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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.

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Itinerary

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Upon arrival in Kefalonia we transfer to the Sami Beach Hotel in Sami. We will enjoy our welcome drink and information meeting before dinner in a local seafront taverna.

  • Accommodation 4 * Sami Beach Hotel
  • MEALS Dinner included

Our first walk starts at the village of Drakopoulata where time has stood still since the earthquake of 1953 with only the Venetian styled ruins as silent witnesses. The only signs of life are goat bells on the mountainside. The road becomes a narrow path and for about ½ km ascends steeply before a descent down a shady canyon before it reaches the coast. Different views rapidly succeed. Far away you can spot the island of Ithaca, while enjoying a wide panorama over the fertile valley of Sami.

  • Accommodation 4 * Sami Beach Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

After breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel for our morning walk. Starting at the Byzantine monastery of Agios Fanentes, with amazing views over Sami, our walk takes us past the Acropolis of Same; a unique archaeological site hidden between old olive trees. The site isn't exploited and you're free to roam around and climb the 3500 years old Mycenaen walls, which are still quite intact. The descending path continues through a dense pine tree wood with indigenous mastic trees. Your afternoon is at leisure where you will have the option to take an island tour or just simply relax and enjoy the facilities at our beachfront hotel.

  • Accommodation 4 * Sami Beach Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today we depart to Ithaca and if you fancy a challenge, our walk today starts at the Katheron monastery; the narrow paths circle the flanks of the Neriton mountain and ends in the village of Anoghi. If you are wanting a less challenging walk today your walk will start in Anoghi. The walk continues (or starts) via a nicely pathed trail, meandering through dense vegetation with immense views over the south Ionian Sea arriving into Kioni around lunch time. After a spot of lunch (payable locally) a fast sea-taxi will take us to the intimate capital of the island, Vathi.

  • Accommodation 4 * Captain Yiannis Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

This morning your time is your own to use the facilities at our hotel or take in the local sights in Vathi. Our walk this afternoon takes us to Gidaki Beach, a perfect place to spend some time swimming. During this walk we see diverse views and plant life. Once in Gidaki, we get to see the snow-white pebbles and azure blue sea, only to be reached on foot. 

  • Accommodation 4 * Captain Yiannis Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Our last walk on Ithaca takes us to the south part of the island with its stunning views. From Marathia we walk up to the view point where we will be able to see the entire East coast of Ithaca. The trails meanders through dense forests of tall cypress trees finishing in Vathi.

  • Accommodation 4 * Captain Yiannis Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

This morning we take the ferry to Kefalonia. Upon arrival in Sami, our mini-bus will take us to Argostoli where our hotel is for our final night. On the way we will have a break at the Robola winery and the Gerasimos monastery, home to the sacred patron saint of Kefalonia. After this stop you may prefer to walk the final stretch of our journey back to Argostoli, the route will take you past the Mycenaean cyclops walls of Krani. You will also have the option to walk to the Acqui monument which recognises the Islands losses during the Second World War and where the history of this massacre has been portrayed in Captain Corellis Mandoline. 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.

  • Accommodation Hotel The Alley - Boutique Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

After breakfast, we will have a little time to do some last minute local shopping before heading to the airport for our flight home.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Kefalonia & Ithaca

Gorgeous Kefalonia is still relatively unknown to visitors. There is no mass tourism here, it's authentic Greece. Kefalonia 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.

Kefalonia & Ithaca

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

  • Sami, Kefalonia Hotel Sami Beach ****
  • Vathi, Ithaca Hotel Captain Yiannis ****
  • Argostoli, Hotel the Alley Boutique & Spa
APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

3 hours 30 minutes

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

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 2 hours

What's included:

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

What’s extra:

  • Insurance see here
  • Local Tourism tax currently €1.50 per night payable locally

Please Note:

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

 



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 6-14km 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.

Currency

Euro

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.

 

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 From regional flights available COMMENTS  
26 Sep 2020 03 Oct 2020 7 All Ages £1,375 BOOK
18 May 2021 25 May 2021 7 All Ages £1,279 BOOK
25 Sep 2021 02 Oct 2021 7 All Ages £1,279 BOOK

What's included:

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

What’s extra:

  • Insurance see here
  • Local Tourism tax currently €1.50 per night payable locally

Please Note:

  • 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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