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This 4th of July marked my sixth consecutive visit to the Divan Palmira Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey. My visit this year prompted me to write this review. The Divan Palmira Hotel is located in the Golturkbuku region of Bodrum. Two recent cover stories published last year in The New York Times Travel Section called this Aegien Sea summer destination The St. Tropez of Turkey. For those readers who would like to know more about Bodrum, especially the village of Golturkbuku, there is plenty of well written reading material (including these two 2006 New York Times travel write-ups). In this review, I will try to stay focused specifically on my most recent trip, the hotel, the changes which took place at this hotel this year and the highlights of my trip. The New York Times - Jan / 2006 The New York Times - Aug / 2006 Our Arrival on Saturday, June 30, 2007 When I emailed the hotel... (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)

Rhodes Island Excursion Programme

From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine   I thought it could be a good idea to provide you with a detailed excursion plan if you ever decide to visit Rhodes island, the largest of the Dodecanese islands group in Greece. This is actually the route I followed in Sept 2007 when I visited the island.  The programme below is a 10 day itinerary, including your arrival and departure days, which you may follow while you will be visiting Rhodes island. You can customize the programme to your own taste and time table. In some future articles I will be explaining to you in detail some of the wonderful places at Rhodes island.  Day 1. Arrival day. After you get your hotel room it is time to reserve your tickets for the nearby islands Symi and possibly Tilos. Then arrange with a rent a car company for some small car which you will use in your excursion. In the evening stro... (more)

Hollywood's A-List Celebs Choose Yacht Charters for Total Escape

YV&C International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine reports: Vacations are all about rest, relaxation, and, of course, indulgence. And when it comes to Hollywood's biggest stars, you can count on them to take it up a notch by spending time in exotic locales, on some of the world's most luxurious yachts. Christina O Since the '50s, Christina O has attracted a primarily European clientele, but has also hosted many Hollywood celebrities. Recent charters have been enjoyed by Madonna, Johnny Depp, Tommy Hilfiger, and Oliver Stone. The famed megayacht charters for $600,000 a week. As morning's light broke over the horizon, Russell Crowe stood at the bow of the ship, gazing out to sea. Another day of mystery and adventure lay ahead for Crowe and the crew... . If this sounds like a scene from Crowe's latest film, "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," it's not.... (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)

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)

Turkey: Sailing Through History on Your Yacht Charter Vacation!

Let Turkey light up your imagination. Three great things embody Turkey. Just a four hour flight away from international London, it has a culture which is profoundly different, distinctly unfamilar. A land on the very cusp of Europe and Asia, with two heads simultaneously facing both east and west, it embodies the magic and mysticism of the orient. Once nomads from Central Asia, the Turks were for centuries the middlemen of the world, famed merchants uniting three continents - Europe, Africa, and Asia, as far east as China. Today, its people are famed for their warmth and hospitality, a gift of their nomadic ancestry and Islam’s code of respect for strangers in a strange land. The second great thing about Turkey is its age. The place is steeped in history. It’s the site of some of the very earliest cities, like Çatal Hoyuk, stretching back 10,000 years. E... (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)

Kaputaş Beach, the Real Turqoise Color in the Mediterranean

From the Turkish Riviera Magazine Kaputaş beach is on the Kaş-Kalkan highway in the southwestern Turkey on the Mediterranean sea coast. The beach is on the 7th km after Kalkan and some 20 km before Kaş at a cove running out of an extremely narrow valley of steep cliffs coming down from the Taurus mountains. It is probably the most photographed beach of Turkey. You have probably seen its photo on some poster or elsewhere relating to Turkish tourism as it has been featured in many holiday brochures.   It is a very popular place as the region has an untouched natural beauty and a great view overlooked from the Kaş-Kalkan highway running above, quite high from the sea level. It is also one of the stopping places of the Blue Voyage Yachts. The sea gets deep very short near the beach as it is on the foot of mountains but it is very good for swimming and calm most of the ... (more)

Yacht Charter Croatia Magnum Nautica News

Ulitzer Travel Magazine Magnum Nautica, Croatia’s first and foremost Luxury yacht charter Croatia Company has announced a number of new additions that plan to take the firm to the top on the list of Europe’s best luxury charter companies. At a recently held press conference, Mrs. Dragica Gadzo, Spokesperson for the company, told reporters and guests about the latest addition to the fleet, an Azimut Jumbo 100, which currently has the honor of being the largest luxury charter yacht sailing the Adriatic waters. Magnum Nautica is a premier Luxury yacht charter Croatia service. Backed by Austria’s reputed Real4You Investment Corporation, the Croatian Magnum Group caters to luxury tourists through its luxury yacht charter service, the Magn um Nautica, and its luxury hotel subsidiary, Magnum Hotels which owns the Opatija, Bristol, Astoria and Apoksiomen in Croatia. The c... (more)