Luxetips Travel! MDFVoyage 2016: The Italian Road, Fitness and the Colors of Kalymnos

Luxetips Travel! MDFVoyage 2016: The Italian Road, Fitness and the Colors of Kalymnos

Hello Divas!

Don’t ever ever give up.


I am still reminiscing about my luxe vacay sailing the Greek Isles with Mediterranean Fitness Delights Fitness Voyage. 

One of the great aspects of the yacht cruise with MDFVoyage2016 was the intense hikes with breathtaking views and guests access to their very own fitness trainer.  The luxe life at its best.


For every yacht cruise, MDFVoyage employs a highly skilled fitness instructor to offer morning and evening fitness classes.  For our voyage from Santorini to Kos our fitness instructor, Forrest of Forrest Fitness located in Providence, RI, instructed us in stretching, strength and cardio exercises.

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In the am before morning breakfast, we engaged in stretching exercises with some yoga elements.  These exercises got our blood flowing and prepared us for our daily excursions, especially the hikes.

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In the evenings our fitness classes lasted between 1-1.5 hours and included lots of strength exercises and some cardio depending on how intense our daily hikes were.  These evening fitness classes were quite lovely.  Just imagine engaging in results driven fitness classes, bonding with other guests while the gorgeous Sun is setting over the Mediterranean.  And the cool breeze from the sea wasn’t bad either! Love.

Kalymnos, Greece

Towards the end of our voyage, we visited the beautiful island of Kalymnos.  This  island was a favorite because of its stunning architecture and colors.


See this island has heavy Italian influence as it was occupied by the Italians during World War II.  The Italians influence can be seen through religion, architecture and culture.


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The most difficult and challenging hike during our voyage was on Kalymnos.  We hiked the 5 mile Italian Rd.  This Italian path was built to connect the village of Pothia with Vathi. Before the road was built, the Italians had to travel a long way around the mountain to get to Pothia to Vathi and vice versa.  With the Italian road, the Italians had a shorter route, but up the steep mountain and then down.

This hike was the most challenging and intense exercise activity I have ever done.  The Italian Road is paved with very hard stone and is a straight steep climb up the mountain.  There are no trees and little vegetation on the mountain and the Sun was super hot.  I struggled during the climb up and had to stop a few times.  But I did have plenty of water and support from my fellow hikers.  IMG_4120 IMG_4119 IMG_4122 IMG_4124 IMG_4126 IMG_4127 IMG_4128 IMG_4129 IMG_4130

Halfway through, I told my fiancé and our fitness instructor Forrest, I wanted to go back, but I could not.  I had to push on.  But once at the peak of the mountain, all of the pain and fatigue was worth it.  Look at the view!

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Once we descended down the super steep mountain, we took a fun truck ride to town to have a calamari and beer party.  It was much needed and such a treat! Yum!


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The island of Kalymnos taught me so many things.  It taught me how strong I was; how to keep going and to never give up when I want to give up the most; and sometimes you have to travel difficult roads to get to beautiful places.

Traveling with MDFVoyage is the best life adventure ever!  Be sure to check out their schedule for the rest of 2016 and look out for voyages for Summer 2017 coming soon!


Disclaimer:  MDFVoyage provided complimentary accommodations for this trip.  However, I did pay for my travel expenses.  All opinions are mine and 100% honest.



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21 Responses to “Luxetips Travel! MDFVoyage 2016: The Italian Road, Fitness and the Colors of Kalymnos”

  1. That sounds like an amazing trip! I would love to go on a trip like this. Italy is so gorgeous.

  2. This looks amazing! I will love to see this part of the world.

  3. Wow, you lucky duck! This not only looked like it was gorgeous but extremely relaxing as well.

  4. Looks and sounds like such an amazing trip already! I would love, and could use a trip like this one for sure!

  5. What an amazing trip! I have never been to the Greek Isles before, but I would love to go! I love that they do the fitness classes together!

  6. What a beautiful experience to have. Love the culture and sights to see. Looks like you had a fantastic time!

  7. Greece is one country on our (me and my husband) list of places to visit. We loved Italy and Greece is something we”d love to explore someday too!

  8. This sounds incredible. It’s nice that you can stay active on the yacht and the hike sounds like such a memorable experience.

  9. What a great place to visit! Thank you for sharing your adventures!

  10. This looks like an AMAZING trip!! I’m happy you got the opportunity to go.

  11. That’s an awesome way to start your day before hiking! It’s good to prepare for such a tiring hike like what you did. I’m sure it’s all worth the effort though especially with a view like that!

  12. Ann Bacciaglia July 20, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    This looks like it was an amazing trip. I would love to go to Greece and see all the sights.

  13. I seriously take better care of myself when I’m on vacation than when I’m home. Those daily fitness classes sound awesome! What a great addition to a luxury vacation.

  14. OH this looks so fun. I have enjoyed reading all your travel posts this summer!

  15. It is good to see they offer fitness on the ship. I would enjoy doing yoga at sea!

  16. It looks fun adventure! I bet this activity too and never experienced. I’m glad that you guys start this way before hiking.

  17. Jennifer Henry-Novich July 21, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    You look like you had such a great time. That looks like such a fun way to do fitness.

  18. What a great way to start a hiking trip. Your trip on the ship looks like it was pure magic.

  19. IT looks tough but fun. The scenery was awesome I could imagine. Sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime trip!

  20. parpar de real July 22, 2016 at 11:59 am

    This absolutely sounds amazing! I would love to go there and see the world.

  21. I love that fitness was incorporated into your travel!! What an amazing experience.

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