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Where can i be informed about the sailing trips that “The Grand Sail” provides?
Check out pages “Sailing Trips” and “Tailor Made”, to see all available options and trips.
What are the available accommodation options and what is the difference between them? (Berth/Cabin/Yacht)
– BERTH: You have the option to book a single spot in a sailing trip and share a cabin with another person, of the shame gender.This is very common in sailing trips and a great way to get to know new people and make new friends!
– CABIN: If you travel with a friend, you have the option to book a cabin. A cabin can accommodate up to 2 persons and it’s a great way to travel, especially for couples. Of course, it’s our recommendation for two couples who want to experience a sailing adventure and can’t afford to book a full yacht.
– YACHT: A group of people, has the option to book a full yacht and can live our full sailing experience in a more private way! Sometimes booking a full yacht, is the right and most affordable choice, for a larger number of people!
How many days, does a sailing trip last?
Our sailing trips have a 7 day duration. The Check-in procedure is always on Saturday and we are back for the Check-out after 7 days, on the next Suturday!
Can i book a sailing trip for less than 7 days?
Unfortunately you cannot book a sailing trip for less than 7 days. To live the full experience, we made each day count, with amazing destinations and fun activities! Trust us, at the end of the week, you’ll wish for more!
How many yachts can sail together each week?
That depends. A group of yachts can offer a really amazing experience to the crews, becoming a great group of friends that share their amazing summer vacations, on great locations. The parties, the relaxing moments and the special events on each journey are always more fun when lot of people join in.
On the other hand, the feeling of solitude and the breathtaking view of an exotic destination when you sail with your close ones, it’s a very unique experience. Either way, you will have the best time of your life!
What should i bring with me?
The short answer is “Bring only what you really need”. The basic rule of thumb when sailing or traveling at sea, is that you should carefully pick what you will take along, because of the limited storage space. We trust that you think wisely!
To help you out, here’s a list with the things that you should definitely bring with you:
– Personal hygiene products
– Hat & Sunscreen
– Some kind of light jacket or coat
– Light/Summer clothes
– Your favorite music
*Towels and beddings are provided, so don’t worry about that, we got you covered!
Yachts & Sailing
Monohull or Catamaran? What’s the difference?
The monohull offers the classic sailing experience, with the traditional boat shape and the amazing feeling when crossing the sea! It can accomodate a crew of 6 to 10 people, with separate cabins (up to 2 people), two bathrooms and a living room area.
The catamaran offers a modern approach to sailing, with more relaxing cruising experience, more deck space with open areas for the crew, as well as more spacious cabins and living room areas! Our catamarans will guarantee a more premium experience and will step up your sailing adventure!
How many people can be accommodated in each yacht?
That depends. Monohulls can accommodate from 6 to 10 persons, plus the skipper. Usually there are 3 double cabins and 2 persons can us the living room area. Catamarans can accommodate 8 persons, in 4 double cabins, plus the skipper.
For “Tailor Made” sailing trips, there many more options, depending in the number of people, the crew, the level of additional needs or special requests.
Tell me more about the skipper and his responsibilities.
Our skippers have great navigation skills and great experience. Their job is to make your sailing experience as comfortable and safe as possible, by taking care of the boat and the crew. The skipper is the one in charge on the boat and the only person that takes the final call, when it comes to the important staff!
Our skipper will give you the chance to experience sailing, be a part of a sailing crew and learn new things along the way, but at the same time he has the responsibility to judge, based on the weather, if a destination is safe or not. Afterall, we all have to respect the sea!
Our sailing trip has certain destinations. Can i suggest a alteration?
The schedule and the route of each sailing trip are decided based on the best sailing experience for the crew, but at the same time, on “The Grand Sail”s safety protocols. Only the skipper can decide to change the initial route, if he thinks that is best. Only in special conditions can a route be altered, after the suggestion of the crew.
Booking & Payment
What are the available payment methods?
You have the option to fulfil your payment, as it best suits you. Visa/Mastercard, Paypal, PayMill are all supported!
Can i book and pay later?
Of course you can! On check-out choose “Book & Pay Later”, and after you complete the transaction through your bank, you can notify us via e-mail and we will proceed to the final steps of the Booking procedure.
Can i complete the booking procedure by paying a deposit and pay-off later?
There is the option to book by paying the deposit and complete pay-off at the check-in, on the first day of our sailing trip.Just let us know!
What is the cancelation policy?
In the sad occasion of a cancelation, here are some useful information you have to keep in mind:
– Cancelation 2 months prior to the trip date – You get FULL refund.
– Cancelation less than 2 months prior to the trip date – cancellation charges are applied as a percentage of the total booking cost, starting from the date that we received your notice.
Charging rates apply as follows:
– 61 days before the departure date – 0%.
– From 60 to 31 days before the departure date – 50%.
– Within 30 days of the departure date – 100%.
– Cancelation charges apply to all booking types with no exceptions
After i completed the booking procedure, is there a way i can add a new traveller?
Don’t worry, to add one or more travellers to your reservation, you can proceed to a new booking and inform us afterword via e-mail or phone, so that we can arrange to be in the same yacht with your friends.
Experience & Provisioning Options
Are there any additional or premium options, to make my sailing experience even more special?
We offer several options for the traveller who wants to have a more premium and exclusive experience. Before the check-out, you can select the Experience Level of your trip, whether you are OK with a Basic provisioning arrangement or you prefer “The Grand Sail” Advanced experience, with the presence of a hostess on board to take care of various tasks (eg. cleaning, etc), higher level of provisioning (full list of included products on check-out). On “Tailor Made” sailing trips, we offer even more options, with additional custom provisioning, on-request activities, high-end luxury yachts, executive chef on board and much more!
What exactly is included, regarding the provisioning?
Having Greek hospitality in our DNA, we want to make our crews feel at home from the moment they come on board. We have included a “welcome box” with traditional greek products, as well as some basic goods, to kick of your amazing journey! Each crew has to make their desired supplies on the first day, just before we sail and at various locations during the week.
What about safety? Is it important for you?
We’re so happy that you want to know more, about the way we think! The safety of the crew and everyone around them, is our number one priority! By selecting the best yachts for you and taking care of all the important safety protocols, we have managed to make “The Grand Sail”, the most safe and reliable way to experience sailing and have the best quality in all of our services.
Wanting to take safety to the next level with our class-leading insurance policies, we include personal travel insurance to all our available product! Check out our partner’s list if you want to know more!
Can i ask for something that it’s not mentioned above?
Extra services can only be included on the “Tailor Made” sailing trips and only after we have received your requests and agreed on the mentioned demand.
What is the starting point of my sailing trip?
Our base for the Sailing Trips that take place in the Ionian Sea, is Lefkas. For the Aegean Sea destinations, we start our adventure from Athens or Volos. For the Sailing Trips that we offer in Portugal and in Croatia, the starting point are determined based on the specific destination, each week.
I’m flying in to Athens from my country, how difficult is it to reach Lefkas?
Actually is fairly easy to travel from Athens to all of our selected starting points and especially to Lefkas. Athens is connected to Lefkada either by bus, or by train, through Patras. We suggest using the bus, so that you have a direct destination. Feel free to check out our useful tips on the end of this page.
We have some helpful information and useful links to help make your journey, as comfortable and easy as possible!
Is there any other way to reach the starting point?
On bigger groups of people (<10+ persons), we offer group transportation with private bus, from the airport to the arranged starting point and back. For fewer people or solo travellers, there is always the option to Rent a Car.
Feel free to use the links at the Useful Tips on the end of the page.
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