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.
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.
The birthplace of the Olympic Games is just across the Ionian Sea on mainland Greece. After sailing over from Zante, we'll drive to one of the most important sanctuaries of antiquity. Discover where the Olympics began in the 8th century BC and see the stadium. You'll also see the ruins of the Temple of Hera, where the Olympic flame was first lit, and of the Temple of Zeus, where the statue of Zeus – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – once stood. Afterwards, head to the Archaeological Museum to see more treasures and relics before heading into Olympia town.
With its pine-clad hills rolling down into rugged coves fringed by turquoise waters, Kefalonia's coastline was made for cruising. You'll board the yacht in either Poros or Agia Pelagia and begin making waves in the bright blue Ionian Sea by circling around Kefalonia's coastline and tiny islands. Hidden bays and coves will all be revealed as well as the opportunity to cool off with some snorkelling at a few chosen spots. A Mediterranean and Asian fusion lunch will be served along with local wine under the sun. Then continue exploring or snoozing away the afternoon, keeping watch for dolphins and turtles.
Smuggler's Cove leads the way as far as Zante's beaches are concerned. Overlooked by soaring cliffs and home to shipwreck ruins, this sandy bay is one of the most beautiful in Greece. Cruise along the coast to this famous cove where you'll stop to swim and soak up the scenery. Then, round off at a clifftop taverna for mezze, wine and sunset views.
There's the potential to fall hook, line and sinker for the serenity of fishing in Zante on this trip. As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm, so you'll set sail from Zante port to make the most of the morning on the Ionian Sea. Coffee and baked goods will be served. Then get to grips with Greek-style fishing by throwing nets overboard before anchoring up at a quiet beach. Try your hand at line fishing or snack away on fresh fruits between dives, waiting to see what you catch. Nets collected, lunch will be prepared at the next stop – the catch of the day with risotto, salad and wine.
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.
There's nothing like a beach day to kick off those holiday vibes, so this trip has you covered. Hop on a speedboat to spend an hour on the sands of Zante's most Instagrammable beach – Smuggler's Cove. Snap a few selfies with its famous shipwreck, and you'll get to see the incredible Blue Caves, too.After pick-up from your hotel, head by coach to Porto Vromi and hop on a boat towards the Blue Caves. Speeding across the turquoise waters, you'll stop to grab a few wow-factor photos here before sailing towards the landmark Smuggler's Cove.This picture-postcard white pebble beach has an Instagrammable shipwreck from 1980 partly buried in the sand – it's a great place for a selfie. Enjoy some free time on this famous beach, and you can admire the scenery or take a dip in the sea before cruising back to port.
Exploring is made easy on this bike tour of Zante, which sees you pedalling your way through typical villages. You'll journey along country tracks around the base of Mt Vrachionas while learning about the island's history and traditions – and even stopping for a snoop inside Grampsas winery.With an easy to moderate difficulty level, everyone's welcome on this bike tour. And you have the option to choose between a regular bike or an electric one to make touring even smoother. Then once your helmet's strapped on, you'll pedal off from a small village called Agios Sostis, located on the coastline of Zakynthos Marine Park.Over the four hours, you'll wheel into typical whitewashed villages towards Mt Vrachionas, the highest peak on the island, stopping at Grampsas winery along the way. Then at the final village you'll get to hop off the saddle and take a peek inside the church of Agia Marina before heading back.
Exploring Zante Town is made easy on this four-hour bike tour. Pedal your way past the main sights, learning about the town's history and culture – and even discovering a few local secrets along the way. Take your pick from an electric or regular bike.Don your helmet, hop on the saddle and prepare for a fun-packed sightseeing tour around Zante Town. Your guide will lead you on a four-hour exploration, taking some of the lesser-known routes, alleys and backstreets to all the must-sees. And with a maximum of eight guests, you'll never be far behind.Hear the stories and traditions of the town while setting eyes on the main historic sites. You'll also have plenty of time to take pictures, and soak up the beauty of Zante Town. What's more, if you don't feel like pedalling your way along the cobbled streets, you have the option of an electric bike that will take you from A to B effortlessly.
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 deluxe 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.
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.
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.
Live life like a celeb for the day – charter your own private yacht. With a friendly captain at hand, you'll be in charge of where you cruise to. Or, sit back, relax, and let the crew decide. Soak up the sun, swim in the sea and sip a drink from the open bar, all while sailing Zante's coastline. Holiday experiences don't get better than this.
Learn to cook like a local with this private Kefalonian cooking class. Get hands on in creating your very own Greek feast at a family-run taverna and take home tips to impress friends and family with at your next dinner party. You'll visit a typical village, taste locally-made honey, and help prepare traditional dishes that you'll dine on for lunch.Surrounded by sun-kissed Kefalonian countryside, the tucked-away village of Kourouklata is a great place for an authentic Greek cooking class – it's a real slice of island life. Arrive at a family-run taverna and after a warm welcome by your host you'll soon get stuck in.Under the watchful eye of Mama Stavroula – owner and head chef – you'll learn how to make traditional appetizers and a show-stopping main meal. And while lunch is in the oven, there's a tour of the village and a chance to try local honey, too. Then, head back to dine on your delicious creations, all washed down with good Greek wine.
It's Zante's newest summer staple that's got fantasy and a whole lot of confetti to keep you going till the early hours of the morning. Once you've peeked inside the doors of Wonderland, there'll be no going back. You'll be sucked into a whole other realm of a party dream world with face painting to kick off your night. Then, you'll be let loose on the dancefloor where the resident DJ will be rolling out a mash-up of the latest summer anthems. Now the party's in full swing, the confetti cannons will blast colour into every corner of the club. There'll be something else, too, live saxophone music and an open bar.
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.
This sunset cruise has all the little things that make for a perfect holiday experience. Sail out into the Ionian and you'll drop anchor near the uninhabited islet of Varidani. Dive off the boat for a swim or snorkel and catch a glimpse of the sea life. And it gets better. We'll sail to a beautiful bay, where you will have free time to relax on the beach or swim. Back on board, you'll enjoy a tasty home cooked dinner – washed down with local wine – all to the sounds of a live saxophonist. And the romantic atmosphere continues as your skipper steers you leisurely back to the port.
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.