the Posiden Taverna is amazing.

Agenia- The island of pistachios and octopus with a well protected anchorage. Hire a scooter or taxi and ride over to Agia Marina harbor for lunch and a hike up to the Temple of Aphaia, one of the finest Doric Temples remaining in all of the Greek Isles.

Heading Back- We can leave early morning  for a beautiful deserted island for swimming and sunning before sailing back to Alimos Marina in Athens. Alternatively we can choose to spend the morning doing some sight seeing before sailing back to Athens for a late afternoon arrival.

Why September?

The weather is great. It is still warm (80’s) but not  hot like the middle of summer. The Meltemi winds have settled down making sailing more comfortable. It is less crowded than the peak European  summer vacation months of July and August. The water is still great for swimming or snorkeling.


What one of this years guests had to say;


Captains Harold & Margie made our trip to Greece a wonderful, relaxing and informative trip. Sailing, snorkeling and dining in the Northern Cyclades Islands was a dream come true.

The local people were welcoming and  and full of smiles.

We felt at home on the boat as well as on the islands.

We also enjoyed getting to know our sailing companions from Texas.

Thanks a million Harold & Margie!

Happy sailing,

Tom & Cynthia Atha

Granville, Ohio

















Is it Safe?

The Greek government is going through a trying time, the Greek people are as welcoming as ever. We feel comfortable everywhere we go in Greece. People are very helpful and since English is taught to the kids in schools at a very young age it is easy to communicate.. For an unbiased look read this article in the New York Times  The Way the Greeks Live Now.  The memories from this trip will last a lifetime.


Greek Island Rates

Includes provisioning, meal preparation, boat expenses, fuel and marina fees. Guest cabins are doubles and all linens are provided. Not included are dinners, transportation and on-shore excursions. Your charter will start Saturday in the late afternoon and end Friday late afternoon.

We offer two pricing options. You can book a cabin as a couple or bring a group of 6-7.  When you book as a couple we will only take one other couple on the boat for your trip. Our 49’ Bavaria is quite spacious with just two couples and the crew aboard.  The small premium in price for our 4 guest trips adds lots of personal space and allows the crew to really customize the trip based on your desires. Our 4-guest pricing is based on each couple having a private bath. The boat has a total of 3 bathrooms, and therefore, trips with over 4 guests will require sharing.  We recommend the 5-7 guest option only for families or guests that know each other.

       

 Total number of Guests          Rates Per Person

                   Based on double occupancy                                                                         

             5-7 guests                    $2,085 Per person   

             4 guests  Max                $2,585 Per person

                                          

 Contact us for early booking specials, multiple week and family discounts

   

Payment: A 50% deposit is required to confirm your charter, with the balance paid 90 days before sailing. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

Rates:  Live aboard rates are based on double occupancy and include provisioning and meal preparation.

Cancellation:  If you cancel the charter, the fees are not refundable unless the vessel is re-booked by another party. If we are able to re-book a charter for the same dates, the deposit will be refunded less a 10% fee. If you need to change your booking dates, a fee may be charged. We strongly recommend trip insurance to cover unexpected circumstances. If a trip is canceled due to weather, we will refund the fees for the unused part of your trip.

Alcoholic Beverages:  Lunch and afternoon beer and wine included in charter fees.

Gratuity:  After your charter, if you feel we have done a wonderful job, a gratuity is welcomed and always appreciated.