Never Before on a Sailing Trip?
As soon as you arrive at our bases your sailing trip begins! After you finish signing some necessary paperwork in our offices it is time to get on board. If you haven’t hired a skipper, and you hold a sailing license, someone from our team will join you shortly in order to show you around the yacht and how she functions. After that, you are set to go!
It is now time to explore the one of a kind sceneries of the Ionian Sea. You can discover hidden gems and spend your whole day there. Anchor your yacht on a beautiful beach and combine many activities enjoying the serenity the place offers. You can spend quality time with your family and friends, go hiking, swim, explore the crystal clear waters, enjoy a homemade meal, or drink onboard. At the end of the day, you can go to the nearest port and get to live the nightlife of the Ionian Islands. Depending on your mood you can enjoy a traditional meal, walk around, participate in local activities, or choose among a big variety of restaurants and bars to drink your summer cocktail. A daily experience onboard includes almost everything you can imagine! It is up to you whether you stay on anchor and enjoy a full time onboard experience or moor in a port and take a taste of life in the Ionian Islands!
Finding the perfect Yacht
Do you love spending your holidays on board of a yacht, but never organized your own trip before? We are here to help! First of all you should take into account the build year, the size and the equipment of the yacht, and the budget you are aiming to spend. If you are looking for low budget, however high-quality sailing experience, you can choose among a vast variety of well-maintained sailing boats throughout the Ionian Sea. If you are looking for a new and luxury yacht, we offer numerous alternatives in monohulls, catamarans and motor-yachts, fully equipped, with additional equipment for an even more comfortable experience. For more details for any yacht you can also check each vessel’s description and equipment list, otherwise if you need more, you can send us an e-mail or even give us a call, and we will answer all your questions!
Sailing yachts offer the thrill of navigating the seas using the natural forces of the elements. However, apart from the involvement and activity they require they also give the opportunity to enjoy a peaceful cruise when no wind is blowing. Sailboats consume far less fuel so they are great for the earth conscious out there, since that makes them a greener and a more economic option. Looking for adventure, calmness and eco friendly holidays? We’ve got you covered!
If you prefer comfort, luxury and space in a single yacht, then a catamaran will meet all these needs. Wide decks, big cockpit and salon, comfortable cabins are some of the perks of renting a catamaran. Ideal for families with kids, but also for the ones that want relaxed and peaceful vacation. It can reach high speeds quickly and take you to your destination smoothly and safely.
Motor yachts are powerful and fast vessels that can cover greater distances in less time. So, if you are hoping to explore a big area on your next holiday, then a motor yacht is the ideal vessel for you to choose. Also, their shallow draft offers the chance to navigate in almost any coastline and shallow waters, which means you can explore places that other types of yachts can’t. So, if you need a relaxing vacation with luxury and comfort, this type of boat is for you.
Do I need a Skipper
Apart from choosing the most suitable yacht, you will also need to decide whether you want a bareboat or a crewed charter. Even if you do not have the necessary sailing experience and qualifications, you can still enjoy the summer sailing experience by chartering a crewed yacht. While you can be relaxing under the sun, the skipper will be responsible for the sailing part, otherwise you can also take action along with him and live the sailing experience to the fullest.
Our experienced skippers will make sure you will have the perfect holiday tailored to your needs.
Let's plan your Trip!
1. In case our offer proposal is of interest for your sailing holidays, please contact us. We will be glad to send you any additional information and hold an option on the yacht (without any obligation from you), for a period of 7 days pending your final conclusion for the booking.
2. With your confirmation (by option’s expire date), we, Ionian Catamarans, will confirm to you the final booking and duly signed charter contract will be mailed to you. The Charter party contract is approved by the relevant Ministry of Merchant Marine, protects your interests under Greek law and it is a legal requirement for all yacht charters in Greece.
3. Your reservation is secured when the down payment is settled. You will be asked to return to us the Charter party signed together with a charter down payment, should be settled within 15 days.
4. The charter balance Payment should be settled 40 days before the charter embarkation. (Due to the Covid19, you can visit this page for our newest flexible terms regarding the payment of the charters)
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is a sailing license needed?
To charter a yacht without crew (it is called a bareboat charter) you need to have a sailing license and adequate sailing experience. You will need to show your sailing license upon embarkation and to the port authorities. If despite the fact of having a sailing license, you are not sure that you can handle the yacht, we can do a sea trial and decide from there if you need to hire a skipper or not.
- What is a bareboat charter?
It is the type of charter in that no crew is needed (skipper or hostess). However, it requires two people with valid sailing licenses or one person who has got a sailing license, and one who agrees to be of aid if needed.
- What type of yacht should I charter?
The choice is yours! We are here to help you find the yacht that suits you. Some information, like how many people are going to be on the charter, if it is bareboat or you need crew, what amenities you would like to have onboard if you have a certain budget, etc. could be useful to us.
- Are there any supermarkets nearby?
In both of our bases (Marina Corfu and Marina Lefkas), there are some supermarkets inside the marinas. They also provide free delivery on the yacht.
- Can I order provisions before I arrive at the base?
Yes, this service is provided by us. A few weeks before embarkation, we can send you a provisioning list, where you can check the items you would like to have onboard. Then we will forward the list to the supermarket and you will have everything prepared upon embarkation. This service is completely free of charge. You only pay for the provisions.
- What is included in the charter price?
Apart from the yacht and its equipment, bed linen, bath towels, and a welcome pack are included in the charter price.
- Is there any special safety when kids are on board?
Apart from the children’s life jackets that will be on board, we can also install a safety net (railing net) with an extra charge, that is applied around the yacht and makes the yacht safer for children.
- Are pets allowed on board?
Pets are allowed on board with an extra cleaning charge, but we recommend they have sailed before, so that they will not get seasick and also be small-sized, due to the lack of space.
- When is the best time to go sailing?
In Greece, and especially in the Ionian Sea, you can sail from April to November! Experienced sailors choose the beginning and the end of the season as the seas at that time are not that crowded. Most people choose July and August to be sure to catch a lot of sun. But lately, June and September are really popular as well, as the weather is really good and they can still enjoy some peace in the picturesque ports.
- Are there airports near the bases?
Base Corfu: Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport, a 15 to 20min distance by car (https://www.cfu-airport.gr/en)
Base Lefkas: Aktio Airport, a 30 to 40min distance by car (https://www.pvk-airport.gr/en)
We can arrange the transfers from/to the airport if you want to.
- Why the Ionian Sea?
The waters are calmer and it is not getting very windy like in the Aegean sea. It is the ideal weather for family vacations and easy, effortless sailing.
- Where do I leave my luggage?
You can leave your luggage on the yacht, so it is preferable to pack light, better in big backpacks than non-foldable suitcases. In case your luggage does not fit in the yacht, we have some space in the base offices, where you can leave some of them.
- Is fuel included in the price?
All charter yachts are full of fuel before embarkation and the clients need to return the yacht full of fuel upon disembarkation.
- When do I take the yacht and when do I leave the yacht?
The embarkation time is at 17:00 in the afternoon for bareboat yachts. The crewed charters are more adjustable. You need to return to the marina the afternoon before disembarkation for the checkout, sleep on the yacht, and leave the yacht at 09:00 in the morning.
- Why do charters begin and end on Saturday?
This embarkation day is preferred among most of the charter companies in Greece because it helps us be organized and deliver the yacht in excellent condition and on time. Also, the minimum charter period is one week, because it is the optimal number of days you need to explore as many as possible places from the Ionian Sea. Of course, especially during the low seasons, we can be flexible when it comes to the embarkation and disembarkation days, but it will depend on the situation. The same applies to the crewed charters, but in most cases, there is a little more flexibility.
- Are there any mooring fees?
The mooring fees of only the first and last day of the charter, in either Marina Gouvia or Marina Lefkas, are covered by us. However, the rest of the days and depending on the places you choose to go, there will be some mooring fees and their amount will vary on several factors. While mooring there are also additional charges applied like electricity and water.
- What if I need help while sailing?
If, for any reason, you face any issues while onboard, we have support everywhere in the Ionian Sea and we can send someone to help you. You just need to give us a call.
- What if I ran out of provisions?
Even if this happens, there are everywhere supermarkets and minimarkets, so you will definitely find a place to replenish them.
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