Southern Kefalonia Tour
The tour starts from the Fanari coastal road and continues to the most famous attractions in this road, the Katavothres water wheel and the Lighthouse. Step back in time at the Byzantine monastery of St Andreas where your guide will share tales from Kefalonia’s rich history. Some of the best views of the island and the neighboring island of Zante can be experienced from St George’s castle, a Venetian fortress dating back to the 16th century. Leaving the castle, we pass by St. Gerasimos monastery and the tour continues to a local winery, which is open for you with a guided tour and wine-tasting. Then we make a lunch stop at the place where Hollywood filmed Captain Coreli’s Mandolin, Sami town. Then we will continue at the South part of Kefalonia, visiting Skala and Katelios Village. Skala is one of the most frequently visited resorts with beautiful hotels, taverns, shops and an endless beach. Finally, we stop for coffee at the beautiful port of Poros.
Date Available: Wednesday
Price: Adult 35€ |Child 20€
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeChildren, Culture, Discovery, Family, Guided Tours, History, Island Tour
Activity Level Moderate
A great opportunity to explore the southern part of Kefalonia in one day!!
The tour starts from the Fanari coastal road, which is billed as the scenic drive between Lassi and Argostoli and continues to the most famous attractions in this road, the Katavothres water wheels and the Lighthouse. Step back in time at the Byzantine monastery of St Andreas where your guide will share tales from Kefalonia’s rich history. The church is believed to date back to the 13th-century. Inside, everywhere you turn is painted with colorful biblical scenes and there’s a huge chandelier hanging from the ceiling. Some of the best views of the island and the neighboring island of Zante can be experienced from St George’s castle, a Venetian fortress dating back to the 16th century. Leaving the castle, the tour continues to a local winery, which is open for you with a guided tour and wine-tasting, after passing by St. Gerasimos monastery. Afterward we make a lunch stop at the place where Hollywood filmed Captain Coreli’s Mandolin, Sami town. Then we will continue at the South part of Kefalonia, Skala and Katelios Village. Skala is one of the most frequently visited resorts with beautiful hotels, taverns, and shops. The cherry on the cake, however, is the beach. Huge in size, it’s drenched in soft white sands that stretch as far as the eye can see. Just as impressive are the brilliant turquoise seas. Time for a coffee at the beautiful port of Poros.
Drive through the Fanari road
St. Andreas Monastery – Visit inside
Winery – Visit and wine tasting
St. George Castle – visit inside
St. Gerasimos monastery- visit inside
Sami – lunch stop ( optional )
Skala Village – Free time for coffee, shopping or swimming
Poros port- coffee stop
• Pick up from the hotel
• Bus transfer by experienced driver in an air-conditioned coach
• Tour guide
• Wine tasting
• Drop off at the hotel
• Personal Expenses
• Refreshments & Snacks
Pick up from around Argostoli
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This is a place with one of the most miraculous geological phenomenal. Sea water disappear into swallow holes. During the British rule corn mills were built there. In 1963 Austrian geologists added purple dye into the water and after 15 days it reached the Melissani cave and was mixed with rainwater.
Fanari Lighthouse (Agioi Theodoroi)
The lighthouse of Saint Theodoroi lies on a man-made peninsula close to Argostoli village, the capital of the island. It is a circular structure with 20 columns and its tower is 8 m tall. The building has a rather simple and Doric architectural style, while its focal plane is 11 m. It was originally built in 1828 by the British administrator Charles Napier, who ruled the island that time. Altough the British military rule was quite severe, they built important works that contributed in the prosperity of Kefalonia. In 1863, after the integration of the island to the Greek State, this lighthouse was included in the lighthouse network of Greece.
St Andreas Monastery
The monastery was founded in the Byzantine era and restablished in the 16th century as a convent. The Greek Romanian princess Roxanne donated a large amount in 1630 and lived as a nun here. In the early 19th century the British converted the nunnery into a school and covered the beautiful frescoes with asbest. At the erathquake of 1953 the white wash fell of the walls and the frescoes were redescovered and renovated. It runs as a convent again and the old church and the neighbour building are used as a museum with treasures from the 13th to the 19th AD and includes also belongings of other Kefalonian churches. The right sole of Apostle Andreas is kept inside the new church.
St George's Castle
Sitting on a 320m high hill the old Capital of the Island Agios Georgios (St George). The center of the fortress was built in Byzantine times and expanded in Venetion time. Battles between the Ottomans and Venetians took place here. The walls are 600m long and it has a surface of 1600sqm. In front of the frotress the village of Agios Georgios with stunning views around
St. Gerasimos monastery
The convent of St Gerassimos is the largest and also most famous of Kefalonia. It is situated in the valley of Omala about 400m above sea level. The body of St Gerasimos, the island’s patron Saint, is kept in a silver casket in the church. A big festival is held at the convent twice a year to the Saints’ name day. The day he died – 16th August and the date of the transfer of his remains – 20th October. Thousands of believers come to these festivals to worship the Saint. A impressive new church finished some years ago next to the older and much smaller one is used only twice a year for the festivals.
Free time- lunch (optional)
Free time in Village of Sami – made famous in the movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
The village is set in a wide bay with a long tree-lined waterfront and wonderful views across to the island of Ithaca. The delightful waterfront, the wide paved streets and the Venetian buildings offer the village a unique charm and reflect the rich heritage of the island.
Sami is one of the jewels of Kefalonia’s eastern coast, situated in a sumptuous setting of rolling, pine-filled scenery and a crystal clear coastline. The village is home to a famously beautiful beach and sites like the ancient fortified acropolis, making Sami ideal for a mix of blissful tranquillity and exploring the island’s most interesting sights.
Free time for shopping, coffee or swimming
The beautiful resort of Skala was built after the major earthquake of 1953 that destroyed the ancient village of Skala. The ruins of Old Skala still survive today. Being the largest resort of the southern part of Kefalonia, Skala welcomes hordes of tourists and Greek travelers every summer who wish to spend pleasant and relaxing holidays. Skala stands out for its natural beauty and unspoiled green landscape as well as crystalline waters and stunning coves. The long beach is located right above the settlement surrounded by lovely pine tree forests and rock formations. It is quite developed with tourist facilities and a water sports center. It is a famous destination for the summer offering plenty of modern amenities mostly gathered on the main street of the village. The village reveals interesting ruins of a Roman Villa dating back from the 2nd century BC with magnificent mosaic floors.
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