Arrive at the airport for your direct flight to Kefalonia. On arrival, we transfer by coach to the port of Agia Efimia to board our home for the next seven nights, the MV Aphrodite & MV Harmonia. The rest of the day is at leisure to settle into your ship and explore the charming little resort of Sami, set in a wide sandy bay.
This morning we set sail northwards, motoring along the narrow channel which separates Kefalonia and Ithaca. We stop for a swim at Antisamos beach, where some scenes from the film of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin were filmed. After lunch on board, we arrive at Kefalonia’s northernmost point, the picturesque harbour of Fiscardo, full of charming mansions and villas. The small bay is popular amongst the yachting fraternity and is renowned for some of the best tavernas on the island.
After breakfast, we set sail for the island of Lefkas. After a swim stop in Sivota Bay, we continue to the delightful bay of Nidri where we stop for the evening. Nidri is another popular yachting haven, set around one of the most protected bays in the region and surrounded by olive groves and pine-covered hills – simply stunning! The friendly little town stretches along the waterfront, full of tavernas and cafes that spill out on to the streets and harbour.
Today we’ll cruise around the small island of Skorpios, once the private retreat of the Greek shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis and where he married Jackie Kennedy. The 74-acre island now belongs to a Russian billionaire! We continue towards the oddlyshaped elongated island of Meganissi. Lying just six kilometres south of Lefkas, this sleepy island has some wonderful pebbly beaches. The village of Vathy only has a few tavernas, but it’s a wonderful spot for an evening meal with the harbour lights twinkling above.
We are really off the beaten track today, visiting the twin islands of Kalamos and Kastos. Both islands have a tiny number of permanent inhabitants and an untouched landscape with breathtaking clear seas and bays. Tonight, we enjoy a BBQ on board under a warm, starry Mediterranean sky.
After breakfast we turn westwards towards Ithaca. On the way, we’ll stop for dip in the crystal waters of the small barren island of Atokos, home to just a few rabbits and goats! We’ll continue for a short stop at the pretty village of Kioni on Ithaca, before turning into the long, almost enclosed bay of Vathy, the main town. With a mountainous spine running the length of the island, the villages of Ithaca have maintained an unspoilt, oldworld feel.
Heading back to Kefalonia we sail down the west coast with its high limestone cliffs and stop at the charming village of Assos dominated by a huge 16th Venetian castle overlooking one of the most beautiful bays on the island. The lovely pastel-coloured houses are reflected in the clear emerald waters of this charming cove and make it one of the most photogenic spots on the island.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.