On board of the Panagiota, a two-masted wooden motor sailer, this multi-adventure cruise takes us to the Ionian Islands spread out along the west coast of Greece. Here we see Hellas at its greenest. The journey takes us from Corfu and its Venetian-style Old Town and its Sissi-castle, to Lefkas, Cephalonia and Ithaca, the alleged home of Odysseus. On Meganisi and Paxos – an island all covered in olive trees – where time seems to have stood still, we may have unforgettable insights into traditional Greek island life.
For seven days we explore the unique island and coastal world by ship, canoe, bicycle and on foot. This family-friendly cruise leaves a lot of room for fun, games and spontaneity. Biking, hiking, canoeing, swimming or relaxing on board: You decide each day what you feel like doing. Our tour guide is familiar with the country and gladly gives advises and makes suggestions, accompanies us at the various activities and can tell us a lot about the lively history of Greece.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
1st Day (Sat) Corfu Island (Embarkation)
Individual arrival at Corfu and collective transfer from the airport to the ship. At 2 pm you can start checking in on the Panagiota. The tour begins with a joint dinner on board. Overnight in Corfu town.
2nd Day (Sun) Corfu Island – Paxos
After breakfast we cast off and cruise to the olive island of Paxos. Paxos is the smallest of the seven Ionian Islands with a higher population of olive trees then people – 32 km² are home to over 250,000 olive trees! They cover the island in a wonderful silver green shimmer. The natural harbor of Gaios is unique and provides a special atmosphere during our stay here. In the afternoon we take a small cycle tour along the coast to Mongonisi bay. The evening can be spent relaxing in a local tavern in Gaios.
3rd Day (Mon) Paxos Island – Lefkas Island
In the morning we cruise to Lefkas Island, Lefkas City, but before arriving we anchor near Antipaxos for a swim stop from the boat. After a long cruise we reach a narrow channel with an original swing bridge which connects the Greek mainland with the island. From Lefkas City we start our tour around the lagoon and can enjoy a second swim at the white sand beach, Agios Ioannis. After returning to the boat, we navigate our way to Nidri where we will spend the evening and the night.
4th Day (Tue) Lefkas Island – Cephalonia Island
In the morning we ride from Nidri through olive groves to a nearby waterfall. If we are lucky, a steady stream of water will enable us to take a refreshing swim. Following the excursion we make our way to Fiskardo on the island of Cephalonia. This port, located at the northern tip of the island, delights us with its colourful little houses and many cafes and bars along the picturesque harbour promenade. An evening walk of approx. 30 minutes takes us to a pretty lighthouse. Overnight in Fiskardo.
5th Day (Wed) Cephalonia Island – Meganisi Island (approx. 15km by bike)
After a short crossing by boat we reach the harbour of Agia Efimia, featured in the Hollywood blockbuster, ‘’Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’’. Today’s bike tour starts here and leads us along the coastline to the enchanting Melissani Cave; accessible only by row boat. A visit to a donkey farm, knowledge and fun at the same time for all ages, is next on the agenda before the tour takes us back to the boat. The boat meets us in Sami and takes us for a well-deserved swim break! Our journey then takes us further to Meganisi, a charming island where we spend the night.
6th Day (Thu) Meganisi Island – Arillas (approx. 10km by bike)
After breakfast we have the chance to explore Meganisi on our bike. Afterwards a long crossing will take us to Arillas, an idyllic and peaceful place along west coast of Greece, close to Perdika on the Greek mainland. A stroll along the sandy beach or a swim around Panagiota (the boat) rounds off the day. We spend the night in Arillas.
7th Day (Fri) Arillas – Corfu Island
In the morning our bike tour leads us along remote streets under the shade of old olive trees through a national park and along a little river until we reach the monastery of Agios Athanasios, which we visit. The Panagiota awaits us for our last crossing back to Corfu. Here we can enjoy a celebratory evening meal before reflecting on our wonderful adventures of the week in the beautiful old town.
8th Day (Sat) Corfu Island (Disembarkation)
After breakfast, check-out, collective transfer to the airport and individual return home, or holiday extension on the island of Corfu.
RATING – Easy to Moderate
This tour requires a reasonable level of fitness only if you choose to do some of the longer cycling or hiking options. The walks and short hikes take place on good, sometimes even asphalted paths and are not demanding. Should some activities require a bit more in the way of physical fitness, the tour guide will point this out.
Your Motor Sailer
The PANAGIOTA, our newest ship in Greece, is an affectionately restored two masted motor yacht, which is 23 ft. wide and 102 ft. long. It was built in 1990 and modernized in 2001 in conformity with the requirements of cruises.
6 cabins below deck and 4 cabins above deck are at the guests’ disposal. All cabins are air-conditione
d and equipped with a French bed (4,6 ft. wide) , one single bed and private shower and toilet.
There is room for all guests in the spacious saloon to have the meals, to regenerate or to spend some time with new friends. When the weather conditions are fine the guests can have their meals outside on the shaded rear deck.
The spacious sun deck, equipped with cosy mats, invites you to sun bath and to relax.
The Panagiota does not offer a WiFi connection. If you need to connect to the internet during the tour, we recommend to take your portable electronic device to a cafe or bar somewhere in the harbour. Free WiFi is on offer almost everywhere. If you order something to eat or drink, then you are able to use the WiFi to your hearts content.
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
Group transfer between Corfu airport and ship (only possible on day of embarkation/ disembarkation): 10 euro/person/way. The airport is just 5km from the port if you elect to hail a taxi.
TOUR SCHEDULE & PRICE
2019 Departure dates: July 27 August 3, 10, 17
|Price per person, double occ. in a below deck cabin||CAD||$2165|
Singles on request.
|Upgrade to above deck cabin||$170|
|Upgrade to an E-bike||$150|
This tour includes:
Helmets are mandatory and will be available to rent for free aboard ship however we recommend you bring your own.
Not included in the tour price:
* Meals and drinks ashore
* Drinks on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain), flat rate for bottled water: 20 euro/adult; 10 euro per child up to age 16
* Tips for crew and tour-guides
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
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Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment