31st of August 2018 - 9th of September 2018

Swing and Sail is now ready to welcome you... Visit Athens + 5 Greek islands and experience the endless blue...!

People are the ones bringing the trip to a whole new level and creating those everlasting moments that will keep you warm during the winter. Greece is the perfect playground with its endless shades of blue and seductive beaches ready to be explored.

Swing & Sail 2018 is now open! You can make a booking by sending an email at info@artvariations.gr. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER AS WELL IF YOU ARE WAITING A REPLY FROM US
Swing & Sail Pass Includes:
  • 7 days living in a sailing boat
  • Skipper
  • 6 Swing Parties (2/6 will take place in Athens and 4/6 in selected venues of the islands we are visiting)
  • Host
  • 5 hours of swing classes with Tony Jackson from London & Irene Ragusini from Athens!
  • Fuel and water
Not included: Food and beverages
  • Contact us for more information

* You don't need a skipper license to join Swing & Sail

* You don't need a dancing partner to join Swing & Sail

* The parties and the classes will take place in selected venues in Athens and in islands, not on the sailing boats.

Visit Athens, Lefkas, Paxoi, Antipaxoi, Ithaca, Kefallonia and dance every night to a different place. Of course you are changing the venues by boat. It's Swing and Sail!

Transportation from/to the airport

You can take the blue metro line, the suburban railway, the bus or hire a taxi.

  • METRO Ticket to or from Airport (Regular) – 10,00€
  • BUS Ticket to or from Airport(Regular) – 6,00€
  • Taxi Fare ~ 40,00€

Transportation in the city of Athens

The center of Athens is quite small and you can easily walk some distances. Otherwise, metro is probably the most convenient way to move around.

  • Regular Ticket for all modes of 90 minutes (invalid to the Airport lines) – 1,40€

Transportation from Athens to Lefkas and from Lefkas to Athens

The cost of a return ticket from Athens to Lefkas by public bus transportation is approximately 70,00€. Its departure point is only accessible by taxi or bus. We decided to get our own bus at the same price because it gives us the option of departing from a very central location (Syntagma Square), we can make as many stops as we want during the 5-hour trip, we will have free WiFi on board and we can be together. +70,00€ Please inform us if you are interested to arrange this in a different way. Otherwise, we count you in for our own bus.

Accommodation in Athens

If you are looking for budget accommodation, here are our recommendations

  • Find a local host. Please say that you are interested in being hosted when you register for the event.
  • Book an Airbnb apartment. This is a very affordable option, especially if you share with a few people.
  • http://athenstyle.com/en_GB/ Hostel in the centre of Athens. You can make the booking at this site.

Booking & Payment

Booking can be easily done by email at info@artvariations.gr . Send us: your name, country of residence, how many years you are dancing the Lindy Hop or any questions you need to ask.
A group of 8 - 10 is ideal for a full sailing boat booking. But still, if you are a group of 4 - 7 people and you are interested to book a whole sailing boat, you can contact us so we adjust this to your needs.
Yes, you can! We do encourage solo travelers/dancers, those sailing weeks offer a great balance of making great new connections, dance with people from other countries and at the same time isolating yourself when you desire.

If you decide to cancel your trip, no refund will be given but you can "sell" your pass to another traveller/dancer of the same dancing role. We will do our best to inform our dancers for the availability of your spot so you have better chances.

If the organizers cancel the event and you are informed until 31st of July, you will have a full refund of your deposit and the company is under no other obligation.

If the organizers cancel the event and you are informed 30 days before (1st of August - 30th of August) , you will have a double refund of your deposit and the company is under no other obligation.

General

Not really. Most of our travelers were first time sailors and they loved it. Swing & Sail is led by friendly and professional captains, so you can relax on board while your captain or crew take care of the rest. It is a great opportunity though to pick up some nautical skills. Pulling ropes, setting sails or steering the wheel? Engage your self in sailing as much as you desire. You don't need to have a skipper license to join Swing & Sail.
The number of sailing boats will vary depending on the dancers/travellers who register. We usually sail out 4-7 sailing boats. We all sail out and moor together.
The winds and the sea have the initial saying into that, but yes, we will try to follow the Swing & Sail Week itinerary.
First of all, travel light! Think like a traveler and not like a tourist. Moreover as sailors, we share a limited amount of space for a week, so be practical and keep in mind that most of the day we only wear our swimwear. Sailing boat essentials:
  • Swimsuit
  • Flip Flops
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen & after sun cream
  • Towel / scarf or pareo
  • Light jacket (windproof type) or a hoodie
  • Books
  • Cash (euros)
Beddings and towels are provided, consider only bringing a sleeping bag if you want to sleep on the deck or beach. Feel free to bring music in any kind of forms.
Only encouragement on Swing & Sail behalf! We can put you on a sailing boat that has a single bed (bedroom or bed in the saloon) or you can be grouped with someone of the same sex.
We do not impose any ratios for our sailors, however we aim for a balanced crew and usually we average about 50/50.
Any medical conditions that might constrain you traveling for a week with Swing & Sail must be notified to us. All crew members are asked to fulfill a questionnaire sent by us, where you notify us about any allergies and health concerns that we should be aware of. If you have any doubts or questions regarding health requirements, please feel free to contact us.
We only do sailing weeks, which are typically Saturday to Saturday.
You can arrive a couple of hours or days later, but then you need to make your way to the sailing boat yourself. Send us an email and we will facilitate you with detailed information closer to your arrival. Please keep in mind that your payment remains the same.
You just need to organize transport back to the mainland yourself. Your skipper will drop you off at the most convenient spot and the rest of your crew will continue the trip normally. Transport connections vary depending on your sailing week’s route, so speak to your skipper or contact us and we will advise you about how to get back. Please keep in mind that your payment remains the same.

Skipper & Hostess

The Captain’s Rules:
  1. #1 The Captain is always right.
  2. #2 If the Captain is wrong, see rule #1.
Your captain will brief you on safety and everything around the sailing boat. As the most experienced and responsible one for your safety and comfort, you shall listen to your skipper while on board. Our skippers are not considered as employees, but as companions ready to help you out when you are needed.
Both our skippers and hostesses are fluent in English. Most of them even in a second and third language as well. They have really high hospitality standards and they will ride any wave to make sure you have an unforgettable experience.

Sailing boat

Before the departure, every group will write down what they need for the week or for couple of days, so we go all together to the market and buy them. We can re-supply during the week. Every boat deals with its own arrangements.

There’s always a kitchen and fridge available for you on the sailing boat. Most commonly prepared dinners on board are oven and pasta dishes.

You will be required to prepare your own food and clean up after yourself. Don’t worry – you are not alone on the sailing boat and everyone may choose to rotate duties. Keep in mind that the skipper is also a part of the crew. Do prepare a meal for him as well if you wanna keep him going.

Most of the sailing boats have 5 cabins, which accommodate 10 sailors plus skipper and host. “Sailing is all about people” and we put a great deal of attention in matching the crew. We aim to bring together a mix of like-minded people and keep a gender balance. The allocation is finalized closer to the departure date.

If you book with a friend, you are most welcome to stick together.

If you’re traveling solo, we will do our best to accommodate you comfortably. We pair people of the same gender in cabins. There are also some single bed options available or the saloon if needed. Moreover, despite having their own cabin, we experience a number of romantic sailors preferring to sleep on the deck under the stars.

We always find a solution that satisfies everyone.

Depends on the sailing week & destinations, but on average we sail 3-4 hours per day. Due to the plethora of islands on the Greek Pelagos, you always keep sight of at least one land spot.

When we moor, you are free to do as you desire! You can stay aboard, explore the islands or choose one of the numerous activities.

Safety on sea is our priority. Of course, every boat is equipped with lifejackets, pharmacy and all the precautions for your safety. Your skilled captain though is the one that will make you feel that you are in good hands.

You can always charge phones, tablets, cameras and any other similar devices via a 12V to USB converter on the boat.

For the rest of electrical appliances like hair dryer, shaver and equipment that requires 240V, it is only possible to use when the boat is docked in a marina.

Swing Dance

It's not neccessary to book with your dancing couple. We will try to work on a good leader/follower ratio.

This is something that will come up depending on the level of everyone. It will be something between all and of course there might be some thematical classe, choreographies etc.

We will try our best to ensure you are happy with that.

  • No, we will be relaxing and and having fun on the boats. They will take place in selected venues in Athens and in islands.
  • Two of them will take place in Athens and four of them at the islands.