With S/Y Eleftheria - A floating Kaiki/Caique Museum !
Join us on a cruise that will give you the opportunity to see Santorini through our eyes!
Captain George was raised and educated in Australia and has over 30 years experience in skippering sea craft around the Greek Islands
and is the creator of the sunset cruise in its present form! His passion for the sea and tradition lead him to restore one of the most important boats
that were used for transportation of people and goods between the islands and the mainland for centuries.
It all started back in the early 90’s when he started BBQ cruises
on Santorini and various islands in the Aegean – reminiscent of the Australian weekends of his youth.
As we have found in our over 30 years of professionally sailing in the Aegean sea, most people on holidays would like to spend quality time some by getting involved with the sailing part of the trip, and some, just like to sit back, and enjoy the ride.If you are staying in Santorini overnight then you will be sure to catch the famous west coast sunset, followed by a romantic candlelit dinner overlooking the golden hues of the glistening surface. Very few things in life will leave you feeling more special and privileged.
"Santorini is probably one of the most sensational places in this world !! A crater connected to the Aegean Sea that you can sail into, white washed houses and churches on volcanic cliffs that rise up from the sea around you, the Atlantis theory! All this makes this place a source of inspiration to anyone who visits.”
The boat is the S/Y Eleftheria, a 55-foot wooden built traditional Greek Kaiki / Caique -or working boat, which nowadays are open museums and carry memories of a world that is fading right in front of us. We also cater for VIP tours, private charters, sunset cruise and individual itineraries, BBQ trips and full day tours around Santorini and the surrounding Islands
Technological advances in the nautical world have come along in leaps and bounds since the Middle Ages and yet you still cannot beat the magical experience of sailing through the Mediterranean onboard a traditional Greek Vessel. Flocks of wooden boats fill the Aegean and the Ionian Sea and these descendants of the Byzantine corvettes are very much a part of day-to-day life in the Greek islands today, just as they were more than a thousand years ago.
With Captain George and Santorini Yachting you will bob along the turquoise waters on board the S/Y Eleftheria.
This beautiful wooden Greek sailboat boasts plenty of space for you and up to 22 of your guests to relax and provides enough shaded areas
for a reprise from the suns scorching rays, with plenty of room for everyone to have the space they need to either sit and enjoy sipping wine or lying back and sunbathing on the top deck.
The S/Y Eleftheria was rebuilt in 2005 with a 15 meter mast, a long keel with permanent flaps that make sailing a joy. And as a wooden vessel demands, she is annually cared, maintained and improved thus keeping her in shipshape sailing condition
This cruise was designed by us to be the most romantic tour on Santorini.
We depart from the port of Vlychada and make our way to the Red Beach which is the known to be the best place for swim on the entire island, due to the crystal clear waters and the amazing scenery.-----A snack a few more drinks and of to the White Beach for a close pass at the white porcelain cliffs and the colorful surroundings,
reminiscent of the volcanic explosion in 1650 BC
Afterwards a sail to the center of the Caldera, the Volcano and the Hot Springs where we will be able to enjoy the therapeutic effects of a natural sulfur mud bath in the warm waters which are around 35°C and have a vitalizing effect for the body and skin !
After all that swimming we light up the BBQ and enjoy a meal on the boat while cruising in Santorini's Caldera and looking up at the towns of Oia, Fira and Imerovigli.
The sunset is best viewed at the south-end of the caldera and close to the Venetian lighthouse as it is the best place to watch the sun light up the sky with colors and set into the sea.
Back to port - And your mini bus will drive you back to your hotel.
10.00 - 12.00 or 15.30 (Sunset Cruise)
Private Charter :€ 600,00 max 4 passengers.
For each extra passenger € 100 to max 22 passengers.
The itinerary of any private cruise can be re-arranged to fit your needs.
Snorkeling equipment, Unlimited drinks (wine, beer, ouzo, soft drinks and water.
BBQ meal, (meat or fish) Greek salad,
local dishes, fruits - mezedes and including taxes..
Transfers, available on request !
Departure time is also negotiable to suit your needs.
We leave port at 11.00
so there is enough time to visit the north part of the Santorini and
also the Island of Thirasia which was, once part of Santorini before
the volcanic explosion in 1650 BC
We will obviously visit the Red and White beach, Mesa Pigadia, Aspronisi, the Hot Springs, and then move to the northern part of the Island's caldera to Thirassia Island, Amoudi, and Oia, the little village of Armeni and the the old capital and fortress of the Island, “The Skaros rock”.
Rate : € 1600,00 up to
max 8 passengers.
For each extra passenger € 120 to max 22 passengers
Departure: 11.00 Arrival: after sunset.
Santorini Weather ! - View from the South - Lighthouse !
Fabulous Day on the Aegean Sea
Captain George delivers. He guided us to wonderful sunset views.
This six hour sail was the best way possible to spend a day.
The boat was very comfortable, getting off and on was easy.
Trust Captain George. Hank S wrote a review
Fabulous sunset cruise
We booked a private sunset cruise for our family of 5 adults and the trip exceeded our expectations. Transport included,clear communication and an overall great day with fabulous food and drink, we all highly recommend this company for sailing excursionsFamilydxb wrote a review
A Forever Favorite
I sailed with Captain George for the FOURTH time! Captain George is an incredible guide - he knows a ton about the island, Greek culture, sailing, etc. He is there to chat when you want, but also very respectful of your privacy and time with friends/family. You won't regret booking a trip with this traditional, authentic, and incredible guy!liatria wrote a review
Six of us enjoyed a private cruise with Captain George on his vintage wooden sailboat. We headed straight out the volcano. Though our five hour cruise did not include it, the captain lingered so we could enjoy a spectacular sunset.brian s wrote a review
I would highly recommend Captain George.
Amazing day with 10 friends and Captain George
Our group of 10 knew we wanted to spend a day boating in the caldera while staying in Oia. After lots of research, we decided to charter Captain George's vintage wooden sailboat for the day. What a great decision we made!Paula G wrote a review
Authentic Greek sailing adventure!
If you want to skip the crowds of catamaran “sail boats” Captain George and his 1971 Greek wooden sail boat is the real deal Highly recommended, clean bathroom on board for the ladies, Great food!BoxStar1 wrote a review
Lovely and pretty boat!
Wonderful sunset trip. lovely crew. very comfortable hosting. you can only feel the gorgeousness of Santorini with this trip. Phenomenal sunset. not crowded. felling like you are sailing by your your own boatBanu G wrote a review