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
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) in Anafonitria (about 54 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kalamaki Beach, get great views at Bochali View Point, head off the coast to Marathonisi (Turtle Island), and trot along with Laganas Horse Riding Center.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kalamaki day 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, Kalamaki is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) 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 still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Antisamos Beach, rejuvenate with a delicious beverage at Myrtillo, kick back and relax at Myrtos Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Melissani Cave.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sami holiday planning tool.

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 July, daily temperatures in Sami can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nidri.

Things to do in Sami

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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 24th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Faneromeni Monastery, then stroll through Kathisma Beach, then kick back and relax at Milos Beach, and finally take in the views from Wooden Bridge. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Lefkas Earth Winery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Egremni Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Porto Katsiki, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Temple of Apollo Ruins.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read Nidri road trip site.

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 July in Nidri, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nidri

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.