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Greece - Ionian Islands

Greece - Ionian Islands

Degree of difficulty - B

A New tour for 2017!  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 – Sivota – Parga – Lefkas Island (aprx. 18 mi./28 km)
Cast off! In the morning we cross over to Sivota on the mainland of Greece. There our first cycle tour starts and leads us to Parga beautifully situated below a Venetian fortress which towers over the old town. Here the boat awaits us to take us on a long cruise to Nidri on Lefkas Island. On our way we pass a witty swing-bridge which connects Lefkas with the Greek mainland. You spent the night in the lively harbour of Nidri.

Day 3 (Mon) Lefkas Island (aprx. 18 mi./29 km)
Todays cycle route takes us first from Nidri to a nearby waterfall. If you are lucky enough water will flow for a refreshing morning swim. Along quiet roads through the mountains past Sivros, we cycle to the harbour in Vasiliki. After a short sail we anchor at Porto Katsiki, one of the most famous beaches in Greece, for swimming. Then the ship brings us to Fiskardo on Cephalonia, where we spend the night. The harbor town on the Northern point of the island charms visitors with its colorful houses and numerous cafés and bars along the picturesque harbor promenade.

Day 4 (Tue) Cephalonia Island (aprx. 28 mi./45 km)
Today’s cycle tour leads us from Fiskardo to Sami. We cycle along the impressive mountain pass at the eastern coast of the island. We will have lots of unforgettable views, like the panoramic view to the neighbour island of Ithaca. After a refreshing break we continue cycling. On the way we may visit the limestone (stalactite and stalagmite) caves of Melissani, which can only be viewed in row boats and charms you with electrifying clear water in various shades of blue. In the late afternoon we cruise to Vathy on the Ithaca Island.

Day 5 (Wed) Islands of Ithaca and Meganisi (aprx. 13 + 8 mi./21 + 13 km)
In the Morning we cycle on the Ithaca Island. The homeland of the mythical king Odysseus, is a hilly island with a beautiful landscape. On today’s cycle route we can enjoy the typical character of the Ionian Islands away from the beaten tourist track: gnarled olive trees, crystal clear water and friendly islanders – time appears to stand still on Ithaca. From Frikes the Panagiota takes us to the small island of Meganisi. On the way we pass the private island of the influential ship-owner Aristoteles Onassis. Meganisi is a tiny island with lots of charm, which we explore in the afternoon in no time by bicycle.

Day 6 (Thu) Mytikas – Lefkas – Paxos (aprx. 30 mi./49 km)
Early in the morning crossover to Mytikas on the Greek mainland. From Mytikas we cycle along the coast and further on panoramic roads, passing some mountain villages like Paleiros until we reach Lefkas town, where our ship awaits us. In the afternoon we sail to Paxos Island, whose unique natural harbor in Gaios creates a special island atmosphere. We can spend the evening in one of the cozy taverns of Gaios.

Day 7 (Fri) Islands of Paxos and Corfu (aprx. 14 mi./23 km)
Paxos, the smallest of the seven Ionian Islands is a grove of olive trees, which gives the island its wonderful silver green color. On today’s cycle trip we circle the island. We can have our last swim in the Mediterranean on one of the many beaches. After lunch the boat brings us back to Corfu town, and after dinner on board our last evening takes place a traditionally last get-together in a cozy atmosphere with crew and tour guides.

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.

Please click on our tour dossier below for further information on the tour

Tour Price 2017
€ 1320 per person sharing (below Deck)
€ 1420 per person sharing (above Deck)

It is possible to request a half cabin however if you want your own single cabin:
€ 1620 for single occupancy (below Deck)
€ 1720 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)

22-April, 29-April,
7-October, 14-October, 21-October, 28-October,

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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