Surrounded by green crystal waters that lap against white-pebbled beaches, Ithaca is dotted with tiny fishing villages, where the sight of the returning boats in the shimmering dusk is unforgettable – along with the morning smell of freshly baked bread and the tinkling sound of distant goat bells. In the convivial taverna of the harbours at Kioni and Frikes, excellent local produce tempts the palate.
The geography of the island lends itself to exploration both on foot and by boat, and soon you will understand why the poet Cavafy advised: “Have Ithaca always in your mind. Your arrival there is what you are destined for.”
Guided Walks on Ithaca
If you'd like to explore Ithaca on foot, we can arrange guided walks to find out about the island's history, mythology, flora and fauna.
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- Commences - Saturday morning
- Departure airport - London Gatwick and Manchester
- Arrival airport - Argostoli, Cephalonia
- On arrival - Ithaca is reached by a 1 hour coach drive from Argostoli airport to the port of Sami and then a 40 minute crossing on a privately chartered ferry to Ithaca. Snacks and drinks are available on board.
Costa's HouseAt Kioni | Sleeps 2-6
Costa’s House enjoys a special position to watch the activities of the small port, but not to be seen. Conveniently close to the activities of Kioni’s waterfront yet enjoys private seclusion.
Georgakis HouseAt Kioni | Sleeps 2-4
Georgakis House is one of the traditional village houses, which line the Kioni waterfront and enjoy superb and unobstructed views across the bay.
Hilltop HouseAt Kioni | Sleeps 2-5
House Of PhoebeAt Kioni | Sleeps 2-6
Phoebe is a large, traditional island house which has been converted with care to produce a beautiful private home
Kaliopi ApartmentAt Kioni | Sleeps 2
Kaliopi is set back from the little village street and is just a minute’s walk away from the waterfront. The apartment has been attractively finished in pine and ceramic floortiles.
Lorenzo's Houseat Kioni | Sleeps 2-4
Lorenzo’s House is in the hilltop hamlet of Rachi above Kioni and has one of the best vantage positions with magnificent views across the sea to the islands of Lefkas, Meganissi, Atokos, Kastos, Arkoudi and the Greek mainland
Petrino HouseNear Frikes | Sleeps 2-5
Reached by a small country lane, which cuts through the valley of olive groves behind the little port of Frikes, Petrino House provides total privacy but is just a short distance from the waterfront shops and tavernas
The Lefki VillasNear Agios Yannis Beach | Sleeps 2-4
A small road leads down from the small village of Lefki, perched up high on Ithaca's west coast, to the clear waters of Agios Yannis beach.
Villa ApaggioNear Vathy | Sleeps 2-5
The local word ‘Apaggio’ means a peaceful recluse. From Vathy a road winds its way south through a beautiful, undulating landscape with only a very few houses and dramatic views to the sea.
Villa HelenaNear Vathy | Sleeps 2-5
This modern villa, set in terraced gardens, has a private, countrified location and has unobstructed views over a valley of vineyards and olive groves and across the sea to the Greek mainland.