This one week flotilla will give you a real taste for the Greek Islands. This flotilla is perfect for beginners or for more experienced sailors looking to introduce family and friends to sailing in the safety of a flotilla in the sunny Greek Islands.
This flotilla takes in all the best bits of the South Ionian. From the remote islands of Kastus and Kalamas to the bustling towns on Kefalonia and Ithaca Island, the South Ionian offers the best of both worlds and an unbeatable holiday destination.
This is an ideal first flotilla and introduction to cruising. The flotilla spends its first days in the sheltered waters behind Lefkas Island and provides soft sailing that will build everyone’s confidence. The lead crew will decide your next destination based on which way the wind is blowing and where a suitable harbour might be. There are a number of possible routes for this flotilla and lots of atmospheric villages and towns to visit.
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.
From here you will head back up to our pontoon near Nidri for a brilliant final night barbecue put on by Christos at the Iris Hotel. Kick back and relax with your fellow sailors and enjoy Christos & Evanthia’s fantastic hospitality. An unbeatable end to a week of fun in the sunshine...
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, 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 also have a brand new, exclusive villa available which is nestled in the olive groves on the hill above Sivota Bay on Lefkas Island.
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 …
We loved this holiday! If you fancy a week on your own boat, with warm weather and clear seas, this is the way to do it. The lead-crew were all friendly and helpful, even this late in the season.
Had a great time, perfect weather, strong winds, boat was in good shape and the lead crew were a lot of fun!
Thank you to our skipper - JP, and the team - Ellen and Tom - it was the first time I have rented a boat and taken 3 kids sailing - and we had the MOST WONDERFUL holiday with you - and all your skill, organisation, friendliness and hard work to make sure our flotilla ran smoothly, made our holiday such a joy! We are planning to come again. Thank you all.
I would personally like to thank our Skipper Ruth, Elle and Akis for looking after us so so well. Ruth dedication to detail was amazing with a very calm and professional way she delt with all situations total un ruffled with a great personality as had Elle. Ruth is a great credit to your company. Elle was an ace hostie involving herself with us all and Akis a great engineer. Petroula was an ideal boat for us and I have sung your Companies praises to many people I met in Greece and friends since returning home. A very big thank you for a wonderful and relaxing holiday. William Kirby
Had one of the best holidays ever, have been recommending the company to anyone who will listen.The lead yacht crew , boat Helen with Skipper JP, hosti Ellen and new mechanic young Christian were amazing and would love them to be our lead yacht again , the process of getting onto our yacht in the beginning right to the ( sad) end was faultless and we are definatley hoping to return soon , I cannot praise the experience enough , thank you for a once in lifetime experience
Fantastic holiday - an excellent experience, from booking the holiday at the boat show to our last day afloat. We enjoyed the you tube videos before we left, so we had a sense of what was coming. The crew were outstanding, nothing was too much trouble - even the skipper diving into the harbour to retrieve someone's lost glasses.
We were first time flotilla sailors and will definitely go again with Sailing holidays. Just the right balance of freedom and get-together's. A relaxed, laid back style but a very competent crew made it a perfect family adventure.
Highly recommended. Great fun!
Jake, Naomi & Ben a real asset to Sailing Holidays and brilliant ambassadors, have to say they really are fantastic on our week trip, Jake was absolute professional real calm voice over the radio and put everyone at ease when mooring, the morning briefings well put over with good instructions. Naomi just font of knowledge so we always new what to look at, eat and enjoy our stay each night again the morning & evening briefings very good. Ben hard working no issue is a problem with him, always there checking to see if you have any issues, which we did not. boat ran perfectly engine, electronics and sails. A perfect team
Took a last minute cancellation 10 days before we went out (I'd been back 4 days from doing a 1 week delivery trip with you and that was long enough back in the UK). Had the Lovely Lead boat Kamara with Twisty, Tim and Stacey. Again a great week and another testament to Lead Crews. Would not really consider a bareboat charter now because we couldn't but you would loose the lead crew which is a definite POSITIVE to the flotilla. Unfortunately being last minute the spread on children on our flotilla was slightly out as the other boats were mainly early teenagers so didn't match with out younger kids in the evenings. Great week though and can't wait for the October Half-Term when we are out again.
Hi Daniel, Thank you so much for the note! Chuffed you had a brilliant time. All the flotillas are organised by ages for the Corfu & Paxos Half Term Flotilla so you are in luck! It should be a fabulous week. Thanks again for taking the time to give us your thoughts.
4 in a yacht only one with any experience. we had a fabulous time, the flotilla crew were so helpful and guided us in most afternoons . The views and scenery are amazing and most of it you wouldn't see unless you were on a sailing holiday. I can not recommend this more prefect holiday perfect company, as little or as much support given to make your holiday as successful as it can be. Cant wait to sail again!
We had a great sailing holiday! Thanks to Kalamas lead crew.
Dear All at Sailing Holidays
I write to let you know that our family group (three yachts - eight adults and five kids) had a wonderful fun time. The lead crew of Helen. Matt, Pete and Rosie were outstanding.
Great to know that an all Brit crew can be great fun.
Thank you and fair winds
Thanks for a great week - we would definitely do it again and recommend Sailing Holidays!
My wife and I had a wonderful flotilla holiday out of Lefkas from Sunday 9th to Sunday 16th of June 2013. As a result of this experience, we have now booked a similar holiday next year from the 1st of June. We are looking forward to our next Sailing Holidays Flotilla a great deal. Thanks again for a great trip.
Dear all, we just need to say a very BIG thank you for making our first sailing holiday, one never to be forgotten. The story starts with our usual family trip to the boat show, beautiful boats, distant dreams and tons of reading matter!
Our son had been sailing dinghies for a couple of years but that was the extent of our combined experience! Previously holidays to Greece - spent on the beach looking out to sea at the flotilla that would gather in the bay during the afternoon, mooring for the evening. Walking back to our rooms we could hear the ‘whoops’ of laughter, witness the immediate camaraderie of the crews and the hi-jinks of the kids.
So... Back at the Boat Show one stand catches our eye and we grab a brochure. Back home, we spend hours trawling through and eventually come to your brochure! We deliberate, we decide, then call and a certain Barrie answers - we’re booked.
The flight out... An observation - half the plane are reading ‘Sailing Holidays’ Harbour Guides and Yacht Manuals. My wife rummages in her bag “best we read it again she says!” We needn’t have worried - we were met by a top team and whisked off to our base where we were introduced to our yacht for the week.
To calm our nerves we head straight to the bar and are met by our hostie Holly who could not have been more welcoming. Along with Skipper Freddie, and engineer Jake (team Helen) gave us just the briefest glimpse of the week that was to come. We could not wait.
Sail training... To settle us in we booked a day skipper by the name of Patrick and off we went to Meganisi for our first fantastic days sailing.
We learnt so much from Patrick who gauged our levels of experience (or lack of it) and helped us accordingly, the confidence he instilled was nothing short of incredible. After a diving competition off our beautiful yacht, moored up in a pretty little bay we all enjoyed a cup of tea before heading off to our next nights stop to celebrate our 1st voyage and meet our flotilla!
7 days, 7 harbours... In 7 days we visited 7 beautiful tucked away harbours, met some interesting characters, one of whom guided us into Vasiliki in lively winds his name was George and we’d like to thank him – some interesting manoeuvres. That evening we all ‘bonded’ and our son was welcomed into the Sailing Holidays team of skippers - very proud Mum and Dad.
Onto Fiskardo, then Sivota for our last night where our son with great confidence guided us into harbour perfectly and there on the quay were the entire team, Holly, Freddie, Patrick, George and Jake - what a welcome! All good things come to an end - it was a tough goodbye, we had a fantastic experience, made new friends and could not have been looked after any better. A very big ‘Thank You’
Darren, Fi and Dominic, Sailing a Beneteau 323
Dear Sailing Holidays, I would like to say having just returned from our one week Lefkas holiday starting at Nidri and finishing at Sivota, (26/5- 3/6) what a wonderful holiday my family and I have had. There were eight of us your Bennetau 40.
I felt your company was very professional from start to finish and the team we were with, Freddie, Holly and Jake made our holiday very enjoyable and were a credit to your company, the three of them could not of been more professional, friendly and pleasant.
All the boats were in superb order and the choice of ports we went to were amazing. We were initially recommended your company by a friend and we will certainly recommend your company to others. Well done all round to your company and well done to your lead crew who made our holiday even better!
Sailing a Beneteau 40
We feel the we must register what a fantastic lead crew you have on lead boat 'Helen'. Jake, Holly and Freddy are a credit to themselves and to your company. They always had a smile on there faces, were always very polite and nothing was to much trouble for them. The advice they gave was always spot on. We had a fantastic holiday. Thank you all very much!
Sailing a Beneteau 331
Hi Sailing Holidays Just thought we'd would drop you a line following our return from the Lefkas 1 week flotilla on 9-9-12 The holiday has been fantastic in every way and exceeded our expectations. In particular we were overwhelmed with the attentiveness, ability and professional approach of our Vassia lead crew (Stew, Sarah and Jamie). Their skill, knowledge, advice, enthusiasm and patience were central in providing a superb first sailing holiday experience. Without doubt we will be booking again next year with Sailing Holidays (for 2 weeks) We would be grateful if you could pass on our sincere thanks to the Vassia crew and support staff.
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