The Greek Kayak Experience – Yacht Base Accommodation

NEW – The Greek Kayak Experience

Yacht base accommodation

May – October 2018


This Greece kayak holiday is also suitable for spouses/partners who do not kayak, but may prefer snorkeling, island tours and relaxing on the beach or on the yacht.
We will be staying on a modern sailing yacht with luxurious accommodations, air-conditioned cabins, a large deck and fabulous crew.
Each day we will visit a different island or will “island hop” while the yacht remains close at our disposal to serve our every need.

Greece is the ideal trip for first-time paddlers, and the perfect place for a kayaking vacation. Many have done this trip again and again. When paddling, you get a little of everything. Weaving through rocks, caves and along cliffs, crossing from island to island in the open sea, paddling in peaceful crystal-clear water, as well as challenging seas, with wind and waves. And in between: Hiking on goat trails in the hills to a monastery, to a village with its local taverna, or swimming, snorkeling and taking a lazy afternoon nap in a hidden cove. The day ends with a culinary adventure at one of the island’s restaurants.

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Greece – Rough Water Training

Kalymnos & Telendos Islands – Rough Water Training

February 3 – 9, 2018

The winter Aegean Sea offers us the perfect conditions for an intensive week of advanced training in challenging and variable weather conditions: Sun or rain, gentle breezes or strong winds, 2 meter swells or a flat clear sea, we will be paddling.

On the magical, small island of Telendos, typically deserted during the winter months, a hotel will open its gates especially for us. Each morning after breakfast, we will be out training, adapting our plans to the variable conditions. Lunch will either be on a beach or in one of the taverns open in winter for the local residents. Later in the afternoon we will return to the hotel and, after a hot shower, will gather for cocktails and an indulgent, family-style dinner.

Training will include:
• Use of the correct steering and surfing techniques to control the kayak in strong winds and waves
• Rolling and rescues, including real life simulations in high seas and near rocks and cliffs, and the correct use of long and short tow ropes
• Route planning and navigation based on variable weather forecasts
• Group Management

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Seychelles

Seychelles – paddling in paradise

January 6 – 13, 2018


The Seychelles archipelago is described as “a string of pearls set in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean”. The bold colors of the coral reefs – turquoise, green and blue – and the crystal-clear waters enable you to watch the fish and sea turtles while kayaking.
The beaches are bright with clean, white sand, that yield to coconut trees and tropical forests. We will be staying on a modern sailing yacht with luxurious accommodations, air-conditioned cabins, a large deck, a fabulous crew and a local chef. 
We will begin each day with a morning paddling trip and will return for an indulgent lunch topped off with a siesta, after which we will head out for an afternoon paddle. Each day we will visit a different island or will “island hop” while the yacht remains close at our disposal to serve our every need. The paddling may be challenging at times, with swells and wind from the Indian Ocean. The water is warm and pleasant, and each island has a quiet side, protected from wind and waves.
This holiday is also suitable for spouses/partners who do not kayak, but may prefer scuba diving, snorkeling, island tours and relaxing on the beach or on the yacht.

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Norway

Norway – Whales and northern lights

December 1 – 8, 2017


Tromso, a lively city in northern Norway, is well known as the perfect place for viewing the Northern Lights and for whale watching. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, the sea water does not freeze, and the whales come there in droves at this season of the year. There is no sunlight in winter – only a few hours of twilight, with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. We will stay in cozy wooden cabins, enjoying the sauna, fish soup, dog sledding trip and a unique and unforgettable Arctic kayaking experience.

The flights to Tromso connect in Frankfurt and Oslo.

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Japan

Japan – beauty and culture

May 12 – 20, 2018


Join us for a rare and exciting way to experience Japan’s rich culture, awe-inspiring landscapes, traditional food and fascinating inhabitants. We will visit Shinto shrines, historical sites, ancient villages and traditional Japanese baths, and we’ll pass through one of the most famous ancient temples in Japan, the Ise-Jingu Shrine – a temple to the sun goddess.

In our kayaks, we will paddle through Ago Bay, aka “the Bay of Pearls”, where the cultured pearls industry originated and pearl racks for cultivation float on the water. We will kayak along the Kii-Hanto Peninsula with its marginal, saw-toothed coastline framed by high, rolling mountain ranges; this area has been revered by the Japanese for its natural beauty and spiritual significance for thousands of years. To stretch our legs, we will trek between the mountain tops and follow in the tracks of pilgrims who walked here thousands of years ago and continue to do so until today. Back in our kayaks, we’ll paddle along one of the tributaries of the Kumano River, known as one of the sacred pilgrimage paths of Japan, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

An experienced Terra Santa guide will lead the group and two local English-speaking kayaking guides will accompany us on this fascinating journey.

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Greece

Classic Greek Adventure

June 10 – 17 , 2018


Greece is the ideal trip for first-time paddlers, and the perfect place for a kayaking vacation. Many have done this trip again and again. When paddling, you get a little of everything. Weaving through rocks, caves and along cliffs, crossing from island to island in the open sea, paddling in peaceful crystal-clear water, as well as challenging seas, with wind and waves. And in between: Hiking on goat trails in the hills to a monastery, to a village with its local taverna, or swimming, snorkeling and taking a lazy afternoon nap in a hidden cove. The day ends with a culinary adventure at one of the island’s restaurants, or by the campfire on a remote beach. Sleeping accommodations are in hotel rooms or tents.


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