If you are looking to escape into a world of luxury, personalised service
and attention to detail, this is the right choice for you.
Just relax by the pool of one of our villas, offering breathtaking views and get pampered by our private chef, personal trainer and/or masseuse and/or sail around Kefalonia and the nearby islands, through breathtaking landscapes and isolated beaches, experience unique local tastes and wines, explore activities designed to stir the senses, like caving or jeep safari, beachfront yoga, horse riding in the water, paraglide above famous Myrtos beach or just admire the beautiful sunset. We invite you to experience the true meaning of relaxed luxury!
The following proposed tour can be amended to your needs and interests, just send us details on how you dream of your holiday in Kefalonia!
Choice for accommodation:
1st day, Get familiarized with your area by visiting some of the best sightseeings on the island. After a generous breakfast with local products that can be ordered in advance and a morning swim at the villa (if you have a pool), you can head off to the underground magic world of Drogarati Cave. At the end of the tour you can either stop for horse riding (you can ask for the ride at the beach!) or donkey trekking or drive direct to Antisamos beach, where you can relax on the free sunbeds and enjoy a snack, get a massage or a drink by the sea. If you want to be more private you can walk a little bit further in the beach (have in mind that stones are bigger on that side so you may need special shoes if you are not used to it). At the center of the beach, there is a variety of watersport activities to choose from or just go for a mini cruise in the nearby beaches. Pop into IN Gallery to shop for fine art and tasteful gifts, just off the main square. You can finish your day with a nice dinner at Familla restaurant in Sami, followed by a drink at Carena bar in Agia Efimia.
2nd day, I suggest you spend this day around the area of the capital Argostoli, take the road from Sami. Once you arrive at Argostoli (select sights and shopping ideas from my special tour of Argostoli), visit Katavothres (one of the strange phenomena), swim at Platis-Makris Gialos (offering a selection of watersports and beach bars). If you like cooking this is your chance to explore Kefalonian cuisine and local products and dishes in an organised Cooking Lesson ! Here as well you can arrange to take one of the tours of sea kayaking or canoeing. Alternatively go for a massage at Kefalonia massage. Relaxed you can dine at Casa Grec restaurant in Argostoli. If you want to have a private dinner by your pool, let us organise a special menu from our chef at your accommodation.
3d day After a nice breakfast at home or a delicious omelet at Carena bar in Agia Efimia, you can pay a visit at the Olive Museum at the village of Makriotika (ask for the opening times before you go). You can head off then to my favorite destination, Assos village and castle. There depending on the heat and time of your arrival you can swim, walk around to enjoy traditional architecture, (Assos is together with Fiscardo the only two villages that have not been destroyed by the earthquake of 1953). Following that you can order a snack or lunch at one of the sea side cafes and tavernas and when it gets cooler you can climb up to the venetian Assos castle and explore it (this is one of my favourite walks!). It is a unique experience and you can get amazing views of both the village as well as a breathtaking sunset (in order to watch the sunset you need to walk to the west side of the peninsula, that would take you approx 1.15h to get there and a little less to come back). Assos is great for a night drink in one of the sea side cafe bars, romantic and peaceful!
4th day If you wake up early you can visit Karavomilos Lake, (a beautiful peaceful spot with a circular lake and ducks just a few meters from the beach). From there you can take the seaside walk path to the village of Sami (just 1km) to get your breakfast and then come back or the other way round. Here you can get some time off to relax, arranging to get a spa, manicure, massage or special body treatments. Υou can hire a boat for the day, from Agia Efimia, I suggest you stop in the isolated beaches (not reachable from the road) on the way to the north and enjoy your privacy. You can end up at Agia Sofia and Horgota beaches (both reachable by car as well). Returning to Agia Efimia little port you can enjoy a mediterranean meal at Sea Rock ws or Dendrinos restaurant, overlooking the sea (both have the honor to offer you amazing moon rises – don’t miss full moon here) . Then you can get a drink at Carena bar.
5th day Get your breakfast at Sami and around 12 o clock (that is the best time to get the most of the sight) you can drive to magical Melissani Lake for a boat tour. If you feel adventurous you can as well arrange for a unique caving experience with the experts in order to visit various caves in the area. I suggest you spend the rest of the day at famous Myrtos beach (if it is not a windy day-as Myrtos is wavy and dangerous if not calm). If you want to get your adrenaline high by flying over the sea, try paragliding at Myrtos beach. A unique experience offering breathtaking views! Myrtos offers a canteen and part of the beach is organised with sunbeds and umbrellas. You can stay there until the sunset, when most of the visitors will have left and enjoy the calmest time of day and a unique sunset! Check out Bond viveur for an authentic taste of Kefalonian products and arrange a personal chef to prepare a special menu for tonight’s dinner just for you!
6th day Visit Fiscardo, the cosmopolitan, picturesque village with a wide selection of restaurants and services, (fish spa, diving, massage or reiki and shopping). If you like walking, there are many signed foot paths to choose from, an easy, still beautiful choice is to walk to the Venetian Lighthouse and Byzantine Basilica you see on the opposite side of the bay. There are many beautiful beaches nearby to choose from like Foki beach, Dafnoudi beach (if you want to walk for approx 1km in a dreamy shaded path), Kimilia beach (again 700m of walking to reach the beach). You can end up for a dinner or a cocktail at one of the cafe-bars at Fiscardo to enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere.
7th day (this could be a 2 day tour) Rent a crewed motor yacht or choose one of the day cruises to Ithaca or sail around the island. Sailing is a great alternative to discover Kefalonia and the neighboring islands to avoiding driving. You will have the chance to explore amazing landscape, beaches and villages without ever worrying about the crowds. If you want the exhilaration of being on the water with the wind in your hair, freedom to explore, privacy, service, pampering, great food and well-mixed drinks, then I highly recommend a crewed luxury motor yacht. You can visit the neighbouring islands like Zante, Ithaca and Lefkas or just sail around Kefalonia. The Ionian sea has many beautiful places to visit such as Vathi and Frikes on the legendary island of Ithaca, the birthplace of Odysseus. Sami, Agia Efimia, and Fiscardo on Kefalonia. Meganisi with the ports of Little Vathi and Spartochori, and also Nidri, Sivota and Lefkas town on the island of Lefkas. You can also sail around the island of Scorpios, previously owned by the Onassis family and now owned by a Russian tycoon or just moor in different secluded bays and dine aboard under the stars.
8th day Drive to Saint George Castle, once the capital of Kefalonia, dating back to Byzantine and then Venetian times (ask for the opening times before you go), have a walk at the castle and the surrounding neighborhood that has traditional houses and amazing views, it is worth visiting the ruins of the medieval church of Evangelistria, which dates from 1420 and the church of Agios Theodoros which is even older. When you get tired get a drink at Kastro Cafe or lunch at Il Borgo restaurant. This is a good day if you want to see some more at Argostoli, do some shopping for home and explore what you didn’t have the time to see on the 2nd day. If the weather is good have a walk at Koutavos sea-lake in Argostoli, cross De Bosset bridge and relax in the peaceful environment. You can also visit the Botanical Garden or the environmental center of Mount Ainos to familiarize yourselves with local environmental issues and local flora
9th day Drive direct to Skala village and beach, visit the Roman villa and old Skala and then try a variety of watersports, like jet skiing, or get a speed boat at Dolphin Ski Club or try Captain Vangeli’s Special Tour. Skala beach is long, parts are organised but if you need more privacy, drive a bit further. Once you get enough of sunbathing, you can get lunch at one of Skalas restaurants. On your way back you can either stop for a visit the fishing port of Katelios or on the east way you can visit Atros Monastery, the oldest in Kefalonia, a rare element of monastic architecture, built in the 8th century, sitting at 800m above the port of Poros offering amazing views.
10th day Today you can explore Paliki peninsula, at the west of the island, visiting Xi beach with great red sand and impressive grey clay rocky background (the beach has a selection of beach bars, some with watersports). Here you can have a natural spa, as the grey clay, according to the ancient and modern scientists, has medicinal properties that can cure skin disorders, heal wounds, and it is used for detoxification and many other disorders and injuries. Driving around the peninsula you can stop for a swim and lunch at Vatsa or head off to the northern part to Petanoi beach (and with your bathing suit get a simple lunch at Erasmias beach taverna and cool down with a cold beer enjoying one of the best sunset spots in the island!). Ιf you want to see more stop instead at Kipouria Monastery for amazing sunset and get a glimpse of Platia Ammos (my favourite beach) from above as it is accessible only by boat!
11th day If you want to visit the religious center of Kefalonia, drive to the Monastery of Saint Gerassimos. You can then visit one of the wineries nearby for tasting and purchase. One of the best destinations of the island is Mount Ainos, the highest (1628m) mountain of the Ionian islands, declared National Park with unique flora and fauna (if you are lucky you can see the wild horses!) and panoramic breathtaking views to the Peloponnese, Zante, Lefkas. There are numerous trails you can follow, check here. There is a more adventurous option to explore it by jeep safari if you prefer. It is a unique experience worth experiencing!
12th day This is a relaxing day away from all crowds and tourist attractions. Prepare a little snack at home and head off to Agia Kiriaki. On your way there you will stop above Myrtos beach with Assos peninsula on the background to admire and take photos of one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see (the picture is never the same!). The route on this side of the island gives you the chance to admire the gulf of Agia Kyriaki and the beautiful rock formations creating 2 of the best beaches on the island, Vouti and unique Fteri beach (not reachable by car). Once you arrive at Agia Kiriaki you can reserve your fresh fish in the local basic taverna and drive to Vouti beach a few km further. When you arrive at the little kiosk offering refreshments have a look at both sides of the beach to choose the one you like the most (if you like snorkelling this would be a good place to enjoy it). The sun here leaves early, around 5, so have that in mind. On your way back you will have fresh fish, chips and salad and either check for any celebrations or local events or return to Agia Efimia for an afternoon drink. If you fancy to see Lixouri by night and don’t mind driving a bit further you can go for a walk coffee, drink or dinner at the village of Lixouri.
13th day Explore the south beaches of the island like Ammes, Ai Helis, Spartia, Saint Thomas, Trapezaki, Lourdas, and Koroni. On your way there you can book a tour at Domata village, at Dias Organic Apiary, to see the bee world, at the same village you can visit the church of presentation of Virgin Mary. Have lunch at Lithero taverna above Lourdas beach a traditional taverna overlooking the sea. Or dine at La Mer in Lourdas and enjoy home cooked food and watch the sunset. Another good lunch stop is Sesto bar, Koroni Hill, with very special atmosphere.
14th day If you just want to have a relaxing day, before you leave and do some brands shopping you can revisit Fiscardo and the surrounding locations, to explore what you missed. If you want to see some more beaches of the north you can rent a boat from here. A nice choice (but a bit crowded in mid August) would be the small but picturesque Alaties beach, you can end up here early afternoon for a quick swim and a meal or drink at Acqua Alaties bar-restaurant with unique sunset views.
Depending of your travel dates, it would be great to participate to one of the religious or local celebrations or festivals organised in different locations every summer (check our list and check closer to the dates for upcoming events)
Note: Generally beaches from the heart to the north of the island are pebbly and the ones in Paliki Peninsula (west) and south are sandy but if you want to know from before, check the beaches menu.
The following services can be included on your plan, just contact us: food shopping, buttler, masseuse, daily maid, nanny, personal trainer, wine tasting, delivery of organic products and of course any activity from our site menu!