ionian islandsScattered off the west coast of Greece, the Ionianislands are the most verdant in the region andtherefore promise the most spectacular landscapes.What is more, thanks to their close proximity to Italy, theyare tinged with a distinct and appealing Venetian flavour.From the busy tavernas lining the fishing harbours ofCorfu and Zakinthos to the tranquil fishing villages ofIthaca and Levkas, each island has its idiosyncrasies ofculture and cuisine and as such the island chainprovides endless compelling charter possibilities.ALBANIAGREECEPELOPONNESECEPHALONIALEVKASITHACAZAKINTHOSCORFUANTI PAXOSPAXOSThessalonikiMt. OlympusAthensCorinth CanalDay 1Corfu to Paxos(30 nautical miles) Day 2Paxos to Anti Paxos to Levkas(35 nautical miles) Day 3Levkas to Meganissi to Levkas(8 nautical miles) Day 4Levkas to Ithaca(28 nautical miles) Day 5Ithaca to Cephalonia(17 nautical miles) Days 6 & 7Cephalonia to Zakinthos(46 nauticalmiles)aboardhLevkas is a paradise island for windsurfershIndulge in an afternoon of water sports aroundthe turquoise-bays of Meganissi, Levkas hSnorkel through the crystal-clear waters ofPaxos and Anti Paxos hCatch site of endangered sea turtles on thesouthern beaches of Cephalonia hWatch the sun set over the beautiful rollingpeninsular of Vassilikos whilst sipping cock-tails on the aft deck hListen to the harmonic 'kantades' flowingfrom the local tavernas on Cephalonia hMimic the days of ancient Greece with a deca-dent massage on the decks of your yacht hLose yourself in the mystical Cave of Nymphson the island of Ithaca hDiscover your very own private beach onIthaca - Filiarto is highly recommendeddon't misshThe subterranean Melissani lake transforms intoa stunning myriad of colours when the sun strikesashorehWander through ancient olive groves on Paxos hVenture inland on the island of Ithaca, believedto be the home of the legendary Odysseus hShop and dine along the bustling shorefrontof lively Zakinthos hJoin Corfu's yachting crowd at the favouritewater front haunt of Mitsos Taverna, Nissaki?Expert opinion Charter BrokerSuzette McLaughlin An ideal choice when cruising the Ionianislands is to begin your charter in Athens,home to some of the most spectacular historicalsites in Greece. From Athens you can cruisethrough the Corinth Canal, past the quintessentialMediterranean landscapes of citrus and olivegroves of mainland Greece, and on to the IonianSea and its seven islands.?
SounionAthensMyrsiniNaoussaAdamasErmoupoliVathiKITHNOSGYAROSSERIFOSSIFNOSKEAANDROSMILOSFOLEGANDROSSIKINOSSYROSDELOSANTI-PAROSPAROSNAXOSAMORGOSANAFISANTORINIIOSSCHINOUSSAIRAKLIAMYKONOSTINOScycladesThe most popular of the Aegean islands, theCyclades form a circle around the sacred shoresof Delos and are ideally situated for islandhopping. Predominantly rocky and arid, theyepitomise the picture postcard image of Greece withstunning white buildings offset by bright blue churchdomes perched above aquamarine waters. From thecosmopolitan island of Mykonos, to the majesticSantorini and the unique, Milos, each island reflectsan individual charm. Day 1Athens to Kea(40 nautical miles) Day 2Kea to Sifnos(40 nautical miles) Day 3Sifnos to Milos(23 nautical miles) Day 4Milos to Santorini(55 nautical miles) Day 5Santorini to Ios(22 nautical miles) Day 6Ios to Paros(30 nautical miles) Day 7Paros to Mykonos(26 nautical miles) Day 8Mykonos to Delos & Syros(38 nautical miles)aboardhDive in and splash around in the warm wavesoff the beaches of Naxos hEnjoy an early morning swim around Maganari hAnchor off the east coast of Paros and joinwindsurfers and kite surfers from around theworld hPicnic in the shallow sand dunes of SantaMaria beach, Paros hHead to Santorini's satellite islands of Thiras-sia, Palea and Nea Kameni for superiorbeaches and less crowded beaches than themain islanddon't misshFrom July through to September, the AnemoTheatre hosts a variety of converts and per-formances. The outdoor venue is in a largegarden just above Mykonos TownashorehDiscover the Venetian architecture of Loutra, Tinos hWalk the whitewashed streets of MykonosTown and visit the medieval quarter of Kastro hWalk the sacred grounds of Delos hVisit the Poseidon temple at Souian hTake a cable car to Santorini's main town of Fira hTender to Kolymbithres Beach on Paros anddiscover natural granite sculpturehBrowse the art galleries and boutiques of Kea hSavour a perfectly mixed cocktail at the DelosLounge's bar at the Mykonos Blu HotelhFans of Nobu will find their favourite dishes atthe Matsuhisa, Mykonos hFor fantastic sunsets head to the Caprice BarCRUISING GUIDE I27?Expert opinion Charter BrokerBarbara Dawson During the summer season you may catch theannual Santorini Jazz Festival, withperformances from international jazz bands onthe beach. The island also has a two-weekInternational Music Festival with classicalperformances.?