Set sail from Zakynthos

Set sail from Zakynthos

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Set sail from Zakynthos

8 Days Starting and ending in Zakinthos, Greece

Visiting: Zakinthos, Agios Nikolaos, Cephalonia, Agia Effimia, Vathy, Meganisi, Fiskardo, Poros

Tour operator:

Encounters Travel

Tour code:

608

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 25

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

18-90

Special diets catered:

Please advise request

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Swimming

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$900
$875 (USD) The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $25
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Tour Overview

Join us on a Greek adventure, exploring Zante and its neighbouring islands. We'll take you to beautiful bays, visit sea caves and local villages all whilst enjoying Greek hospitality onboard our traditional gulet. We'll start our voyage from the Old Town of Zante, before sailing along the coast to the fishing village of Agios Nikolaos, which is located around a small harbour, dotted with small shops and tavernas. Leaving the island of Zakynthos behind, our next stops are Ithaca and its port townn of Vathi and the often overlooked island of Meganisi, where we'll take full advantage of the secluded beaches. Next, is the picturesque island of Kefalonia, known for having some of the very best beaches in Europe. On Kefalonia we'll make a number of stops in Fiskardo, Agia Efimia and Poros. Our final stop is the famous Shipwreck beach on the north coast of Zante, before we return to Zante Old Town where our voyage comes to an end.

Highlights

  • Zante

  • Agios Nikolaos

  • Agia Efimia

  • Ithaca

  • Meganisi

  • Fiskardo

  • Poros

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Embark In Zakynthos
Location: Zakinthos, Agios Nikolaos
Accommodation Name: On board gulet
Meals Included: Dinner

The Gulet will be available for boarding from 5pm today. We will provide joining instructions for where to find the boat in Zakynthos. Prior to embarking, we recommend taking the time to explore Zantes main port, where you'll plenty of traditional tavernas offering local cuisine. If you arrive early enough, you could also visit the Byzantine Museum, National Marine Park or the Lagana Bay strip. After boarding your gulet, you'll have the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers and enjoy your first dinner onboard whilst sailing to our first stop - Agios Nikolaos.

Day 2 : Kefalonia - Agia Efimia
Location: Cephalonia, Agia Effimia
Accommodation Name: On board gulet
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we'll be heading to nearby Kefalonia and the scenic fishing village of Agia Efimia. The village is set in a bay with a number of shops and tavernas, theres also a traditional wood-fired bakery which is well worth a visit.
In the evening, you'll have time to take a stroll through the picturesque village and visit one of the local restaurants.

Day 3 : Ithaca And The Port Of Vathi
Location: Vathy
Accommodation Name: On board gulet
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Laying between Kefalonia and Lefkada, Ithaca offers crystal clear waters and lush green forests. Our destination today will be Vathi, the main port and largest settlement of Ithaca.
Whilst in Vathi you'll have plenty of time to explore the local markets, where you'll find locally made produce and souvenirs.

Day 4 : Meganisi 'Big Island'
Location: Meganisi
Accommodation Name: On board gulet
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

After leaving Ithaca behind today, our next stop will be the island of Meganisi, which translates as 'Big Island'. The island of Meganisi is often overshadowed by its more well known neighbour Lefkada. After arriving, we'll have lunch onboard whilst sailing between the many secluded bays and we'll spend the night anchored along the coast.

Day 5 : Fiskardo; Greece’S Best-Kept Secret
Location: Fiskardo
Accommodation Name: On board gulet
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

On day 5 we'll sail from Meganisi to Fiskardo, located on the north coast of Kefalonia. Fiskardo is one of Greece's best kept secrets and one of the only parts of Kefalonia which still retains its Venetian architecture. You'll easily be able to explore the town on foot or you could consider renting a bicycle.
Whilst in town you'll see the fishermen going about their work and you can enjoy the catch of the day in one of the seafront tavernas.

Day 6 : Poros
Location: Poros
Accommodation Name: On board gulet
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This part of the island is known for its secluded bays and sea caves. You'll be served lunch onboard whilst sailing before we spend the afternoon visiting the pebbled Kanoni and sandy Harami beaches.
Poros itself is a busy little village, full of bars and tavernas which oozes Greek charm.

Day 7 : Shipwreck Beach: Return To Zante
Location: Zakinthos
Accommodation Name: On board gulet
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Before we return to Zante town, we'll take time to visit the famous Navagio Shipwreck beach, located on the north coast of the island. The beach which is only accessible by sea has been featured in publications for years and no visit to Zante would be complete without making a stop here!
We'll spend our final night onboard anchored in the Marina of Zante Old Town where we'll have a captains dinner onboard.

Day 8 : Departure Day
Location: Zakinthos
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today your Greek island adventure comes to an end. After breakfast you'll have time to bid farewell to the crew and your fellow travellers. Dismebarkation will take place from 9am in Zante.

What's Included

  • Transportation by Gulet boat

  • 7 nights gulet accommodation in a double cabin

  • Services of captain and supporting crew

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 2 Dinners

What's Not Included

  • Additional Services

    Tips - Captain and Gulet crew

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Insurance

    Compulsory

  • International Travel

  • Meals

    Drinks, snacks and personal expenses

  • Optional

  • Port Fees (€80.00 per person, payable at the start of your trip)

Accommodation

Gulets in Greece

Spending a few days on a traditional gulet (a handmade, motorised wooden yacht) is one of the highlights of exploring the Greek Islands. You can enjoy plenty of swimming and snorkelling and explore loads of natural and historical sites along the way. As you cruise you can sunbathe on the deck, or read a book or play games on the cushioned seating in the shadow of the aft deck.

Most of the gulets we use feature an interior salon/bar area, both indoor and outdoor eating areas, and a fully equipped galley. The gulets we use in Greece generally carry up to 25 passengers, in 9 cabins (on our Mykonos Gulet, we use a larger vessel carrying up to 46 passengers). All cabins have ensuite toilet & shower facilities. Single or twin bedded cabins are not generally available unless we have an odd number of people travelling so be prepared for a same-sex room share if you are travelling alone. This being said, many people choose to sleep under the beautiful Mediterranean sky on mattresses on the deck, and only use their cabins as a wardrobe.

The gulets we use are motorised pleasure craft with sails, and while they can manoevre under sail, the majority of the time the motor will be used. This is particularly the case during July and August when winds are very low. Strong winds also cause them to bank steeply and so time actually under sail is generaly very limited. These are not sailing vessels where you are expected to help with the rigging or take part in sailing as an activity. The gulets come with facilities for both outdoor and indoor dining. There are freezers to keep drinks cold, a CD/cassette player (so bring your music!), snorkels and masks, fishing lines and some board games. You will need to bring your own beach towel and other personal items with you. Charging points are available for your electronic devices in your cabin (you will need to bring an adapter).

Mode of Transport

Gulet Sailboat

Check out our Q&As

  • is the itinerary set or can it change?

    Gulet cruises and itineraries are subject to alterations while en-route or before departure. These are subject to the final decision of the boat captain and out of our control and may be made at short notice due to weather conditions, the number of other boats in certain bays or other practical reasons. The same overall experience will be maintained.

  • Do I need to pay port charges?

    Yes. Please note that port fees are not included in the cost of this trip, these amount to €80.00 per person. This will be collected at the start of your trip.

  • Is travel insurance compulsory?

    Yes! Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event).

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You are always able to change your travel date. However, some charges may apply depending on how long before your departure you make the change. Our flexible booking conditions and reduced charges will apply if you are changing date because of a Covid-19 reason or because your government is advising against travel to your destination. Please check our detailed booking conditions for full details.

  • When is my balance payment due?

    For all tours departing in 2020 and 2021, balance due dates are reduced to 28 days. For 2022 departures onwards they will revert back to our standard conditions (60 days).

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    On most of our group tours, solo travellers may choose to form a temporary 'tour bubble' and share a room with another traveller of the same sex in the group. If a room share is not available then a single room supplement may be payable, with the costs for these kept as low as possible. We have also removed compulsory single supplements from many of our tours, and are reducing the cost by 50% on s

  • How long can I keep my booking as a 'Credit on File'?

    New bookings need to be made within 1 year of your original departure date, with travel started within 2 years of your original departure date.

  • Can I transfer my booking to someone else?

    Yes, if you don't want to, or can't travel, you can transfer your booking and existing payments to other family members or friends. We are waiving our normal fees for doing this for all departures up to the end of 2022. This applies to bookings you may have moved to a Credit on File as well as those setup on a particular date. Note - not all payments may be transferrable.

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of encounters travel charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

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