The Kefalonia route starts and finishes in Euphemia on Kefalonia Island and explores many picturesque spots on Kefalonia and Ithaka. This flotilla is perfect for first time flotilla sailors as well as experienced sailors looking to introduce family and friends.
Being in the South Ionian islands this route is generally very sheltered. You wouldn't want to spill that G'n'T after all... This said, a couple of days sailing down the Ithaka channel offers some great wind for sailing enthusiasts, with no significant swell.
During the week you will visit places such as Fiskardo, Euphemia, Sami and Poros on Kefalonia Island, as well as our favourite spots on Ithaka Island. There is plenty of time for swimming and exploring on this cruise as well as wandering around the back streets of the villages.
There may also be time to visit the smaller islands of Kastos, Kalamos or Meganisi, which all offer a real chance to get away from it all, after the bustling villages of Kefalonia island.
The Kefalonia route starts and finishes in Euphemia on Kefalonia Island and explores many picturesque spots on Kefalonia and Ithaka. Once you have arrived and met your lead crew it is time to relax and soak up the sun and the atmosphere of the quayside tavernas, before the first days briefing the following morning.
During the first few days you will visit places such as Fiskardo, Sami and Poros on Kefalonia Island. Scenic Fiskardo is a highlight of the trip, with its colourful character and eclectic evening promenade. From here you can also walk or take the dinghy around to the caves in Foci Bay which are well worth a visit. Sailing south to Sami & Poros means some excellent sailing in the Ithaka channel – making this route ideal for new, as well as confident flotilla sailors and their families.
The next few days will be spent visiting Ithaka island and the fishing villages of Frikes and Kioni. Another of our favourite anchorages is Pere Pigadhi, where the crystal clear water will make you impatient to jump off the boat for a swim! The flotilla sometimes stops at the main town of Vathi on Ithaka for a taste of ancient mythology.
Another great spot you may visit is Vasiliki on the south western corner of Lefkas Island. Vasiliki is well known as the windsurfing and dinghy sailing mecca of Europe. The bay is stunning and has a plethora of shops, tavernas and cafes to explore en route to the long pebbly beach. From here you can rent windsurf equipment, paddle boards and dinghies, or simply relax on the beach.
The final night stop will be back at the Kefalonia base in Euphemia for your final group meal with all your fellow flotilla sailors to reminisce on your wonderful trip!
The final Sunday will be spent heading home - fingers crossed you'll be lucky enough to be back next year!
Below is an indication of the yachts that will sail on this flotilla. Please call us on 020 8459 8787 to check live availability.
Our Shore to Sail holidays are a combination of a one or two week flotilla sailing holiday with another relaxing week or two 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. The San Nicolas Resort Hotel is now available in nearby Roudha Bay, or really pamper yourself at the Salvator Villas and Spa Hotel in Parga, which also has a selection of two-bedroom villas with private pools.
We have no doubt at all that our flotilla sailing gang will really score a few points with the non sailors of the family by bringing them here! The combination of one of our yachts and a room here is about as good as it gets!
For 20 years, our flotillas have been enjoying the wonderful food from the 'Castello Restaurant' in Parga. Spiros and his six sons have now expanded their programme in Parga with a fabulous boutique complex of rooms, apartments and villas called the Salva…
The Iris Hotel is one of our accommodation options in the South Ionian, ideally suited for a shore based week before or after one of our Lefkas or Ithaka flotillas, or one of our two week flotillas which finishes in the South Ionian.
A 'beside the sea' base for your shore based week on Lefkas …
As usual, great organisation, friendly staff and a well turned out boat. We've already booked for next season
Just got back from a week around Kefalonia with Phoebe, Chris and Connor, and wanted to say what a great time we had. Lead crew were absolutely superb - many thanks to them for going above and beyond, and kudos for delivering a fantastic experience. We'll be back!
Just to say had a wonderful week. George, Dan and Becky did a fine job looking after us and were great fun. Only complaint was having to come home ! Will be looking to book again for next year. Many thanks Peter and Tracy
Sailing Holidays is superbly customer orientated. Their staff are very competent, friendly, relaxed and invariably helpful. They could not do any better. They provide an excellent opportunity for sailors - from novice to experienced - to enjoy a super holiday in sunny and beautiful surroundings. Thoroughly recommended - after nearly 20 years of returning to them. Very good value for the experience enjoyed.
We had a fantastic time. With limited experience, the crew really helped and encouraged us - always at hand with expertise advice and help. We enjoyed it so much that we have signed up for another flotilla next year - this time Paxos bound!
The six people on our Oceanis 393 "Ermioni" really enjoyed the holiday and the facilities were excellent. Tyson (lead skipper) Adam (engineer) and Phoebe (hostie) were all excellent representatives for your company. They were all pleasant, knowledgeable, and always available to assist in any way required. The whole experience was great and very relaxing.
Charlie, Freya & Jesse were brilliant! They were all very professional & informative when required. Also very calming for a nervous novice skipper and I gained huge amounts of confidence with their encouraging assurances. Nothing was too much trouble for any of them & we all felt very safe & relaxed knowing they weren't too far away. But to top it all, they were great fun & we really enjoyed their company (being inspired to create the 'Charlie mooring' dance - Lol). They certainly made our holiday!
We must have had the best Lead crew you have, as they could not have been better. Naomi, Matt and Jesse were first class from start to finish, we could not have asked more from them. On a few a occations we had reason to ask for assistance, and we received an emidiate response , making our holiday trouble free. Would like to thank all three of them for one of the best experiences of our lives, and believe me , we have had many . One comment to them, don't change a thing you are doing, you have it spot on x
Just to say thank you for the most amazing holiday.....I cannot recommend you and all the staff in greece highly enough to anyone wanting to flotilla.....skipper gingerbread, host clouda and engineer sam were awesome(gingerbread's word of the week!) in every way.....will definately be doing it again when finances allow
Sailing the Beneteau 361, with a crew of 7, in May Half Term 2014
Thank you for letting us rookies loose on one of your expensive boats and please also pass on thanks to our lead boat crew (Athina - with Ali, Jordi and Cookie) for showing us the ropes and being "lovely". We all thoroughly enjoyed it.
We have just returned from a very memorable holiday onboard Kalokeri in the Ionian, and would like to point out that we received fantastic help and hospitality from the lead crew (Al,Jordan and Cookie) from start to finish of our week in Greece. They really looked after us and the rest of the flotilla very well and our whole crew of seven cannot speak highly enough of them.
Thanks to their hospitality and the help of the rest of the sailing holiday team we will definately be over in Greece again and will make a point of using Sailing Holidays Ltd. We were looked after from the moment we arrived in the airport to the moment our bags were checked in on the way out. Certainly one of the most memorable holidays ever, and we are looking forward already to doing it again in the not too distant future.
Sailing Beneteau 52.3 - Kalokeri
This was our second flotilla holiday and we both thought that after the first one with Sailing Holidays and having such a good experience that maybe we were expecting too much to try to have a repeat it. However I'm pleased to report we had such a good time, met some lovely people and brought back some great memories also. We both look forward to more good sailing times in the future.Show more
We are still on holiday in Greece but last week were on the one week Kephalonia flotilla with you. I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for a wonderful week. The organisation from the shore based crew was superb and the lead crew were outstanding. We will definitely return next year!
Sailing a Beneteau 331
I had arranged for a skipper for part of the week to do some sail training, we had previously been on a sailing holiday however due to my husband not being able to attend the holiday we needed someone with some experience to start us off.
Nick was our designated skipper and I am emailing to say how impressed we were with him. There were three of us on our boat including my 12 year old daughter, Nick had us all comfortably helming by just the second day. After three days we were all gaining so much experience and having such a good time we decided to ask if he could stay on for the week. We all intend to book again for next year as we had such an amazing time.
Sailing the Beneteau 323
Don't worry, our experienced crew will be able to help you get your sea legs in no time. Read More