12 days in Ionian Islands & Kefalos Itinerary

12 days in Ionian Islands & Kefalos Itinerary

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12 days in Ionian Islands & Kefalos Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
2
Kefalos
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Kalamaki, Zakynthos
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Ithaca
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Nidri, Lefkada
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Austin

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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 a short trip to Paleokastritsa Beach in Paleokastritsa (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Old Fortress Corfu, don't miss a visit to Spianada Square, explore the historical opulence of Mon Repos Palace, and see the interesting displays at Achilleion Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Corfu Town day trip planning app.

Austin, USA to Corfu Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Austin to Corfu Town. Traveling from Austin in May, things will get little chillier in Corfu Town: highs are around 76°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kefalos.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Paleokastritsa, Achilleion Museum, Aqualand Corfu Water Park
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Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Paleokastritsa Beach ©
Paleokastritsa Beach
Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art

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Kefalos

Kefalos ©
A small town with well-developed tourist infrastructure, Kefalos stretches along the slopes of a gentle hill, its immaculate beaches drawing pleasure seekers from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Vasso Art Gallerie Pottery Workshop, and then kick back and relax at Agios Stefanos Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Kefalos itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Corfu Town to Kefalos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. In May in Kefalos, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Kalamaki.

Things to do in Kefalos

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kalamaki side-trips: Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) (in Anafonitria) and Blue Caves (in Agios Nikolaos). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Cinnabar, head off the coast to Marathonisi (Turtle Island), and kick back and relax at Kalamaki Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kalamaki vacation builder.

You can fly from Kefalos to Kalamaki in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Kefalos in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kalamaki, with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Ithaca.

Things to do in Kalamaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Zakynthos, Speed Boats Tours, Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach), Laganas Beach, Cinnabar
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Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) ©
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)
Speed Boats Tours
Kalamaki Beach ©
Kalamaki Beach

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Ithaca

Ithaca ©
Ithaca or Ithaka is a Greek island located in the Ionian Sea, off the northeast coast of Kefalonia and to the west of continental Greece.Ithaca's main island has an area of 96km2 and had a population in 2011 of 3,231. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Aspros Gialos Beach, get outside with Vathy Bay, then go for a stroll along the water at Frikes Harbour, and finally kick back and relax at Paralia Afales.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ithaca day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kalamaki to Ithaca takes 5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nidri.

Things to do in Ithaca

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Paralia Afales ©
Paralia Afales

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Nidri, Lefkada

A major yachting destination in the Ionian Sea, Nidri serves as the gateway to Lefkada's satellite islets, reachable by regular boat tours.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Nydri Waterfalls, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then kick back and relax at Kathisma Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Nidri trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ithaca to Nidri takes 4.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Nidri can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nidri

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Phonograph Museum and Folklore, Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni, Kathisma Beach
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Kathisma Beach ©
Kathisma Beach
Nydri Waterfalls ©
Nydri Waterfalls

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