Greece with its rich history in culture is one place that you should make a point of visiting in your lifetime. The preservation of culture to date coupled with the breathtaking scenery from turquoise bays, white sandy beaches, amazing sea caves and sea cliffs is an experience of a lifetime. You will experience adventurous tours to the indigenous fishing villages covered with snow literally hanging from the edges of cliffs and overlooking clear blue sea, ancient monasteries and fortresses, castles, secluded chapels, hidden caves, coves among the lush green environment of pine and olive trees.
The Greek archipelago has many rock outcrops with over 3000 islands where about 140 of them are habitable and will offer a kayaking experience that is world class whether you are starting out your paddling lessons, want to perfect your skills through tough windy and rough conditions or are an experienced kayaker there are all options for everyone. You will also get time for hiking with variety of locations to choose, swimming, snorkeling and unwinding at the sandy beaches while enjoying the breeze from the sea.
· The best time for kayaking in Greece is end of May to mid-June, September to mid-October when the weather is a bit warm and sea water too.
· In July and August it’s favorable to do your tours in late afternoons or early mornings when the sun isn’t too much intense as is the case during this time of the year.
There are a variety of locations that offer quintessential kayaking trips including the Lefkada islands in the Ionian Sea with Ithaki and Kefalonia isles nearby with other smaller isles in between. The prices are quite cheap comparing the experience you get with prices ranging from € 135 euros to €270 for the accommodation and kayaking experience depending on whether you want guided or unguided tours for three days. The cost of meals is separate from this package.
· For safety and comfort of the vacationers involved most tour companies use a tandem kayak which are ideal for touring.
· Basic healthy physical conditions and fitness are necessary for the tours though there are short drills, safety instructions and kayaking skills offered at the start of the tour and for experienced kayakers who may want longer trips fitness and swimming skills are crucial. This is also key for those individuals planning on going out to rent the best fishing kayak for their boating trip.
Another suitable location is around the Dodecanese Islands; mountainous islands between Crete and Turkey in the Aegean Sea. The name means 12 islands but there are 54 more with largest being Kos, Rhodes and Karpathos. The visit offers visits to the tree of Hippocrates, the Askleipon, Venetian castle where the knights of Saint John resided at Kos, rock climbing and sponge diving at Kalymnos, huge bays and lush flora at Leros and Telenodos islands where there are no vehicles!
The prices on this side are far more expensive ranging from €650 to €850 per person without including accommodation, meals, personal equipment and other expenses and up to €1300 for the costs including meals and accommodation.
The kayaking guidance is usually offered by experienced BCU certified instructors who are guaranteed to guide you to safety during your time in the sea.