Kefalonia, Lefkada & Ithaki hiking vacation

“Seven days of guided walking on the Ionian Sea island of Lefkada. Following in the footsteps of Homer, an idyllic odyssey for any keen hiker. ”

Highlights

Lefkada Island | Greek Ag. Ioanis Antzousis chapel | Faneromeni monastery | Gira lagoon | Ligia | Katouna | Nydri village | Skaros Mountain | Exanthia village | Mylos beach | Lefkatas Cape | Athani village | Alexandros

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2017: 18 Apr, 25 Apr, 2 May, 9 May, 16 May, 23 May, 30 May, 6 Jun, 13 Jun, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 29 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct
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Responsible tourism: Kefalonia, Lefkada & Ithaki hiking vacation

Environment

We are dedicated to encouraging low-impact tourism and activity vacations, such as walking, and minimising our negative impact on the environment and people.

This walking trail vacation in the island of Lefkada, Greece, has an eco focus. We will inform our guests on the unique flora and endemic and common species they will encounter while walking or swimming around the island of Lefkada. We give guidelines on where to look for them, how to approach them in order not to scare them and disrupt their life, how to observe their behaviours or even capture a unique picture showing to the rest of the world their magic. Guests leave aware of the environmental dangers they face and how to minimise them.

We encourage our guests to behave in an environmentally responsible manner. We walk on designated paths and make sure no litter is left behind. We often arrange clean ups of paths and beaches during the week. We report on paths that are falling out of use and help to clear them.

We encourage our guests and the owners of the accommodations we use to be aware of the threats to the environment (i.e. water waste, plastic bags and bottles) and suggest ways in which they can minimise their negative footprint. We explain our guests the need for water conservation in the Greek islands and advise them on how to minimise their water waste. We encourage our guests to bring refillable water bottles and/or recycle them in designated areas. All our business waste is recycled. All communication is done electronically where possible, saving on paper.

Community

We organise our walking vacations in Greece only for small groups of up to 6 people, outside the high season months of July-August. We thus try as much as we can to reduce negative impacts to the environment and its people and to benefit the local community.

We have the greatest respect for the local people and their customs and are anxious to share our knowledge of Ionian island lifestyle with our guests. In order to limit the social impact of tourism all are guests are introduced to the local customs, religion, politics and history during our walks. We take our clients to local festivals, artists' workshops, and other locals celebrations trying to get them to experience the local way of life. We encourage our guests to mix and interact with the local people which are particularly friendly and hospitable.

Through our walking trail vacations in Greece we support small businesses by supporting locally owned shops, guesthouses, mini-markets, bakeries and taverns. As our vacations take place in spring, early summer and autumn, we bring customers and income to establishments which would otherwise only have visitors in high summer. Guests are advised to visit the local market and purchase locally-produced and home-made products such olive oil, wine, honey, capers and herbs, sun dried fruits and tomatoes, “louza” the local proscuito and other goods.

We buy food for our picnics from the local markets and prefer items locally grown according to the season, thus supporting the local agricultural community. Evening meals are taken in typical Greek restaurants serving local dishes.

Our guests stay at local, family owned guesthouses, staffed by locals with their food being sourced locally. These accommodations have been restored by local workers and retained their unique local character whilst providing all necessary comforts. The guesthouses recently installed solar panels which provide hot water for all rooms all year round.

Lefkada has a unique network of traditional walking paths and Daphne, Annie and Phillip who will be your guides know them very well. They live and work in Lefkada. They are passionate about promoting Lefkada as a walking vacation destination, about the survival and conservation of the paths and local wildlife and sustainable tourism in general.

In general, with all our sailing, walking, scuba diving and conservation vacations in Greece, we’re trying through our activities to encourage travelers to approach places they visits with greater understanding and respect.

Reviews of Kefalonia, Lefkada & Ithaki hiking vacation

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Great walks, perfect weather, beautiful sceneries and nature. Our guide was very friendly and very eager to share with us his knowledge. Also the food was excellent.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


A reasonable level of fitness is required. Bring a good pair of hiking boots and don't forget your camera!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we were avoiding typical touristic areas and supported small, locally run businesses such as the traditional guesthouse where we stayed. Our guide was well informed on environmental and cultural issues and introduced us to the herbs, plants, bird species etc of the area.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I had a fantastic time, enjoyed the wonderful walks, the natural environment and the great company!

Reviewed on 07 Aug 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Hard to pick one thing in particular. Each of the walks was special. The vacation was a lovely mix of beautiful walks, experiencing nature, local culture and relaxing on the beach. The food was wonderful.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Good walking shoes and if you have bring walking sticks. It was possible to swim at beautiful beaches at the end of most walks so bring swim gear and sun cream.
Take advantage of the opportunity to meet local people. human contact is always priceless on a trip.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Certainly benefited local people. The hotel was family run. Low environmental impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent. I will be back next year! I would not hesitate to recommend to a friend.

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