16 days in Ionian Islands & Athens Itinerary

16 days in Ionian Islands & Athens Itinerary

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16 days in Ionian Islands & Athens Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + taxi:  4​h
1
Vasilikos, Zakynthos
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
2
Athens
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
3
Skala, Cephalonia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Agios Nikitas, Lefkada
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Paxos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Vasilikos, Zakynthos

Home to just a few hundred year-round residents, Vasilikos draws thousands of daily visitors with its beaches and restaurants during peak tourist season.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Gerakas Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Dafni Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Xigia Beach, then explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Caves, and finally stop by Cinnabar.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Vasilikos trip itinerary site .

Amsterdam, Holland to Vasilikos is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Amsterdam to Vasilikos, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in August; daily highs in Vasilikos reach 39°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Vasilikos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tsilivi, Kalamaki Beach, Xigia Beach, Blue Caves, Dafni Beach
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Kalamaki Beach ©
Kalamaki Beach
Dafni Beach ©
Dafni Beach

6
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
For shopping fun, head to Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre or Melissokampos. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Dasoktima Tatoiou. Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Panagia Faneromeni (in Vouliagmeni), Temple of Poseidon (in Sounio) and Sea Turtle Rescue Centre (in Glyfada). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus, steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, appreciate the extensive heritage of Philopappos Hill, and get engrossed in the history at Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Athens driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Vasilikos to Athens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Vasilikos in August, Athens is a bit warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Skala.

Things to do in Athens

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Environmental Awareness Park Antonis Tritsis, Dasoktima Tatoiou, Sea Turtle Rescue Centre, Scuba & Snorkeling, Panagia Faneromeni
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus
Anafiotika ©
Anafiotika

1
night
Skala, Cephalonia

Skala ©
Mass tourism has transformed the once-sleepy village of Skala into a modern seaside resort, its major attraction a well-developed beach that happens to be one of the longest and sandiest on the island of Cephalonia.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Mounda Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Kaminia Beach, then stop by Mandola Concept Store, and finally stroll through Skala Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Skala travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Athens to Skala in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Athens in August, Skala is a bit cooler at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Agios Nikitas.

Things to do in Skala

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kaminia Beach, Mounda Beach
Highlights from your plan
Skala Beach ©
Skala Beach
Mandola Concept Store ©
Mandola Concept Store

1
night
Agios Nikitas, Lefkada

Agios Nikitas ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Avali Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni, then kick back and relax at Milos Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kathisma Beach.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Agios Nikitas day trip planner .

Getting from Skala to Agios Nikitas by car takes about 4.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Agios Nikitas are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Paxos.

Things to do in Agios Nikitas

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Avali Beach, Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni
Highlights from your plan
Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni ©
Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni

3
nights
Paxos

Paxos ©
Step out of the city life by going to Kipiadi Beach and Vrika Beach. Relax by the water at Monodendri Beach and Kloni Gouli Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paxos itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Agios Nikitas to Paxos takes 5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Paxos are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Paxos

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mongonissi ©
Mongonissi
Statue of Georgios Anemogiannis ©
Statue of Georgios Anemogiannis

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take a stroll through Corfu Old Town, see the interesting displays at Casa Parlante, explore the ancient world of Old Fortress Corfu, then steep yourself in history at Achilleion Museum, and finally explore the striking landscape at Kaiser's Throne. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of New Fortress, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Barbati Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at La Grotta Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paleokastritsa Monastery.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Corfu Town trip planning app .

Drive from Paxos to Corfu Town in 5 hours. In August in Corfu Town, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Parks Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trips

Achilleion Museum, La Grotta Beach, Monastery of Paleokastritsa, Kaiser's Throne, Barbati Beach
Highlights from your plan
Corfu Old Town ©
Corfu Old Town
Achilleion Museum ©
Achilleion Museum
Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu

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