Ionian Islands Yacht Charters
Floating off the west coast of Greece, the Ionian islands are a popular destination for yacht charters and are unlike any other place on earth. Composed of Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Lefkada, Ithaca, Antipaxos, Paxos and a collection of other small islands, this enchanting location is known across the globe for its quaint and translucent waters, pristine beaches, charming landscapes and heaven-like feel.
Dubbed the “Green Islands,” this archipelago in the Ionian Sea is lush with vegetation; blanketed in olive groves growing year-round due to the area’s revitalizing winter rains.
Surrounded by warm waters – making them perfect for snorkeling, diving or water sports – each island embodies its own unique characteristics; and all are in close location to one another. Offering everything you could ever want out of your dream Grecian escape, the Ionian islands invite you to sail your very own private charter yacht through these Greek islands for a magical vacation you never thought possible.
Ionian Islands Highlights
- Lovely villages with seaside taverns
- The greenest of all Greek islands
- Beautiful beaches
- Rich in history (think Homer and Odysseus)
- Great windsurfing destination
Ionian Islands Week-Long Charter Itinerary
Ionian Islands itinerary is ideal for foodies, history buffs and photography lovers. Cruise from Corfu to Lefkas, Ithaca to Zakynthos and be amazed by the iconic isles, home to Odysseus’s adventures, stunning golden beaches, incredible olive groves, beautiful inlets and so much more.
Day 1 – Corfu
Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian Islands and has a great deal to see and do. Here an array of cultures collides. Fall in love with Byzantine churches, Greek temples and ancient Venetian citadels by day; by night, visit the Liston Promenade. History buffs may enjoy a visit to Old Perithia, an incredible and relatively intact ancient village.
Day 2 – Paxos & Antipaxos
Paxos, the baby of the Ionian Islands, is a cluster of small islands and rocky islets, the largest of which are Paxos and Antipaxos. Paxos is an island of endless olive groves and Antipaxos is one large vineyard. The eastern coastlines of the island are smooth, while the west coasts are bold and abrupt with remarkable natural formations: caves, arches, dome-shaped forms, sheer cliffs etc. The capital of Paxos is Gaios, a picturesque village built around a port which is protected by two small islands, Agios Nikolaos and Panagitsa.
Day 3 – Lefkas (Lefkada)
Lefkas offers some of the best beaches in Greece. Porto Katsiki is perfectly positioned at the bottom of a beautiful cliff, standing tall over the Ionian Sea. Enjoy a morning sunning, then take the stairs to the top of the cliff face for magnificent views. The adventurous set may venture to Vassiliki, where windsurfing is the thing to do.
Day 4 – Meganisi
Cruising east-southeast of Lefkas, you’ll arrive at Megansi. This charming little island boast serenity at its finest. Take the tender through the cave of Papanikolis for a little sightseeing adventure or visit the quaint seaside town of Spartochori, with its lush forests, for a little afternoon trek. Later, cruise to one of the island’s stunning secluded bays for a meal on board at sunset.
Day 5 – Ithaca
The mythical island of Ithaca was home to Homer’s Odysseus. This legendary isle is worthy of exploration. Perfectly poised for a seaside picnic, anchor out from Afales beach and tender ashore to enjoy the views and an afternoon swim while the crew sets up lunch. Later, visit Vathi, the island’s main town, or head to Stavros, a quaint little village with traditional Greek fare, stopping at the Kathara Monastery on the way.
Day 6 – Kefalonia
The largest of the Ionian Isles, Kefalonia is ripe for exploration. Myrtos Beach is renowned as one of the most beautiful in the world. Anchor off and tender ashore to enjoy some fun in the sun. Later, visit the charming village of Assos, complete with a medieval castle. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Greek dinner ashore at one of the incredible tavernas in Fiskardo.
Day 7 – Zakynthos
The Venetians named Zakynthos “The Flower of the East” due to the prominence of flora found here. The beauty of flowers on land is only second to the beauty of a cobalt sea lapping the island. Shipwreck Beach is an otherworldly cove, accessible only by boat. Guarded by tall, white limestone cliffs, this little patch of sand must be seen to be believed.
Day 8 – Zakynthos & Departure
After spending the morning exploring Zakynthos town and doing some last minute shopping, head for the airport for your flight home. The memories of your Ionian cruise will stay imprinted until your next visit to the islands. The best thing is that
there are so many places left unseen, that you can return to Ionians several times until you have seen them all!