11 Days, from Athens to Athens
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.
710 nautical miles
Ideal in the summer season
Day 1Athens - 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.
Day 2Galaxidi - 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.
Day 3Ithaca – Skorpios- Lefkada
Day 4Scorpios – Antipaxoi - Parga
Day 5Parga – Sivota - Corfu
Day 6Corfu - Paxoi
Day 7Paxoi - Kefallinia
Day 8Kefallinia – 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.
Day 9Poros - 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.
Day 10Spetses - 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.
Day 11Hydra - Athens
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