MARIU Ionian Charter Itinerary

Sample M/Y MARIU Ionian Charter Itinerary from Athens to Athens.

Day 1: Athens to Galaxidi

  • Athens to the Corinth Canal | 33nm, 2hr. 20min
  • Corinth Canal to Galaxidi (overnight) | 38nm, 2h 30min
Picture of a historical site in Athens, Greece
Athens. Photo by Arthur Yeti on Unsplash.

The heart of Athens beats in Syntagma Square, where the Parliament and most of the Ministries are. Be sure to check out Plaka, the oldest neighborhood in Athens and a great place for an early-evening stroll. There are shops galore, and it’s also where some of Athens’ most talented artists and craftspeople have their workshops.

Corinth Canal Transit

The Corinth Canal links the Gulf of Corinth in the northwest with the Saronic Gulf (also called the Gulf of Aegina) in the southeast. Before its construction, ships sailing between the Aegean and Adriatic had to circumnavigate the Peloponnese. This added about 185 nautical miles to their journey. The first to decide to dig the Corinth Canal was Periander, the tyrant of Corinth (602 BCE). Such a giant project was above the technical capabilities of ancient times. So Periander carried out another great project, the diolkós, a stone road on which the ships were transferred on wheeled platforms from one sea to the other.

Day 2: Galaxidi to Zakynthos

  • Galaxidi to Zakynthos, Port (overnight)|84nm, six hours 15min
  • Zakynthos, Port – Zakynthos, Navagio|21nm, one hour 30min

Galaxidi is the prettiest of the low-key resorts on the north coast of the Gulf of Corinth, on the Greek mainland. Narrow cobblestone streets and two small harbors grace the town. It makes a pleasant base for exploring the Ionian islands. Galaxidi’s most prosperous period was between 1830 and 1910. When it was a major center for caïque (traditional fishing boat) building. The smaller harbor, Hirolaka, is residential and has a park from which there is a splendid view of Itea and Delphi.

Zakynthos’ highlight is the stunning white sands of Shipwreck Cove (also known as Navagio beach). Surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and impossibly blue waters, it’s one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Furthermore, it is only accessible by boat. A visit to the protected area of Laganás Bay, one of the world’s key breeding sites for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle, is also a must.

Day 3: Zakynthos to Assos Bay

  • Zakynthos, Navagio to Kefalonia, Assos Bay (overnight) | 42nm, three hours

Assos’s tiny and secluded village is just north of the stunning Myrtos beach. Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful and picturesque villages on the island. It was built amphitheatrically around the peninsula, surrounded by luscious green scenery and verdant forests. Pine, cypress trees, and the crystal clear blue waters of the Ionian Sea create a unique combination. This makes Assos an ideal setting for relaxing vacations.

Day 4: Assos Bay to Paxoi, Gaios Port

  • Assos Bay to Antipaxoi, Voutoumi Beach|50 nm, 3h35 min
  • Antipaxoi, Voutoumi Beach to Paxoi, Gaios Port (overnight)| 4nm, 20min

Paxos is one of a cluster of small islands set in the Ionian Sea. You can reach Paxos only by boat, thus protecting itself from the strain of modern tourism. The capital of Paxos is the picturesque village of Gaios. You will find the pace unhurried and very relaxed, with friendly Greek hospitality at its best. You may want to visit the Folklore Museum of Paxos.

Day 5: Paxoi, Gaios Port to Meganisi, Vathi

  • Paxoi, Gaios Port to Lefkas, Eggremnoi or Porto Katsiki Beach | 40nm, 3h
  • Lefkas, Eggremnoi or Porto Katsiki Beach to Meganisi, Vathi (overnight) | 18nm, 1h 20mi

Large, green, and mountainous, with numerous valleys overflowing with vineyards, olive trees, and waterfalls, Lefkada (also known as Lefkas) boasts breathtaking scenery. Vasiliki, on the southwest corner of Lefkada, offers numerous beaches and cliffs to explore. In the evening, moor in lively Nidri. This former fishing village is now a favorite stopover for luxury yachts. Nidri is also an excellent base for exploring the host of little islets nearby.

Day 6: Meganisi, Vathy to Kastos

  • Meganisi, Vathy to Kastos (overnight) | 14nm, one hour.

Kastos, a peaceful and quiet island, is blessed with secluded beaches. This island is untouched by major tourism.

Day 7: Kastos to Nafpaktos

  • Kastos to Nafpaktos (overnight) | 57nm, four hours 10min

Nafpaktos, on the Greek mainland, extends from a beautiful circular-walled harbor. Additionally, the area is highlighted by pine trees, trendy cafés, a good swimming beach (Pisani), and a well-preserved fortress. Terraced stone walls also protect a Venetian castle.

Day 8: Nafpaktos to Athens

  • Nafpaktos to Hireon Vouliagmeni Lake | 54nm, 3h 50min
  • Hireon Vouliagmeni Lake to Corinth Canal | 5nm, 25min
  • Corinth Canal to Athens, Flisvos Marina | 33nm, 2h 20min

The end of the M/Y MARIU Ionian Charter Itinerary until the next time.

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