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Flotilla holidays Kefalonia, Greece

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Kefalonia, Greece
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Season
May – Oct
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What’s included?

White sailing yacht sailing on the sea
Fully equipped yacht
An instructor and three students complete chartwork lesson on a yacht
1 day theory
Yacht sailing along towing tender
Tender & Oars
Bavaria 32 yacht moored in harbour
Yacht cleaning
Child in blue baseball cap and red lifejacket sat on blue paddle board in the sea
Stand up Paddle
Yachts Sailing Kefalonia
5 full days sailing
3x Studio Room 1x with sea view, 2x non sea view: £6,260 for 5x guests or 6x guests
Mooring support
Mooring stern to the quay in Lixouri
Casual instruction
  • Fully equipped yacht, bed linen and comprehensive starter pack
  • 7 nights onboard / 6 days sailing
  • Comprehensive arrival yacht briefing/practice sessions
  • Daily weather updates and advice
  • Support of a lead crew
  • Tender with oars
  • Stand up paddle board
  • Yacht cleaning at end

About our Kefalonia Flotilla

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Yachts Sailing Kefalonia
Aerial view of yachts moored in a harbour
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Yachts Sailing Kefalonia
Aerial view of yachts moored in a harbour
An instructor and three students complete chartwork lesson on a yacht
Girl stands at helm of yacht. Two men sit either side of the cockpit
Man walks along edge of yacht which is moored in harbour. A woman is sitting on the yacht
Two boys sat a restaurant table with a sea view
Four people stood on a sailing yacht
Yacht sailing along towing tender
Four people sit around a restaurant table on a harbour side enjoying a meal together. Yachts can be seen in the background
Yacht moored in sunny location in Greece
Yacht moored at anchor at sunset
Older men sat conversing around restaurant table in Lixouri Square, Kefalonia
White Restaurant table and chairs
Two Greek flags flapping in the wind on a cliff top with the sea in the background
Yachts Moored stern-to on a harbourside

A flotilla sailing holiday from our base in Sami on the island of Kefalonia is a fantastic way for friends and family to explore the incredibly beautiful Ionian islands with a few other yachts for company and the support of our fabulous team. It’s quite a relaxed holiday, you’re free to plot your own course during the day, and our friendly lead crew will help you when and where it’s most needed, including choosing the best tavernas.

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One person onboard will need some previous yacht sailing experience and a valid practical sailing qualification.  But don’t worry, the flotilla skipper is always on hand to give advice and encouragement along the way – particularly with that parking bit!

It’s fantastic value, and our small, well-maintained fleet of flotilla yachts are ready to set sail and discover the nearby Ionian islands of Ithaki, Lefkas, Meganisi, Kalamos and Kastos to name but a few.

The central Ionian route

Fair winds and short sailing distances make the Ionian islands ideal for those seeking a more relaxed sailing holiday with countless inlets, bays and harbours to visit – brilliant fun with your inclusive Stand Up Paddle Board. We’ll visit other islands of Lefkas, Ithaca, Kalamos and Megannissi to name but a few.

Illustrative map of Ionian Flotilla Route

The Flotilla highlights

  • Our own Flotilla (we’re not agents)
  • Stunning Ionian islands
  • Small flotilla fleet 7 yachts
  • Friendly lead crew
  • FREE SUP
  • Other yachts for company
  • Light breezes
  • Beautiful harbours
  • Easy short hops
  • No tides and light/moderate breezes

About the local area

Kefalonia is one of a group of islands on the western side of Greece in the Ionian Sea. It is the largest of the Ionian islands and boasts the third-highest mountain range in Greece. Parts of the island are now national parks, home to wild horses, golden eagles and other protected flora and fauna.

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What’s included?

  • Fully equipped yacht, bed linen and comprehensive starter pack
  • 7 nights onboard
  • Comprehensive arrival yacht briefing/practice sessions
  • Daily weather updates and advice
  • Support of a lead crew
  • Tender with oars
  • Stand up paddle board
  • Yacht cleaning at end

What’s not included

  • Flights (our free flight finder service can source these for you)
  • Transfers (we can book these for you)
  • Fuel used, mooring fees, personal expenditure
  • Yacht security deposit
  • Skipper onboard if required
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Yachts

We have a great range of yachts available to suit you and your budget. It’s our own small fleet of 7 yachts, well maintained and immaculately presented on arrival with a yacht and safety briefing and a handy starter pack to get you going.

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Bavaria 36

Sleeps: 6 max

White sailing yacht sailing on the sea

Bavaria 37

Sleeps: 7 max

Bavaria 39

Sleeps: 7 max

rear of yacht moored in harbour with a yacht either side of it

Dufour 385 Grand Large

Sleeps: 7 max

Sailing yacht moored stern-to on a harbourside

Cyclades 434

Sleeps: 9 max

Itinerary

Our fabulous route for summer 2024

Our routes are 1 week long itineraries and explore the beautiful central and southern Ionian islands from our yacht base in Kefalonia.

Our yacht fleet and prices are the same for both itineraries, and both have minimal mooring fees along the way  (10-20 euros per week).

Sheltered line-of-sight sailing and an easy itinerary with short island-hopping distances make this cruising area perfect for those looking for a less demanding sailing holiday. An abundance of stunningly clear water inlets, protected bays to anchor in and quaint harbour towns to explore.​

Ionian Flotilla

Illustrative map of Ionian Flotilla Route

Itinerary

The Central Ionian Flotilla starts and finishes in Sami, Kefalonia. A classic 1 week route exploring numerous islands, anchorages and harbours. Most legs are short with the opportunity to anchor for lunch along the way and grab a peaceful night on anchor (weather permitting). Loads to see, places to eat, drink and swim.

Arrival Day ThursdaySami, Kefalonia
1st dayPolis Bay, Ithaka
2nd daySivota, Lefkas
3rd dayKalamos, Kalamos
4th dayVathi, Meganissi
5th dayVathi, Ithaka
6th daySami, Kefalonia
Departure Day ThursdaySami, Kefalonia
Itinerary subject to change

two yachts and other boats moored stern-to to a harbour wall in Sami, Kefalonia in Greece.

Arrival Day

  • Transfer time from the airport to our yacht base in SAMI is about 1 hour. Our yachts are ready for boarding at 3pm on arrival day. Our team will be on the quayside to meet you. After a short briefing about living on board, safety and the local town you’ll be left to relax and sort your things out. You have the option of going to the local beach, a nearby swimming pool or just relaxing on the boat. Everything begins the next morning at about 10am.

Yachts anchored in the Ionian near Fiscardo

Day 1 (12NM): 

  • We’re northbound with a short hop up the strait between Kefalonia and Ithaca. It’s the first day on the water and we spend time practising mooring techniques and boat familiarisation.
  • Our destination is Polis Bay, a stunning, secluded bay on the North West corner of Ithaca. After mooring up on long lines, there’s a walk to the nearby taverna and some stunning views of the bay.

Yachts moored on the quay in the Greek harbour

Day 2 (12NM):

  • We continue North and sail up to Sivota on the south-east coast of Lefkas island. Verdant hillsides join seamlessly with rocky coves and sandy bays to create a picture postcard setting. The harbour is beautiful, with a small flotilla of colourful local fishing boats found lining the shore. Shops, tavernas, cafes and mini markets are all close by.

Aerial view of yachts on the quay in Kalamos

Day 3 (16nm):

  • Kalamos is probably our favourite little place in the Ionian. Honestly, time has stood still here. An abundance of bays to anchor in along the way, perfect for snorkelling and exploring. Stern to on the quay if there’s space, if not a long line ashore. Grab a beer and watch the yachts coming in with the brilliant harbour master “George” taking charge!

Small harbor in the Greek Ionian islands

Day 4 (14nm):

  • A really easy day today. A short sail around Kalamos and then head North West, towards the captivating little harbour of Vathi on Meganisi island. Pastel-coloured houses huddle on the clifftop overlooking the deep blue bay below – where you happen to be moored up. Wander around the old harbour and village and discover another world and some brilliant tavernas. Great swimming, great food and quite simply heaven on earth. You’ll never want to leave here.

Busy harbour in Greece

Day 5 (24nm):

  • We head South today, sailing from one Vathi to another: Vathi Ithaca – the home of Odysseus in Greek mythology. Once in Vathi, there is plenty to see with a gorgeous harbourfront area to explore.

Kefalonia island harbour of Sami

Day 6 (18nm):

  • The last leg of our flotilla today as we return back to Sami with a nice easy run past the southern tip of Ithaca. If there is time on route, Antisamos beach is well worth a stop.
  • Check out is by 10am the following morning. Our local team can assist with arranging onward travel.

Qualifications required

What qualifications do I need?

To charter a yacht in Greece as part of a flotilla or independently you will need a qualified skipper on board, and a competent crew member. The ICC ( International Certificate of Competence ) is probably the best ticket to have as it is widely recognised by the authorities here on the islands. This, or the Day Skipper practical certificates are the minimum required.

Feeling a bit rusty?

Many of our guests sometimes feel their skills aren’t quite ship-shape when they arrive for their flotilla holiday. After the morning briefing on day 1, there is the opportunity to practise your mooring skills under the guidance of our brilliant crew.

Skipper on Board

If you think you would like some further assistance for your first day of sailing, then an instructor can join you on board for the day and help you ease into the sailing.

Skipper on board is £165 per yacht (subject to staff availability)

Food

Experience the Sailing… and the food!

You’ll experience some amazing Greek food whilst on a flotilla, from classic Greek kitchen dishes cooked by local chefs, seasonal salads, mind-blowing tomatoes and freshly grilled sardines, pork chops and club sandwiches – the food in Kefalonia and the other Ionian Islands on a flotilla holiday is delicious and very reasonably priced.

When it comes to wine, there are 48 varieties of grape grown locally and some very fine internationally recognised wines to try, along with some fantastic Hellenic beers, there’s plenty to enjoy.

Wander along from your mooring and you’ll be sure to find coffee and fresh pastries for breakfast, plus pop into one of the great little mini-markets to stock up your yacht fridge for some lunchtime treats on anchor somewhere.

Both our yacht bases in Sami and in Lixouri have an excellent selection of mini-markets, bakeries and other shops available for buying provisions at the start of your flotilla week. If you happen to be in Lixouri, be sure to pay a visit to I-Scream Ice cream parlour on the left-hand side of the town square – you won’t be disappointed!

Evening Meals

Part of the joy of Flotilla Sailing is sitting down to a Greek feast at the end of a fantastic day of sailing. For the first evening, we arrange a group meal at a local restaurant (not included in the holiday price) and then for the rest of the evenings, the choice is yours.

Whether you’re moored at anchor and rowing to shore to a beachside taverna or simply stepping onto the harbourside, your Flotilla Skipper and 1st Mate will let you know the best options for where to eat. In the busier harbours, there’ll be many fantastic options to choose from. In the quieter locations, it might be just one or two.

For some of our harbour stops, there will be the option of a complimentary mooring for dining in a particular restaurant, but you are still free to eat where you like!

In the local area

Here are some options to check out in the local area:

  • A sunset meal at one of the best beaches in the Greek islands is also a must. Petani beach and taverna “Erasmia“. Only a 15 – 20 minute taxi ride from the club this place is incredible – get there early for a swim and settle down for a wonderful eating experience.
  • Head into town and Lixouri square, 5 – 10 minutes in a taxi from the club (1 taxi for 4 people is ~€10 one way). A wonderful place to watch the world go by with countless cafes, tavernas and bars. Whatever you do, don’t miss the best ice cream in the world at “I-Scream” – it’s divine and we love it!
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Getting there

Our yacht base in Sami is quick and easy to get to, with a reasonable flight time of 3hrs from the UK and many regional departure airport options direct to Kefalonia airport. The transfer is approximately 70 minutes.

Thursday changeover day

Transfers

Transfers are not included but can be easily arranged via our website. Bookings are made with our recommended transfer partner, Kefalonia Taxi Transfers.

On arrival in Kefalonia airport make your way to the arrivals gate exit and your pre-booked taxi will be there ready and waiting for you. It’s a 60 minute journey to flotilla base in Sami.

FAQs

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What qualifications do we need to be able to go on Flotilla?

We require a minimum IYT Flotilla Skipper, RYA Day Skipper Practical, or an (ICC) or equivalent experience as skipper of a similar size boat in tidal or non-tidal waters. If you have never sailed in the Med before we strongly recommend our refresher course (staff availability dependent) to go over specific harbour and mooring techniques used here or take our ICC test out here in Greece.

Where does the flotilla depart from and return to?

For 2021, our flotillas are operating from SAMI, Kefalonia which is on the eastern side of the island. Sami is a great little harbour with a beach just over the harbour wall from where your yacht will be moored. In town there are also plenty of tavernas and restaurants as well as supermarkets for getting provisions

Previously our yacht base was up the coast in Ag. Efimia, however a number of factors led us to switch locations for 2021

What extra costs are there when we are out in Greece?

Flights to and from the UK, transfers, and personal expenditure.

The following must be paid in Greece:

  • (For yachts 38 foot or under) Non refundable damage waiver of £99 per yacht per week paid as part of you final balance
  • (For yachts over 38 foot) a £2,000 / 2,330€ Yacht Security Deposit per yacht
  • Fuel used (approx 70€ euros per week),
  • Mooring fees (approx 30€)

There is also the option of adding a skipper on board (If available) for £165 per day)

What is the deposit/damage waiver for?

For yachts 38 foot or under on flotilla:

There is a non-refundable damage waiver of £99 per yacht per week. This helps cover the excess premium that we take out with our marine insurance company and means that you are not liable for any big bill at the end of the week. The waiver is payable as part of your final balance.

For yachts over 38 foot on Flotilla:

There is a refundable security deposit of £2,000 which is to cover any loss or damage to the yacht whilst under charter. It covers the excess premium that we have by our marine insurance companies. This can be paid by credit card.

For All Charter Yachts:

There is a refundable security deposit of £2,500 which is to cover any loss or damage to the yacht whilst under charter. It covers the excess premium that we have by our marine insurance companies. This can be paid by credit card.

How much does it cost to moor each night?

Not a lot. Only Sami (on Kefalonia) uses a tariff system that can cost approx 8-10 euros a night. Other places are normally only a few euros if anything.

How much is yacht fuel each week?

We charge fuel at the pump rate when re filling at the end of the charter. This has varied dramatically over the last few years and is approximately €1.5 per litre.

Do you supply charts and pilot books etc?

Yes, we supply the relevant charts and local pilot books for you. However, many guests bring their own as a keep sake. (Ours tend to get dropped in the water 100s of times.)

What about yacht cleaning at the end of the week, bed linen and towels?

Yacht cleaning is included in the holiday price, along with yacht linen. We do not provide towels.

Is there a hairdryer on board?

There are no hairdryers on any of our yachts, so you will need to bring your own. Please note that you will only able to use your hairdryer when it is plugged into a mains socket in a building. The shore power connection for our yachts is normally low voltage, so a high power item like a hairdryer can blow the fuses for the entire pontoon!

How much is the transfer to the yacht base in Sami?

Taxi prices can be found on our Transfer Booking Page.

How many people can a taxi take?

All taxis are licensed for 4 passengers, no exceptions. For larger parties, you will need to take either 2 taxis or a small minibus.

We are doing a 2 week flotilla Holiday. What happens on change over day?

You will return to Sami with the flotilla for two nights, with the Thursday spent all day in port. A great chance to explore Sami and the surrounding areas or somewhere else on Kefalonia.

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About a Flotilla in the Ionian islands

KEFALONIA INFORMATION >

Kefalonia is one of a group of islands on the western side of Greece in the Ionian sea. It is the largest of the Ionian islands and boasts the third highest mountain range in Greece. Parts of the island are now national parks, home to wild horses, golden eagles and other protected flora and fauna.

The Ionian Islands in Greece are a popular destination for sailing holidays. With their crystal-clear waters, picturesque harbors, and stunning landscapes, the Ionian Islands offer a perfect setting for a relaxing and diverse sailing experience.

One of the best ways to explore the Ionian Islands is by joining a flotilla. A flotilla is a group of boats that sail together, led by an experienced skipper. It provides a great opportunity to meet like-minded sailing enthusiasts and enjoy the camaraderie of a shared adventure.

When you join a flotilla in the Ionian Islands, you can expect a well-planned itinerary that takes you to the most beautiful and interesting destinations in the region. From the charming town of Sami to the secluded bays of Megannissi and the famous Shipwreck Beach in Zakynthos, there is something for everyone.

Sailing in a flotilla also offers the advantage of having a support team on hand. The lead skipper and the flotilla crew are there to assist you with any technical issues or questions you may have during your trip. This ensures a stress-free and enjoyable sailing experience.

In addition to the sailing aspect, a flotilla holiday in the Ionian Islands allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture and cuisine. You can explore traditional Greek villages, sample delicious local dishes, and experience the warm hospitality of the Greek people.

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a beginner, a flotilla holiday in the Ionian Islands is a fantastic way to unwind and explore the beauty of Greece. So, pack your bags, set sail, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in the Ionian Sea.


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