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Zakynthos Early Morning Shipwreck, View point and Blue Caves

1. Zakynthos Early Morning Shipwreck, View point and Blue Caves

Begin your experience with a pick-up from your accommodation. On the way to take the boat, you will enjoy the views of the olive groves, vineyards, the diversity of the landscape, the traditional village houses, the old churches, and the stunning panoramic views of the turquoise sea waters until we arrive in Porto Vromi. From this small port, we will get on board a small to medium size boat, which allows us to enter inside the caves. It will take about 20 minutes to sail along the west coast, and reach to Navagio Beach that is our first stop. Now that you are one of the first tourists to land so early at one of the most famous beaches on the planet, grab your camera and get ready to snap the best pictures with the most amazing background of the rusty hull of the commercial shipwreck, named, M/V Panagiotis, which grounded onshore in 1980 and lies in the middle of the white sandy beach. The next stop is the blue caves that took their name from the sapphire color cast by the sunlight shimmering through the water and being reflected into the caves. For about 20 minutes, you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling. Another stop will be a secluded, and originally pebbled beach which is a characteristic sample of the natural beauty of Zakynthos, for swimming or sun tuning. Simply, another hidden gem. We continue our 3 hours boat trip, exploring more caves, each one more unique than the other. However, the last one is the magnificent Poseidon cave. Next to it, there is a natural rock formation in which you can easily spot the stunning face of Poseidon, the god of the sea, storms, earthquakes, and horses. Back to the minivan to visit the Shipwreck View Point. From the platform, you will be able to see and photograph what is considered one of the 30 most beautiful beaches all over the world. For safety reasons, you will follow the guide walking about 10 min along a stony path leading out to the cliff top to a high promontory facing the sea, where he will help you capture the best photos of the iconic shipwreck in the background. Full of pictures it is time for lunch (own expenses) at a Greek, Zakynthian family-run taverna, named Galaxy, a neat location at Anafonitria. Yiayia (grandmother in Greek ) Dimitra is the boss of the kitchen, with her delicious home-cooked traditional dishes with fresh homegrown vegetables and homemade wine and desserts, while the rest of the family would treat you like a family member or a friend. Simply authentic taverna in a mountain village, very nice atmosphere, good menu, sensible prices, very generous dishes. Last stop will be the famous 2,000 years old olive tree at Exo Chora. It is one of the seven oldest olive trees in the Mediterranean, and probably one of the oldest olive trees in the world. Some local treats and we are ready to drop you off to your accommodations.

Zakynthos: VIP Day Cruise with Blue Caves & Shipwreck Beach

2. Zakynthos: VIP Day Cruise with Blue Caves & Shipwreck Beach

Spend the day touring Zakynthos in a comfortable, air-conditioned Mercedes minivan. Swim and snorkel in crystal waters and even venture into the Blue Caves for incredible views. In the afternoon, enjoy lunch in a typical Greek tavern and visit a traditional olive oil factory for a tasting.  The day begins with pickup from Zakynthos and the surrounding areas. The first stop of the day is Bohali hill to take in splendid views of the sea and town below. Continue to Xigia beach, where the springs provide a natural spa. In the second part of the tour, will take a 3-hour cruise to Shipwreck Beach and the Blue Caves. Enjoy 20-minute stops at each location for swimming and venture into the Blue Caves by boat to admire the lights and colors.  Return to the port and head to the Shipwreck viewpoint for stunning views. Enjoy lunch in a traditional Greek tavern and take a photo stop at the 2,500-year-old olive tree at Exo Chora. Last but not least, stop at the traditional olive oil factory, Aristeon, for a tasting and to learn about the production of olive oil in Zakynthos.

Zakynthos Island: Private Tour in a Minibus

3. Zakynthos Island: Private Tour in a Minibus

Begin the tour at your hotel or cruise ship port. Your driver will take you safely through the island. Enjoy the scenic route with views of natural landscapes on the way to Xigia Beach where you can enjoy a swim in natural sea "spa" water. Next, stop on top of a mountain and enjoy the most beautiful wild landscape and views on Shipwreck Beach. See the famous shipwreck named Panagiotis and take memorable photos. Continue to the Monastery of Anafonitria where you have time to explore the architecture and the traditional Christian Orthodox artifacts. Experience life outside the cities in the picturesque village of Exo Chora afterward. Enjoy lunch at a local traditional tavern in Kabi (not included). On your route back your driver will take you to a Greek winery where you can enjoy a wine tasting (included).

Zakynthos: One Way Private Transfer between Airport & Hotels

4. Zakynthos: One Way Private Transfer between Airport & Hotels

Avoid the stress of organizing your transfer or waiting at the airport and dealing with taxis. With this private transfer, travel between Zakinthos Airport and your hotel or other prefferred location. Book your option depending on the location zone. All drivers are English-speaking and licensed professionals. The duration is usually 20-30 minutes and the service is available day and night.  For arrival transfers, your driver will wait for you at the airport lobby/port and transfer you directly to your hotel with a modern, comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. For departure transfers, you will be picked up from your hotel/villa and go straight to the airport or port.  Prices are by zone. Zone 1 includes Tsilivi, Planos, Tragaki, Laganas, Argasi, Zante Town and Kalamaki. Zone 2 includes Alikes, Alikanas, Keri and Ammoudi.  Zone 3 includes Xigia, Vassilikos, Gerakas and Maxairado. Finally zone 4 includes Volimes, Agios Nikolaos, Kampi, Skinari, Shipwreck View and Anafonitria.

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What people are saying about Anafonitria

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 36 reviews

We had a fantastic day on the island of Zakynthos with our friendly and pleasant guides. The great thing about the private tour is that it was adjusted to meet our interests and preferences. The guides changed their standard program and we were able to see more places that we loved and get a sence of what life on the island is like. In one day on the tour we saw more of Zakynthos than during our entire visit, and at the same time thanks to the care of our guides it was a relaxing and smooth journey. I highly recommend this tour for those who look for hidden gems and enjoy getting to know local people.

Nice driver showed us many places on the island where we otherwise would not have come on our own, wonderfully private too, always the possibility to stop somewhere to take pictures. Possibility to go swimming, tasted delicious wine even though I am not a fan of wine myself and my girlfriend is a “lightweight”. Definitely recommend.

The taxi driver was waiting for us at the exit of the airport as requested. The bags were loaded and the ride to the hotel was comfortable. (Mercedes minivan) No queuing for a taxi or bus like most other arriving travelers at the airport. A luxury!

Amazing tour that allows you to visit many places in one day. Fantastic opportunity to visit the beach and swim. Using a not too big boat for the excursion you can see the Blue Caves up close and enter some ... spectacular!

Everything worked perfectly. Super nice car clean and tidy! Driver very friendly, thanks for that!