Nisos Ionian Yacht Charter - The only operator to give you all 7 nights away from base on your Sailing Holiday!
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Sailing Holidays in the Ionian Islands, Greece
Nisos Yacht Charter is a British family owned and run Ionian sailing holidays business specialising in both Bareboat, Assisted Bareboat (flotilla) and Skippered charters aboard a modern fleet of very well equipped yachts. We have a wide variety of yachts to choose from on the fleet, ranging from a new 2 cabin Bavaria 32 through to a 4 cabin Bavaria 46.
In addition to the Bavaria yachts we also have a Legend 41 Deck Saloon and two stunning Jeanneau Sun Oddysey Deck Saloon yachts (42DS and 45DS). New for 2013 are the Bavaria 32, a Bavaria 36 Avantgarde and Bavaria 45 Avantgarde. These yachts have the highest specifications possible and are prepared to the very best standards.
Please do read below for more information about who we are, what we do and most importantly how we can help you in planning your sailing holiday in the stunning azure waters of the Greek Ionian Islands.
Maximum sailing time
Nisos Yacht Charter is unique in letting you leave our base on your day of arrival and returning back to our base on the day of departure - you get two more nights out amongst the islands with Nisos!
We are the actual operator not a booking agent
It is important to know who you are actually booking your sailing holiday with! We are proud to be the actual operator of the yachts and not just a booking agent. It is us who looks after you from start to finish, it is us who meets you at the airport, it is us who prepares the yachts, it is us who responds if you have any issues with the yacht, it is us who welcomes you back into base at the end of the holiday. We know the yachts inside out and we know that you will receive excellent personal service from all of the Nisos personel.
Greek Sailing Holidays
Why choose the stunning Ionian Sea for your sailing holiday?
The Ionian Islands on the west of mainland Greece include the beautiful islands of Lefkas, Cephalonia, Ithica, Meganissi, Kastos and Kalamos. Slightly further afield (but perfectly attainable on a weeks charter) are the islands of Paxos and Corfu. These are the most beautiful islands in the Mediteranean!
The Ionian Sea is the perfect cruising ground for fun and relaxed sailing holidays. It really does offer something for all. The winds are not as strong as in some parts of Greece, and will typically be of F3/F4 strength in the afternoons. At night the winds usually drop right down leaving the water looking like a milll pond.
The lie of the islands, creates a very protected area with little or no sea swell, which results in the perfect area for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing on your own beautiful yacht surrounded by the most perfect scenery. With no tides or currents to worry about, the sailing is technically relatively simple, allowing you time to enjoy your Ionian sailing holiday.
Each evening you will be able to moor up in a small village on the town quay or anchor off in your own deserted bay for the night. You will never be far from a friendly taverna, where you will be able to sample the delicious Greek food and enjoy the wonderful hospitality unique to the Ionian Islands.
Days sailing at sea can be as long or as short as you wish, as the beautiful islands in the Ionian are close together and there are so many beautiful bays to anchor in for relaxed lunch time stops, before sailing to the next night time stop. We can advise on many suitable itineraries which will fit with your requirements.
We are building a new web page which lists our favourite places to visit off the beaten track, so if you are new to the Ionian or think you have done it all - then please do take a look for some new ideas. Follow this link.
And best of all - there are still very few mooring fees in the beautiful Ionian Islands!
Sailing Holidays Greece
What can Nisos Yacht Charter offer you?
Bareboat Yacht Charters in the Ionian Islands
We are predominantly a bareboat charter company (you come and pick up the boat, skipper it yourself and then return it to us at the end of the holiday) - and this is what we aim to get all of our clients doing as it is the best way to explore the Ionian islands with total freedom and at your own pace. We offer an extremely comprehensive back up service, so we are always on standby if you need us.
To bareboat charter we require that one person onboard holds a practical sailing qualification to a minimum RYA Day Skipper standard or an International Certificate of Competence ("ICC").
If you are a bit rusty or new to the area then we can provide a skipper to accompany you for a day or two if you like. They can help you plan a really good itinerary and help you learn the stern to mooring techniques which are required in the Ionian.
We can supply skippers to either give you tuition or to do all the work for you so you can just relax and enjoy your Ionian Sailing holiday. This is great for non sailors or for those who just want to leave all of the responsibility and decision making to someone else for a change! You will set sail on the Sunday afternoon from Lefkas Island and have a wonderful cruise around the Ionian, stopping at stunning coves for the perfect lunch time swim, before hoisting the sails for an afternoon sail to a different delightful port each evening. In the week you can visit the islands of Lefkas, Meganissi, Ithica, Kefalonia, Kastos and Kalamos. We can also head up into the north Ionian through the Lefkas canal up to Paxos, Anti Paxis and Corfu if desired.
Due to the close proximity of the Islands to each other and calm waters, a skippered sailing charter in the Ionian is suitable for all age groups.
We also are able to offer a luxurious skippered/hostess service aboard all of our yachts.
Flotillas / Assisted Bareboat Charters
Assisted Bareboat charters in the Ionian Islands, Greece
Alternatively, we run an Assisted Bareboat Charter programme, which is a half way house between the normal flotillas and bareboat charters, so you get the safety net which a flotilla provides, with the freedom of a bareboat sailing. This is perfect for the less experienced crew who are taking their first step away from the flotilla, or for those who just like the reassurance of assistance in the evenings in finding mooring spaces.
Luxury Ionian Villas
If you want to combine a sailing holiday with a stay in your own beautiful Ionian villa with swimming pool then we are also able to help. We have villas available on Lefkas Island in the South Ionian for hire all year round - click the link in the menu at the side of this page to learn more.
If you require larger villas, then please do contact us, as we can always find you something suitable.
Excellent reputation and track record for delivering the best sailing holidays in the Ionian
We pride ourselves on our excellent reputation and track record for providing sailing holidays in the Ionian Islands, Greece. We receive feedback from all of our customers and can make this available to you if required. The Nisos Yacht Charter fleet of boats are maintained and presented to the very highest standard, and all come equipped with a very high cruising specification, to make sure you have the very best sailing holiday in the beautiful Ionian Islands, Greece.
We are a friendly company, very easy to deal with and enjoy what we do! With an annual repeat booking rate of around 70% year on year, it is clear that our lovely clients like what we do to!
If you have any questions, or need advice on any aspect of sailing in the Greek Islands - then please do not hesitate to contact us. The main office number diverts to a mobile out of office hours, so you can call at any time.
Hope to see you out sailing in the Ionian islands soon!
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