Odysseus Ithaka Island Tour
Price: Adult 70€ | Child 50€
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeGuided Tours, History, Island Tour
Activity Level Fairly Easy
Famous all over the world as the mythical island of Odysseus, Ithaca charms visitors with the laid-back island, the blue-green water, and the lush greenery. From Piso Aetos on the top road arrive at Vathi, which is one of the most picturesque villages on the island. Explore the capital, Vathi, with its horseshoe-shaped harbor. Through the mountains, arrive to Kathara monastery enjoying a magnificent view. Next stop Kioni, one of the island’s prettiest ports, through a beautiful coastal road. Walk along trekking paths with flower-decked houses and picturesque harbor and enjoy your coffee and chat with the welcoming locals. Last stop at Stavros village to taste greek traditional sweets.
- Vathi Town
- Kathara monastery
- Kioni Village
- Stavros Village
• Pick up from the hotel
• Bus transfer by an experienced driver in an air-
• Tour guide
• Ferry tickets
• Drop off at the hotel
• Personal Expenses
Pick up from Hotel
Start the Tour
Pick up from your Hotel or closest pick up point.
Arrival at the port of Sami
Depart at Pisaetos
From the port of Sami with the ferry you arrive at the port of Piso Aetos, where the journey begins.
Vathy- the capital
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.
The Monastery of Panagia Kathariotissa on Ithaca is Situated at an altitude of 600m in the centre of the island. The Monastery of Panagia Kathariotissa is the protector saint of Ithaca. Its location gives an amazing view of the island and the capital town, Vathi. Although it is not exactly known when the monastery was built, the katholikon exists from 1530 and the monastery was reconstructed in 1696. The locals believe that the icon of Virgin Mary in this monastery has been painted by Saint Luke and that it is miraculous. Modest dressing is required when entering the monastery, which remains open to visit from dawn till the late hours.
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
In Stavros plenty of taverns, cafes, rooms for rent, trade shops can be found, as well as a doctor and a post office. A road from the village leads to the picturesque Polis Bay with its lovely port. On its left coast stands the Cave of Loizos, which was used as a temple of worship to the Nymphs and Odysseus (Ulysses) during the ancient times.
Arrival at the port of Piso Aetos
Ferry to Sami
Drop off at your Hotel or closest drop off point.