IONIAN ISLAND HOPPING ITINERARIES - with Greek Motor Sailer - Aegeotissa II
In a world that is increasingly rushed off its feet we’re turning the clock back to those halcyon days where the perfect holiday was jumping on a boat somewhere and hopping from island to island. We want to take you right back to those days – although in a bit more ensuite comfort! This Ionian Islands gulet cruise visits some fabulous places such as Naxos, Corfu, Parga and Nydri.
We’ve planned our itineraries so that you get to spend a few hours each day at sea, but get plenty of time to discover the local colour or simply sit and sip a cold beer or glass of local wine in a waterfront bar.
This Ionian Islands cruise visits some smaller off-the-beaten track ports of call where our 12 cabin motor sailer can moor tight to the quayside. You are never more than a short stroll from the sights and sounds of the resort. Along the way we regularly drop anchor so you can plunge into the clear waters and cool off.
Alternatively take to the water with a kayak or SUP (stand-up paddleboard), go snorkelling, or explore uninhabited island beaches just a barefoot stroll from your floating home. Or, on bigger islands, borrow one of the onboard bicycles and pedal off on your personal voyage of discovery.
DAY 1 Corfu:
Embarkation at 15:00. Enjoy a cocktail with your fellow travelers as we cruise to Sivota Bay and have a swim whilst the crew prepare the welcome dinner – the first of your meals on board.
DAY 2 Lefkada:
We cruise north with the Albanian coastline to starboard and stop for a swim in a quiet bay off Lefkada. Back on board for lunch we then cross the Lefkada canal and cruise up to the pretty village of Meganisi where we drop anchor. Dinner tonight in a waterfront taverna.
DAY 3 Nydri:
Cruise to Nydri for lunch then head for Atokos, the private island of the Tsakos family for a swim. Tonight, we Party Night on the beach, complete with a BBQ experience.
DAY 4 Parga
After a morning swim stop we head for the harbour at Parga on the mainland. We moor in the bay and take a tender to shore to explore the beautiful old village with its Venetian Castle high on the hill above. Tonight we dine ashore and enjoy the bustle of this popular resort.
DAY 5 Antipaxos:
After breakfast jump into the crystal blue waters before we head for Antipaxos. Top up your tan on the sundeck either side of lunch on board, then spend the early evening and enjoy dinner in Antipaxos town – lovely waterfront bars here.
DAY 6 Paxos:
It’s a short beat to Paxos so we stop for a morning swim on the way, making the port of Gaios after lunch. Good beaches here to spend the afternoon, or simply settle down in a taverna and watch the world go by. Dinner ashore this evening.
DAY 7 Corfu:
It’s a casual day cruising heading north to Corfu where, after a swim stop and lunch onboard, we arrive mid-afternoon. There is time for some last-minute souvenir shopping before our Captain’s Farewell Dinner where we will enjoy one last meal together and toast that we meet again soon
DAY 8 Corfu:
Disembarkation after breakfast.
What’s Included :
- Walking Excursions Parga Town & Castle
- Walking Excursion Paxos
- Half Board
- Port Charges
- Beach Barbeque
- Greek Night
- Captain’s Dinner
- Experience Leader (cruisecoordinator)
- Swim Stops
- Kayak upon availability
- SUP upon availability
- Flippers & Masks upon availability
- House Wine & Ouzo during for the BBQ, as well as Captains Dinner & GreekNight
- Half Board
- Walking Excursiond Parga Town & Castle
- Walking Excurion Preveza
- Drinks & other extras
- TIPS for the crew suggested 5 euro per person per day
Life On Board with Greek Motor Sailer - Aegeotissa II
Life on board is the perfect complement to life ashore. In the first place There is a library of books by local authors, in English, so you can read-up about what to visit when you arrive. Cruise manager give a daily briefing about what to do and see when you land.
The motor sailor Aegeotissa II has 12 cabins Upper deck Cabins and Lower deck Cabins, so the full complement of passengers is normally between 15-24. Cabins are small, with air- conditioning and private facilities, however there is limited storage space so pack lightly. Cabins are made up once a day and linen changed twice a week.
There is a sundeck and there are areas to sit and watch the world go by. There is a full bar and normally a member of the crew will be there to serve you – but if not help yourself, make a note of it and they will add it to your final bill.
All passengers on board eat together in the dining room at the same time, unless the boat is on the beach having a BBQ. Most of the food provided on boards are organic food, sourced locally, and freshly cooked by the chefs. Also a small wine list provided and focused on local wines.
All crews on board, from Captain down the staff are there to serve you in a friendly way and ensure you make the most of your holiday. All in all we would say it’s comfortable 3 star living – and it’s a really pleasant way to hop from island to island.
The countries around the Mediterranean, literally the ‘sea in the centre of the Earth’, have produced many famous philosophers – we may not be in the same league as Aristotle, Plato or Socrates but, as you will be cruising the Aegean in the wake of such great men, we’d like to share our own thinking with you.
We believe that travel is a way to better understanding and peace and, to this end, it should always be sustainable both in terms of the environment and local economies.
When we go somewhere we respect who and what we find and add to it rather than take away from it. We have a local focus – wherever possible our chef uses local organic produce in all onboard meals. We serve breakfast and one other meal on board each day but want you to explore the cuisine in waterfront tavernas and spend money locally on a meal and a few drinks is fine.
No excursions are sold on board – but happily advise where to go and see or if you prefer more professionally done, the crew will point you in the direction of the local tour organiser. In general cruise goes to off-the- beaten-track places which benefit from having small numbers of visitors, not massive crowds.
The sea is our lifeblood, and we respect it above and below the water. Every week our crew devote some time to a beach clean-up – and you are welcome to join them. We support dolphin projects. We have eliminated single-use plastic bottles.
In order to combat global warming our vessels run on the cleanest possible energy and we keep cruising time to a minimum – in these waters you don’t need to travel a long way to see a great deal.
We respect our colleagues and recruit local people. We believe in equal opportunities.
We respect the health of our guests and actively encourage them to swim every day and walk wherever possible.
As we grow our business, we plan to support education on the islands, educating the thinkers and sailors of tomorrow – who knows, there may be a second Socrates amongst them!
Food & Drink
Wherever possible our chef uses local organic produce in all onboard meals. The Cruise is based on HB basis, the crews serve breakfast and one other meal on board each day. If you prefer to explore the cuisine in waterfront tavernas and spend money locally on a meal and a few drinks, it is your own choice. However drinks are not included and payable on board.
Departure Dates 2023
May 22, 29
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7, 14, 21, 28
September 4, 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23
Departure Day: Mondays
Embarkation Time: 15:00
Disembarkation Time: After breakfast
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