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Ionian Island Hopping

Explore the captivating charm of Greece's island-hopping, where quaint harbors come to life with daily ferry arrivals, welcoming both new visitors and essential supplies. Amidst the tranquil countryside, the sound of goat bells mingles with the sight of farmers tending to their bountiful fields, making the Ionian islands a hidden treasure along Greece's verdant western coast, offering a rich cultural heritage and miles of enchanting walking trails for a memorable getaway in any season.

  • Greece

  • 14 nights
  • Half Board
  • Coast & Islands

    Landscape

  • May

    Sep

  • Average group size: 12-14

Moderate

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Grade 4

The Grade 4 moderate walking holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain, and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days closer to 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 500m. Some of our walks, particularly in Ithaca will be close to top of the grade, not because of length, but because there are some steep climbs and descents. On Ithaca, there is the possibility of some of our routes, of alternative paths, avoid the steeper sections. 

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Exploring the lush green landscape of three islands.
  • Island hopping by ferry.
  • Discovering the birthplace of Odysseus on Ithaca.
  • Coastal views and spring time flora.
  • Ascending Mt Aitos, the Ionian islands' highest point.
  • Spectacular waterfall walk in the Dimosari canyon.
  • Discover Homer's School.
  • Visit the Ancient Acropolis of Sami.
  • Explore Katharon Monastery built in 1696.

Indulge in the quintessential Greek island-hopping experience, where your imagination springs to life with picturesque scenes of charming ports coming alive as the daily ferry docks, ushering in a fresh wave of visitors and essential supplies. While the hustle and bustle of the harbours paints a lively picture, the surrounding countryside exudes tranquillity, with the gentle chorus of goat bells and hardworking farmers diligently harvesting their bountiful crops in the sun-drenched fields.

Nestled like precious jewels along the breath taking western coastline of Greece, the Ionian islands beckon with their lush, emerald-green landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and an extensive network of enchanting walking trails that promise an unforgettable adventure, no matter the season. Spring graces these islands with a profusion of colourful flowers, while autumn unveils warm, balmy evenings, adding to the allure of this Mediterranean paradise.

On this island-hopping journey, you'll begin your exploration in Kefalonia, a place steeped in history and home to Mount Ainos, the tallest peak in the Ionian islands, immortalized in the pages of "Captain Corelli’s Mandolin." Here, you'll traverse lush green hills and uncover landscapes brimming with historical significance, all while exploring the tranquil coves and scenic coastal trails. A ferry ride then takes you to Lefkada, a mountainous haven adorned with lush valleys, natural springs, cascading waterfalls, enchanting forests of oak and elm trees, and pristine sandy beaches.

Your island odyssey culminates on the rugged shores of Ithaca, the legendary homeland of Odysseus, where a labyrinth of trails unfolds, each offering panoramic vistas, intriguing archaeological remnants, breath taking mountain scenery, and sleepy, charming villages. Island hopping through Kefalonia, Lefkada, and Ithaca is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the timeless allure of Greece's Ionian islands, where history, culture, and nature seamlessly intertwine, creating a tapestry of experiences that will stay with you forever.

Please note that the September 10th 2024 departure visits the islands in a different order. Please refer to the itinerary on the Holiday Information Sheet for full information.


  • Return flights from London to Kefalonia.
  • Airport & Port Transfers.
  • En suite two and three star hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Half Board with dinners taken at local tavernas.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/ ferry.
  • Services of a Classic Tour Leader.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

15300

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Kefalonia

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival into Kefalonia, you transfer to your hotel, the Athina Hotel, where you stay for 4 nights' accommodation. There will be time to check in, relax, perhaps take a swim or explore your surroundings before dinner at a local taverna.

Transfer Time = 30 minutes

Day 2 to 4

Kefalonia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Kefalonia is the home of Mt Ainos, the tallest mountain on the Ionian islands and the location for the well known book and film - Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Our planned programme of walks on the island is expected to include the following:

During your time on the island the planned programme of walks on the island expected to include:

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300m

Sami: Ancient and Modern- Today you walk along paths on the coast to Sami before zigzagging up through the woods, visiting ancient citadels on 2 deserted hills. This walk offers amazing views over Sami and its bay before returning along a woodland track. 

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Grizata Ravine: A shady morning walk past watermills, allowing time in the afternoon to visit Drogerati cave or perhaps Melissani Lake (transport included, but not entrance fee) 


  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    530m

Mount Ainos: Today you will walk in the National Park to the summit of the highest mountain in the Ionian Islands with views over Lefkada, Ithaca, Zakynthos and the Peloponnese. This walk is at the top of Grade 4 as it has some challenging ascents but the views are well worth it!

Day 5

Lefkada

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Travelling by ferry, you make the journey to the island of Lefkada. This is a mountainous, valley-rich island that is connected to the mainland by a long causeway. Natural springs, waterfalls and forests of oak and elm trees await you, as well as sandy beaches. You transfer to your hotel, the Vassiliki Bay, which is located in a small bay with easy access to a local beach.

Day 6 to 9

Lefkada

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

While on the island of Lefkada, here is an outline of the planned programme of walks we expect to include:

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    9.25 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    230m

Vassiliki-Syvros-Daphne's Spring: Today you walk inland through the Kambos flat farmland, where there are wildflowers in profusion during the springtime. You then ascend through the delightful path of springs before descending on a pleasant forest track. 

  • Time

    1.15 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

Dimosari Canyon: An easy half-day walk to spectacular waterfalls, followed by a visit to Lefkada town with a stop for lunch or a walk across the causeway to Santa Maura castle, on the mainland.

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    380m

The Skaron Forest: Todays walk will give you the feeling you are in the middle of nowhere. The walk from Kolyvata takes you up an ancient mule path, or kaldirimi, to oak woodlands with scenic views and no habitation except two abandoned monasteries.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    430m

Athani: This beautiful coastal walk offers views giving way to panoramas over the west and south of the island. The many dry stone walls on today's walk are a reminder of the work farmers put in to create fertile ground in this rough area. Once for vineyards, and now for sheep and goats.

Day 10

Ithaca

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You leave Lefkada and travel by ferry today to the rugged island of Ithaca, Odysseus’ legendary homeland, and which offers trails peppered with panoramic views, archaeological remains, mountain scenery and quiet villages. You stay at the Hotel Mentor for 5 nights' accommodation.

Day 11 to 14

Ithaca

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

During your time on the island the following walks have been planned:

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    5.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    440m

Stavros to Homer's School: Taking transport to Stravos, you enjoy a walk to the Archeological Museum and on to the ruins of “Homer’s School”, possibly the site of Odysseeus’ palace. The path continues to the ancient village of Exogi with a great taverna for lunch near its old olive mill. 

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6.1 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    220/500m

Marathia's Plateau- This walk takes you to the uninhabited extreme south of the island to the hill top village of Perachori, offering amazing coastal views. 


  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    130/640m

Katharon Monastery- Taking transport to Katharon Monastery you stop off to to visit before your walk taking you through mountain track and gentle woodlands. Offering wonderful views across Ithaca and the islands beyond. 

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    360m

Gidaki Circular- Starting from your hotel you walk through old olive groves to reach an amazing beach taking in amazing views of the island.

Day 15

Final Day

Meals

Breakfast

You depart Ithaca on the morning ferry, heading back to Kefalonia, where you travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK

Departure dates for your selected tour

7th May 2024 - 21st May 2024 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Kefalonia 
  • Airport transfers by road and ferry 
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.



Your Itinerary

Day 1

Ithaca

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival into Kefalonia, we transfer to Sami port to take the ferry to the nearby island of Ithaca. Depending on the ferry schedule, we may have dinner in Kefalonia before taking the ferry or travel to Ithaca and then have dinner. Details will be finalised once the ferry schedules are available for 2024. We check into the Hotel Mentor on Ithaca for 5 nights' accommodation.


Transfer Time = 30 minutes

Day 2 to 5

Ithaca

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

During your time on the island the following walks have been planned:

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    5.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    440m

Stavros to Homer's School: Taking transport to Stravos, you enjoy a walk to the Archaeological Museum and on to the ruins of “Homer’s School”, possibly the site of Odysseeus’ palace. The path continues to the ancient village of Exogi with a great taverna for lunch near its old olive mill.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6.1 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    220/500m

Marathia's Plateau- This walk takes you to the uninhabited extreme south of the island to the hill top village of Perachori, offering amazing coastal views.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    130/640m

Katharon Monastery- Taking transport to Katharon Monastery you stop off to to visit before your walk taking you through mountain track and gentle woodlands. Offering wonderful views across Ithaca and the islands beyond.

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    360m

Gidaki Circular- Starting from your hotel you walk through old olive groves to reach an amazing beach taking in amazing views of the island.

Day 6

Lefkada

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Travelling by ferry, you make the journey to the island of Lefkada. This is a mountainous, valley-rich island that is connected to the mainland by a long causeway. Natural springs, waterfalls and forests of oak and elm trees await you, as well as sandy beaches. You transfer to your hotel, the Vassiliki Bay, which is located in a small bay with easy access to a local beach.

 


Day 7 to 10

Lefkada

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

While on the island of Lefkada, here is an outline of the planned programme of walks we expect to include:

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    9.25 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    230m

Vassiliki-Syvros-Daphne's Spring: Today you walk inland through the Kambos flat farmland, where there are wildflowers in profusion during the springtime. You then ascend through the delightful path of springs before descending on a pleasant forest track.

  • Time

    1.15 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

Dimosari Canyon: An easy half-day walk to spectacular waterfalls, followed by a visit to Lefkada town with a stop for lunch or a walk across the causeway to Santa Maura castle, on the mainland.

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    380m

The Skaron Forest: Todays walk will give you the feeling you are in the middle of nowhere. The walk from Kolyvata takes you up an ancient mule path, or kaldirimi, to oak woodlands with scenic views and no habitation except two abandoned monasteries.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    430m

Athani: This beautiful coastal walk offers views giving way to panoramas over the west and south of the island. The many dry stone walls on today's walk are a reminder of the work farmers put in to create fertile ground in this rough area. Once for vineyards, and now for sheep and goats.

Day 11

Kefalonia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Hoping on a ferry again, you head for Kefalonia, home of Mt Ainos, the tallest mountain on the Ionian islands and the location for Captain Corelli's Mandolin. You stay at the Hotel Athina for 4 nights' accommodation.

Day 12 to 14

Kefalonia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Kefalonia is the home of Mt Ainos, the tallest mountain on the Ionian islands and the location for the well known book and film - Captain Corelli's Mandolin. The planned programme of walks on the island is expected to include the following:

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300m

Sami: Ancient and Modern- Today you walk along paths on the coast to Sami before zigzagging up through the woods, visiting ancient citadels on 2 deserted hills. This walk offers amazing views over Sami and its bay before returning along a woodland track.

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Grizata Ravine: A shady morning walk past watermills, allowing time in the afternoon to visit Drogerati cave or perhaps Melissani Lake (transport included, but not entrance fee)

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    530m

Mount Ainos: Today you will walk in the National Park to the summit of the highest mountain in the Ionian Islands with views over Lefkada, Ithaca, Zakynthos and the Peloponnese. This walk is at the top of Grade 4 as it has some challenging ascents but the views are well worth it! 

Day 15

Final Day

Meals

Breakfast

A free morning before you head to Kefalonia airport for your return flight to the UK

Departure dates for your selected tour

10th Sep 2024 - 24th Sep 2024 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Kefalonia 
  • Airport transfers by road and ferry 
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.



Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Athina

The Hotel Athina is located in Karavomylos a short walk away from the beach, on Kefalonia. The hotel offers spacious rooms equipped with air conditioning, safe, TV, hairdryer and refrigerator. The hotel has its own bar and you can get access to a swimming pool at the sister hotel.  All rooms come with either a sea or mountain view. 




Vassiliki Bay Hotel

Located with easy access to a good beach as well as traditional tavernas and shops, the Vassiliki Bay Hotel also offers a swimming pool with sunbeds. Breakfast is taken at our hotel with dinners at local tavernas. All rooms are en suite with a balcony, a/c, TV, hairdryer, safe box and wi-fi

Hotel Mentor

This typical Greek hotel is siuatated on the water front in the small port town of Vathi, the three-star Hotel Mentor offers wonderful views of the bay and is just a few minutes stroll from the main square. All rooms are en suite (with shower) with air conditioning, TV, mini-bar, safe box and wi-fi connection. Breakfasts are taken at the hotel, which consists of home-made dishes and dinners are taken at local tavernas.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

The Grade 4 moderate walking holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain, and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days closer to 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 500m. Some of our walks, particularly in Ithaca will be close to top of the grade, not because of length, but because there are some steep climbs and descents. On Ithaca, there is the possibility of some of our routes, of alternative paths, avoid the steeper sections. 

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

You will find ATMs and banks available on each of the islands. You may want to take some euro cash with you to use the first few days for convenience.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfasts and evening meals are included in the holiday cost. You'll take breakfasts at your hotels, which may range from continental to full breakfast style and dinners at local tavernas. The Mediterranean diet is said to be one of the healthiest in the world with the Greek diet being the healthiest of the Mediterranean countries. Starters are often a mix of mezzes (or small dishes) followed by the main course. Desserts are not too common, and are often a piece of fruit or maybe yoghurt. Vegetarians and special diets can be catered for on this holiday. Lunches will be at your own expense and can be purchased from local shops/cafes or can be taken in local tavernas depending on the walk location. 

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Greece

Electricity in Greece is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at  https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

You may find the following books useful when planning your holiday:

Lonely Planet: Greek Islands
The Rough Guides: The Rough Guide to the Ionian Islands
Eyewitness Travel: Top 10 Corfu & the Ionian Islands
A classic book to read, to help with the island's history, is Homer's Odyssey or the Iliad

Captain Corelli's Mandolin, staring Nicholas cage, was filmed on the island of Kefalonia and there are numerous films featuring Homer's Odyssey

Useful websites include: Visit Greece www.visitgreece.gr, and Discover Greece at www.discovergreece.com

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Greece

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Greece. 

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may also wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

There is a low to no risk of malaria in Greece. Malaria risk is from May to October and is very limited; confined to the villages of the Evrotas delta area in Lakonia district. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Greece

  • Capital

    Athens

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Greek

  • Time Difference

    UTC +03:00

  • Flight duration

    4hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • February

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 78mm

  • March

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • April

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 43mm

  • May

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 29mm

  • June

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 15mm

  • July

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 10mm

  • August

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 11mm

  • September

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • October

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 71mm

  • November

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 94mm

  • December

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 106mm

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