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Ionian Island Hopping

Island hopping in Greece conjures up images of small ports that spring into life when the daily ferry arrives, bringing new visitors and supplies. Meanwhile, the countryside is quiet except for the sound of goat bells, and farmers gathering crops in the fields.Scattered along the western coastline of Greece like jewels, the Ionian islands offer lush, green vegetation, wonderful cultural heritage and miles of walking trails. Spring brings an abundance of flowers and autumn offers warm evenings.

From£1,849

  • Greece

  • 14 nights
  • May

    Sep

Moderate

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Tour codes: 15300

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.

Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.

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

Island hopping in Greece conjures up images of small ports that spring into life when the daily ferry arrives, bringing new visitors and supplies. Meanwhile, the countryside is quiet except for the sound of goat bells, and farmers gathering crops in the fields.Scattered along the western coastline of Greece like jewels, the Ionian islands offer lush, green vegetation, wonderful cultural heritage and miles of walking trails. Spring brings an abundance of flowers and autumn offers warm evenings.

We start in Kefalonia, home to Mount Ainos, the tallest mountain of the Ionian islands, and the location for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Lush green hills, landscapes rich in history and sheltered coves can be discovered as we follow trails near the coast through quiet countryside. A ferry ride brings us to Lefkada, a mountainous, valley-rich island. Natural springs, waterfalls, forests of oak and elm trees and sandy beaches await us. Finally, the rugged island of Ithaca, Odysseus’ legendary homeland, offers trails peppered with panoramic views, archaeological remains, mountain scenery and quiet villages.

Please note that the September 15th 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 Gatwick to Kefalonia (TUI or Easyjet)
  • Airport/Port transfers
  • Ferry tickets
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast in the hotel
  • Dinners in local tavernas
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

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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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

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 2020. We check into the Hotel Mentor on Ithaca for 5 nights' accommodation.


Day 2 to 5

Ithaca

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The rugged island of Ithaca, Odysseus’ legendary homeland, offers trails peppered with panoramic views, archaeological remains, mountain scenery and quiet villages. We stay at the Hotel Mentor for 5 nights' accommodation. An outline of the walks that we plan to offer during our time on Ithaca include:

Stavros to Homer's School: Taking transport to Stravos, we enjoy a circular walk that climbs high through woods up to a plateau with panoramic views of the Ionian. We return via the ancient village of Exogi and the ruins of "Homer's School", possibly the site of Odysseus' palace, then the archaeological museum.  9kms/6 miles; A/D 450m

Vathy to Perachori: Up to the old capital, along the ridge past the ancient cathedral and descend via the cave of Nymphs. 7.5kms/5 miles; A/D 350m

Gidaki Beach: A circular walk, east of Vathy, takes us past quiet beaches and back over the hills. 10kms/6.5 miles; A/D 300m

Day 6

Lefkada

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Travelling by ferry, we make the journey to Nidri port on 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 us, as well as sandy beaches. We transfer to our 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:

Vassiliki-Syvros-Daphne's Spring: We walk inland through Farmland, then up a delightful path through a wooded ravine. 17km/10.5 miles; A/D 200m

The Skaroa Forest: The walk from Kolyvata takes us up an ancient mule path, or kaldirimi, to oak woodland with scenic views and no habitation except two abandoned monasteries. 11.5km/7 miles; A/D 360m

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.

Day 11

Kefalonia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

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

Day 12 to 14

Kefalonia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our planned programme of walks on the island of Kefalonia is expected to include:

Mount Ainos: Ascend through the firs to reach the barren summit of the Ionian's highest point. 9km/6 miles; A/D 450m

Ancient Acropolis: We walk along the bay to Sami then ascend to Agrilion Monastery and the ancient city on two hills above Antijamas beach. 13km/8 miles; A/D 250m

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)

Day 15

Final Day

Meals

Breakfast

A free morning before we head to Kefalonia airport for our return flight to the UK

From (GBP)£1,869

Departure dates for your selected tour

15th Sep 2020 - 29th Sep 2020 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Kefalonia (TUI or Easyjet)
  • 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

Kefalonia

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival into Kefalonia, we transfer to our hotel, the Hotel Green Bay, where we 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.

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:

Mount Ainos: Ascend through the firs to reach the barren summit of the Ionian's highest point. 9km/6 miles; A/D 450m

Ancient Acropolis: We walk along the bay to Sami then ascend to Agrilion Monastery and the ancient city on two hills above Antijamas beach. 13km/8 miles; A/D 250m

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)

Day 5

Lefkada

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Travelling by ferry, we 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 us, as well as sandy beaches. We transfer to our 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 some of the walks we expect to include in our programme:

Vassiliki-Syvros-Daphne's Spring: We walk inland through Farmland, then up a delightful path through a wooded ravine. 17km/10.5 miles; A/D 200m

The Skaroa Forest: The walk from Kolyvata takes us up an ancient mule path, or kaldirimi, to oak woodland with scenic views and no habitation except two abandoned monasteries. 11.5km/7 miles; A/D 360m

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.

Day 10

Ithaca

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We 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. We stay at the Hotel Mentor for 5 nights' accommodation.

Day 11 to 14

Ithaca

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Following is an outline of some of the walks that we plan to offer during our time on Ithaca:

Stavros to Homer's School: Taking transport to Stravos, we enjoy a circular walk that climbs high through woods up to a plateau with panoramic views of the Ionian. We return via the ancient village of Exogi and the ruins of "Homer's School", possibly the site of Odysseus' palace, then the archaeological museum.  9kms/6 miles; A/D 450m

Vathy to Perachori: Up to the old capital, along the ridge past the ancient cathedral and descend via the cave of Nymphs. 7.5kms/5 miles; A/D 350m

Gidaki Beach: A circular walk, east of Vathy, takes us past quiet beaches and back over the hills. 10kms/6.5 miles; A/D 300m

Day 15

Final Day

Meals

Breakfast

We depart Ithaca on the morning ferry, heading back to Kefalonia, where we travel to the airport for our return flight to the UK

From (GBP)£1,849

Departure dates for your selected tour

29th Sep 2020 - 13th Oct 2020 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Kefalonia (TUI or Easyjet)
  • 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

Kefalonia

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival into Kefalonia, we transfer to our hotel, the Hotel Green Bay, where we 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.

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:

Mount Ainos: Ascend through the firs to reach the barren summit of the Ionian's highest point. 9km/6 miles; A/D 450m

Ancient Acropolis: We walk along the bay to Sami then ascend to Agrilion Monastery and the ancient city on two hills above Antijamas beach. 13km/8 miles; A/D 250m

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)

Day 5

Lefkada

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Travelling by ferry, we 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 us, as well as sandy beaches. We transfer to our 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 some of the walks we expect to include in our programme:

Vassiliki-Syvros-Daphne's Spring: We walk inland through Farmland, then up a delightful path through a wooded ravine. 17km/10.5 miles; A/D 200m

The Skaroa Forest: The walk from Kolyvata takes us up an ancient mule path, or kaldirimi, to oak woodland with scenic views and no habitation except two abandoned monasteries. 11.5km/7 miles; A/D 360m

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.

Day 10

Ithaca

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We 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. We stay at the Hotel Mentor for 5 nights' accommodation.

Day 11 to 14

Ithaca

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Following is an outline of some of the walks that we plan to offer during our time on Ithaca:

Stavros to Homer's School: Taking transport to Stravos, we enjoy a circular walk that climbs high through woods up to a plateau with panoramic views of the Ionian. We return via the ancient village of Exogi and the ruins of "Homer's School", possibly the site of Odysseus' palace, then the archaeological museum.  9kms/6 miles; A/D 450m

Vathy to Perachori: Up to the old capital, along the ridge past the ancient cathedral and descend via the cave of Nymphs. 7.5kms/5 miles; A/D 350m

Gidaki Beach: A circular walk, east of Vathy, takes us past quiet beaches and back over the hills. 10kms/6.5 miles; A/D 300m

Day 15

Final Day

Meals

Breakfast

We depart Ithaca on the morning ferry, heading back to Kefalonia, where we travel to the airport for our return flight to the UK

From (GBP)£1,995

Departure dates for your selected tour

4th May 2021 - 18th May 2021 (14 Nights)

18th May 2021 - 1st Jun 2021 (14 Nights)

14th Sep 2021 - 28th Sep 2021 (14 Nights)

28th Sep 2021 - 12th Oct 2021 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Kefalonia (TUI or Easyjet)
  • 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 Mentor

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.

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, kettle and wi-fi

Green Bay Hotel

The Green Bay Hotel is situated in Karavomilos on the island of Kafalonia. It consists of five buildings, one with the restaurant, snack bar and cafe and the other four buildings with rooms. Rooms are all ensuite (with shower) with a fridge, hairdryer, a/c, kettle, TV, wi-fi, and a veranda. There are views of the sea from the main terrace and there is also a swimming pool with sunbeds. We take breakfasts at the hotel, with local dishes, and dinners at Karavomilas taverna, beautifully situated by both the sea and a lake.

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

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

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

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

We fly from London Gatwick to Kefalonia and return with TUI or Easyjet. Regional flights from Birmingham and Manchester may be available on some of the dates, please contact us for details.

For the September 15th departure only, on arrival into Kefalonia, we will transfer directly to Ithaca by ferry, with your first night being in Ithaca. There may be some delay time between arriving into Kefalonia and the ferry departure time.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Regional Transfers

Regional Flights (R3). We offer regional flight options on this holiday and there will be one or two transfer vehicles between the airport and hotel to minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport on the outward or return journeys.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

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. We'll take breakfasts at our 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.

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. 

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

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

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

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

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

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

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

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

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

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

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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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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