A ULYSSES Journey in the Greek Ionian islands
(8 Days / 7 Nights)
Imaging island hoping, onboard your own yacht, arriving at a new destination each day and explore the Ionian treasures in a unique way. On this specially designed journey, you will create memories that will last for a lifetime.
Preveza port is the meeting point to start our amazing journey. We welcome you on board your yacht, allow you some time to make yourself comfortable in your berth and then complete the necessary safety induction. We finish the day with a relaxing walk in the old, charming town where you can taste the delicious local fish and local products,an ideal way to acclimatize to hospitable Greece and look forward to more holiday time!
DAY 2 (30NM)
After our first breakfast on board, we depart for Lefkas island,to discover the most stunning, sandy beaches on the west side of the island. After 3 hours of sailing, swimming and snorkeling in these amazing, turquoise waters, you will think you are dreaming. After this unforgettable experience, we depart at noon and bound for the West coast of Lefkas, passing through the floating bridge of Lefkas town, which connects the island with the mainland. After 3 hours of sailing, we pass Scorpios the little, idyllic island that Aristotle Onassis called “paradise on earth” to arrive at Nydri,a bustling port on the East side of Lefkas island. We stay at cosmopolitan Nydri and stay for the night.
DAY 3 (18NM)
Adventure begins today, so get ready for the activities! After breakfast we pick up our bicycles and ride to the breath taking Nydri waterfalls. The route to the waterfalls goes through a wonderful landscape of unspoiled nature. Greek countryside at its best. Bring a towel and a swimsuit along and consider taking a change of clothes with you. It is highly recommended to take a dip in the natural pool under the waterfall, to feel the refreshing properties of water. You deserve it! After this amazing experience we set sail for Fiskardo on the island of Kefalonia, 2.5 hours away. We stay overnight at beautiful and colourful Fiskardo.
DAY 4 (10NM)
After waking up and enjoy breakfast at fascinating Fiskardo, the Battery Hiking Trail awaits us. Get on your bike and explore the fascinating terrain of this beautiful island. The longest trail of the Fiskardo hikes connects several villages, and passes through various landscapes, including cypress forests, strawberry tree forests and agricultural fields. It also passes by different historical sites, like the ancient tomb of Throni and the old village of Psilithrias. The best way to combine your favourite activity with a taste of history. This circular path brings us back to the yacht and we depart for Ithaca, 1.5 hours away. Overnight at picturesque Kioni
Day 5 (17NM)
Mornings on the island of Ulysses are so quiet, that you just want to stay there forever but we have to get ready for our next activity. Today we are fishing in the Greek sea,an exciting, amusing and unforgettable experience. Ithaca provides a huge variety of large and small fish species and they usually take the bait! Trolling, spin fishing and bottom fishing techniques are all available to you and you just might catch a memorable trophy. Make sure you take some photos, to show your friends, when you go back home. About 2.5 hours later, satisfied and happy with our catch, we set sail to the island of Meganisi for overnight stay.
Day 6 (15NM)
After breakfast, it’s time for our second walking hike. We follow a moderately difficult route on Meganisi island through wild flowers with spectacular beauty and green landscape that will fascinate you. On the top of the hill, at Katomeri village, we’ll meet traditional grandmothers who weave woolen clothes with old wooden tools. We will get an idea of how life was in Greece many years ago, as the pictures from this walk allow our mind to travel centuries back in time. At noon we board the yacht and set sail to pass between the mainland and the island of Kalamos, where we can smell the pines as they touch the sea surface. We will marvel at the many small white bays and beaches as we sail until afternoon, to arrive at the small island of Kastos, total sailing 2.5 hours. We stay overnight at Kastos
Day 7 (33NM)
Morning time at Kastos is quiet and spectacular and breakfast by the sea is a blessing, therefore it is enjoyed by all of us. This day is devoted to sailing. You will learn to tie a knot, adjust the sails and steer. You are ready to be the skipper, give commands to the crew and set destinations. The winds and the sea at this part of the Ionian Sea are ideal for sailing. After a stop for swimming and snorkeling in the quiet bay of Desimi beach on Lefkas island, we start sailing back to Preveza, total sailing 5 hours.
All good things come to an end, so it is time to say goodbye and highlight the feelings we shared on board, keeping in your heart all the memories and friends you made along the way. The bond we created through our experiences will keep us close. You are now a part of the Ionian Sea, a part of nature, a part of Greece!
Total sailing distance of the trip:123 NM.
Price Includes: Cost of sailing boat (charter, fuel, port taxes), experienced skipper, activities as mentioned in the program, all land transports needed for the activities, services of the activity- guide, personal accident insurance, VAT, basic greek breakfast and one snack per day.
Not Included: Transport from and to Preveza airport, any other travel transfers to Preveza, personal expenses, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, entrance fees in Museums and other sites of interest, meals, anything not mentioned above.
Insurance: Persons registered to participate in the activities as listed by the Ionian Activities are covered by personal insurance through AIG Europe Limited. In case a participant is already covered by their insurance for the chosen activities and is unwilling to be covered by AIG Europe Limited, they must notify the Ionian Activities in writing, one day before the beginning of the activities (excluding weekends or holidays). Ionian Activities is not responsible for any accidents or mishaps directly or indirectly related to the tour.
Group size: 5-10 participants.
Accommodation: In double cabins on the sailing yacht (30% extra cost for a single room)
Activity level: Our trips are designed for active people with good physical condition. All hikes and bicycle routes are of a moderate level with maximum 1-2 hours walking and cycling.
Equipment to bring: walking shoes,sun hat, water bottle, etc.
Note on itineraries: Please bear in mind that the itinerary may be altered for numerous reasons beyond our control (e.g. harsh weather).