Sailing holiday in Greece, Mykonos to Santorini

“Putter from Mykonos to Santorini, stopping off at unspoiled islands, swimming in the Aegean and filling up on fresh local food on this small group sailing holiday. Nice and relaxing, nice price too!”


Mykonos | sailing the Greek Islands | Naxos | Small Cyclades | Amorgos | Ios | Santorini

Description of Sailing holiday in Greece, Mykonos to Santorini

Move between the boat, the beach and inviting Greek villages on this relaxing Greece sailing holiday between Mykonos and Santorini. While away the days swimming in turquoise waters, lazing on white-sand beaches, sampling mouth-watering local cuisine and exploring coastal villages steeped in history, mythology and beauty. Visit the beautiful islands of Amorgos, Naxos, Small Cyclades and Ios, watch a host of spectacular sunsets and enjoy Greek hospitality before returning to the boat to be rocked gently to sleep at night.

This sailing adventure begins in Mykonos, where chic waterfront bars line the beaches, serving authentic Greek food and cocktails as the sun goes down. You’ll spend seven nights on the yacht, with a small group (max 11 people) and each day’s sailing is unique. There will always be a destination to reach, but if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we are flexible on the day’s itinerary – and there’s always time to swim in the Aegean Sea off the side of the boat.

Highlights include the 11th-century monastery of Moni Hozoviotissis, wedged between the dramatic cliffs of Amorgos, while the remote Small Cyclades are chock-full of tavernas serving fresh seafood, far away from tourists and the rest of the world. The voyage ends in Santorini, home to some of the most distinctive and attractive landscapes in the world. Pass bleached-white villages that cling to plunging cliffs and along the rim of a volcano.

Sailing specifics:

You will be on board a real sailing yacht, monohull in design and 44ft in length, although smaller yachts will be used if group size allows it. Beginners are welcome, although there is a feel of 'all hands on deck' on this trip, and guests do get asked to contribute to sailing duties, so swot up on your sailing language a little before you go. Similarly, sleeping quarters are small as is the norm on a sailing boat. Most of our sailing yachts sleep eleven passengers, with 2 double cabins, 2 twin cabins and one triple cabin, and there are five shared bathrooms. So this is close living quarters too, with rooms allocated on arrival by the skipper and can't be booked in advance. Solo passengers will be allocated a room to share with someone of the same gender, which may involved sharing a double mattress. Please note that there is no Wi-Fi on board our sailing yachts.

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Holiday type

Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is one of our Basix trips, designed specifically for budget travellers who still want the security of group travel without lots of added inclusions. These trips don't have many included activities and meals are rarely included in the price, giving you the opportunity to search out local restaurants and sample regional specialities to your heart's content. The amount of free time in these itineraries means that the Basix trips often appeal to younger travellers looking to explore independently and tailor the trip to your own interests. You often won't spend too many days in any one place and you'll pack lots of different locations into your holiday.

As you might expect, accommodation on a Basix trip will be fairly basic! We'll stay in 1-2 star accommodation, often including homestays and there may be nights where the group stays somewhere multi-share / in a dormitory-style. Most accommodation however will be twin share; with solo travellers automatically roomed with a fellow group member of the same sex, this means that there are no single supplements on Basix trips.

On camping trips you will be expected to help out around the camp; putting up and taking down your own tent, helping with meals and other camp duties. We often find the nights where we are without a few creature comforts are those that are most amazing; wild bush camping in Serengeti anyone?! We'll use local transport where ever possible which is a great way of seeing the country and meeting locals as we travel.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sailing holiday in Greece, Mykonos to Santorini

As 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.

We 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 travellers to interact with local people.

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.

You will travel with a skipper, who also takes on the role of tour leader. We choose skippers on the basis of their sailing experience, but we also provide local employment where we can. Georgios is one such example, a local sailor who has been making a living as a skipper since he was just eighteen years-old.

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 travelling 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.
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. For example, when we are on Naxos we have an optional excursion into the countryside where we will eat at a family-run restaurant in the hills and sample the local liquor, which is known as Kitron.

As well as a Responsible Travel Code of Conduct which we adhere to as a company, we expect our staff and travellers 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 Church of Panagia Paraportiani on Mykonos, then we will request that you cover your shoulders.

After a three-year process, we were proud to become a carbon neutral company in 2010 and we operate this trip on a carbon neutral basis, by offsetting 50kg of C02 emissions for each passenger.
We also offer passengers who book their flight through us the option to offset those emissions. To date, we have offset more than 45,000 tonnes of carbon emissions by investing in a range of internationally accredited renewable energy projects in destinations where we travel.

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.

1 Reviews of Sailing holiday in Greece, Mykonos to Santorini

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2017 by

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

Being with family, making new friends and seeing the beautiful islands.

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

It's a very slow relaxing trip.

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

Helped local people

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

The holiday was amazing, trust your skipper was great at sailing the boat but not very good with information about the islands. We would ask him a question
and 90% of the time it was i hate that island, just sit and have a coffee. We had a lot of wasted time waiting.

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