Water sports, perfect sailing

Join a two-week flotilla sailing holiday in the sparkling Ionian Sea, cruising between the Heptanese Islands and mainland Greece as you discover a sailor’s paradise.

You’ll join a group of friends, families and fellow sailors eager to explore the islands of Greece’s beautiful west coast, sailing on your own or in small groups by day and meeting with your flotilla each afternoon to enjoy social activities on deck and on shore. Enjoy deliciously fresh Greek seafood, try exciting water sports and visit picturesque fishing towns, all while sailing the calm waters of the gorgeous Ionian Sea.

Ithaca itinerary

14
Days

Highlights

  • Traditional villages
  • Glamorous Kefalonia
  • Excellent easy sailing
  • Delicious Greek meze
  • Flawless beaches and bays
  • Two-week Ionian Island adventure
Day 1

Lefkas

The day's sailing

0 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Pick up your yacht, meet the lead crew and get to know your new flotilla friends at our base in the pretty town of Lefkas. You’ll have time to provision your yacht and soak up the relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere before setting sail for two weeks of adventure on the Ionian Sea. Enjoy a meal in a local taverna or get to know one another better over an ouzo in a waterside bar.

Discover Lefkas

Thrilling kitesurfing

Head to Milos beach on the western shores of Lefkas for strong winds and high waves perfect for kitesurfing.

Day 2

Lefkas to Vlikho, Lefkas

The day's sailing

9
Nautical miles
2 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Your first spell out on the water takes you south out of the marina and through the narrow channel that separates Lefkas from the mainland. Hug the coast and continue south, taking in the views of Lefkas’ mountainous coastline until the mouth of Vlikho Bay opens before you. This large, sheltered anchorage is the perfect overnight stop for your first night away from the marina, and gives you the chance to explore a couple of charming Greek towns nestled along the waterside.

Discover Vlikho

Suggested lunch spots

Moor in the marina at Nikiana for a leisurely lunch in a local taverna.

Day 3

Vlikho to Sivota, Lefkas

The day's sailing

7
Nautical miles
2 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Leave Vlikho in your wake and continue your journey south along the island’s coast. You’ll pass tiny Skorpios and the larger island of Meganisi, which you’ll get to know better later on. Swing east around the headland at Mokros Gialos and turn into the second bay, where the village of Sivota is waiting for you. This photogenic spot boasts fragrant pine forests and olive groves to explore, as well as a handful of lovely bars and restaurants scattered along the scenic waterfront.

Discover Sivota

Suggested lunch spots

Nestled against the flank of Meganisi, tiny, green and uninhabited Thilia Island offers a number of pretty coves perfect for a quiet lunch break.

Day 4

Sivota to Kioni, Ithaca

The day's sailing

11
Nautical miles
2.3 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Head south from the bay at Sivota and prepare to make your first island hop, sailing past Arkoudi island on your way through the turquoise Ionian to nearby Ithaca. Cruise along the island’s pretty eastern shore until you reach Kioni, tucked into a sheltered bay of gently rolling hills. This peaceful spot is quintessential island Greece, so soak up the atmosphere with a lazy afternoon on the beach or in the bar.

Discover Kioni

Suggested lunch spots

Stop off at rugged Arkoudi Island, where pretty white sand beaches frame glimmering azure bays. Anchor here for a relaxed picnic lunch in the sun.

Day 5

Kioni to Vathy, Ithaca

The day's sailing

5
Nautical miles
1 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Continue south along the length of picturesque Ithaca until the island recedes to a narrow waist of land barely 200 metres across. Here you’ll find the Kolpos Molou Bay, and through a narrow entrance, the little town of Vathy. This sleepy village is actually Ithaca’s capital, and here you can find out more about the island’s history in museums dedicated to archaeology, folklore and culture.

Discover Vathy

Ithaca, Greece

Suggested lunch spots

There’s no shortage of quiet bays and beaches along Ithaca’s east coast, so choose one and drop anchor until you’re ready to move on.

Day 6

Free sailing day

The day's sailing

0 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Now that you’ve had time to grow accustomed to your yacht and develop your confidence on the water, your two free sailing days are a chance to explore the hidden treasures of the Ionian Sea. Circle around to Ithaca’s western coast or head east across the Ionian Sea to the scattered islands of Atokos, Makri, Vromonas and Modi. If you’re unsure of where to go next, your lead crew will provide you with local recommendations and up to date weather reports to ensure you make the right choice.

Day 7

Free sailing day

The day's sailing

0 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

With two free sailing days to make the most of, go further afield and visit Grecian highlights outside of the flotilla itinerary. Head for the southern and eastern coasts of Kefalonia, exploring an island renowned for its beautiful beaches, culture-rich towns and lively nightlife. Take advantage of your two free sailing days with exciting day trips on your own or with your new flotilla friends.

Day 8

Agia Efemia, Kefalonia

The day's sailing

0 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

The flotilla reunites once more in the lovely town of Agia Efemia on Kefalonia’s east coast. Home to some of the best food in Kefalonia, you’ll want to stop for a meal in a waterside taverna to sample the fresh seafood and wood-fired bread on offer in this idyllic spot.

Discover Agia Efemia

Paradise Beach

Just up from the harbour’s pebbly cove is Paradise Beach, where you can swim in the warm water and enjoy the views to Ithaca.

Day 9

Agia Efemia to Fiskardo, Kefalonia

The day's sailing

10
Nautical miles
2 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Fiscardo (Kefalonia), Greece

Sail north along the craggy peninsula that juts like a bony finger from Kefalonia’s northeast coast. With Ithaca to your starboard side and Kefalonia to your port side, the views on this leg of the voyage are beautiful indeed. Moor at glamorous Fiskardo to explore a town favoured by the rich and famous, known as the St. Tropez of Greece for good reason.

Discover Fiskardo

Foki Beach

Foki Beach, a pebble beach lapped by calm, crystal clear water, is a perfect swimming spot, while the taverna just behind the beach serves traditional Kefalonian meat pies.

Suggested lunch spots

The eastern coast of Kefalonia is scored with countless bays and beaches. Choose your favourite and relax in the stunning coastal scenery.

Day 10

Fiskardo to Port Leone, Kalamos

The day's sailing

19
Nautical miles
4 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Unfurl your sails and let the wind take you across the gentle Ionian. Cruise east past the northern end of Ithaca and verdant Arkoudi, squeezing into the channel between the islands of Kastos and Kalamos. Tucked into a scenic bay on the western end of Kalamos you’ll find the abandoned village of Port Leone. This peaceful spot is a Mediterranean ghost town of ruined houses, with a local church and olive press still used by villagers from neighbouring Fiskardo.

Discover Port Leone

Suggested lunch spots

You’ll pass the small island of Atokos on your starboard side as you sail east from Fiskardo. Anchor at this island of spectacular white cliffs and secluded beaches for a relaxed lunch break away from the hustle and bustle.

Day 11

Port Leone to Kalamos Town

The day's sailing

3
Nautical miles
1 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Kalamos, Greece

A short cruise east along the coast of Kalamos will take you to the small village of the same name. Moor in the harbour and step ashore to explore a traditional Greek town of quiet streets, lively tavernas and quaint shops. If you’re lucky, you might even spot dolphins swimming and playing in the clear blue waters.

Discover Kalamos Town

Ruined monastery

Take the walk up from the harbour to the ruins of the monastery for fantastic views over the Ionian towards mainland Greece.

Day 12

Free sailing day

The day's sailing

0 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Use the last of your free sailing days to explore the eastern shores of the Ionian Sea. The bays, beaches and coves of mainland Greece are yours to discover, as is the island of Kastos and the wildlife haven of Mesolongi National Park. Make the most of your final free sailing day and cruise the sailor’s playground of the Ionian Sea.

Day 13

Port Athene, Meganisi

The day's sailing

0 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

After your last free sailing day the flotilla meets up once more for another evening on shore. Make for the eastern coast of beautiful Meganisi, spread like a many-fingered hand over the flawless blue counterpane of the Ionian Sea. Sail into deep and sheltered Port Athene, where you’ll find a cluster of traditional Mediterranean houses crowding around the picturesque harbour. Enjoy traditional Greek dancing and delicious seafood in the local taverna with your flotilla companions.

Discover Port Athene

Katomeri Village

Take the half hour jaunt inland to the traditional Ionian village of Katomeri and explore the gift shops, tavernas, bars and cafés dotted amidst stone houses colourfully decorated with flowers.

Day 14

Port Athene to Lefkas

The day's sailing

13
Nautical miles
3 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

The final leg of your flotilla adventure sees you return to our base at Lefkas Marina. Sail north from Port Athene, slowly making your way past the islands of Skorpios and Sparti while hugging the coast of mountainous Lefkas. Take your time and enjoy your last day out on the sparkling Ionian Sea, or head back early and make the most of all that Lefkas has to offer.

Discover Lefkas

Suggested lunch spots

The lush, green island of Sparti is perfectly placed for a breather on your way back to Lefkas Marina. Stop here for a leisurely lunch break in the sun.