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Old 09-05-2011, 09:34   #1
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Question Lefkada to Kusudasi

Hi everyone,

As I am new to the forum I have been kindly directed to the navigation section - assured that within I would find a great deal of expertise! I have already had a most helpful answer to the below questions from swagman but it never hurts to get more opinions

I am currently looking at buying a yacht in Lefkada, Greece and sailing it through the Greek Islands (via the Corinthian Canal) to Kusudasi in Turkey.

The problem is that unfortunately I am subject to the 90-day Shengen tourist visa term limits, of which I have already used 4 weeks.

In light of this, I am hoping to get some indication of a reasonable time frame with which to exit the Ionian, traverse the Aegean and arrive in Turkey. An ideal timeframe would make allowances for the possibility of having to bunker down for a few days at a time to ride out any serious weather, as well as perhaps a day or two in any ports of interest. I am not really keen to push into heavy weather if it can be avoided.

My level of experience is moderate; I have owned and sailed yachts for a few years now, but never in the Med.

Any info would be greatly appreciated. Routes, timeframes, places of interest, etc. Many thanks.
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:10   #2
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Re: Lefkada to Kusudasi

It looks like it's 640 km's, so I would think if your pushing it, 10 days or 14 taking it easy. You have plenty of time.
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Re: Lefkada to Kusudasi

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Hi everyone,

As I am new to the forum I have been kindly directed to the navigation section - assured that within I would find a great deal of expertise! I have already had a most helpful answer to the below questions from swagman but it never hurts to get more opinions
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Any info would be greatly appreciated. Routes, timeframes, places of interest, etc. Many thanks.
If you dont have the yacht yet, it will take much more time to find, choose and prepare the yacht
Two years ago I have sailed from Corfu to Kusadasi in 8 days, but it was a bumpy ride, up to 12 hours per day.
But if you preffer to sail (instead of motoring), have time to visit islands and choras, allow a day for waiting weather window, one month should be perfect time window.

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Re: Lefkada to Kusudasi

If you find yourself pressed for time you can always go north. Corfu is a days sail away and from there you can check out of the EU/Schengen and cross into Albania and then up to Croatia. After three months there you should be able to get another 3 month schengen visa for a more leisurely transit through Greece.
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Re: Lefkada to Kusudasi

I just sailed from Lefkada to Kusudasi last week- it took me about 10 days- -Kusudasi is not so nice and very expensive -for me 70e a night- 235 e to check in including the night at the marinia- with a 24 hour wait on the paper work -lots of nice stops on the way could be done
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