Семидневный круиз по Ионическим островам на яхте класса люкс
Ионические острова простираются к югу от албанской побережье до южной оконечности Пелопоннеса, лежащие у западного побережья материковой Греции. Разбросанные в Ионическом море, которые на некоторых диаграммах также называют Адриатическое, основными островами этой цепи, с севера на юг, являются Корфу, Паксос, Левкас, Итака, Кефалония и Закинф.
Климат здесь очень отличается от бесплодия Кикладских островов, и это делает чартеринг яхт на Ионических островах намного приятнее, здесь умеренные ветра, кристально чистая голубая вода и прогнозируемая погода, которые создают идеальные условия для парусного спорта.
Результатом выше-среднегодовых норм осадков является зеленая, пышная растительность, покрывающая весной ковром из орхидей и полевых цветов горные склоны, вперемежку с оливковыми рощами и кипарисами. Зима мягкая и влажная, но в летние месяцы может быть очень жарко, так как здесь, в отличие от Эгейский островов, не бывает охлаждающих пассатных ветров.
День 1: Корфу
After you fly in to the International Airport, your crew will bring you to your waiting yacht in the NAOK yacht club on the south side of the Old Fortress. You might like to take a drive to Corfu Town, the capital, which is beautifully situated on a promontory on the east coast, dominated by the Neo Frourio (New Fortress).
Your lunch stop is likely to be at Garitsa Bay, and in the afternoon you can go ashore and visit the ancient city further south, then take a drive on the road running above the seafront that passes the old royal palace. Another attractive excursion is to the villa of Akhillion, further south.
This Italian-styled Renaissance building is situated in the hills and offers panoramic views from its magnificent gardens. The remains of a Roman villa lie further south in the charming fishing village of Benitses. The island has something to offer everyone from the lively nightlife of Kos to the excellent sandy beaches and the rugged mountains.
Chartering here offers you the opportunity to view loggerhead sea turtles in Zakynthos, party the night away at Corfu’s notorious Pink Palace complex, enjoy walking trails and traditional mountain villages on Levkas, and relax on any number of beautiful unspoiled beaches or follow in the footsteps of Homer’s Odysseus on Ithaca.
Levkas boasts one of the top windsurfing resorts in Europe, while Cephalonia’s magnificent Myrtos Beach is widely regarded as being the loveliest in the Mediterranean . The two best-known islands in the chain are Corfu and Cephalonia, which unwittingly acquired an army of fans worldwide after the publication of the book Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and the subsequent movie. Each of the Ionians has its own distinct character – between them, they provide the perfect playground for a superyacht charter.
День 2: Анти Паксос
Breakfast will be served during a pleasant morning cruise to Anti Paxos, a tiny island with a great anchorage. Sheltered waters make this an excellent spot to launch the water toys and have some fun in the sun. Later you may take a relaxing stroll to enjoy the beauty of the serene shoreline. Take advantage of the soothing atmosphere and spend the night here.
День 3: Лефкас
The next morning, you’ll head southwards 30 miles towards the mountainous island of Levkas with its stretches of golden beach. The island lies off the Playia Peninsula in Acarnania, from which it is separated by a shallow lagoon. A range of hills, the largest of which is Mount Stavrotas, dominates the island and runs in a southwest direction, ending at Cape Dhoukatou.
In Greek mythology, it was from this location, on a promontory called Leucadian Rock, that Sappho flung herself for love of the handsome Phaon. With yacht docked in Lefkas town or Nydri you will enjoy a lazy day here – it’s a gorgeous spot for sunbathing on the beach and enjoying the water for the afternoon.
День 4: Итака/Закинтос
Today you’ll head north about 32 miles towards mythical Ithaca, a rocky island separated from Cephalonia by the Ithaca channel. On its east side, is almost cut in two by the long Gulf of Molos, which offers several marvelous anchorages.
Make the most of the advantages of yacht charter by taking the tender to the uninhabited Atokos Island for a picnic lunch ashore before you carry on towards Zakynthos for the night.
With its beautiful scenery and excellent bathing beaches, the island is very popular with holidaymakers and is a popular Mediterranean party destination. Ashore, you can visit the famous blue grotto and the old frescoed churches. For convenience your yacht can anchor off the port, but if you’re looking for peace and quiet, ask the captain to drop the hook in Smugglers Cove.
День 5: Кефалония
About 50 miles away from Zakynthos, Kephalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands, yet has only 32,000 residents who work in the tourist trade and farm the limestone mountains that rise to the 5,341 foot Mount Ainos. Despite the annual influx of visitors, the island is so big it’s still possible to get away to places where you are unlikely to meet a soul for days.
In a catastrophic earthquake in 1953, entire towns and villages were destroyed, more than 600 people died and thousands where injured. If you’re interested in archaeology, there are excavations of Mycenean graves that shed light on a civilization developed thousands of years ago.
For those who do not share this passion, take a tour of the island to take in the peaceful town of Lixouri, the beaches on the south side and the sociable capital of Argostoli.
День 6: Паксос
It’s hard to leave Cephalonia, which is perhaps the most beautiful of all the stunning Ionian Islands, but you must in order to head north and visit yet more lovely islands… Your destination is Paxos, an island so tiny and packed with trees and shrubs that it almost seems as if you’re are wandering through a garden as you walk up the hill to tour the Venetian castle that dominates the island.
Паксос / Корфу
At the end of the charter you’ll head back to Corfu; it may be one of the most popular Greek islands yet it’s still possible to find many places still untouched by mass tourism and the accompanying crowds. Before heading to the airport, pick up a few souvenirs in busy Corfu Town.