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The sheltered waters and light winds between mainland Greece and the beautiful islands of the south Ionian create ideal conditions for less experienced sailors. You'll never be more than a few miles away from shore and distances between ports are relatively short – giving you plenty of time to explore hidden coves and anchor to enjoy the beauty of the area.
Keep a close eye out for dolphins, turtles and rays, as they all enjoy the Ionian waters at certain times throughout the summer. Bring or buy masks and snorkels, so you're able to explore life below the waterline too.
The one week south Ionian flotilla starts and ends from our yacht base at Vounaki Beachclub in Paleros. (Approx. half of the fleet departing on 20 May 2018 will join a south to north flotilla starting at Vounaki Beachclub and ending at Retreat Beachclub).
This flotilla route will give you a flavour of what to expect from your week on flotilla, it's not fixed however and may vary from that listed below (nm = nautical miles).
Your flotilla boats will be ready from five pm on your arrival day. Once settled on board, the Neilson crew will give an individual boat briefing. If you arrive after 7.30pm the crew will give a short briefing on essentials such as lights, loos and gas with a full briefing the following morning.
The main flotilla briefing for all yachts is the following morning at 9 or 9.30am and boats are free to depart at any time after the briefing is over. All boats will need to be back at the Neilson base before 6pm on the final sailing day, and vacated by 9.30am on the day of departure.
Before you're let loose on one of our yachts, we need to know you can sail. You'll need at least two people who have sailed before and are over 18 years of age, and one will need a piece of paper to prove they can sail.
Our sailing holidays include damage waiver, marine insurance and fuel, plus we don't ask for a security deposit. There's a few bits we don't include in your holiday, such as mooring fees. If you do need to pay it's usually just a few Euros per night.
For £60 per week you can book inflatable stand up paddle boards (SUP) to take with you. This includes paddle, pump and buoyancy aid. Due to limited storage space, we recommend no more than two SUP per yacht.
If you'd like to go on a sailing holiday but don't have the experience, our stay and sail holidays might be just the thing. Stay and sail holidays are exclusive to Retreat and Vounaki beachclubs, we can get you to the correct level of experience during a week of yacht training at either Vounaki or Retreat Beachclub. You can then join the flotilla in the second week relaxed, fresh and with the required experience.
Departure airports: London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester or Bristol
Departure days: Sunday
Arrival airport: Preveza (PVK)
Flight duration: approx. 3 hours 35 minutes
Airlines: British Airways (BA) / Titan (ZT) / Thomas Cook (MT)
Transfer time: approx. 40 minutes
Departure dates for summer 2019
First 7 night dept: Sun 5 May / Last 7 night dept: Sun 20 Oct
Flight times for summer 2019
Heathrow (BA): outbound dept: 09:35 / inbound arrival: 17:25
London Gatwick (MT): outbound dept: 09:10 / inbound arrival: 16:35
Stansted (ZT) (7 July to 25 August): outbound dept: 09:55 / inbound arrival: 17:40
Manchester (MT): outbound dept: 14:10 / inbound arrival: 22:20
Bristol (MT) (5 May to 29 September): outbound dept: 13:35 / inbound arrival: 21:00
In-flight meals and drinks are not included with British Airways, Thomas Cook or Titan, all offer a buy on board service. Flight timings are provisional and will be submitted for approval by UK and overseas scheduling committees and are therefore given for guidance only are subject to alteration and confirmation. Your ticket will show the final timings of your flight and your luggage allowances.