Sailing Holidays

Sailing holidays in the Ionian

Sailing conditions

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

Sailing area

On a 1 week yacht charter holiday you can explore the Southern Ionian islands. There are so many sheltered bays and enchanting fishing harbours to visit on the islands of Lefkas, Meganissi, Ithaca, Cephalonia and Kalamos. See our suggested sailing itinerary below.

On a 2-week sailing holiday seasoned skippers can plan a more ambitious sailing itinerary of these very picturesque islands heading north, through the Lefkas Canal, to the idyllic islands of Paxos and Anti-Paxos. Or plot a course south through the Ionian islands as far as Zakynthos.

Charter yachts

For bareboat yacht charter in the Southern Ionian we are proud to offer 2 charter fleets with whom we have worked for many years. Nautilus Yachting is the exclusive UK partner of Odysseus Yachting Holidays who run a fleet of over 40 charter yachts from Palairos. This charming small harbour on the Greek mainland is just a few miles south of Lefkas Canal and has stunning views of Meganissi and Scorpios Island. The service from this family-run company is professional and friendly. There is a full range of charter yachts from 30' upwards. Yachts 39' and larger come with a complimentary outboard for the tender.

These yachts are also available on our Ionian flotilla holidays.

Kiriacoulis run one of the largest fleets of bareboat charter yachts in the Mediterranean, and have yachts based at Lefkas Marina, including many of the latest yacht models from Bavaria, Jeanneau, Dufour and Beneteau. These yacht charters can start and finish any day of the week, giving you total flexibility over your sailing holiday dates.

We can also offer bareboat charter yachts from several other charter fleets we work closely with in Lefkas Marina so we are sure to have the perfect charter yacht for your next sailing holiday in the Southern Ionian.

Travel arrangements

For yacht charters from Palairos or Lefkas, the nearest airport is Preveza. Thomson, Thomas Cook and Monarch have flights on Sundays from Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham (Monarch only). Easyjet also fly from Gatwick to Preveza on Sundays and Wednesdays. Transfers can be pre-arranged. Time to Lefkas Marina 30 minutes and to Palairos 30 minutes.

We can also offer Sunday seats on a chartered British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Preveza or Titan Airways from Stansted. Excellent fares including luggage.


Prices given below. Click on the yacht names to view yacht layout & specification

"We chartered Icarus to celebrate a big birthday and could not have made a better selection. A beautiful boat with excellent skipper and hostess who will make you feel at home within minutes and you will wish for nothing. Robert is an expert skipper and teacher if you want to get involved, as well as having tremendous knowledge and experience of the area. The yacht is spotless, cabins are spacious and well equipped, the deck is spacious and sunbeds are laid out to sunbathe in comfort. Thank you for a fantastic holiday!!"
Crewed Yacht Icarus 2016 - B.M.


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