Argostoli, Cephalonia, Greece
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Approximately 4 Hours
Meals not included
Cephalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands and is renowned for its many caves, fir forests and fine beaches.
From the pier at Argostólion, you'll head to Drogarati Cave. Take a flight of steps leading down to a cavern of orange and yellow stalactites and stalagmites. One of the great chambers has such fine acoustics that Maria Callas came here to sing, and concerts are occasionally held here in the summer.
Heading north, pass the town of Sami en route to the subterranean Lake of Melissani. A small boat will be waiting to take you on a breathtaking trip across its mysteriously salty, subterranean water. You will find yourself surrounded by a vast, shimmering play of blue and violet colors, created by the sun filtering through a hole in the ceiling more than 100 feet overhead. The headwater is in Argostoli, and it enters the cave by traveling across the island and through holes in the coastline.
Your coach ride continues along the coast with views across the strait to the neighboring island of Ithaca. Pass through Aghia Efthimia at the base of Cephalonia's northernmost peninsula before turning west to Myrtos. Sheer white cliffs carpeted in green maquis vegetation frame a stunning crescent beach of tiny white pebbles and patches of sand against the deep blue sea.
Participants must be able to negotiate approximately 165 steps and a steep incline. Due to the natural environment of the caves, the steps may be slippery. Wear comfortable, non-skid walking shoes.