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Kayak and Wild Camp Remote Greek Islands

Paddle around the Ionian Archipelago, discover uninhabited islands and wild camp under the stars

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Kayak and Wild Camp Remote Greek Islands

Paddle around the Ionian Archipelago, discover uninhabited islands and wild camp under the stars

DURATION

4 nights

LOCATION

Greece

ANNUAL LEAVE

2 days off work

SEASON

May-Oct

GROUP SIZE

Up to 14 people

MEETING POINT

Aktion National Airport, Greece

ACCOMMODATION

Wild camping · Campsite · Guesthouse

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

No previous kayaking experience is required, but you will need a reasonable level of fitness and the ability to swim in open water.

Discover picturesque beaches, deep blue coves and hidden sea caves that were once used to hide submarines in World War 2

Wild camp on an island inhabited only by wild goats and dine on traditional Greek food cooked over the campfire

Snorkel in clear turquoise waters, eyes peeled for sea turtles and dolphins

What's it like?

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    Belinda, May 2022

    A brilliant trip and totally recommend! You kayak for approx 4-5 hours a day, and the difficulty depends on the weather! They give you a dry bag at the start for all your belongings then a safe place to leave all your non essentials/suitcases, but you really don’t need much! The food was fantastic.

    Helen, October 2021

    The local hosts were lovely and very chilled, looking after us and more importantly took a lot of the faff out of packing as had pre-packed the kayaks; they also adapted to the weather and the needs of the group. We were in double kayaks. As such we were definitely wild glamping. Staying in campsites w beachbars and toilets, in one case, hot shower - no complaints from me! The food was plentiful w catering for vegans. We returned one day early due to rain but kayaked plenty - 50km in 3 days inc a mini hike and snorkelling/kayaking in caves.

    Anna, September 2020

    What an incredible experience, this trip is definitely one to remember. The views, the people and the tour guides just made this amazing! The amount of kayaking is not for the faint-hearted in my opinion but the support of the team gets you through and the sense of achievement makes the hard work worth it!

    Jo, September 2020

    Absolutely fantastic trip, would 110% recommend to anyone wanting to escape, have great food, incredible scenery... George and Alex were incredible hosts/guides. Just stunning from start to finish

    Danilo, September 2020

    Amazing trip, very well organized by our guides, George and Alexis that have always been present and helpful. We visited several islands reaching points of interest that can be reached only via sea. This made the experience unique!

    Thomas, June 2020

    An amazing experience, which was facilitated by two very awesome guides - George and Alex were both so friendly and welcoming and really brought the group together and made the trip unforgettable. Many of our group had no prior kayaking experience but still had no difficulty in taking part, and I would absolutely recommend this to anyone considering it. The scenery was beautiful and we were lucky to have glorious sunshine and gentle winds during our trip, which made every day like a paradise on the beautiful clear waters of Greece. The food was also really good, better than I had been expecting, and helped to fuel us for the long paddling. Whilst you need a certain level of fitness, you definitely don't need to be a marathon runner to take part. Really enjoyed every moment of the trip and I look forward to booking another in the future.

    Matt, September 2020

    Really enjoyable trip - well organised, with friendly and responsible guides. Good quality equipment and plenty of food/resources. Gorgeous scenery and caves.

    Ben, September 2020

    A truly memorable experience with excellent food on beautiful beaches. The guides, George and Alexi were exceptional and completely made the trip what it was.

    Included

    Guides

    Expert, English-speaking guides

    Accommodation

    1 night in a guesthouse, 3 nights wild camping

    Meals

    Munch on tasty local food throughout

    Transfers

    To and from the airport and everything in-between

    Equipment

    All your camping and kayaking equipment

    Not Included

    Flights to and from the meeting point

    Travel insurance

    Personal expenses

    The Area

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    Logistics

    Starts

    Aktion National Airport, Greece

    12:00 on Day 1

    Ends

    Aktion National Airport, Greece

    11:00 on Day 5

    Transfers

    Your host will pick you up on arrival and drop you off in time for departure. If you arrive early and would like a private transfer to Nydri, where the trip starts, this can be arranged with your host. Please see Optional Extras for prices. Book any departing flight that leaves after 13:00.

    Travel options

    There are regular flights to Aktion from major airports across the UK and Europe.

    Day 1

    Wild camping · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 2

    Wild camping · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 3

    Campsite · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 4

    Guesthouse · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 5

    Departure day

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    What is the food like?

    Greek food is fresh and full of flavour. Breakfasts are typically light and might include fresh fruit, olives and yoghurt as staples. Lunches will mostly be picnic style whilst dinners are beach barbecues where you'll enjoy fresh fish, salads and steaks for the meat-eaters.

    Vegetarian, vegan and most other dietary requirements can be catered for on request.

    What is the accommodation like?

    Nydri

    You'll stay in a traditional guesthouse in a twin-share room.

    Wild Camping

    You’ll set up camp on remote beaches and sleep in twin-share tent. You’ll also spend one night in an established campsite with washing facilities and a bar within walking distance of the beach.

    Upgrades

    For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

    Day 1

    Welcome to the Greek Islands

    Kayaking

    6 nautical miles

    Heading to the coastal town of Nydri (1 hour transfer), you'll get set up with your kayaks and island hopping can commence! You’ll paddle from Nydri to Madouri, stopping off on the private island of Skorpios. Covered in thick forest, Skorpios has over 200 varieties of trees that were all imported to this once barren island. You'll end the day in Thilia, where you’ll set up camp and enjoy your first beach barbecue.

    Day 2

    Sunrise swimming and stargazing

    Kayaking

    6 nautical miles

    If you’re an early bird, enjoy a superb sunrise, or alternatively grab a little more sleep before a pre-breakfast swim. Snorkel and paddle through the ‘fjords’ until you reach the gulf of Atherinos. Build a fire on the forest-flanked beach of Limonari before settling in for another night spotting shooting stars from your wild camping spot.

    Day 3

    Explore the caves

    Kayaking

    9 nautical miles

    Swap your kayaks for snorkelling gear and dive into the Papanicolis and Giovanni caves - so huge they were once used to hide submarines in World War 2. Take a well-earned rest and then set off on the longest paddle of the trip as you cross the Gulf of Rouda back to Lefkada, where you’ll spend the night in Mikros Gialos Bay.

    Day 4

    Secluded beaches

    Kayaking

    8 nautical miles

    Slowly make your way up the coast as you head to the finish line back at Nydri. Stop at some secluded beaches to swim, explore some more caves or just catch a few rays. You’ll arrive back in Nydri in the late afternoon and after checking into your guesthouse, there will be a post-adventure celebration dinner with your group at a local taverna. Ouzo at the ready!

    Day 5

    Time to head home

    Enjoy a well-earned lie-in, tuck into a last delicious Greek breakfast and then head back to the airport.

    15% Off Outdoor Gear

    In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

    What's included?

    • Single or double kayak
    • Paddle
    • Life jacket
    • Sprayskirt
    • Dry bag
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Safety equipment
    • First aid kit
    • Throw rope
    • Extra paddles
    • 2-person tent
    • Sleeping bag
    • Sleeping mat

    What do I need to bring?

    Bags

    • Small rucksack to carry items throughout the day

    Clothes

    • Lightweight breathable clothes for kayaking in
    • Long-sleeved shirt and trousers
    • Waterproof jacket and trousers
    • Warm jacket and/or jumper for the evenings
    • Hiking shoes/trainers for exploring
    • Socks
    • Beach sandals/kayak shoes to walk in water
    • Swimsuit

    Sleeping

    • Sleeping bag liner (optional)

    Other

    • Towel
    • Sun protection
    • Insect repellant
    • Head torch
    • Water bottle

    Please inform your host if you are bringing your own sleeping bag as space and weight are carefully measured for the kayaks.

    Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

    Payable Before Departure

    Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

    Per Person

    Private transfer to/from Nydri from airport

    Payable Before Departure

    Private transfer to/from Nydri from airport

    Per Person

    We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

    What's the number?
    It works out on average at 83kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

    The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

    But what does the number mean?
    Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

    • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
    • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
    • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

    What are we doing about it?
    Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

    Want to know more?
    Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

    No previous kayaking experience is required, although you will be on the water for a few hours each day so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

    You must also be able to swim and should ideally feel comfortable in the open sea for extended periods (although the option to return to shore is always available).

    Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

    From May to October the temperature ranges from 20°C to 25°C, with the sea temperatures lagging only one degree behind. Days are often breezy, but they’re also clear and sunny with practically no chance of rain.

    Absolutely. Anything you don't need can be left with your host at the port and collected when the trip is finished.

    Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

    Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

    Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

    We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

    We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

    If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

    All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

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