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    Ancient Olympia

Jewels of Kefalonia and Zakynthos


  • A glass of wine All Inclusive

Caves, coves and Greek traditions await

Uncover the timeless traditions of Greece with stays on the Ionian islands of Kefalonia and Zakynthos where you’ll experience Greek hospitality, taste delicious local food and soak up the sun on celebrated beaches.

This slow-paced, all inclusive tour offers the perfect blend of relaxation and exploration, with excursions including a visit to the home of Odysseus, a boat trip to Smugglers Cove and panoramic tours of both islands. The highlight of your trip is sure to be a visit to one of the country’s most iconic attractions, the birthplace the Olympic Games, ancient Olympia.


Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed 14 nights in hotels

Plate 41 meals: 14 breakfasts (B), 13 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)

Cocktail Free bar 11 hours a day

Person Saga tour manager


  • Return flights and transfers
  • All transfers and ferry tickets
  • Welcome drink reception
  • Porterage of luggage at hotels.

Map Included excursions

  • Boat trip to Shipwreck Beach
  • Island tour of Zakynthos
  • Day trip to ancient Olympia
  • Panoramic tour of Kefalonia
  • Scenic boat trip to Ithaka

Headphones Use of audio headsets on guided tours.

Ancient Olympia

During your stay on the mainland you can look forward to an included full-day visit to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic games and site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

This is where the Olympic flame is lit every four years and where the torch relay started for the 2012 London Olympics. Uncover 3,000 years of history, and – should you be feeling energetic – take the chance to run a 200-metre race in the stadium itself!

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Day 1 UK-Kefalonia

Apostolata Island Resort & Spa

Fly to Kefalonia, and transfer to the 5-star Apostolata Island Resort & Spa (4Q), for a three-night all inclusive stay (25 miles, one hour).

The 166-room hotel is set on a hillside, offering panoramic views. It has one outdoor pool, an indoor jacuzzi and a spa (treatments extra). The free bar, open 11 hours a day, serves local drinks.

Accommodation is arranged in nine buildings of two storeys, accessible by lifts. The hotel runs a complimentary shuttlebus to the sand-and-shingle beach and the town of Skala, two miles away, and to and from Poros, once a day. D

Day 2 Kefalonia

The village of Asos in Kefalonia

Today you’ll see more of the island during an included full-day panoramic tour that visits two picturesque port towns and the island’s capital, Argostoli.

First, head to the east coast to explore the town of Sami, with its pleasant promenade lined with shops and tavernas. You may recognise the scenery from the film adaptation of ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’.

Continue by coach to Asos, which is overlooked by a Venetian castle set on a mountainous peninsula. You’ll have free time to look around, before lunch in a local restaurant.

Continue to the capital, rebuilt in a classical style following the 1953 earthquake. Perhaps take a stroll along the attractive waterfront promenade. Return to your hotel via the south coast in time for dinner. B, L, D

Day 3 Kefalonia

Melissani Caves

Enjoy a day at leisure.

Alternatively, an optional excursions visits one of the island’s most impressive natural wonders, Melissani Cave. B, L, D

Day 4 Kefalonia-Zakynthos

The ancient ruins of Olympia

Transfer to the port and take the ferry to Kyllini on the Greek mainland (one hour and 45 minutes). From here, join an full-day excursion to the ancient site of Olympia.

Your first stop is at the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, home to the helmet that the Athenian general Miltiades, a marble statue of Nike of Paionios dating from 421BC, and numerous sculptured ornaments from the Temple of Zeus.

Continue to the main site of Olympia, where the first ever Olympic games were held. Discover the weathered temples and historic ruins of the greatest Pan-Hellenic sanctuary. The site is extensive, so be prepared for quite a lot of walking if you want to see everything.

Finally, visit the Botanical Gardens of Olympia. This relatively new installation is designed to replicate the landscapes of times gone by, and features shady spots to sit and relax amidst the tranquil surroundings.

Return to the port and take the ferry to Zakynthos island (90 minutes) and transfer to the 5-star Zante Park (4Q) for a seven-night stay on an all inclusive basis.

The hotel is located 500 meters from the beach on the outskirts of Laganas. Facilities include two outdoor pool with sun loungers, buffet style restaurant with inside and outside seating areas, lounge and pool bars, live music on most evenings and a spa where treatments are available upon request and at an extra charge. B, L, D

Day 5 Zakynthos

Katragaki Beach near the Atlantica Eleon Grand Resort and Spa

Enjoy a day at leisure. Make the most of the picturesque surroundings, and relax by the pool. B, L, D

Day 6 Zakynthos

Harvested olives

Spend the day at leisure, or join an optional excursion. B, L, D

Day 7 Zakynthos

The shipwreck of Panagiotis

Today, enjoy an included guided boat trip to the famous beached Panagiotis shipwreck and the crystal clear waters of Smugglers Cove. Join your cruiser at the harbour of Zakynthos and sail north, catching sight of the island’s lighthouse on the Cliffs of Keri and the turtle-shaped island of Skinari which still belongs to the Vatican.

Continue past the Blue Caves before arriving in Smugglers Cove where you can enjoy a swim or stretch out in the sun. On the way home enjoy more swim stops before arriving back in Zakynthos in the late afternoon. B, L, D

Day 8 Zakynthos

An aerial view of Keri

Enjoy a full-day island tour of Zakynthos. First visit is Agios Nikolaos with a stop for coffee and a visit to the Agios Georgios Monastery. Then visit Anafonitria, Bochary, Chora with free time and lastly Lithakia. B, L, D

Day 9 Zakynthos

The twin pinnacles of Myzithres

Spend the day at leisure, or perhaps take an optional excursion to Keri Lighthouse. B, L, D

Day 10 Zakynthos

Spend your final day in Zakynthos at leisure. B, L, D

Day 11 Zakynthos-Kefalonia


Transfer to the port and take the ferry back to Kefalonia, via Kyllini on the mainland (four hours). Return to the 5-star Apostolata Island Resort & Spa (4Q) for a further four-night all inclusive stay. B, L, D

Day 12 Kefalonia

Relax on your balcony

Spend the day at leisure. B, L, D

Day 13 Kefalonia

Vathy, Ithaki

Today, enjoy a full-day trip to the unspoilt island of Ithaki by boat, including lunch at a local restaurant. The island is lush and green due to heavy winter rains and the beaches of this 19-kilometre square island are stunning. It was first inhabited in the 2nd Millennium BC and was the home of Homer’s hero Odysseus. The island is home to several ancient ruins and is popular for its great walks and hiking. Perhaps head to the island’s capital, Vathy, a quaint hamlet on a beautiful bay. The capital was entirely rebuilt after the 1953 earthquake devastated much of the island. B, L, D

Day 14 Kefalonia

The indoor pool at the Apostolata Island Resort & Spa

Spend the final day of your holiday at leisure making the most of your hotel’s facilities. B, L, D

Day 15 Kefalonia-UK

After breakfast, travel to the airport (25 miles, one hour), for your return flight to the UK. B

Melissani Cave

Board a piloted rowboat and sail into the cave to discover two vast chambers, one of which has a vegetation rimmed opening to the sky, through which sunlight spills. At midday, when the sun is directly overhead, the cave is filled with a magical blue light. It is easy to see why this magical place inspired myth – it is said that the nymph Melissanthi threw herself into the lake as her love for the god Pan was unrequited. As a result the dolphins, who were her companions and messengers, turned to stone and their forms can be seen in the cave’s stalactites.

Half day
Melissani Cave
Melissani Caves Kefalonia Ioanian Islands Greece Europe
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Olive Oil Tasting, Cooking and Lunch

Visit an olive factory to see how olive oil is made in Zakynthos during the winter, enjoy a cooking lesson followed by lunch.

Half day
Olive oil bottles in a factory
Zakynthos Ioanian Islands Greece Europe
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Wine tasting

Visit a winery for an insight into the production process of one of the most popular wines on the island.

Half day
Vineyard on Zakynthos Island
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Keri Lighthouse

The Keri Lighthouse is perched 300 metres above the sea and provides the opportunity to see breathtaking sunsets and a glimpse of the twin pinnacles of Myzithres.

These rock formations take their name from Myzithra cheese because of their similar shape.

Half day
Keri Lighthouse overlooking the cliffs and ocean on Zakynthos, Greece
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary
Jewels of Kefalonia and Zakynthos