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Lefkas Yacht Charter

Stroll sun-dappled olive groves, snorkel in clear sapphire waters from fantastic beaches and immerse yourself in ancient civilizations as you sail the spectacular Ionian Sea on a Lefkas yacht charter.

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Highlights

  • Ancient ruins
  • Delectable seafood
  • Scenic fishing villages

Island Sailing Lefkas

Lefkas luxury sailing charter

Our base at Lefkas Marina is the perfect starting point to discover the special islands of the Ionian Archipelago, just to the west of mainland Greece. From there, you can sail to the island’s popular anchorages of Nidri and Sivota, marveling at the coast’s azure water and spectacular cliffs. 

Before departing Lefkas, take a swim at one of the island’s many fantastic beaches, especially the long sandy stretch at Agios Ioannis, popular with windsurfers. Other notable beaches include Pefkoulia, Egremni and Porto Katsiki, with its dramatic cliffs.

Beach lovers sailing further afield are sure to enjoy the golden sands at nearby Meganisi and the clear waters and pebbled shoreline at Fanari. Or journey to Vathi and relax on peaceful beaches only accessible by boat. 

While island sailing in Lefkas, you can easily reach Mytikas, Kalamos, Paxos, Antipaxos and Palairos. Or, for a tranquil anchorage, sail south to Kastos, a low-lying narrow island dotted with olive trees. 

To sail in Lefkas you’ll need a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities. Or you can hire a skipper. Read our guide to sailing qualifications for more information.

Available charter types

Bareboat

For experienced sailors, a bareboat charter is the perfect getaway.
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Skippered

Relax and leave all the sailing to a professional skipper.
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Easy crewed

The simplest, hassle-free way to charter a crewed private yacht.
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Fully crewed

Your own private yacht for an all-inclusive luxury sailing vacation.
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Cabin cruise

Reserve a private ensuite stateroom on a modern catamaran.
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SailShare

Low package rates for island-hopping aboard a sailing yacht.
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Aqualodge

Get closer to nature on the perfect self-catering Caribbean vacation.
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Power Catamaran

Cruise faster and see more on the perfect charter boat.
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Things to do in Lefkas

Lefkas girl swimming in blue waters natural landscape

Relax on Milos Beach

One of the first things to do in Lefkas is to walk through the forest from Agios Nikitas to this popular yet serene beach ideal for sunbathing and swimming. There are no facilities here, so be sure to bring along your own refreshments.

Visit the Frangoulis Distillery on Lefkas

The Frangoulis family business, in the center of Lefkada Town, is well-known for its traditional Greek ouzo liqueur. Stop by and enjoy a taste before purchasing some for as gifts and souvenirs. 

Explore Fiscardo on Kefalonia

Once a quiet fishing village, beautiful Fiscardo on the northern tip of Kefalonia is now a cosmopolitan haven for boaters, surrounded by lush forests reaching down to the coastline and a promenade brimming with cafes and shops. So make sure you don’t miss it while on your Lefkas yacht charter.

Dine on seafood at Sivota

A quiet little village by day, Sivota gets more lively as sailboats arrive in the evening to enjoy the famed seafood at the many family-run tavernas. This is one of the largest natural coves in the Ionian island chain and gives great shelter.

Hike to the Nidri Waterfalls

From the middle of the village, a road takes you through beautiful olive groves to a footpath leading to the sparkling falls. Be sure to bring your hiking shoes for the 40-minute walk and a swimsuit for a refreshing dip after your trek. It is, without a doubt, one of the best things to do in Lefkas.

Weather insights

Lefkas crystal waterfall nature adventure

When is the best time to visit Lefkas?

The best time of year to sail Lefkas is in the summer, when you can make the most of the Mediterranean climate and hot, dry, sunny weather. The best month is June, when there are fewer crowds and warmer weather.

Temperatures in summer can reach 88ºF and the sea is warm for swimming at 77ºF. Lefkas has a long sailing season and, with good weather, the spring and fall are also perfect for sailing.

What are the sailing conditions in Lefkas?

The sailing conditions for Lefkas include winds that blow northwestly between force 3 and 5.

During your approach to the marina of the main port, stay within the separation system (marked by buoys) to avoid the shallows. When returning to the base of your Lefkas yacht charter, go stern to or bows to and use the mooring lines, not your anchor.

Lefkas colorful port sailing charter

Sailing Lefkas with Dream Yacht Charter

Lefkas yacht charter

Discover the wonders of the Ionian islands and sail from Lefkas on your own yacht charter. Design your dream itinerary and take the helm on one of our catamarans or monohulls.

Skippered island Lefkas charters

You can enjoy sailing Lefkas even if you don’t know how to sail. Hire a skipper for your yacht while you explore the best of the Ionian islands.

Lefkas Easy Crewed charters

Sail aboard a private yacht with your friends and family with our easy to book and affordable Easy Crewed packages – skipper and water toys included! Choose your own itinerary, with the flexibility to add on a hostess/cook for meals if you’d like.

Lefkas paradise beach natural cliff blue waters

Lefkas sailing itinerary

Take a look at our Lefkas sailing vacation suggestions

Lefkas walking nature adventure 7-day itinerary Ionian Islands

Day 1

Sail to Vathy, Meganisi, and have a bite to eat at the port. This is a beautiful sailing area with much to explore. You can pop over the water and sail around the private Skorpios Island, once owned by the Onassis family.

Day 2

Make your way over to Vathi, Ithaca, an island of two halves joined by a narrow stretch of land. The home of Ulysses, this is the place to enjoy clear jade waters and peaceful beaches. Nearby are the Echinades islands, including the uninhabited Atokos Island.

Day 3

Enjoy visiting car-free Kastos Island, one of the less-visited Ionians. A small, peaceful island, you can spend your time snorkeling in clear, vivid blue water from many beaches, including Limni, Fiki, Agios Aimilianos and Vrisidi to name a few.

Day 4

Enjoy visiting car-free Kastos Island, one of the less-visited Ionians. A small, peaceful island, you can spend your time snorkeling in clear, vivid blue water from many beaches, including Limni, Fiki, Agios Aimilianos and Vrisidi to name a few.

Day 5

Sivota, Lefkas, is where you can find one of the most photographed harbors in the Ionian Islands. With its lushly topped hills, pastel-coloured waterfront and boats bobbing up and down on clear water, it’s a traveler’s dream.

Day 6

Don’t miss Porto Spilia, Meganisi, where you can discover Spartochori’s family-owned tavernas and feast on olives and feta to your heart's content. Or you can head down to Papanikolis Cave in the south.

Day 7

Depart for Lefkas and stop by some of the island’s renowned beaches, including Aghios Ioannis, Faros, Limonari and Bereta. The bay of Varko is also worth a stop by before returning to base.

Useful information for yacht charters in Lekfas

Lefkas colorful port chilling in terrace nature

How do I get to Lefkas from the US?

To begin your Lefkas island sailing vacation, fly into Aktion Airport (PVK) via a charter flight from Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH). There are also connecting flights available from other European cities, such as London and Amsterdam.

The airport is a 30-minute taxi ride away.

What language is spoken in Lefkas?

The language spoken in Lefkas is Greek.

What is the currency for Lefkas?

The currency in Lefkas is the Euro (EUR).

What documents do I need to sail Lefkas?

To visit Lefkas you will need a valid US passport. US citizens do not need a visa for visits to Greece for up to 90 days.

To sail Lefkas, a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities will be required.

Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.

How do I get around Lefkas?

You can get the bus from the airport to Preveza, Lefkada, Vonitsa and other destinations. Tickets can be purchased from the bus driver.

What is the Wi-Fi like in Lefkas?

There is internet access at our marina and via cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots that you can use during your Lefkas yacht charter.

Cell phones with sim cards from European Union countries (except Switzerland) operate without roaming fees. For other countries, please contact your provider. You can buy a local sim card at telecommunication shops.

What regulations are there in Lefkas?

There are no restrictions, although this can change depending on the weather when you sail and the type of fishing you want to do. Please check with port authorities before you set off on your Lefkas yacht charter.

Where can I find weather forecasts in Lefkas?

You can find Lefkas weather forecasts on the Meteo.gr website.

What provisioning is there in Lefkas?

There is plenty of choice for provisioning your Lefkas yacht charter. Please refer to the base guide.

What baggage can I take on my Lefkas sailing vacation?

Please take only soft bags and not suitcases as they are too cumbersome on board.

What is the electrical current in Lefkas?

The electrical current in Lefkas is 220V (power sockets are F type).

What is the dialing code for Lefkas?

The dialing code for Greece is +30, and the Lefkas area code is 2645.

Why should I book with Dream Yacht?

Dream Yacht Worldwide is now the world’s leading yacht charter company and offers you:

  • A diverse fleet of yachts with a wide variety of models and manufacturers to suit every type of sailor.
  • We have +60 exciting destinations and we’re a pioneer in finding new sailing grounds.
  • You can be assured of our commitment to customer service excellence.
  • You’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome from our base teams who will share regional tips, recommendations and advice.
  • We’re also a trusted seller of new and used boats and an innovator in charter management options – sailing is our business.

What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?

The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.

To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.

You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and destination requirements before booking.

By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of the charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

A skippered yacht charter is when you rent one of our boats for you and your guests and a professional skipper sails it for you. No sailing experience is needed.

You will need to choose a yacht with a cabin for your skipper to sleep in as they are responsible for your yacht for the duration of your charter. We will find the skipper for you once you have found your perfect destination and yacht.

You will need to pay for your skipper’s food. You can invite the skipper to dine with you on board or out at a local restaurant.

What is the difference between crewed and by the cabin charters?

Our by the cabin charter charters offer exciting destination tours on a set itinerary crafted by our destination experts. You can book a double cabin and private bathroom and will share the boat with other guests who have booked the other available cabins. You will be looked after by a professional skipper and hostess with itineraries ranging from three to 11 nights. There is a set menu and included meals and drinks vary depending on location.

Can you tell me about your yachts?

Our super premier yachts are less than 12 months old from their first charter date, while premier yachts are less than three years old from their first charter date. Our yachts are well maintained and undergo regular, scheduled technical inspection.

In case of emergency, you can rely on our hotline, at any time, seven days a week. If you experience a technical failure affecting major and important parts of the yacht, we will repair the failure within four hours of receiving your call during working hours (8am to 5pm). If you lose more than four hours (during working hours), we will compensate you for one full day. If the repair takes more than one day, we will provide you with a similar boat or compensate you on a pro-rata basis. If restrictions to this guarantee apply in specific areas, this will be detailed during the charter check-in at the base.

Do I need insurance?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.

We will insure the vessel throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.

The following options are available in limited locations:

  • Security Deposit: This varies on the size of the boat and when the boat is returned without damage it is refunded.
  • Damage Waiver: The charterer agrees to pay a non-refundable damage waiver at the time of booking, as well as a reduced damage deposit on embarkation that is refundable upon completion of the charter should no damage occur.

Ever considered a Cabin Cruise?

As pioneers in the industry, Dream Yacht was one of the first to develop the Cabin Cruise concept. It’s an ideal choice for solo or couples travelers seeking relaxed adventure, exotic destinations, and unique local cultures in an intimate, social setting – in comfort at sea.

Our promise

Private accommodations

Comfortable and private standard double cabins with ensuite bathroom

Curated itineraries

Experience world-class destinations, local culture and excursions with our expertly curated itineraries

Accessible

An affordable and intimate experience without the need to book an entire yacht or provide sailing qualifications

Vetted crew

Enjoy our professional crew with a strong local knowledge and friendly service

Full board meals

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine prepared and served daily

Choose your mood

Relax on deck socializing with fellow travelers, kayak or snorkel from your yacht, or enjoy exploring ashore

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