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Greek Islands Cruise - an Ionian Odyssey

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Kefalonia, Lefkada and Ithaca

Enjoy sun-kissed days and starlit nights drifting through azure waters and between idyllic isles, aboard a welcoming motor-sailing vessel.

Step aboard traditional, gulet-style MS Hemera to spend a simple but delightful, relaxed week cruising through the beautiful waters of the sun-kissed archipelago of the Ionian Islands, all rich in legend and raw beauty. Discover still-unspoilt coves, swim or snorkel in the clear waters, enjoying the company of your fellow passengers (you’ll be one of just 18 on board) as you motor gently from place to place, or tie up in pretty harbours, perhaps to dine under twinkling lights or stars.

What does this price include?

  • Seven nights’ half-board accommodation aboard MS Hemera
  • Six freshly prepared lunches and a celebration Captain’s Dinner
  • Return flights to Kefalonia
  • The services of the captain and crew

Your Itinerary

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  • Upon arrival, meet your host and transfer across to the east side of the island to the port of Sami. Stow your luggage aboard Hemera, then spend some time wandering this delightful port and perhaps stopping at a nearby taverna for your first holiday lunch. This afternoon, relax on board or continue exploring your surroundings. You'll then be free to relax or take an evening stroll under the stars before returning to Hemera. Why not to enjoy a nightcap at the top-deck bar before retiring to your cosy, air-conditioned cabin?

  • Enjoy breakfast aboard, and perhaps take an early morning stroll before Hemera putters along the coast to Antisamos. One of the locations used in the film version of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Antisamos is arguably one of Kefalonia’s best beaches. Take a dip, and enjoy lunch on board before you cruise north to your overnight port, picture-book Fiskardo. Once there, spend an evening exploring its pretty streets lined with Venetian houses, waterfront tavernas and colourful little bars.

  • Relax as Hemera cruises away from Fiskardo towards your second Ionian idyll – Lefkada (or Lefkas as it’s sometimes known). This ‘island’ is in fact connected to the Greek mainland by a short causeway at its northern point. Take a dip in Sivota Bay, a popular anchorage, and enjoy lunch on board before you head to your overnight port, Nydri. This bustling resort town offers some attractive beaches and plenty of choices for an evening meal.

  • On a day largely removed from shoreside bustle, you’ll head across to the twin islets of Kalamos and Kastos. Each of these pretty islands is covered in dense vegetation, and each has its share of exquisite bays perfect for swimming and snorkelling. As you cruise across to Kalamos, you'll also pass (at a respectable distance) around the island of Skorpios - once owned by Aristotle Onassis, the resting place of the shipping magnate and his children and now the (very) private retreat of a Russian oligarch.

  • Spend a lazy day relaxing as Hemera heads west towards idyllic Meganisi. Enjoy lunch and the pleasures of life aboard, and perhaps stop for a swim in beautiful Spartochori Bay, before Hemera moors in tiny Varthy on the verdant islet of Meganisi. Here several excellent tavernas line the exquisite quayside, offering the possibility of another wonderful evening ashore.

  • After breakfast, spend the morning cruising south towards Ithaca. Along the way, you'll visit the vast, mysterious sea cave where the submarine Papanikolis was said to have hidden between attacks on Italian shipping during the Second World War, and pause off the remote, uninhabited islet of Atokos, before making Ithacan landfall at the island’s exquisite main town, Vathy, where you’ll spend the night. Take the opportunity to head ashore and discover what is – for many – one of the Ionian isles’ most picturesque ports, with its quayside tavernas and bars.

  • This morning, take in some of the sights associated with the legend of Odysseus and his loyal wife Penelope, who waited 20 years for his return from the Trojan War and resisted the constant attentions of the 108 suitors who competed for her hand in marriage. Highlights might include the Spring of Arethusa, the Cave of the Nymphs and the acropolis at Alalkomenae, the so-called Castle of Odysseus.

    After a wonderful morning, you’ll return to Hemera and cruise back to Sami. Spend an unhurried afternoon relaxing, then crown a memorable week’s cruising with this evening’s Captain’s Dinner, served on board, and perhaps with a last nightcap under the stars.

  • Bid farewell to the captain and crew of Hemera, and return to the airport to catch your flight home.

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MS Hemera

A beautiful twin-masted, 28-metre motor vessel, Hemera offers accommodation for 18 passengers.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to the port to board MS Hemera is 45 minutes.

  • We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

  • If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

  • The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

  • At the captain's discretion, it may be necessary to alter the order of the itinerary on your holiday.

  • Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

  • The MS Hemera offers a simple cruise experience, and passengers should be aware that the emphasis is on enjoying stunning surroundings and the company of your fellow travellers. Do not expect a full range of modern comforts, enjoy the chance to be Wi-Fi free while on board, and please note that passage from stop to stop will always be by motor engine not sail.

  • New rules now apply on travel within Europe.

    Note that these new rules do NOT apply when travelling within the United Kingdom or to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You do require government issued ID when travelling by air though.

    New rules apply when travelling to European Union countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure:

    Passport
    British passport holders need to have at least six months validity left on their passport and it needs to be less than ten years old. These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland where you can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.
    Visa
    If you’re a tourist, you do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania; if you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total. Travel to Ireland will not change and stays there will not count towards the 90-day total.
    Border Control
    At border control, you may need to show proof of your return journey - your travel documentation issued by us will be sufficient for this. You will also need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens if manual checks are required.
    Healthcare Cover
    You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad which covers pre-existing conditions. You should understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and be happy with its cover for healthcare and travel disruption. Newmarket sell a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Ask our travel consultants for more information.

    The current European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) remains valid although when this expires you will need to apply for a UK Global Heath Insurance Card (GHIC) which lets you get urgent state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Note both EHIC and GHIC are only valid in EU countries and not in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
    Mobile Roaming
    It seems currently unlikely that roaming charges will be introduced by UK providers when visiting the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Prior to travel though, please do check with your phone operator for the most up to date information.
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