Sail Greece - Ionian Sea Trip Notes

Take a Greek sailing tour to islands in the Ionian sea. Spend time swimming in rejuvenating waters, exploring charming Greek villages and soaking up the history of the Greek Islands.

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Sail Greece - Ionian Sea
Trip code: ZSRQC
Validity: 01 Jan 2012 to 31 Dec 2012
Imagine carefree days sailing from one stunning island to the next through the glistening Mediterranean. This awesome voyage in the spectacular Ionian Islands gives you the lot - gorgeous beaches, ancient ruins, beautiful landscapes, picturesque villages, sumptuous fresh seafood and chilled out waterfronts. The perfect escape to taste some of the best this region has to offer.
****A tip before booking****
Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
2013 Itinerary change
Sail Greece - Ionian Sea trips departing in 2013 will run to a changed itinerary. The updated price and full itinerary will be available later in 2012.
The revised itinerary is:
Day 1 Vounaki/Lefkas
Day 2 Paxos
Day 3 Syvota
Day 4 Corfu
Day 5 Parga
Day 6 Vonitsa
Day 7 Meganisi
Day 8 Vounaki
Table of Contents
StyleTippingFinish point instructions
ThemesDeparture taxEmergency contact
MapGroup sizeEmergency funds
ItineraryYour fellow travellersVisas
We also recommendAccommodationIssues on your trip
Itinerary disclaimerMeals introductionWhat to take
Culture shock rating MealsHealth
Physical ratingTransportSafety
Included activitiesGroup leaderTravel insurance
KittyJoining point Responsible Travel
Optional activitiesJoining point instructionsA couple of rules
Money ExchangeArrival complicationsThe Intrepid Foundation
Spending moneyFinish point Feedback
To save you money and the hassle of booking multiple trips, this journey is a combination of some of our most popular adventures so your leader and the composition of your group may change.
Style
Basix
  • The best value journeys on the planet! On a Basix trip you can expect amazing experiences, but none of the inclusions that you may not want. Which means budget (1-2 star) accommodation, plenty of free time, activities that are optional and the freedom to choose meals to suit your budget. On some trips you may be camping and required to set up your own tent. You'll also have access to a group leader to offer advice and help you uncover the region's hidden gems. On a Basix journey, the way you travel is all a part of the adventure. Depending on the destination and the itinerary, you could find yourself travelling on anything from a donkey to a bus or a private safari vehicle. These trips are ideal for first-time travellers seeking fun and independence with the support of a group leader. They're also ideal for independent travellers looking to make the most of their travel time with minimum hassle and maximum experiences.
Themes
Sailing
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Sail Greece - Ionian Sea
Itinerary
Day 1 Vounaki/Meganisi
Kalimera. Welcome to Greece!
Our starting point of Vounaki is just a few kilometres from the ancient port of Paleros, which dates back to Mycenaean times.
The nearby Arkanika Mountains not only make a beautiful backdrop to this relaxed seaside resort town, they offer excellent walks and bike riding amongst olive groves and pine forests. Discover the charming old 16th century St Dimitrios Monastery or sample a few wines at a local vineyard.
While here take the opportunity to feast on succulent seafood, explore nearby beaches, get into some of the many water activities available or simply chill out at one of the small harbour-side tavernas and enjoy the wonderful Ionian Sea views.
We jump straight into the journey and set sail immediately after our 4.00pm group meeting. A short but sweet 2 hours or so later, the gentle winds will have whisked us to our overnight anchorage of Meganisi, which for some might feel more akin to stepping back in time.
With a history of occupation by the Venetians, French, Turks and British - as well as serving as a hideaway for rebels, fugitives and thieves - it has maintained much of its traditional charm and culture. Sitting in sparkling water and fringed by pebbly beaches, the island interior is laced with olive groves which only adds to the ambiance.
Explore the old villages - a tangle of narrow paths lined with stone houses and red-tiled roof tops - then sit back and enjoy the picturesque waterfront views, while indulging in the island's fresh local produce.
Accommodation
Overnight boat (1 nt)
Day 2 Ithaki
Casting off today we have a 4 hour leisurely amble ahead of us, as we make for Ithaki and its mountainous landscapes of cypress forests, vineyards and olive groves.
Inhabited since pre-historic times, Ithaki like most of the Ionians endured a turbulent history of marauding and occupation. The Venetians reign during the Middle Ages was a rich period of development that was mostly destroyed during a brutal invasion by the Turks. The island was also home to mythological hero, Odysseus, who was the subject of the epic poem Odyssey penned by Homer.
The port of Vathy has some wonderful architecture to explore and admire. Although much of the village was destroyed in the 1953 earthquakes, most of the grand Venetian buildings were re-built in the same style. The archaeological museum, as well as the nautical and folklore museum is worth a look, as is the Church of Agios Georgios with its wooden wall of carved icons.
An excellent range of tasty traditional food is on offer at the many restaurants and cafes, both near the waterfront and Vathy's main town square.
A number of small, sheltered, mostly white pebbled beaches can be found not far from the port.
Accommodation
Overnight boat (1 nt)
Day 3 Zakynthos
Hitting the open waters, we spend 5 hours with the wind in our hair soaking up magnificent Mediterranean vistas, finally dropping anchor in Zakynthos. Blessed with natural beauty the island boasts a lush interior, sandy beaches, crystal clear water, stark cliffs and exotic sea-caves.
In ancient times its strategic position and fertile interior afforded great wealth through trading, and enabled colonies to be established as far away as Spain. It also fared quite well under Venetian rule in the middle ages, but suffered dramatically in the devastating 1953 earthquakes.
Two of the three buildings in town to withstand the quakes stand almost on either end of the sweeping waterfront - the Church of Agios Dionysios and Church of Agios Nikolaos.
The Byzantine museum has an eclectic collection of antiquities, while spectacular views can be had by climbing up to the ruins of the old Venetian castle on the hill behind town.
From June-August, Lagana Bay, on the island's southern shore, plays host to the majestic endangered Caretta Caretta (Loggerhead) turtle, who come ashore to lay their eggs. Numbers have seriously dwindled in recent years, with the area declared a protected marine park, and beach access restricted during nesting time.
Snorkelling and swimming on Zakynthos is a must. One of the island's most famous sights, Navagio or Shipwreck beach, attracts many visitors for its exquisite surrounds.
Accommodation
Overnight boat (1 nt)
Day 4 Kefallonia
Leaving the shores of Zakynthos, we set sail on the shimmering water for Kefallonia, featuring gorgeous beaches as well as enchanting caves and underground streams.
Named after a king in the Palaeolithic era, Kefallonia's strategic location resulted in it becoming an ancient naval base. More recently, the island's development into a popular destination was significantly boosted by the film/novel Captain Corelli's Mandolin, which is loosely based on the Italian soldiers stationed here during WWII.
The port of Argostoli is a smorgasbord of commercial treats from the cobblestoned Lithostroto Street, jam-packed full of small shops, to the many restaurants and cafes. Consider joining the locals on a casual after-dinner stroll in and around the town square to get a real feel for the place.
Kefallonia's natural wonders are all located a short drive from Argostoli and include staggering views, fantastic beaches and the awe-inspiring subterranean sea lake in Mellisani Cave - just breathtaking when the sun shining overhead turns the water into a kaleidoscope of brilliant blues.
As this is a combination trip, the composition of your group may change at this location.
Accommodation
Overnight boat (1 nt)
Day 5 Kalamos
Hauling up our anchor we set sail for Kalamos, with its quaint villages and wild landscapes making an ideal escape from the crowds.
Dating back to the Neolithic era, this small island outpost of around 500 people acted as a lookout for sea-traffic along the Mytikas Strait in ancient times. It was also known as a safe-haven for both the persecuted and thousands of women and children, from nearby Messolongi, during the final stages of the Greek Revolution.
The port hub of this off-the-beaten-track island is a great place to sit back, relax and simply enjoy the atmosphere, or feast on fresh seafood at a waterfront taverna.
Lying at the top of a steep winding road, a trek or ride up to the main village is worth the effort - its stone houses packed along the town's laneways just add to the ambiance. Old pathways in the countryside offer good opportunities for traipsing among the pine forests and olive groves.
The crystal clear waters make for excellent swimming and snorkelling - the small pebbly Agrapidia beach, picturesquely fringed with pine trees, being one of the better choices.
Accommodation
Overnight boat (1 nt)
Day 6 Vonitsa
Today, we have around 5 hours of magical seascapes to relish as we skirt the coast and sail to the sheltered mainland bay of Vonitsa, in the Gulf of Ambracia.
Founded during the Byzantine era, Vonitsa is built near the site of ancient Anactorium - a colony established by the Corinthians up to 1,000 years earlier.
Head out for a wander past the marina and along the shoreline, then cross the bridge to the lush islet. Looking back encapsulates this lovely town: wide promenade with attractive stone and tile buildings rim the bay's peaceful waters, all backed by the ruins of a medieval castle.
The ruins of the 11th century Venetian castle are an interesting place to explore. While the 12th century Chapel of Sofia is also worth a look, as are several other small churches in the town, their walls said to house beautiful paintings of saints.
Accommodation
Overnight boat (1 nt)
Day 7 Lefkada
Keeping eyes peeled for a glimpse of the bottle-nosed dolphins that call the gulf home, we set sail for the fourth largest Ionian island of Lefkada.
Colonised by the Corinthians in the 7th century BC, Lefkada gained its name from the white rocks where mythological poet, Sappho, threw herself to her death unable to bear her torturous love for Phoen, a once boatman from Mytilene.
The island's mountainous hinterland is lush with olive groves, vineyards and pine forests that flow down to a dramatic coastline of sheer cliffs, fabulous beaches and vibrant blue seas.
Despite being a popular tourist destination, the capital Lefkada has mostly managed to retain an air of authenticity. Much of the town was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake, however while the original style was honoured they fashioned the upper floor of their properties with painted sheet metal. Strolling through the narrow alleyways gives an alluring taste of this unique style.
The many cafes, bars and restaurants on the waterfront make an ideal spot to chill out in the charismatic surrounds.
A nice collection of artefacts is contained in the Archaeological Museum, but to really stand amongst history, head just north of town to the 14th century Venetian fortress of Agia Mavra.
Accommodation
Overnight boat (1 nt)
Day 8 Vounaki
Our brief 1 hour sail this morning is the perfect way to end our journey, as we cross the glistening water towards the port of Vounaki. Departure time today will be approximately 10am. We recommend you consider booking an extra night's accommodation after this trip to see all the sights. If you are planning to depart today please do not book a flight earlier than 3pm in case our arrival is delayed due to weather conditions.
Located just a few kilometres from the ancient port of Paleros, and dating back to Mycenaean times, Vounaki has plenty to keep you occupied.
Feast on succulent seafood, explore nearby beaches, get into some of the many water activities available or simply chill out at one of the small harbour-side tavernas and enjoy the wonderful Ionian Sea views.
The Arkanika Mountains not only make a beautiful backdrop to this relaxed seaside resort town, they offer excellent walks and bike riding amongst olive groves and pine forests. Discover the charming old 16th century St Dimitrios Monastery or sample a few wines at a local vineyard.
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    Itinerary disclaimer
    Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com
    Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.
    Culture shock rating

    At times local life here will be familiar to that of back home, and at times very different. Services are available most of the time, English may not be the native language, and there may be some cultural differences.
    Physical rating

    Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
    Included activities
    There are no activities included in this itinerary. For a list of optional activities available, please refer to the day-to-day itinerary.
    Kitty
    On this trip it's compulsory to contribute to a kitty. The kitty is an on-ground payment put into a central fund managed by travellers. It helps fund for breakfast and lunch on the boat and other small items such as ice, water, snacks and drinks. Travellers are responsible for the preparation of these meals onboard and to shop at port where supermarkets are often very close to the mooring. Kitty amounts are subject to change to reflect local price increases. On day 1, the skipper will talk through the kitty and how it will be managed (by yourself or fellow travellers) The kitty will be collected when you arrive at the welcome meeting or in stages throughout your trip.
    A trip kitty of EUR50.00 CASH will be required.
    Optional activities
    A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are for entrance only and don't include transport costs to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Optional activities aren't necessarily endorsed or recommended by Intrepid nor included in price of this trip. If you do any optional activities, you do so at your own risk and it must be clearly understood that your participation is your own decision and doesn't form part of your contract with Intrepid. You may be required to sign/complete a waiver form or a receipt for some optional activities.
    Money Exchange
    The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in the following destinations: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain. All other European countries still have their own national currencies.
    The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account / card overseas and any international fees that will be applied.
    You can obtain local currencies easily at airports and major train stations, but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning.
    When leaving home don't forget your PIN and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it is stolen. Keep this in a safe place.
    Credit cards are not always accepted in stores and restaurants. While travelling we recommend you carry some cash to pay for restaurant bills and other services. Change can be difficult to obtain so throughout the day, try to gain as many small denominations as you can.
    You might be advised to take some of your money as travellers' cheques from a major financial institute. Travellers' cheques have security advantages, however please be aware that the exchange rates may not be favourable and that it is difficult to change Travellers' cheques in most countries. Be particularly aware that after hours money exchanges and hotel receptions carry high commissions- sometimes up to 20%.
    For money safety we recommend that you carry your cash and credit cards in a secure money belt or pouch concealed under your clothes.
    Spending money
    Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
    Tipping
    If you're happy with the services provided, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
    Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - leave the loose change. More up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill.
    Local guides: We suggest EUR1-2 per person per day for local guides.
    Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
    Departure tax
    All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.
    Group size
    Maximum of 8 travellers per group.
    Your fellow travellers
    As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.
    Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure. However you can download Intrepid's FREE Meet Up app to chat with your fellow travellers before your trip. Meet up, discuss your upcoming trip and share the excitement of planning for your adventure. For more information visit:
    www.intrepidtravel.com/meetup
    Accommodation
    Overnight boat (7 nts)
    This trip is accommodated entirely on board a yacht of between 48ft to 52ft. A typical 52ft yacht for 10 travellers is equipped with 5 twin/double share cabins, 3 shared bathrooms and 2 showers. Our boats are real yachts and this is a real sailing trip. Yachts are designed to keep sleeping areas to the absolute minimum of space, while maximising common areas as much as possible. Smaller yachts will be used for smaller groups sizes.
    Rooms are allocated on arrival by our skipper according to group composition, which means it is not possible to reserve or guarantee any specific berth or cabin. Single passengers will be paired up with another passenger of the same gender, this may mean sharing a double cabin with a double mattress. Everyone including the skipper shares the bathrooms on board.
    While not everyone may feel entirely comfortable living in such close quarters, those who are looking to revel in the adventure and exhilaration of an authentic sailing trip usually find any discomfort from cramped living conditions is more than made up for by the whole experience.
    Check out the typical yacht floor plan below:

    Meals introduction
    While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.
    Meals
    7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches
    Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.
    EUR 200.00
    On most days, breakfast and lunch will be taken aboard the vessel and ingredients are purchased as part of your kitty payment. Travellers will shop at ports for these items. This trip is also participation based. This means that during your travels you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as sailing, and will be responsible for preparing meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult however many hands make light work and any assistance provided to the skipper is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer. If you have any dietary requirements please tell us at the time of booking and also remind your skipper at the welcome meeting. At some of the smaller ports the choice of provisions may be limited or very simple. Vegetarians or those with specific meal requirements might choose to supplement meals with supplies bought from home, e.g. protein bars, dried fruits and so on.
    Transport
    Boat
    Generally we use up to 44ft monohull yachts, mostly between 0 and 5 years old. Smaller yachts will be used for smaller group sizes, As this is a real sailing adventure you may be asked to assist on-deck, particularly when coming into or leaving port. No experience is necessary, but getting to know some 'sailing language' might help to get you into the spirit of the adventure.
    Port - left
    Starboard - right
    Bow - front of the boat
    Stern - rear of the boat
    Deck - outside, upper area of the boat
    Hull - the main part or body of the boat
    Keel - part of the boat under water that keeps the boat stable and stops it capsizing
    Mainsail - the large sail attached to the mast and boom
    Mast - the big vertical pole that supports the mainsail
    Boom - the big horizontal pole attached to the mainsail, coming off the rear of the mast (swing from side to side)
    Jib, headsail, genoa, foresail - smaller sail near the front of the boat
    Sheet - ropes used to control the sails
    Lines - other ropes on the boat (ropes are never called ropes on yachts)
    Spinnaker - large extra sail
    Trim the sails - adjust the position of the sails when the wind changes strength or direction
    Tiller or wheel or helm - used to steer the boat
    Helmsman - person steering the boat
    Running - sailing with the wind
    Tack - turning the bow of the boat when sailing through the wind
    Jibe - turning the stern of the boat when sailing through the wind
    Figure-eight knot - the stopper: often used at the end of lines to stop them getting away.
    Bowline (knot) - strong and dependable knot that is commonly used
    Clove Hitch (knot) - not as secure it is often used to attach an object to a line
    Group leader
    On this trip you will be accompanied by one of our skippers. Your skipper's role involves taking charge of the sailing, the safety of the vessel and safety for all passengers on board. Skippers all hold a Yacht Master Offshore license or higher and have completed an intense training and review process before sailing with us. The aim of the skipper is also to take the hassle out of your travels by organizing the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics and coordinating the kitty (where applicable). Your skipper will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect skippers to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
    Joining point
    Reception of Sunsail Beach Club Hotel
    Vounaki Marina AK300 12 Paleros
    Etolacamania
    GREECE
    Joining point instructions
    Please make your way to the marina by 4pm on day 1 of the trip. Vounaki Marina is located on the west coast of Greece at the foot of the Arkanika Mountains. Paleros village is only a short distance away (15 minute walk) and Lefkada, Vounitsa and Prevezaare only a taxi ride away (approx. 16-20km).
    You will depart from Vounaki immediately after a short group meeting, if you are late or delayed you will need to catch up with the group in the following destination at your own expense. If you have any difficulties please contact Kutte on +30 694 208 8429.
    It is worth booking an extra nights' accommodation before this trip if you wish to experience more of the Paleros/Vounaki area.
    Arrival in Vounaki:
    The nearest airport to Vounaki is Atkion National Airport (PVK), which serves the Preveza and Lefkada areas. Flights into this airport are mainly charters from other European points and the UK. Vounaki is approximately 30-40 minutes from the airport, taxis will usually be available however the most convenient option would be to book a taxi/transfer in advance online.
    Try http://www.lantisworld.com/taxis.htm.
    If arriving at Athens airport and transferring to Vounaki by bus, catch the airport bus to Athens main bus station- Kifissos Intercity Bus Station.
    KTEL express buses run 3-4 times daily during summer and take approximately 4 hours. From here take the bus to the town of Vonitsa (on the Athens-Lefkada service). Taxis from here to Vounaki take around 30 minutes. Alternatively, the Athens to Preveza service runs year round with 4-6 buses daily taking approximately, 6 hours. Taxis from Preveza to Vounaki take around 40 minutes.
    It is possible to take a connecting flight from Athens to Igoumenitsa or Ioannina airports further north. Igoumenitsa is also a major international ferry port) Vounaki is a 3 hour drive from here, there are limited bus services, and a pre arranged taxi or transfer would save time.
    Arrival complications
    We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the Joining Instructions section above for who to contact.
    If you have pre-booked an airport transfer (where available) and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the starting point hotel, again following the Joining Instructions in these trip notes. Should this occur, please apply to your travel agent for a refund of the transfer cost on your return.
    No refund is available on missed transfers or portions of your trip owing to a different flight arrival or delayed flight arrival. Any additional cost incurred in order to meet up with your group is at your own expense.
    Finish point
    Reception of Sunsail Beach Club Hotel
    Vounaki Marina AK300 12 Paleros
    Etolacamania
    GREECE
    Finish point instructions
    Vounaki marina is located a short distance from the village of Paleros (15 minute walk)
    It is worth booking an extra nights' accommodation after this trip if you wish to experience more of the Paleros/Vounaki area.
    If you are planning to depart on the final day of the trip, please do not book a flight earlier than 3pm in case our arrival is delayed due to weather conditions.
    The nearest airport to Vounaki is Atkion National Airport (PVK), which serves the Preveza and Lefkada areas. Vounaki is approximately 30-40 minutes from the airport.
    Express buses to Athens' Kifissos Intercity Bus Station are available from Preveza (4½ hours, 4-6 services daily, year-round) and Vonitsa (3 hours, summer only, 3-4 services daily).
    Emergency contact
    In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, our sailing representative can be reached on Tel:+66 81 142 4210. For further contact details please use the following page:
    Emergency funds
    Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
    Visas
    Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.
    We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
    GREECE:
    Australia: Not required
    Belgium: Not required
    Canada: Not required
    Germany: Not required
    Ireland: Not required
    Netherlands: Not required
    New Zealand: Not required
    South Africa: Yes - in advance
    Switzerland: Not required
    UK: Not required
    USA: Not required
    Intrepid requires you to provide a clear scanned copy of the front page of your passport (photo page) for relevant port Authority registration in the Ionian sea region. Intrepid must receive the passport copy at least 30 days prior to travel. Please make sure that this copy is for the passport that you will be travelling on. If you have to renew your passport please bring your old passport with you as well.
    Issues on your trip
    While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
    We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
    You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
    What to take
    What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb.
    Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
    You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.
    Space on board the vessel is very limited - for your own comfort and safety, luggage should be kept to an absolute minimum. The use of a backpack, soft sports bag or duffel bag is recommended - NO hard suitcases will be permitted on board.
    Bring along a good-sized daypack as well as a light fleece and/or light windproof jacket. One towel is provided however you might like to consider bringing along an extra for swimming and outdoor use as towels are not changed during the trip. Sports shoes with light coloured soles or sports sandals are recommended while on board, while a pair of cycling gloves can be useful if you wish to participate in sailing. Snorkelling equipment is provided on board.
    If your trip includes hiking or trekking, please ensure you pack comfortable shoes (preferably not brand new, as this can lead to blisters) that are fully enclosed and are comfortable for you to walk in for an entire day. Sneakers or runners should be fine, as long as they are comfortable.
    While there should be electricity on board throughout your trip the voltage is likely to vary widely, from 12V to 220V, and when in port or moored we are dependent on the supply available. Please be aware that the supply may not be sufficient to power some electronic devices all the time and that you may need a voltage adapter or similar (such as portable inverter used in cars). On some trips it may be possible to charge devices ashore at restaurants or resorts, however this is not guaranteed.
    Health
    All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
    You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
    Safety
    Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.
    We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
    In addition to any included activities on your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. Our local representative may be able to assist you with available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that our local representative has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
    For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
    WATER SAFETY AT SEA:
    Travellers that are able and confident swimmers will be able to enjoy swimming & snorkelling off the boat, but please always note the skipper's advise and instructions on when and where to swim and what precautions to consider. Travellers that are not able to swim are certainly welcome on this trip, but you will be required to wear a life jacket when we are sailing.
    Travel insurance
    Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
    When travelling on a group trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
    If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
    Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
    Responsible Travel
    We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:
    In general, there are few dress restrictions in Europe. Note when visiting churches that modest dress is required - shorts or skimpy tops may not be permitted.
    A couple of rules
    Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
    The Intrepid Foundation
    Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.
    The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your group leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:
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