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South Ionian Flotilla, Sailing from Kefalonia

Kefalonia flotilla, south Ionian, Greece

Kefalonia flotilla from Aghia Euthemia (The Assos route and the Zante route)

Building on the success in previous seasons, our Kefalonia flotilla starts from the harbour of Aghia Eufimia, an ideal spot from which to explore the southern of the Ionian islands including Zakynthos and Ithaca.

Starting further south means we are ahead of other flotillas, permitting a more adventurous route and exploring destinations not found on other flotilla itineraries.

The Zante route heads south to Zakynthos and to the Peloponese coast, with the opportunity to visit ancient Olympia. The Assos route takes us on a circumnavigation of the island, exploring Fiskardho, Assos to the west and Argalasti or Lixouri to the south before our beach party in a beautiful bay.

With longer sailing distances, this route offers those clients who are loyal to the Ionian with another challenge whilst still be able to enjoy this beautiful area that we love and know so well.

You will be in charge of your own chartered yacht as part of a flotilla fleet of not more than twelve yachts. Your professional lead crew will be on hand to assist and guide you through the beautiful waters, organising social events along the way. The crew’s aim is to make this a personal experience for you, and their local knowledge will help to make your holiday a very special one.

The Ionian islands enjoy a wonderful climate, and you can be virtually assured of great weather and warm temperatures during the flotilla season. Winds on the Kefalonia flotilla are moderate, with strengths of force 2-4, occasionally a little more in open water. For those accustomed to the calm waters to the east of Lefkas and Kefalonia, the open waters can often have more of a swell, particularly further south.

2019 FLOTILLA ITINERARIES
Alternating weekly routes in the Ionian
From 19 May to 22 September 2019


THE ASOS ROUTE

embarkation dates from
19 May, 2 June, 16 June; 30 June, 14 July, 28 July; 11 August, 25 August; 08 Sept, 22 Sept 2019


Kefalonia flotilla - Assos route

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Note: Ionian Sailing holidays, routes may vary during the season according to weather and operating conditions. Our flotilla crew will keep you fully briefed each day.

SUNDAY

Aghia Eufimia, Kefalonia – Fly to Kefalonia and transfer to Eufimia harbour for embarkation. Our home in Eufimia is a perfect point from which to explore the southern Ionian islands.

MONDAY

Vathi, Ithaca (17nm) is the largest town on the island, and is situated at the head of the well-portected bay. Explore the back streets for some great tavernas and nightlife.

TUESDAY

Fiskardo, Kefalonia (15 nm) – lively and sophisticated but retaining some traditional Greek charm and character, a great place for people watching.

WED/SDAY

Assos (10 nm) – We sail around the north coast of the island, heading for the village of Assos, with the famous fort occupying the penninsula. (Note this part of the route is weather dependant)

THURSDAY

Poli Bay (13nm) - Beach party today and we head south to the west coast of Ithaca, and Poli Bay - perfect for a flotilla raft and a party on the beach.

FRIDAY

Free Sailing - Plenty of choice - head south to Zakynthos, or alternatively head east to Ithaca, your lead crew will be happy to make some recommedations.

SATURDAY

Aghia Eufimia - Return to our base and enjoy a "last supper" together on the waters edge at one of the best tavernas in the Ionian.

SUNDAY

Disembarkation in the morning

THE ZANTE ROUTE

embarkation dates from
26 May, 9 June, 23 June, 07 Jul, 21 Jul, 4 Aug,18 Aug, 1 Sept, 15 Sept 2019


Kefalonia flotilla - Zante route

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Note: Ionian Sailing holidays, routes may vary during the season according to weather and operating conditions. Our flotilla crew will keep you fully briefed each day.

SUNDAY

Aghia Eufimia, Kefalonia – Fly to Kefallonia and transfer to Eufimia harbour for embarkation. Our home in Eufimia is a perfect point from which to explore the southern Ionian islands.

MONDAY

Poros, Kefalonia (15 nm) – After the main briefing, we set sail for the harbour at Poros to the south. After the punch party on the quay, a quick stroll into town for a group meal all together.

TUESDAY

Zante Town, Zakynthos (23 nm) – Time to cross the straight between Kefalonia and Zakynthos, and head to the capital of the island, well worth exploring as the sun sets.

WEDNESDAY

Aghios Nikolaos, Zakynthos (13 nm) – From Aghios Nikolaos, a high speed boat trip is possible to "Shipwreck bay", regarded as one of the best beaches in the world. Note: If weather conditions are not favourable, we substitute this stop for a beach BBQ and party in a secluded bay.

THURSDAY

Sami (28 nm) - Sami is our destination today, heading back up to Kefalonia. The well protected harbour is right in the town, and some excellent fish tavernas beckon.

FRIDAY

Free Sailing - Plenty of choices for your free sailing – head for the southern end of Ithaca and choose Vathi, or, weather permitting, head for the south facing bay of Lixouri and Argostoli.

SATURDAY

Aghia Eufimia - Return to our base and enjoy a "last supper" together on the waters edge. If you are leaving late, a trip to the caves is a great option.

SUNDAY

Disembarkation in the morning

TWO WEEK FLOTILLA– Combine the Assos route with the Zante route for a two week flotilla holiday

Ionian flotilla crew

Explorer Flotilla Itineraries

Kefalonia To Lefkas - 29th September 2019

Sunday

Fly to Kefalonia airport and transfer to our yacht at our base. Time to explore the town and enjoy a meal in one of the many traditional tavernas.

Monday

Fiskardo – Lively and sophisticated but retaining some traditional Greek charm and character, a great place for people watching

Tuesday

Vathi, Ithaca – Our destination today is the beautiful island of Ithaca, and the capital Vathi, set deep in the large bay on the east side of the island.

Wednesday

Astakos – Dragonera Islands: Visit the quaint and beautiful Dragonera beach, with its crystal clear waters.

Thursday

Kalamos – A small and beautiful mountainous island, home to only 500 locals.

Friday

Palairos:  This small mainland village is popular with Greek tourists and offers a great selection of tavernas for your evening meal. Anchor outside the harbour or on the quay, the choice is yours.

Saturday

Free Sail – Ask our crew for their suggestions for the day.

Sunday

Disembark and transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE A FLOTILLA HOLIDAY?
You will be in charge of your own chartered yacht as part of a flotilla fleet of not more than twelve yachts. Your professional lead crew will be on hand to assist and guide you through the beautiful waters, organising social events along the way. The crew’s aim is to make this a personal experience for you, and their local knowledge will help to make your holiday a very special one.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY FLOTILLA HOLIDAY?

  • Fully equipped charter yacht
  • Dinghy with outboard engine
  • A welcome punch party
  • A beach party (14 night flotilla holidays only)
  • End cleaning of your flotilla yacht
  • The services of an experienced lead crew and the support of the local base team / local agents
  • One full tank of diesel, full water tank(s) and cooking gas
  • Welcome pack of provisions and cleaning products to get you started
  • Bed linen, shower towels & tea towels.
    (On request and subject to availability we can offer return flights from the UK plus overseas airport transfers with ATOL Protection (on flight inclusive packages)
    Note: Mooring charges (except at flotilla base) extra fuel or water; food, drink and items of a personal nature such as laundry are excluded. For those extending their holiday after the yacht charter, transfer costs from yacht base to your accommodation are usually excluded and payable locally unless you are booking a flight inclusive package.

DO I NEED A SAILING LICENCE?
Yes, each skipper on a flotilla or bareboat charter is required to possess a recognised sailing qualification, typically either an RYA Day Skipper practical certificate or an International Certificate of Competence (ICC). If you have experience but not the qualification, our RYA training centres in Greece can help you to achieve this as part of your holiday.

DO I NEED A VISA FOR MY TRIP TO GREECE?
No, for Greece a tourist visa is not required. If you are planning on extending your stay you may choose to visit Turkey (exit and entry fees apply) in which case a tourist visa will be required for your entry to Turkey.

WILL I HAVE TO PAY MOORING FEES?
On our flotillas, the first and last night of your charter will be in the marina, and we cover the fees for this (excluding showers and other marina facilities). During the course of your holiday there may be one or two places that charge a small fee, but this will generally not exceed 10 euros per night. In some places you will have to pay for topping up your tanks with water. Again, this is included whilst in the marina on your first and last nights.

WHAT WIND CONDITIONS CAN I EXPECT?
Generally the prevailing wind is from the North / North West and the strength ranges from force 3 to force 6. Stronger sailing breezes can generally be expected in the afternoons, between 2 and 5pm. During the Meltemi season, which is generally late July to the end of August, the winds can be a little stronger, between force 4 to 7 at times, although much of the sailing area is protected by the island so the swell is not too exaggerated.

HOW MUCH CASH SHOULD I TAKE WITH ME?
Obviously this will depend on what your plans are, but generally you can expect to pay around 15 euro per person for an evening meal. Although most places take card, it is good practice to have enough cash with you to cover any bill. Cash points are available at our home ports of Kos as well as many of the islands – your crew know exactly where and when you can get more and they will keep you updated as your holiday progresses. Travellers cheques are no longer readily accepted, and of course euro is the currency used in Greece.

DO I NEED TO STOCK UP WITH PROVISIONS AT THE BASE?
A few basic supplies and plenty of water is always good to have on the yacht, and the marina supermarket is close for the heavy items, however all the islands and ports have some facilities and shops (although sometimes quite basic!). Half the fun of your flotilla holiday is exploring the harbours and villages, and of course there are plenty of restaurants for your evening meals ashore.

HOW FAR IS THE BASE FROM THE AIRPORT?
Sunday morning charter flights from Gatwick or Stansted to Kefalonia with afternoon return. Flight Time 3 hrs.
Regional charter flights from Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle available on request.

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