CORFU | PAXI | LEFKADA | ITHAKI | KEFALONIA | ZAKYNTHOS
With their cooler climate, abundant olive and cypress trees, the Ionian islands are a lighter, greener variation on the Greek template. Venetian, French and British occupiers have all helped to shape the islands’ architecture, culture and cuisine and contributed to the unique feel of the Ionian life.
Day 1 & 2
From the writings of Gerald and Lawrence Durrell to the place where the shipwrecked Odysseus was soothed and sent on his way home, Corfu has been portrayed as an idyll for centuries. Get to know its history, explore its traditional fishing villages, and swim in its cobalt-blue waters.
Paxi packs a lot of punch into its tiny frame. Facilities are concentrated in three delightful harbor villages tucked into is eastern shores - Lakka, Loggos, and the ferry port of Gaïos. Each has its own crop of tasteful little hotels, rental apartments and seafront tavernas, and its own devoted fans. Fjord-shaped beaches, underwater caves, small bays, and green hills, all out there for you to explore!
Day 4 & 5
One of the few Greek islands that you can drive to, much of Lefkada remains surprisingly unaffected by tourism. Laid-back Lefkada Town is a charming place to spend a day or two, while the soaring mountains conceal timeless villages. If you continue all the way south you'll find stunning little bays and inlets, as well as windy conditions that attract kitesurfers and windsurfers from all over the world.
Squeezed between Kefalonia and the mainland, Ithaki is still every bit as rugged, romantic, and epic as its role in the Homeric legend would suggest. The hilly homeland to which Odysseus struggled to return for 10 years, continues to charm and seduce traveler with its ancient ruins, breathtaking harbor villages and wilderness walks.
The kind of island where time stops and cares slip away.
Day 7 & 8
The largest and perhaps the most enticing of all the Ionian islands, magical Kefalonia is a place where it's easy to lose yourself. Despite the devastating earthquake of 1953 that razed much of the island's historic Venetian architecture, captivating villages such as Fiskardo and Assos still show off Italianate good looks.
Breath in the fresh air and explore its ravishing coves and beach-lined bays lapped by gin-clear waters.
Day 8 & 9
If beach quality ranks high on your vacation wish list, then you will find yourself spoilt for choice in Zakynthos (also known by its Italian name Zante), where knock-out sandy seashores regularly feature on international beach lists with the iconic Navagio (Shipwreck) Beach being one of them.
For many, the main lure to the island is the chance to see the endangered Caretta Caretta sea turtles up close and for others, the spectacular scenery of the rugged west coast.
Whatever it is for you, one thing is certain; its beauty will mesmerize you!
*The private travel itineraries listed above act as suggestions only and each one can be customized around your needs and interest: adding or removing a day, bypassing a destination, taking time off to relax, or altering your accommodation and flight options.