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8

Trip Style

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Immerse yourself on an 8-day Sea Kayaking expedition along the West Coast of the Peloponnese.

Destination

Peloponnese

Meeting Point

Kalamata/Athens Airport

Season

Mar - Jun / Sept - Nov

Adventure & Expedition Private Trips Sea kayaking

Accomodation

Hotels & Wild Camp

Physical Rating

Minimum Age

15

Group Size

Up to 18

Trip Overview

Embark on an exhilarating 8-day sea kayaking odyssey along the captivating western shores of the Peloponnese, where each stroke of the paddle takes you deeper into Greece’s rich history, from antiquity, through the medieval era, up to contemporary times. Our journey lets us navigate the diverse shoreline of western Peloponnese and the enchanting island clusters of Oinouses, uncovering their hidden gems. Marvel at the medieval grandeur of Navarino, Methoni, and Koroni castles from your kayak, and set foot on pristine beaches like the striking, omega-shaped Voidokilia. Navigate through awe-inspiring sea caves and witness stunning geological wonders like the Pylos arch and the Cave of the legendary King Nestor. Experience the untouched beauty of the uninhabited islands, with brief hikes to encounter the vibrant local wildlife. Our accommodations include 4 nights in charming hotels nestled in scenic harbors and seafront settlements, whereas we spend 3 nights camping under the stars on secluded beaches adorning the west coast. In the evenings, savor the flavors of authentic seafood cuisine and immerse yourself in the local way of life. An enthralling adventure that pairs the region’s most exquisite and significant sites with loads of fun, thrill, and Kayak Touring. Our dedicated team offers full support, ensuring a fulfilling experience that caters to all your needs.

Why you will Love it

A Greek Odyssey – Each paddle stroke takes you through Greece’s past. Imagine the stories these waters could tell!

Uncompromised comfort – Three nights of beach camping, four nights hotel lodging. It’s the thrill of the adventure, with an added layer of comfort

Discover Hidden Gems – Treasures of western Peloponnese await to be discovered. Every cove is a new surprise waiting to be unveiled.

Sustainable traveling – This trip follows Leave No Trace principles to minimize our impact on the delicate ecosystem of the Peloponnese coast.

Local superb Guides – Our guides are locals and have years of guiding experience and love to share knowledge, games, and laughter.

Great Hospitality – You’ll be treated to delectable local seafood, fine wine, and an immersive experience of local life.

Trip Information

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Map & Details

Details


Location  Destination  Peloponnese


Pin   Meeting Point  Athens or Kalamata Airport


Sun  Season  Mar – Jun / Sept – Nov


tent  Accomodation Hotels & Wild Camp


Gauge  Physical Rating   4/5


Boy  Minimum Age  15


   Group Size  Up to 18


Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive to Athens or Kalamata

airplane  ATH or KLX Athens or Kalamata Airport

Jump on a flight to either Kalamata or Athens airport where your adventure begins! Your guide eagerly awaits you for a straight ride to our kick-off point, the charming city of Kalamata. Arrive in the afternoon, get comfortable in your cozy seaside hotel, and feel the welcoming aura of Kalamata. Join your guide for a delightful local meal at a nearby restaurant and get all the exciting details for our upcoming journey. Can’t wait to see you there!

Day 2 – Kayak from Marathopoli to Vromoneri

   12 Km

Wake up  in Kalamata, and savor your morning meal with a stunning view of the Ionian Sea. After breakfast, join your guides for a short drive to the coastal village of Marathopoli which serves as the launch point for our first kayak day. This day serves as an introduction to our paddle journey. A brief 2 kilometers away, we’ll find ourselves at the island of Proti, an area with a rich history and rumored to be a refuge for pirates. We’ll navigate around the island’s perimeter, continuing our journey southward until we reach the exquisite Vromoneri beach. Here, we’ll immerse ourselves in activities such as swimming and snorkeling, taking in the captivating, turquoise waters. We’ll end the day establishing our camp on the beach, indulging in a delightful dinner, and spending the night under the glittering display of countless stars.

Day 3 – Kayak from Vromoneri to Navarino Bay

 11km

Rise and head straight for a swim. Take a moment to prepare yourself a traditional Greek breakfast. From Vromoneri, we’ll paddle south, tracing the coast of the open Ionian Sea. Here, a chance meeting with a sea turtle or a dolphin isn’t a rarity. After a few hours of journeying, we’ll land on the renowned, dream beach of Voidokilia. Shaped like the Greek letter omega (Ω), its sandy expanse forms a stunning semicircular dune strip. Adjacent to the dunes is the Gialova Lagoon, a sanctuary for birds. This spectacular beach has earned the title of “A Place of Particular Natural Beauty”. Why not indulge in some relaxation, swimming, or exploration? Don’t miss out on the trail beyond the sand dunes at the far end leading up to Nestor’s Cave – the legendary hiding spot of cattle stolen from Apollo by Hermes. The pictures you’ll capture here will be nothing short of mythical. Afterward, we’ll continue southward towards Navarino bay, closely skimming past the medieval walls of Palaiokastro. Our day ends upon reaching Gialova, a quaint fishing village where the local fishermen are always keen on sharing tales of the region’s marine life. We’ll spend our night at a welcoming beachfront hotel and enjoy a delightful dinner on the patio

Day 4 – Kayak from Navarino Bay to Methoni

 19 km

Wake up and enjoy breakfast at your hotels patio. Our journey today takes us through the breathtakingly beautiful Navarino Bay and onto the deserted isle of Sphacteria. The bay is a must-see, adorned with pristine landscapes, glittering waters, and sun-kissed beaches that often serve as nesting grounds for sea turtles. We’ll kick-start our adventure from Gialova, making our way to the commanding monolith, ‘Fanari,’ located at the bay’s southern edge. Here, we’ll explore a magnificent natural stone arch and observe a diverse range of birds nesting and resting. We’ll make an exciting detour to explore the sea caves, tunnels, and arches around the islet before heading to the uninhabited Sphacteria island. Here, we’ll leave our kayaks behind and venture on foot to explore the island’s hidden treasures. Fancy a dip in a secluded beach, snorkeling, or even cliff diving for the thrill-seekers among us? We’ll then continue on our way, paddling south with the majestic Niokastro fort’s walls in our view. We conclude our day at the historical Methoni citadel, a significant trade and marine hub during medieval times. We’ll dine and rest at a seaside hotel, bidding the day goodbye

Day 5 – Kayak from Methoni to Foinikounda

 18km

We start our day by enjoying a delicious breakfast at the picturesque beach of Limeni. Afterward, we embark on an exciting paddling adventure along the magnificent coastline. As we paddle, we are greeted by countless coves nestled between impressive cliffs and a mesmerizing navy-blue sea. Along the way, we can’t help but marvel at the beauty of the Diros Caves, one of the largest sea caves in the world, adorned with gleaming stalagmites and stalactites. Although visiting the Diros sea caves is not part of our plan, we all secretly wish for a quick stop to explore this natural wonder. Continuing our journey south, our aim is to find a small fjord that will not only serve as an exit point but also provide us with a unique spot to unwind, snorkel, and indulge in a picnic of fresh local delicacies. With a total distance covered of 19 km, we finally reach the sheltered bay of Mezapos, where we set up camp and prepare a satisfying dinner.

Day 6 – Kayak from Foinikounda to Cape Akritas

 20 km

Following an enchanting evening of beach camping under a galaxy of stars, we kick off the day with a rejuvenating dip in the sea. Breakfast is savored beachside before we set out, moving south from Foinikounda towards Cape Akritas, a southern tip of the European mainland. The journey takes us across a channel, with the uninhabited island of Venetiko and its rocky shoreline on the other side. Our route then turns northeast, tracing a shoreline dotted with sandy beaches and tucked-away coves until we arrive at Kalamaki Beach. Gradually, the snowy tips of Taygetos and the expanse of the Messinian Bay reveal themselves. Our day concludes at Amoudi beach, the site of our next beach camp. Under a sky glowing with stars, we enjoy our dinner and prepare for another magical night in our open-air, million-star hotel.

Day 7: Kayak from Cape Akritas to Koroni

 18 km

After a magical night spent on the beach under the stars, we wake up to the sound of the waves and start our day with a refreshing swim in the sea. Today we are heading to the charming coastal town of Koroni, which boasts a majestic Venetian fortress taking pride of place on the hilltop. We’ll venture northward aboard our kayaks, traversing rock gardens and reefs teeming with diverse marine life. With a bit of luck, we might spot the renowned Caretta Caretta sea turtle gliding beneath our kayaks. Our journey continues as we paddle near towering white limestone cliffs and uncover secluded coves dotted with the region’s most exquisite golden beaches. Once we reach Koroni’s shores, we’ll marvel at this enchanting castle town, nestled amidst olive groves, fortified walls, and dramatic cliffs, adding to its unique allure. The town possesses an extraordinary charm that’s simultaneously compelling and captivating. We conclude our journey with a drive from Koroni to Kalamata, where a heartfelt farewell dinner and overnight stay have been organized.

 Day 8: Departure

As we enjoy our last breakfast together on the stunning West Peloponnesian coast, let’s refrain from goodbyes. Instead, let’s vow to “see each other again!” We’ve got your trip back to the airport covered, ensuring you depart with a bag full of unforgettable experiences and a heart eager for more adventures! Remember, every journey’s end is merely the beginning of a new one.

Inclusions

guide  Guides  Expert, English-speaking local Sea Kayak guides


Pillow   Accommodation  4 nights at cozy family run seaside Guesthouses, 3 nights Wild camp at secluded beaches (All camping gear is provided)


Meals  Meals 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners


 Transfers Airport transfers and everything in between


helmet  Gear  All your Kayaking, and basc Camping gear


not included Not Included

  • Flights to and from the meeting point
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guides
  • Some meals as described
  • Visas where required

Accomodation & Food


Day 1 

Lodging: Hotel – Twin Share

Meals included: Dinner


Day 2 

Lodging: Wild Camp – Twin Share

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner


Day 3 – 4

Lodging: Hotel – Twin Share

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner


Day 5 – 6 

Lodging: Wild Camp – Twin Share

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner


Day 7

Lodging: Hotel – Twin Share

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner


Day 8

Meals: Breakfast

 


What’s the Accommodation Like?

This adventure offers a Comfort travel style, encompassing four nights in a hotel and three nights camping. This balanced blend, our most sought-after option, provides the best of both worlds; four nights in comfortable, welcoming hotels and three nights camping on secluded beaches, embracing the beauty of nature. A support vehicle accompanies us throughout the trip, carrying all necessities, including food, luggage, and equipment, ensuring your comfort is never compromised. This allows you to fully immerse yourself in the experience without any added stress or discomfort.

If you’re a solo traveler seeking some personal space, we offer the option to book a private room for an additional fee. Just check out our Optional Extras for the price and request your private room when making your booking (subject to availability).

What’s the Food Like?

Get ready for a culinary journey on your sea kayaking adventure that is as breathtaking as the vistas! As the sun sets after a thrilling day on the water, you’ll find yourself dining in a quaint seaside taverna, basking in the mesmerizing views of the Mediterranean Sea. Or perhaps you’ll be wild camping, where your guides double as gourmet cooks, preparing mouthwatering dinners under the starlit sky.

Kickstart your mornings with an extravagant breakfast at your hotel, featuring an array of delightful local products. From hot and cold offerings to desserts, fresh juices, and a variety of coffees, the hotel’s buffet is nothing short of a treat.

Your guides, apart from being experienced adventurers, are also culinary maestros. Expect them to serve up scrumptious lunches comprised of fresh bread, locally sourced cheeses, freshly picked vegetables, and flavorful dips rich with aromatic herbs. And for the perfect finishing touch, you’ll enjoy a selection of fresh, seasonal fruits for dessert.

Who is the trip for?

This journey is appropriate for individuals with minimal sea kayaking experience. We welcome novices as well, as the focus of the trip is on teaching and developing skills. Throughout the expedition, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your abilities. A moderate level of fitness is necessary as you can anticipate up to 6 hours of sea kayaking daily, punctuated with shoreside breaks to rest and stretch. Teamwork is essential as participants will be expected to help with transporting the kayaks to and from the water. Most of our kayaking will take place in coastal waters with limited open water crossings, and you may experience some rougher seas during your adventure. Should inclement weather prevent kayaking, your guide will propose an alternate activity, such as a leisurely hike.

How to Get There

Transportation

Start your adventure in Greece’s Peloponnese region with a warm welcome on Day 1 at either Kalamata Airport or Athens Airport. Our friendly host will be there to pick you up and take you to your hotel in town. And on Day 7, we’ll make sure you’re back at the airport with plenty of time for your onward flight.

If you’re arriving on Day 1 and departing on Day 8, transfers to and from the airport are included. But don’t worry if your travel dates don’t fit this schedule – just contact us for details on arranging an airport transfer outside of these days.

Travel Options

Athens Airport is the easiest way to get to Greece. Kalamata Airport is the gateway to the mesmerizing Peloponnese region. With daily direct flights from the major European hubs throughout the summer season, getting here is a breeze. If you’re traveling from the US, fear not. You can fly direct to Athens and then have a quick hop over to Kalamata. And if you prefer a scenic journey, why not hop on the express bus service from Athens to Kalamata? It’s a three-hour ride filled with breathtaking views.

Tailor this Trip

Embrace the thrill of personalized travel experiences with us! We appreciate that each adventurer is unique, that’s why we offer a suite of customizable features to curate your dream journey. Whether you need additional accommodation before or after your expedition, extra transport facilities, or wish to extend the joy of exploration a little longer, we’ve got you covered. Reach out to us, share your aspirations, and let’s make your travel dreams come alive!

Rates & Dates

Guided Trip Rates

€ 1.390 per person (for group size 4 – 6 participants)

€ 1.350 per person (for group size 7 – 10 participants)

€ 1.290 per person (for group size 11 – 14 participants)

 

The cost of a trip is based on double room occupancy for the prespecified hotel category. (Please see the cost inclusions list). If you would like a single occupancy or a hotel upgrade, please get in touch with us for a quotation.

Tailor this Trip

Embrace the thrill of personalized travel experiences with us! We appreciate that each adventurer is unique, that’s why we offer a suite of customizable features to curate your dream journey. Whether you need additional accommodation before or after your expedition, extra transport facilities, or wish to extend the joy of exploration a little longer, we’ve got you covered. Reach out to us, share your aspirations, and let’s make your travel dreams come alive!

Make an Enquiry

Want to book this  trip? Or  you have  question? Or want to tailor this trip? Please email us or complete the form below and let’s get started!

Email: [email protected]

Want to speak directly  with one of our Travel Specialists?

Call: +30 694 858 3138 or use the chat bubble.

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