12 days in Ionian Islands Itinerary

12 days in Ionian Islands Itinerary

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12 days in Ionian Islands Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  23 h 15 min
1
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 45 min
2
Sami, Cephalonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Kalamaki, Zakynthos
— 2 nights
Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: Melbourne

5
nights
Corfu Town, Corfu

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Corfu Town: Kavos (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Speed Boats Tours), Paleokastritsa Beach (in Paleokastritsa) and Canal D'Amour (in Sidari). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Old Fortress Corfu, pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery of Paleokastritsa, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Spyridon First Beach, and step into the grandiose world of New Fortress.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Corfu Town route website .

Melbourne, Australia to Corfu Town is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Melbourne to Corfu Town, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Corfu Town at 39°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sami.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Corfu, Paleokastritsa, Kavos, Aqualand Corfu Water Park, Achilleion Museum
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 26:
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Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Corfu Old Town ©
Corfu Old Town

2
nights
Sami, Cephalonia

Sami ©
Sami serves as Cephalonia's main port and provides a convenient gateway to the other Ionian Islands.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): Head underground at Drogarati Cave, kick back and relax at Antisamos Beach, then Head underground at Melissani Cave, and finally kick back and relax at Myrtos Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Vathy Bay, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Panagia Agrilion, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Skala Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Memorial Acqui Division.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sami tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Corfu Town to Sami in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Sami can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kalamaki.

Things to do in Sami

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Vathy Bay, Drogarati Cave, Memorial Acqui Division, Skala Beach, Myrtos Beach
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:
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Melissani Cave ©
Melissani Cave
Antisamos Beach ©
Antisamos Beach
Myrtos Beach ©
Myrtos Beach

2
nights
Kalamaki, Zakynthos

Kalamaki ©
Home to a world-famous beach serving as a protected nesting ground for endangered loggerhead sea turtles, Kalamaki sits on the southeastern coastline of Zakynthos.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): kick back and relax at Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach), kick back and relax at Laganas Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Marathonisi (Turtle Island). Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalamaki Beach and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kalamaki trip itinerary site .

Getting from Sami to Kalamaki by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kalamaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach), Speed Boats Tours, Marathonisi (Turtle Island), Laganas Beach
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30:
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Kalamaki Beach ©
Kalamaki Beach
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) ©
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)
Speed Boats Tours

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