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Lighter winds and shorter passages make the Ionian ideal for a relaxed flotilla sailing holiday in Greece, popular with families and less experienced crews.

Explore these beautiful Greek islands and experience gentle afternoon breezes, warm seas and friendly harbour-front tavernas. This flotilla 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 late morning through the afternoon, but winds rarely exceed Force 5. Anchor in picturesque bays or moor up in bustling fishing harbours.

We don't believe in 'regimented' flotilla sailing. You're free to plot your own course during the day. The flotilla skipper is on hand to give you advice and support - from sorting out a snarled anchor to reserving you a table for dinner on the quayside.

Less experienced skippers will appreciate his help with mooring "stern-to" or "bows-to" on the quayside at the end of an enjoyable afternoon's sail. And if you are an experienced sailor you can choose to leave the flotilla for a few days, joining up for the barbecue evening or other social event.

Those new to sailing or looking to brush up on their skills can take advantage of our learn to sail on flotilla option. Ask the sales team for more details.

Ionian Flotilla

  • Overview
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    Ionian flotilla sailing holidays

    • Two 1 week itineraries - Sivota route and Fiskardo route
    • Perfect for families
    • Line of sight sailing
    • Includes return airport transfers, end cleaning, bed linen & shower towels
    • Learn to sail option for novices
    • Minimal mooring fees (approx €10-€20/week)
    • Runs April to October. Operates Sunday-Sunday
    • Supermarket within the marina
  • Sivota Route

    Sivota Route

    2023 dates: 7, 21 May | 4, 18 Jun | 2, 16, 30 Jul | 13, 27 Aug | 10, 24 Sep | 8, 22 Oct

    Day 1 (Sunday) : Palairos Harbour

    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 owned by the Onassis family, will soon put you in the holiday mood! After settling in on your yacht there’s time for a stroll around the shops and a relaxing dinner.

    Day 2 (Monday) : Sivota, Lefkas (14nm)

    Enjoy a sail across to Sivota on the East coast of Lefkas. This is an unspoiled fishing village which has managed to keep its Greek character through all the years despite the growth of tourism. Here you’re spoiled for choice as there is a variety of shops, cafes and tavernas.

    Day 3 (Tuesday) : Kioni, Ithaka (15nm)

    Kioni village is an exceptional beauty set amidst a setting of olive groves. The lovely houses form an amphitheatre around the steep slopes of the bay with its amazing deep blue waters.

    Day 4 (Wednesday) : Big Vathi, Ithaka

    Big Vathi has been the main harbour of Ithaca since the 16th century. Vathi is steeped in history and wandering the small streets is a treat before you settle down for a leisurely meal and sundowner.

    Day 5 (Thursday) : Kalamos

    Enjoy a sail north to the island of Kalamos. Port Kalamos is a sleepy little harbour with a few restaurants and shops on the quayside for visiting yachts. Take a walk up to the old town for views and a visit to the bakery.

    Day 6 (Friday) : Port Atheni, Meganisi

    Port Atheni is a small harbour on the island of Meganisi and is located in the bay with the same name used mainly for fishing boats. Several hiking tracks lead over the hills and down through the olive-tree plantations to the isolated bays on the other part of the island.

    Day 7 (Saturday) : Palairos Harbour

    Stop at Abelike Bay for a last lunch stop and swim before returning to Palairos.

    Two-Week bookings have “Free Sailing” or the option to return to the base at Palairos.

    Day 8 (Sunday)

    Disembark from Palairos 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


  • Kefalonia Route

    Kefalonia Route

    2023 dates: 29 Apr | 14, 28 May | 11, 25 Jun | 09, 23 Jul | 06, 20 Aug | 03, 17 Sep | 1 Oct

    Day 1 (Sunday) : Palairos Harbour

    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 owned by the Onassis family, will soon put you in the holiday mood! After settling in on your yacht there’s time for a stroll around the shops and a relaxing dinner.

    Day 2 (Monday) : Kastos

    Kastos is a little gem of a place, inhabited by around 50 permanent residents only. The ultimate Ionian Island hideaway, it is blessed with lovely beaches, peace and quiet, and a deliciously simple way of life.

    Day 3 (Tuesday) : Frikes, Ithaka

    Frikes is a small village on the east coast of Ithaca with its distinctive traditional windmills standing over the village. The largest village on the island sitting in a deep bay.

    Day 4 (Wednesday) : Fiskardo, 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.

    Day 5 (Thursday) : Spartochori, Meganisi

    Spartochori is a great setting for watching an evening sunset over the top of the village. After an enjoyable sail, relax whilst moored to the jetty, only a few steps away from the tavern.

    Day 6 (Friday) : Little Vathi, Meganisi

    Little Vathi is a tiny port on the northeast coast of Meganisi. In a sheltered position at the end of an inlet, it has a few waterfront tavernas. Settle down to a cold beer and plate of mezes by the quayside and watch the ferry and fishing boats come and go.

    Day 7 (Saturday) : Palairos Harbour

    Stop at Abelike Bay for a last lunch stop and swim before returning to Palairos.

    Two-Week bookings have “Free Sailing” or the option to return to the base at Palairos.

    Day 8 (Sunday)

    Disembark from Palairos and take your included transfer back to the airport.

    Two-Week bookings have “Free Sailing” or the option to return to the base at Palairos.

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

    Ionian Fiskardo Route 1 week flotilla sailing holiday itinerary

  • What's Included

    Included on the Ionian flotilla

    • One return airport transfer per yacht: Preveza airport - Palairos - Preveza 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 Ionian 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 Preveza

    The nearest airport to the base in Palairos is Preveza. Thomson have flights from Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham. Easyjet fly from Gatwick to Preveza.

    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 30 minutes.

"The boys and I had a fantastic time. We think you have a gem in your flotilla team. The places we visited were perfect and with a mixture of boat skills which all added to the experience. The transfers were spot on too. I had forgotten how beautiful the Ionian was."

Ionian Flotilla 2019 - G.S.

Ionian Flotilla prices

2023 GB£ per yacht on flotillaBavaria 30 Cruiser(2006)Bavaria 32(2004)Bavaria 33(2006)
Departure Dates2 cabins/1WC2 cabins/1WC2 cabins/1WC
SUNDAY DEPARTURE - 1 WEEK
   
30 Apr, 07, 14 May213121312309
21, 28 May, 04, 11, 18 Jun242124212608
25 Jun, 02, 09, 16 Jul272027202888
23, 30 Jul, 06, 13 Aug304730473243
20, 27 Aug, 03, 10 Sep272027202888
17, 24 Sep242124212608
01, 08 Oct213121312309
15, 22 Oct168316831785
SUNDAY DEPARTURE - 2 WEEKS
30 Apr, 07 May374237424098
14 May403240324397
21, 28 May, 04, 11 Jun432243224696
18 Jun462146214976
25 Jun, 02, 09 Jul492049205256
16 Jul524752475611
23, 30 Jul, 06 Aug557455745966
13 Aug524752475611
20, 27 Aug, 03 Sep492049205256
10 Sep462146214976
17 Sep432243224696
24 Sep403240324397
01 Oct374237424098
08 Oct329432943574
15 Oct284628463050
2023 GB£ per yacht on flotillaSun Odyssey 349(2017)Oceanis 37(2008)Bavaria 37 Cruiser(2007)
Departure Dates3 cabins/1WC3 cabins/1WC3 cabins/1WC
SUNDAY DEPARTURE - 1 WEEK
   
30 Apr, 07, 14 May284229652844
21, 28 May, 04, 11, 18 Jun323433493246
25 Jun, 02, 09, 16 Jul367336573554
23, 30 Jul, 06, 13 Aug414140783937
20, 27 Aug, 03, 10 Sep367336573554
17, 24 Sep323433493246
01, 08 Oct284229652844
15, 22 Oct215022932208
SUNDAY DEPARTURE - 2 WEEKS
30 Apr, 07 May516452805038
14 May555656645440
21, 28 May, 04, 11 Jun594860485842
18 Jun638763566150
25 Jun, 02, 09 Jul682666646458
16 Jul729470856841
23, 30 Jul, 06 Aug776275067224
13 Aug729470856841
20, 27 Aug, 03 Sep682666646458
10 Sep638763566150
17 Sep594860485842
24 Sep555656645440
01 Oct516452805038
08 Oct447246084402
15 Oct378039363766
2023 GB£ per yacht on flotillaBavaria 39 Cruiser(2007)Sun Odyssey 419(2017)Oceanis 41.1(2020)Bavaria C42(2023)Oceanis 43 - 3 cab.(2011)
Departure Dates3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/3WC
SUNDAY DEPARTURE - 1 WEEK
     
30 Apr, 07, 14 May30404009429945143619
21, 28 May, 04, 11, 18 Jun34894654496353834451
25 Jun, 02, 09, 16 Jul38915327564560845030
23, 30 Jul, 06, 13 Aug43585860614065145507
20, 27 Aug, 03, 10 Sep38915327564560845030
17, 24 Sep34894654496353834451
01, 08 Oct30404009429945143619
15, 22 Oct23953028319633362778
SUNDAY DEPARTURE - 2 WEEKS
30 Apr, 07 May54307318789883286508
14 May58797963856291977340
21, 28 May, 04, 11 Jun632886089226100668172
18 Jun673092819908107678751
25 Jun, 02, 09 Jul7132995410590114689330
16 Jul75991048711085118989807
23, 30 Jul, 06 Aug806611020115801232810284
13 Aug75991048711085118989807
20, 27 Aug, 03 Sep7132995410590114689330
10 Sep673092819908107678751
17 Sep632886089226100668172
24 Sep58797963856291977340
01 Oct54307318789883286508
08 Oct47856337679571505667
15 Oct41405356569259724826
2023 GB£ per yacht on flotillaSun Odyssey 449(2019)Oceanis 45 - 4 cab.(2012)Bavaria 46 Cruiser(2006)Sun Odyssey 479 - 4 cab.(2016)
Departure Dates4 cabins/2WC4 cabins/2WC4 cabins/2WC4 cabins/4WC
SUNDAY DEPARTURE - 1 WEEK
    
30 Apr, 07, 14 May4675439436375055
21, 28 May, 04, 11, 18 Jun5628516141896065
25 Jun, 02, 09, 16 Jul6338574048156728
23, 30 Jul, 06, 13 Aug6824632052367205
20, 27 Aug, 03, 10 Sep6338574048156728
17, 24 Sep5628516141896065
01, 08 Oct4675439436375055
15, 22 Oct3572326428243934
SUNDAY DEPARTURE - 2 WEEKS
30 Apr, 07 May8620805865449330
14 May95738825709610340
21, 28 May, 04, 11 Jun105269592764811350
18 Jun1123610171827412013
25 Jun, 02, 09 Jul1194610750890012676
16 Jul1243211330932113153
23, 30 Jul, 06 Aug1291811910974213630
13 Aug1243211330932113153
20, 27 Aug, 03 Sep1194610750890012676
10 Sep1123610171827412013
17 Sep105269592764811350
24 Sep95738825709610340
01 Oct8620805865449330
08 Oct7517692857318209
15 Oct6414579849187088

Included:

Airport transfers to/from Preveza 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
INSTRUCTOR:
3-day course £640, 6 day course £1,100

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.