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Excursions in 7 days

•Day 1
Morning: Get an early start and head to the Monastery of Aghios Gerasimos located in the Omala valley. After paying your respects to the Saint’s relics go to the Monastery’s church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) and head downstairs the small underground area where Aghios Gerasimos

lived a hermit’s life. Visit the Robola Wine Co-operative wine-factory next the Monastery of Aghios Gerasimos, taste the Robola the famous Cephalonian white wine, which is mainly produced in this region. Follow the main road to Sami and visit the Drogarati Cave with the rare, red stalactites and stalagmites, located at Haliotata. Continue towards Aghia Efimia and when you reach Karavomylos village, visit the majestic Melissanis cave. Return to Sami and head towards Antisamos, an elliptic,
pebbled beach surrounded by green mountain slopes, for a refreshing swim in the Ionian Sea.
Afternoon: Returning from Antisamo, before you reach Sami, turn left onto a small road to see the ancient
acropolis of Sami, the ruined monastery of Aghion Faneton as well as the Monastery of Panagia Agrilion. Go along the main road to the picturesque settlement of Aghia Efimia, there you will come across traditional tavernas, where you can try local dishes and fresh fish.

•Day 2
Morning: Go along the main road to tour northern Cephalonia. At the end of this route you will come across the cosmopolitan Fiscardo. Take a stroll through the traditional settlement and admire the preserved aristocratic homes and the exceptional scenery of this area. Prior to your departure, take a drive through the neighbouring quaint settlements. Continue your excursion with a visit to the Assos peninsula with the picturesque settlement and Venetian fortress.
Afternoon: Get back on the main road and go a little further on until you will come across a specially designed area where you can admire Myrtos, the island’s most beautiful beach, from up high. Do not
hesitate to go down to the beach for a quick swim in its turquoise waters. At Divarata, the village located above Myrto, you will find charming small tavernas where you can taste cooked meals and local meat from the area’s animal farms.

•Day 3
Morning: Your first stop is the Paliki peninsula. Go along the coastal road and enjoy the natural scenery. As soon as you arrive at Livadi, shortly before Lixouri, take a right turn and head towards the exquisite Petani beach.
At noon you can stop for fresh fish and other local delicacies at the local tavernas.
Afternoon: Head to Lixouri for an afternoon stroll along the paved, narrow roads with trading stores and coffee shops. Dedicate some of your time to visit them neoclassical building of the Iakovatio Library comprising of a rare collection of books, manuscripts as well as Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons. Before the sun sets make sure you are on the veranda at the Monastery Kypoureon so that you can enjoy the best sunset on the island.
Take a comfortable boat ride from Lixouri and disembark at Argostoli.

•Day 4
Morning: Start your excursion in the Southern Cephalonian region with a visit to the Mycenaean vaulted tomb, which is located just outside the village of Tzanata. Heading in the direction of Poros, take a detour to visit the island’s most ancient Monastery of Atrou. The view from the Monastery is truly spectacular. Get back on the main road, pass through the island’s most beautiful gorge and find yourself in Poros. You can stop here for a while before continuing onto the beach road to the tourist resort at Skala; an organised beach with beautiful waters.
When in the village of Skala, don’t miss out on visiting  the ruins of the Roman mansion and admire the mosaic flooring that has been preserved to this day.
Afternoon: For your afternoon meal you can choose to eat at one of the restaurants at Skala or head towards
the coastal village of Kato Katelio to taste fresh fish or scrumptious lobster with spaghetti. Wine lovers are able to visit a small wine-making factory within the Giannikosta Metaxa Estate, which is located close to the village of Mavrata.

•Day 5
Morning: Start off at the Central Square of Argostoli and walk down the road with the palm trees (Vas. Georgiou
Street) so that you can see the Kosmetatos Residence, one of the few manors that survived the earthquake. Continue your tour with a visit to the Argostoli Archaeological Museum, comprising of remarkable findings from Cephalonia as well as the Historic and Folklore Museum, where you will be introduced to the urban and farming life from Venetian Rule to 1953. When the temperature has risen, visit Makris Yialos, which is only a short drive away, to enjoy a refreshing dip into the crystal blue waters of the Ionian Sea.
Afternoon: In the area of Minies, very close to Makri Yalo, you will be able to visit a wine-making factory and taste the local wine. If you work up an appetite, because of the sea and the wine, you will find restaurants in the Lassi area and the coastal zone of Argostoli, which serve a variety of mezedes (snacks) and local dishes. Take an afternoon stroll to Lithostroto, where you will find many stores with traditional products and souvenirs. Walk to the Cabana Square to see the clock tower, a replica of the original one destroyed by the earthquakes. Continue your evening with a drink and entertainment at one of the Argostoli bar located at the central Square

•Day 6
Morning: Ensure that you are at Sami early in the morning to catch the boat for Ithaca. In approximately 40 minutes after reaching Piso Aeto, head for the Cave of the Nymphs. Continue your excursion of the island with a quick tour of Vathy, the island’s capital. Just outside of Vathy you will come across Filiatro, an organised beach where you can enjoy the crystal-clearblue waters of the Ionian Sea. Head north and take the ascending road to the Monastery Katharon. Complete your visit of the island by visiting the picturesque settlement of Kioni, where
you can try local delicacies at the village tavernas. You will need to be back at Piso Aeto at 16:30 to catch the last boat to Cephalonia. It reaches Sami at 16:45.

•Day 7
Morning: Get a relatively early start and head toward the Ainos National Park. Hike through the Fir-tree forest and climb to the top to admire the view. On your descent from the Big Mountain, follow the main road to the Venetian Fortress of Aghios Georgios located close to Travliata. After touring the interior of the Fortress, you can relax at Kastro village. Drive around the beautiful, picturesque villages of Livathous and choose one of the exquisite beaches for a swim.

Enjoy strolls and local delicacies in the traditional tavernas and restaurants in the area of Livathous.
 

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