6 – 13 October: Hiking and sailing vacation

• sailing • hiking • nature • culture • meditation • yoga

Nature and relaxation during a walking and sailing vacation on the Greek islands

If you love being in nature and you are looking for a relaxing and inspiring holiday experience, this sailing holiday is just what you are looking for! You sail along the sunny Greek islands of the Ionian sea and discover their silent beauty. Mallika and Deep take you to the most secluded places with beautiful nature and white beaches. They live their life already for years on board of Yemaya, following their heart and inspiration. Out of their own experience they know that the unique combination of sailing and being in nature is the perfect way to destress.

With the wind in your hair, mother nature blows you over the deep blue waters. Naturally you forget your busy daily life for a moment and get recharged again. Every morning there is the possibility of easy to follow meditation and yoga sessions. Next to this a sense of humor, joy and nice excursions make this hiking and sailing holiday complete.

You sail together with Mallika and Deep on a sailing catamaran (13 meters) in the Ionian sea, situated at the westcoast of Greece. This area has some gorgeous islands, like Lefkas, Meganisi, Kalamos, Kastos and Ithaki to explore. They are still rather unspoiled by mass tourism. Especially during spring and autumn this is the ideal environment for beautiful hikes. The rich history of Greece offers the opportunity to absorb some of the ancient, mystical Greek culture.

Every day you sail to another destination. Especially secluded, of the grit bays which are only accesible by boats. In this way you visit the most unique and quiet places. And because catamaran Yemaya is your home, there is no need for packing and unpacking your baggage all the time.

Deze oases van stilte en prachtige natuur zijn ideaal voor mooie wandelingen en meditatie.
Walk in the beautiful nature of Greek islands in the Ionian sea, interspersed with sailing and culture. This holiday will refresh your mind!

If you love hiking and sailing in beautiful nature, this holiday is perfect for you!

Looking for:

-Rest and real you-time?
-Being in nature?
-Destressing and recharging your inner batteries?
-Inspiration and adventure?
-Sailing lessons?
-A unique holiday experience?
-Small groups with like-minded people?
-Warm and personal approach?

Recharge yourself while hiking through the gorgeous nature of the Ionian islands. Enjoy delicious vegetarian food, Greek pitoresque towns and deep blue oceans. You don’t need to have any sailing experience.

Een yoga meditatie oefening en dan tegelijkertijd nieuwe eilanden ontdekken met een zeilboot, ja dat kan!
Walk in the beautiful nature of Greek islands in the Ionian sea, interspersed with sailing and culture. This holiday will refresh your mind!

Prices:

7 days holiday is: €1399,- per person in own cabin
7 days holiday for 2 persons sharing 1 cabin: €1239,- per person


Price includes:

All meals (except one diner ashore to enjoy the local cuisine)
Coffee, tea, drinking water, softdrinks on board
Fuel for yacht and dinghy
Bedding
Use of snorkel equipment
Meditation/yoga sessions
Hikes with guide and lunchbox
Sailing lessons
Deep and Mallika know a lot about the area.


Price excludes:

1 dinner ashore
Flights
Transfer from airport (20-35 €)
Possible acupuncture treatments (35 €)

Waarom een zeilvakantie? Er is meer rust, meer eenvoud en je leeft hand in hand met de natuur. Het leven wordt veel meer een meditatie op zich.
Why a sailing holiday? You are living hand in hand with nature and life becomes already a meditation in itself.

Location

You sail together with Mallika and Deep on a sailing catamaran (13 meters) in the Ionian sea, situated at the westcoast of Greece. This area has some gorgeous islands, like Lefkas, Meganisi, Kalamos, Kastos and Ithaki to explore. They are still rather unspoiled by mass tourism. Especially during spring and autumn this is the ideal environment for beautiful hikes. The rich history of Greece offers the opportunity to absorb some of the ancient, mystical Greek culture.

Every day you sail to another destination. Especially secluded, of the grit bays which are only accesible by boats. In this way you visit the most unique and quiet places. And because catamaran Yemaya is your home, there is no need for packing and unpacking your baggage all the time.

De Ionische zee is een inspirerende zeilvakantie lokatie
Location sailing and meditation retreat Greece

Itinerary

This itinerary is a rough indication. We like to integrate your questions and wishes in the present moment. We are also dependent on the weather conditions.

Day 1
Warm welcome with coffee and tea. After that we hoist the sails and go to the peninsula Lefkada.
Around 12.30 lunch is served.
In the afternoon we arrive in Nidri, a sheltered bay on the east side of Lefkada. The large bay is surrounded by white beaches and palm trees with a lot of bars and restaurants. You can swim, wander along the beach and have a nice drink or tasty icecream overlooking the bay. You can also stay aboard and relax while a lovely diner is being prepared in the galley.
Around 18.30 diner is served.

Day 2
7.00 If you like you can join the optional, easy to follow yoga and meditation session for about 1 hour
8.30 Breakfast is served
9.30 Hike to the waterfall in Nidri. In about 1,5 hour hiking through beautiful nature we arrive at the gorgeous Dimossari waterfall. On the way to the waterfall we invite you to walk in silence. To enjoy nature and yourself at the fullest in the here and now. The waterfall ends into a crystal clear pond where you can have a refreshing swim. We will bring our lunch pakkages on the way.
15.30 Sail to the island of Meganisi, south east of Lefkada. This will take about an hour.
18.30 Dinner is served

Day 3
7.00 Optional meditation and yoga session
8.30 Breakfast
9.30 Short sailingtrip the Papanikolis cave on Meganisi. This cave is a giant and partly underwater. It is very impressive to go in the cave with a little boat to look around. During the second world war it is said a submarine took shelter here to hide after its blitzkrieg on the Italian army.
10.30 With the dinghy we visit the Papanikolis cave
12.30 Sail to Ithaki while lunch is served. Ithaki was the home island of Odysseus.
16.30 Arrival in Vathy, the capital of Ithaki. You can have a little stroll, enjoy a drink…
18.30 Dinner is served

Day 4
7.00 Optional meditation and yoga session
8.30 Breakfast
9.30 Hike around Vathy. This morning we step into the old story of Homerus and follow the footsteps of Odysseus. We hike to the cave of the Nymphs, where according to Homerus, Odysseus went to hide his gifts from the Phoenicians. Archeological excavations have indeed shown that in the ancient times the Nymphs were worshipped here. The idyllic path continues through gorgeous nature along the ruins of the most important city of the island during the Middle Ages. It ends in the lovely village Pirachori, where still old little houses, an interesting chapel and a nice church can be found. We like to invite you again to walk in silence during the hike to Pirachori to enjoy the nature at the fullest.

In Vathy itself there are also some interesting historic buildings, like the beautiful houses of the most wealthy families G. Karavias and G. Drakoulis. Or the churches of Agios Georgios (Sint George). There is an archeological museum with collections of the Geometric, Mycenic and Korinthian period. We take a lunch package with us.
14.30 Sail to Kioni, a lovely town 24 km distance from Vathy. This will take us about 1,5 hour.
16.00 Arrival in Kioni. Time for some swimming, little stroll ashore, having a drink….
18.30 Dinner is served

Day 5
7.00 Optiinal meditation and yoga session
8.30 Breakfast
9.30 Visit of Kioni. According to many the most beautiful village of the whole island Ithaki. The whole village resembles an amphitheater, where the little, cute houses are built in semi circles around a pitoresque, little harbour. Here you see lots of colorful fishingboats laying quietly in the water. We stroll around in the little streets to absorb the friendly atmosphere of Kioni.
12.30 Sailingtrip for about 3 hours to Kalamos. Lunch is served while sailing.
16.00 Arrival in Kalamos. You can have swim or stroll ashore.
18.30 Dinner is served

Day 6
7.00 Optional meditation and yoga session
8.30 Breakfast
9.30 Hike on Kalamos. Kalamos is an unspoiled, little island with about 600 inhabitants. Not many tourists visit this place, therefore it is still the ideal island for unspoiled nature and relaxation. In the north and east the island is covered by a dense pine wood, inhabited by many different kinds of birds. The pines growing here are very rare. They only grow in two places of the world. The perfect place for being in nature to relax.
12.30 Sail to Meganisi for about 2 hours. Lunch while sailing.
14.30 Arrival in Meganisi. There is time to explore the little fishing town Vathy situated in a deep bay.

Day 7
7.00 Optional meditation and yoga session
8.30 Breakfast
9.30 Sailingtrip to Lefkada city for about 3 hours
12.00 Lunch is served
13.00 This last afternoon there is time to explore Lefkada city. This vibrant city has a rich history. You can visit the Old City, south of Lefkada city. Old ruins of Nirikos, the first capital of Lefkada from 2000 B.C. are still there. Close to Lefkada city the oldest church of the island can be found: the Agios Ioannis Antzoussis church. It appears that apostle Paulus has been here to preach about Christianity on his way to Rome. It seems he also has preached in the monastery of Panagia Fanaromeni. This monastery is also close to Lefada city. It is one of the monuments still in use nowadays. Her rich history dates indeed back to the time the first apostles were still alive. This beautiful monastery is built on a hilltop covered with pines. From here you have a great view on the Agios Ioannis church.

Last but not least: you can also choose to visit the impressive fort of Agia Mavra. It was built in the 14th century and ever since it has protected the city. It has been reinforced later by the Venetians.

In the evening you can relax with a drink or icecream in one of the bars and enjoy a typical Greek dish in a nice restaurant.

Day 8
7.00 Optional meditation and yoga session
8.30 Breakfast

Departure from Yemaya

Het belangrijkste agendapunt is om rustig te genieten.
Walk in the beautiful nature of Greek islands in the Ionian sea, interspersed with sailing and culture. This holiday will refresh your mind!

Team

Deep Boel and Prem Mallika Kokke are the organisers of the adventurous mindfulness holidays

Since 2012 they have been organising these holidays all over the world. Now they are back in Europe to continue these unique holidays in the Ionian sea at the west coast of Greece.

In 2010 they left everything behind to sail into the unknown. It was scary to do this: leaving their safe, well arranged life in The Netherlands to follow their heart and dreams. Now, years later, after many ups but also downs, they feel only gratefulness for having taken this step. They hope to inspire other people as well to choose the life that makes them truly happy. To live their life of full potential and fullheartedly.

Zijn ze niet leuk? Ons koppel van de week. Mallika en Deep.
Aren't they cute? Our couple of the week.

Flight

The holiday and flights are booked separately. We organise our holidays as much as we can outside the public holidays. (Except for the adventurous mindfulness holidays for kids). So you can get more affordable flights. We can give you advise regarding flights and airlines. We are not responsable for the flights booked. In case of delays or other problems the responsibilty is for the airlines. Therefore make sure you have arranged a cancellation insurance.

Transavia heeft zeer voordelige chartervluchten naar Preveza
Walk in the beautiful nature of Greek islands in the Ionian sea, interspersed with sailing and culture. This holiday will refresh your mind!

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Fiona, Peter and Alison

What a wonderful time we shared with you.
Thank you for yoga, meditation and the stories to help us on our way.
Thank you for delicious food.

Hermès and Sandra:

We have spent enjoyable and wonderful time on your yacht. We appreciated your expertise on sailing , we felled safe.

Meredith and Avi:

Our week spent on the Yemaya with these two unique people was one of the best of our lives.

Hanne & Soren:

We will never forget you. Your hospitality and personality is more than great.

Nathalie & Emanuel:

Mallika and Deep gave us the opportunity to spend 3 days in Paradise. An unforgettable sailing adventure, incredible reefs and a lot of turtles.

Bernardita, Domi, Patrick:

We rested, had a lot of fun and felt very relaxed. It was the perfect vacation. Thank you very much for the Yoga lesson that were really enjoyed.