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From Kefalonia: Ithaca Island Full Day Bus Tour

1. From Kefalonia: Ithaca Island Full Day Bus Tour

Together we will visit the capital of the island Vathy, where you can join the locals to take coffee at the main square, explore the quaint narrow streets or visit the local museum. As the home of the Greek King, Odysseus, Ithaca is stepped in Greek mythology ready for you to discover! At the highest point of the island sits Kathara Monastery, which provides the perfect setting for you to take incredible photographs of the whole island before we head down to the idyllic town of Stavros; a typical village where you can truly appreciate the local charm of this amazing island, where it appears that time stood still. Some of the sights in Stavros are the beautiful church of Sotiras which stands in the central square of the village and the archaeological museum. Lunch will be enjoyed in the harbour side town Κioni. Here you will be met with a wonderful choice of traditional taverns where you can have lunch next to the sea. Seeing the place gives you a better understanding of what you have read about it, it is clear why Ithaca, a rough and rugged land surrounded by magic and colourful coves, gave birth to the brilliant, resourceful, ingenious Odysseus.

Explore Ithaca Full Day Private Tour

2. Explore Ithaca Full Day Private Tour

Starting from Kefalonia this private tour is about visiting to our sister island of Ithaca, home of the mythological hero Odysseus, one of the greatest heroes of the Trojan War. Departing from Sami it’s just a 30 minute ferry ride to Ithaca arriving in the port of Pisso Aetos. We first of all make our way to the Monastery of Panagia Katharon (distance 10 km.), located on the Mt. Neritos at a height of 600 meters (1,967 feet), with its spectacular views to the whole of the Southern part of Ithaca. From there, you continue to the nearby (distance 2 km.) village of Anoghi with its renowned church of Panagia, known to have renovated to its current form at the end of the 17th century but believed to be dating back to the 12th century. The church is dedicated to Panagia and its interior features notable and impressively preserved Byzantine frescos. From there, you continue to the village of Stavros (distance 5 km.). This is the biggest town in the northern part of the island, having Ulysses’ effigy in the main square, and an interesting archaeological museum. The findings of the excavations that took place in the area are exhibited here and you will have the chance to have a short liik at this small yet most interesting collection dating from the Mycenean and Corinthian Periods. You will then continue further to the north, to the piscturesque village of Kioni (distance 5 km.). This traditional settlement is one of the loveliest in Ithaca with typical houses built amphitheatrically round a small wind protected cove. Here, you will have some free time to explore the souvenir shops or quaint cafes, before boarding your vehicle for the return trip back to the port of Piso Aetos, [with a photo stop at the narrowest part of Ithaca (650 m.) Chani with simultaneous views to Kefalonia and mainland Greece], there should you want you can explore this beautiful traditional town with the fine architecture, small narrow roads, beautiful shops and a very interesting and organized naval/cultural museum. Next , time to swim to Filiatro Beach .Filiatro is the most cosmopolitan beach of Ithaca.The beach is pebbled and the water is amazing: transparent, turquoise and clear all year round, even when the beach is crowded ! Last you will explore the capital town of Vathy where you have time for shopping, an ideal opportunity to purchase some of the hand made lace produced by the local ladies or to pay a visit to the towns archaeological or folklore museums. Ferry boat departs from Sami at 08:15 and returns back to Sami at 17:30

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