Day 1: Sivota, Lefkada - A Maritime Beginning
Your Greek odyssey begins in Nydri, a picturesque beachside town. Board our splendid boat, perfectly sized for our group, and set sail for Sivota in Lefkada. A leisurely brunch on board offers a taste of Greek culinary delights as you enjoy the azure expanse of the Ionian Sea. Sivota enchants with its serene bay, inviting you for an afternoon of exploration, swimming, and relaxation on pristine beaches. As evening falls, dine by the water in one of the finest local restaurants, indulging in famous Greek cuisine.
Day 2: Fiskardo, Kefalonia - Venetian Charm and Lively Atmosphere
Wake to an early sail towards the captivating island of Kefalonia, enjoying breakfast with views of the scenic Arkoudi Island. Fiskardo awaits, a town where Venetian architecture meets modern luxury. This lively town is a blend of sophistication and traditional charm, perfect for exploring chic boutiques and enjoying vibrant nightlife.
Day 3-4: Vathy, Ithaca - Journey into Mythology
Set off for Ithaca, an island steeped in legend as the home of Odysseus. Enjoy a scenic sail, stopping at Afales Beach, a secluded paradise, before reaching Vathy Port. Here, two days in Ithaca's enchanting harbor offer a blend of historical exploration and serene evenings.
Day 5: Kalamos Island - Unspoiled Beauty
Journey to the tranquil Kalamos, an island where nature reigns supreme. Breakfast under sail precedes a day amidst olive groves and vineyards. Kalamos Port, once a humble fishing shelter, now offers a peaceful retreat with its warm hospitality and delightful local taverns.
Day 6: Meganisi Island, Spartochori Village - Discovering Hidden Treasures
Awaken to a sail towards Meganisi Island, a hidden gem adorned with stunning beaches and secret caves. Explore the quaint Spartochori, a village of whitewashed houses and colorful flowers, offering breathtaking views and a chance to experience authentic Greek village life.
Day 7: Nydri – Unveiling Homer's Ithaca
As dawn breaks, we return to Nydri, a town steeped in myth and history. Here, Wilhelm Dörpfeld's theory that Lefkada was Homer's Ithaca comes to life. Spend the day exploring ancient Mycenaean tombs and ruins that whisper tales of Odysseus. The evening promises a delightful exploration of local culinary delights. Dine seaside, savoring dishes that blend traditional Greek flavors with the fresh bounty of the sea, all while enjoying Nydri's quaint, coastal ambiance.
Day 8: Ioannina – A Mosaic of History and Nature
Wake up to a new adventure as we journey to Ioannina, a city cradled by the stunning Lake Pamvotida. Our base, the village of Zitsa, offers a picturesque rural setting for our exploration. In Ioannina, every street and corner tells a story. The city, a melting pot of diverse cultures and religions, boasts attractions like the House Matei Hussein and the Ottoman Mosque of Veli Pasha. As evening descends, dine in a historic setting, where each dish is a celebration of Epirus's rich culinary heritage.
Day 9: Arachthos River – Wild Beauty and Adrenaline
Prepare for an exhilarating day of whitewater rafting on the Arachthos River. Its emerald waters and dramatic waterfalls create a natural backdrop that feels like a scene from a movie. After the adrenaline rush, unwind at serene local waterfalls and swimming holes, enjoying a rustic BBQ lunch amidst nature. The day concludes with a lakeside dinner, where the tranquil waters of Lake Pamvotida provide a perfect setting for reflection and relaxation.
Day 10: Vikos Gorge – A Hike Through Majestic Landscapes
Embark on a breathtaking hike up the ancient Skala of Vradeto. This stairway, carved into the canyon's side, offers stunning views as you ascend to Vradeto, a village nestled in the heart of Vikos–Aoös National Park. After lunch in a quaint art studio/coffee shop, continue to the Beloi viewpoint, overlooking the awe-inspiring Vikos Gorge, Europe's deepest gorge. The panoramic views here are a photographer's dream. Return to town for an evening of well-deserved relaxation and local dining.
Day 11: Zitsa Bakery – Culinary Creations and Farm-to-Table Dining
Immerse yourself in the culinary traditions of Zitsa with a baking class at the local bakery. Learn the secrets of Greek baking from master baker Kostas. The day is a celebration of local produce and traditional cooking. Join in preparing a collaborative BBQ at Tasos's farm, where you'll savor your baked creations and dishes made from fresh, local ingredients, complemented by Tasos's homemade wine and Tsipouro.
Day 12: Preveza – Exploring Coastal Charm
Your journey culminates in the coastal town of Preveza, where the Ionian Sea meets history and culture. Spend your last day wandering through this enchanting town, exploring its rich history and vibrant culinary scene. Discover hidden gems, from quaint cafes to seaside tavernas, as you relish the flavors of the region. The day in Preveza is a fitting end to your Greek odyssey, filled with warm farewells and lasting memories of an adventure that spanned from sea to mountain, myth to reality.
Each day of this adventure is crafted to deepen your connection to Greece's rich history, diverse culture, and stunning natural beauty, embodying the essence of Food, Music, & Love Adventures.
Included: All meals (3 per day) and standard beverages, luxurious accommodation in private local villas, entry fees to all sites, and in-country transportation. Not included: Visas, travel insurance, international flights.
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