Gidaki Beach Ithaki

Ithaka Cruise from Sami

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No trip to Kefalonia is complete without a cruise to Ithaca, the island named after Ithaca, son of Poseidon, God of the sea. Spending one day in Odysseus homeland, departing from the cosmopolitan port of Sami, you will be surprised just how much you can see and experience in one day!
Sit back and enjoy the scenery of the beautiful inland waterways.
Combine that with sparkling, emerald waters, fresh salt air and soft summer breezes that inspired Homer in the past. Discover hidden, unspoiled beaches with crystal, sapphire waters, moor harbors untouched by ferries, anchor in bays inaccessible to cars, taste the traditional Greek cuisine in local taverns, sightsee your way through Odyssey’s island history.

Days Available: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Price: Adult 35€ |Child 20€

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Daily Cruise
    • Activity Level Leisurely
    All about the Ithaka Cruise from Sami.

    Our experienced and kind captains along with an enthusiastic crew will take you on unique cruises in the spectacular Ionian Waters. Spending one day in Odysseus homeland, departing from the cosmopolitan port of Sami, you will be surprised just how much you can see and experience in one day!
    Sit back and enjoy the scenery of the beautiful inland waterways. First stop at Vathi, the picturesque capital of Ithaka for coffee and shopping. Then our first swim stops at the turquoise waters of Gidaki beach. Our cruise continues to Kioni, the traditional village in the north of Ithaka, where you can enjoy lunch at its seaside tavernas. On our way back to Sami we stop for swimming at Sarakiniko beach, before we return to our basis, the port of Sami.

    Sami port
    Vathi- the capital, for coffee and shopping
    Gidaki beach, swim stop
    Kioni village for lunch
    Sarakiniko beach, swim stop
    Sami port

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    • Tour guide
    • Insurance

    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    • Lunch/Coffee
    • Personal Expenses
    • Snacks & Refreshments
    Bus transfer by air-conditioned coach with professional

    1. Sami port-Departure Start the cruise

      Ready to start the cruise from the port of Sami.

    2. Vathi, the capital Coffee & Shopping

      Vathi village is the largest village of Ithaca and has been the capital and main harbour of the island since the 16th century.

      It is the biggest settlement on the island, built like as amphitheatre, a natural horseshoe harbour in the depth of a closed bay.

      On the both side of the entrance of the port one can see the ruins of a fort built by the French 1807. as a protection from the powerful fleet of the English. In the middle of the port is a small island, which will attract your attention, called Lazaretto. There you can see the small church of the Saviour, which has been preserved and first built in 1668.

    3. Gidaki beach Swim stop

      Gidaki beach is an attractive and isolated beach accessed only by boat from the port of Vathy. There is an adventurous hiking trail that locals only use and it is considered very tiring as a result most of the tourists favor the boat service. Gidaki beach consists of white shiny pebbles but no tourist facilities that would disturb this unspoiled environment providing the ultimate summer scenery. It is a paradise with its placid and crystal clear waters coupled with the splendid backdrop. The beach is perfect for a cruise. The promising beach provides the best environment for a relaxing sunbathing and a unique swimming experience.

    4. Kioni Village Lunch break(optional)

      Kioni is picturesque traditional village of Ithaca. It was built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a mountain, with little tiled roofed white houses and a lovely little port where little fishing boats are quietly mooring. The village was finished by the people who used to live in the mountain village of Anogi, at the end of the 16th century. Very few houses survived the earthquake of 1953, but the few ones remaining are very interesting, with renaissance architectural characteristics.

    5. Sarakiniko beach Swim stop

      Sarakiniko beach is situated about 3 km from Vathy, the capital of Ithaca. This beach boasts one of the most brilliant natural settings with lush green surroundings and emerald waters. It is very quiet and calm with a dazzling sea and a pebbly beach. Sarakiniko beach has ample shade areas due to the cypresses and the olive trees that dot the landscape. Sunbathing on the pebbly surface is a common feature in this beach. You will notice the lack of tourist facilities preserving the natural beauty of Sarakiniko. It is ignored by most of the tourists but well-appreciated by the nature lovers. Sarakiniko beach is very good for snorkeling due to the clear and transparent water. For the off beat traveler seeking for tranquility, Sarakiniko is an ideal destination.

    6. Sami port Return to basis

      End of cruise