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"My apologies for not replying sooner regarding our recent holiday with Nisos in the Ionian.

We had the best time!

Olive was perfect for us and we grew very fond of her over the course of the week - especially after she proved her mettle when we got caught in the mother of all storms on the way to Kalamos! Sure you've heard plenty of stories about that storm from other customers but it was pretty sporty! The Nisos team in Nydri were really helpful and professional and it was great to know we could call for help if necessary at any time. Also the tips we got from skipper Michael when itinerary planning were great - particularly the recommendations for the anchorages - we loved Skhoinos by Port Vathi, Ithaca in particular.

We are already looking forward to coming again next year as we thought that a week was just not long enough. It was all in all a fantastic holiday and we'd highly recommend Nisos to anyone!

Thanks again to you specifically for making us feel like valued customers from our initial enquiry onwards.

Hopefully we'll be in touch again next year!!" - Claire and Dean Matthews - Olive (Bavaria 36) - October 2012

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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“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

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Hi Rowan

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!)


Finally for all those worried about Greece and its economic woes let me assure you that as a people they are far better prepared for the turmoils of the Euro than the UK as they are not totally dependant around the islands on infrastructure and the public sector services. We spoke to many locals and they were very happy that they would as always just carry on living very much hand to mouth with very little reliance on the state. We also had no problems paying for things either on credit cards or using cash. The Greeks we spoke to also assured us that even if they left the Euro the local economies would simply carry on using the Euro!

Thanks again

Richard and Vicky Knocker

Good News August 12"

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"Professional, friendly company where nothing is too much trouble." - David Read - Elton Sailing Club - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) - July 2012

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"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

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"Great boats, great service, great holiday!" - Tim Malthouse - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) - July 2012

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"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 

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"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

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"As always, another fabulous holiday courtesy of Nisos and all its staff!" - Chris Smith - Good News & Deep Blue - June 2012

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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!
Thanks to everyone" - Liz Dewar - Numero Uno (Bavaria 46) - June 2012

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"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

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"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

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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

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"I need to only use one word to sum up our week with Nisos and Olive "Excellent"! - Keith Newitt - Olive (Bavaria 36) - June 2012

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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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.

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"Captain Jack - the best way to unwind and enjoy sailing" - Amanda Burns - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) - May 2012

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"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

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"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

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"Another fantastic experience for our boys from Nisos in the Ionian. Fantastic backup. Well done team.
We took the boys down to Zachynthos and back up to Cephalonia where we did lots of snorkelling and waterskiing and some great sailing." - Steve Mobley (Kings Norton Boys School) - Captain Jack (Jeanneau 45DS) - May 2012

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"For a well equipped boat, friendly service and great sailing, you can do no better!" - Tony Dodd - Christopher Robin (Bavaria 37) - May 2012

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"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 

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"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.

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"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

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“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

 

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