South Ionian Flotilla, Sailing from Lefkas (Lefkada)
Lefkas flotilla from Sivota (the Lefkas route and the Ithaka route
(For Kefalonia flotilla, click here).
The Ionian is without question the "birthplace" of flotilla sailing, and with good reason. Gentle breezes, secure anchorages and iridescent waters make this the ideal flotilla holiday destination. The protected waters are ideal for less experienced sailors as well as those more experienced sailors looking to relax and unwind.
The Ionian Seas offer a stunning combination of cruising opportunities. At one extreme you can still discover uninhabited islands and hidden away coves. At the other you have harbours full of Venetian charm and sophistication. In between translucent waters, short passages and clement conditions ideal for the more relaxed sailor.
Each island, harbour and town has its own character, from cosmopolitan Fiskardho, traditional Lefkas to sleepy Kastos and the pine-clad bays of Meganisi, you are spoilt for choice and there is something for everyone on an Ionian flotilla holiday.
For the best of both worlds, why not try a combination of a week of dinghy, windsurfing, kayaking & SUPing at our beach club at Nikiana Beach Club with a week exploring the islands on flotilla. The perfect Greek island 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.
Generally the prevailing wind is from the North / North West and the strength ranges from force 2 to force 5. Stronger sailing breezes can generally be expected in the afternoons, between 2 and 5pm. Due to the mountainous nature of the islands, you can usually count on some great local winds – your lead crew can give you their top tips!
2018 LEFKAS FLOTILLA ITINERARY
Ionian Sailing holidays. Departing every Sunday from 6 May to 21 October - 7 or 14 nights.
Combine the Lefkas route and the Ithaka route for a 2 week flotilla holiday.
THE LEFKAS ROUTE
embarkation dates from Sivota, Lefkas
13 May, 27 May; 10 June, 24 June; 8 July, 22 July; 5 August, 21 August; 2 Sept, 16 Sept, 30 Sept, 14 Oct 2018
THE ITHAKA ROUTE
embarkation dates from Sivota, Lefkas
6 May, 20 May; 3 June, 17 June; 1 July, 15 July, 29 July;
12 Aug, 26 Aug; 9 Sept, 23 Sept, 7 Oct, 21 Oct 2018
|Sun||Lefkas - Fly UK to Preveza and transfer to our flotilla basefor embarkation. Our home port is in the sheltered harbour of Sivota on the south of the island of Lefkas, perfect for exploring the South Ionian.||Sun||Lefkas - Fly UK to Preveza and transfer to our flotilla base for embarkation. Our home port is in the sheltered harbour of Sivota on the south of the island of Lefkas, perfect for exploring the South Ionian.|
|Mon||Vathi, Meganisi (5 nm) – A short hop on our first day is perfect - plenty of time to get used to your yacht and enjoy a swim stop for lunch before the evening punch party on the quay.||Mon||Spartohori, Meganissi (9 nm) - Spartohori is a beautiful little town perched above the harbour. Enjoy a well deserved sun-downer after a walk up from the shore.|
|Tue||Palairos, Mainland (9 nm) – 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. ||Tue||Fiskardho, Kefalonia (12 nm) – Chic and cosmopolitan, FIskardho is known for being a "must see" destination in the Mediterranean. Some of the best restaurants in the Ionian offer the chance to dine in style.|
|Wed||Kastos (16 nm) – Today we head south to the sleepy island of Kastos. An evening stroll up the hill to Chef John's restaurant on the hill rewards you with one of the finest views in the Ionian.||Wed||Kioni, Ithaca (10 nm) – Kioni is a picture perfect little town nestling in a beautiful bay on the east side of Ithaca, Browse the artisanal boutiques on the quay for that unique souvenir.|
|Thu||Port Leone (8 nm) – A short hop to the location of our beach party on Kalamos means plenty of time to explore or relax - head south to the Dragonera islands, great for spotting dolphins, or take it easy, sailing around Kastos with a lazy stop for lunch.||Thu||Vathi, Ithaka (6 nm) –The Capital of the island sits deep in this bay within a bay. Plenty of choices for an evening meal, with lots of lovely tavernas hidden in the back streets.|
|Fri||Free Sailing - Plenty of choices for your free sailing - head to Meganisi for a night in one of the bays on the north coast, or alternatively head south west to Ithaka or Kefallonia.||Fri||Free Sailing – Plenty of choice for you to - Meganisi alone offers 4 or 5 possible destinations, town quay, restaurant quay, long lining in a bay or swinging on the anchor - your crew will suggest the perfect stop for you.|
|Sat||Lefkas - Return to Lefkas island and enjoy a "last supper" together on the waters edge. Two week clients continue free sailing - your crew will be happy to guide you to some of the hidden gems for your weekend.||Sat||Lefkas - Return to Lefkas island and enjoy a "last supper" together on the waters edge. Two week clients continue free sailing - your crew will be happy to guide you to some of the hidden gems for your weekend.|
|Sun||Disembarkation in the morning||Sun||Disembarkation in the morning|
Kefalonia flotilla (2 routes)
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.
Please contact us to receive up-to-date offers on available yachts.
Dinghy sailing holiday Ionian Beach Club
Our Beach Club is an ideal family holiday village in a superb beach side setting with excellent dinghy sailing and windsurfing equipment at your disposal during your stay. There are great facilities for all the family, whilst use of all the sailing equipment including our wide variety of dighies, as well as the tennis courts and swimming pool plus half board meal arrangements are included in the price of your holiday.
A week at our Beach Club is also the perfect addition to a flotilla holiday for your first or second week on our South Ionian or even Saronic Isles flotillas. Situated on the coast of historic Achaia in the north western Peloponnese, the club has 80 bungalows set in extensive gardens of over 10 acres, directly on a long sandy beach. Within a short drive is the traditional fishing hamlet of Achaia with authentic fish tavernas. The market town of Kato Achaia has a good range of shops as well as banks, chemists etc.
Our thanks to M.Doyle for some of the photos on this page. To see more of his photos, click here.