Famous throughout the world as the place of residence of Ulysses, Homer's mythical hero, Ithaca is an emblematic island. But Ithaca is much more than that! Carpeted with lush greenery, dotted with picturesque villages and endowed with exotic beaches, the island of Ithaca is full of charm!
The only way to immerse yourself in the magic of this place is to explore it. Vathy, Kioni and Frikes are the most typical villages of Ithaca. What is interesting about these villages is that they have managed to keep their traditional identity despite the development of tourism. Vathy, in particular, is the nerve center of the island and it is there that most of Ithaca's activities are located.
As for Ithaca's beaches, they share the same exotic setting with their Ionian neighbors! Filiatro, Sarakiniko and Agios Ioannis are among the best beaches in Ithaca. But if you are looking for a secluded alternative, Gidaki beach will be your best option!
Apart from relaxing, the best things to do in Ithaca are swimming, hiking and sightseeing. The medieval village of Anogi, Loizos Cave and Katharon Monastery are some of the places to visit on the island.
Let's go to Ithaca!
Kayaking day offered*
8 days/7 nights
• Electric bike or Scooter included
• We offer you a kayaking day*
Day 1 : ARGOSTÓLI, CAPITAL OF THE KEFALONIA ISLAND
Installation at your hotel and free discovery of the city of Argostóli.
Things to do : the bay of Argostóli is the "Pont de Bosset" (Bosset Bridge) with a length of 650 meters, the lighthouse of Saint-Théodore, a famous architectural achievement still in operation today. The Lithostroto avenue with the catholic church St. Nicolas. The Corgialenios museum named after its donor, which retraces the daily life of the islanders from the 19th century to 1953. The Monastery Agios Gerasimos; visit it especially for its modern church, a pink brick building that follows the Byzantine architectural tradition to the letter. Enjoy a swim at Makris Gialos Beach.
Accommodation in Argostóli
Things to do : Sami, the second largest port of the island after Argostoli. The city offers a perfect waterfront with large Venetian buildings truly unique overlooking blue-green waters and not to be missed The Kefalonian brewery. One of the natural wonders of the area are the Melissani Caves, a sparkling blue underground lake, lit from above by a cavity in the rock. In Greek mythology, Melissani was the cave of the nymphs, where the nymph Melissani drowned after being rejected by the god Pan. The cave of Drogorati discovered in the early 18th century when an earthquake. The beach of Antisamos became famous in 2001 when it appeared in the Mandolin of Captain Corelli with Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz.
Cab trip from Argostóli to Sami - Ferry trip from Port de Aetos (Pisaetos) to Vathy
Accommodation in Vathy
Pick up your e-bikes or scooter
Things to do : Vathy is the largest natural port in the world Vathy is also the capital of Ithaca since the 16th century. The picturesque village, the largest on the island, is built in an amphitheater around a deep sheltered bay with a narrow entrance. Today, the village has more than 3000 inhabitants. The monastery of Panagia Katharon located on the way to Anogi and its main church (katholikon) in operation since 1530. The Vathy Archaeological Museum which presents a collection of finds dating back to the pre-Roman period. The small chapel on the central island of Lazareto.
To be discovered: The beaches of Ithaca are famous for their green environment, their turquoise waters and a breathtaking landscape. There are secluded beaches for swimming as well as popular beaches with cafes and taverns.
For you, our list of the best beaches on the island of Ithaca: Filiatro Beach, a quiet bay with white pebbles and crystal clear waters, the closest to Vathi. Skinos Bay Beach, is a calm pebble beach with emerald waters and lush vegetation around it. Gidaki Beach, wild and unspoiled, is probably the most beautiful beach in Ithaca. Marmaka beach, isolated and ideal to enjoy a little peace and quiet. The beach of Agios Ioannis this amazing little beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Ithaca, with fine golden sand and emerald water. Frikes beach is a beautiful beach in the north of the island, it is actually a small bay that is becoming very popular. The isolated Rachi beach near Kioni, on the north side of the island. The bay of Afalès is located in a sublime setting very wild, very isolated, this beach is little frequented and will be ideal for those who want to undress. It will satisfy lovers of solitude.
Discover outside the beaches: The village of Kioni is not easily accessible by road, but is worth the detour. Alalcomenae, an ancient city located on a hill above the small modern village of Piso Aetos, in the south of the island of Ithaca. It was founded in the 6th century and the ruins of the Acropolis of Alalcomenae still remain on the site. The monastery of Kathara with an exceptional view of the cliffs to the west. The cave of Loïzos, ancient place of worship and adoration of the goddess Artemis. There are still statues of deities as well as some period objects related to the cult. The cave of the nymphs would be the place where Ulysses would have hidden the gifts that the Phoenicians gave him on his return from Troy. Nothing spectacular to see, but it is a nice walk south of Vathy. The amateurs of mythology will visit the site of Homer's school. Some think it would be the palace of Ulysses.
Accommodation in Vathy
Accommodation in Argostóli
Breakfast and airport transfer
Day 2 : ARGOSTÓLI - SAMI - PORT OF AETOS - VATHY
Spice up your stay
Prices per person from :
- Diving day : 95€
- Paddle SUP : 70€
- Sailing Day: 250€
- sea kayak : 95€
- Paragliding : 135€
- cooking class : 65€
See details in Activities & Sailing section
Day 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 : VATHY AND ITHACA ISLAND
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What's included :
7 nights in a room for 2 persons
Accommodation hotel 2* or 3* category daily breakfasts included.
Accommodation hotel 4* or 5* category with extra charge, depending on availability, please contact us
Possibility to book a single room, on request with extra charge
What's not included :
Lunches and dinners
Visits and activities not mentioned
Anything not in "Prices include".
Options and extras
Single room supplement low season, mid season, high season and transfer to Athens airport - Piraeus or to the airport on request
A complete roadbook suggestions will be given to you before departure, including a roadbook to print out with a detailed map of the island, suggestions for visits. As there is no guide for this trip, the paper roadbook offers you discoveries, it is useful for "anticipatory" reading to prepare your next day's stopover. It allows you to get an overall idea of the itinerary and to identify the different possible variants: detours to particular points of interest (monasteries, viewpoints, beaches or creeks, etc) which often lengthen the itinerary, or on the contrary, identify possible shortcuts.
Bike type :
Electric mountain bike Cube Acid Hybrid or equivalent (Women/Men). Bike is perfectly adapted for your trips.
Material provided : - Repair kit - Bike pump - Maps - Helmets - Anti-theft
Your scooter :
Symphony 125/150cc or equivalent. For higher categories, please contact us.
Road assistance 24 hours a day on Lefkada Island only.
To obtain your scooter, the driver(s) must :
- Be over 20 years old.
- Valid personal identification.
- Valid driving license (motorcycle license with power limit).
In case you do not have a driving license, a Symphony 50cc scooter will be at your disposal (the power of this type of scooter is sufficient for your stay).
Day 7 : RETURN TO ARGOSTÓLI AND FREE DAY
Day 8 : END OF THE STAY
For 3, 4, 5, 6 vacation days or more , our team of consultants is at your disposal to help you create your customized trip to the Ionian Islands.
Entrust us with your dreams and ideas. It will be our pleasure to use our knowledge of the country to create a 100% personalized itinerary for you.
*Valid for 1 person for stays in Kefalonia only from 2 persons including a minimum of 5 nights. Activities cannot be cumulated with combined stays in different islands