Sailing trips in Europe can feel a bit like you’ve stumbled into a Bridget Bardot movie: sleepy Italian hamlets perched on limestone cliffs, the sun-drenched glitz of the Cote d’Azur, lazing the day away on deck with a handful of Grecian olives. It’s one of the best ways to explore the continent, although you are faced with some tough decisions: spend the afternoon snorkelling that secluded cove, or sail Croatia’s favourite archipelago? Indulge in a family-run taverna banquet, or burn the calories on a bike ride through the hinterland? To take that evening cocktail before or after Santorini’s marmalade sunset? Ah, decisions, decisions…
Our European Sailing trips
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Highlights of European sailing
Drop anchor at Capri
Ah, Capri. The Romans knew a good island when they found it. Hence the giant Roman palace built on Monte Tiberio. These days Capri is known for royalty of a different kind, with celebs dropping in to do some boutique shopping or chill out in the aquamarine grottos nearby. A day or two exploring here and it might be hard to get you back on the boat…
Explore on the Amalfi Coast Sailing Adventure
Wander the cobbled lanes of Amorgos
Amorgos is a mountainous little island in the south-eastern corner of the Cyclades. As far as Greek Islands go, this one is more concerned with activities and archaeology than perfecting your tan. White washed streets, a burgeoning rock climbing scene, ancient ruins and one of the most spectacular monasteries in the Med – it’s a real gem.
Explore on the Greece Sailing Adventure - Cyclade Islands
Kick back in the Îles d’Hyères Archipelago
France’s Cote d’Azur isn’t just good for celebrity spotting, shopping and mingling with the glitterati (although a little mingling couldn’t hurt) – it’s also the home of the Îles d’Hyères Archipelago. A little collection of shining, mica-rich islands with secluded coves around every headland. Finding an idyllic beach here isn’t hard. Picking your favourite could be.
Explore on Cote D'Azur Sailing Adventure
Life on the boat
We use classic monohull yachts for our European sailing adventures (it helps to get into that old-school Euro vibe). As a guide, a typical 50ft yacht for eight travellers is equipped with four twin/double cabins, two or three shared bathrooms and two showers. You’ll be lead by one of our experienced skippers who knows these waters like the back of their hand.
Life on the boat goes at your own pace: help out on deck as much as you wish, or just lie back and enjoy the ride. The choice is entirely up to you. Just keep in mind: cabin arrangements can be quite cosy so as to leave more room for onboard communal areas.
Meet your skipper
'I love the freedom of sailing. I learned to sail in a rubber dinghy with a small sail, and from there I became a sailing instructor in Corsica in 1975. I’ve sailed the Caribbean, but now I mostly sail the Mediterranean Sea. I like island hopping and exploring islands with their unique harbour villages and beautiful bays. I believe to really get the most out of your sailing adventure you must be flexible, forgiving, helpful and authentic.' – Kutte, Cyclades Islands
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Amalfi Coast Sailing Adventure, June 2017
This trip is an incredible way to see the Amalfi Coast. It was wonderful to sail to new places and visit local restaurants and markets and then return to our lovely yacht at night. This is the second Intrepid sailing adventure my sister and I have done and we loved it just as much as the first which was in Thailand. If you're lucky you will get Captain Paolo whose enthusiasm and joy for life is contagious. Paolo made sure we went to the most authentic local restaurants and went out of his way to ensure his passengers were safe and happy. Check out this article about the trip: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-4741836/Sailing-Amalfi-Coast-yacht-explore-Italy.html Enjoy!
Review submitted 23 Aug 2017
Greece Sailing Adventure - Cyclades Islands , August 2017
Please remember to pack lightly... don't take a big bag
Review submitted 20 Aug 2017
Croatia Sailing Adventure - Dubrovnik to Split, August 2017
Great trip! You're able to see some amazing out of the way islands that would be difficult to access normally and enjoy the beautiful oceans at the same time. Highly recommend!
Review submitted 20 Aug 2017