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
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Taxi to Fiskardo, Ferry to Nidri
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Nidri
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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.
Take a break from Kalamaki with a short trip to Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) in Anafonitria, about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalamaki Beach, take a pleasant ride with Laganas Horse Riding Center, take some stellar pictures from Bochali View Point, and enjoy the sand and surf at Laganas Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kalamaki trip planner.

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 July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 68°F in Kalamaki. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Makris Gialos Beach (in Lassi), Skala (Skala Beach & Dolphin Ski Club) and Petani Beach (in Lixouri). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Antisamos Beach, don't miss a visit to Assos, stop by Myrtillo, and kick back and relax at Myrtos Beach.

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Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Kalamaki to Sami takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daytime highs in Sami are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Faneromeni Monastery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kathisma Beach, then kick back and relax at Milos Beach, and finally take in the views from Wooden Bridge. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Lefkas Earth Winery, then kick back and relax at Egremni Beach, then kick back and relax at Porto Katsiki, and finally enjoy the sea views from Temple of Apollo Ruins.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nidri trip app.

Getting from Sami to Nidri by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Nidri can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for the flight 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.