Ionian Islands, Greece

7-day Yacht Charter Itinerary

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1

A few strong earthquakes destroyed the whole old city, and therefore modern-day Corinth architecture is mostly sturdy concrete buildings designed to withstand significant seismic loads. However, this town, with its lovely quayside, friendly local residents and appetising food keeps attracting tourists. Part of the reason is because the ancient Corinth is located only 7 km away and Nemea, with its famously good wines (AOC red wines), is also nearby.

Galaxidi is a lovely, peaceful resort in the northern coast of the Gulf of Corinth. Its slow pace of life and unostentatious beauty make it a favourite destination for those who plan to explore Delphi, 15 to 20 km into the mainland.

Athens > Galaxidi
Day 2

Ithaki is home of Odysseus and one of the most famous Ionic islands. Archaeologists maintain that Odysseus’s palace – also known as the “School of Homer” – was situated on a hilltop over Stavros, a fishing village in the north of the island.

If you follow Odysseus’s trail, you’ll also want to visit the Cave of Nymphs overlooking the bay of Polis – you can learn the details from the keeper in a local archaeological museum – or just enjoy its mesmerizing beauty without digging much deeper.

Vathi, the capital, with lovely houses spilling from the top of the hill, is so beautiful that any photo you make here is guaranteed to be an artwork.

Galaxidi > Ithaki
Day 3

Unspoiled Meganisi lies 4 nautical miles away from Lefkada in the south-eastern direction. It is the biggest of three inhabited satellite islands. Traditional architecture, welcoming people, a relaxed pace of life, picturesque harbours with fish taverns and traditional entertainment, glorious views, calming green landscapes and deep bays with translucent water and pebbly beaches all contribute to the idyllic Mediterranean holiday atmosphere.

Most visitors to Meganisi arrive by their yachts, so this island is largely untouched by mass tourism. The island’s beaches are secluded, and some ae only accessible only by boat. Take a stroll around the relaxed, scenic port town of Vathy (Vathi), tasting delicacies at the many fish taverns.

Ithaki > Meganisi > Lefkada
Day 3

Lefkada is the fourth largest and one of the most beautiful Ionian islands, with lush vegetation, tremendously beautiful landscapes and glorious beaches. Some of Lefkada’s beaches are made of fine pebble, so walking on them is like receiving a foot massage. Others have silky-soft white or golden sand inviting to dig your toes into, contrasting beautifully with the turquoise sea. Porto Katsiki Beach, the sandy one, is in the top ten best beaches in the world. High cliffs protect it from the winds, making this beach even more idyllic. The windy Vassiliki, on a slightly different note, is a kiters’ and windsurfers’ paradise.

Ithaki > Meganisi > Lefkada
Day 4

Kefalonia is the biggest island in the Ionic Sea, celebrated for its scenic variety and amazing beauty. Steep cliffs carpeted with lush greenery create a striking picture against the aquamarine sea. Here you see re fined aristocratic villas next to charming rural estates.

The Blue Flag Myrtos Beach, one of the best in Europe or even in the whole world, is in the centre of the island, next to Divarata village. Myrtos constantly makes it into the world’s best beaches lists. The colour of water here defies description. But Myrtos is only the beginning of a long list of Kefalonia attractions, which, among other things, includes Mount Enos National Park, 1630 m above sea level.

Lefkada > Kefalonia
Day 5

Zakynthos is a small but charming island in the Ionian Sea. Two mountain ranges fringe a lovely valley in the centre; high craggy cliffs shelter long sandy beaches. This is the most cheerful island of the whole archipelago, the island of poets and musicians.

The Venetians, who left behind an imposing tower and several churches with 11th – 14th century frescoes, called Zakynthos ‘The Flower of a Rising Sun’. The northernmost cape of the island, Shinari (Skinari), invites you to watch the dazzling play of light, amazing reflections and unbelievable colours of the Ionian near the Blue Cave. Zakynthos is the only European nesting location for endangered loggerhead sea turtles, also known as Caretta Caretta turtles.

Kefalonia > Zakynthos
Day 6

Nafpaktos, meaning “boatyard”, is an amazing, historically rich destination on the mainland, offering both sea and mountain scenery. As you sail into the port, you’ll see a majestic Venetian Castle towering over the town. Visit the castle for tremendous views over pastel hued houses, pebbly beaches and ancient crenelated Venetian walls.

West of the Venetian port there is a park named after Miguel de Cervantes with a monument to the great author of Don Quixote. If you are wondering about the connection between a great Spanish writer and a small Greek town, the inscription on a plaque under the statue provides some insight.

Zakynthos > Nafpaktos
Day 7

Epidavros (Epidaurus) is home to a unique 4th century BC ancient amphitheatre. It is a large, remarkably well-preserved construction, capable of accommodating 14 000 people. Known for its fabulous acoustics, you can sit on the top tier on one end and talk to someone opposite from you without having to raise your voice! The quality of sound coming from the stage is on a par with the best modern venues where they have sophisticated equipment at their disposal.

Other highlights include the Sanctuary of Asclepius (the Sanctuary of Asklepios) and the ancient Sunken City, starting metres away from the beach. You don’t really need diving gear to explore it, a snorkel and mask will do.

Nafpaktos > Epidavros
Day 8

Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world, the capital of Greece and the cradle of democracy. The city was built around the Acropolis and Lycabettus hills dominating the flatland. According to legend, the hills were formed when Athena threw two rocks from the sky to help protect the city from enemies.

Walking around the centre of this megapolis, with so many historic buildings and ancient monuments, let your mind wander back to the Golden Age of Athens. Think back to when Pericles ordered the rebuilding of the Parthenon, one of the finest examples of Greek architecture.

Athens is particularly exciting at night: trendy clubs, fine restaurants and upscale events make this city a supreme entertainment venue.

Epidavros > Athens



Ionian Islands 7-day yacht charter itinerary

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