Cruises & Cabin Charter/Motorsailer cabin cruises

m/s Hera: the Ionian from Corfu

The Boat

M/S HERA – this beautiful motorised ocean vessel that can accommodate up to 25 passengers with 9 cabins – operates the Ionian Cruise. You will spend a week at sea, exploring the very best of this island cluster paradise, stopping in Sivota, Parga, Antipaxos, Gaios and Lakka in a round trip from Corfu.
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The Cruise

The Greek Ionian is famed for pristine beaches, an unforgettable blue sea, and a lush Mediterranean landscape. The most famous island in the north Ionian is Corfu (Kerkyra). Several lesser-known smaller islands make up this paradise cluster.

These cruises are popular with holidaymakers from many countries who enjoy a relaxed but affordable cruising holiday, a chance to see the Greek islands and meet like-minded people. This trip is best suited for those who want to set sail for discovery, heritage and the best of nature, with deserted beaches, and the friendly atmosphere of a small ship cruise.

The friendly crew will attend to all your needs along the way. There are freshly prepared meals (breakfast and lunch), and all cabins include a private bathroom and air-conditioning.

Tailor-made itineraries are also available for private charter. 

The Itinerary

The Ionian Cruise itinerary is subject to change dependent on weather conditions, difficulties docking or unforeseen circumstances. This decision will be made solely at your captain’s discretion, based on the safety of the group and the ship. Travel insurance is highly recommended before departing for a Greece sailing trip. 

When arranging your transportation, such as flights and on-ground transfers, please ensure you give yourself enough time in-between for the arrival and departure from your group.

Departure Day: Mondays (in May, June, July, August and September)
Departure Time: 17:00 (Please try and arrive 30 minutes before)
Disembarkation: 09:00 (On the following Monday, docking at Corfu. It`s also possible to disembark on Sunday evening when the boat arrives in Corfu). 

Day 1 Monday: Corfu - Kassiopi

As today is the arrival day and we don’t set sail from the Old Port (NAOK marina) until after sunset, you have plenty of time to explore the wonders of Corfu Island. The UNESCO World Heritage town of Kerkyra (Corfu Old Town) is full of cultural heritage from its days under Venetian, French and British rule. From architecture to traditions, towering fortresses to the narrow medieval streets, you can feel the multi-layers of Corfu island history. If you have time to see more of the island, don’t miss the chance to explore the fishing village of Agni Bay, the dramatic cliff drops of Cape Drastis, the picturesque channel of the Canal d’Amour and the tucked-away community of Palaiokastritsa. In the evening, we get acquainted with our sailing home for the next few days and get settled in, starting by dining with a view of the ocean as we set sail towards Kassiopi.

Note: On the rare occasion of any issues that may result from late arrivals, there is a possibility that we do not depart Corfu on Monday evening, and instead set sail on Tuesday morning.

Day 2 Tuesday: Sivota - Mourtos

The rainfall on the Ionian Islands is what enables its lush and verdant landscapes to flourish. Think of thick forests, natural coves, green hills with olive groves, and ardent valleys that sit back-to-back with crystal clear waters and sparkling white beaches. You can find this in the Mourtos and Sivota Islands, south of Corfu, where we sail and stop to marvel at some of the island best natural highlights. This includes the striking Papanikolis Cave and the famed Blue Lagoon Bay, where you can swim in the iridescent blue waters. In the evening, stroll the traditional Marina village and take your pick of Greek eats from the idyllic tavern-lined promenade, where you can watch the sunset.

Optional excursion: Sivota Cooking Class

Day 3 Wednesday: Parga

Nestled on the Ionian coastline of the Greece Mainland, Parga has been described as one of the region’s most beautiful villages. This is because of its two crystal clear bays that line either side of its main town and the iconic Venetian fortress that forms an impressive backdrop. Known for its stunning natural environment that gives it an island feel, there are plenty of beachside hangouts and watersports to enjoy the coastline views, especially in the large bay west of Parga town. We will have lunch onboard, but stay in town for an evening of Greek feasting and hospitality. Note: If the vessel manages to dock in the port, you will not need to use a water taxi. However, if you need one, the cost of the Water Taxi is not included in the overall price package.

Optional event: Parga Wine tasting

Day 4 Thursday: Antipaxos

Not many people know of Antipaxos, overshadowed by the main island of Paxos, but you will be glad you got to experience this lesser-known beauty spot. First, we fuel up with a lunch before stopping for some coastal relaxation time at some of the islands secluded, tranquil bays that are home to the beaches of Voutoumi and Vrika. Go snorkelling in the turquoise waters, feel the pebbles under your feet, take a walk amongst the clifftop surroundings and visit one of the three main towns – Gaios, Loggos and Lakka. We will dine at a pop-up beach tavern in a secluded bay tucked away from the crowds, and later watch the stars from the deck of the yacht.

Day 5 Friday: Gaia - Paxos

With white pebble beaches, striking blue seas and lush green countryside, Paxos is one of Greece’s best-kept secrets. We will dock at the port of Gaios ready for a full day on the island. You can easily explore with a motorcycle, although it’s also easy by foot, bike or car too. Spend the day seeking out the secluded coves and bays for swimming, enjoy the Venetian architecture of Gaios town or sample the world-renowned olive oil from the surrounding groves. Watch the fisherman go about their work from one of the seafront cafes, before enjoying some of the best and freshest seafood at one of the excellent local tavernas that stock the best catch of the day.

Day 6 Saturday: Lakka - Paxos

Dotted with secluded bays and sea caves, with shallow waters for those keen to explore the underworld of the Ionian Sea, this part of Paxos Island is an explorer’s dream. Enjoy lunch on the vessel while we sail towards bustling Lakka, the second largest village on the island set in a horseshoe bay to a backdrop of olive and cypresses trees. Visit the pebbled Kanoni beach and sandy Harami beach and wander amongst nature. Later, stroll the vibrant promenade along the seafront. Full of bars and tavernas Lakka is the epitome of old school Greek charm. We will dock overnight at a picturesque bay here. Note: The vessel cannot dock in the marina in this area.

Captain`s dinner on board.

Day 7 Sunday: Corfu

Before we head back to the mainland of Corfu Island, with free time to explore, we take the chance to fit in one more of Corfu’s long sandy beaches. We visit the beautiful Benitses Beach and village on the east coast of the island, enjoying an onboard lunch on the way for some final sweeping sea views. We spend the night in the Marina of Corfu Old Town, where we enjoy a Captain’s dinner with the group in our final farewell.

Optional excursions: Corfu Bus Tour, Corfu Greek night

Day 8 Monday: Disembarkation after breakfast.

As we come back in full circle to Corfu, this is our departure day, where you’ll say goodbye to your new friends and your crew. Hopefully, we have inspired you with this Greece sailing trip and hope to see you next year for more sailing around the Greek islands.

2022 Prices

All prices are per person per week and based in Euro (€) or GBP (£). Instead of an early booking discount, we offer cheaper prices to the early bird, and prices will gradually increase as cabins are sold. Keep in mind that once you have paid your deposit, your price for the tour is fixed and will not be able to change, unless we for any reason decrease the price and we will pass it on to you also. Prices fluctuate regularly in line with demand. Our Price Promise ensures clients who book early will never pay more than those who book later.

Our periods are: 

  • Shoulder period (May, June, September)
  • Peak period (July, August)

Solo traveler. If you are traveling solo we always match you with the same gender on the cabin. If you want to have your own private cabin there will be an extra charge of 50% of the total amount for 1 person price.

The below-stated prices are subject to change without any notice. Keep in mind that as the departure date of the sailing tour comes closer the prices might increase, so it is wise to book in advance and secure the cheapest price. Once you have paid your 20% deposit, your price for the tour is fixed and will not be able to change, unless we for any reason will decrease the price and we will pass it on to you also.

  • Prices fluctuate regularly in line with demand. Our Price Promise ensures clients who book early will never pay more than those who book later. Clients will have to pay 50 € p.p. ( local tax) cash prior to embarkation.
Dates From 7 May From 4 June From 2 July from 6 August from 3 September 1-8 October
Prices Euro from €539 from €739 from €869 from €869 from €739 from €539
Prices GBP from £456 from £625 from £735 from £735 from £625 from £456

Included in the price:

  • 7 nights accommodation on board
  • Buffet Breakfast daily
  • 6 Lunches
  • 1 Dinner + 1 Captains Dinner
  • Private beaches
  • Swim stops
  • Guided tour
  • Traditional ensuite ship
  • Free 3G Wi-Fi onboard (subject to limitations)

Not included:

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Dinners
  • Local transportation
  • Excursions
  • Gratuity for the crew