9 days in Zakynthos, Kefalonia & Lefkada Itinerary

9 days in Zakynthos, Kefalonia & Lefkada Itinerary

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Kalamaki
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Drive to Zakynthos, Ferry to Pesáda, Drive to Sami
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Sami
— 3 nights
Taxi to Fiskardo, Ferry to Nidri
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Nidri
— 3 nights
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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.
When in Kalamaki, make a side trip to see Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) in Anafonitria, approximately Anafonitria away. The adventure continues: stroll through Kalamaki Beach, trot along with Laganas Horse Riding Center, kick back and relax at Laganas Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Marathonisi (Turtle Island).

To see photos and tourist information, use the Kalamaki visit site.

Bucharest, Romania to Kalamaki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Bucharest in August, Kalamaki is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sami.

Things to do in Kalamaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Sami

— 3 nights
Sami serves as Cephalonia's main port and provides a convenient gateway to the other Ionian Islands.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sami: Makris Gialos Beach (in Lassi), Skala (Skala Beach & Dolphin Ski Club) and Petani Beach (in Lixouri). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Antisamos Beach, Head underground at Melissani Cave, don't miss a visit to Assos, and kick back and relax at Myrtos Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Sami vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

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 August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nidri.

Things to do in Sami

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Nidri

— 3 nights
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 24th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Faneromeni Monastery, then stroll through Kathisma Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Milos Beach, and finally snap pictures at Wooden Bridge. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Lefkas Earth Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Egremni Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Porto Katsiki, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo Ruins.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nidri tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Sami to Nidri in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. August in Nidri sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 25°C at night. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Nidri

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zakynthos travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Nature & Wildlife Tours
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.

Kefalonia travel guide

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Beaches · Caves · Nightlife
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.

Lefkada travel guide

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Beaches · Waterfalls · Nightlife
Connected to mainland Greece by a long causeway and floating bridge, Lefkada represents more than just an island paradise of modern seaside resorts and pristine Ionian beaches. Though it measures only 35 km (22 mi) from north to south, the island offers a mosaic of landscapes that include excellent mountain biking spots. Evade the big crowds of the southern coastline's popular beaches and soak up some local culture by visiting the small villages along Lefkada's eastern side, where you can explore traditional taverns known for serving local dishes to the tune of traditional live music.