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Greece - Ionian Islands

Greece - Ionian Islands

Degree of difficulty - B

 On the Ionian Islands off the west coast of Greece, Hellas shows her greenest side: Pure nature, the crystal clear blue shimmering Ionian Sea and centuries of Venetian influences dominate the archipelago of the Ionian Islands.
From Corfu, which was the dream island of the unforgettable Austrian empress Sissi, this journey leads us to regions which are not very well known abroad. Discover the famous island of Ithaca which is said to have been the home of Odysseus, the unforgettable green bird sanctuary island of Lefkas, the fantastic mountain world of Cephalonia and the beautiful olive woods of the small island of Paxos. Enjoy the stay on board of the wooden motor yacht and let yourself be pampered by the excellent Greek cuisine and the coziness of the ship!

Day 1 (Sat) Corfu town (Embarkation)
Individual arrival by plane and subsequent transfer to the ship. Check in on the Panagiota from 2 pm on. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Corfu town.

Day 2 (Sun) Corfu Island – Parga
After breakfast our tour guide takes you for an exciting wander through the UNESCO-World-Heritage old town of Corfu. Afterwards we return to the ship and off we go! We cross over to Parga on the west coast of the Greek mainland. The town is beautifully located below a Venetian fortification complex built in 1570 that we will climb on our afternoon’s walk. A stroll through the lively alleys of Parga’s old town as well as a swim at the nearby sandy beach may  complete our day.

Day 3 (Mon) Parka - Lefkas Island
After a fairly long cruise we reach the narrow channel – spanned by a quaint swing bridge – tht separates the island of Lefkas from the mainland. The boat brings us to the city of Lefkas. From here we cycle around the lagoon and stop for a lengthy swim at the wondersome Agios Ioannis beach. Thereafter we take a boats crossing to Nidri where we spend the night.

Day 4 (Tue) Lefkas Island - Cephalonia Island
In the morning we ride from Nidri through olive groves to a nearby waterfall. If we are lucky, a steady stream of water will enable us to take a refreshing swim. Following the excursion we make our own way to Cephalonia and with permitting weather conditions, the boat will anchor for a swim stop in Porto Katsiki, one of the most famous Greek beaches located under the towering cliffs of Lefkas. Then we continue by boat to Fiskardo on the island of Cephalonia. This port, located at the northern tip of the island, delights us  with its colourful little houses and many cafes and bars along the picturesque harbour promenade. An evening walk of approx. 30 minutes takes us to a pretty lighthouse. Overnight in Fiskardo.

Day 5 (Wed) Islands Cephalonia - Island Meganisi 
After a short crossing by boat we reach the harbour of Agia Efimia, featured in the Hollywood blockbuster „Captain Corelli’s Mandolin“. Today’s bike tour starts here and leads us along the coastline to the enchanting Melissani Cave; accessible only by rowing boat. A visit to the Drogerati cave is next on the agenda before the tour takes us back to the boat. The boat meets us in Sami and takes us for a well deserved swimming break. Our jounrey then takes us further to Meganisi, a charming island, where we spend the night.

Day 6 (Thu) Island Meganisi – Paxos 
After breakfast we have the change to explore Meganisi on our bike. Afterwards a long crossing will take us to the Island of Paxos. On the way we will take a swim stop in front of Antipaxos. Paxos is the smalles of the Ionian Islands. The unique natural harbour of Gaios has its own special island atmosphere. In the afternoon we can explore the pretty harbour on foot or we may cycle to a nearby beach on this adorable little island. In the evening we can enjoy one of the cozy tavernas in Gaios.

Day 7 (Fri) Islands of Paxos and Corfu
The small island of Paxos (32 km2) is home to 250,000 olive trees which drown the isle in a wonderful silver green shimmer. On today’s challenging bike ride we cycle one around the island. In the olive press museum in Magazia we will learn of the traditional olive plantations which were the backbone of the island’s economy over thousands of years. The Panagiota awaits us for our last crossing back to Corfu. Here we can enjoy a celebratory evening meal before reflecting on our wonderful adventures of the week in the beautiful town.

Day 8 (Sat) Corfu town (Disembarkation)
After breakfast, check-out and individual return home or extended stay in Greece.

Changes:
We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.

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Tour Price 2018
€ 1220 per person sharing (below Deck)
€ 1320 per person sharing (above Deck)

It is possible to request a half cabin however if you want your own single cabin:
€ 1520 for single occupancy (below Deck)
€ 1620 for single occupancy (above Deck *limited)

Tour Includes

• 8-day-trip on a comfort motor yacht with crew
• 7 nights in a double cabin below deck with shower/toilet
• 2 x full board ( breakfast, lunch & dinner ) and 5 x half board ( breakfast & dinner ) on board
• Guided bike tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
• Overview-maps for the daily bike tours (on board)
• Bed linen & towels
• Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
• English speaking tour guide

Not included in the tour price
• Journey to Greece
• Meals and drinks ashore
• Drinks on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain); flat fee for drinking water:
  €20 adult / €10 children till age of 16
• Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price
• Tips for tour guides and crew

Additional optional extras
• Collective group transfers (only available on embarkation/disembarkation days):
  between Corfu airport or a hotel at Corfu town and the boat in Corfu harbor: 10 euro per person/way
• Additional customized transfers on request
• Additional nights on Corfu: prices on request.

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

28-July,
4-August, 11-August, 18-August,

Self Guided Tour Information

This tour is not available on a self guided basis

Comfort ship PANAGIOTA

The Panagiota, our latest finding in Greece, is an affectionately restored two-masted motor yacht, which is 23 ft. wide and 102 ft. long. It was built in 1990 and modernized in 2001 in conformity with the requirements of cruises. 6 cabins below deck and 4 cabins above deck are at the guests’ disposal. All cabins are air-conditioned and equipped with a French bed (4,6 ft. wide) , one single bed and private shower and toilet. There is room for all guests in the spacious saloon to have the meals, to regenerate or to spend some time with new friends. When the weather conditions are fine the guests can have the meals outside on the shaded rear deck.
The spacious sun deck, equipped with cosy mats, invites to have a sun bath and to relax.
The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. The catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.

cabin below deck cabin below deck1 cabin on deck
cabin on deck1 deck Sun deck

Year of Construction: 2001
Size of Boat: 23 x 6 m
Size of Cabins: 6 - 8 sqm
Numbers of Cabins: 10 Guest Cabins
Bathroom features: Tiled, all-in-one showers, wash- basins and toilet
Cabin equipment: Airconditioning, mirror
Double beds: 200 x 140 cm
Single & Bunk beds: 200 x 80 cm
Service: Cabin cleaning daily, fresh towels at mid-week, free internet access on board
Special features: 2 masts with sails, couch mats on the sun deck, 2 big tables with chairs on the covered rear deck

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