Ionian Islands Yacht Charter Itinerary
Spend a week exploring the Ionian Islands onboard a luxury yacht
Ionian Islands are situated off the west coast of mainland Greece and offer ideal and predictable sailing conditions. Explore the Ionian Islands on your week long yacht charter.
Athens – Corinth Canal – Galaxidi
For naval history buffs, there are few locations better than the picturesque island of Galaxidi. Located on the southern coast of central Greece, Galaxidi has many opportunities to explore the history of Greek naval exploits. You can bury yourself in the history of the island by visiting the Naval and Folklore museums. After your museum trip, stroll down memory lane by visiting the cobbled streets lined by mansions once owned by captains. For a truly breathtaking panoramic view, don’t miss Pera Panta, and tantalize your tastebuds at nearby Oianthi Beach with its many seafood restaurants.
Galaxidi – Kefalonia
Among all of the islands in the Ionian Sea, Kefalonia is the largest and one of the most popular destinations. Its mild climate and fantastic beaches attract visitors from all walks of life, and the island was recently featured in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, a movie set in the island’s wartime history. The Kefalonia Caves abound in gorgeously-colored stalactites and stalagmites, formed over thousands of years, making this a place you absolutely must visit. The Kefalonia Caves aren’t the only caverns on the island, though, and Melisani Cave an underground saltwater lake with amazing color, is another attraction you don’t want to miss. For luxury shopping and entertainment, be sure to visit the bustling capital city of Argostoli, completely rebuilt after being devastated by earthquakes in 1953.
Kefalonia – Ithaca
Two kilometers off the northeast coast of Kefalonia, you’ll find Ithaca. Known as home of Homer’s mythological hero Odysseus, you can visit the Cave of the Nymph where Odysseus his the gifts he returned with from Phoenicia. Beach lovers will be more than happy with Ithaca, since the island boasts around 100 km (62 miles) of coastline, giving you plenty of choices for where you decide to spend your day in the sun, sand, and surf. Other exciting adventures include exploring the island waters by sea kayak, hiking or bicycling through the mountains and coastline, or scuba diving. For those with a bent towards architecture or history, the capital city, Vathý, is home to the fantastic constructions along with the Maritime and Folkloric Museum and the Archaeological Museum of Ithaca.
Ithaca – Zakynthos
Zakynthos, also called Zante, is rich in history, beauty, culture, and tradition. Dionysios Solomos, author of the Greek National Anthem, hails from Zante, and the island is an ideal destination for anyone seeking adventure. History buffs will love to know that, according to Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, the first inhabitants of Zante were a son of King Dardanos of Troy, named Zakynthos, and his men. For sightseeing, the Bay of Laganas is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, and Zante is also home to Smuggler’s Cove, a white pebble beach sequestered by high cliffs and only accessible by boat. If you haven’t had your fill of cave exploration, there are countless blue caves on the northern tip of Zante, not far from Cape Skinari. These caves have been cut into cliffs all around the cape, and the only way to get to them is by small boat, so make sure your yacht is equipped with them.
Zakynthos – Kyllini
The northern part of the Kyllini peninsula, in the westernmost area of Elis and the Peloponnese, is where you’ll find Kyllini. Covered with hills, the eastern part of the peninsula does boast some beautiful plains. Here, you’ll find the Crusader fortress Chlemoutsi, one of the best preserved and most vital castles in Greece. From Chlemoutsi, visitors can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the Elia Valley and the sea. Kyllini is also home to several wonderful beaches, with fine white sand and beautiful azure waters of the Ionian Sea. Here, you’ll also find a wonderful thermal spring, Loutra Kyllinis, which is renowned for its healing powers.
Kyllini – Nafpaktos
If you’re looking for the most scenic and romantic island of Greece, you’re looking for Nafpaktos. The island has a wonderful combination of lush mountains and beautiful beaches, providing romantic adventurers with the option of secluded beaches and remote mountaintops. The beauty of Nafpaktos is almost unmatched, and includes a one-of-a-kind blend of a modern city and a traditional village. Visitors to Nafpaktos must see the Venetian Castle and Venetian Port, the most gorgeous and tiniest port in the Mediterranean Sea. For the best view of the island, make the climb to the top of the hill to the Castle of Nafpaktos, well-preserved and offering a breathtaking view of the island.
Nafpaktos – Corinth Canal – Athens
Finally, we come to Athens, the center of Greek civilization for more than 4,000 years. Athens is the capital of modern Greece, and yet the region is dominated by landmarks from the 5th Century B.C. You will readily think about the Golden Age when the Parthenon was built when you see the gorgeous architecture from times long past. Even though Athens played a major role in Greece’s ancient history, the city is contemporary and boasts a lively nightlife, bustling shops and cafes, and suburbs that stretch in all directions from the central city.