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The perfect mix of quaint, unassuming villages, atmospheric towns, reliable winds and breathtaking scenery makes the Corfu flotilla a 'must' for all sailors.

Explore the beautiful Northern Ionian on our Corfu flotilla. Starting and finishing in Gouvia marina, the classic "South Route" takes a gentle and meandering route between mainland Greece and the famous Paxos island, visiting unspoilt villages, lively towns and world-famous bays. The more adventerous "North Route" offers more challenging sailing conditions exploring the lesser known northern bays and remote Erikousa island.

With a good mix of shorter and longer passages, light to moderate winds, and the lead crew on hand for constant support, the Corfu flotilla is suitable for a wide range of sailors.

We embrace a relaxed flotilla atmosphere where you are free to plot your own course and arrival at each day's destination if you would like to. More experienced skippers enjoy this freedom whilst taking advantage of the social aspect of the flotilla. Less experienced skippers will appreciate the invaluable assitance of the lead crew, giving you the peace of mind to enjoy your holiday.


Corfu Flotilla

  • Overview
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    Gaios Harbour

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    Gouvia Marina


    Corfu flotilla sailing holidays

    • 1 week flotilla
    • Takes in the popular yet understated charms of the Northern Ionian
    • Perfect for couples, groups and families alike
    • A mix of shorter and longer passages
    • Includes return airport transfers, end cleaning, bed linen & shower towels
    • Minimal mooring fees (approx €10-€20/week)
    • Runs May to October. Operates Saturday-Saturday
    • Supermarket within the marina
  • North Route

    North Route


    Dates: 06, 20 May | 03, 17 Jun | 1, 15, 29 Jul | 12, 26 Aug | 09, 23 Sep | 07 Oct 2023

    Day 1 (Saturday) : Gouvia Marina, Corfu

    You join your flotilla at Gouvia marina, just a 15-minute drive from Corfu airport. This modern marina is a great starting point for your holiday and after settling in on your yacht there’s time for a stroll around the shops and a relaxing dinner.

    Day 2 (Sunday) : Kalami or Koloura, Corfu (7nm)

    Kalami and Koloura are secluded bays set beneath the hills on Corfu's north east coast with beautiful beaches, waterfront places to eat & drink, and beautiful warm waters perfect for exploring with a stand-up-paddleboard.

    Day 3 (Monday) : Erikousa Town (22nm)

    One of the most virgin islands of the Ionian Sea, Erikousa stands 8 nautical miles northwest of Corfu surrounded by crystal clear blue waters, endless golden and steep cliffy beaches. Meet the friendly locals who are very excited to welcome you and help you with your adventurous trip.

    Day 4 (Tuesday) : Stamoleka Beach (1nm)

    Erikousa is all about remote relaxation, so take it easy sailing around the island to explore, before spending the night anchored off sandy Stamoleka beach with a group BBQ ashore.

    Day 5 (Wednesday) : Kassiopi or Agios Stephanos, Corfu (17nm)

    Sailing downwind the flotilla stops in Kassiopi, an old fishing village on the northeast coast of Corfu, which has retained its charm. A bustling small town set around a scenic harbour, the waterfront is lined with traditional tavernas and seafood restaurants, overlooked by the remains of a Byzantine castle.

    Day 6 (Thursday) : Corfu Old Town (12nm)

    Enjoy a night in Corfu town, a Unesco World Heritage Centre known for its rich history. With beautiful Venetian architecture and the Old Fortress, the old town is a charming visit.

    Day 7 (Friday) : Gouvia Marina (4nm)

    Before returning to Gouvia Marina, taking a lunch stop at Vido island the former Alcatraz of Corfu is the perfect way to end the holiday.

    Two-Week “Free Sailing” or option to return to base.

    Day 8 (Saturday) : Corfu

    Disembark at Gouvia Marina and take your included transfer back to the airport.

    Please Note: All routes may vary due to weather conditions & other factors.

    Ionian Kalamos Route 1 week flotilla sailing holiday itinerary

  • South Route

    South Route


    Dates: 29 Apr | 13, 27 May | 10, 24 Jun | 08, 22 Jul | 05, 19 Aug | 02, 16, 30 Sep | 14, 21 Oct 2023

    Day 1 (Saturday) : Gouvia Marina, Corfu

    You join your flotilla at Gouvia marina, just a 15-minute drive from Corfu airport. This modern marina is a great starting point for your holiday and after settling in on your yacht there’s time for a stroll around the shops and a relaxing dinner.

    Day 2 (Sunday) : Petriti, Corfu (15nm)

    Petriti is a fishing village located on the southeast coast of Corfu, Greece. The village is the largest fishing port on the island and the five tavernas on the sea front all specialise in seafood.

    Day 3 (Monday) : Sivota [Mourtos], Mainland (12m)

    Sailing back across to the mainland we visit the revamped little town of Sivota in the magnificent bay of Mourtos. Soak up the atmosphere whilst watching the beautiful Greek sunset.

    Day 4 (Tuesday) : Mongonisi, Paxos (13nm)

    Situated at the southernmost point of Paxos, Mongonisi is surrounded by clear blue sea with a small sandy beach offering safe bathing for all ages. The small port for yachts provides good shelter and free mooring with one taverna offering a popular “Greek night”.

    Day 5 (Wednesday) : Lakka, Paxos (8nm)

    Lakka is a true Ionian gem, a beautiful little village which often becomes our clients' favourite spot.

    Day 6 (Thursday) : Plataria, Mainland (17nm)

    This quiet village remains widely unknown to tourists and is a perfect spot to enjoy dinner in a waterfront taverna whilst getting to know your fellow flotilla crews.

    Day 7 (Friday) : Gouvia Marina (4nm)

    Before returning to Gouvia Marina, taking a lunch stop at Mouse Island with its picture-perfect chapel is the perfect way to end the holiday.

    Two-Week “Free Sailing” or option to return to base.

    Day 8 (Saturday) : Corfu

    Disembark at Gouvia Marina and take your included transfer back to the airport.

    Please Note: All routes may vary due to weather conditions & other factors.

    Ionian Kalamos Route 1 week flotilla sailing holiday itinerary

  • What's Included

    Included on the Corfu flotilla

    • One return airport transfer per yacht: Corfu airport - Gouvia Marina - Corfu airport
    • Assistance of the flotilla lead crew throughout your holiday
    • End cleaning
    • Bed linen
    • Shower towels
    • Complementary outboard engine for yachts 39'+

    Fuel and any mooring fees are not included.

  • Lead Crew

    Meet the Corfu flotilla lead crew

    Ionian flotilla lead crew

    Jess & Steven

    This is Jessica, she is an experienced hostess with the ability to keep the clients satisfied 24/7 and make an amazing punch party as well as organised group meals you will never forget. This will be her second season in the north Ionian, she will be able to guide you all over the north Ionian to the best restaurants, beaches and pubs or bars for a few drinks, she has grown up having her summers with different flotillas joining her family so she definitely knows how to throw a good flotilla party.

    Over to Steven, he has been bought up in Corfu so he knows all the hidden and secret beautiful bays in the north Ionian.
    This will be his second season as a flotilla skipper in the north Ionian and knows all the stops by hand so if he can’t get you in there no one can…

    He started training as an engineer and did half a season as a flotilla engineer before becoming the skipper so if you get in to any sticky situations Steven can help get you out of it. He is all about client satisfaction and never says no to a challenge. Steven will always be by your side or over the vhf with his calm and clear voice to help dock, anchor, or help explain any sticky situations making them as relaxed and enjoyable for all clients.

    Corfu flotilla lead crew

    Paul & Jane

    Paul and Jane are lifelong adventurers who, after enjoying busy lives in the British military, the commercial, charity and education sectors, are now looking forward to sharing their passion for yacht sailing more widely. Having sailed dinghies for many years, their yacht sailing journey started in 2013 – their overseas sailing trips have taken them to Greece, Croatia and Turkey, and they sail their own 47’ ocean-going cruising yacht from Cornwall where they now live. They particularly enjoy supporting fellow sailors on their own sailing journeys plus they love having great fun and being sociable memory makers at the same time!

  • Getting There

    Flights to Corfu

    EasyJet have flights from Gatwick, Manchester and Bristol to Corfu.


    One return transfer per yacht will be arranged for you once we have your flight details. This is included regardless of whether you book flights directly with the airline or through Nautilus Yachting. We will meet you at the airport and take you directly to the base. The transfer takes 15 minutes.

  • Host Journal

    Meet the Corfu flotilla lead crew

    Supplied by Isla, Nautilus Yachting

    I had the incredible experience of working as part of a lead crew as the flotilla host in Corfu in 2022.  I feel very lucky to have been given this opportunity to visit some spectacular destinations and meet fantastic people who will be friends for life.  Here is my experience of what a typical week of flotilla life is like.

    SATURDAY- Gouvia Marina

    SATURDAY- Gouvia Marina

    While our clients are getting excited to board their plane to Corfu, at the base my skipper and would be working hard to prepare the yachts for our new guest's arrivals. Skipper Steven checks all the lines, sails, and lockers to ensure everything is as it should be and I would lay out the welcome packs onboard each boat, polish the finishing touches and make sure everything is ship shape! Then between 4.00 and 5.00pm, we greet everyone as they arrive at the marina and introduce them to their boat and prepare them for our main flotilla briefing in the morning at 9.30 am.  I would also recommend some restaurants in Gouvia for an evening meal; check out Harry's and Taki's for traditional Greek taverna food and Gerekos is the only place for fish!

    SUNDAY- Sivota

    SUNDAY- Sivota

    Sunday morning on flotilla always starts with the main flotilla briefing, which is the first opportunity for the whole flotilla to meet one another.  Steven and I give the flotilla briefing which is an overview of how the flotilla will run that week and any weather conditions to be aware of.  Once the flotilla briefing is complete, we assist everyone departing the marina to set sail for their first day on the water.  The sea between Corfu and the mainland always seems calm, which makes for an easy first day and an amazing mid-afternoon swim in the middle of the sea!  Once we arrive at Sivota Mourtos I head to Georgeos Family taverna to confirm the booking for our first group meal. Then we would grab a Freddo Espresso from Bamboo Place before our guest's arrival at 4.30 pm. We help moor up all yachts with stern to with anchor on the town quay or stern to with lazy lines in the marina. Once everyone is safely in harbour it is a quick turnaround to get ready for our first group meal. After an amazing dinner at Georgeos, where they have (in my opinion) the best courgette balls, I lead the group to Bamboo Place for the best cocktails.  Some weeks there would be more cocktails than others!  

    MONDAY- Lakka

    MONDAY- Lakka

    We start our day with a briefing at Bamboo Place followed by a trip to the bakery for some tasty pastries.  During the morning briefings each day Steven covers the navigational aspects and I tell the clients what to expect from our evening destination; if there are any showers or toilets, if there are any shops, a bakery or a cash machine, whether there is an option to have power and water and if there was an evening activity.  We offer assistance for leaving the town quay and then set off.  From leaving Sivota I would always take the helm on the first half of the journey as I loved to motor past and look at the Blue Lagoon area on our port side. The sea is always choppier once we pass the bottom of Corfu as it’s an open body of water all the way from Italy.  One week I forgot to shut the hatches and needless to say I didn’t make that mistake again!  I saw dolphins at the entrance to Lakka a couple of times which is always a special thing to see. Arriving at Lakka you are greeted by the prettiest bay in the North Ionian. Crystal blue water with white sandy beaches surrounding parts of the bay, different fish swimming around and always a nice selection of boats to look at.  Once I drop the anchor, there is usually time for a swim. The water is always so warm, like getting into a bath! I take the snorkel mask with me to check the anchor. I always enjoy helping our guests drop their anchor as it means whizzing around the bay in our dinghy. Nionios taverna is where we head for a group meal in Lakka. Run by the incredible Gianni who is always so enthusiastic about his food, the menu changes daily, so we are always lucky to try a new speciality dish!  Some nights we would end up in Romanticas bar dancing and sipping some more cocktails.  Then it was a giggly dinghy ride back to the lead boat for the night.

    TUESDAY- Mongonisi

    TUESDAY- Mongonisi

    Tuesday morning we all jump in the dinghies and go ashore to meet at Harbour Lights where the lovely Louise would look after us during the morning briefing. After a trip to the best bakery on our route, we head back to the lead boat and wait for the radio calls from our clients to say they were weighing anchor and heading for a sail around the beautiful island of Paxos, taking a lunch stop at Emerald Bay on Antipaxos, before heading to the secluded bay of Mongonisi. On our arrival, I pop over to MongonisiBeach restaurant where Maria and I would create the seating plan for the flotilla guests over a cold drink under the gorgeous tree canopy.  Whilst waiting to hear ‘Cleo Cleo this is Paradeisos Paradeisos over’, I dive off the bow of the boat and have a delightful afternoon swim with all the different fish that were living in the bay.  A quick dry-off in the sun before jumping ashore to catch our clients’ stern lines whilst Steven is in the dinghy assisting boats to get into the correct position for dropping anchor. Then time for a cocktail party on the quay, all yachts make their own drink and the lead crew chooses a winner.  We once had an incredible poem to assist the presentation of an amazing cherry-based cocktail and the most interesting cocktail this season was one based on a Greek salad with cucumber, tomato and feta cheese!!  We head into the restaurant for an incredibly tasty dinner followed by an evening of Greek dancing which was always a hit! The dancers would always take me up to join in and I would grab the hand of a client to join me too, we would laugh and dance around the restaurant all evening.  Mongonisi was always such a fun destination and I look forward to going back there with my family and friends..

    WEDNESDAY- Plataria

    WEDNESDAY- Plataria

    We are usally  joined by a few sore heads for the morning briefing on Wednesdays, which is quickly sorted by a fresh orange juice or fabulous breakfast at Mongonisi Beach.  Sometimes I would join the clients for a quick swim after morning briefing before waving our clients off on their journey up to Plataria.  We always have a brilliant sail up to Plataria, with both sails out doing some great tacks. The wind funnelled down the channel to Plataria and we achieved 10.2 knots one day!  After mooring up stern to with anchor I head over to Olga’s where I am greeted with a big cuddle from Olga who is now my Greek auntie. Olga always likes to have the food orders in before we go to dinner, so once each boat was safely moored up on lazy lines I ask them to pop over and see her to place their orders and highly recommend the oven-baked feta with oats and honey – the best starter!  The sunsets in Plataria are always stunning and were always a treat to see. We always have a really delicious meal at Olga’s and the waiters are so friendly.  Some nights we end up in Decks cocktail bar, where they serve the best Aperols and Pina Coladas in the North Ionian

    THURSDAY- Mandraki

    THURSDAY- Mandraki

    Breakfast at Olga’s is the most amazing bacon sandwich which I try to eat sneakily during the morning briefing behind Steven’s destination whiteboard.  After saying bye to Auntie Olga off we go towards Corfu and Mandraki Harbour, which is underneath the Old Fortress of Corfu Town.  This was a special place to visit at the end of the week.  The University of Classical Music is also above the harbour, so we hear music each time we enter! We have a free evening in Mandraki as there are so many places to choose to eat in Corfu town and it gives everyone an opportunity to explore the UNESCO heritage "Old Town" too.  I always go for a walk around the Old Fort at nighttime, the view looking up at the moon was always so ethereal.

    FRIDAY- Gouvia Marina

    FRIDAY- Gouvia Marina

    Friday mornings are always a little sad as it means the last day of the flotilla, we hold our last morning briefing and thank all our guests for an amazing week!  We head straight back to Gouvia and prepare the lazy lines for our client’s arrival. After their last lunch and swim we wave the clients over to pontoon A and if they are lucky they see me doing handstands and cartwheels whilst reversing into their spot.  I pass over the lazy line and catch a stern line with Steven. Then I jump on board and have a chat with them about their week and explain what happens this evening and their departure plans for the following morning.  Sometimes I organise restaurant bookings for my clients last night and give them suggestions of the best restaurants in and around Gouvia.  Friday night I am able to get an early night after a busy week on flotilla which I always need before I do it all again on Saturday.


    Saturday mornings meant an early start as it is change-over day. Guests depart at 09.00am and that is the start of our busy day getting the fleet ready for the next set of excited sailors arriving for embarkation at 5.00pm.  Saying goodbye to our wonderful friends from the week before is always sad and I was very lucky to have had fantastic guests each week who made my job so enjoyable!

"Everything was great; the local operator was good, the boat was fantastic, their staff were all very helpful & the lead boat crew were great!"

Ionian Flotilla 2018 - A.H.

Corfu Flotilla prices

2023 GB£ per yacht on flotillaBavaria 32(2004)Bavaria 33(2006)
Departure Dates2 cabins/1WC2 cabins/1WC
29 Apr, 06, 13 May21282309
20, 27 May, 03, 10, 17 Jun24232614
24 Jun, 01, 08, 15 Jul27282900
22, 29 Jul, 05, 12 Aug30613261
19, 26 Aug, 02, 09 Sep27282900
16, 23 Sep24232614
30 Sep, 07 Oct21282309
14, 21 Oct16711776
29 Apr, 06 May37664128
13 May40614433
20, 27 May, 03, 10 Jun43564738
17 Jun46615024
24 Jun, 01, 08 Jul49665310
15 Jul52995671
22, 29 Jul, 05 Aug56326032
12 Aug52995671
19, 26 Aug, 02 Sep49665310
09 Sep46615024
16 Sep43564738
23 Sep40614433
30 Sep37664128
07 Oct33093595
14 Oct28523062
2023 GB£ per yacht on flotillaSun Odyssey 349(2016)Sun Odyssey 349(2017)Oceanis 361(2003)Bavaria Cruiser 37 - 3 cab.(2016)
Departure Dates3 cabins/1WC3 cabins/1WC3 cabins/1WC3 cabins/1WC
29 Apr, 06, 13 May2852285226803260
20, 27 May, 03, 10, 17 Jun3252325229653708
24 Jun, 01, 08, 15 Jul3700370033464289
22, 29 Jul, 05, 12 Aug4176417637274718
19, 26 Aug, 02, 09 Sep3700370033464289
16, 23 Sep3252325229653708
30 Sep, 07 Oct2852285226803260
14, 21 Oct2147214721082489
29 Apr, 06 May5214521447405900
13 May5614561450256348
20, 27 May, 03, 10 Jun6014601453106796
17 Jun6462646256917377
24 Jun, 01, 08 Jul6910691060727958
15 Jul7386738664538387
22, 29 Jul, 05 Aug7862786268348816
12 Aug7386738664538387
19, 26 Aug, 02 Sep6910691060727958
09 Sep6462646256917377
16 Sep6014601453106796
23 Sep5614561450256348
30 Sep5214521447405900
07 Oct4509450941685129
14 Oct3804380435964358
2023 GB£ per yacht on flotillaOceanis 38.1(2018)Bavaria 39 Cruiser(2007)Oceanis 40(2008)Sun Odyssey 419(2017)Sun Odyssey 419(2018)
Departure Dates3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/2WC
29 Apr, 06, 13 May35373051336540374151
20, 27 May, 03, 10, 17 Jun40323508384146944818
24 Jun, 01, 08, 15 Jul46703918432753805503
22, 29 Jul, 05, 12 Aug50414394499459226056
19, 26 Aug, 02, 09 Sep46703918432753805503
16, 23 Sep40323508384146944818
30 Sep, 07 Oct35373051336540374151
14, 21 Oct26602394253730373151
29 Apr, 06 May64545482611074047632
13 May69495939658680618299
20, 27 May, 03, 10 Jun74446396706287188966
17 Jun80826806754894049651
24 Jun, 01, 08 Jul8720721680341009010336
15 Jul9091769287011063210889
22, 29 Jul, 05 Aug9462816893681117411442
12 Aug9091769287011063210889
19, 26 Aug, 02 Sep8720721680341009010336
09 Sep80826806754894049651
16 Sep74446396706287188966
23 Sep69495939658680618299
30 Sep64545482611074047632
07 Oct55774825528264046632
14 Oct47004168445454045632
2023 GB£ per yacht on flotillaBavaria Cruiser 46 - 4 cab.(2022)
Departure Dates4 cabins/3WC
29 Apr, 06, 13 May5000
20, 27 May, 03, 10, 17 Jun6029
24 Jun, 01, 08, 15 Jul6705
22, 29 Jul, 05, 12 Aug7190
19, 26 Aug, 02, 09 Sep6705
16, 23 Sep6029
30 Sep, 07 Oct5000
14, 21 Oct3857
29 Apr, 06 May9300
13 May10329
20, 27 May, 03, 10 Jun11358
17 Jun12034
24 Jun, 01, 08 Jul12710
15 Jul13195
22, 29 Jul, 05 Aug13680
12 Aug13195
19, 26 Aug, 02 Sep12710
09 Sep12034
16 Sep11358
23 Sep10329
30 Sep9300
07 Oct8157
14 Oct7014


Airport transfers to/from Corfu airport (one transfer per yacht), end cleaning, bedding & towels, services of flotilla staff.
FREE outboard on yachts 39'+. Autopilots on yachts 36'+

Extras payable with balance:

Yachts up to 41': £1900 refundable deposit, Yachts 42' and over: £2800 refundable deposit
Fuel used (fill up on return)

Outboard £120 for 1 week, £180 for 2 weeks; child rail net £130/ week; cruising chute £130 for 1 week, £200 for 2 weeks

Prices may be subject to change.

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

The port authorities in Greece are now insisting on one of the following practical certificates: RYA ICC (International Certificate of Competence), RYA Coastal, RYA Yachtmaster, ASA IPC (International Proficiency Certificate) or the IYT (International Yacht Training) Passport. If you hold an RYA Day Skipper or ASA104 it will no longer be accepted and you need to obtain either an ICC or IPC from the corresponding issuing body (RYA or ASA). If your RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster or ASA105/106 certificate is more than 12 years old and does not have a photo ID, then we would also strongly advise applying for an ICC or IPC. If you are a member of the RYA or ASA, you may qualify for a discount or free certificate, otherwise, you will have to pay. The approximate cost is £50. Please use this link - RYA application for the ICC or ASA application for the IPC.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Seychelles, the local authorities require an ICC for the skipper of a bareboat or flotilla yacht charter.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.