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We had a week with Patrik (and Anastasia) during September 2018. I can honestly say it was the best holiday I have ever had. With the feeling of complete freedom and having nowhere to be at no particular time it was the best way to relax and unwind. We went into the week with a vague plan of what we wanted to see and do but with a healthy sense of adventure and spontaneity. We were able to visit places that were even more beautiful and idyllic than we ever imagined and even a couple of spots that were new to Patrik as well. I cannot wait to come back to Greece and see what we discover next time!

David - 26/09/2018

My family of 5 and 3 friends sailed with Patrik 10 days in August 2016. That was a wonderful and memorable vacation for everyone. Our skipper was a skilled sailor, a pleasure to spend time with, and helpful throughout the trip; I learned a lot of sailing from him. When we had a chance to go back for 10 days in August 2018 I looked nowhere else. Betty was enormously helpfull with scheduling and a pleasure to meet. Our trip, with a different set of friends, was again nothing short of a mediterranean adventure. Abby was an excellent first mate, good company, and wonderful with my kids. Patrik took us to a different set of islands than in 2016 and he found something to interest everyone on the boat. And once again I learned more sailing from Patrik. Hope to make it back there in the next few years and sail with Patrik again.

Joe - 9/9/2018

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for our great vacation on the yacht. This includes Betty for the planning and arrangements, delivering the groceries, dropping by to say goodbye and anything else you may have helped with. Also, Patrik and Abby for an excellent week on the yacht and making us feel comfortable and taking us to some very beautiful places. If someone behind the scenes may have contributed, thanks to them as well!! It has been a pleasure dealing with you!! Thanks, Darrell

Darrell - 04/09/2018

La compagnie de Patrick était très agréable. On s'est toujours sentit en sécurité et en même temps on avait l'impression de se priver de rien. Patrick à écouté nos envies, c’était vraiment deux semaines sur mesure. On aimait les criques, Patrick nous a avouer que c'était la première fois qu'il ne s’arrêtait que dans 3 ports en 2 semaines et il était lui même surpris de la faible consommation de gasoil pendant le séjour. Il était présent quand il y avait besoin, et savait nous laisser en famille comme si nous étions seuls au monde quand on le voulais. Il n'a pas hésité a essayer de nouveau lieu avec nous, et a nous présenter ses coup de cœurs. On a adoré ses "histoires de marin" le soir pendant le repas dans le cockpit. On se rappellera longtemps de son amis qui après avoir navigué pendant 4 jours sans dormir à vu une maman et son bébé dans le carré. On aurait dit un scénario de film d’horreur.

Julien Reichel - 24/08/2018

This was a wonderful family run business to work with. I booked our sailing adventure via email with Betty who is the mom of Patrik the Captain. Betty could not have been more helpful with arranging our sailing adventur.and was extremely prompt responding to the many email questions I sent to her. We arrived in Lavrios from Athens and were greeted by our Captain Patrik and his First Mate Abby. Anastasia is a lovely sailing vessel, with 4 guest cabins which are very comfortable, each with it’s own bathroom facility. Patrik is an extremely knowledgeable captain and although our seas were a bit rough we felt very comfortable with him. Patrik adjusted our plans based on the wind and sea conditions and it all worked out perfectly. We visted Kea, Kythnos, Serifos and we left Anastasia when we arrived on Sifnos. Patrik was knowledgeable about each of the islands and was able to provide great recommendations for dinner and/or lunches as well as sites to see. Abby was a wonderful First Mate who also worked hard to assure our comfort. I would highly recommend a sailing adventure with Vacation Yachting!

Cheryl - 30/07/18

Trip of a lifetime! We had such an incredible journey sailing through the Cyclades with Patrik and Abbi at the helm. We had a family of 6 with 3 adults and 3 young kids (ages 4,5,6).

From the beginning stages of planning our trip Betty was highly accomodating and offered a couple suggested modifications to our trip. Rather than a typical 7 day (Sat to Sat) charter from Athens, she offered a Thurs start from Lavrion and added an extra day to the charter rather than us spending a 3rd day in Athens (based on our flights). Best decision we made to follow her advice!

From booking on, I planned most details with Patrik both via email and phone. Patrik was quick to respond to the simplest question or request. He never had to “get back to me”. He was honest and direct and I truly appreciated that given the age and experience of our group. His advice on each island in terms of beaches, restaurants and other activities helped us appreciate the authenticity and uniqueness of each port.

As I mentioned we had several young children (all boys) and Patrik and Abbi were amazing and patient with them. They’d listen to their million stories of pirates or teach them to fish. They capped off an amazing 8 days with a small gift of a token shell or stone from each stop along the way. Was a perfect end to a perfect trip! Thank you so much!

PJ Englert - 23/07/2018

Our group of 8 - including two older teenagers - shared an amazing week aboard the Anastasia with Patrik and Abbi. Guided by Patrik's experience and knowledge of the Cyclades, we plotted our own itinerary and visited stunning beaches, secluded bays, lively marinas, and fantastic restaurants on 7 islands! The water stayed the same incredible blue and the people everywhere were gracious and fun, but each island had its own vibe - and the sailing (or motoring; we didn't have much wind) in between was awesome! The Anastasia was comfortable and well-equipped (the only thing we needed to pick up were beach towels) and Patrik conveyed unquestionable competence and judgment as our skipper throughout the week. We had a blast. I highly recommend this charter.

Anne Flamm - 7/14/18

Sailing on Anastasia with my adult daughters was a fantastic way to explore the Cyclades on our first trip to Greece. Skipper Patrik quizzed us on what we liked to do and then organized an itinerary with something for each us. He was easygoing, flexible and full of suggestions to enrich our experience. Too windy during the day; how about a sunset sail; port a little busy; I know an anchorage where we could be the only boat. During our week holiday we visited 6 islands and swam in even more places. After a hot afternoon in a little village, returning to Anastasia to sail off to a quiet bay where we could swim, paddle board and eat dinner while watching the sunset was ideal. Anastasia moves well under sail, is spacious below and fully equipped for self catering. Patrik and crew Abbi were great hosts and made us right at home. Betty was a pleasure to work with organizing our charter and providing tips on flights, accommodation and ferries to ensure our journey to meet up with Patrik and Anastasia was as smooth as possible. We would highly recommend Vacation Yachting to anyone considering a skippered charter in Greece.

Jill, Robin and Carly, Whistler, BC, June 2018

Our party of four had an amazing 5-day adventure on this beautiful boat. We sailed the Cyclades under the capable skippership of Patrik and his wonderful first mate Abbi. Thank you both for your competence and friendliness. Patrik knows the area well, and made great recommendations for restaurants and other sites when we docked or anchored at an island. It was the vacation of a lifetime!

Anni Shamim

Wonderful! and thanks to Patrik for all of the sailing knowledge he shared with me!

Bobby Way

Our week on Anastasia was perfect in every way. Thank you for your prompt, helpful replies to my many emails setting up our holiday. Patrik our skipper was a perfect host with a wonder sence of humour and great suggestions of things to do on the islands we visited. He was so easy to get along with... teaching one of our group to cook (a very un greek but delicious meal!) and totally killing the kiwi accent. He even braved a swim or two on dare in water he clearly found freezing. It was a relaxing, fun way to end our trip to Europe. Please tell Patrik if he ever finds himself at the bottom of the world there are beds in both of our islands to call upon. I will even teach him how to catch a fish! He was hopeless!
Thanks again on behalf of all of us. It was perfect. Until next time!


Wonderful experience sailing with Patrik and Barbara (deckhand) - we embarked in Syros and disembark on Lavrio in early September. Our boat, the Anastasia under Patrik very capable hands was very joyful, very safe and overall we had a wonderful experience. We sailed 5 ports in the Cyclades and were able to visit several small bays to go swimming and enjoy the beauty of the small ports. Patrik was very instrumental in guiding us to the different beaches, taverns and local places in every island. I like to mention that Betty helped us plan our trip and prepare for this, we highly recommend them and wish to do this again.

Miguel & Friends | USA, September 2017

Enjoyed a week sailing with Patrik and Jacapo in the Cyclades during mid August. Anastasia is spacious, clean, and well maintained. She comfortably handles 30 knot wind and 3-4 meter waves. Patrik is extraordinarily knowledgeable concerning the region and a skillful captain. We found him relaxed and accommodating. His knowledge of the islands gave us access to the better local restaurants, important historical sites, and comfortable scenic anchorages. We came to trust his advice as he shaped the perfect trip for our party. Anyone interested in exploring this area would be well served to book this ship and her captain.

Tom and Beverly Watson | 15/09/1986

Two couples set sail on Anastasia for a week in August 2017, departing from Mykonos, disembarking in Santorini. We selected this time due to the fresh winds of the "meltemi". Anastasia sails like a race horse under the capable hands of her captain, Patric. We had the trip of a lifetime whether anchored in a quiet cove or moored in a marina. The boat is super comfortable with four staterooms with ensuite heads. Patric ensures your comfort and safety. He recommends things to see and do at each island and knows a great restaurant away from the crowd. One week is just not enough. Our thanks to Patric and mate yokopo for making this trip so outstanding. Special thanks to Betty who handles booking and logistics like the professional she is. Looking forward to our next adventure aboard Anastasia.

John r. Seiler | 13/09/2017

A special thank you to Patrick and Jacobo for the great cruise we had all. They gave us an ultimate safe sailing experience while the meltemi was blowing at 30kn... they could make a great itinerary by selecting great bays , ports and spots to please everyone!! Our kids had lots of fun with patrik and Jacobo... and both could enterain our 3 little monsters (3-7-9 years old) with so much creativity !
we hope to do it again! Thank you all!

Alix & Gaetan | Belgium 18/08/2017

Our family of six (kids between 9-16) had an amazing week aboard Anastasia last week! Patrik and Jacopo were fantastic sailors, hosts, tour guides, and friends. They were very creative with recommended itineraries as conditions changed, and we had a great time sailing each day, and at each island / port. They gave excellent advice of things to do on each island, and every day was completely different - and fun for everyone. They also were great company when we ate together, helped us choose the best things at the various restaurants, and even cooked for us one night! All in all, an unforgettable experience, and we would love to sail with Patrik and Jacopo again.

Andrew Sehulster - 29/07/17

I speak for the entire group (Courtney, Ray, little Ray, Paige and kate) when I say that this was the vacation of a lifetime. Sailing from Island to Island was a relaxing, unique and unforgettable experience. The weather was perfect; the boat was clean and spacious; and each destination presented a different atmosphere, thus satisfying the preferences of all on board.
Aside from the beauty of it all, what really made this experience what it was, was the company of Patrik and Florian. They made us feel comfortable, safe and ensured that we had the time of our lives. Our group will always remember that night we spent in the bay, eating dinner on the boat (prepared by Ray & Patrik), drinking wine and laughing together under the stars. Thanks again Patrik and Florian for your skill, hard-work, and most of all, your company. This is a trip I would recommend to anyone.

Abbi | Boston 6/23/17-6/28/17

This was our best adventure yet. Sailing with Patrik was wonderful. He is very professional, knowledgable, and friendly. He definitely knows the sea and his yacht. This was his first charter of the season, so the weather was a bit chilly at times with the wind, but Patrik planned our course to make us comfortable and it was delightful. I personally loved Kythnos the best. Small village and very welcoming. Patrik was a great tour guide, suggesting places to see, eat, and relax. We will never forget this time together and all the friends we made along the way. Special thanks to Betty for helping with the booking and planning. This family is amazing!

Kristina, Patty, Jordan, and Taryn | USA 5/13/17 - 5/18/17

Just a quick note to let you know that we had a great time and enjoyed Patrick very much. I'm sure you had to wonder about the old people he had on board. Hope things are going well for you, thanks again for being patient with us as we planned our trip!

Kevin Sandberg - 4/11/2016

Captain Patrik, Betty and Marcos: Not only did the four of us have an incredible experience sailing the Cyclades for 12 days on the "Anastasia," but we gained life-long friends. Captain Patrik is a very skilled yachtsman, and that is paramount in any boating charter. Betty managed the entire booking transaction, and numerous questions from the four ladies (ages 48 to almost 70), over a seven month period, with professionalism, accuracy, patience, "local tips", and kindness; ...and Marcos, well, his mastery of the seas, and knowledge and expertise of worldwide sailing, shared with Patrik over many years, culminated in an extraordinary adventure for all of us. As for myself, I am returning to Syros (home berth of the Anastasia and a "must see" charming Island) next Spring to work with an animal rescue organization, then on to Crete to help teach English. We highly recommend this 'family-owned' business, you will not be disappointed. With Grateful Hearts: Lynne B., Carrie B., Carrie P. and Nicole. (PS: Hugs for your two rescues; a big thank you to David from S. Carolina for referring us (See Matt Barrett's Greece); and, honor to the gracious and loving people of Greece.)

Lynne Beard (and The Gals) - 30/9/2016

Thank you Patrick, Marco, and Betty for a fantastic trip! This was our first time in Greece and my first time sailing, and the bar has now been set very high. Sailing was a fantastic way to explore the Cyclades without schlepping our luggage from ferry to ferry, and I highly recommend booking with THIS CREW.

We only had four nights open on our trip, but Betty was very accommodating and helpful with creating an itinerary that worked with our schedule. She (expertly) matched us with another couple the share the boat with, and everyone got along great. The boat was also beautiful and very comfortable.

Patrick and Marco were wonderful to sail with, and truly proved themselves to be master mariners. The winds were strong and the waves considerable, but Patrick and Marco made sailing through it all FUN... and almost look easy. 🙂 We always felt that we were in very capable hands. They were also very knowledgeable about all the islands and ports (Marco is a veritable celebrity in many of them, and understandably so!) We ate some especially great meals and saw some beautiful hidden places, all thanks to their insights.

We miss having the salt in our hair! Thank you so much for a wonderful trip - we can't stop raving about it to all our friends! Come visit if you are ever in Boston. 🙂 Γεια μας!

Bianca & Eugene from Boston - 29/7/2016

We had a great time on board the Anastasia sailing with Patrick between the wonderful Greek Islands.
We loved the nights when we docked in the bays and Patrick proved to be a very good cook.
We had lots of sailing time without engine and were luck to see dolphins come near the boat.
We felt very safe with Patrick who is very professional and an experienced skipper.
It's a great vacation, very relaxing and it was a very good choice to go on the Anastasia and have Patrick as our skipper.

Tali Atsmon - 11/7/16

Had the vacation of a lifetime yachting the Greek islands for 6 days!!! Patrik and Tobi were the best crew we could ask for. The boat was spacious, clean, and accommodating. Absolutely and highly recommend for your next vacation. It was an experience of a lifetime and I will be using this company again for my future yachting!

Blair from Salt Lake City - 06/10/2015

Wow!!! We had such a fantastic time aboard the Anastasia with Patrick and Jacobo. They made sure we were comfortable and informed every step of the way, helped us make strategic decisions to make the most of our time, and were generally awesome company. They even cooked us an authentic Italian meal of pasta carbonara one night while we were anchored in a beautiful private cove! A truly delightful experience and a special time for our family, especially now that we're all adults with lives of our own in different states. We will remember this trip for decades to come! Thank you!!

Jessica from San Francisco - 16/09/2015

The only regret I had about our trip on the Anastasia was that we didn't stay longer. The 4-day voyage was fantastic for our group of 4 fun-loving couples, but I wish we had 4 more days! Patrick and Toby were expert sailors, even when the going got a little tough, they stuck with it and did everything they could to keep us comfortable. Seeing the Cyclades from a sailing yacht is so much better than sticking to the main islands via ferry or plane, as we were able to see amazing places and have the best meals of our vacation for next to nothing on the smaller islands of Syros and Kythnos. I hope to sail again with them in the future!

Jason from New York - 04/09/2015

This was our first family trip to Europe and the decision to see Greece was based on visiting the Greek Islands and enjoying the Aegean sea. Visiting several islands on a sailboat was perfect and the experience was wonderful. Even though it was our first time on a sailboat Patrik made us feel safe and comfortable. Once we got used to the motion it was very enjoyable for all of us. Patrik and Toby were great sailors and hosts and made the trip very enjoyable. I would recommend the Anastasia for anyone who wants to have a personal experience enjoying the Greek Islands.

Duane Klimack & family from Russell, Manitoba, Canada - 20/08/2015

We had the most wonderful seven days on the Anastasia! Patrik and Toby were so nice and accommodating. We shared several meals together and they took us to places in Greece we could have never seen otherwise and showed us sites too beautiful to describe. We always felt safe in their capable and knowledgable hands. They let our 16 year old son sail the boat a couple of times and taught us all how to tie a couple of knots. The whole trip was magical! The boat was beautiful and they made us feel like it belonged to us! Now, when I listen to the music Patrik played on the boat while we were sailing, it takes me right back to the beautiful blue ocean we sailed for seven days. And my comments would not be complete without mentioning Betty. She was so easy to work with and made booking the trip so easy. And I loved that she came down to the boat to meet us and see us off! Thank you all for the trip of a lifetime! I'm already wishing we were back on the boat sailing through the Greek isles!

David and Tamara Salmon from The Woodlands, TX - 30/07/2015

Sailing with the Atlantic 61 was fantastic. The yacht is very comfortable and the crew was very friendly and professional. Patrik and Toby were able to show us wonderful islands, wild beaches and characteristic villages. I can advise this holyday to people that want to see the most beautiful islands in Greece living the sea life style in the best way . There is only one problem, after this no more holidays in the hotel. Thanks to all staff of Vacation Yachting. Giovanni and family.

Giovanni Bellini from Varsavia - 28/07/2015

Our family (mom, dad & 9 year old twins) chartered the vacation yachting with skipper Patrick and first mate Fillipos for a cruise around the Cyclades. We met the boat in Ios and sailed to Sikinos, Folegandros, Milos, Sifnos, Serifos and Syros. Patrick and Fillipos were great, the sailing was awesome and they were able to really show us around to places that we would never have found on our own. Patrick and Fillipos were knowledgable enough to show us where to go and flexible enough to allow us to change the plan and stay a second day on our favorite island. Our kids had a great time, got to sail the boat and really enjoyed themselves. Our only regret was that one week was not enough as we would have liked to spend 2 to 3 days at a few different islands. Betty was fantastic at helping us to arrange all the details via email, she went above and beyond what I would expect from a charter. We highly recommend chartering with vacation yachting for a journey of a lifetime. Sent from my iPhone.

Annie & Paul from Portland, Oregon - 26/06/2015

We just returned from a wonderful sailing vacation .June8-15,2015. We were three couples who just conpleted a bicycling vaction in Croatia so it was a perfect relaxing way to end our vacation. We sailed the Cyclades the weathewr was awesome and saw six island which were all beautiful and different. We were also able to meet Betty(Patrik'smom) in Siros what a freat lady who I made all the arranhements with over the internet!! Philipos and Patrik were great hosts and very knowledgable sailors we always felt safe with these men. Philipos is also an amazing chef and prepared a few meals on the yacht for us. The water is so beautiful and so peaceful, it was a bit cooler than i thought it would be but will gladly trade the cooler temp. for fewer people. I was one of the items on our bucket lit!!! Thanks for the memories, would recommend this holiday for everyone!!!

Paul Grmoljez from Billings, MT - 22/06/2015

What a wonderful way to spend Spring Break with our family. It may have been a bit chilly at times, but the warmth of our crew and time spent amongst several enchanting islands made it all worth it. Jorgos and Patrik immediately made us feel at home, encouraging us to get out and see the islands by telling us what each one was known for and where to find the best restaurants. We had incredible experiences; hiking, eating, sailing and even getting to a hard to get to ruin. The best compliment I can give to this fantastic crew is that my youngest said the sailboat trip was the best part of our whole trip...well that and Zas Cave on Naxos. Thank you so much Jorgos and Patrik for keeping us safe while we had a wonderful adventure. We look forward to a return trip maybe next year.

Heather, Spike, Rusty and Max Washburn from Seattle, WA - 21/04/2015

We very much enjoyed both Fillippos and Patrick. They were knowledgeable, helpful, and delightful. The highlight of our trip was a day on a private beach with a home cooked Greek meal made by Fillippos after a swim in the gorgeous aqua colored water. He seemed to enjoy cooking for us as much as we enjoyed his meal. Truly delicious! It was great meeting you and your family. Thank you for everything!

Joselyn Bartlett from California - 20/11/2014

What a wondourful experience! Sailing with Patrick and Fillipos was a unique experience which will be in our memories forever. They made every day an adventure, filled with new sights and pleasures we would not have found on our own. Their knowledge of each island we visited was outstanding, making our holiday so much more enjoyable. We would do it all again in a heartbeat and would not change a thing.

Janice Moran from Australia - 19/10/2014

I could not recommend this experience more highly as it was fantastic. Philiopos(Skipper) and Patrik(Co-Skipper) did everything they could to make this the perfect trip for all of us. We fished for Tuna, Sailed and ate in great company with them both. Philipos showed us his expert greek cooking and Patrik was well versed on local places to visit and the best places for great authentic greek meals custom to each island. My web site contains a few of the many beautiful images I was able to capture while on this trip and melinda and I would both be more than happy to do this trip again with Vacation Yachting as soon as we can arrange it. Many thanks to Betty for being a gracious host and helping us so much with the arrangements for the trip. Great company. Please feel free to email me if you require any information about this company and how they looked after us in our trip with them.

Martin and Melinda Trevena from Australia - 06/10/2014

The whole Kunz family (5!) has a wonderful time on Anastasia . Filippos and Patrick did a great job being our skippers. The weather could have been better...but nevertheless the sea, the islands, the swimming, the company were gorgeous ! Thanks for a great time, an octopus meal, some " knot skills", and so much more ...

The Kunz family from Switzerland - 06/10/2014

Back to our ordinary life, we remember those five days at the Anastasia as a wonderful experience. We enjoyed a lot and miss that peaceful moments sailing through the blue waters. Two couples and three teenagers found the boat more than big and comfortable. Patrick and skipper Billy Joe were very nice to us and very professional also. Always helpful and keen to help us to take advantage of our holidays at the Cyclades. We sailed safely and smoothly even in very windy days. Great experience. Very advisable.

Jesus, Arantxa, Antonio & Maria from Spain - 09/09/2014

Me and my family (Barham's and Chamberlains) had a holiday of a life time sailing round the Greek islands for a week with Patrik and Stephan. The yacht was spacious, well equipped and even allowed for three (3)young children to feel safe and secure, whilst they took in the beautiful sites of the many islands we visited. I can only recommend the experience we had to other considering a week in the sun sailing with Vaction Yachting. Patrik and Stephan were fantastic hosts and ammenable to everything we wanted to experience. Thanks again Pat and Stephan, kind regards the Barham's and Chamberlains and hope to see you soon in the near future!!!!

Paul Barham from London, England - 10/06/2014

Hi Betty I just wanted to write and thank you and Marcos and Patrik too for our wonderful three nights on the Anastasia in September. We really had a fantastic trip. Marcos was so friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining and he is a fantastic cook as well!!! We really enjoyed his company and loved exploring three of the Greek Islands. Our only complaint is that our trip wasn't long enough. We will definitely be recommending the Anastasia to friends and one day we hope to come and meet you again and explore some more of the beautiful islands of Greece. All the very best, Tracy and Andrew Tanner Nicole and Chris Pelchen Australia.

Tracy Tanner from Australia - 17/10/2013

Dear Betty, Marco & Patrik, We can not thank you enough for the AMAZING week we spent with you aboard the Anastasia August 8-14, 2013! As a group of 8 with 4 adults & 4 kids we were not sure how sailing for a week through the Cyclades would work out. Marko & Patrik could not have been more accommodating. We were all made to feel comfortable & welcome from start to finish. We felt safe on windier days & thoroughly entertained both at sea & in port. Our kids will NEVER forget diving off of the Anastasia into the inner tube with Patrik (& we have photos to share!) The variety of islands we visited was perfect. Each offering something a bit different from the next. We truly loved our Greek sailing experience & can't wait to visit again!

Lori, David, Jake & Aaron Stein from New York - 11/10/2013

A great deal of research went into our selection of for our skippered cruise of the Cyclades. We are a diverse group of 3 couples with varying sailing experience and different visions for the cruise. I believe that Marco was able to help each of us realize our dreams for the trip. We were able to do some sailing if we wanted to, we found adventure, we explored islands with good advise from Marco and Patrick (Marcos son). We experienced authentic Greek culture, off the beaten path and unbelievably good Greek food at reasonable prices. Marco never led us astray (as long as we pinned him down on his directions. Pelicans behind the little church is not enough when every inhabitant of the Island has their own little church!) We could not have had a better guide and host. Marcos wife Betty did all the preliminary work as well as answering our many emails for clarification before the trip. This is a family run business and it was a joy to watch the three of them work so patiently and effectively together. I cannot imagine a better trip and am recommending to anyone who will listen. Stop your research. This is your cruise!

Susan Brown from USA - 17/07/2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our week at the end of May aboard the Anastasia and visiting a number of beautiful Greek islands. Betty did a terrific job working out the details for our trip for our family of six (ages 22 - 56)and patiently answering our myriad of questions. Marcos is the captain extraordinaire and is ably assisted by the affable Patrick! We had a marvelous time aboard the roomy Anastasia. Marcos provided us many tips for sites to see and steered us to great places for dinner, viewing sunsets and the best Ouzo! Patrick made us a fabulous pasta dinner on the last evening. We would do this trip again in a heartbeat!!

The Coogle Family from USA - 10/06/2013

Beautiful 60ft yacht in great condition with very cosy and well maintained interior. 4 superb cabins and bathrooms. Fantastic crew with an extremely experienced and very friendly Greek skipper, Marco, who knew the islands and surrounding waters inside out. He and his co-skipper, were very flexible and highly adaptable to the needs of the guests concerning route and special wishes. The crew stayed in the background and only stepped in when requested by the guests leaving the boat at the guests disposition at all times once anchored. At the same time skipper and co-skipper were always happy to provide local tips that lead us to the most beautiful sites of the individual islands we visited and resulted in delicious meals in local tavernas run by family businesses. We were travelling with 2 children (9 and 11 years) and 2 adults beginning of August but there would have been easily room for 8 adults on the boat. Our 5 day trip from Mykonos to Santorini visiting Paros, Folegandros, Ios on the way was absolutely magic. We also spend 2 nights in lonely bays. We can highly recommend the skipper, his crew, the boat and the route we took.

Marco, Bettina, Celina, Flavia from Switzerland - 01/09/2013

Beautiful 60ft yacht in great condition with very cosy and well maintained interior. 4 superb cabins and bathrooms. Fantastic crew with an extremely experienced and very friendly Greek skipper, Marco, who knew the islands and surrounding waters inside out. He and his co-skipper, were very flexible and highly adaptable to the needs of the guests concerning route and special wishes. The crew stayed in the background and only stepped in when requested by the guests leaving the boat at the guests disposition at all times once anchored. At the same time skipper and co-skipper were always happy to provide local tips that lead us to the most beautiful sites of the individual islands we visited and resulted in delicious meals in local tavernas run by family businesses. We were travelling with 2 children (9 and 11 years) and 2 adults beginning of August but there would have been easily room for 8 adults on the boat. Our 5 day trip from Mykonos to Santorini visiting Paros, Folegandros, Ios on the way was absolutely magic. We also spend 2 nights in lonely bays. We can highly recommend the skipper, his crew, the boat and the route we took.

Marco, Bettina, Celina, Flavia from Switzerland - 01/09/2013

After reading everyone else’s testimonials, it was difficult to come up with something original, as everything that has been previously written about Marco, Betty and Patrik is ABSOLUTELY true! Marco is an excellent Captain, Betty is an extremely efficient organiser and Patrik is a wonderful First Mate. Our group of 8, ranging from 16-70 years of age, experienced a whirl-wind adventure on the ‘Anastasia’ and covered 6 different ports in 7 days. Some might say that this was way too many islands, but Marco was always very obliging and catered to our every whim!! Marco was a fountain of information and always gave great recommendations as to where to eat, swim, hire cars and generally what to do and see at each port. He even caught and cooked a fish for us to eat. Yum! When our group gets together, we never fail to recount the many adventures that we experienced on our cruise around the Cyclades. We are still arguing about which was the best place to visit, and so the only solution that I can see, is to re-book with Marco and Betty and experience another voyage on the 'Anastasia'. At least that is something we all agree upon!!! Hope to see you again, Marco, Betty and Patrik!

Doris Herrmann from Sydney Australia - 16/01/2013

Having sailed with Marcos some 12 years ago when I was living in London my first time, I was able to find him again and book a trip for my family including two boys. We also brought along a Finish family of four who live near us in the UK. We had an absolute blast and I can promise the kids it will certainly not take another 12 years before we do it again. We flew into Mykonos, did several islands, ate like kings and throughly enjoyed our time. Do not let your time pass onboard without insisting on some of Marcos's famous fish soup. I will never perfect it, but will sure give it my best shot. If your lucky, the first mate will be Patrick and dont forget to stop in Ciros to meet M's better half. Happy Sailing.

Hansen Family from United Kingdom - 01/11/2012

Five of us spent an amazing week under sail with Marco and Patrick. We all agreed there was no better way to see the Greek Islands. It was fabulous to be able to have the flexibility to visit some of the smaller less frequented Islands. The best part was no matter where we landed Marcos and Patrick were able to provide great advice on sights to see and the best places to eat drink and be merry! Best of all we felt like we had the most experienced sailor in all of Greece at the helm. The whole trip was truly amazing...we would do it again in a heartbeat.

The Snow's from Vancouver, BC - 07/09/2012

Wow! What a trip! A group of 8 of us went on a 2 week sailing holiday on the gorgeous yacht 'Anastasia' with Marcos at the helm & Patrick as first mate (& me as the second!). I cannot recommend enough the expertise, friendliness, and professionalism that this family run business delivers. Throughout the booking procedure Betty was always responsive to any inane question any one of us might have, and kept the booking procedure simple and straightforward. Travelling with Marcos is like travelling with a mini-celebrity given that he knows the area so well, every restaurant, every cove, every octopus... His expertise as a skipper though really came to the fore when trying to squeeze into some really tight parking spots in harbour - I was amazed! The personable and friendly nature of Betty, Marcos and Patrick meant that a lot of fun times were had by all of us. Our group had a mixed bag of proficiency when it came to being on a yacht, and catering to everyone's needs was simply not a problem for them. I cannot recommend their services enough and know that if I ever go back... there is nobody else I would rather sail with. Everyone back home who has seen our photos has been green with envy of our trip!

Tamara - 01/09/2012

8 of us spent 2 weeks sailing the Cyclades with Marcos and Patrick and could not have found better hosts. Marcos has a superb in-depth knowledge of the islands, beaches and tavernas and there is no doubt that he is one of the finest skippers sailing. Marco and Patrick will keep you safe whilst sailing, get you to the island of your choice and we couldn't have had better company for our trip. They are one of the reasons the trip was so extraordinary - the only thing I wouldn't do next time is so many islands in one trip (we set that agenda and the guys just enjoyed sailing!). Betty proved to be highly organised and patient (8 people from 4 different countries!) answering all our questions in advance. Thoroughly recommended as the best choice for a yachting holiday.

Nadia Ward from UK - 23/08/2012

We had such a great time sailing with Marco. It was a new adventure for us since we had never been on a large sailboat. Each island we visited was unique in some way thanks to Marco's help in choosing which ones to visit. He found gorgeous coves for us to stop and swim in on the way to each island. Even though I don't swim, I never once worried about our safety because Marco was such a skilled captain-even in some pretty big waves one day. We even got to meet Betty while stopping at Syros who was always helpful when booking our trip. Thanks to both Betty and Marco for a memorable journey.

Jay & Reda Martin from Littleton CO USA - 01/08/2012

My husband and I rented the WaveDancer for our holiday with three other couples. It was an inspired choice. Marcos, our captain, was an excellent sailor - we always felt that we were in good hands even during rough weather. We made our arrangements with Betty and she was so responsive and informative that everything went completely smoothly. The cabins were cosy and comfortable (I slept like a baby the whole trip), the galley was well equipped and we cooked some excellent meals aboard the yacht, and the deck and big dining table insured that we had lovely starlight evenings. Marcos really knows the Cyclades and he directed us to excellent beaches and charming villages. He also recommended tavernas that your regular tourist would never find. The WaveDancer was very reasonably priced and our time aboard couldn't have been better. We all agreed we'd like to do another trip with Marcos next year.

Alison Tinsley from USA - 18/07/2012

Our week sailing on the Alba IV with Captain Marco was the highlight of our September 2011 holiday in Greece. The boat was very comfortable and whatever island we docked at, Marco was always able to suggest a great spot to visit or eat. Betty was very prompt at answering all our questions and helping us plan our trip. We will have to return soon to sail the Cylcades as the weather prevented us from travelling that far on this trip.

Evie from Australia - 14/12/2011

We booked this vacation on the recommendation of a friend and it was everything we had hoped it would be. Betty was fabulous with the booking details and patiently answered all of my many questions as this was the first time we had ever done anything like this. Marcos is a great captain and his knowledge of the different islands and what they have to offer is invaluable. The Wavedancer was very clean and comfortable for my family of six adults. This is an awesome way to sail the Greek Islands. We were there the first week of August and it was an amazing experience!

Melinda Dale from Belton, Tx - 14/12/2011

Trying to find something that interested my wife and 4 children ages 17 - 28 for our first family vacation with all of us together in ten years was a real challenge. From our first contact with Betty though we new vacation Yachting would be it. Betty made all the reservations and planning painless and we even had the opportunity to meet and enjoy dinner with her on Syros. The Alba IV was exactly as pictured and Marco's was everything you would want in a skipper and guide. In each port he filled us in with his extensive local knowledge, arranged and ordered incredible dinners and showed the kids some nightlife after my wife and I retired each evening! They are still talking about the cliffs he led them to and the fun they had sailing with him. Our week with Marco was the highlight of our two weeks in Greece. We will definitely do it again as there are many more islands to explore.

Linc Davis from U.S.A. - 16/11/2011

What an amazing and memorable trip! Marco's excellent knowledge of the islands (beaches, cafes, restaurants, sites, etc.) and his easygoing manner allowed us to create a great itinerary from Santorini to Mykonos. And, Betty made planning the trip easy. Friendly and prompt, she was always available to answer questions and to keep the process moving forward. Many thanks Marco and Betty!

John McDonald from California, USA - 16/08/2011

My wife and I were looking to do something special to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary so we chartered with Vacation Yachting for a week. We were a little nervous as we had never done anything like this before. The experience was better then we had hoped for. Captain Marco made the trip. His personality and knowledge of the islands, along with his sailing ability, made it the success it was. Also, Betty was terrific in getting back to us and answering all our questions. We highly recommend Vacation Yachting and can't wait to sail with them again.

Jeff Bovit from New Jersey, USA - 06/06/2011

We booked the entire boat for a group of friends for a week in early October. Started in Lavrio (Athens), and ended in Santorini. Captain Marcos made the sailing easy, and his recommendations for islands and restaurants and activities gave us a true Greece experience.

Lou Goetz from USA - 26/11/2010

Charter from Santorini to Syros-July 31-Aug.7 Our trip with Marco and Patrick was beyond our expectations! It was the trip of a lifetime. Marco's impeccable knowledge of each and every island helped to make our trip very special. This included recommendations for special restaurants and local cuisine, beaches, and island specific attractions. The Wave-Dancer was such a perfect place to call home for the week. It is a beautiful boat with all the amenities anyone would want. We really enjoyed each morning while boating to another island. Marco is a great Captain, very safety conscious, and would highly recommend him and his boat to anyone contemplating an island adventure. We cannot say enough thanks to Marco, Patrick and Betty for making our trip so absolutely wonderful!!! And, we look forward to cruising with Vacation Yachting again!

Bob & Jan Benbow from Ankara, Turkey/Denver, CO USA - 29/08/2010

Charter Syros to Syros from august 7-14. Thanks to Marco, a wonderful captain. Great restaurant choices, very safe, nice to the kids, would happily recommend home!

Colette Flanagan from U.S.A. - 15/08/2010

Charter from Syros to Santorini july 24 to 31. Marcos and Patrick were great hosts for our trip. Not only did they provide us a great sailing experience, but they also acted as great hosts and became one of the family for the week. They never led us astray and kept us on track all week long! We were happy with it as it was! This was a great way to see the isles.

Mark Zyskowski from USA - 09/08/2010

Charter from june 7 to 16 Lavrio - Santorini. Captain Marcos, Thanks for a great vacation! It was "perfect". Thanks for introducing us to so many great foods and beautiful places. You made it so easy to fall in love with your beautiful country Greece! This was a trip we will never forget!

Mary & Denis Gahagan from USA - 29/07/2010

Charter from june 23 to july 3 Lavrio-Lavrio. We thoroughly enjoyed our Greece vacation, and we can't thank you and Marco enough for all you did to make it so special. We would never have been able to see so many islands in one trip if not for the way we did it with the yacht charter. Marco was absolutely wonderful and so helpful! It made the whole experience much nicer knowing we had him to turn to for advice about what to do, where to eat, etc. I don't know if he mentioned to you, but we had a bit of a panic last Saturday morning when our pre-arranged taxi shutlle did not show up to take us to the airport. We finally got hold of them and they had completely forgotten us. Marco was able to speak to a local cab driver who called his company and they got two cabs sent over to Lavrio to pick us up right away. We made it to the airport in record time (going about 140 km per hour!) Anyway, I felt as though we were rushed in saying our goodbyes to Marco, and I wanted to let him know how much we appreciated everything he did for us during our trip. Thanks, too, to your son for checking us in online the day before. It was a very full flight, and I didn't want to take the chance of being bumped from our flight.

Colette Flanagan from U.S.A. - 15/08/2010

Charter june 7 to june 16 Lavrio - Santorini. We had an amazing vacation with Marco and the Alba IV. We couldn't have asked for anything more. Marco was a better resource than any guidebook. If you're going to Greece, I would highly recommend doing it this way!

Michael and Ashley Grinnan from USA - 22/06/2010

Dear Betty and Marco, we have just returned to the states after the most incrdible week sailing with marco...there were 8 of us family and friends who all agreed this was the best vacation ever!! we have never done anything like this before and thought the cost would be wasn't..and when the cruise ships pulled in with 300 people we with our little group of 8 felt we were really seeing and experiencing greece in a way we never would have been able...we loved sailing...we went to some of the more popular islands but our favorite night was swimming at sunset at a deserted island and marco cooking dinner for us...the sunsets the great little famiy taverna...the incredible starry makes you feel alive again!!! i can't recommend this enough...10 stars....

Karen Kimsey from U.S. - 13/06/2010

Charter from May 28 to June 4 Lavrio-Santorini We have spent on Marco's boat Wave dancer a wonderful week ! The boat is very nice, and comfortable. It was our first sailing experience and it was great. Marco is a very good and amazing captain and passes on his passion for sea and greek islands. Betty is very nice too. He also lets us know very beautiful and interesting places, and good taverns and food. A lot of thanks to Marco and Betty!

Catherine Guilbert et Alain Pigeon from FRANCE - 12/06/2010

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