Ground literally to ashes in World War II and wracked by a massive earthquake a decade later, the capital of Kefalonia once more shows pride in its native spirit and natural beauty. The vast harbor on Argostoli’s east side makes an especially attractive port for cruise ships full of visitors who never seem to tire of strolling the cobbled seaside promenade, sipping ouzos in cafés, and stocking up on the succulent Mediterranean fruits in the outdoor markets.
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Experience the amazing geological wonders of Cephalonia during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion to Melissani Lake, Sami and Drogarati Cave.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive through the verdant countryside, then pass by Mt. Ainos and through picturesque villages en route to Melissani Lake. Upon arrival, take a brief walk down a tunnel and to the shore of the underground lake. From here, board a small wooden boat for a ride along the deep turquoise waters of the lake and the surrounding caves. Amazing stalactites sprout from the walls, and natural light penetrates and reflects on the lake in a myriad of colour.
Next, re-board your coach and proceed for a visit to the town of Sami. The island's biggest port, Sami was made famous in recent years as the setting for the motion picture, Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Upon arrival, some free time is made available to explore the resort, purchase refreshments, and browse the shops and seafront.
During the return drive to Argostoli, a stop is made for a visit to one of the most awe-inspiring caves on the island. Lying approximately 197 feet (about 60 metres) below the surface, Drogarati Cave is more than two million years old. A spiral staircase leads to this remarkable natural phenomenon. The concealed lighting arouses the senses, and highlights the hidden depths of the cave. Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, with approximately 200 total stairs/steps to negotiate at the Drogarati Caves and Melissani Lake. This tour is not suitable for guests suffering from claustrophobia, guests with breathing difficulties, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. The cave is over 200 feet (about 61 feet) underground, and its interior temperature is 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius). The cave floor can be steep and slippery due to moisture. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a camera from the ship. The boats at the lake are small and are able to accommodate up to 12 guests each.
Embrace the exquisite beauty and flavours of Cephalonia during this half-day sightseeing excursion, and a winery tour and tasting.
Lighthouse and Kourkoumelata
Depart the pier for the brief drive to a unique small lighthouse. After a photo stop for splendid views of the town of Lixouri across the bay, your drive continues for approximately 25 minutes along the Lassi Coast to Kourkoumelata, a lovely village that was rebuilt in the Neo-Classical style following a 1953 earthquake. En route, take in superb views of the lush countryside, beautiful golden beaches and crystal-clear seas. Upon arrival, explore the village at your leisure and marvel at the panoramic views overlooking the sea below.
Monastery of St. Andrew
Next, visit the Monastery of St. Andrew. During the 1953 earthquake, the whitewash covering the inside of the church was loosened and revealed frescoes dating from the 13th and 17th centuries; they are now considered to be the island's greatest artistic treasures. High on a hill opposite the monastery is the Venetian fortress of St. George, which was built on the site of an ancient citadel and features commanding views of the surrounding plain.
Your tour concludes with a visit to the Robola Winery. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the winery and learn about the production methods of the famous and rare Robola wine, which is made from a local species of white grape that comes in red, white and sweet Muscat. Following your walking tour, you are invited to sample the wine before re-boarding your coach for the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with steps to negotiate at the monastery. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection. A strict dress code is observed at the monastery; shoulders and knees must be covered. Flash photography is not permitted inside the monastery. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages.
Explore the natural beauty and history of a little-known Ionian island in Western Greece during this picturesque excursion to Cephalonia.
Scenic Drive to Myrtos Beach
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive through the verdant countryside filled with vineyards, ever-present olive trees and thick cypress glades. En route, a photo stop is made at a cliff-side viewpoint for splendid views of Myrtos, the most stunning beach on the island. Your drive then continues for approximately 40-minutes along the mountain roads leading to Fiskardo.
Located in the northeast corner of the island, the delightful village of Fiskardo is the most typical Cephalonian village. Pastel-coloured houses surround the waterfront, which is lined with coffee shops, 'tavernas' and souvenir shops. The natural safe harbour is a centre for the jet set and their yachts; just opposite lies the mythical island of Ithaca. After some free time in Fiskardo at your leisure, re-board the coach and proceed to Melissani Lake.
Subterranean channels feed this underground lake with water running to the opposite side of the island. Partly exposed to the elements, the cave is accessible via a manmade tunnel leading to the shore of the open part of the lake. During your visit, take a boat-ride through a channel narrowed by an island, and highlighted by walls sprouting eccentric stalactites. The ceiling is more than 328 feet (100 meters) in height, and the light from the entrance produces a myriad of colour.
Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 40-minute drive back to the pier. En route, pass through a number of charming villages. Time permitting, you may opt to remain in town and return to the ship on your own.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of driving and moderate walking, with quite a few steps to negotiate. This tour is not suitable for guests suffering from claustrophobia, guests with breathing difficulties, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. The boats at the lake are small and are able to accommodate up to 12 guests each. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection.