Day 1 - Lefkas to Meganisi 11NM | 1H 30M Check in at 17:00
Even if the check–in begins at 17:00, there is no need to spend the night at the marina. In a vacation mood trip, every day counts. Let's take advantage of the evening and set sail along a narrow Lefkas channel.
Proceed to Skorpios, the private islands of the famous Onassis family, after passing Sparti Island. You can see the Onassis family beach with its tavern and Jacky Onassis pink, private villa as you cruise the coast of the island. Abelike bay, which is regarded as one of the prettiest anchorages in Meganisi between Vathi and Atheni port, lies just beyond these two ports.
The bay's calm, surrounded by olive groves and clear blue waters. You can spend the night at their local restaurant where they offer excellent food and help you get on your floating raft.
Yacht charter Ionian sea - Meganisi
Day 2 - Meganisi to Kalamos 11NM | 1H 30M
Get out to the east and swim at beaches in the NE region of Kalamos. The Greek island of Kalamos, with its green scenery, is a beautiful place to visit. Visit the city Kalamos, which is also a safe port and has relatively good harbour conditions.
Enjoy some seafood at a family-owned seaside restaurant where you will get delicious and authentic local food. They're usually going to greet you at your arrival, and help you get on board the boat for the night.
Yacht charter Ionian sea - Kalamos
Day 3 - Kalamos to Kastos 4NM | 30M
Continue to the island of Kastos, which is still a virgin. It's where you'll spend the night feeling like you're on the edge of the world. The sleepy, serene Ionian island of Kastos has a very small population and just one village.
You'll have the opportunity of enjoying some good food in a few Greek taverns and restaurants. The port of Kastos offers a stunning view, as well as an important place to visit during boat chartering holidays in the Ibalian Sea. It is also a beautiful bay to the south of Kastos, with many options for anchorage at night.
Yacht charter Ionian sea - Kastos
Day 4 - Kastos to Ithaca (Vathi) 17NM | 2H 30M
Take a boat to Atokos, and you can swim on the white beaches of this uninhabited island. In the South and East coasts, Atokos is an abandoned island with a fine beach that has magnificent cliffs. Take the entire trip to the south coast of the island, stopping on beaches along the way.
Later on, sail towards Ithaca and moor at Vathi, the capital of the island. Vathi harbour is considered to be one of the safest natural harbours in Greece. Modern Ithaca is generally identified with Homer’s Ithaca, the home of Odysseus, whose delayed return to the island is one of the core elements of the Odyssey’s plot.
Yacht charter Ionian sea - Ithaca (Vathi)
Day 5 - Ithaca to Kefalonia (Antisamos) 13NM | 1H 35M
Go for a swim in these beautiful crystal clear waters on Vathi early in the morning and then have breakfast aboard. Proceed to the next stop, Kefalonia's beautiful island. The harbour is one of the safest ports in the Middle East, set on a deep gulf. Get to Antisamos Beach, one of the pleasant beaches in Kefalonia that is possibly a favorite spot for swimming and sunbathing.
There's a town called Antisamos just outside the port of Sami. It's considered to be among the most beautiful places on earth, with turquoise waters and a lovely environment of green mountains and lush vegetation. A beach like this could be nothing but well-organized with umbrellas and sundecks. This striking landscape is a defining feature of this region, which fascinates all visitors. Antisamos is famous for the fact that several scenes of the Hollywood film Captain Corelli Mandolin have been filmed there.
Tip: If you're not too far from Karavomilo and less than two miles from Sami, go on a taxi ride to the Melisani cave. It is a lacustrine cave of unique beauty and fully developed cave, which is 3.5 km long, 40m wide, and 36m high. Melissani's Cave is one of the most unusual geologic phenomena.
Yacht charter Ionian sea - Antisamos
Day 6 - Kefalonia 8NM | 1H
During your boat trip to Zakynthos, visit Kefalonia's coast and rest the night in a small fishing port of Poros. The port is a good base from which charter sailboats can be moored. It's a pleasant place to be surrounded by mythology. They're saying the tracks of Hercules are falling into the hills. A narrow strip at the far end of the harbour is also part of the major road. You will also find the Cyclops throwing rocks shaped like mushrooms at pirates. There is a possible funeral site of Odysseus near town, as well as the cave in which he was originally lived by shendragons. There is a three hour trip through the villages of Riza, Kabitsa and Tzanata for those who like to trek.
Tip: Up in the hills you can also visit the oldest monastery on Kefalonia (though only the courtyard and a 10m tower remain) and if you are a sunrise lover you can admire the view!
Around the harbor are many taverns and bars, but they're only five minutes away from the main city. You will find a city beach here, but there is an even larger portion of Aragia's coast to the north. There is also a mini market near the harbour, and you've got plenty of places to eat. Prepare your boat for a trip to Zakynthos the next day.
Yacht charter Ionian sea - Shipwreck Bay Zakynthos
Day 7 - Kefalonia to Zante (Agios Nikolaos) 17NM | 2H 10M
Today is a new day, an island that needs to be explored! This is a long way of sailing, but the next 3 days you're going to be swimming in amazing water on Zakynthos. The whole island's a great place to go sailing.
A famous beach in Agios Nikolaos, a little bay on the northern shore of Zakynthos, would be an appropriate starting point. The village will take care of everything that's required for chartering your yacht or flotilla holiday, there are a couple of taverns and basic equipment is available. You can also continue the voyage to Zakynthos, where you will find a marina on the dockside providing all services and supplies required by your yacht.
Yacht charter Ionian sea - Zante Agios Nikolaos
Day 8 - Zante 28NM | 3H 45M
The next morning sail towards Limni Keriou and the Bay of Laganas. Pass Pelouzo and Marathonisi and steer for the Blue Caves of Keri. You could sail back towards the turtle island of Marathonisi in Laganas Bay according to the wind. Hopefully, we'll be able to get a close look at Caretta Caretta sea turtles in the warmer waters!
Under the high cliffs stop for swimming and snorkeling in one of the caves! There are plenty of taverns in Keri so that you can find authentic Greek food as well as a lot of shops to buy your beautiful Greece souvenirs. Keri is a small village located about 19 km south-west of the town of Zakynthos (Zante), overlooking the deep blue of the Ionian Sea. The village of Keri is on a mountain, and Limni Keriou is a great beach with a small port.
Tip: On top of a 300m cliff is Keri's lighthouse and it provides stunning views of the eternally blue Ionian Sea.
Yacht charter Ionian sea - Zante - The lighthouse of Keri
Day 9 - Zante 19NM | 2H 10M
You can sail to Vromi bay, which is good for shelter and plenty of provisions. There is a beautiful scene here, where the sea comes into the bay and rocks surround it. On the western coast of Zante, Porto Vromi is regarded as one of the prettiest coves.
Experience the Ionian Sea's best views and get a taste of Greece's beauty and sun. Stay here with your friends and family to spend the night beneath the dazzling stars.
Yacht charter Ionian sea - Zante - Vromi Bay
Day 10 - Zante to Kefalonia (Argostoli) 25NM | 2H 10M
You can leave Zakynthos this morning, but you're going to be stunned and with the best memories when you see those beautiful beaches on your way back. Pass the world's famous Shipwreck Bay as you go back to Kefalonia. There's sand at the bottom, which is good anchorage. But remember, as this is a very famous site, you should be careful about all the tour boats.
In the middle of the beach is a rusty wreck of a coaster that was towed ashore in 1980. You should head toward the blue caves of Volimes where you can snorkel among the limestone cave walls and arches after diving into crystal clear blue waters at Navagio beach!
Ship to Kefalonia Island, where you will spend the night at Argostoli, which is the capital of the island. There is a salt water lagoon on the south side of the bay. For loggerhead turtles, this is a favorite place to eat. A little further down the road, you can take a walk to Katavothres swallow holes about three miles out of town; an interesting geological feature in which seawater has disappeared behind the island.
Argostoli is a pleasant place to hang out, with the best shopping opportunities on the island. If you need to provision, there are supermarkets, cafes, and bakeries in the south end of town. There are plenty of banks and ATMs and all the other facilities you would probably need!
Yacht charter Ionian sea - Zante - Argostoli
Day 11 - Kefalonia 30NM | 3H 10M
You can have breakfast on board next morning, and of course the Greek sun. If you are lucky, and there is no wind, sail down the famous beach of Myrtos en route to Assos. Most of the time, high winds affect Myrtos. It's been honored for its cleanliness and natural beauty a number of times.
The trademark of Kefalonia and one of the most photographed places in Greece is the natural beauty of Myrtos. You'll sail to the charming village of Assos after your diving in Myrtos. Near the little horseshoe bay, there's a lot of restaurants and cafés. But, before going out to dinner, take a walk up the hill to the Castle of Venice.
Yacht charter Ionian sea - Myrthos Beach
Day 12 - Kefalonia 9NM | 1H
Visit the most cosmopolitan port in Kefalonia, Fiskardo, the world's most famous city. It's famous for its 19th century Italianate architecture, which is still intact, located in the northeast part of the island. In the beautiful harbour you can find a lot of shops, boutiques, taverns and nightclubs.
The town of Fiscardo is a good place to spend time exploring the forts, monasteries, museums and hiking routes in the northern part of the island. Also, it is in easy reach of some wonderful sheltered and crystal clear coves that would be ideal to anchor for an afternoon's swim, snorkeling or relaxation.
Yacht charter Ionian sea - Kefalonia - Fiscardo
Day 13 - Kefalonia to Lefkas (Vasiliki) 10NM | 1H 5M
Check out the coastal bays on Lefkas' south coast, head north again. Vassiliki, which is well known for its clear green waters and suitable sailing conditions, lies on the south shore of a beautiful island. With some of the best mountain bike riding, windsurfing and sailing, it also offers a wide range of activities and excursions for all tastes.
Yacht charter Ionian sea - Lefkas - Vasiliki
Day 14 - Lefkas 21NM | 2H 35M
Continue sailing in the clear blue waters of Lefkas on the last day of this amazing fourteen day journey, sailing past the natural port of Sivota, which is a popular destination for sailing. You can find a number of traditional taverns along the coast that serve local food. You can end the day at Lefkas Marina, where you can explore the town of Lefkas, walk through the alleys, or have a wonderful dinner in a local tavern.
Yacht charter Ionian sea - Lefkas