Idyllic Ionian islands cruise with Zante stay
- 8 nights
- per person
- price based on: 2 adults
Sail across the Ionian sea and soak up the sun and culture of the Greek Islands in an en-suite yacht - with flights and half-board basis on the cruise
If you're hankering for an adventure in paradise, then this Greek cruise fits the bill perfectly. Panoramic blue skies and endless turquoise ocean stretching out around you, enchanting islands filled with rich green forests and quaint, white-washed buildings, and the warm, golden sun on your skin... the only question is, how soon can you get here?
Embark on a relaxing cruise aboard an intimate gulet and discover the Greek islands of Zankynthos, Ithaca, and Kefolania, with stops in Agios Nikolaus, Agia Ethimia, Ithaca, Meganisi, Fiskardo, and finally Poros. Each has its own treasures for you to discover, from captivating natural scenery and ancient ruins, sleepy villages and delicious food and drink, while you'll also bask in the sun from your lounger aboard the ship in between each stop. Your stay begins with one night in Zante, so you'll have time to acquaint yourself with the local culture before boarding your gulet ship and cruising around idyllic islands. You'll also have plenty of chances to stop for a swim, or even snorkel to see the magnificent underwater world, beneath the waves. Enjoy a taste of the sea-faring adventurer life with a special Captain's Dinner and make some wonderful memories to treasure for a lifetime here.
One night in Iria Hotel (or similar) (B&B)
Seven nights aboard the M/S Aphrodite Yacht (half board)
Captain's dinner, once per stay
Return flight from Leeds to Zakynthos
Day 1 & 2: Zante
Your Ionian adventure begins in Zante, with one night at Hotel Iria (or similar). You can dive straight into its history with a wander around the Byzantine museum or the National Marine park, before enjoying an authentic Greek dinner at a taverna as the sun sets on the horizon. Spend the next day a…
Day 3: Agios Nikolaos and Agia Ethimia
It's time to explore the beauty of the Ionian islands with two different yet equally beautiful stops. Enjoy strolling around Agios Nikolaos, on the northern trip of Zankynthos island, before moving on to Agia Ethimia. Think forest landscapes, olive groves and azure waters. Come evening, stroll arou…
Day 4: Ithaca
Ithaca - an island as rugged, romantic and epic as the legends it features in, is yours to explore today. One of Greece's most beautiful villages lay here, surrounded by two crystal bays and crowned by a Venetian fortress. If you'd like to dive a little deeper into the mythical history of the isla…
Day 5: Meganisi
Often overshadowed by its flashier neighbour Corfu, Maganisi will delight in the most unexpected ways. After lunch, dip your toes into the aquamarine waters (or even grab a snorkel and dive underneath) and enjoy the cooling sea breeze. Your evening will be spent dining at a pop-up beach tavern in a…
Day 6: Fiskardo
You'll be moving on to another of Greece's best kept secrets this morning; the wondrous Fiskardo, sitting pretty at the tip of Kefalonia, where the shores are lined with white pebbles and melt into a forest of green. Docking at Gaios, you'll have the entire day to explore - we recommend you hire a …
Day 7: Poros
Travelling south down Kefalonia, you'll be stopping at Poros, another beautiful little fishing village lined with tavernas and yachts. You'll find both a pebble and sand beach here, should you wish to relax and bask in the glorious views. Later in the evening, you'll don your Sunday best and enjoy …
Day 8 & 9: Zante
Along the way back to Zante, you'll have time to stop at one more sandy beach and a village, for some final sweeping sea views. For the last night you'll be docked back at Zante's Old Town Marina, ready to enjoy one more evening of revelry. Wine lovers will not want to miss out on an optional visit…
To make your trip even more memorable, you can choose from the following excursions during your stay. To book: these must be booked in person upon your arrival, and must be paid for in cash.
• Navagio Beach excursion (day 2, 2 hours) Visit Navagio Beach, otherwise known as Shipwreck Cove, on Zakynthos Island. So-called because of a smuggler ship that ran ashore in bad weather, you can see the remains of the wreckage buried in the sand! You'll also get to swim in the captivating blue waters off the shore, and enjoy the perfectly photogenic backdrop. - Cost: 20 Euros
• Ithaca Coach Tour (day 3, 3 hours) Follow in the footsteps of the mythological hero, Odysseus, and see some of the unique treasures that reveal the history behind the tale across the island. You'll get to see see the Palace of Odysseus, an illustration of his journey, and visit the Archaeological Museum, with a guide included to tell you more about the exhibits and their history. - Bus transfer available between Vathi Port and the capital of Ithaca. - Cost: 40 Euros
• Wine tasting in Zante (day 7, 3 hours) Discover another side to Zante by enjoying a taste of traditional wine, produced from the fruits of the island's local vines. Your hosts will answer questions about the wine-making process, and you'll get to sample from any of the 12 delicious local wine varieties, as well as treats to accompany them. - Bus transfer between port and winery is available. - Cost: 40 Euros
- Drinks with meals
- Airport transfers
If you book this deal before 35 days of your departure, you can choose to pay in parts. The deposit will be 50% of the deal’s price plus the booking fee and travel and/or cancellation insurance (when applicable). You will find the payment amounts and deadlines to pay every installment at the last step of the booking process.
Your booking is a direct contract between you and Secret Escapes Limited for the provision of your package. Secret Escapes acts as a tour operator responsible, and is therefore liable for the proper execution of the agreement. The Secret Escapes Terms and Conditions (A) apply to this booking. The Secret Escapes Cancellation Terms and Conditions apply to this booking.
Please note that the flights included in this offer are subject to live availability and price, and can change during your booking process. When this is the case, we will always notify during the booking process.
|Passport, visa and health requirements||
The passport, visa and health requirements (including those related to COVID-19) at the time of booking can be viewed on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website. It is your responsibility to ensure that you and all members of your party are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents, and in compliance with any other immigration/entry requirements, before you travel.
The passport, visa and health requirements (including those related to COVID-19) at the time of booking can be viewed on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website. It is your responsibility to ensure that you and all members of your party are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents, and in compliance with any other immigration requirements, before you travel.
Maximum of 2 people per cabin
Children do not receive a discount on this trip.
Unfortunately it is not possible to bring pets.
In Greece, the national currency is the Euro (EUR).
You will receive your travel documents 5 days prior to departure at the latest.
Optional excursions must be booked upon arrival with the crew. All excursions must be paid for in cash, so please ensure that you have sufficient cash with you.