Itinerary Highlights
    • Explore the aquamarine sea, tiny coves and soaring mountains of two beautiful Ionian islands, Kefalonia and Zakynthos
    • Stay in two beautiful family-friendly villas away from the crowds
    • Enjoy new experiences on each island: a mountain safari on Kefalonia and a visit to an olive oil mill on Zakynthos

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Transparent blue water, fragrant emerald vegetation and charming coastal towns: the Ionian islands offer no shortage of scenic and cultural delights. Your first stop on this 11-day island-hopping adventure is Kefalonia, a characterful island that combines natural beauty with ancient wonders. Here you’ll have the opportunity to head out on a guided safari through the interior Ainos mountains to learn about and admire the local flora and fauna. On day six you’ll hop across to nearby Zakynthos (also known as Zante), where adventure is always at your fingertips: sailing around the beautiful Blue Caves, exploring the fascinating shipwreck on Navagio Beach and driving through the hilly hinterland of the island’s interior.
Here you’ll be staying in a quiet oasis on the south of the island, so mum and dad will have plenty of opportunities for lazing on the beach with a good book in between all the action.


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The time has come to jet off to idyllic Greece to savour the warm summer weather with the family. After a bit of chaos at home making sure the youngsters have everything packed and ready to go, head to the airport. Once you’ve whizzed through security, settle into the airport lounge to fuel up on some nibbles and refreshments before departure. Flight time to Argostoli, on Kefalonia, is three-and-a-half hours, enough time to get stuck into your holiday read or watch a movie (might we suggest Mamma Mia?) before touching down. On arrival, collect your family-friendly rental car and drive twenty minutes to Trapezaki, a laid-back rural resort town on the southwest coast. Check in for five nights in a traditional Greek villa between Mount Ainos and the beach, then spend the rest of today settling into your new coastal environment. We recommend heading down to the local beach for a splash around in the water and an evening aperitif or meal at a local restaurant this evening.

DAYS 2 to 4


The next three days are all about discovering Kefalonia, the largest and one of the most beautiful islands in the Ionian Sea, and a treasure trove of natural beauty and cultural gems. Despite its size, Kefalonia has managed to retain its authentic charm: there are no hordes of tourists, the natural landscapes feel wild and unspoilt and local traditions are still practiced. The island has a collection of idyllic sandy beaches across the entire island, and a couple of our favourites are the pebbly cove of Myrtos on the west coast, generally considered the most beautiful, and the east coast’s Antisamos. Other scenic delights include small coastal mountains and the Ainos massif to the east. The island also boasts plenty of cultural offerings and historic sites, from the seventh-century BC Krani Fortress near the village of Razata and the Saint George Castle, which offers beautiful views across the Venetian capital of Kefalonia, to the third-century Roman villa at Cape Mouda, which houses restored mosaics, and the Melissani Cave, an open-air karstic formation. During your time on Kefalonia, our team could also arrange for you to head out on a canyoning and caving adventure with an experienced local guide.



Make sure to fuel up at breakfast this morning as today you’ll be heading out for a private safari on board a jeep in the beautiful Ainos mountains. In the company of a friendly and knowledgeable local guide you’ll explore the region surrounding Kelafonia’s tallest mountain: Mount Ainos. The landscapes are filled with a rare species of fir tree called the Abies Cephalonica, found primarily on this particular Greek island. This tree, now protected within the national park, has a long history as the timber provider of shipwrights since at least the time of Odysseus. Other important flora species include orchids and the Cephalonia violet. In terms of fauna, wild ponies are the main attraction, however these nimble little creatures are not easy to get close to and can only be observed from a distance. Heading up high makes it possible to drink in breathtaking views across the large azure ocean that hugs the island. Round off your trip with a visit to the old abandoned village of Vlachata, which pays homage to life before the destructive 1953 earthquake.



The time has come to bid farewell to Kefalonia and hop across the Ionian Sea to your next destination: the beautiful island of Zakynthos, also known as Zante. After a delicious breakfast this morning, you’ll be privately transferred to the port of Pessada where you’ll board a ferry to Agios Nikolaos. On arrival, collect your new rental car and travel one hour to Marathias, a secluded beach on the south coast. Settle in for five nights in a beautiful estate bordering the sea. The rest of today is yours to spend at leisure. You could laze on the beach and swim in the ocean, or if your fancy a bit more hustle and bustle, the charming village of Keri is less than two miles away.

DAYS 7 to 9


The next three days are all about soaking in the endless scenic and cultural delights of Zakynthos at your own pace. There is an efficient road network that makes it possible to reach every corner of the island: the Vasilikos peninsula to the southeast, Keri and the Myzithers to the south-west and Volimes and Agios Nikolaos to the north. Make sure to head out to Gerakas beach, a protected area where loggerhead turtles lay their nests. From the peaceful village of Keri, an easy hike leads to spectacular cliffs and the Myzithres, two large karst rocks protruding into the sea. At the foot of the rocks is an idyllic beach that rivals the west coast’s Navagio Beach as the island’s most beautiful. Navagio also goes by the name of ‘Shipwreck Beach’, in reference to the wreckage of a 1980 ship, most likely a cigarette-smuggling ship, that can be found here. To enjoy the beautiful bumpy countryside of Zakynthos, you can head cross-country to Volimes. This is a great way to admire the ancient olive trees, vines and pines that make the hinterland so picturesque. The northern part of the island is also home to the bustling town of Agios Nikolaos, where we can arrange for you to spend a few hours discovering the beautiful Blue Caves on a private boat.

DAY 10


Your final full day in Greece is dedicated to discovering one of its most iconic exports: olive oil. After breakfast this morning, head out to a nearby farm in the company of a private English-speaking guide. You’ll tour the beautiful olive groves while learning about the olive oil production process: the harvesting, crushing, pressing, centrifugation, decanting and bottling. Round off your visit with a tasting of the farm’s olive oils alongside a traditional meze (Greek-style tapas platter). Spend the rest of today enjoying the pleasures of Marathias: hiking, sun bathing, snorkelling and canoeing.

DAY 11


Sadly the time has come to bid Greece a warm farewell and embark on the journey home. After one last stroll along the beach this morning, hop back into your hire car and drive thirty minutes to the island’s southern airport. Drop off your hire car and relax in the airport lounge before boarding a three-and-a-half hour flight back to the UK.

A la carte


Head into the heart of the Vouva Canyon and Grouspa Cave in the company of an experienced guide for a canyoning and caving adventure. There are no qualifications necessary, just some simple equipment that will be provided by your guide. You’ll start with a walk through the dry narrow river bed of the canyon. Centuries of erosion has created walls with amazing shapes and several obstacles, which makes the walk that much more adventurous. Then you’ll head into a beautiful cave that will put everyone’s flexibility and dexterity to the test – don’t be surprised if the little ones come out on top in this activity.


Climb aboard a motorboat in Porto Vromi and spend four hours whizzing around the island in the company of a private English-speaking skipper. Sail along the cliffs near the picturesque Blue Caves, before heading out to Shipwreck Beach to admire the fascinating ruins of a 1980 ship. Along the way you can enjoy some nibbles and refreshments on board the boat.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip starts from £1,800 to £3,130 per person. The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote. The average starting price for this trip is £2,520 per person.
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