SAILING NEW YEAR’S EVE – THAILAND

SAILING NEW YEAR’S EVE – THAILAND

New Year’s Eve in Thailand: Beblue’s favorite destination. We will sail the Andaman’s islands, crystal clear sea and have aperitifs on the beach: we will surprise you and let you discover Thailand on off the beaten path routes. In this period, the northeast monsoon blows in the Andaman Sea, bringing its northern winds and a wonderful dry climate. Driven by offshore breezes and protected by the reef, we can sail in total relaxation without worries, with a perfect blend of fun and nature!

BOAT DETAILS

Builder – Model: Catamaran LAGOON 42
Length: 12.80 mt
Width: 7.70 mt
Draft: 1.00 mt
Cabins (Beds): Cabins 4+1  (10 – 8 guests +2 crew)
Bathrooms: 4

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

Day 1 – Check-in:

During the transfer from the Airport to Phuket Marina, you will be able to admire the verdant rainforest vegetation surrounding picturesque Buddhist temples and typical local villages.

Boarding will take place at 5 PM, when you can place your items in the cabin and take part in a welcome briefing with the skippers, before going shopping for the trip. In the evening, you can make a small tour around Phuket, having dinner in a typical Thai restaurant overlooking the lagoon…

Day 2:

After breakfast, we leave the port traveling on the long channel that separates Phuket from the mainland, where we will see dozens of fishermen catching jellyfishes with long rakes and lifting them on their boats. We will stop and enjoy the amazing internal lagoon of Ko Hong. We then will head south along the coast of Phuket towards Ko Racha Yai. The clean and transparent water will inspire you to snorkel among the coral reefs.

Day 3:

We head south for a quiet navigation towards Ko Racha Yai, where we will make a stop in its wonderful bay. The clean and transparent water will inspire you to snorkel among the coral reefs. You can spend the afternoon exploring the seabed, fishing, or simply enjoying the sun and the fantastic panorama.

Day 4:

Today we have a long navigation ahead, so we will wake up early and after a hearty breakfast, we will open mainsail and jib and cast off. During the trip, we can trawl to get food for our dinner. In the afternoon we will reach Ko Rok, a true tropical paradise and one of the most beautiful islands in the Andaman Sea; it is formed by two little islands, Ko Rok Nai and Ko Rok Nok, divided by a narrow channel, where we will drop anchor. The island is home to a marine natural park that keeps it pure and untouched. The sunset from this paradise is something you will never forget!

Day 5:

In the morning we can continue enjoying this uncontaminated heaven, walking along the white sand beaches, going snorkelling in the marine reserve, visiting the headquarters of the national park and the big iguana that guards them, or simply staying on the boat to sunbathe and enjoy the view. After lunch, we move to Ko Muk, where another wonder is waiting for us: The Emerald Cave. Swimming across it, you will end up in a little heaven on earth… a big hole in the cliff with a beach covered by vegetation illuminated by the sunlight entering from the upper opening. The cave has a special microclimate that enabled the growth of thick vegetation along the rocky walls. We head for Ko Ngai, where we will spend the night after watching a wonderful sunset.

Day 6:

After breakfast, we can spend a couple of hours snorkelling or walking around, before leaving for Phi Phi Leh. We will arrive in the late afternoon, when the many touristic boats will have gone back to their resorts, to enjoy the island in total peace. Its steep rocky coasts full of tropical vegetation are simply spectacular.

Day 7:

For the brave ones, we will wake up at dawn to visit Koh Phi Phi Leh and discover Maya Bay, the location where the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo di Caprio was filmed, before the daily hordes of tourists arrive. We will then move to Phi Phi Island for a short visit, having lunch ashore. From there, we head north to reach a beautiful islet with a luxurious resort, where we will drop the anchor and spend the night.

The following morning, we will return to Phuket Marina by 9:30 AM for breakfast and disembarkation.

We will spend all day relaxing, snorkelling and perhaps indulge in a happy hour cocktail from a resort to take on the beach to admire the sunset. We will spend a fun night under the stars of the Thailand sky….

Day 8:

Checkout. The itinerary might be subject to variations due to weather conditions, safety and technical evaluations of the Captain. This program is intended as indicative and non-binding.

STARTING POINT:

AIRPORT:

SUGGESTED PERIOD:

PRICE PER PERSON:

INCLUDED:

NOT INCLUDED:

Phuket Marina, Thailand

Phuket Airport (HKT)

Check-in from Friday, December 28th from 5 PM
Check-out by Saturday, January 5th 
at 9:30 AM

$3200 US Dollars per person in double cabin with A/C and a private bathroom. (Based on 8 people)

Transfer from/to the Airport, Double Cabin Spot, Travel Assistance, Skipper, Hostess/Cook, Food and Beverage, Boat Consumption, Dinghy with Outboard Engine, Linens and Towels, Final Cleaning.

Airfare, Ashore Expenses (ex: restaurants, cocktails), Travel Insurance

SAILING GREECE – Ionian Islands, South Itinerary

SAILING GREECE – Ionian Islands, South Itinerary

Need to rejuvenate? Immerse yourself on a relaxing cruise in Greece, sailing around the Ionian Islands discovering the lush green vegetation of this archipelago. You will find exotic beaches surrounded by nature, crystal clear water with high white cliffs with an amazing surprise: a night sailing to Zakynthos and the fascinating Shipwreck Bay!

BOAT DETAILS, PREMIUM SAILING BOAT

Builder – Model: Jeanneau – Sun Odyssey 54DS
Length: 16.75 mt
Width: 4.87 mt
Draft: 2.20 mt
Cabins (Beds): Cabins 4+1  (8 guests +2 crew)
Bathrooms: 4

BOAT DETAILS, PREMIUM SAILING CATAMARAN

Builder – Model: Lagoon Catamaran – LAGOON 42
Length: 12.80 mt
Width: 7.70 mt
Draft: 1.00 mt
Cabins (Beds): Cabins 4+1  (8 guests +2 crew)
Bathrooms: 4

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

Day 1 – Check-in:

On Saturday afternoon, starting from 5 PM, your skipper will welcome you at Lefkas Marina in Lefkada to store your things in the cabin and welcome you to the boat. In the evening, the skipper, crew and guests have the opportunity to get to know each other over a fish dinner in one of the typical Greek restaurants on the island, before concluding the evening in one of the many bars in this coastal town.

Day 2:

Here we go: we head for Meganisi. This time, though, we enter the protected bay of Abelake, perfect place for the first meeting among the boats of the flotilla. The day goes on with a short trip, with the wind in our sails, towards the enchanted and unspoiled Atokos, an uninhabited island for the first night at anchor!

Day 3:

After breakfast, we sail to the south of Ithaca, to explore the white sand beaches characterizing this part of the island and relax under the starry sky. Almost ready for our night sailing… the BeBlue Skippers will raise anchor at night, letting you experience the magic of a night trip towards Zakynthos… carried by the wind, sailing into the darkness of the night sky toward our next destination.

Day 4:

We wake up in the wonderful setting at the Blue Cave in Zakynthos for a fresh energizing bath, ready for a visit to the famous attraction of Shipwreck Beach, an unforgettable stop for some spectacular pictures! The night is a surprise, immersed in nature surrounded by the white cliffs that make the sea shine with crystal blue reflections. It’s the right time to be charmed by the melodies of lounge music from the cockpit’s sound system.

Day 5:

We head north; it’s time to play with the wind on a close-hauled course towards Ithaca and up to Vathi, ready to host us with its colorful restaurants and bars, perfect location for a party. Ok, it’s a BeFree flotilla, but we don’t want to miss music and fireworks, do we?!

Day 6:

The sun illuminates the boats and the smell of coffee knocks on the cabin door: today we head for Kalamos, in a race full of tacks and jibes (maneuvering the sailboat) to reach the stillness of the village where George will welcome us in the picturesque setting of his tavern. This is an ideal place for sipping a good cocktail on the peaceful little streets of this island, admiring the moon from the cliff in an authentic Greek atmosphere.

Day 7:

Breakfast with honey and fresh fruit for a day dedicated to relaxing. Only a few miles separates us from Agios Nikolaos, where we will spend an afternoon among luxurious beaches and the crystal blue color of the sea. In the late afternoon, we raise sail to return to Lefkada, ready to greet us in the comfort of its roads for the final goodbyes with a good glass of Ouzo!

 

The route may be subject to variations due to weather conditions, safety and technical evaluations of the Captain. This programming is intended as indicative and non-binding.

STARTING POINT:

Marina Lefkas, Lefkada Greece. Check-in from 4:00 PM on Saturday, Checkout at 9:00 AM on the following Saturday

AIRPORT:

Preveza Aktion Airport (PVK)

SUGGESTED PERIOD:

From early June to early September, weekly cruise from Saturday to Saturday

PRICE PER PERSON:

PREMIUM SAILING BOAT (with A/C): $3650 US Dollars per person based on 8 people
PREMIUM SAILING CATAMARAN (with A/C): $3800 US Dollars per person based on 8 people

INCLUDED:

Double Cabin Spot, Travel Assistance, Skipper, Hostess/Cook, Food and Beverage (non alcoholic), Boat Consumption, Dinghy with outboard engine, Linens and Towels, Final Cleaning

NOT INCLUDED:

Airfare, Transfer from/to Airport (optional 100€), Ashore Expenses (ex: restaurants, cocktails), Travel Insurance

3 Trends in Tourism

The tourism industry is changing slowly but at a constant rate. Tourists are always looking for new destinations, new experiences, and more efficient and stress-free ways to travel. There are certain trends that have been taking over the tourism industry in recent years.

Experience Tourism

Experience tourism is based on the idea that people travel to unwind and break away from the monotony of daily life. Around the traditional tourist destinations have been adding an element of experience to the package. For example, while visiting an exotic destination or safari, you can take part in jewelry making, preparation of exotic foods, and wine tasting.

Experts believe that experience tourism is rising as a result of the bad experiences that clients have experienced in the past. Poor planning is one of the factors that contribute to poor holiday experiences. Often this type of tourism is coupled with personal travel planning.

Health and Wellness

Relaxation and tranquility are amongst the most important factors that tourists expect to get whenever they sign up for a vacation. Tourists are demanding higher quality food that is fresh and has been prepared cruelty-free. Places selling organic and vegan food are becoming popular with tourists looking for healthier options. In the light of growing climate change concerns, travelers are also looking for businesses that promote the use of sustainable practices such as recycling and use of renewable energy.

Enhanced Cruise Experience

Cruise ships are always full of adventure. Tour companies are now looking to provide their clients with an enhanced cruise ship experience. Cruise ships are now hi-tech with sophisticated devices designed to keep everyone on board safe and allow people to communicate with loved ones while vacationing. Vacation cruise ships offer more options to travelers such as multiple destinations, or following trails along the river to enhance your experience.

How to Immerse Yourself in the Culture When You Vacation

Vacations are a great way to experience another part of the world, country, or local culture. However, many times vacationers spend their time at the popular tourist spots and don’t fully immerse themselves in the culture of where they are traveling. When you get into the culture and experience it more in depth, your vacation will be much more worthwhile. Here is how to dive into the culture around you when travelling.

Stay with the Locals

Consider accommodations renting an apartment and or villa in a neighborhood surrounded by locals who live and work in the area every day. You will be more absorbed in the everyday living of the locals and get to experience firsthand what it is like to live in that place.

Dine with the Locals

Don’t settle for all of the tourist hot spots when it comes to eating out. Ask some locals where some of their favorite spots to eat are, and experience them for yourself. Not only will you be putting yourself in the middle of a culture and experiencing food like you never dreamed you would, you will also be avoiding large crowds and get a more intimate dining experience.

Make Friends

When traveling, talk to those around you and find out if they are traveling to the same place. Find some friends in your hotel or rental house who want to get out and do some exploring with you. Traveling with others is a great way to open yourself up to new experiences. They might have something on their to-do list that you didn’t know about!

Use Local Transportation

Local transportation is a great way to see the sights and really feel as though you are experiencing the local culture first hand.

Personalize Your Trip to You, Not the Other Way Around

Personalize Your Trip to You, Not the Other Way Around
You don’t want to go just anywhere out there. You want to go somewhere that is going to call to you. This is a perk of being able to use a travel tailor that is going to fit a vacation for you and your wants and needs.

It is true that you can jump into a relationship with a travel destination only to find out that this was not the travel destination or vacation you had in mind. It happens to the best of us, we have all been there.

Customize Your Perfect Vacation
DMC Travel Tailor works to customize that perfect vacation so this is something that does not happen. You need to have the vacation destination that speaks to you; DMC Travel Tailor will assess your wants and needs to find out what type of vacation is going to get your blood moving. They have access to global partners around the world through their Virtuoso affiliation where clients receive exclusive perks and benefits they cannot find on their own.

Trust in the ability of DMC Travel Tailor and go out on a vacation that is not only going to test your abilities but gives you great memories and makes you do so much more than you ever thought you were capable of. You may event discover another aspect of yourself in this far off place.

Take some time off, put your feet up and allow someone else to handle all of the vacation details. You shouldn’t have to plan another mundane trip. Book something that you’re going to actually love, something that is going to fill you with passion.

Be the one person that is going on a trip to the heart, of the wants, needs, and desires that you have. DMC Travel Tailor will make sure that the vacation they put together is the vacation that is tailored to you.

Are you ready to book a vacation that is going to be one that you will never forget? Try something new, take a leap of faith and go all in.