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Turtle Cruise of Marathonisi Island and Keri Peninsula
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Turtle Cruise of Marathonisi Island and Keri Peninsula

Loggerhead sea turtles have been residents of Zante's beaches for thousands of years, and with a bit of luck, you'll see them first-hand on this boat trip. Join an expert local guide for an educational day out at sea, passing by nesting sites, swimming in hidden bays and spending time in the village of Keri. Bianca, one of our guides, says, ‘In just one trip, you get to jump into clear waters, discover the small fishing village of Keri and, with luck, see turtles.'Available either in the morning from Zante harbour or the afternoon from Keri harbour, this half-day cruise is a real treat for all the family. You'll pass by the golden beaches of Vassilikos and Marathonisi, a pine-clad islet dubbed ‘Turtle Island'. The reason's simple – one of its beaches is a favourite turtle nesting site. Bianca, who's lived on Zante for more than 20 years, says of the scenery, ‘You can do this tour a thousand times and every day is different.' Be sure to keep a lookout for loggerheads, and you may even spot a wild dolphin or two.Plus, you'll sail along the Keri peninsula, cruising by its sea-plunging cliffs, caves and lighthouse before dropping anchor for a swim stop. In the small fishing village of Keri, you can shop for souvenirs, relax in a typical taverna or hit the beach. What's more, a volunteer from local conservation group ARCHELON – the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece – will be on board to tell give you the lowdown on its work.

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Smuggler's Cove Half-day Cruise with Panoramic Drive
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Smuggler's Cove Half-day Cruise with Panoramic Drive

Smuggler's Cove is a picture-postcard white pebble beach with a surprise – a shipwreck from an alleged smuggler who ran aground here in the early 80s. On this half-day boat trip, you'll cruise along the coast to see this famous spot, discover secret coves, swim and soak up the scenery. Kay, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘Smuggler's Cove is also known as Shipwreck Beach, or “Navagio” in Greek. It's only accessible by boat, and it's one of the most photographed places in the whole of Greece.'After pick-up, enjoy a scenic drive to Porto Vromi – it takes up to 90 minutes – and hop on a boat towards Smuggler's Cove. You'll have half an hour or so to take in the vistas from the deck before the imposing white cliffs appear, sheltering the cove and its famous wreck. The 200-metre-high cliffs curve and swoop down behind the beach, dwarfing the shipwreck. Kay says, ‘To preserve the natural beauty of the area, instead of disembarking at Smuggler's cove, we'll pause here to admire the scenery and take a few Insta-perfect snaps.'Next, your captain will drop anchor at a nearby bay, and you'll have time to swim in the dazzling waters surrounded by Zante's coastal landscapes. Then, as we cruise back towards Porto Vromi, your captain will take you to a white-pebbled beach, a place so secret it doesn't even show up on Google. Cool off with a swim stop here and hear the story of the 'Poseidon's Face' – a rock formation believed to depict Poseidon, God of the sea – before setting off for the final leg back to shore.

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Northern Zante Cruise with Cape Skinari and Xigia Beach
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Northern Zante Cruise with Cape Skinari and Xigia Beach

This cruise around the northern tip of Zante serves up plenty of camera-friendly scenery and swim stops in hidden coves. You'll see stretches of the island's most mesmerising coastline, including the Blue Caves and Smuggler's Cove – that famous Greek postcard of the rusting cargo ship on a pristine cliff-ringed beach. Chrissy, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘The sea around the Blue Caves seems to glow electric blue because the white limestone underwater reflects the sun through the azure water.' You'll get to catch Zante's top coastal draws in one relaxing boat trip. We'll scoot around Cape Skinari, famed for its lighthouse, cliffs, windmills and pastel-blue water. After about two hours at sea, we'll reach Smuggler's Cove. Back in the 80s, a ship carrying contraband cigarettes ran aground in this chalk-white, pebbly cove. Nowadays, in order to preserve the area, the beach itself is closed to visitors, however you'll still see the iconic views from the boat. Chrissy adds, ‘Zante's best-known beach is only accessible by boat and it's one of the most photographed spots in the whole of Greece. A crime gone wrong has left us with an unexpected treasure.'After a dip, you'll continue to the shimmering Blue Caves, where we'll pause for a photo stop. Carved into the cliffs, the sea-smoothed walls form arches over the dazzling blue waters. You'll have Greek snacks and drinks on board, followed by some time anchored at Xigia beach. We'll end the cruise on a high note with some entertainment – Greek dancing – as we bob back to shore.

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Secret Zante Tour with Monastery, Blue Caves and Local Speciality Tastings
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Secret Zante Tour with Monastery, Blue Caves and Local Speciality Tastings

It's easy to see why the Venetians called Zante the ‘Flower of the East'. This exclusive tour takes in some of the island's prettiest villages and the remote Anafonitria monastery, too. And that's not all. There'll also be local wine and sweets to taste, plus a short boat trip to the Blue Caves – one of the deepest points in the Mediterranean.

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Turtle Island Family Boat Cruise in Zante
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Turtle Island Family Boat Cruise in Zante

Searching for loggerhead turtles and dolphins in their natural habitat is the aim of the game on this half-day cruise geared for children. You'll set sail for Marathonisi Island, anchoring up for swimming along the way, before gaining an insight into local conservation efforts. Kay, one of our guides, says, ‘We love to show everyone this beautiful place and maybe discover a turtle to understand why and how we protect our environment. It's a fun tour, which makes sustainability visible.'You'll cast off from Agios Sostis towards pine-clad Marathonisi Island in Laganas Bay. This uninhabited islet is nicknamed ‘Turtle Island' because its beaches are a favourite nesting site for the loggerheads. Kids will love this one, too – there'll be activities aimed at teaching them more about turtle conservation. They'll also learn about respecting the island's environment, protecting it from litter.Next, you'll swing by the Oasis sea cave for a swim stop before heading closer to the island. We'll drop anchor once more for an extra dose of snorkelling. Remember to keep an eye on the water for signs of loggerhead turtles and dolphins. What's more, the boat has an integrated sewage drainage system, so nothing harms the sea.

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Excursion to Olympia Archeological Site from Zante
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Excursion to Olympia Archeological Site from Zante

The birthplace of the Olympic Games is just a short hop across the Ionian Sea on mainland Greece. Catch the ferry over from Zante and head to ancient Olympia for a journey through the centuries. You'll also visit the fascinating Archaeological Museum. Konstantina, one of our guides, says, ‘Olympia has been standing there for more than 2,500 years, still inspiring as a must-stop on the way to a personal Odyssey. To wander around its ruins and to feel the connection with the past is a special feeling.'After docking at Kyllini, we'll drive through the ‘garden of Greece' – fields of tomatoes, melons and cotton – to one of the most important sanctuaries of antiquity. Alongside a licenced Olympia guide and our own local expert, you'll discover where the Olympic Games began in the 8th century BC. See the remains of the stadium where 45,000 spectators cheered on their favourite athletes, including the finishing line and waterside gym. What's more, you'll share the use of an iPad to bring to life the ruins and see how they once looked.You'll also see the ruins of the Temple of Hera, where the Olympic flame was first lit, and of the Temple of Zeus. It was here that the statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, once stood. Afterwards, head to the superb Archaeological Museum to see its collection of statues and bronzes. Finally, head into Olympia town, where you'll have time for lunch and a poke around the souvenir shops.

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Zante Sunset Cruise on a Traditional Greek Boat
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Zante Sunset Cruise on a Traditional Greek Boat

Watching the sun set over the Ionian Sea is one of those must-do Zante experiences. And this cruise in a traditional Greek caïque boat features a swim before the main event. Constantine, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘Even though I've seen it a thousand times, it's a moment that still gives me a frisson. It's magical, romantic and soulful – Mother Nature at her most creative, steering the sun to set between the Misithres Rocks. Utter bliss.'The scene is set the moment you board your boat. A wooden caïque evokes a sense of nostalgia and tradition. Fishermen in the eastern Mediterranean have used these boats since ancient times. A guide will be on board to give you the inside track on all things Zante. Sailing from Agios Sostis harbour in the south, you'll sail towards Marathonisi, a small islet known locally as Turtle Island. You'll captain will drop anchor offshore for an early-evening dip. See caves and, with luck, loggerhead turtles before cruising to the west coast to catch the sunset.And the spot where you'll see it is hard to beat. Near the Misithres Rocks, there's an amazing view of the sunset perfectly sinking beyond the horizon between the two formations. It makes for Insta-perfect snaps. The romantic atmosphere will accompany you back to port as you sail along to the sounds of waves lapping gently against the hull and live music while sipping on a sparkling wine.

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Zante Tour with Blue Caves Boat Trip and Wine Tasting
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Zante Tour with Blue Caves Boat Trip and Wine Tasting

Timeless villages, wow-factor views and a coastal classic. This small group tour offers a snapshot of Zante's best bits. And if that wasn't enough, you'll get to try local olive oil and wine. Bianca, one of our local guides, says, ‘You get to discover those hard-to-reach places that are a relic of the past – the Skinari windmills, the narrow lanes of Volimes. Even after all these years on the island, I still feel a frisson when I see them.' And to top it off, this tour has a later starting time, meaning you won't miss out on your beauty sleep.We kick off with a tour and tasting at a family-run winery in Kallipado. For generations, it has produced wines made from local grape varieties such as robola and Pavlos. Next is a drive up the east coast with a photo stop at a famous beach. At Cape Skinari, drop in for homemade apple pie and a hot drink at the lighthouse and take some snaps of windmills before hopping aboard a boat for a trip to the Blue Caves. These sea arches have been carved by waves into white cliffs over millennia. And weather permitting, you'll get to dive in for a swim.Back on dry land, you'll enjoy a scenic drive through villages like Volimes and Anafonitria , as we head to Exo Chora. Here, there'll be a stop for a photo of a 2,000-year-old olive tree and a visit to a local cosmetics factory to see how olive oil products are made using the island's own produce, before rounding off the tour with a meal in a local taverna. And if you're a TUI Blue guest, you'll head to an exclusive restaurant in Agalas. Amidst the backdrop of Insta-worthy landscapes, toast to the days adventures and taste the flavours of Greece with some snacks washed down with Ouzo.

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Zante St Dennis Festival Experience with Evening Boat Trip
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Zante St Dennis Festival Experience with Evening Boat Trip

Fireworks, marching bands, street food – the feast day of St Dennis is Zante's biggest event of the year. And you can enjoy the best views on this evening tour. See the procession of priests in their finest robes and then mingle with the locals in the festival bazaar. Maria, one of our local guides, says, ‘The celebration of our patron Saint Dennis – known as Dionysus locally – is the most important event in every Zakynthian's diary. A highlight of mine is the dazzling fireworks display, which we'll catch as we head back into harbour.'To commemorate the island's patron saint, the whole of Zante comes out to celebrate on the 24th of August. You'll get to join in the festivities, heading into Zante town late afternoon. Take your spot in the crowd to watch the procession first, before a chance to mingle with the locals at the food stalls and bazaar. Maria says, ‘There'll be plenty of local delicacies on offer, including traditional sweet treats, roasted chestnuts, and my favourite – loukoumades – a typical Greek donut drenched in honey.'And the best is yet to come. As the night sky starts to draw in, sip on a glass of wine and kick back while you cast out and cruise around the harbour. Settle down for front row seats to the spectacular fireworks display, ending the day of celebrations on a high as you glide back onto dry land. Once the celebrations are over, the bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Village
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Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Village

For spills and thrills, you can't beat a day at the Wet ‘n' Wild Water Village in Sarakinado. It's got enough slides, rides and sunbathing terraces to keep all ages happy for a few hours.

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Captain Corelli's Kefalonia Tour
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Captain Corelli's Kefalonia Tour

Mystical mountains, verdant valleys, secluded coves and azure waters that glitter in the sunlight. Kefalonia is a beauty. Take the ferry across from Zante for the day and then hop on a coach for a tour of the island's most picturesque spots, including Melissani Cave and Myrtos Bay.Just north of Zante, Kefalonia is an island that's big on beauty. You'll cruise over, watching the mountains and cliffs rise high from the sea to Pessada harbour. Your first stop is Drogarati Cave, where you'll step inside a vast cavern and be dazzled by the numerous stalactites and stalagmites. We'll continue to Lake Melissani for a boat trip across this underground lagoon with aquamarine waters that glisten in the sun.Next, we'll head to the seaside village of Agia Efimia. Here, you'll have free time for lunch. In the afternoon, there's a photo stop at Myrtos Bay – a famous filming spot from Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Rounding off the trip is some free time in Argostoli, the island's capital.

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Village (Ticket only)
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Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Village (Ticket only)

For a day of spills and thrills, head on down to Water Village in Sarakinado – Zante's biggest water park. You'll get the adrenaline pumping with gravity-defying slides and spend time relaxing under the bright Ionian sun with family by your side.Grab your swimsuits, sunblock and sense of adventure as you conquer the dizzying slides at Water Village. There are enough rides, slides and sunbathing terraces to keep every family member entertained as well as cafés and bars for thirst-quenching refreshments. You'll be able to escape the heat of the sun with gentle rides such as Lazy River or face your fears on the beastly Black Hole and Sinkhole.And with plenty of sunloungers, you can sit back and relax as the little ones play in shallow pools, and enjoy a family day out with a difference. What's more, with this ticket-only option, you can choose the day you want to go.

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Introducing Zante

It’s a case of two islands in one. Called Zakynthos in Greek, but also known by its Italian name of Zante, this dual personality is one of its main attractions. The rugged north is rooted in age-old traditions while the carefree south is a cosmopolitan hotspot buzzing with partygoers. Whether you go up or down, you’re in for a wild ride. Smugglers Cove, the island’s most iconic attraction can only be visited by sea, so a boat trip is a must-do. And for a family day out, St Nick’s beach, nearby Turtle Island and Water Village waterpark tick all the boxes.

Top six things to do in Zante

1. Snap a shipwreck

Like a magnet, the rusting hulk of the Panagiotis has been attracting allcomers to Navagio beach since 1980. The shipwreck is so famous that the beach is now known as Smugglers Cove and is one of the most Instagrammed spots in Greece. Hemmed in on three sides by steep cliffs, it can only be reached by sea. There’s a huge choice of boat trips to take you to its picture-postcard white-pebble beach.

2. Turtle Island

Tree-clad Marathonisi is famed for its arrowhead beach and translucent waters. By any stretch of the imagination, this uninhabited islet would make for a great day trip. But what makes the island even more appealing is that from May to October, it’s a nesting ground for loggerhead turtles. You might spot them swimming in the water or on the beach. A great excursion for all the family.

3. Rumble through the island’s history

The highlands that cover the western half of the island are home to some of Zante’s most famous monasteries. And there are few better ways to discover them, and their priceless Greek Orthodox frescoes and icons, than a 4x4 safari that combines adventure with culture. It’s also a great way to uncover remote villages far from the coast. The monasteries of Yperagathos, Anafonitria and Agios Georgios are the top ones to visit.

4. Get into the Olympic spirit

Zante’s just a short ferry trip away from the Greek mainland. And one of the most popular day trips from the island is to ancient Olympia, the spiritual home of the modern Olympic games. Wander around the ruins of the stadium and have a poke around the magnificent museum housing a collection of artefacts recovered from the site. Another handy excursion is to the island of Kefalonia. Famed for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, its caves and underground lakes are themselves blockbusters.

5. Party the night away

The island’s party capital is choc-a-bloc with bars and clubs. Most are located on the Laganas Road strip in the west end of the town. It’s not for the faint-hearted and nothing is off limits here. There are party boats by day, and by night you can choose from raindance, sizzle, neon, paint and myriad other parties.

6. Make a splash

In Zante, it’s easy to tear yourself away from the sunlounger by the pool. The island is blessed with family-friendly beaches such as those at Kalamaki, Gerakas and the 8km-long Laganas strand. And then there’s St Nick’s beach, which is a mecca of watersports. A different type of watery fun can be found at the island’s two waterparks, Water Village and Tsilivi Waterpark.