Sail & Walk Around the Ionian Islands

  • Location Greece
  • Duration 8 days
  • Price £1,050.00 per person
  • Hiking
  • Multi-activity
  • Bucket list

Adventure Highlights

Sail & Walk is the more enjoyable adventure to see the Ionian Islands. Over 8 days we sail the Ionian Sea between the islands of Ithaca, Kefalonia and Lefkas. In the so-called ‘Inland sea’, we have the opportunity to visit up to six islands, covering around 120 nautical miles by sea and up to 70km on foot. We walk through quiet fishing villages, sailing on the deep blue sea, conquering the highest mountain of the Seven Islands of Ionian Sea, swimming at refreshing locations, gain great views of the overall area and sleeping with the sounds of the waves.

This adventure is perfect for individuals and small groups, and can be tailored for:

  • Corporates

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Adventure Details

Day 1

Start time 09:00

Arrival Day. You will be introduced to our sailing home for the coming week as we take care of the last preparations before departure. Poros is a small harbour in Kefalonia, offering a great opportunity to wind down and prepare for our Greek week to come!

Day 2

Today, we will enjoy the gifts of sailing. We sail the strait between Kefalonia and Ithaca along the length of the east coast of Kefalonia, the largest island of the Ionian Sea. We have the chance to enjoy the ride and the sea breeze, practice our sailing skills and relax as we approach the northernmost point of Kefalonia and one of its most picturesque villages, Fiscardo. On arrival there is an opportunity to stretch our legs with an optional walk on the Cypress Trail, which passes through little villages covering the area around Fiscardo.

Day 3

This morning we explore the surrounding area of the northern tip of Kefalonia. We will follow the Battery and Lighthouse trails, which will guide us between villages till we reach the furthest point of the day where the famous WW2 gun emplacements exploded. Then we will go through forests of cypress, pine and strawberry trees which will lend us their valuable coverage all the way back to Fiscardo.

Day 4

On this day we have arranged many different options for the crew. All the options vary from very active to very relaxing! After we have discussed all the options on the previous evening we will decide the course we will take for the next day. The options are such that we will be able to accommodate many needs, so you can enjoy our last day!

Day 5

We sail and walk the first two small diamonds in the sea, Kalamos and Kastos are quiet fishing islands which convey the aura of the life on an island. An excellent example of Mediterranean beauty.

Day 6

Go ashore on the island of Odysseus! Today, we cross the length of south Ithaca. We walk on footpaths surrounded by luscious forest, reaching Marathias plateau and we visit the Panagia of Spilaiotissa Church which is hidden in the cavities of the island. Heading southeast we will complete our day, next to the spring from which Odysseus himself drank Ithacan water, when he finally stepped back on his home island after two decades of adventures.

Day 7

Arriving back at Kefalonia, we face the challenge of conquering the highest peak (1628m) of the Ionian Sea. A mountainous, beautiful and rewarding day is ahead of us.

Day 8

The tour ends back in the place from where it started but this time full of memories.

End time 09:00

Effort Level

You’ll be working up a sweat. Bring along a touch of enthusiasm and a little determination

  • Chilled
  • Active
  • Tough

Inclusions

No-frills Accommodation

Your home for the duration of the holiday will be on board our steadfast mono-hull sailing yachts (Bavaria 44′). This is not cruise ship or a specially converted Greek caique. This is an actual sailing yacht, which you will be sharing with other like-minded travelers. It can take a little time to get used to the limited space, but what you are getting in return is a real sailing experience - and this should more than make up for any inconvenience. You will sleep in small, double cabins, which you will be sharing with your travel companion or if you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. On board, there is also an indoor seating area, 2 toilets and 2 shower. The interior of our sailing boat is cleverly designed in such a way to achieve maximum space efficiency. Sleeping quarters are snug, but this is to allow for maximum space in the shared communal areas. You will be able to charge electrical equipment on board. There is WiFi on board.

What's included

  • Guide Fully guided
  • Transportation All transfers, as mentioned in the itinerary, are included. There is a possibility to arrange a group mini bus transfer to/from Palairos with additional cost from/to Igoumenitsa port, located in between Thessaloniki, Ioannina and Corfu island. Contact us for more details.
  • Food 7 x Breakfasts, 7 x picnic lunches and 3 x evening meals are included. In accordance to boat life and the value of teamwork, we prepare our breakfast together on the boat each morning.
  • Other This holiday is priced on a 2-person-sharing basis and guaranteed to run with the minimum of four guests. Depending on availability, you can ask and book a Single Supplement at the extra cost of £340.

What you'll need to bring

  • Other Clothing: Weather is changeable in the mountains or the sea and it can become cool, especially at night, so bring a warmer jacket/fleece. A water and windproof coat is essential at all times in case of the odd shower or quickly changing mountain weather. Also take a warm hat. Whilst walking you may prefer to wear shorts, but carry lightweight long trousers for narrow footpaths where thorny vegetation may scratch bare legs. Also, carry a long sleeved

Cancellations

Strict - Cancel up to 31 days before your adventure to recieve a 75% refund

Cancelling less than 30 days before results in no refund.

Refund excludes processing fees. Alternate dates may be able to be agreed at no additional cost, but this is not guaranteed.

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Location

Starting point:

Argostolion 281 00, Greece

Adventure leader

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