Sailing holiday in the Aegean Sea

“A low price, small group sailing holiday, with the usual Hellenic hedonistic, life loving feeling, as you island hop among some of the finest Aegean archipelagos.”

Highlights

6 days sailing | Deserted island Rinia | Iraklia island | Keros Island | Amorgos island | Mykonos island | Ios island | Santorini island

Description of Sailing holiday in the Aegean Sea

Aegean sailing holidays on board our beauty, Tahita, are hard to beat, taking you to deserted islands of the Cyclades where we’ll swim to unknown beaches, don hiking boots in search of ancient civilisations or enjoy a waterfront bar with traditional and wonderfully chilled out music. Every island on this sailing holiday shows a different aspect of Aegean life.

Sail the Aegean Sea for a week, with a very experienced skipper and crew through beyond blue waters, with skies that compete for such perfect palettes, we also seek out marine wildlife from dolphins and porpoises to sea birds and sea turtles. Our itinerary is flexible and very relaxed, with some guests loving the sailing aspects and others the swimming and sunbathing side of things. Most love bits of both and there is definitely something for everyone. A great value sailing holiday, we have four double cabins, and we host no more than six guests on board.

Take a look at our sample sailing route below, which we are very happy to adapt according to the ways in which our guests like to float their boat.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Our sailing holiday starts on the stunning island of Paros, where we have a brief introduction and get to know our fellow sailors for the week. Dinner at one of Paros’ top tavernas, specialising in fine local ingredients, will help toast the start to a very exciting week ahead.
Day 2:Our first day of sailing in the Aegean is to one of the gems of the Small Cyclades known as Iraklia. With only two tiny towns, the island has a wild, remote feel to it. The fishing port where we anchor, Ag. Georgios, is delightfully traditional, and we will discover some ancient architecture scattered around the island on a brief hike, for those who want to find their land legs. It is worth the walk to see the splendid Ai Giannis cave, however, the biggest Cycladic cavern of its kind. One of the highlights of this day is also snorkelling in Alimia Bay, where a Second World War German hydroplane wreck lies close enough to the surface to be seen without diving equipment.
Day 3:Today’s sailing brings us to a delightful combination of uninhabited paradise islands, Antikeri & Dryma, where swimming, snorkelling and soaking up the sun in time for a beach BBQ are all order of the day. Sunset tonight will be celebrated on the island of Koufonisi, where a beach bar is within a stone’s throw of some of the clearest waters you will see in the Aegean.
Day 4 - 5:These two days are dedicated to the island of Amorgos, its beauty much celebrated in the iconic film ‘Big Blue’ which was shot here. You will have plenty of opportunities to experience the big blues of the Cyclades today in Nikouria Bay. Dinner tonight is at the island’s much celebrated Maria’s Restaurant in Thoralia village, where traditional musicians can often be persuaded to play. Our second day on Amorgos involves a bit of a hike, but in pursuit of a real treat. Hozoviotissa monastery is an architectural marvel. Built right into a steep cliff, this is the island’s cultural pride and joy. In the afternoon, it’s beach time and there are several to choose from on Amorgos, especially around the Chora.
Day 6:Another day another island, and this time to Ios where we drop anchor by the remote bay of Manganari. And to celebrate the eve of your last day in the Cyclades, you get a chance to do a night dive through bioluminescence that frequents this magical spot. We also have dinner at one of the islands’ top tavernas.
Day 7:Our final day we sail to the magnificent Oia cliffs of Santorini, for one of the most famous seascapes in the Cyclades. And also a top spot to watch the sun go down if you climb up to the top. Which is definitely worth it. (There is an option to go on the back of a donkey if your land legs haven’t quite warmed up yet!)

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Check dates

2016: 1 Oct, 8 Oct, 15 Oct, 22 Oct, 29 Oct
Our top tip:
Fab trip for families, with skipper Sorteris an inspiring yachtsman, teacher and fun guy to be around.
Trip type:
Small group , maximum 6 people.
Solos:
Solos welcome Double cabins only with twin beds. Surcharge for own cabin.
Accomm:
Double cabins. Communal bathrooms.
Included:
Accommodation, skipper, guided walks, breakfasts, fresh water, port fees, snorkel equipment.
Meals:
Buy picnics at local shops and dine out in evenings. Budget £12 for dinner and wine.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sailing holiday in the Aegean Sea

Our base has become the island of Syros where most of the maintenance work is carried out. We employ locals for all the jobs concerning the boat. We buy materials for the maintenance of the boat from local shops.

We encourage guests to visit and try the local cuisine and purchase local goods wherever we go in order to get a taste of the local culture and also support the local community.

We try to minimise the impact of our boat on the marine environment by using the motor as little as possible, mainly just to enter and leave the port. When mooring we avoid throwing the anchor on meadows of sea grass. We always use permanent moorings when provided.

When Tahita, our sailing boat, is not chartered, we sail around cleaning beaches, recycling or giving a helping hand to researchers and organisations in their efforts to collect data in order to study and protect the environment and wild life.

We’ve allowed space in the sailing boat to store waste plastics especially bottles. As there is no drinking water available in the Greek islands, there is a huge consumption of bottled water. We store all the plastic in the capital of Syros, Ermoupolis and we take it back to Athens at the end of the season for recycling.

We organise visits at the two national marine parks in Greece, in Zakynthos and Alonisos, where the two most important organisations for the protection of the loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta and the Mediterranean monk seal Monachus monachus are based. Our guests are briefed on their work and how they can support them.

Reviews of Sailing holiday in the Aegean Sea

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 09 Sep 2016 by

The entire holiday was memorable without exception. But some of the many highlights were snorkelling through spectacular luminescent coral reefs. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2016 by

Definitely 5 stars Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Sep 2016 by

The feeling of freedom when you feel the wind on your skin during a sail, sleeping on a deck under the open sky with myriad of bright stars, every evening discovering a new island, snorkelling at night, seeing a tortoise- all of these was memorable and exciting. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2015 by

Great experience and gave us a good taste of sailing, now ready for some more! Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2015 by

The most memorable part of the holiday were the views from ashore and on dry land. The Cyclades are really unique. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2014 by

There were so many highlights it is hard to pick out the best - snorkelling in clear blue waters, visiting deserted beaches, wandering through the streets of ancient villages far away from all the tourists, eating marvellous local food, seeing ancient ruins, sailing under starry skies.... Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2014 by

Awesome! I recommend everyone to try it. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2014 by

It exceeded my expectations on all points. Great atmosphere, great company, delicious food, hilarious moments, beautiful moments, new friends,... Writing this down, I miss it again. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Oct 2014 by

Great.!! Just great.! I've been very lucky: great group, wonderful weather, stunning sea, amazing places, no sea sickness and many smiles and laughs. And a breath taking full moon rising from a silent blue sea... Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Sep 2014 by

An excellent break......Sailing to some really beautiful, off-the-beaten-track islands and swimming and exploring. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jul 2013 by

We couldn't agree on our most memorable or exciting part of our holiday; so here is a list of some of our best memories: racing over the waves at full sail, dolphins, moonlit walk along an ancient path, night snorkelling, travelling by bus to tavernas in remote villages, with our skipper and first mate. We were immersed in local culture. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2012 by

We sailed..really sailed..which was great. We discovered off the beat locations to explore...we met amazing people and swam and dove in beautiful locations,...we hiked on deserted islands, had camp fires, and swam under the stars at night. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2012 by

Amazing!! Beats sailing on a cruise liner any day. A much more personal and genuine experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Apr 2012 by

The most meomorable part was snorkelling with Sotiris and my kids. It was a whole new experience for us, and the water and rocks were beautiful. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2012 by

The most memorable part was visiting the beautiful Greek islands, particularly Folegandros which I have been meaning to go to for years, and not disappointed! Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Oct 2011 by

Great relaxed enjoyable trip. I loved the flexibility of the Skipper too...Enjoyed getting in there and helping as needed - putting on the new mainsail was a memorable experience - thanks Sotiris! Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2011 by

Seeing some interesting things on the different islands was most memorable. The adventures on the sea. I had a great time - I loved it all Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2011 by

Eco friendly was certainly encouraged at all times. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2010 by

Overall, the most memorable thing was the fact that Sotiris our skipper was so knowledgeable about the Cyclades, the flora and fauna, the people, the food, the music, the history, and happily shared his extensive knowledge with us. This meant we were much more aware of all aspects of the area through which we were travelling, and consequently gained much more from the experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2009 by

Fantastic! We are already thinking of our next one. Telling people about it like Tahita-Prophets. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2009 by

Excellent. Annie and Sotirus could not have been more helpful and Sotirus the Skipper is an excellent and knowledgeable host. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2009 by

Excellent, it was a much more intimate way to experience the Greek islands rather than with a big cruise ship. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Aug 2009 by

It’s up there with one of the best holidays we have ever had as a family. We met great people, we felt in touch with the locals and the local surrounds... Seeing the place from a boat gives you a freedom we had never experience before. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2009 by

The variety of the islands we visited, from the most remote where the population was less than 100, to the more commercialised were the most memorable part. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2008 by

Absolutely fantastic! Most memorable were the friendship that developed within the group, our lovely hosts Sotiris and Annie, who couldn't do enough to make us happy and the lovely sea and secluded beaches. Read full review

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