Argostoli, Cephalonia, Greece
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Approximately 6½ Hours
A German-speaking guide leads this tour (or a guide with a German interpreter). A limited number of German guides and interpreters are available in this port; book early to avoid disappointment. This is not a bilingual tour; please see Cephalonia Highlights for the same tour guided in English.
A scenic island panoramic drive follows pretty roads through olive groves, vineyards and thick cypress glades.
Your coach will climb Mount Ainos and pass the city of Sami, where Captain Corelli's Mandolin was filmed.
See Melissani Lake -- an underground lake fed by subterranean channels with water running to the opposite side of the island. Visit the Cave of Melissani, which is partly open to the elements, accessing it via a manmade tunnel that leads to the shore of the lake.
From there, a small boat rowed by a master oarsman will take you over the lake. The boat passes through a channel whose walls sprout eccentric-looking stalactites. The ceiling, more than 300 feet above you, combined with the light coming in from the entrance, creates a spectacular and eerie effect of dancing color. Stop for photos at Myrtos Beach. You'll have a moment here to capture the sheer white cliffs, carpeted in green maquis vegetation, frame a stunning crescent beach and the deep blue sea.
Fiskardo village is the most picturesque village on the island -- the only settlement that was not devastated by the 1953 earthquake. Enjoy a typical Greek lunch here.
Take advantage of some free time to stroll along the waterfront and browse in the shops before you return to the port of Argostoli.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.