m/s Aphrodite: the Ionian from Zante
M/S APHRODITE– a traditional motorised ocean vessel that can accommodate up to 16 passengers in 7 cabins – operates the Ionian Cruise. We will spend a week at sea, exploring the very best of this island cluster paradise, stopping in Poros Agia Efimia, VAthi, FIskardo, Meganisi in a round trip from Zante.
Discover m/s Aphrodite
The southern Ionian Islands are an emerald scattering of seven main islands: Zante (Zakynthos), Kefalonia, Atokos, Ithaca, Corfu – found off the west coast of mainland Greece. The region is famed for pristine beaches, the unforgettable blue of the sea, and the lush Mediterranean landscape. Several lesser-known smaller islands make up this paradise cluster.
This trip is best suited for those who want to set sail for discovery, heritage and historical sightseeing, the best of nature and deserted beaches, on-deck sea-view unwinding 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). All cabins include a private bathroom and air-conditioning.
If you are interested in a private charter for sailing around the Greek Ionian islands, please contact us. Taylor-made itineraries are available.
The Zante (Zakynthos) 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: Saturdays (in June, July, August and September)
Departure Time: 17:00 (Please try and arrive 30 minutes before)
Disembarkation: 09:00 (On the following Saturday in Zante. It`s also possible to disembark on Friday evening when the boat arrives in Zante).
Day 1 Saturday: Zante - Agios Nikolas
As today is the arrival day and we don’t set sail from the Port until after sunset, you have plenty of time to explore the wonders of Zante Island. If you have time to see more of the island, don’t miss the chance to explore the Byzantine Museum, the National Marine Park in Laganás Bay. 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 Agios Nikolaos.
Note: On the rare occasion of any issues that may result from late arrivals, there is a possibility that we do not depart Zante the next day, and instead set sail on Sunday morning.
Day 2 Sunday: Agios Nikolas - Agia Efthemia
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. 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. Later, we head towards Agia Ethimia.
Day 3 Monday: Agia Efthemia - Ithaca (Vathi)
Nestled on the Ionian coastline of the Greece Mainland, Ithaca has been described as one of the region’s most beautiful villages. Famous from Greek mythology as being the home island of King Odysseus who spent 10 years after the Trojan war trying to find his way home. The island has 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. We will have lunch onboard, but stay in town for an evening of Greek feasting and hospitality.
Optional event: Odysseus coach tour
Since antiquity, Ithaca has been identified as the home of the mythological hero Odysseus. Let’s start an interesting journey which will lead us to his glorious life. You will have the opportunity to go back in time and admire some of the most characteristic sights of the island, such as: the bust of Odysseus, the palace of Odysseus, an illustration of his 10-year journey by Bruno Mazzali and the Archeological Museum at Stavros village. Let’s escape from the beaten path and discover some of Ithaca’s most hidden gems in a journey which combines myth and immortality. An experienced guide will be also there to introduce you to the history of Ithaca Greece. In this way, all the exhibits and the archaeological data that will meet in your way, will become more alive.
Available bus transfer from and to the capital of Ithaca, Vathi Port.
Day 4 Tuesday: Ithaca - Meganisi
Not many people know of Meganisi, overshadowed by the main island of Lefkas, 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. Go snorkelling in the turquoise waters, feel the pebbles under your feet, take a walk amongst the clifftop surroundings and visit the Town .
We will dine at a pop-up beach taverna in a secluded bay tucked away from the crowds, and later watch the stars from the deck of the yacht.
Day 5 Wednesday: Meganisi - Fiscardo (Kefalonia)
With white pebble beaches, striking blue seas and lush green countryside, Fiskardo is one of Greece’s best-kept secrets and one of the most beautiful ports in Kefalonia. 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. 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 Thursday: Fiscardo - Paros
Dotted with secluded bays and sea caves, with shallow waters for those keen to explore the underworld of the Ionian Sea, this part of Kefalonia Island is an explorer’s dream. Enjoy lunch on the vessel while we sail towards bustling Poros, 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 Poros is the epitome of old school Greek charm. We will dock overnight at a picturesque bay here.
Optional extra: Captain`s BBQ dinner on board.
Day 7 Friday: Poros - Zante
Before we head back to the main port of Zante Island, with free time to explore, we take the chance to fit in one more of Zante’s long sandy beaches. We visit the beautiful Shipwreck 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 Zante Old Town, where we enjoy a Captain’s dinner with the group in our final farewell.
Optional activity: Wine tasting
The identity of Zante shall not entail only its beaches, towns and museums. Zante is also well-known for the hospitality of its people, their love for land and the fruits they grow. In 1900, Giatras family started planting the first vineyards in the area where the Art wine winery is located today. It’s the ideal place to introduce yourself to traditional wine making, and take a close look at the vines and the store rooms. Despoina and Eviana Giatra gladly explain (in English) the progress of this year’s crop and answer your questions about grape cultivation and good wine. You can try any of the twelve Zakynthian wine varieties offered and enjoy traditional treats. Discover Ionian varieties with a characteristic acidity and a light golden green color or with a more fruity flavor, suitable for all tastes. Art Winery is located at one of the most greenish areas of the Zakynthian countryside, a few kilometers away from the traditional settlement of Maries, where you can relax and have a unique experience.
Available bus transfer from the port to the winery and back again.
Day 8 Saturday: Disembarkation after breakfast.
As we come back in full circle to Zante, 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.
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|
|Prices Euro||from €539||from €739||from €869||from €869||from €739|
|Prices GBP||from £456||from £625||from £735||from £735||from £625|
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)
- Travel Insurance
- Local transportation
- Gratuity for the crew