Zakynthos - Walking the Flower of the East

7 Nights in Zakynthos
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What to expect

Unique walks

Four unique, specially designed walks to explore and experience this beautiful Island

Marathonisi Island

Two Solos exclusive boat trips including Shipwreck Beach and Marathonisi Island to spot the famous turtles

Exclusive

Exclusive to Solos accommodation

About the trip

The Venetians called this southern most Ionian island Fiore di Levante, the Flower of the East. Its nobility and fertility made this delightful island a jewel of their empire. Join us on a week’s guided walking holiday to explore and discover why the Venetians held this island in such high esteem.

Grade – Easy to Medium

What's included?

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use
  • Welcome drink
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 x Taverna evening dinners
  • 1 x Evening BBQ and 1 x Lunch
  • Four exclusive Guided Walks
  • 1 x Private Boat Trip - Smugglers Cove
  • 1 x Private Boat Trip - Marathanosi Island
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully Financially Protected

Itinerary

  • Arrive in Zakynthos
  • Olive Grove, Vineyards and the Shipwreck Beach
  • Valleys,Views & Cooking with the locals
  • Day At Leisure
  • Sea to Sea
  • Cliffs, Coves & Turtle Island
  • Day At Leisure
  • Departure Day

Extras

  • Insurance click here
  • Local Tourist Tax payable locally €0.50 per night
  • Air conditioning – €5 per day, payable locally

What you'll be doing

DAY 1

Arrive in Zakynthos

Arrive at Zakynthos Airport and transfer to the Angela Studios.

Our exclusive, specially designed walks will give us the opportunity to enjoy and experience the island’s stunning coastal and fertile inland scenery along with a chance to cook and have lunch with the locals. Adding to the adventure, the week includes private boat trips to view the Island from a different perspective and the chance to tick off the bucket list the beautiful Smugglers Cove and spot the Islands famous turtles.

  • No Meals Included
DAY 2

Olive Grove, Vineyards and the Shipwreck Beach

The first hike is a beautiful route on narrow paved lanes through lemon groves and vineyards. Immediately after leaving our accommodation, you’ll be walking underneath the shade of ancient olive trees. In the distance you will be able to see the spire of the small Ano Gerakari church, proudly built on top of a hill. This summit is our goal. We take a shaded path which meanders uphill and with every step the views become more spectacular.

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DAY 3

Valleys,Views & Cooking with the locals

After breakfast, we’ll be picked up and taken to the hidden valley of Loucha. First, we’ll stroll through fields of wildflowers where the scent of thyme, oregano and aniseed dominate the air. Walking unpaved paths through a forest of tall cypress trees, we’ll leave civilisation behind us with only the silence as our companion. A descending trail, with spectacular views over the entire island, ends at the ancient central road, now overgrown and forgotten. The trail ends at the ruins of the hidden village of Old Lagadakia, where time has stood still since it was abandoned after the earthquake back in 1953.

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DAY 4

Day At Leisure

Perhaps relax by the pool with your favourite book or take a stroll to the nearby beach. Or if you are feeling active, try out Kayaking on a Sea Kayak Tour (payable locally) . Make sure you build up an appetite for the included evening BBQ hosted at the Angela Studios.

  • Breakfast and Dinner Included

 

DAY 5

Sea to Sea

The peninsula of Vassilikos is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Slopes covered with anemones, gladioli, cyclamens, irises, tulips and lilies . When we look up, we will see hovering warblers and buntings. Below is the turquoise sea under the protection of the Maritime Park. We start on the east side of the peninsular where the path winds up to the summit of the Vounos, with views across the sea, with the Peloponnese just above the horizon. We then make our long way down and pass unique clay formations, playfully shaped over the years by the wind and waves. Our final destination, is the protected sandy beach of Gerakas, the habitat of the Caretta Caretta loggerhead turtles. After lunch (own expense) we have an opportunity for a fresh dip in the sea, we will then return to our home in Alykanas.

  • Breakfast Included
DAY 6

Cliffs, Coves & Turtle Island

Today this spectacular walk begins on the west coast edge of the island where the dramatic high limestone cliffs drop down into the dark blue waters of the Ionian Sea. For those with a feel for heights, can have a peek over the edge of the bluff and take some fantastic cliff top photographs. We then follow the traditional goat herder trail that meanders upwards, where just after the summit of Mt Skopos, suddenly a spectacular panorama greets us, spanning over the south side of the island with the bay of Laganas. Via a walk along the coast line of Marathia we’ll finish in the small harbour of the village of Limni Keri. Here we rest and have lunch (own expense)

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DAY 7

Day At Leisure

Take the opportunity to catch the local bus or a taxi and visit Zante Town and discover a selection of museums, churches and perhaps a spot of shopping. Make sure you are back in time for our last night, farewell Taverna dinner!!!

  • Breakfast and Dinner Included
DAY 8

Departure Day

It’s time to say “Ya Sou”! After transferring to the airport, we will board our flight home.

  • Breakfast Included

Accommodation

Highlights of this hotel include

  • Exclusive to Solos
  • Spacious pool area
  • Close to the beach

Angela Studios 2**

Our base for the week is a charming, simple property ideally located in the easygoing traditional seaside village of Alykanas and is a mere 200 metres level walk from the soft golden sands of Alykanas Beach. Surrounded by endless vineyards and olive groves, there are a few waterfront bars by the beach where one can sip on a refreshing drink or Greek cocktail in the evening and watch the sun go down. The beach offers a great selection of watersports; however for those who would rather enjoy some Greek sunshine, sun loungers and beach umbrellas are lined up for hire. At the end of the beach lies the small harbour of Alykanas. In the evening, the relaxed atmosphere of the resort continues, with a number of bars and restaurants offering traditional Greek cuisine. If you are looking for a livelier evening there is a range of entertainment at the neighbouring resort of Alykes, which is just 1km away.

Facilities Include

Facilities include a private outdoor swimming pool with loungers and umbrellas, poolside changing room with toilet and shower. Breakfast and lounge area, honesty bar and common outdoor gardens complete this lovely property.

Room Includes

Our pleasant rooms feature Air Conditioning (payable locally) a kitchenette with fridge and safety deposit box. The sleeping area is equipped with an LCD TV and a private balcony furnished with a small table and chairs.  A number of hairdryers are available to hire (with an additional charge, payable locally) Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
January - February 14 °C 8 °C
March 16 °C 9 °C
April 19 °C 11 °C
May 23 °C 14 °C
June 28 °C 18 °C
July - August 31 °C 20 °C
September 28 °C 19 °C
October 23 °C 16 °C
November 19 °C 12 °C
December 16 °C 10 °C

Our Reviews

#SolosHolidays

I was so nervous about embarking on my first Solos Holiday, but I shouldn’t have been – it was the best thing I have ever done!

Wow! Got to see the famous shipwreck beach in Zakynthos with Solos. Can’t wait to discover more of their destinations!

Our tour leader Monica was exceptional! Had such a good time and will be rebooking with Solos. Thanks for a great holiday!

Had the best time with Solos! Discovered beautiful destinations and met some lifelong friends.

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