• Corfu Town
• Sagiada, mainland Greece
• Mourtos, mainland Greece
• Parga, mainland Greece
• Gaios, Paxos
• Petriti, Corfu
• Gouvia/Corfu Town, Corfu
Petriti is an unexpected traditional fishing village on the east coast of Corfu. It’s hidden away from the main tourist resorts on either side by thick, lush forest. It becomes a hive of activity when the locals start to take to their fishing boats in the early evening and is a restful place to spend the night.
Paxos and Antipaxos are two of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean. In the middle of the Ionian Sea, they have incredible scenery of spectacular cliffs, stunning white beaches, warm crystal clear waters thriving with marine life, all complemented by cute and welcoming villages.
Parga is a picture-postcard village on the Greek mainland with colourful houses built up around the village’s natural harbour. Parga is also popular with land-based visitors who come here for the beaches, beautiful scenery and relaxing pace of life.
The private yacht experience
Chartering a private catamaran or yacht for a week is an exclusive and unforgettable experience. With a skipper to show you the ropes and make sure everything runs smoothly, and a hostess to sort out breakfast and lunch each day, this holiday is a relaxing but memorable experience. You’ll hop from island to island visiting secluded beaches and bays, and seeing places that can only be reached by boat. There’s a very laid-back and informal approach to time – as long as you make it to your next destination by sunset, you can take your time. Enjoy some time to explore your overnight stop in a bit more depth before departing or stop off in a hidden spot on the way to your next destination. The skipper will sail the boat and you can get involved with the process as much or as little as you like; this is a fantastic way of learning a new skill whether it’s steering the boat, tweaking the sails or navigating from bay to bay. Or just relax on deck, watch the world go by and enjoy the ever-changing landscapes.
Is this for you?
Sailing holidays are incredibly versatile and suit multigenerational families or groups of friends of all ages. All you need is a sense of adventure, a desire to explore new destinations and a love of the sea. Private yacht and catamaran holidays are great if you like to be active and learn a new skill, do nothing more than relaxing in the sunshine or find hidden coves and bays that other people you know are unlikely to have visited. While we have set itineraries, no two sailing holidays will ever by the same.
What to expect
All charters run from Saturday to Saturday. After arriving and completing the paperwork, you’ll spend the night aboard the boat to find your sea legs before setting sail on Sunday morning. As it’s your own private boat, you can set off whenever suits you. A typical day will include four to six hours sailing so there will be plenty of time to explore your overnight destination in a little more depth, or leave a little earlier and have more time to anchor off secluded beaches or bays as you sail by. When the boat is underway, you can sit and relax with a book, soak up the sun on deck or get involved with the sailing.
Breakfast and lunch are served on board and will be prepared by your hostess using the food that is bought by you. At dinner, the boat will be in a marina or anchored a short tendering distance offshore and you can choose between dining at a local taverna or restaurant or making your own meal in the onboard kitchen (known as a galley).
Skipper and hostess
The skipper and hostess will be on board throughout your charter. They are responsible for the safety and steering the ship between marinas, and keeping things clean and tidy, doing the shopping, and preparing breakfast and a light lunch each day.
Our recommended itinerary is a one-week sailing itinerary from Corfu Town.
Saturday: On arrival at the airport, you'll be taken by private transfer to the yacht marina in Corfu. With the VIP check-in service you should be on the boat before 2pm, which will give you plenty of time to get used to life on board a boat, meet your skipper and hostess, listen to a safety briefing, and, of course, relax and enjoy the sunshine. The marina also has a swimming pool to play in, and the local town of Gouvia is only a short walk away.
Sunday: After a night on board to get your sea legs, it’s time to get out to sea. Sail past Corfu's Old Town and on to the first destination of Sagiada on the mainland coast, six miles from the Albanian border. Sagiada is a quiet hillside fishing village and claims to have some of the tastiest and freshest prawns in the Med.
Monday: It’s only a short second day of sailing following the mainland down to the popular town of Mourtos, and there are a number of beaches and bays on the way to explore. It is best known for being one of the most beautiful places to watch the sunset in Greece. Grab a cocktail and watch the sky turning various shades of red, pink and orange.
Tuesday: Today you'll head to beautiful Parga. This is a real gem of a village, with colourful buildings on the surrounding hillside and narrow cobbled streets around the marina.
Wednesday: The most picturesque places in the whole of the northern reaches of the Ionian Sea are the incredible Paxi islands of Paxos and Antipaxos. The islands are beautiful: Antipaxos has irresistible beaches and unspoilt landscapes, whereas Paxos is all about olive groves, vineyards and pretty villages. We’d recommend dropping the anchor at Voutoumi Beach on Antipaxos for lunch, before sailing north to the Venetian town of Gaios on Paxos for the night.
Thursday: On day five, you'll head back to Corfu island, but there will be a little more time to explore Paxi islands as it’s only a short sail to the similarly delightful village of Petriti. This historic village, which is surrounded by forest, is both charming and tranquil, and really comes to life when the local fishermen are preparing their boats in the late afternoon, or returning home with fresh fish in the morning.
Friday: On your final day of sailing you’ll pass some of the best beaches on the island, many of which are now holiday resorts, as you head northwards back to Gouvia marina in Corfu. The bars around the marina are often lively on a Friday night as people enjoy their last day at sea. Alternatively, you can go and check out Corfu Old Town; the whole of the old town is now a huge UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Saturday: It’s time to say farewell to your boat, skipper and hostess. You’ll disembark at 9am and take a private road transfer back to the airport.
The sailing season runs from April to October, with charters typically booked for one week or more, from Saturday to Saturday. Prices vary throughout the season with peak prices in August, and the best-value sailing available in May and October.
Tailor made cruises
These week-long sailing holidays can easily be added to a land-based holiday at one of our featured hotels or resorts. Speak to your Personal Travel Expert to find out more.