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.
- 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
- 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.
Dates & Prices
Yacht Charter is available from May until October
- 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
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.
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.
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)
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!
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!
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 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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