Athens to Ionians Roundtrip Itinerary

Enjoy this very scenic route on this Athens to Ionians roundtrip itinerary.

Athens to Ionians roundtrip itinerary
Acropolis in Athens, Greece

Day 1 | Athens to Galaxidi

Galaxidi is one of the most picturesque towns in Greece; it was once a commercial port. Today the old mansions reveal the old glory and attract travelers all year round. While here, take a walk by the sea and taste fresh fish in one of the many restaurants. Buy some traditional sweets and talk to the locals.

On this Athens to Ionians roundtrip itinerary you will discover that Galaxidi is a nautical city, and has a history that dates back over 4000 years.

Day 2 | Fiskardo, Kefalonia

On day 2 of your Athens to Ionians roundtrip itinerary, you will visit the grand island of Kefalonia, the largest of the seven Ionian islands. Its highest peak is ancient Mount Aenos, 1628m (5341 feet) on Greece’s west coast. Cephalonia has only 32,000 resident islanders.

The main influence of Kefalonia, like the rest of the Ionian islands, is Italian since the Venetians controlled it for almost 300 years. You’ll find Italian influences in the island’s cuisine, architecture, art, literature, and music.

Day 3 | Corfu

Visit Parga’s three small coves on the way to Corfu. The first cove contains the harbor and jetty from which the water taxis and tour boats operate. The main beach is in the second cove. The third cove has a small beach which is hidden by a large outcrop of rock. Parga offers a variety of restaurants, tavernas, light shopping, and sightseeing.

Day 4 | Paxi

After departing the beautiful island of Corfu, on day 4 of your Ionian itinerary you will be sailing to the small yet beautiful island of Paxos. Paxos (Paxi) is the smallest of the six main Ionian islands.

One of the attractions of this island Is its size; it is so tiny (10km long and 4km wide) that you can easily walk from one side to another. Along its eastern coast, just a stone’s throw away, are the smaller islands of Panagia, Agios Nikolaos, Mongonissi, and Kaltsonissi. During your stay on Paxos, you will find wonderful beaches and translucent waters perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and fishing.

Day 5 | Nydri, Lefkas

Lefkas, or Lefkada as the Greeks call it, is a very popular summer resort, where this is something for everyone. Young visitors party all night and during the day windsurfers can find some excellent, windy spots. However, there are also quiet places and amazing beaches for those who just want to relax.

The people on the island are known for their hospitality. Many are involved in farming, fishing, and stockbreeding.

Day 6 | Meganisi

Meganisi is the largest island of the group comprising Skorpios, Thilia, Kythros, and smaller islands. It is located five nautical miles from Lefkada. Explore the island’s beautiful bays, three main villages, restaurants, shops, and tavernas. You can enjoy a marvelous view of Skorpios islet from Meganisi. The islet remains in the Onassis Family.

Day 7 | Vathy, Ithaca

Ithaca is the second smallest of the inhabited Ionian Islands; it is 29km long and 6.5km wide and has a coastline of 100km. Two peninsulas are almost equal in size, and they are joined by the isthmus of Aetos (or Eagly bay). The island is long and narrow and divided in half by the bay of Molos. The highest mountain peak in Ithaca is Mount Neritos, which is 800m high.

Day 8 | Zakynthos

On day 8 of this Athens to Ionians roundtrip itinerary, take in the sights of the beautiful island of Zakynthos, more commonly known as Zante. This island is one of the favorite Greek Islands, as it is reputedly the sunniest.

Zakynthos is especially beautiful. It is home to many varieties of colorful flowers that seem to blossom all year round. Zakynthos town the capital built amphitheatrically on the hill of Bohali. This is where Dionysios Solomos found the inspiration to write the poem which later formed lyrics to the Greek national anthem.

Day 9 | Trizonia

Trizonia is the only inhabited island in the Corinthian Gulf, which geographically belongs to Central Greece. No cars are allowed on the island. Along the coast are a natural harbor, marina, taverns, restaurants, and cafes. Not only can you walk, but also swim at one of the wind-protected beaches.

Day 10 | Poros

Poros has a delightful harbor with many restaurants and tavernas along the waterfront. A bridge connects two islands forming Poros. In the center of Poros town are the Archaeological Museum and the island’s famous “clock tower”. The temple of Poseidon is worth visiting here.

Shipwreck beach in the Ionian Islands, visit on an Ionian charter itineraries
Zakynthos Beach in the Ionians

Day 11 – Athens

Depart Poros for the thirty-nautical mile cruise to Athens. This completes your Athens to Ionians roundtrip itinerary.

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