Ionian Cabin Charter Sailing Yacht Cruise
Cabin Charter in the Ionian
Explore the beautiful islands and mainland coast of the Ionian aboard one of our fully crewed cabin charter yachts. Booking by the cabin on our “share a sail” program means you enjoy the big boat experience at a fraction of the cost of a full skippered charter. A maximum of 8 like-minded guests have the opportunity to share a fantastic island hopping sailing cruise. You can get involved in the sailing or relax and enjoy the scenery, the choice is yours.
Each new day brings another island to explore
Set sail from Kefalonia or Corfu and explore the beautiful islands of Paxos, Lefkas, Ithaca and Kefalonia amongst others. Enjoy a swim and lunch in a choice of tranquil bays and evenings exploring the local village tavernas.
The only way to travel
Our selection of yachts are the perfect vessels for your Ionian sailing adventure, with 4 spacious cabins, all with en-suite facilities. A maximum of eight guests are on board, together with an experienced, professional crew to look after you. Breakfast and a light lunch is included, to be enjoyed in the spacious cockpit whilst anchored in an idyllic bay. Enjoy a refreshing swim before or after lunch, it’s up to you to decide.
A voyage of discovery
There is nothing better after a day of great sailing than to relax in the spacious cockpit and enjoy a sun-downer with your fellow sailors, before exploring each new island. We try to arrive into harbour in the afternoon as the towns and villages we visit are well worth exploring, with each having their own character and specialities. If you are a foodie, this is a great part of Greece, with each island having their own local delicacies to try.
Frequently asked questions
Why should I choose a cabin charter holiday?
If you are new to sailing, or simply want to visit the islands in the best way possible, the cabin charter program is ideal. This is also a great holiday if you are travelling alone or if you are a sailor looking for some big boat experience in a more challenging area.
What's included in my cabin charter holiday?
Your cabin charter holiday includes the following:
- Accommodation in a double cabin, either shared or sole use
- Running expenses of the yacht, including fuel, water and gas
- Continental buffet breakfast and light lunch daily
- Bottled water, Coffee and tea throughout your stay on board
- Services of our professional English speaking skipper and first mate
- Bed linen and towels
Do I need a sailing license or experience?
No, you do not need a sailing license, as our professional skippers have commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster qualifications and our first mates have RYA day skipper certificates as a minimum. You don’t need experience either, just a sense of adventure!
Do I need a visa for my trip to the Ionian?
No, for Greece a tourist visa is not required.
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 euros 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 Corfu and Agia Eufimia 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 euros is the currency used in Greece.
What wind conditions can I expect?
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.
Do I need to stock up with provisions at base?
The crew will have stocked the yacht with provisions for continental breakfast and light lunch, which they will be preparing for you daily. Should you wish to bring your favourite snacks or drinks on board, you can purchase these locally. Whilst the fridges on board are predominantly for the food purchased for you by the crew, there will be space for a cold beer or a bottle of wine for your sun downer at the end of a days sailing. Most islands have local kiosks where you can buy cold drinks, so no need to stock up unless you are going to spend an evening on anchor. Your crew will let you know what the program will be, so you can plan accordingly.
What are the rules regarding Holding Tanks in the Ionian?
In Greece the regulations relating to discharges and pollution make a holding tank a practical necessity although we are not aware of them being a legal requirement as yet. It is prudent to ensure that the discharge of any holding tank is done as far from the shore as is practical and to certainly avoid discharge in a confined area such as a bay, harbour or marina.
Can I get involved with the sailing?
Absolutely. You can get involved as much or as little as you would like, that’s one of the benefits of our cabin charter program. Many of our skippers are also RYA qualified instructors and whilst they cannot offer you certification during your trip, they can certainly give you some informal tuition, providing this does not impact on the enjoyment of the group aboard.
How long will we sail each day?
This will depend upon the particular destination of the day, however we look to organise our itinerary so that there are not more than 30 nautical miles between ports. This equates to around 5-6 hours at sea – plenty of time normally for a lunch stop in a bay with a swim. We generally aim to be in harbour by 5pm, although this is dependent upon the weather, obviously.
Meet the Crew
Together Martin & Liz are responsible for the yacht and the safety of the crew aboard. They will ensure that you have a fantastic sailing adventure and make your holiday a great one.
Ionian Route - Week 1
Fly UK to Kefallonia and transfer to the harbour of Agia Eufimia, a traditional small town with some excellent seafront tavernas.
The town of Fiskardho is one of the must see destinations in the Ionian. Sophisticated and chic, it retains much of its venetian heritage and offers some of the best restaurants in the Ionian.
After a lunch stop on one of the beautiful bays on the north coast of Meganisi, we head for Lefkas Town, a popular holiday town. Explore the alleyways behinf the sea front and discover some excellent tavernas.
D ominated by the ‘Kasteli’ fortress which is well worth the climb for its spectacular views, this historic and picturesque town is now a well-established resort with plenty of choice for a good night out.
G aios is the main town of Paxos, the island famous for supplying olive oil to Harrods. The bustling town has something for everyone and is well protected by the close lying islands to the east.
We have a choice of harbours, often mooring under the famous Castle itself. We generally try to arrive early, giving plenty of time to explore this fascinating historic city.
We head north to the beautiful village of Kassiopi for lunch before heading to Gouvia marina for the night.
Arrivals and departures. For those staying with us for a second week, the chance to explore the island – a day on the beach, a visit to a waterpark or another day exploring Corfu town. The choice is yours.
Ionian Route - Week 2
Arrivals and Departures. Transfer from the airport to the marina for embarkation.
No trip to the Ionian is complete without a visit to Corfu Town, the old part of which is inscibed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
A stop on the north coast of Paxos in the beautiful bay of Lakka for lunch before we head down to the mainland town of Ligia.
Depending upon the weather, we often overnight in one of the lovely bays on the north coast of the island of Meganisi.
If the weather permits, we take to the western coast of Kefallonia, stopping in Assos, a beautiful little village which straddles the causeway to the Assos peninsula.
The capital of the island is our destination today, exploring the deep bay on the south of the island.
Exuding traditional Greek charm, this is our base port in Kefalonia, with a great choice of tavernas for a last meal on the island.
Arrivals and departures. For those staying on for 2 weeks, a chance to explore the island or relax on the beach. You can also take a day trip to Ithaca, the setting for Homers Odyssey
One way itineraries
25 June 2017
27 August 2017
Typical mediterranean weather pattern in the Ionian islands, with light breezes ranging from force 3 to 5 in the months of July and August. Afternoon breezes are usually a little stronger.
Sun Odyssey 52.2 Malama
|Cabins||4 + 1 Crew Cabin|
|Berths||8 + 2|
|Heads||4 + 1 for crew|
|Length Overall||15.39 m|
|Fuel Capacity||500 litres|
|Water Capacity||1000 litres|
|Sail area||110 m²|
Our Sun Odyssey 52.2 “Malama” is an ideal yacht to explore the idyllic Ionian sea. Accommodation comprises 4 guest cabins, all with en-suite shower / WC and a spacious and comfortable saloon. The galley is equipped with 2 large fridges and gas cooker. There is also a CD player (with MP3 socket). Deck facilities include cockpit table, cockpit cushions, deck speakers, bimini top, spray hood, swimming platform and deck shower.
Bed linen and towels are provided.
- Roller Furling Genoa
- Fully battened Mainsail with Lazyjacks
- Electric Anchor Windlass
- Chart Plotter
- CD Player
- VHF Radio
- Bathing Platform, Swim Ladder & Deck Shower
- Hot Water
- Electric Refrigerator
- Bimini Suntop And Sprayhood
- Dinghy Tender
- Charts & Cruising Guide
- Cockpit Cushions
- Cockpit Speakers
- Holding Tank
- Fully Equipped Galley
- Buoyancy Jackets (5+Years)
- Linen Including Tea Towels
- Full Safety Inventory
- 12v Cigarette Lighter Connector
- Shore Power Leads
Ionian Cabin Charter 2017 PricesPrices are per person per week based on 2 people sharing a cabin with departures every Sunday
|Cabin Category||Package basis||1 Week - Low season||1 Week - Mid Season||1 Week - High season||2 Weeks - Low season||2 Weeks - Mid season||2 Weeks - High season|
|Dates||April -26 May & Oct||27 May - 30 June||01 July - 29 Sept||April -26 May & Oct||27 May - 30 June||01 July - 29 Sept|
|A - Double/Twin Cabin Ensuite sh/wc||Accommodation only||£795||£795||£795||£1550||£1550||£1550|
|A - Double/Twin Cabin Ensuite sh/wc||Flight inclusive||£1049||£1149||£1199||£1795||£1895||£1995|
Sunday morning flights from Gatwick or Stansted to Corfu or Kefalonia, with afternoon or evening return. Flight time 3 hrs 30 mins. Regional flights available on request.
20 minute road transfer to Gouvia Marina, Corfu from Corfu airport. 50 minute transfer to Agia Eufimia harbour town quay from Kefalonia airport.