Ionian Island Holidays
020 8459 0777
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WHY IONIAN ISLAND HOLIDAYS?

AWARD WINNING HOLIDAYS

We are delighted to have been voted "Best Holiday Company to Hellenic Europe" as well as winning silver for the "Best Villa Holiday Company" in our respective categories. We have been winning awards for seven consecutive years from 2011 to 2017.
British Travel Awards Winner 2017
British Travel Awards Silver 2017
British Travel Awards Winner 2016
British Travel Awards Winner 2016

NO HIDDEN EXTRAS

Our prices are per person with no hidden extras. We include:
  • Flights with 20kg luggage allowance
  • Fuel Surcharges
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers (where applicable)
  • Car Hire (where specified)
  • Welcome Pack
Plus, we offer an additional 10% off for under 16's on most holidays!

EXPERT ADVICE

Our team of experienced and knowledgeable advisers are here to make your holiday to the Greek islands memorable - and for the right reasons!
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There are two Ithakas; a small Ionian Island, two mountains joined by a craggy ridge, rugged in the west, gentle and more fertile in the east where the shoreline is indented by numerous coves and sheltered bays where it’s said a million olive trees  of a type unique to the island grow.

Only 3,000 Ithakians live here but many more can be found living as far away as New York, Cape Town and Melbourne. Like their famous ancestor Odysseus they are a seafaring people and even today many a merchant ship or ferry is crewed by seamen from the island.

Homer accurately described Ithaka as “rocky and unfit for horses but good for goats”! A single road connects the island capital Vathy, with its sheltered fjord-like deep- water harbour giving the town its name, to a scattering of villages in the north such as Stavros and Kioni passing beneath the ancient monastery of Kathara, its bell tower a landmark from many miles away.

Whether you stay for one week or the rest of your life you may absorb these lines by the famous poet C P Kavafy: “Ithaka gave you a marvellous journey, without her you would never have set out. Wise you have become and  full of experience. Now you will understand what these Ithakas mean.”

 

  • Experience the amazing panorama at the top of Mount Neritos (809m)
  • Explore secluded coves around Kioni and Vathy in your own motor boat
  • Snorkelling tour with the Marine Adventure
  • Swim at the ‘Blue Flag’ Dexia Beach
  • Visit the Archaeological museum in Vathy
  • Visit Exoghi and its church Agia Marina for ancient walks and amazing views
  • Odysseus Museum
  • Visit the Monastery of Kathariotissa named after the islands saint. It has a wonderful panoramic view of southern Ithaka
  • Celebrate the panagiri or festival of Sotiros (the Saviour) over the 5th and 6th August, food, music, dance and fun
  • Kioni ‘feast’ day on 20th July with live traditional music, food, wine & dance.

Vathy is one of the more spectacular natural harbours in Greece. Almost invisible from the sea, its narrow fjord  like entrance, guarded by twin headlands, each with the ruins of Venetian gun emplacements, is protected by the huge bulk of Mount Neritos, the island’s highest peak.  The town itself contains fascinating alleyways and stepped paths often lined with the walls of elegant ruins, their archways and windows covered in wisteria. The wonderful Archaeological Museum, housing collections dating back to the Mycenaean period, is also based in Vathy. The countryside in the immediate vicinity is glorious. Quiet lanes and tracks lead up the fertile valley behind the town from where newly opened footpaths can be taken to places straight out of Homer’s Odyssey.

Ithaka is two islands connected by the narrow ridge of Aetos. The north ‘island’, dominated by Mount Neritos, with the historic Kathara monastery and the Venetian village of Anoghi on its broad flanks, has a whole series of sheltered bays on its eastern shore. Stavros is the largest of several settlements scattered across the north end of the island. The large central plateia beside the church is pleasantly tree-lined and contains the only statue of Odysseus on the island. From Stavros the road drops down a valley to the tiny harbour and port of Frikes with its scattering of waterside tavernas. Beyond Frikes, the road twists around a series of delightful bays, before a short sharp ascent reveals the picturesque and atmospheric harbour of Kioni, with its colourful cafés and harbour side tavernas. The surrounding coves and bays around Kioni are beautiful places to enjoy but most are only accessible by sea, therefore hiring a motor boat is necessary.

Flights for 2018
Saturday departures
Direct flights from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham
KEFALONIA (EFL): for Kefalonia and Ithaka
SATURDAY FLIGHT
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INBOUND
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London Heathrow Kefalonia Dep: 10:10hrs
Arr: 15:45hrs
Dep: 16:35hrs
Arr: 18:05hrs
£55.00 British Airways
BA 8582/3
T5 From: 26th May
To: 6th Oct
London Gatwick Kefalonia Dep: 10:05hrs
Arr: 15:30hrs
Dep: 16:10hrs
Arr: 17:30hrs
None Norwegian Airlines
D8 2524/5
South Terminal From: 28th Apr
To: 20th Oct
Manchester Kefalonia Dep: 08:45hrs
Arr: 14:20hrs
Dep: 15:05hrs
Arr: 16:50hrs
£35.00 Fly Be
BE 9620/1
T3 From: 5th May
To: 6th Oct
Birmingham Kefalonia Dep: 11:05hrs
Arr: 16:30hrs
Dep: 17:15hrs
Arr: 18:55hrs
£35.00 Fly Be
BE 9610/1
Main Terminal From: 19th May
To: 22nd Sep
These timings are quoted in local time and may be subject to alteration. Greece is 2 hours ahead of the UK. Check-in time for UK is 2 hours prior to departure and in resort, due to security requirements, check-in should be 3 hours prior to departure.
Flights for 2019
Saturday departures
Direct flights from London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham
KEFALONIA (EFL): for Kefalonia and Ithaka
SATURDAY FLIGHT
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FROM TO OUTBOUND
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INBOUND
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London Gatwick Kefalonia Dep: 10:05hrs
Arr: 15:30hrs
Dep: 16:10hrs
Arr: 17:30hrs
None Norwegian Airlines
D8 2524/5
South Terminal From: 27th Apr
To: 19th Oct
Manchester Kefalonia Dep: 08:45hrs
Arr: 14:20hrs
Dep: 15:05hrs
Arr: 16:50hrs
£35.00 Fly Be
BE 9620/1
T3 From: 27th Apr
To: 5th Oct
Manchester Kefalonia Dep: 07:00hrs
Arr: 12:45hrs
Dep: 13:45hrs
Arr: 15:35hrs
£35.00 Thomas cook
MT 1192/3
T1 From: 12th Oct
To: 19th Oct
Birmingham Kefalonia Dep: 11:05hrs
Arr: 16:30hrs
Dep: 17:15hrs
Arr: 18:55hrs
£35.00 Fly Be
BE 9610/1
Main Terminal From: 18th May
To: 28th Sep
These timings are quoted in local time and may be subject to alteration. Greece is 2 hours ahead of the UK. Check-in time for UK is 2 hours prior to departure and in resort, due to security requirements, check-in should be 3 hours prior to departure.

TRANSFERS

Coach transfer to Sami then an onward sea crossing to Piso Aetos on our charter boat. Where applicable, hire cars will be waiting at Piso Aetos otherwise you will be transferred by taxi or minibus to your accommodation

Approx transfer time: 1 hours 30 mins

PRE-BOOKING YOUR AIRCRAFT SEAT

To pre book your seat please contact the airline directly quoting Ionian Island Holidays as your tour operator, your booking reference number, flight number, date of departure and specific flight request. Payments for these seats are direct with the airline.

AIRLINE CONTACT DETAILS

British Airways: Visit Website
Norwegian Airlines: Visit Website
Fly Be: N/A
Thomas cook: Visit Website

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE

20kg for checked baggage, 5kg hand baggage.
Security restrictions may apply, please contact the airline, the airport or ourselves before departure.

FLIGHT ONLY

We are able to offer a limited number of flights direct to Kefalonia, Preveza and Corfu. Contact out UK office for further details on 020 8459 0777.

AIRPORTS ASSISTANCE

Please also fully inform us of any disability or walking difficulty you may have, so we can provide assistance at the airport. This must be made at least 7 days before departure.

Melissa's House
MELISSA'S HOUSE
KIONI, ITHAKA
Waterside accommodation with a captivating sunrise and sublime panoramic views
1 bed and 2 bed apartment close to the sea
Villa Marina
VILLA MARINA
NEAR KIONI, ITHAKA
A delightful village setting with glorious views across the Ionian Sea, close to the picturesque harbour of Kioni
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Rhodia
VILLA RHODIA
POLIS BAY, ITHAKA
Perfectly positioned Villa above Polis Bay
1 bedroom waterfront villa
Likoudis Apartments
LIKOUDIS APARTMENTS
KIONI, ITHAKA
Charming apartments located in one of Ithaka’s most popular waterside hamlets, Kioni.
6 Apartments overlooking the bay in Kioni
Villa Agrambeli
VILLA AGRAMBELI
NEAR VATHY, ITHAKA
Secluded garden villa surrounded by vineyards and olive groves with glorious sea and mountain views.
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Koumaria
VILLA KOUMARIA
NEAR VATHY, ITHAKA
Secluded garden villa surrounded by vineyards and olive groves with glorious sea and mountain views.
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Agrapida
VILLA AGRAPIDA
NEAR VATHY, ITHAKA
Secluded garden villa surrounded by vineyards and olive groves with glorious sea and mountain views.
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Porto Bello
VILLA PORTO BELLO
VATHY, ITHAKA
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Kirki
VILLA KIRKI
VATHY, ITHAKA
Situated above the marina on the east side of Vathy with breathtaking views over southern Ithaka.
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Lemonia
VILLA LEMONIA
NEAR POLIS, ITHAKA
Perfectly positioned Villa above Polis Bay
2 bedroom waterfront villa
Villa Lefki
VILLA LEFKI
NEAR STAVROS, ITHAKA
A charming villa with delightful views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Kounavato
VILLA KOUNAVATO
NEAR VATHY, ITHAKA
Beautiful stone villa in glorious surroundings
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Rigoni Apartments
RIGONI APARTMENTS
KIONI, ITHAKA
Stylish apartments, beautiful sunrises with easy access to Kioni and its seductive coves
3 apartments in Kioni close to the beach
Eleni Apartments
ELENI APARTMENTS
KIONI, ITHAKA
Idyllically located apartments with breathtaking views
5 Apartments in Kioni overlooking the bay
Nitsa's House
NITSA'S HOUSE
FRIKES, ITHAKA
Traditional Ithacan House with stunning sea views
2 bedroom House
Perentzada 1811 Art Hotel
PERENTZADA 1811 ART HOTEL
Exquisite and stylish hotel with wonderful views across Vathy harbour
12 room boutique hotel with shared pool
Villa Amalthia
VILLA AMALTHIA
DEXIA BAY, NEAR VATHY, ITHAKA
Charming Villa set amongst a lush backdrop of rural Ithaka
1 bedroom villa with private pool
Villa Aretusa
VILLA ARETUSA
DEXIA BAY, NEAR VATHY, ITHAKA
Charming Villa set amongst a lush backdrop of rural Ithaka
1 bedroom villa with private pool
Villa Elia
VILLA ELIA
POLIS BAY, ITHAKA
Delightful villa perfectly positioned above Polis Bay
2 bedroom waterfront villa
Villa Joanna
VILLA JOANNA
NEAR KIONI, ITHAKA
A delightful village setting with glorious views across the Ionian Sea, close to the picturesque harbour of Kioni
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Kalypso
VILLA KALYPSO
VATHY, ITHAKA
Situated above the marina on the east side of Vathy with breathtaking views over southern Ithaka.
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Eleni Apartments
ELENI APARTMENTS
KIONI, ITHAKA
Idyllically located apartments with breathtaking views
5 Apartments in Kioni overlooking the bay
Likoudis Apartments
LIKOUDIS APARTMENTS
KIONI, ITHAKA
Charming apartments located in one of Ithaka’s most popular waterside hamlets, Kioni.
6 Apartments overlooking the bay in Kioni
Melissa's House
MELISSA'S HOUSE
KIONI, ITHAKA
Waterside accommodation with a captivating sunrise and sublime panoramic views
1 bed and 2 bed apartment close to the sea
Rigoni Apartments
RIGONI APARTMENTS
KIONI, ITHAKA
Stylish apartments, beautiful sunrises with easy access to Kioni and its seductive coves
3 apartments in Kioni close to the beach
Villa Amalthia
VILLA AMALTHIA
DEXIA BAY, NEAR VATHY, ITHAKA
Charming Villa set amongst a lush backdrop of rural Ithaka
1 bedroom villa with private pool
Villa Aretusa
VILLA ARETUSA
DEXIA BAY, NEAR VATHY, ITHAKA
Charming Villa set amongst a lush backdrop of rural Ithaka
1 bedroom villa with private pool
Villa Rhodia
VILLA RHODIA
POLIS BAY, ITHAKA
Perfectly positioned Villa above Polis Bay
1 bedroom waterfront villa
Villa Lefki
VILLA LEFKI
NEAR STAVROS, ITHAKA
A charming villa with delightful views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Porto Bello
VILLA PORTO BELLO
VATHY, ITHAKA
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Nitsa's House
NITSA'S HOUSE
FRIKES, ITHAKA
Traditional Ithacan House with stunning sea views
2 bedroom House
Villa Agrambeli
VILLA AGRAMBELI
NEAR VATHY, ITHAKA
Secluded garden villa surrounded by vineyards and olive groves with glorious sea and mountain views.
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Elia
VILLA ELIA
POLIS BAY, ITHAKA
Delightful villa perfectly positioned above Polis Bay
2 bedroom waterfront villa
Villa Kalypso
VILLA KALYPSO
VATHY, ITHAKA
Situated above the marina on the east side of Vathy with breathtaking views over southern Ithaka.
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Kirki
VILLA KIRKI
VATHY, ITHAKA
Situated above the marina on the east side of Vathy with breathtaking views over southern Ithaka.
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Koumaria
VILLA KOUMARIA
NEAR VATHY, ITHAKA
Secluded garden villa surrounded by vineyards and olive groves with glorious sea and mountain views.
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Lemonia
VILLA LEMONIA
NEAR POLIS, ITHAKA
Perfectly positioned Villa above Polis Bay
2 bedroom waterfront villa
Villa Agrapida
VILLA AGRAPIDA
NEAR VATHY, ITHAKA
Secluded garden villa surrounded by vineyards and olive groves with glorious sea and mountain views.
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Joanna
VILLA JOANNA
NEAR KIONI, ITHAKA
A delightful village setting with glorious views across the Ionian Sea, close to the picturesque harbour of Kioni
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Kounavato
VILLA KOUNAVATO
NEAR VATHY, ITHAKA
Beautiful stone villa in glorious surroundings
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Marina
VILLA MARINA
NEAR KIONI, ITHAKA
A delightful village setting with glorious views across the Ionian Sea, close to the picturesque harbour of Kioni
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Perentzada 1811 Art Hotel
PERENTZADA 1811 ART HOTEL
Exquisite and stylish hotel with wonderful views across Vathy harbour
12 room boutique hotel with shared pool