Just returned from an amazing honeymoon hosted by Greek Water Yachts! Such an amazing part of the world and the team at GWY took great care of us. From booking, to onboarding and the sail itself with our skipper Dionysis was all a very pleasant experience. It's a great opportunity to get away from the tourist areas and truly see the small Cyclades. They are very accommodating and adapt to your specific needs. Highly recommend!
We sailed with Greek Water Yachts for our Honeymoon and loved every second of it. It was a unique way to experience the Greek islands that will make you laugh at those who only understand the Greek Islands as Santorini and Mykonos. The islands we went to were local, intimate, and each had its own character. Words can’t describe how great the food was throughout our trip. Each restaurant sourced their food from local lands/waters and thus each unique flavors and specialities. If you are a foodie you will not be disappointed. The boat itself is very safe, modern and comfortable. There is a rustic element to living on a boat for 6 nights but nothing beyond what should be expected. We were able to stay well rested, fed, and showered using facilities. We were just 2 people so your experience might be different if you plan to sail with a group of 4 or 5. It stays warm at night so if you typically sleep with the AC on full blast then I recommend you condition yourself to warmer sleeping prior to this trip. Our Captain, Kostas, was excellent. He is a very experienced sailor who can easily operate the whole boat by himself in any condition. He was glad to teach me aspects of sailing to let me feel like I was contributing, but then could take back over when I just felt like relaxing. His recommendations on things to do/places to eat in each port were spot on. Our schedule was Paros – Schinoussa – Koufonisia – Amorgos – Iraklia – Kalantos (Naxos) – Naxos. This was completely dictated by the winds so don’t go into this trip with a set itinerary in mind. We just knew we wanted to experience the Minor Cyclades and let Kostas take it from there. One concern we had going into this trip was the dynamic of being on a Honeymoon while being in close quarters with an additional person (Kostas). This turned out not to be an issue at all. Kostas did an artful job of disappearing at all the right times. When in port he would stay off the boat allowing us to enjoy a late night glass of wine and when anchored during the day he would retreat to his cabin while we enjoy a private swim. My one recommendation – don’t bother with the provisions list. It is nice of them to offer the service but the grocery store is literally next to the Marina in Paros. I think it would be easier to shop in person after chatting with your captain and seeing what supplies are left from previous guests.
We spent allot of time researching boat charter companies in the Greek Islands. Wanting a small locally owned operation with a Greek skipper who spoke English. We found GWY on the internet – impressed by the reviews and then our own experience with them. Apostolos answered all of our questions quickly and fully. And things were just like they were described by him and on the website. We cruised in the Minor Cyclades for one week with 2 couples and skipper Kostas. Two of us had lots of sailing experience and two of us had little sailing experience. We were all thrilled with our week adventure – on the boat, sailing (daily), living together (the boat was very comfortable for 5) and on land! We sailed every day in various wind conditions from calm to quite windy and felt very confident of Kostas’ ability to handle the boat in all conditions. At one point had dolphins jumping out of the water alongside the boat! We also enjoyed walking in the towns and hills where we moored at night. One day had fun renting a car to explore a larger island. Fun to see the waters from the hill above the town. We appreciated Kostas suggestions of tavernas and other activities on the islands – all were positive experiences and fun to share some of them with him. What more can I say?…. I would love to do another cruise with GWY again!
My husband, 17 year old daughter and myself had the great luck to come across this company for our first sailing experience. Antonis is a very experienced skipper and a very friendly person, and has made our first trip on one of his two very comfortable yachts an unforgettable event. We visited several islands of the small Cyclades and had the flexibility to organize our trip according to our wish. We discovered beautiful places, wonderful tavernas and nice people throughout the week. I would fully recommend this trip to any interested person with or without sailing experience. Visited July 2015