7 Day Ionian Crewed Catamaran Itinerary | Lefkas
Explore the charming Ionian Islands onboard a luxury crewed catamaran from Lefkas to Paleros, Kalamos, Sivota and Meganisi
Located in the heart of the Ionian Islands, Lefkas is a picturesque island connected to mainland Greece by a small bridge and surrounded by 24 islets home to some of the most idyllic beaches, and lapped by the clearest waters in the Mediterranean. Set sail on the ultimate 7 day adventure in the Southern Ionian Islands this summer, onboard one of the most highly renowned crewed catamarans chartering the Greek Islands.
The Ionians are a glorious blend of striking scenery, spectacular food, fascinating history and quiet villages resisting the march of the modern world - best explored by luxury yacht. Contact our Charter Experts today to begin planning your summer vacation. Should you wish to explore further afield, venture into the Ionian archipelago on our 7 day catamaran adventure from Corfu to Kefalonia.
Step onboard your luxury crewed catamaran in Lefkas Marina at 5pm to be greeted by your Captain, crew and a display of refreshments and Greek delicacies. The beauty of embarking your yacht late-afternoon, means you can explore the town’s must-see attractions and cultural fascinations.
The Agia Mavra fort is an architectural fascination drawing on multiple cultures, having been built in 1300 by a Sicilian and later adjusted by Venetians and Turks. The fascinating Archeological Museum of Lefkas captures the interest of all, displaying artefacts from the tombs excavated at the ancient burial grounds of the ancient Lefkas. Alternatively, the International Folklore Festival attracts artists and bands from all over the world every August for traditional dancing and music.
Come late-afternoon, depart Lefkas Town and sail into Paleros as the sun dips below the horizon. Paleros is an ancient city on mainland Greece, embracing the waters of the Ionian. As a tiny port only a short cruising distance from Lefkas, it is the perfect overnight berth to enjoy an indulgent first meal on the aft deck.
This morning, awaken early to delicious whiffs of breakfast wafting through the interior. Enjoy this on the aft-deck as you plan your day of sailing in the direction of mountainous Kalamos. Blanketed by pine trees in the north and attracting the most activity on the east coast, Kalamos is a pretty island southeast of Lefkas.
Offering a glimpse into the past, Port Leone on the south of the island is charming anchorage for a refreshing swim following a couple of hours sailing. Following this, cruise around the island to the main port where you can step ashore and explore little boutiques, tavernas and bars.
For the ultimate quintessential Greek experience, indulge in traditional Greek cuisine and exquisite seafood in one of Kalamos’ seaside tavernas – George’s Taverna is widely known, since George is also the local ‘harbour master’ who welcomes all yachts in.
As the largest of a cluster of islands southeast of Lefkas, this relatively undiscovered gem is a hushed haven of charming limestone-fringed bays which present the most inviting water for a morning dip before breakfast.
On the beautiful west coast, while away the hours swimming and lounging on the foredeck at either Kedros, Alexaki, Kipoi and Trachilos bays. The crew will launch the water toys ready for you to explore away from the yacht, whether it is below or above the surface. Alternatively, tender ashore and embark on a hike from Kalamos to Episkopi for wonderous views across the Ionian Sea.
Port Leone on the south side is a large bay, ideal for a lunch time stop or walk ashore to see the beautiful small church which is still in use. Come evening, we will raise the anchor and move on to Kastos.
The very idea of anywhere remaining undiscovered in the 21st century seems unlikely, yet this is the reality of the Ionian’s smallest island; the far-flung paradise of Kastos. Expect classical yachts peppering the surrounding opal seas, clear water lapping pebble beaches and water’s edge whitewashed venetian villas backed by cypress trees and luscious vegetation. With less than 50 permanent residents, this island is a serene escape form modern life.
Once you have taken your stern lines ashore, enjoy a light lunch on the aft-deck and a day of swimming in your own exclusive area of the bay. Soak up moments of bliss sipping traditional Ouzo on the deck, whilst the sun dips below the horizon expelling a dreamy mesh of colour. Settle down for an indulgent meal onboard whilst swinging at anchor, followed by traditional Greek treats such as Baklava to tantalise those tastebuds.
This morning, prepare to embark on a sail which will take the best part of the morning to Sivota. Sivota is a natural harbour set into the south side of Lefkas island. You will have the option to berth in the port, or swing at anchor slighly further out in your own secluded pocket of paradise.
For those craving a little culture, the Lefkas Winery occupies a beautiful area just above Sivota. Open to the public, this gives you the option to tender ashore and embark on an informative tour to sample exquisite wines from multiple local selections. Here, there is also a museum of olive oil should this take our fancy. Come late afternoon, return back to your yacht for sundowners on the flybridge and indulge in a beautifully prepared meal on the aft-deck as you plan tomorrow's sail to Meganisi with your Captain.
This morning, set sail to the idyllic flower shaped island of Meganisi. Rich in nature and gorgeous crystal clear waters, Meganisi - similarly to Kastos - is one of the most off-grid Greek Islands there is. Anchor off either Barabarezou, Spilia or Megalo Limonari beaches which are only accessible by boat for the ultimate exclusivity, or embark on a hike that leads towards a tiny crumbling chapel - a great spot for soaking up the sunset.
Once anchored in one of the many peaceful bays for the night, tender ashore and adapt to the slow rhythm of life across these sleepy whitewashed villages, pebble beaches and - for the foodies amongst you - Meganisi’s main harbours of Vathi and Spilia. Authentic Greek cuisine is best sampled at Tilevoes; although Italian is also on the menu should you crave this. Errikos is a traditional fish tavern besides the sea which makes for a delightful evening off the catamaran.
Set sail north to Skorpios Island. Having become a true legend with a colourful history, Skorpios has transformed from what was a deserted strip of land to a thriving hub attracting the jet-set all thanks to none other than Greek tycoon; Aristotle Onassis. Although a permit is required to step ashore, you are welcome to soak up the dazzling charm radiating off this tiny island, from the comfort of your yacht.
Enjoy a final celebratory lunch onboard and afternoon of water sports, before making the short cruise to Nikiana for an early dinner reservation at Veranda on route back to Lefkas Port. Imagine tables for two on a floating platform above the illuminated sea of Nikiana, round tables for large groups by the sea or cosy low tables by the fire. This is the setting for the ultimate final dinner in the Ionian Island oasis.
Come 9pm it is time to disembark the yacht and say farewell to your excellent crew.