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The Moorings luxury yachts announce early bird discounts on all Greece itineraries

August 18, 2017 Cruise Deals No Comments Email Email

Greece is so hot right now so don’t be left behind and book your holiday with the Moorings.  Sail on one of the Moorings luxury yachts with or without a skipper and chef and live like a billionaire on visiting many luxury islands such as Corfu, one of the greenest of the Greek islands bursting with a carpet of olive trees.  Here you can still find a remote glade where  villagers celebrate summer-and-autumn panigýria (religious festivals) with music and merchandise stalls.

Corfu is the second largest Ionian island. It has far more to offer than just sun, sea and souvlaki with its 217 km of coast and its mountainous hinterland.

A Corfu sailing holiday presents the northern and southern Ionian Islands, some of the most famous in Greece, such as fabled Ithaca known for its fearless ruler, Odysseus (Ulysses), hero of the Trojan War and Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey. Navigation is straightforward. During the cruising season from April through November expect northwest winds from 10 to 15 knots, with calms in the morning. The tidal range is just one to two feet and therefore tidal currents are practically nonexistent, except in the sea level Lefkas Canal (no locks), where currents are noticeable. A Corfu yacht charter is well within the reach of sailors who have basic skills in coastal navigation. Average temperatures during the cruising season range between 76°F and 82°F (24°C to 28°C).

A suggested seven night itinerary takes in Bay of Lakka Paxos, Ithaca, Kefalonica, Lefkas, Parga, and of course Corfu. Vineyards and olive groves, with paths that take you past the lush greenery interspersed with flocks of sheep, bleating contentedly in the warm sun and anchorages that are snug make sailing in the Bay of Lakka Paxos divine.

In contrast to most of the other Ionian Islands, Ithaca is the least developed. Its west shore is rugged and mostly barren, overlooking a channel about three nautical miles wide that separates it from the much larger island of Kefalonia. Ithaca’s three main ports – Frikes, Kioni, and Vathy – are very beautiful and quiet towns on the island’s fertile east coast, offering a pleasant, laid-back ambience where you can walk the narrow streets, browse in the shops, and enjoy the scenery from a waterfront taverna. Sailing in Ithaca waters is delightful, a real pleasure in the southern Ionian Islands.

Kefalonia is the largest of the seven main Ionian Islands, with approximately 365 villages and towns sprinkled like jewels along the coast and inland. In 1953, a massive earthquake struck the area, destroying many of Kefalonia’s historic buildings, but some survived. The picturesque village of Fiscardo, a beautiful harbour at the northeast tip of the island, escaped most of the damage. Tavernas, nightclubs, boutiques, museums, fortresses, monasteries, beaches, hiking trails, and many other attractions await you.

The east coast of Lefkas is where the cruising ground really comes into its own, with numerous secluded coves, great beaches, quaint harbors, resort Meccas like Nidri, and beautiful outer islands such as Meganisi, which lies off the southeast coast of Lefkas and is itself a prime yachting destination. Lefkas sailing is a highlight of a cruise in the Ionian Islands.

The Moorings early bird discount is for sale until 31 August for travel from 1 April – 30 November 2018 on minimum seven night sailings, bareboat, skipper or power yachts.

Prices start at $2,694 for two passengers for seven nights on a Moorings 42.1 – 3 Monohull.

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