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Les Saintes, Guadeloupe (two previous trips)


Travel continues to be incredibly inexpensive, especially historically speaking.  Any time the euro is less than $1.20 is a great opportunity to travel to Europe or the Caribbean islands that use the euro.  And the British Pound is at an all-time low.  Airfare is also a factor in costs, and in my planning.  I'm paying much less for airfare than I did ten years ago.  We flew to Martinique from S. Florida for less than $300 in November 2018!  American is offering the first direct flights to Croatia from the U.S. in 29 years, and Delta is adding Naples flights in 2019, a gateway to southern Italy and Sicily.


My Philosophy 
 
To offer participatory, experiential travel off the beaten path of mass tourism for those who want a more immersive, active vacation. 
To not schedule all your activities or lead you around, in order to allow you a chance to experience a place as an individual.  We make it easier for you to wander without having to  spend vacation time finding lodging or transportation.

        
Antiparos, Greece at sunset     


“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”
 -Paul Theroux

“You don’t have to be rich to travel well. ” – Eugene Fodor




UPCOMING TRIPS:


Antigua and Barbuda   $1,575 per person

January 19 to 26, 2020  women-only sail wait listed!
February 1 to 8, 2020  cabins still available!


Antigua is the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean.  "One of the world’s most desirable sailing destinations along with its complex coastline, abundance of safe harbors, and a nearly unbroken protective coral reef.  The expansive, winding coastline that made Antigua difficult for outsiders to navigate is where today's trekkers encounter a tremendous wealth of secluded, powdery soft beaches. The coral reefs, once the bane of marauding enemy ships, now attract snorkelers and scuba divers from all over the world."

More Details


Tahiti  May 29 to June 7, 2020  10 days!    $1,950
cabins still available!


Tahiti has long seemed a far-away tease, of exquisite pearls, vanilla- and tiare-scented breezes, and powdery white sand beaches. Except, well, it's 
really not that far away: The islands of French Polynesia are an eight-hour nonstop from the U.S. west coast, making them more convenient than Europe, and a recent spate of new routes and airline updates have made Tahiti more accessible—and affordable—than ever. Both United and low-cost carrier French Bee recently launched new routes from San Francisco, while Air France and Air Tahiti Nui upgraded their planes flying between Los Angeles and Tahiti.


Plan ahead for these upcoming trips; details coming:

Sardinia and Corsica!  September 5 to 12, 2020 

England Coast-to-Coast hike!  September 18 to 26, 2020

Belgian Beer Tour!  September 28 to Oct 4, 2020

British Virgin Islands  Thanksgiving 2020

The Grenadines  January, 2021

Egypt and the Red Sea  June, 2021



It's a feel good vacation!  I don't just mean the happiness that results from being on a boat or on the water, it's also wind powered, a sustainable form of tourism and environmentally friendly.  Places that are tired of tour bus exhaust will be far happier to see us!  But it's not for everyone.  Please read the above link to descriptions of being aboard before deciding if it's right for you.

"Being Near Water Really Does Make Us Happier"

“[I]t is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean.  And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came.”
-- President John F. Kennedy

"Sailing enables us, since we are a part of nature (and not machine) to be in direct
contact with two natural elements wind and water (sea).  Due to this contact sailing entertains, calms, refreshes spiritually and creates our mental well being, fills us with energy to handle the stressful everyday life."  -- Greek sail company


Wander off from the tour!


"Sailing isn’t just another way to get around—it grants you access to places, communities, and experiences that other travelers often miss."
 -- AFAR magazine
 
"A tourist remains an outsider throughout his visit; but a sailor is part of the local scene from the moment he arrives."
 --Ann Davison



I photographed this gentleman at the packed Acropolis.  Yes, he was waiting on his tour group.





"As much as the Caribbean is known 
for its don’t-worry ethos and 'island  time' rules, many of us only
experience it Atlantis-style, isolated inside compounds where we can eat 
the way we do back home
and
 commune with, if not our neighbors, then people who could just as well be 
our neighbors."
-- New York Times



Dubrovnik, when the cruise ships arrive.  They leave at four, about the time we arrive.


For more on what I do/what to expect aboard, click here


Trip pictures  (Almost all of these photos were taken by crew members) 


Les Saintes, Guadeloupe; secluded beach, Mykonos

 

 Sailing off Korcula, Croatia alongside our second yacht

 

Clockwise, below: Cabrera island off Mallorca; hiking in Italy; dinner aboard in BVI; end of sail toast
(with Mt. Vesuvius in background)















 




   














PREVIOUS TRIPS:


Sicily (the Aeolians)June 15 to 22, 2019

The 'Eolie’ are heaven for sailors
with the all islands located just few miles away from each other.
Famous worldwide for the beauty of the crystal clear sea, breathtaking landscape, pebbled and fine sandy black beaches, unspoilt nature, gigantic faraglioni coming out of the sea, many caves and marine grottos and two still active volcanos - Stromboli and Vulcano.


Croatia and Montenegro, May 25 to June 1, 2019

This was my third sailing trip to Croatia, and the second year in a row, that's how much I love visiting and sailing here. The world changes quickly-- Croatia has recently surpassed Greece as the number one sailing destination in the world.
This time we visited new islands in Croatia and added Montenegro while it's relatively undiscovered!




British Virgin Islands, again!, Two trips, January 2019

A week sailing 
among islands only short sails apart, 
in 
some of the calmest 
waters
.  This will be my seventh time sailing here, but the first time aboard a luxury, mega-catamaran (52 feet!).  This is THE trip if you are someone who has been nervous about being aboard a 'small' boat in open seas-- It's not possible to find a more stable yacht in easier sailing conditions.


Martinique and Ste. Lucia!,  November 17 to 24, 2018 
 
"Martinique is one of the shining jewels of the French Caribbean and is part of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. It has flawless beaches with white sand on the south coast and black sand on the north coast. Enjoy swimming and snorkeling among coral reefs or visit pretty fishing villages, hot springs, lush rainforests and rugged peaks."
 

Croatia  May 26 to June 2, 2018

"Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast Is the Most
Beautiful Shoreline in Europe"
--Fodor's
There are several sailing areas in Croatia, but for most Dalmatia (these islands are no dogs’!)
best combines beautiful islands with cool towns.  Hvar, Vis and Brac; the Krka waterfalls, the “Golden Horn” beach, the Blue Cave on Biševo; as well as World Heritage sites in Šibenik, Split, and Stari Grad, are all on the agenda.  From my prior experience I've made some great additions, including going upriver to the Krka waterfalls!


Greece  June 9 to 16, 2018


"As anyone who has done it will tell you, the best way to visit the Greek Islands and the coast of mainland Greece is by sailboat.  The Ionian Islands are home to one of the Mediterranean’s most popular yacht charter sailing destinations providing the perfect cruising ground for fun, relaxed and varied Greek island sailing."  -- GreeceTravel.com




Cote d'Azur, France  May 26 to June 3, 2017


"Most probably believe a trip to the French Rivera in the high season is far too expensive to contemplate.  But there is an inexpensive and surprisingly effective way to enjoy everything this unparalleled stretch of world-famous coastline has to offer.  Monaco, Cannes, Nice, Antibes, St. Tropez ... all are ancient port cities, and virtually all the historic places you might want to visit - as well as nightlife, entertainment and dining - are convenient to their harbors.  So it makes sense to visit any or all of these glittering destinations by yacht. Wherever you dock, you're right in the center of the action.  And what better way to see the Riviera than by boat?"  --Los Angeles Times






Stockholm and its Archipelago  June 24 - July 1, 2017
(click on link above for details)

Opening sentence on Sightseeing Stockholm's page:
"Stockholm must be enjoyed from the sea."

"Easily Scandinavia’s most beautiful capital, Stockholm [has] an undying love for the outdoors due to its vast archipelago and proximity to water.  [It] is spread out across 14 unique islands, from historic Gamla stan (old town)—with its cobblestoned streets, earth-toned buildings, and the Royal Palace—to lush Djurgården, with its forests, green parks, rose gardens, and biking paths." -- AFAR




There are many reasons why Mallorca tops Europe's summer holiday charts, but one ranks above all others: the island's beautiful coast. Beyond the built-up resorts, coves braid the island like a string of pearls – each one a reminder of why the island's beaches have never lost their appeal. Go west for cliff-sculpted drama and sapphire seas, or head north for hikes to pine-flecked bays and breezes that carry kite-surfers, windsurfers and sailors across turquoise waters. Scope out deserted coves in the east, or dive off bone-white beaches in the south.


"Norwegian adventurer Gunnar Garfors had visited all 198 countries in the world by the time he turned 37.  He choose Dominica as 'one of 12 countries everyone should visit at some point in their lives.'"





Bay of Naples, Italy  June 13 - 20, 2015 (photos)
"The mild climate, the beauty of the coasts, the richness of its art and history, and the love for food make Campania the fascinating territory that it is. The journey begins with the sea, the region's uncontested queen, with its intense colors, its coasts that are crawling with bays, coves and rock faces."
Greece, Athens to Mykonos, June 1-10, 2014


What a nearly perfect 10 days.  Aside from one rainy day, and too much wind the last day (30-40 kts, when we were already in the lee of Mykonos), we had great sailing conditions and zipped along at between seven to nine knots each day!  Kea had the best interior 'capital' and food, Kythnos the best harbor, Tinos, the most to see, including a marble village and the best beaches, especially if you wanted one to yourself.  If you prefer a crowded beach, Mykonos was hopping!

Click here to see the photos.
Click here for the map of the itinerary and details on the islands


British Virgin Islands New Year's Eve party 2013, Dec. 29 - Jan. 5


 


  



Great Harbor at Jost Van Dyke on New Year's Eve
 

 
Corsica, June 29-July 6, 2013

"T
his 3,400-square-mile chunk of geological eye candy just north of Sardinia has long held an irresist-ible allure for in-the-know Europeans... Almost everyone who’s been to Corsica will be quick to call it the most gorgeous i
sland in the ­Mediterranean—an impossibly scenic amalgam of alpine peaks, thick chestnut forests, and fortified medieval villages, all surrounded by a coastline of spectacular granite cliffs and calm turquoise coves that rival anything in Greece or St. Barths."  Photos

A video for the Tour de France on Corsica, but also
a great aerial tour of the island:



Croatia, June 23-30, 2012  (Click to see photos)

The 220 mile Dalmatian coastline, known as the French Riviera of the east, offers crystal-clear sea, impossibly perfect medieval towns, impressive landscapes, sandy and pebble beaches, peaceful coves, and picturesque ports. There are more than 1,400 islands, many pristine and unspoiled, with serene hidden coves, timeless white-stone villages, ancient olive groves and vineyards, and unique charms and attractions.
 
 

French Riviera, May 15-22, 2010  (Click
to see photos)



Sailing the Cote d' Azur from Monte Carlo to St. Tropez.  Already one of the great sailing destinations, we'll also be there during two celebrated events: The Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix.  It's all there in a 70 mile stretch of famous coastline backed by "impressionistic" mountain villages: Nice, Antibes, Cap Ferrat, Villefranche-Sur-Mer, Eze.
 




Sailing capital of the Caribbean! If you love the water, but not necessarily open ocean, this is the trip. A cluster of islands, short, easy sails apart, together with great snorkeling and diving and some of the best island life brings me back for the 5th time!







FUTURE TRIPS  (a link to ones on the radar, but not yet scheduled)







Links to Photos from Prior trips
 
Photos from Greece, Summer 2009; Guadeloupe/Dominica, New Year's Eve 2008; past years in BVI, etc.:
 
Photos from earlier trips (BVI, St. Kitts, St. Barth's, St. Eustatius):

 
 
 

 
 
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