Clustered across the Aegean Sea from the mainland, the Greek Islands evoke images of blue domed churches and huddles of marshmallow-like white buildings contrasting with the rocky outcrop and the dazzling blue of the seas, which sparkle below the sun. Much admired for their picture-postcard beauty, the Greek Islands are just as popular for their historic ruins, friendly locals, beaches, rugged landscapes…and for their sailing opportunities.
Favoured by sailors for their excellent conditions for sailing, and regaled by many skippers as an unique part of the world, perhaps the best way to discover and experience the Greek islands is by sailing. If you’re looking for a sense of adventure, an authentic local experience, and stunning destinations, then look no further than a sailing trip round the Greek Islands with G Adventures. Even for those who do not have the best sea legs, the rewards of this experience are brilliant.
Sailing on a 50ft sailing yacht with an experienced skipper and a maximum of eight in your group (but sometimes as few as one or two people), G Adventures offer an intimate, small group experience, during which you really gain a sense of camaraderie, and a memorable adventure. With no set itinerary in place, skippers have the freedom to tailor each trip to the general interests of the group they’re looking after, whilst ensuring that the journey taken is safe for the wind, weather and sea conditions. No two sailing trips will be the same, so it’s entirely possible that you could go on more than one G Adventures sailing trip – whether it’s from Athens to Mykonos (or vice versa), between Mykonos and Santorini, or one of their longer Greek sailing trips between Athens and Santorini, or a Santorini round trip – and not visit the same islands!
After my recent sailing trip, I felt enriched by the whole experience. I had met people from all over the world, I had visited some incredibly charming little islands, and felt like I had experienced a level of local authenticity which I probably would have been unable to experience otherwise if I was either in a larger group or visiting by ferry or cruise, or any other mode of transport (and, indeed, it would probably have been impossible to visit some of these islands with these methods of transport). Not knowing too far in advance what your next destination would be added to the adventure, and it’s important to have an open mind – the journey was just as important and exciting as each of the destinations, and the flexibility, for me, added a special dimension to the trip, as it means that each sailing trip is unique to that group of travellers.
G Adventures’ Greek sailing trips include Athens to Mykonos, Mykonos to Santorini, Athens to Santorini, and a Santorini round trip prices vary depending on duration and chosen voyage.