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Tsilivi - Planos, Zakynthos, Greece

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Minibus excursion in Zakynthos Zante island

The VIP Zakynthos island tour by bus excursion "Back to the Roots" is a truly unique trip. During this Zante island tour we journey off the beaten track 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 in rural Zante. Of course, the view of Shipwreck Bay from above is another highlight of the bus excursion "Back to the Roots" Zakynthos island tour.

We travel in a minibus in small groups, giving you the opportunity to interact with your guide, Jackie Boots-Glavas. Jackie will tell stories as you travel around the authentic Zakynthos villages and the intimate nature of the Zakynthos island trip allows for plenty of question and answer opportunities. You will be sure to learn a thing of two about Greek culture, history, traditions and mythology – Jackie’s personal specialties. The "Back to the Roots" Zakynthos island tour by bus, is a very interactive and flexible experience with freedom to explore and enjoy at your own pace.

This Nefis Travel Zakynthos island tour, starts from your resort, where the minibus will pick you up as arranged. We will make our first stop on this Zakynthos island excursion, in the charming village of Tragaki. Tragaki is characterized by white-washed stone walls and sweeping country views. Here we stroll through the village streets and get a feel for the laid back Greek way of life. There is the chance to meet some of the Zakynthos locals at the oldest supermarket – come – coffeehouse in Zakynthos. This quaint pre-earthquake building is extremely traditional and a favorite Zakynthos photo for our photographers in our group.

Back on board the Nefis Travel mini-bus island tour, we will first continue our journey down the valley, set amongst beautiful vineyards, before the Nefis Travel Zakynthos tour will move deeper into the mountains of Zakynthos – taking in majestic views of the Ionian Sea along the way. We will stop at one of the most hidden jewel of Zakynthos, a village with its own olive mill museum, where we will have time to sit back for a nice Greek coffee while the locals are passing by, who will be very eager to talk to you. Nobody can resist a visit to the enchanting little local supermarket from Grandpa Nionios where we can meet the Zakynthian hospitality! Having taken in the authentic Zakynthos island atmosphere, we now make our way on our Zante island trip by bus to a picturesque traditional Greek roadside market where you will enjoy your free Greek snacks and wine-tasting: A slice of village bread, dipped in olive oil, with olives, oregano and local Zakynthian cheese called Lado-tiri you have the chance to try and buy some local products including: honey, oils, sweets, hand-made carpets and tapestries. Moving on from the village market, we drive towards the spectacular view of Shipwreck Cove. This is every keen photographer’s highlight of the Zakynthos island tour by bus and one of the most famous sites in Greece. Everyone is enchanted by the amazing array of blue colors in the waters around Smugglers Bay. Here Jackie explains the intriguing story of the Zakynthos Shipwreck – a fascinating tale. The "Back to the Roots" trip also includes a stop at the monastery of Saint George. We meet with the only priest living there, Theodosies, who explains some interesting facts about the Orthodox Church.

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 Kampi around siesta time, a good opportunity to sit back and relax on the mini-bus at the Nefis Travel Zakynthos excursion "Back to the Roots" island tour.

Off the beaten track views are stunning as we head towards the Southern part of the island, to the modern olive factory Aristeon, what means excellence in Greek, and the Ecological Olive Press certainly lives up to its name, complete with an olive oil museum, a tasting section and olive soap. We will have a tour with one of the olive oil experts who will reveal the history of olive making on the island press. This island trip is our unique off the beaten track way to see much of the beautiful island of Zante – the Zakynthos top sites and the hidden treasures. Join us on a "Back to the Roots" island tour in Zante and we guarantee you one of the most memorable days of your Zakynthos holiday!!!

Please be aware:

• Please think about respectful clothing for the monastery, just a sarong for the lady is okay.

• The time we are allowed to spend at the Shipwreck platform area will depend on weather conditions and compliance with local by laws.

• There is a gentle slope to the monastery and steps to the Shipwreck platform and in the taverna.

• Lunch boxes are not allowed in the taverna.

The excursion days:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

The excursion prices:

Adult: 33.50 euro – your 10% internet discount = 30 euro PP

Child: 22.50 euro – your 10% internet discount = 20 euro PP

The lunch is not included in the price.

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  • Sandra Mcdonald
    December 13, 2017 at 13:25

    This was my second time doing this trip and both times were the highlight of my holiday. Very informative and great fun, not too much walking

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  • Pauline Holder
    November 21, 2017 at 18:59

    Did back to roots and shipwreck bay tour would highly recommend both of these had an amazing time

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  • Anne Currell
    September 29, 2017 at 20:57

    Finally went on the Back to the Roots tour after coming to Zante for 12 years. Jackie is so knowledgable and gave us so much information but not in a boring way. Loved all the places we visited especially lunch with amazing views and singing thrown in ! Personally I would love to do the trip again. Thank you Jackie.

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  • Tracy
    August 20, 2017 at 09:06

    Wow experiences on both tours! Thanks to the very knowledgable Jackie, she really does put her all into these tours, taking you away from the usual “touristy stuff” giving a taste of both what island life is like in the present & its history. It’s clear her passion for the island & islanders, thank you for two brilliant days!

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  • Jeannie
    August 7, 2017 at 14:59

    You state in your introduction that you “best of holiday memories for our guests”. Well you certainly did that for us last week during our three trips booked with you. Back to the Roots was a lovely way to see some of the mountain and village scenery of the beautiful island and to meet some people who are proud to call it home. I have to say that the absolute highlight for me was having lunch on a terrace above the Ionian Sea listening to Jackie and Nico singing some traditional Greek songs. I keep playing the video just to hear them singing again!

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  • Paul and Debbie
    October 2, 2016 at 14:45

    We went on the back to the roots tour with Jackie on 17th Sept. Had a brilliant day. So much nicer to be in a mini-bus, much more personal, get to know the people on the trip with you. Jackie made the tour very interesting and for first timers to Zakynthos, we learnt a lot about the Island. The tour by mini-bus is defenitely the way forward. Lot less time waiting for people to return to the bus and with regards our stop at Giri, probably a place a standard coach could not drive through.
    Thank you Jackie for a super day we both enjoyed it. If by any chance one of the two cornish ladies is reading this, the next bit is for you. If you win that thumbs up competition with the photograph that I took of you two and Turtle Island – feel free to let me know.
    Thank you and ya’mas

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  • Maureen and Alf
    September 7, 2016 at 21:10

    Just back from a week at the Erietta Suites, went on the back to the roots tour. The most enjoyable holiday trip we have ever been on even the choppy boat trip it was a laugh, for that we thank you Jackie. You are very knowledgable, talented lady more power to your elbow.

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  • Alison Horn
    September 5, 2016 at 15:07

    Just returned from a week in Zakynthos and whilst we were there took a VIP Back to Roots tour with Jackie. It was a fabulous day out, which takes you to off the beaten track to places where tourists would not normally go. From mountain villages to beautiful sandy beaches to the monastery and the oldest olive tree on the island – with loads of stories of Greek mythology and history thrown in). As there were only 14 of us on this trip we felt we really were getting VIP treatment. I would highly recommend this trip (we went with a 11 year old who also had a great day – he especially enojoyed the traditional Greek breakfast). Thank you Jackie, you obviously love your job.
    Alison, Allan and Jack. Glasgow, Scotland

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  • Gill and Ian
    September 1, 2016 at 23:12

    Hi Jackie,
    Just looked at the videos of the day out we spent with you on the fantastic back to the roots trip.
    Watching the video brought back lovely memories of the trip – knew we had enjoyed it but it was lovely to see again.
    Sorry don’t think we will be in zante this year but when we do come again we will come to see you and probably go on this wonderful trip again.
    Thanks again – really enjoyable.
    Gill & Ian.

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  • Bryan - Carol
    August 11, 2016 at 10:14

    We went with Jackie on the back to the roots tour and we also went to Olympia, firstly both were considerablely cheaper than the ones offered by the main tour operators. secondly smaller groups so you could hear what was being said, both were well worth the money Well done guys keep up the good work loved ever minute.

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  • Liz and Stew
    July 30, 2016 at 12:57

    We had a great holiday in Tsilivi especially on the two excursion we did the Shipwreck and Back to roots which was my favourite. Jackie was a great tour guide full of passion and knowledge about Greek Mythology (i loved the little tales she told). Not only is she multi-lingual but she has a talent for singing. She found the best taverna’s to eat at and created a great atmosphere for our small group.
    Thank you for a great time x

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  • Nena
    July 22, 2016 at 18:52

    Thank you for the great time that I spent with you Jackie, especially listening you singing in those beautiful tavernas and trying to see turtles in Laganas bay. I will have to come again to see baby turtles later on.
    Best regards from Nena

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  • Eddie Nicholson
    July 3, 2016 at 08:21

    Hello Jackie
    My wife Doreen and I had had some excellent trips with you from Tsilivi in Zante.
    The best one was “Back to the roots” a short tour of the island then to the small village taverna for lunch. local food and wine very good. Best of all was the songs and music of the island by yourself and the old man a geat relaxing day.
    If we come back it would be to you for all our tours.
    Eddie and Doreen from Bridge of Earn near Perth in Scotland

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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. Jackie and Mariska will answer you on a 24-7 basis. You can also use our website’s booking form (you can find it on each tour’s informational page) to send a booking request for your desired tour and date.

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 but can be flexible if families are travelling with teenagers. We have very child friendly tours:
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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How do I receive a 10% discount?

If you book over the internet, you will automatically get a 10% discount.

Do you have early bird discounts or group discounts?

With our 10% internet discount we reward all the early birds, but we also offer tailor-made extra discounts for groups and multiple bookings.

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. 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.

How can i contact Nefis Travel?

You can contact us by phone (+30 2695048004, +30 6984534687, +30 6975765741) 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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