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An Ionian Odyssey

Cephalonia & Ithaca
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided, two-centre walk
  • walking routes combining history and coastal scenery
  • visit sites from Homer’s epic poems
  • stylish accommodation
  • with or without hire car

The heady scent of wild sage and mint, romantic ruins recalling an intriguing and multi-layered history, and views across green slopes and an azure sea all make walking on Cephalonia and Odysseus’ island of Ithaca a bewitching experience.

While there’s a certain romance to Cephalonia thanks to its natural beauty, Ithaca possesses an air of mystery and nostalgia. It’s no wonder Odysseus yearned to return to his homeland.

Varied and dramatic, Cephalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands, while neighbouring Ithaca is much smaller, but possesses an air of mystery that is enhanced by its links to Odysseus. Our routes convey the variety and palpable sense of history, revealing ancient sites, Venetian fortifications, picturesque fishing villages, inviting white-sand beaches and spots evoking Homeric legend, all against a vivid green backdrop. There’s time to explore the places of interest that you pass, as well as to relax by the sea and over leisurely meals accompanied by Cephalonia’s excellent wines, some of the best in Greece.

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