2 independent reviews for Sailing holiday in the Ionian Sea

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review 14 Jul 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Where to start - every moment on the boat was highly enjoyable, the islands we travelled to were extremely beautiful, the food was exquisite, the sea so clean and blue as you would only imagine on postcards. The most memorable moment of the holiday was a night swim and snorkel amidst the luminous plankton. The most exciting parts where being at the helm of the boat in very windy conditions, and the most enjoyable moments where the walks in the evenings. Expertly guided by the wonderful Annie, and usually ending up in a fabulous tavern where homecooked food was waiting for us, they were the highlights of the trip.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Pack half of what you thought you might need; there is virtually NO storage space. Be prepared to live in the same pair of shorts and the same two tops for the whole week. Take seasickness tablets if you're so inclined, but make sure they're the not-so-drowsy type. Try new foods - we had goat and it was DELICIOUS, not what I expected at all. Make sure you can comfortably carry your luggage if you are planning on taking the bus from the airport to get to the ferry as there is a bit of a walk. Getting there in one day can be a bit of a squeeze; an overnight stay in Athens before and after the week on the boat would take the pressure off the getting there and home again.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Absolutely. We shopped and ate on different islands every day, buying only from local people away from mass tourism. All rubbish was recycled, there is a wind generator on the boat, and we used very little fresh water as we only showered once! We sailed whenever we could, which reduced our fuel consumption. We felt that, as holidays go, this one had relatively little impact on the environment but instead helped the local economies.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Absolutely amazing, wonderful, rejuvenating, horizon-expanding. We went without our three young children, and it was incredibly relaxing, especially since no decisions were required the entire week (except for "fish or meat?"). A super break full of special moments in magnificent surroundings, spent with like-minded people. Can't ask for more!

review 18 Sep 2007

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Swimming and sailing also the Greek food and Taverna's recommended by Annie and Satera were fantastic.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Check how many nights you spend in the main port (Lavrio) we were disappointed that we spent 2 out of the 6 nights in Lavrio.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Very much so, both Annie and Satera were very environment conscious and educated as much as possible, also regarding litter and a presentation on marine life.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic we were well looked after, and very welcome on board the sailing boat.

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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
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