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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

    Bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016The nearest airport to the base in Palairos is Preveza. Thomson have flights from Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham. Easyjet fly from Gatwick to Preveza. We can also offer seats on a chartered British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Preveza.

    Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights. If you would prefer 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. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016.

    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.

"A mail to say how much we enjoyed last week's flotilla. The lead crew were really excellent, we are full of compliments for them. They were ever patient, helpful, genuinely kind people who went out of their way to make everyone relax and feel included. The rest of the people on the flotilla were all really lovely and great group meals in some very well chosen restaurants added to the memory. Thanks to you all for a really great holiday. "

Athens Flotilla 2016 - A.O.

Ionian Flotilla prices

2023 GB£ per yacht on flotillaBavaria 30 Cruiser (2006)Bavaria 32(2004)Bavaria 32(2004)Bavaria 33(2006)
Departure Dates2 cabins/1WC2 cabins/1WC2 cabins/1WC2 cabins/1WC
SUNDAY DEPARTURE - 1 WEEK
    
30 Apr, 07, 14 May2093209320932274
21, 28 May, 04, 11, 18 Jun2388238823882579
25 Jun, 02, 09, 16 Jul2693269326932865
23, 30 Jul, 06, 13 Aug3026302630263226
20, 27 Aug, 03, 10 Sep2693269326932865
17, 24 Sep2388238823882579
01, 08 Oct2093209320932274
15, 22 Oct1636163616361741
SUNDAY DEPARTURE - 2 WEEKS
30 Apr, 07 May3552355235523896
14 May3832383238324186
21, 28 May, 04, 11 Jun4113411341134476
18 Jun4402440244024747
25 Jun, 02, 09 Jul4692469246925019
16 Jul5009500950095362
23, 30 Jul, 06 Aug5325532553255705
13 Aug5009500950095362
20, 27 Aug, 03 Sep4692469246925019
10 Sep4402440244024747
17 Sep4113411341134476
24 Sep3832383238324186
01 Oct3552355235523896
08 Oct3118311831183390
15 Oct2684268426842883
2023 GB£ per yacht on flotillaBavaria 37 Cruiser(2007)Oceanis 37(2008)Oceanis 43 - 3 cab.(2011)Oceanis Clipper 331(2001)Sun Odyssey 349(2017)Sun Odyssey 349(2017)
Departure Dates3 cabins/1WC3 cabins/1WC3 cabins/3WC3 cabins/1WC3 cabins/1WC3 cabins/1WC
SUNDAY DEPARTURE - 1 WEEK
      
30 Apr, 07, 14 May26362760329365528172817
21, 28 May, 04, 11, 18 Jun30453150414165532173217
25 Jun, 02, 09, 16 Jul33603465473165536653665
23, 30 Jul, 06, 13 Aug37503893521765541414141
20, 27 Aug, 03, 10 Sep33603465473165536653665
17, 24 Sep30453150414165532173217
01, 08 Oct26362760329365528172817
15, 22 Oct19882074243665521122112
SUNDAY DEPARTURE - 2 WEEKS
30 Apr, 07 May45844820583282049284928
14 May49725190663882053085308
21, 28 May, 04, 11 Jun53615561744382056885688
18 Jun56605860800482061136113
25 Jun, 02, 09 Jul59606159856482065396539
16 Jul63306566902682069916991
23, 30 Jul, 06 Aug67016972948882074437443
13 Aug63306566902682069916991
20, 27 Aug, 03 Sep59606159856482065396539
10 Sep56605860800482061136113
17 Sep53615561744382056885688
24 Sep49725190663882053085308
01 Oct45844820583282049284928
08 Oct39684168501882042584258
15 Oct33533516420482035883588
2023 GB£ per yacht on flotillaBavaria 39 Cruiser(2007)Oceanis 38.1(2018)Oceanis 41.1(2020)Sun Odyssey 419(2017)Sun Odyssey 419(2017)
Departure Dates3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/2WC
SUNDAY DEPARTURE - 1 WEEK
     
30 Apr, 07, 14 May28363322401737223722
21, 28 May, 04, 11, 18 Jun32933817469343794379
25 Jun, 02, 09, 16 Jul37034455538850655065
23, 30 Jul, 06, 13 Aug41794826589356075607
20, 27 Aug, 03, 10 Sep37034455538850655065
17, 24 Sep32933817469343794379
01, 08 Oct28363322401737223722
15, 22 Oct21792445289327222722
SUNDAY DEPARTURE - 2 WEEKS
30 Apr, 07 May49645887720866476647
14 May53986358785072717271
21, 28 May, 04, 11 Jun58326828849278967896
18 Jun62227434915285478547
25 Jun, 02, 09 Jul66118040981391999199
16 Jul706383921029297149714
23, 30 Jul, 06 Aug75168745107721022910229
13 Aug706383921029297149714
20, 27 Aug, 03 Sep66118040981391999199
10 Sep62227434915285478547
17 Sep58326828849278967896
24 Sep53986358785072717271
01 Oct49645887720866476647
08 Oct43405054614056975697
15 Oct37164221507247474747
2023 GB£ per yacht on flotillaBavaria 46 Cruiser(2006)Oceanis 45 - 4 cab.(2012)Sun Odyssey 449(2019)Sun Odyssey 479 - 4 cab.(2016)
Departure Dates4 cabins/2WC4 cabins/2WC4 cabins/2WC4 cabins/4WC
SUNDAY DEPARTURE - 1 WEEK
    
30 Apr, 07, 14 May3312408443694655
21, 28 May, 04, 11, 18 Jun3874486553415684
25 Jun, 02, 09, 16 Jul4512545560656360
23, 30 Jul, 06, 13 Aug4941604565606845
20, 27 Aug, 03, 10 Sep4512545560656360
17, 24 Sep3874486553415684
01, 08 Oct3312408443694655
15, 22 Oct2484293132453512
SUNDAY DEPARTURE - 2 WEEKS
30 Apr, 07 May5868733578778420
14 May6402807788009398
21, 28 May, 04, 11 Jun69368819972310375
18 Jun754293801041111017
25 Jun, 02, 09 Jul814899401109911660
16 Jul8556105011156912120
23, 30 Jul, 06 Aug8963110611204012581
13 Aug8556105011156912120
20, 27 Aug, 03 Sep814899401109911660
10 Sep754293801041111017
17 Sep69368819972310375
24 Sep6402807788009398
01 Oct5868733578778420
08 Oct5082624068097334
15 Oct4295514457416248

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.