ABOUT YOUR SAILING COLLECTIVE JOURNEY
Sailing Collective is a hands-on, bespoke charter company exploring coastlines of the world on crewed sailing adventures. Our customized voyages integrate adventure, heritage, and great sailing through a unique and thoughtful approach to modern travel.
With diverse backgrounds as sailors, travelers, artists, gastronomes and academics, Sailing Collective offers a wealth of information and life experience to every journey. Your journey will be crewed by a sailing collective captain and private chef. Trained professionals and explorers at heart work, they will work with you to build a customized day to day itinerary tailored to your group needs, interests and desired activities.
Included in the Collective Package:
• Private Collective captain and chef
• Travel support to help customize and guide your group's journey
• Delicous family style meals with six breakfasts, five lunches, three dinners and snacks aboard, all prepared by your private chefs
• Marina fees, dockage, and moorings for overnight anchorages
• Boat incidentals including fuel, water, bedding, towels, etc.
• And, of course, unabashed adventure and epic memories!
50 percent due at booking, remaining balance due 90 days prior to departure
Please review cancellation, change, and insurance policy on the booking page before booking!
From the Dreamyacht Destination Logbook -
It took Ulysses ten years to cross the various seas bordering Greece, which shows clearly that visiting this country by boat requires time, to appreciate all the subtleties, the beauties and the rich cultural heritage. Moreover, some of our readers have been cruising in Greece for many years, without having felt the need to go and look elsewhere... Which just goes to show the attraction these thousands of islands (there are 6,000, only 227 of which are inhabited) can have for a sailor!
The Dodecanese are definitely a paradise for sailing and sailors. It must be said that the area is subject to a strong wind, which you must cope with in the middle of summer – it can blow at force 7, but allows you to have fun at the helm of your charter catamaran... And for those who prefer calm cruising, you can always shelter in one of the countless creeks on the 160 or so small and large islands in the area. It’s not hard to be alone: just 26 of them are inhabited, and even in the high season, you will always find a calm, well-protected anchorage. And at each stopover, in each village, there is a friendly atmosphere, and you will discover a charming mix of oriental and western style architecture. Each of these islands has a rich historical past, and seems to welcome you with its ancient ruins, its castles from the time of the crusades, and also its seafront, with charming tavernas and an abundance of fish...
In 1908, the twelve large islands in this archipelago, situated just a few miles from Turkey, decided to join Greece, and took the name Dodecanese (twelve in Greek is pronounced dodeca).
Sailing Collective will provision your journey with local foods and produce.
Cooking Aboard: Your Sailing Collective crew is incredibly talented and can handle the group's needs with ease. We are all about participation and learning, so if you'd like to help, just ask and we'll get you involved! Collective groups may choose to dine out more times than scheduled if the group or individuals choose.
Dietary Restrictions: please notify your Sailing Collective representative of any dietary restrictions ahead of time using the provided Guest Form.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. The name on your passport must match the name on the flight ticket, otherwise, you may not be able to travel.
It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. The Sailing Collective cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt please contact your embassy for full details.
Collapsible bags in place of large rigid suitcases are advised for ease of transport on and off the boat. Loading and unloading from the dingy can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes such as flip-flops that you can get wet if we are landing on a beach.
During days on the water, you’ll want to be wearing light and comfortable clothing. As the vast majority of your time will be spent outside, prepare for elements — bring a light raincoat just in case, a hat to shield yourself from the sun, and a set of warm clothing. Throughout the week we may dine out at a nice restaurant, so bring gear that you’ll look nice in and suits your style. Loading and unloading from the dingy can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes that you can get wet is recommended.
You can sail south to the popular Rhodes, or head north to the unspoiled, less touristy islands of Kalymnos and Leros. Starting in Kos gives you many options for a wonderful week.
Begin your journey in Kos, one of the largest of the Dodecanese once home to the father of modern medicine Hippocrates. While ashore you might visit the ancient ruins of the Asklepieion medical complex. Or take an afternoon to lounge on the island's beautiful beaches. There are around 20 pristine, sandy beaches on Kos on which you can relax with your family, or simply enjoy a walk among numerous Greek and Roman ruins scattered all over.
Vathi is a picturesque port situated on the slopes of two hills and extends in a natural gulf. Get magnificent views of the most fertile spot of the island; the people here grow wine, citrus fruits and olives. Pay a visit to local taverns and start your gourmet journey through Greek cuisine. Go sightseeing castle ruins, the Monastery of the Virgin and a couple of caves. Swim in clear waters of beautiful coves of Vathi and Akti.
You will see traditional white houses right from your boat. They build up from the port to the foot of the hill and, along with eye-catching mansions, they create idyllic narrow alleys. Visit the coastal Byzantine fortress Bourtzi and the lighthouse. Let yourself be amazed by breathtaking panoramic views of the open sea that you can get from the Pandeli Castle (the Castle of Panagia) that was built on top of the hill. Immerse into Greek lifestyle by spending your time in cafés, bars and restaurants, as well as doing some shopping.
A remote island protected against strong winds, which makes it a perfect shelter for yachts. You will be greeted by a few whitewashed houses and taverns that offer fresh fish caught by the locals during the previous night. There is a small port for boats where you can moor. The island’s size is great for trekking, and you can swim on beaches of Padelia, Limnari and Tiganakia. The sea is crystal-clear and the shore is a bit rocky at some places. Relax completely even in high season, since the island is not a mainstream tourist destination.
Spend your morning sailing 26 NM south-southeast towards the islet of Telendos off Kalymnos Island. If you feel like it, make a swim stop in one of the bays on the island of Leros. Telendos Town, a small fishing place and a port, is the only settlement on the island and has all the basic amenities for tourists. There are no roads and no cars on the island, so you can enjoy the tranquil atmosphere while lounging on sandy and pebbled beaches of Hohlakas, Paradise and Telendos. The beaches are not crowded, thus being ideal for naturists. Go hiking or rock-climbing in the Crystal Cave that is bolted with stainless steel. Take a walk to the medieval fortress of Saint Constantine above the port and revel in an amazing sunset. Taverns and cafés serve local cheese, honey, mouri (stuffed lamb), kakavia (fish soup) or fylla (stuffed vegetable with rice).
Surround the island of Kalymnos and head 24 NM east to get to your starting destination, Kos Town. You will be able to make a swim stop near Pserimos island. When you approach Kos, you will see the magnificent medieval Neratzia Castle right on the coast. Spend your day relaxing on organized beaches, for example, Nomikou-Barbagianni, a sandy beach that extends from the town. Choose to refresh yourself in either traditional Greek taverns or upscale restaurants with international gourmet dishes. Stroll around town clashed with Venetian and Ottoman architecture, see the ancient Agora, the Roman Odeon and an ancient healing center of Asklepieion. Bars and clubs frequently organize themed parties and are open until early hours, so feel free to relax during the last night of your sailing holiday.