Ionian islands

7 Days Itinerary

1st Day: Patra- Zakynthos
2nd Day: Zakythos- Cefalonia
3rd Day: Cefalonia- Parga
4th Day: Parga -Antipaxi- Paxi
5th Day: Paxi- Corfu
6th Day: Corfu- Lefkas
7th Day: Lefkas –Ithaca
8th Day: Ithaca- Patra. Disembarkation

Ionian places

Kythnos

Kythnos is an unspoiled Cycladic island. Loutra is famous for its thermal springs and is worth visiting the Kakavos, where the hot springs are bubbling, the Agrokipeio, which is an area full of cypress and eucalyptus trees. Hora is an authentic and simple white washed place with a few taverns and cafes. Driopida is the traditional village with stone houses and paved streets. Merihas is the harbor of the island with many scenic taverns, restaurants, bars, coffee shops. Panagia Kanala named after the patron saint of the island is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Cyclades. Kolona beach, a narrow strip of heavenly sand is surrounded by the sea creating two independent beaches. The deep blue, limpid waters and the uniqueness of the landscape justify its description as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Aegean. It is a quiet island ideal for relaxing, beautiful hiking trails and swimming in crystal clear waters.

Tinos

Widely known as Holy Greek Island for the orthodox church PANAGIA (VIRGIN MARY) considered the protector of the country, with a miraculous icon inside. The town with the holy spirit is quite impressive with the neoclassical mansions at the waterfront. The most traditional villages are located in the inland and they are famous for the picturesque architecture. Pyrgos is the most characteristic village of Tinos with a long tradition in marble carving. The art of painters and sculptors are some of the mysteries of the island. Travelling across the island, you can visit Byzantine monasteries, dovecotes, secluded beaches. The calm and sandy beaches are ideal for relaxing. It is characterized for the nature beauty, the ancient heritage, the architecture, sculpture, folklore and tradition with the vivid nightlife.

Mykonos

Mykonos is the island of wild contrasts, for her cosmopolitan flair has won an international acknowledgement. It is always in wait of the nightlife fanatic! The picturesque Cycladic architecture, the typical windmills and the popular known for “summer parties and bars” beaches makes its famous and unique. The town ideally designed, it seems, as the unique tourist spot for all kinds of holiday aspirations and different life styles. You can walk along the narrow streets, see the sunset from the Little Venice and enjoy the exciting nightlife in stylish restaurants, charming cafés and many dance bars and clubs.

Paros

Paros is one of the most distinctive islands of Cyclades. It is well known for the golden beaches, the fertile plains filled with olive groves, the hibiscus flowers, the rose gardens, the geraniums, the pine trees. It is well known for her history dating back to prehistoric times, her monasteries, her blue domed-chapels and the seemingly ceaseless night life. The Parian traditional villages, particularly Parikia with hidden alleyways, Naoussa with idyllic beauty and nightlife and Lefkes with Byzantine road are perfect samples of Cycladic architecture, with whitewashed houses and paved streets. You must visit Panagia Ekatontapiliani, a landmark Byzantine church from the 4th century A.D. or Kolimbithres a beach where naturally sculpted rocks form swimming coves or Pounta for kite-surfing.

Serifos

Serifos the iron island is embraced by the blue colors of the Aegean Sea. Chora town is built amphitheatrically on a rocky hill commanding the island from the top. It is one of the most elegant Cycladic towns. It will be more than worthwhile to walk through it and discover all the hidden treasures, narrow streets with colorful houses, coats of arms and the castle at the top of the hill. The locals have respected the Cycladic architectural tradition by building white and blue houses making the islands towns and villages all the more wonderful. The monastery Taxiarches dating back to the 17th Century with restored post byzantine icons and wooden temple is the most religious center of Serifos. Livadaki, Agios Sostis, Megalo Livadi and Ganema are among the most beautiful and magnificent beaches in Serifos. Rocky, pebbly, sandy beaches accompanied by crystal blue waters. Feel the nature and taste the uniqueness of the island.

Syros

Syros is the administrative center of Cyclades with an outstanding culture and rich maritime tradition. Ermoupoli, the capital of the island distinguishes for the Venetian mansions as its architecture is more medieval than Cycladic and the impressive neoclassical buildings such as Apollo theatre and Town Hall. The authentic and traditional villages, the orthodox and catholic churches, the inaccessible beaches, the sea breeze and the magical nature scenery make Syros one of the most attractive destinations. The caves, the well-hidden secret of the island and dive into their “virgin” waters are passing through steep beaches. It is an island that always hosts great artistic events such as operas, theatrical performances, musical events, summer cinema screenings as well as exhibitions of great artists. Nightlife includes romantic bars with sea view and many night clubs.

Ionian islands

Patra

Patra is the capital of Achaia with a busy and cosmopolitan atmosphere. The town is full of traditional and majestic buildings such as the Apollo theatre - a replica of "La Scala" -, the Building of the Commercial Association, the Roman Odeon, the Pantocrator Church. A stroll along spacious waterfront justifies the fact that Patra is regarded as one of the major Greek Ports. Nightlife options like restaurants, bars, pubs, taverns and lively discos and cabarets vary and are there to satisfy all demands and wishes.

Zakynthos

It is called  “Fioro di Levante” (flower of the East) as there are over 7,000 species of flowers on it. Zakynthos town is the main town on the island, with interesting museums and a Venetian Castle on top of the hill above.  The island is mostly known for the colorful traditional houses, traditional rural villages, the old monasteries, the impressive church towers, a tradition in culture, the sunset from the cliffs of Keri and Kryoneri and candadas songs singing by the islanders. There are sandy beaches in secluded coves where the tranquil waters are deep blue on the island’s southeastern part and rugged cliffs combining with an interesting underwater world on the western part of the island. Navagio (the Shipwreck Beach), is the most famous beach of the island with the golden sand and the exotic blue waters. On Zakynthos, great care is taken to protect two endangered animal species, namely the caretta aretta sea turtle and the monachus monachus seal.

CEFALONIA

The largest island of the Ionian sea, an ideal vacation spot for relaxation and acquaintance with conflicting natural elements. Argostoli, its capital, is built on a hillside overlooking a narrow harbor with intense city life and active, full of various types of entertainment such as shops for every taste, coffee to relax, bars. Fiscardo is the most cosmopolitan place with a port that receives many yachts every summer. Other picturesque seaside villages to visit are Lixouri, Sami, Assos and Lake Melissani. Its coastline is made up of limestone cliffs, bays and short strips of white sand, like Myrtos Beach the most spectacular which lies at the bottom of towering cliffs. It is famous for its deep emerald green mountains, the caves with stalactites, the dazzling beaches and sparkling azure waters. Waters cover the entire range of blues and greens, lapping against pure white sand or smooth round pebbles.

Parga

Parga one of the most picturesque areas of Greece is located in the northwestern part of the regional unit of Preveza in Epirus. It is a sophisticated historical town built as the amphitheatre of the rare beauty.
Its colorful houses are constructed amphitheatrically along the slopes of a mountain, surrounded by lush greenery and blue sea. On top of the hill above the port are the ruins of an old Venetian Castle. A green islet with a white church stands at the entrance of the port is situated in a secluded bay. The surrounding beaches and sea caves are famous for the exotic blue waters.

Antipaxi

It is a paradise on earth with outstanding beauty, totally unspoilt. It has few houses, small vineyards, olive groves, numerous clean and beautiful beaches. Vrika and Voutoumi its two beautiful beaches are famous for the breathtaking settings. They have white sand or pebbles lapped by glittering turquoise waters. To the south of these two beaches, there are a few small and beautiful secluded coves.

Paxi

The cosmopolitan island has an endless olive grove, small magic bays, beautiful villages, cliffs and massive sea caves. The capital of the island Gaios a picturesque village built around a port which is protected by two small islands Agios Nikolas. The harbor’ entrance is very impressed. The town has held on to its original Venetian layout and architecture offers prized possessions like the old British governor’s mansion and the church of Agii Apostoli with an impressive cistern above it. Its three seaside villages have white houses with red roof tiles, very old windmills, olive presses and stone cisterns. Hillsides are carpeted in olive groves which the ancient trees are renowned for the very highest quality oil. Beaches are stone and pebble with golden sand and crystal waters.

Corfu

It is among the most beautiful and popular islands of the country. It is an island with a long history, and has been notable in Greek culture and tradition for over 3000 years. Greeks, Venetians, French, Russians, English, all lived in Corfu and left their mark on the island’s famous sights and attractions. They composed a diverse culture that you will discover in every musical note of Corfu’s marching bands, in each glass of kumquat liqueur, in the colorful Venetian backstreets named candounia, in the Spianada square and the Liston Arcade, in the Mon Repot Palace,  the Municipality Building, in the labyrinthine back streets of Campiello, in every love affair that sparks up in the Canal d' Amour. Corfu Town with the Venetian style reminds very much of Italian towns. Its highlight is the Old Town with the characteristic Venetian style. Very famous is Pontikonisi, which translates as Mouse Island, just large enough to hold the Pantokrator monastery and right next to it, the famous islet Vlacherna, with its 17th century monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway. Many beautiful beaches are found around the island such as Paleokastritsa, Agios Gordis, Nissaki, Sidari, Kassiopi, Acharavi,  Ipsos, Glyfada. Endless sandy beaches with clean waters surrounded by lush of greenery or impressive rocks and hidden secluded bays make Corfu famous in the Ionian Sea.

Lefkas

Lefkas, an island with the most amazing sea color, is connected to the mainland by a causeway. It lies alongside a huge lagoon. The town has architectural mix of brightly painted houses, many of them topped with wood and corrugated iron to mitigate but the centre retains its traditional two storey houses.
The surroundings are rich in historical remains like those of the ancient town, the Castle, an excellent example of fortification techniques, the Museums and the local library with rich collections of books and 15th Century icons. Around the island there are picturesque seaside villages surrounded by lush greenery and wild olive groves like Nidri, Vassiliki, Sivota, Agios Nikitas, beautiful places with special character each one. The beaches, on the western coast of Lefkada Greece, distinguish for the wonderful color and the impressive landscape. Especially Porto Katsiki and Egremni with turquoise waters are among the most photographed places in Greece. The waters on the eastern shoreline are very sheltered and the deep bays are very popular for yachts. On the south coast the wind makes it an ideal destination for windsurfers.

Ithaki

Worldwide famous as the home of Odysseus, the king who became a legend, Ithaca symbolises the return to the haven. It combines rich culture with amazing blue green waters, beautiful villages and lush greenery. Vathy, the capital of the island, is built on a bay the center of which is decorated by the tiny little island of Lazaretto. Beautiful houses, Venetian buildings, the fine restored cathedral dedicated to the Presentation of the Virgin, the Archaeological Museum that houses a collection of various findings from the Geometric period, the Mycenaean and the Corinthian periods and the house where Odysseas Androutsos the Greek hero of the war of Independence was born are some of the characteristic sights of Vathy. Its villages keep their traditional design. Some of them by seaside, some on the mountain, all are built within the nature beauty of the island. The beaches are surrounded by breathtaking landscape with lush green vegetation. Sarakiniko, Lootsa, Aetos, Sarakínniko, Filiatro, Dexa, Minnimata, Yidaki, Aspros Yalos, Afales and Agios Ioannis are amazing beaches with crystal waters, many other secluded coves, sand or pebbles, rocky or green clad backgrounds.