ZAKYNTHOS TRAILS – 7 NIGHTS
Departure in October 2018
Embrace the great outdoors and join us as we explore the beautiful island of Zakynthos with a week of relaxing guided walks across one of Greece’s sunniest and most fertile islands, taking in its breathtaking coastal and inland scenery.
THIS HOLIDAY INCLUDES
Return flights & transfers
Twin/double room for sole use
Welcome drink & information meeting
Board: Breakfast every day & 3 dinners
4 guided walks with a Solos tour leader
Zakynthos is the largest of the Ionian Islands and is a popular destination for tourists seeking sun-drenched beaches and thriving nightlife – with a coastline so beautiful you’d be forgiven for thinking it had been Photoshopped. But step away from its long sandy beaches and you’ll find an island thats not only beautiful but fruitful and fertile, with plenty of forested wilderness, quaint traditional mountain villages and fertile plains, rich with olive groves and vineyards.
Average daily maximum:
23°C May 24°C Oct
ABOUT THE WALKS
There are 4 guided walks included in this holiday which will take you through traditional villages, along stunning beaches and through hidden valleys that offer spectacular views and give you the chance to experience local Greek life – and enjoy some famous Greek hospitality too.
This hike takes a beautiful route over narrow paved lanes through lemon groves and vineyards. In the distance you will see the spire of the small Ano Gerakari church, proudly built on top of a hill. The path meanders uphill, where you will arrive at Saint Nikolas church and be rewarded with an amazing view.
The walk starts along the beautiful Blue Flagged beach at Tsilivi, before heading inland to Bochali. Here the locals gather in the square to see and be seen, a perfect spot to have a rest and enjoy the impressive view over the capital below. Continuing to Zakynthos Town, take a stroll through this elegant town with its maze of narrow streets and buzzing boulevards, before heading back via Lofos Strani Park, where the Greek National Anthem was composed.
Transfer to the Keri peninsula on the south east of the island for a spectacular walk starting at high limestone cliffs dropping down into the dark blue waters of the Ionian Sea. The trail meanders over goat herder tracks and you’ll pass a hidden grove with the oldest olive trees on the island before reaching the small harbour of the village of Limni Keri.
Loucha to Agia Marina
This beautiful walk takes you through the hidden valley of Loucha. The hike starts at the village café where you could try a local favourite, a chilled coffee (extra charge), before strolling through fields of wildflowers where the scents of thyme, oregano and aniseed fill the air. Depending on the season, you’ll get to meet a beekeeper and taste his honey straight from the hive. Enjoy spectacular views over the entire island as you continue, ending up at a traditional taverna where the owner makes his own wine. Then celebrate the end of a glorious week with a glass of his wares. Yiamas!
Grade: Easy to medium Distance: 8km to 11km
Walking boots are essential and you must make sure you are fit and well enough to take part in the guided walks.
You also have the option to enjoy additional excursions such as Kayaking or a cycling tour of the traditional Riza Villages.
ABOUT THE ACCOMMODATION
Mount Olympus Studios is a small simple, friendly family hotel ideally located in a quiet corner of Alykanas, surrounded by pine and olive trees and just minutes from the sandy beach of Alykanas. There are a number of bars, restaurants, convenience shops and a supermarket all located close by.
Facilities include a private outdoor swimming pool with loungers and umbrellas, outside pool shower, ‘Ambrosia’ breakfast area, ‘Nectar’ bar and a common outdoor garden area.
The comfortable rooms feature A/C (payable locally) a fully equipped kitchenette, fridge, cooking facilities, kettle, toaster, utensils, cutlery, juicer and a safety deposit box. The sleeping area is equipped with an LCD TV and a private balcony furnished with a small table and chairs, as well as a washing line with clothes pegs. A number of hairdryers are available to hire (with an additional charge, payable locally). Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.
WANT TO FIND OUT MORE?
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If you want to find out more about the ZAKYNTHOS TRAILS walking holiday, you can request more information below or call 0844 826 8515 to speak to a travel adviser.
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