the years we got lots of letters from satisfied
customers. Here are a few:
Kristina, Patty, Jordan, and Taryn Maine, USA 5/13/17 - 5/18/17
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.
B., Carrie B., Carrie P. and Nicole on
Sept 30, 2016
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.)"
& Eugene from Boston - 29/7/2016
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
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. ? Ge?a µa?!
A - 11/7/16
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.
from New York - 04/09/2015
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!
K & family from Russell, Manitoba, Canada -
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.
and Tamara S from The Woodlands, TX - 30/07/2015
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!
B from Varsavia - 28/07/2015
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.
& Paul from Portland, Oregon - 26/06/2015
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.
G from Billings, MT - 22/06/2015
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's mom) in Siros what
a great lady who I made all the arranngements 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
Spike, Rusty and Max W from Seattle, WA - 21/04/2015
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
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.
B from California - 20/11/2014
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!
Moran from Australia - 19/10/2014
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
and Melinda Trevena from Australia - 06/10/2014
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.
K family from Switzerland - 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
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
Arantxa, Antonio & Maria from Spain - 09/09/2014
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.
José e Rosane Pagliuca from BRASIL
wrote at 23.10.2013:
WE WANT SAY THANKS FOR ALL. THATS RAN PERFECT. NICE
YACHT, GENTLY SKIPPER AND 1ST OFFICER. CYCLADES,
OCT. 2013.WE´LL WISH COME BACK ANOTHER TIME.
Tracy Tanner from Australia wrote at 17.10.2013:
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
Lori, David, Jake & Aaron Stein from New
York wrote at 11.10.2013:
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!
Bettina, Celina, Flavia from Switzerland wrote at
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.
Susan Brown from USA wrote at 17.07.2013:
A great deal of research went into our selection
of vacationyachting.com 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 Marco and Anastasia to anyone who will
listen. Stop your research. This is your cruise!
The Coogle Family from USA wrote at 10.06.2013:
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!!
Doris Herrmann from Sydney Australia wrote at
Doris Herrmann -Sydney Australia - Cruise date October
2012 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!
Family from United Kingdom wrote at 01.11.2012:
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
The Snow\'s from Vancouver, BC wrote at 07.09.2012:
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.
Tamara wrote at 01.09.2012:
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!
Nadia Ward from UK wrote at 23.08.2012:
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.
Jay and Reda Martin from Littleton CO USA wrote
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.
Alison Tinsley from USA wrote at 18.07.2012:
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.
jennifer contoplianos from San francisco, CA
USA wrote at 19.05.2012:
As Greek-Americans, our family decided to journey
to our homeland with three siblings over 70 (my
dad, uncle, and aunt)to discover lost relatives.
This was probalby the last trip that they would
take together. After one week of the mainland we
were ready to visit the islands as the last leg
of our journey. I found Vacation Yachting on Matt
Barrett's website - a must for Greek travel! Betty
is a delight and a very experienced travel guide,
as Marcos is an experienced sailor. Our family had
never sailed before and with three adults over 70
(one in a wheelchair), our trip was not exactly
like the guests described below; however, Marcos
did the best he could to accommodate us - he even
fixed my dad's wheelchair that had a flat tire by
winding rope around the wheel. That saved us a lot
of hardship we would have otherwise had to endure!
Originally we wanted to sail to Santorini and Mykonos,
but if you look at the map, the two islands are
really far out in the sea and with the September
winds we were advised to stay in the Saronic Gulf,
close to the mainland. I'm very happy we made that
decision. We especially loved Hydra, a very quaint
island with NO cars or motorbikes! And lots of cute
shops and traverns, plus the magnificent views of
the sea - the sunsets were amazing! We decided to
stay an extra night. All in all the trip was everything
I thought it would be if you like sailing early
in the morn and sleeping in small quarters with
little back support on the "skinny" mattresses.
Nonetheless, the yacht was very clean and efficient
if you are not with aging adults who are use to
the comforts of home. I recommend a hotel for them
while the 50 year old people like me can handle
it and found the rocking and sailing very soothing
and relaxing - I guess it is a matter of preference.
Bottom line - Marcos introduced us to some great
family restaurants and basically did his own thing
while we ventured in to each new port. Betty, is
a warm, professional person, and together, they
are a great team - both willing to accommodate your
family needs. I'm really looking forward to doing
this again with out my parents. Santorini - here
we come! Best, Jennifer Contoplianos
Jennifer from Texas, USA wrote at 15.01.2012:
We had an amazing time during our week with Marco
on the Alba IV. The boat was everything it was advertised
to be ( and very comfortable!), and Marco was invaluable.
He is so friendly and knowledgeable, and he gave
great recommendations based on our interests as
to where to eat, swim, play, etc. Our most memorable
night was in Naxos where Marco ordered a typical
Greek seafood dinner for us. It was AMAZING and
had so many delicious dishes we'd never had before,
including octopus and a fish with the eyeballs still
in!! We also had a very easy time working with Betty.
My mom handled most of the reservations, but even
when I emailed with questions Betty was extremely
friendly and prompt getting back to me. She answered
all of my questions and helped put me at ease about
everything. She and Marco were very flexible with
us even when we had a passport snafu in Athens that
delayed some of our party. In all, we would have
been lost without them. This was definitely the
vacation of a lifetime which none of us will ever
forget. I would recommend Vacation Yachting to anyone
who has an interest in seeing the Greek Islands-
you'd be hard pressed to find a better host and
tour guide anywhere.
from Australia wrote at 14.12.2011:
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.
Melinda Dale from Belton, Tx wrote at 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
Linc Davis from USA wrote at 16.11.2011:
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.
McDonald from California, USA wrote at 16.08.2011:
June 15-19, 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!
Jeff Bovit from New Jersey, USA wrote at 06.06.2011:
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
Craig Wadman from USA wrote at 11.01.2011:
My wife and I spent eight days on the Alba IV for
our honeymoon at the beginning of September. It
was absolutely wonderful. The Alba, also known as
Wavedancer, is a beautiful yacht that combines all
the comfortable modern amenities with the classical
yacht look and feel. The boat was perfect for a
honeymoon; at the same time it would be equally
perfect and comfortable for up to eight friends
as each cabin contains its own closet and head.
The boat is great when you are lounging at port
while incredibly seaworthy and smooth under sail.
What really made the trip was the great direction
and sincerity of Marco. Marco is a professional,
courteous, knowledgeable and humorous captain who
knows yachting and the Greek Islands inside and
out. If you are looking for a restaurant, cafe,
beach, shop, or anything you can think of, Marco
can give you direction regardless of the island.
Or, if you are looking to see a specific island,
Marco will get you there. Marco even caught and
Octopus while snorkeling.....In conclusion, I would
recommend a charter of the Alba without pause. Between
the boat, Marco and the sights, we had an experience
we cherish and will never forget. --Rebecca &
Craig. September 2010
Goetz from North Carolina, USA wrote at 26.11.2010:
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
Jan and Bob Benbow from United States wrote at
July 31-August 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 all of you for making our trip
so absolutely wonderful!!! And, we look forward
to cruising with Vacation Yachting again! Bob and
Jan Benbow Ankara, Turkey/Denver, CO, USA
Bob & Jan Benbow from Ankara, Turkey/Denver,
CO USA wrote at 29.08.2010:
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!
Colette Flanagan from USA wrote at 15.08.2010:
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
Mark Zyskowski from USA wrote at 09.08.2010:
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
Ken & Shelley Renaud from Massachusetts USA
wrote at 29.07.2010:
Charter from june 7 to 16 from Lavrio to Santorini
Marcos, thanks for helping us with a dream vacation
Mary & Denis Gahagan from Massachusetts USA
wrote at 29.07.2010:
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!
Laura Kimsey wrote at 09.07.2010:
Charter from may 28 to june 4 from Lavrio to Santorini.
In July 2009, when deciding where to go on vacation
the summer of 2010, my sister Karen said, ?What
about chartering a sail boat in Greece?? YES! She
found Marco on Matt Barrett?s website. Our anticipation
and excitement grew to unbelievable hopes and expectations
over the next 10 months. We have never done anything
like this before. Seldom does anything meet with
expectations so blown out of proportion. Marco took
our group of 8 family and friends on the vacation
of a lifetime. He welcomed us into his home ? the
Alba IV, the Sea and all of the Greece we were about
to experience. Marco and Betty planned our trip
from Lavrio to Santorini perfectly. Sailing for
a few hours everyday, Marco then brought us to Islands
we would not have otherwise seen. Spending each
afternoon swimming, walking /site seeing, eating
& drinking and shopping, In the evening, Marco
brought us to family owned restaurants. The food
was always fresh and amazing, the people always
friendly and generous in their hospitality. Each
day ended with strolls around port, a final drink
at a tavern, then rocked to sleep by the gentle
movement of Wave Dancer. Marco is a wonderful captain,
tour guide and chef. He exceeded all of our expectations.
Truly a vacation of a lifetime! With many thanks
Marco and Betty. Peace, Laura Kimsey
Mark Brenner wrote at 09.07.2010:
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
Pam Kimsey from USA wrote at 24.06.2010:
Dear Marco and Betty, There is no way to thank you
enough for the adventure of a lifetime! We were
so excited when my sister chartered the beautiful
Wavedancer for our first trip to the Cyclades, but
we had no idea of just how amazing our week would
be. None of us had ever sailed before and Marco's
love of the open water, the beautiful, varied islands
and his boat was contagious. His knowledge of the
best places to eat, drink, swim, what to see, and
where to hike was limitless and ensured that every
day was our new "Best Day Ever" and every
taverna was our "Best Meal Ever!" (The
actual best meal MAY have been Chef Marco's chicken
with vodka and cream sauce,cooked on deck under
millions of stars and eaten after a sunset swim
in an empty bay turning that impossible aegean blue
water into red and gold, within sight of the mystical
island of Delos) There were so many times we would
look at each other and ask, "Is this really
happening?" Marco is a gifted host and made
us feel that the WaveDancer was our home. He is
so funny and quick witted that he kept us laughing
for a week straight. We could not have felt safer
or in better hands on any dimension. (He also did
not let anyone panic when he let me steer the boat)In
short, the only thing that would have made our trip
better would have been if Betty had joined us. The
time we had with her and her good humored, welcoming
presence on Syros was too short--and made us not
want to leave Syros! I SO HOPE that someday we can
come again and see some of the other islands with
you. For us, there could be no other boat, captain
or Betty! Best love to you Pam
Michael and Ashley Grinnan from USA wrote at 22.06.2010:
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
Michael and Ashley Grinnan from Lavrio wrote at
We had the most amazing time. It was everything
we could have asked for and more! Will send pictures!
~Michael and Ashley
Timothy Shorter from Washington, DC, USA wrote at
Charter march 26 to april 2 from Syros to Syros
From the moment I first got in contact with Betty
and Marcos of the Alba IV I knew we would have a
great vacation. The 10 of us had an unforgettable
trip through the isles, with Marcos being a fantastic
guide and skipper. He was experienced, professional,
and fun all at the same time! Some of our best memories
are of all being on the boat between islands, chatting
and enjoying each others' company. Everything about
the trip was easy and efficient - from working to
charter the course and deal with payment with Betty,
to arriving at Syros and meeting them to head to
the boat, to sailing the isles and returning to
Athens afterward. I cannot begin to describe the
incredible time that we all had, and we still constantly
talk about places we saw, people we met, and things
we did in Greece while traveling with Marcos. On
behalf of all 10 of us, I would like to thank both
of you for a week of fun, relaxation, and unforgettable
experiences. I only hope we are lucky enough to
return again for another trip! Some of the other
people I went with also wished to add their thoughts:
Marcos was so great. He let us do our own thing
while still being a friendly, available, hospitable
host. He took us out on Paros and we had amazing
food together. Plus the boat was great, nothing
went wrong, and the weather and price were perfect.
Marcos was an amazing skipper, went above and beyond
to make us comfortable and happy. The islands were
gorgeous and if you enjoy sailing, you'll enjoy
this. Definitely an experience to have! Thanks marcos
karen Kimsey from us wrote at 13.06.2010:
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 outrageous...it 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 nights...it
makes you feel alive again!!! i can't recommend
this enough...10 stars....karen kimsey
Catherine GUILBERT et Alain PIGEON from FRANCE wrote
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 wailing 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
Patrik Pereira wrote at 19.05.2010:
Charter from May 08 to May 15 from Syros to Santorini:
We had the greatest time ever!!! Marco is an incredible
skipper. Thanks a lot for the best holiday ever.
Hope to sail with you again in the near future.
Bye for now. Patrik, Hugh, Silvia, Antonia, William,
a wonderful time in Greece and on the sailboat with
Marco. We enjoyed his company also and couldnt
have asked for a more good-natured captain and guide.
I suspect we will be back in Greece at some point
and, if possible, would enjoy another expedition
with you all. Marcos help with restaurants,
entertainment and transportation was truly appreciated!
attached a couple of pictures that I thought were
interesting and you are more than welcome to use
them for your publicity purposes if you would like;
otherwise just enjoy and delete.
be happy to write a letter or provide references
for your potential customers if it would be helpful
to you I am not sure how often you update
your WEB site so just let me know.
you again for all your assistance up front and to
both of you for running a great business and providing
the four of us with a wonderful week in the Cyclades,
finished a sailing vacation Kea-Kithnos-Serifos-Paros-Syros-Mykonos
with Marco aboard the Alba as recommended by you
and I can't tell you what a great experience it
was. Thank you so much for your help -- I already
thanked Betty and Marco -- and I hope to steer some
other customers your way!
We have arrived home from an incredible holiday.
We just wanted to let you know that our sailing
holiday went way beyond our expectations. It was
a holiday we will never forget (and we hope to be
back again some day). Marco is a skilled skipper
who worked with us the whole time to provide us
with a sailing experience that met our needs.He
was fun to be with on and off the water, a great
tour guide, and a great help with "menu selections".
He always knew when to afford us some privacy but
at the same time always anticipated our needs. The
boat accommodations where also much more that we
expected. We had all kinds of room, everything that
we needed and comfortable beds.
Not sure what else to say, except that this was
a holiday we will never forget. Please thank Marco
again for a wonderful sailing adventure. We all
appreciate everything that you have done to make
this holiday memorable.
Dale and Brenda...June 2009
for the email. It was a truly wonderful experience.
was a great captain. He watched over us, gave us
on things to do, and joined us for some special
meals. We all feel
that we have found a new and special friend.
Now, Robin and I are in Bulgaria, enjoying the Black
of Sozopol. While I do have a meeting here, it seems
vacation....Give my best to Marco,
a great time. It was the highlight of the trip.
wonderful. He was such a pleasure to hang out with
and the boat was very
comfortable. We were so sad when he left us in Ios.
We just sat there
and watched him sail away! We will definitely be
back. I have attached
a few pictures. Thank you for all of your help in
planning our trip
and I just returned from a 6 week vacation in Europe.
(April 13-May 24) We spent the first week on the
Alba IV, cruising the Greek Islands with Marcos.
(April 17-24) Our children and our son's fiance
joined us for 2 weeks in Greece and we had the most
wonderful family time together.
not say enough good things about Marcos. He took
us to excellent restaurants and ordered for us.
The food was unbelievable!! I have already made
it a point to find Greek Yogurt at home. He guided
us, told us where to go and was always looking out
for us. We hit some rough weather on the last day
but I was never once concerned, because I knew he
knew what he was doing.
thank you so much for all your help in setting things
thank you for your services and for hooking us up
thank you for your website info. It was very helpful.
In addition to the sailboat, we used Georges Taxi
Service, The Acropolis Hotel in Delphi, the Arsenis
in Meteora and the Attalos in Athens.
a travel blog and I have attached links to your
Check it out. Again thanks.
all safe and sound back in California. We had a
unforgettable experience - one to cherish always.
you so much for your help and information. Please
our thanks to Marco as well. He showed us a picture
of Eros(hope I spelled his name correctly). I told
him Marco he should have brought him along on sailing
trip. Dan and I have 2 labs - very spoiled dogs!
again Betty. Warm
Dear Betty and Marco,
I cannot begin to express what a fabulous holiday
we had. Marco was far beyond our expectations as
a skipper. He is an experienced, enviable captain
and I just can't begin to tell you how precious
he was to all of us. He was friendly, professional,
knowledgeable, patient, present and absent at all
the right times. It is obvious he has been doing
this for a long time. I feel very fortunate to have
had this experience on your boat with my family,
close friends and Marco at the helm. I don't think
too many people get to do something that special
in a lifetime and I feel truly blessed.
was awesome. The accommodations were comfortable.
The islands were spectacular and the sailing was
truly splendid. Marco is an expert at spotting dolphins
and we were lucky enough to see many. We loved your
company, dealing with you during the planning stage,
and everything else about the experience. I would
be very surprised if you did not hear from us again
and would highly recommend you to anyone who was
thinking about this kind of vacation, however, I
would like to keep you a special little secret.
Marco is already in high enough demand.
so much for everything. We had a marvellous time.
Coming to Greece was a pipe dream and she didn't
let us down. This was my son's graduation gift and
likely one of our last family vacations together
and it could not have gone any smoother. We would
not have changed a thing. We will always be indebted
to you both. You will always have a place to stay,
access to a vehicle and maybe even a sailboat soon
if you ever feel like coming to see the Rockies
and the Gulf Islands (which I hear Marco has not
sailed yet). We would welcome you with open arms.
Please take us up on it sometime. We miss you already
Marco. Our only regret is that we didn't get to
meet you too.
Kerry and Family (and Friends)
a wonderful time with Marcos. He really made a trip
fantastic. We hope he has a continued safe voyages
this season and hope to meet you both again sometime,
maybe in California? The wines are a few of our
favorite California varieties.
thank you for keeping us safe and for a very memorable
We are still in Greece, continuing to enjoy our
Holiday on the Peloponnese. We had such a great
time with Marco. We realize how fortunate we were
to have him show us all the local places now that
we're on our own. Thanks for all your help.
We had a great time! As we told Marco when we left
the boat, he was one of the highlights. What a great
sense of humor and a fountain of information about
Greece. We got home last night at 7:30 p.m. Chicago
time -- but our bodies felt like it was 2:30 a.m.!
Whew. A little tired today.
Thank you for all your help in arranging this once-in-a-lifetime
& Margaret, Lauren and Sarah(Missouri)
26 hours of continuous travel (3 flights with long
layovers) we got back home Saturday night. Our sleep
patterns are still not right.
What a great time we had! We enjoyed our days in
Athens, but by far the best part of our trip was
being "boat people" and sailing with Marco.
We're glad we decided to go to Serifos so we could
meet you and spend some time with you...it was great
to meet you and Marco, and we feel like we have
two new friends.
Thanks for yours and Marco's professionalism and
hospitality, and please give your thanks and warm
wishes to Marco.
It's good to be back home, but we'd sure prefer
to be sailing somewhere on
for everything! We had a wonderful time. It's hard
not being on the boat today!
Gary and Linda(Ohio)
"Hello Marcos (and Betty)!
The Hills and Prices have now returned home after
some slight delays, but nothing major (no "Happy
Fish"). We enjoyed our last night in/around Athens
and witnessed a stunning football victory for Greece,
beating the favored French team 1-0! To experience
this in he Plaka was extraordinary for us!
Again, we want to thank you, Marcos, for providing
us with an unbelievable experience in your beautiful
country. I can assure you when I say that our "Trip
of a Lifetime" exceeded any of our expectations.
You are the consummate host and friend and can be
very proud in the knowledge that you are without
peer in the service you provide.
We also want to thank you for your friendship, as
we all feel that it was much more than just a business
for you. We had a great time and it was a real adventure!
If there is any time when we can provide a prospective
customer with our comments/recommendations please
let us know. It would be a pleasure!
I hope your trip with your Norwegian friends (3rd
time?) either is going well or went well. Please
take care of yourself and we hope to see you again
in the not-too-distant future.
May your life be full, the seas be kind and always
at your back!
Adieu! (I forgot how to say "goodbye until we meet
again" in Greek!)"
and Sylvia (Texas)
a land of great beauty and I can´t imagine
a more perfect way to explore it than aboard Wavedancer.
The boat was in excellent condition and very spacious.
our captain, Marcos, must have been born to this
profession. A more professional, capable, genial
leader could no be had. Not only aboard the boat,
but as well on land.
He was in a large measure responsible for making
our cruise the succes that it was.
It was glorious 14 days of great sailing, good friends
and a lot to do and look at.
Life does not get much better than this. Each island
was unique. Thank you Marco, for making our time
in Greece so special - we´ll never forget
it, and we will return."
the brightest star I have sailed so far,
With a crew that none compares through nights of
calm and days so fair,
And Marco, the man that touched my heart who showed
much strength and tenderness from the start. I will
greatly miss it all, Wavedancer, by far the brightest
of paradis! Marco was a wonderful guide and friend.
Seven days aren't nearly enough to explore this
magical area. But, many wonderful memories were
made aboard Wavedancer during our short stay."