sea KayaK, HIke & Wild Camp in Ithaca - GREECE

(Beginner & Touring friendly)

4th to 11th of September 2018

kayak Greece, Kayak Ithaca

Sea Kayaking in Greece - Beginner Friendly Expedition.

 This is our gorgeous touring friendly trip to Greece. We have been running it very successfully for a few years and can't recommend it enough as an introduction to expeditioning from a kayak combined with hiking in this beautiful island.

We will fly to Kefalonia and hike & paddle in the neighbouring island of Ithaca which is on the western side of Greece in a very tranquil and unspoilt area. It will be a relaxed experience with wild camping in olive groves and coves and an enjoyable kayaking pace to enjoy the coast, the sea and the sun. The hikes will take us to the top of the island where we will have breath taking views of the 'Inland Sea' and its many islands. We will also visit the mountain top monastery and the old villages of Ithaca some of which are now abandoned. We will also visit tavernas for dinner and have some breakfasts in the beautiful sea side villages of Kioni and Frikes. The trip is suitable for beginner sea kayakers and we will have instructors with the group to assist and give coaching as necessary. 

The sea will be warm and the weather should be very mild. In previous years we had temperatures of 25C during the day and 19C in the night.  

We will arrive in Kefalonia and take the ferry to Ithaca. We will spend our first night in shared accommodation in Vathi and the following day we will set off on our trip after loading the kayaks with everything we need including our camping gear, food, water and camping gear. We will hike, paddle and wild camp until the following Friday when we come back into Vathi for our last night. On Saturday, we will return to Kefalonia for our flights back to the UK. 

The trip is suitable for all although a little level of fitness is recommended. You also have to be able to swim.

I'll also do an expedition packing workshop before the trip so we can share tips on what to bring.

Most days will be a mix of hiking and kayaking and the days will start at 9 to 9:30am and finish between 4 and 6pm depending on the activity. 

You will learn expedition skills such as:

  • Planning and packing for a sea kayak camping holiday/expedition
  • Packing a sea kayak 
  • Camping from a sea kayak
  • Planning, shopping and preparing your meals
  • Making and taking down camp

Paddling skills:

  • Getting in and out of your kayak
  • Forward paddling
  • Turning
  • Maintaining direction
  • Paddling as part of a group
  • Paddling in flat and possibly moderate conditions
  • We will do afternoon practice on assisted rescues, self-rescues and towing

PADDLE 4 CHANGE:

As part of our program you can join us in picking plastic from the sea and the beaches. When we arrive on  a beach we will pick as much plastic litter as we can and have a look at it to understand what are its components and how we can help reduce them.  We will carry any litter with us and then dispose of the litter in the villages. During your stay we might have a beach clean up scheduled in which you are welcome to participate. 

WHAT'S INCLUDED: 

Two nights shared accommodation, kayaks, general equipment such as paddles, buoyancy aid and spray deck and 2 support staff for the group - a guide, one coach & support expedition assistant. 

You will have to get your own flight, taxis and cover your expenses such as provisions and tavern meals (Budget around £150 without flights). 

It is possible to stay in B&Bs and hotels instead of camping at an extra cost for ne or more nights during the kayak trip. If you require accommodation, please let us know and we will arrange it for you.

PRICE: £655 WITH 20% DEPOSIT ON BOOKING.

To book or to ask any questions, mail me on info@exploraexpeditions.com

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Ithaca - We will spend the first night in capital of the island, Vathi. There will be time to buy provisions, re-pack for the following day and have dinner at a local taverna.

Day 2: We will launch our kayaks at Sarakiniko bay, paddle to a beautiful beach for a lunch, a swim and a rest, and will then return to Sarakiniko to camp. 

Day 3: We will start kayaking from Sarakiniko and make our way to Gidaki, one of the most picture perfect beaches in the island. There we will start our hiking to Vardiola. 

Day 4: We will go from Gidaki and stop at a small cove for lunch. We will finish and camp in Kioni. There, we will be able to take a short walk to local tavernas. 

Day 5: Hiking from Anogi village (Araklis menir, Medieval Church, Kathara Monastery) to Kioni.  Camping in Kioni.

Day 6: From Kioni, we will paddle to the village of Frikes for a break and then to  the beautiful bay at Marmakas. Once there we can do kayak rolling practice, a night paddle around the island in front of the beach or we can hike to the old Windmill. The paddle will not be too long but we have the option to do hiking or some kayaking skills once we arrive at our camping place.

Day 7: Marmakas to Polis beach or back to Frikes depending on the weather. This will be the end of the expedition. We will load the kayaks on the trailer and then we will transfer to Vathi where we will spend the last night in the island.

Day 8: Morning departure to Kefalonia and flights back home.