Libertyville, IL, March 23, 2010â€”Thereâ€™s no more relaxing and fun vacation than sailing the Greek Islandsâ€”watching dolphins cavort in the waves, swimming from secluded beaches, visiting picturesque villages or ancient ruins and having dinner in a lively taverna at the end of the day.
TourCrafters has put together a Sailing in Greece package with departures every Friday from May 21 to September 17. Assuming eight passengers on the sailing yacht, the 8-day/7-night package starts at $1,729 (in May), including round-trip air from New York to Athens, fuel surcharges, seven nightsâ€™ accommodation on board the yacht, an English-speaking skipper, fuel, mooring fees, boat cleaning, laundry, water, service charges and taxes. There is an extra per person charge for fewer than eight passengers. In addition, groups of six or eight can charter the whole yacht. Meals, not included in the price, are at the passengersâ€™ own expense.
The sailing yachts used are the eye-catching Bavaria 44 or Gibâ€™Sea 44, each of which has three double cabins, one with bunks, two toilets and showers, a comfortable main salon with dining and seating for eight and a fully-equipped galley. Linens and blankets are provided.
The itinerary of approximately 131 sea miles starts off with an airport transfer to the fashionable port of Glyfada, where a suggested dinner in a typical taverna is accompanied by an orientation program. Then itâ€™s on to Anghistri, a beautiful little pine-covered island with four villages, and Epidaurus on the Peloponnese mainland, famed for Greeceâ€™s best-preserved ancient theater and the Sanctuary of Asclepius. Next comes Poros, a hilly isle with sandy beaches and a pretty town, and Hydra, the most photogenic island of the Saronic Gulf with its donkeys, sea captainsâ€™ mansions and boat-filled harbor. On Aegina, an island known for its pistachio production, thereâ€™s a town full of neoclassical buildings, narrow streets and tavernas serving fresh fish and delicious meze. Here, too, there are beautiful sand beaches and the well-preserved Temple of Aphaia. Moni, a tiny islet on the way back to Glyfada, where the population consists of wild goats and peacocks, is the last stop.
Air fare add-ons are $25 from Boston, $125 from Chicago and Miami and $275 from Los Angeles (departures from Los Angeles are available only in September). All prices quoted are per person double occupancy, do not include airport taxes of approximately $105 and are subject to availability and change. Reservations must be paid for within 72 hours of booking. For additional information, visit www.tourcrafters.com. For reservations, call 800-482-5995.