Greece: Ionian Isles

Greece: Ionian Isles Yacht Charter Guide

Picking a luxury yacht charter in Greece will leave you utterly spoilt for choice. After choosing between the tantalising mainland or the beautiful islands, your next decision is which group of islands to visit: the Dodecanese with their rich cultural history, the pretty towns of the Cyclades, the beautiful beaches of the Sporades islands… the list is almost endless. However, for the most spectacular food, the most fascinating history and the most varied and dramatic scenery, cruising the Ionian islands by private yacht simply cannot be beaten. You can choose from several charter itineraries when you decide to cruise the Ionian islands by yacht, and there are cruises available to suit all tastes and interests, from local culture and history to watersports and fine dining from relaxing and beach-hopping to nightlife and shopping.

The Ionian Islands are one of the most sought out destinations in the Mediterranean for a luxury yacht charter holiday, thanks to their warm, gentle breezes and the close proximity of the islands, allowing guests to adopt a relaxed approach and enjoy a week or two of blissful island-hopping.

 

Many caves, beaches and quiet local villages can be found on the shores of Corfu and Kefalonia, Ithaca and Paxi. Enjoy a long lunch with a carafe of white wine in a waterside taverna, then hop back on board your luxury yacht to cruise around to the next bay for a refreshing dip on a deserted beach. With many of the bays being inaccessible by road or footpath, the only visitors to some of the prettiest anchorages are those that arrive by yacht, making it easy to find your own private spot to enjoy. Corfu Town is a must for culture vultures keen to explore its Venetian fortresses, whilst the harbours of Lefkada offer traditionally warm, Greek welcomes and quintessential tavernas looking out over turquoise waters.

Since the days of Odysseus, sailors and yachtsmen have been drawn to the western shores of Greece. Surrounded by myth and legend, the Ionian islands harbour a distinct feeling of ancient mystery which draws seafarers to this day. The complex history and varied occupation of the region has unmistakably shaped the land and people, resulting in a rich culture and an excellent local cuisine, with its architecture, music and art all carrying distinct flavours of those that have been before. The Ionian Islands cling to the verdant ‘green coast’ of Greece, where golden sands are flanked by endless olive and citrus groves, looking out onto impossibly turquoise seas.

Kefalonia

Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands and became famous as the setting of the movie “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”. Anchor at the stunning Myrtos beach, known for one of the prettiest coves in the world. Visit the charming village of Assos that sits in the shadow of a ruined Venetian castle. Fiscardo, located on the northern tip of Kefalonia, is undoubtedly the most beautiful village on the island with a picturesque harbor surrounded by colored, Venetian-style houses. Tassia’s Restaurant is a guarantee for a delicious meal of fresh seafood.

ithaca

Well known in Greek mythology as the birthplace of Odysseus, Ithaca is a mountainous island in the Ionian Sea. Surrounded by beautiful beaches, Afales Beach is a favourite for a dip in the sparkling waters and a picnic on the sand. The capital Vathi offers spectacular views of the harbor and make sure to visit Moni Taxiarchon, a typical Medieval Greek monastery.

Zakynthos

Zakynthos, is a paradise of golden beaches and blooming gardens. Discovered in 1897, breathtaking blue caves can be found on the northern tip of the island, not far from Cape Skinari. Smugglers’ Cove, also known as Navagio, is probably the most famous beach in Greece and a ‘must see’. If you are lucky you may also spot a logger headed turtle, also known as Caretta-Caretta, a species that uniquely resides on the island of Zakynthos.

Meganisi

Meganisi, one of the best-kept secrets in the Ionian, is certainly worth a visit. Take a swim in the beautifully clear waters of Elia Bay and enjoy a traditional Greek dinner at Federiko in the picturesque town of Vathi. As you sail to a quiet cove you may catch a glimpse of the old Onassis family home on the neighboring Skorpios Island.

SIVOTA

Often called “the Caribbean of Greece” Sivota is an area of breathtaking natural beauty tucked between verdant hillsides, turquoise waters and small fjord-like bays. There are dozens of stunning beaches to discover and four small islands with plenty of coves for secluded anchorage. Georgio’s Family Taverna right on the harbor is a guarantee.

PAXOI & ANTIPAXOI

Paxoi and Antipaxoi are the gems of the Ionian Sea. White sand or pebble beaches embracing shimmering water, with groves of ancient olive trees in the background are a characteristic of these islands. Enjoy a sunset drink with a stunning view at Erimitis, a little bar perched on Paxoi’s white cliffs. Venture to Voutoumi beach in Antipaxoi, known for its impossibly turquoise waters.

AVAILABLE YACHTS FOR CHARTER

See below available yachts for charter in the Ionian Islands.
Email us or contact a Charter Consultant to find out about additional yachts for charter available in the area.

Maltese Falcon Yacht for Charter - IYC

MALTESE FALCON

288' 9"/88m / 12 Guests

TITANIA

239'6"/73m / 12 Guests

Axioma Yacht Charter

Axioma

236'3"/72m / 12 Guests

11.11

206'8"/63m / 12 Guests

Sealyon

202'9"/61.80m / 12 Guests

ANDREAS L Yacht for Charter - IYC

ANDREAS L

196'10"/60m / 12 Guests

HELIOS Yacht for Charter - IYC

HELIOS

193'11"/59.10m / 12 Guests

Luxury Yachts for Charter

SKYFALL

190'/57.91m / 12 Guests

Turquoise

181'9''/55.40m / 12 Guests

Geco Yacht for Charter - IYC

Geco

181'1''/55.2m / 12 Guests

RARE FIND

179'6"/54.70m / 12 Guests

PEGASUS

174'/53m / 12 Guests

Wind of Fortune

170'11"/52.10m / 12 Guests

Lady Lena

170'7"/52m / 12 Guests

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Baracuda Valletta

164'1"/50m / 10 Guests

Impromptu

164'/49.90m / 12 Guests

VERTIGE

164'1"/50m / 12 Guests

AIR

163'9"/49.90m / 12 Guests

MARIU Yacht for Charter - IYC

MARIU

163'9"/49.90m / 12 Guests

Ouranos

163'9''/49.90m / 12 Guests

Zaliv III

162'9"/49.60m / 12 Guests

HIGHLANDER Yacht for Charter - IYC

HIGHLANDER

162'3"/49.45m / 12 Guests

Oasis

155'10''/47.50m / 12 Guests

Lady Dee

154'2"/47m / 12 Guests

ORIENT STAR Yacht for Charter - IYC

ORIENT STAR

154'2"/47m / 10 Guests

AFRICA I

154'2"/47m / 12 Guests

AIAXAIA

150'11"/46m / 12 Guests

Reve D'Or Sanlorenzo Superyacht for Sale and Charter with IYC

Reve D’ Or

151'/46m / 12 Guests

IPANEMAS Superyacht Charter

Ipanemas

147'8''/45m / 12 Guests

Bliss Yacht for Sale with IYC

BLISS

144'11"/44.17m / 12 Guests

Agram Yacht for Charter

Agram

144'11'/44.17m / 12 Guests

Bina Yacht for Charter - IYC

Bina

141'11"/43.25m / 12 Guests

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My Toy

140'/42.67m / 10 Guests

Libra Y

139'5"/42.50m / 10 Guests

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Idefix

139'1"/42.40m / 12 Guests

Condor A Yacht for Charter - IYC

Condor A

139'1"/42.40m / 10 Guests

Barents Sea

137'/41.76m / 12 Guests

SEA LADY II Yacht for Charter

SEA LADY II

135'2''/41.20m / 10 Guests

SERENITY II

131'5"/40.05m / 12 Guests

Pathos Yacht for Charter

Pathos

131'3"/40m / 12 Guests

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Aristarchos

131'/39.93m / 8 Guests

Parvati

130'3"/39.70m / 10 Guests

Yacht endlesssummer Charter

Endless Summer

130'/39.62m / 12 Guests

Meserret Yacht for Charter - IYC

Meserret

128'9"/39.25m / 12 Guests

Twilight Yacht for Charter

Twilight

125'2"/38.14m / 8 Guests

PANDION Superyacht Charter

Pandion

121'5"/37m / 10 Guests

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Dragon

121'/36.88m / 12 Guests

RIVA I

120’1’’/36.6m / 12 Guests

Yacht_rini_Charter

Rini

120'/36.58m / 12 Guests

Artemy Azimut Yacht for Sale by IYC

Artemy

116'2''/35.40m / 12 Guests

Funky Choice Yacht for Charter - IYC

Funky Choice

114'10"/35m / 12 Guests

Luxury Yacht Ithaki for Charter

Ithaki

111'7"/34m / 12 Guests

Ira Yacht for Sale

Ira

111'3"/33.91m / 10 Guests

NOOR II

102'/31.08m / 11 Guests

Imagine

101'7"/30.95m / 12 Guests

ENA

101'7"/30.95m / 10 Guests

Klobuk

101'7''/30.95m / 10+2 Guests

Martina

100'9"/30.70m / 12 Guests

Novela

100'5''/30.60m / 8 Guests

AFAET Yacht for Charter - IYC

AFAET

100'/30.47m / 9 Guests

LADY P

98' 5"/30m / 9 Guests

Moonraker II

98'/29.87m / 8 Guests

KOUKLES Yacht for Charter - IYC

KOUKLES

98'/29.87m / 8 Guests

Aleksandra superyacht for Charter

Aleksandra

95'10"/29.20m / 10 Guests

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Lady Mura

95'6"/29.10m / 10 Guests

Oceane II

93'10"/28.60m / 9 Guests

BLADE 6 Yacht for Sale - IYC

Blade 6

92'6"/28.20m / 8 Guests

BALTIC SEA

91'10"/28m / 8 Guests

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Eleven I

90'7"/27.60m / 9 Guests

TSOUVALI yacht charter

This is mine

88'7"/27m / 10 Guests

Lady Marcelle

88'7"/27m / 8 Guests

MOWANA

86'3"/26.30m / 8 Guests

HUNKY DORY OF Yacht for Charter - IYC

HUNKY DORY OF

86'3"/26.30m / 8 Guests

Stardust of Poole Yacht for Charter - IYC

Stardust of Poole

86'3"/26.30m / 8 Guests

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Mythos

85'/25.91m / 10 Guests

LARIMAR II

82'2"/25.05m / 8 Guests

7X Yacht for Charter - IYC

7X

80' 1"/24.40m / 8 Guests

Dilias Yacht Charter

Dilias

80'/24.38m / 10 Guests

Lizzi

76'9"/23.39m / 8 Guests

GIGRECA Yacht for Charter - IYC

GIGRECA

75'11"/23.15m / 8 Guests

LIMITLESS

70’1’’/21.37m / 8 Guests

Meli Yacht for Charter - IYC

Meli

69'5"/21.16m / 8 Guests

IMOLYAS

68'11'/ 21m / 8 Guests

Hunky Dory Of

68'/21m / 8 Guests

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My Destiny

62'/18.90m / 8 Guests

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