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Yacht Charter Kefalonia, Greece

Location
Kefalonia, Greece
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Season
May – Oct
Accommodation type
Yacht
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Travel info
Fly to Kefalonia /60 min transfer
Prices from
£275
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About our Yacht Charters in the Ionian

A Yacht Charter in Greece from the Ionian Island of Kefalonia is a fantastic sailing holiday in a stunning location. Perfect breezes, easy to reach islands with a fascinating history.

Sami on the Greek Ionian island of Kefalonia is a great departure point to explore the other islands of Ithaka, Meganissi, Lefkas and Kalamos to name but a few.

This is for sailors who already have a practical yacht sailing qualification and previous experience, who are keen to set off independently and discover new islands under their own steam, on well-maintained yachts and with our first class, friendly back up.

If you prefer a few other yachts for company and the support of a lead boat then try our popular Flotilla Holidays in Greece.

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Yachts Moored stern-to on a harbourside

The highlights

  • Full equipped yacht ready for charter
  • Comprehensive arrival briefing
  • Full starter pack
  • FREE SUP
  • Great support
  • Anchor for lunch
  • Beautiful harbours
  • Easy short hops
  • No tides and light/moderate breezes
  • Total freedom

What’s included?

  • Comprehensive yacht briefing on arrival
  • Private fully equipped yacht, bed linen and starter pack
  • 7 nights on board, 6 days sailing
  • Daily weather updates & advice
  • Tender & oars
  • Free SUP
  • Full support for our yacht base team throughout the charter

About Kefalonia & the Ionian islands

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.

KEFALONIA INFORMATION >


HOLIDAY DETAILS

Dates & Prices

Dates

Yacht Charter is available from May until October

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 yacht base crew
  • Tender with oars
  • Stand up paddle board
  • Yacht cleaning at end
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Yacht options

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.

Side of boat with model name "Bavaria 32"

Bavaria 32 l

Sleeps: 5 max

Side of boat with model name "Bavaria 36"

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

An example itinerary

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

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.​

Example route

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 yacht charter. There is the opportunity to practise your mooring skills under the guidance of our brilliant flotilla crew (subject to staff availability)

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 day (subject to staff availability)

Food

Experience the Sailing… and the food!

You’ll experience some amazing Greek food whilst on a yacht charter, 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 60 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 transfer to our yacht base in Sami

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