Travel Challenge: A Mediterranean sailing holiday


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Each week, we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday.

Today: a summer sailing holiday in the Mediterranean. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together. Each package includes a week's accommodation on board the respective boats as well as flights from the UK in June.

£1,360: Essential Sailing

Includes a private cabin aboard a shared yacht sailing along Italy's Ligurian coast (including the Cinque Terre villages) and Ryanair flights from Stansted to Genoa on 16 June. "Our holidays offer a fully-crewed, turn-up-and-go service," says Richard Reeves of Essential Sailing (0845 653 0126;

£849: Sunsail

Includes private yacht charter as part of a larger flotilla of boats for a cruise around Turkey's Lycian coast, flying Thomson Airways from Gatwick to Dalaman on 30 June. "Our flotilla holidays include snorkelling equipment and an end-of-week regatta," says Louise Neville of Sunsail (0844 463 6578;

£750: Sunvil Sailing

Includes a private cabin on a shared yacht as part of a larger flotilla around Greece's Ionian Sea. Fly with Small Planet Airlines from Gatwick to Prevesa on 10 June. "Moor up at a different harbour each night for a sociable and fun dinner ashore," says Allan Gauci from Sunvil Sailing (020-8758 4780;