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is a unique travel destination because it is one of the few countries
in Europe that it's visitors mainly visit it's islands. That being
said, it's obvious that you must cross water to get to the islands.
two choices: fly or take a boat. Flying is quick(but less so when
you think that you have to get to and from the airports and arrive
early to be sure you clear customs and have enough time to check
in!). Traveling by boat is a slower and more leisurely way to
visit the islands.
take the large cruise ships which is a way to see a large number
of islands over a short period of time. This option is relatively
expensive and has the added disadvantage in that you arrive with
a wave of visitors(many hundreds to many thousands) and trudge
through the town with the residents knowing that you are in the
port for a few hours and then gone. This is a great way to "see"
Greece, but offers very little opportunity to "experience"
charter a small yacht(1-10 People) or a small cabin charter(30-50
people)on a mid-sized yacht, you will be much less noticed, and
although you will be recognized as a tourist, you won't be a "cruise
ship" tourist.(Cruise ships generally try to squeeze every
last dollar out of it's clients providing services and shops so
that you don't have to spend any money on the islands you visit.
Does that help you understand how locals view cruise ship tourists?-
tourists that won't spend money!)
off the Beaten Path places-On your yacht you will be
able to slip in and out of towns as you please, stop along the
way at anchorages and villages that are not easily accessible
to the larger cruises ships(Remember the Cruise ships go to the
larger/more well known destinations, not the quaint little villages!).
With a smaller yacht you will have direct access to the skipper
or the crew who will know more about Greece than you'll be able
to find out in a month of reading(they have practical knowledge/not
book knowledge!). They can show you a Greece that you would have
a hard time discovering on your own.
packing/unpacking, checking in and out of hotels, waiting for
planes or ferries.-
Do you know how much time you spend packing, unpacking and waiting
for transportation when you visit 3-4 islands? On your own yacht
there is no need to pack or unpack- just pull up the anchor and
head to the next destination!
With your own yacht you will be at the dock and right on the water.
No more trudging around trying to find a hotel with a good view
of the water! In Greece the waterfront is usually the center of
activity in the villages.
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