Highlights of Kefalonia
Bring your camera for amazing photos of these and many other Kefalonia landmarks including Melissani Lake and Myrtos Beach. Along the way you will stop at Divino Winery and Agia Efimia Village.
On this 5-hour sightseeing tour you will take a scenic ride past olive groves and vineyards as you head toward Mount Ainos, the tallest mountain on the island. Arrive at St. Gerasimos Monastery, founded in 1555 AD by Gerasimos Notaras. Gerassimos was ordained a Monk at Mt Athos, went to Jerusalem for 12 years and in 1555 arrived on Kefalonia. He was declared a saint in 1622. Beneath the monastery there is a cave with two rooms which used to be the home of the Saint. The only way to access this cave is by a large hole. Today the monastery has been reconstructed. It is an imposing building with a newly built church. While in the area visit nearby Divino Winery where you will watch their production methods.
From there you will head to Drogarati Cave with its massive stalactites and stalagmites. Discovered nearly 300 years ago, this beautiful cave is famous for its acoustics and has been the site of several opera and orchestra performances. Pass through Sami to arrive at Melisani Lake, an underground lake fed by subterranean waters. Master oarsmen will take you on a tour of the lake via a small boat. Gaze up at the partially covered cave ceiling and peer through the beautiful crystal clear water all the way to the lake bottom.
Your tour continues on to the quaint fishing village of Agia Efimia, situated on a small harbor against a backdrop of mountains. Stop by Myrtos Beach for breathtaking photos on your ride back to your cruise ship.
Reserve your spot now for a once-in-a-lifetime look at the magnificent island of Kefalonia.
Please Note: Guests must be able to step in and out of a boat and walk unassisted in the caves. No wheelchair access available. Those wishing to enter the monastery must dress conservatively; shorts are not permitted. Flash photography prohibited. Your tour includes transportation and a professional guide.
Reviewer: John Chandler
We had a lot of transit getting to the Highlights. Guide didn't give us good orientation as others. Visit to winery was good. The boat ride on the underground lake was very cool. The caverns were just okay - small. If you haven't been to this port, this is a good tour.
Reviewer: Sonia Dale
This tour seemed a little disorganized. Some of us were picked up at the pier and then we drove about 5 minutes to the office and had to wait quite some time for other people to get on the bus. We were not given information as to what the day entailed such where we were going, when we would stop and be able to get out. Had no idea about lunch and water was not provided. Tour guide did a very good job of explaining the history and mythology of the area.
Reviewer: Philip Shaw
The best destinations on the Island with a great tour guide. Enjoyed the commentary. My only complaint is that the tour ran late unnecessarily and gave me some anxiety about getting back to the ship on time. Arriving 20 minutes before ship sailing deadline is cutting it too close for my comfort.
Reviewer: James Eldridge
The guide was great, very interesting, informative and fun. All of the stops were interesting and varied. From wine tasting to the beach and on to an under ground cavern, and a short boat ride on a miniature lake. A good time was had by all.
Worth the money spent. Blue skies and azure waters. It occurred to us it would be great to live in the island!