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The sheltered Ionian on the west coast of Greece is ideal for a relaxed sailing holiday, so popular with families and less experienced crews.

Gentle afternoon breezes make the Ionian one of the safest areas in the world for a relaxed sailing holiday and yet there is plenty to do and see. The scenery is beautiful and there are numerous secure anchorages, picturesque harbours and lively towns.

A sailing holiday is the perfect way to discover the beautiful unspoilt Ionian islands, nestling in clear blue seas, hillsides clad in olive and cypress. Being skipper of your own charter yacht gives you total freedom to explore. There's always time to anchor in a secluded bay for a swim off your yacht, enjoy a walk to a market or cliff-top view, or simply relax. Once you’ve moored up in a picturesque fishing harbour for the evening, step ashore for dinner at a waterfront taverna.

This sailing holiday is perfect for families with children. There's so much going on afloat and ashore - it's such an adventure and no time to get bored! It’s fun to swim ashore for an ice cream at the beach bar, take a trip in the dinghy to explore some caves or eat a picnic on a secluded beach.

Ionian Yacht Charter

  • Overview
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    Nidri, Lefkas

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    Lefkas Town

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    Spartochori

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    Lefkas

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    Sailing holidays in the Ionian

    • Great choice of flights from the UK
    • A family run fleet in Palairos or a huge range of yachts from Lefkas
    • Line of sight sailing
    • Level 1 sailing
    • Average summer temperatures of 26-30 degrees
    • Average winds force 2-5
    • Great for families and less experienced sailors
    • Flotilla option
    • Sail and Stay options
  • 1 Wk Itinerary

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary from Palairos

    DAY 1 : Palairos

    A charming Greek harbour with a choice of restaurants and a nearby beach. The superb setting, with views across to Meganissi and Scorpio, will soon put you in the holiday mood!

    DAY 2 : Sivota, Lefkas (16nm)

    Enjoy a sail across to Sivota on the east coast of Levkas. This unspoilt fishing village is surrounded by hillsides covered in olive and cypress trees. The shops, cafes and tavernas on the waterfront cater for visiting yachts.

    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. Enjoy cocktails and ice creams on the harbourside and watch the yachts mooring up.

    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 : Spartochori, Meganissi (15nm)

    Sail to Spartohori on Meganissi, just opposite Scorpios island, with fabulous view from the town up the hill.

    DAY 7 : Palairos (15nm)

    Stop for a last lunchtime swim in your favourite bay on Meganissi.

    Ionian 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • 2 Wk Itinerary

    Suggested 2 week sailing itinerary from Lefkas

    DAY 1 : Lefkas Marina

    The marina is in the centre of Lefkas town. Restaurants and small supermarkets are within walking distance.

    DAY 2 : Sivota, Lefkas (15nm)

    Head south through the Lefkas canal. Sivota has a very pretty waterfront with shops and tavernas.

    DAY 3 : Fiskardo, Cephalonia (19nm)

    Fiskardo offers a safe and picturesque harbour on the island of Cephalonia.

    DAY 4 : Ay. Eufimia, Cephalonia (15nm)

    Attractive harbour and convenient for visiting Lake Melissani and the underground caves of Drogarati.

    DAY 5 : Poros, Cephalonia (13nm)

    Small harbour on the southeast corner of Cephalonia.

    DAY 6 : Zakinthos (22nm)

    Port Zakynthos was rebuilt in 1953 following an earthquake but retains its Venetian charm.

    DAY 7 : Poros (22nm)

    Stop off at Ay. Nikolaos on the north of Zakynthos for a lunchtime swim.

    DAY 8 : Vathi, Ithaca (20nm)

    Ithaca, reputedly the home of Odysseus, has numerous bays and anchorages on the east coast. The main harbour at Vathi has good shopping for provisions and numerous tavernas in the town.

    DAY 9 : Kioni (14nm)

    Kioni is one of the prettiest harbours in the Ionian. Sip an aperitif in one of the waterfront tavernas and watch the harbour activity.

    DAY 10 : Kalamos (20nm)

    Kalamos offers remote anchorages and spectacular scenery. Limited shops and restaurants in Port Kalamos, although the walk up to the village centre is worthwhile.

    DAY 11 : Spartokhori, (Meganisi) (9nm)

    Choice of bays on the north side of Meganisi for a lunchtime anchorage. Overnight at Spartakhori. The view from the village at the top of the hill is worth the walk!

    DAY 12 : Nidri (5nm)

    Nidri is fast becoming the sailing/watersports centre for Lefkas and has good shopping for provisions and many waterfront tavernas.

    DAY 13 : Lefkas (10nm)

    Shopping for souvenirs in Nidri before heading back up the canal to Lefkas marina.

    DAY 14 : Lefkas Marina.

    Ionian 2 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions in the Ionian

    Weather conditions in the Ionian are very favourable for a relaxed sailing holiday. There are good sailing breezes from late morning through the afternoon, with winds from the northwest Force 2-5 subsiding around sunset. The winds tend to be stronger at the start and end of the season. Summer temperatures reach 26-29ºC

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 1' (levels info) and you will need RYA Day Skipper or ICC qualification for bareboat charters in the Ionian.

    For those wanting more support or who are looking for more of a social holiday then why not take a look at our Ionian flotilla holidays

    You can see a full list of the bases we offer in Greece along with the level ratings here so that you can find the most suitable destination for you. If you are at all unsure about a destination then please get in touch and our sales team will be more than happy to make their recommendations for you.


  • Getting There

    Getting There

    Flights to Preveza

    Bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016For yacht charters from Palairos or Lefkas, the nearest airport is Preveza. Thomson and Thomas Cook have flights on Sundays from Gatwick and Manchester. Easyjet also fly from Gatwick to Preveza on Sundays and Wednesdays as well as on Fridays from mid June. We can also offer seats on a chartered British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Preveza on Sundays.

    Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights. If you would prefer a flight-inclusive holiday then 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.

    Transfers

    Booking your transfers from the airport to the base and vice versa could not be easier! Hoppa Transfers offer shuttles, express shuttles, minibus, private taxi and luxury private transfers depending on your needs. They serve over 7500 cities and resorts, via more than 700 airports, ports and train stations. For peace of mind, pre-book your airport transfer today. The transfer time from Preveza airport to both Preveza and Lefkas is around 30 minutes.


    Book your Hoppa airport transfers online here >>

    Hotels and Villas

    With regular flights why not add on a few days or even a week on land either before or after your charter? For those who just cannot get enough of your water-sports then why not try Nikiana Beach Club, a small, family friendly complex with a range of activities to chose from daily.

"Your organisation on the booking side was first class and everything went without a hitch. On the sailing side everybody at Odysseus was great and the boat was in good order too. Our flotilla leaders were really super, first rate, nothing was to much trouble and they had everything at all ports of call sorted out. So all in all a great holiday and yes we would do it all again."

Ionian Flotilla in Greece 2014 - C.W.

Ionian Yacht Charter prices

Odysseus Yachts Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details Before 25 May
After 28 Sep
25 May-15 Jun
7-28 Sep
15 Jun-20 Jul
17 Aug-7 Sep
20 Jul-17 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2019-GR-BB-Ody/2

Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 27 Apr-25 May 25 May-22 Jun
31 Aug-28 Sep
22 Jun-3 Aug
17 - 31 Aug
3 Aug-17 Aug From 28 Sep
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2019-GR-BB-Kir/2

Odysseus Yachts Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details Before 25 May
After 28 Sep
25 May-15 Jun
7-28 Sep
15 Jun-20 Jul
17 Aug-7 Sep
20 Jul-17 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2019-GR-BB-Ody/3

Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 27 Apr-25 May 25 May-22 Jun
31 Aug-28 Sep
22 Jun-3 Aug
17 - 31 Aug
3 Aug-17 Aug From 28 Sep
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2019-GR-BB-Kir/3

Odysseus Yachts Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details Before 25 May
After 28 Sep
25 May-15 Jun
7-28 Sep
15 Jun-20 Jul
17 Aug-7 Sep
20 Jul-17 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2019-GR-BB-Ody/4

Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 27 Apr-25 May 25 May-22 Jun
31 Aug-28 Sep
22 Jun-3 Aug
17 - 31 Aug
3 Aug-17 Aug From 28 Sep
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2019-GR-BB-Kir/4

Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 27 Apr-25 May 25 May-22 Jun
31 Aug-28 Sep
22 Jun-3 Aug
17 - 31 Aug
3 Aug-17 Aug From 28 Sep
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2019-GR-BB-Kir/6

Yachts from Palairos

Included:

FREE outboard on yachts 39'+. Autopilots on yachts 36'+

Extras payable on embarkation:

Yacht security:

  • Yachts up to 36': £1500 refundable deposit
  • Yachts 37-41': £1800 refundable deposit
  • Yachts 42' and over & catamarans: £2200 refundable deposit

End cleaning:

  • Yachts up to 36' £70. Yachts 37-41' £90. Yachts 42'+ £120
  • Fuel used (fill up on return)

Optional extras (i.e Outboard, SUP's etc) available on request.

SKIPPER: €1050/week + food and drink + own cabin

Yachts from Lefkas - Kiriacoulis

Included:

FREE outboard on yachts 50'+

Extras payable on embarkation:

Yacht security:

  • Refundable deposit €2000 below 41', €3000 from 41' & catamarans
  • OR Non refundable insurance €35/day below 41' or €45/day 41'+ and cats

Extras:

  • Service pack €95 for 2 & 3 cabin yachts, €115 for 4 cabin yachts & cats under 42', €135 or 5 cabin yachts & cats 42'+
    (includes end cleaning, bedding & towels).
  • Fuel used (fill up on return)

Optional extras (i.e Outboard, SUP's etc) available on request.

SKIPPER: €1050/week + food and drink + own cabin

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). 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.