Full Day Shipwreck Cruise

Description:

You will be picked up and transferred to the main harbor of Zante town, where you will join the cruise boat for an unforgettable experience cruising around the Island.

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 Alykes, 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.

Continuing, the boat sails fairly close to the famous Blue Caves discovered in 1897. The name comes from the color 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 in to 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 are weather permitting).

The boat will now turn around and will cruise around the north coast and the captain will make other swim stops during the afternoon before sailing back to the port in Zakynthos town.

Here you will be met and transferred back to your resort.

Rate: 36 € per person

18 € per person (child 3-14 yrs old)

Included:

Transfers from/to the hotel

Cruise boat

English speaking guide 

Not Included:

Food and refreshments

Notice: It should be noted that stopping at the Shipwreck is weather permitting and that the captain has the safety of the guests as his uppermost priority. Rotation could be changed at the discretion of the Captain. Due to Port Police regulations it is not possible to transfer non- swimmers to the shore by small boats at any swim stops.

               

Zakynthos highlights

Description:

We begin our day at 09.30 after all the guests have been picked up from their resorts and we return around 17.00 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.

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.

Continuing northwest passing the mountain village of Kiliomeno and onwards, through Agios Leon to the village of Kampi.

Here we see the spectacular views over the cliffs  and the magnificent view of the out-stretched Ionian Sea. There will also be an opportunity to have refreshments here. 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.

Our next stop will be the visit to the caves in the North of the island. Here guests  can take an optional trip to the Caves.             

Small boats will take the guests to the caves which are riddled with hollows eroded by the sea. Blue light is reflected on the walls making the experience truly magical and definitely worth seeing. Also, the sea bottom is coloured as if scattered with precious gems. Anyone not wishing to go out on the boats can relax on shore or take a quick dip. (There will be an extra charge per person for the boat trip). The next stop will be 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.Lunch stop will be in one of the traditional mountain villages. We will 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.

Finally you will be able to take in great views overlooking Zakynthos town from Bochali where the remains of the old Venetian castle lie. Bochali is a popular spot for the locals especially on an evening where they can relax and meet up with friends.

Discover thebeautiful island of Zakynthos, which is steeped in history and culture. Get a glimpse of the life here on the island away from the tourist resorts whilst enjoying the breathtaking scenery.

Rate: 32 € per person

16 € per person (child 3-14 yrs old)

Included:

Transfers to/ from the hotel

English speaking guide 

Not Included:

Food and refreshments

Boat tickets (caves – 6 euros per adult and 3 euros per child)

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Half day shipwreck Cruise

Description:

You will be picked up and transferred to the main harbour of Zante town, where you will join the Stavroula speed 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 pass the residential area of Krioneri, the resort areas of Tsilivi, Alykanas and Alykes, 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.

Heading in to 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 are weather permitting)

Continuing, the boat will sail 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. There will be a swim stop here for about 30 minutes.

The boat will now turn around and will cruise back to the port in town, arriving at about 13:30. Here you will be met and transferred back to your resort.                                          

Rate: 45 € per person

24 € per person (child 3-14 yrs old)

Included:

Transfers from/to the hotel

 Cruise boat

Not Included:

Food and refreshments

Notice: It should be noted that stopping at the Shipwreck is weather permitting and that the captain has the safety of the guests as his uppermost priority. Rotation could be changed at the discretion of the Captain. Due to Port Police regulations, it is not possible to transfer non- swimmers to the shore by small boats at any swim stops.

      

 

           Turtle island cruise

Description:

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. The nature  on this tiny island is purely exotic 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.

Please note that Turtle sighting not guaranteed as they are wild animals.

Rate: 26 € per person

13 € per person (child 3-14 yrs old)

Included:

Transfers from/to the hotel

Boat ticket      

English speaking tour guide

Not Included:

Food and refreshments

 Note: Changes in the order of itinerary are at the Guide’s discretion.

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             Cephalonia highlights

Description:

Guests will be picked up from their resorts to connect with the boat from the port.

St George’s castle was the 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 1953 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 sacred pilgrimages in Kefalonia and is situated under the imposing Mount Ainos. Today the monasteryhas been reconstructed and it is an imposing building with a newly built church.

Next you head to the impressive Drogarati 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. (30 min 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 trade centres, 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 the port.

The boat departs at 17.30 and arrives back in Zakynthos at approx 19.00. You will then be transferred back to your resort.

Rate: 54 € per person

38 € per person (child  3-14 yrs old)

Included:

Transfers from/to the hotel  

Round trip boat tickets

English speaking tour escort

Not included:

Lunch

Entrance fees to Drogarati Cave & Melissani lake (Drogarati Cave 4 euro per person – Melissani lake 6 euro per person).

  • Notice:
  • The order of the itinerary may be subject to change at the guides discretion.
  • 118 steps at Drogarati cave to walk down so comfortable walking shoes are needed.

                           

             Taste of Zakynthos

Description:

We set off from resorts and first visit 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. You will also be able to visit the shop here selling local products and hand-made crafts.

Leaving the farm, we drive to Zakynthos Town, which is the capital city of the island. This is where the church of St Dennis is situated, which houses the remains of the Island’s Patron, Saint Dennis and is our next stop.

We will then make our way to Solomos Square in the town and here, you will be dropped off and the rest of the evening will be yours.You will be able to shop at your own leisure, maybe have a meal or a drink at one of the numerous tavernas and bars or stroll along the harbour front and relax. In high season there are horse and carriage rides up and down the town.

You will be picked up at around 22.00 at the point designated by your guide and transferred back to resorts.

Rate: 18 € per person

9 € per person (child 3-14 yrs old)

Included:

Transfers from/to the hotel

English speaking guide

Not Included:

Food and refreshme

Notice: Please note that rotation could be changed at the discretion of the guide or escort of the excursion.

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             Zakynthian Evening

Description:

A favourite activity 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 unspoilt, rural and the buildings are 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 dancers during the evening and possibly 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.

Rate: 39 € per person

19 € per person (child 3-14 yrs old)

Included:

Transfers from/to the hotel  

Dinner with free local wine for adults (juice for children).

English speaking tour escort

Not Included:

Mineral Water, Beer or soft drinks  

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Off Road Zakynthos

Description:

There is no better way to see hidden parts of Zakynthos than by joining our Jeep Safari.

Your jeep guide/driver will pick you up from your resort and take you on a journey of discovery.

There will be many sights and scenic stops en route and you will learn many great facts about the island.

The route will take you around mountain villages plus a journey by road around the Vrachionas mountain range.

Be sure to have your cameras ready when you stop at the highest point on the island where you can take in breathtaking views of the whole of Zakynthos. During the day the jeep will stop in one of mountain villages for lunch at a local tavern (not included in the price)

After lunch you will continue northwards on through the mountain villages and will get the opportunity to purchase some local products and maybe sample some of the locally produced wine.

Making your way from the north of the island through Volimes and ending the day at Makris Gialos where you will be able to stop off for swimming so don’t forget your swim wear. The jeep safari is a great fun day out not to miss out on. Return to resort approximately 16.00 – 16.30.

Things to remember: Places are limited, wear sensible footwear, suitable clothing for possible church & monastery stops

Rate: 44 € per person

32 € per person (child 3-14 yrs old)

Included:

Transfers from/to the hotel  

English speaking jeep’s driver/escort

Not Included:

Lunch and refreshments

Notice:

Tour is not recommended for very young children, pregnant women, elderly & infirm or disabled clients.Changes in the itinerary are at the driver’s discretion.

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          Zante Water Village

Description:

You are picked up from resorts and taken to the Waterpark in Sarakinado. Here you can have a fun filled day out enjoying all the rides, slides and facilities. If you are looking for an action packed day out for all the family don’t miss the opportunity for a visit. The Water Village is Zante’s biggest water park occupying 30000 square meters of land.

The water park has three octopus slides, Aqua spray games, Kiddies slides, Slippery rabbit, The Boomer Bowl, 300m long Lazy river and the Black Hole to name but a few, including a 800 meter squared reception pool. Newest attractions include the 25m high Mat Racer and the Freefall Plus.

You will be picked up around 16.30 in the afternoon and transferred back to your resorts.

Rate: 26 € per person

13 € per person (child 3-14 yrs old)

Included:

Transfers from/to the hotel

Entrance fee to the Water Park

Not Included:

Food and drinks

Photos (payable extra)

Notice: All rides and activities are undertaken at the guests own risk.  

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Infants from 0-2 yrs old are free of charge. There is no seat provided for them in buses but when going on boat trips, they are included in the capacity of the boat.  

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