3 independent reviews for Kefalonia, Lefkada & Ithaki hiking vacation

Reviews for Kefalonia, Lefkada & Ithaki hiking vacation

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review 17 May 2018

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

The fact that our excellent Greek guide was able to give us so much information about the islands, and also about Greek life in general. Through her we met a number of locals and felt it was altogether a very Greek experience. We were lucky in that, as the only members of our "group", we had Daphne to ourselves, so she could be flexible and adapt walks and activities to our preferences. We had a fascinating mountain walk with a local herbalist who showed us countless plants and explained their medicinal or other uses. Daphne was not only patient, tireless and informative, but she was also very good company! The beauty of the islands was also memorable.

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

If you are interested in wild flowers, include Lefkada in your itinerary - in May they were there in glorious profusion! Pay attention to Nikos's pre-vacation briefings - we had perhaps slightly underestimated the length and number of ascents, though we did acclimatise as the days went on. As we were just two with Daphne we could go at our own pace, though with a group that might be more demanding. (We are in our 70's, fit and keen walkers but perhaps a little more steep uphill training beforehand would have been a good idea!) Take good boots as the paths are rocky and often uneven. Pack a basin plug and plastic sandals for the beaches, which are gorgeous but stony!

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

Yes, We ate (very well indeed) in small local tavernas and stayed in three guest-house/studio apartments owned as small enterprises by local people. We chose local dishes which were often home-made and always used locally grown or reared ingredients.

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

Excellent. The description beforehand was very accurate and our guide, Daphne, could not have been better. Thank you for the recommendation.

review 19 Sep 2014

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!

review 7 Aug 2014

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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