17 days in Ionian Islands, Chania Town & Oia Itinerary

17 days in Ionian Islands, Chania Town & Oia Itinerary

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Corfu Town, Corfu
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Paxos
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Nidri
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Fiscardo
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Laganas
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Chania Town
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Oia
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Corfu Town, Corfu — 3 nights

Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Fortress Corfu and Corfu Museum of Asian Art. Explore hidden gems such as Bataria Beach and Almyros Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Corfu Town: St. Spyridon First Beach (in Agios Spyridonas) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Sidari). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at British Cemetry, examine the collection at Casa Parlante, and browse the exhibits of Patounis Soap Factory.

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Athens to Corfu Town is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect little chillier evenings in Corfu Town when traveling from Athens in May, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paxos.
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Paxos — 2 nights

On the 21st (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Tripitos Arch and then step off the mainland to explore Mongonissi.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paxos day trip planning site.

Traveling by journey from Corfu Town to Paxos takes 5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Paxos are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nidri.
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Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Nidri — 1 night

A major yachting destination in the Ionian Sea, Nidri serves as the gateway to Lefkada's satellite islets, reachable by regular boat tours.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at Fabbrica Olive Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nidri trip maker app.

You can travel from Paxos to Nidri in 5 hours. May in Nidri sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 58°F at night. On the 23rd (Mon), you're off to Fiscardo.
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Fiscardo — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): hike along The Cypress Trail. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Chorgota Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Jerusalem Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fiscardo itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by journey from Nidri to Fiscardo takes 2.5 hours. In May in Fiscardo, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Laganas.
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Laganas — 3 nights

The center of nightlife on the island of Zakynthos, the popular tourist resort of Laganas boasts over a hundred bars and clubs.
Get in touch with nature at World Tour Golf and Porto Zorro Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vasilikos Beach and Majestic Spa. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Porto Zoro Beach, stroll through Laganas Beach, brush up on your military savvy at History War Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Laganas day trip planning site.

Getting from Fiscardo to Laganas by journey takes about 5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Chania Town.
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Chania Town — 3 nights

The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Escape the urban bustle at Nea Chora Beach and Chrissi Akti Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Manousakis Winery and Firkas Fortress. Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Cretan Brewery S.A. (in Platanias), Anoskeli Winery Olive Mill (in Anoskeli) and Ancient Olive Tree (in Vouves). There's much more to do: get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, see the interesting displays at MINOAN'S WORLD, stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, and go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Chania Town trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Laganas to Chania Town in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. May in Chania Town sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Oia.
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Oia — 1 night

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, look for gifts at Aquamarine Jewelry, view the masterpieces at Oia Treasures Art Gallery, then steep yourself in history at The Castle of St Nicholas, and finally browse the exhibits of Mnemossyne Gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Oia route tool.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Chania Town to Oia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. June in Oia sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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Ionian Islands travel guide

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To see a greener and less-crowded version of Greece, place the Ionian Islands at the top of your itinerary. Stretching along the west coast of the Greek mainland, this chain of islands boasts villages, rural landscapes, and beaches washed by the crystalline waters of the Ionian Sea. The "Seven Islands," as the locals prefer to call them, often seem far removed from the rest of the country. Greatly influenced by past Venetian, British, and French rulers, the islands retain their distinct atmosphere and boast a rich cultural and architectural heritage. To experience some of that special Ionian culture, head to the smaller islands of Paxi and Ithaki, which offer wild terrain and outstanding local cuisine.
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Lefkada travel guide

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Beaches · Waterfalls · Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Connected to mainland Greece by a long causeway and floating bridge, Lefkada represents more than just an island paradise of modern seaside resorts and pristine Ionian beaches. Though it measures only 35 km (22 mi) from north to south, the island offers a mosaic of landscapes that include excellent mountain biking spots. Evade the big crowds of the southern coastline's popular beaches and soak up some local culture by visiting the small villages along Lefkada's eastern side, where you can explore traditional taverns known for serving local dishes to the tune of traditional live music.
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Kefalonia travel guide

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Beaches · Caves · Nightlife
Famous for its pristine natural scenery, Cephalonia boasts a string of clean and friendly towns packed with traditional taverns, trendy coffeehouses, and family-run inns. A place of rugged cliffs and lush forests, the island features a coastline of golden beaches, lapped by the azure waters of the Ionian Sea. Home to less than 40,000 permanent residents, Cephalonia clings to its relaxed way of life, seemingly unfazed by mass tourism. A devastating earthquake destroyed much of the island's old architecture in 1953, leveling all but two of its major towns. Today, in addition to modern port towns and quaint villages, you can also explore a tranquil countryside rich in lush vineyards and remote monasteries.
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Zakynthos travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Flower of the East
Located just off the west coast of mainland Greece, Zakynthos enjoys a reputation as both a party destination and a family-friendly getaway. Packed with foreign tourists along its eastern and southeastern coastline, the island also features numerous tranquil pockets in its central region of forested mountains and rolling hills. Avoid the overcrowded east by discovering the island's less-explored northern sections, which contain a series of deep caves that feature sun reflecting on seawater and white stones, creating a striking shade of azure particular to this part of the world. The northern capes of the island also offer the calmest waters, which lap a string of developed beaches with plenty of modern facilities.
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Crete travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.
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Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.
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