Our first ever dedicated Tiller flotilla will start and finish from our pontoon in Stena, just outside Nidri in the beautiful surroundings of Vliho Bay. Christos & Evanthia, owners of the Iris Hotel will be there to welcome you with a cold drink at their nearby pool bar.
For those new to sailing or those of you who are dinghy sailors, this flotilla provides the perfect step up to keel boat sailing. All yachts on the flotilla are small, easily handled yachts, set up to be handled by two people. Electric anchor windlasses, furling genoas and furling mains or lazy jacks, make for an easy week of sailing!
This route starts at our pontoon in Stena on the outskirts of Nidri, on the east coast of Lefkas Island. The starting point is just metres from the Iris Hotel, with it's stunning pool and small pool bar where owners Christos and Evanthia will offer you a warm welcome.
After a short boat brief it is time to relax for the evening. A short walk into Nidri town offers a plethora of Greek dining options or (if a long day of travelling has got the better of you) simply relax at the Iris, just a few metres from your yacht.
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.
One of the highlights in this area is picturesque Spartahori village, perched on the cliffs of Meganisi Island. Steve and Gerry’s taverna at the end of the bay, with a beach on either side, has ‘lazy lines’ for convenience. It is the perfect spot for leisurely swimming. Make the effort to walk up the hill to unspoilt Spartahori village for the view and a cold beer at Lakis traditional taverna - it is worth the walk!
You may also spend a night moored at Port Atheni, where you can join in with the traditional Greek dancing. They are always looking for volunteers! From here you can enjoy a walk up to the old village of Katomeri. ‘Little Vathi’ on Meganisi Island is also a favourite spot with several excellent tavernas and a traditional village atmosphere.
The waters surrounding the Greek mainland north of Meganisi provide the perfect playground for learning to sail, due to the shelter Lefkas Island provides. A swim stop in the crystal clear waters of Goat Bay is not to be missed, followed by an overnight stop in Palairos - the best sunset spot in the South Ionian.
Two other favourite stops are the villages of Kastus and Kalamos. Both of these traditional Greek islands have idyllic harbours, where the locals warmly welcome visitors. They are fascinating places to visit, having remained relatively isolated until quite recently. The view out towards Atoko Island is spectacular.
Prising the flotilla back out of village harbours once they have settled in can be a difficult task for our lead crews, but there is always another beautiful place not too far away!
Throughout the week you may visit Ithaca Island which is the legendary home of Odysseus. Kioni and Frikes, on the east coast of Ithaca Island are quaint villages in which you can relax and enjoy Greek island life!
If you are feeling adventurous a swim stop on Atoko Island is well worth the trip. Cliff Bay (as the name suggests) offers a stunning back drop to a lazy lunch at anchor or One House Bay on the east of the island is another stunning option.
On the final day of your holiday you will return to Nidri on Lefkas Island to enjoy one final evening of merriment (including Christos and Effie's well reknowned barbecue).
This is the perfect spot for your last opportunity to soak up the heartwarming Greek atmosphere, before the inevitable journey home!
Below is an indication of the yachts that will sail on this flotilla. Please call us on 020 8459 8787 to check live availability.
Combine a one week flotilla sailing holiday with another week relaxing ashore.
These holidays will appeal to those who enjoy sailing but have family or friends who are not quite so enthusiastic about sailing - a compromise can now be made!
Most people opt for a week of sailing followed by a week of winding down on shore. However it is entirely up to you to do what you want to do (and when!)
Choose from studios or apartments beside the sea at the Iris Hotel, Stena, near Nidri, or opt for one of our carefully selected boutique hotels. Or pamper yourself at the Salvator Villas and Spa Hotel in Parga, which also has a selection of two-bedroom villas with private pools.
Ideally nestled between Lefkas Island’s dramatic mountains and gorgeous Vliho Bay the ...
Swimming Pool, Air Conditioning in Public Areas, Bar, Cafeteria, Garden Areas, Internet, Mountain Views, Private Parking, Restaurant, Sea Views, WIFI Connection
Young people doing a great job; always positive and upbeat never appearing to panic despite the situation...
Jake, Naomi and Rowan were the most fantastic Lead Crew we could have hoped for. Each of them installed confidence in us and looked after us brilliantly whilst making us think we were doing the hard work :) The three are a genuine asset to the company and one of the main reasons that I would recommend sailing holidays to others.
Sailing Holidays - thanks for an amazing week with a big thank you to Lead Boat Kyra. We'll be back!
Amazing restaurant New Old Mill Paleros Bay!
Had the best time, thanks Danny, bec and Archie. Anne & Jim
Thanks Archie, Becks and Danny for an unforgettable holiday wandering about the Ionian. You even fixed great weather. Hope you enjoy the pics. Best of luck for all the rest of the season - hope you continue to have a great time. We'll be back! All the best, John and Denise
Octopus, kalamari, fish, Greek salad, wine, water, bread - er, wonder if that will do as a starter?
Waiting in a bay just south of Castos harbour.These are such rough old holidays but someone's got to do it. Please pass me a nice cold beer while I try to imagine doing anything or being anywhere nicer. Could take me a while mind.
PS: please note the immaculately scrubbed decks and the polished metalwork.
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