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Gap Adventures Lures Sailing Enthusiasts to Unique Greek Islands Adventures Aboard its Private Yachts

Adventure travel company boosts the allure of a relaxing sailing adventure with discounts on all Greek Islands Sailing trips for May and June 2011

Toronto, ON & Providence, RI – Gap Adventures, the world’s adventure travel leader, announced today it is offering a 20% discount on all Greek Islands Sailing adventures departing in May and June 2011.  Travelers seeking sun, small group sailing, and breathtaking scenery can book their adventure and save on the cost of their trip, for a limited time.

“There is no more relaxing way to experience these beautiful islands than aboard one of our private 50-foot yachts, with a veteran skipper who can take you to remote places inaccessible to other travelers,” says Sue Barreau, Europe & Middle East Senior Operations Manager. “If you’re looking for a chance to kick back and relax away from the tourist throngs, then our sailing trips are for you,” she adds.

The 20% discount is valid for all Greek sailing trips, including the company’s Greek Islands Sailing Adventure (Mykonos to Santorini), Trip code: GVMS – 8 days, now only $1,000; Greek Islands Sailing Adventure (Santorini to Santorini), Trip code: GVSS – 10 days, now only $1,424; and Greek Islands Sailing Adventure (Kos to Athens), Trip code: GVKA – 22 days, now only $2,840. Travelers can check out all trips, compare sailing routes, and view the interactive deck plan with photos from below and on deck.

“Chartering a private yacht is out of reach for most people, but sailing with a captain who knows these waters as well as the history and culture of the area means our travelers enjoy a hassle-free time with a chief experience officer and qualified captain all in one,” Barreau says. Like all Gap Adventures tours its sailing trips are small group adventures. Singles, couples, and families can choose from 8 berths aboard the yachts, but it is not uncommon for a small group to book the entire vessel. “It’s an outstanding trip to take with a group of friends,” says Barreau.

During the day travelers have ample time for hiking, swimming and snorkeling, enjoying a leisurely lunch, and relaxing. They can explore ancient archaeological sites and taverna-lined harbors, photograph picturesque islands including Naxos, Paros, Ios, Mykonos and Santorini, and check out the local shops. Travelers can dine on fresh seafood and sample Ouzo, Greece’s famous anise-flavored aperitif.  Back on the boat, travelers are rocked to sleep by the sea’s rhythm and have the option of sleeping on deck, beneath the stars (weather permitting).

Most travelers take advantage of the opportunity to chill out on the boat, but those interested in learning to sail can join the captain and earn their sea legs. When conditions permit travelers have the opportunity to steer the boat, pull (or weigh) the anchor, learn about navigation and the boat, and work with the sails.

Gap Adventures began offering sailing tours of the Greek Islands in 2005. Barreau says the company loves filling gaps in the market and developed these trips for travelers who are new to sailing and also for boating enthusiasts who want to experience the islands on a small craft. Responding to demand the company’s program has grown from two boats in 2005 to five boats today.

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