We sailed on the Andreas for 7 days with Ilias as our skipper. This trip was AMAZING!!
We worked with Apostolos to book the trip, he was extremely helpful and able to answer all our questions (even considering the time differences, he always responded very quickly). I knew based on how organized he was that I was dealing with a solid company.
When we got to the boat, we were met by Antonis (owner) to go over our paperwork and to discuss what to expect during our week on the boat. He was extremely professional and wanted to make sure we were happy and would enjoy our time sailing.
Our skipper was Ilias – we didn’t have a concern all week thanks to this guy! He was very professional regarding sailing (he could back the boat into the dock between 2 boats seamlessly, I don’t know that I could park a car that well!) Spending a week on a boat with someone we just met was not a problem at all – Ilias was friendly, always making us laugh and sharing some amazing stories about his life and about sailing. He took us to great restaurants, told us interesting things to see on each island, and was always willing to go along with whatever we wanted to do.
The trip itself was spectacular! Having never been to Greece before, I wasn’t sure what to expect – the Small Cyclades far exceeded my expectations. The water was beautiful, we stopped at various coves throughout the week to swim while we were sailing between islands, very remote and pristine, even more impressive than pictures I’ve seen. The islands we visited were really interesting to see – a few were very small with just a few restaurants, others were bigger with a lot of activity, but all of them were very authentic and interesting (I had originally wanted to go to Mykonos or Santorini but having seen the islands we went to, I know I would have been disappointed with how busy and touristy these 2 islands were). The food was amazing, the people were friendly and the landscape was spectacular.
I can’t say enough good things about our experience with Greek Water Yachts – if you’re considering a sailing trip, this is the company to use. Right from the beginning of planning this trip, they were extremely helpful, when we arrived they made sure to greet us and make sure we understood that our only responsibility was to enjoy ourselves, and for the next 7 days that’s exactly what we did.