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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.