Summer in Kythira

Relax... on an idyllic Greek island this summer.


Kythira, located just south of the Peloponnese, is one of the most unspoiled Greek Islands, known only to the Greeks and a handful of tourists from around the world. The beaches are clean and uncrowded, the restaurants are plentiful and use fresh local produce, and the locals are friendly and welcoming. If you are looking to escape the crowds and experience a piece of Greek paradise, look no further than one of our holiday packages.

Our Summer in Kythira packages, starting at €159 per person, includes transport to and from Athens or Piraeus, hotel accommodation and an exclusive sightseeing tour showcasing the best of the island.

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Every Tuesday from 26th June to 4th September 2018 - 6 day package

Every Friday from 6th July to 31st August 2018 - 3 or 6 day package

Athens Departure Point

Corner of Syntagma Square and Ermou Street

Piraeus Departure Point

Karaiskaki Square - Gate E7

Itinerary & Pricing: 6 days - 5 nights

Itinerary

The following itinerary is based on a Tuesday departure. The package departing on Friday will run in a different order.

Day 1: Athens - Kythira

We depart from Athens by bus, early in the morning, and take the following route: Korinthos – Tripolis (short stop) – Sparta, port of Neapolis, Laconia. You will have a small amount of free time to explore Neapolis before we embark the ferry “Porfyrousa”, which will take us to Kythira. After a 1h 15m trip we will arrive in “Diakofti”, the main port of Kythira, and board the bus that will take us to ’Potamos”. At Potamos we will transfer to a minibus, which will drive us the rest of the way to the village of Agia Pelagia. Here, you will check into the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 2: Free day (in the village of Agia Pelagia)

This is a free day to explore Agia Pelagia. We recommend that you take some time to relax on the beach, have a coffee or taste the wonderful Greek cuisine in any of the tavernas in the village. For the more adventurous we recommend a cruise to the famous “Simos” beach in Elafonissos, with captain Theo Fardoulis.

Day 3: Mylopotamos – Agia Moni - Diakofti (optional tour - Thursdays)

Our tour begins in Agia Pelagia at 9am where, after boarding the coach, we will travel to the village of Mylopotamos, situated to the west of Kythira.

Mylopotamos is one of Kythira’s oldest villages and for this reason it has been declared a traditional settlement by the Archaeological Service. We will start our tour at the castle of “Kato Chora” which is located in the oldest neighborhood of Mylopotamos, about 1.3km from where we disembark the coach. On our way to the castle we will pass through the center of Mylopotamos and see the old English school in the square. After we visit the castle we will explore the old houses and numerous chapels, which were still being used as late as the 1950’s. From here, you have an unrivalled view of the gorge and the sea to the west of Kythira; surely one of the best views on the island.

On the way back to the village, we will visit the impressive "Fonissa" waterfall, where the water used to fall from a height of 15 metres (Unfortunately, this has dried up due to the low rainfall in 2016), the green gorge of the watermills, the central square with plane trees and the bell tower of Aghios Charalampos. At this point you have around an hour of free time, where we suggest that nature lovers take a walk to the waterfall, and the more adventurous can try the walk through the gorge to the watermills, while monument enthusiasts should visit the Cave of Aghia Sofia (optional visit by taxi). We will meet back at the central square before we return to the coach.

Next we head to the mountain of Agia Moni, where the imposing monastery is built. The priest, Father Georgis will guide us through the monastery, which was renovated around 1822 by the hero Theodoros Kolokotronis. After the tour, we will take in the breathtaking views of the island before continuing on to Diakofti, the port of Kythira, by coach.

Diakofti’s main attraction is its beautiful beach, which is reminiscent of the "Caribbean". It is certainly Kythira’s most ideal beach for families, since its crystal clear water is very shallow and safe for children of all ages.

After around 2-hours stay, we will return to Agia Pelagia for about 5pm, where the tour will end.

Day 4: Free day (in the village of Agia Pelagia)

This is a free day in Agia Pelagia. We recommend an outdoor activity with KUO team in Agia Pelagia, or for the more adventurous, a walk to the beach of Laggada and the Palaiochora Gorge. Alternatively, you could explore the nearby village of Potamos or rent a car to explore the rest of the island.

Day 4: Karavas – Mitata - Avlemonas (optional tour - Mondays)

Our tour begins in Agia Pelagia at 10:00am where we will board the coach and depart for the leafy village of Karavas in the north-east of Kythira. We will make a short stop to take photos and visit the village’s small, yet famous bakery.

From here, we will travel south to the center of the island and visit Mitata, the village that was badly damaged by the 6.9 Richter earthquake in 2006. On our arrival we will have an optional visit to the old olive press “Fava's Liotrivi” (2€ entrance fee). This was one of the oldest olive presses on the island and it has been recently renovated by Eleni Protopsalti and Kostas Pavlakis, the grandchildren of the original owner. Here you can learn about the history of olive oil production on Kythira and watch a short time-lapse video of how the press was rebuilt. You can also purchase some of the local Kytherian products, or even some of the recipe books written by Mr Pavlakis that include traditional Kytherian recipes.

After we leave the olive press we will walk a short distance to the statue of the "Heroes of Mitata" before we visit the “Balcony", the main square in the village with it's breathtaking view. Here you can also see Agia Triada, the church that was irreperably damaged by the earthquake; it remains standing as a unique reminder of the devastating event.

After we leave Mitata, we will continue on to the lovely, picturesque fishing village of Avlemonas. Located on the eastern edge of the island, Avlemonas is perhaps Kythira’s most traditional and best preserved village. Due to the village’s dry climate and architecture, it will feel more like we are somewhere in the Cyclades! In Avlemonas, we suggest that you take a stroll to the fisherman’s port where you will see the "Cavallini Mansion" with the sundial, take a photo at the "vardiola" above the small pier and, of course, walk along the paved path to the small Fortress. There will be plenty of time to swim in the clean water of the village’s small bay, enjoy a coffee at one of the local cafés, or try the freshly caught seafood in one of the restaurants.

At about 4pm we will depart Avlemonas for Agia Pelagia, where our tour will end.

Day 5: Monastery of Mytrtidia – Livadi – Bridge of Katouni – Chora - Kapsali

Our tour of Kythira begins at 10am in Agia Pelagia, where we will board the coach and travel to the monastery of Our Lady Myrtidiotissa. The monastery is located to the west of Kythira, at the end of a wonderful journey that has a rich alternation between wild cliffs and green vegetation. Our tour will take in the grand monastery with it's imposing steeple built of porous stone, which stands 25 metres high. Inside the monastery, you will see the 10 marble columns that support the roof of the church, which were found intact 200m away from the church during the period that it was being built, the Tourkalas (Turkish woman's) wax candles, whose child was saved by the Virgin Mary, and most importantly the miraculous gold icon of Panagia Myrtidiotissa (the Virgin Mary). We will also have a chance to visit the small museum at the Monastery before returning to the coach.

From there we will head south and, after passing the villages Kalokerines and Drymonas, we will arrive at the town of "Livadi" where we will stop to sample some local delicacies. We suggest that you try the famous "ladopaximada" (Kythira-style oil rusks) from the famous bakery in the village and pick up some "Sempreviva", the immortal yellow flower that only grows on Kythira. Also make sure you sample some "Fatourada", the local liqueur that is made from tsipouro, cinnamon and clove, as well as the coarse salt that is collected directly from Kythira's natural salt marshes. From here, we will continue our trip and make a quick photo-stop at the 13-arched stone bridge in Katouni. It is the largest stone bridge currently in operation in the Balkans and was built in 1823 by British Commissioner MacFell for the young local lady he had fallen in love with!

Our next stop on the tour will be the island's capital known as Chora, or Kythira. Chora will definitely impress you as you stroll through its picturesque main strip with cafés, shops, houses and the church of "Stavromenou" (Church of the Crucified). Continuing on, we will arrive at the impressive 16th century Venetian Castle "Castro", from where the view is simply breathtaking! We recommend you visit the castle museum and see the coats of arms (entrance €2/person). Here you will have some free time, where you can browse Chora's eclectic mix of shops, or even sit down to enjoy a coffee and some local sweets. Also worth seeing is the "New Archeological Museum of Kythira", which is recently opened after the old museum was damaged in the 2006 earthquake. Next, we will board the coach and continue down the steep, winding road to Kapsali, the port of Chora. Kapsali was the old port of Kythira, where ships moored when a northerly wind prevailed, however it is now only used as a port for tourist ships or yachts. It has a permanent population of 55 residents, but in the summer it buzzes with life as people swarm to the village for its magnificent beach and it's busy promenade of cafés, bars and restaurants!

At Kapsali we will have approx. 3 hours of free time, which we suggest you make the most of by having a swim, or relaxing in one of the cafés overlooking the beach and the castle of Chora. You can also hire a pedal boat and go to 'Sparagariou', the nearby isolated beach, or take a 2-hour mini tour (tickets not included) to Chytra on the glass-bottom tourist boat. 

Finally, we will leave Kapsali at around 5:30pm and travel back to Agia Pelagia, arriving at around 6:30pm, when our tour will end.

Day 6: Kythira - Athens

After breakfast, there will be free time to swim at the beach, do some last shopping, or just finish packing! At around 14.00’ we will depart from the hotel, with all our luggage, to meet the coach at the port of Diakofti. Here we embark the ferry “Porfyrousa” and after 1h 15m trip we arrive in Neapolis. We re-embark the bus and we depart immediately for Athens. We will arrive in Athens late at night, and our tour will end.

We reserve the right to make any amendments or changes to the order of the itinerary without notice

Pricing:

  • All pricing stated below is per person.
  • Children must be accompanied with 2 adults in the same room in order to get the discounted rates.
  • Triple rooms (2 adults + 1 children) may be double rooms with an extra bed.
  • Triple rooms are available upon request.
  • Children under 6 years old stay for free in all hotels.
  • In order to travel with us, you will need a valid identity card or passport

VENARDOS HOTEL

3* IN AGIA PELAGIA

6 DAYS - 5 νIGHTS

Single

Double

Triple

Child 0-6

Child 6-11

low season


26.06

306€ per room

229€ per person


211€ per person

Free

142€ per child

mid season


03.07 - 20.07
28.08 - 31-08

331€ per room

249€ per person

236€ per person

Free

142€ per child

high season


27.07 - 24.08

471€ per room

349€ per person

311€ per person

Free

142€ per child

ROMANTICA HOTEL

3* in agia peLagia

6 days - 5 νights

Single

Double

Triple

Child 0-6

Child 6-11

low season 


26.06 / 31.08 / 04.09

321€ per room

229€ per person

206€ per person

Free

117€ per child

mid season


03.07 - 17.07

376€ per room

261€ per person

226€ per person

Free

117€ per child

high season


20.07 - 17.08

426€ per room

291€ per person

246€ per person

Free

117€ per child

Itinerary & Pricing: 3 days - 2 nights

Itinerary

Day 1: Athens - Kythira

We depart from Athens by bus, early in the morning, and take the following route: Korinthos – Tripolis (short stop) – Sparta, port of Neapolis, Laconia. You will have a small amount of free time to explore Neapolis before we embark the ferry “Porfyrousa”, which will take us to Kythira. After a 1h 15m trip we will arrive in “Diakofti”, the main port of Kythira, and board the bus that will take us to ’Potamos”. At Potamos we will transfer to a minibus, which will drive us the rest of the way to the village of Agia Pelagia. Here, you will check into the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 2: Monastery of Mytrtidia – Livadi – Bridge of Katouni – Chora - Kapsali

Our tour of Kythira begins at 10am in Agia Pelagia, where we will board the coach and travel to the monastery of Our Lady Myrtidiotissa. The monastery is located to the west of Kythira, at the end of a wonderful journey that has a rich alternation between wild cliffs and green vegetation. Our tour will take in the grand monastery with it's imposing steeple built of porous stone, which stands 25 metres high. Inside the monastery, you will see the 10 marble columns that support the roof of the church, which were found intact 200m away from the church during the period that it was being built, the Tourkalas (Turkish woman's) wax candles, whose child was saved by the Virgin Mary, and most importantly the miraculous gold icon of Panagia Myrtidiotissa (the Virgin Mary). We will also have a chance to visit the small museum at the Monastery before returning to the coach.

From there we will head south and, after passing the villages Kalokerines and Drymonas, we will arrive at the town of "Livadi" where we will stop to sample some local delicacies. We suggest that you try the famous "ladopaximada" (Kythira-style oil rusks) from the famous bakery in the village and pick up some "Sempreviva", the immortal yellow flower that only grows on Kythira. Also make sure you sample some "Fatourada", the local liqueur that is made from tsipouro, cinnamon and clove, as well as the coarse salt that is collected directly from Kythira's natural salt marshes. From here, we will continue our trip and make a quick photo-stop at the 13-arched stone bridge in Katouni. It is the largest stone bridge currently in operation in the Balkans and was built in 1823 by British Commissioner MacFell for the young local lady he had fallen in love with!

Our next stop on the tour will be the island's capital known as Chora, or Kythira. Chora will definitely impress you as you stroll through its picturesque main strip with cafés, shops, houses and the church of "Stavromenou" (Church of the Crucified). Continuing on, we will arrive at the impressive 16th century Venetian Castle "Castro", from where the view is simply breathtaking! We recommend you visit the castle museum and see the coats of arms (entrance €2/person). Here you will have some free time, where you can browse Chora's eclectic mix of shops, or even sit down to enjoy a coffee and some local sweets. Also worth seeing is the "New Archeological Museum of Kythira", which is recently opened after the old museum was damaged in the 2006 earthquake. Next, we will board the coach and continue down the steep, winding road to Kapsali, the port of Chora. Kapsali was the old port of Kythira, where ships moored when a northerly wind prevailed, however it is now only used as a port for tourist ships or yachts. It has a permanent population of 55 residents, but in the summer it buzzes with life as people swarm to the village for its magnificent beach and it's busy promenade of cafés, bars and restaurants!

At Kapsali we will have approx. 3 hours of free time, which we suggest you make the most of by having a swim, or relaxing in one of the cafés overlooking the beach and the castle of Chora. You can also hire a pedal boat and go to 'Sparagariou', the nearby isolated beach, or take a 2-hour mini tour (tickets not included) to Chytra on the glass-bottom tourist boat. 

Finally, we will leave Kapsali at around 5:30pm and travel back to Agia Pelagia, arriving at around 6:30pm, when our tour will end.

Day 3: Kythira - Athens

After breakfast, there will be free time to swim at the beach, do some last shopping, or just finish packing! At around 14.00’ we will depart from the hotel, with all our luggage, to meet the coach at the port of Diakofti. Here we embark the ferry “Porfyrousa” and after 1h 15m trip we arrive in Neapolis. We re-embark the bus and we depart immediately for Athens. We will arrive in Athens late at night, and our tour will end.

We reserve the right to make any amendments or changes to the order of the itinerary without notice

Pricing:

  • All pricing stated below is per person.
  • Children must be accompanied with 2 adults in the same room in order to get the discounted rates.
  • Triple rooms (2 adults + 1 children) may be double rooms with an extra bed.
  • Triple rooms are available upon request.
  • Children under 6 years old stay for free in all hotels.
  • In order to travel with us, you will need a valid identity card or passport

VENARDOS HOTEL

3* IN AGIA PELAGIA

3 DAYS - 2 νIGHTS

Single

Double

Triple

Child 0-6

Child 6-11

Mid season


06.07 - 20.07
31-08

205€ per room

166€ per person

161€ per person

Free

112€ per child

high season


27.07 - 24.08

261€ per room

206€ per person

191€ per person

Free

122€ per child

ROMANTICA HOTEL

3* in agia peLagia

3 days - 2 νights

Single

Double

Triple

Child 0-6

Child 6-11

low season 


31.08

201€ per room

159€ per person

149€ per person

Free

102€ per child

mid season


06.07 / 13.07

223€ per room

171€ per person

157€ per person

Free

102€ per child

high season


20.07 - 17.08

243€ per room

183€ per person

165€ per person

Free

102€ per child

Inclusions
  • Transportation to and from Athens to the hotel in Kythira
  • 2 or 5 over nights bed and breakfast, in any of the stated hotels
  • Ferry tickets
  • One guided full day tour in Kythira
  • Tour operator insurance
  • Map of the island and useful information leaflets
Exclusions
  • Entrance fees
  • Overnight stay tax
  • Anything referred as optional or suggested
  • Anything which is not clearly described in the inclusives