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The perfect mix of quaint, unassuming villages, atmospheric towns, reliable winds and breathtaking scenery makes the Corfu flotilla a 'must' for all sailors.

Explore the beautiful Northern Ionian on our Corfu flotilla. Starting and finishing in Gouvia marina, the classic "South Route" takes a gentle and meandering route between mainland Greece and the famous Paxos island, visiting unspoilt villages, lively towns and world-famous bays. The more adventerous "North Route" offers more challenging sailing conditions exploring the lesser known northern bays and remote Erikousa island.

With a good mix of shorter and longer passages, light to moderate winds, and the lead crew on hand for constant support, the Corfu flotilla is suitable for a wide range of sailors.

We embrace a relaxed flotilla atmosphere where you are free to plot your own course and arrival at each day's destination if you would like to. More experienced skippers enjoy this freedom whilst taking advantage of the social aspect of the flotilla. Less experienced skippers will appreciate the invaluable assitance of the lead crew, giving you the peace of mind to enjoy your holiday.

Corfu Flotilla

  • Overview
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    Gaios Harbour

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    Gouvia Marina

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    Corfu flotilla sailing holidays

    • 1 week flotilla
    • Takes in the popular yet understated charms of the Northern Ionian
    • Perfect for couples, groups and families alike
    • A mix of shorter and longer passages
    • Includes return airport transfers, end cleaning, bed linen & shower towels
    • Minimal mooring fees (approx €10-€20/week)
    • Runs May to October. Operates Saturday-Saturday
    • Supermarket within the marina
  • North Route

    North Route

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    Dates: 06, 20 May | 03, 17 Jun | 1, 15, 29 Jul | 12, 26 Aug | 09, 23 Sep | 07 Oct 2023

    Day 1 (Saturday) : Gouvia Marina, Corfu

    You join your flotilla at Gouvia marina, just a 15-minute drive from Corfu airport. This modern marina is a great starting point for your holiday and after settling in on your yacht there’s time for a stroll around the shops and a relaxing dinner.

    Day 2 (Sunday) : Kalami or Koloura, Corfu (7nm)

    Kalami and Koloura are secluded bays set beneath the hills on Corfu's north east coast with beautiful beaches, waterfront places to eat & drink, and beautiful warm waters perfect for exploring with a stand-up-paddleboard.

    Day 3 (Monday) : Erikousa Town (22nm)

    One of the most virgin islands of the Ionian Sea, Erikousa stands 8 nautical miles northwest of Corfu surrounded by crystal clear blue waters, endless golden and steep cliffy beaches. Meet the friendly locals who are very excited to welcome you and help you with your adventurous trip.

    Day 4 (Tuesday) : Stamoleka Beach (1nm)

    Erikousa is all about remote relaxation, so take it easy sailing around the island to explore, before spending the night anchored off sandy Stamoleka beach with a group BBQ ashore.

    Day 5 (Wednesday) : Kassiopi or Agios Stephanos, Corfu (17nm)

    Sailing downwind the flotilla stops in Kassiopi, an old fishing village on the northeast coast of Corfu, which has retained its charm. A bustling small town set around a scenic harbour, the waterfront is lined with traditional tavernas and seafood restaurants, overlooked by the remains of a Byzantine castle.

    Day 6 (Thursday) : Corfu Old Town (12nm)

    Enjoy a night in Corfu town, a Unesco World Heritage Centre known for its rich history. With beautiful Venetian architecture and the Old Fortress, the old town is a charming visit.

    Day 7 (Friday) : Gouvia Marina (4nm)

    Before returning to Gouvia Marina, taking a lunch stop at Vido island the former Alcatraz of Corfu is the perfect way to end the holiday.

    Two-Week “Free Sailing” or option to return to base.

    Day 8 (Saturday) : Corfu

    Disembark at Gouvia Marina and take your included transfer back to the airport.

    Please Note: All routes may vary due to weather conditions & other factors.

    Ionian Kalamos Route 1 week flotilla sailing holiday itinerary


  • South Route

    South Route

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    Dates: 29 Apr | 13, 27 May | 10, 24 Jun | 08, 22 Jul | 05, 19 Aug | 02, 16, 30 Sep | 14, 21 Oct 2023

    Day 1 (Saturday) : Gouvia Marina, Corfu

    You join your flotilla at Gouvia marina, just a 15-minute drive from Corfu airport. This modern marina is a great starting point for your holiday and after settling in on your yacht there’s time for a stroll around the shops and a relaxing dinner.

    Day 2 (Sunday) : Petriti, Corfu (15nm)

    Petriti is a fishing village located on the southeast coast of Corfu, Greece. The village is the largest fishing port on the island and the five tavernas on the sea front all specialise in seafood.

    Day 3 (Monday) : Sivota [Mourtos], Mainland (12m)

    Sailing back across to the mainland we visit the revamped little town of Sivota in the magnificent bay of Mourtos. Soak up the atmosphere whilst watching the beautiful Greek sunset.

    Day 4 (Tuesday) : Mongonisi, Paxos (13nm)

    Situated at the southernmost point of Paxos, Mongonisi is surrounded by clear blue sea with a small sandy beach offering safe bathing for all ages. The small port for yachts provides good shelter and free mooring with one taverna offering a popular “Greek night”.

    Day 5 (Wednesday) : Lakka, Paxos (8nm)

    Lakka is a true Ionian gem, a beautiful little village which often becomes our clients' favourite spot.

    Day 6 (Thursday) : Plataria, Mainland (17nm)

    This quiet village remains widely unknown to tourists and is a perfect spot to enjoy dinner in a waterfront taverna whilst getting to know your fellow flotilla crews.

    Day 7 (Friday) : Gouvia Marina (4nm)

    Before returning to Gouvia Marina, taking a lunch stop at Mouse Island with its picture-perfect chapel is the perfect way to end the holiday.

    Two-Week “Free Sailing” or option to return to base.

    Day 8 (Saturday) : Corfu

    Disembark at Gouvia Marina and take your included transfer back to the airport.

    Please Note: All routes may vary due to weather conditions & other factors.

    Ionian Kalamos Route 1 week flotilla sailing holiday itinerary


  • What's Included

    Included on the Corfu flotilla

    • One return airport transfer per yacht: Corfu airport - Gouvia Marina - Corfu airport
    • Assistance of the flotilla lead crew throughout your holiday
    • End cleaning
    • Bed linen
    • Shower towels
    • Complementary outboard engine for yachts 39'+

    Fuel and any mooring fees are not included.

  • Lead Crew

    Meet the Corfu flotilla lead crew

    Ionian flotilla lead crew

    Monica, Mihai, Joe, Pipp, Mihai, Jack & Georgi

    The full Ionian flotilla team! Mihai & Monica (far left) have been in charge of the Southern flotilla for several years now and for the 2019 season they are moving up to Corfu to be base managers for the new flotilla. Next in line is Joe who is on hand to help out wherever he is needed! Pipp and the second Mihai (just to confuse you!) are taking over the Southern flotilla whilst Jack is the engineer and Georgi the hostess for the Corfu flotilla. Davide (not pictured) is skipper for the Corfu flotilla.

    All of the flotilla team are friendly, fun and professional and are looking forward to welcoming you onboard during the 2019 season.

  • Getting There

    Flights to Corfu

    EasyJet have flights from Gatwick, Manchester and Bristol to Corfu.

    Transfers

    One return transfer per yacht will be arranged for you once we have your flight details. This is included regardless of whether you book flights directly with the airline or through Nautilus Yachting. We will meet you at the airport and take you directly to the base. The transfer takes 15 minutes.

  • Host Journal

    Meet the Corfu flotilla lead crew

    Supplied by Isla, Nautilus Yachting

    I had the incredible experience of working as part of a lead crew as the flotilla host in Corfu in 2022.  I feel very lucky to have been given this opportunity to visit some spectacular destinations and meet fantastic people who will be friends for life.  Here is my experience of what a typical week of flotilla life is like.

    SATURDAY- Gouvia Marina

    SATURDAY- Gouvia Marina

    While our clients are getting excited to board their plane to Corfu, at the base my skipper and would be working hard to prepare the yachts for our new guest's arrivals. Skipper Steven checks all the lines, sails, and lockers to ensure everything is as it should be and I would lay out the welcome packs onboard each boat, polish the finishing touches and make sure everything is ship shape! Then between 4.00 and 5.00pm, we greet everyone as they arrive at the marina and introduce them to their boat and prepare them for our main flotilla briefing in the morning at 9.30 am.  I would also recommend some restaurants in Gouvia for an evening meal; check out Harry's and Taki's for traditional Greek taverna food and Gerekos is the only place for fish!

    SUNDAY- Sivota

    SUNDAY- Sivota

    Sunday morning on flotilla always starts with the main flotilla briefing, which is the first opportunity for the whole flotilla to meet one another.  Steven and I give the flotilla briefing which is an overview of how the flotilla will run that week and any weather conditions to be aware of.  Once the flotilla briefing is complete, we assist everyone departing the marina to set sail for their first day on the water.  The sea between Corfu and the mainland always seems calm, which makes for an easy first day and an amazing mid-afternoon swim in the middle of the sea!  Once we arrive at Sivota Mourtos I head to Georgeos Family taverna to confirm the booking for our first group meal. Then we would grab a Freddo Espresso from Bamboo Place before our guest's arrival at 4.30 pm. We help moor up all yachts with stern to with anchor on the town quay or stern to with lazy lines in the marina. Once everyone is safely in harbour it is a quick turnaround to get ready for our first group meal. After an amazing dinner at Georgeos, where they have (in my opinion) the best courgette balls, I lead the group to Bamboo Place for the best cocktails.  Some weeks there would be more cocktails than others!  

    MONDAY- Lakka

    MONDAY- Lakka

    We start our day with a briefing at Bamboo Place followed by a trip to the bakery for some tasty pastries.  During the morning briefings each day Steven covers the navigational aspects and I tell the clients what to expect from our evening destination; if there are any showers or toilets, if there are any shops, a bakery or a cash machine, whether there is an option to have power and water and if there was an evening activity.  We offer assistance for leaving the town quay and then set off.  From leaving Sivota I would always take the helm on the first half of the journey as I loved to motor past and look at the Blue Lagoon area on our port side. The sea is always choppier once we pass the bottom of Corfu as it’s an open body of water all the way from Italy.  One week I forgot to shut the hatches and needless to say I didn’t make that mistake again!  I saw dolphins at the entrance to Lakka a couple of times which is always a special thing to see. Arriving at Lakka you are greeted by the prettiest bay in the North Ionian. Crystal blue water with white sandy beaches surrounding parts of the bay, different fish swimming around and always a nice selection of boats to look at.  Once I drop the anchor, there is usually time for a swim. The water is always so warm, like getting into a bath! I take the snorkel mask with me to check the anchor. I always enjoy helping our guests drop their anchor as it means whizzing around the bay in our dinghy. Nionios taverna is where we head for a group meal in Lakka. Run by the incredible Gianni who is always so enthusiastic about his food, the menu changes daily, so we are always lucky to try a new speciality dish!  Some nights we would end up in Romanticas bar dancing and sipping some more cocktails.  Then it was a giggly dinghy ride back to the lead boat for the night.

    TUESDAY- Mongonisi

    TUESDAY- Mongonisi

    Tuesday morning we all jump in the dinghies and go ashore to meet at Harbour Lights where the lovely Louise would look after us during the morning briefing. After a trip to the best bakery on our route, we head back to the lead boat and wait for the radio calls from our clients to say they were weighing anchor and heading for a sail around the beautiful island of Paxos, taking a lunch stop at Emerald Bay on Antipaxos, before heading to the secluded bay of Mongonisi. On our arrival, I pop over to MongonisiBeach restaurant where Maria and I would create the seating plan for the flotilla guests over a cold drink under the gorgeous tree canopy.  Whilst waiting to hear ‘Cleo Cleo this is Paradeisos Paradeisos over’, I dive off the bow of the boat and have a delightful afternoon swim with all the different fish that were living in the bay.  A quick dry-off in the sun before jumping ashore to catch our clients’ stern lines whilst Steven is in the dinghy assisting boats to get into the correct position for dropping anchor. Then time for a cocktail party on the quay, all yachts make their own drink and the lead crew chooses a winner.  We once had an incredible poem to assist the presentation of an amazing cherry-based cocktail and the most interesting cocktail this season was one based on a Greek salad with cucumber, tomato and feta cheese!!  We head into the restaurant for an incredibly tasty dinner followed by an evening of Greek dancing which was always a hit! The dancers would always take me up to join in and I would grab the hand of a client to join me too, we would laugh and dance around the restaurant all evening.  Mongonisi was always such a fun destination and I look forward to going back there with my family and friends..

    WEDNESDAY- Plataria

    WEDNESDAY- Plataria

    We are usally  joined by a few sore heads for the morning briefing on Wednesdays, which is quickly sorted by a fresh orange juice or fabulous breakfast at Mongonisi Beach.  Sometimes I would join the clients for a quick swim after morning briefing before waving our clients off on their journey up to Plataria.  We always have a brilliant sail up to Plataria, with both sails out doing some great tacks. The wind funnelled down the channel to Plataria and we achieved 10.2 knots one day!  After mooring up stern to with anchor I head over to Olga’s where I am greeted with a big cuddle from Olga who is now my Greek auntie. Olga always likes to have the food orders in before we go to dinner, so once each boat was safely moored up on lazy lines I ask them to pop over and see her to place their orders and highly recommend the oven-baked feta with oats and honey – the best starter!  The sunsets in Plataria are always stunning and were always a treat to see. We always have a really delicious meal at Olga’s and the waiters are so friendly.  Some nights we end up in Decks cocktail bar, where they serve the best Aperols and Pina Coladas in the North Ionian

    THURSDAY- Mandraki

    THURSDAY- Mandraki

    Breakfast at Olga’s is the most amazing bacon sandwich which I try to eat sneakily during the morning briefing behind Steven’s destination whiteboard.  After saying bye to Auntie Olga off we go towards Corfu and Mandraki Harbour, which is underneath the Old Fortress of Corfu Town.  This was a special place to visit at the end of the week.  The University of Classical Music is also above the harbour, so we hear music each time we enter! We have a free evening in Mandraki as there are so many places to choose to eat in Corfu town and it gives everyone an opportunity to explore the UNESCO heritage "Old Town" too.  I always go for a walk around the Old Fort at nighttime, the view looking up at the moon was always so ethereal.

    FRIDAY- Gouvia Marina

    FRIDAY- Gouvia Marina

    Friday mornings are always a little sad as it means the last day of the flotilla, we hold our last morning briefing and thank all our guests for an amazing week!  We head straight back to Gouvia and prepare the lazy lines for our client’s arrival. After their last lunch and swim we wave the clients over to pontoon A and if they are lucky they see me doing handstands and cartwheels whilst reversing into their spot.  I pass over the lazy line and catch a stern line with Steven. Then I jump on board and have a chat with them about their week and explain what happens this evening and their departure plans for the following morning.  Sometimes I organise restaurant bookings for my clients last night and give them suggestions of the best restaurants in and around Gouvia.  Friday night I am able to get an early night after a busy week on flotilla which I always need before I do it all again on Saturday.


    SATURDAY- GOUVIA MARINA

    Saturday mornings meant an early start as it is change-over day. Guests depart at 09.00am and that is the start of our busy day getting the fleet ready for the next set of excited sailors arriving for embarkation at 5.00pm.  Saying goodbye to our wonderful friends from the week before is always sad and I was very lucky to have had fantastic guests each week who made my job so enjoyable!

"Just a note to say we had a great time – the boat was really good and we has no problems with it. Nomicos were really efficient and please pass our thanks on to Nikos for having the boat ready for us on Sunday morning."

Athens Bareboat 2018 - J.S.

Corfu Flotilla prices

2023 GB£ per yacht on flotillaBavaria 32(2004)Bavaria 33(2006)
Departure Dates2 cabins/1WC2 cabins/1WC
SATURDAY DEPARTURE - 1 WEEK
  
29 Apr, 06, 13 May21012279
20, 27 May, 03, 10, 17 Jun23912578
24 Jun, 01, 08, 15 Jul26902858
22, 29 Jul, 05, 12 Aug30173213
19, 26 Aug, 02, 09 Sep26902858
16, 23 Sep23912578
30 Sep, 07 Oct21012279
14, 21 Oct16531755
2023 GB£ per yacht on flotillaSun Odyssey 349(2017)Oceanis 361(2003)Bavaria Cruiser 37 - 3 cab.(2016)
Departure Dates3 cabins/1WC3 cabins/1WC3 cabins/1WC
SATURDAY DEPARTURE - 1 WEEK
   
29 Apr, 06, 13 May281226463216
20, 27 May, 03, 10, 17 Jun320429263655
24 Jun, 01, 08, 15 Jul364333004225
22, 29 Jul, 05, 12 Aug411136744646
19, 26 Aug, 02, 09 Sep364333004225
16, 23 Sep320429263655
30 Sep, 07 Oct281226463216
14, 21 Oct212020852459
2023 GB£ per yacht on flotillaOceanis 38.1(2018)Bavaria 39 Cruiser(2007)Oceanis 40(2008)Sun Odyssey 419(2017)Sun Odyssey 419(2018)
Departure Dates3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/2WC
SATURDAY DEPARTURE - 1 WEEK
     
29 Apr, 06, 13 May34873010331939794092
20, 27 May, 03, 10, 17 Jun39733459378646244746
24 Jun, 01, 08, 15 Jul45993861426352975419
22, 29 Jul, 05, 12 Aug49634328491758305961
19, 26 Aug, 02, 09 Sep45993861426352975419
16, 23 Sep39733459378646244746
30 Sep, 07 Oct34873010331939794092
14, 21 Oct26272365250629983110
2023 GB£ per yacht on flotillaBavaria Cruiser 46 - 4 cab.(2022)
Departure Dates4 cabins/3WC
SATURDAY DEPARTURE - 1 WEEK
 
29 Apr, 06, 13 May4925
20, 27 May, 03, 10, 17 Jun5935
24 Jun, 01, 08, 15 Jul6598
22, 29 Jul, 05, 12 Aug7075
19, 26 Aug, 02, 09 Sep6598
16, 23 Sep5935
30 Sep, 07 Oct4925
14, 21 Oct3804

Included:

Airport transfers to/from Corfu airport (one transfer per yacht), end cleaning, bedding & towels, services of flotilla staff.
FREE outboard on yachts 39'+. Autopilots on yachts 36'+

Extras payable with balance:

YACHT SECURITY:
Yachts up to 41': £1900 refundable deposit, Yachts 42' and over: £2800 refundable deposit
EXTRAS:
Fuel used (fill up on return)
OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

Outboard £120 for 1 week, £180 for 2 weeks; child rail net £130/ week; cruising chute £130 for 1 week, £200 for 2 weeks

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.