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South Ionian flotilla holidays

South Ionian Flotilla,
 Greece
Your holiday includes
  • Flights from Heathrow, Stansted, Manchester or Birmingham
  • NEW for 2020, flights from Birmingham
  • Return coach transfer
  • Yacht charter
  • Lead boat crew support
Your yacht includes
  • All fuel & water
  • Marine insurance
  • Damage waiver & security deposit
  • Grocery starter pack
  • Navigation & safety kit
  • Towels & bedlinen
  • Beach towels
  • Pilot book & charts
  • Inflatable tender & oars
Our yachts
  • Dufour 325 (perfect for 2)
  • Beneteau 331 (ideal for 4)
  • Beneteau 343 (good for 4)
  • Beneteau 373 (good for 6)
  • Dufour 375 (good for 4)
  • Dufour 405 (perfect for 6)

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 17 May 2020 will join the south to north flotilla starting at Vounaki Beachclub and ending at Retreat Beachclub).


Your flotilla route

This flotilla route will give you a flavour of what to expect from your week on the flotilla, it's an example, is not fixed and may vary from that listed below (nm = nautical miles).

7 days
south Ionian flotilla route
south Ionian flotilla route

If you want to spend longer afloat on a two-week flotilla, you can choose to do two one-week flotillas back-to-back. After your first week on flotilla, you will return to the yacht pontoon at Vounaki Beachclub with the rest of the flotilla. That evening and the following day you will have the chance to stretch your sea-legs and relax at Vounaki Beachclub, making full use of the facilities, you can even have a game of tennis, go on a bike ride or take out a kayak. (Use of facilities (with exception of the spa) and activities is free of charge). 



You will then be refreshed and ready to set sail again for the second week of your holiday with a new bunch of sailors. Please note, we may re-visit at least one of the harbours from your first week on flotilla. 

Arrival and departure

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.

 

Your sailing experience

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.

If you have any of these certificates, you're good to go: International Certificate of Competence (ICC), RYA Yachtmaster, RYA Coastal Skipper, RYA Sailing Skills: Basic Skills - Level 2 (completed on yacht), RYA Keelboat Level 2 (completed on yacht). If you don't have the necessary level of experience, a stay and sail holiday, coupled with one of our sailing courses might be a better option for you.

A few extras

Our sailing holidays include damage waiver, marine insurance and fuel, plus we don't ask for a security deposit. There are 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.

Stay and sail

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.

Travel info

Departure airports: London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester and NEW for 2020 Birmingham
Departure days: Sunday
Arrival airport: Preveza (PVK)
Flight duration: approx. 3 hours 35 minutes
Airlines: British Airways (BA) / Jet2 (LS) 
Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 15 minutes


Departure dates for summer 2020

First 7 night dept: Sun 10 May / Last 7 night dept: Sun 25 Oct

 
Flight times for summer 2020
Heathrow (BA): outbound dept: 11:25 / inbound arrival: 19:10
Stansted (LS): outbound dept: 07:00 / inbound arrival: 14:50
Birmingham (LS): outbound dept: 13:10 / inbound arrival: 21:00
Manchester: outbound dept: 13:00 / inbound arrival 21:00
 
In-flight meals and drinks are not included, a buy onboard service is available. 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.