Aegean Sea

Location

The Aegean Sea lies between the coast of Greece and Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). It contains over 2,000 islands that were settled by the ancient Greeks; the largest among them being Crete (Kriti) and the best known and most often photographed, Santorini (Thera or Thira). Both of these islands have strong associations with ancient Greek history and myth in that Crete features significantly in the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur while the destruction of Santorini by a volcano eruption has long been considered a probable source for Plato‘s description of Atlantis in his dialogues of the Critias and Timaeus.

In about 1200 BCE the Mycenaean civilization collapsed and, while no one cause is universally agreed upon, it is considered very likely that they succumbed to the same mysterious invaders who ravaged Egypt and Anatolia: The Sea Peoples. Whomever the Sea Peoples were, they are documented as harassing the Egyptians, the Hittites, the Greeks, and the Phoenicians (Canaanites) until finally settling along the coast of Canaan and acquiring the name Philistines. There is no doubt among scholars, based upon primary sources, that the Sea Peoples came to Greece from the south on the Aegean Sea and ravaged the coastline, making incursions on to the mainland and seizing islands. Shortly after their arrival, the Dorians descended from the north of Greece and the Mycenaean civilization was over (though some scholars have speculated that Mycenaen culture was kept alive through those Greeks who would eventually found Athens while Sparta proudly claimed Doric ancestry). Greek civilization as recognized today grew out of the aftermath of the Dorian invasion. It is interesting to note if one believes that the Mycenaean culture survived through Athens, that the Greek colonies of Asia Minor were largely settled by Athenians. The poet Homer is said to have come from one of these Greek colonies and the famous heroes of his Iliad, arguably the most popular and influential work of its time, are all Mycenaeans.

Sailing Conditions

To sail on a traditional Goulet or Trandil should be accepted as a privilege. There are so many even more luxury boats or yachts being described as “Blue Voyage” cruisers in the charter market, but there are really few that can sail. However, sailors know that sailing depends on weather and wind. Although during most of the year we can put sails on, we still cannot grant the weather.    

Day Trips & Water Sport

Sea, sun, and sailing are good for our guests… But as said before our guests are now in an area where the culture, traditions, architectural sites go back thousands of years. We do recommend that our guests give a little of their time in order to see and profit from all these mentioned.

Do not forget that there are many things for shopping too. Moreover, the nature of the coast is picturesque. To hike on Lycian road, to feel the Mediterranean life, to watch the wilderness is something that our guests should integrate into their programs. We do highly recommend some events which your Captain or Guide will offer.

In our company, the directors are “Live Members” of HOG (Harley Owners Group). We do organize the Motorbike Rides upon request.

Water Sports

We do offer a lot of activities. Our guests can use the water ski, windsurfs, snorkel diving materials and our seamen will show the best fishing grounds free of charge. But we can organize upon request Scuba Diving, water parachute, Paragliding, and much more. As these services need special licenses and being offered by third parties whom we chose carefully, they should be looked upon as extras.

Summer

The summer at the Aegean sea is simply beautiful. The sea temperature varies between 23 to 27 degrees Celcius. This is ideal for those who want to have really fun.

There are many corners where the nightlife goes on with all kinds of entertainment. But there are also corners which we call the hide-aways where our guests may have their privacy in a very quiet atmosphere.

During the summer again, we prefer to organize the routes together with our guests in accordance with their wishes.  However, our experience proves that a combination of Greek Islands and cozy Turkish coastal bays, is meeting the expectations of most of the guests, we can always prepare some new routes upon the request of our guests to fulfill their expectations.

Winter

We do advise sailing trips in winter. Our yachts are equipped for the winter trips. During most of the winter season the Aegean coast is very good for sailing. Of course, before booking we do check the weather conditions and inform our guests. Never the less, for the winter season, it should be accepted that there may be some surprises in the weather conditions.

Therefore we do advise you to prepare the route shortly before the trip begins. We do recommend the route however it is the decision of our guests to decide what they would like to do.

During the winter most of the bays are empty and usually very quiet. This gives, of course, the best condition for our guests to have really peace during the journey.

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Bike & Boat Global Adventures ° 403 rue Marc Chagall ° 77190 Dammerie les Lys ° France

mail@bikeandboattour.com ° +90 531 7412444  ° +358 400 876747

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