15 days in Ionian Islands Itinerary

15 days in Ionian Islands Itinerary

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15 days in Ionian Islands Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  12 h 30 min
Kalamaki, Zakynthos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
Sami, Cephalonia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
Nidri, Lefkada
— 1 night
Drive + Ferry:  3 h 30 min
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 7 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Toronto

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Keri Caves and Dafni Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) in Anafonitria (about 54 minutes away). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalamaki Beach, examine the collection at Aristeon Ecological Olive Press, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Nikolaos Molou, and learn about all things military at History War Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kalamaki, use our trip itinerary maker.

Toronto, Canada to Kalamaki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Kalamaki is 7 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in August: high temperatures in Kalamaki hover around 39°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Sami.

Things to do in Kalamaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Zakynthos, Keri Caves, Agios Dionisios Church, Speed Boats Tours, History War Museum
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Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) ©
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)
Kalamaki Beach ©
Kalamaki Beach
Keri Caves ©
Keri Caves

Sami, Cephalonia

Sami ©
Sami serves as Cephalonia's main port and provides a convenient gateway to the other Ionian Islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kaminia Beach and Memorial Acqui Division. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sami: Emplisi Beach (in Fiscardo) and Skala Beach (in Skala). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Melissani Cave, don't miss a visit to Monastery of Agios Gerasimos, stroll through Antisamos Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Myrtos Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sami trip planner .

Getting from Kalamaki to Sami by car takes about 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Sami can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Nidri.

Things to do in Sami

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cephalonia, Memorial Acqui Division, Drogarati Cave, Kaminia Beach, Skala Beach
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Melissani Cave ©
Melissani Cave
Antisamos Beach ©
Antisamos Beach
Emplisi Beach ©
Emplisi Beach

Nidri, Lefkada

Nidri ©
A major yachting destination in the Ionian Sea, Nidri serves as the gateway to Lefkada's satellite islets, reachable by regular boat tours.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): examine the collection at Phonograph Museum and Folklore, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nydri Waterfalls.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nidri online itinerary maker .

You can drive from Sami to Nidri in 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Nidri

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni, Phonograph Museum and Folklore
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Phonograph Museum and Folklore ©
Phonograph Museum and Folklore
Nydri Waterfalls ©
Nydri Waterfalls
Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni ©
Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Church of Saint Spiridon and Corfu Donkey Rescue. Change things up with these side-trips from Corfu Town: Paleokastritsa (La Grotta Beach & Paleokastritsa Beach), Pantokrator (in Agios Matheos) and Church of the Panayia Kassopitra (in Kassiopi). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Old Fortress Corfu, don't miss a visit to Spianada Square, step into the grandiose world of Angelokastro, and kick back and relax at Barbati Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Corfu Town road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Nidri to Corfu Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Paleokastritsa, Corfu, Gastouri, Barbati Beach, Agios Gordios Beach
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Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Church of Saint Spiridon ©
Church of Saint Spiridon
Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art