11 Day Ionian Islands Charter Itinerary - Athens to Athens
Ionian Islands & Corfu Escape
710 nautical miles*
Ideal for Summer Season
Strewn along Greece’s western coast, the Ionian Islands are bathed in the beautiful waters of the Grecian Sea, alluring yacht-goers with idyllic coastlines, charming Greek villages and spectacular backdrops of forested mountains and olive groves. Although appearing to be linked in a chain off the mainland, the 12 main islands each has a distinct landscape and cultural history. Explore the Parisian-style arcades of Cofu Town, stop off at the pretty Italianate harbour towns of Paxi and venture to the sea caves of Zakynthos. Opportunities truly abound in the Ionian Islands.
- Day 1
Athens - Agistri Island - Galaxidi (through Corinth Canal)
Begin your Greek luxury yacht charter by discovering Agistri Island and Galaxidi, and enjoying the tranguil surrounds.
Arrive at Agistri Island and spend your time here enjoying swimming and water-sports. After lunch sail to Galaxidi, located in Central Greece just a short drive from Delphi. Galaxidi is a lovely historic village featuring a small harbor, traditional houses and exceptional greenery. It is the perfect place for relaxation.Distance87 nm*
- Day 2
Galaxidi - Ithaca
Sail to Ithaka and enjoy your day in the tranquil waters, followed by a romantic evening either on board or in the main port.
Arrive in Skinos Bay in the morning and revel in the beautiful gulf with its lovely trees and crystal clear waters. In the evening, sail from the beach to Vathi (Ithaca's main port) where you will stay overnight. Alternatively you can choose to spend the night near the beach and have a romantic dinner on board to make the most of the crystal Ionian waters, and giving you the opportunity to partake in some night swimming, should you wish to. An island located in the Ionian Sea and with only around three thousand inhabitants, Ithaca or Ithaka lies off the northeast coast of Kefalonia and to the west of continental Greece. Modern Ithaca is generally identified with Homer’s Ithaca - the home of Odysseus, whose delayed return to the island is one of the elements of the Odyssey's plot. The capital, Vathy or Ithaki, has one of the world's largest natural harbours.Distance90 nm*
- Day 3
Ithaca – Skorpios- LefkadaExplore Porto Katsiki beach, one of the most famous and extraordinary beaches on the island of Lefkada, before heading to Scorpios for a tour around the private island.Begin the day by cruising to Lefkada and discover the famous Porto Katsiki beach - the perfect location for swimming a watersports. After lunch on board, head to Aristotle Onassis' Island Scorpios where you will be taken on a tour before anchoring just off the island and and taking the tender to the famous beaches of Scorpios and swimming to the bays. You will spend the night in anchorage between Scorpios Island and Lefkada port (Nydri). The island of Scorpios, famous as the retreat of legendary shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, lies right across from the Lefkadan resort of Nidri. Scorpios is surrounded by beautiful greenery, emerald waters and a sea tour around the island is a must. The island is great for swimming in crystal waters.Distance40 nm*
- Day 4
Scorpios – Antipaxoi - PargaFamous for its crystal blue waters and clean beaches, Antipaxoi Island is a must-see, before heading on to Parga.The next stop is Antipaxoi Island, where you will spend the day enjoying the beautiful beaches and azure waters before cruising on to Parga Port, where you will spend the night. Parga is a charming town located in the northwestern part of Preveza in Epirus, northwestern Greece. Lying on the Ionian coast between the cities of Preveza and Igoumenitsa, it is a resort town known for its scenic beauty.Distance65 nm*
- Day 5
Parga – Sivota - CorfuDiscover Corfu, the most popular of the Ionian Islands.Start the day by heading to Sivota Bay, where you will spend the day relaxing on the beach, swimming in the azure sea or participating in exhilarating water sports. In the evening you will cruise to Corfu, where you will spend the remainder of the day and the night. Corfu is an extremely green island that a mixture of civilizations have passed through at various times. The town of Corfu (Kerkyra) impresses and charms its visitors with its two forts, narrow streets, tall houses, arcades, Venetian-built Town Hall, Saint Spyridon church, flower-filled gardens and beautiful balconies with their superb wrought-iron fences.Distance35 nm*
- Day 6
Corfu - PaxoiExplore the caves at Erimitis Bay before cruising to the main port at Paxoi.From Corfu travel to Erimitis Bay on the western part of Paxoi island, and discover the unique caves, perfect for exploration, and stunning blue waters. After spending the day on this beautiful green paradise, head on to the main port of Paxoi and enjoy dinner on the shore. Paxoi is a cosmopolitan island that marries scenic beauty with grandeur. The smallest Ionian Island is characterized by dense vegetation and endless vineyards and its natural beauties attract thousands of visitors. Considered to be one of the most cosmopolitan islands in Greece, it is ideal for both romantic walks and for entertainment in the bars around the island.Distance37 nm*
- Day 7
Paxoi - KefalliniaTake the tender and explore the caves at Assos Bay.Arrive at Assos Bay, Kefallinia in the morning and revel in the crystal light blue water, sandy beaches and mysterious caves. Take the tender to make a cave excursions, or simply enjoy the water by swimming or taking part in various water sports. You will depart the Bay in the evening and move on to the famous Fiskardo port, where you will stay overnight after dining in a traditional tavern, famous for its fresh sea food. Fiskardo lies 54km northeast of Argostoli and is a beautiful and quiet town with Venetian houses located around the beautiful harbour. Part of Fiskardo's charm is being the only town in Kefalonia not to have been devastated by the earthquake in 1953. It is a major sailing port.Distance68 nm*
- Day 8
Kefallinia – Corinth Canal - Poros
Cruise through Corinth Canal to Poros Island before spending the afternoon in Yerolimani bay.
The day begins with a lengthy cruise to the Corinth Canal, which you will travel through to reach Poros Island. After spending a short time here, swimming in the clear water, you will move on to Yerolimani bay where you will have lunch on board before taking part in a range of water sport activities. In the evening, cruise back to Poros Island where you enjoy dinner ashore before spending the night. Poros is an island rich with vegetation. Much of the northern and far eastern/western sides of the island have lots of unruly vegetation, whereas large areas of old pine forest are found in the south and center of the island. It has a good road network and adequate tourist infrastructure, which makes it a popular resort for short holidays.Distance160 nm*
- Day 9
Poros - Spetses
Travel to Zoheria Bay on Spetses island and discover a different side to Greece.
Cruise from Nauplio to Zoheria Bay, Spetses island for water activities and swimming. Belonging to the Saronic gulf, this part of Greece has a different taste to the Cycladic one with trees close to the sea and beautiful water. Enjoy lunch on board your charter yacht before cruising to the main port at Spetses where you will spend the night. There is a wonderful opportunity here to take an excursion through the old town on a chariot. From 1821 to 1832 Spetses Isla played an important role in the Greek War of Independence in fighting against the Turks, and was the home of celebrated war heroine Bouboulina. In the 1960s and 1970s, it attracted a number of wealthy Greek holidaymakers from Athens and elsewhere, owning villas or living on large yachts in the port.Distance70 nm*
- Day 10
Spetses - Hydra
Spend the day in Ag. Konstantinos bay before heading to the main port of Hydra.
Travel is minimal today, cruising only the short distance from Spetses Island to Ag. Konstantinos bay on Hydra island where you will spend the day, before heading on to the main port at Hydra for the night. Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, and as such is located in the Aegean Sea. Garbage trucks are the only motor vehicles on the island, as cars or motorcycles are not allowed by law. Instead, donkeys, bicycles, and water taxis provide public transportation. The inhabited area, however, is so compact that most people walk everywhere. Enjoy souvenir shopping, the beautiful architectural houses and walking down the small old-fashioned paths.Distance18 nm*
- Day 11
Hydra - AthensTravel to Athens where your yacht charter vacation comes to an end.Cruise from Hydra island to Athens, with a short swim-stop incorporated into the journey. Disembark at Athens.
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*All distances are approximate