16 days in Ionian Islands Itinerary

16 days in Ionian Islands Itinerary

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16 days in Ionian Islands Itinerary

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

8
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to La Grotta Beach and Porto Timoni Beach. Do your shopping at Emporion D'artes and Tsami Ceramics. Venture out of the city with trips to Parasailing & Paragliding (in Sidari), Paradise Beach (in Liapades) and Paleokastritsa Beach (in Paleokastritsa). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Old Fortress Corfu, see the interesting displays at Casa Parlante, kick back and relax at Agios Stefanos Beach, and stroll through Agios Gordios Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Corfu Town trip builder .

Melbourne, Australia to Corfu Town is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Corfu Town due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect Corfu Town to be much warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Sami.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Paleokastritsa, Gastouri, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, WW1 Serbian Memorial, Agios Stefanos Beach
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Church of Saint Spiridon ©
Church of Saint Spiridon
Porto Timoni Beach ©
Porto Timoni Beach
Agios Stefanos Beach ©
Agios Stefanos Beach

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 11th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Emplisi Beach and then stroll through Kaminia Beach. On the next day, rejuvenate with a delicious beverage at Myrtillo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fteri Beach, then kick back and relax at Ammes Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Memorial Acqui Division.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sami road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Corfu Town to Sami in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kalamaki.

Things to do in Sami

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Memorial Acqui Division, Myrtillo, Ammes Beach, Kaminia Beach, Fteri Beach
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Emplisi Beach ©
Emplisi Beach
Myrtillo ©
Myrtillo

3
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.
Head to Giatras Museum-Dionysios Art Gallery and Cinnabarfor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) and Keri Caves. Take a break from Kalamaki with a short trip to Xigia Beach in Koroni, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Dionisios Church, stroll through St Nicholas Beach, and examine the collection at Aristeon Ecological Olive Press.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kalamaki trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sami to Kalamaki in 4 hours. June in Kalamaki sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kalamaki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Zakynthos Town, Aristeon Ecological Olive Press, Keri Caves, Xigia Beach, Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)
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Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) ©
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)
St Nicholas Beach ©
St Nicholas Beach
Keri Caves ©
Keri Caves

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