Sailing, anchoring, docking, swimming/relaxing, exploring small towns with lots of history and shopping. Visit the fabled island and city of Corfu, with it's twisted narrow back streets full of shops and restaurants. Old forts and a very rich history make this town a must see on any travelers list. Cruise ships do come into Corfu but I can show you times to avoid the crowds and have the city to yourself. We would anchor in a bay within a ten minute walk to the heart of town and still have privacy and quiet of the anchorage when you want it. There are many side trips that can be taken around the island.
Sailing south to the small picturesque island of Paxoi which has two villages of note. Lakka, has the most beautiful crystal clear aquamarine water in its bay and the town is easily covered in one day. Have dinner at a small shore side taverna looking out at boats from all over the world. Galois is a pretty town where we would dock up right at the town wall, steps from everything. The Harrods department store buys its olive oil only from here and one of the shops where you can sample and purchase some it is feet from where the boat is docked. The entrance to the town is like a Scandinavian Fiord and most interesting.
Further south is the small sister island of Antipaxoi and has some anchorages for swimming and relaxing.
Parga is a typical Greek town with vegetable markets and many shops and restaurants in it narrow streets and has its own Venetian Castle left from the time that the City State of Venice occupied this area. Definitely worth a stop.
Preveza is a more modern working town where we will dock with cruising boats from all over the world, explore the narrow streets and be in the heart of activity, eat at shore side small tavernas and drink local wine. Fishing boats come in to the wall in the morning after fishing all night to sell their catch. It has an old fort and the Battle of Actium which determined the fate of the known world between Octavian and Anthony and Cleopatra occurred right on the other side of the peninsula. The ancient ruins of Nikoplis is a short cab ride away. The night time passegiata is something to behold.
Most of these towns see few tourists, no cruise ships or charter companies and are a delight to visit. Instead of marinas or town walls consider anchoring in deserted coves with crystal clear water for swimming, relaxing, sunning and snorkeling. I can pick you up in Corfu, the trip is yours to plan, I have suggestions but it's your trip, spend time at anchor, town walls, marinas or just sailing, combine a little of each.
I HAVE ONLY 3 WEEKS OPEN ON THIS TRIP:
All of these trips include the Christianne, a 52 ft. sailing yacht which has a capacity of 8 sailors although we will only take only 4 giving us lots of room and privacy. It also includes the captain, sailing instruction if wanted, boat fuel, marina stays, dinghy and motor and most meals. It does not include travel to and from the boat, shore side meals and extra beer or wine over and above that which I have on board. No sailing experience is needed, you can help sail the boat or just sit, relax and watch the world go by. The Greek trips run for 7 days and can be started most any day of the week depending upon scheduling. Where we go and how long we stay in a particular area is not set in stone, it can be changed by the whims of the sailors. It's your trip, you decide where to go within out time constraints, I just make suggestions. Cost is $1200 (dollars, not Euros) for the week and is a great deal since it includes most everything. Discounts for people traveling together. I have openings the last week of August and most of September. You could plan on making a side trip before or after the sailing trip to any areas that are of interest to make the travel costs more reasonable. I will be happy to send complete info on any trip with photos and if we are reasonably close (I am in Hilton Head) I will be happy to meet with you and any interested parties. SKYPE calls are always possible.
Are you looking for more sailing time to prefect your skills or build sea time? I will be doing a 14 day trip from Greece to Gibraltar from September 21 to October 5, 2014. This will be a lot of sailing with several overnight sails and stops at some most interesting and out of the way places – no cruise ships here. First Corfu, a must on any travelers list, visit the Old Town with its many churches, historical sights, shops and twisted streets. Then on to Preveza, dock right up at the town wall and watch the fisherman come in from their night of fishing, eat at a shore side taverna. Next stop anchor on the toe of Italy after an overnight sail for relaxation and swimming. The next day sail through the Straits of Messina with its swift currents and sword fishing boats to Is. Valcano with a dormant cone you can climb. Next stop after an overnight sail is Sardinia with a small town and some well preserved ancient ruins. The Island of Espalmador in the Spanish Balearic Islands will be a welcome stop with its crystal clear water and thermal mud baths open to everyone. On to Gibraltar one to the Ancient Pillars of Hercules where we will be docked up in the middle of town and you can walk everywhere and that even includes the airport and Spain; Morocco is a quick ferry ride away. A great place to spend a few extra days. A complete and inexpensive trip, $1200 US with most everything included.
I have taken sailors across every major ocean in the world and I can take you as well.
There are only limited spaces available, contact me now.
The trans Atlantic trip in November, 2014 has had a last minute cancelation. Thirty days of non stop sailing for $1500 US - some experience required.
The Gibraltar to Madeira has 1 position open. Eight days of sailing in the open ocean and exploring all for $600 US -- contact me now. October 13-20, 2014
These trips are a “BAREFOOT CHARTER”, if you want gourmet meals and room service, take a cruise ship. If you want to relax and do nothing or be one of the crew, integrate into the local culture, become one with the environment, go where cruise ships never go and do it in a laid back manner where things do not always work perfectly but we work them out, then this is the trip for you. We can go where you wish within our time frame. The trip has something for everyone, learn to sail, swim, sun, explore and participate as much as you wish plus great shopping. Daily life is very relaxed on the boat, have an early morning swim before breakfast or sleep late, we try to eat well using local foods. Again, take a cruise ship if you don't want to become part of the experience.
Would you like a novel and cheap vacation? The Madeira Islands are a marvelous place to explore with subtropical vegetation, unique wildlife, great hiking and beautiful vistas and waterfalls. I normally do sail chartering but there aren't many places to sail in this area. I can offer a Bed and Breakfast on my boat for only $1000 per week per couple the third week in October when the weather is beautiful. Two couples only. What is included? A room with an ocean view, a gently rocking boat to lull you to sleep at night, transportation to and from Funchal which is your jump off point to explore the island. Breakfast is included each day and if you wish we would sail to the island of Puerto Santo, explore the island including Columbus' home and church. You can walk the magnificent beach whose sand is reported to have healing powers. Then sail back the next day.
Couples and singles welcome,always a discount for double occupancy.
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