“Milestone cruise through the Ionian Sea”

1. Gouiva marina

The starting point for the trip is the Gouvia marina with its more than 1000 berths. The marina is located north of the airport, sheltered in a bay. Transfer from the airport takes about 20 minutes, so it is a good idea to take a taxi. The marina is equipped with all amenities. A supermarket offers a delivery service to the ship.

If you wish to escape the Sunday morning hustle and bustle, you can call at Mandraki harbour in the city of Corfu. It is located in the old Venetian fortress. From here it is only a short jump to the taverns of the city.

2. Syvota: 30 NM

From the marina there is a south course to the municipality Syvota on the mainland. The harbour promenade with its many bars and restaurants is an excellent place for the night. The beaches around Syvota offer the perfect place for everyone to relax. The Blue Lagoon Beach on the westernmost of the offshore islands captivates with crystal clear water and is perfect as a snorkeling spot.

3. Lefkas: 52 NM

After a short night, one of the long trips is coming today: out of Syvota, with the west coast of the Greek mainland on port side, always heading south. Next to Santa Maura’s Castle you will find the swimming bridge of Lefkada, which is opened every full hour. After the passage of the bridge there is still 1 NM to the marina. The city is not the most beautiful at first sight, but after the long day you will probably only visit one of the numerous bars before dropping into your bunk. If, contrary to expectations, you still have energy to do something, you can visit the “Archaeological Museum of Lefkada”, whose exhibits mostly come from the ancient excavations of Wilhelm Dürphold.

4. Nydri: 11 NM

After a long night and an extensive breakfast today’s stage is the shortest of the trip. The way leads us through the canal south along the coast of Lefkada and into the bay of Nydri – a wonderful spot to anchor. The bay can be used for all water sports activities in order to gather new energy after the long day before. Who has the suitable footwear in the luggage, should not shy away from the approx. 4 km long foot march to the waterfalls of Nydri. At summer temperatures you can take a refreshing dip under the waterfalls. In the evening, the restaurants along the harbour promenade are an alternative to the on-board kitchen.

5. Lefkada (Vasiliki): 17 NM

The last short day trip is on the programme, so nothing stands in the way of a long morning bath and a longer breakfast. Out of the bay of Nydri, between the islands of Lefkada and Meganisi, many of the bays of Lefkada offer the possibility of a stopover. In the largest of the southern bays, Vasiliki is at the end. This small village offers everything for the evening, also a small supermarket is south of the marina.

6. Antipaxos: 53 NM

Two days of relaxation are behind you, the long stage to Antipaxos is on the daily programme, along the narrow headland to the southern cape of Lefkada, past the Akra Doukato lighthouse, in northern direction 45 NM through the Ionian Sea. When you reach the destination of Antipaxos after hours, head for Voutoumi Beach, a bay with Caribbean shimmering turquoise blue water – the perfect place after a strenuous day. Unlike Paxos, Antipaxos is not overgrown with olive groves. Two thirds of the island’s vegetation consists of vines.

7. Gouvia marina: 45 NM

Again you have to get up early, on the last day there are many miles on the water waiting for you. This will be even more difficult if you take a last look at the beautiful bay from the ship. After one and a half miles Paxos is reached and you sail on its east side further north, past port at the south cape of Corfu, further north. In the late afternoon the port of departure is reached again. Exhausted and filled with a lot of new experiences you enjoy the evening programme in the surroundings of the marina to complete this sailing week.

8. Goodbye

After the last night on the ship the trip is over after a breakfast. You leave the ship around 9 o’clock and start, hopefully well recovered, into your everyday life.


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