Plenty of invigorating walking!
6 guided walks during the week
Traditional Greek food
Eat in local traditional tavernas
Enjoy two islands during your week away
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast, we will have a little time to do some last minute local shopping before heading to the airport for our flight home.
The transfer from Kefalonia Airport to the hotel is approximately 45 minutes.
You may wish to take an optional excursion during the course of your stay. Full details will be given at the Information Meeting. The prices quoted, are a guideline only, as these can vary, depending on numbers etc. All tours should be paid for in Euros and only payable by cash. Credit cards are not accepted. The exact amount will be given at your Information Meeting. Your Tour Leader will help arrange these for you but may not necessarily accompany you.
*prices are a guideline
Casual, cotton, lightweight daytime wear is the order of the day. Comfortable shoes are a must for sightseeing. Smart casual clothes will be ideal for the evening, with the emphasis throughout being informal but with no shorts or vests in the restaurants in the evenings. Early and late season evenings can be cool so do ensure that you take a cardigan or jacket and even some rainwear – particularly in May and June when you may experience some spring thunderstorms follow
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 percentage add on.
A full 10-year passport is required, valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay.
A visa is not required by holders of passports endorsed “British Citizen” for stays of upto 90 days in any 180-day period.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct visa, a valid passport and any other travel documents for your holiday. All information provided relates to British citizens who hold or are entitled to apply for a British passport. For the most up-to-date visa information please visit; Greece Foreign Advice
If you are not a British citizen and do not hold a British passport, you must make your own enquiries as to the applicable requirements. Alternatively, you can apply for your Visa with our preferred partner the Travel Visa company by selecting the following link; Travel Visa Company
|Month(s)||Highest temperature||Lowest temperature|
|January - February||2 °C||5 °C|
|March||14 °C||6 °C|
|April||17 °C||9 °C|
|May||22 °C||12 °C|
|June||26 °C||16 °C|
|July - August||29 °C||18 °C|
|September||26 °C||16 °C|
|October||21 °C||13 °C|
|November||17 °C||9 °C|
|December||13 °C||7 °C|
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