Yacht Charter in the Southern Ionian
The Ionian on the west coast of Greece is ideal for a relaxed sailing holiday in Greece, so popular with families and less experienced crews.
Explore the beautiful Ionian islands and experience gentle afternoon breezes, warm seas and friendly harbour-front tavernas. This sailing area is ideal for couples and families with children seeking a relaxed sailing holiday.
The sheltered waters of the Ionian offer an unlimited number of tranquil bays and enchanting fishing harbours. Navigation is straightforward with no tides, currents or other hazards. There are good sailing breezes from late morning through the afternoon, but winds rarely exceed Force 5. Anchor in picturesque bays or moor up in bustling fishing harbours.
Explore the sheltered waters of the Southern Ionian and discover the charms of Meganissi, Ithaca and Cephalonia.
Sailing in the Ionian
The Ionian is very popular sailing destination for bareboat yacht charter. With two charter bases in the Southern Ionian at Palairos and Lefkas, you have the choice of sailing in the Northern Ionian or Southern Ionian or, in 2-weeks, exploring both.
Seasoned sailors can plan a more ambitious sailing itinerary of these very picturesque islands from Corfu in the north to Zakynthos in the south.
DAY 1 : Embark at Palairos, a charming Greek harbour with a choice of restaurants and a nearby beach.
DAY 2 : Sivota, Lefkas (16nm) is charming harbour on the south side of Lefkas.
DAY 3 : Fiskardo, Cephalonia (11nm). On the way you pass a choice of bays on Meganisi for a lunchtime anchorage. Fiskardo on the northern tip of Cephalonia is one of the prettiest waterfronts in the Ionian and offers a safe and picturesque harbour.
DAY 4 : Vathi, Ithaca (16nm). Ithaca is reputedly the island home of Odysseus and the east coast offers numerous bays and anchorages. Vathi has good shopping and numerous tavernas in the town.
DAY 5 : Port Kalamos (20nm). Walk up to the traditional village above the harbour for fresh bread in the morning and a stunning view.
DAY 6 : Spartohori, Meganissi (15nm) has a fabulous view from the town up the hill.
DAY 7 : Return to Palairos (15nm). Stop for a last lunchtime swim off Skorpios, Onassis’ private island, or one of the bays on Meganissi.
Weather conditions in the Ionian are very favourable for relaxed sailing. There are good sailing breezes late morning through the afternoon, but winds rarely exceed Force 5. From May to October the wind is from the Northwest. It arrives around noon, blows Force 2-5 and subsides around sunset. The wind tends to be stronger at the start and end of the season. Experience level 1.
Yacht charter in Ionian - Lefkas & Palairos
We offer 2 fleets based in the Southern Ionian. Kiriacoulis run one of the largest fleets of bareboat charter yachts in the Mediterranean, and have yachts based at Lefkas Marina. These yachts can start and finish charters any day of the week, giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates. We also offer yachts from Odysseus Yachting Holidays who run a fleet of over 40 yachts from Palairos, a charming harbour on the Greek mainland just a few miles south-east of Lefkas Canal facing Scorpios Island and Lefkas. The service from this family-run company is professional and friendly. We can also offer yachts from other fleets in the Ionian so please ask.
Click on the yacht names below to view yacht layout & specification
Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.
If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.
FLIGHTS TO PREVEZA:
Thomson and Monarch have flights on Sundays from Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester to Preveza. Transfer time to Lefkas Marina 30 minutes and to Palairos 30 minutes.
For 2014 we are delighted to offer seats on a chartered British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Preveza on Sundays at 7.30am. Excellent fares include 23kg luggage, meals and free drinks.