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Thursday, 8 January 2009

European Sailing Holidays - 2009 Early Booking Offers Extended


Sailing into the landscapes and history of the Mediterranean is the experience of a lifetime, but it doesn't have to cost the Earth. Latitude Vacations offers 14 day sailing holidays in Europe from just $4446 per person – including, 14 days,bareboat yacht charter on a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39i in Greece, return airfares with Singapore Airlines or Emirates based on 4 people sharing.

Now Australians too can enjoy sailing in the most sought after destinations in the Mediterranean: Croatia, Italy and Sardinia,Greece, and Turkey. A wide range of bareboat charters offer late model yachts, motor yachts and gullets. Flat-water destinations such as Croatia and the Ionian Islands offer relatively easy sailing, while for novices, skippered vessels can also bearranged. Skippered charters are available from an additional $775 per person, based on 4 people sharing.

'The brilliant thing about sailing in the Mediterranean is a the sheer variety,' says Latitude Vacation’s director, Geoffrey Hutton.'When you've had enough of coastline, culture and castles – though that's hard to imagine! – you can stop at busy ports with convivial restaurants and great nightlife.'

Among Latitude Vacation's bareboat destinations is Turkey's Aegean coastline, which boasts crystal coves backed by pine trees,bubbling mineral springs, and beaches where turtles breed. There are deserted ruins from past civilisations on nearly every headland, and for a change of pace, the elegant port town of Bodrum is the coastline's coolest resort, haunted by artists and jetsetters. The harbour is afloat with glamorous yachts under the shadow of a crusader castle.

Further to the east, the Greek Islands offer landscapes of rocky hills and magical valleys dotted with groves of citrus and silvery olive trees. Windmills and blue-domed chapels stand on hilltops. Visitors can relax in caf├ęs nibbling almond macaroons, explore the winding streets of little villages from Corfu to Santorini or Rhodes, and sail past ancient ruins framed against a blue sea.

The Adriatic Coast of Croatia offers more incredible scenery and easy flat-water sailing. Kornati National Park alone consists of 140 islands whose secluded bays invite days of exploration, with the crystal-clear waters as blue as a kingfisher's wings. Stroll the tiny alleys and street markets of the UNESCO towns Trogir and Dubrovnik, and spend a day in the magnificent medieval town of
Korcula, with its spectacular fortifications and seafood restaurants.

Latitude Vacations offers an array of yachts, motor yachts, gullets and fully crewed yachts available. Latitude Vacations can also offer First and Business class packages if required.

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