NEW - Cultural Tour of Zakynthos Island
Cultural Tour of Zakynthos Island.
We begin our day at 08.30 after all the guests have been picked up from their resorts and we return around 15.30 hours. (Depending on resort).
Zakynthos is a fantastic island steeped in history and culture. It is very proud of its many local products and crafts from olives, olive oil, sweets, honey, wines to lace, rugs and pottery.
Our first stop is the traditional church of Panagoula (Little Madonna) in Vanato. Vanato is one of the most beautiful villages of the Zakynthian plains, widely known for its old Renaissance – Zakynthian style church at the entrance to the village.
Our next stop is the traditional village of Macherado. Here you will see the museum church of Agia Mavra (The Black Madonna), one of the most famous churches on the island dating back to the 17th century.
After Macherado, we will continue our tour by visiting Grampsas winery in Lagopodo village. There you will be able to taste some of the best traditional wines of Zakynthos, like Avgoustiatis (red dry wine), and learn about the Zakynthian tradition in wine making.
Following this, on the way to the mountains, we will visit an olive factory. Here we can see how the famous Zakynthian olive oil is produced in the winter.
We continue northwest passing the mountain village of Exo Hora. Here we see the beautiful and traditional little church of Saint Nicholas dating back to 1701, as written on its gilded altars. Following on then to Maries, where it is said Mary Magdalene stopped on her way to Rome to protest the crucifixion of Christ and started preaching Christianity. Maries is one of the most traditional villages in Zakynthos with a magnificent view of the Ionian Sea. Its church dates back to 1780, wherein is preserved the footprint of Maria Magdalene.
The next stop will be at Anafonitria. Here we will visit the famous monastery of St Dennis- the patron Saint of the Island. Here St Dennis served as an Abbott for the majority of his life until his death on the 17th December 1622. St Dennis was well known for his healing powers and compassion. In 1703 he was declared a Saint. It is worth knowing that the monastery has recently been renovated uncovering 15th Century frescoes.
A lunch stop will be made at one of the traditional mountain villages.
We will also have a shopping stop to sample and purchase various local produce.
The bus will now cross over to the North East and head to the stunning photo stop in Katastari overlooking Alykes and beyond. Our next stop will be at the unique Therianos Farm in the village of Kalithea. This is a traditional family run organic farm, where you will have a guided tour from a member of the family, enabling you to see, learn about and taste the many products.
Things to remember:
o Sensible footwear, sensible clothing for church & monastery stops.
o Camera, sunscreen, mineral water.
o Euros €.
o Not Included:
o Lunch and refreshments.
o Lunch will be held at various locations.
NEW - Cultural Tour of Zakynthos city
Saint Dennis church and Monastery.
Our first stop is at the small, traditional church of Saint Xaralambos, which is located by the river just next to the city’s port. Built in 1728, it is one of the most traditional and well known monuments of the island’s capital.
The next stop, which is only a few metres away, is the Church and Monastery of Saint Dennis. Saint Dennis is the Patron Saint of Zakynthos. He was well known for his healing powers and compassion. The church and monastery which are dedicated to him are just opposite the island’s main port.
There, we will visit the spectacular church where the mummified relics of the Saint are kept. You will be very impressed by the gilded altars and icons but also with the paintings of the Saint’s life and miracles.
Then, we will enter the Monastery-Museum of the Metropolis of Zakynthos and Strofades beside the church. The museum contains ancient and historical artifacts of the religious and cultural history of Zakynthos.
Our next stop is only a short distance away and is one of the most famous and beautiful churches of Zakynthos, Panagia Phaneromene (The Revealed Virgin). The recently renovated Panagia Phaneromene is the most representative example of Zakynthian-Venetian architecture and art. It dates back to the 16th century.
Finally, we will visit the famous Bochali Hill, just above the city with its amazing view over the city and the southern part of the island. First, we will enter the Church of the Virgin of the Golden Fountain, another traditional Zakynthian church. Then there will be coffee break and an opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view.
Shipwreck Beach - Navagio
You will be picked up and transferred to the main harbour of Zante town, where you will join the cruise boat for an unforgettable experience cruising to the North of the Island and back.
There will be a guide/escort on board. The crews are friendly and professional, offering a good standard of service.
The boat will cruise past the residential area of Krioneri, the resort areas of Tsilivi, Alykanas and Alikes, up to Skinari, the most northern part of the island, where you can see the lighthouse. Also, just off the port of Agios Nicholas at Skinari there is a small island in the shape of a turtle, officially belonging to the Vatican as it was not ceded to Greece along with the rest of the Ionian Islands in the 18th Century. From this point our closest neighbor, Kefalonia, can be seen.
Continuing, the boat sails fairly close to the famous Blue Caves discovered in 1897. The name comes from the colour of the water, a mixture of aquamarine and turquoise. This area is also the deepest part of the Mediterranean called the Well of Ionysos, which is about 4,500 meters deep.
Heading onto Smugglers Cove, where the wreck of the ship “Panayiotis” can be seen, and a stop for a wonderful swim in the lovely blue waters. Those strong swimmers wanting to swim ashore can do so with the captain’s permission, as there is no dock. The beach is not sandy, it has small white pebbles. Smugglers cove is only accessible by the sea. (Docking and swimming is weather permitting)
The boat will now turn around and will cruise around the north coast and the captain will make other swim stop(s) during the afternoon before arriving back at the port in the town at about 16.00.
Here you will be met and transferred back to your resort.
Things to remember:
- Snack bar on board for refreshment
- Swimwear, towels, sunscreen, hats, cameras
- Sensible footwear as pebbles on beach can be a bit uncomfortable underfoot
- Food and Drinks not included
- Take money
Embark on a beautiful sailing boat at Zakynthos harbour or at the nearest beach to your residence (resort Vasilikos).
Sail eastward along the wonderful green area of Vasilikos and along Cape Gerakas towards Keri (the far end of Lagana bay). At Keri we visit the Blue Caves. Enjoy swimming or explore the caves using a dinghy. Next sail along the cliffs of Keri and return to the small harbour at Lake Keri for lunch in a Greek tavern (not included).
Having the right spirit and hoping for favourable winds we cross the bay of Lagana and stop at one of the two uninhabited islands Marathonissi for a quick dip & Pelouzo before setting course towards Zakynthos Harbour.
In windy conditions we suggest you are equipped with the necessary windproof garments.
Things to remember:
- Camera, swim wear, towels, sunscreen
- Lunch not included
- Turtles not guaranteed!!!!!!
Sun-Fizz 40 Classic
Restored in 2008
Teak in Cockpit
Standard keel draught
Tender + Outboard 6HP
Generator 4 KW
Max of Persons 10 + 1 Crew
WIND INDICATOR(TYPE): BMG
WINDLASS: LOFRANS 1000 W
Maximum no of persons : Daily 20 , over Night 8
COUNTRY BUILT: Greece
Having being picked up from your resorts, your day will begin at the port of Agios Sostis, where your kaiki boat will await you. Here you will embark on your 3 hour trip taking in the beautiful scenery. Sailing south to the stunning Keri Caves for your first stop where you will have some fantastic photo opportunities (Approximately 20 minutes).
From here you will cruise to the small island of Marathonissi. The island is situated in Laganas Bay. There are seven discrete nesting beaches for the Loggerhead Turtle, one of them being Marathonissi. This tiny island is completely natural and unspoiled as there are no inhabitants. Here you will have approximately 30 minutes swimming stop, in the clear blue waters.
Back on to the Kaiki now, where you will gently cruise around Marathonissi and Laganas Bay for turtle spotting. The Caretta-Caretta is a protected species and is one of Zakynthos' most famous inhabitants.
Returning to Agios Sostis port, where your coaches will be waiting to return you to your resorts.
Things to remember:
- Camera, sunscreen, hat, swimwear & towels, mineral water.
- Euros €.
-> Lunch (although light refreshments are available on board).
- Turtles not guaranteed as they are wild animals.
Guests will be picked up from their resorts to connect with the ferryboat from the port.
St George's castle was 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 53 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 scared 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 Drogorati 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. (30min 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 centres of trade, 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 Pessada.
The boat departs at 17.30 and arrives back in Zakynthos at approx 19.00. You will then be transferred back to your resort.
Things to remember:
- 118 Steps at Drogorati 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. Credit cards are not accepted at the restaurant.
- Round trip boat tickets.
- Transfers to/from resorts.
Entrance fees Drogarati Cave & Melissani Lake
Drogorati Cave entrance fee 4€ Euro and Melissani Lake entrance fee 6€ (prices may change)
You will be picked up early morning and taken by coach to Zante Town. Then you will travel over to the mainland of Greece by boat at approximately 08:00 am, taking about one and quarter hours. On the boat there is a snack bar. You will also find toilet facilities on board.On arrival in Kyllini port you will rejoin your coach and guide and after a 50 minute drive south we will reach the wonderful site of Olympia.
We arrive in Olympia for the highlight of the trip- the Archeological site. There will be an official guide from the site to take you on a fully guided tour of some of Greece’s treasures. You will see where the Temple of Zeus stood one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple of Hera, where the statue of Hermes was found and the original position of the Olympic flame and the original Olympic stadium, to name but a few historic points.
We return into the village of Olympia for lunch and free shopping time. Olympia is wonderful for cut price gold, leather goods, books, and souvenirs. There is enough time for you to visit the modern Olympics museum which is in the town.Leaving Olympia we take the journey back to Kyllini port and the boat should arrive back into Zakynthos port at around 18:30 pm, and you will rejoin your coach back to resort.
Things to remember:
- Camera, hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes.
- Take mineral water.
- Take Euros. There is a cash machine in the Village but sometimes does not work!
- Tour escort and English speaking official guide for the site
- Transfers from/to resorts
- Boat tickets
- Entrance fees for museum and archeological site
- Site entrance 6€. Museum entrance 6 €. Or combine both for 9€.
- Children under the age of 18 years free entry and OAPS over 65-discounted price, ID must be provided.
- Price for OAPS is 3€ for site entrance and museum entrance 3€ or 5€ for both.
SCUBA DIVING-ST. NICOHOLAS BEACH
Discover the secrets of the Deep !
After you have been picked up from your resorts you will be driven to St. Nicholas for your scuba diving session with our professional diving school. It is a 30 min drive from Zakynthos Town through Argassi and Vassilikos.
The first order of the day will be filling out a medical form given to you by one of the instructors on the coach, who will join the group in Argassi. On arrival at St. Nicholas Beach you will be given instructions on diving procedures. After that, you are given a tutorial period of 15 mins before being split into groups and taken into the water for your first dive. Actual diving time is 15-20 minutes.
Underwater photos will be taken for this momentous occasion.(extra cost)
For those of you accompanying divers and not wishing to scuba dive you be able to relax on the lovely sandy beach. Refreshments and snacks are available at the scuba diving club. There are also watersports available on the beach but are not linked to the excursion package.
For safety reasons you are to be advised not to dive 24 hours before your flight home, due to the differences in altitude and air pressure.
You will be picked-up at around 5,00 pm and transferred back to your resort.
Things to remember:
- Take swimwear, sunscreen, hat, towels
- Some water sports need licenses and guests are not always covered by their insurance policies for this kind of sport
- Children under 12 are not allowed to dive, no exceptions
- Transfer to/from resorts
- Diving equipment
- Diving tuition from qualified international instructors
- Water sports
- Umbrellas or sun beds
Ζakynthian Evening - An evening to remember
A firm favorite for many people returning to holiday in Greece and all newcomers, are the ever famous Greek evenings. Food, wine, dancing, family, new friends, people of all ages relaxing and having fun with a great atmosphere.
We will arrive at around 20.00 at Aresti Villas which is close to the small hamlet of Agios Dimitris. The setting is in unspoilt countryside and the buildings are built in the traditional style.
Once you have been seated, traditional dishes will be served, adults can wash it down with lashings of the local wine (watch out as typically local wines are a bit more potent), children can chill out with their juice, and of course the next day enjoy telling everyone what the adults got up to.
You will be entertained by Greek musicians and Greek dancers performing local songs and dances and possibly you 'll be asked to join in and try a bit of Greek dancing yourself.
At the end of evening around 23.15 you will rejoin your coach and be taken back to your resorts.
Starter: Tsatsiki (Garlic, cucumber and yoghurt dip), spinach pies, cheese pies, stuffed vine-leaves, sausage pies, and Greek salad.
- Souvlaki with oven potatoes
- Vegetarian options – Stuffed tomatoes or spaghetti Neapolitan
Dessert: Fruits of the season or a traditional Zakynthian sweet
The meal orders will be taken on the evening on board the coach.
- Free flowing village wine for adults
- Unlimited juice for children
(All other drinks: beer, water and soft drinks must be paid for by the guests)
This Excursion is sold to all Nationalities. Although there will be English guiding there could well be other languages too.
Zakynthos Water Village
You are picked up from resorts and taken to the first Waterpark on the island in Sarakinado. Here you can have a fun filled day out enjoying all the parks, rides, slides and facilities.
The Water Village is Zante's largest water park occupying 30.000 square meters of land.
If you are looking for an action packed day out for all the family don’t miss the opportunity for a visit.
The water park has three octopus slides, Aqua spray games, Kiddies slides, Slippery rabbit, The Boomer Bowl, 300 Meter long Lazy river and the Black Hole to name but a few, including a 800 meter squared reception pool. Newest attractions include the 25 metre high Mat Racer and the Freefall Plus.
You will be picked up around 16.30 in the afternoon and transferred back to your resorts.
- Snack bars
- Safety Lockers
- Photo Shop
- Free sun beds and umbrellas
Things to remember:
- Camera, swimwear, towel, sunscreen.
- Money €
- Entrance Fee.
- Transfers to/from park