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Two week north and south Ionian flotilla

Your holiday includes
  • Flights from Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester
  • Return transfer
  • Yacht charter
  • Lead boat crew support
  • All fuel & water
  • Marine insurance
  • Damage waiver
  • Security deposit
On your yacht
  • Grocery starter pack
  • Navigation & safety kit
  • Towels & bedlinen
  • Beach towels
  • Pilot book & charts
  • Inflatable tender & oars
Available yachts
  • Dufour 325 (perfect for 2)
  • Beneteau 331 (ideal for 4)
  • Beneteau 343 (good for 4)
  • Dufour 375 (good for 4)
  • Dufour 405 (perfect for 6)

The great thing about this two-week flotilla is that you get to experience the best of sailing both the south and north Ionian. You'll see for yourself how the sailing areas differ. Island hopping and sheltered waters in the south give way to exciting open water sailing, longer sailing legs and coastal cruising in the north.


It's a one-way route, so you'll really be covering the miles. Depending on your departure date you'll set sail from our base at the Retreat Beachclub in the north, or the marina at Vounaki Beachclub in the south. The fortnight is yours to enjoy as you wish, sailing independently or with the flotilla, you can even enjoy a few free sail days and pop back to your favourite spots or make some new discoveries of your own.

Your flotilla route

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).


14 days
The Ionian
Two week North and South Ionian flotilla route

Arrival and departure info

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. Guests on bareboat charter are free to leave the following morning as soon as the boat is fuelled and the boat papers have been stamped (approx. 10.30am). 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 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 Day Skipper, RYA Coastal Skipper, RYA level 2 Keelboat, RYA level 2 sailing certificate (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'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, with the exception of Corfu which is approx. €25 per night.

For £60 per week (£100 for two weeks) 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. Exclusive to Retreat and Vounaki Beachclubs, we can get you to the right level of experience or even a qualification during a week of yacht training at either the Retreat or Vounaki Beachclub in the Ionian. You can join the flotilla in the second week relaxed, fresh and with the right level of experience.

Travel Info

Departure airports: London Gatwick, London Heathrow and Manchester
Departure days: Sunday
Arrival airport: Preveza (PVK)
Flight duration: approx. 3 hours 35 minutes
Airlines: British Airways (BA) / Germania (ST) / Thomas Cook (TCX) 
Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 15 minutes to Retreat Beachclub / 40 minutes to Vounaki Beachclub



Departure dates 
First 7 night dept: Sun 21 May / Last 7 night dept: Sun 24 Sep

Flight times
London Heathrow (BA) outbound dept: 11:20 / inbound arrival: 19:15
London Gatwick (ST) outbound dept time: 15:40 / inbound arrival: 23:40
London Gatwick (EZY) outbound dept: 09:10 / inbound arrival: 16:35
Manchester (TCX) outbound dept: 14:10 (08:00 on 7 May) / inbound arrival: 22:35
In-flight meals and drinks are not included with British Airways, Thomas Cook or Germania, 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 are subject to alteration and confirmation. Your ticket will show the final timings of your flight and your luggage allowances.

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