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Experience the real Zakynthos and join us on an exclusive multi activity break and explore, enjoy and discover this beautiful Ionian island by foot, boat and bike. Combined with relaxing Yoga and Capoeira sessions, this week away will be sure to re-energise the mind, body and spirit

Grade - Easy to Medium

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Why Go?

  • Professional English-speaking guides and instructors during all activities 
  • Exclusive & varied activity programmes 
  • Resident Solos Tour Leader throughout the week 
  • Exclusive to Solos accommodation 

Itinerary

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Arrive at Zakynthos Airport and transfer to the Angela Studios 

  • Accommodation 2 * Angela Studios
  • MEALS No meals included

The first hike is a beautiful route on narrow paved lanes through lemon groves and vineyards. Immediately after leaving our accommodation, you’ll be walking underneath the shade of ancient olive trees. In the distance you will be able to see the spire of the small Ano Gerakari church, proudly built on top of a hill. This summit is our goal. We take a shaded path which meanders uphill and with every step the views become more spectacular.  

 Once in the village of Ano Gerakari, we continue to follow the road up and eventually arrive at Saint Nikolas church, with it’s amazing 360° panoramic view. To celebrate our achievement, we can stop for a well-earned drink before we head off to the coast. Our route follows narrow pathed roads meandering through olive groves.   

 Once we arrive at the tiny harbour of Kalvos we immediately board our own private boat which will take us to Saint Nicolas port, where we can enjoy our lunch at a beach front taverna (own expense). After lunch we hop on our boat again and set off to Shipwreck Beach, the highlight of the island which will be on everyone’s bucket list. This secluded cove with the azure blue sea, can only to be reached by boat, the famous smugglers ship rests on the snow-white beach and has become the picture postcard of Greece. On our return, we’ll pass by the Blue Caves, the brave ones amongst us can jump in and swim around the caves, renowned for their crystal-clear waters. We then head back to land and back to our accommodation in time for us to have our first included evening dinner at a local Taverna 

  • Accommodation 2 * Angela Studios
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today we split into two groups and the first group travel to the small cape at Mikro Nisi with its beautiful interwoven coastline and deep blue sea. Firstly we receive our briefing from our professional instructor and launch the Kayaks. During this activity we visit the sulphur beaches and thermal springs of Xigia, take in the blue flag beach of Makris Giallos and along the way explore hidden caves with azure blue waters before arriving back at Alykanas where the second group take their turn and Kayak the route back to Mikro Nisi.  

  • Accommodation 2 * Angela Studios
  • MEALS Breakfast included

After breakfast we walk to the nearby Alykes Blue Flag beach and enjoy a morning of professionally led Yoga and Capoeira sessions. Our Yoga sessions will help us meditate, relax and find our inner calm. We then bring our morning to a close with our Capoeira session,  a gracious Afro -Brazilian martial art combined with aerobics, music and dance. The afternoon is at your leisure but make sure you build up an appetite for the included evening BBQ hosted at the Angela Studios . 

  • Accommodation 2 * Angela Studios
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

After breakfast, we will receive our bicycles, each has 21 gears, which will help us conquer every hill on our path. This wonderful route over the fertile plain of the island is specially designed, running over narrow paved roads with the only congestion being the odd sheep or goat that may cross our path. We then enter the quaint village of Pigadakia where we’ll visit the local museum of Vertzagio. The owner and collector Spiros has gathered a barn full of Zakynthian items of past generations. Next break is at the organic farm of TherianosDimitri and his family will explain how they produce their olive oil. We continue zigzagging through endless vineyards, our turning point is the taverna of To Pirounaki,  well off the beaten track and only known to the locals, Tassos, the proud owner of his taverna will show us some traditional recipes, which he will prepare and cook our included lunch (drinks extra) where we can eat together underneath the lemon trees. Luckily Tassos is specialised in making his own wine and we can taste his pride from the barrel. After lunch we head back to Alykanas along meandering paths through fields and olive groves where we will arrive late afternoon with enough time for a refreshing dip in the pool.   

  • Accommodation 2 * Angela Studios
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

Early morning, we head off for Zakynthos town harbour and meet Captain Jorgos where we will board his sailing yacht. Our compass is set south, hopefully the winds are favourable to hoist sails and speed along with only the sound of the wind in our sails (sails hoisted depending on weather and sailing conditions) Near the Keri Caves we’ll anchor in a secluded cove and cool off by diving off the yacht. The crystal clear waters are ideal for snorkeling. Around lunch time we’ll moor in the small port of Limni Keri where the best fresh fish of the islands is served and if we so wish we can take lunch (at own cost). After lunch we continue sailing to Turtle Island, the natural habitat of the Caretta Caretta loggerhead sea turtles. The Turtles are not always easy to find but your captain knows exactly where to spot them. We end this amazing day  by heading back to Alykanas

  • Accommodation 2 * Angela Studios
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Take the opportunity to catch the local bus or a taxi and visit Zante Town and discover a selection of museums, churches and perhaps a spot of shopping. Make sure you are back in time for our last night, farewell Taverna dinner!!! 

  • Accommodation 2 * Angela Studios
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

It's time to say "Ya Sou"!  After transferring to the airport, we will board our flight home. 

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included

The Angela Studios 

The perfect base for a fantastic week of activities & adventure...

Angela Studios **  Alykanas

Our base for the week is a charming, simple property ideally located in the easygoing traditional seaside village of Alykanas and is a mere 200 metres level walk from the soft golden sands of Alykanas Beach. Surrounded by endless vineyards and olive groves, there are a few waterfront bars by the beach where one can sip on a refreshing drink or Greek cocktail in the evening and watch the sun go down. The beach offers a great selection of watersports; however for those who would rather enjoy some Greek sunshine, sun loungers and beach umbrellas are lined up for hire. At the end of the beach lies the small harbour of Alykanas. In the evening, the relaxed atmosphere of the resort continues, with a number of bars and restaurants offering traditional Greek cuisine. If you are looking for a livelier evening there is a range of entertainment at the neighbouring resort of Alykes, which is just 1km away.

Facilities Include

Facilities include a private outdoor swimming pool with loungers and umbrellas, poolside changing room with toilet and shower. Breakfast and lounge area, honesty bar and common outdoor gardens complete this lovely property.

Rooms Include

Our pleasant rooms feature Air Conditioning (payable locally) a kitchenette with fridge and safety deposit box. The sleeping area is equipped with an LCD TV and a private balcony furnished with a small table and chairs. Shower rooms are being upgraded for 2019. A number of hairdryers are available to hire (with an additional charge, payable locally) Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

3 hours

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 1 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

What's Included? 

  • Return flights and transfers 
  • Airport taxes and charges 
  • Breakfast daily 
  • Twin/Double room for sole use 
  • 2 x Taverna evening dinners 
  • 1 x Evening BBQ 
  • 1 x Lunch 
  • Exclusive 5 Day Multi-Activity programme including 1 x Private Boat Trip - Smugglers Cove 
  • Experienced English speaking guides & instructors throughout the week 
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader 

What's Extra?

  • Air conditioning - €5 per day, payable locally
  • Insurance - see here
  • Accommodation Tax - €0.50 per night, payable locally

Useful Information

Transfer Time
The transfer time from Zakynthos Airport to our hotel is approximately 30 minutes.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. Each activity is not compulsory and you can opt out if you so wish.

Day 2 - Walking
Your walking guide will advise you in resort of the daily programme. The walking programme is graded as Easy to Medium and you can expect to walk 12km with some ascents/descents, rough underfoot terrain and high altitudes involved. Below are the distances for the walk, however please bear in mind these are approximate and subject to change due to local conditions. All of the walks are relatively flat, however we have highlighted the maximum ascent and descent where applicable.

Olive groves, Vineyards and the Shipwreck Beach
Length approx 12km
Ascend +25%
Descend +50%
Plateau +25%
Walking Time 4 hours

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.

Kayaking
All necessary equipment supplied – Lycra jacket, life vest, dry bag, snorkelling gear (full face mask)

Cycling
21 gear bicycle included

Distance +28km
Ascend + 40%
Descend + 40%
Plateau + 20%
Duration + 3hrs (cycling time)

More to Explore
Zakynthos Island Tour Approximate cost: £35

Currency
Euro

Gratuities
We suggest a Group Collection to cover transfer drivers, and hotel staff of €20 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 % to add on.

Select Flight Inclusive or Excluding Flight if available. Excluding Flight bookings allow you free cancellation and amendments but do not include flights. Flights can be added later. See our Free Cancellation Guarantee. Normal terms and conditions apply. All holidays ATOL protected.

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From regional flights available COMMENTS  
10 Oct 2021 17 Oct 2021 7 All Ages £1,229 BOOK

What's Included? 

  • Return flights and transfers 
  • Airport taxes and charges 
  • Breakfast daily 
  • Twin/Double room for sole use 
  • 2 x Taverna evening dinners 
  • 1 x Evening BBQ 
  • 1 x Lunch 
  • Exclusive 5 Day Multi-Activity programme including 1 x Private Boat Trip - Smugglers Cove 
  • Experienced English speaking guides & instructors throughout the week 
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader 

What's Extra?

  • Air conditioning - €5 per day, payable locally
  • Insurance - see here
  • Accommodation Tax - €0.50 per night, payable locally

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