Corfu to Athens Charter Itinerary
Explore the beautiful Ionian Sea on this week-long Corfu to Athens charter itinerary.
Day 1 – CORFU TO PAXOS
Journey time 3 hrs approx.
Your crew will be delighted to welcome you to your new home for the next week on your Corfu to Athens charter itinerary.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch and the beautiful scenery as we set the course for your first destination.
Paxos covers an area of 19 square kilometers and is one of many picturesque islands set in the Ionian Sea.
Paxos is an island of endless olive groves, and Anti Paxos is one large vineyard. The eastern coastline of the islands is gentle compared to the west coast, which is bold and abrupt, with caves, arches, and sheer cliffs. The capital of Paxos is Gaios, a picturesque village built around a port protected by two small islands, Agios Nikolas and Panagia. On the Northern side is the village of Lakka, and on the east side is the very charming village of Loggos. You will find the pace is still unhurried and very relaxing, with genuine friendly Greek hospitality at its best.
The last stop of the day on your charter itinerary should be Gaios. Known more recently as a millionaires’ paradise, a place of the rich and famous. A bustling little town filled with shops, bars, and restaurants.
Day 2 – ITHACA
Journey time 6 hours approx. Your next destination is Ithaca.
On day 2 of your Corfu to Athens itinerary, you will visit the home of Odysseus and perhaps Homer; this tiny island attracts sailors and holidaymakers from all over the world. It is beautiful and is surrounded by some of the most transparent waters in Greece. Because it is small and difficult to reach, it does not get the mass tourism that the neighboring islands do. Therefore, many celebrities like spending their holidays here on their yachts or renting a house.
Ithaca is truly a magical place and stands for homecoming. Odysseus sailed for a decade to reach his home, and many sailors believed Ithaca was the ultimate goal.
Even though Odysseus is the best-known name of Ithaca, it was not he that gave the island its name. According to mythology, Ithacis was the son of a Cephalonian king who settled here. And together with his brother, he built a fountain that provided the whole island with water.
Day 3 – CEPHALONIA
Journey time 3 hrs approx.
On your charter itinerary, Captain Corelli may have long since strummed the strings of his mandolin, but the love affair with the Ionian Island he made his own is getting more powerful by the year. Cephalonia is the largest of the seven-island Ionian group. It has been slow to bite the tourism apple. And as a result, the islanders learned a lot from other people’s mistakes.
After swimming in a quiet bay we would suggest, in the evening, cruising to Fiscardo. This beautiful and picturesque harbour on the Northern tip of Cephalonia. Of the approximate 365 villages on this large and diverse island, Fiscardo is most unique. In that, it was left virtually undamaged during the great earthquake of 1953—the earthquake ruined most of the historic buildings on Cephalonia.
Day 4 – ZAKYNTHOS
Journey time 5.30 hours
On day 4 of your Corfu to Athens charter itinerary, wake up anchored off the coast of the beautiful island of Zakynthos. Also called Zante, it is the southernmost of the Ionian Islands and the third largest of the group.
The Venetians had given the island the surname “Fioro di Levante”, meaning “Flower of the Orient,” because the island has rich and dense vegetation, its mountains are covered with pines, and its plains are particularly fertile.
Swim at the wide sandy beaches in the company of sea turtles, go snorkeling, or if you wish we can organize scuba diving between rocks and in underwater caves.
In the evening, take a stroll around the main town and return to your yacht for dinner on board.
Day 5 – ELAFONISOS
Journey time 13 hours approx.
The small island of Elafonisos is probably one that doesn’t immediately spring to mind as a famous Greek Island. Though this island is relatively small and maybe not as glamorous as some others, it is well worth visiting. The island is one that is very popular with Greeks and is not one that has embraced mass tourism on any kind of scale. This is what makes this island so special and a delight to visit.
Elafonisos is where you will find some of the best beaches in the whole of this part of Greece.
Elafonisos is ideal, and its charm and simplicity are something that you will appreciate the moment you arrive.
Day 6 – MONEMVASSIA
Journey time 3 hours approx
During our next port of call of this amazing charter itinerary, we suggest stopping in one of the beautiful bays for a swim. We will leave this to the Captain to choose the perfect spot for you to enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Aegean. We should aim to be in Monemvasia in the early evening as a stroll around this medieval fortress is a must.
Monemvasia is located on a small peninsula off the east coast of the Peloponnese in the Greek prefecture of Laconia. This fortified city with the one and only gate, as its name suggests (Moni=sole, Emvasia=entrance), turns a dream into reality.
The site on which the rock now stands was called Minoa and was probably used by ancient Cretan seafarers as a base. That was where Greeks sought refuge from Slav invaders. They fortified the site using it as a harbor. In subsequent years, they faced frequent raids. Normans tried unsuccessfully to seize Monemvasia in 1147. However, in 1249 William Villehardouin conquered it after a three-year siege.
In addition, the church of Agia Sofia overlooks the region at the bleakest part of the rock and is one of the most beautiful worship spots in Greece. Old stone-built mansions now used as inns and hotels form arcades over steps and greenery, creating an environment of superb beauty.
Day 7 – SPETSES
Journey time 3.5 hours
The attractive town of SpetSes is one of the most elegant and dignified island capitals. It has an ambiance of the “good old days”, which is created by the Neoclassical houses and is enhanced by the absence of motor vehicles and the circulation of horse-drawn carriages.
The heart of the small town is the historical Dapia Square with the cannon emplacement that brings to mind the struggles against the Ottoman Turks. Here, however, around the picturesque harbour, are the old coffee shops, many restaurants, patisseries, shops, etc.
Put your walking shoes on or take a horse-drawn carriage along the coastal road to the old harbour.
Stop for drinks on the terrace of the newly restored Posidonia Hotel. Afterward, why not visit one of the numerous bars and enjoy yourselves into the early hours.
Day 8 – ATHENS
Journey time 5 hours
In conclusion to your Corfu to Athens charter itinerary, disembarkation will be at 12:00 hrs.
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