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Kefalonia and Ithaca are two of Greece’s most beautiful and tranquil islands - join us to discover and enjoy this stunning twin-centre walking holiday.

Gorgeous Kefalonia is still relatively unknown to visitors. There’s no mass tourism here, its authentic Greece. The island is simply stunning; high mountains, secluded coves, forests of cypress trees, endless vineyards and colourful fishing ports. Neighbouring Ithaca is an unspoiled hiking paradise, rugged vegetation and only shy mountain goats interrupts the silence. The island is famous as the setting of ‘The Odyssey ‘ by Homer; every traveller should visit Ithaca once and follow in the footsteps of this epic story.

We’ll hop from one island to the other on this holiday spending 4 nights on Kefalonia and 3 on Ithaca and we have included 4 walks, giving you time also to relax on these stunning Ionian Islands.

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Nights 1 - 3 Kefalonia

We spend our first four nights in Sami, renowned for its clean and sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Our friendly hotel is right on the beach, so the perfect spot for relaxation. Our first included walk starts at the nearby harbour of Agia Efimia, from where we walk to the abandoned village of Drakopulata where time has stood still since the earthquake of 1953 before a descent down to the coast, with stunning views to enjoy along the way. Our second walk commands amazing views over the Kefalonian coastline, and a chance to see ruins of byzantine monastery which lays hidden in an olive grove.

Nights 4 - 6 Ithaca

After the short walk to the ferry, we sail to Ithaca for the next 3 nights. Our walk starts at the Katheron monastery in the mountains before we hike to Anoghi and then descend to the picturesque fishing village of Kioni. After lunch we will transfer on to Vathi, the picturesque capital of the Ithaca and our base for the next 3 nights. Here you might like to take an island tour of this stunning island, or alternatively you can relax, sip a frappe by the harbourfront and watch the world go by.

Night 7 Kefalonia

Our base for our final night is the island’s beautiful capital Argostoli. The city was for centuries Venetian and Italian influences can be seen everywhere. The central or “piazza” is the place to see and to be seen at night. Our final included walk will show us the highlights of this beautiful city, before our final evening meal will be enjoyed in a traditional taverna – a time to sit back and reflect on a truly memorable week.

*itinerary subject to weather conditions

Kefalonia & Ithaca

We stay in comfortable hotels throughout as detailed below (or similar).

  • Sami, Kefalonia Hotel Sami Beach ****
  • Vathi, Ithaca Hotel Captain Yiannis ****
  • Argostoli, Kefalonia Hotel Aenos ***
APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

3 hours 30 minutes

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 2 hours

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:

Jan, Feb, Mar 10°C,
Apr 14°C, May 19°C,
Jun 22°C, Jul, Aug 26°C,
Sep 23°C, Oct 18°C,
Nov, Dec 13°C

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Useful Information

Transfer Time
The transfer from Kefalonia Airport to the hotel is approximately 45 minutes.

Walking programme
Daily guided walks are included in the programme. Your walking guide will advise you in resort of the daily programme. The walking programme is graded as Medium and you can expect to walk between 7-14km per day, with some ascents/descents and rough underfoot terrain.

Should you wish to take a day off from the walking programme - this will be possible on certain days of the holiday and you are most welcome to. This can be discussed with our guides in resort. We wish you to have the best holiday possible.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. If you are unsure as to whether the walks are within your capabilities, please contact the office to discuss this matter, thus making sure you appreciate the terrain that you will be walking.

You could be walking across uneven ground in some areas and extreme care must be taken, especially if wet. If used to using a pole/stick, it is advisable to bring it. Please appreciate the route and content of the holiday may change at the time and at the discretion of the guide/organiser, should conditions require. Solo’s Holidays Ltd cannot be held responsible for personal injury, accident or damage to property whilst on these walks other than incidents arising out of the company’s negligence. The guide has the right to refuse to guide a walk with anyone not properly attired.

What to Wear
It is important that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive.

The weather, even in summer, can be unpredictable. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take:

  • Walking boots with good ankle support
  • Waterproofs – jacket and trousers
  • Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery
  • Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets
  • Shirts or t-shirts for walking in
  • Walking socks – several pairs
  • Lightweight fleece or jumper
  • Hat & gloves
  • Daysack/rucksack for walking
  • Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain
  • Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking
  • Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellant, etc
  • Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses – the sun’s strength is often multiplied in mountainous areas.

Gratuities
We suggest a Group Collection to cover transfer drivers, and hotel staff of €20.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate Ͽo add on.

Temperature (Average Daily Maximum ºC)
Sep 27ºC

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Choose an overseas holiday with confidence.  All holidays include flights and transfers in resort and are fully ATOL protected.

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price COMMENTS  
29 Sep 2018 06 Oct 2018 7 All Ages £ 1225 FULL
06 Oct 2018 13 Oct 2018 7 All Ages £ 1209 BOOK

What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • 4 guided walks
  • Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • Fruits, local delicatessens, mineral water on the walks
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

Half Board:

  • Breakfast & dinner daily

What’s extra:

Walking Notes:

  • Grade: Easy/Medium
  • Distance: 7-14km
  • Walking boots: Essential
    *itinerary subject to weather conditions

NB:

  • You must ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the chosen Walk or Trek according to the different grades.

 



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