Travel from the US/County of Origin to Ithaca will involve flights, taxis and water ferries.  

From the United States to Kefalonia, Greece (OMA – EFL) the following airlines are available:

United  |  Air Canada  |  Lufthansa  |  American  |  Delta

We recommend searching for flights from your chosen city in the United States to Kefalonia Greece (airport identifier: EFL the airport is identified as Cephalonia/Kefalonia). You may also wish to buy a plane ticket from your chosen city to Athens, Greece. From Athens, you can then find flights on Aegean and Olympic Airlines to make the short flight from Athens to Kefalonia.

Airport travel will be much like any other trip you have taken with connecting flights. Be sure to travel with your itinerary, flight numbers, passport, and other personal documents.

Once you arrive in Kefalonia (WELCOME TO GREECE!) you will then need to taxi to the port in Sami. Travel time from the airport to the port in Sami is approximately 45 minutes.  

In Sami, there are two water ferry lines available for your journey to Ithaca:

  1. Ionian Pelagos (5 euro per passenger) 
  2. Levante Ferries (3 euro per passenger)

The times the ferries will travel from Sami Port to Ithaca (Pisaetos Port) have not yet been released. For any reason should your flight be delayed, or travel plans change, sea taxis are available. Please email:  bayliemoravec@gmail.com your flight numbers so we may track your flight and be prepared with a sea taxi if need be. Travel time from Sami Port to Ithaca is approximately 30 minutes.  

Odyseas Sea Taxi:  30-697-442-0950

Once you arrive in Ithaca/Pisaetos Port, you will then embark on your destination to your hotel. Someone from the wedding will meet you at Pisaetos Port and assist you in getting to your hotel. The bride and groom recommend staying in the town center of Vathy (or Vathi) where all wedding activities will take place. However, Ithaca is a small island and only takes about 45 minutes to cross. Should you want to stay elsewhere, you are only a short drive away from the bride and groom. Please see the following list of hotels in Ithaca. Ithaca also has a wide variety of apartment/condo style Airbnbs and VRBOs. 

PASSPORT INFORMATION:

Entry into Greece or any of the other European countries in the Schengen area for short-term tourism, a business trip, or in transit to a non-Schengen destination requires that the passport be valid for at least three months beyond the intended date of departure.

MONEY
EXCHANGE:

Greece’s currency is the euro (€). All major credit cards are widely accepted in Greece, though some establishments do not accept American Express and Diners.

Foreign currency can be exchanged at most Greek and foreign banks and at exchange bureaus.  You will need your passport to exchange money. Travelers checks and credit cards are also widely accepted.

POWER ADAPTERS FOR ELECTRONICS & PHONES:

For Greece there are two associated plug types: C and F. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. Greece operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

TEMPERATURE:

Temperatures in Ithaca for early September will be high to mid-70’s and lows in the 60’s.

TIPPING:

There is no service charge at bars and restaurants, so do leave a tip for the staff, especially if you are pleased with the service. The amount you tip is at your discretion and depends on the bill. Anywhere between 10% and 15% is the norm, but not the rule.

With taxis, you can just round up the amount or add a couple of euros to the fare.

CLOTHING:

Pre-nuptial Dinner and Wedding attire is Resort Formal attire.

Pack water shoes or flip flops for the beaches as most are pebble beaches.   

Pack a jacket or sweater for the cooler evening sea breeze. 

CULTURE / HISTORY:

Ithaca is a historical, creative island in Greece, bursting with stunning beaches and ancient ruins. Ithaca’s emerald waters and hills of olive trees bring to life the myths and legends associated with this sparkling island and features stunning landscape, charming villages, and a creative atmosphere. Discover history as you explore museums, ancient sites and legendary caves or relax on the spectacular beaches.

The beautiful island of Ithaca is famous as the homeland of Odysseus (Ulysses), the hero of the Homeric poem Odyssey. Ithaca is the land where the faithful Penelope patiently waited twenty years for her husband to return from the Trojan War.

Vathy, the capital of Ithaca, is a beautiful spot featuring deep blue waters, natural charm, and traditional Ionian architecture. Filled with taverns, cafes, restaurants, all-day bars, museums, and boutiques, this is the main part of town where visitors have great options for dining and shopping.