7 days in Cephalonia, Zakynthos & Corfu Itinerary

7 days in Cephalonia, Zakynthos & Corfu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ionian Islands trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Kefallinia, Taxi to Sami
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Sami
— 2 nights
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Drive to Pesáda, Ferry to Zakynthos, Drive to Kalamaki
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Kalamaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Corfu Town
— 2 nights
Fly

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Sami

— 2 nights
Sami serves as Cephalonia's main port and provides a convenient gateway to the other Ionian Islands.
Get out of town with these interesting Sami side-trips: Assos (in Assos) and Skala (Skala Beach & Blue Manta Diving & Aquanautic Club). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Melissani Cave, kick back and relax at Antisamos Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Myrtos Beach, and stop by Myrtillo.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sami trip planner.

Cardiff, UK to Sami is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Cardiff to Sami is 2 hours. Traveling from Cardiff in July, things will get a bit warmer in Sami: highs are around 36°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Kalamaki.

Things to do in Sami

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Kalamaki

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stroll through Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kalamaki Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Laganas Beach, then do a tasting at Grampsas Winery, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kalamaki road trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Sami to Kalamaki in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Kalamaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Kalamaki

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Corfu Town

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Ioannis the Precursor, then enjoy the sand and surf at Paleokastritsa Beach, then surround yourself with nature on Madalena Boat Trips, and finally explore the galleries of Achilleion Museum. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Corfu Old Town, then examine the collection at Banknote Museum of the Ionian Bank, then examine the collection at Casa Parlante, and finally deepen your knowledge of military history at Old Fortress Corfu.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Corfu Town online holiday builder.

Traveling by flight from Kalamaki to Corfu Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cephalonia travel guide

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Beaches · Caves · Landmarks
Famous for its pristine natural scenery, Cephalonia boasts a string of clean and friendly towns packed with traditional taverns, trendy coffeehouses, and family-run inns. A place of rugged cliffs and lush forests, the island features a coastline of golden beaches, lapped by the azure waters of the Ionian Sea. Home to less than 40,000 permanent residents, Cephalonia clings to its relaxed way of life, seemingly unfazed by mass tourism. A devastating earthquake destroyed much of the island's old architecture in 1953, leveling all but two of its major towns. Today, in addition to modern port towns and quaint villages, you can also explore a tranquil countryside rich in lush vineyards and remote monasteries.

Zakynthos travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Islands
Flower of the East
Located just off the west coast of mainland Greece, Zakynthos enjoys a reputation as both a party destination and a family-friendly getaway. Packed with foreign tourists along its eastern and southeastern coastline, the island also features numerous tranquil pockets in its central region of forested mountains and rolling hills. Avoid the overcrowded east by discovering the island's less-explored northern sections, which contain a series of deep caves that feature sun reflecting on seawater and white stones, creating a striking shade of azure particular to this part of the world. The northern capes of the island also offer the calmest waters, which lap a string of developed beaches with plenty of modern facilities.

Corfu travel guide

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Beaches · Specialty Museums · Bars & Clubs
Island of the Phaeacians
Designated as a World Heritage Site, Corfu retains many reminders of the island's Venetian, British, and French heritage.The northernmost of the Ionian Islands, the mild-weathered city made it into mythology as the idyllic place where Poseidon enjoyed marital bliss with the nymph Korkyra. Allegedly named after this mythical beauty, the island offers a blend of well-developed seaside areas and pristine mountain ranges, popular with both package tourists and casual backpackers. The island's top attraction remains the pleasant city of Corfu, an architectural gem made for sightseeing on foot. The island also serves as a convenient jumping-off point for tours of the Albanian and Italian coastlines.