Greece - 12 Days Ionian Island Holiday

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Ready to explore Greece with a difference. The Greece 12 Days Ionian Holiday tour will take you to islands scattered on the western coastline of Greece. Zakynthos and Kefalonia are two of the largest islands and very popular because of its climate, evergreen vegetation, breath-taking mountains and unsurpassed beaches. Your first stop is made in Zakynthos, also known as the Flower Islands. When in Kefalonia, a visit to the Myrtos Beach is a must, besides exploring picturesque fishing villages and magical underground caves. End your holiday on Corfu Island, Greece’s greenest island.

At a glance

Athens 2 Nights at the Athens Status Suites or similar
Zakynthos 3 Nights at the Mediterranean Beach Hotel or similar    
Kefalonia 3 Nights at the Kefalonia Grand Hotel or similar    
Corfu 3 Nights at the Akrotiri Beach Hotel or similar    
Room Standard double room
Meals Breakfast daily
Other All relevant transfers and Ferries
  Domestic flights: Athens to Zakynthos & Corfu to Athens 

Highlights

Tour Highlights

Athens: Stroll around the Plaka neighborhood and one of the old inhabited area of the world and visiting the Acropolis is a must, even if you have limited archaeological knowledge

Zakynthos: Visit the blue caves and float through magnificent natural arches and sea caves or visit one of the many monasteries located on the island

Kefalonia: Pre-book a Kefalonia Island full-day tour by bus and boat and explore the Island most beautiful sites

Corfu: The location of your hotel will give you access to the Agia Triada Beach and Rocky beach. The hotel also offers, once a week,  a mini-bus service to Corfu town

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Athens

  • Your Ionian Greece Holiday has begun as you land at Athens Airport
  • Clear customs and meet with our representative for transfer to your hotel
Day 2

Athens (B)

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Put on your comfortable walking shoes, as it is time to explore the city 
Day 3

Athens - Zakynthos (B)

  • After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for onward flight to Zakynthos
  • On arrival, you are met and taken to your hotel 

Inclusions

  • Return airfares from Johannesburg on Emirates Airlines (Specific and Limited Seats)
  • Domestic flights Athens-Zakynthos and Corfu-Athens (Specific and Limited seats)
  • Departure and Fuel taxes (subject to change)
  • 11 Nights Accommodation at selected hotels in standard double rooms
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Airport and port transfers as per itinerary
  • Ferry crossing as per itinerary 

Exclusions

  • Increases in airfares and departure/fuel taxes
  • Optional tours
  • Tips
  • Visa fee
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance

Validity

  • Valid for travel between 01 and 31 May 2020
  • Seasonal, Weekend, Events and School holiday Supplements may be applicable 

    Contact us for any other travel date required

Country information

Best time to go
Vacation season opens early spring  - April and runs through to Mid-October. Some say the best months to travel are between mid-April to mid-June. You will enjoy peace and quiet as the tourist crowds have not arrived as yet (JUL-AUG). Just watch out for the Easter Weekend, as this is the most important religious weekend on the Greek Calendar.

Food & drink
Basic ingredients for a meal are bread – grains – potatoes – rice and of course olive oil. Eggplants, cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, lentils also form part of the staple diet. Greeks don’t eat to live but rather live to eat. 

Culture and Language
Traditions are still strong in Greece and are to be respected, especially in rural areas. Smoking is prohibited in public. Since ancient times, Greeks have been known for their hospitality and laid-back mannerism. However, family values always come first. Greek is the official language but note that  half of Greece’s population understands English

Getting around
The most traditional way of travel to/from the Islands is by ferry. It is such an enjoyable experience and not to be missed. When traveling by car, always remember that lanes may be narrow and may have hairpin bends. On most islands, one can rent a motorbike and are the best way to explore offbeat places. Always wear a helmet. {Present tour drivers’ license at the Rental station and make sure you have Travel Insurance)

Tipping
Included in your restaurant bill, ranging between 10 & 12%. Check the bill first before adding some extra. Housecleaning, bell boys and the concierge would appreciate a tip if their service has been up to standards

Favorite Dishes
Look out for a Taverna if you want to have a  traditional meal. The servings are generous, and you will enjoy the traditional settings. Meals are simple and are prepared with seasonal produce, olive oil and grills

Traditional dishes and drinks
Dolmades: stuffed vine leaves
Gigantes: Butter beans baked in tomato sauce with a healthy Olive oil helping
Souvlaki: Spit-roasted meat, can be beef, pork or chicken
Stifado: Beed stew with onions, cinnamon and cloves)
Krasi: Red or white wine
Greek coffee: served thick and strong