29 days in Ionian Islands Itinerary

29 days in Ionian Islands Itinerary

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29 days in Ionian Islands Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25​h
1
Tsilivi, Zakynthos
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Sami, Cephalonia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Nidri, Lefkada
— 5 nights
Drive + Ferry:  3​h 30​min
4
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 10 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

6
nights
Tsilivi, Zakynthos

A growing favorite with international vacationers, Tsilivi sits on the northern coast of Zakynthos.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tsilivi: Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) (in Anafonitria), Blue Caves (in Agios Nikolaos) and Giatras Museum-Dionysios Art Gallery (in Agalas). The adventure continues: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, make a splash at Tsilivi Waterpark, tour the pleasant surroundings at Porto Limnionas, and kick back and relax at Kalamaki Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tsilivi trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Tsilivi is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Tsilivi, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Tsilivi: highs are around 28°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sami.

Things to do in Tsilivi

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Zakynthos, Kalamaki, Laganas, Kallithea, Zakynthos Metropolis Church
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Speed Boats Tours
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) ©
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)
Kalamaki Beach ©
Kalamaki Beach

5
nights
Sami, Cephalonia

Sami ©
Sami serves as Cephalonia's main port and provides a convenient gateway to the other Ionian Islands.
Get out of town with these interesting Sami side-trips: Skala Beach (in Skala), Vathy Bay (in Vathy) and Assos (in Assos). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Melissani Cave, learn about winemaking at Divino Wines and Vinegar, kick back and relax at Myrtos Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Panagia Agrilion.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sami attractions planner .

You can drive from Tsilivi to Sami in 4 hours. In May in Sami, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Nidri.

Things to do in Sami

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Argostolion, Divino Wines and Vinegar, Skala Beach, Makris Gialos Beach, Assos
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Melissani Cave ©
Melissani Cave
Antisamos Beach ©
Antisamos Beach
Myrtos Beach ©
Myrtos Beach

5
nights
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.
Explore Nidri's surroundings by going to Agios Nikitas (Milos Beach & Kathisma Beach). The adventure continues: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, examine the collection at Fabbrica Olive Museum, head outdoors with Crociere A Vela, and admire the sheer force of Nydri Waterfalls.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nidri trip builder site .

Drive from Sami to Nidri in 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Nidri can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Nidri

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lefkada, Lefkada Town, Agios Nikitas, Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni, Fabbrica Olive Museum
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Egremni Beach ©
Egremni Beach
Nydri Waterfalls ©
Nydri Waterfalls
Wine Tours & Tastings

10
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Corfu Town: St. Spyridon First Beach (in Agios Spyridonas), Canal D'Amour (in Sidari) and Mavroudis Family Museum and Modern Olive Oil Press (in Vraganiotika). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Old Fortress Corfu, admire the striking features of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, kick back and relax at Paleokastritsa Beach, and step into the grandiose world of New Fortress.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Corfu Town trip maker .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Nidri to Corfu Town in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Corfu, Paleokastritsa, Gastouri, Agia Paraskevi Monastery, Church of the Panayia Kassopitra
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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

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