Lefkas Explorer Flotilla

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Saturday0930 to 1700
0208 324 3118

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Monday to Friday0900 to 1800
Saturday0930 to 1700
0208 324 3118

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Why Choose The Ionian Explorer Flotilla?

Intermediate Sailing – Level 2
Ideal For More Experienced Sailors
Club And Flotilla Option
Combine Flotilla With RYA Tuition

The Ionian explorer flotilla is ideal for those looking to enjoy the Ionian islands at a great time of the year – sailing can be more challenging, with more varied conditions than are generally found during the high season. The harbours and anchorages are a little quieter, giving you the chance to sail late into the afternoon.

We try to design our route to give some longer passages, heading further south than our regular flotilla routes, which gives the opportunity to visit harbours and ports that are not generally accessible on regular flotillas.

Each island offers something different, and we also try to visit a variety of overnight stops – larger towns like Vathi on Ithaca and Zakynthos town, as well as the smaller islands of Kastos and Kalamos.

As the weather is changeable, this particular route may be subject to some changes, so a sense of adventure and a flexible approach is definitely part of the essential packing list!

The Explorer Route - departing 8th October 2023

Nikiana Harbour

Fly UK to Preveza and transfer to our flotilla base for embarkation. Our home port is in the harbour of Nikiana on the sheltered east of the island of Lefkas, perfect for exploring the South Ionian.

A 15 mile sail for the first day – time to shake down your yacht, and then enjoy a warm welcome in the protected harbour of Kalamos.

Bavaria 37

Head to Ithaca, and one of the best restaurants in the Ionian. Drinks in the renowned local bar afterwards complete your evening.

Bavaria 37

Our destination today is Sami, a working town with plenty of tavernas to choose from.

Bavaria 37

South we go, exploring the coast of Kefalonia as far as Poros. walk across to the beach from the harbour, and dive into the cool waters from the rocks near the beach (or watch from the shade of the bar!)

Bavaria 37

Protected from the prevailing winds by the small island of the same name, whilst a pretty little town in its own right, the big attraction is ‘Shipwreck Cove’ which we visit on a local excursion boat

Bavaria 37

An attractive harbour town and starting point for a train or bus trip to Ancient Olympia, birth place of the Olympic Games and a real highlight for history enthusiasts. We have allocated 2 nights here as there’s so much to see and do, but if the allure of the sea is too strong, is a designated free sailing day.

Bavaria 37

Use the time to explore ashore or just relax. If setting sail, there’s plenty of choice to explore the Peloponnese coast or Zakynthos island opposite

Bavaria 37

Today’s sail takes us west across to the capital of Zakynthos, or Zante as its also known.

Bavaria 37

Heading back north, we call in to Aghia Eufimia, a lovely harbour and the home port for our Kefalonia flotilla. Centrally located, it is a great touring base with lots to see, such as Melissani Caves with stalagtites and stalagmites, a historic winery and lots more.

Bavaria 37

Take another day off from sailing to explore Kefalonia or set sail for Ithaka, Meganissi or Fiskardo

Bavaria 37

The capital of Ithaca has a wide variety of great tavernas for an evening meal ashore in this deep, well protected bay.

Bavaria 37

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.

Ionian flotilla

Transfer to Preveza airport or if you are lucky, transfer to our beach club to extend your holiday!

The Weather

Reliable sunshine on the Ionian flotilla is virtually guaranteed during the season between early May and late October, with temperatures ranging from the low 20s in early and late season up to the high 30s in late June through August. Sailing conditions are generally moderate with winds typically force 2-4. More challenging sailing is available further south.

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

The Seafarer Price Guarantee - We will not be beaten on price !

The Seafarer Price GuaranteeAs an independent company, we are able to keep our prices highly competitive – if you see a like for like product featured elsewhere cheaper, let us know and we will beat it!
This guarantee applies to yacht and accommodation rates on our Beach Club, Flotilla, Learn to Sail and & Cabin Charter programmes and is subject to availability at the time of booking.


YachtDeparture DateRoutePrice
Bavaria 33 - 20078th October 2023Explorer Route£1,608
Sun Odyssey 36i - 2008/128th October 2023Explorer Route£1,912
Bavaria 37 - 2007
8th October 2023Explorer Route£1,912
Bavaria 37 - 2015
8th October 2023Explorer Route£2,108
Bavaria 40 - 2011/13
8th October 2023Explorer Route£2,330
Oceanis 41.1 - 20178th October 2023Explorer Route£2,685
Bavaria 41 - 20158th October 2023Explorer Route£2,298
Sun Odyssey 42i - 2012
8th October 2023Explorer Route£2,330
Bavaria 46 - 20168th October 2023Explorer Route£3,163
Bavaria 46 - 20238th October 2023Explorer Route£3,663
Bavaria 50 - 20088th October 2023Explorer Route£3,163

Book your flights with us to ensure full ATOL protection for your holiday.

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL schemeYour holiday with us is financially secure as we are ATOL licensed and your holiday is ATOL protected. We have been trading since 1995 so 2018 will be out 23nd year, so you can book with total confidence.

Yacht Security Deposit

Returnable Deposit:

  • Yachts 35 ft or under – £1000
  • Yachts 36 ft to 40ft – £1500
  • Yachts 41 ft to 45ft – £2000
  • Yachts 46ft and over – £2500

Non-Returnable Yacht Damage Waiver:

  • Yachts 35 ft or under – 1 week £120 2 weeks £180
  • Yachts 36 ft to 40ft – 1 week £180 2 weeks £270
  • Yachts 41 ft to 45ft – 1 week £250 2 weeks £375
  • Yachts 46ft and over – 1 week £300 2 weeks £450


  • Sea kayak £100 per week
  • Inflatable SUP (stand up paddle board) £100 per week
  • Child safety netting £100 per charter
  • Skipper £995 per week
  • Hostess £700 per week
  • Seafarer Beach Towel £15 (yours to keep)

Sunday morning charter flights from Gatwick or Heathrow to Preveza with afternoon return. Flight Time 3 hrs.
Regional charter flights from Manchester and Birmingham available on request.

Lefkas Town Quay, Lefkas Marina, £32 per person return. Sivota Flotilla Base, £45 per person return.

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