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Family Sailing & Yachting Holiday Guide


About Sailing & Yachting Holidays - Holiday Companies
Company Details
This section lists the companies that provide family sailing and yachting holidays along with a summary of what they offer. If you need more details, please click on the links to visit the company website or request their brochure.
Companies Listed
Escape Yachting, Peter Sommer Travels, Sail Ionian, Sea Trek Adventures.
Escape Yachting

Escape Yachting is a skippered yacht charter company providing sailing days, weekends, holidays and courses for families and groups. See the English coast from a different angle with days out and weekend experiences on the Solent. Discover new destinations abroad with a family-friendly, full-service worldwide charter. Escape Yachting make every trip personal to ensure that you have the most relaxing experience possible. Your on-board team will shape the itinerary to suit, taking care of all the organisation.

Destinations UK: Sailing from Lymington in the New Forest along the Hampshire coast and Isle of Wight or across the Channel to France and the Channel Islands.

Canada - Exploring Desolation Sound: Desolation Sound, British Columbia.

Caribbean - Pirates of the Caribbean: St Lucia, Grenada, St Vincent, the Grenadines.
Italy/Croatia - In The Footsteps of Marco Polo: Venice, Dalmatian coast, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik.
Yachts Luxury 40 to 57 foot yachts in the Jeanneau fleet are used for your holiday.
A highly qualified and experienced skipper and mate are provided to sail the yacht. A hostess can also be provided.
Activities Sailing is the main activity with stops for snorkelling and swimming along the way.
Other activities can be arranged including watersports, mountain biking and pony trekking.

RYA Sailing Courses: Escape Yachting offer Royal Yachting Association sailing courses including Start Yachting, Competent Crew and Day Skipper.

Childcare Babysitting can be provided by the hostess by arrangement.
Minimum Age None.
Peter Sommer Travels

Peter Sommer Travels is a family run tour operator offering expert led cultural tours in Turkey, Greece and Italy. It offers family tours that are designed to be relaxing and stimulating, fascinating and fun. The family tours are cultural gulet cruises led by an expert guide. Visits to ancient sites will take you and your children deep into the past. You’ll explore the world of the Greeks and Romans in colourful detail: from what they ate to how they built temples, from what their loos were like to how they were treated at the doctors. All this and more in places boasting some of their finest artistic and architectural glories.

Alongside the archaeological adventures, there is the cruise itself aboard a beautiful traditional Turkish gulet. The gulet holidays offer plenty of opportunities for families with children to swim, kayak or snorkel in azure seas, to lie back and read as the world goes by, and to enjoy delicious home-cooked food.

In addition to their scheduled family tours, Peter Sommer Travels also offer private gulet charters for families with or without expert guides.


Greece: Dodecanese Islands, Cyclades.

Italy: Amalfi Coast, Aeolian Islands, Sicily
Turkey - Cruising the Carian Coast: Aegean coast, Mediterranean coast, Gocek, Bodrum.
Turkey - From Halicarnassus to Didyma: Aegean coast, Mediterranean coast, Istanbul, Cappadocia.
Gulets Skippered Turkish gulets are the base for your holiday. Service is a prime consideration and Peter Sommer Travels provide experienced captains and excellent cooks to make your adventure simply unforgettable.
The gulets have been carefully selected to ensure both comfort and quality. Every gulet is hand-crafted in Turkey. Gulet cruises can host groups from 2 to 24 people, with options for master, double or twin cabins.
Activities There are plenty of chances to snorkel and swim whilst on the gulet cruise. Windsurfing, kayaking and fishing equipment are also available.
Visiting the ancient sites will provide opportunities for exploring, hiking and nature watching.
Childcare None
Minimum Age 6 years on scheduled family tours. 2 years for private gulet charters.
Sail Ionian

Sail Ionian is a small, friendly, family owned and run yacht charter company based on the island of Lefkas in Greece, ideally located for sailing holidays exploring the Southern and Northern Ionian. Sail Ionian specialises in bareboat yacht charter, assisted sailing and RYA sailing courses. Experienced and newly qualified sailors can charter their own yacht. For less experienced sailors, Sail Ionian can skipper your yacht for part or all of your sailing holiday whilst you gain confidence. Or why not combine a sailing holiday with a 5 day RYA sail training course. You and your family will receive bespoke instruction from an instructor for the duration of the course and depending on its success, you are then able to take the boat without a skipper for the rest of your sailing holiday.


Greece: Lefkas.

Sail Ionian is based on the island of Lefkas in Vilho bay.The larger charter yachts sail between Corfu in the North and Zackinthos in the South. The smaller yachts are ideal for use in the South Ionian. All of the Islands are close to each other, with no great distance between safe harbours.

The fleet of charter yachts range from brand new Bavarias through to recently re-conditioned Mirage 27s and Feeling 286s. The Bavaria yachts have completed no more than five seasons of charter, with new yachts being added each year. All yachts from 36 foot upwards are teak decked and fully equipped. An outboard and spare fuel is provided on all Bavaria Yachts. Safety gear and lifejackets are available for all ages of children.

A free food and drink welcome pack is provided. The yacht will be fully equipped with everything from spare batteries, pegs, bin bags etc to all navigation gear and masks and snorkels. Towels, tea-towels and bed linen are also provided.

Bareboat Yacht Charter: For competent sailors happy to skipper a bareboat yacht safely.
Assisted Yacht Charter: Assisted sailing allows anyone who is either new to sailing, nervous about sailing bareboat or just a bit rusty, to practise their skills and learn to sail in Greece with a professional skipper offering one on one personalised instruction without the need for a formal training course.

Skippered Yacht Charter: For those without experience or looking for a relaxing holiday, Sail Ionian can skipper the yacht to wherever you wish, for all or part of your holiday. It is completely up to you how much sailing you learn, how much time you spend lying in the sun and where you end up each evening. The skipper will sleep on board for the week and will need a cabin.

RYA Sailing Course: If you are looking to gain a formal sailing qualification whilst on holiday, Sail Ionian offer personalised RYA sail courses on board your yacht for all or part of your holiday in Greece. This is usually achieved with a 5 day course at the beginning of your time in Greece. RYA courses available include; Competent Crew, Non Tidal Day Skipper and Non Tidal Coastal Skipper. Courses are available for all abilities and ages. If you and your crew would like to be qualified and are mixed abilities, you can follow different courses on the same yacht. For those new to sailing, everyone in the group can do their competent crew. The instructors are used to teaching children and always find lots of jobs for them to do from steering to helping moor the boat.

Other Activities: Snorkelling equipment is provided. Scuba diving can be arranged on request. Swimming is available whenever you wish. Children can have lots of fun visiting caves, playing in the dinghy, fishing, exploring beaches and snorkelling.
Minimum Age

RYA Competent Crew course: 8 years

RYA Day Skipper course: 16 years
RYA Coastal Skipper course: 17 years
There is no minimum age for the holiday if the adults are experenced sailors. If the adults have no experience, a minimum age of 6 years is recommended for children.
Sea-Trek Adventures

Sea-Trek Adventures specialises in flexible sailing holidays in Greece, based from the island of Kefalonia. It offers families the opportunity to learn to sail on a modern yacht on holiday in the sun in Greece, without sharing it with anyone else, and be let loose in the same week. It's a refreshing flexible mix of fun flotilla sailing holidays, yacht charter and one to one tuition where the instructor doesn't live on-board. For qualified skippers, Sea-Trek Adventures have a modern fleet of charter yachts. Other options include skippered yacht charter and stay and sail holidays.


Greece: Kefalonia.

Sea-Trek Adventures has two bases on the island of Kefalonia. Lixouri on the southwestern side of Kefalonia is the base for the sail training yachts and Fiscardo on the northern tip of Kefalonia is the base for the charter yachts. Countless coves, bays and deserted beaches are all on the doorstep making it a perfect place to learn sailing in nice consistent breezes.


The modern fleet of charter yachts range from 31 feet to 47 feet in length and are either 100% owned or exclusively managed by Sea-Trek Adventures. Comprehensive safety equipment is inspected every year and they all have many extras and essentials included in the price, designed with this cruising area in mind. Feeling 306' and Feeling 326 yachts are used for sail training.

Standard equipment provide includes; tenders with outboard motors, furling sails, toilet waste holding tanks, electric anchor winches, GPS navigation and Epirb safety systems, retractable gang planks, hot and cold pressurised water, auto pilots, swimming platforms, swim ladders and outside showers. Life jackets are available for children.

Bareboat Yacht Charter: Families with a qualified skipper in the party can charter their own yacht and set sail to explore the wonderful Ionian islands of Greece on their own with back up from Sea-Trek Adventures.
Skippered Yacht Charter: Sea-Trek Adventures offer this holiday for people who are looking for a skippered charter on a large comfortable yacht. Relax, learn the ropes and meander around the Greek Islands aboard a lovely 47' ketch with a very experienced, friendly skipper.

IYT Learn To Sail Holidays: Families can learn to sail on their own yacht, with their own skipper who doesn't sleep onboard. This option comprises 3 days instruction with 3 days free sailing. The course is focussed on you as a family group and there are plenty of jobs for children to do. The days are kept short (10 - 4.30 ish) and there is always plenty of time for swimming. Everybody gets the International Sailing Passport at the end of the week and the appropriate IYT (International Yacht Training Board) certification of Crew, Skipper or ICC.

Stay and Sail : This option is for those who wish to live ashore whilst sailing each day. A range of hotels and apartments are available for your onshore stay.

Other Activities: Swimming is available as and when you wish with swimming platforms and swim ladders provided on the yachts.

Minimum Age

IYT certiicates: no minimum age.

There is no minimum age for the holiday.
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