8. Zakynthos: Early Morning Shipwreck, Blue Caves & Viewpoint
Explore the island of Zakynthos on a day trip starting from Argassi. Stop by the island's top beaches, including Navagio beach, where you'll see a shipwrecked boat up close. Sail into caves and snorkel in the turquoise waters at Sfogeio beach. Finish with lunch at a local Greek restaurant. Begin with pickup from your accommodation. Enjoy the views of the olive groves, vineyards, the diversity of the landscape, the traditional village houses, the old churches, and the stunning panoramic views of the turquoise sea waters before arriving at Porto Vromi. From the small port, hop onboard the boat which is small enough to navigate within the caves. It will take about 20 minutes to sail along the west coast and reach Navagio Beach. Land early at one of the most famous beaches of the island and enjoy the surroundings without the crowds. Snap some photos of the rusty hull of the commercial shipwreck, named, M/V Panagiotis, which grounded onshore in 1980 and lies in the middle of the white sandy beach. Then, head to the blue caves characterized by their vibrant sapphire color cast by the sunlight shimmering through the water and being reflected into the caves. Take about 20 minutes for swimming and snorkeling here. Cruise next to a secluded pebbled beach which is a characteristic sample of the natural beauty of Zakynthos, before heading along the coast to explore more caves. Arrive at the magnificent Poseidon cave. Next to it, there is a natural rock formation in which you can easily spot the stunning face of Poseidon, the god of the sea, storms, earthquakes, and horses. Hop into a minivan to travel to the viewpoint of the shipwreck. Walk along a short stony path leading out to the clifftop to a high promontory facing the sea. Capture stunning photos of the iconic shipwreck in the background. Then, there is a stop for lunch at a traditional Zakynthian family-run taverna near Anafonitria. Enjoy delicious home-cooked, traditional dishes with fresh homegrown vegetables and homemade wine. The last stop will be the 2000 years old olive tree at Exo Chora. Admire one of the seven oldest olive trees in the Mediterranean, and probably one of the oldest olive trees in the world. Afterward, relax on your return journey with drop-off at your accommodation.