Finding Hercules – Montenegro to Sicily

£1,295

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10 nights

One of the great natural jewels of the Mediterranean, the gulf of Kotor, skirted by mountains and peppered with picturesque medieval towns is simply breathtaking. At the end of the bay lies the atmospheric UNESCO listed city of Kotor (Котор). Its cobblestone streets and Venetian Palaces and cafe-lined squares are hidden behind the city walls, which light up spectacularly each night. Experience a night passages across the Adriatic and northern Ionian. Sip hot drinks and marvel at the stars as you stand watch in the wee-hours. Strike a bargain for some fresh squid from the fishing fleet in Otranto harbour and then head ashore to explore the stunning floor mosaics of the town’s Romanesque cathedral. Approach Sicily by sea – an unforgettable experience. See Mt Etna appear over the horizon, as she towers over the picturesque coastline.

The whole vessel is available for charter for this voyage: £8,995. Please enquire for details. 

Trip Start: September / October 2018

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

Classic Aluminium Ketch

A deep and secure aft-cockpit make her ideal for safe passages and comfortable cruising and there’s plenty of sunbathing space on the large open deck. The versatile ketch rig means she can be comfortably sailed short-handed but is equally well-suited to being pushed hard by a full race crew and is an exciting boat to sail for old-hands and novices alike. Furling headsails and slab-reef mizzen and main sail mean there is plenty to keep the crew busy.

Vessel Length

65 feet

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Up to 10 guest in four cabins.

  • Two private double cabins and two twins. All en-suite.
  • Temporary bunks can be fitted in the double cabins to provide additional space (great for larger groups or those with young children).
  • The saloon and galley provide a great social area, with seating for 8 at the table and a meticulously appointed galley, perfect for preparing high quality meals.
  • Should you wish to secure a private berth (for one person) a single cabin supplement will apply to the price of the trip – currently standard price + 70%.

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

40% and Staggered 2. Registration form required to confirm booking.

See deposit and cancellations policy

Included

  • Accommodation aboard for the duration of the adventure
  • Professional skipper for the duration of the adventure
  • Sheets & bedding
  • Bath towels
  • Drinking water, teas & coffees

Additional

  • Travel to or from the vessel
  • On arrival you are required to pay a Communal Expenses Allowance (CEA), currently 15% of the full charter or adventure price. This is essentially a ‘boat kitty’ that covers variable expenses such as fuel, harbour water, food, non-alcoholic drinks and port fees. The CEA can then be used by your skipper to make payments during the charter without disturbing you, and serves as an available kitty for guests. Any remaining CEA is returned at the end of the charter, or if expenses incurred exceed the CEA collected, an additional expense is requested at the end of the charter.

Practical Info

  • Guests become part of the crew and the responsibility for provisioning is shared, based on the groups’ preferences (some adventures will feature more remote anchorages and cooking aboard, on other trips guests may prefer to eat ashore more often). There is certainly no better way to understand a region than by visiting the local food markets and seeing what fresh produce is being bought and sold.
  • Open to beginner sailors.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Join the boat in Kotor on from 12.00. If you are due to arrive later than 20.00 please let us know in advance.

Direct flights to Montenegro are infrequent, but Montenegro Airlines flies to Tivat (near Kotor) from several Europen cities. Alternatively, numerous airlines fly to Dubrovnik, Croatia, from where there are buses to Kotor. Catania, Sicily is well served by international airlines and good bus services link the airports with our points of disembarkation.

Getting back

Disembark in Messina by 12.00.

Travel assistance

Need help booking travel and accommodation for your trip? We have teamed up with STA Travel. Their experts will assist you with all your travel requirements. Please enquire when booking.

ITINERARY

Finding Hercules – Montenegro to Sicily

Join at Kotor, Montenegro 

Leave from Messina, Sicily 

Kotor (the gulf)

One of the great natural jewels of the Mediterranean, the gulf of Kotor, skirted by mountains and peppered with picturesque medieval towns is simply breathtaking.

Kotor (the city)

At the end of bay, lies the atmospheric UNESCO listed city of Kotor (Котор) its cobblestone streets and, Venetian Palaces and cafe-lined squares are hidden behind the city walls, which light up spectacularly each night.

Overnight sailing

Experience night passages across the Adriatic and northern Ionian. Sip hot drinks and marvel at the stars as you stand watch in the wee-hours.

Otranto

Strike a bargain for some fresh squid from the fishing fleet in Otranto harbour and then head ashore to explore the stunning floor mosaics of the town’s
Romanesque cathedral.

Approaching Sicily

Approaching the east coast by sea is an unforgettable experience. Seeing Mt Etna appear over the horizon, as she towers over the picturesque coastline.

Trip details

Sail from Montenegro to Sicily on this incredible adventure, exploring some of the Mediterranean’s lesser known wonders. Starting from the bewitching city of Kotor in Montenegro, we’ll explore one of the world’s finest natural harbours before heading across the South Adriatic sea to Otranto on the heel of Italy. From here we’ll sail the North Ionian sea to Calabria and then onto the coast of Sicily.

Be a part of the crew, navigating the Med and getting involved in everything from sail trimming and night watches to victualling in Montenegrin markets. No previous experience is required, but an appetite for adventure and good sense of humour are essential. This combination of exciting offshore passages, historic city exploration, natural wonders and cultural curiosities, wrapped into one amazing voyage is a must for those looking for a different type of holiday.

Itinerary

What follows is a idea of what may unfold. However, expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

Day 1

Join the boat in Kotor, meet your skipper, crew and shipmates and make yourself comfortable. Explore the old town and enjoy dinner, Montenegrin style.

Day 2-3

Explore the extraordinary bay of Kotor and surrounds, before embarking on a night passage across the Southern Adriatic sea, to Italy.

Day 4

Arrive in Otranto. Explore the walled town, walking atop the fortifications and discover one of Italy’s most bizarre cathedrals with its altar of human skulls and exquisite floor mosaics.

Day 5-6

Another overnight sail – continuing southwest across the gulf of Taranto, before arriving in La Castella marine park or nearby harbour, from where we’ll discover the rustic charms and unique cuisuine of Calabria.

Day 7-10

Our final night passage to Sicily, where we’ll spend the last few days exploring east coast treasures such as Syracuse, Catania & Taormina before heading into the mighty straights of Messina and tying up in the local marina.

Day 11

Departure day

KIT LIST

Sailing boots

Trainers/ deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)

Waterproof sailing kit

Hat

Sailing gloves

Clothes for on-board and on shore

A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)

A water bottle

Sun glasses (polarized)

Sun cream – SPF50+

Small quick dry towel

Swimming kit

USB cord to charge your phone

Cash

Head torch

Sailing knife

Passport

Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require

INSURANCE

Specialist off-shore sailing insurance is required. We can direct you to the insurer we use. Ask for information when you enquire.

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LOCATION

“Trip of a lifetime & perfect for the solo traveller….”

Tori

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