Mykonos to Santorini (B) – 1 week

The route gives a round trip from Mykonos to Santorini via Naxos.

DayMilesDestination
Average29
1: Sat0Board in the afternoon in
  • Mykonos Add Mykonos to your yacht charter itinerary if you are looking for a good dose of nightlife and people watching during your sailing trip. This tiny jewel of a town is a wonderfully twee tourist haven that positively hums with activity during the summer. Mykonos is often portrayed by the tourist board as little Venice, with pictures ... Read more
2: Sun22
  • Naxos Naxos is a surprisingly un-touristy town that has a halcyon charm all of its own. I was once stormbound here and developed an unexpected fondness for the place so maybe I am biased! With its hilltop Venetian grand manor houses and cascade of white washed cube-like Cycladic dwellings Naxos is easily recognisable from sea and ... Read more
3: Mon25
  • Koufonisia (Little Cyclades) Koufonisia (or Koufonissia, even the islands own website doesn’t seem sure) is in fact three islands. Keros is uninhabited while Kato Koufonisia lacks mooring options and also almost uninhabited. So head for Pano Koufonisia. Pano Koufonisia covers just 5 square kilometres with a population of around 400. The main moorings are at Parianos, a short walk ... Read more
4: Tue45
  • Santorini / Thira & Fira Santorini is one of the most photographed islands in Greece. Images of its dazzling white buildings and cobalt blue domes, set along precipitous cliffs ringing the indigo sea of the old volcanic caldera, grace calendars everywhere. The reality is no less spectacular. Santorini is a must-see of any Cyclades flotilla or bareboat sailing holiday. Sadly, Santorini charter yachts face ... Read more
5: Wed25
  • Ios Ios is a schizophrenic place. At first glance it is just a village port, once a popular target for pirates. The main town, Hora, is actually a couple of kilometres inland. By day peace reigns. The throngs of tourists spread out and the beaches are bedecked with slowly browning bodies. At night, however, the tone of the ... Read more
6: Thu31
  • Paroikia (Paros) Paroikia is the capital of Paros Island and typically Cycladic. A maze of shimmering, white cubic houses meander uphill from the bustling harbour and associated restaurants and bars. Not as fertile as its next door neighbour, Naxos, Paros can seem a little barren at first sight. However Paroikia has a surprising amount of water which ... Read more
7: Fri25
  • Mykonos Add Mykonos to your yacht charter itinerary if you are looking for a good dose of nightlife and people watching during your sailing trip. This tiny jewel of a town is a wonderfully twee tourist haven that positively hums with activity during the summer. Mykonos is often portrayed by the tourist board as little Venice, with pictures ... Read more
8: Sat0Disembark (am) or if stayng for a second week, spend the day exploring Mykonos
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.

Mykonos to Santorini (A) – 1 week

This route gives a round trip from Mykonos to Santorini via Paros and Folegandros.

DayMilesDestination
Average33
1: Sat0Board in the afternoon in
  • Mykonos Add Mykonos to your yacht charter itinerary if you are looking for a good dose of nightlife and people watching during your sailing trip. This tiny jewel of a town is a wonderfully twee tourist haven that positively hums with activity during the summer. Mykonos is often portrayed by the tourist board as little Venice, with pictures ... Read more
2: Sun25
  • Paroikia (Paros) Paroikia is the capital of Paros Island and typically Cycladic. A maze of shimmering, white cubic houses meander uphill from the bustling harbour and associated restaurants and bars. Not as fertile as its next door neighbour, Naxos, Paros can seem a little barren at first sight. However Paroikia has a surprising amount of water which ... Read more
3: Mon32
  • Schinoussa (Little Cyclades) Schinoussa means The Island of the Sun. It’s a small island with a population of around 250. Schinoussa lies just off the southern end of Naxos and is part of the Little Cyclades group. The well sheltered main port, Mersini is on the west coast. It’s a small settlement with a couple of restaurants. There’s a ferry ... Read more
4: Tue41
  • Santorini / Thira & Fira Santorini is one of the most photographed islands in Greece. Images of its dazzling white buildings and cobalt blue domes, set along precipitous cliffs ringing the indigo sea of the old volcanic caldera, grace calendars everywhere. The reality is no less spectacular. Santorini is a must-see of any Cyclades flotilla or bareboat sailing holiday. Sadly, Santorini charter yachts face ... Read more
5: Wed33
  • Folegandros Folegandros is well off the beaten path for most charter yachts. Somewhat stark at first glance, the only real greenery in the island gathers around the islands capital of Chora which is built precariously close to a 200m cliff edge. This is a pleasant and rather sophisticated place to make for on your sailing holiday ... Read more
6: Thu35
  • Piso Livadi (Paros) Piso Livadi is the port for the nearby town of Marpissa. It is on the east coast of Paros Once a tiny fishing village, it’s now a popular tourist location. The newly built apartments probably now outnumber the original houses. However, the development has been tasteful – there are no high rise hotels here. And there are ... Read more
7: Fri31
  • Mykonos Add Mykonos to your yacht charter itinerary if you are looking for a good dose of nightlife and people watching during your sailing trip. This tiny jewel of a town is a wonderfully twee tourist haven that positively hums with activity during the summer. Mykonos is often portrayed by the tourist board as little Venice, with pictures ... Read more
8: Sat0Disembark (am) or if stayng for a second week, spend the day exploring Mykonos
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.

Koufonisia (Little Cyclades)

Koufonisia (or Koufonissia, even the islands own website doesn’t seem sure) is in fact three islands. Keros is uninhabited while Kato Koufonisia lacks mooring options and also almost uninhabited. So head for Pano Koufonisia.

Pano Koufonisia covers just 5 square kilometres with a population of around 400. The main moorings are at Parianos, a short walk from the main ferry quay and town.

There’s a good choice of beaches, most along the south coast. A good way to get there is to take the local water bus from the ferry quay which runs up to the east end of the island. You can either take the boat back again or walk along the cliff top, vising other breaches along the way. It’s only abuot 3.5 miles.

Beyond the beaches there’s not a lot by way of attractions. A small folklore museum has been formed from donation from the inhabitants. There are a couple of windmills. There are various caves and natural pools, though none very remarkable.

Of perhaps more interest to yachties is the boat yard. This is the only one for miles around. This probably explains the huge number of fishing boats. In terms of boats per head of population, Koufonisia apparently holds the record for Greece.

There are a few tourists, largely Italians for some reason, now encouraged by the ferry service from Piraeus. However, it’s not a busy place as there’s little to do but lounge on the beach. And what’s wrong with that.

 

Schinoussa (Little Cyclades)

Schinoussa means The Island of the Sun. It’s a small island with a population of around 250.

Schinoussa: The tavernas on the quay

Schinoussa: The tavernas on the quay

Schinoussa lies just off the southern end of Naxos and is part of the Little Cyclades group.

The well sheltered main port, Mersini is on the west coast. It’s a small settlement with a couple of restaurants. There’s a ferry service from here to Naxos and to Piraeus. It’squiet impressive watching the Piraeus ferry swing around in the tight confines of the harbour.

The capital, called Panagia or Chora is a mile or so inland. Panagia offers great views of the surrounding islands. It’s home to a small folklore museum.

Close to Mersini harbour is the cave of Maniatis. There is also a pebble beach nearby, one of a huge number of beaches around the island.

Schinoussa: The ferry from Naxos and the yacht quay

Schinoussa: The ferry from Naxos and the yacht quay

Schinoussa is primarily an agricultural island. As well as the usual cucumbers, tomatoes, figs and melons, it is particularly known for its fava beans and several local cheeses. It also has it’s favourite tipple, rakomelo made from wine and raki.

Most of all Schinoussa is a relaxing place. The ferry puts up a wash as it arrives and leaves but it soon passes. A place to take a dip in the bay, wallow in a good book, or chew the fat over a beer.

 

 

Sivota flotilla – 2 weeks

Sivota Route

Difficulty: Easy             Departs: Sundays from Palairos         Nearest airport: Preveza

Flights from: Gatwick, Manchester, Bristol

Operates: Alternate weeks May to October.

FlotillaAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
Sivota 2 weeks28th12th 26th9th 23rd7th 21st4th 18th1st 15th 29th
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See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the Ionian gallery. For what’s included see Flotilla inclusions and options.

Itinerary

DayMilesDestination
Average14Note: you will do more miles than this!
1: Sun0Check in.
  • Palairos / Paleros / Zaverda This small fishing town is an attractive yet low key resort for those in the know. Palairos lacks the cache of an island location though has excellent views of them. It is often overlooked by international travellers and so feels more truly Greek. It also means yachts will find more room in the harbour than ... Read more
2: Mon15
  • 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
3: Tue13
  • Polis / Port Polis (Ithaca) Polis is a pretty bay on the west side of Ithaca, ringed with a shingle beach and popular with swimming parties thanks to the clear waters. Yachtsmen see it at its best – after the beach has emptied at the end of the day. you also have the luxury of the shade on your yacht, ... Read more
4: Wed9
  • Efimia / Eufimia (Kefalonia) A holiday town particularly popular with Greeks, which has ensured retention of its Greek atmosphere, Efimia is also a good base to explore the Melissani Cave and Lake. There are a number of white pebbled beaches a short walk south of the town, or if you want to go a little further afield, you can hire motor boat. ... Read more
5: Thu21
  • Vasiliki (Lefkas) The windsurfing capital of Greece, Vasiliki’s long pebbled beach offers a range of watersports activities. For the less energetic, the village waterfront is lined with cafe’s, restaurants and shopping opportunities and is a pretty place to relax. Vasiliki lies at the end of a fertile valley and for many years the locals combined fishing and agriculture ... Read more
6: Fri14
  • Vathi (Meganisi) The main port for the island of Meganisi, the village is none the less known as “little Vathi” to distinguish it from “big Vathi” on Ithaca. The village is so popular with yachts that it now boasts it’s own marina, but don’t worry – the single pontoon on offer doesn’t exactly overwhelm the place! As well ... Read more
7: Sat15Free sailing. I suggest:
  • Frikes (Ithaca) Location for the best Greek restaurant, the best bar, and the best mini market in the Ionian, according to one of the pilot books for the area. Frikes is also a very picturesque place, with the green hills behind watered by the stream that runs through the village. Like most of Ithaca, there are few tourists, ... Read more
or:
  • 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
8: Sun13Free sailing. Why not try:
  • Kastos Slightly less lush than some of the surrounding harbours, Kastos has an undiscovered feel. There’s excellent homemade ice cream on the seafront, a sandy beach and a choice of a handful of restaurants but the place  gives the impression it’s missed out in the battle for the tourist purse, which is no bad thing. In truth, ... Read more
or:
  • Port Leone (Kalymnos) This pretty bay was the location of a village called Kefali, once the main port of Kalamos.  The settlement, particularly its water system, was severely damaged in the 1953 earthquake and the villagers abandoned the place. Most buildings have now crumbled but the church remains and islanders still return for regular services. Read more
9: Mon15
  • 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
10: Tue13
  • Polis / Port Polis (Ithaca) Polis is a pretty bay on the west side of Ithaca, ringed with a shingle beach and popular with swimming parties thanks to the clear waters. Yachtsmen see it at its best – after the beach has emptied at the end of the day. you also have the luxury of the shade on your yacht, ... Read more
11: Wed9
  • Efimia / Eufimia (Kefalonia) A holiday town particularly popular with Greeks, which has ensured retention of its Greek atmosphere, Efimia is also a good base to explore the Melissani Cave and Lake. There are a number of white pebbled beaches a short walk south of the town, or if you want to go a little further afield, you can hire motor boat. ... Read more
12: Thu21
  • Vasiliki (Lefkas) The windsurfing capital of Greece, Vasiliki’s long pebbled beach offers a range of watersports activities. For the less energetic, the village waterfront is lined with cafe’s, restaurants and shopping opportunities and is a pretty place to relax. Vasiliki lies at the end of a fertile valley and for many years the locals combined fishing and agriculture ... Read more
13: Fri14
  • Vathi (Meganisi) The main port for the island of Meganisi, the village is none the less known as “little Vathi” to distinguish it from “big Vathi” on Ithaca. The village is so popular with yachts that it now boasts it’s own marina, but don’t worry – the single pontoon on offer doesn’t exactly overwhelm the place! As well ... Read more
14: Sat9
  • Palairos / Paleros / Zaverda This small fishing town is an attractive yet low key resort for those in the know. Palairos lacks the cache of an island location though has excellent views of them. It is often overlooked by international travellers and so feels more truly Greek. It also means yachts will find more room in the harbour than ... Read more
15: Sun0Check out and depart
All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Flotilla names may differ from those used by the operator.

Sivota flotilla – 1 week

Sivota flotilla Route

Difficulty: Easy             Departs: Sundays from Palairos         Nearest airport: Preveza

Flights from: Gatwick, Manchester, Bristol

Operates: Alternate weeks May to October.

FlotillaAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
Sivota28th12th 26th9th 23rd7th 21st4th 18th1st 15th 29th
View the Sivota flotilla on a map

Sivota flotilla Itinerary

DayMilesDestination
Average14Note: you will do more miles than this!
1: Sun0Check in.
  • Palairos / Paleros / Zaverda This small fishing town is an attractive yet low key resort for those in the know. Palairos lacks the cache of an island location though has excellent views of them. It is often overlooked by international travellers and so feels more truly Greek. It also means yachts will find more room in the harbour than ... Read more
2: Mon15
  • 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
3: Tue13
  • Polis / Port Polis (Ithaca) Polis is a pretty bay on the west side of Ithaca, ringed with a shingle beach and popular with swimming parties thanks to the clear waters. Yachtsmen see it at its best – after the beach has emptied at the end of the day. you also have the luxury of the shade on your yacht, ... Read more
4: Wed9
  • Efimia / Eufimia (Kefalonia) A holiday town particularly popular with Greeks, which has ensured retention of its Greek atmosphere, Efimia is also a good base to explore the Melissani Cave and Lake. There are a number of white pebbled beaches a short walk south of the town, or if you want to go a little further afield, you can hire motor boat. ... Read more
5: Thu21
  • Vasiliki (Lefkas) The windsurfing capital of Greece, Vasiliki’s long pebbled beach offers a range of watersports activities. For the less energetic, the village waterfront is lined with cafe’s, restaurants and shopping opportunities and is a pretty place to relax. Vasiliki lies at the end of a fertile valley and for many years the locals combined fishing and agriculture ... Read more
6: Fri14
  • Vathi (Meganisi) The main port for the island of Meganisi, the village is none the less known as “little Vathi” to distinguish it from “big Vathi” on Ithaca. The village is so popular with yachts that it now boasts it’s own marina, but don’t worry – the single pontoon on offer doesn’t exactly overwhelm the place! As well ... Read more
7: Sat9
  • Palairos / Paleros / Zaverda This small fishing town is an attractive yet low key resort for those in the know. Palairos lacks the cache of an island location though has excellent views of them. It is often overlooked by international travellers and so feels more truly Greek. It also means yachts will find more room in the harbour than ... Read more
8: Sun0Check out and depart
All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Flotilla names may differ from those used by the operator.

Corfu flotilla – 1 week

Corfu Flotilla Route

Difficulty: Easy                 Departs: Every Saturday from Corfu

Nearest airport: Corfu

Flights from: Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh

Operates: Saturdays from 4th May to 28th September

FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptember
Corfu4th 11th 18th 25th1st 8th 15th 22nd 29th6th 13th 20th 27th3rd 10th 17th 24th 31st7th 14th 21st 28th
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Corfu Flotilla Itinerary

DayMilesDestination
Average16Note: you will do more miles than this!
1: Sat0Check in.
  • 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
2: Sun23
  • Plataria Visiting yachtsmen aside, Plataria is off the tourist trail. Consequently, the excellent sand and shingle beach lined with palm trees is rarely busy although it’s just a few minutes walk from the harbour. The small town here dates back to around the 2nd Century BC, though it’s had a few name changes along the way. Considering how ... Read more
3: Mon20
  • 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
4: Tue13
  • 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
5: Wed11
  • 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: Thu12
  • 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
7: Fri19
  • 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
8: Sat0Check out and depart

All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Flotilla names may differ from those used by the operator.

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.

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.