Touch down in Corfu after a short flight from Athens. Check-in at your hotel which is also one of one of modern Greece’s most iconic buildings. Once settled, enjoy a private walking tour of Corfu, the second largest Ionian Island. The old town is a combination of the Venetian and Byzantine cultures; see the church of Saint Spyridon and the two fortresses of each culture which gave birth to Corfu’s nickname “Kastropolis”. Afterwards, stop for lunch in the town center.
Return to your hotel for an afternoon at your leisure. Go glass-bottom canoeing, grab a floating sofa, or join a complimentary yoga class on the private stretch of beach. The hotel’s motorboat and speedboat are at your disposal.
After breakfast, you will be transferred in private to the Gouvia Marina and embark on your luxury catamaran. Sail to Syvota for your first stop. Syvota is a small, unspoilt place , making it an ideal destination for relaxation and light swimming after your first day.
In the afternoon, cruise to nearby Paxos, where you will spend the night in Gaios Marina. Dine in a local restaurant in this quaint fishing village before heading back to your luxury catamaran or enjoying a sunset drink nearby.
In the morning, sail around Paxos, famous for its vast array of underwater caves and small fishing villages. Anchor and explore these ancient caves by snorkeling or diving. Afterwards, stop by the deserted Galazio Beach, only accessible by boat.
Following lunch, cruise over to Antipaxos, renowned for its beautiful beaches. Paxos and Antipaxos together form the gems of the Ionian sea with white sand beaches embracing shimmering waters and ancient olive trees lining the background.
From there, sail to Lefkada where you will dock for the evening and venture into the old town. Enjoy dinner at a local taverna in Lefkada before heading back to your catamaran for the night.
Depart Lekfada and sail to Porto Katsiki, a stunning beach nestled amongst sheer cliffs where you can swim and relax for the morning.
After lunch on board, continue to see the Papanikolis Cave on Meganisi island. The Papanikolis Cave is the biggest underwater cave in the world. It was named after the submarine“Papanikolis” which used this cave as a shelter during the World War II.
Later, sail around the island of Scorpios for a refreshing swim. Continue cruising to Vathy, a port of Meganisi island, known as one of the best-kept secrets in the Ionian. Enjoy dinner in a taverna in Vathy.
In the morning, cruise to the islands of Kalamos and Kastos. Kalamos and Kastos are another pair of small, pristine islands with untouched beaches and impressive marine caves. Relax and enjoy the islands before heading to a local taverna for lunch.
In the afternoon, sail to Ithaca, where you will dock in Vathi. The capital of Ithaca, Vathi offers spectacular views of the harbor and is home to Moni Taxiarchon, a Medieval Greek monastery. Enjoy a dinner out in one of the many restaurants of the capital before returning to your luxury catamaran for the night.
After enjoying breakfast, hike around the southern portion on the island of Ithaca. This walk offers panoramic views of the whole of Vathi, plus other islands and the mainland. Walk along the foot of Merovigla mountain and venture through the thickly wooded forest, passing ancient chapels along the way, before reaching the industrious village of Perachori.
In the afternoon, sail to Kefalonia and stop by Afales beach on the way for a swim. Dock in Fiskardo, on the northern tip of the island, undoubtedly the most beautiful village on the island with a picturesque harbor surrounded by colored, Venetian-style houses. Disembark for the evening and enjoy dinner in the village of Fiskardo.
With the rising sun, sail to the town of Argostoli through the west side of the island, passing the charming village of Assos that sits in the shadow of a ruined Venetian castle. Stop by Myrtos Beach, a beautiful cove, where you can enjoy time for relaxation and swimming in the beautiful waters.
In the late afternoon, disembark in Argostoli and head to Robola Winery to enjoy a private tour and wine tasting. Following your exclusive experience, stroll independently around Argostoli. In the evening, enjoy dinner in town before spending the night aboard your catamaran.
Today, cruise to Zante island, a paradise of golden beaches and blooming gardens. Stop at Navagio beach (AKA shipwreck beach), the most Instagram-famous beach in Greece. If you are lucky, you may spot a logger headed turtle, also known as Caretta-Caretta, a species that uniquely resides on the island of Zakynthos.
In the afternoon, head north to the Zakynthos Blue Cave on the Keri Peninsula. After arriving at the famous cave, enjoy snorkelling or diving through its mystic blue waters. Dock in Zante for the evening before enjoying a farewell dinner.
Following breakfast, disembark your luxury catamaran before a private transfer to your hotel, located in the picturesque village of Tragaki Zakynthos.
The spectacular blue sea is in constant view – be it from the resort’s secluded private beach, an alfresco table full of tasty Greek and Mediterranean dishes, or aboard the resort’s luxury yacht.
After breakfast at your hotel, take a private transfer to Zante Airport where you will be provided with check-in assistance for your international departure home.
Our theory on the Greek Ionian Islands
From June till mid September, during the night time, Caretta-Caretta turtles rush to the shore where they lay about 100 eggs each into the sand. The breeding ground is only to be found on the dry part of the sandy beaches around the bay of Lagana on Zante Island. Two months later is your chance to spot the hatchlings emerging from their shells and dashing toward the sea.
The Ionian Islands have several wrecks to dive. The HMS Regulus was sunk in 1945 off the coast of Corfu and boasts a huge anchor where marine life often congregates. Another stellar wreck is off of Kefalonia, one of the most popular in all of the Ionian Islands. The HMS Perseus is a submarine transformed into an artificial reef where you are likely to run across larger creatures.
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