Emerald Bay Beach October 2013
Beneteau 40 sailing past Corfu
Sivota, Lefkas flowers
 

Early & Late Summer One Week Placement Flotillas

One Week Whole Ionian Delivery flotillas
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Enjoy quiet bays...

Explore the Ionian Islands without the crowds. Enjoy tranquil harbours and deserted bays during our early and late season placement flotillas. This route is one of our shorter placement flotillas that travel from Corfu down to Lefkas or Plataria in May and do the return trip in October.

Why join a placement flotilla?

These are some of the most popular flotillas of the year! They only happen once a year (in each direction) and because they are in May and October they are very affordable. This time of year also means the weather is less predictable than peak season, meaning good wind is more common. Fantastic for keen sailors!

Why do we do placement flotillas?

During the winter, most of our yachts are wintered in Gouvia Marina, Corfu, where they receive comprehensive maintenance and cosmetic attention. At the beginning of May all the yachts are sailed to their summer bases and these trips are known as ‘delivery’, or ‘shakedown’ cruises.  These trips certainly show up anything that isn’t shipshape.

Typical Itinerary & Highlights

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Days 1 - 2, Join the flotilla in Plataria

Following a short transfer from Preveza airport you will arrive in the picturesque fishing village of Plataria. Here you will meet your lead crew and home from home for the week (your yacht). After a short boat brief it is time to retire to Olga's Taverna for a drink and a bite to eat.

On Monday morning there will be a thorough boat brief and a chat about where you are heading that day. There are an array of small supermarkets and bakeries to explore where you can stock up on provisions for a lazy lunch at anchor...

  • Sunset in Plataria Plataria

Days 2 - 3, Sayaidha & the Albanian coast

Sayaidha is a small fishing village on the greek mainland, close to the Albanian border. The village is best known among sailors for it sunsets and the prawns at Alex's taverna - served by the kilo and not to be missed! 

  • Two Boats and Sunset at Sayaidha Sayaidha

Days 2 - 3, Visiting Paxos Island

From Plataria you may wend your way south to the delightful village of Lakka on Paxos Island (weather permitting). The crystal clear emerald water of Lakka Bay is not to be missed for a lunch stop within a stones throw of Lakka Village - a favourite evening destination. Gaios is a traditional Greek town, with a number of tavernas to explore. A highlight of this trip is a stop in Emerald Bay on Anti-Paxos Island for a lazy lunch and swim stop. 

  • Margie Spilsbury 2011 Photo Comp Emerald Bay
  • Lakka Bay, Paxos Island, Sailing in the Ionian Paxos
  • Hibiscus in Lakka Lakka

Days 4 - 5, The fishing villages of northern Corfu

During this week there may be an opportunity to visit the small villages of StStephanos and Kassiopi on the northern side of Corfu. These picturesque harbours are the perfect way to get away from it all and idyllic Greek atmospheres. These places are particularly special at the start and end of the season when the flotillas are the only boats around!

Days 6 - 7, Exploring Northern Corfu

During this week there may be an opportunity to visit the small villages of StStephanos and Kassiopi on the northern side of Corfu. These picturesque harbours are the perfect way to get away from it all and idyllic Greek atmospheres. These places are particularly special at the start and end of the season when the flotillas are the only boats around!

Another possible stop is Corfu Town where you can spend an evening exploring the traditional tavernas in the backstreets, along with the brilliant shops.

  • Corfu Town Corfu Island
  • Colourful buildings in Corfu Town Corfu Town
  • StStephanos, Corfu St Stephanos

Days 7 - 8, Finish in Gouvia

After your week of sailing you will finish in Gouvia Marina. Aswell as the quayside options, Gouvia Marina has a selection of tavernas just a short walk away in the nearby village. Marina amenities such as showers, cafes and basic shop are available just a short walk from the boats.

  • Gouvia Marina, Corfu Gouvia Marina

Day 1, Join the flotilla in Gouvia

After a short transfer from Corfu airport you will arrive in Gouvia Marina. Here you will meet your lead crew and home from home for the week (your yacht). Aswell as the quayside options, Gouvia Marina has a selection of tavernas just a short walk away in the nearby village. Marina amenities such as showers, cafes and basic shop are available just a short walk from the boats.

On Monday morning there will be a thorough boat brief and a chat about where you are heading that day. Then it is time to stock up on provisions, ready for a lazy lunch at anchor...

  • Gouvia Marina, Corfu Gouvia Marina

Days 2 - 3, Exploring Northern Corfu

During this week there may be an opportunity to visit the small villages of StStephanos and Kassiopi on the northern side of Corfu. These picturesque harbours are the perfect way to get away from it all and idyllic Greek atmospheres. These places are particularly special at the start and end of the season when the flotillas are the only boats around!

Another possible stop is Corfu Town where you can spend an evening exploring the traditional tavernas in the backstreets, along with the brilliant shops.

  • Corfu Town Corfu Island
  • Colourful buildings in Corfu Town Corfu Town
  • StStephanos, Corfu St Stephanos

Days 3 - 5, Sailing around Paxos Island

From Plataria you will wend your way south to the delightful villages of Lakka, Longos, Giaos and Mongonisi on Paxos Island.

The crystal clear emerald water of Lakka Bay is not to be missed for a lunch stop within a stones throw of Lakka Village - a favourite evening destination. Gaios is a traditional Greek town, with a number of tavernas to explore. Mongonisi is a highlight for many - the only stop on Paxos without a village. Mongonisi's charm lies in the idyllic environment where you can swim of the back of your boat and Greek dance the night away.

A highlight of the trip is a lunchtime stop in Emerald Bay on Anti-Paxos Island for a lazy lunch and swim stop. For the more adventurous sailors among you, a sail down west coast of Paxos, with it's stunning cliffs is a great way to spend a day.

  • Margie Spilsbury 2011 Photo Comp Emerald Bay
  • Lakka Bay, Paxos Island, Sailing in the Ionian Paxos
  • Hibiscus in Lakka Lakka
  • Drinks at Mongonisi Mongonisi

Days 5 - 6, Visiting Paxos Island

From Corfu you may wend your way south to the delightful village of Lakka on Paxos Island (weather permitting). The crystal clear emerald water of Lakka Bay is not to be missed for a lunch stop within a stones throw of Lakka Village - a favourite evening destination. Gaios is a traditional Greek town, with a number of tavernas to explore. A highlight of this trip is a stop in Emerald Bay on Anti-Paxos Island for a lazy lunch and swim stop. 

  • Margie Spilsbury 2011 Photo Comp Emerald Bay
  • Lakka Bay, Paxos Island, Sailing in the Ionian Paxos
  • Hibiscus in Lakka Lakka

Days 5 - 6, Visiting Paxos Island

From Corfu you may wend your way south to the delightful village of Lakka on Paxos Island (weather permitting). The crystal clear emerald water of Lakka Bay is not to be missed for a lunch stop within a stones throw of Lakka Village - a favourite evening destination. Gaios is a traditional Greek town, with a number of tavernas to explore. A highlight of this trip is a stop in Emerald Bay on Anti-Paxos Island for a lazy lunch and swim stop. 

  • Margie Spilsbury 2011 Photo Comp Emerald Bay
  • Lakka Bay, Paxos Island, Sailing in the Ionian Paxos
  • Hibiscus in Lakka Lakka

Days 6 - 7, The Greek mainland

You may visit Sayaidha which is a small fishing village on the greek mainland, close to the Albanian border. The village is best known among sailors for it sunsets and the prawns at Alex's taverna - served by the kilo and not to be missed! 

Another great mainland spot is Mourtos, where the surrounding archipelago of island provides excellent swim stops. The quayside tavernas offer an array of evening options from the cocktails at Bamboo Place, to the traditional Greek dishes at The Blue Coast taverna.

  • Sunset at Mourtos Sivota Mourtos
  • Two Boats and Sunset at Sayaidha Sayaidha

Days 7 - 8, Finishing in Plataria

On Saturday you will head to Plataria where the crew will host a final night meal at one of the tavernas along the quayside. Simply spend your final night relaxing and regaling tales of the weeks events with your fellow sailors over delicious Greek food and wine. 

  • Sunset at Plataria Plataria

Day 1, Joining the flotilla in Gouvia

Travelling from North to South you begin at Gouvia Marina on Corfu Island. Here you will be met by our crew who will show you to your boat. After a quick look round it is time to sit down and relax at one of the many tavernas on offer, with a cold beer and bite to eat.

  • Gouvia Marina, Corfu Gouvia Marina

Days 2 - 5, North Ionian highlights

Depending on the weather you may head further up north and explore the fishing villages on the mainland as well as Corfu town.

The next few days are spent exploring the delightful villages of Lakka and Giaos on Paxos Island. A highlight of the trip is a lunchtime stop (or two) in Emerald Bay on Anti-Paxos Island. 

A mainland stop in the Greek Town of Parga should not be missed, with its long sandy beach, buzzing promenade and the unbeatable choice of evening entertainment.  

From here you will wend your way south, perhaps via the harbour of Ligia, or a night at anchor on Two Rock Bay, to the Lefkas Canal.

 

  • Parga Town Bay Parga
  • Valtos Beach from the citadel Valtos Beach
  • Margie Spilsbury 2011 Photo Comp Emerald Bay
  • Lakka Bay, Paxos Island, Sailing in the Ionian Paxos
  • Drinks at Mongonisi Mongonisi
  • Swimming in Emerald Bay Anti-Paxos Island

Days 6 - 7, Southern Ionian highlights

In the South Ionian you will visit a few of our old favourites as well as quieter spots (which we love as they remind us of what flotillas used to be like 30 years ago)! 

The route will vary depending on the weather but will almost certainly visit one or two of the small fishing villages at the top of Meganisi Island.

Another popular stop is our pontoon at Stena, near Nidri, where you will meet Christos and Evanthia at the Iris Hotel. This is a great spot for enjoying a cold beer or two by the hotel pool before wandering into Nidri town for dinner.

 

  • Kastus Windmill Kastos Island
  • Kioni View Ithaka Island
  • Beneteau 361 White Cliffs Meganisi Meganisi Island
  • Frikes Harbour from Above Frikes
  • Spartahori from Above Spartahori
  • George's Bar Georges
  • 331 Sailing in Goat Bay 2 Goat Bay

Days 7 - 8, Finishing in Sivota

On your final day you will finish in Sivota, a small fishing village on Lefkas Island.

Then it is time to sit back, relax with a cold drink and sample some of the best food the Ionian Islands has to offer, in one of the many quayside tavernas.

The lead crew often organise a group meal so that you can enjoy the company of your fellow sailors for one final evening before heading home the following day.

  • Vasiliki Lefkas Island
  • Sivota, Lefkas flowers Sivota

Day 1, Join the flotilla in Sivota

After arriving at Preveza a short transfer through the hills of Lefkas Island will bring you to our southern base at Sivota. Here you will be met by our crew who will introduce you to your boat and show you around. Then it is time to sit back and relax with a cold drink and sample some of the best food the Ionian Islands has to offer in one of the many quayside tavernas.

  • Sivota, Lefkas flowers Sivota

Days 2 - 3, Southern Ionian highlights

In the South Ionian you will visit a few of our old favourites as well as quieter spots (which we love as they remind us of what flotillas used to be like 30 years ago)! 

Your first day will be an appropriately short introduction to your island hopping adventure.  This is normally only eight to ten miles, around to a sheltered bay or village harbour on Meganisi Island. You travel a little further North up to the East coast of Lefkas depending on the weather forecast for the week.

 

  • Kastus Windmill Kastos Island
  • Kioni View Ithaka Island
  • The Iris Hotel at Night Time Iris Hotel
  • Beneteau 361 White Cliffs Meganisi Meganisi Island
  • Frikes Harbour from Above Frikes
  • An evening in Fiskardo Fiskardo
  • George's Bar Georges

Day 4, Through the Lefkas Canal

Before going through the Lefkas Bridge, Lefkas town awaits with its marvellous Greek atmosphere. An evening cappuccino in the square is the perfect way to wind down after a long day. An alternative option to the town quay is an optional stay in Lefkas marina with impressive showers and a pool in which you can cool off (worth it if you don’t mind forking out – this is the only marina on the trip).

Instead of this stop you may head straight through the bridge to Vonitsa or Ligia on the Greek mainland.

  • Ligia North Ligia
  • Lefkas Town Bridge by Alex Allan Lefkas Town

Days 5 - 7, North Ionian highlights

From the Lefkas Canal you will wend your way North via the harbour of Ligia, or a night at anchor on Two Rock Bay.

A mainland stop in the Greek Town of Parga should not be missed, with its long sandy beach, buzzing promenade and the unbeatable choice of evening entertainment.  

The next few days are spent exploring the delightful villages of Lakka and Giaos on Paxos Island. A highlight of the trip is a lunchtime stop (or two) in Emerald Bay on Anti-Paxos Island. 

Depending on the weather you may head further up north and explore the fishing villages on the mainland as well as Corfu town.

  • Parga Town Bay Parga
  • Valtos Beach from the citadel Valtos Beach
  • Margie Spilsbury 2011 Photo Comp Emerald Bay
  • Lakka Bay, Paxos Island, Sailing in the Ionian Paxos
  • Drinks at Mongonisi Mongonisi
  • Swimming in Emerald Bay Anti-Paxos Island

Days 7 - 8, Finishing in Gouvia

Your final night stop will be in Gouvia Marina on Corfu Island. Marina facilities such as showers, marina shop and cafe's are just a short walk from the boats.

The lead crew will arrange a final night dinner where you can enjoy the company of your fellow sailors one final time before heading home!

  • Gouvia Marina, Corfu Gouvia Marina

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The yachts below are an example of what is available on this flotilla. Please give us a call to check live availability.

Beneteau 311 - Tiller Steer

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Launched in: 2003
Sleeps: 6 (great for 2)

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Beneteau 331

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Launched in: 2002/03
Sleeps: 6 (great for 4)

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Beneteau 311 - Wheel Steer

From: £495 pp

Launched in: 2004
Sleeps: 6 (great for 2)

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Beneteau 361

From: £495 pp

Launched in: 2003
Sleeps: 8 (great for 4)

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Beneteau 323

From: £515 pp

Launched in: 2008
Sleeps: 6 (great for 4)

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Bavaria 46

From: £525 pp

Launched in: 2007
Sleeps: 10 (great for 8)

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NEW Beneteau 35

From: £535 pp

Launched in: 2016 - 17
Sleeps: 6 (great for 4)

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Beneteau 393

From: £545 pp

Launched in: 2006
Sleeps: 8 (great for 6)

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Beneteau 50

From: £565 pp

Launched in: 2011/13
Sleeps: 10 (great for 8)

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Share-a-Yacht

From: £565 pp

Launched in: 2003
Sleeps: 4

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Beneteau 40

From: £565 pp

Launched in: 2011
Sleeps: 8 (great for 6)

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NEW Beneteau 38

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Launched in: 2014 - 17
Sleeps: 8 (great for 6)

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Beneteau 52.3

From: £565 pp

Launched in: 2008
Sleeps: 8 (great for 6)

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Images from this Flotilla

Locations

  • Plataria

  • Sayaidha

  • Emerald Bay

  • Paxos

  • Lakka

  • Corfu Island

  • Corfu Town

  • St Stephanos

  • Gouvia Marina

  • Gouvia Marina

  • Corfu Island

  • Corfu Town

  • St Stephanos

  • Emerald Bay

  • Paxos

  • Lakka

  • Mongonisi

  • Emerald Bay

  • Paxos

  • Lakka

  • Emerald Bay

  • Paxos

  • Lakka

  • Sivota Mourtos

  • Sayaidha

  • Plataria

  • Gouvia Marina

  • Parga

  • Valtos Beach

  • Emerald Bay

  • Paxos

  • Mongonisi

  • Anti-Paxos Island

  • Kastos Island

  • Ithaka Island

  • Meganisi Island

  • Frikes

  • Spartahori

  • Georges

  • Goat Bay

  • Lefkas Island

  • Sivota

  • Sivota

  • Kastos Island

  • Ithaka Island

  • Iris Hotel

  • Meganisi Island

  • Frikes

  • Fiskardo

  • Georges

  • Ligia

  • Lefkas Town

  • Parga

  • Valtos Beach

  • Emerald Bay

  • Paxos

  • Mongonisi

  • Anti-Paxos Island

  • Gouvia Marina

 

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- Return flights
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- Diesel
- Village harbour fees
- Linen & Towels
- Dinghy
- Harbour Guide
- Starter Pack
- Full Financial Protection

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- Yacht Security Waiver (£40-£160)
- Food & Drink
- Personal Holiday Insurance
- Child Discount -£50 per week
- Infants travel for just £50