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One Week Placement Flotillas

One Week Placement Flotillas

One Week Placement Flotillas Overview

Explore the Ionian Islands without the crowds. Enjoy tranquil harbours and deserted bays during our early and late season placement flotillas. This route is one of our shorter placement flotillas that travel from Corfu down to Lefkas or Plataria at the end of April and do the return trip in October.

Why join a placement flotilla?

These are some of the most popular flotillas of the year! They only happen once a year (in each direction) and because they are at the end of April and October they are very affordable. This time of year also means the weather is less predictable than peak season, meaning good wind is more common. Fantastic for keen sailors!

Why do we do placement flotillas?

During the winter, most of our yachts are wintered in Gouvia Marina, Corfu, where they receive comprehensive maintenance and cosmetic attention. At the end of April all the yachts are sailed to their summer bases and these trips are known as ‘delivery’, or ‘shakedown’ cruises. These trips certainly show up anything that isn’t shipshape.

Typical Itinerary & Highlights

Days 1 - 2, Join the flotilla in Plataria

Following a short transfer from Preveza airport you will arrive in the picturesque fishing village of Plataria. Here you will meet your lead crew and home from home for the week (your yacht). After a short boat briefing it is time to retire to Olga's Taverna for a drink and a bite to eat.

On Monday morning there will be a thorough boat briefing and a chat about where you are heading that day. There are an array of small supermarkets and bakeries to explore where you can stock up on provisions for a lazy lunch at anchor...

Days 2 - 3, Sayaidha & the Albanian coast

ayaidha is a small fishing village on the greek mainland, close to the Albanian border. The village is best known among sailors for it sunsets and the prawns at Alex's taverna - served by the kilo and not to be missed!

Days 2 - 3, Visiting Paxos Island

From Plataria you may wend your way south to the delightful village of Lakka on Paxos Island (weather permitting). The crystal clear emerald water of Lakka Bay is not to be missed for a lunch stop within a stones throw of Lakka Village - a favourite evening destination. Gaios is a traditional Greek town, with a number of tavernas to explore. A highlight of this trip is a stop in Emerald Bay on Anti-Paxos Island for a lazy lunch and swim stop.

Days 4 - 5, The fishing villages of northern Corfu

During this week there may be an opportunity to visit the small villages of StStephanos and Kassiopi on the northern side of Corfu. These picturesque harbours are the perfect way to get away from it all and idyllic Greek atmospheres. These places are particularly special at the start and end of the season when the flotillas are the only boats around!

Days 6 - 7, Exploring Northern Corfu

During this week there may be an opportunity to visit the small villages of St Stephanos and Kassiopi on the northern side of Corfu. These picturesque harbours are the perfect way to get away from it all and idyllic Greek atmospheres. These places are particularly special at the start and end of the season when the flotillas are the only boats around!

Another possible stop is Corfu Town where you can spend an evening exploring the traditional tavernas in the backstreets, along with the brilliant shops.

Days 7 - 8, Finish in Gouvia

After your week of sailing you will finish in Gouvia Marina. As well as the quayside options, Gouvia Marina has a selection of tavernas just a short walk away in the nearby village. Marina amenities such as showers, cafes and basic shop are available just a short walk from the boats.

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