(Athens, Kefalonia, Zakynthos)
As beams of sunlight flood through the earthen skylight in the caves of Melissani Lake, the illuminated turquoise water beneath your traditional fishing boat appears infinite as you float upon clouds of electric blue.
Such is the exquisite beauty of Greece’s Ionian Islands. Here you’ll stroll on fine sand beaches that stretch for miles along pristine coastline; visit traditional mountain villages located in lush island interiors; sip coffee amidst the picturesque architecture of the cosmopolitan port of Fiscardo; and explore the crumbling old-world mansions of Zakynthosto. You’ll also receive an up-close view of the cradle of European civilization as you tour the ancient Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Olympian Zeus and many other significant sites of the Golden Age of Athens.
Your experienced team of English-speaking guides will add depth to your experience as they provide an endless stream of fascinating insights into the centuries of history and rich cultural traditions that pervade every square inch of his engaging land. And you’ll experience it all from a collection of luxury accommodation that includes an award-winning 1940s designer hotel, a premium hillside resort with panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea, and a modern spa retreat.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
An airport transfer with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
A welcome package with a city map, ferry tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
This private tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Your expert guide will take you to see the city centre, Constitution Square, House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, and the National Library. Driving down Herod Atticus Street, you will see the Evzones in their picturesque uniform and the Presidential Palace. On your way to the Acropolis, you will see Hadrian's Arch, visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. On the Acropolis, visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and finally, the Parthenon. You will complete your visit with the Acropolis Museum. Entrance fees to the New Acropolis Museum are included.
Enjoy a short flight to Kefalonia. The flight takes approximately 1 hour.
A transfer between the airport and Mareblue Apostolata Hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
During this private tour, you will have a chance to explore the island of Kefalonia. Your tour starts in Argostoli where you will be transferred to Melissani Lake. Your next stop will be on top of beautiful Myrtos Beach where there will be a great photo opportunity. After enjoying the views you will drive to the cosmopolitan port of Fiscardo where you can take a quick walk to enjoy its famous traditional architecture and drink a cup of coffee. In the afternoon you will be transferred back to Argostoli.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
A transfer between the port and Mareblue Apostolata Hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Enjoy a transfer by ferry to Zakynthos. The ferry takes approximately 1.15 hours
A transfer between the port and your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
You will begin this tour with a drive to the north part of the island with your private vehicle, driver, and English speaking guide to take a small shared boat trip out to visit the Blue Caves. The famous Blue Caves were discovered in 1897. The name comes from the colour of the water, a mixture of aquamarine and turquoise. Passing several mountain villages, you will drive to the southwest side of the island and stop in Exo Hora, where you will be able to see the oldest olive tree on the island. Before returning to the hotel you will visit Saint Mavra – the church of the Black Madonna, one of the most famous churches on the island, in the village of Macherado.
Flight from Zakynthos to Athens.
Electra Ermou Hotel (4*) is a superior first class property, presenting a perfect blend of excellent Greek tradition along with modern and comfortable facilities. This property is located in the heart of Athens, on Syntagma Square, facing Greek Parliament. Right on the pedestrian street of Ermou, the hotel is within walking distance to the major historical sights and old town of Plaka.The hotel boasts 106 guestrooms and 6 elegantly furnished suites that are extremely comfortable and come with a host of in-room amenities. Start the day by enjoying the delightful American buffet breakfast, served at the Emporiko Restaurant and continue with a unique gastronomical journey through the flavours of Mediterranean cuisine, by choosing from a la carte menu for lunch or dinner.
Divani Palace Acropolis are nearby.
Mareblue Apostolata Resort & Spa (4*) is situated on the South-East coast of the island of Kefalonia. The hotel is set on a hillside that slopes gently to the Mediterranean Sea. The 166 spacious rooms and suites of the hotel offer great views of the endless Ionian Sea and the landscaped gardens. The hotel offers guests three restaurants and a bar with great panoramic views. All restaurants serve Greek-Mediterranean and international cuisine. The Mareblue Apostolata Resort & Spa also features a fitness centre, an outdoor swimming pool, and a spa.
The Lesante Hotel & Spa (5*) is only steps away from the beach of Tsilivi. The newly built hotel is conveniently close to the centre of Tsilivi, and only 6 km from Zakynthos Town. All rooms are tailor made with a modern and stylish interior. The hotel offers a rich American buffet breakfast and a dinner buffet with local and Mediterranean specialties blended with an international touch. Relax, pamper, and rejuvenate at the Lesante Wellness & Spa, the most renowned spa of Zakynthos. With an area covering 550 square meters and with the wide variety of facilities, it is the largest and most extensive spa on the island.
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April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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November 07, 2013
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