12 days in Ionian Islands Itinerary

12 days in Ionian Islands Itinerary

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Start: Austin
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Kalamaki, Zakynthos
— 3 nights
Drive + Ferry:  3 h 45 min
3
Sami, Cephalonia
— 1 night
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h 15 min
4
Nidri, Lefkada
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Austin

4
nights
Corfu Town, Corfu

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Get out of town with these interesting Corfu Town side-trips: Speed Boats Tours (in Kavos) and Paleokastritsa (Paleokastritsa Beach & La Grotta Beach). There's lots more to do: deepen your knowledge of military history at Old Fortress Corfu, don't miss a visit to Spianada Square, examine the collection at Casa Parlante, and wander the streets of Corfu Old Town.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Corfu Town trip maker tool.

Austin, USA to Corfu Town is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Corfu Town is 8 hours. Traveling from Austin in May, things will get slightly colder in Corfu Town: highs are around 76°F and lows about 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can fly to Kalamaki.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Paleokastritsa, Aqualand Corfu Water Park, Achilleion Museum, Speed Boats Tours
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Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Achilleion Museum ©
Achilleion Museum

3
nights
Kalamaki, Zakynthos

Kalamaki ©
Home to a world-famous beach serving as a protected nesting ground for endangered loggerhead sea turtles, Kalamaki sits on the southeastern coastline of Zakynthos.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kalamaki: Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) (in Anafonitria) and Blue Caves (in Korithi). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalamaki Beach, examine the collection at Aristeon Ecological Olive Press, step off the mainland to explore Marathonisi (Turtle Island), and take some stellar pictures from Bochali View Point.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kalamaki trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Corfu Town to Kalamaki by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Kalamaki can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Sami.

Things to do in Kalamaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bochali View Point, Speed Boats Tours, Marathonisi (Turtle Island), Laganas Beach, Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)
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Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) ©
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)
Kalamaki Beach ©
Kalamaki Beach
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Sami, Cephalonia

Sami ©
Sami serves as Cephalonia's main port and provides a convenient gateway to the other Ionian Islands.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Antisamos Beach, kick back and relax at Myrtos Beach, thenlook for gifts at Myrtillo, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Melissani Cave.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sami road trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Kalamaki to Sami in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Sami can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nidri.

Things to do in Sami

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Myrtillo, Myrtos Beach
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Melissani Cave ©
Melissani Cave
Myrtos Beach ©
Myrtos Beach
Antisamos Beach ©
Antisamos Beach

2
nights
Nidri, Lefkada

A major yachting destination in the Ionian Sea, Nidri serves as the gateway to Lefkada's satellite islets, reachable by regular boat tours.
On the 28th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Nydri Waterfalls, get interesting insight from Tours, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Kathisma Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nidri trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Sami to Nidri takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. May in Nidri sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 58°F at night. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nidri

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kathisma Beach, Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni, Phonograph Museum and Folklore
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Nydri Waterfalls ©
Nydri Waterfalls
Phonograph Museum and Folklore ©
Phonograph Museum and Folklore

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