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Below is the feedback and reviews of sailing holidays with Nisos Yacht Charter in the Ionian, Greece submitted by our clients.
"We wish to say a huge thank you to Nisos Yacht Charter for making our holiday a most amazing and memorable experience. Right through from the booking experience with Rowan to meeting Laurie and Kate in Perigiali the service provided was excellent and very personalized.
Our week aboard Captain Jack was wonderful in every way. Captain Jack was spacious and immaculate. We had a very comfortable time aboard and it was very well equipped. This is a stunning yacht and we really didn’t want to get off at the end of the week.
Our skipper Dave was on hand throughout and made our introduction to sailing very enjoyable. We learned a lot and Dave became part of our family for the week, taking us to some spectacular places.
The Ionian sailing experience was superb, taking in beautiful turquoise blue bays and quaint little fishing ports with delightful tavernas at the waters edge serving up freshly caught fish.
We would most definitely recommend Nisos and Captain Jack for a truly fantastic sailing holiday."
Simon , Kelly and Lewis Ball – Captain Jack – October 2013
"Just thought you’d like to know that we thoroughly enjoyed our 3 weeks on Good News. It may have been the oldest boat we’ve ever chartered but it was the best. Sailed beautifully, went astern like a dream (thanks to the saildrive?), and our first experience of in-mast reefing means that we don’t want to go back to slab – certainly not with just two of us on board. And, in our opinion, a much better looking boat that the ever-wider, slab stern latest generation yachts. Laurie and the team were great." - Paul Stait - Good News - September 2013
"Just a quick note to express my thanks, and that of my fellow sailors for another great week with Nisos Yacht Charter. As ever the process from start to finish was effortless. The boats were presented to the now taken for granted high standards of Nisos. The service from stepping off the plane, to getting back to the airport was excellent and above all else genuinely friendly, it felt more like visiting friends than dealing with a charter company. A couple of unavoidable niggles were dealt with straight away as they became apparent, and no one can ask for more than that.
"The whole process of chartering from Nisos was very easy and straightforward. The team was very attentive and polite. The boat was very clean and properly kitted out. We were extremely pleased with the outcome and enjoyed our holiday immensely. I would highly recommend them and would certainly charter again." - Neil Narine - Grey Lady (Bavaria 36) - August 2013
"The week was fantastic and the help from the Nisos people right from the airport arrivals was excellent. A bag from one of our party went missing (as you know) and Ciara (I think was her name) was very helpful in finding a member of airport staff and helping with the form filling.
Michael the skipper was brilliant throughout and really became part of the holiday. He took us to great places that fitted with the kind of things we wanted to do and was patient in teaching us how to sail (when we could drag ourselves away from sunbathing and watching the scenery go by).
Captain Jack was awesome and was definitely the right choice. Plenty of space and a beautiful yacht that got some attention from others when moored ( especially with the underwater lights on).
I could go on. We had the the best holiday any of us have had." - Paul Metcalf - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) Skippered Charter - September 2013
"We have arrived home after our week aboard Maybe, which was absolutely fantastic! We were very well looked after and reassured by the team in Greece, Dave was particularly helpful with our plans for the week and a confidence inspiring stern to mooring lesson. This was essential as someone new to the technique and made mooring and anchoring with long lines easy even with a crew of people new to sailing. This made the holiday stress free and enjoyable. See you next year!" - James Paget - Maybe (Bavaria 32) - September 2013
"Hi Rowan, just back from the Ionian. We had a great time, the weather was perfect and we had some lovely force 4 breezes. There weren't even many other boats around. We all loved Numero Uno and she sailed brilliantly. When do you have to start booking if we decide to go again next year? I hope you all had a good summer." - Sue Harris - Numero Uno (Bavaria 46) - September 2013
"Hi Rowan, please can you pass onto your team a huge thank you for providing us with such a great holiday on Gabriella and Cloud Nine a week ago? We all had a tremendous time and would certainly like to come back for more in the future.
"Thanks to all the team for a great holiday. ‘Maybe’ was lovely, the scenery superb and we probably did more actual sailing than on any previous charters – in-mast furling really does encourage it! Thanks to all for your support. - Peter Bunn - Maybe (Bavaria 32) - September 2013
"This is the third time we have used Nisos and once again we were not disappointed - The staff, without exception were friendly, courteous and reliable and our boat, 'Numero Uno' was clean and in excellent working order. We opted for an initial half day under the relaxed, professional guidance of Skipper, Dave, as there were a number of novices in our party and the boat was the largest we had sailed to date. Dave's instruction was exceptional and we all felt much more comfortable after our 'lesson'. We had a fabulous week, sailing in winds of up to 25kts, safe in the knowledge that the support from Laurie and the team was always there. I cannot recommend Nisos highly enough - we will be back again next year!" - The Wyatt family, Cirencester, UK - Numero Uno (Bavaria 46) - August 2013
"Full marks to the entire Nisos team both in the UK and Greece. They make everything simple and easy, and with the Assisted Bareboat Charter (ABC) there is even someone to help you get berthed every evening, so you can relax and enjoy as much sailing as you like!" - Martin McReynolds - Maybe (Bavaria 32) - August 2013
Thanks to you & your team for helping us have such a fantastic holiday - it really was just wonderful. I think we were all a bit apprehensive about taking our first boat out, but I cannot tell you how, by the end of the week, we didn't want it to end - and just how much we'd learned and how chuffed with ourselves we were!
It was interesting to see that on the first day we were happy to motor around , getting the feel of everything and after day two, we were disappointed if we didn't have good wind!! When we talked team highlights of the holiday - getting up to a speed of 7.8 knots was one of them!
The boat was amazing - as were all the Nisos boats - so, so glad we booked with you!
Mike & Pippa (ABC lead crew) were just great - enough support and advice when needed but never made us feel nervous about a situation - always very calm which in turn gave us great self belief!
For our second week, we stayed in the villa - it was amazing. We loved it - best Villa ever in our years staying in Greece! Again, spotless, great quality, just couldn't fault it.
Thanks - it was an incredible holiday in so many ways. - Jane Coggin and Family - Amelie on Assisted Bareboat Charter and Villa N - August 2013
"This was a three generation holiday – much needed. The care, experience and understanding of the Nisos team meant our sailing and our holiday passed all expectation, and has left us with a truly unforgettable experience. Thank you." - John Roff - Cloud Nine (Bavaria 44) - August 2013
"We couldn’t recommend Nisos Yacht Charter more highly – they have a great selection of yachts but we plumped for beautiful Amelie (Bavaria 45) with the rear bathing platform, a must for families and large groups, we feel. Their local knowledge and support was also much appreciated on this, our first bareboat charter." - Wingate and Hobbs Family - Amelie (Bavaria 45) - August 2013
"If you’re looking to put a toe in the water and charter a boat, Nisos is the place to go. The service and equipment is excellent and the team look after you like one of the family. Fab holiday - thanks Nisos." - Tim Foreman - Maybe (Bavaria 32) - August 2013 on the Assisted Bareboat Charter scheme
"A superb operation run by great people. We did the Assisted Bareboat Charter scheme again, and Mike and the girls (lead crew), were simply excellent. Only problem was we went for one week and not two!" - Chris Hearne - Grey Lady (Bavaria 36 Avantgarde) - August 2013 ABC.
"We had a fantastic week on our Nisos Yacht. The condition and standard of the boat was great and the support and service from the Nisos Team was brilliant!" - Steve Bannister - Summer Breeze (Bavaria 35) - July 2013
"My pal Tim and I were lucky enough to spend a week in July on Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS). We arrived at the Nisos base in Perigiali near Nidri on Lefkas Island on Sunday afternoon and were met by the staff there who provided a full and very professional briefing on the cruising area and the boat. Captain Jack is a 45ft deck saloon Jeanneau and a very spacious and comfortable cruising boat she is. The first impressions were of how big she is, causing us to wonder if we would be able to handle her easily and safely, however these concerns were soon dismissed as she is a beauty to handle well and very responsive to the helm. Under sail she is lovely, for example on the Thursday afternoon during a sail up the Meganisi Channel towards Sivota when the wind, which can be very sporadic in these parts, blew from about 12 knots to 28, then back to 12 and up again to about 28knots in as many minutes, we were able to reef both sails, let them out and then reef again easily, ensuring a safe and fantastic sail. We were impressed at how well she handles under engine and particularly in reverse when anchoring astern against a quay, this is made even simpler with the help of the bow thruster. This area of the North Ionian is a particular good cruising ground with distances between ports of call as short or as long as you like with some beautiful bays to spend a relaxing lunch and cooling swim.
We would like to thank all the staff at Nisos for making our holiday such a wonderful success." - Eric Jarrett - Captain Jack - July 2013
"Great last minute holiday with help finding flights and making the process as easy as possible. Considering what was included it was also really good value with no hidden extras to add to the starting price." - Ian Meechan - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) - June 2013
"This is the 3rd time we have bareboat chartered with Nisos Yacht Charter and they have been excellent on all occasions, right from the booking through to the drop off at the airport. They really believe in going that extra mile to ensure everyone has a great holiday. We charted "Maybe" a 32 foot Bavaria, we wanted something easy to sail as there were only two of us and we are fairly new to sailing. She fitted the bill perfectly - easy to sail and comfortable plenty of room for 2 down below.
The boat was spotlessly clean and well equipped, Richard gave an excellent briefing and suggested some great places to visit (Port Leone overnight is well worth it, take a BBQ for the beach!)." - Ian Repsch - Maybe (Bavaria 32) - July 2013
"I am back to the USA and with great pleasure I am providing this feedback. It was fantastic. Part of it that is due to I had not much experience with such cruising and it was my first 7 day vacation on a yacht. Service and support were superb. All experience starting from booking was just fantastic. You all are doing a superb job. Thank you for putting so much time and thought in it. We are getting ready for a return next year already!" - Ivan Markov - Good News - July 2013
"Many thanks for a great vacation. Your help was appreciated in helping us choose a fantastic boat (Amelie) which was ideal for my wife and I plus our four sub 10 year old passengers. The villa was also great and all the logistics (airport transfers and hire car) couldn't have worked any more smoothly. You have a great setup and a really brilliant team. See you next year." - Andrew Priest - Amelie (Bavaria 45) and Villa - July 2013
"All worked well from booking through to the end of the holiday. The boat turned out to be exactly as described and the local information at the briefing session was accurate and valuable. The backup team were efficient and reliable. Overall excellent value for money." - Helena Butkovich - Numero Uno (Bavaria 46) - June 2013
"Just to say that the two weeks were a real joy. We felt looked after from the moment we arrived. Mike and Pippa were brilliant and the week on the yacht was fantastic and we will definitely be back. The villa was beautiful and one of the best we have stayed in. Perfectly placed. Perfect all round so thank you. - Stephen and Louise Askins - Polly (Bavaria 39 on ABC) and Villa N - July 2013
"The best charter company we have used by far. A good range of boats, an easy booking process here in the UK backed up by knowledgeable and helpful staff in Lefkada.
The villa was excellent and the pool had more than its fair share of use during the 36c+ temperatures. Steve who manages the Villa was an absolute gem with good local knowledge and an extremely helpful attitude." - Tony and Sue - Summer Breeze (Bavaria 35) and Villa N - June 2013
"Another fantastic holiday with Nisos and the first time as Skipper – best charter company in the Med by far – wouldn’t go with anyone else. Boat was very clean and well equipped and the little extras such snorkels and flippers etc made the holiday even better. Deep Blue was a lovely boat and could tell that the company looked after it well in comparison to other companies. Also a big plus is the fact there is not much advertising on the boat unlike other companies – as such it doesn’t look tacky and also helps when you are coming into port as people on the quay don’t assume “o its another charter boat they’ll be rubbish”!" - Daniel Lund - Deep Blue (Bavaria 40) - June 2013
“This was our first charter with Nisos and would have to say it was the most professional, friendly, courteous and enjoyable chartering experience I have ever enjoyed. From the time of booking to our reception in Perigalia and all through our trip they were always on hand to advise and assist. I would have no hesitation in recommending Nisos to fellow sailors. It was just a treat to enjoy the stunning beauty of the magical sailing area which is Greece with the knowledge that Nisos were always at hand to assist. We look forward to returning next season and enjoying the professionalism that is Nisos.” - Robert Maguire - Grey Lady (Bavaria 36 Avantgarde) - June 2013
"Thank you for organising a great charter, the boat was great, also not have to worry about the re-fuelling and insurance etc made the holiday much more hassle free." - Peter Sampson - Nina (Bavaria 45 Avantgarde) - June 2013
"Dave and I met through sailing and so felt it right to get married on board a boat if at all possible. Not an easy ask but thanks to Nisos Yacht Charter our dream became a reality and we got married on 18th June this year aboard Captain Jack, a beautiful 45ft Jeanneau. We have chartered several times through Nisos, they are way ahead of any other charter company we have used and they all seem like family now. Nothing is ever too much trouble, the boats are immaculate inside and out, we get treated like royalty and we just cannot recommend them highly enough. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved, Kate and Laurie were invaluable and helped to make our day so special. Kate even booked the girls into the hairdressers in Nidri on the day of the wedding! Rowan sorted all the boat paperwork out with no hassle. Another big thank you must go to Jill and the team who prepared Captain Jack for our 2 week holiday/honeymoon, everything was immaculate as usual. Thank you also to Pete, Pedro, Richard and everyone else at Nisos who were always on hand if we needed anything. When we gave Kate a hug to say goodbye at the end of our holiday we felt like we were leaving real friends. Thank you Nisos for everything and we look forward to seeing you all soon." - David and Joy Read - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) - June 2013
"Thank you all for a most enjoyable weeks sailing – lovely yacht, beautiful area and an impeccable friendly service provided by the Nisos Team. Added benefit of the facilities at the adjacent hotel was an unexpected bonus." - Lynne and Richard Panes - Deep Blue (Bavaria 40) - June 2013
"Thank you - once again we had a great time. Laurie and the team made everything easy and relaxed even down to booking a hire car for our last day waiting for our flight. WE'LL BE BACK!" - Roy Hufton - Deep Blue - June 2013
"We had a really good service from Nisos, friendly and personable. Everything was well organised and we appreciated the all-inclusive price, which even included diesel, rather than being charged for an infinite list of ‘extras’. The location is very accessible from a local airport and the cruising area is beautiful." - Cindy Harris & Rob Gwillim - Maybe (Bavaria 32) - June 2013
"I chose Nisos for my first bareboat charter as skipper. We chose the company for their friendly approach, the backup and support and the relaxed and beautiful sailing area. We returned for our second and third charter with Nisos for more of the same! Great team, great boats and great sailing! Many thanks to you all!" - Peter and Josie Lincoln - Summer Breeze (Bavaria 35) - June 2013
"We returned to NISOS after 5 years sailing elsewhere and found NISOS’ service better than ever, immaculate boat and great value." - Peter Steel - Deep Blue (Bavaria 40) - June 2013
"An outstanding holiday, our third time with Nisos Yacht Charter." - Neil Dyment - Iona (Bavaria 39) - May 2013
"Another excellent holiday with Nisos, this time exploring new places. Laurie, Kate and the team made us feel so welcome and we will be back next year." - Helen Aspden - Amelie (Bavaria 45) - June 2013 (already booked again for 2014!)
"One of the best holidays ever! Lovely scenery, pretty harbours, appreciated so much more from being on the water. Also all your chaps were great." - Christine Willis - Bavaria 44 (Gabriella) - May 2013
"Great to do business with an English company in Greece - Service, backup and value make Nisos special" - Colin Goldman - Sophia Christianos (Jeanneau 45DS) - May 2013
"Suffice to say - We had a great time on Numero Uno. All the Nisos team deserve a huge 'thanks' for their care. There were friendly smiles to welcome us, the boat was immaculate, and when we had a slight problem with the aft heads, Pedro and Pete arrived promptly by RIB to sort things out. Sunshine and wind gave us great sailing all week. This trip was as good as our first and we will definately be back!" - Frances McArthur and Ian Stevenson - Numero Uno (Bavaria 46) - May 2013
"First time, second time, every time the best!" - Carin Swanevelder - Amelie (Bavaria 45) - May 2013
" We were on NINA (Bavaria 45) our friends on AMELIE (Bavaria 45). A great week once again. We even managed to do a little racing!! We'll definitely be back in the future." - Cobus van Dyk - Nina (Bavaria 45 Avantgarde) - May 2013
"Rowan a quick note to you and your team to Thank you for helping make the two weeks aboard Maybe such a relaxing and enoyable experience. The new boat Maybe exceeded our expectation in terms of specification performance and comfort and we are really looking forward to returning for our next holiday" - Gary and Caroline Chapman - Maybe (Bavaria 32) - May 2013
"Once again we had a fabulous holiday aboard Constance, and can’t thank the Nisos team enough for how smooth and hassle free everything went, from arrival through to departure! Again we must also congratulate the team for their excellent and personal customer service, it makes a real difference and we’ll definitely be back!" - Chris and Sue Harris - Constance (Bavaria 37) - May 2013
"Rowan, we have just returned after an excellent two weeks aboard Olive. We had a wonderful relaxing break (apart from a night in Kioni with 35kts across the deck!) Please pass on our thanks to everyone at Perigiali for their great work and support. Special thanks to the cavalry in the RIB, Pedro and Pete, for always being there.
"Had a great week and enjoyed the Greek weather very much. Did not go all that far but all the ports were good, as was the food and wine. Boat very well equipped. Hope to be out again at the end of the season." - Ian Stevenson - Numero Uno - May 2013
"I was very impressed with Nisos and would definitely use them again. The whole experience of dealing with them was very smooth. I think their personal touch and customer service is hard for a big operator to match." - Joe McLenaghan - Cloud Nine - May 2013
"Hi Rowan, We had a great time. It was a bit cloudy for the first couple of days but after that hot and sunny. Nina (Bavaria 45 Avantgarde) was fantastic. We were initially a bit unsure about the fold down transom but I think by the end of the week we were all fans of it. Can't really think of any criticisms. She felt remarkably responsive and the twin rudders really give great control with no risk of rounding up in the gusts. Altogether a great boat.
We have quite a few pictures which I will send to you once we have got them sorted out.
We have arranged to get married on Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) in June and have hired a photographer so should have plenty of photos for you then." - David Read - Nina - April 2013
"My apologies for not replying sooner regarding our recent holiday with Nisos in the Ionian.
"The boat was well equipped, and we really appreciated the friendly welcome, the thorough local briefing and the efficient back-up from the base team on lefkas; Nisos gave us a personal service that only comes with the smaller family run type of business" - Pete and Ania Brimlow - Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) - October 2012
"We had a great time, boat was spot on and the welcome was really big and helpful, we can not fault any aspect of the holiday experience - especially boat cleanliness and personal attention afforded to us. We would definatly charter again with Nisos." - Barrie Davies - Summer Breeze (Bavaria 35) - October 2012
"One day we had a 25kt wind and managed 12kt on our now operatonal GPS gear. What an experience she was keeled well over and ploughing on in fine style. My wife and future daughter in law were shouting with delight. My Son and I loved it. We enjoyed some outstanding bays and lovely places to eat and visit. The week soon came to and end and as we slipped back to port with a gentle stern to at 9am Sunday. As we moved out of Amelie I could detect a few damp eyes.
Could you believe this!!
I love my flying but this is up there with it. We hope to see you guys at the boat show and hope to make future bookings with you Rowan. I would appreciate it if you could pass on our thanks for the support given by Pedro and Laurie and the team over there - they were great." - Paul Emms - Amelie (Bavaria 45) - September 2012
"Thank You to Nisos! Once again our sailing holidays on Ionian sea went on perfectly. A great thanks of this is for Your crew there in Perigiali. You can deliver my best thanks to all of them. We will be back :)" - Tapani Houvilainen - Deep Blue (Bavaria 40) - October 2012
"Thanks so much to all at Nisos for a great last minute charter aboard Christopher Robin last week. The 37 was just about the right size for the two of us to manage short-handed without breaking into a sweat (!), and Gilly and I really enjoyed our first ever visit to the Ionian Islands. It was quite a contrast to bashing up and down the Solent in full oilskins! We also liked having Nisos Base only a mobile phone call away for updates on weather forecasts etc. All in all, we had a lovely time and felt very well looked after. Well done Nisos Charter!" - Andrew Howard - Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) - October 2012
"We had a 'debrief' last night following our week aboard Amelie in September. Just wanted to say a huge thanks to you all at Nisos. We had a greatb time and found your whole operation to be professional, appropriate, friendly and covering all bases. The best charter we have ever had." - Peter Mulcahy - Amelie (Bavaria 45) - September 2012
"The whole experience from initial enquiry to ‘’sadly’’ the last morning, mooring up at the Nisos Base was an awesome experience, made all that better by all the Crew at Nisos.
We would ”definitely’’ be back, except for the fact Nisos made it such a great holiday we’ve now purchase a yacht in Greece. Sorry about that!" - Murray Thomas - Constance (Bavaria 37) - August 2012
"A belated email to say that we had a great week on Summer Breeze - the general view was that a week was too short! Mike & Pete were great and I was impressed with the Nisos way of doing things. Hoping we will be in touch again, thanks for all your assistance." - Graham Cook - Summer Breeze (Bavaria 35) - August 2012 Assisted Scheme
"Once again thank-you Nisos for a superb week sailing on Deep Blue. As always, it was the best week of our year! Hope the rest of the summer goes well. Until next time, all the best" - Louise and Fraser Lewis - Deep Blue (Bavaria 40) - August 2012
"All of the Nisos employees really went out of their way to make the holiday go smoothly." - Oscar Nowak - Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) and Olive (Bavaria 36) - August 2012
"The Nisos staff were friendly, professional and really helpful in making our sailing holiday a such brilliant experience. The swimming, sailing and scenery were real high points." - Paul Weir - Amelie (Bavaria 45) - August 2012
"Nisos are friendly and very efficient and we have found the Ionian sea one of the best sailing areas in the world. "Amelie" was great – nicely prepared and perfect size for the 6 of us in our party. Everything worked well, and we would charter this boat again – the bow thrusters proved invaluable…particularly when ‘stern to’ mooring or anchoring with cross winds." - Nigel Graham - Amelie (Bavaria 45) - August 2012
“This was the third occasion we have chartered a boat through Nisos and each time they have lived up to our high expectations. The fact that everything is included in the price is an enormous bonus, rather than all of the supplements added on by most other operators. We shall certainly be back again” - David and Barbara Lund - Bavaria 35 "Summer Breeze" - June 2012
I am writing to say well done to you and the Nisos Team. We have just come back from 2 weeks sailing on Good News and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. We have sailed in the same area for 4 or so years and each year with a different charter company mainly because we wanted to compare yachts and service. The Nisos experience was definitely the best charter company we have been with so far. The Team at Nisos were extremely helpful and friendly and we certainly felt that the changeover days both in and out were both relaxed and extremely professional. The back up service we hardly needed but even that seemed to be well organised and 'Pedro' and team could not have been more helpful.
The key differentiators Nisos has over its competitors are:
1. Small enough to have the personal touch yet big enough to cope;
2. Great location with easy access to and from the main sailing areas with stunning views over the sea and islands;
3. Relaxed but efficient briefings and handover with the whole emphasis being on getting us off on our holiday as soon as we were ready;
4. Returning on the handover day rather than the day before is a big plus for any client as it enables us to enjoy everyday of the holiday with minimal time travelling.
5. The yachts were accurately described and well fitted out for their age and we also found the all inclusive price very agreeable (no need to fill up with diesel or water on return and no requirement to part with non refundable excess deposits - Perfect!)
Richard and Vicky Knocker
Good News August 12"
"Our Nisos bareboat holiday was fantastic from start to finish the UK booking was very easy, transfer was waiting to deliver us despite a late flight, yacht was spotlessly clean, fantastic cruising holiday. Over all a holiday to remember, well done Nisos" - Dr John Tankard - Sophia Christianos (Jeanneau 42DS) - August 2012
"Having just returned from our fabulous weeks sailing I felt compelled to drop you a line to say a huge thanks to you and the team; Laurie, Kate, Pedro and Pete for making it all so enjoyable. From you taking the time to come and brief us personally beforehand, to the warm welcome on arrival and swift and efficient service at sea - it all went to make our week worry free and immensely enjoyable. The boat, the weather and the scenery could not have been better. We will definitely be back next year and will be recommending Nisos to all our friends. Please pass on our thanks to everyone involved - we look forward to seeing you again soon." - Andrew Wyatt and Family - Iona (Bavaria 39) - July 2012
"We had the most amazing holiday and that was made possible by the fabulous team at Nisos. As you know, it was not the holiday we had planned, but from our initial contact with you it was evident your commitment to customer service was second to none. From the moment we were picked up at the airport to meeting Laurie, Kate and Andy, we knew we were in safe hands. Captain Jack was fabulous and clean and Andy was beyond our expectations. He fitted in brilliantly with our family and became a true friend. His sailing knowledge was excellent, his humour infectious and the children adored him. We could not have wanted for a better skipper; he absolutely made our holiday a brilliant experience.
Please thank all your team for a truly exceptional week which we will never forget.
And yes, if we can afford it, we will definitely be back!" - Pollard Family - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) - July 2012
"We came across Nisos at the London 2012 boat show. We were impressed with their fleet and in particular the fact that the boats were privately owned and not the usual flotilla boats, providing a much better level of equipment and fit out, but more importantly, not crammed full of cabins to maximise numbers, giving us much more space about the boat.
Great meet and greet and handover from the shore based crew in the Ionian. Great support. Absolute trouble free and relaxing holiday. Well recommended!" - Bob and Oksana Little - Sophia Christianos (Jeanneau 42DS) - July 2012
"We had an excellent week wih plenty of excitement (force 6 winds, lots of anchor work) but all the time we were comfortable and confident on Sophia Christianos. Lunching and swimming in delightful secluded bays, a warm welcome from Greek tavernas and some fine sailing. Laurie and the team at Perigiali could not have been more helpful. All four of our sons are now working out how to get their Day Skipper ticket and two are planning to come back with student friends on a skippered charter." - Andrew Cobb - Sophia Christianos (Jeanneau 42DS) - July 2012
"Once again Elton SC had another perfect two weeks courtesy of Nisos Yacht Charter. Thanks for looking after us and we hope to see you again soon!" - Paul Savage - Elton Sailing Club - Polly (Bavaria 39) - July 2012
"Professional, friendly company where nothing is too much trouble." - David Read - Elton Sailing Club - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) - July 2012
"Did the children love it? YES. Did my wife and I love it? YES. Was it one of the best holidays I have ever had? YES. Will we come back? YES! Was our skipper the perfect fit? YES. Anything wrong with the holiday? Not a jot! Many, many thanks to all of you for this wonderful time." - Peter Sellar and family - Numero Uno (Bavaria 46) - July 2012 Skippered Charter
"Great boats, great service, great holiday!" - Tim Malthouse - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) - July 2012
"Our sailing holiday with Nisos was second to none - from the efficient and helpful booking process to the high quality boat. If that wasn't enough, Laurie and his team ensured we sailed away from the base within 2 hours of arrival after the most efficient boarding we have ever experienced! After a fabulous 2 weeks our return was even better - 30 minutes from arrival into base to taxi!! With service like that we will be back! The Bavaria 37 exceeded expectations and is kept to a very high standard. I would rate this boat very highly compared to others we have chartered in the past - probably the best we have ever had!." - Mary Meaney - Constance (Bavaria 37) - July 2012
"We had a fantastic time thanks - it just gets better and better each year! Brilliant stress free holiday. The boat had everything we needed, smooth airport transfer and boat handover process, personalised service and excellent back up." - Jeremy and Luci Bate - Olive (Bavaria 36) - July 2012
"As always, another fabulous holiday courtesy of Nisos and all its staff!" - Chris Smith - Good News & Deep Blue - June 2012
"We very much enjoyed our time on Sophia Christianos, our crew featured three novices (deck dollies) who thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of the Ionian Sea, the sheltered bays and the gentle winds. The perfect holiday experience. The yacht was extremely well prepared, comfortable and a pleasure to sail. Even George at Kalamos appreciated our stern to mooring efforts!
We received a warm and friendly welcome at every port, and are looking to returning next year, our only dilema is which Nisos yacht to choose!" - Brian Andrews - Sophia Christianos (Jeanneau 42DS) - June 2012
"I have sailed the Ionian on too many occaisons to mention, and with various charter companies. Since discovering Nisos, with whom I have chartered from for 4 years running, I will not go elsewhere, as long as their high standards are maintained." - David Collier - Polly (Bavaria 39) - June 2012
"We had a lovely time thank you, the reception and briefing at Perigalia was first class and Christopher Robin was immaculate, I could not believe she was 5 years old....... and what weather....... Will we charter with you again?.....yes we will! I recommend Nisos Yacht Charter because they offer an easy, straightforward and a reasonable all inclusive price with no "extras". Nisos provide a great welcome and attentive service at their base and most importantly, they are located in the South Ionian, which ensures memorable sailing in one of the world's outstanding cruising grounds." - Robert Short - Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) - June 2012
"Hi Rowan , Just thought I'd let you know we had an absolutely great holiday! Great weather, warm sea and a wonderful time had by all.Our skipper Dave was exceptional, knowledgable, safe sailor and all round easy going company and very good teacher, he made the holiday pretty much stress free, the only decisions we had to make was what to eat! We will be back for more!
"Amelie exceeded all expectations - it really was the best experience ever. The large swimdeck offered a lot more space for 8 people and we never felt claustrophobic. The holiday brought out the swashbuckling pirate in all of us everday! We are already planning next years trip! - Carin Minnie - Amelie (Bavaria 45) - June 2012
"Richard and I have been chartering yachts from the West Indies to the Whitsundays for about 16 years and the most important thing is to have well equipped and maintained yachts. Nisos is without doubt the best and most helpful Company we have dealt with. Nothing was too much trouble." - Jayne Turner - Deep Blue (Bavaria 40) - June 2012
I wanted to e-mail you to thank you for an absolute unforgetable week in the Ionian before you could e-mail us. We cannot stop talking about the experience!! We all value your very sleek and friendly service that we received both sides- there and in the UK. Absolutely nothing went wrong. Everything just worked out so painfree as you can only wish for a holiday to be!!
Right from the start at Gatwick airport, we felt welcome when the guy from Travelux met us. The bus trip where we did not need to rent a car or drive made us kick off very relaxed. Laury and Kate was so helpful, and we followed the suggested routes that Mike gave us, and it was spectacular! We even had a proper South African braai (BBQ) on a beach on Atokos on Thursday. That made the week! We could suggest this to future clients! Much appreciated. Amelie behaved herself so beautifully! We fell in love. - No jokes: but this was one of my 3 best holidays ever!
We all discussed the fact that you trusted a group of 8 people with such a big toy and did not even require any deposit or insurance cover! I can promise you the personal contact we had with you made us look after her especially well as if she was our own, and David did his job as skipper with a lot of expertise and great care - we did not want to "overstay our welcome"- We would really like to go back at some point soon if we can - we hope we can fulfill a dream.
We have already started to plan next year and wondered if you have any similar boats in a different part of Europe as we could go back to the Ionian, but would also like to see other parts before we follow in our own footsteps. We would like to stick to your company if we could.
Thank you again, and we hope to see you soon at a boat show.
Carin Minnie - Amelie (Bavaria 45) - June 2012
"I need to only use one word to sum up our week with Nisos and Olive "Excellent"! - Keith Newitt - Olive (Bavaria 36) - June 2012
"I felt the operation was excellent from the perspectives of the organiser & skipper. Certainly you made these jobs as easy as they could possibly be & I was able to show my guests how wonderful a charter can be, especially in the Ionian which was probably at its best for us. The almost new Bavaria 45 certainly met every expectation being roomy, modern, clean, easy to handle and with good windlass, bowthruster, furling gear, fridges and a big comfortable cockpit, good lines etc. As good as any private yacht." - David Leslie - Amelie (Bavaria 45 Cruiser) - May 2012
"Fantastic two week holiday topped off with dolphins swimming alongside off Ithica. Great service from Laurie and the team. The Bavaria 36 was as good as anything we have sailed previously." - Jack Boyd - Olive (Bavaria 36) - June 2012
"For the second year running we took Captain Jack for a skipper charter in the first week of June. A combination of a great boat, fantastic location, experienced skipper and a eager family made for a fantastic holiday that gave us both a rest and some fantastic sailing. This year we discovered some new favourite locations and returned to some old ones, but every evening moored up with smiles on our faces and a cold beer in our hands ! On a few occasions we bumped into other Nisos boats in the evenings and everyone we talked to were always positive about the Nisos experience and ways of doing things. The Ionian has become a firm part of our yearly plans and would always be with Nisos – any chance of getting a 65’ Oyster in the fleet!" - Richard Hurley - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) - June 2012
"A fantastic holiday! The Nisos team were friendly and professional from start to finish, the yacht was clean, spacious and capable and everywhere we visitied was simply beautiful. Our only regret was that we could not stay longer! This was our first bareboat charter, the yacht met our expectations. We had a couple of small problems with the plotter on the first morning and leaking connection to the cold water feed to the sink unit. Both faults were dealt with quickly and efficiently within an hour! Hope to see you all again next year." - Bernard Cassey - Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) - June 2012
"Fantastic holiday, was lovely to be welcomed on board with an ice bucket and champagne - it was our honeymoon! Lovely little touch, thank you! Summer Breeze was as we expected having sailed on similar sized Bavaria yachts before. She was in very good condition with everything working and the lovely addition of an autopilot (which I had not used before). The drop down swim deck was fantastic and will be something I will look for in future charters. We had a problem with the outboard engine for the tender. Pedro came and replaced it - we were very impressed with the ease and speed of contacting you. " - Chris Gillett - Summer Breeze (Bavaria 35) - June 2012
"Nisos gave a friendly and personal service (unlike many larger operators) and focus on getting your holiday under way smoothly. Thanks to you all for a great time on an excellent yacht!" - Patrick Bapty - Tranquillity (Legend 41DS) - June 2012
"A very professional operation with an excellent back up for problems or if you get into any difficulty." - Bob Pitt - Constance (Bavaria 37) - June 2012
"A great weeks sailing in good winds, F5 gusting F6 on 2 days, with 2 meter seas at the north end of the Ithica channel. Who says the Ionian has no wind....! Good News was in good condition for her age, and the 3 cabins a big advantage. Nisos is a great organisation." - Chris Hutchinson - Good News (Bavaria 34) - May 2012
"No need to look at any other companies for Ionian Sailing: well looked after boats, friendly staff and relaxed sailing!" - Peter Haggis - Sophia Christianos (Jeanneau 42DS) - June 2012
"Yet again, Laurie, Kate and the team provided a great holiday. Back up was excellent and Greece, its hospitality and the weather were as good as ever. We'll be back as usual next year!" - Helen Aspden - Polly (Bavaria 39) - June 2012
"From booking with Rowan to the lovely welcome you receive when arriving at the Base from Laurie and Kate nothing was too much trouble. We had three non-sailors wih us and they would go back tomorrow if they could. Myself and the rest of the crew have sailed all over the world with just about every Charter Company and in our opinion you will never get a better service, standard of boat and cruising area.
We will be back and bring other friends and family members for what is a wonderful holiday for sailors and non sailors alike." - Craig Short - Sophia Christianos (Jeanneau 42DS) - May 2012
Hi Rowan, we had a great holiday, Duncan our eldest is now also a guaranteed return customer! Mike was an excellent skipper. He knew the area very well and took us to some very interesting spots around the islands which is great on the still days. His handling of the boat was exemplary and his teaching skills first class. Also - and most important - he was very good company. Great to have him onboard!" - Murray Alston - Iona - June 2012 Skippered Charter.
"Captain Jack - the best way to unwind and enjoy sailing" - Amanda Burns - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) - May 2012
"Summer Breeze was an excellent boat and compared very favourably to other boats we had rented from other companies in the past. The service we received was excellent." - Andy Power - Summer Breeze (Bavaria 35) - May 2012
"The words "British built" used to be an adjective that suggested quality and care & value for money - I felt this could be a description of Nisos with the extra benefit of english as the common language - so helpful if there is a problem. The boat was good and in proper working order. Indeed better than any greek charter or English Charter company I have used before who then sub contracted the charter to a Greek company ~ thanks from all of us!" - Colin Goldman and all the crew on Polly (Bavaria 39) - May 2012
"Another fantastic experience for our boys from Nisos in the Ionian. Fantastic backup. Well done team.
"For the second year running, Nisos have provided a friendly and professional service which enabled our holiday to be a very enjoyable experience for all of the crew" - Francis Prior - Iona (Bavaria 39) - May 2012
"With no signage on the boat its like your own but without any of the worries. Great service from the Nisos team" - Stephen Franklin - Summer Breeze (Bavaria 35) - May 2012
"Deep Blue was in excellent condition, much better than a similar aged boat from Sunsail or Nielson." - Rob King - Deep Blue (Bavaria 40) - May 2012
"I have just returned from a most enjoyable week in the Ionian on “Amelie” – my fifth consecutive season with Nisos. Having chartered elsewhere in the Med and the Caribbean in the past, the Nisos team certainly stand out in terms of their “hands-on” approach, their professionalism and most importantly the reliability of their fleet. I would recommend them to anyone.” - John English - Amelie (Bavaria 45) - May 2012
"We had the most fantastic holiday aboard Constance. The Ionian Islands are extremely picturesque and there was some superb sailing to be had. The professionalism, friendliness and helpfulness of the Nisos team is second to none and we felt like VIPs from start to finish. It's refreshing to find such a genuine and caring company and we will definitely be back next year! Chris and Sue Harris - Constance (Bavaria 37) - May 2012
"We've been sailing with Nisos for nearly 10 years and they've never let us down. The boats are excellent and the level of support you get is second to none." - Peter Holmes - Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) - May 2012
"For a well equipped boat, friendly service and great sailing, you can do no better!" - Tony Dodd - Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) - May 2012
"We had a wonderful time. Speaking to your other customers and they were all raving about Nisos!
Thank you for giving my family a great experience - Sophia was a dream". - Craig Short - Sophia Christianos (Jeanneau 42DS) - May 2012
"We have had two superb charters on Numero Uno (Bavaria 46) last year and Amelie (Bavaria 45) this and frankly Nisos is by far the best charter company we have dealt with over the years. Very well done and thanks. The welcome when we arrived was wonderful - lovely to see Laurie, Kate and Pedro waiting to greet us. Once again we used the services of Mike as our skipper - there is non better! Absolutely on our wave length - great companion, guide and mentor with a competitive streak so we squeezed as much juice out of Amelie as we could!" - Jeremy Stirrup - Amelie (Bavaria 45) - May 2012.
"It was a pleasure to deal with a company who puts service above all else. I felt like an old family friend rather than just a customer. The new under mattresses on Captain Jack were so comfortable. So much so we had to move nearer to base on the last night as we couldn't trust ourselves to get up in time!" - Robert Ashworth - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) - May 2012
“We had a great time and very nice sailing down in Lefkada and Ionian sea. Thanks a lot for all your help and assistance. Your team down there in Nidri is great. We had a wonderful reception, clean and ready boat waiting for us as agreed, and very - very responsive people at Nisos Yacht Charter (Laurie, Pedro, etc.). Due to their efficiency and high professionalism, we did not waste a second at both receiving and returning the yacht. This was my fourth sailing with Nisos Yacht Charter and I can safely say that I will keep coming back again, again. I have recommended the company to many friends and will do so in the future.” - Nickolay Yarmov, Sofia, Bulgaria - Sophia Christianos (Jeanneau 42DS) - May 2012
"Sorry it’s taken a week or so since we got back, but I wanted to drop you a quick email to thanks you so much for a fantastic time aboard Deep Blue. My family and I had a fantastic week away and much thanks goes to you and your team (especially Laurie and Pedro in Lefkas) for making our charter a seamless and pleasurable experience. We fell in love with Nidri and as always spent a few days in Sivota again. We want to try the harbours west of Meganisi next time and as always enjoy a stay in Fiskardho. The only lesson I take away is to ensure I “top up” with cash before I leave the home port as we found we were chasing ATM’s a bit and many restaurants were reluctant to take credit cards (you may want to let others know for future reference)." - Andrew Broadhurst and Family - Deep Blue - Octobr 2011
"You won't be surprised to hear that we had a glorious week on 'Amelie' exploring a beautiful part of the world that Adrian and I had never visited before. The weather was practically perfect (a bit more wind would have been nice!); the boat was comfortable and easy to sail; and we had great fun with the various people we met along the way. It was a wonderful holiday and we hope to return to Nisos for our next charter adventure. With very best wishes and thanks for all your help." - Judith Gibbons - Amelie (Bavaria 45) - October 2011
"Dear Kate and Laurie, this is just a note to say how much we enjoyed our charter with you. It's a delight to be served by such a pair of professionals.
Many thanks for a great charter experience, and all the best for next year." - Caroline and Jim Baerselman - Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) - September 2011
"A very well run "family" firm who personally take very good care of their clients." - Alan Cooklin - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) - September 2011
"Great company, great boat and a great location." - Jeff Green - Sophia Christianos (Jeanneau 42DS) - September 2011
"The Ionian provided excellent sailing conditions for the once or twice yearly sailor - fun but safe. The islands were stunning and the sealife a constant source of entertainment. We will be returning again. We were surprised at how well equipped the boat was. We always take tupperware boxes, cleaning cloths and tea towels but you had provided them. The only thing I would have liked would be a larger plastic jug for the Pimms!" - Lorrainne Baines - Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) - September 2011
"Thank you to Rowan, Laurie, and the whole team ( a special thanks for the understanding when we arrived back a little late after a small navigational error by one of the crew whilst the skipper was having a shower!). An absolutely fabulous week, the only complaint is that it was just one week!
"Just a quick note to say thanks to you and the crew for our week on the Good Ship ‘Olive’. Everyone had an absolutely brilliant time. I’ll be sure to recommend you guys to my mates." - Alex De Jong - Olive (Bavaria 36) - September 2011
"Hi Rowan, Just a quicky to say we had a lovely time on Deep Blue w/c 28th August. The children particularly had the most fantastic time and I'm sure we will be on the water again before too long!
"Hello Rowan, unfortunately we are back home! We had a great time and we enjoyed our vacation very much. Your service was excellent and made us feel very special - from the reservation all the way to the departure. We thank you and the team for everything and hope to meet again." - Gad Agmon - Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) - August 2011
"Dear Rowan and Team. Just to say that we had a fantastic holiday on Sophia Christianos and Villa Nisos. Thank you so much and we are already talking about doing it again next year." - Cameron Clarke - Sophia Christianos (Jeanneau 42DS) and Villa - August 2011.
"Fabulous boat, lovely people at base and a wonderful relaxed week." - Ray Keisser - Amelie (Bavaria 45) - August 2011
"We had a fantastic time both Captain Jack and the Villa were everything we expected (and more) You have a great team out there. We will be back and I will be recommending you guys when ever I can." - Peter Crouch - Captain Jack - August 2011
"The Nisos team are excellent: nothing fazes them; nothing is too much trouble." - Jeremy Bate - Summer Breeze - July 2011
"I just wanted to let you know that we had a fantastic holiday - thoroughly enjoyed it - the organisation on the ground in Greece was very efficient and friendly, the assistance we had from Mike and Pete was excellent and I felt confident that if we had a problem they would have dealt with it - As it was there were no problems, the bot was super and a great time was had by all." - Ann-Marie Bound - Iona (Bavaria 39) on Assisted Bareboat Charter scheme - July 2011
"From the moment we were met off the plane to the moment we were returned to the airport Nisos were superb. In particular, Mike and Pete who guided us gently around the Ionian Sea, quickly worked out what we wanted and how much help to provide. Their guidance was always spot on, their assistance in making sure our mooring was as stress-free as possible was invaluable. In addition the minor hiccups and technical problems which occurred en route was never too much hassle for them to sort out.
By chance we also came across a local village festival one night where we were anchored, This turned out to be a real highlight and I just wonder if this sort of event should be sought out rather than "happened upon" for future charters.
The boats performed well and the shore team were well organised both ends of the trip.
Please pass on our thanks to them all with special regards to Mike and Pete whose patience was tested but never cracked!" - Jamie Buchanan - Constance (Bavaria 37) - August 2011 (part of 6 boat private flotilla).
"Rowan, Laurie, Kate and family - Just a quick email to say thank-you again for such a wonderful week sailing. Deep Blue was perfect for us and Nisos’s attention to detail and super planning makes for an unforgettable stress free sailing holiday. Hope the rest of the summer goes well for you, and we will all be seeing you again next year!" - Louise Gibson, Fraser Lewis - Deep Blue - July 2011
"Just a quick note to pass on my thanks for a fabulous holiday. The area is breathtaking and the girls loved the snorkelling and little harbours. I especially wanted to to thank Laurie and the boys for the back up when we needed them. If you will have us we will definately be back!" - David Oram - Constance (Bavaria 37) - July 2011
"Hi Rowan - just a quick note to say thanks for another great holiday. Christopher Robin was excellent, the organisation excellent, and the support was brilliant, and we had a great time. Please send our thanks to Laurie and his family and crew. Hope to be back next year ! Many thanks." - Ian McAuslane and family - Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) - June 2011
"Everything was great thank you and also Laurie, Kate and team. We went to Preveza-sayiada - corfu/ mandraki - Lakka- and several nights in the inland sea." - Ray Marshall - Tranquillity (Legend 41DS) - May 2011
"Thanks for a great week last week on Polly. All was great: good weather, boat nicely prepared, no-where too busy!" - Peter Haggis - Polly (Bavaria 39) - May 2011
"Hi Rowan, sorry I haven't got around to emailing you before but I wanted to write and say a big thank you for such a great holiday with Nisos. We all had an amazing time and what a great area to sail in. See you next year!" - Ruth Romer - Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) - June 2011
"Hi Rowan, just got back after yet another fantastic charter with you. Thank you so much for the upgrade upon arrival to Captain Jack, the guys were knocked out. Thanks for running such a good outfit." David Collier - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) - June 2011
"Just to say we had a wonderful time last week, despite the lost luggage - which turned up and Kate and Laurie were fantastic and so very kind to bring it to us. We met some fantastic people on our weeks travels that all seem to know and recommend you. It was a great week, no, fantastic week, please keep us informed for 2012!
Brian Stanbridge - Numero Uno (Bavaria 46) - May 2011
Everything went exactly to plan, flights on time, ready, shopping and papers completed and at sea by 4.00pm local.
Mike Skeet was our skipper and could not have been a better choice. He was absolutely on our wave length and great company as well as being a superb tutor with A1 local knowledge. The only thing wrong was the weather forecast which consistently was grossly inaccurate. We had superb sailing conditions right up to force 7 gusting 8 heading across to Vassiliki and practised man overboard in the near gale. Great fun and not a cross word all week. 95% sunny and a shower in the night but cold in the evenings.
Thanks for everything and please pass on our thanks to Laurie, Mike, Kate and Pedro
Best wishes "The Mellor Navy" - Numero Uno (Bavaria 46) - Skippered Charter - May 2011
"I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the fabulous holiday that we had on board Polly this year. We had the best holiday that we could have wished for. Jackie and Livi (our non sailors)enjoyed things as much as Abi and myslef did. The itinerary that you chose for us was absolutely fantastic and we followed it almost to the letter. Every port was spectacular and every moment cherished. Polly was superb in all respects and I found it very hard to leave her! Once again thank you Rowan and to Laurie and all of the staff at Nisos. Your efforts and attention to detail along with your superbly appointed boats have made our holiday one that we will always remember with very fond memories. Also - rest assured we will be back!! - Denison Family - Polly (Bavaria 39) - July 2010
"Hi Rowan, we're just back from a fabulous week with Nisos and I just wanted to pass on my thanks to all the team , especially Mike, Pete and Laurie who made the ABC scheme such a positive experience for the whole family. We had a wonderfully relaxing holiday. Mike and Pete deserve full credit for helping us build confidence and experience the delights of the Ionian. It really is the best of both worlds when you can sail with such freedom knowing that support is a phone call away. Christopher Robin was great to sail and served us well in a variety of weather conditions and sea states. Overall 10 of 10 for Nisos on customer experience, service and support and quality of the boat. We were all delighted with the holiday. Many thanks!" - Gavin Folland - Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) - October 2010 Assisted Bareboat Charter scheme.
"Hi Rowan, just to let you know what a great week we had sailing on Iona, despite the weather. You have a wonderful crew, from you taking the bookings through to Laurie and Pedro on the ground in Greece. It all could not have been easier or more relaxed, and you are all doing a great job, well done. I am sure we will be back in the future." - James Leggate - Iona (Bavaria 39) - October 2010
"A September week of pure bliss for Lucy, Clive, Tina, Dom, Charlotte & myself. Its stunning look got heads turning in all the bays during the day and especially at night, with the blue hull lights really separating this boat from others. Everything on the boat was there ready to use, clean & tidy, perfectly set for a week on the seas. With the ever changing winds, the boat delivered and looked gracious as it headed around the Ionian. The beds were very comfortable, plenty of room in the cabin, needed especially for the odd bit of thunder and rain, although the bimini was a great addition, to enjoy the real atmosphere, without interrupting the evenings events. Plenty of room on the deck for the daytime sunbathing & evening fine dining, with the captain sailing & leading the way, this boat delivered all-round throughout the trip. Highly recommended, 'Captain Jack' is 'The Captain' of the Ionian. Thank you for a wonderful week, we look forward to our next trip with Nisos!" - Philip Wakefield - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) - skippered charter - September 2010
"I would not hesitate to charter with Nisos again. They are friendly, helpful and efficient - a great experience from start to finish!" - Alan Finlay - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) - October 2010
"Lovely people, great villa and yacht, holiday suitable for all ages. Thank you Nisos. Dealing with British staff from booking through to all other aspects of the holiday both villa and boat made for a very smooth and excellent communication. Our twin sons wanted to repeat the brilliant family sailing holidays we had in the past in Greece when they were growing up. We did it with the addition of a wife and three children and a fiance and it completely lived up to expectations. The baby, six months old, was acclaimed by everyone to be the best sailor on the boat, while the 5 and 7 year olds joined in everything and were never bored. We all wish we had 2 weeks in the villa and 2 weeks on Cloud Nine!" - Marion Aylott - Cloud Nine (Bavaria 44) - August 2010
"The whole "Nisos experience" from jumping on the plane to getting out on the water is the most efficient we have ever encountered in all our years of chartering. The apparant ease with which the team handle the initial welcome and turn around leaves others dead in the water!" - Caryl and Alex Joyce - Melissa (Bavaria 42) - September 2010
"From dealing with Rowan at the booking stage to leaving "Summer Breeze" in Perigalia I could not fault the professionalism and friendly care exhibited by all at the company. We managed to generate a couple of crises during the week and I will be eternally grateful to Laurie and Pedro for their assistance and patience. The yacht was immaculate and fully equipped to the highest of standards and we had a super weeks sailing. Having now seen how the other half live on "Captain Jack" and "Sophia Christianos" I am sure I can convince the crew to upgrade the next time we visit the Ionian. Well done to all and thank you again." - Brian Hoy - Summer Breeze (Bavaria 35) - September 2010
"Hi Rowan – just a quick line to once again thank you and the team at Nisos for helping to make another week’s sailing special. We had a great time, the weather was good – a nice mixture of sun and wind and we had good company and Captain Jack (re-named Captain Jock because of the Scottish influence!) - certainly turned a few heads when moored up, especially when he put the underwater lights on! We liked sailing Iona and Chris now has stern –to mooring off to a fine art." - Angela and Chris Huxtable - Iona (Bavaria 39) - September 2010 (cruising with friends on Captain Jack)
"Once again, Nisos have come up with the goods. From Rowan in the the UK then to Kate and Laurie in Lefkas and even to the flight booking we have been exceptionally well served. Please keep on doing what you are doing. I have absolute confidence in the service you provide and will undoubtably book with Nisos again. Keep up the good work." - Thornton MacCallum - Melissa (Bavaria 42) - September 2010
"Rowan, just to say, we've had a great week. Laurie and the team did a wonderful job and the boats were superb. Had a chat on the plane last night with the three other skippers and we all agreed the service provided and boats are excellent. Will keep in touch and look forward to chartering with you next year." - Dave Butterfield (Liverpool Yacht Club) - Iona (Bavaria 39); Polly (Bavaria 39) and Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) - September 2010
"Nisos Yacht Charter was everything you dream about in a charter, all of the expectations were met and non of the worries arose. What you see in the website is what you get. The staff were warm, friendly and efficient. We were kept well informed throughout the booking process and especially during the day of departure. Laurie and Kate are the perfect persons to have at the charter base. Yes there are less expensive charters out there, but as a business man who preaches 'you get what you pay for', I will be happy to spend my hard earned money at Nisos." - Dan and Stephanie Buttrick, New Hampshire, USA - Summer Breeze (Bavaria 35) - September 2010
"A fabulous charter that smashed all expectations! Thanks to everyone at Nisos." - Ronnie Mckillop - Summer Breeze (Bavaria 35) - September 2010
"After 3 trips to the Ionian with Nisos, we really feel part of the family. We are already looking forward to our next trip. Everyone is so helpful and welcoming." - Robby and Mandy Burns - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) - September 2010
"Laurie and his team made sailing in the Ionian an effortless and trouble free pleasure." - Oliver and Susan Sterling - Constance (Bavaria 37) - August 2010
"Very clean and well equipped boats, very friendly and efficient service and what must be the nicest charter base in the Ionian." - Phillip Ball - Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) - August 2010 ABC
"Many thanks to you and all the NISOS staff for organising such a great sailing holiday in the Ionian. The boat (Constance) was perfect for first timers, once we had got to grips with the inmast furling (new to us) and the ABC option was ideal, even if something of an extra cost. Jo was incredibly helpful and patient. We only had a couple of rather unpleasant issues with the ‘heads’ – one our fault (I think it needs to be made clearer to those not used to holding tanks that they need to be emptied at every available opportunity), the other a fault with a pipe, but both times quickly sorted by Pedro.
Otherwise the only thing I would suggest is that you say in the joining instructions what is included in the Welcome pack, as we ended up buying everything that was already in it before getting onto the boat.
A slightly unfortunate week from a weather point of view, so we did not actually sail as much as we would have liked to, but then we can hardly blame you for that!
Again many thanks." - Patrick Sandeman and family - Constance (Bavaria 37) - August 2010
"Fabulous holiday cruising the Ionian. Laurie, Pedro and Pete provided excellent suport throughout and were ever ready to provide assistance when needed." - David Owens - Numero Uno (Bavaria 46) - August 2010
"Thanks to all at Nisos for a wonderful sailing holiday. It really could not have been better." - Pete Swift and Wardlaw family - Deep Blue (Bavaria 40) - August 2010
"Just got back yesterday after a fabulous week and thought I would drop you a line to say thanks. The whole experience with yourselves has been excellent, from the booking assistance right through to our departure. Please extend our thanks again to Laurie & the lads - there were some minor niggles with Olive, but they were always quick to respond and were a pleasure to deal with. We are thinking of coming again next year & heading North up around to Corfu, so will be in contact later when we have finalised dates." - Mike and Natalie Woodhouse - Olive (Bavaria 36) - August 2010
"We had the Assisted scheme for two weeks and cannot recommend it highly enough. It is a very good idea for those, like us, who were new to the Ionian and also took the strain out of mooring in the busy harbours. We were very impressed. We all enjoyed a tremendous family holiday, on a great yacht with the superb assisted bareboat scheme." - John Harrison - Iona (Bavaria 39) - August 2010
"Excellent yacht, excellent service and an excellent holiday!" - Sue and Sturat Dawson - Summer Breeze (Bavaria 35) - August 2010
"From August 8 to 22 I sailed between the Ionian islands aboard Cloud Nine, the Bavaria 44 - 4 cabin from Nisos. We were 8 and the boat was very well equipped and comfortable and acknowledge that the management of Nisos is the most organized I have ever met. The only difficulty I have is with the language but everything was well explained and clear already from reading the web site. One problem we had with the sail was quickly resolved and we did not lose any sailing time. For those who would like to charter a boat in the Ionian islands, I strongly recommend Nisos Yacht Charter to which I express again my thanks!" - Giuseppe Colleoni - Cloud Nine (Bavaria 44 - 4 cabin) - August 2010
"We have just returned from a fantastic 2 weeks skippered charter on Melissa. As with our last holiday with Nisos, the transfers and administration were first class, Laurie and Kate do a really great job ensuring that Nisos clients get maximum sailing time on clean, well prepared yachts. Frankly their service is faultless. Despite our 7 hour delay from Gatwick they still managed to get us away from base on Sunday night and within an hour we were sipping cold Mythos in Porto Spilia. Melissa herself is a stunning yacht, she sailed beautifully and was super comfortable and well equipped below deck. The biggest thank you goes to our wonderful Skipper Dave who was really calm, relaxed, fun and flexible (including accepting a late request at 5pm one day to do an evening sail from Cephalonia for an overnight in Frikes, Ithaca). Nothing was too much trouble for him. Even when we were under attack from an errant Italian yacht, he kept his head when all around were losing theirs! We spent our second week sailing around Paxos and loved mooring up in Lakka and Loggos, both of which I would highly recommend. Thanks Nisos and thanks Dave!" - Michael and Pauline Brennan - Melissa (Bavaria 42) - August 2010 (Skippered charter)
"We had a lovely 2 weeks on Olive and the extremely helpful team at Nisos at every step of the way was hugely appreciated. The best thing from our point of view (having been customers of Sunsail in the same sailing area in previous years) was the extremely warm welcome received on arrival, a speedy, but relaxed boarding procedure, and the extra half day sailing at the start and extra half day at the end of the holiday. These kind of things are just not possible with the larger companies." - Stephen Clarke - Olive (Bavaria 36) - August 2010
"This was the first time that my wife and daughters have sailed and I was worried that they may not like it; however thanks to the Nisos Experience, they are now completely hooked and can't wait to sail again - with Nisos. We rate the assistance as the highest possible. In all aspects from the beginning to the end, the contact with Laurie and his team was friendly, efficient, prompt and in fact, since at the end we did a very stupid mistake (involving fuel tanks and water...), understanding and helpful. No problem was too trivial and solutions were rapidly found. It has to be said that the problems we had were our fault and nothing to do with the boat or Nisos and yet the team effortlessly and graciously solved them. This team is worth its weight in gold and a large part of the success of our holiday was due to Laurie and his team. I would like to take this occasion to thank them and say what a pleasure it was to meet them." - Malcolm Buckle - Deep Blue (Bavaria 40) - August 2010
"This year we needed all the services Nisos provide when your out cruising....and they all worked! There when you need them, and not there when you don't - sounds like the kind of cruising operator I like!" - Richard Wetenhall - Grace of Lefkas (Bavaria 38) - August 2010
"Personalised service; very experienced and mature staff; being able to leave on the first day and return just before departure on the last day is a great touch. I have been involved with yacht charter in the Med, the USA and the Caribbean and I belive Nisos is, without doubt, the best operation around." - Paul Archer - Numero Uno (Bavaria 46) - August 2010
"Thanks once again to Rowan, Laurie, Kate and their team for the best holiday again since last years sailing holiday with Nisos. Nothing is too much trouble, the service and yachts are first class. All other charter companies in Greece need to take note and aspire to their very high standards." - Chris Webb - Melissa (Bavaria 42) - August 2010
"This was my first trip to the Ionian. I read a lot about the beautiful islands, mild winds and protected seas. Even so, the trip turned out even better than my (very high) expectations. The boat was excellent and the Nisos team was giving us the service that went well beyond the call of duty. The back up service was excellent, fast and competent; much better than anything I have received in the past from other companies. I certainly hope to return over and over again." - Pero Meticevic - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) - August 2010
"The best end to end yacht chartering experience that we have ever had - congratulations on an outstanding operation! Polly sailed very well and everything worked. Enjoyed the extras - bow thruster and remote windlass control. Booking procedure excellent, especially Rowan visiting us at home to provide information on the yacht and sailing area." - Elizabeth and Roland Parker - Polly (Bavaria 39) - June 2010
"Thank you to all at Nisos, for an absolutely fantastic holiday. Our week onboard Good News was unforgettable, with fantastic sailing and very comfortable accommodation for our family of four. The following week in the Villa - in absolute luxury - was so relaxing, we have returned home truly catatonic! We will definitely be back. Thanks so much." - The Evans Family - Good News (Bavaria 34) - July 2010
"We had a great, active family holiday on a lovely well kept and fitted out boat, in a beautiful area, with brilliant back up and support. Christopher Robin exceeded our expectations. We appreciated the cleaning "kit", including the loo and kitchen rolls, and getting fresh sheets and tea towels at the end of our first week." - Nigel and Sara Banks - "Christopher Robin" (Bavaria 37) - July 2010
"Highly recommended for a sailing holiday in the Ionian. The service is excellent, the yacht we had was in as new condition and most importantly, Nisos are the actual operator of the yacht, not just a booking agent, so there are no unpleasant surprises! We also liked Perigalia as a base. It is small compared to the main Lefkas port which makes the whole process more informal plus you can park 20 yards away from the boat!" - Dimitrios Petousis - Polly (Bavaria 39) - July 2010
"Just thought you would like to hear how much we enjoyed the beautiful boat, Christopher Robin. It was very clean, tidy and easy to manage. The staff at the pick up of the yacht were wonderful and very helpful and even dropped my daughter at the shop to buy some water shoes. We found everything easily and coped very well. The only thing we did not find until the last day was the extra boom awning, which provided lots of shade. All the ports we went to were wonderful and had lots of people to help moor up. We had such a wonderful, relaxing holiday - thank you Nisos." - The Dombey Family - Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) - July 2010
"This was our best trip to the Ionian, with great winds to sail in, great places to explore and the unflappabble Nisos Team to make us feel welcome. We could not rate the Assisted charter scheme more highly. We enjoyed going to Poros, being slightly off the beaten track and to have Joe go ahead to scout the new harbour layout. Olive lived up to all the high standards set in the past by Nisos - she was in fantastic shape." - Colin, Sarah-Jean and Felix Peters - Olive (Bavaria 36) - July 2010 on the Assisted Bareboat Charter scheme.
"Just wanted to write to say that we had a great week on Truly Scrumptious. The boat was a great size, really well kitted out and had everything that we needed. Kate and Laurie were so well organized and helpful and it was a pleasure hiring off you. Thanks and see you next year!" - Louise Gibson - Truly Scrumptious - July 2010 Assisted Bareboat Charter scheme.
"A fantastic deep blue Ionian adventure aboard one of the newest yachts in the region. A different experience each day be it crusing with dolphins, swimming in deserted bays, full on exciting sailing in 25kts winds, exploring ruins and resting each night in beautiful quaint harbours and fantastic food. If you want blue water sailing don't miss the Ionian, and don't miss Nisos, they have the best yachts and great service that give you full confidence to explore everything this region has to offer." - Bruce Pasey, Steve Badger - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) - July 2010
"We had a great holiday, even with non sailors on board. The boat was good, well set up and clean. What a great sailing area!" - David Holmes - Tranquillity (Legend 41DS) - July 2010
"This was our fourth time with Nisos. We cannot fault the service we receive. From booking with Rowan through to the airport transfers, friendly and efficient welcome by Kate, cleanliness of the yachts and the calm professionalism of Laurie - all excellent and highly recommended - thank you for a very enjoyable holiday." - Chris and Marcia Nolan - Olive (Bavaria 36) - June 2010
"Relaxing break: Boat, weather, islands all delightful. Hope you expand to other cruising areas!" - Robert Trimble - Polly (Bavaria 39) - June 2010
"Nisos exceeded our expectations with the quality of their yachts and the customer service. Thank you for taking such good care of us! The yacht was excellent - very clean, good equipment and in very good condition. This is the second time we have chartered with Nisos, and their yachts are always much better than any others we have chartered worldwide." - Jenny Kenning - Constance (Bavaria 37) - June 2010
"Easy transfer and handover; well maintained and clean boat; excellent 24/7 support from the friendly Nisos team; beautiful sailing area - PERFECT!! We had a small issue with Good News when we were over in Kalamos. We called Laurie in the evening and they would have come out that evening if we'd requested it. We asked them to come the next morning and they were there exactly on time in the RIB. They were courteous and asked permission to come aboard which was a nice touch. The issue was sorted whilst we went shopping. Really good service, and it is the main reason we rate Nisos so highly. This is our third year with Nisos. - Jeremy Bates - Good News (Bavaria 34) - June 2010
"To Laurie, Kate, Rowan and all the team at Nisos. Once again we find ourselves back from a wonderful holiday in the Ionian - this is our third time with Nisos and this year we treated ourselves to three whole weeks.....absolute bliss! We had Gabriella (Bavaria 44) for the first two weeks, a bold move on our part as she is a relatively large boat for just two people....but she's extremely comfortable, handles beautifully and knowing the Nisos team were never far away made all the difference. For our third week, we sailed Olive (Bavaria 36) - again a perfectly maintained boat and a bit easier to manage! We did have to call the team out a couple of times, but their promptness in sorting out a sick outboard (immediately replaced with a brand new one), and an unhappy charging circuit meant we were not inconvenienced one bit...we just soaked up the sun whilst the team arrived in the high speed RIB and sorted out the problem.
We will definately be back, and anyone looking to charter in this part of Greece would be well advised to talk to Nisos.
Great team, great place...thanks for making it all work so effortlessly."
Chris and Angela Huxtable - Gabriella and Olive - May/June 2010
"A really great week of cruising. Nisos provided an excellent hassle free service and Gabriella had everything for comfortable living and sailing. We hope to be back soon." - Mike Pleass - Gabriella (Bavaria 44) - June 2010
"Awesome!! This was our first yachting holiday. we found it memorable, sttetching, fun for all the family, exhilarating and definitely to be repeated. Thanks to all the wonderful people at Nisos." - Susan, Paul, William and Grace Humphrey - Olive (Bavaria 36) - May 2010
"Just returned from the Ionian after chartering Truly (Bavaria 36) for two weeks. Had a lovely time and the Nisos staff were as wonderful as always. We managed to get up to Paxos and have fallen in love with Lakka - what a wonderful place. Thanks for another couple of great weeks." - Rob and Juliette Kemp - Truly (Bavaria 36) - May 2010
"We chartered Deep Blue (Bavaria 40) for a week in early June 2010, and thoroughly enjoyed the quality, space and comfort shegave us. Deep Blue was a pleasure to sail and everyone in our party has gained great experience with lasting memories. The use of a yacht allows you to see aspects of Greece that are not available to the average land based tourists. Although we were relative novices and had no problems with the yacht, it was reassuring to know that the Nisos Team were readily at hand. Thoroughly recommended!" - Brain Andrews - Deep Blue (Bavaria 40) - June 2010
"Having used a number of other companies this was the first time that we used Nisos for our bareboat charter. We were absolutely delighted with their service from start to finish and are looking forward to our next visit to the Ionian with Nisos, already!" - David Lund - Good News (Bavaria 34) - May 2010
"This is the second time we have used Nisos and again we have had a stunning experience - it just keeps getting better and better.
Not only did having Richard as a skipper help us relax, we learned a huge amount in the week. He truly became part of our group and enhanced the whole experience." - Jeremy and Nicky Louden - Deep Blue (Bavaria 40) - May 2010 - skippered charter
"Very friendly, fast and efficient, the best boat we have chartered in Greece. Particularly liked the short, relaxed transfer from airport to the base and quick turnarounds." - Pippa Hyam - Constance (Bavaria 37) - May 2010
"We returned to Nisos again this year because of the good experience we had in 2009, and once again we had a great holiday. It is very reassuring to know that if you have any problems with your boat, they will be sorted promptly by Laurie and his team. Everyone involved is relaxed, friendly and helpful. Thanks - and see you next year!" - Chris Norris - Constance (Bavaria 37) - May 2010
"We had huge expectations of the Nisos service. These were surpassed at all times. The freedom to depart the quay almost immediately on day 1 and not return to base until the last morning was a particularly welcome touch. It made the holiday seem longer and make transfer days much less stressful for us. Just fantastic. Thank you so much. We also felt that the standard of yacht cleaning far surpassed anything we have experienced before from your competitors. We had an engine query and the instant response from the team was welcome. Good News is an older boat than we had chartered previously, but she has been well maintained and cleaner than many newer yachts we have previously chartered from other operators." - Peter Harrison - Good News (Bavaria 34) - May 2010
"My first time sailing with Nisos and to complicate things I was introducing a friend to sailing - it was an excellent experience from start to finish. Truly was spotlessly clean and as good as new when we arrived. Most impressed. A really nice boat, well equipped and a joy to sail." - David Ryan - Truly (Bavaria 36) - May 2010
"No surprises with it being our third quality charter from Nisos. Can't wait for them to expand into other regions of the Med!" - Tim Robathan - Cloud Nine (Bavaria 44) - May 2010
"The holiday was great - Nisos was the most efficient, friendly and helpful charter company I contacted in Greece when searching for a yacht charter". - Abe Gibbs - Olive (Bavaria 36) - May 2010
"Hi Rowan and Laurie, I have just returned from Greece this afternoon with all of the school boys on Numero Uno and would just like to say how impressed I am with your boats and staff at Perigalia. You really do have a very comitted and professional team working for you in the Ionian and nothing seems to irritate or distract them from doing a good job.
I was amazed at the level of service we received from the crew in our moment of need this week.
We also had an amazing time flying down to Zakinthos and back. This has been the 4th consecutive year that we have chartered from you and I can forsee the next 2 years at least." - Steve Mobley - Kings Norton Boys School - Numero Uno (Bavaria 46) - May 2010 and October 2010
"You may not remember but we chartered Olive (myself, my wife Laura, Jake, and Erika) at the end of May/beginning of June 2009.
Alan Lauder - Olive - June 2009
"Nisos Yacht charter: Fantastically maintained boats, helpful staff and very understanding
of a nervous group on their first charter! Always on call whether it be worries about the
weather or details on ports and harbours; brilliant. Will be back next year." - Jonathan Howlett - Suki - September 2009
"Just thought I would provide you with some feedback. Barry and I have booked 3 yachts since September 2008 and just would like to say that all 3 holidays have been superb, with an excellent individualised and personalised service from the team, from the first date of enquiry right through until the end of the holiday when we are dropped off at the airport. We have holidayed on Suki (Bavaria 41), Melissa (Bavaria 42) and Tranquillity (Legend 41DS), all of which have been great yachts. We have now booked Captain Jack - the new Jeanneu 45DS for two weeks in the summer of 2010 and we are very much looking forwards to this holiday so very much. Thank you Nisos!" - Myra Phillips and Barry Sladen
"Our second year as a family with Nisos exceeded all of our expectations. The Ionian was as beautiful as we remembered it, the weather was perfect with plenty of afternoon wind for sailing, and the places we visited were always magical. Thanks to Laurie and the team and to Joe from ABC for another wonderful holiday. The ABC service is brilliant as it lends a level of assurance without feeling part of a package flotilla. We were chartered Truly (Bavaria 36 - year 2003) last year, and if anything she was in even better condition - a sure sign of good maintenance. Nisos boats always meet very high standards and stand out in any mooring." - Colin Peters - Truly (Bavaria 36) - July 2009 on the Assisted Bareboat Charter scheme.
"It was great to be able to set sail on the day of arrival and return to base on the day of departure. Very helpful and friendly staff." - David Alden - Tranquillity (Legend 41DS) - September 2009
"Although we have chartered many times before from Nisos, it's always fantastic to be greeted by Laurie and Kate - it's like meeting family again. The business side is always very professional and human, from the airport greeting to the yacht handover. We would never go anywhere else for a yacht in the Ionian." - Keith Straughton (and Rod, Bill and Ian) - Deep Blue (Bavaria 40) - September 2009
"Great holiday and service. Having been with another operator and had poor service and a dreadful boat, we were giving a sailing holiday one more try. I am very pleased to say we will be going again. How nice to get on a boat to find it's full of fuel and water, ready to go and everything working. Well done Nisos." - Martin Manley - Polly (Bavaria 39) - September 2009
"Many thanks to all the Nisos team for another amazing holiday - our 3rd in a row, and we'll be back for more. Our yacht (Truly) was in great condition, and was lovely to sail. The weather was great, and Laurie, Kate and all the Nisos team were as welcoming and helpful as ever. Many thanks to all and see you again soon!" - Will Knott and Katie Brosnan - Truly (Bavaria 36) - September 2009
"Once again, Nisos proved to be a reliable, friendly and affordable way to enjoy the fabulous Ionian Sea. We look forward to returning again in the future." - Damien and Barbera Stephens - Numero Uno (Bavaria 46) - September 2009
"We couldn't have asked for a better holiday. Everything was run in a professional, friendly, efficient manner. All the staff were a pleasure to deal with and made for an exceptional, stress free holiday - thank you! The local team in particular, from being met at the airport, relaxing at the Hotel Vaya, being given an overview of the area and the boat, the boat being ready on time and leaving on the first Sunday, plus the reverse of the above, was amazingly well run. Kate seemed to have absolutely everything running like clockwork. It was all very impressive!" - Darren Lewis - Suki (Bavaria 41) - September 2009
"Another really enjoyable holiday. The area, the boats and the support team were just as impressive the second time around. We are already looking forward to the next time!" - Stuart MacFarlane - Iona (Bavaria 39) - September 2009
"Very relaxed and friendly staff, exactly what you need to start your holiday!" - Owain Fenn (Cloud Nine and Tranquillity) - September 2009
"It's a terrific family holiday - full of adventure - and Nisos provide an excellent personal service" - Justine Roberts (Co-founder of Mumsnet.com) - Grace of Lefkas (Bavaria 38) - August 2009
"We had a fabulous holiday sailing around the Ionian. The yacht was in pristine condition, and the service provided by Nisos was excellent. We would definately book with this company again." - David and Diane Ratcliffe - Starshine (Hanse 350) - August 2009
"As expected, another great holiday. All ran very smoothly and we had the most fantastic time. Nisos is a wonderful company to go on holiday with!" - Candida and Harry Waters - Polly (Bavaria 39) - August 2009
"Thank you for a truly memorable holiday. A week on Truly Scrumptious followed by a week in your Villa was everything we could have hoped for. We had never chartered before, and were slightly apprehensive as we have two young boys, but we all loved it and can't wait until next year!" - Beccy Leeny - Truly Scrumptious (Bavaria 36) - August 2009
"An idyllic holiday...all trepidation with regard to chartering a yacht in the Ionian and mooring Mediteranean style faded away thanks to the Nisos relaxed, friendly, supportive and professional operation. I cannot recommend them enough....thanks for a great holiday chaps!" - Anthony Sinclair - Constance (Bavaria 37) - August 2009
"We have just returned from two fabulous weeks cruisng and felt compelled to drop you a line to say a very big thank you! Alex and I have been on many bareboat charters, none of which come close to the effort put in by all at Nisos. Laurie, Kate, Richard and the team were excellent and we have to say the most efficient team we have ever come across. It was remarkable not to have to sit around for hours and waiting for one person to come along for a handover and an even more remarkable experience to drop one boat back and be out on another which was cleaned and ready to go within two hours along with stamped papers! It was a pleasure to charter boats with everything in working order! Thanks again and we shall certainly be recommending Nisos to all of our friends and will definitely be back ourselves in the near future." - Alex and Caryl Joyce - Gabriella (Bavaria 44) and Polly (Bavaria 39) - August 2009
"It is always difficult to plan family holidays to ensure all members are happy. Nisos Yacht Charter has finally convinced the family that sailing is the only way to holiday in the future. Thank you for a wonderful yacht and an outstanding sailing adventure." - Mark Waterson - Constance (Bavaria 37) - August 2009
"We were a little apprehensive as we had not chartered a sailing yacht before, but the whole experience was a joy. We would not hesitate to use Nisos again!" - Chris and Juliet Norris - Iona (Bavaria 39) - August 2009
"...A note to say a Big thank you for organising our sailing holiday last week.....all dovetailed perfectly, and you even got the weather right - well done! The boat went well, nicely balanced, and was the right size for us" - Jem De Salis - Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) - August 2009
"We had a very enjoyable family holiday of a weeks sailing on Tranquillity (Legend 41DS) followed by a week in your Villa. We found all staff to be both friendly and helpful, we felt they could not do enough to make our holiday relaxing and trouble free." - Philip and Heidi Boniface - Tranquillity (Legend 41DS) followed by Villa - August 2009
"This was the first time I'd sailed in the Ionian and for 5 out of my 7 crew it was the first time on board a sailing yacht. You might think this would be a recipe for stress and strain but in fact nothing could have been further from the case. With the friendly, knowledgeable and very accessible shore crew from Nisos and the well prepared boat (ready on time) this formed the foundation of an idyllic fortnight. By degrees we visited all the main islands, sometimes in a port and sometimes in isolated bays but always in crystal clear water and benevolent winds. We did have a small problem that needed help and Laurie was quickly there in the trusty old ex-lefeboat RIB. Thank you Nisos - I am sure we will be back again.!" - Andrew Eastwell - Cloud Nine (Bavaria 44) - August 2009
"Best family holiday we have ever had! Fantastic!" - Richard and Julie Wettenhall - Polly (Bavaria 39) - August 2009
"An absolutely perfect holiday. The Nisos team were always on hand to help us if required, but left us alone to enjoy our holiday. Boat was 1st class condition as was villa." - Richard Gerrans - Deep Blue (Bavaria 40 and Villa) - July 2009 on Assisted Bareboat Charter scheme
"We chartered Polly (Bavaria 39) for a week, followed by a one week stay in Villa Nisos. Quality of both are excellent and the service we received at all stages of the holiday was impeccable. Villa Nisos is in a great convenient location with great facilities and a wonderful view." - Graham Beeson - August 2009
"Excellent, one of the best charter yachts I have had the pleasure of sailing, and excellent all round service to go with it." - Simon Brown - Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) - July 2009
"The best bareboat charter experience we have ever had" - Ken and Rose Burley - Starshine (Hanse 350) - June 2009
"We just got back from our 2 weeks in Greece and I wanted to tell everyone at Nisos thanks very much for a great week sailing. Despite the unusually cooler weather (or perhaps because of it... we had some great wind for sailing) we had a wonderful time. Joe was fantastic as leader of the assisted charter. He provided the perfect amount of guidance and support, and it allowed us to stay out later enjoying the day, and sleep easy at night. The boat was excellent - spotlessly clean, well maintained, and fun to sail. We felt totally supported. Laurie sorted out a minor problem with the outboard very promptly, and even organized our bus tickets for us for when we left the boat which we really appreciated. And all the help you gave us when we were booking was invaluable. We'll definitely be recommending Nisos to our friends." - Jane Tait - Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) - June 2009
"An excellent holiday from booking through to sailing. We couldn't have wished for more care, attention and helpfulness from all of the Nisos staff. A very professional charter company. We will definitely be booking with Nisos again, and would recommend to anyone." - Graeme Russell - Suki (Bavaria 41) - June 2009
"A well managed and well supported charter programme. My second experience with Nisos, and I will return again!" - Helen and John - Constance (Bavaria 37) - June 2009
"Great boat, fantastic sailing area, efficient and reliable backup service from Nisos" - Cindy Harris - Starshine (Hanse 350) - June 2009
"We have just returned from a week aboard Grace of Lefkas with family and friends. We had a great time and were very pleased with the boat and the whole Nisos set-up which worked very well for us. This was our first bare boat charter and we will definitely be back for more." - Martin Bentley - Grace of Lefkas (Bavaria 38) - June 2009
"Brian and I have recently returned from our third holiday on Gabriella the 44 foot three cabin Bavaria. We arrived to be met once again by a smiling Kate and as ususal were greeted as long lost friends.
"This was our first charter, Nisos and Deep Blue (Bavaria 40) were a good choice. Deep Blue was an excellent boat, well equipped, comfortable, sailed well and the engine was powerful enough to island hop when there was no wind. We left very satisfied. The Ionian is a real gem." - Anthony Musker - Deep Blue (Bavaria 40) - May 2009
"Only 1 word - Perfect...no really, I'd put my neck out bringing our friends along, but they and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks to you and your efforts. We returned to the Ionian with Nisos for a second time having tried alternative yachting holidays in the intervening years. The Nisos experience was and is without a shadow of doubt, the best charter company we have used. The kids, our friends and us felt special during our charter and knew we were in safe hands..... Highly recommended!" - Tim Robathan - Polly (Bavaria 39) - May 2009
"We had many admiring comments about how nice our boat was compared to a lot of the other charter boats around us!" - Rachel Nichols Lee - Polly (Bavaria 39) - May 2009
"Both Cloud Nine (Bavaria 44) and Good News (Bavaria 34) were in excellent condition. Nisos has always excelled in this area. I have chartered boats from all around the UK and in Greece and none of my previous experiences have matched the quality of Nisos Yachts.
The Vee belt broke on Good News one evening, but we were able to reach our destination with no problems. The Nisos team were with us early the following morning as planned. He fitted a new belt, topped up the coolant and checked and tested the system. Things like this are inevitable when sailing and the "measure" of of the charter company is in their response. Nisos dealt with this in a first class manner and I could not have expected anymore."
I think you will be hard pressed to improve things since everything was spot on, yet again!" - Ken Davies - Cloud Nine and Good News (Bavaria 34) - May 2009
"Nisos has put together a service that avoids the pitfalls of flotillas but retains just enough of the safety net, if you need it, to ensure you have an enjoyable sailing holiday. The options of skipper days and the Assisted Bareboat Scheme meant that we could both develop our experience and confidence and have a relaxing holiday at the same time. Our boat, Iona, was in very good shape and provided all that one could expect. Most importantly, the professional yet personal service provided by all at Nisos and Joe on the ABC scheme, demonstrated a customer focused approach that anticipated our needs and met them. - Ann and Ian Wood - Iona (Bavaria 39) - October 2008
"We were provided with the services of Les for the first afternoon who taught us the skills required for "stern to mooring". He was an excellent instructor and we spent the rest of the week confidently mooring up in a variety of beautiful bays under varying conditions. See you at the London Boat Show" - Peter Bacon - Christopher Robin - September 2008
"We had a wonderful vacation on Gabriella (Bavaria 44) which despite her length turned out to be really easy and trouble free sailed short handed with 2 persons only. The scenery of the Ionian inland sea is an absolute must to check out and sail. The location, the tavernas, the picture postcard bays and friendly locals, made us realise that our previous sailing trips to the BVI at the end of the day were not worth the extra money and travel hassle. See you next September for sure!" - Martin Visser - Gabriella - September 2008
"Olive was very clean and the equipment was in good order - the best boat we have chartered yet! The back up was excellent, we were able to contact Laurie for up to date weather forecasts at all times. Many thanks for a great holiday - we will be back next year!" - John and Helen Aspden - Olive - September 2008
"Warm water, no tides, good winds and a comfortable, efficient Bavaria 39 from Nisos made for a great holiday. My novice crew learnt fast and despite initial scepticism now want to do it again." - Stephen Lambert - Iona - August 2008
"Great, great, great! Very nice holiday, perfect boat and absolutely perfect your organisation, thank you very much! I’ll recommend your charter company to my friends." - Carlo Neri (Italy) - Christopher Robin - August 2008
"All in all we had a great couple of weeks! We loved Richard helping us out, he is such a lovely man, and all your other staff are top notch, they couldn’t have been more helpful! See you at the London Boat Show next year!" - Michael and Pauline Brennan - Realt na Mara - August 2008
"We had a fantastic week with you in Christopher Robin; she is as you said a super yacht to sail and very well laid out inside. Quality is a very difficult thing to tie down, but the operation in Lefkas run by Laurie and Kate is the epitome of excellence in yacht chartering. The boat was in first class order, and having witnessed the thoroughness of the team preparing her for our successors, as we waited to head home, I can see how much hard work is put into the task. I hope that Laurie will forgive our call-out to Sivota to fix the heads - a leaking pump turned into a particularly unpleasant couple of hours for him; reminiscent of the sort of 'blow-back' we used to occasionally have in submarines.
"The boat was about 5 years old and in perfect condition. The amount of work and “TLC” given was obvious. There were no broken or non functioning bits of kit.
"Laura and I are back from our wonderful holiday in Greece and want to express our sincere thanks to the Nisos team for helping make it possible. It all started with you and your quick response on our Email enquiry, we enquired re yacht charter with two other companies the one replied long after we had already paid for our charter with you and the other one never even bothered.
You then continued with follow up’s on our Emails where we asked all types of questions regarding bareboat charter and the Ionian sea as it was our first bareboat charter. Your Emails made us feel more relaxed, confident and very excited about our trip. Next we arrived at Preveza airport and were met by a very pleasant taxi driver, quite an unusual experience, we were then whisked off to Nidri to meet Olive.
On arrival at Nidri we were met by Laurie who’s confident smile we will never forget, I don’t think in the short time we spent with Laurie on arrival and when delivering Olive back to base did we ever see him stop smiling what an amazing happy man, we were then handed over to the very talkative Richard who went thru Olives systems with us and gave us some good advice on places we should visit also an pleasant experience, and then last but definitely not least we spent a very wonderful afternoon with Les on stern to mooring, Les has to be the most enthusiastic, larger than life instructor we have ever met and he is definitely an asset to Nisos, could you please convey our great appreciation to him for his superb tuition and sound advise and let him know we never let him down with the stern to mooring we did it like champions, even when been put under tremendous pressure in Kioni when we arrived at harbour the same time as a Dutch flotila ,Laura even gave advice to another Yachtie at big Vathi on when to drop the anchor, you would swear we had been doing the stern to mooring thing for a long time.
Regarding the yacht Olive she is in superb shape and one would never guess that she was 4 years old, I am sure it has a lot to do with Nisos’s maintenance procedures.
Thanks again for an awesome experience and we will definitely use Nisos again in the near future and of course we will be telling all our friends about our experience." - Kevin and Laura Katzke - Olive - Bavaria 36 - May 2008 - NOTE - since re-booked for October 2008
"We had a fantastic time. Many thanks. Will definitely charter with you again. All staff very helpful." - John and Christine Denton - Polly - Bavaria 39 - May 2008
"A big thank you to everyone at Nisos for an excellent fortnight. Everyone who sailed with me and Lynn could not speak highly enough of the service we received at every stage of the charter. Needless to say, they want to return in future! I'm out again in early September for another two weeks with two lots of 4 crew - again, many of them 'returners'. The boats, the taxi transfers,reception and information all give everyone immense confidence - that's why we keep coming back!" - Roy Sowden - Christopher Robin - Bavaria 37 - May 2008
"Great service from your Company from start to finish - the week went by totally trouble free from that point of view. Would love to come back in October - will see what the others think! Thanks again for everything." - Simon Gould - Iona - Bavaria 39 - May 2008
"I just wanted to tell you that we had a great time on Iona (Bavaria 39). We were totally impressed with everything to do with your company - quality of boat, cleanliness, equipment, maintenance etc etc. But what was really appreciated was the quietly efficient and very personal help from all the guys in Greece. Derek and Joe were a pleasure to deal with and Laurie and Kate could not have been more helpful, caring and courteous. You really have a great little company there and I will be telling anybody I know who is interested in sailing in Greece that they should go with you" - Jack Harrison - Iona - Bavaria 39 - August 2007
"We have just come back from a weeks sailing on "Christopher Robin" and I just wanted to thank you for a brilliant week; the whole package was absolutely terrific. The taxi transfer from the airport was seamless and the team at Perigalia were very helpful, providing just the right amount of information and letting us get to sea as quickly as possible. The boat was in immaculate order and much better than I am used to chartering. Returning the boat on the Sunday morning was even easier than the pick up and enabled us to enjoy an early morning sail and sun rise. Thanks again for an absolutely wonderful holiday and a massive Bravo Zulu (that's "well done" in Navy speak) to the team in Lefkas." - Cdr Brian Meakin - Christopher Robin - Bavaria 37 - August 2007
"From the moment of our arrival to our departure two weeks later, it was clear that everybody was focussed on ensuring that our summer holiday was as stress free as possible. The yacht was immaculate and the Assisted Bareboat scheme was terrific, providing the assurance that we would always have somehere to moor at the end of the days cruising. Many thanks to all in providing one of the most memorable holidays in the Neill family history!" - Archie Neill - Truly & Villa - July 2007
"Just a short note to thank you for all your efforts in putting together our break on "Gabriella". She was a very comfortable boat which sailed surprisingly well and we will definitely book with you again. Nisos exceeded our expectations, from the rather awkward flight requirements we gave you to the boat-briefing and return home you handled it all with aplomb. The boat was obviously well maintained and gave us a great holiday. I will have no hesitation in reccommending Nisos to anyone who asks." - Dr Thornton MacCallum - Gabriella - Bavaria 44 - June 2007
"A DREAM COME TRUE. Having arrived in the Ionian Islands for our usual island hopping adventure. We unexpectedly ended up chartering "Olive". We had a brilliant week on a first class Yacht. We cannot speak highly enough of Laurie and all his team. Thank you and see you next year". - Malcolm and Karen Norris - Olive - Bavaria 36 - June 07
"The boat was immaculate in every respect. The assistance from Laurie and Co. was superb - this included coming out to meet us at sea in the rib to take our car keys so he could re-park our car. We had forgotten to move the car from the quay to the car park before setting off!" - Clive Telford - Melissa - Bavaria 42 - May 2007
"The trip was absolutely perfect. Gabriella was the perfect boat for us and we couldn’t have had a better time.. Not many people, quiet bays and quays, very nice weather and no heavy winds to scare us off, really it was more than we possibley could have imagined. Thank you very much for the excellent service of you, Laurie & his team. I felt safe to know that the team were on standby if we had any problems.. Les is the best skipper Patricia and I could have hoped for: a good teacher and a pleasure to have him on board. I think you run your business in a very friendly and sailor like way, I felt completely at ease with all my questions." - Douwe Wielinga - Holland - Gabriella - April 2007
"I just wanted to thank you for our stay in Villa. We had the most wonderful time. The villa is absolutely beautiful and the views stunning! Everything worked so well, from the moment we arrived. Maria , Steve and Sally couldn't have been more helpful. Even our flight being delayed on the way home wasn't a problem as we just spent a few hours in the taverna opposite the airport. We would love to do the trip again sometime and hopefully combine it with a week sailing (we had a look around your boats before we left , they looked fantastic)." - Chris Taylor (Villa September 2006)
"We lost the prop and even though we were at the far end of the Ionian Islands (Zante) Laurie had arrived and fitted a new prop within a couple of hours (a 2.5 hour journey in the RIB) . His quick diagnosis and refit allowed us to continue our holiday without any disruption. The team all reacted with good humour and efficiency and we never felt that our enjoyment of our holiday was impaired". Sue and Phil Harrild (Little Gem September 2006 - Honeymoon!)
"The boat was perfect. Plus point was the wind meter and the automatic pilot, this was great, and not something we usually get on a charter boat." - Jolanda Prins, Holland (Little Gem June 06)
"Dave Hodge the skipper, was excellent. We had doubts about how a stranger would fit in with our holiday, especially in the close company of a boat, but Dave's relaxed and obliging attitude worked out just fine. His knowledge of the area, ports and tavernas was excellent. Shame he did not catch us any fish though!" - Jerry Horton and family (Papillon June 06)
"I wanted to email to say thank you for all your help organising our summer holiday on Olive (18-22 June). It was our second time with NISOS and Olive and there was always the worry that it wouldn't be as good as last year, however, it was everything we hoped for and better. Can you please pass on our gratitude to Laurie and Kate who were ever the perfect hosts with words of wisdom on how our forth coming baby could be accommodated on the yachts. I have attached a couple of photos for your website and look forward to getting in touch again soon to organise another fab holiday." - Mark Jones - (Olive June 06)
"Cloud Nine was spotless and in exceptionally good condition for one on its fourth season. The on-site team service level was above both Sunsail and the Moorings standards, both of which I have found good in the past.....so Nisos have to be rated as excellent." - Fin O'Leary (Cloud Nine June 06)
"Having not chartered a boat previously, we didn't know what to expect. We were very pleasantly surprised with Good News. In all, it could not have been better! We required assistance only once. Laurie and the team could not have been more helpful. They appeared in the RIB very quickly, and left us feeling that we weren't the complete fools I thought we were!" - John Shallcross (Good News June 06)
"Booking through Nisos in the UK via email was efficient,punctual,friendly and allways asap. Laurie is a highly efficient and friendly person.His wife, Kate seems to be a dynamo as well.She has Irish eyes and a smile from here to Table Mountain. Rowan the whole Nisos team at Perigalia seem to operate like a family of friends. If we ever repeated such a holiday I would book with Nisos. I have already referred two clients to your website.The reason why I initially decided on Nisos was the prompt reply to my enquiery and the website. I also like to use smaller companies because it normally means more personal services.This was definitely what we got!!! " - Ian Muller, South Africa (Numero Uno June 06)
"The boat was perfect. Plus point was the wind meter and the automatic pilot, this was great." - Jolanda Prinns (Little Gem June 2006)
"Both during booking and on arrival we were made to feel welcome and treated with respect. This is my view is a big difference between what Nisos and the large faceless corporates can offer. The quality and condition of the boat was far superior to what we could see other holidaymakers had on charter at various ports - Catriona says it is her best holiday ever!" - Alexander and Catriona Walsh, Northern Ireland (Rainbow - Elan 31 - June 06)
"No assistance was required, but the professionalism and the friendliness of the base staff cannot go unmentioned" - Steve Taylor (Realt na Mara May 06)
"Just a quick note to say thank you so much for a brilliant week on Realt na Mara. The boat and all its kit were absolutely spot-on, the Ionian was as delightful as ever, and our friends - who had never sailed before - loved the whole experience." - Mr and Mrs Scott (Realt na Mara Sept 05)
" Hi Rowan, We thought we would drop you a line or two and some photos from our hols on Supernova. Considering that all the arrangements were very much 'last minute' everything ran as smoothly as clockwork. Our thanks to you and your team for all your efforts, including Matt for the flights. Supernova was (as always with your yachts) excellently prepared and presented. Sue, my non-sailing partner, is now so hooked on cruising she can't wait until the next time! I've attached a couple photos for you, if you like any of them please feel free to use them on the website. All the very best, Keith Straughton & Sue Palmer 'Supernova' May/June 06, 'Good News' 05, 04. "
"Our first charter - the boat was excellent." - J.McDonald (Thalia 04)
"Nisos was an experience we loved, so keep up the good work. Please pass on our thanks to all the Nisos team for making it a great holiday." - J&D Easton (Cloud Nine 04)
"We are over the moon with you all. Thank you for everything. We had a wonderful time. You definitely have future custom from us and we will definately keep on promoting you as the best company. As far as we are concerned, the sun shines out of your bum!" - Rod Eglin (Good News 04)
An excellent holiday. Thanks very much - Bill Capper (Good News 04)
"It was a last minute arrangement. We spoke with Rowan and we appreciated his flexibility" - R&J Jannsen (Little Gem 04)
"Booking was easy and efficient, Laurie and the base staff were excellent, very pleasant and helpful." - D.Graham (Grace of Lefkas 04)
"Even better than expectations as we were upgraded from a Bavaria 38 to a Bavaria 44! With a cabin each and two heads what more could we want!? - P. Holmes (Cloud Nine 04)
"Impressed by Nisos' ability to deal with the unexpected (broken anchor) but even more so with picking up small things eg bringing newbread knife with anchor!" - J. Wright (Gabriella 04)
"Quote from Hilary and Tensing on summiting Everest and eating Kendal Mint Cake "We sat on the summit of the world and nibbled on our mintcake - our only complaint, there was not enough of it. Same for Nisos. Not enough of it. Would gladly recommend and have done" - T. Allcock (Little Gem 04)
"Friendly, efficient, knowledgeable and flexible when the number of crew changed several times. Willing to make a real effort to ensure customer satisfaction. Went out of his way and could possibly not have done more for us. We broke the saloon table on day 1 on Papillon. Laurie was with us within 15 minutes with everything required to mend it. Superb. Also at the end of the phone when we called for weather reports. Horizontal Nick is a gem. A bosun who quotes Keats is something to be treasured. We would absolutely, definatley, without a doubt book with Nisos again." - L.Green (Papillon 04)
"A wonderful holiday, brilliant weather and sailing conditions, the yacht was great and we'd definitely book again." - Mr J. Turner, London (Supernova 04)