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Early & Late Summer Two Week Placement Flotillas

Whole Ionian One Week Placement Flotilla
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Enjoy quiet quaysides...

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 shorter placement flotillas travel from Corfu down to Lefkas or Plataria in May and do the return trip in October.

Why choose a placement flotilla?

This is an unbeatable time of year to visit the Greek Islands...enjoy bays, harbours and whole quaysides to yourselves! These are also fortuitously the most affordable times of year to enjoy a sailing holiday. Prices start from as little as £595 per person (including flights and transfers). Or why not splash out on a brand new boat for a little as £695 per person? Tempting stuff...

What's the weather like?

Generally lovely! These trips are a great way to sneak in some early summer sunshine (whilst the UK is still warming up!). These flotillas are incredibly popular with our keener sailors who like a little bit more wind. The weather is yet to settle into it's summer predictability in late April/early May and so good wind is more common. It is slightly cooler than peak summer months and you do risk a day or two of unsettled weather but it is generally around 20-25°c.

Typical Itinerary & Highlights

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Day 1, Flotilla starts 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 - 6, North Ionian Highlights

From Corfu you will wend your way south via 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. 

You may also stop on the Greek mainland at either Plataria or Mourtos where the sunsets out over Paxos are excellent.

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.  This is also the home to one of our Shore to Sail options, the Salvator Spa Hotel. As the flotilla heads south, you may be able to enjoy a glorious sunset in the small harbour of Ligia, or a night at anchor in Two Rock Bay.

Historic Vonitsa inside the Gulf of Amvrakia may also be included on this route.

  • Parga Town Bay Parga
  • Valtos Beach from the citadel Valtos Beach
  • Lakka Bay, Paxos Island, Sailing in the Ionian Paxos
  • Hibiscus in Lakka Lakka
  • Drinks at Mongonisi Mongonisi
  • Ligia North Ligia
  • Swimming in Emerald Bay Anti-Paxos Island

Day 7, Through the Lefkas Canal

After 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).

  • Lefkas Town Bridge by Alex Allan Lefkas Town

Days 8 - 13, South 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)! 

Kastus and Kalamos are two such places that make you feel as if you have stepped back in time. The quaint harbours, with just a couple of tavernas and crystal clear waters make the absence of modern amenities well worth it!

The larger islands of Kefalonia and Ithaca are also on the agenda – and the channel between the two islands offers terrific afternoon breezes for those seeking a little extra wind.

 

  • Vliho Bay, Nidri, Lefkas Nidri
  • Kioni View Ithaka Island
  • Boat in Bay on Kefalonia Kefalonia
  • Beneteau 361 White Cliffs Meganisi Meganisi Island
  • Anchored off the rocks at Kioni Kioni
  • An evening in Fiskardo Fiskardo
  • George's Bar Georges
  • 331 Sailing in Goat Bay 2 Goat Bay

Days 14 - 15, Finishing in Sivota

Your final night stop will be at the charming village of Sivota which nestles in a sheltered natural inlet at the southern end of Lefkas Island.

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!

  • 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 - 6, 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)! 

Kastus and Kalamos are two such places that make you feel as if you have stepped back in time. The quaint harbours, with just a couple of tavernas and crystal clear waters make the absence of modern amenities well worth it!

The larger islands of Kefalonia and Ithaca are also on the agenda – and the channel between the two islands offers terrific afternoon breezes for those seeking a little extra wind.

 

  • 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
  • 331 Sailing in Goat Bay 2 Goat Bay

Day 7, 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).

  • Lefkas Town Bridge by Alex Allan Lefkas Town

Days 8 - 13, 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 14 - 15, Finishing in Gouvia Marina on Corfu

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!

  • Corfu Town Corfu Island
  • Gouvia Marina, Corfu Gouvia Marina
  • Colourful buildings in Corfu Town Corfu Town

Days 1 - 3, Joining the flotilla and exploring the mainland coast

Following a short transfer from the airport you will arrive in the picturesque fishing village of Plataria. Here you will meet your lead crew and home from home for the fortnight (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...

A first day sail is often a short hop around to the village of Sivota Mourtos also on the mainland.

  • Yacht Club at Palairos at Sunset Ionian Mainland
  • Sunset in Plataria Plataria
  • Sunset at Mourtos Sivota Mourtos

Days 4 - 10, Parga & 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.  

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. 

  • 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
  • Hibiscus in Lakka Lakka
  • Drinks at Mongonisi Mongonisi
  • Swimming in Emerald Bay Anti-Paxos Island
  • Gaios, Paxos Island Gaios

Days 11 - 14, Finishing in Gouvia Marina on Corfu

Your last few nights will likely be spent sailing up the east coast of Corfu before a final nights stop 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!

  • Corfu Town Corfu Island
  • Gouvia Marina, Corfu Gouvia Marina
  • Colourful buildings in Corfu Town Corfu Town

Day 1, Flotilla starts in Gouvia

On our North Ionian placement flotilla you begin at Gouvia Marina on Corfu Island. Here you will be met by our crew who will show you to your boat and home from home for the fortnight. 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 - 6, North Ionian Highlights

From Corfu you will wend your way south via 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. 

You may also stop on the Greek mainland at Mourtos where the sunsets out over Paxos are excellent.

 

  • Lakka Bay, Paxos Island, Sailing in the Ionian Paxos
  • Hibiscus in Lakka Lakka
  • Drinks at Mongonisi Mongonisi
  • Swimming in Emerald Bay Anti-Paxos Island

Days 7 - 12, The Greek Mainland Coast

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.  This is also the home to one of our Shore to Sail options, the Salvator Spa Hotel.

At the furthest south, you may be able to enjoy a glorious sunset in the small harbour of Ligia, or a night at anchor in Two Rock Bay.

  • Parga Town Bay Parga
  • Valtos Beach from the citadel Valtos Beach
  • Ligia North Ligia

Days 13 - 14, Finishing in Plataria

Your final day will be spent heading in to our summer base at Plataria. The port is in a large bay, facing the west which means the sunsets are spectacular. The final evening will be spent, with fellow sailors, in one of the local tavernas where seafood is the local speciality. 

  • Sunset at Plataria Plataria

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Beneteau 343

From: £565 pp

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

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Beneteau 331

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

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Beneteau 361

From: £595 pp

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

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Beneteau 311 - Tiller Steer

From: £625 pp

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

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Beneteau 311 - Wheel Steer

From: £675 pp

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

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NEW Beneteau 35

From: £695 pp

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

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Beneteau 393

From: £725 pp

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

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Beneteau 323

From: £755 pp

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

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Beneteau 50

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

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NEW Beneteau 45

From: £795 pp

Launched in: 2015 - 17
Sleeps: 8 (great for 6)

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Beneteau 40

From: £795 pp

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

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Beneteau 38

From: £795 pp

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

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Share-a-Yacht

From: £815 pp

Launched in: 2003
Sleeps: 4

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Images from this Flotilla

Locations

  • Gouvia Marina

  • Parga

  • Valtos Beach

  • Paxos

  • Lakka

  • Mongonisi

  • Ligia

  • Anti-Paxos Island

  • Lefkas Town

  • Nidri

  • Ithaka Island

  • Kefalonia

  • Meganisi Island

  • Kioni

  • Fiskardo

  • Georges

  • Goat Bay

  • Sivota

  • Sivota

  • Kastos Island

  • Ithaka Island

  • Iris Hotel

  • Meganisi Island

  • Frikes

  • Fiskardo

  • Georges

  • Goat Bay

  • Lefkas Town

  • Parga

  • Valtos Beach

  • Emerald Bay

  • Paxos

  • Mongonisi

  • Anti-Paxos Island

  • Corfu Island

  • Gouvia Marina

  • Corfu Town

  • Ionian Mainland

  • Plataria

  • Sivota Mourtos

  • Parga

  • Valtos Beach

  • Emerald Bay

  • Paxos

  • Lakka

  • Mongonisi

  • Anti-Paxos Island

  • Gaios

  • Corfu Island

  • Gouvia Marina

  • Corfu Town

  • Gouvia Marina

  • Paxos

  • Lakka

  • Mongonisi

  • Anti-Paxos Island

  • Parga

  • Valtos Beach

  • Ligia

  • Plataria

 

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What's included?

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

What's not included?

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

Two Week Optional Extras

- Manchester Flights £25
- Birmingham Flights £25
- Heathrow Flights £35
- SUP (paddleboard) £145
- Dinghy Outboard £75
- Cruising Chute