About this holiday
Join us on this wonderful new holiday, where we spend 4 days island-hopping in the Ionian Sea, discovering the hidden beauty of the islands of Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Ithaca and historic Olympia on our private chartered boat. Sit back in the sun, and enjoy the views as we sail between the islands, spotting the occasional dolphin, swimming in deserted bays and rounding off these perfect days with tasty meals in village tavernas.
Days 1 & 2
After touching down into Zakynthos our first two days give us time to adjust to the relax paced of island life and the warm Greek temperature. We can laze by the hotel pool or explore local beaches. If we fancy picking up some souvenirs Zakynthos town is just a 15 minutes taxi ride away and excellent for shopping. The Venetian style town has lots to offer, disappear in a maze of narrow streets with shops or enjoy a chilled Greek coffee on the buzzing boulevard and see fishing boats bobbing in the harbour.
All aboard! After breakfast, we head off for Zakynthos town, after a quick tour through the town we find Captain Jorgos and his traditional boat ‘Argo’ waiting for us to board in the harbour. Our course will be set for Skala on the island of Kefalonia. During the crossing we can relax and lounge on the spacious deck, keep an eye out for dolphins as they are a common sight in these waters, so keep your camera ready! Discover the village of Skala and select one of the many taverna’s for lunch. After some swimming and snorkeling the next stop is the charming village of Poros. Our hotel is located in the village centre, with the boulevard and beach just around the corner.
Today we head towards the mythical island of Ithaca. On the unspoiled south side of the island we’ll pause for swimming and lunch. We’ll sail further to the intimate capital of Vathi, shortlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage for its Venetian style appearance. The town lays sheltered in a natural bay and along the boulevard the houses are playfully painted with colorful pastel shades and life here is still pure Greek style, siga, siga (slow, slow). Discover the narrow alleys of town and enjoy a cold chilled Greek coffee on the main square. We’ll have dinner in a traditional taverna, beautifully situated along the bay.
With the sight of gorgeous Vathi fading away behind the horizon, we’re off to the northern tip of Kefalonia. For lunch and shopping we’ll anchor in the stylish and picturesque port of Fiscardo. Get filled with awe and enjoy the armada of private yachts and sailing boats, while sipping an ouzo on one of the many tables along the bank. After lunch the compass is set south, but we will pause en route and anchor in a secluded cove and cool off by diving off the board. Just before the sun sets above the glittering sea, we’ll enter the port of Agia Efimia. This small fishing port is renowned for its outstanding taverna’s which all serve specialties of fresh caught fish.
After breakfast you could join an island tour of Kefalonia, with a minibus we’ll be visiting the monastery of the sacred Gerasimos, the patron saint of the island. The roads leads through the natural park of Eneos, a wonderful and protected green forest with, almost extinct, shy Kefalonian wild horses and not to be missed is a visit to the celebrated Robola vineyards and to taste some fine vintages. After lunch we will embark a ferry to mainland Greece and our day ends in ancient Olympia, a magical spot where the classic Olympics were held.
The unique archeological site of Olympia is a must-visit and to avoid the crowds, we’ll be at the gate first thing in the morning. We’ll tell you all about this significant place which includes the original stadium, several gymnasia and the temple of Hera, here you are free to roam around at your own pace. We’ll leave around lunchtime and journey back to Zakynthos where we will spend our last night in the islands capital. Our farewell dinner will be celebrated in one of the traditional tavernas where Kantades are sung. These local songs praise the beauty of the Ionian Islands; with everything we’ve seen we could easily sing-along!
Hopefully we’ll have time for one last plunge in the warm Mediterranean before we head off to Zakynthos airport.
We will spend each night in clean, basic 2/3 star hotels, either on the island of Zakynthos or located within 800 metres of our mooring during the cruise.