Natural wonders, amazing beaches and pretty villages – when it comes to sightseeing, Kefalonia has it all. But in Kefalonia, the natural beauty isn't always in the open. You have to look a bit harder to find the stalactites and stalagmites of the Caves of Drogarati. While the boat trip on the waters of the mystical underground Lake Melissani will have you feeling like you're starring in a movie yourself. Later on, you'll have time to explore the fishing village of Fiskardo, whose pastel-coloured tavernas will tempt you in for a bite. And the dinky port of Agia Efimia will also capture your heart.
Fancy cruising Zante's waters in search of its most famous residents – loggerhead sea turtles. Cast out to sea and you'll pass by the golden beaches of Vassilikos before sailing towards Marathonisi, a pine-clad islet nicknamed ‘Turtle Island'. Keep a look out for loggerheads and for dolphins, too. Next, you'll cruise to the Keri peninsula and drop anchor for a swim stop. Come ashore and there's free time to explore the small village of Keri. On the return cruise there's a chance to swim in a hidden bay and you may even spot some more turtles. What's more, conservation group Archellon will be on board to tell you about their work.
Smuggler's Cove is a picture-postcard white pebble beach with a surprise – a shipwreck from an alleged smuggler who ran ashore in 1980. After pick-up, head by coach to Porto Vromi – it takes about 90 minutes – and hop on a boat towards Smuggler's Cove. Enjoy some free time to visit the famous beach, admire the scenery and take a few Insta-perfect selfies. Then, as we cruise back towards Porto Vromi, you'll discover Stegnitis Bay, a place so secret it dosen't even show up on Google. Cool off with a swim stop here and take some pics.
It's easy to see why the Venetians called Zante the ‘Flower of the East'. This exclusive tour takes in some of the island's prettiest villages and the remote Anafonitria monastery, too. And that's not all. There'll also be local wine and sweets to taste, plus a short boat trip to the Blue Caves – one of the deepest points in the Mediterranean.
Searching for loggerhead turtles and dolphins in their natural habitat is the aim of the game of this half-day cruise. Kids will love this one, too – the boat will have kids' corner complete with games and activities about turtle conservation. You'll cast off from Zante port towards Marathonisi Island – a pine-clad islet nicknamed ‘Turtle Island' as its beaches are a favourite nesting site. You'll swing by the ‘Oasis' sea cave for some swimming before heading closer to the island where you'll drop anchor for an extra dose of snorkelling. What's more, conservation group Archellon will be on board to tell you about their work.
This cruise around the northern tip of Zante has it all – secret coves, on-board sunbathing and some camera-grabbingly good selfie spots. You'll see stretches of the island's most mesmerizing coastline, including the Blue Caves and Smuggler's Cove – that famous Greek postcard picture of the rusting cargo ship on the pristine cliff-ringed beach.You'll get to catch all of Zante's top coastal bits in one relaxing boat trip. We'll scoot around Cape Skinari, famed for its stone lighthouse, windmills and white cliffs against the turquoise water. And after about two hours at sea, we'll reach Smuggler's Cove.Back in the 80s, a ship carrying contraband cigarettes ran aground in this chalk-white cove. What's left is a fantastic photo-op, and a great place to swim. After a dip, you'll stop by the shimmering Blue Caves. Carved into the cliffs, its sea-smoothed walls reflect the dazzling blue waters like a mirror. Then, enjoy Greek snacks and wine as we bob back to shore.
Famed since ancient times as the home of Odysseus, the island of Ithaca lies off the northeastern coast of Kefalonia. You'll hear many mythical tales as you discover Ithaca. Explore the capital, Vathi the go by boat to Kioni in the north, passing a cliffs and secret beaches – there's swim stop at one. Kioni is built like an amphitheatre on the slopes of a mountainside, flower-bedecked houses overlook the harbour. You'll then head to the even tinier port of Frikes, where you'll have free time for lunch. And there's a stop in the inland village of Stavros before sailing back to Kefalonia.
For a day of spills and thrills, head on down to Water Village in Sarakinado – Zante's biggest water park. You'll get the adrenaline pumping with gravity-defying slides and spend time relaxing under the bright Ionian sun with family by your side.Grab your swimsuits, sunblock and sense of adventure as you conquer the dizzying slides at Water Village. There are enough rides, slides and sunbathing terraces to keep every family member entertained as well as cafés and bars for thirst-quenching refreshments. You'll be able to escape the heat of the sun with gentle rides such as Lazy River or face your fears on the beastly Black Hole and Sinkhole.And with plenty of sunloungers, you can sit back and relax as the little ones play in shallow pools, and enjoy a family day out with a difference. What's more, with this ticket-only option, you can choose the day you want to go.
Mystical mountains, verdant valleys, secluded coves and azure waters that glitter in the sunlight. Kefalonia is a beauty. You'll catch the ferry over, watching the mountains and cliffs rise high from the sea to Pessada harbour. Your first stop is Drogarati Cave. We'll continue to Lake Melissani for a boat trip across this underground lagoon. Next, head to the seaside village of Agia Efimia. Here, you'll have free time for lunch. In the afternoon, there's a photo stop at Myrtos Bay – a filming spot from Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Rounding off the trip is free time in Argostoli.
Watching the sun set over the Ionian Sea is one of those must-do Zante experiences. You'll stop off Turtle Island, first, for an early-evening dip. Discover caves and private beaches before cruising to the west coast to watch the sun go down near the Misithres Rocks. There's an amazing view of the sunset from here and with the help of an on-board photographer, you're sure to get the perfect shot. The sort of night that sprinkles a bit of magic over your holiday memories.
Zante is haloed by great beaches – but St Nick's gets top billing. You'll head to this prime spot in the Vasilikos peninsula for a day of fun and relaxation on the beach. Your sunlounger and parasol are included in the price, along with lunch and a drink at the snack bar or at your sunlounger. Either lie back and enjoy the scenery or take to the sea for a swim. Or if you're a bit more adventurous, there's a complimentary banana boat ride. St Nick's is famed for its water sports offering and there's a discount for TUI guests. And make sure to head over the dinky white church on a hillock at the top of the beach – it's made for selfies.
The capital of Kefalonia is that rare thing in Greece – a place more famous for its present than its past. It all starts with the chance to toast your night out with a trip to the Robola wine estate. Raise a glass of its acclaimed wine and kick off to a night to remember in style. On to Argostoli and you can wander along the promenade or soak up the atmosphere in the lively main square. There are plenty of trendy bars and cafés to choose from, so whether you're after a cocktail or a frappé, you'll find it here. You'll find a host of great shops, too, all tempting you with their wares.
Only off-roaders are tough enough to take you on this tour. Hit the road in a 4x4 and travel through Zante's top-class countryside to explore tiny villages, time-worn towns and the monasteries of Yperagathos and Agios Georgios. And it doesn't end there. After lunch, it's time to relax on the remote Makri Gialos beach for free time to sunbathe and swim.
Kefalonia's hidden beaches, pine-cloaked hills and whitewashed villages serve up some of the best scenery in Greece. You'll climb into a 4x4 to see the places you wouldn't be able to reach by coach. Drive through rugged countryside and meadows freckled with wild flowers. You'll pass through the National Park of Mt Ainos and by an eerie ghost town. Plus, you'll visit Mt Roudhi and your guide will take you along some of the island's best coastal routes. Last but not least, you'll drive to the Omala Valley and visit the Aghia Varvara church, before rounding the day off on the beach.
Live it up in Laganas with a day aboard your own private boat cruise. You can choose to take the helm yourself or, just sit back, relax, and let a captain sail you to all the top spots around the island, with swim stops and tanning time as standard.If you fancy playing skipper for the day, you'll be in charge of your own boat, no licence or experience required. Before you set off, staff will give you a safety briefing, show you the ropes, and help you set a course. Cruise by Keri Caves, stopping to swim inside them along the way. Or, do a spot of wildlife-watching at Marathonisi Island – a major nesting ground for loggerhead turtles. You can also stop by the incredibly Instagrammable Mizithres beach.If you'd rather top up your tan than take the wheel, however, then you can decide the route while a captain does the sailing. Choose this option, and you're free to enjoy all the benefits of your own private boat trip, with the choice to have lunch at a local taverna.
Beach hopping in Zante has never been as much fun. This luxury cruise along the east and north coasts of the island takes in its most famous and photographed beaches – with no fewer than four swim stops at Psarou, Xigia, Makris Gialos and the world-famous Smuggler's Cove.Your adventure kicks of the moment you board the boat at Zante port. Hugging the coastline, your captain will sail towards Psarou and drop anchor. Dive into the Ionian for your first swim stop of the cruise. Back on board, we'll glide on to Xigia, a sulfuric beach renowned for its turquoise waters and pungent smell. After a stop here, we'll sail on towards Makris Gialos for a swim stop off this beach flanked by sea caves.The boat will then round Cape Skinari on the northern tip of Zante and cruise along the entire north coast towards the landmark Smuggler's Cove. This picture-postcard white pebble beach has an Instagrammable shipwreck from 1980 embedded in the strand. Snacks, a soft drink, beer or wine are served on board.
If exploring one beautiful Ionian island isn't enough for you, then this boat trip to Zante is the answer to your dreams. The star attraction is the made-for-Instagram Smuggler's Cove – which can't be reached any other way than by sea. Here, the wrecked hull of a smuggler's ship rests on the strand. Your captain will stop by another hidden bay for a swim, before heading on to the Blue Caves. We'll then dock at Agios Nikolaos. You'll have free time to go to the beach or find a nice taverna for lunch before returning to Kefalonia.
Kefalonia was just another beautiful Ionian island when Captain Corelli and his mandolin came along and sprinkled some Hollywood glamour on the island. Your adventure kicks off underground at the romantic Melissani Lake. We'll then head to Sami, the fishing village where Nicolas Cage fell in love with Penelope Cruz. Next up is at Agia Efimia, where you'll board a boat for a cruise to Fiskardo – a tiny port with pastel-coloured houses – for lunch. In the afternoon, head to Assos by road and explore the island's interior. This is adults-only trip is limited to approximately 30 guests.
The calm waters of the Ionian Sea surrounding Kefalonia are the perfect place to try out a new adventure-tinged activity – sea kayaking. Paddle along the rugged coastline, past limestone cliffs jutting out of the sea, discovering along the way white, sandy beaches hidden in secluded coves, secret caves and quaint fishing villages tucked away in little islets. And there'll be a stop along the way at a quiet bay to swim and snorkel, plus a typical Greek lunch is included. This activity offers you the chance to discover the hidden gems of the Ionian while taking part in new adventures.
Walking will only take you so far in Zante. Explore beyond the beach with hassle-free bike rental. Pedal to tiny villages and time-worn towns, or stop by whitewashed windmills and monasteries with the freedom of two wheels. Give your legs and lungs a workout while cycling in the sunshine and discover parts of the island you never knew existed.