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Zakynthos Turtle Spotting, Marathonisi Island-Keri Caves

1. Zakynthos Turtle Spotting, Marathonisi Island-Keri Caves

t After a convenient pickup from your hotel, head to Kalamaki beach on Zante's southern shores. Enjoy the pristine beach with soft sand and warm waters, protected by National Marine Park. See where the endangered loggerhead sea turtles nest. You may spot tiny baby turtles breaking out of their shells. Next, head to Laganas beach to board the glass-bottom boat. Sail to the Keri Caves, carved by time, tides, and wind. Follow the coastline, admiring the white beaches, rock arches, forested hills, and enormous limestone cliffs that fall into the sea. Pass through the famous rock arch, Kamara.  Stop for a 20-minute swim just outside the entrance to a vast cave. Climb back on board to head to Marathonisi, known as Turtle Island, an exotic, green, and coincidentally turtle-shaped island. Enjoy an hour on the golden sandy beach where you can swim and snorkel. Head back and pass the famous Cameo island bridge. Enjoy the idyllic views of secluded beaches surrounded by steep white limestone. Enjoy a final stop at the award-winning Aristeon ecological olive oil press museum in Lithakia. Explore the history of olive oil making on the island with experts.  Enjoy free tasters of local olives and traditional bread with different flavored extra virgin olive oils (most likely lemon, orange, and garlic). Take a sample of olive oil shampoo, soap, body cream, or face cream. You can also buy these products to support local businesses.

Zakynthos Early Morning Shipwreck, View point and Blue Caves

2. 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: Shipwreck Beach, Viewpoint, Blue Caves Day Tour

3. Zakynthos: Shipwreck Beach, Viewpoint, Blue Caves Day Tour

Visit all the must-see spots in Zakynthos. Visit Shipwreck Beach, the Blue Caves, impressive viewpoints, and more. Begin with a stop at Bohali hill, the oldest neighborhood in Zakynthos town. Then head to Xigia beach where the springs provide a natural spa. From Agios Nikolaos port, take the boat to the shipwreck and blue caves. Check out Shipwreck Beach and swim around the Blue Caves. After returning to Agios Nikolaos port, enjoy a 1-hour photo stop at the shipwreck viewpoint before ending at a traditional olive oil factory for olive oil tasting.

Zakynthos: Half-Day Trip to Marathonisi and Keri Caves

4. Zakynthos: Half-Day Trip to Marathonisi and Keri Caves

Start with pickup from your hotel and discover the highlights of the southern region of Zakynthos. The first stop will be at Kalamaki Beach to learn about the turtle nests in the area. Next, embark on a 3-hour boat cruise from the port in the town of Laganas. Stop at the nearby island of Marathonisi where you can admire its beautiful caves and white sand beaches. Keep a look out for the Caretta turtles who inhabit the surrounding waters. Continue by sailing to the Keri Caves located on the southern coast of Zakynthos, where you can enjoy a stop for swimming. Return to the port, and travel to the Aristeon Olive Oil Press. Learn about the long history of olive oil production on the island and taste some samples. Finally, be returned to your hotel on Zakynthos to finish the tour.

Zakynthos Water Park Entrance Ticket

5. Zakynthos Water Park Entrance Ticket

Prepare to get wet on the slides of a brilliant water park in the village of Sarakinado, just a few kilometers from Zakynthos Town. Enjoy a fun day out for the entire family and avail of the park's shops and snack bars. Get your thrills at the largest water park on the island and have some fun on attractions such as the 3 octopus slides, Slippery Rabbit and Boomer Bowl. Relax on the 300-meter long Lazy River or get an adrenalin rush as you are sucked into the Black Hole. Play spray games and take the kids to the dedicated slides and attractions of the Children's Tower. Newer attractions include the 25-meter high Mat Racer, where you can slide head first into the water, whilst the multi racing slides continue to thrill for those who want to challenge their mates to a race down a 60-meter slide.

Zakynthos: Navagio Shipwreck Full-Day Cruise

6. Zakynthos: Navagio Shipwreck Full-Day Cruise

Enjoy a tour of the coastal highlights of Zakynthos and explore the north coast of the island. Stop to swim in beautiful clear waters, and visit the shipwreck on Navagio Beach. Visit the famous Blue Caves, and relax on that boat with a friendly crew. Be picked up and transferred to the main harbor of Zante town, and join the cruise boat for an unforgettable experience cruising to the North of the Island and back. Relax on board with a friendly and professional crew and great service. Cruise past the residential area of Krioneri, the resort areas of Tsilivi, Alykanas, and Alykes, and up to Skinari, the most northern part of the island, where you can see the lighthouse. Look out for the island off the port of Agios Nicholas at Skinari in the shape of a turtle, and spot the closest neighbor, Kefalonia. Sail close to the famous Blue Caves, whose name comes from the color of the water, a mixture of aquamarine and turquoise. Travel through the deepest part of the Mediterranean called the Well of Ionysos, which is about 4,500 meters deep. Head into Smugglers Cove, where the wreck of the ship “Panayiotis” can be seen, and a stop for a wonderful swim in the lovely blue waters. Cruise around the north coast, where the captain will make another swim stop during the afternoon before arriving back at the port in town at about 3:30.

Zakynthos Town: Boat Cruise to Navagio Shipwreck Beach

7. Zakynthos Town: Boat Cruise to Navagio Shipwreck Beach

Go on an adventure with this boat tour from the port of Zakynthos. Swim in the waters near Shipwreck Navagio, relax at Xigia beach, and explore the stunning Blue Caves. Board your boat in Zakynthos and begin your maritime adventure. Head for Shipwreck Navagio and dive into the water for a 1-hour swimming stop. Explore the wreckage on the sand and swim in the warm waters off the coast. Continue to the Blue Caves, taking advantage of the onboard cafe and bar as you sail. Once you arrive, enjoy a 30-minute swimming stop through the stunning blue waters and fascinating rock arches and caves. Return to the ship and sail to Xigia beach for a swim in the therapeutic sulfur waters and a rest on the comfortable beach. In the late afternoon, return to the port of Zakynthos.

Zakynthos: Off-Road Jeep Tour

8. Zakynthos: Off-Road Jeep Tour

See hidden parts of Zakynthos and enjoy an off-road adventure with this off-road Jeep tour of Zakynthos. Admire beautiful views, drive through charming mountain villages, and visit a local farm. Be picked up by your jeep guide/driver at your hotel in a closed jeep and begin your journey of discovery. Gaze out the windows at the many sights and scenic stops en route and learn more about the island on the way. Travel around mountain villages in lush landscapes, and enjoy a journey off-road to the Vrachionas mountain range, the highest point on the island. Be sure to have your cameras ready to capture the breathtaking views of the whole of Zakynthos and beyond. Stop during the day in one of the mountain villages for lunch at a local taverna (not included in the price), and enjoy some local cuisine. Move on to a stop to admire the views at Shipwreck viewpoint. Make your way to the very north of the island and take the opportunity to experience5 an optional boat trip to see the Blue Caves (not included in the price). Enjoy a swim stop at a local beach if you decide not to see the Blue Caves. Stop at the Therianos Organic Farm, and take the opportunity to sample and purchase some local products produced on the farm and in the area.

Zakynthos Sunset Tour to Agalas with Damianos Cave

9. Zakynthos Sunset Tour to Agalas with Damianos Cave

Begin your unique experience with a convenient pick-up from the door of your accommodation. Your local guide-driver of the day will begin by giving you a free map of Zakynthos before briefing you on your unique tour that lies ahead. On our way, you will enjoy the views of the olive groves, vineyards, the diversity of the landscape, the rugged but verdant mountains, the traditional village houses, the old churches, and the stunning panoramic views of the Ionian sea waters, the south coast as well as the southwest coast, until we arrive in our next stop. The first stop is Cameo island. This dreamlike, charming island is a beautiful little paradise, you will take a very awesome walk across the 100-meter wooden rope bridge, that connects the island with the mainland, enjoying the wonderful views of the gorgeous crystal-clear seawaters in which you can see many sea urchins and colorful fish, and if you are lucky, you can see the endangered Loggerhead Caretta – Caretta swimming around or under the bridge, or a groom and bride with their friends and families taking matrimonial photos across the bridge. The tiny little islet is known as the wedding island. What an amazing and perfect location for intimate wedding ceremonies. Then we will head to Keri village which combines mountains and sea. The main settlement is located in a mountainous area and the seaside is one of the island's most popular resorts. In ancient times there was a port at Keri, Herodotus described the tar springs near Keri Lake, which seemed to be more like a State. Amongst the pine trees and olive groves lies the picturesque village of Agalas, our next destination, with its colored buildings and the large bell tower of the village's church. The 150 m. path to Damiano's cave is loose and rocky, it is two-storied and filled with awe-inspiring stalactites and stalagmites, the view from the cave is magnificent, the hills are thick with vegetation and the sea extends into the background. On the opposite side of Damianos Cave, we can see twelve wells of Agalas, known as the Adronios wells. Our knowledgeable guide will inform you with insightful details about the Legend of the Dragon. Near Damiano's cave, we stop at one of the stone-built rest areas to enjoy the romantic, glorious sunset. Simply, unbelievable beautiful location, breathtaking views, great atmosphere and very romantic. We chose for you one of the most perfect locations with spectacular views to see the sunset that will make this experience even more memorable. When the sun begins to gradually touch the sea, it is the perfect moment to observe nature’s beautiful blending of colors. For us, what a better way to end your day !! For you, what a promise of a new tomorrow!!

Zakynthos: One Way Private Transfer between Airport & Hotels

10. 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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4.5 / 5

based on 1,493 reviews

This was a great day out with our guide Theodore who was friendly and helpful, giving us lots of information about the area and answering all our questions. He also volunteered to take family photos at all the scenic viewpoints. The minibus tour was great but the high light of the trip had to be the boat excursion to Navagio (shipwreck) beach where you get to spend an hour before being taken to the blue caves. I was amazed how far they took the boat in to the caves, we were lucky that at one of the caves the water was not too choppy and were able to take a quick swim here too. Theodore didn’t join us on the boat trip but his colleague Kostas was also very pleasant. After the boat trip there is a quick lunch stop at a local taverna which was okay - my wife says her prawns were amazing. A quick stop at the oldest olive tree on the island and then back to be dropped if at our accommodation. A thouroughly good day and I felt it was great value.

Very simple tour. Get to check out the cave and then you get taken to a beautiful lookout for the sunset. Nice establishment right there for wine beer or other alcohol and snacks as well. Spent it there with my wife and was very romantic and sweet. We enjoyed it very much

Have a very nice day! The guide was very friendly and the one we went on the boat with really took us past and through the beautiful caves. Also the stops at Shipwreck Beach and Xigia Beach were very nice and fun! This tour is really worth it!

We had a very nice day. Shortened due to a plane to catch which is a shame but our guide was able to show us everything in due time. Great

was a fantastic trip and the guide told a lot. thank you, thank you.