Southern Ionian Explorer Flotilla – April 2024

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Monday to Friday0900 to 1800
Saturday0930 to 1700
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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 - 14th April 2024



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.


Head to Ithaca, and one of the nicest villages in the Ionian. Drinks in the renowned local bar after dinner to complete your evening.


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


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!)

Aghios Nikolaos

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.


Time to head south-east to the Peloponnese coast, for the first of our two-night stop in Katakolon


A rest from sailing today and a chance to head to Olympia, the birthplace of the original Olympic games, and the Pelopion, the tomb of Pelops after whom the Peloponnese is named.

Zakynthos Town

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

Free Sailing

Go sightseeing in Zakynthos, head back to Kefalonia, go for a day sail...the choice is yours.

Aghia Eufimia

Back to Kefalonia and to Eufimia and one of our favourite restaurants in the area.

Vathi, Ithaca

A return to Ithaca and the capital, Vathi, tucked away at the end of a deep bay. A working town with plenty of great tavernas dotted around.

Kioni, Ithaca

A short hop up the easy coast of Ithaca to Kioni, one of the prettiest villages in the Ionian.


Back to our base we go and a chance for a farewell meal all together overlooking the harbour.

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 - 200714th April 2024Explorer Route£1,695
Sun Odyssey 36i - 2008/1214th April 2024Explorer Route£1,895
Bavaria 37 - 2007
14th April 2024Explorer Route£1,995
Bavaria 37 - 2015
14th April 2024Explorer Route£2,195
Bavaria 40 - 2011/13
14th April 2024Explorer Route£2,495
Oceanis 41.1 - 201714th April 2024Explorer Route£2,595
Bavaria 41 - 201514th April 2024Explorer Route£2,595
Sun Odyssey 42i - 2012
14th April 2024Explorer Route£2,595
Bavaria 46 - 201614th April 2024Explorer Route£2,895
Bavaria 46 - 202314th April 2024Explorer Route£2,995
Bavaria 50 - 200814th April 2024Explorer Route£2,995

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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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