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International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine reported the 2005 summer season availability of two charter yachts, S/Y Schatz and Kallisto. Both yachts will be available for charter in the Eastern Med during the summer. S/Y Schatz will be available between... July 4  ( Göcek )  /  July 8  ( Göcek ) July 20  ( Göcek )  / July 23  ( Göcek ) August 6 ( Bodrum )  /  August 12  ( Bodrum ) September 3  (Marmaris) / ...... More information on this gulet yacht can be obtained from www.travel2turkey.org   SPECIFICATION OF THE YACHT YACHT NAME SCHATZ TYPE KECH YEAR BUILT 2005 ( New !!! ) LOA ( m ) 30 BEAM ( m ) 7,20 DRAUGHT 2,70 ENGINES 2 x 400 hp DAEWOO GENERATOR 1 32 Kwa/240V  50 Hz. GENERATOR 2 21 Kwa/240V  50 Hz. AIRCONDITIONING COOLING & HEATING FUEL TANKS 3000 Lt. FRESH WATER TANK 6000 Lt. GREY & BLACK WATER TANK 6000 Lt. PASSANGER AND CREW CAPACITY  - 2 Master Suite, 4 Guest Cabi... (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)

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)

From Athens to OOPA! Seven Days in Turkey & Greece

Graduate student Laura Albers decided last year to spend her summer this year traveling Europe and she made it her personal mission to convince her sister and two best friends to join her on the journey. Lucky for Laura, they didn’t take too much convincing. They met up on the other side of the globe for a holiday in Greece. This is their story…   Day 1: Arrival in Athens My friend Katie and I land in Athens in the early afternoon and wait for the arrival of our two co-voyagers – which takes nearly the entire day, but by the end of it we’re together, the four of us, and are finally ready to begin our adventure.  We make our way to the hotel, wash away the travel dust, and go for a nice dinner in the Plaka – a beautiful area of Athens with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants. The food is delicious – souvlaki (think meat on a stick), tzatziki (an amazing white sauce... (more)

Divan Palmira Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey: The End of an Era?

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)

M/Y ELLINIA: The Ideal Yacht to Cruise the Turkish Riviera and the Greek Islands

Absolute Yachting is pleased to present you the luxury M/Y ELLINIA, the ideal yacht for your clients that wish to cruise the Greek islands. Her length is 80 ft, and she can accommodate 8/9 quests in one Master, one VIP,  and in two Twin Cabins (one twin with a pullman berth), all with en suite facilities. Many recreations facilities are offered including: snorkeling, fishing, water skiing equipment and a wave runner.   Charter rate is: High season 15th of June to the 15th of September was euro 33.600   per week plus expenses, but now is EURO 30.100 for August and for the rest of the months EURO 28.000. Included in the above rates: crew, crew’s food, harbor and public marina fees within Greece. Not included: 4,5% VAT (Value added tax), fuel (unless stated), meals (unless stated), bar and beverages for the guests (unless stated), gasoline for the tender and water toys... (more)

Ikaria Island a Beauty of Nature in the Aegean Sea

From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine Ikaria island stands on the Eastern Aegean Sea just to the west of Samos island. It is the home of the mythical Ikaros and an island of wild beauty, that has reached our days almost unspoiled from the effects of civilisation thru the centuries. There is no other island on the Aegean where you can find such breathtaking panoramas, clean mountain air, therapeutic hot springs, truly unspoiled seas and very friendly people. Ikarians are generally unconcerned with the passage of time. They live for today without worrying about tomorrow. If you are the type that expects luxury Ikaria is not for you, but if you like nature, clean, barren and excellent beaches, sailing, climbing up on mountains, hiking, small villages lost in time, it is the place for you. Beaches on the North coast are sandy and more popular, while those in the s... (more)

Moni Toplou, a Monastery with a Gun

  From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine The eastern part of Sitia in Crete is almost a deserted place but the coastal road going off east of the town is the only one in the area with traffic because it leads to the two popular sights in east Crete - the Toplou Monastery or Moni Toplou and the palm tree forest at Vai which we will be talking on another article. On the coastal road there is not much to see, until you arrive at the historic Toplou Monastery. be careful as the road is narrow and has many badly-designed bends. The Monastery stands alone in the middle of no-where. It has been built in mid 15th century at a time when pirates and bandits of all nationalities were ravaging Crete and has withstood many attacks and occupations by invading forces. This is partly due to its strategic position. So the monks built a thick and strong 10 m high wall around the... (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)

Cretan Wedding Bread, a Piece of Art

From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine Crete is an island of traditions, and is much different than the other parts of Greece. It is a big island and there are many attractions to find just know them in advance and watch-out for them. One of those attractions is certainly the Cretan Wedding tradition and if you happen to come across on a wedding, especially in the villages do not miss it.  I came across a wedding at Anogia village on the heights of Crete island, where a wedding is some very special event. At that village guests and villagers get dressed up and parade thru the village streets accompanied with live music and they dance all night in the village square. Also there is the after wedding party or feast called "glendi" which goes on for hours and sometimes days with lots of singing, dancing, lyra music, and eating. And the finale is when everybody goes ... (more)

Looking for a Deal on a Crewed Catamaran ?

Dear Colleauges,   I am pleased to inform you that due to 2 cancellations, we have the following availabilities for LAGOON 500 crewed, as follows:    AVAILABILITY :   June 1-30  ( the client had reserved for the month and withdrew ), and   AVAILABILITY :  16 of July  embarkation MYKONOS - 24 of July disembarkation Athens!       The special rate for this period is : USD 14.200 for American citizens and euro 11.360 for European citizens or other   ( including public marina fees, and 2 crew members-captain and hostess)     BROKER FRIENDLY E BROCHURE:   http://greekyachtdestinations.com/component/option,com_sobi2/Itemid,25/sobi2Task,sobi2Details/catid,27/sobi2Id,188/     Please contact us for inquiries you may have for the above special deal!   Sincerely,     Christina Papadopoulos   ABSOLUTE YACHTING   www.gyd.gr  ( broker friendly site)   tel and fax : ++ 30 210 99 02... (more)