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Exclusive 'Delivery Route' Flotilla

Why not join our delivery route flotilla this July (and September) and experience an exciting new route meandering across some spectacular sights in Greece, with our lead-boat and skipper showing you the way. You’ll cover lots of miles of easy sailing (about 5 or 6 hours a day) as our flotilla cruises from Athens to Lefkas through some of the most stunning scenery in Greece.

A delivery flotilla is just like a normal flotilla except you cover a few more miles each day. You still get to appreciate all the beautiful anchorages, swim-spots and stop overs. And we’ll sort out all your flights and transfers in and out of Gatwick to Athens and Preveza.

At a glance

Why join one of our delivery flotillas?

If you’re a keen sailor and you like to discover new and beautiful places then you’ll really enjoy this route. It covers longer distances each day and - because our delivery routes run July and early September, the weather is fine and the sailing is fantastic.

Most days will include 6 hours of sailing, so you’ll still get some time for lunch stops and swimming. The stopovers are very picturesque and you’ll get to see more of Greece than your typical Ionian route.

The July delivery route runs between Athens and Lefkas and back the other way in September. These trips are not for beginners and it is normally our more experienced flotilla sailors with a (minimum) Day Skipper or IYT qualification who will join it. 

Our Dufour 382 on Flotilla

A guide itinerary

After a short, 30 minute transfer from Athens airport, you will arrive at Alimos marina (Lefkas marina for the September route) where you’ll meet your lead crew and be introduced to your yacht. After a short introduction to the boat, it will be time to unpack, get acquainted with your new home before going for a drink and a meal ashore at the marina taverna to meet your sailing companions from the other yachts.

Travel and transfers

We’ll organise all your travel and airport transfers to and from Alimos marina and Lefkas marina. We fly in and out of Gatwick to Athens and Preveza on Sundays.

Day 1: Athens to Corinth

  • 35 miles
  • 6-7 hours

After a briefing on Monday morning the first day will be spent putting some mileage in to get to one of the harbours near the ancient city of Corinth (35 miles). It’s a 6 or 7 hour sail from Alimos and typical of the area - conditions are idyllic - the sailing is superb! The evening can be spent at one of the fantastic Greek tavernas ashore or onboard your yacht free swinging in the bay.

Day 2: Corinth to Galaxidi

  • 36 miles
  • 6-7 hours

We will start early to transit the iconic and stunningly beautiful Corinth Canal, before enjoying another long but very pleasant sail through the Gulf of Corinth (36 miles) to the picturesque town Galaxidi on the Peloponesian coast. Here, you will find plenty of places to have a drink or to look at some of the local shops. We will organise a group meal so you can get to know your other sailing companions and discuss the day’s experiences.

Day 3: Galaxidi to Trizonia

  • 19 miles
  • 4 hours

Wednesday is a shorter sail to Trizonia (19 miles, or 4 hours) so you can sail at a more leisurely pace. Trizonia is a small island and the Gulfs’ only inhabited island. It’s good to get there around lunchtime, stretch your legs and explore this lovely place, visit its ancient churches and sites or sample the many lovely beaches on the island. No cars or motorised scooters are allowed on the island.

Day 4: Trizonia to Messolonghi

  • 36 miles
  • 6-7 hours

The next few days will be spent meandering west and through the beautiful South Ionian. Thursday’s sail is 36 miles (6 to 7 hours) to the city of Messolonghi. On this leg, you will pass under the impressive Anti Rion Suspension Bridge, spanning 3Km across the Gulf. In the evening we will organize a group meal and some afternoon activities. This is a lovely stop to just relax and soak up the Greek sun.

Day 5: Entering the South Ionian

  • 32 miles
  • 6 hours

Friday is a 32 mile sail (6 hours) to the pretty port of Astakou which is the last post before entering the Ionian. Here you will find many Greek Tavernas, cafés, shops and bars to explore. This will be a nice relaxed stop where nothing seems to be too fast paced. Also a lovely place to go for a walk along the seafront taking in some of the stunning views.

Day 6: Astakou to Varko, Lefkada

  • 29 miles
  • 5 hours

Saturday is a 29 mile sail to Varko bay. You’ll like it here, it’s simply stunning! We like to set off soon after breakfast and have the afternoon swimming and sunbathing in Varko. After Varko, we’ll sail into Lefkas Marina where you will be spending your final night. Here you can explore its many shops, restaurants and bars. And of course join us for a farewell drink, and a final presentation and awards ceremony. A bit of fun which everyone enjoys!

Our Jeanneau 379 sailing towards Ithaca

Day 7: Varko to Lefkada

  • 7 miles
  • 1 hour

If you have a later flight on Sunday, we often spend the night in Varko. This beautiful anchorage is perfect for a last night of swimming before heading to Lefkada in the morning for your transfer back to the airport. If you have a later flight, you can leave your bags in the marina office and explore Lefkada or go for a swim at the marina swimming pool making the most of the Greek sunshine before you head home.

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