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Day trip to Ithaca

Pippa R          10/10

My friend and I have sailed on board the 'Mythos' before and all I can say is it's the perfect day to spend on the beautiful Ionian Sea. The crew are very helpful and friendly - nothing is too much trouble. Ithaca is picturesque and friendly. My friend is disabled, but was able to get on and off the boat with the help of Captain Costas and the crew, including an Englishman named Chris. Chris also gives a commentary as you sail, so that you learn about the history and interesting features of Kefalonia and Ithaca. With the opportunity to swim from the boat at different deserted, beautiful beaches, plus an on-board bar, what more could you want?!

Beth R

ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR 2 WEEK STAY! Captain Vangeli's cruise was lovely- the crew were very friendly and funny One swim stop on the way there- you can jump off the boat for a swim! Vathi the capital was very picturesque and quite touristy, with lovely bakeries! Then Keoni a small fishing village, also very pretty with good tavernas for lunch. Another swim stop on the way back, which is very fun to do  I suggest bringing rings and snorkels here. Cannot reccommend them more highly (15% discount to cruise again)!! Allowed my little brother to drive the ship, and then recieve a certificate  About 35 euros for adults 25 for kids. AMAZING!!

Julian F          9/10

Booked this trip through Captain Vangelis in skala,and what a great day it was too,for me my wife and son it cost 90 euro's in total,got a 10% discount if you book car hire at greekstones!!!,stopped off at vathi and kioni,had a couple of stop offs for swims and returned back at around 4.45ish,

Colin P          9/10

Went an a coach trip to Ithaca with Avalon Travel, a special offer of 28 euros each which worked out at 48, excellent value. It was an excellent day, with a good guide, thanks Elvira, and a boat trip and swim stop included. I would recommend it even at the full price of 40 euros

Ann H

I am in a wheelchair, would I be able to get onboard captain vangelis boat in scala, and is ithica suitable for a wheelchair user.  Thank you.

Justine B

Visiting Kefalonia for the 1st time next week and eager to visit Ithaca for the day - we are staying in Lourdas - what is the best way to go - car hire and ferry or boat trip and what are the highlights on the islands. Thanks Justine

Sue M          9/10

 Went on Captian Vangelis boat trip from the beach at Scala, stopped for a swim off the boat on our way to Ithaka,  saw dolphins. Had  stops in Vathi and Kioni ( hour and half at each). stopped for another swim on way back.  Great value and lovely boat trip - 25 euro,  bar and toilet on board..

Suse B          8/10

Did a day cruise round Ithaka with Etam Travel (on the main road in Lassi) - 35 euros very well spent as it was a very hot day and great to be on a boat - two swimming stops, a shopping stop and a lunch stop; with much gawping at some of the megayachts parked up round the island.  A great day out!

Lesa P

Ferry takes 30 min or an hour from Sami - depends on which port you  dock at. 

Lesa P

Depends what you want really - a good boat trip ( like the Sami Star from Sami ) will take you to Vathy ( Ithaca's capital ) and Kioni.  If you take the car ferry it will give you the chance to explore more of the island.  There is plenty of accom on Ithaca but it would be wise to book if you are going in August as that's when most mainlanders visit and accom will be scarce.  The northern part of Ithaca has the lovely towns of Frikes and Stavros.

Have a look at www.ithacagreece.com for more info.
 

Bev J

Is it best to take a car over to Ithaca or go on a boat trip? Also how long does the journey take on the car ferry? Does anyone know if its easy to find overnight accommodation if we wanted to stay there? Which are the best spots to head for? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Chriss H          7/10

Went on a day trip to Ithaca at end of August.  Short stroll from Nine Muses to glass bottom b
oat moored opposite hotel.. Didn't know what to expect but we were pleasantly surprised.  The whole
day out (with Capt Vangelis) was a pleasure.  The stops en-route to Ithaca, and on the way back to
Scala were wonderful.  Stopping off at Vathi and then Kioni was lovely.  Want to try to seek out a
holiday which includes boat hire in Ithaca, coupled with a stay in Skala next year.

Suzanne L          8/10

Went on this day trip with CBR in Scala.  Quite expensive but well worth it.  The coach picked us up at Scala and we caught the ferry at Sami.  The tour guide spoke excellent English and the coach had air con.  It was very well organised. We visited about 4 places on the island and stopped for lunch at Vathi.

Sam W          10/10

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Most mornings from our hotel (Paspalis )  in Scala we watched the boarding (by step ladder) of the glass bottom boat, which normally looked quite crowded. Then one day we drove to Sami (about one hour )where we caught the Sami Star (a much larger boat with four toilets and a bar/cafe on board ) with about 25 people to Ithica. We set of at nine stopping at Vathy and Kioni for about 2 hours each ,then on the way home stopped at a cute bay for a swim in the crystal clear waters of the med arriving back at Sami at five.  superb value for 25 euros

Mario D          9/10

me and my partner are going to kefalonia for the 3rd time in a row...woooooow great place cant fault it one bit really mean that great place, people, and food....

mario&helen
 
were trying new part as been to lassi twice now.....were going to svoronata...try a new slice of this ace island....

Julie            

We have been going to Kefalonia for 5 years but took the ferry over to Ithaca for the first time this year.It was great and i would recommend it to everyone.You should definatly take a car over on the ferry,it goes about 8.30 every morning from Sami and comes back at about 3.30 and another at about 4.30.We had to get the tickets from a guy selling them at the port from the boot of his car 'his office'.

It would take you about 30/40 minutes to get to Sami from Skala.

Gemma B

I am going to Kefalonia in a couple of weeks and would like to visit Ithaca while i am there. I would like to know if car ferries run regularly from Sami since I would prefer to explore the island on my own. Also how long will it take to get to Sami from Skala approximately? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.

Ian D           

This was one trip we were looking forward to but we booked with Kosmar and should of known disaster was not too far behind!! We got as far as docking in Vathi and the time we were due to depart we had an announcement that there was a problem we later discovered the Port Authority had withheld the Captain from returning to the ship so they terminated our cruise as there was a problem with the engine? We had to get the only bus of the island to ferry us to another port and await a ferry to collect us and return us to Sami where we then collected our coaches which in total took 7hours to do!! The only consolation is we were given a full refund ( we hope as now need to request this in wrting)

Simon H           

It is an early start this day trip(7am from the Princess Hotel, Lassi!!) especially if you are in Lassi but highly recommended.   Myself and my fiancee had a great time.   Would say that the first place Stavros is OK(pretty quiet) but Kioni and the capital Ithaca are great places to visit and the boat trips to and from Sami are good and very well organised.

When we did this trip we got back about 5pm which was good also - some other trips in different countries I have been to didn't finish til much later and then you're cream crackered!!
 
A must do whilst you are in Kefalonia - was 34 plus 6 for the Ferry to and from Sami.
 
 

Emma M           

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Dya trip to Ithaca was nice, we went with Esmee from Etam Excursions and the woman appears to know everything. She's excellent and gives some great advice. However, I'm pretty sure all the restaurants and that she points out are the most expensive and they give her free food for advising us to eat there. I'm not sure mind, just a little skepticle.

Ithaca was very peaceful and calm, it certainly is an excellent day out, however I was shattered by the end of it.

Tina S           

Can anyone tell me if you can go to Lefkas on a day trip from Kefalonia
 
Thanks

Chelsea R           

Ithaka was a lovely island and would have been amazing had we explored on our own.  However, we went on a day tour with Airtours/My Travel and the day consisted of a coach trip around the island.  We visited a lovely resort for lunch (unfortunatley I can't remember what it was called as I was travel sick from so much coach travel).  We were advised to take our swim suits by the tour operator as we would be "exploring the rugged coast line"; the nearest we did to this was boarding/departing the ferry!  Next year we're going to hire a boat from Simi and do the journey ourselves, which I'm really looking forward to.

Clare W           

Being at the end of September 2005, we caught the last sailing around the island.  I was expecting some swimming stops so took my snorkel gear - unfortunately it was not to be.  The old wooden boat was lovely.  There were only about 40 of us on the boat so it was a comfortable day.  We had two village stop offs - Vathi was very quaint and pleasant (nice craft bits to buy) and then Kioni (or something like that!)  - just had restaurants there and had 2 hours to amuse ourselves.  Had an expensive lunch there. 

Cat N           

Trip to Ithaca was amazing. Breath taking sights and beautiful villages. We went to Kioni and Vathi, both stunning little harbour towns.  Mountain roads quite windy and narrow which is a bit scary on a bus buit would reccommend visiting ithaca.

Val C           

If you want super trips go with Panem Tours who have offices in Skala and Lassi (not sure where else)
Great reps with no time wasted at all every trip is arranged so that you have full value for money.  We have been on every trip they offer and in some cases again on a subsequent year.  For anyone going to Kefalonia for the first time I strongly recommend Panem Tours.
 
Enjoy

Mick T           

We booked this through our tour operators (Manos). Can't re-call the cost but it was reasonable. The day is long but in our opinions more than worth it. The places to visit and the views during the trip outweigh the time spent on the coach. I would reccommend this either independantly (probably cheaper) or with your tour operator.

Kato C           

We made a tour of Ithaca with Panem (using their office on the main street in Skala) for 29 euros each. We had already made the Discover Kefalonia tour with Thomson. If only we'd known at the time: Thomson and its rivals offer exactly the same tours, but Thomson is twice as expensive. There is no other difference between the tours (air conditioned coaches on both tours).

Ithaca was beautiful and much more remote than Kefalonia. The day was not too hectic and not too hot. The view from the Balcony of Ithaca (at the monastery) is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen.

Chris S           

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Kavaddas Tours Boat
 
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Kioni

Chris S           

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Vathi
 
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Chris S           

Just Back July 2005!

Had an absoultely great day out! Well worth the money, cost us 24 each. Used Kavadaas Tours which is located next to the Anna Studios. The captain of the ship picked us up outside there office in his car, took us up to Poros and we were really suprised at how under crowded his boat was. Only 10 of us on including the captain and the young women who helps him out, the boat could have held 45 easy!!!!
 
Really enjoyed the day, Vathi (Capital of Ithaca) is really beautiful, not like any other capital I have been to before! Spent about 1.30hrs there before moving on to Kioni for lunch which was nice, Kioni is very photographic, were there for about 2hrs, we then called in at a beach for some swimming off the boat. Excellent day out. Would recommend to anyone.

Alan L           

A great island to visit if you are located near in Kefalonia. Historical, peaceful and beautiful. And those are big plus points.

Not an ideal place to go to if you are staying in Skala as we went by tour coach and had to be at the meeting point 7.15am and did not get back until around 7pm. Shopping around there was dear. Skala had better prices for the same gifts. Maybe i should've haggled!


Maggie H           

went on day trip to ithaca with  company who are situated right nxt door to anna studios in scala,excellent trip & boat.not overcrowded like the others( i.e. sami star) i think it is two brothers who run the boat. we  had  the best time going to ithaca in 2003 and we are dying to go back!!

Melanie G           

The best way to visit Ithaka is to book with your tour operator but make sure they use the boat the Ikarus, it is the best boat in the Ionian Sea, the captain and crew are wonderful and the tour guides really know what they are doing, the trip conisists of a slow cruise to Vathi and a short stop there, two swim stops in beautiful locations and a lunch stop in Kioni (peace on earth, no mobile phone signal reaches here)it is the best trip that any of the tour operators offer and highly enjoyable.

Pooko W           

Why do more than half of you fools fail to mention which company you used for the trip? Isn't that the whole point of reviewing it?

Lisa P           

Dunno about net site for Ithaca ferries, but they go from Sami harbour daily if that helps.

Alison S

Does anyone have a 'net site for the ferries, where they run and hoe frequently etc?

Gordon W           

It was ok. Stopped in village for semolina type cake(speciality) two cakes with small scoop of ice cream plus two fresh orange juices 16 euros - it was recommmmended by courier- everyone thought it was a rip off except the courier !!

Adele W           

We liked seeing the different places on the island but there wasn't enough time in each of the 3 places. We had a total of 2 and a half hours actually on the island. The travelling is too long for a day trip. We left the resort at 7.30am and arrived back at 7pm! Dare I say more? this cost us 40 Euro's each!

Laura N           

We went to Ithaca with Etam tours which we thouroughly enjoyed! The coach picked us up in the morning and we got the ferry from Sami. Ithica is a beautiful island with very steep hills for the bus to climb (not for the faint hearted!!) We recommend that you take the opportunity to go for a swim at the beautiful secluded cove area of Kioni which has amazing clear waters. We found etam tours to be very informative of the island and the tour guide to be very friendly!

Allan B           

We very much enjoyed our trip to Ithaca.We went from Scala with Panem tours.We were picked up in a minibus and met the main coach at Sami.Our rep Karen was friendly and informative.The coach was nicknamed heinaken because it could go where larger coaches couldn't.

J B           

Ithaka is fantastic and worth a visit, but whatever happens, AVOID "ETAM TOURS" to get there! Their trip, led by the worst tour guide I've ever encountered, took us around Kefalonia picking people up for a total of FIVE HOURS before we'd even got to the ferry. I am not exagerrating. We absolutely couldn't believe it. Despite this, Ithaka was a wonderful place to experience, a must-see, but unless you love sitting on a cramped coach on Kefalonia for half a day, go with a different company!

H M           

Visited Ithaca on an Island coach tour (same Rep as the Keffalonia trip!!! see comment on Island tour)Beautiful island, can certainly see why the rich and famous visit there.
I would recommend visiting a FANTASTIC jewellers in Kioni, the jewellers has 2 massive Olive Oils Jars outside, go up the steps and soak in the atmosphere, admire the creativity and craftmanship.

Jeanie O           

We have just got back from Kefalonia (End May 2003.) Thoroughly enjoyed day trip to Ithaca which is relatively undeveloped and, in May at least, was very quiet . Took ferry from Sami. This can be booked either through tour operator or direct but you should check return times with Crew or booking office as apparently this changes. Wonderful 'Greek' atmosphere - like going back in time. Loved Vathi. If you like stunning scenery and relaxing I recommend it.

Jan S           

P.S. This rating applies to my previous comments! Sorry!!

Jan S           

We went to Scala last year and are repeating the trip this year so as you can see we enjoyed it. We didn't do Ithaca last year but plan to this year. My advice is to shop around for a trip. Don't automatically book with your tour operator there are trips with local agents/operators that may be cheaper.Alternatively if you hire a car you may be able to take on the ferry to Ithaca from Sami but check with the car hire operator first!
I would advise you to also take the trip to Olympia on the mainland. This again will be an organised excursion and again I would say shop around. Check when booking that you will get a guide at olympia as it will make more sense to you. Check out the town restaurants in Olympia for lunch. Do not necessarily use the one "advised" by your coach guide as it may not be the best value.
Finally hire a car and dare to get out and about - (stick to tarmac roads) its well worth it.

Noel A

Going to Skala 2May. How can we do the Ithaca trip from Skala? Or, any of the boat trips? Are there buses, arranged trips, available? Also, will it be warm that first week? Dread the idea of grey skies and rain!

Lynne B

I am going to Kefalonia next week. Is it possible to get a boat from Argostoli to Ithaka, to save driving to the opposite side of the island. Also, any info on day trips to Lefkas?

Alan P           

Shop around for a good deal. We went with Kavvadas which was only 30 euros and the boat was nearly empty which made for a blisful day. They cruise from Poros to Kioni and then to Vathi for lunch and then stop at this beautiful inlet for swimming on the way back. If you want to see more of the island book with Etam but they are more expensive

Sue C           

Ithaca beautiful. The cruise was lovely. Don't book this excursion through Kosmar - you have to spend 3 hours on the coach getting to Agia Effimia and back - very tiring.

Eileen F           

I have visited Ithaca many times over the years, on day trips from Kefalonia. You can sometimes get a trip by boat, which I enjoyed as it sailed all around Ithaca and the small harbours are beautiful approaching from the sea. Kioni is a superb place to chill out on the waterfront and have lunch. Most organised trips seem to be by coach and small ferry and this allows you a bit more time on the island. Vathi the capital is good for shopping, on our last visit we went to a Monastery at the top of the island which was really superb. Like Kefalonia Ithaca has very steep winding roads, so if you suffer from vertigo don't look down.

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