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The Ionian Islands are an emerald scattering of seven main islands – Zante , Kefalonia , Atokos , Ithaca , Corfu – found off the west coast of mainland Greece. The region is famed for pristine beaches, the unforgettable blue of the sea, and the lush Mediterranean landscape. Several lesser-known smaller islands make up this paradise cluster.
M/S APHRODITE– our beautiful motorised ocean vessel that can accommodate up to 16 passengers with 7 cabins – operates the Ionian Cruise. We will spend a week at sea, exploring the very best of this island cluster paradise, stopping in Poros Agia Efimia , Vathi , FIskardo , Meganisi in a round trip from Zante .
This trip is best suited for those who want to set sail for discovery, heritage and historical sightseeing, the best of nature and deserted beaches, on-deck sea-view unwinding and the friendly atmosphere of a small ship cruise.
The friendly crew will attend to all your needs along the way. There are freshly prepared meals (Breakfast and Lunch), and all cabins include a private bathroom and air-conditioning.
Zante to Zante
Departure Day: Embarkation , Zante each Saturdays (In June, July, August and September)
Departure Time: 17:00 (Please try and arrive 30 minutes before)
Finish Time: 09:00 (On the following Saturday, docking at Zante)
As today is the arrival day and we don’t set sail from the Port until after sunset, you have plenty of time to explore the wonders of Zante Island. If you have time to see more of the island, don’t miss the chance to explore the Byzantine Museum, the National Marine Park in Laganás Bay.
In the evening, we get acquainted with our sailing home for the next few days and get settled in, starting by dining with a view of the ocean as we set sail towards Agios Nikolaos.
Note: On the rare occasion of any issues that may result from late arrivals, there is a possibility that we do not depart Zante the next day, and instead set sail on Monday morning.
The rainfall on the Ionian Islands is what enables its lush and verdant landscapes to flourish. Think of thick forests, natural coves, green hills with olive groves, and ardent valleys that sit back-to-back with crystal clear waters and sparkling white beaches.
In the evening, stroll the traditional Marina village and take your pick of Greek eats from the idyllic tavern-lined promenade, where you can watch the sunset.
We head towards Agia Ethimia
Optional Excursion : Day Cruise to Navagio Beach 20 € P/P
Navagio Beach, or Shipwreck Beach located on the northwest shore of the Ionian island Zakynthos, is an exposed cove, sometimes referred to as “Smugglers Cove”. On 2 October 1980, a freightliner, the MV Panagiotis, ran aground in the waters around Zakynthos
Island on Navagio Beach. It is believed that the ship was smuggling contraband due to bad weather conditions. The ship was abandoned and still rests buried in white sandy dunes of the beach that now bears the nickname Shipwreck.
Collaboratively with Theodosis, you will be able to reach the most spectacular base jumping location in the world, see the wreck and swim in the deep blue waters. Explore the best spot to take your selfie, which will remind you that you were once a part of this paradise!
Our departure point will be the port of Agios Nikolaos.
Starts at : 11:00 – 12:00 Duration : 2 hrs
Nestled on the Ionian coastline of the Greece Mainland, Ithaca has been described as one of the region’s most beautiful villages. This is because of its two crystal clear bays that line either side of its main town and the iconic Venetian fortress that forms an impressive backdrop.
Known for its stunning natural environment that gives it an island feel. We will have lunch onboard, but stay in town for an evening of Greek feasting and hospitality.
Optional Excursion : Odysseus Coach Tour 40€ p/p
Since antiquity, Ithaca has been identified as the home of the mythological hero Odysseus. Let’s start an interesting journey which will lead us to his glorious life. You will have the opportunity to go back in time and admire some of the most characteristic sights of the island, such as: the bust of Odysseus, the palace of Odysseus, an illustration of his 10-year journey by Bruno Mazzali and the Archaeological Museum at Stavros village. Let’s escape from the beaten path and discover some of Ithaca’s most hidden gems in a journey which combines myth and immortality. An experienced guide will be also there to introduce you to the history of Ithaca Greece. In this way, all the exhibits and the archaeological data that will meet in your way, will become more alive.
Available bus transfer from and to the capital of Ithaca, Vathi Port.
Starts at 17:00 – 20:00 Duration: 3 hrs
Not many people know of Meganisi, overshadowed by the main island of Corfu, but you will be glad you got to experience this lesser-known beauty spot.
First, we fuel up with a lunch before stopping for some coastal relaxation time at some of the islands secluded. Go snorkelling in the turquoise waters, feel the pebbles under your feet, take a walk amongst the clifftop surroundings and visit the Town .
We will dine at a pop-up beach tavern in a secluded bay tucked away from the crowds, and later watch the stars from the deck of the yacht.
With white pebble beaches, striking blue seas and lush green countryside, Fiskardo is one of Greece’s best-kept secrets. We will dock at the port of Gaios ready for a full day on the island.
You can easily explore with a motorcycle, although it’s also easy by foot, bike or car too. Spend the day seeking out the secluded coves and bays for swimming.
Watch the fisherman go about their work from one of the seafront cafes, before enjoying some of the best and freshest seafood at one of the excellent local tavernas that stock the best catch of the day.
Dotted with secluded bays and sea caves, with shallow waters for those keen to explore the underworld of the Ionian Sea, this part of Kefalonia Island is an explorer’s dream.
Enjoy lunch on the vessel while we sail towards bustling Poros, the second largest village on the island set in a horseshoe bay to a backdrop of olive and cypresses trees. Visit the pebbled Kanoni beach and sandy Harami beach and wander amongst nature.
Later, stroll the vibrant promenade along the seafront. Full of bars and tavernas Poros is the epitome of old school Greek charm. We will dock overnight at a picturesque bay here.
Captain’s BBQ dinner at Poros, No drinks are included
Starts at 18:00 Duration: 2 hrs
Before we head back to the mainland of Zante Island, with free time to explore, we take the chance to fit in one more of Zante’s long sandy beaches. We visit the beautiful Shipwreck Beach and village on the east coast of the island, enjoying an onboard lunch on the way for some final sweeping sea views.
We spend the night in the Marina of Zante Old Town, where we enjoy a Captain’s dinner with the group in our final farewell.
The identity of Zante shall not entail only its beaches, towns and museums. Zante is also well-known for the hospitality of its people, their love for land and the fruits they breed. In 1900, Giatras family started planting the first vineyards in the area where the Art wine winery is located today. It’s the ideal place to introduce yourself to traditional wine making, and take a close look at the vines and the store rooms. Despoina and Eviana Giatra gladly explain (in English) the progress of this year’s crop and answer your questions about grape cultivation and good wine. You can try any of the twelve zakynthian wine varieties offered and enjoy traditional treats. Discover Ionian varieties with a characteristic acidity and a light golden green color or with a more fruity flavor, suitable for all preferences. Art Winery is located at one of the most greenish areas of the Zakynthian countryside, a few kilometers away from the traditional settlement of Maries, where you can relax and have a unique experience.
Available bus transfer from the port to the winery and back again.
Starts at 17:00 – 19:00 Duration: 3 hrs
As we come back in full circle to Zante, this is our departure day, where you’ll say goodbye to your new friends and your crew. Hopefully, we have inspired you with this Greece sailing trip and hope to see you next year for more sailing around the Greek islands.
We had a fantastic week with Sail in Greece and would highly recommend! We really enjoyed great views of the Greek islands. All thanks to the staff and most specially the captain who made our experience very amazing and smoothly. Recommended!
My time on Sail in Greece with my partner was one of the best weeks of my life. The ship Artemis was a really nice boat. The facilities were good and everything was always tidy and safe. Our guide Panos was so helpful, he gave his honest opinion on activities and gave us recommendations so that we could really experience what Greece has to offer. Our bar tender Muha brought a lot of fun to our group he was great and I wouldn’t ask for a better bar tender. The chef Paolo cooked some delicious food, especially the on board bbq. Our captain Christo was very interactive and even gave us an on house dinner. We would definitely recommend this trip to our friends!
What an amazing trip. I would definitely recommend harmony cruises, it was just the right blend of scheduled activities and free time. We had an amazing Captain , Sotiris, who was happy to answer all our sailing questions and show us the ropes – literally! Greece is so beautiful, waking up everyday on the sapphire blue waters of the Aegean is something I’ll never forget. The only low point was the last day when we had to leave our boat. I would’ve gone another week! The vibe was chill and the stoke was high.
I can honestly say that this trip is one of the best experience I had in a while. Great view and had an amazing atmosphere. We really enjoyed the harmony cruise, delicious local food and very accommodating crew. They work with kindness and their courteousness made us feel very comfortable. Great experience overall and would definitely recommend!