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Tsilivi - Planos, Zakynthos, Greece

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+30 2695048004, +30 6987746506 (with Whats App service).




A real taste of Zakynthos - Seasonal unique tours with the locals

Experience, discover and explore the beautiful idyllic island of Zakynthos.

Would you like to get acquaintance with the authentic side of Zakynthos, where meeting the locals is the main aim? Let us take you off the beaten track and explore picturesque villages, narrow streets and cozy taverns and get to know the welcoming Zakynthians. Explore Zakynthos in a different way, see the island through the eyes of the locals. Step back in time and help out with seasonal harvesting activities, whether it’s making your own wine, bear feet in the old barrels, creating your own olive oil, making medical syrups from the amazing flowers or the famous Zakynthian Lado Tiri Cheese.

Under the clear blue sky you will meet local farmers, beekeepers, shepherds, singers and folk storytellers who will tell you proudly about their life on Zakynthos!

Let us introduce you to the welcoming Zakynthian spirit with our unique seasonal harvesting tours and get enchanted by the local myths and stories.

Harvest of the grapes

In the month of August Grandma Thassia will help us to explore for the harvesting of the Grapes. You will pick grapes and experience the old fashioned ecological way "with your feet in the vat". This is how some of the Zakynthian wine is still produced. You will meet the local beekeeper, Makis, who will tell you about the special world of bees and making honey. After the hard work you will all toast together and enjoying a delicious lunch with local winemakers and villagers.

Olive harvesting

At the end of September it’s time to explore Zakynthos in a different way as we create the liquid gold. Under the watchful eye of the locals you will discover how olives are harvested, while they will tell you everything about the process. After all the hard work you will gather in the village tavern where you experience the real way of island life. As we gather around a big table, the local dish will be served and the stories from long ago will be shared.

Meet the local fishermen

In the summer there will be opportunities to meet the local fishermen and go on an expedition, to learn about one the oldest occupations in Greece: fishing. The local stories and sailor wisdom will be shared while your catch of the day is being prepared and served in a setting of a private beach and turquoise water.

Back to the Roots

From the very first start until the last days of the season you can go off the beaten track and explore 85% of our island during the unique and highly praised VIP Back to the Roots tour. You travel to the most traditional villages on the island, completely away from mass tourism, and largely untouched by time. You will have the opportunity to see real Greek island villages and experience day-to-day life while have meetings with the locals at undiscovered places. This day is made special by Jackie Boots, founder of Nefis Travel, who is passionate about her beloved island. She will enchant you with local myths and stories. During lunch Jacky and a local guitarist will take you on a musical journey with Greek live music, there’s a good chance you will sing along and get on your feet! The inspiring aim is now within your reach. You can explore Zakynthos like the Locals have done for hundreds of years. Become part of the rural way of live and live it like the villagers do. If you are interested in one of the out of the box season or all summer activities then do contact us.

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  • Tracy J
    September 23, 2017 at 19:47

    We have been on many tours with Nefis over the last few years and have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them! The guides are all amazing – most of them speak more than 1 language, making the trips enjoyable for many nationalities, they give very interesting facts and pieces of history when travelling around the island, and they definitely don’t see their work as “just a job”.
    Jackie and the team must research everything really well – the tavernas they take you to are always quaint and off the beaten track, the photo stops are different on every trip, meaning that you can see many lovely places on this beautiful island.
    The staff in the office are really friendly and helpful, but not pushy when you are walking past. They even helped us arrange scuba diving this year! I can’t praise Jackie and all the staff at Nefis highly enough, and I would definitely recommend every tour we have been on. We will definitely be back for another trip next summer!

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Zakynthos Zante

Will you pick me up from my holiday resort?

Yes, we have pick up transfers from nearly 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 with a small extra cost, but we do ask cooperation in being flexible with the days and cannot guarantee a pick up from these areas.

Can I participate in the VIP tours, with my rental car?

You can join our boat trips with your rental car. You can book tickets by email or through our booking form and meet us at the port where we will board our Shipwreck and Blue Caves tour and the Turtle Spotting tour. In this way you have the freedom of your own transport and you will enjoy arriving at the Shipwreck bay before the crowds, see the turtles in an eco-friendly way and help the turtles in their fight for survival.

How do I book a tour?

You can book your tours by email, Whats App or at our Nefis Travel Zakynthos facebook page by personal messages. You can also use our website’s booking form to send a booking request for your desired tour and date.

Please keep in mind that our office is open between 9 AM - 10:30 PM. We will answer your email within 24 hours. If you wish to make an urgent booking because you are already on the island, please contact us directly on +30 2695048004, +30 6987746506 or +30 6984534687 numbers to avoid a delay in your booking.

For our tours we have different pickup routings, to keep the transfers as short as possible. We kindly ask to be flexible with the preferable days of your tours.

How can I pay?

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 Card 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.

Are the tours child friendly and what is considered child age?

Our child age is normally 12 years old, but we can be flexible on our "VIP Eco-friendly turtle spotting" tour and "Back to the roots" minibus island tour, if families are travelling with teenagers.

On our VIP "Once upon a time" tour 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 spotting tour, 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 they will also learn a few facts about Odysseus while looking for the treasure.
At our VIP "Back to the roots" tour they will hear a few nice short Greek mythology stories and see and learn how Zakynthian olive oil and local sweet are made. They 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 VIP Shipwreck and Blue Caves 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.

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Zakynthos Zante

Do you have a Book Now - Pay Later policy?

With Nefis Travel you can indeed enjoy the freedom to choose a tour now and pay later! Our unique customer service is created for your convenience. We will organize a ticket delivery service on your arrival day at your holiday accommodation, where the payment can be done (as long as you arrive at least 24 hours before the departure of the tour). If you are staying in Planos – Tsilivi, we then kindly ask to pick up your tickets in one of the 2 Nefis Travel offices close to your accommodation. For guests staying on a far distance, a payment in advance will be requested.

Do you have group discounts?

We can indeed look into a tailor-made discount for groups.

Is lunch included on the tours? May I bring a lunch box?

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.

How can i contact Nefis Travel?

You can contact us by phone (+30 2695048004, +30 6987746506, +30 6984534687) or email ( or through our website's contact form. You can also reach us by sending a message via Facebook or Whats App.

What happens if the sea conditions are not okay for a tour?

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 give you 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: We will go to the Shipwreck platform by bus so you'll see the Shipwreck from above and we will offer extra time at the Blue Caves for pictures and swimming, and 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 swap 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.

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