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Adventure Duration, 5 days in the example
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Which months the adventure is available.
From January to April in the example
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The Level of Difficulty for the Adventure;
1 being Easy 5 being Challenging

Levels of Fitness

Easy : Expect a relaxed pace throughout the whole trip. Activities may include visiting archaeological sites, short walks or hikes, all at a leisurely pace. No previous experience or level of fitness is required.

Easy to Moderate : Expect a relaxed pace throughout the whole trip. Activities may include off road driving, visiting archaeological sites, short walks or hikes, river rafting, horseback riding, cycling and trekking. No previous experience or level of fitness is required.

Moderate: Expect a rather active pace throughout the whole trip. Activities may include off- road driving, visiting archaeological sites, long walks and hikes, river rafting, canyoning, river trekking, camping, rock climbing, horseback riding and mountain biking. No previous experience is needed, but a reasonable level of fitness is required.

Moderate to Challenging : Expect an active pace throughout the whole trip. Activities may include off-road driving, visiting archaeological sites, long walks and hikes, river rafting, canyoning, river trekking, camping, rock climbing, horseback riding and mountain biking. No previous experience is needed (though it could come handy), but a reasonable level of fitness and an adventurous attitude are required. Participants need to be over 18 years old.

Challenging : Expect an intensely active pace throughout the whole trip. Activities may include off road driving, visiting archaeological sites, long walks and hikes, river rafting, canyoning, river trekking, camping, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountaineering and mountain biking. Some previous experience may be needed, as well as a higher level of fitness and an adventurous attitude. Participants need to be over 18 years old.
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IONIAN ISLANDS
Easy : Expect a relaxed pace throughout the whole trip. Activities may include visiting archaeological sites, short walks or hikes, all at a leisurely pace. No previous experience or level of fitness is required.
Easy to Moderate : Expect a relaxed pace throughout the whole trip. Activities may include off road driving, visiting archaeological sites, short walks or hikes, river rafting, horseback riding, cycling and trekking. No previous experience or level of fitness is required.
Moderate: Expect a rather active pace throughout the whole trip. Activities may include off- road driving, visiting archaeological sites, long walks and hikes, river rafting, canyoning, river trekking, camping, rock climbing, horseback riding and mountain biking. No previous experience is needed, but a reasonable level of fitness is required.
Moderate to Challenging : Expect an active pace throughout the whole trip. Activities may include off-road driving, visiting archaeological sites, long walks and hikes, river rafting, canyoning, river trekking, camping, rock climbing, horseback riding and mountain biking. No previous experience is needed (though it could come handy), but a reasonable level of fitness and an adventurous attitude are required. Participants need to be over 18 years old.
Challenging : Expect an intensely active pace throughout the whole trip. Activities may include off road driving, visiting archaeological sites, long walks and hikes, river rafting, canyoning, river trekking, camping, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountaineering and mountain biking. Some previous experience may be needed, as well as a higher level of fitness and an adventurous attitude. Participants need to be over 18 years old.
OVERVIEW DAY TO DAY ITINERARY TOUR INFORMATION PRIVATE GROUPS
OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW


Greece's western archipelagos is full of history, boasts deep blue seas, rare wildlife, densely forested islands as well as an amazing local cuisine. Sailing in the Ionian sea is a pretty unique experience of its own. From the cosmopolitan island of Kefalonia and the surfer?s paradise that is the island of Lefkas, we invite you to take a 3200 year detour through time to Ithaca, island home of Ulysses and arguably one of the most charming places in Western Greece.
This sailing adventure goes far beyond mere island hopping, giving you a chance to explore way beyond each island's marina, as well as immerse in local culture, savor the local flavors and learn a thing or two about the history of this immensely beautiful part of the world.


Trip Highlights



  • Immerse in the rich culture, delicious cuisine and millennia spanning history of Ithaca

  • Explore over a dozen different beautiful sailing destinations, visiting five islands in the process

  • Go swimming or snorkelling in crystal clear waters

  • Savor amazing seafood at the island of Kefalonia

  • Experience the nightlife at the island of Lefkas

  • Have a BBQ under the stars on a quiet island beach

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
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AKTION - LEFKAS - MEGANISI

Your adventure starts at the international airport of Aktion. We pick you up and we start the short drive to the island of Lefkas, with its vibrant nightlife and home to some of the most beautiful landscapes of western Greece.
We head to the marina and board the sailing boat that will be your home away from home for the days to come. There is plenty of time to settle as well as explore the old town on foot.
Late afternoon we board the boat and set sails south towards the island of Meganisi, northern part of Ulysses' kingdom according to Homer's Odyssey. We arrive at the tiny island, with its pristine beaches and laid back atmosphere, before sunset.


Overnight: Cabin aboard the sailing boat
Meals Included: Light lunch onboard, Dinner

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MEGANISI - ITHAKA

In the morning there is time for a swim or you can opt to explore the island a bit more. Our next destination is the town of Vathi, on the island of Ithaca, famous for it's amazing swimming spots, local delicacies and for inspiring epic poems. Vathi is nestled in a green bay, surrounded by lush countryside, beautiful beaches and even boasts a rather lively nightlife. We get there late afternoon and you are free to explore the town, swim or chill on the deck, till hunger kicks in and it's time for a delicious taverna meal.


Overnight: Cabin aboard the sailing boat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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ITHACA - ATOKOS ISLAND - ITHACA

About fifteen nautical miles east of Vathi is tiny Atokos, an uninhabited privately owned island that welcomes visitors who come for swimming or snorkelling in its magnificent waters. There are two buildings on the island, a small chapel and a two storey house and you are welcome to roam around and explore. If you bring your snorkelling gear, keep in mind that the rocky beaches around the island are full of mediterranean sea life.
Late afternoon we leave the island behind us and set sails west, back to Ithaca. This time we won't angkor at Vathi, but near a quiet island beach. As the sun sets, we prepare a delicious BBQ on the beach.


Overnight: Cabin aboard the sailing boat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Light Lunch, BBQ Dinner

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ITHACA - AGIA EFIMIA

After breakfast and a morning swim we board the boat and set sails west towards the nearby island of Kefalonia and the charming fishing village of Agia Efimia. Along the way we stop at another beach for a swim and some relaxation under the sun, and we get to Agia Efimia in the early evening.
There is plenty to do in and around the village, the food scene is great and the locals are welcoming and warm when it comes to hospitality. There are a few bars, shops and an array of seaside restaurants and coffee places so we urge you to get lost in the town and get a taste of local life.


Overnight: Cabin aboard the sailing boat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Light Lunch, Dinner

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AGIA EFIMIA - FISKARDO

We leave Agia Efimia late morning and set sails towards Fiskardo, a true highlight of any trip to the Ionian islands. On the way there, we stop for an afternoon swim and arrive at our destination late afternoon or early evening.
Fiskardo is a fishing village on the northernmost tip of the island of Kefalonia. The tiny settlement has been inhabited for at least 25 centuries and nowadays is a popular destination for travelers who appreciate modern amenities, traditional architecture and rather quiet island life.


Overnight: Cabin aboard the sailing boat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Light Lunch, Dinner

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FISKADO - SIVOTA BAY

The day is dedicated to relaxation in the fishing village of Fiskardo. Swim, roam the alleyways, taste local delicacies, interact with locals. Options are endless. The sailing boat is at your disposal should you choose to explore the surrounding coves and we can recommend some amazing swimming spots accessible by boat.
Early evening we set sails east, towards the island of Lefkas. This time our destination is the bay of Sivota, a quiet village on the south part of the island. We drop angkor and head to a seaside tavern for dinner.


Overnight: Cabin aboard the sailing boat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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SIVOTA BAY - LEFKAS

After breakfast we leave Sivota behind and sail along the coastline of the island. Midday we stop at one of the numerous bays for a swim. As the day goes away, we navigate the boat towards the town of Lefkas, where we drop angkor in the marina and you are free to head out and explore. Lefkas is immensely popular year round and there are plenty of things to see, savor and enjoy.


Overnight: Cabin aboard the sailing boat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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LEFKAS - AKTION

In the morning we pack our bags and bid farewell to the sailing boat that has been our home for the past week. We transport you to the Aktion International Airport and our adventure ends.


Meals Included: Breakfast

TOUR INFORMATION
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Accommodation/Meals
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Accommodation/Single Room Booking

In order to guarantee a memorable overall experience throughout your sailing adventure with Bearing True South, we have carefully handpicked a fleet of 4 - cabin sailing yachts with a large sundeck and a comfortable indoor galley for meals and relaxing. There are four double bed cabins on the main deck of the yacht. There is also an extra inflatable boat and a boat ladder that facilitate our swimming and snorkelling activities.
In all our sailing trips, accommodation is operated on a twin share basis. This means that travelling as an individual, you will be sharing accommodation and room facilities with another person of the same sex or your partner, spouse, family, friend etc. There is also the option of booking a single cabin for an additional cost depending on availability at the time of booking.

Meals

When sailing with Bearing True South, you will experience a great variety of delicious food,  based on traditional Greek cuisine. Emphasizing on the regional cuisine of our destinations, we can recommend carefully selected local, family run, restaurants for our groups.
On a day when a barbeque dinner is included in our itinerary, we usually buy local cheeses, vegetables, meat or fish and bread from local markets so you don't miss out on the specialities of the region. We always choose a quiet, beautiful island beach for our BBQs and you can either help with the grilling and marinating or, alternatively, you can opt to have a swim under the stars while we cook for you.
Generally meals on board the sailing yacht are included in the standard price of our tours. "Light lunch" and "breakfast" usually refers to fresh Mediterranean salads, sandwiches, omelets or fresh fruit and local cheeses. When a meal is not included feel free to ask your tour leader to suggest a local restaurant in the village or town you are staying.
For the meal plan of the tour please refer to the day to day itinerary and the extra info of the tour. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, have any food allergies or any special requests when it comes to food, please let us know at the time of booking.

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The style of travel in our adventures provides us a great deal of excitement, however is dependent on several factors, such as weather, terrain conditions and technical problems of our transportation. These may create unexpected circumstances throughout our tours that we have to deal with by making minor changes to the tour itinerary or the activities included in a particular day. For that reason the described day to day itinerary is used as a guideline which gives us the flexibility to make changes when needed.
Some of the activities listed in the day to day itinerary are included in the standard tour price, while there are also optional activities at your own expense. When a guided tour at a historical/cultural site is mentioned, the costs of a professional guide is included in the standard tour price. In every outdoor activity we work with fully qualified operators whose safety track has been extensively assessed personally by us. The necessary equipment needed for every outdoor activity is always provided by the local activity operators. For your personal gear please refer to the "prepare for your trip" section below.
Please note that all activities are subject to availability, while due to the time limit in each destination, it may not be possible to do all the optional activities listed in the itinerary.

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Tour Budgeting
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Please refer to What's included/What's not included section for the services that are included or not in the standard price of your tour. For the optional activities of our tour, outdoor activities and cultural sites? entrance fees, take a look at the Tour Activities.

Tipping Your Tour Leader/Local Guides
In appreciation to the outstanding quality of services provided throughout your adventure, you may also consider tipping your Tour Leader and Local guides. Although tipping is not compulsory and it may not be customary to you, it works as a kind voluntary gesture to the people who will guide you throughout your adventure.

Spending Money
Each traveller is different when it comes to spending money while travelling. Take your spending habits and requirements into account and prepare your tour budget allowing for food, drinks, souvenirs and participation in activities not included in the tour price.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in Greece. You can exchange your currency for Euros at the airports or in major towns. Cash may also be drawn for ATMs available in most of our destinations. Credit cards are widely accepted in Greece. However, you should always have some cash on you, as in some remote villages no ATMs may be available.

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Joining Your Tour
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At Bearing True South, we operate "Land Only" based adventures. This means that flights to Greece are not included in the tour price. Travellers are responsible to make their own travel arrangements and make sure that they will be able to join the group at the joining point and time announced when booking, as described at the overview of the tour. Please note that the finishing point of the tour is always the same as the joining point

Our "Land Only" adventures provide you the flexibility to join one of our tours as part of longer holiday in Greece. You may spend a couple of days before or after your tour in Athens or even visit another Greek region, combining adventure, leisure and rest.

In Athens, you may also consider joining one of our day activities. Take a dive at one of Greece's numerous wreck sites, easily accessible from downtown Athens, or participate in our Historical Athens Treasure Hunt, a 'walk-through-history' game around Athens.

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Health Information/ Travel Insurance

Bearing true South travellers are required to be in good physical health in order to be able to participate in one of our adventures. Please read through the day to day itinerary carefully and take into account the "Level of Difficulty" icon that appears on each one of our adventures, before booking your place.

If for any reason you are not able to participate in activities included in the tour itinerary, please inform us before booking. For any other important health issue please don't hesitate to contact your tour leader.

Travellers with Bearing True South are required to hold valid travel insurance, covering a minimum medical expenses due to accident or sickness and 3rd party liability. We strongly advise you to ensure that your insurance covers you for all outdoor activities you intend to participate in during your adventure. There might be an additional charge for certain ones. Your travel insurance needs to be evident when you join our tours.

Visa Information

Holding a valid passport and visa in order to visit Greece is your responsibility. Generally EU citizens or citizens of Member-States of the Schengen Agreement do not need to display a visa in order to travel to Greece.

Visas are not required by holders of valid passports from the following non-E.U. countries if they want to visit Greece and remain in the country for up to 3 months (90 days): Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay,  Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Israel, Monaco, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein

For travellers not coming from the above countries, please contact your local Greek embassy/consulate for visa information. Please also note that most countries expect you to have at least 6 months validity on your passport in order to be issued a visa.

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Preparing for your Trip
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Before you travel, we encourage you to learn about the region you'll explore while on a tour. From local weather conditions to information on geography, local history and culture, all are essential in order to make the most out of you tour, while minimizing the possibility to face unexpected, unpleasant circumstances.

Weather Information

Greece in general has warm and humid summers lasting from May till October. In May and October weather can be less predictable with some rain and chilly temperatures being possible especially in the Greek mainland. Greek summers are generally hot, with temperatures rarely getting lower than 25 degrees Celsius in most of our destinations, while temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius during the day are not unheard of in July and August. In the open sea, weather can be tough to predict all year round, but in the summer the seas are generally calm and ideal for sailing. Generally, cool temperatures and occasional rainfalls occur especially at night, a fact that you have to take into account when packing for your adventure.    

Packing for your tour

Space is limited on board so, while on one of our sailing trips, you are expected to bring with you a backpack or suitcase that you should keep as light as possible, as well as a daypack for your personal items and valuables.

Travel documents: Passport, visa if required, valid travel insurance

Personal health care items: personal medication, sunscreen, insect repellent, travel sickness tablets, sunglasses, insect bite gel

Clothing/walking/swimming gear (depending on the season and tour): waterproof & windproof jacket, sun hat, long trousers (wearing shorts is not permitted in monasteries and churches), shorts, swimming costume,extra towel for swimming, t-shirts, hooded tops, trainers/walking shoes, personal mattress or a sleeping bag (should you choose to sleep on the yacht's sundeck), torch, snorkelling mask and fins.

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PRIVATE GROUPS

If our dates don't suit your plans, or if you want to experience one of our adventures with your family or group of friends, we can arrange a private tour just for you on the dates that suit you, based on one of our existing itineraries.
Furthermore, with a minimum number of 4 participants, all of our tours can be customised as far as date of departure, activities and itinerary are concerned, according to your group's requirements. For groups of less than 4 travellers, standard tour prices are subject to change. In that case, please contact us in order to get a new quote.
For more information don't hesitate to contact us with your ideas at : sales@bearingtruesouth.com and we'll get back to you shortly with detailed information and pricing.

CONTACT
If you want to arrange a private group tour based on this itinerary, please contact us with your ideas and we'll get back to you shortly with detailed information and pricing.

sales@bearingtruesouth.com

TRIP ACTIVITIES
EXTRA INFO

Duration: 7 days

Level of Difficulty: 2/5

Group Size: minimum 4 persons - maximum 8 persons per yacht

Ages: 8 years and older, younger kids travel at their parents' discretion and responsibility


INCLUDED IN THE STANDARD TOUR PRICE

Accommodation: 7 nights sailing yacht cabin

Meals : 6 breakfasts, 4 light lunches (days 1,3,4 and 5), 1 BBQ dinner (day 3), 6 Dinners (days 1,2,4,5,6 and 7)

Transport:  Sailing boat rental costs, all electricity and water port costs, petrol costs, Airport transfers, Transfers from/to the marina

Tour Staff:  Bearing True South tour leader, Bearing True South skipper, local guides when needed

NOT INCLUDED IN THE STANDARD TOUR PRICE

Airline tickets

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Optional activities as listed in 'tour activities'

Local transport (such as taxis or buses on the islands)