White-sanded beaches, crystal waters and lush greenery. Like many of its neighbouring islands, Ithaca boasts not only the beauty, but also the laid-back lifestyle enjoyed by locals during the summer. With dozens of coves, trekking paths and beaches, this is a dream location to wander about and enjoy the finest Mediterranean fish and cuisine. Renowned for its beaches and scenery, Ithaca has also gained its notoriety as the home island of Homer’s most famous fictional character, Odysseus.
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Discover the idyllic beaches and verdant forests of Ithaki on-foot during this invigorating, half-day nature excursion.
Vathi Port and Waterfront, Statue of Odysseus, Mnimata Beach, Eucalyptus and Pine Trees
Depart the pier for your scenic, approximately three-hour guided walking tour of the beaches and forests of Ithaki. Your route begins on the waterfront of Vathi Port, at the Statue of Odysseus. Walk along the bayside until you reach the road to Mnimata Beach. Continue on to the beach, which is nestled in the foreground of tall eucalyptus and pine trees.
Sikinos Bay, Forests, Fragrant Shrubs, Gidaki Beach and Bay
Next, proceed to Sikinos Bay, where your path meanders through the forest, past fragrant shrubs and some additional dense, wild forest until you see the glimmer of another bay and the beautiful beach of Gidaki. Considered by many to be the finest beach on Ithaki Island, Gidaki Beach has a mixture of golden sand, pebbles and amazing emerald waters. This beach is unspoilt, and usually deserted early in the year. A stop is made here to rest or swim before walking back to Vathi Port along the same route.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 6.2 miles (about ten kilometres), at times over uneven, gravel, and cobblestone surfaces and inclines. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and able to walk long distances. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with sport shoes, and bring sun protection, a towel and bottled water from the ship. Since this tour takes place very early in the season, the sea may be too cold for swimming, even if the weather is favourable. As a result, swimming is at the discretion of each guest. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.
Discover Ithaki Island, the long-lost home of Odysseus, during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Ithaki and Excavation Site of Alakomenes
After tendering ashore, depart the pier for an orientation tour of Ithaki. This unspoilt island, noted in Homer's epic, The Odyssey, is separated from Cephalonia by a strait approximately 1.24 miles-2.5 miles (about two kilometres-four kilometres) wide. Ithaki has a harsh, precipitous east coast and a soft, green west coast. The interior is mountainous and rocky, with pockets of pine forests, cypress stands, olive groves and vineyards. Your tour begins with a short drive to the excavation site of Aghios Georgios/Alakomenes, which the University of Saint Louis is currently excavating as part of the Odyssey project. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the site.
Monastery of Panagia Katharon, Mt. Neritos, Southern Ithaki, Anoghi, Church of Panagia
Next, re-board your coach and head north to the Monastery of Panagia Katharon. Located on Mt. Neritos at a height of approximately 1,967 feet (about 600 meters), the monastery offers spectacular panoramic views overlooking southern Ithaki. From here, re-board your coach and continue on to the nearby village of Anoghi, home to the famous Church of Panagia. Renovated to its current form at the end of the 17th century, the church is believed to date from the 12th century. It is dedicated to Panagia (the Virgin Mary), and its interior features notable, impressively-preserved Byzantine frescoes.
Stavros Village, Chani, Cephalonia and Mainland Greece
Following your visit, re-board your coach and proceed for a brief stop at Stavros Village, the largest town in the northern part of Ithaki Island, where an effigy of Ulysses stands in the main square. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 50-minute drive back to the pier. En route, a photo stop is made at Chani. Located in the narrowest part of Ithaki, Chani offers splendid views of both Cephalonia and mainland Greece.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe, and non-slip walking shoes and sun protection is recommended.
Experience the exquisite island beauty, ports and villages of Ithaki via boat during this scenic sightseeing excursion.
Ithaki is a wonderful, verdant island, and separated from Kefalonia Island by a narrow, approximately 1.86-mile-wide (about 3-kilometre-wide) canal. Since Ithaki Island is small and quite difficult to reach, it is not subject to the mass tourism of neighbouring islands. As a result, Ithaki is a calm and beautiful destination, ideal for relaxation, peaceful walks and swimming in the crystal-clear, emerald waters.
Vathi Village and Harbour, Fort Ruins, Venetian Buildings
Depart the pier in Vathi, the largest village, capital and main harbour of Ithaki, aboard a boat for a sightseeing cruise around the island. Situated at the end of a long, deep bay, Vathi Village is home to one of the most idyllic seafront settings in Greece. On both sides of the port entrance stand the ruins of a fort, built by the French in 1807 as a protection from the powerful fleet of the English. The earthquakes of 1953 destroyed most of the Venetian buildings of the capital. Fortunately, most of them were rebuilt in the same style. Today, Vathi is considered a traditional settlement and the tourist centre of Ithaki Island.
Kioni Port, Village and Beach, Windmills, Mountain
Your first stop is at Kioni, the biggest tourist resort of the island. Kioni is a traditional village in southeast Ithaki, approximately 15.5 miles (about 25 kilometres) from Vathi. It is built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a mountain, and has little, tile-roofed white houses and a lovely port where fishing boats moor. The town beach, located below the windmills, is small with crystal-clear waters, pebbles and trees. Following a refreshment stop here, sail on to Atokos Island.
Atokos Island, Emerald Sea, Swimming, Lunch, Gidaki Beach
This small, inhabited island is situated north of Ithaki. Upon arrival, view and take an optional swim in the beautiful, crystal-clear emerald waters, then proceed for a barbecue lunch. After lunch, sail on to Gidaki Beach. Considered by many to be the finest beach on Ithaki Island, Gidaki Beach has a mixture of golden sand, pebbles and amazing emerald waters. Following an optional swim here, embark your boat and sail back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, at times over sandy and pebbly surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach or boat shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Since this tour takes place very early in the season, the sea may be too cold for swimming, even if the weather is favourable for sailing. As a result, swimming is at the discretion of each guest. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.
Explore Cephalonia, the largest of the Ionian Islands, during this panoramic, full-day sightseeing excursion via land and sea.
Ithaki, Boat-Ride to/from Cephalonia, Sami Port, Omala Village, St. Gerasimos Monastery
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour sail to Cephalonia. Upon arrival at the picturesque port of Sami, disembark the boat and board a coach for the drive to the St. Gerasimos Monastery. Named after St. Gerasimos, patron saint of Kefalonia, it is the holiest church on the island. Located in the village of Omala, this impressive monastery, with its chapel and richly-decorated new church, is perched at the top of a green valley with 40 wells.
Robola Winery, Tour and Tasting, Countryside Drive, Vineyards, Olive Groves, Cypress Glades
Next, re-board your coach and continue on to the island's renowned winery, Robola. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of this modern, new winery. Along the way, learn about the production methods of the famous and rare Robola wine. Made from a local species of white grape, Robola comes in red, white and sweet Muscat. Following your tour, proceed for a wine tasting. Leaving Robola, re-board your coach and take a picturesque drive through the lushly green, verdant countryside filled with vineyards, ever-present olive trees and thick cypress glades en route to Melissani.
Melissani Underground Lake, Boat-Ride, Stalactites
An underground lake fed by subterranean channels with water running to the opposite side of the island, Melissani is a natural wonder of Cephalonia. Partly uncovered, the cave is visited via a manmade tunnel which leads you to the shore of the open part of the lake. Here, embark a small boat with a master oarsmen for a ride along the lake. En route, your boat passes through a channel narrowed by an island, and with walls sprouting unusual stalactites. The approximately 328-foot-high (about 100-metre-high) ceiling and light emanating from the entrance combine to create a myriad of dancing colours.
Agia Efimia Port, Traditional Greek Lunch, Myrtos Beach, Boat-Ride to Ithaki
Following your visit, re-board your coach for the short drive to the small, charming port of Agia Efimia. Upon arrival, proceed for a traditional Greek lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, re-board your coach and head for a photo stop at Myrtos, one of the most famous and photographed beaches in Greece. Leaving Myrtos Beach, return to the port of Sami for some free time at your leisure. At the conclusion of your visit, embark your boat for the approximately one-hour sail back to the pier in Ithaki.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, embark/disembark the boat and at the sites visited. Walking at Sami is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe, and non-slip walking shoes and sun protection is recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the monastery; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Expect crowds at Melissani Lake. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.