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Full-Day Cruise to the Blue Lagoon with Syvota Visit

1. Full-Day Cruise to the Blue Lagoon with Syvota Visit

Your lovely day will start after your departure from Corfu town port or Lefkimmi port, depending on which is the closest port to you. The captain and the crew will welcome you and help you out with anything you might need throughout the whole trip. The first stop will be in the historical cave of Papanikolis where you will have a few minutes to take some pictures and hear about the story of the cave. The second stop will be at the Blue Lagoon beach. You have a whole hour to enjoy the beautiful beach by snorkeling or just enjoying the great view if you do not wish to swim. The third stop will be Bella Vraka beach, where you can continue swimming.  The last stop of the day will be on the mainland of Greece, where you have 45 minutes to explore the small fishing village, Syvota. Enjoy some free time to walk around the village, have a nice coffee, or even an ice cream if you wish. Later the boat will return you to Corfu island.

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Kefalonia Island Tour

2. Kefalonia Island Tour

Commence a scenic island drive through olive groves, vineyards and thick cypress glades. Passing through the Mount Aenos you will visit the Robola Winery and taste the famous Robola variety of wine. Explore the Drogarati Caves, famous for their acoustics and witness the geological phenomenon that is the Melissani Lake, an underground cave. Next, head to lunch at the cosmopolitan village of Fiscardo, untouched after the great earthquake of 1953. Leaving Fiscardo you will head to the little fishing village of Assos, which gives the impression of being an island of its own. En route on your way back, you’ll make a photo stop at Myrtos Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. What you will see: • Robola Winery: visit inside and enjoy a wine tasting • Drogarati Cave: visit inside • Melissani Lake: visit inside and take a boat ride • Fiscardo Village: lunch break (optional) • Assos Village: coffee stop • Photo-stop at Myrtos beach

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Zakynthos: Navagio Shipwreck Full-Day Cruise

3. Zakynthos: Navagio Shipwreck Full-Day Cruise

Set sail on an unforgettable trip to discover the north of Zakynthos. After hotel pickup, drive to the port in Zakynthos Town and be greeted on board by your friendly crew. Cruise past residential areas to the island’s northern tip. Admire the lighthouse and surrounding islands as you sail to the famous Blue Caves. Be amazed by the aquamarine waters — at around 4,5000 meters deep, this area is the deepest part of the Mediterranean. Continue to Navagio Beach to see the wrecked ship on the sand, and a stop for a swim in the clear blue waters. Cruise along the coast and stop for another swim, before returning to the port. At the end of your experience you’ll be driven back to your hotel or resort.

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Private Tour with Cruise to Shipwreck Beach and Blue Caves

4. Private Tour with Cruise to Shipwreck Beach and Blue Caves

Spend the day touring Zakynthos in a comfortable, air-conditioned Mercedes minivan. Swim and snorkel in crystal waters and even venture into the Blue Caves for incredible views. In the afternoon, enjoy lunch in a typical Greek tavern and visit a traditional olive oil factory for a tasting.  The day begins with pickup from Zakynthos and the surrounding areas. The first stop of the day is Bohali hill to take in splendid views of the sea and town below. Next, head to Alykes beach, the place where the locals used to collect salt. Finally, continue to Xigia beach, where the springs provide a natural spa. In the second part of the tour, join a small group of 15-25 people and take a 3-hour cruise to Shipwreck Beach and the Blue Caves. Enjoy 20-minute stops at each location for swimming and venture into the Blue Caves by boat to admire the lights and colors.  Return to the port and head to the Shipwreck viewpoint for stunning views. Enjoy lunch in a traditional Greek tavern and take a photo stop at the 2,500-year-old olive tree at Exo Chora. Last but not least, stop at the traditional olive oil factory, Aristeon, for a tasting and to learn about the production of olive oil in Zakynthos. At the end of the tour, the minivan will drop you off at the main office at around 5:00-6:00 PM. Pick up and drop-off is available in certain areas upon request.

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Zakynthos: Island Day Trip with Turtles, Swimming, and Caves

5. Zakynthos: Island Day Trip with Turtles, Swimming, and Caves

After pickup at your hotel, head to Kalamaki beach on Zante's southern shores. Enjoy the pristine beach with soft sand and warm waters, protected by National Marine Park. See where the endangered loggerhead sea turtles nest. You may spot tiny baby turtles breaking out of their shells. Next, head to Laganas beach to board the glass-bottom boat. Sail to the Keri Caves, carved by time, tides, and wind. Follow the coastline, admiring the white beaches, rock arches, forested hills, and enormous limestone cliffs that fall into the sea. Pass through the famous rock arch, Kamara.  Stop for a 20-minute swim just outside the entrance to a vast cave. Climb back on board to head to Marathonisi, known as Turtle Island, an exotic, green, and coincidentally turtle-shaped island. Enjoy an hour on the golden sandy beach where you can swim and snorkel. Head back and pass the famous Cameo island bridge. Enjoy the idyllic views of secluded beaches surrounded by steep white limestone. Enjoy a final stop at the award-winning Aristeon ecological olive oil press museum in Lithakia. Explore the history of olive oil making on the island with experts.  Enjoy free tasters of local olives and traditional bread with different flavored extra virgin olive oils (most likely lemon, orange, and garlic). Take a sample of olive oil shampoo, soap, body cream, or face cream. You can also buy these products to support local businesses.

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Zakynthos Island: Navagio Shipwreck Beach & Blue Caves Tour

6. Zakynthos Island: Navagio Shipwreck Beach & Blue Caves Tour

After you're picked up from your hotel or nearby accommodation, your guide will share with you the day's tour plan. Following this you will explore the north-east of Zakynthos Island, with time for photo stops in Katastari (with panoramic views of Alykes Beach), Xigia beach (a natural spa with sulfur and collagen) and Makris Gialos Beach (a crystal clear and rocky beach). Afterwards, you will have the chance to board a glass-bottom speedboat and visit the Navagio Shipwreck beach. On the way back to the harbor, you'll get the chance to swim inside the beautiful blue caves of the area. When you arrive back from your boating experience, it will be time for lunch at the shipwreck panoramic viewpoint. Following lunch, your tour will wrap up with some more chances for photos in Exo Chora (a 2000-year-old olive tree), Agios Sostis (Cameo Island) and Kalamaki Beach (an 8-kilometer beach). This is simply an amazing day tour and cruise to Zakynthos that will truly take you to paradise. 

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From Corfu: Day Cruise to Paxos, Antipaxos, & the Blue Caves

7. From Corfu: Day Cruise to Paxos, Antipaxos, & the Blue Caves

Sail from Corfu to the magnificent islands of Paxos and Antipaxos, famous for wine and picturesque beaches. Travel into the historical rock caves and admire the beautiful scenery. On this full-day cruise you’ll stop at the island of Antipaxos, which has one of the most stunning beaches in the Mediterranean. Marvel at the beauty of the golden coast, providing a contrast with the crystal blue water. Enjoy a swim when you stop in Gaios, the capital of Paxos. Make the most of your free time to explore the small town. Shop at the souvenir stores, grab some lunch or cool down with an ice cream.

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Zakynthos: Half-Day Trip to Marathonisi and Keri Caves

8. Zakynthos: Half-Day Trip to Marathonisi and Keri Caves

Start with pickup from your hotel and discover the highlights of the southern region of Zakynthos. The first stop will be at the Argassi Bridge which was constructed in 1885. This bridge is now situated off the coast of the island but was once a river crossing. Then, stop at Kalamaki Beach to learn about the turtle nests in the area. Next, embark on a 3-hour boat cruise from the port in the town of Laganas. Stop at the nearby island of Marathonisi where you can admire its beautiful caves and white sand beaches. Keep a look out for the Caretta turtles who inhabit the surrounding waters. Continue by sailing to the Keri Caves located on the southern coast of Zakynthos, where you can enjoy a stop for swimming. Return to the port, and travel to the Aristeon Olive Oil Press. Learn about the long history of olive oil production on the island and taste some samples. Finally, be returned to your hotel on Zakynthos to finish the tour.

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From Zakynthos: Kefalonia Island Full Day Tour by Bus & Boat

9. From Zakynthos: Kefalonia Island Full Day Tour by Bus & Boat

At the start of this day trip to Kefalonia Island, you will be picked up from your resort and will be taken to the port in Zakynthos Town to board the boat. After the approximately one-hour ferry ride, the first stop on the island tour will be the monastery of St. Gerassimos, considered one of the most sacred pilgrimages in Kefalonia and situated under the imposing Mount Ainos. Next, the tour will head to the impressive Drogorati Cave, located outside of Sami, with its fine stalactites and stalagmites - experts estimate that the cave is about 150 million years old! A natural balcony was created in 1953 from an earthquake, which overlooks a chamber of about 100 square metres of floor space, making it possible to hold concerts for up to 500 people. The tour will then continue on to Melissani Lake and Cave.  Explore by boat the cave's stalactites, which are over 20,000 years old. Following a roof cave-in, an impressive sight has been created causing the colours of the water to be reflected onto the walls of the cave. Lunch will be at the town of Agia Efimia, a wonderful town with a small harbour. After lunch, the drive continues towards Myrtos Bay, one of Kefalonia's most famous beaches, for a photo-stop. Finally, a visit to Argostoli, the capital city of Kefalonia, will be an opportunity for refreshments, relaxing in the square or taking a walk to explore the town before reboarding the bus. The ferry will arrive back at the port in Zakynthos at about 7:00 PM.

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Navagio Beach: Day Tour of Shipwreck Beach & the Blue Caves

10. Navagio Beach: Day Tour of Shipwreck Beach & the Blue Caves

Start your Zakynthos tour with a pickup from your hotel in an air-conditioned minibus. Drive north to Xingia and stop for breathtaking coastal views and photo opportunities. When you reach the northern tip of the island, you’ll be greeted by the famous windmills. From their high vantage point, look down on the Blue Caves below. Then, discover the Blue Caves from the inside on a small tour boat and pass underneath their arches. Take the chance to swim in the vibrant blue waters. Further along the coast, board a speed boat at Navagio’s Shipwreck Cove and gaze down into the sea through the boat’s glass bottom. Swim in turquoise waters for a leisurely hour. Be inspired by the breathtaking view of the world-famous shipwreck beach from above. Visit a market with local traditional products such as wine, olive oil, raki, nuts, fruits, honey, local cheese, and preserves. Try free samples and buy treats to take home. If you’re hungry, indulge in Greek food at Michalis, a traditional local taverna at Kampi (not included). At the end of your island day trip, the driver will take you back to your hotel.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 4,896 reviews

A great tour. Fortunately, the great beach with the shipwreck wasn't that full. Doesn't have to be beautiful in summer anymore. Great the later view from above. The only critical point (other than in the description) was we with a relatively large ship (about 25-30 guests) instead of the booked 10. Allegedly because of the weather (wind / waves). But I couldn't really understand because there were many other smaller boats on the way.

Incredible trip, highly recommended, staff incredible and make you very welcome, also very knowledgeable about many things other then just the trip destinations

Zakis was a fantastic and safe guide/driver. We had a great time with our 4 yr. old. Thank you!

it was great! the crew was super friendly and took their time a the beaches.

Excellent and interesting tour. But don't have breakfast beforehand!