What's new for 2019
Take a little more time to soak up the beauty of the hugely popular south Ionian. On this two-week flotilla you'll have plenty of time to indulge your love of sailing, sea swimming, sand castle building, dolphin watching, turtle spotting and trying lots of delicious food and drink at welcoming tavernas.
Expect plenty of jaw-dropping views, beautiful vistas, sparkling blue seas and sunshine all day long. You'll be sailing to authentic Greek towns and traditional fishing villages, some of which can only be reached by water. When not sailing take some time to relax on board and top up your tan. Some not-to-be-missed highlights of this flotilla include Fiscardo, Ithaca and Meganissi.
This two week south Ionian flotilla starts and ends from our yacht marina at Vounaki Beachclub in Paleros.
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.
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.
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. Exclusive to Retreat and Vounaki Beachclubs, we can get you to the right level of experience or even a qualification (if you prefer) during a week of yacht training in one of these two beachclubs. You can join the flotilla in the second week relaxed, fresh and experienced.
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. 1 hour 15 minutes
Departure dates for summer 2019
First 14 night dept: Sun 5 May / Last 14 night dept: Sun 13 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) (26 May to 13 October): outbound dept: 15:30 / inbound arrival: 23:10
Manchester (MT): outbound dept: 14:10 / inbound arrival: 22:20
Bristol (MT) (5 May to 22 September): outbound dept: 13:35 / inbound arrival: 21:00
In-flight meals and drinks are not included a buy on board 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.