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A Greek Odyssey

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Trace the route of Odysseus by bike, foot and kayak

Trip Dates

  • 19.Jul. - 28.Jul.2017
  • 23.Sep. - 02.Oct.2017

Trip Dates

19.Jul. - 28.Jul.2017 closed
23.Sep. - 02.Oct.2017 available Book now

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore the Mediterranean’s idyllic Ionian Islands by foot, bike and kayak
  • Follow the route of Odysseus in the original Odyssey of Homer
  • Travel to authentic and remote locations
  • Beach camp in secluded areas under the stars
  • Enjoy ample time on the azure waters
  • Experience the Greek lifestyle while staying in small accommodations run by local people

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Zakynthos

Day 2 - Zakynthos

Day 3 - Cephalonia

Day 4 - Cephalonia

Day 5 - Ithaca

Day 6 - Ithaca

Day 7 - Ithaca

Day 8 - Cephalonia

Day 9 - Zakynthos

Day 10 - Trip concludes Zakynthos

Green is Good

  • The trip is operated using ‘best practice’ in terms of sustainable and responsible initiatives and guides are all highly experienced
  • Accommodations are selected on the merits of their environmental practices, location and for their charm
  • Local suppliers operate the trip, supporting the local economy
  • Limited use of morotised transport aims to preserve the environment

The Sweat Level

EASY TO MODERATE

Fitness is an important aspect of our trips and the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. This trip has been assigned a Sweat Level of ‘Easy to Moderate’. Trips with this grading involve activities such as hiking, cycling and kayaking for several hours in duration. Depending on the activity, you may have to carry a small daypack. In preparation of the trip, we recommend you engage in aerobic exercises two or three times a week for three months prior to departure.

When To Go

May, June and September are the perfect months for an active holiday near the sea in Greece as the weather is good with lots of sunshine and temperatures are not too high. You can expect daytime temperatures to fall between 25°C and 30°C with a nice sea-breeze. It is important to note that the places we visit are not crowded and the locals have all the time for us to enjoy the good life.

Trip Inclusions

  • 9 x breakfast, 2 x picnic lunch, 2 x dinner
  • 5 nights apartment, 2 nights hotel on twin share basis
  • 2 nights camping
  • Snacks and standard drinks (water, tea and coffee) throughout
  • Local English speaking Yomads guide
  • Local guides while kayaking and hiking
  • Transfers as stated in the itinerary including ferries, travel from/to the airport, luggage and sea taxi
  • Mosquito nets while camping (limited availability)
  • Local back up and support during activities
  • All equipment for activities as stated in the itinerary, including Mongoose MTB bicycle with helmets, two-seater kayaks and the use of archery and snorkelling sets

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Zakynthos

On arrival to Zakynthos, transfer to our first night’s accommodation. Once you’re settled in you have the option to relax around the pool or take a dip in the azure waters of the Mediterranean. W welcome celebration will be held in the evening at a traditional tavern where you will learn more about the trip and meet your fellow Yomads travellers.

Meals: Nil

Day 2: Hike and cycle on Zakynthos to Koutsi Hill, cycle approx. 11.5km, walk approx 9km

After breakfast we'll embark on a short but challenging route through ancient olive groves and endless vineyards. Following a narrow shepherds' path, hike uphill and leave the central plain of Zakynthos. Breaking for lunch on the ridge of the hidden valley of Loucha provides us with a full panorama over lush and green fields. Later, we'll reach our end destination of Koutsi Hill, the roof of the island. Here we'll unroll our sleeping bags and set up camp underneath the stars before enjoying a barbecue and homemade wine.

Meals: B, D

Day 3: Zakynthos to Cephalonia, cycle approx. 30km

Early this morning, enjoy the pots of coffee and tea that have been warming over the fire. After packing up camp we cycle over unpaved paths and around the summit of Vrachionas, breaking at the small village of Orthonies. After a long descent, we’ll arrive at sea level and have time to plunge into the crystal clear waters of Makris Giallos Beach before a late afternoon ferry to Cephalonia. Upon arrival, transfer to the buzzing capitol of the island where the evening is free for you to discover the city’s lively nightlife.

Meals: B

Day 4: Explore Cephalonia by bike and foot, cycle approx. 30km, hike approx. 8km

The whereabouts of Odysseus' palace is not yet known, although one theory is that the western peninsula of Cephalonia used to be part of his kingdom. Today we visit many sites described by Homer as we explore the coastline between Atheras and Voiti, a spectacular string of empty white beaches and blue waters. There’s a chance you will encounter curious sea turtles and dolphins as we head towards one of the most pictured beaches of Greece, Myrthos. After a long descend, we will end up in the small harbor of Agia Efimia.

Meals: B

Day 5: To Vathi via Piso Aetos, hike approx. 14 km, cycle approx. 9 km

Today we will set foot on the island of Ithaca, where our hiking trail runs through uninhabited scenery. After a picnic stop at the deserted Venetian village of Palio Vlaghata, we board a ferry for a short crossing. Getting back on our bikes we head towards the UNESCO listed port of Vathi for a refreshing dip at a nearby beach. The evening is free for you to soak up the local vibe and enjoy the pace of ‘siga siga’ (slow, slow).

Meals: B

Day 6: Sarakina Beach by kayak, kayak approx. 4 hours

Imagine Odysseus’ son Telemachus sailing home and ploughing through the same waves and currents as our kayak route today. We’ll paddle along the coastline, scattered with small white pebbled beaches and crystal clear waters and enter sea caves before breaking for lunch in a serene cove. In the early afternoon we return to Vathi with the remainder of the day for you to spend at leisure.

Meals: B

Day 7: To Alykes Beach via Frikes, cycle approx. 24km, hike approx. 8 km

In the morning, transfer to Mount Katheron where we will begin our cycling trip to Stavros. The cycle route is easy as the road only descends, leaving you plenty of energy to take in the breathtaking views. Following ancient steps through to the archaeological site of ‘Homer’s School’, we’ll re-enact book 21 of the Odyssey with an archery game. At lunch, head to the intimate harbour of Frikes where you can pick fresh fish straight from the boats moored on the water. Tonight we set up camp on a beach tucked away from the bustle of towns where we’ll make dinner over a fire and relax by moonlight.

Meals: B, D

Day 8: To Cephalonia, cycle approx. 8km

The return to Cephalonia begins today with a nostalgic salute to Ithaca on the grounds of a long lost Mycenae town. Arriving by ferry on Cephalonia, we head to the village of Sami. There is time for you to explore the area at your own pace including Anti-Samos, renowned for its turquoise blue water and snow-white pebbles. Optional activities for your free time include visiting the stunning underground lake in the cave of Melissani, walking up to an ancient acropolis and taking an afternoon diving course. If you prefer, you can relax on your balcony and spend time just enjoying the slow pace of the village. For dinner we suggest that you head to the tranquil harbour and watch Ithaca in the distance fade away at sunset.

Meals: B

Day 9: To Zakynthos via Poros, cycle approx. 34km

Today we mount the bikes and climb out of Sami Bay through a spectacular stretch of cypress woodlands and rugged nature. After reaching the summit you’ll be rewarded with an easy and long descent down into the port of Poros. From here the ferry runs, via mainland Greece, back to Zakynthos. On our last night we’ll visit a 'kandades taverna' to celebrate the end of a memorable journey.

Meals: B

Day 10: Trip ends Zakynthos

After breakfast, you’ll have time for your last plunge in the warm Mediterranean before transferring to Zakynthos airport for your flight home.

Meals: B

Accommodation

Zakynthos, Tragaki 1N Simple apartments
Zakynthos, Giri 1N Camp
Cephalonia, Lixouri 2N Hotel
Agia Efimia 1N Simple apartments
Ithaca, Vathi 1N Hotel
Ithaca, Alykes Beach 1N Camp
Cephalonia, Sami 1N Hotel
Zakynthos, Chora 1N Hotel

Disclaimer

This itinerary may change at any time due to inclement weather, forces of nature and other circumstances beyond our control.

The Sweat Level

  • Easy to Moderate
Easy – these are pretty relaxed and are suitable for most fitness levels. Expect though to push a little outside of your comfort zone with the included activities, but they are not for lengthy durations.

Moderate - these will include cycling, walking, kayaking and other activities which will put a sweat on the brow. You should do some pre trip training like going to the gym, jogging, brisk walking or cycling at least 3 times weekly for months before you go to get your fitness level up.

Hardcore - these will include sustained walking or cycling over multiple days and that means you’ll need to get into a great fitness regime before your trip. The best preparation you can do is day walks or cycle trips one a fortnight that build your endurance fitness coupled with some hour long ‘cardio’ workouts up to 3 times a week, and continue this for 3 months before departure.

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