Greek Island Hopping

Kefalonia & Ithaca
Greece
Duration: 7
Price From: £1885

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Summary

Enjoy azure waters, sun-kissed days and starlit nights amongst idyllic isles, aboard your welcoming motor sailing vessel.

Tour Highlights

Spend a week aboard traditional MS Hemera
Cruise to six idyllic islands in the sun
Visit Ithaca, setting for the tales of Odysseus and Penelope

Description

Step aboard traditional, gulet-style MS Hemera to spend a simple, yet delightful week of relaxed cruising through the beautiful waters of the sun-kissed Ionian Islands, an archipelago rich in legend and raw beauty. Discover still-unspoilt coves, swim or snorkel in blue waters, and enjoy the company of your fellow passengers – just 17 in total – whether lazing aboard as you gently motor on, or ashore as you tie up in pretty harbours, perhaps to dine under twinkling lights or stars.

What Does The Price Include?

  • Seven nights’ accommodations in a shared double cabin aboard MS Hemera
  • Enjoy seven breakfasts, six freshly prepared lunches and one celebratory Captain’s Dinner
  • Return flights to Zante
  • Return airport transfers
  • The services of the Captain and the crew
  • Spend a week aboard traditional MS Hemera
  • Cruise to six idyllic islands in the sun
  • Anchor in tiny coves and idyllic bays, perfect for swimming and snorkelling
  • Discover unspoiled beaches
  • Cruise past the final island resting place of Aristotle Onassis
  • Explore Kefalonia, setting for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
  • Visit Ithaca, setting for the tales of Odysseus and Penelope
  • Enjoy dining shore at your leisure in quayside tavernas
  • The top deck bar, under the stars, is open every night

Your Itinerary

Upon arrival, meet your host and make the one-hour transfer up the north side of the island, and to the port at Agios Nikolaos. Stow your luggage aboard Hemera, then spend some time wandering in this delightful port and perhaps stopping at a nearby taverna for your first holiday lunch. (Your flight arrival time will determine what time of day you will arrive on board Hemera.)
This afternoon, relax on board or continue exploring Agios Nikolaos. Come the evening you’ll be free to dine in a quayside taverna. After maybe take an evening stroll under the stars before returning to Hemera. Why not enjoy a nightcap at the top-deck bar before retiring to your cosy, air‑conditioned cabin?

Enjoy breakfast aboard, and perhaps take an early morning stroll before Hemera leaves Agios Nikolaos and sails to Kefalonia, calling first at Poros Bay. Moor at this charming spot, where you can take a dip in the warm waters, before continuing to picture-perfect Antisamos. One of the locations used in the film version of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Antisamos is arguably one of Kefalonia’s best beaches. Perhaps take a dip and enjoy lunch on board and a leisurely afternoon as Hemera continues to Agia Effimia, a traditional fishing village with a number of waterfront tavernas, where she will moor for the evening.

After breakfast, spend a relaxing morning cruising towards Ithaca. Along the way, you’ll stop off for a swim at a secluded bay, and then moor at the picturesque, sweeping Gidaki Bay, where you’ll enjoy a fresh lunch on board. You’ll make Ithacan landfall at the island’s exquisite main town, Vathy, where you’ll spend the night. Take the opportunity to head ashore and discover what is – for many – one of the Ionian isles’ most picturesque ports, with its quayside tavernas and bars.

Spend a relaxed morning on board, enjoying breakfast before Hemera will sets sail for the island of Meganisi. Along the way, you’ll pause at the uninhabited islet of Atokos, one of remotest of the Echinades Islands, which can only be visited by yacht or small boat. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the pristine blue waters, before enjoying lunch on board. Hemera then moors at Meganisi, where several tavernas and bars await, along with another wonderful evening.

After a leisurely breakfast, cruise north, and sail around the picture-perfect private island of Skorpios, resting place of the late shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, before turning south, and heading to the vast, mysterious sea cave where the submarine Papanikolis was said to have hidden between attacks on Italian shipping during the Second World War. Continue to your overnight port, picture-perfect Fiskardo. Once there, spend a delightful evening exploring the town’s pretty streets lined with Venetian houses, waterfront tavernas and colourful little bars. Please note, due to its small size and popularity, we may not be able to moor at Fiskardo’s harbour. In this case, you will make the short transfer to the town via dinghy.

After breakfast, spend the morning cruising back toward Kefalonia, stopping en route at the idyllic Myrtos Beach, which is framed by mountains at opposing ends, on the northwest coast of the island. Enjoy a swim, followed by a relaxed lunch on board, before you set sail for Poros, where Hemera will moor for the evening. Step ashore and explore this idyllic town, with its collection of places to eat and drink, for a memorable evening.

This morning, cruise along the Kefalonian coast, stopping at Kateleios Bay, a peaceful stretch of sand, overlooked by hills dotted with private villas. Enjoy lunch on board, before setting sail for the lively holiday resort Zante Town, where you’ll moor overnight. Spend an unhurried afternoon relaxing, then crown a memorable week’s cruising with this evening’s Captain’s Dinner, served on board, and perhaps with a last nightcap under the stars.

Availability

DatePrice Per Person
02 Jun 2021 - 09 Jun 2021£1,949
14 Jul 2021 - 21 Jul 2021£2,109
01 Sep 2021 - 08 Sep 2021£1,945
08 Sep 2021 - 15 Sep 2021£1,885
22 Sep 2021 - 29 Sep 2021£1,859

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Climate

May till June and September till October is an ideal time to visit Greece. The weather is perfect, still warm, but not unbearably hot. The children are in school so its quieter. The historical sites are less crowded as well cause most tourists have gone to work again. There is also still nightlife around, especially at weekends.

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