• Duration: 10 hours
  • Moderate
  • eTicket

  • Meet on location or pick up
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Description

Your tour starts with a pick up from your resorts to connect with the boat from the port.

St George's castle was the capital of Kefalonia until the end of the 17th Century. The Byzantines started the work in the 12th Century but it was the Venetians who gave the castle its present day look. It is this dunce's-cap of a hill which gave the castle an almost impregnable position. St George's castle was to remain the capital of Kefalonia right up until the Napoleonic wars. Rumour has it that there were even tunnels that once connected the castle to Argostoli some 5km away. These, of course, collapsed in the 1953 earthquake!

First stop will be the monastery of St. Gerassimos, the patron of the Island. St Gerassimos was known for his miraculous abilities to cure people with mental illness. The monastery is considered one of the most sacred pilgrimages in Kefalonia and is situated under the imposing Mount Ainos. Today the monastery has been reconstructed and it is an imposing building with a newly built church. 

Next you head to the impressive Drogarati Cave, located outside of Sami, with its fine stalactites & stalagmites. Experts estimate that the cave is about 150 million years old. A natural balcony was created in 1953 from the earthquake, overlooking a chamber with about 100 square meters of floor, making it possible to hold concerts for up to 500 people. (30 min stop).

Continuing on to Melissani Lake and Cave. Explore by boat, the cave stalactites, which are over 20,000 years old. Following a roof cave-in, an impressive sight has been created causing the colors of the water to be reflected onto the walls of the cave. Important archaeological finds were also discovered on the lake’s sandbank, one of them is a figurine of the nymph Melissanthe after whom the cave is named, and another is a clay figurine of the God Pan. (30/40 min stop).

Lunch will be at the town of Aghia Efimia – before the 1953 earthquake it was one of the island’s important trade centres, with stately homes, these were rebuilt with help from the French. Today it’s a wonderful town with a small harbour. You will have time here for lunch, a stroll or there’s a small beach if you would like to swim. After lunch, we drive towards Myrtos Bay, one of Kefalonia’s famous beaches, for a photo-stop.

Finally a visit to Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia, here you can take refreshments, relax in the square, or have a walk and explore before reboarding the coach to start your journey back to the port.

The boat departs at 17.30 and arrives back in Zakynthos at approx 19.00. You will then be transferred back to your resort.

Highlights:

Visit the monastery of St Gerassimos, the patron saint of the island of Kefalonia

Tour around Drogarati Cave

Boat trip to Melissani Lake and Cave

See the sights in Argostoli, the capital city of Kefalonia

Itinerary

Hotel pick-up and Tour beginning

You will be picked up from your resort to connect with the boat from the port.

Visit the monastery of St Gerassimos, the patron saint of the island of Kefalonia

First stop will be the monastery of St. Gerassimos, the patron of the Island.  St Gerassimos was known for his miraculous abilities to cure people with mental illness.  The monastery is considered one of the most sacred pilgrimages in Kefalonia and is situated under the imposing Mount Ainos.  Today the monastery has been reconstructed and it is an imposing building with a newly built church.

Tour around Drogarati Cave

Next you head to the impressive Drogarati Cave, located outside of Sami, with its fine stalactites & stalagmites. Experts estimate that the cave is about 150 million years old. A natural balcony was created in 1953 from the earthquake, overlooking a chamber with about 100 square meters of floor, making it possible to hold concerts for up to 500 people. (30 min stop).

Boat trip to Melissani Lake and Cave

Continuing on to Melissani Lake and Cave.  Explore by boat, the cave stalactites, which are over 20,000 years old. Following a roof cave-in, an impressive sight has been created causing the colors of the water to be reflected onto the walls of the cave. Important archaeological finds were also discovered on the lake’s sandbank, one of them is a figurine of the nymph Melissanthe after whom the cave is named, and another is a clay figurine of the God Pan. (30/40 min stop).

Lunch break at Aghia Efimia town

Lunch will be at the town of Aghia Efimia – before the 1953 earthquake it was one of the island’s important trade centres, with stately homes, these were rebuilt with help from the French. Today it’s a wonderful town with a small harbour.  You will have time here for lunch, a stroll or there’s a small beach if you would like to swim. After lunch, we drive towards Myrtos Bay, one of Kefalonia’s famous beaches, for a photo-stop.

See the sights in Argostoli, the capital city of Kefalonia

Finally a visit to Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia, here you can take refreshments, relax in the square, or have a walk and explore before reboarding the coach to start your journey back to the port.

The boat departs at 17.30 and arrives back in Zakynthos at approx 19.00. You will then be transferred back to your resort.

What's included

  • Round trip boat tickets.
  • Transfers to/from resorts.
  • Tour escort. 

What's excluded

  • Lunch.
  • Entrance fees Drogarati Cave & Melissani Lake.
  • Drogarati Cave entrance fee 4€ Euro and Melissani Lake entrance fee 6€ (prices may change).

What do I need to bring

  • 118 Steps at Drogarati cave to walk down, then obviously up, so comfortable walking shoes.
  • Swimwear, towels, hat, sunscreen and money.
  • Change money before tour, as no money exchange en route. 

Important information

  • Please note: This tour includes hotel pick up and drop off service. Simply select the pick up place of your preference from the list under the availability section and our driver will be on his way! Pick up times are listed below.
  • Meeting at Port: You can choose to make your own way to the port in the morning to meet the boat before the start of the excursion.
  • Pick up times:
  • AGRILIA SUPERMARKET 07.05
  • ALEX SUPERMARKET 07.25
  • ALYKES GARDEN VILLAGE 06.45
  • ANAGENISIS MAIN ROAD 07.25
  • APOLLON RESTAURANT 06.45
  • ARKADINOS SUPERMARKET 06.50
  • ASTORIA HTL 06.45
  • ATLANTICA GATE WATERSLIDES 07.10
  • AZURE HOTEL MAIN ROAD 07.20
  • BEACHTURN LAGANA 07.00
  • BIG BOYS RESTAURANT 07.00
  • BREEZE BAR 07.20
  • CALLINICA KIOSK 07.15
  • CASA DEL MARE 07.00
  • CRONULLA BAR 07.20
  • DOLLAS HTL MAINROAD 07.25
  • ELPIDA SUPERMARKET 06.50
  • ESCAPE CLUB 07.05
  • EUROHIRE 07.20
  • FILOXENIA HTL 07.30
  • GREEN FROG BAR 07.35
  • HELENA APPARTMENTS 06.45
  • ILARIA HOTEL MAIN ROAD 07.15
  • IN TIME SNACKBAR 07.20
  • IONIAN CORNER 07.10
  • KARRAS GRANDE TSILIVI 07.15
  • KARRAS HTL 07.10
  • KERI VILLAGE 06.30
  • KOOKIS VILLAS MAIN ROAD 06.30
  • KOUKOUNARIA HTL MAIN ROAD 06.45
  • KYPRIANOS MAIN ROAD 06.30
  • LA CURVA SUPERMARKET 06.45
  • LETSOS SUPERMARKET 06.50
  • MARELEN TOP RD 07.20
  • MEDITERRANEAN BEACH RESORT 07.10
  • MICHAELOS RESTAURANT 07.25
  • OSCAR HOTEL M/RD 07.05
  • PANORAMA STD 06.45
  • PARADISE BAR 07.30
  • PARK HTL 07.30
  • PLAGOS MAIN GATE 07.10
  • POPEYES RESTAURANT 07.20
  • PORT TOWN 07.45
  • PORTO ILIESSA HOTEL 07.35
  • PYTHARI TAVERNA 07.05
  • RELAX BAR 06.45
  • TAJ MAHAL RESTAURANT 07.10
  • TIMOTHEOS STDS MAIN ROAD 06.30
  • TSAMIS HTL MAINGATE 07.00
  • TSILIVI STD MAIN ROAD 07.25
  • VARDIOLA TAVERNA 06.45
  • VEZAL SUPERMARKET 06.55
  • WINDMILL BAY PARKING 07.35
  • ZAKANTHA BCH HTL 07.35
  • ZANTE BCH TOP RD 07.15

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure

Categories

  • EDUCATIONAL TOUR
  • SUN AND BEACH
  • SAILING OR BOAT TOUR
  • BUS OR MINIVAN TOUR
  • HOP ON HOP OFF TOUR
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • SIGHTSEEING ATTRACTION
  • MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITIONS
  • DAY TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
  • HOLIDAY AND SEASONAL TOURS
  • NATURE
  • CULTURAL AND THEME TOURS
  • CITY TOURS
  • PILGRIMAGE OR RELIGION

Guided Language

  • English

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