Have you ever dreamt of visiting Greece’s capital city and a couple of islands in the Ionian Sea? Then, this 12-Day Athens, Zakynthos & Kefalonia Trip is the ideal choice for you!
Ionian Escape: 12-Day Athens, Zakynthos & Kefalonia Trip
Have a truly unforgettable experience on this 12-day trip! Let us show you around the city of Athens and the Athens Riviera and two of the most popular islands of the Ionian Sea, Zakynthos, and Kefalonia. Visit the sacred Acropolis hill, the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounio and the must-see attractions of Athens; Taste local dishes and products; Experience day-to-day life in rural Zakynthos and feel like a local; Explore Kefalonia’s highlights and extraordinary beauties!
Welcome to Greece! As soon as you arrive in Athens, our professional driver will welcome you and take you to your hotel in an air-conditioned, comfortable and luxurious vehicle. After you settle in, take a stroll through some of Athens’ highlights and enjoy a hearty welcome dinner at a tavern surrounded by friendly locals!
The second day of your amazing trip will take you around Athens’ treasures in only 7 hours. Accompanied by your expert, licensed guide, you will visit the magnificent Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum, the Panathenaic Stadium, the colorful Monastiraki square and the emblematic Syntagma square, among others. Your exploration of Athens doesn’t stop there!
On day 3, you’ll start with our popular Athens for Foodies tour, during which you will enjoy 15 (!) different tastings of Greek cuisine, so make sure to come hungry. Later in the day, let us drive you along the Athenian Riviera towards Cape Sounio, just in time to catch the stunning sunset while marveling the imposing Temple of Poseidon. A romantic evening - the best way to end your stay in Athens!
The following day, it’s time to move on to the next stop of your trip, Zakynthos, also known as Zante. In the morning you’ll be transferred to Kyllini to catch the ferry to the island. On your way there make a short stop at the isthmus of Corinth to see the Corinth Canal, an impressive feat of engineering that separates the Peloponnese from the mainland. Once you reach Zakynthos port, enjoy a comfortable drive to your hotel in the beautiful resort of Tsilivi, where you can rest for the day.
On day 5, join other fellow travelers on a unique tour of the authentic side of Zakynthos. Get to visit traditional villages, a folklore museum, a monastery, an olive oil factory, and the shipwreck platform for the panoramic pictures of the famous bay. In a nutshell, a fantastic opportunity to dig into the roots of the island’s culture.
Day 6 is your free day to discover the island on your own. On the seventh day, choose the activity you would like to engage in. Your first option is a day at the magnificent Xingia beach, a small sandy beach with a distinctive aroma. The waters, which come from the mountains into the sea, contain sulphur and have healing properties - a natural spa day! On the other, you could opt for a boat trip to the famous Shipwreck beach and the beautiful Blue Caves. If you are keen on visiting those places and wish to swim in the sulphur waters as well, no worries! This tour includes a stop at Xingia Beach by bus, too. No matter which activity you choose, we assure you that you’ll have a wonderful day!
Your escape to the Ionian continues with you taking the ferry from Zakynthos port to Kefalonia, the biggest island of the Ionian Sea! Upon your arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Argostoli with a private vehicle. Check-in, relax, and take it easy for the day.
On day 9, a fascinating tour awaits you! Along with your local driver-guide, discover Kefalonia’s must-see attractions. Six stops, six different highlights: the monastery of Saint Gerasimos, the saint patron of the island; Robola winery for a wine tasting of the famous Robola wine; the marvelous Drogarati cave, more than 150 million years old; the lake of the nymphs, the dazzling Melissani Lake; the pretty village of Agia Efimia and a stopover Myrtos beach for breathtaking views!
Spend the following day at your own leisure and explore the capital of the island, Argostoli. Wander around its narrow streets and walk along the promenade and the De Bosset Bridge, the longest stone bridge over the sea in the world. Don’t omit to pay a visit to St Theodori Lighthouse and the sinks "Katavothres", a rare geological phenomenon.
On day 11, continue on with the exploration of Argostoli or let us drive you to the picturesque village of Assos to spend the day there. The pine and cypress trees and the crystal clear blue waters of the Ionian Sea create a unique combination and make Assos an ideal place to unwind and let your worries float away!
On day 12, have your driver pick you up from your hotel to take you to Kefalonia airport with plenty of time to catch your flight to Athens. Your magical 12-day trip may have come to an end, but you’ll return home full of memories and unforgettable experiences!
- Exploring Athens’ must-see attractions, such as the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum
- Tasting traditional Greek delicacies and dishes
- Experiencing the generous hospitality of locals
- Marveling at the extraordinary beauties of the Ionian islands
Andronis Athens BC is a boutique, centrally located hotel that aims to offer its guests the time of their lives and wrap them in style and comfort.
COCO-Mat Athens BC is a 5-star hotel located in Athens where comfort meets luxury and idyllic views of the Acropolis.
New Hotel is a 5-star accommodation choice in Athens that provides its guest with the most opulent stay and a central location that is both convenient and beautiful.
Emelisse Retreat Hotel is a sophisticated nature resort that will allow you to experience luxury & complete relaxation on the magical island of Kefalonia.
F Zeen Retreat is a luxury hotel in Kefalonia that will elevate your trip to the island and make it a memorable experience.
Kefalonia Grand Hotel is the ultimate destination for luxury, comfort and style on the island of Kefalonia.
Lesante Blu Exclusive beach resort is an adults-only hotel in Zante offering luxurious sea view suites for the ones seeking exclusivity, peace of mind and comfort.
Olea All-Suite Hotel is a luxury design-driven boutique accommodation set on a picturesque hill surrounded by olive trees on the amazing island of Zakynthos.
Experience luxury facilities and royal treatment on the cosmopolitan island of Zakynthos by choosing Porto Zante Villas and Spa.
These are our top accommodation options for this trip. Please keep in mind that the accommodation cost is not included in this trip's price. We only feature particular hand-picked hotels, which our team has carefully inspected. These hotels have received great feedback from our previous guests.
- All private tours as described in the itinerary
- All private transfers with luxury A/C vehicle
- Services of excellent guides
- Ferry tickets from Kyllini to Zakynthos & from Zakynthos to Kefalonia
- Archaeological Sites, Museums, Melissani Lake and Drogarati Cave entrance fees
- Accommodation (can be arranged)
- Meals unless mentioned in the itinerary
- All personal expenses not detailed in the itinerary & personal travel insurance
- International & domestic flights unless specified
We believe in a certain way of traveling. And this does not include big bus tour groups, nor large chain hotels or just crossing destinations off your list.
- immerse yourself in the culture and the landscape of your destination
- take a moment to appreciate your surroundings and not hop from one destination to another
- exploit your limited time with the help of a knowledgeable guide who will open your eyes about what you see and give you a real perspective of living in this country
- trust an experienced, local travel specialist with whom you will design a trip tailored to your needs, avoiding endless research and first-timer mistakes
And this is what we strive to do. Either you join one of our small-group tours or design a private trip just for you, we are here to help you experience Greece in a meaningful, authentic way.
If you think about booking this trip, don't think twice! They were 12 of the best days of our lives and we feel like we thoroughly explored beautiful Greece! Big cudos to the Greeking.me team!