Below we suggest several itineraries for your 2016 holidays, thanks to which you can enjoy all Ionian Islands, from Corfu to Zakynthos. We created three itineraries, in line with the geographic location of the islands: Northern, Central and Southern. Boat type is chosen depending on the number of participants. Feel free to select the cruise of your dreams at any time!

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Programme North

Saturday – Preveza

If we are all ready… Let’s go! We set sail from Lefkada towards North, crossing the moveable bridge that opens for passages at the same time everyday and allows all boats to go sail through a canal from the Northern part of the Ionian Islands to the Central and Southern parts and vice versa. We sail for around one hour and a half, for 8 mi., towards Preveza, where we have plenty of options to dine at a typical tavern in the city centre, before having a walk along the wharf in this lively and active town!

Sunday – Paxos (Gaios Port)

After filling our pantry and having breakfast, we can say goodbye to Preveza and raise the anchor towards Paxos. However, before landing at this wonderful island we ought to stop by a breath-taking beach on our way to do some swimming and diving. Our next stop is Gaios Port, a lovely village where we will stay overnight.

Monday – Corfù (fortress)

On Monday morning we keep on sailing towards North to land at Corfu, a magnificent historical Island in the Ionian Sea, where we moor close to the castle, which sits at the foot of the city and is home to Corfu University. From here it’s easy to reach the city centre and visit its famous cricket pitch.

Tuesday – Syvota (continental Greece)

Back from a night of drinking at one of Corfu’s numerous pubs, some of us may not be ready to get up and may well prefer to stay in the arms of beloved Morpheus while setting sail. Never mind! As soon as we drop anchor again to do some diving in one of the several bays along our route, we will all be ready! And after lunch, as mistral rises, we hoist our sails! This may help us learn more about cruising and sailing while we make our way to Syvota.

Wednesday – Lakka (Island of Paxos)

As soon as sunrays wake us up, we head with no rash towards another wonderful resort in Paxos: Lakka. We stop on our way to do some swimming, and will be pleasantly surprised by the fascinating blue water of this place that nobody wants to leave. We spend the night in a bay close to Lakka, impatiently waiting to visit new destinations!

Thursday – Parga (Blue Flag 2008)

Parga is a delicious town just 12 mi. away on the mainland, therefore we have plenty of time to enjoy swimming, diving, napping and beating. Once arrived at Parga we drop anchor out of the city. Should we like to visit the city centre at night, one of our friends would be happy to accompany us on his taxi-boat through the islands in front of Parga.

Wednesday – Lefkada

After swimming in the crystal clear seawater, we are ready to raise the anchor on the way back to Lefkas. However, we first enjoy a break on the two most beautiful beaches of all Ionian Islands, also called “the two swimming pools of Anti-Paxos”. In the afternoon we arrive in Paxos. If you have to fly back on the same day, you may want to go directly to the airport, while if you go back by ferry you may have the chance to enjoy Lefkas by night.

Saturday

After breakfast we disembark and leave the boat before 10 AM. Ferries to Italy usually depart in the evening from Igoumenitsa, which can be easily reached by bus or taxi. If you travel with your own car, we recommend a visit to the breath-taking beach close to Katsiki’s Port, 40 km from Lefkas.

Programme Center

Saturday: Meganisi Island (Port of Spilia)

Are we all there? Let’s go! Our first stop is Port of Spilia, a beautiful landing place situated in Meganisi Island, made of two floating jetties and a small restaurant right on the beach. Its owners are two brothers, Babik and Spano, who first show us where to moor our boat and will then serve us dinner. Indeed a perfect chance to approach Greece! After dinner you have the possibility of walking up towards the city: it’s a rather steep yet amazing way of enjoying the panorama up from the hills, which will surely reward your efforts!

Sunday: Lefkas (Sivota)

After breakfast, we depart from the Port of Spilia at 10.30 AM. The main problem may be…choosing the bay where to do some swimming before lunch! In the early afternoon we take advantage of the Northwest wind to sail to Syvota, a delicious circular bay. We can then either moor by using land ropes or stay in the middle of the bay by dropping anchor.

Monday: Atokos – Ithaca (Port Vathy)

In the morning we have the chance to refill our pantry before leaving the dock towards Atokos, an unpopulated island where the only buildings you can find are a house and a small church on the beach. We stop by this magnificent bay with crystal blue water until the wind rises; then it’s time to hoist sails! Bow in direction of Ithaca, one of the most historic and fascinating islands of the Ionian Sea. The entrance into the port is usually pretty windy, but at the sunset it becomes quieter, so we can finally look for Ulisse’s bed, made of olive tree wood, and enjoy nice cafés and bakeries with tasty local products.

Tuesday: Cephalonia (Effimia)

After stocking up on goods for our pantry we are ready to set sail to Filiatro Bay of Ithaca, framed by transparent water and white sand where the shadow of our boat may give you the impression of being elevated. In the afternoon we cruise for 15 mi. to reach Effimia, where we stay overnight and get access to electricity and water from the pier.

Wednesday: Cephalonia (Fiscardo)

We leave the dock from Effimia and spend the day diving, swimming and beating, awaiting for Fiscardo where we arrive in the evening. Fiscardo is a village in Cephalonia Island that is compared by some, perhaps unduly, to Portofino in Italy. Nevertheless, it’s the most important port for both sailboats and big yachts. Should you decide to stay overnight, it’s thus advisable to make sure in advance that free moorings are still available. Here you can also find a diving centre, so if you have a diving license you may be able to enjoy the magnificent underwater world.

Thursday: Meganisi (Port Atheni)

As soon as we wake up and have breakfast, we refill our pantry and leave the dock in direction of North towards Meganisi Island, situated in Port of Atheni’s bay. This is a protected place where we stay overnight looking at the stars, with our boat moored at trees. Depending on what our pantry offers, we have either grilled meat or fish for dinner. We then enjoy the beach atmosphere around us while playing guitar.

Friday: Skorpios – Lefkada

After swimming in the crystal-clear water, we sail around Skorpios Island, owned by the Onassis family, where you can have lunch at your preferred place. In the afternoon we visit another bay to enjoy the last bathe of this unforgettable cruise, and as soon as the wind starts to blow constantly we hoist sails and get into the canal to reach Lefkas. If you have to fly back on the same day, you may want to go directly to the airport, while if you go back by ferry you may have the chance to enjoy Lefkas by night.

Saturday

After breakfast we disembark and leave the boat before 10 AM. Ferries to Italy usually depart in the evening from Igoumenitsa, which can be easily reached by bus or taxi. If you travel with your own car, we recommend a visit to Parga on the way back.

Programme South

Saturday: Syvota (Lefkas Island)

After stepping on board, allocating the cabins and setting up the pantry, we raise the anchor and sail across the lagoon through a well-signalled, large canal for 3 mi. until we reach a protected gulf with beautiful islands. We cruise towards Syvota, a fascinating circular bay where we can either moor by using land ropes or stay in the middle of the bay by dropping anchor. We stay here overnight.

Sunday: Agios Nikolaos (Zakynthos Island)

Today our alarm is the crow of a rooster, owned by an elderly inhabitant of the village! After breakfast we set sail towards Agios Nikolaos, our first haven in Zakynthos Island. We sail along Ithaca’s and Cephalonia’s costs paying attention to the low seabed that characterises the last part of the cruising, from Skala onwards. 3 mi. away from Agios Nikolaos you cannot do without a tour on the tender into the Blue Cave, where you’ll be astonished by the game of lights and shadows made by these caves. We then keep on sailing and moor in the small port.

Monday: Navajo Bay (Port of Zakynthos)

Today we set sail towards the breath-taking Navajo Bay, where you can see a very well-known shipwreck. Navajo Bay is an unavoidable stop if you are going to Zakynthos, as it’s a place where virtually everyone would like to go and spend the day. We enjoy the beauty of this place before anybody else arrives, ready to depart and hoist sails in direction of Port of Zakynthos.

Tuesday: Laganas Bay (Turtles’ Bay)

Today we cruise towards the Southern part of Zakynthos, landing at Laganas Bay, where turtles lay eggs. Since we are not allowed to stay for long but just to stop by, we dive into another wonderful place, the Island of Marathonisi, framed by crystal clear water and white sand, where we stay overnight.

Wednesday: Cephalonia (Effimia)

Wednesday has already arrived and it’s time to move up North. Today’s cruising is a little longer than usual, as the distance between us and Effimia is 30 mi. We sail close-hauled and you may have the chance to steer our boat. Once arrived in Effimia we can enjoy the last swimming of the day on a nice beach not far from the mooring.

Thursday: Meganisi (Port of Atheni)

Before setting sail in the morning, we refill our pantry as usual and then move on in direction of Southern Ithaca. We sail around its cape and then again up to the North! We can do some swimming and have lunch on the wonderful Beach of Sarakiniko.

After the nap, as soon as the wind starts blowing, we hoist the sails to reach Port of Atheni, a well protected bay where we can enjoy a barbecue on the beach and play guitar before going to bed, moored at trees.

Friday: Skorpios Lefkada

After waking up we can enjoy crystal clear water by doing some diving. We then leave the dock towards Skorpios, the legendary island owned by the Onassis family. We cruise around it to admire all its beauty, and stop by for swimming and dining. In the afternoon we move on towards another bay for what is going to be, unfortunately, the last swim of our holiday. As soon as the wind starts blowing constantly we set sail in direction of the canal which brings us back to Lefkas. If you have to fly back on the same day, you may want to go directly to the airport, while if you go back by ferry you may have the chance to enjoy Lefkas by night.

Saturday

After breakfast we disembark and leave the boat before 10 AM. Ferries to Italy usually depart in the evening from Igoumenitsa, which can be easily reached by bus or taxi. If you travel with your own car, we recommend a visit to Parga on the way back.

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