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Turkish Riviera, the Turquoise Coast Magazine Every year gulet (wooden yachts)  owners and Bodrum's "blue voyage" tourism industry bring tens of thousands of tourists to Aquarium and other local spots by boat. And every year tourists enjoy the same garbage and litter mountains which were left behind by animals (I can't call them human beings) on the shore. Here are my questions:  1) Where is the mayor of Bodrum, and what is he doing? http://www.bodrum.bel.tr. The mayor's name apparently is Mehmet Kocadon. Well he is directly responsible from this embarrassing picture. 2) What is the gulet owners association doing? I understand they are broke and barely pay their bills but they are part of the big picture here. 3) Is there a tourism organization in town? What are they doing? In short this picture shows how primitive the concept of "tourism" is in Turkey and a hot de... (more)

Croatia Yacht Charter Presents Magnum Nautica

Magnum Nautica, the first luxury yacht charter Croatia company has announced that it has added a new luxury charter yacht to its existing fleet of 10 other luxury and charter yachts. This foremost Croatia yacht charter company has added Sunseeker Manhattan 60 to its fleet, making it an ideal choice as a luxury charter yacht for family vacations in the Adriatic waters. Announcing the addition of this mid-sized luxury yacht to the fleet of Magnum Nautica, its spokesperson, Dragica Gadzo, said, “The Sunseeker Manhattan 60, named Rej, is a luxury charter yacht in these areas which comes with three fully furnished luxury cabins.” Adding further, she said, “The yacht can carry a guest load of six people who will be accommodated in three double cabins. The master stateroom offers wardrobes and a generous en suite with a large shower.” The other two equally luxurious cabin... (more)

Discover Yacht Charter in the Caribbean

The first Swan Hellenic Mediterranean cruise traveled to the Greek Islands in 1954, and in 1983, P&O purchased the company and furthered its development as a destination-rich cruise line, visiting numerous international ports of historical and archeological interests.  Since 2004, Swan Hellenic is part of the Carnival Corp, along with the Yachts of Seabourn, Cunard, NCL, Princess, Costa and Windstar. However, Swan Hellenic is a distinctive product and a premium brand. Perhaps the first thing guests notice when they step onboard the 600-passenger Minerva II is the richly-appointed furnishings and interiors set in a cozy, country-club atmosphere reminiscent of an English manor house. Thankfully devoid of the distasteful aspects of conventional cruising, there are no long lines onboard the Minerva, nor are there raised voices, piped elevator music, or glitzy atriums wh... (more)

A New Greek Yacht Charter Alliance Brings Local Expertise

Yachting Greece Ltd is a group of Greek yachting & travel industry veterans and professionals who have combined their 25+ years of Greek chartering to create a full-service yacht charter organization. The group, founded by George Karahalios, will be spearheaded by Think Pink Ltd of Greece (www.think-pink.gr), which will serve as the liaison and the public affairs agency, managing all client and client representative relations. Its primary focus will be the operational control that ensures the clients best interests and absolute satisfaction with the Greek Isle experience. The alliance's services will include choosing the right yacht for a client, crafting a custom itinerary, negotiating, securing all the appropriate paperwork, crew selections, and crew briefing. This complete attention to details promises to deliver a fabulous Greek Isle yachting vacation. The strat... (more)

Tinos, An Island Certainly Not to Be Missed

From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine If you ever have been at Mykonos, the heart of the Cyclades islands, you probably have noticed the two neighbouring islands, Syros and Tinos. But I am sure you haven't been interested in them at all. They are both half an hour away from Mykonos but let's leave Syros for now, and talk about Tinos, the one at the right. Tinos is actually the ideal place for lovers of nature, architecture, art and traditions. It is one of the largest in Cyclades islands, a place for pilgrimage, unspoiled and unaffected from tourism. The island houses some 600 chapels and thousands of dovecotes all elaborately decorated. The dovecotes are two storey towers decorated with geometric designs, which are mainly built on land slopes at an angle to protect the entrances from wind to help takeoffs and landings of the doves. The decorating patterns are ... (more)

Eating and Drinking in the Greek Isles

From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine This is not an article to inform you of quality restaurants but rather to explain you the type of places you can dine while visiting the Greek isles.   Eating out in Greece is a national pastime and a leisurely pleasure. Whether dining at a local taverna or an elegant restaurant, Greeks take their time over food. The native cuisine is delightfully uncomplicated and quite different from what's found in Greek restaurants abroad. Much of the cooking relies on simple seasonings and fresh meat and vegetables.  Greeks like all the other Mediterraneans go out for dinner much later then the other Europeans and Americans. This is usually a time much after 21:00 o'clock in the evening and usually there is a time where you find only tourists in the tavernas.  For dinner you have the possibility to go for expensive restaurants but pe... (more)

M/Y Starfire: Seven-Day Charter From Palermo to Catania

We invite you to spend seven days of luxurious relaxation aboard the magnificent Starfire. From the historic bay of Palermo, we will leisurely explore the enchantment of Sicily’s dramatic northern coastline. We will sail on to experience more remote Mediterranean islands, such as Ustica, Lipari, and Stromboli, as we make our way to the northeastern coast of Sicily, visiting the chic destinations of Portorosa, Taormino, and Messina.  Keep in mind that itineraries are only guidelines, and they are not etched in stone!  The following outline for your journey is subject to change, as we are dependant on favorable winds and seas. However, we know the area very well and will have a contingency plan! Our Starfire crew will ensure you see all the highlights while offering the ultimate in personal service and guest care.  Welcome aboard! Day 1: Pick-up Palermo On arrival at the ... (more)

Afroudakis Yachting for Your Yacht Charter Vacations in Greece

Afroudakis Yachting is a licensed company by GNTO (Greek National Organization of Tourism) based in Athens, Greece, and was in founded in 1978 by Christos Afroudakis, a Naval Architect - Marine Engineer and respected member of the following Associations: •      The  Hellenic Yacht Brokers Association (HYBA) •      The  Hellenic Professional Yacht Charters Association (HYPOA) •      SETE (Hellenic  Tourism Enterpreises) •      ASTA  (Association of American Travel Agents) In 1983, Christos returned to Athens after living abroad for many years and established the naval architecture company AlphaMarine Ltd., associating a fine team of yacht designers, naval architects, product managers and engineers to provide services to the yachting industry with new builds and impressive refits to a wide range of mega yachts over 100ft. Alphamarine, firmly established... (more)

Samothraki, A Most Awe-inspiring Island on the Aegean Sea

From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine I haven't been yet on the island of Samothraki but I have watched it from far away many times. When travelling to Thessaloniki Greece back and forth I have stoped at Alexandroupolis city which is the main port to Samothraki ferries, and the island stands gray in colur in the far distance. Also when I go to visit Imbros or Gokceada island in Turkey the island shows almost the same sillohouette but this time the view is from the south side.  Eleni who is my cousin living in Thessaloniki and works for EPESTH, the Voleyball Federation of Thessaloniki, has been on the island a few times, so I asked her a few questions about the island and she provided also a few photos to us. Eleni, can you tell us in short about the island ? Vasili, as you know, Samothraki is one of the north-east Aegean islands, south of the mainland city of Al... (more)

Greek Isles in The Summer: Volcano Tour in Santorini Presented by Christina Papadopoulos

We are pleased to announce that we can offer private organized tours in the Island of Santorini PRIVATE HALF DAY TOUR VOLCANO - HOT SPRINGS - DURATION 4 HOURS The bus picks up the guests and drives to Athinios port in order to take the traditional boat. The first stop is to the islet of Nea Kameni where clients have the opportunity to climb to the crater (1 ½ hour). Next the boat stops to Palaia Kameni for a short swim to the Hot Springs, which are considered to have healing powers (30 minutes). Afterwards the boat sails along the coast and ends up to the port of Athinios, where the bus will be waiting to take the group back to their yacht. Engish speaking guide can be provided if requested. PRIVATE HALF DAY PREHISTORIC MUSEUM - OIA - DURATION 4 HOURS A bus and a guide take the clients from their yacht  and head for the Prehistoric Museum of Fira, for a guided tour an... (more)

Yivli Minaret, Landmark of Antalya city

  From the Turkish Riviera Magazine If you ever go to Antalya, within the historic city walls of the city you will see a minaret not of the usual kind, as it is a brick minaret decorated with dark blue mosaics and has the look of eight flutes melted together into one. It is thus called Yivli Minare or Fluted Minaret and it has been the symbol of Antalya city for many years and also a logo of Turkish tourism as its photo has been for long years on posters advertising Turkey abroad. This is also because the minaret is in the very center of the old city and can be seen almost from everywhere.   The original mosque, Yivli Minare Mosque or Ulu Camii or Alaeddin Keykubat Camii mosque, is one of the first Islamic buildings in the city. The mosque was first built in 1230 but fully reconstructed in 1373. The minaret is 38 metres high, built on a square stone base, with ei... (more)