9 days in Ionian Islands Itinerary

9 days in Ionian Islands Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kalamaki, Zakynthos
— 2 nights
2
Sami, Cephalonia
— 1 night
3
Nidri, Lefkada
— 1 night
4
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 4 nights

2
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kalamaki side-trips: Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) (in Anafonitria) and Art & Wine Winery (in Maries). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kalamaki Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Laganas Beach, cool off at Tsilivi Waterpark, and don't miss a visit to Vardiola of Kypseli.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kalamaki trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Kalamaki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in June, expect nights in Kalamaki to be about the same, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sami.

Things to do in Kalamaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Vardiola of Kypseli, Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach), Gerakas Beach, Art & Wine Winery, Grampsas Winery
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Kalamaki Beach ©
Kalamaki Beach
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) ©
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)
Laganas Beach ©
Laganas Beach

1
night
Sami, Cephalonia

Sami ©
Sami serves as Cephalonia's main port and provides a convenient gateway to the other Ionian Islands.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): kick back and relax at Myrtos Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Antisamos Beach, thentake a leisurely stroll along Port of Sami, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Melissani Cave.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sami trip itinerary 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. June in Sami sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nidri.

Things to do in Sami

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Myrtos Beach
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Melissani Cave ©
Melissani Cave
Antisamos Beach ©
Antisamos Beach
Myrtos Beach ©
Myrtos Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic scenery at Nydri Waterfalls, get engrossed in the history at Folklore Museum Karia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni, thentake in the views from Wooden Bridge, and finally sample the fine beverages at Frangoulis Distillery.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Nidri using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Sami to Nidri in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Nidri are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Nidri

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lefkada Town, Folklore Museum Karia, Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Nydri Waterfalls ©
Nydri Waterfalls
Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni ©
Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni

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.
When in Corfu Town, make a side trip to see Paleokastritsa Beach in Paleokastritsa, approximately Paleokastritsa away. Next up on the itinerary: deepen your knowledge of military history at Old Fortress Corfu, stop by Corfu Old Town, examine the collection at Corfu Museum of Asian Art, and contemplate the long history of Achilleion Museum.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Corfu Town travel website.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Nidri to Corfu Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. June in Corfu Town sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Paleokastritsa, Banknote Museum of the Ionian Bank, Aqualand Corfu Water Park, Achilleion Museum
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Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Paleokastritsa Beach ©
Paleokastritsa Beach

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