Istion Yachting Kos
Istion Yachting Kos
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Istion Yachting in Kos offers bareboat and skippered yacht charters on a wide range of sailing yachts and luxury catamarans suitable for all tastes. Conveniently located to explore the islands of the Dodecanese, Kos is the perfect place to set sail on your Greek sailing holiday!
Kos Town, South Aegean, Greece

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Geoff R
United Kingdom45 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Nice helpful people and decent enough yacht, but be careful when something breaks on your boat.
On our return, we wanted to tell the Istion rep about the foresail furling cassette, as it was getting really stuff, and wanted the next people who hired the boat to have a better experience.
The photos show this furler had deteriorated with wear and tear over several years and was actually declared broken by Istion, and we then had to pay 2000 euros to cover cost of quick repair, then replacement with new part and labour involved.
We did have separate insurance to cover this, but it felt wrong that we took the financial hit for wear and tear on a part that had been used for years. It will also discourage us from declaring boat issues in future at the end of a charter.
If you use Istion, do it with your eyes wide open and get insurance to cover repairs and breakages that might not actually be your fault.
Written 23 September 2023
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maria fernanda A
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Dear Istion Yachting Group.

My name is Lewis Allen and my wife and I just finished a 1 week bareboat charter from your Kos Base.

This is my 2nd time chartering from Istion at Kos.
I would not go with any other charter company as I am so impressed with the quality of your boats and your maintenance and most importantly the amazing people you have at your Kos Base.

I have owned various sailboats with the last boat being a 52 foot Amel Mango ketch which I lived on for 4 years sailing around the world.

I understand the constant work and maintenance needed in order to keep all systems on a sailboat working in safe and optimal condition.
Unless you have owned and maintained your own boat you do not realize this.

Giorgos and his team in Kos are top notch professionals.
Giorgos technical team of Petros, Misbah, Panagiotis, Stavros, Endy and Mikola keep the Istion boats in top running condition. This behind the scenes work is what makes Istion’s Kos Base so special.

Everything from the paperwork in the office with Maria and Niki to the thorough orientation check in with Tilemachos was done professionally and efficiently. I had many questions during the check in and Tilemachos was very patient and what he could not answer there was always close by on the dock the amazing Manolis.
With his constant smile and great personality Manolis was always there to help with anything at all.
Giorgos team in Kos not only keep the boats in perfect condition but they are all special people who enjoy what they are doing and treat their customers like friends.

This is why I will keep chartering from Istion and will recommend Istion to all of my friends in the sailing community.

At the end of the week the checkout with Nikos was thorough and professional. You could see that he understands sailboat maintenance very well and he checked every system to make sure the boat was ready for the next charter.

The only problem I had with Istion was that at the end of the week my wife and I did not want to get off the boat.

Thank you Istion and a special thank you to Giorgos and Manolis for a spectacular week sailing in the beautiful islands of Greece.

See you again soon.
Lewis Allen
Written 29 May 2023
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Glen
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
An incredible experience! We had a one-week chartered trip to the north Dodecanese out of Kos, aboard one of Istion's Lagoon 46 catamarans, and everything was perfect. I definitely can't say enough good things about our skipper, Thanasis (Ioannidis Thanasis). He was everything you'd want for a vacation like this: professional, competent, friendly, fun, entertaining, extremely knowledgeable about the area, and he had a great sense of humor. Thanasis didn't push any personal agenda, was happily accommodating to our destination/activity desires, and maintained the highest levels of safety. We also couldn't help noticing that he was widely recognized throughout the islands as "the guy"--not only someone the locals were happy to see, but the person who routinely, voluntarily hopped off of our boat at the marinas to assist others who were arriving, especially during high winds. He was diplomatically smart enough to not violate our group's privacy, while still being willing to hang out with us when invited (frequently), and if we charter a boat in the region again, Thanasis will undoubtedly be the person we request for our sailing trip! Many thanks to him, to Istion, and to islandsailing.gr for such a wonderful, memorable experience--one we will never forget!
Written 19 October 2022
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Dear GGB137, Thank you so much for this detailed and very informative 5-star review. Allow us to also thank you for trusting us with your sailing adventures! We really appreciate you being a customer and helping to share the word about us. This is what drives us to be the best and provide customers like you with the best available sailing experience! We'll make sure to inform our skipper Thanasis and our staff at our charter base at Kos about your kind words. We're happy that you're happy, and we're looking forward to serving you again in the near future! Warm Regards
Written 5 December 2022
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Wander22364418777
Miami, FL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Professional and friendly staff, boat in very good condition, swift check-in and check-out. I look forward to my next charter with Istion.
Written 1 September 2022
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Dear Wander22364418777, Thank you again for taking the time to leave us a review. We hope that you enjoyed your sailing experience, and we'd love to have you sail with us again soon! Warm Regards
Written 2 September 2022
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01brian2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
We hired an Istion yacht through another flotilla company so weren't aware we were on an Istion yacht until we got there.
The yacht was the best one we've had in all the times we've rented boats. It was an older boat (2006) but everything worked well and had obviously been well maintained.
Will definitely use them again.
Written 22 July 2022
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Dear 01brian2022, Thank you for taking the time to provide a rating and describing your experience aboard your flotilla! Your opinion is valued greatly and it helps us maintain our excellent standards of service to our customers. Thank you for placing your trust in us and your willingness to share. Warm regards
Written 26 July 2022
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GEORGESMAK
Thessaloniki, Greece23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The reception , check in , check out and the immediate response to the problems we had was exceptional and of very high professional standards . The personnel was very polite and more important very efficient . So our rating for Istion Yachting is a five star .However the boat was advertised that sleeps 8 adults .This is not true .Has two main cabins for two and two cabins for single use .Additionally the storage closets in the cabins are insufficient and of poor design . The toilets had a bad smell and one of the four went out of order in the middle of the trip . The response was immediate but who wants to have repairs during his vacation . Finally the stirring of this boat is badly designed because it has blind view areas. So the rating of the boat is very low .
Written 8 July 2022
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Dear GEORGESMAK, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. We take pride in knowing our customers are happy with our services! While we are extremely delighted to meet the mark of service we feel the need to communicate the issue with the official yacht description on a more serious note! We do realise this would have created a lot of tension and a great discomfort for you and yours so we really do kindly apologize for all this inconvenience! While we do understand your frustration we can assure you the Excess 12 is suitable for a 12-person journey! Secondly we really do understand your frustration with the toilet malfunction but these things are common to happen amidst a trip! We truly apologize for any inconvenience even if our team managed to inspect and repair this promptly and can surely understand the discomfort. We can assure you that we will take your comments into deep consideration and evaluate the situation thoroughly. Again thank you for trusting us with your sailing adventure! We really hope you get to sail with us again and definitely face a different scenario in your next journey! Warm regards
Written 11 July 2022
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YeovilOrchid
Yeovil17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
It was a wonderful week’s charter on sailing catamaran, Erica, with my wife and two friends skippered by our son, Andrew. I would like to thank Istion’s team at Kos Marina, led by George, for presenting our charter boat in immaculate condition, spotlessly clean, perfectly prepared and equipped to provide all aboard with a 5 star charter experience. Added to that, the necessary paperwork was handled so efficiently by the warm and friendly staff in Istion’s Kos office. I’ve no hesitation in recommending Istion for yacht charters in Greek waters.
Written 17 June 2022
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Dear YeovilOrchid, Thank you for the wonderful review and for taking the time to share your feedback with us and the community! Alex would also be excited to know that you enjoyed his service! Our priority is customer service and we are ecstatic that we met that mark! Kind folks and customers like you make our job a pleasure. Warm Regards
Written 24 June 2022
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Skipper-Norbert
Dresden, Germany1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Very friendly contact, helpful staff in every situation. Nice ship, we had a great time. Also change in crew quick and easy.
Written 10 November 2021
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Dear Skipper-Norbert, We are happy to hear you enjoyed sailing with Istion Yachting & appreciate your recommendation of our services! We look forward to welcoming you once again on board! Warm regards
Written 12 November 2021
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Tadeusz K
Kolobrzeg, Poland16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
We have had again great family crusing on Lagoon 380 from Kos to North Islands of Dodekanez from Istion very friendly staf.Maria and Georges plus rest of staf-all the best,thanks.
Tadeusz from Poland with family.
Written 5 November 2021
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Dear 786tadeuszk, Thank you so much for this review! We really appreciate you being a customer and helping to share the word about us. We'll make sure to inform our staff at Kos for your kind words! We're happy that you're happy, and we're looking forward to serving you again in the near future! Warm Regards
Written 12 November 2021
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Fairytale
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
After many years of chartering with Sunsail and Moorings, the good service and quality of Istion in Kos was an unexpected surprise.
The number of qualified staff helped us solve the minor problems and made it possible to start our sailvacation without delay.
Written 3 November 2021
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Dear 11111119999, Thank you for placing your trust in us with your sailing holidays and for your willingness to share your experience! We are glad you are satisfied by the level of service and we will be happy to organize your sailing holidays once more! Warm Regards
Written 5 November 2021
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