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SAMPLE 7 DAY CHARTER ITINERARY FOR GREECE & THE GREEK ISLANDS
Greece Yacht Charters, Vacations & Rentals in Greek Islands Sample Itinerary.
The wind and sailing conditions in the Ionian Sea (Greece) are ideal and predictable. From May to September the wind blows from North-West at Force 2-5. In spring and autumn the wind is less strong and blows usually from South-West. An ideal starting point for your cruise is in Gouvia Marina, about 15 minutes from Corfu International Airport.
The Ionian Islands - Greece Yacht Charters - located on the western side of mainland Greece, are seven main islands that distinguish from many of the Greek islands by their fertile land (blanketed with olive groves sustained by the winter rains) and clear blue waters. The mixture of different civilizations and cultures is harmoniously welded together into one piece that is undoubtedly Greek, in a complex of islands where the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean (Greece Yacht Charters) can be explored.
Day 1: Corfu, the wooded isle of the Phaeacians, Odysseus' last stop on his long journey home to Ithaki, is the best known and most visited of the Ionian Islands.
It owes its sophistication and charm to the meshing of the different civilizations (Corinthian, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, French and British) that have occupied the island, and to the natural beauty with which it is so abundantly endowed. Many poets, from Homer to Shakespeare, and writers like the Durrell brothers have mentioned Corfu. Greece Yacht Charters & Rentals.
On this cosmopolitan island, you'll be able to combine relaxation with good times and a full nightlife, for Corfu is an international tourist center which can satisfy the demands of the most difficult visitor.
Day 2: Paxos is the smallest of the Eptanisa (7 islands) in the Ionian Sea. It's only 8 miles long by 3 miles across and forms together with Antipaxos at a short distance a picturesque cluster of islands south of Corfu. As the legend goes, Neptune, wishing to create a peaceful island where he planned to live with his beloved Amfitriti, struck the southern part of Corfu with his trident and so created Paxos. However, he lost his trident which the Paxiots found later and made it their emblem. Situated one hour by boat from the crowded Corfu, Paxos offers to the visitor the beauty of turquoise waters, wild flowers, olive trees and sunny beaches on the west coast of the island there are some huge caves and impressive cliffs ( Castanida and Eremites) reaching a height of 180 meters. In contrast, the east coast is covered with olive groves and cypress trees and there are many secluded beaches ideal for sunbathing, some only accessible by boats, which can be hired in the harbor towns of Gaios, Loggos, Laka. Gaios is the island's cosmopolitan capital.
Day 3: To get to Lefkada, you don't need to take a boat. Instead you go by car or bus, quickly crossing over the narrow channel separating the coast of Aitolokarnania and the island. It is said that once upon a time Lefkada was united with mainland Greece. Some say the Leleges, its first inhabitants, transformed it into an island; others maintain that the Corinthians dug a trench across the isthmus.
Lefkada is a mountainous island, covered with dense vegetation to the east and south. Its eastern coast slopes gently down to the sea, which is sheltered from the wind and dotted with thickly wooded islets. The most famous of these are Skorpios, Madouri and Sparti. In contrast, the west coast is steep, with a few spectacular stretches of endless golden beach. The capital of the island is also called Lefkada. A tranquil, picturesque town built on a natural harbor; it is composed of distinctive, multicolored wooden houses, whose upper floors are covered with sheet metal. It is from here you'll set off-over good roads - to explore the island.
Day 4: The largest island in the Ionian, Cephalonia is a land of contrasts. There are bare rocky slopes alternating with valleys of pine forests composed of a local fir tree rare in other places. The island has been inhabited since ancient times, when it was part of Odysseus' kingdom. Well preserved remains have been saved in various parts of the island, where four very important cities were situated.
Today, Cephalonia is a tourist island, although not at the same scale as Corfu or Zakynthos. The sea around Cephalonia, especially the west coast is-along with the Sporades group- one of the few remaining habitats for the Mediterranean monk seal. The island also offers nesting ground to the carreta turtle.
Day 5: Ithaki was the home of Odysseus, Homer's hero that wandered for years before he finally reached his long-lost kingdom and returned to his wife Penelope. Although some archaeologists have identified other islands as ancient Ithaca, today's Ithaki remains the favored archaeological choice.
Still, there is not conclusive evidence as to the location of Odysseus' palace. Ithaki is a small mountainous island, relatively unspoiled by massive tourism. It is separated from Cephalonia by a channel 2 to 4 kilometers wide. The west coast of the island is steep and almost barren in contrast to the green, gentle shoreline on the east.
The capital and main harbor is Ithaki or Vathi. It's a charming town, with some old mansions, nice cafes and restaurants, and three museums: the archaeological, the nautical and the folklore museum. It's also the safest point to leave your yacht and explore the island.
Day 6: Preveza is an enchanting lonian city at the entrance of the Amvrakikos gulf, with a Mediterranean climate, several attractions, cosmopolitan life and entertainment, as well as natural surroundings that both excite and relax the visitor. The narrow alleys, neoclassical houses, belfries (Ayios Athanasios and Profitis Elias), remnants of the Turkish and Venetian presence in Preveza, give the feeling that time has been put on hold. You can enjoy the endless lacework of beaches under Preveza's special sun, which combines with the verdant hillsides and the sea's several shades of blue to intoxicate visitors.
Preveza is fortunate to be surrounded by two very different seas. To the west the lonian is open and to the east the Amvrakikos is closed. Winds in the summer are steady, westerlies to northwesterlies and moderate in both seas, making Preveza an ideal spot for sailing. One can learn the ropes in the safe gulf and then venture out into the open lonian.
Day 7: On this day you return to Corfu bringing to end a wonderful week sailing the western side of mainland Greece.