IONIAN ISLANDS

Escape to nature

Dotted with olive and cyprus groves, and with subtle influences from Venetian, French and British culture, the Ionians are a step back to nature. From paradise beaches and waters teeming with sea turtles to pretty harbourside towns and delicious cuisine, disconnect and rediscover what matters in these islands.

Wander the Ancient city of delphi Enjoy street music in Corfu. Cruise the extraordinary Corinth Canal. Snorkel the emerald-green caves of Antipaxi.

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Corfu Town

Lefkada

113.82km / 61.46 miles

day 1

Corfu 

Corfu 

Island of contrasts

From its unspoilt beaches to its Old Town, a UNESCO world heritage site combining Renaissance, Baroque and Classical styles, Corfu is an interesting mixture of French, British and Venetian influences. Stroll through its narrow cobbled streets and Italianate vaulted passages, watch a cricket match at the Spianáda, the largest square in the Balkans, or sip coffee at a pavement café in Listón.

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Corfu

Parga

64.6km / 40.1 miles

day 2

Lefkada - Parga

Lefkada - Parga

Beach perfection

The beaches at Parga are legendary, and your charter yacht captain will find a sandy stretch with the fewest crowds. The mainland town of Parga, built atop the remains of a Venetian castle, is charming and worth the walk through meandering streets. The island’s friendly boutiques and seafront tavernas are welcoming and picturesque, with great views of the sea.

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Parga

Antipaxos

20.5km / 12.7 miles

day 3

Parga - Antipaxos

Parga - Antipaxos

Underwater exploration

Spend a day snorkelling off the coast of Antipaxos, where emerald waters nudge caves and grottoes. A true escape from the world (at the last census, fewer than 100 people lived here), the solitude here takes relaxation to another level. Your charter yacht Captain will time your beach visits to miss the crowds.


Golden-sand beaches, bustling tavernas, delicious cuisine and warm clear seas define the Ionian islands. But beyond the idyll lies fascinating culture and history.

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Antipaxos

Cephalona

110km / 68.3 miles

day 4

Antipaxos - Cephalona

Antipaxos - Cephalona

Underground discovery

The largest of the Ionian Islands, Cephalonia and features a truly unusual geological feature: a semi-underground lake. Known as Melissani Lake, these sparkling emerald waters are accessible by kayak or tender – bring a snorkel for an experience to remember. Dine onboard the yacht on fresh seafood and cuisine prepared to your taste using the best local produce.

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Cephalona

Galaxidi

173km / 107.5 miles

day 5

Cephalona - Galaxidi

Cephalona - Galaxidi

Ancient history

Galaxidi, on the Gulf of Corinth, is a terrific jumping-off point for a day trip to the ancient ruins of Delphi. See the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, the ancient theatre, a series of buildings known as the gymnasium, a hippodrome, athletic statues and more.

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Galaxidi

The Corinth Canal

72.1km / 44.8 miles

day 6

Galaxidi - The Corinth Canal

Galaxidi - The Corinth Canal

Nature at its best

Connecting the Saronic Gulf with the Bay of Corinth, the Corinth Canal is 6.4km long, dug through the stone during the late 1800s. Originally a narrow pathway for commercial boats to follow at sea level, today it is used primarily for tourism. Your charter yacht’s sides will seem perilously close to the edges, which tower glacier-like from above.

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The Corinth Canal

Athens

59km / 36.6 miles

day 7

The Corinth Canal - Athens

The Corinth Canal - Athens

City of ancient wonders

Records indicate Athens had a human presence as early as the 11th century BC, and a morning of touring reveals millennia of buildings and structures and roadways and pathways intertwining almost impossibly into a modern-day metropolis. Walk through some of the city’s extraordinary range of attractions before catching your flight home, or retreat to a five-star hotel for another week of exploring the history of Greece through this world-class city.

A huge advantage to the Greek Islands is that the weather stays warm for so much longer. You can charter until October and still enjoy warm seas and balmy evenings.
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