Greece: Ionian Islands

    2022 Departure | 7-Days | Athens to Zakynthos | Offer expires September 30, 2021

    Greece: Ionian Islands with Gateways International Tailor-made Tours

    Price: $2,099CAD Per Person

    (Price as indicated valid May 1, 2022, subject to availability at time of booking. For alternative dates, inquire for pricing. Itineraries are fully customizable. Not valid during trade shows, bank holidays and other special events. Blackout periods may apply.)

    Departure Date: May 1, 2022

    Photo: Lesante Blu Hotel Dock, Zakynthos

    Package Includes:

    • Total 6-nights accommodation at Lesante Blu Exclusive Beach Resort
    • Private transfers as per itinerary
    • Domestic airfare: Athens – Zakynthos – Athens
    • Shared tours as per itinerary
    • Buffet breakfast daily
    • Hotel taxes and service charges**

    Highlights:

    • Tour of the island of Zakynthos
    • Tour of the Ionian island of Kefalonia
    • Shipwreck/Navagio Beach tour by luxury boat

    The Ionian Islands lie along the westcoast of mainland Greece, each with unique and charming cultural traits. This itinerary takes travellers to Zakynthos for a luxurious stay at an adults-only Leading Hotel of the World; explore the island by Jeep, sail out to epic Shipwreck Beach. Tour neighbouring Kefalonia by boat and ultimately relax in this beautiful paradise.

    Photo: Lesante Blu Hotel, Zakynthos

    Itinerary:

    Day 1: Athens - Zakynthos

    Welcome to Greece. Board your flight to the Ionian island of Zakynthos, a well-known summer resort destination. Upon arrival, transfer to your stunning adults-only resort and Leading Hotel of the World located in the picturesque village of Tragaki.

    Accommodation: Lesante Blu Exclusive Beach Resort, Seaview Suite ★★★★★

    Day 2: Island Tour

    Breakfast at your hotel. Take a tour of Zakynthos to experience a variety of sights and scenic stops en route; you will you learn many facts about this beautiful Ionian island. Visit an olive oil factory on the way to the mountains; see spectacular views over the cliffs. Stop at the caves of the north island with an optional trip by small boat to access caves riddled with hollows eroded by the sea. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture the blue light reflecting off the walls. The next stop is Anafonitria to explore a famous monastery; then enjoy lunch (not included) at a local mountain village before returning back to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Lesante Blu Exclusive Beach Resort

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 3: Zakynthos

    Breakfast at your hotel. Take today to relax and enjoy the amenities at your hotel. The spa offers a range of services including massages and hammam.

    Accommodation: Lesante Blu Exclusive Beach Resort

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Photo: Lesante Blu Hotel Restaurant, Zakynthos

    Day 4: Kefalonia

    A Breakfast at your hotel. You will be picked up from your resort and taken to the port to board your boat to Kefalonia, another Ionian island marked by sandy coves and dry rugged landscapes. Due to its indented coastline made of mostly limestone cliffs and bay, many beaches are accessible only by foot or narrow roads. Today’s tour will take you to visit the monastery of St. Gerassimos, the patron saint of the island of Kefalonia. See the impressive stalactite and stalagmites of Drogarati Cave; some estimate the cave is about 150 million years old. Explore Melissani Lake and Cave by boat to see the colour of the water reflected onto the walls of the cave. Stop for lunch (not included) and a stroll or a swim in Aghia Efimia, a wonderful town with a small harbour. Drive towards Myrtos Bay, one of Kefalonia’s most famous beaches for a photo stop. Finally, visit Argostoli, the capital of the island, built on a hillside overlooking a narrow harbour. Grab a snack, relax in the square or have a walk to explore on your own before returning to the pier for your boat ride back to Zakynthos.

    Accommodation: Lesante Blu Exclusive Beach Resort

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 5: Navagio/Shipwreck Beach

    Breakfast at your hotel. In 1980, a freightliner, the MV Panagiotis, found itself in difficult waters around Zakynthos Island on Navagio Beach during stormy weather and bad visibility. It has been rumored the ship was smuggling contraband such as cigarettes and wine. The ship was abandoned and still rests buried in the limestone gravel of the beach that now bears the nickname Shipwreck Beach or Smuggler’s Cove. Today you will be picked up and transferred to the main harbour of Zante town to board a luxury speed boat for an unforgettable experience cruising to the north of the Island. Pass the residential area of Krioneri, the resort areas of Tsilivi, Alykanas and Alykes, up to Skinari, the most northern part of the island, where you can see the lighthouse. Head into Smuggler’s Cove where the shipwreck can be seen, and a stop for a wonderful swim in the lovely blue waters. Those strong swimmers wanting to swim ashore can do so with the captain’s permission, as there is no dock. The beach is not sandy and has small white pebbles.  Smuggler’s Cove is only accessible by the sea; docking and swimming only if weather permits. Next, sail to the famous Blue Caves discovered in 1897; its name comes from the colour of the water, a blend of aquamarine and turquoise. Stop here for a swim before you return to town and continue on to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Lesante Blu Exclusive Beach Resort

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 6: Zakynthos

    Breakfast at your hotel. Enjoy today at leisure. Relax at the hotel’s spa or choose an optional tour to snorkel or dive with turtles. Rent a car and explore the islands lovely beach towns.

    Accommodation: Lesante Blu Exclusive Beach Resort

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 7: Zakynthos - Home

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Don't miss the unique and charming cultural traits of Greece and The Ionian Islands. Offer expires September 30, 2021!

    Terms And Conditions

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Airfare is subject to availability and is only included if indicated in the itinerary summary. All services are subject to availability at time of booking. Airport and departure taxes are subject to change at any time. Once a deposit is received, it is 100% non-refundable. For full terms and conditions, contact your travel advisor. DEPOSITS: A fully non-refundable deposit of $350 CAD/USD (dependent on the currency of the booking) per person is due upon confirmation of a land reservation. Packages including airfare will require full payment at time of tickets being issued. The balance of the land package is due 60 days before departure date. Due to COVID, depending on the date of travel, more flexible booking terms are possible. Other exceptions involving special events, conventions and holidays may require a higher deposit amount and in some cases FULL non-refundable payment will be required at time of booking. Full terms and conditions of your tailor-made package will be advised at time of actual quotation and booking. Terms and conditions outlined in the remarks section of invoicing at time of booking and supersede cancellation terms outlined elsewhere. NOTE ON SIGHTSEEING: Sightseeing is indicated as per the itinerary. We have made every effort to verify the availability of sightseeing stops on the specific days visits are requested. However, due to special seasons, sometimes on short notice, particular estates, sights, museums and gardens may be closed on the day they appear on your itinerary. If travelling with guided arrangements, your guide will advise and adjust the itinerary as necessary. If you are on a self-drive tour, it is recommended that you verify opening times before setting out. PACKAGE INCLUSIONS: Accommodation - All prices displayed in this brochure are based on standard rooms at the hotel selected unless otherwise noted. All hotel rooms have private facilities. We reserve the right to substitute hotels of similar category without notice. In the event of a downgrade, a proportional rate adjustment will be made. Special requests made by your travel agent on your behalf for particular rooms, room location, bed types etc., other than those published in our brochure are never guaranteed and may be subject to additional charges and are at the discretion of the hotelier or contractor. Airfare - International airfare and domestic airfare is included in packages as noted in specific itineraries. There are some itineraries that do not include any airfare in the package price. All package pricing is exclusive of airport departure taxes which will be calculated separately at time of booking. Transfers - As indicated in the itineraries, passengers will be met by local representatives at each airport upon arrival, and transferred to your hotel by coach, private car or taxi. Taxes and Service Charges - Gateways International package pricing includes compulsory hotel taxes and service charges. Airport and departure taxes are not included in any package pricing and must be calculated separately. Local City Taxes - Local city taxes are NOT included in any Gateways International package and must be paid locally at each hotel, where applicable. This occurs throughout Europe and now in some South American countries such as Argentina. This is subject to change at any time and is the sole responsibility of the passenger. Gateways International Packages do NOT include: Gratuities, items of a personal nature and items not itemized in itineraries are not included. All arrangements are subject to availability at time of booking. Published rates are not valid during conventions, important events and certain festivals. Rates for such events are available upon request. Contact your TTAND specialist for further details. INSURANCE - All passengers are STRONGLY URGED to take out sufficient travel insurance coverage to protect themselves against cancellation prior to departure or during travel. In the event of a passenger becoming ill during travel, all hospital and medical expenses are the traveller’s responsibility and they shall not be entitled to any refund. Please discuss your travel insurance options with your travel agent to ensure adequate coverage prior to booking your tour. No refunds for any unused services will be refunded for any reason. NOTICE TO TRAVELLERS - Travellers should be aware that different living standards and practices may exist outside of Canada including but not limited to: provision of utilities, air conditioning, accommodations, services of all kinds, food and food preparation and water quality. Yellow Fever vaccinations are recommended when visiting Iguassu Falls and the Amazon. We suggest that all travellers consult with a physician or travel health clinic 6-8 weeks prior to departure to determine if you require vaccinations. Requirements for entry into a country are changing daily; some include quarantine upon entry, other require proof of specific COVID-19 vaccination. Please work closely with your travel agent to confirm you have satisfied all requirements. RESPONSIBILITY - Gateways International Tailor-made Tours, division of The Joy of Travel Ltd. and/or its agents, act only as agents for the client in all matters pertaining to travel including services pursuant and/or in connection with the tours described in brochures, online and for the customized tours they promote and sell. Gateways International acts only as an agent in making arrangements with airlines, hotels, ground operations, car rental companies and other independent parties and thus cannot be held responsible for these suppliers’ acts or omissions. The services provided are subject to the conditions imposed by these suppliers and their ability may be limited by their tariffs, condition of carriage, tickets, vouchers and international conditions and agreements. Gateways International is not responsible for any loss, damage, illness, injury, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment, anxiety, or fear from: (A) The act, omission or negligence of any travel service supplier whose product their clients purchase. (B) Theft, strike, lockout, mechanical failure, governmental restrictions, weather conditions or any other cause beyond our control. (C) The client’s failure to obtain and carry all the required documents, including visa, passport, tourist card, proof of immunization, valid driver’s license. (D) The client’s failure to adhere to schedules for missed flight connection. (E) Personal injury or death. (F) Unauthorized statements or acts or misinterpretations made by any travel agency or its employees relating to the standards, quality, services, and inclusions of the vacation programs described in this brochure.

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