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IONIAN ODYSSEY – PALEROS/LEFKADA 14 DAYS

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14 Day Tour
4 – 18 May 2024
18 May – 1 June 2024
1 – 15 June 2024
15 – 29 June 2024
29 June – 13 July 2024
14 – 28 September 2024
28 September – 12 October 2024
12 – 26 October 2024

Details

  • From $5950 AUD / Person
  • Wifi Available
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Max People: 8 for cabin, 10 for group
  • Transfers can be arranged from hotels and airports

Embark on an unforgettable adventure through the stunning Ionian Sea, where you’ll explore a collection of Greek treasures from Corfu to Zakynthos. Your journey starts in Paleros/Lefkada.

Your first stop is the enchanting island of Meganisi, which captivates with its hidden coves and traditional Greek villages. From there, you’ll sail to the islands of Kalamos and Kastos, providing tranquillity and ideal spots for swimming in the pristine waters of the Ionian.

Continue your voyage to Lefkada, renowned for its pristine beaches and lush mountains. From Lefkada, you’ll head North to the paradisiacal islands of Antipaxos and Paxos. Here, you’ll discover azure waters and white cliffs that create a picture-perfect setting.

Next, you’ll be charmed by Corfu with its Venetian architecture and verdant landscapes. After a night in Corfu, you’ll stop at Sivota, a charming fishing village known for its crystal-clear waters. Then, sail on to Parga, with its colourful houses cascading down the hillside and panoramic views of the Ionian Sea.

Your next stop is the picturesque town of Paleros, situated on the coast of the Ionian Sea. It offers a combination of historical charm, natural beauty and a welcoming atmosphere.

Continue sailing to Porto Skrofa (Oxia), a hidden gem with unspoiled natural beauty and an ecological park where you will anchor.

The adventure continues as you head to Kyllini. Here, you’ll disembark and visit the Ancient Site of Olympia before sailing on to Zakynthos, home to the famous Navagio Beach with its breathtaking shipwreck and the enchanting Blue Caves.

Your next destination is Sami in Kefalonia, where ancient ruins and idyllic coastline await. Enjoy an onshore excursion to the stunning Melissani Cave and lake, as well as the fascinating Drogorati Cave.

Vathy (Ithaka), invites you with its serene harbour, rich history and enchanting landscapes. The heart of Homer’s epic Odyssey awaits, where you can savour Greek cuisine and experience genuine Mediterranean beauty. Crossing the Ionian through Afales and Polis (Ithaka) we head to Fiskardo in Kefalonia, another picturesque harbour with several waterfront tavernas.

From Fiskardo we cross the Ionian through Afales (Ithaka), Meganisi and Vathavali where we will enjoy swimming and water activities before returning to Paleros.

With each destination offering a unique blend of history, natural beauty, and local charm, this tour promises to be an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. Don’t miss the chance to sail through the Ionian Islands, where Greek treasures and stunning landscapes await at every turn.

Departure Location

Paleros/Lefkada

Return Location

Paleros/Lefkada

Bedrooms

4 Double Bedrooms, each with ensuite shower and toilet

Price Includes

  • Skipper
  • Hostess
  • Tour Guide
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • 4 dinners
  • Tender(dinghy)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Tubes * 2
  • Electric Bike
  • Sea Scooter
  • Fuel
  • Cooking Gas
  • Yacht water
  • Linen
  • Bath towel
  • Beach towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Wifi
  • GPS plotter
  • End of charter cleaning
  • Berthing/Marina fees
  • Stand Up Paddleboards * 2
  • Security insurance for yacht
  • Entry fees for onshore excursions
  • 14 nights accommodation on luxury catamaran

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Transfers
What to Expect

This journey promises a perfect blend of adventure, culture, and relaxation.

Experience luxury in spacious & comfortable cabins, each equipped with private ensuites featuring showers and toilets. Attention to detail extends beyond the cabins, including a powerful tender, snorkelling gear, stand-up paddleboards, wakeboards, and more.

We also offer captivating onshore activities. Delve into the rich historical and cultural heritage with our carefully curated land tours, guided walks, and scenic trails. For those seeking excitement, our electric scooters provide a fun way to explore the local surroundings at your own pace.

Our professional skippers and hostesses provide an unforgettable journey, attending to your every need, ensuring that your trip is nothing short of extraordinary. Additionally, our knowledgeable guide will be available to fulfil all your requirements.

Whether you’re a solo traveller or part of a private group, we’ll cater to your needs. We can also create tailored experiences for groups personalized to your requirements.

Setting sail from Paleros/Lefkada, you’ll cruise through the Ionian Sea, encountering hidden coves and pristine beaches along the way. As the yacht glides gracefully over the water, you’ll have the chance to explore picturesque walking trails, offering breathtaking panoramas of the coastline and lush vegetation.

Adventure-seekers will revel in the variety of water activities available. Stand-up paddleboarding allows you to glide serenely along the calm waters, while wakeboarding and water skiing cater to the more active. Experience pure joy as you ride inflatable tubes along the tranquil waters in your private cove.

The underwater world beckons with vibrant marine life, inviting you to snorkel and discover the beauty beneath the surface. After a day of excitement, savour delectable Greek cuisine, freshly prepared onboard, featuring mouthwatering dishes and local delicacies as well as the freshly caught seafood.

Embrace the rich cultural heritage of Greece with evenings of traditional music, dancing, and local customs. You’ll also explore ancient site of Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, and the awe-inspiring Melissani and Drogarati caves, each steeped in history and natural wonders.

This sailing tour promises an enriching experience that will leave you with cherished memories of adventure, exploration, and the splendours of Greek culture and nature.

Itinerary

Embark on a captivating journey through the Ionian Islands. Explore ancient wonders such as Ancient Olympia, Melissani Cave and Lake, and Drogarati Cave. Most days will be filled with opportunities to swim and walk along paths and trails in addition to the itinerary presented below.

Day 1: Ionian Odyssey Luxury Guided Sailing Tour Embarkation Lefkada/Paleros – Sail to Meganisi
Your Odyssey begins today as you board your yacht, ready to sail the Ionian Islands from Paleros or Lefkada to the Island of Meganisi.

Meganisi: a hidden gem in the Ionian Sea, is a sailor’s paradise, known for its crystal-clear waters, secluded coves, and lush landscapes, which beckon adventurers. Quaint fishing villages such as Vathy and Spartochori, offer authentic Greek charm. Explore sea caves, anchor in tranquil bays, and savour fresh seafood on this idyllic island. Enjoy swimming, snorkelling, and exploring the island’s charming villages.

Day 2: Meganisi – Kalamos and Kastos – Lefkada
Today you will set sail to the Islands of Kalamos and Kastos, where you can enjoy swimming in the pristine waters of the Ionian before continuing your journey to the port of Lefkada where you will berth for the night. These islands offer tranquil anchorages, charming villages, and unspoiled natural beauty.

Lefkada, an island connected to the mainland by a bridge is known for its stunning beaches. Notable among them are Porto Katsiki and Egremni, which are considered some of the most beautiful in Greece.

Day 3: Lefkada – Antipaxos -Paxos
On this day, you will explore these small idyllic islands, known for their crystal-clear turquoise waters, hidden coves, and scenic coastal landscapes. We will sail to the Island of Antipaxos on our way to Paxos where we will dock and immerse ourselves in the island’s shopping and local cuisine. The day will be packed with sailing, swimming and other water activities.

Day 4: Circumnavigate Paxos, visit Lakka village
Today you will have the chance to discover the traditional villages, olive groves, and beautiful beaches of Paxos. You will sail around the island stopping at Lakka Village. Time can be spent here for lunch or return to the port of Gaios for the rest of the day.

Day 5: Paxos – Corfu
Today you are set to embark on another day of sailing, swimming and water activities as you make your way to Corfu. Corfu is renowned for its exquisite beaches, Venetian architecture, and captivating history.

Day 6: Corfu – Sivota – Parga
Nestled along the picturesque western coast of mainland Greece, Sivota is a hidden gem that offers an enchanting escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With its crystal-clear turquoise waters, lush green landscapes, and charming fishing village atmosphere, Sivota provides the perfect blend of relaxation, cultural experiences, and thrilling adventures. Whether you’re in search of a tranquil beach holiday, an immersive cultural journey, or an action-packed adventure, Sivota has something special for every traveller.

You next Welcome Parga, a stunning coastal town nestled on the northwest coast of Greece! With its turquoise waters, lush landscapes, and rich history, Parga offers an idyllic escape for travellers seeking a perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and cultural experiences. This picturesque fishing village is located on the mainland of Greece. You will enjoy the tranquil atmosphere, dine at local tavernas.

Day 7: Parga – Paleros
From Parga, we set sail southward, relishing the beauty of secluded swimming coves and engaging in water activities along the way. Our journey culminates in Paleros, where we anchor for the night. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to wander through the quaint streets that emanate a timeless Greek charm. Immerse yourself in the town’s history and absorb the local atmosphere.

Paleros boasts a diverse selection of traditional Greek tavernas and restaurants, offering a delightful array of Mediterranean cuisine and fresh seafood. Indulge your taste buds in the authentic flavors of the region as you enjoy a leisurely evening in this picturesque coastal town. With its captivating ambiance and culinary delights, Paleros provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable overnight stop during your sailing adventure.

Day 8: Paleros – Porto Skrofa (Oxia)
We navigate our way back to the Southern Ionian Islands and make a delightful stop at the Porto Skrofa, a well-established ecological park. This remote gem offers secluded anchorages and boasts breathtaking natural landscapes, making it an ideal setting for peaceful relaxation.

You’ll have the opportunity to anchor offshore and then disembark using the tender, allowing you to access the beach. Here you’ll find the only restaurant in the vicinity, which is renowned for its delectable and incredibly fresh seafood. It promises to be an unforgettable culinary experience against the backdrop of this pristine paradise.

Day 9: Porto Skrofa – Kyllini – Ancient Olympia – Zakynthos
Prepare for a day filled with historical delights as you disembark and journey back in time to the ancient Archaeological Site of Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Here you’ll have the opportunity to explore the impressive archaeological ruins, visit the fascinating museum and stand on the grounds where ancient Greek heroes displayed their athletic prowess.

Back at sea you’ll head to sail across to the picturesque island of Zakynthos, renowned for its stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, including the world-famous Shipwreck Beach (Navagio Bay) and vibrant culture. This captivating island boasts a diverse array of attractions, from breathtaking cliffs to sea turtle nesting sites. Take your time to wander through the island’s charming towns, pay a visit to the Venetian Castle and savour the local cuisine. Zakynthos promises an unforgettable vacation experience.

Day 10: Zakynthos – Navagio – Skala (Kefalonia) – Sami
Navagio Bay, accessible only by boat is also known as Shipwreck Beach, and it is a stunning and iconic location in Greece. The bay gained fame due to the shipwreck of the MV Panagiotis, which ran aground on the beach in 1980. Navagio Bay boasts crystal-clear turquoise waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Towering limestone cliffs surround the bay, creating a breathtaking backdrop, and there are caves to explore in the vicinity. Despite its remote location, Navagio Bay is a popular tourist attraction and one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Overall, Navagio Bay is a natural wonder that combines a dramatic shipwreck, pristine waters, and stunning cliffs to create a unique and memorable destination in Greece.

The Blue Caves in Zakynthos, Greece, are a natural wonder renowned for their stunning beauty. The caves are located along the island’s northeastern coast, and their waters are incredibly clear, displaying mesmerizing shades of blue and green. These caves are a geological marvel, formed by erosion and underwater seismic activity. The unique rock formations create arches and tunnels to explore. Those who enjoy snorkelling and swimming can immerse themselves in the translucent waters, revealing a world of colourful marine life beneath the surface. Overall, the Blue Caves of Zakynthos offer a natural spectacle that captivates visitors with their vibrant hues, underwater beauty, and stunning rock formations.

Sami (Kefalonia) is another town known for its natural beauty. Explore the nearby Melissani Cave and Lake, where you can take a boat ride through an underground lake, as well as visit the Drogarati cave a magnificent cave with stalactites and stalagmites.

Day 11: Sami – Vathi (Ithaka)
Melissani Cave is a natural wonder known for its captivating beauty. The cave features a stunning underground lake with clear waters and a partially collapsed roof that allows sunlight to filter in, creating mesmerizing light effects. You will visit the cave on a guided boat tour, floating through the serene waters while admiring the breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites that adorn the cave’s interior. The archaeological significance of the site is also noteworthy, with ancient artifacts and pottery found within the cave. Melissani Cave’s unique blend of natural beauty and history makes it a must-visit destination for travellers seeking a memorable experience in Kefalonia.

You will also get to visit the Drogarati Cave, which is a natural wonder known for its stunning features. This underground cavern boasts impressive stalactites and stalagmites formed over thousands of years, creating a mesmerizing visual display. The cave’s main chamber, the Sala of Apotheosis, is particularly renowned for its exceptional acoustics. You can explore the cave’s well-lit pathways and marvel at the intricate formations, including the enormous stalactite column known as the “Royal Balcony.”

You will have the opportunity to enjoy sailing and swimming on our way to Ithaka, where we will berth in Vathi, the main town on the island of Ithaka. Vathi is a charming harbour town and is said to be the legendary home of Odysseus. You will enjoy the evening with the laid-back atmosphere of the island and can also visit the local Archaeological Museum.

Day 12: Vathi – Afales – Polis – Fiskardo (Kefalonia)
On your way to Fiskardo you will have the opportunity to swim at the beautiful beaches of Afales, a picturesque beach located on the Ionian Island of Ithaca, Greece. Known for its stunning natural beauty, it offers clear turquoise waters, golden sands, and lush greenery. The highlights of Paralia Afales include its tranquillity, making it an ideal spot for relaxation and swimming. Visitors can explore the surrounding caves and cliffs, offering opportunities for hiking and adventure, and Polis on the coast of Ithaka.

Fiskardo is a picturesque harbour town that promises a charming Mediterranean experience. Fiskardo proudly showcases its Venetian architecture, colourful houses, and cobblestone streets. The marina in Fiskardo serves as a bustling hub for luxury yachts and boasts several waterfront tavernas for delightful dining, creating a serene ambiance. The crystal-clear waters and vibrant flora of Fiskardo are an irresistible invitation for travellers seeking a tranquil paradise.

While in the village, you can savour delectable seafood at local tavernas, explore boutique shops for unique souvenirs, and relish the laid-back atmosphere that makes Fiskardo such a unique destination. Visitors can revel in the tranquillity and rich history that defines Fiskardo, making it an absolute must-see destination in Kefalonia.

Moreover, the region is blessed with natural beauty, including lush cypress forests and stunning beaches like Emblissi and Foki. For adventure seekers, there are opportunities to explore sea caves and indulge in snorkelling and navigate the paths and trails on land.

Day 13: Fiskardo (Kefalonia) – Afales – Meganisi
You can visit Paralia Afales again on your way to Meganisi. Traditional Greek tavernas line the beach, serving local delicacies and fresh seafood. The beach is relatively uncrowded, providing a serene escape for those seeking a more peaceful and authentic Greek island experience in a paradisiacal setting. We will berth at Meganisi for further exploration of the island and swimming opportunities.

Day 14: Meganisi – Vathavali – Paleros
On our last day, we will sail to Vathiavali Beach and enjoy a day of swimming and relaxation. In the evening you will also enjoy the final group dinner together.

Day 15: Paleros – Disembarkation
You will disembark at 09:00 on the last day of your sailing tour in Paleros, where our amazing journey ends.

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An unforgettable journey through the Ionian’s hidden gems. Impeccable service, stunning landscapes, and the ultimate luxury aboard. A dream come true.

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The perfect blend of adventure and opulence. Sailing the Ionian’s turquoise waters while being pampered like royalty. A true escape from the ordinary.

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