Ionian cabin charter

Share a sail on a large yacht

Sail the picturesque Ionian on a crewed yacht. Your Ionian cabin charter will explore islands large and small, such as Kefalonia, Lefkas, Corfu Paxos and Meganissi.

The yacht, with it’s professional skipper and hostess, takes up to 8 guests as it sails through these charming islands. As you cruise, you’re welcome to get hands on experience of sailing a large yacht or sit back and watch the world go by. You’ll visit a new port each evening with time to explore ashore.

The Ionian cabin charters start every Sunday in high season with both one week and two week cruises possible. Departures are from Preveza and the trips run north to Corfu and south to Kefalonia on alternate weeks. The trips can be booked with or without flights.

For more about the area, see Sailing the Ionian. For pictures see the Ionian gallery. For prices, you’ll need the Cabin Charter Prices page.

Cruise Dates

 MayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
Corfu route5th 19th2nd 16th 30th14th 28th11th 25th8th 22nd6th
Kefalonia route12th 26th9th 23rd7th 21st4th 18th1st 15th 29th13th
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  • Preveza North via Corfu – 1 week
    DayMilesDestination
    1: Sun0Boarding is on Sunday afternoon in:
    • Preveza There’s more to Preveza than an airport and down by the waterfront it’s becoming a place to be seen. There’s plenty of history too, most notably the ruins of Nikopolis a couple of miles to the north of the town. This once unremarkable market town is still more of a working place than a holiday resort ... Read more
    2: Mon30
    • Gaios (Paxos) The main harbour and largest town on the island of Paxos, Gaios is a picture postcard town with a bit of a colonial feel, set against the green hills of the interior. It’s also a rather unique port, with a lush green island plugging the centre of the harbour leaving a channel around it where you ... Read more
    3: Tue28
    • Corfu Town The capital of Corfu Island and a town steeped in history, Corfu Town offers much to entertain you whether your interests are archaeological, cultural or more retail focused! The various occupying forces have left their influence, most prominently the Venetians who provided both the two fortress and many of the attractive buildings around town. As well ... Read more
    4: Wed20
    • Mourtos / Vola Tucked in behind the Sivota Islands of Nikolaos, Mavros Notos and Sivota itself, lies the harbour of Mourtos with its recently refurbished sea front set against the green woodland behind. Neither these renovations nor a scattering of holiday centres along nearby shores have spoilt this small town which is well worth a visit. For those fancying a ... Read more
    5: Thu12
    • Lakka (Paxos) For such a small town, Lakka offers plenty of things to do. Thrill seekers can take advantage of the many options at the watersports centre. If you want more time at sea, you can hire motor boats to explore the far side of Paxos. If you fancy time ashore, there are some lovely walks through the ... Read more
    6: Fri14
    • Parga A town steeped in history, Parga is as much a Greek holiday destination as an international resort. Built around its prominent Venetian Citadel perched on the promontory between two bays, the town has all you’d expect of a moderate size resort with a wide range of restaurants and plenty of narrow winding streets to explore. The ... Read more
    7: Sat27
    • Preveza There’s more to Preveza than an airport and down by the waterfront it’s becoming a place to be seen. There’s plenty of history too, most notably the ruins of Nikopolis a couple of miles to the north of the town. This once unremarkable market town is still more of a working place than a holiday resort ... Read more
    8: Sun0Check out and disembark (morning)
    Average22Note: you will do more miles than this!
    Flotilla and cabin charter routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Skipper will keep you advised. Route names may differ from those used by the operator.

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View the Kefalonia Itinerary
  • Preveza South via Kefalonia – 1 week
    DayMilesDestination
    1: Sun0Boarding is on Sunday afternoon in:
    • Preveza There’s more to Preveza than an airport and down by the waterfront it’s becoming a place to be seen. There’s plenty of history too, most notably the ruins of Nikopolis a couple of miles to the north of the town. This once unremarkable market town is still more of a working place than a holiday resort ... Read more
    2: Mon18
    • Spartochori / Porto Spilia This pretty bay on the north of Meganisi is a place of several parts. You’ll need to burn a few calories to reach the best bit, the village of Spartochori itself. As most Ionian yacht charter crews don’t seem to use many during the day this shouldn’t be a problem! In the north west corner the small ... Read more
    3: Tue16
    • Fiskardo (Kefalonia) A beautiful place of multi coloured houses ringing the clear bay, set at the foot of dense pine clad slopes. Fiskardo escaped the ravages of the 1953 earthquake and now enjoys a high level of protection from development. This gives a rather up market air and a number of the Hollywood set have visited. It’s a very ... Read more
    4: Wed38
    • Agios Nikolaos (Zante) Agios Nikolaos is a small bay at the north est end of Zakynthos. The small fishing village is the start point for popular boat trips to the Blue Caves of Volimes, towards the north tip of the islands where you can snorkel amongst the limestone caves and arches. These trips usually head on to Shipwreck Bay, also known ... Read more
    5: Thu35
    • Vathi (Ithaca) After many of the small fishing villages that make the staple of a yacht cruise in this area, “big Vathi” (as opposed to “little Vathi” on Meganisi) seems huge. As towns go, its actually pretty small  but it is a bit of a hub for both local boats and yachts. In summer, it’s a lively place, ... Read more
    6: Fri15
    • Sivota / Syvota (Lefkas) A pretty bay at the south end of Lefkas Island, surrounded by steep olive clad slopes, Sivota lives primarily for the charter boats that visit and is a popular spot for flotillas. Most of the sea front is available for mooring and you can step off your yacht straight in to a restaurant. There’s a small ... Read more
    7: Sat23Boarding is on Sunday afternoon in:
    • Preveza There’s more to Preveza than an airport and down by the waterfront it’s becoming a place to be seen. There’s plenty of history too, most notably the ruins of Nikopolis a couple of miles to the north of the town. This once unremarkable market town is still more of a working place than a holiday resort ... Read more
    8: Sun0Check out and disembark (morning)
    Average24Note: you will do more miles than this!
    Flotilla and cabin charter routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Skipper will keep you advised. Route names may differ from those used by the operator.

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Special Routes

The steeply walled Corinth Canal

The steeply walled Corinth Canal

At the start and end of the season, there are two special trips that give the rare chance to pass through the Corinth Canal.

These special one week runs can be booked alone or combined with the Corfu and Kefalonia cruises to create a two or three week cruise.

The Corinth Canal was dug by hand; you can still see some of the marks of the tools. It opened in 1893 but by then was already too small for many ships. It’s so narrow a one way system is employed. Vessels sail from east to west for a period, then the flow is reversed to allow boats to pass from west to east.

The cruise will also take you under the fabulous Rio-Antirrio bridge. Opened in 2004 this is the worlds longest fully suspended bridge, with a length of about 1.8 miles.

The April trip starts and the October trip finishes in Athens. This gives an ideal opportunity to tack a day or two on to your holiday to see the sights in this historic city.

Going through the Corinth Canal is a unique experience. With the added bonuses of the bridge and the chance to see Athens these are trips not to be missed. But be quick as there are only 8 places available on each cruise.

Ionian Cabin Charter – the yacht

Sun Odyssey 52.2

Sun Odyssey 52.2

The usual yacht on this cruise is Malama, a Sun Odyssey 52.2 designed by Bruce Farr, creator of many a winning racing yacht, and built by Jeanneau.

Don’t worry; down below you’ll find not the spartan conditions that racing yachtsmen have to tolerate but spacious and well equipped accommodation. This includes 4 double cabins for guests, each equipped with en suite shower & toilet, all built around the airy saloon.

In the galley there’s a microwave, 2 large fridges and a cooker. A CD with mp3 socket is connected to deck speakers so you can listen whilst lounging in the large cushioned cockpit.

A bimini keeps the sun off the cockpit but sun worshippers will find plenty of space around the deck to get some rays. At the rear is a swimming platform and deck shower.