ZAKYNTHOS VIP SHORE EXCURSIONS – FOR CRUISE LINERS
Zakynthos, the jewel of the Ionian Sea, is home to some of the most photographed and unique places in Greece. The enchanting Shipwreck Bay, the stunning Blue Caves, and the Caretta Caretta turtles are some of the most popular natural attractions that Zante has to offer.
If you are visiting Zante for a day as part of your Cruise Liner holiday schedule, Nefis Travel Zakynthos offers the most exclusive and unique Shore Excursion trips. With our fantastic guiding expertise and thorough knowledge of the island Zakynthos, we can tailor make the schedule for you.
Our recommended Shore Experience trip is a combination of the Nefis Travel Zakynthos VIP Shipwreck and Blue Caves excursion together with our ‘Back to the Roots’ island tour. This way you are able to seeing the most famous sites on the island with some of the true hidden treasures that Zakynthos has to offer. Throughout our tours we include interesting historical facts about the island of Zante, Greek Mythology and when time allows us, traditional Zakynthian folksongs played specially for you!
You will be collected by the Nefis Travel Zakynthos Mini-Bus at the port in Zante Town, Zakynthos. We pick you up from the tender boat harbour side and deliver you back here at the end of the shore excursion. Leaving Zante Town, driving up the east coast of Zakynthos island, your first stop on will be a fantastic photo opportunity at the top of the Alykes Hills. From here you can see all over the island of Zakynthos, as well as the main land of Greece and the neighbouring island of Kefallonia. After enjoying a beautiful drive along the northern coast of Zante we will stop in the region of the traditional village of Micro Nisi to board the boat for Shipwreck Bay and the Blue Caves. You will have a view of this charming Greek Island village as we make our way out to sea.
The Nefis Travel Zakynthos shore excursion, features a ride on a highly secure and ultra-fast speedboat with a glass bottom. Our first stop of the day is Shipwreck Bay. On our way we are often lucky enough to spot some dolphins and even the local the Monachus Monachus seal. The boat trip from Micro Nisi to Shipwreck Bay usually takes around 25 minutes. We spend time on the famous Shipwreck beach, swimming in the extraordinary turquoise waters and exploring the iconic wreck which lies stranded in the middle of the white-sand bay.
Next on the itinerary of our shore excursion on Zakynthos, is a boat trip into the beautiful Blue Caves of Zakynthos. Our Nefis Travel Zakynthos speedboat has the ability to safely enter the Blue Caves of Zante. We stop to take photos of the sea caves and arches, as well as the stunning translucent blue waters. Those who wish to fully experience the phenomenon of the Blue Caves can take a dip in the blue waters. Your whole body takes on the blue hues and everyone enjoys photographing all the swimming ‘Blue Smurfs’! Don’t worry though, this is just an optical illusion and the blue hue will disappear once out of the water.
After our sea adventures, we will drive along the West Coast to the traditional Greek road-side market of Matina, where you will enjoy your free Greek snack – a slice of village bread, dipped in olive oil, with olives, oregano and local Zakynthian cheese called Lado-tiri. You have the option to try and buy some local products – including honey, oils, sweets, hand-made carpets and tapestries.. Our next destination on our unique Zante island tour is Kampi. Kampi located high along the Zakynthian white cliffs lends itself to the most breathtaking, panoramic sea views in all of Greece. Here you can enjoy delicious home-made Zakynthian meals while being serenaded by guitarist Nico and your guide Jackie! The uplifting sounds of traditional Zakynthian folksongs are always a highlight of the ‘Back to the Roots’ Zakynthos island tour!
After a fantastic meal and beautiful music, we will leave Giri, a good opportunity to sit back and relax on the mini-bus. Off the beaten track views are stunning as we head towards Bochali – a little Greek village overlooking stunning views of Zante Town. From Bochali you will enjoy beautiful island views of your cruise boat waiting in the harbor of Zakynthos.
Nefis Travel Zakynthos makes sure that you will be back in plenty of time from the unique shore excursion for the tender boats to collect you and take you back to your Cruise.
We recommend using online pre-cruise forums to form small groups with similar interests. Together you can see the island of Zante with Nefis Travel Zakynthos in a unique way at affordable prices. Contact us for more information and early booking discounts.
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Nefis Travel was awesome since I first contacted them--very responsive and helpful. We stopped here on a cruise and had a limited amount of time. Jackie set my family of 8 (4 couples) up with a great itinerary. Spiros was our guide and driver and he was so great--we loved him. He was very polite, friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. We had many great tours and experiences on our cruise stops, but hands down all of my family was so impressed with the island of Zakynthos and with Spiros. The boat ride to Shipwreck Beach was something I will always remember. The first time I saw the beach I was shocked--it was more amazing than pictures I had seen. I cannot even begin to describe its beauty. Spiros also took us into many blue caves on the ride back. We felt like we weren't just another booking that he was trying to rush through and be done with. He sincerely cared about showing us the island's natural beauty and making sure we had a great time. He was also very accommodating and very safe, making sure we were safe on the boat and in the van. Thank you Jackie, Spiros, and Nefis Travel for an amazing day. To top it off, we stopped at Niko's restaurant and decided to eat. WOW, my family was blown away. Best food during our 2 week trip.
Wow!!! That's the best way to describe my experience with Nefis Travel. My family and I decided at the last minute to take a tour to see Shipwreck Beach and The Blue Caves in Zakynthos ,Greece and the people at Nefis were very kind and professional . All the tours were booked but they arranged a private boat trip for just my family and it was breath taking. The price was very reasonable and the service was outstanding. We were not herded around ,but thanks to the expertise and knowledge of our Captain Michael we enjoyed each spot we visited at our own pace. The natural beauty of this place is indescribable. I can't recommend this company enough,so make your plans and ask for Spiros, he will make your visit unforgettable.
Frequently asked questions asked about our Tours and Service:
Yes we have pick up transfers from all the Zakynthos resorts but please keep in mind that South Vassilkos and the Harbour of Keri are remote areas in Zakynthos. We will do our very best to give you the pickup service transfer but we do ask cooperation in being flexible with the days.
You can join our boat trips with your rental car. You can book tickets by mail and meet us at the port where we will board our ship wreck & blue caves tour and the turtle tour. In this way you have the freedom of your own transport and you will enjoy arriving at the ship wreck bay for the crowds, see the turtles in an eco-friendly matter and help the turtles in their fight for survival.
You can book your tours by email, what’s App or at our Nefis – Travel Zakynthos FB page by personal messages. Jackie and Mariska will answer you on a 24-7 basis.
You can pay upon arrival at the ticket delivery service on your arrival day, one of our team members will come to your holiday address to take care of it all.
You can pay by Credit cards in the offices in Tsilivi or by signing an Authorized Credit card form.
If you have an IBAN number then you can also easily pay into our bank Account.
If you pay by Credit Card or bank account, we will send the tickets to you by email with the explanation of where the pick-up point for the tours will be.
The choice is yours.
If you book over the internet , you will automatically get a 10% discount.
With our 10% internet discount we reward all the early birds, but we also offer tailor-made extra discounts for groups and multiple bookings.
Our child age is normally 12 years but can be flexible if families are travelling with teenagers.
We have very child friendly tours:
Traveling as a family is important to family bonding, and will create memories that will live with you for very long. Travel should be life changing, eye opening, exciting – and engaging for all ages…
On our VIP ‘Once upon a time’ the children and young at heart will step back in time and by interactive stories will enter the world of Aesop and his enchanting and inspiring stories. They will learn a little Greek poem and while we sit around the camp fire singing songs, you might drift away to your own childhood memories…
On our VIP eco-friendly turtle tours, we will have a presentation from the Sea protection Society Archelon where the children will learn about the high endangered Caretta- Caretta Turtles and in a pirate game the will also learn a few facts about Odysseus while looking for the treasure.
At our ‘ back to the roots ‘ island tour they will hear a few nice short Greek mythology stories and see and learn how Zakynthian olive oil and local sweet are made. The can sing along with the live music over lunch and the tour has many stops, what means that they will be out and about and entertaint the whole day. Many of our little Nefis friends have send us beautiful drawings, from this unique tour afterwards.
At our shipwreck and Blue cave tour the children might see dolphins or our Monachus monachus seals and get guided with nice stories about Zante. On certain days they will be able to enter a pirate game at the Smugglers Cove, please do ask about this opportunity!
Our family tours are designed to spark a passion, inspire a sense of wonder, and enrich understanding.
We at Nefis Travel provide the highest level of customer service given on the island.
If the weather reports are bad, we will cancel the tours and you give a refund.
If the weather shows a 50-50 situation, we will phone you on your mobiles or at the hotels before the tour starts and tell you that we might have to use an alternative program. This only happens on the shipwreck and blue caves tours. The east coast of the island as in Blue caves and Xingia Sea Spa and the west coast as in shipwreck beach is possible to have 2 totally different sea conditions.
Our captains will check the situation early in the morning and if we see that the Blue caves and Xingia Spa, east coast are okay but around cape skinari on our way to the west coast, the sea doesn’t allow us to go to the Shipwreck beach, we will create plan B:
Plan B; Go to the Shipwreck platform by bus so you see the shipwreck from above and we will offer extra time at the Blue caves for pictures and swimming, go to the Xingia sea spa after our lunch stop. We will tell you honestly what the situation is and leave the choice to you. You can swop your trip around and go on another day, take a refund or decide to come.
From our experience those who came on these few rare days that this happens in the summer, still had a great day out. And as we said it is a 50-50 situation sometimes the wind drops, while we drive to the harbor and we can still sail to the Shipwreck beach. We at Nefis Travel just want to be as straight forward about as we can be and will always be honest about the weather conditions.
Lunch is NOT INCLUDED on any of the Nefis Travel tours, but our dear Nefis Travel guests are more than welcome to bring their lunch boxes on the tours. The tavernas that we work with are informed about this extra service at Nefis travel and you are even allowed to bring your lunch boxes into the tavernas used on the tours.