Emerald Bay Beach October 2013
Beneteau 361 Pere Pegani Jump
Sivota, Lefkas flowers

Two Week Whole Ionian Flotilla

2018 Whole Ionian - 2 Week
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The highlights of the Ionian Islands

The Whole Ionian is our flagship flotilla holiday and one we are very proud to offer. The flotilla spends two weeks meandering through the Ionian Islands from Corfu to Kefalonia and all those in between. This route is perfect for your first or second flotilla or for those who simply want to return and reminisce.

 

Why choose the Whole Ionian?

There are swim stops en route nearly every day and after three or four days you will feel like you have been there forever. Each island and town has its own unique and colourful character. Islands vary from spectacular rocky cliffs and caves, to rolling hills covered in olive groves. Everywhere you visit has sheltered bays, welcoming village harbours, and great food.

 

What's the sailing like?

Most sailing days are only 12-15 miles between stops with one or two longer days of 20 miles or so for sailing enthusiasts!

 

Typical Itinerary & Highlights

We currently have 2 itineraries available.   Select Itinerary:

Day 1, Flotilla starts in Plataria

Travelling from North to South you begin at the village of Plataria on the Greek Mainland. 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 Olga's taverna, with a cold beer and bite to eat.

From Plataria 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. Another popular stop in Mongonisi at the Southern tip of Paxos where you can Greek dance the night away...

  • Sunset in Plataria Panorama Plataria
  • Anchored in Lakka Bay for a swim! Lakka
  • Gaios, Paxos Island Gaios

Days 2 - 5, North Ionian Highlights

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
  • Parga Town Bay Salvator Spa Hotel & Villas

Days 6 - 7, Through the Lefkas Canal

Lefkas town also 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).

A swim stop at Goat Bay is highly recommended on your way south, along with a stop at the Iris Hotel in tranquil Vliho bay where you can relax by the pool and enjoy the unrivalled hospitality of owners Christos and Evanthia.

  • Couple playing with camera Iris Hotel
  • Lefkas Town Bridge by Alex Allan Lefkas Town
  • 331 Sailing in Goat Bay Goat Bay

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 Ithaka are also on the agenda – and the channel between the two islands offers terrific afternoon breezes for those seeking a little extra wind.

 

  • Kastus Beach with windmill Kastos Island
  • Beneteau 323 anchored in Pere Pegani Ithaka Island
  • Beneteau 40 Sailing past Kalamos Kalamos Island

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!

  • The crew of Lead Boat Athina with flotilla children Sivota

Days 1 - 3, 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.

The larger islands of Kefalonia and Ithaca are likely to be on the agenda for the first few days – and the channel between the two islands offers terrific afternoon breezes for those seeking a little extra wind.

  • Fishing Boat Fiskardo Kefalonia
  • Fiskardo Bay Fiskardo
  • The crew of Lead Boat Athina with flotilla children Sivota

Days 3 - 5, 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!

  • Kastus Beach with windmill Kastos Island
  • Beneteau 361 White Cliffs Meganisi Meganisi Island
  • Beneteau 40 Sailing past Kalamos Kalamos Island

Days 6 - 7, Through the Lefkas Canal

Before going through the Lefkas Bridge, you are likely to have a stop or two on the northern side of Meganisi. After which 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).

  • Spartahori from Above Spartahori
  • George's Bar Georges
  • Lefkas Town Bridge by Alex Allan Lefkas Town

Days 7 - 12, North Ionian highlights

From the Lefkas Canal you will wend your way North via the quaint historic village of Vonitsa in the Gulf of Amvrakia. Further up the mainland coast, you may be able to enjoy a glorious sunset in the small 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.  This is also the home to one of our Shore to Sail options, the Salvator Spa Hotel.

  • Parga Town Bay Parga
  • Parga Bay with rowing boat Valtos Beach
  • Drinks at Mongonisi Mongonisi

Days 13 - 15, Finishing in Plataria

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.

The second to last night is often spent in the picturesque village of Mourtos. Just 12 miles South of Plataria this spot offers amazing sunsets and stunning swim stops in the surrounding archipelago of islands.

This means a short and relaxing days sail back into Plataria on the last day. The lead crew will arrange a final night meal where you can enjoy the company of your fellow sailors for the final time...or until next time anyway!

  • Sunset in Plataria Panorama Plataria
  • Beneteau 40 Relaxing in Emerald Bay 2 Emerald Bay
  • Anchored in Lakka Bay for a swim! Lakka

 

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 (£60-£160)
- Food & Drink
- Personal Holiday Insurance
- Child Discount -£65 for one week 
- Child Discount -£115 for two weeks
- Infants travel for just £50

One & Two Week Optional Extras - Lefkas, Ithaka & Whole Ionian Flotillas

  • Manchester Flights £25
  • Brimingham Flights £25
  • Bristol Flights £25
  • SUP (paddleboard):
  • One Week £95
  • - Two Weeks £155
  • Dinghy Outboard:
  • - One Week £50
  • - Two Weeks £75
  • Cruising Chute
  • Holiday Insurance

 

One & Two Week Optional Extras - Kefalonia & South Ionian Flotillas

  • Manchester Flights £25
  • Heathrow Flights £35
  • SUP (paddleboard):
  • One Week £95
  • - Two Weeks £155
  • Dinghy Outboard:
  • - One Week £50
  • - Two Weeks £75
  • Cruising Chute
  • Holiday Insurance

 

One & Two Week Optional Extras - Paxos, North Ionian & Faraways Flotillas

  • Heathrow Flights £35
  • SUP (paddleboard):
  • One Week £95
  • - Two Weeks £155
  • Dinghy Outboard:
  • - One Week £50
  • - Two Weeks £75
  • Cruising Chute
  • Holiday Insurance

 

Two Week Optional Extras - Saronic Islands & Sporades Flotillas

  • SUP (paddleboard) £155
  • Dinghy Outboard £75
  • Cruising Chute
  • Holiday Insurance

Quick Yacht Price Search - For prices simply select party size and date

Below is an indication of the yachts that will sail on this flotilla. Please call us on 020 8459 8787 to check live availability.

Beneteau 331

From: £635 pp

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

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Beneteau 361

From: £695 pp

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

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Beneteau 311

From: £765 pp

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

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Beneteau 35

From: £775 pp

Launched in: 2016 - 17
Sleeps: 8 (great for 4)

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Beneteau 323

From: £795 pp

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

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Beneteau 50

From: £835 pp

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

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Beneteau 45

From: £845 pp

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

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Beneteau 38

From: £855 pp

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

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Beneteau 40

From: £855 pp

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

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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.

Accommodation options on the Whole Ionian Flotilla

  • Pool at the Salvator Hotel

    Salvator Spa Hotel & Villas

    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…

  • Relaxing by the pool at the Iris

    Iris Hotel & Apartments

    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 …

Images from Flotilla

Locations

  • Plataria

  • Lakka

  • Gaios

  • Parga

  • Salvator Spa Hotel & Villas

  • Iris Hotel

  • Lefkas Town

  • Goat Bay

  • Kastos Island

  • Ithaka Island

  • Kalamos Island

  • Sivota

  • Kefalonia

  • Fiskardo

  • Sivota

  • Kastos Island

  • Meganisi Island

  • Kalamos Island

  • Spartahori

  • Georges

  • Lefkas Town

  • Parga

  • Valtos Beach

  • Mongonisi

  • Plataria

  • Emerald Bay

  • Lakka

 

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