The Ionian Islands, are an emerald scattering of seven main islands:
Corfu, Kefalonia, Zante, Lefkada, Ithaca, Paxoi and Kythira, which are located west of Greece’s mainland.
While, several lesser-known islands, contribute to this paradise, the actual region, of the Ionian itself, is famed for its pristine beaches, its unforgettable sea, and its lush Mediterranean landscape!
M/S Hera – our beautiful motorised ocean vessel that can accommodate up to 25 passengers with 9 cabins – operates the Ionian Cruise. We will spend a week at sea, exploring the very best of this island cluster paradise, stopping in Sivota, Parga, Antipaxos, Gaios and Lakka in a round trip from Corfu. Our Ionian Cruise operates with multiple boats, ie Harmonia, Aphrodite, Eros based on departure dates and seasonality.
The Ionian package includes spending a week at sea, exploring the very best of this idyllic island complex by stopping at Sivota, Parga, Paxos and Antipaxos (Gaios and Lakka), while it is best suited, for those who want to set sail for an adventure, exploring heritage and historical sightseeing!
All cabins include comfortable mattresses, reading lights, a wardrobe, and an electric fan. Additionally, their own A/C device, a hair dryer, and their own independent toilet with its own shower!
Our friendly crew will attend to all your needs along the way, and of course, our Chef will happily prepare your daily breakfast and lunch!
|SEASON - 2024||DEPARTURE DATES||Prices Include Half Board Food|
|A||04, 11, 18, 25 MAY // 01, 08, 15, 22, 29 JUNE // 07, 14, 21, 28 SEP // 05, 12 OCT||900.-Euro per person|
|B||06, 13, 20, 27 JULY // 03, 10, 17, 24, 31 AUGUST||1.100.-Euro per person|
The Ionian Cruise itinerary is subject to change, depending on the given weather conditions, due to different difficulties at docking or further unforeseen circumstances.
This decision will be completely up to the captain’s judgment, based on the traveling group’s safety and the safety of the vessel itself.
Travel insurance is highly recommended before departing for a sailing trip in Greece.
When arranging your transportation, such as your flights and/or your local ground transfers, please ensure you give yourself enough time in-between, to be on time, for the arrival and departure, of your traveling group.
Embarkation: Saturday (May, June, July, August, September & October)
Embarkation Time: 17:00 (Please try and arrive 30 minutes prior)
Disembarkation Time: 09:00 (On the following Saturday, while docking at Corfu)
Note: It is also possible that the trip ends on Friday evening, as the vessel will have already arrived in Corfu’s Old Port, by then.
Clients will have to pay 80 € p.p. ( local tax) cash prior to embarkation.
DAY 1 SATURDAY / Kassiopi-Corfu
Our Corfu cruise starts on Saturdays, at 17:00.
Disembarkation, also takes place on Saturdays, exactly one week after embarkation, at 09:00.
With this in mind, we start our journey from Corfu’s Old Port, which is full of Greek tavernas, local product markets and plenty of antique shops.
Apart from that, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed “Old Town” offers a unique scenic experience, given its architecture and general structure which is quite unique!
After boarding and meeting with the rest of your group, a lovely welcome dinner will be offered to you, which we will enjoy right before, we head to our first destination, Kassiopi!
DAY 2 SUNDAY / Sivota - Mourtos
The Ionian Islands are the wettest of the Greek islands, so forget about the typical rugged, rocky coasts of Greece.
The Ionian Sea will amaze you with its lush forests, green hills covered with olive groves, crystal clear waters and sparkling white beaches!You can find this descriptive scenery, hidden among the Sivota – Mourtos Islands, which are located south of Corfu’s mainland.
We arrive here, on the second day and while we are at this island complex, we need to visit its highlights, the blue lagoon and the famous Papanikolis cave!
Later into the day, don’t miss out on strolling through the traditional Marina village and before you leave, be sure to grab something to eat and drink from the numerous idyllic tavern-lined tavernas, which are located on the marina, above the shore!
DAY 3 MONDAY / Parga
Parga has been described as one of the most beautiful villages in Greece and undoubtingly, as the most beautiful in the Ionian Sea!
With its two crystal clear bays, each on both sides of the village,
its famous Venetian castle, and its numerous bars and water sports facilities, Parga is a must-see for your summer holidays!
Grab your hats and sunglasses, put on plenty of sunscreen and prepare to create some forever-lasting Greek summer memories, at this beautiful, picturesque destination!
Note: Due to Parga’s undeveloped-port infrastructure, there is not plenty of available space, on the marina, which means, that in case the gulet does not manage to dock at the port,
you will need to use a water taxi, to reach the shore. The cost, for this, is not included in the overall price package!
DAY 4 TUESDAY / Antipaxos
The small island of Antipaxos is a true hidden gem and will be, a one-of-a-kind experience, for you!
While here, we fuel up with lunch, before stopping for some coastal relaxation, at some of the island’s most secluded and tranquil bays, which are home to the famous Greek beaches of Voutoumi and Vrika!
You will have the chance, to snorkel, in the turquoise waters and feel the pebbles under your feet!
Take a walk amongst the clifftop and visit one of the three main towns – Gaios, Loggos or Lakka.
Later in the night, we dine at a pop-up beachfront tavern, on a private beach off the public-main coast, and admire the sparkling night sky, from our gulet’s deck!
Note: The late-night dinner, is not included in the initial package price.
DAY 5 WEDNESDAY/ Paxos - Gaios
Until recently, Paxos was best known for its excellent olive oil, which is rumored to be one of the world’s, best varieties!
Enjoy the lush green scenery of this tiny island, by renting a bicycle or a bike and head to any of its secluded coves to spend an idyllic summer afternoon, while sunbathing and swimming!
After returning to the city, enjoy some traditional local Greek seafood or even Meze, at one of the many local taverns, which are run by the local fishermen!
DAY 6 THURSDAY / Lakka - Paxos
This part of Paxos Island is packed with secluded coves and sea caves.
A true dream, for any sea explorer!
Lakka is home to a small but vibrant village with shallow waters, known as a diving hotspot,
for those who want to discover the Ionian Sea, by exploring its underwater wonders!
With multiple bars and tavernas, off the coast, Lakka is the epitome of Greek charm!
Note: The vessel cannot dock at Lakka’s marina, that is why we dock at one, of its numerous, secluded private coves!
DAY 7 FRIDAY / Corfu
We arrive at Corfu’s Old Port, in the afternoon, which means that we will have enough time, to roam around its new and Old Town!
Head to the old Venetian fortress to see the city from up high, or walk through the Old Town, admiring its gems, if of course, you have a couple of hours left!
While in the Old Town, make some time, to grab some Greek local souvenirs, or visit its museums and churches for a last sightseeing!
We spend the night at the Marina of Corfu’s Old Town, where we enjoy an optional traditional dinner with the group, for our final farewell party!
After that, we head to the gulet, to enjoy our last night together on board, and on the next day, early in the morning, we sadly depart.
DAY 8 SATURDAY / Departure Day
As we have successfully cruised around Corfu and its island complex, this is our departure day..
We say goodbye to each other, take some last photos and head back!
Hopefully, though, we will see you again. Until then, we wish you all the best!
This itinerary may need to CHANGE due to inclement weather conditions, difficulties at docking or unforeseen circumstances. This decision will be made solely at your captain’s discretion, based on the safety of the group and the ship.
When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration these time restrictions for joining and departing from your group.