2013 dates: 19 May | 2, 16, 30 Jun | 14, 28 Jul | 11, 25 Aug | 8, 22 Sep
SUN : Embark at Palairos. You join your flotilla in our beautifully located Palairos base, just a short drive from Preveza airport. The superb setting, with views across to Meganisi and Scorpio (the island originally owned by the Onassis family), will soon put you in the holiday mood! And there’s time for a stroll around the shops after settling in on your yacht.
MON: Lefkas Town (11nm). The day starts with motoring north through the Lefkas Canal. An overnight stay in Lefkas Town gives a good chance to enjoy a typical Greek town with its evening promenade and to go shopping in the little alleys and interesting back streets.
TUE : Gaios, Paxos (30nm). Today we sail north to Paxos. We stop off at Antipaxos where the waters of Emerald Bay truly live up to their name and you can enjoy excellent swimming. Gaios on the southern tip of Paxos, is a popular harbour that spreads along the waterfront, with a great choice of bars and restaurants. The setting is spectacular with a large wooded island which protects the anchorage.
WED : Lakka, Paxos (8nm). We can return to the beautiful anchorages of Antipaxos for lunch. In the afternoon we sail north past the dramatic cliffs on the east coast of Paxos to Lakka, a popular anchorage in an almost landlocked bay, surrounded by pine and olive groves. The tavernas and bars along the quayside provide a lively evening.
THU : Parga (18nm). This attractive harbour on the mainland is dominated by the 'Kasteli' fortress. This historic and picturesque town is now a well established resort with plenty of tavernas and bars.
FRI : 2 Rock Bay. Tonight we have our beach BBQ in this quiet anchorage with good shelter.
SAT : Spartohori, Meganisi (35nm). Early start for our sail south. A lovely downwind run, through the Lefkas Canal to Spartohori on Meganissi. Spartohori is a great setting for an evening, watching an amazing sunset over the top of the village.
SUN : Free Sailing.
MON : Kastos (13nm). We meet up at this unspoilt island with a well protected bay, sandy beach and traditional tavernas. Port Kastos is in a well protected bay, sandy beach and traditional tavernas.
TUE : Kioni, Ithaca (13nm). We head over to Kioni on Ithaka. The village is an exceptional beauty: amidst a setting of olive groves, interrupted by the odd tall cypress, an amphitheatre of lovely houses built around the steep slopes of the bay with its amazing deep blue waters. After an enjoyable sail, you will relax moored to the jetty, only a few steps away from the taverna.
WED : Fiskardo, Cephalonia (10nm). We cross the channel over to Fiskardo on Kefalonia. This beautiful old fishing harbour is considered the pearl of the Ionian Islands. You’ll find a wide choice of stylish and sophisticated shops, cafes and a variety of tavernas and restaurants.
THU : Sivota, Lefkas (12nm). Enjoy a sail across to Sivota on Levkas. This is an unspoiled fishing village which has managed to keep its Greek character despite the intensive tourism. Here you’re spoiled for choice as there is a variety of shops, cafes and tavernas, catering for every desire! While sipping your ouzo on deck, you will be amazed by the beauty of this wonderful bay, surrounded by impressive mountains covered by olive and cypress trees.
FRI : Port Athene, Meganisi (8nm). An idyllic anchorage in a sheltered position at the end of an inlet, it has a few waterfront tavernas. Enjoy Greek dancing in this traditional village.
SAT : Return to Palairos (9nm). There is always a good wind as everyone gets involved with the race back to Palairos. Sadness at your holiday ending is tempered though by a farewell evening with your fellow crews.
SUN : Disembark at Palairos.
Routes may vary due to weather conditions & other factors.