Greece, the southernmost country of the Balkan Peninsula, is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Ancient sun-bleached ruins pierce blue skies as the Aegean laps at the endless coastline. In fact, it has the longest coastline in the Mediterranean Basin and the 11th longest coastline in the world at 13,676 km (8,498 mi) in length. Eighty percent of Greece is mountainous, with Mount Olympus being the highest peak at 2,918 meters (9,573 ft). Greece also has many islands, somewhere around 6,000, with 227 of them being inhabited. The country consists of nine geographic regions: Macedonia, Central Greece, the Peloponnese, Thessaly, Epirus, the Aegean Islands, Thrace, Crete, and the Ionian Islands.

Greek culture is alive with passionate music, Mediterranean cuisine, and thrill-seeking activities.  During the summer, people from around the world flock to its famous islands for the sun and to the cities for the history. It’s the perfect summer destination!

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Greece Sailing Adventure

7 nights/ 8 days Looking for a sailing adventure? Join us in Greece! This is the ideal way to experience what many consider to be the world’s most beautiful islands -- The Cyclades!
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Greece Sailing Adventure - Santorini to Mykonos

7 nights/ 8 days Looking for a sailing adventure? Join us in Greece! This is the ideal way to experience what many consider to be the world’s most beautiful islands -- The Cyclades!
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Greek Ruins and Island Hopping

11 nights/ 12 days Explore the ancient ruins of Athens before boarding a yacht for some island hopping in the Saronic Gulf! Discover why many consider these to be the world’s most beautiful islands.
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Jorge Torres

Greek Ruins and Island Hopping

I recently traveled with Stacey to the Greek islands and I have to say it was one of the most memorable vacations of my life!
When I arrived in Athens my hotel accommodations where in place. The hotel was excellent (Five Stars). While in Athens, Stacey put together guided tours of the ruins and the museums, coordinated lunch and dinner at exquisite restaurants, and got everyone to get to know each other in a very relaxed atmosphere.
We then boarded a beautiful catamaran sailboat with the most excellent crew and spent a week sailing to the most beautiful Greek islands.
After our sailing adventure we spent two magnificent days in Santorini and will never forget the fun we had sightseeing, riding ATVs throughout the island and wine tasting! Truly a life changing experience! Stacey is a wonderful host and put together an Awesome trip. Thank you Stacey!

Brenda

Greek Ruins and Island Hopping

Really enjoyed the trip and would love to have my family and friends to have a great experience also. This is my second trip with Stacey. She does an amazing job setting up all the accommodations, itineraries and dealing with people. Very professional.

Rene

Greek Ruins and Island Hopping

All the planning and stress of planning was done, it was an easy relaxing trip.

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Greece Travel Information

 

Greece generally has a mild, Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot and dry with temperatures rising to 104 F (40 C), which can be uncomfortable for those not used to the heat. July and August are the busiest months for tourism, but May through August is considered high season. Everything is in full swing with plenty of daily sunshine, making this a great time to visit the islands, swim in the sea, and relax on the beach. Days are usually cooled by prevailing north winds, especially on the islands, so be sure to bring a light jacket for chilly nights.

By mid-September, temperatures begin to fall and crowd thin, but it can still be hot. The weather remains generally calm and balmy well into October. If you can’t get to Greece in the spring, and beaches are not your primary goal, this is a fine time to visit. By late October, ferry service and flights are cutting back and most facilities on the islands begin to close for the winter. But the cooler atmosphere makes Athens and the mainland even more pleasant.

Contemporary Greek cookery makes wide use of vegetables, olive oil, grains, fish, wine, and meat. Other important ingredients include olives, cheese, lemon juice, herbs, bread and yogurt. The most commonly used grains are wheat and barley. Common desert ingredients include nuts, honey, fruits, and filo pastry. It is strongly influenced by Ottoman cuisine and thus shares foods such as baklava, tzatziki, gyro, moussaka, dolmades, yuvarlakia and keftethes with neighboring countries.

Greece has a warm Mediterranean climate. In summer, dry hot days are often relieved by stiff evening breezes, especially in the north, on the islands and in coastal areas. Athens can be stiflingly hot, with temperatures occasionally exceeding 104 F (40 C) in July. Winters are mild in the south but much colder in the mountainous north, where it is not uncommon to see snow and temperatures plummeting to well below zero. November to March is the rainy season, most notably on the Ionian islands.

Greece is situated in southeast Europe, bordering Albania, Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, Turkey to the east and the Mediterranean Sea to the south and west. The mainland consists of the following regions: Central Greece, Peloponnese, Thessaly, Epirus, Macedonia, and Thrace. High mountains, fertile plains, pine forest and scrub-covered foothills are all found on the Greek mainland. The largest mountain range is the Pindus, which runs north-south through central mainland Greece, and separates the regions of Thessaly and Epirus. The highest mountain is Olympus, which soars 2,917m (9,570ft) – according to ancient Greek mythology, this is where the 12 Olympian Gods resided.

The islands account for one-fifth of the country’s land area. The majority are thickly clustered in the Aegean between the Greek and Turkish coasts. The Ionian Islands are the exception; they are scattered along the west coast in the Ionian Sea, looking (both geographically and culturally) towards Italy.

The Aegean archipelago includes the Dodecanese, lying off the Turkish coast, of which Rhodes is the best known; the northeast Aegean group, including Chios, Ikaria, Lemnos, Lesvos and Samos; the Sporades, off the central mainland; and the Cyclades, comprising 39 islands (of which only 24 are inhabited). Crete, the largest island (with an astounding 1,000km/ 621 miles of coastline and a population of some 650,000), is not included in any formal grouping.

The origins of Greece’s current culture lie in its ancient heart. Greece is the celebrated birthplace of the world’s most famous art, architecture, language, dance, literature and culinary traditions. The hallmarks of Western medicine, philosophy, drama and government can all be attributed to the mighty ancient Greek civilization.

With more than 90% of the population being Greek Orthodox, religion plays an important part in everyday life. Religious festivals and ceremonies are commonplace, both in the mainland cities and small rural villages. Christmas and Easter are particularly important dates on the calendar, although religious celebrations are not limited to these times as there are daily, weekly and annual rites and rituals performed all throughout Greece’s mainland and islands.

Family plays a strong part in Greek life, with extended families tending to remain close and gathering together for meals and celebrations. Special foods are created at different times of the year, some of which date back to centuries ago. Weddings are typically large affairs and usually celebrated with much merriment and fanfare. To be Greek is to be proud of your country, your heritage and your traditions.

The early history of Greece is among the world’s most fascinating, and like the other ancient civilizations of Egypt and Rome, Greece has many monuments still standing after centuries. The Greeks have been both the conquerors and the conquered. They have withstood the Plague and many natural disasters, and birthed some of the greatest literature, scientific developments, mathematical formulas and thought movements.

In 1821, the Greeks fought against Ottoman rule during the Greek War of Independence, which resulted in Greece being recognized as an autonomous region in 1828. This was a time of great upheaval for the Greek people, with political assassinations, battles and plundering. After autonomy was granted, many years of change followed, with continued war and confrontation alongside intermittent periods of relative peace. The two World Wars had a profound effect on Greece, with many battles fought in Greece during the early 1940’s (during the Axis occupation). Athens was liberated from this occupation in 1944 and the Greek government was restored. Greece joined the United Nations (as a founding member) in 1945 and NATO in 1952. During this time, many Greeks started moving to other parts of the world in a mass wave of widespread migration. The USA, Australia and Europe were popular destination in this move, which saw hundreds of thousands of Greeks immigrate to other lands. In 2004, Athens successfully hosted the Summer Olympics once again. Yet more recently, Greece has come under the shadow of the European debt crisis which has crippled the economy. Despite this, the spirit of the Greek people endures as it has for eons.

January 6: Epiphany – This is the feast of Agia Theofania, or Fota, which celebrates the day when the “kalikatzari”, or hobgoblins that appeared during the period of Christmas, are re-banished to the netherworld by the church’s rites. During Epiphany, waters are blessed and evil spirits are banished. At lakeside, seaside or riverside locations, the priests throw a cross into the water and young locals dive to compete for the privilege and blessing to catch it.

February-March; The Carnival – The Carnival is called “Apokries” in Greek and it is expressed by three weeks of feasting and dancing. The Carnival takes place three weeks before Lent Monday. Important Carnival Parades take place in Patra, Xanthi, Corfu island and Rethymno along with wonderful parties. The exact dates of the Carnival vary, depending on the Easter holiday.

Easter – Easter is the most important festival of the Greek Orthodox Church. It starts 7 weeks before Easter Sunday and comes to its peak the Holy Week. This is when services are held every evening in the churches. On Good Friday, a special celebration takes place when all the flowered tombs of the Christ (named Epitaphios) are gathered at the squares and make the tour of the towns. This festival is of great importance in all the regions of Greece, but some places, such as the Greek Islands of Corfu and Chios, are very famous for their Easter celebrations.

June-July: Athens Festival – This annual feast of Aegean culture features visual arts, music, dance and theatre performances taking place in both ancient and modern performance venues.

July-August: The Festival of Epidaurus – Many theatrical plays are performed in the country’s ancient and modern theatres at Epidaurus. This festival offers the chance to experience the classics of Greek drama being performed in their original setting. Performances are presented every Friday and Saturday night.

  1. Balos Beach, Crete – Apart from the crystal clear water, Balos also has an impressive landscape. Located on the northwestern side of Crete, Balos can be reached by boat from Chania Town and Kissamos or by car through a dirt road. This is one of the most amazing secluded beaches with soft sand and exotic water. Right next ot the beach is the secluded, uninhabited island of Gramvoussa with a Midieval Castle on top.
  2. Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia – This is the most photographed of all beaches and it is located on Kefalonia island. The view from the cliff above is breathtaking, but the beach itself is also a marvel. You will love the exotic deep waters and the view to the open sea. Myrtos is located on the northern side of the island, close to the picturesque village of Assos. It is frequently featured in travel magazines as one of the best beaches in the world.
  3. Agios Prokopios Beach, Naxos – Located only 5km south of Naxos Town, Agios Prokopios on Naxos Island is a long beach with amazing light blue water. It is considered one of the best beaches in Greece. The coast has soft, golden sand and the beach is very popular, however, due to its large size, it never gets packed.
  4. Super Paradise Beach, Mykonos – Although Super Paradise on Mykonos Island is mostly famous for the all-day beach bars and parties, the truth is it also has fabulous water, perfect for sunbathing. This beach can be reached by boat or bus from Mykonos Town.
  5. Kolymbithres Beach, Paros – This famous beach tucked into the bay of Naoussa has gorgeous blue-green water and smooth greyish rocks chiseled into phantamasgorical shapes interspersed with delicious golden coves of varying sizes.

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Things to See and Do in Greece

Acropolis

Visit the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum in Athens

Considered the symbol of Athens and Greece, the Acropolis is a rocky mound rising in the heart of modern Athens and crowned by three magnificent temples dating from the 5th century BC. The best known and most distinctive is the Parthenon, originally made up of 58 columns supporting a roof and decorated by ornate pediments and a frieze.

The Acropolis Museum is now one of Athens’ most visited tourist attractions. Designed by Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi, it is an ultra-modern glass and steel structure with light and airy exhibition spaces, built specifically to display ancient finds from the Acropolis.

Island hopping on a sailboat

Island hopping on a sailboat

A sailing adventure is the ideal way to experience what may consider to the be the world’s most beautiful islands. There is plenty of time on the islands for hiking, snorkeling, and relaxing as well as exploring archaeological sites and taverna-lined harbors. Watch a host of spectacular sunsets and enjoy mouth-watering local cuisine in the coastal villages seeped in history, mythology and beauty.

Hiking at the Gorge of Samaria on Crete Island

Hiking at the Gorge of Samaria on Crete Island

The Samaria Gorge on the island of Crete is one of Europe’s longest canyons and has been declared a National Park since 1962.  There are certain epic hikes throughout the world, and the hike through Samaria Gorge National Park is one of them. The 10-mile (16 km) walk takes you to a place of stunning natural beauty. The terrain is rough, rocky, and uneven. Be prepared to be wowed by the gorge, as high limestone cliffs and quaint villages create the background for a great hike.

Climb Mount Olympus

Climb Mount Olympus

On the list of iconic mountains of the world, Mount Olympus surely has a place. Not only is it a geographically impressive peak, rising straight from the Aegean Sea to a height of 2,197m (7,200ft), but it’s also one of great mythological importance. Eleven of the twelve major Greek Gods resided in the gorges of the mountain, while Zeus himself claimed Stefanie peak for his throne. The Gods would come together on the highest summit, Mytikas, to determine the fate of the mortals they ruled. The first known ascent of Olympus was in 1913. Today, an estimated 10,000 people climb the peak annually.

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Explore the island of Santorini by ATV

The legendary island of Santorini is crisscrossed by roads, which are best explored by a Quad ATV, but be cautious since Santorini is very hilly and accidents have been known to happen. There are other ways to explore the island as well, but this is the most popular for adventure-loving visitors. Quad bikes are the perfect way to explore dirt roads on the island and to adventure on the cliffs that overlook the caldera. The are faster than hiking, allowing you to see more during a shorter stay.

Zulu Bungy Jump at the Corinth Canal

Zulu Bungy Jump at the Corinth Canal

The Corinth Canal is a 6.4km long and extremely narrow man-made channel which cuts across the Pelopennesian peninsula in Greece. First conceived and proposed in 7th century BC, its primary purpose was to save ships a 700km (and several days) journey around the peninsula. Over a period of two thousand years, one leader after another attempted to build it but either failed to complete it or abandoned the idea. It was finally built in the late 19th century. While most modern ships today are too big to use it, it is still a very useful shortcut for many small as well as cruise ships. IN 2003, a few entrepreneurs decided to build a bungee jumping deck across the 21-meter span enabling thrill-seekers to free-fall over the water.

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Hike the trail from Fira to Oia on Santorini Island

Walking along the caldera, from Fira to Oia, will surely be the most scenic route you can have on Santorini Island. This 10km (6 mile) hike is easy to follow and takes about 3-4 hours. This hiking path offers gorgeous views of the famous volcano and the Aegean Sea.

Visit the Meteora Monasteries

Visit the Meteora Monasteries

Serene, spiritual, magical, mystical, extraordinary, breathtaking, immense, inspiring, impressive. These are only some of the words people often use when describing the Meteora phenomenon. A trip to Meteora offers the unique experience of nature’s grandeur in conjunction with history, architecture and man’s everlasting desire to connect with the Divine. From the early Christian times, the Meteora vertical cliffs were regarded as the perfect place to achieve absolute isolation, to discover peace and harmony and, thus, to support man’s eternal struggle for spiritual elevation. Meteora is a truly inspiring and sensational setting of overwhelming rock formations, but one must also be prepared that this isn’t just a journey to an exquisite landscape, it’s a pilgrimage to a holy place for all Christians around the world.

Sing a song at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

Sing a song at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is probably the most beautiful and best-preserved example of a classical Greek theatre. Even by today’s standards, this monument stands out as a unique artistic achievement through its admirable integration into the landscape and above all the perfection of its proportions. Built in 4th century BC by Polykleitos the Younger, the theater has 55 rows of seats on a natural slope that face the stage area set against a backdrop of lush landscape. The theatre is marveled for its exceptional acoustics and is still used today, primarily during the annual Festival of Epidaurus.

Visit the Delphi

Visit the Delphi

At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the center of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, ws for many centuries the cultural and religious center and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world.

Spelunking at Melissani Cave

Spelunking at Melissani Cave

Melissani Cave is located not far from Karavomilo. It is a lacustrine cave of unique beauty and is 3.5km long, 40m wide and 36m high. Melissani Cave is a unique geological phenomenon. It was created by a mechanical and chemical process called karstikopoiisi (dissolution of rocks) during which water enters the calcareous rocks, erodes them and creates hollows. The underground Melissani lake was discovered in 1951 by speleontologist Glannis Petrochilos. A big part of its roof has fallen, revealing an amazing sight.

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Canoeing at Lake Plastiras

Lake Plastiras, also known as “Little Switzerland,” is an artificial lake fed by the Tavropos (Megdovas) River, near the city of Karditsa. It’s one of the biggest artificial lakes in Greece and, framed by the fir tree peaks of the Agrafa Mountains, one of the most beautiful. In addition to canoeing, you can also enjoy biking around the lake, rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding, and 4×4 adventures.

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Sailing in Greece

The Saronic Gulf or Gulf of Aegina in Greece forms part of the Aegean Sea and defines the eastern side of the isthmus of Corinth. It is the eastern terminus of the Corinth Canal, which cuts across the isthmus. The islands of the Saronic Gulf are the most easily accessible islands by sailing yacht from Athens. Apart from the location, the rich ancient history of places like Epidavros, Poros, and Aegina attracts tourists and sailors to these waters. These are the perfect waters for shorter sailing trips and are also recommended for less experienced sailors due to the short distances between each island and the relatively mild winds in comparison to other sailing areas in Greece.

The Cyclades lie to the southeast of Athens and the Greek mainland and to the east/ southeast of Poros. Unlike the Saronic Gulf, the Cyclades islands are not protected by any mainland. Their position out into the Aegean Sea means they are more exposed to the northerly ‘Meltemi’ wind which very much dominates the Cyclades islands from late July to September. These wind conditions mean sailing the Cyclades islands provides for more invigorating sailing, but might also prove ‘too exciting’ for those looking for something more relaxing.

Responsible Travel In Greece

Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards the local people we encounter, their culture, local economies and the environment. It’s important to remember that what may be acceptable behavior, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while traveling.

Top Responsible Travel Tips

  • Be considerate of the customs, traditions, religion and culture.
  • Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  • For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
  • Learn some local language and don’t be afraid to use it – simple greetings will help break the ice.
  • Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
  • Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
  • Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
  • Refrain from touching or interfering with ancient monuments, relics or historic sites.
  • Admire coral while diving and snorkeling, but never remove coral from a reef or buy coral items from markets. Coral belongs in the sea.

FAQ

All countries require a valid passport (valid for a minimum of 6 months after the date of departure). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements. It’s your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. Please visit https://adventurepeople.net/passport-visas/ for links to helpful websites.

It is your responsibility to consult with your physician or a travel clinic for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure to find out what vaccinations might be required or recommended for Greece. Also, keep in mind that some heat waves are possible from June to October all over the country. People who are sensitive to sea sickness should come prepared.

We recommend that you carry a First-Aid kit and hand sanitizers/ antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons, our guides are prohibited from administering any type of drug.

Please visit https://adventurepeople.net/travel-resources/ for links to helpful websites.

We recommend that you check your government’s advice for the latest travel information before departure. We also strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while traveling, for safe keeping of your passport, credit cards, cash, and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home – you won’t need it while traveling. In addition, a lock is recommended for securing your luggage. Only carry with you the money and documentation that you need for the day and always keep an eye on your belongings.

Your trip leader will accompany you on all included activities, but please note that any optional activities you undertake that are not part of the itinerary, are at your own risk. We offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. While most of the cities we will visit are generally safe, there can be risks when wandering through a major city at night and it is our recommendation that you stay in small groups and take taxis to and from restaurants or other night time excursions. We also advise staying away from any protests and demonstrations. Even those that are well intended have the potential to turn violent with no warning.

Adventure activities and water-based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in activities when accompanied by guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any of our planned activities, have a balanced approach to safety. Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

Travel insurance is mandatory to participate on any of our trips. You will not be permitted to join a trip until evidence of travel insurance has been presented. The minimum requirement must provide coverage of $200,000USD for medical expenses including repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some credit card companies offer travel insurance, but proof of coverage will be required. Contact your provider for details.

Laundry facilities can be found in some harbors. Ask your skipper for the best places. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry, so we also suggest you bring a biodegradable laundry soap.

Greece is on Eastern European Time (GMT +2) and is ten hours ahead of PST and 7 hours ahead of EST in the US.

The country calling code is +30. To call Greece from the US, dial 011 30 + area code and phone #.  to dial the US from Greece, dial 001 + area code and phone #.

Greece uses type C, D, E, and F outlets and the voltage is 220 volts/ 50Hz. In the US, we use types A and B, 120 volts/ 60Hz. For using your electronics in Greece, you will need a voltage converter in addition to a plug adapter. Many electronics already have a built-in converter, so all you’ll need to use is one of the adapter plugs. This covers most modern laptops, cell phone chargers, and many other devices, but be sure to read the information on your device to be sure.

While there should be electricity on board the yacht throughout your trip, the voltage is likely to vary widely, from 12V to 220V, and when in port or moored we are dependent on the supply available. Please be aware that the supply may not be sufficient to power some electronic devices all the time and that you may need a voltage adapter or similar (such as portable inverter used in cars). It may be possible to charge devices ashore at restaurants or resorts, however this is not guaranteed.

Our trips bring together people of all ages. It is important that you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake any of our trips. Travelers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage. You must inform us at the time of booking if anyone in your party has a disability, medical or behavioral condition which could affect their participation in the trip or other people on the trip.

Travelers with pre-existing medical conditions are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travelers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen adventure. While your group leader and guides work hard to make sure that all our travelers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided.

In Greece, the only currency accepted is the Euro. As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for the most up to date daily exchange rates, www.oanda.com or www.xe.com.

The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account/ card overseas and any international fees that will be applied.

You can obtain local currencies easily at airports and major train stations, as well as banks and money exchange “kiosko” in all cities, but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash that can be exchanged if the ATM’s are not functioning.

Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money, a combination of cash and cards is best. Credit cards are not always accepted in stores and restaurants. Change can be difficult to obtain, so try to gain as many small denominations as you can. We do not recommend bringing travelers cheques as they are very difficult to change.

Please be advised that slightly torn notes, notes that have been heavily marked or are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denomination lower than 100USD (or equivalent).

When it comes to spending money on a trip, every traveler is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It’s always better to bring more than you think you’ll need as you don’t want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds. Also, make sure you’ve read the trip details thoroughly so you know what’s included in the trip price and what isn’t. This should make budgeting a little easier.

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. The following amounts are based on local considerations. You are always free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip.

Hotels: It is customary to tip the porter/ bellboy around 1 Euro per bag. For your housekeeper, leave around 1 Euro per day on the bedside table before you check out. You can also leave a few Euros as gratuity for the concierge if you received excellent service.

Restaurants:  Local markets and basic restaurants, just leave the loose change. At more upscale restaurants, a suggested gratuity of 5% to 10% of the total bill is suggested.

Taxi’s & Drivers: You won’t always be expected to tip your taxi driver, but it’s up to you. If you do decide to tip your taxi driver, round-up the fare, or leave between 5% and 10%. For a private driver, leave around 20 Euros per day. If they went above and beyond you can always tip more.

Skipper & Crew: Skippers and crew will deliver excellent customer service on your trip, safely sailing and providing meals each day. A suggested gratuity amount per person would be 50-75 Euros ($60-$90) per crew member for 7-nights aboard the yacht.

Tour Guides:  For local activity guides, the suggested gratuity is between 2 and 5 Euros for full or half-day tours.

Here are some technical terms for you to learn before your trip to help you orient yourself with the world of yachting:

Boat
Hull: the ‘body’ of the boat
Keel: stabilizing part of the hull under the waterline to prevent capsizing
Deck: upper level of the boat
Cockpit: area in the back where we are operating the boat
Bow: Forward area of the boat
Stern Backward area of the boat
Helm: steering facility
Helmsman: Person at the helm, not necessarily the skipper
Starboard: right side of the boat looking forward from aft
Port (side): left side of the boat looking forward from aft
Rigg: all fixed equipment standing up above the deck
Mast: vertical massive pole to fix the sails
Boom: horizontal massive pole going backward from the mast
Mainsail: sail at the rear of the mast
Foresail/Genua/
Headsail: sail in front of the mast
Fender: sort of ‘bumper’ to avoid damage of the hull when moored
Winch: sort of drum to operate loaded lines or anchor chain
Beaufort: intl. scale for strength of winds, starting with 0 up to 12

Operations
Manoeuvre: changing the course of the boat or doing several operations
Tacking: turning the bow through the wind
Gibing: turning the stern through the wind
Round up: turning the boat exactly into the wind to stop moving
Fetch sth.: pulling tight a line
Ease sth.: detaching a line

Lines
There are only LINES on a boat, no ropes etc.
Most important ones:
Furling lines: to set and take away the sails
Sheets: to adjust the sails during sailing
Mooring lines: connecting the yacht to the peer
Ground lines: fixing the bow when moored ‘stern too’ (the peer)

Knots
Figure-eight knot: belongs to the end of certain lines to avoid going by the run
Half hitch: easiest knot to fix a line somewhere, not very strong one
Clove hitch: famous knot to fix various lines like mooring-, fender- etc.
Reef knot: used to connect two lines of same size to each other
More ambitious but often used:
Bowline: creating a strong and everlasting loop to a line