The Allure of Sailing the Aegean

The Allure of Sailing the Aegean

Meridian Adventure SAIL has launched a series of immersive, signature sailing itineraries by catamaran to explore the beautiful and diverse network of Greek islands nestled in the Aegean. Explore the best of two worlds, by setting sail across the deep blue waters from Turkey and venturing across to Greece, gliding between cultures and countries. Enjoy the seclusion and hidden wonders of the lesser-known, sun-drenched islands near Samos on the ‘Undiscovered Aegean’ ocean journey or the energized buzz of the celebrity-kissed, iconic archipelago of islands near Santorini on the ‘Iconic Aegean’ ocean journey.

Meridian Adventure SAIL is one of the most exclusive adventure groups at the forefront of ocean experiences, also operating in the region of Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Each journey is carefully curated to maximize the guest experience onboard the sleek 62ft Meridian catamarans whilst offering the utmost privacy and comfort. Single vessel journeys whisk small families or couples on romantic sailings to secret coves and sparkling bays, while multi-vessel adventures of 2 vessels allow groups of friends to explore all this pocket of the ocean has to offer.

Greece continues to be one of the most iconic destinations in the Aegean, with its rocky coastlines and white sand beaches, hidden coves accessible only by water, ancient ruins, and gleaming white buildings set against a vivid blue sky. It is a renowned sailing destination, with its map of countless islands offering exciting opportunities to explore its unique beauty.

There are currently two seven-day itineraries that include some of the most loved and lesser-visited Greek islands. Immerse yourself in the ‘Iconic Aegean’ with a stop at Kalymnos, with its clear waters and traditional architecture; explore the famed culture of Mykonos; discover the moon-like granite formations and small fishing villages of Paros; and swim through the underwater caves of Antiparos. Alternatively, on the ‘Undiscovered Aegean’ venture to the lesser-visited Samos, the birthplace of Pythagoras and home to forest hikes and hidden waterfalls.

The large, high-finish catamarans allow one both comfort and the agility to fully explore this Greek playground, with itineraries that can be as relaxed or as high-octane as desired, from sunbathing on deck; through to mountain hikes to freediving in the famed azure waters. Additionally, the vessels are kitted with high-end water sports equipment including flite boards and seabobs, which are available by the hour. The clear water and underwater caves are ideal for snorkeling, spotting octopus, seahorse, or perhaps even the rare Mediterranean monk seal. At each stop on the itinerary, discover secluded white cove beaches, hike rugged coastal trails, and wander the cobbled villages. Relax and unwind while indulging in the freshest seafood, succulent olives, and fragrant local cuisine.

Sustainability is at the heart of every journey. As per Meridian Adventure SAIL’s ethos, leaving a limited footprint is critical to each voyage. Operating under sail-power wherever possible, low emissions allow for minimal-impact navigation. The expert crew ensures every need is taken care of with an impeccable standard of service.

Silvana Bottega, Commercial Director of Meridian Adventure SAIL, notes “The Greek Islands are revered around the world for their heady combination of crystal-clear waters, idyllic whitewashed villages, stunning landscapes, ancient culture, and treasured cuisine. We are excited to launch bespoke itineraries departing Turkey and exploring the Greek islands for 2022. There is no better way to explore all these Aegean islands have to offer than on a signature sailing itinerary that whisks you from one incredible island to another, whilst enjoying life on the ocean. Throughout each journey, we will ensure guests have the best experiences aboard our sleek private vessels, in the care of our professional crew.”

Meridian Adventure Sail is skilled in facilitating rare and extraordinary itineraries that are memorable for guests. Meridian Adventure SAIL is led by its fleet captain with skippers and crew trained and equipped to deal with open ocean crossings from 3 days to 3 weeks, being trusted to navigate any scenario from calm bays through to storms at sea and ensuring you maximize your exploration of pockets of the ocean that merit exploring. They are trained and versed in high-end execution of international guest services for the highest level of clients ensuring an easy-to-book escape that is trusted to be a positive experience. Meridian Adventure is also passionate about developing young talent into skilled, certified, and strong professionals at sea.

Rates from $8250 per night for 6-8 guests or $49,500 per week, with the option of multi-vessel voyages available. All food, beverages, fuel, and any associated porting fees are included in each fully crewed charter.