8 days
Duration
Marine Park of Northern Sporades
Location
Jun-Aug
Dates

What a great opportunity to explore emerald blue Greek waters and learn about biodiversity & conservation, all while sailing on a luxurious yacht with other like-minded people! This holiday is for teenagers only! Aged 13-17, no parents included!

We will take you on a round tour in one of the most fascinating areas of the Aegean: the Sporades islands.  You will be part of our exceptional sailing expeditions and wildlife exploration, on and between the various islands we encounter. The Sporades offer unique habitats, combining lush pine forests with exotic beaches where the movie “Mamma mia” was filmed! Check out this video to get a taste of the experience

Period 2020:

☀ Every week
Pentecost 16.05.–13.06.2020
Summer 27.06.–12.09.2020
School classes by arrangement

We sail mainly in the National Marine Park of Alonissos, the largest marine protected area in Europe. Its status is given due to the presence of the rarest seal species in the world: the Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus). But that’s not all! As we learn everything about this rare and elusive species, and experience its behaviour in its natural habitat, we also go on dolphin expeditions! Let’s become briefly Marine Researchers together! In the field station on Alonissos Island, get introduced in research methods such as dorsal fin photography and GPS-recording. There will be a lecture by the field biologist of MOm on dolphin life history, behavior and identification, threats faced by marine mammals and marine research methods.

Making Tourism a tool for Nature Conservation for all ages and backgrounds!

In addition, we experience the birdlife, butterflies and wildflowers on these lush islands and walk in the shade of their pine forests. We show you how to travel responsibly and sustainably between the different islands, respect their traditions and understand their history. Together, we will make tourism a toοl for Nature Conservation, connect with people and actively contribute to the protection of the natural habitat. However, it is not all work that awaits you here. There is time to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the island, mingle with the locals, savor the yummy local delicacies, swim, snorkel and walk on the old footpaths of the islands of the National Marine Park.

Highlights:

  • You are actively involved in nature conservation and wildlife monitoring
  • You live, explore and learn aboard a comfortable cruise catamaran between 40 and 46 feet, built in 2017 or similar, in a multi-cultural team
  • Together we learn more about our planet and how we can protect it
  • Our neighbours are wild animals in their natural habitat
  • With lots of fun and laughs, we experience life-altering highlights.

Contact us to inquire or book this holiday

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Northern Sporades National Marine Park
TOUR DURATION 7-days
PRICE €1700 p.p. / week
INCLUDES
  • All activities mentioned in the programme
  • all meals & drinks
  • local support
  • accommodation – all nights aboard the yacht
  • partial insurance (when working as a volunteer)
  • multilingual travel assistance 24h
EXCLUDES
  • optional activities
  • flights to and from Skiathos island
  • personal travel insurance

Other Information:

On this journey you will be accompanied by experienced nature guides who will reveal the behaviour of the Mediterranean Monk Seal and the ecology of the dolphin pods we encounter. An ecologist will accompany the group as a mentor. Furthermore, during the holiday we work together with the nature organisation MOm.
The animal observation takes place in a responsible way and by participating you actively support Nature Conservation by volunteering and donating for the protection of marine mammals! Your mentor will share his/her knowledge of Greek folklore, traditions and myths, along with her/his expertise in the flora and fauna of the region, to make a unique experience on all walks and provide you with a natural and unforgettable experience.
Contact us for extending your stay with the yacht team for one more week!
You want to spend more than a week with us? No problem!
You are welcome to sail with us for 2 or 3 weeks and experience the main attractions again and again. Of course, there are changes for you here and there, so that you have something new and exciting to look forward to! If you continue to accompany us for another week, the last day is your special day! While your buddies leave and new participants arrive, you have the opportunity to spend a great day on Skiathos island: Birdwatching, diving or just exploring this marvelous city!
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Day 1

Arrival at Skiathos airport. The mentor meets you at the airport; Transfer to the yacht in the Marina of Skiathos; There you will get to meet the crew and have an introduction to Life on the boat, as well as Instructions for on-board living. Move-in on the yacht and get a glimpse of the next week’s outlook; Explore the city and have dinner in a tavern.

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Day 2

Today, we sail from Skiathos to Skopelos; Start your day with a lovely hike to Moni Taksiarchon and back through beautiful Sporadian landscapes; During the sunset, go on a new adventure: Sea kayaking excursion with picnic, swimming and lots of fun.

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Day 3

Early departure by yacht to the marine reserve (5-6h) of Northern Sporades – the largest marine park in Europe; en route you will be counting and monitoring dolphin pods that we may encounter and get an idea of the life of a marine researcher. During this sailing session there will be lots of swimming,  free time, diving and some wreck inspection.

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Day 4

We sail to the south of Kyra Panagia, a completely uninhabited island, apart from the monastery that hosts some solitary monks. We will walk on the island and visit the monks, learn about their history and share experiences with them; Swimming, fun and relaxation in the big bay.

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Day 5

Sailing in the marine reserve from Kyra Panagia to Patitiri; Time to explore beautiful Alonissos! Visit the nature organization MOm headquarters and follow a session of how researchers tell individual dolphins apart; Continue to Chora on Skopelos; Night excursion by bicycle around Chora under the beautiful Aegean moon.

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Day 6

Visit the famous Mamma Mia Cliff, where Meryl Strip and Piece Brosnan got married in this iconic church on top of the cliff; Keep your day on board in search of monk seals; Swimming, chill, leisure; There will be active nature conservation today, with a bonus act of good will: beach clean-up on Skopelos! Give back to the community that has been hosting you this past week!

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Day 7

Visit iconic landmarks of Skiathos island (rock arch) and Lalaria Beach; snorkel expedition near Kastri with your mentor, where you will learn so much about Mediterranean underwater fauna and flora; Finish your day with a hike to the port of Skiathos.

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Day 8

Unfortunately, this wonderful adventure has come to an end! Pack, get transferred to the airport of Skiathos; Say farewell to your skipper & mentor – your new friends! For those who wish to stay with us longer: activities on Skiathos island!

Sailing for future - Vitamin Sea
Cycling in Skopelos island
Hiking in the islands
Bottlenose Dolphins - another species under protection
sunset Kayaking in Skopelos island
Kastri in Skopelos island
Leisure & fun with friends
Amazing views in Alonissos island
Evening cycling in Skopelos
Perfect sunset over Skiathos while sea kayaking

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