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Ionian Island Odyssey

Selected departures June to October 2022

Experience more with so much included

 

  • Happy by day two or we'll bring you home with a full refund
  • Spend seven nights on board our gulet-style boats sailing around some of the most idyllic islands in the Ionian Sea
  • Swim in quiet bays of crystal-clear water, surrounded by fragrant pine forests
  • Explore tiny secluded coves and villages
  • Relax and enjoy wonderful fresh food at harbourside tavernas
  • See Fiscardo and Assos, two of the prettiest harbours on Kefalonia
  • Visit the islands of Lefkas and Meganissi
  • Overnight in the port Vathy, on the legendary island of Ithaca
  • See Skorpios, Aristotle Onassis’ private island
  • Get off the beaten track with visits to the unspoilt islands of Kalamos and Kastos
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At a Glance
Return flights from a selection of regional airports
7 nights on the MV Aphrodite or MV Harmonia
All port charges, airport taxes, overseas transfers
The services of our experienced tour manager
Programme of daily tours & visits
Breakfast, lunch plus one BBQ dinner
 

Overview

Cruise into idyllic coves, explore picture-postcard harbours and visit some of the most beautiful islands in Greece. Our cruise visits some of most beautiful islands in the Ionian, and as we’ll be travelling by sea on our own wooden schooners, we can seek out coves and villages still relatively untouched by the modern world.

Think of Greece and the first thing that comes to mind is its incredible islands – there’s more than 227 inhabited islands, all with their own unique ‘feel’, architecture and fascinating histories spanning thousands of years. For about 50 years in the 19th century the Ionian islands fell under British protection and they have been a welcoming destination for British travellers ever since. Our tour doesn’t visit busy towns or ancient monuments – it’s for those who just want a genuinely relaxing, informal and convivial break and to appreciate the simple pleasures of azure skies, emerald seas, simple fresh food and warm, starlit skies.

 

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a cabin. Single cabins are available subject to availability at the appropriate supplement. The price includes:

  • Return flights
  • Seven nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and lunch, plus one BBQ dinner
  • All local taxes
  • Transfers
  • All tours as mentioned
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

Our Ships: MV Aphrodite or MV Harmonia

These two wooden-hulled, twin-masted schooners were built in Turkey and are ideal for inshore cruising around some of the best sailing areas in Greece. Both have spacious open decks, ideal for sunbathing and informal drinks and lunches. With a maximum of just 12 guests and three crew on each boat, you can be assured of excellent personal service. All meals are served on the spacious aft deck, starting with a simple breakfast, followed by a relaxing buffet lunch, always prepared with fresh local ingredients.

The deckhouse has a fully-stocked bar and space to dine inside, should you wish. Complimentary tea and coffee are available daily. Since we will always overnight in port, you are free to find your favourite taverna for dinner. All cabins have double beds (some triples are available), are simply furnished and very compact with small portholes and private shower/WC.

 

MV Aphrodite or MV Harmonia | Ionian Odyssey, Greece
Cabin on board the MV Aphrodite or MV Harmonia | Ionian Odyssey, Greece
Cabin on board the MV Aphrodite or MV Harmonia | Ionian Odyssey, Greece

 

MV Aphrodite or MV Harmonia | Ionian Odyssey, Greece
Cabin on board the MV Aphrodite or MV Harmonia | Ionian Odyssey, Greece
Bar and Lounge on board the MV Aphrodite or MV Harmonia | Ionian Odyssey, Greece

Useful Information

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £250 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 3 hrs 30 mins
  • Language: Greek
  • Time zone: GMT+2
  • Country: Greece

Visa Information

UK Citizens must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements

We are unable to accept responsibility if you are unable to travel because you have not complied with any passport/entry/immigration requirements.

Ships

The air conditioning on-board is turned on as long as the generator is working. The generator will be switched off overnight to ensure a quiet night for all, this means that the air-conditioning and electricity will not be operating overnight.  However, lighting on board the ship will still operate throughout the night.  

Mobility

Please note a reasonable degree of mobility is required to negotiate the stairs and overall design of the ship. Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some ports the ships may be moored side by side with other ships, making it necessary for you to cross from one to another with gaps in between, or navigate large steps between ship and land at different levels in order to get on board/on shore.

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Health

There is no specific health advice for this tour, though it is always advisable to contact your GP six to eight weeks prior to travel. For mobility related queries please contact the reservations team.

Itinerary

The published itinerary is subject to change depending on wind and weather conditions and the order of places visited may be changed.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Airport Ship location Transfer time
Kefalonia Airport Agia Efimia, Kefalonia 40 mins