Adventures / Kayak Journeys

Kayak and Camp the Southern Greek Coast

Paddle along Greece’s stunning coastline, explore coves and beaches and camp on a remote islet

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Adventures / Kayak Journeys

Kayak and Camp the Southern Greek Coast

Paddle along Greece’s stunning coastline, explore coves and beaches and camp on a remote islet

DURATION

2 nights

LOCATION

Greece

ANNUAL LEAVE

1 day off work

SEASON

Apr—Jun, Sep, Oct

GROUP SIZE

Up to 16 people

MEETING POINT

Athens International Airport, Athens

ACCOMMODATION

Guesthouse · Campsite

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

You’ll need to be a bit fit, but no previous kayaking experience is needed - just an adventurous spirit and a can-do attitude.

Kayak through the land of Greek mythology on the wild and untamed coastline of the Peloponnese

Paddle past sea turtles to white sand beaches, remote coves and ancient castles, and snorkel in calm, turquoise waters

Camp on the remote island of Sfaktiria and munch on a traditional Greek dinner cooked over the campfire

What's it like?

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    Alan, September 2019

    Weather, host and kayaking were great.

    Gabriella, September 2019

    Everything about the trip was great - the scenery we saw, the gorgeous water we got to swim in, the perfect kayaking conditions, and the historical background our host gave us to the locations we visited. The spirit of the group was really friendly and relaxed, and the flexible itinerary meant we had freedom in choosing together what to do next. Even though we had all only just met we all bonded very quickly and had so many laughs! I felt like I was able to really challenge myself on this trip, too, and in all it was a really rewarding experience thanks to the expertise of our host.

    Philippa, September 2019

    Everything was amazing! Our guides were brilliant and words do not do justice to describe how brilliant they made this trip.

    Venediktos, June 2019

    The trip, hospitality and transport were great.

    Claudia, June 2019

    There aren’t enough stars to rate this!! The tour guide went above and beyond to make us happy and comfortable. There was so much attention to detail to make sure everything was perfect. The places were beautiful, lovely people in the group, everything was perfect.

    Michelle, May 2019

    Everything was great! George, Alex and Stelios were absolutely fantastic in terms of everything, whether it was their knowledge of the seas/kayaks and the surrounding areas or the delicious food!

    Robert, May 2019

    Great trip and host’s where amazing.

    Zarko, May 2019

    Couldn’t think of a better place to kayak. The hosts were also good fun, professional and I felt safe.

    Kristin, May 2019

    The trip was amazing, and that was mostly thanks to the fantastic and enthusiastic hosts who planned everything perfectly and in the most flexible way possible. When the weather conditions changed, they were quick to change the plan accordingly without us losing out on any fun experience. The hosts also did a fantastic job in helping our group become a fantastic and strong team - despite all odds of having to kayak against a wind storm. I'm sure I'll be back, thanks again!

    Chris, May 2019

    The guides were well informed and fun, the scenery was great, the location was amazing

    Included

    Guides

    Local, certified and friendly English-speaking guides

    Accommodation

    1 night in a guesthouse and 1 night camping on an islet

    Meals

    All the Greek food you'll ever need will be provided

    Transfers

    Both transfers to and from the airport and everything in between

    Equipment

    All kayaking, snorkelling and camping kit will be sorted

    Not Included

    Flights to and from the meeting point

    Personal expenses

    The Area

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    Logistics

    Starts

    Athens International Airport, Athens

    15:00 on Day 1

    Ends

    Athens International Airport, Athens

    16:30 on Day 3

    Transfers

    You'll be picked up on arrival and dropped off in time to meet any flight departing at 18:30 or later.

    Travel options

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

    What about all the carbon?

    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.

    Day 1

    Guesthouse · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 2

    Campsite · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 3

    Departure day

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    What is the food like?

    Greek food is fresh and flavorful. Common dishes include Greek salad, moussaka (kind of like lasagna), souvlaki (meat skewers served on a platter or in a wrap), and dolmades (stuffed grape leaves). Breakfasts are typically light, with fresh fruit, olives, and yogurt providing the staples.

    Any dietary needs can be catered for, just let us know upon booking.

    What is the accommodation like?

    Kalamata

    You’ll stay at a modern, 3-star, family run guesthouse just metres from the beach. The guesthouse features ensuite double rooms with a TV and fridge, and free wifi. It can vary by group but in most cases the rooms are twin ensuite rooms, based on same-gender sharing.

    Sfaktiria

    At your remote campsite on Sfaktiria you'll sleep in a 2 person tent (same gender sharing). We provide a sleeping mat and sleeping bag.

    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

    Meet your crew and eat out in Kalamata

    Head to Kalamata, check in, get settled and then enjoy a delicious dinner while gazing out over the Mediterranean.

    Day 2

    Kayak along the coast and camp under the stars

    Kayaking

    2hrs · 6km

    Hiking

    2hrs · 5km

    With your kayak waiting for you on the beach, review safety and skills and then embark on a day of adventure along the coast, paddling past secluded coves and keeping an eye out for sea turtles.

    Your first stop is Voidokoilia, one of the best beaches in Greece. Spend some time swimming and snorkeling in the turquoise waters, then hike up to Navarino Castle for incredible views over the bay.

    Walk back to the beach via Gialova Lagoon, a wetland that serves as an important migratory bird hotspot. You might see egrets, herons, sandpipers, osprey, harriers and more.

    Finish the day with a paddle to Sfaktiria, a remote island and your home for the night. Camp on the beach, cook a traditional Greek dinner, and indulge in a glass of wine beneath the night sky.

    Day 3

    Explore the waters around Fanari and then head home

    Kayaking

    3hrs

    Wake up in a Mediterranean paradise and enjoy a fresh breakfast. Today you'll paddle south along the island’s coast to Fanari - a tiny islet boasting a rock arch and numerous sea caves.

    Spend the rest of the morning swimming, snorkeling and cliff jumping in the beautiful coves of the islet.

    Finish the trip with a quick paddle to the mainland. A car will meet you in Pilos for your transfer 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
    • Spray skirt
    • 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?

    • Small rucksack to carry items throughout the day
    • Lightweight breathable clothes for kayaking
    • Long-sleeved shirt and trousers
    • Waterproof jacket and trousers
    • Warm jacket and/ore jumper for the evenings
    • Hiking shoes and socks
    • Beach sandals
    • Swimsuit
    • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
    • Towel
    • Sun protection
    • Insect repellant
    • Head torch (optional)

    Optional Private Room and Tent Upgrade

    Payable Before Departure

    Optional Private Room and Tent Upgrade

    A reasonable level of fitness is needed, but no previous kayaking experience is required. More important is an adventurous and positive spirit!

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

    The climate in the Peloponnese is Mediterranean. Summer temperatures average 15 – 26°C, and winters cool down to about 11 – 19 °C. Days are generally clear and sunny, especially in the summer when there’s very little chance of rain.

    Absolutely. We can arrange this for you at the hotel if required.

    Yes of course. This can be left in your hosts vehicles.

    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.

    You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

    Want to book a private trip? Just tap ‘Private Group’ in the dates and prices tab.

    Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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