Greek Islands sailing vacation, Santorini to Mykonos
Our only 8 day sailing vacation, traveling in a small group from Santorini to Mykonos, where fun is more the focus than frills.
Santorini Island hill walking Ios island Naxos Amorgos Mykonos Small Cyclades
US $1775ToUS $2135excluding flights
In addition to the listed price, this trip also requires payment in counrty of a compulsory Trip Kitty of approx.
Description of Greek Islands sailing vacation, Santorini to Mykonos
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Our top tip:
Buy the day’s catch from local fishermen, so when you help prepare lunch you can go all Rick Stein.
Small group vacation, max. 9 people.
Solos welcome but twin/double cabins only.
4 twin/double cabins, shared bathrooms.
Accommodation, skipper, crew (although tips are expected).
Breakfasts and lunches funded by communal kitty of €60 pp. Shopping and cooking a team effort. Tavernas and cafes for dinner.
1 Reviews of Greek Islands sailing vacation, Santorini to Mykonos
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 29 May 2018 by Bill McKenzie
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Weather conditions were ideal for most days of our week of sailing, from fair to rough, but always safe and secure in the hands of our master mariner, Antonio
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Be prepared for slight changes in your sailing itinerary - the wind blows where it wants to. You'll pack too many clothes - think sun - casual - a woolly for the wind. With time on your hands on board think of what you might do - read, write, converse. You're part of a crew/team not just an individual - our age range was 21 - 89. Sailing is a great leveller - there's one boss on board - the Skipper
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
On shore try to use local amenities for food and drink. Make eye contact and keep smiling. I had the advantage of wearing the kilt which drew attention and invited comment of a cross cultural nature. Our skipper encouraged recycling, and water conservation is more and more important, yet you must drink plenty of it. There is a stark contrast between the 'green' of the UK and the apparent barrenness of the islands, yet these islands have sustained ancient civilisations for centuries producing hardy survivors - not to be patronised.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
One of the best vacations of a very long lifetime. Life on board and life ashore can be very precious if you're prepared for both. Enjoy the swimming!
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetAs a global tour operator, we are committed to operating every one of our trips in a way that respects and benefits local people, their culture and economy, while minimising our impact on the natural environment.
On this small group sailing adventure, we travel with a maximum of eight passengers on board a 50ft yacht, but if there are fewer passengers then we will use a smaller yacht. Bathrooms are shared and although there is hot water, we encourage passengers to use it carefully. Toilets are usually operated by hand-pumps and we have recycling arrangements on-board.
Weather permitting, your skipper will use the power of the wind to sail the boat as much as possible which means that we have less impact on the environment than if traveling by other modes of transport. When on land, you will mostly hike or walk although you may choose to take an excursion by car when we are on the island of Naxos.
As a tour company, our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. In 2002, we established a charitable foundation so that our passengers and staff could support grassroots community projects around the world. To date, it has raised over £2million for over 75 projects involved with health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development, and environmental and wildlife protection. We match every donation made by passengers and pay the administration costs, so every penny that is donated goes to a good cause.
PeopleWe travel in small groups and wherever possible we use local transport, stay in locally-owned accommodation or homestays, eat at authentic local restaurants, support traditional artisans and small-scale businesses, and provide opportunities for travelers to interact with local people.
This excursion gives valuable employment to a local driver and also allows us to get a glimpse of rural life. We visit a local family-run tavern out in the hills and round our meal off with a shot of Kitron, a local liquor made from lemons.
Your boat will be skippered by an experienced sailor, who will also be your tour leader. One of our crew in Greece is local skipper, Georgios who loves to introduce travelers to the Cyclades Islands, in particular the less-visited islands of Amorgos and the Small Cyclades where he will introduce you to the rugged scenery, welcoming locals and delicious seafood, well off the beaten track.
During the trip, we shop for local produce for our breakfasts and lunches, which the whole group will prepare and eat together on board the boat. In the evenings, we go onshore to dine at small, often family-run restaurants and bars.
As well as a Responsible Travel Code of Conduct which we adhere to as a company, we expect our staff and travelers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel and provide a number of responsible travel tips to facilitate this, for example advice on what clothing is appropriate and respectful. If you choose to visit any religious buildings on this trip, such as the cathedrals on Santorini, then we will request that you cover your shoulders.