Greece!  June 8 - 15, 2024   $1,375

The Mythical Ionians, from Odysseus to Onassis

 “The sapphire waters of the Ionian Sea welcome you to paradise.  Whether it's your first or 50th visit, the Ionians hold something new for adventure-seekers, food-lovers, culture vultures and beach bums alike.  Carpeted with olive trees, pines and vineyards, the Ionian Islands are fertile and green, a stunning setting for award-winning white-sand beaches and peacock-blue waters. The celebrated beaches of the Ionian Islands are famous the world over.  On land, you can explore monasteries and mountain villages and seek out waterfalls, hiking trails and scenic routes by car or motorbike."

The Itinerary

Day 1:  Lefkada

"Immerse yourself in the magical world of Lefkada, a jewel of an island in the Ionian Sea.  Lefkada (or Lefkas) is easily accessible, hospitable and lively.  You’re bound to have seen photographs of Lefkada’s world famous beaches.  But when you arrive, you’ll quickly realize that they’re even better in real life.   Annually awarded with Blue Flags, there is windsurfing, kitesurfing, paragliding, scuba diving, or sailing around the surrounding islets, like Skorpios… there’s no end to the activities on offer here."

Day 2:  Kefalonia


The Melissani cave lake on Kefalonia

"Kefalonia - a paradise for sea activities." "You’ve probably seen the beaches of Kefalonia before on posters and postcards or in films [Captain Corelli's Mandolin] because they are among the most gorgeous in the Mediterranean... Kefalonia is the perfect island to explore by boat, with endless private beaches and bays of exceptional beauty, such as Myrto and Makri Gialos. For lovers of action and activities, Kefalonia offers all sorts of water sports at the large organised beaches, as well as sea kayaking and scuba diving."

Day 3:  Ithaca

Ithaca is the home island of Ulysses from Homer's Odyssey.  Only 16 nm from our base on Lefkada, we should have less trouble reaching it than he did.  Vathy has been the island's main harbor since the 16th century.

"Apart from its mythical essence, it boasts an incredible natural beauty. Similarly to its neighboring islands, Ithaca is covered with lush green nature and it offers exotic beaches with emerald waters."

Day 4:  Meganisi

"The remote island of Meganisi Greece is located between Lefkada and the Greek mainland. Untouched by tourism, it provides amazing beaches with crystalline waters and secluded coves that can only be reached on foot or by boat! Except for its two traditional villages and the small number of facilities they offer, the island is totally unspoiled!"

 Day 5:  Zakynthos

"Sitting in the heart of the mesmerizing Ionian sea, Zakynthos is one of the most exotic Greek islands.
Housing the world-famous Navagio (Shipwreck) beach and the endangered sea turtle species Caretta Caretta [Loggerhead], Zakynthos (or Zante) is among the most popular and most beautiful islands in Greece." 

Zakynthos is also home to the spectacular Blue Caves, like Navagio Beach, accessible only by boat.
It is the second most visited Ionian island after Corfu.  Despite this, most sailing tours don't visit.
The majority of tourists come by ferry, then have to pay another boat, usually one too large to enter the caves, to tour the island.  We'll not only sail there but be able to take our dinghy inside!

The dragons of Zakynthos (Blue Caves) taking a drink!

About Greek names:  Most of these islands have more than one name or spelling due to the Venetian influence and translation of Greek.  For this reason, the I and Y; C and K; and F and PH are often interchangeable, i.e., Cephalonia/Kefalonia.  Kerkyra (Corfu), Zakynthos (Zante), and Lefkas (Lefkada) may be better known by their Italian names.  Unfortunately, many villages have the same name!  So if you read about Vathi/y, the Greek 'Springfield', be sure you have the right one!

The Yacht

I have chartered a newer 48' Oceanis yacht, capable of accommodating 12, but for greater comfort I'll only take the first eight people to send a deposit.

We will anchor in secluded coves as well as moor right on some village waterfronts!


What's included:

  • seven nights' accommodation aboard a large modern sailboat
  • sailing through the Ionian Islands of Greece, providing opportunities for hiking, swimming, snorkeling, beaches, great food and wine, and nightlife!
  • licensed captain with over 20 years of experience
  • all onboard expenses including fuel, water, linens, towels.
  • all mooring and docking fees
  • most meals, beverages and snacks (although you'll want to enjoy most dinners ashore!)

Not included:

  • transportation to the yacht
  • excursions or rental gear
  • personal trip/medical insurance (recommended)


$2,750 for a double cabin.  Singles can pay $1,375 to share a cabin, or $2,100 for their own cabin (limited).

Reserving a space:

A $500 deposit will hold your spot, with full payment due at least 60 days prior to embarking.

Payment may be made via Paypal, Venmo (@Edward-Laucella) or Check.
                      or 407 687-8194 

Getting There:

The best airfares from the U.S. to Greece are typically found by finding a good roundtrip fare to another major city in Europe, preferably one where you may want to stopover, then book a separate European airline to Athens (ATH) or Preveza (PVK), which are usually very inexpensive.  The airport in Preveza is very close to the base on Lefkada/Lefkas, but buses also run from Athens to Lefkada three times daily for $50 or less, and private van transfer is also available.  I can assist you with the travel arrangements.


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