DODONI – IOANNINA
A lovely excursion for everyone. The ferry leaves early in the morning
to the mainland (Igoumenitsa). From there we continue by bus towards
loannina. The history of this area bind together in antiquity with the
considerable holy and oracle of Dodoni in which the adoration had
started from 3000 B.C about. Here Zeus adored and the holy altar was in
highest point until the 5th century B.C. In its significance Pirros help
(3th century B.C) while rebuilt from Filippos II and Romans (31 B.C). In
4th century the people left and went to Evira, maybe in the area of
loannina, which the history of the town has been bind together. The town
was in the highest point the period of Despotato, while the biggest
development was after the 17th century especially in Ali pasas years. It
was free in 1913. Today it is the biggest commercial, industrial and
spiritual center of Epiros. The most important places we have to see are
: The Castle with the two mosques, the big clock, the islet in the
middle of the lake, the caves in Perama, the museum Vreli (wax
- PAXOS - PARGA
Join us on our day cruise to the lovely Ionian Island of Paxos, south of
Corfu and the picturesque seaside town of Parga on the Greek mainland.
Cruising south from Corfu's town port, soak up the sun and enjoy the
views of Perama, Benitses, Messonghi and Cavos. We sail first to Paxos
with its enchanting harbour of Gaios. Enjoy time for swimming in the
crystal Ionian sea, wander through the old narrow streets of Gaios town
or take refresments at the water side tavernas. The continuing on to the
coastal town of Parga on the Greek mainland. Admire the traditional
archtecture as you meander through the narrow cabbled streets and see
the exquisite view of the three tiny offshore islands, guarded by the
Venetian castle set high above the town. Enjoy lunch at one of the
waterfront tavernas with fresh fish and sea food available.
Departing from Corfu town's harbour (with duty free shopping available)
our crusiers take just one hour and 15 minutes to reach the town of Ag.
Saranda on the Albanian coast. After the usual frontier formalities the
lovely unspoiled beaches and mountainous scenery are waiting to be
explored. Stroll around the town shopping for souvenirs and enjoy the
food in Albanian resteurants complete with folklore dancers. Tickets can
be purchased on board to join our coach tour to Butrinti, the well
preserved Roman Archeological site just 25 km from Saranda. After which
there is time for shopping. You are also allowed to take hand videos and
Sailing-swimming- relax, a delicius BBQ and lots of fun on secluded
beaches in the crystal waters of Corfu island and its islets. FISHING
TRIP Enjoy your fishing skills with your family and friends.
a taste of the IONIAN ISLANDS.
Enjoy two or three days cruise in one of the beautiful regions in
Kefalonia is the largest and the most mountainous of the Ionian islands.
Mnt. Ainos (162m) is the highest in the Ionian but six
other peaks reach over 1000 m. the pine trees you can see growing on
their slopes are unique to Kefalonia.
Lefkada is easily reached by bridge across the narrow channel that
separates the island from Acteon. Nearby is the 14th
century Prankish castle , Santa Maura. This mountainous island has some
of the most beautiful bays and coves in the Ionian.
Ithaki is a delightful little island some 4 km off the coast of
Kefalonia and it is the place that has traditionaly been associated
with Homers "Odysseus".
Paxi is a peaceful and idyllic island some 12 km to the south of Corfu
and easily reached by ferry from Corfu (3 hrs) or Syvota
This beautiful island off the coast of the Peloponnese was, according to
legend, named after the son of Dardanos, King of Troy.
Today it is fast becoming one of the most popular islands in the Ionian
and justly so.
(GLYFADA - PELEKAS SUNSET)
Half day for swimming and games on the beach. Returning through the
village Pelekas where we watch the sunset.
Glyfada is a long sandy beach with pellucid, shallow water. It has
recently been developed into a major holiday resort. The road
back to the town takes you through the village of Pelekas.
Kaiser Wilhelm II used to watch the sunset from the hill outside the
village, which has been known since then as Kaisers
Throne.From this spot you can see across the island to Corfu town in the
east, then let your eye sweep round over the olive
groves to the north and out over the Ionian sea to the west the sight of
the sun sinking majestically to rest in the evening is one
you will never forget.
ACHILLION - PALEOKASTRITSA
Our excursion day starts at 09 am.
The road climbs through a leafy paradise of geraniums and cypresses,
olive trees and bougainvilleas to the Achillion. The
palace was built for Elizabeth of Austria.
The biographers of the "melancholy empress" record that after a few
brief visits to Corfu, Elizabeth decided in 1890 to build a
country seat there in honour of Achilles and Thetis. After Elizabeth's
assassination by the Italian anarchist Luzzeni in Geneva,
Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany bought the palace and often spent his
summers there. Nowadays most visitors go to his study of the first floor
to have a look at the saddle which the eccentric emperor had fitted to
his desk chair.
Next stop is Paleokastritsa, a place of pretty caves reparated by
precipitous head lands, has been indentified by some scholars
with the site of Alkinoos palace. The offshore rock of Kolovri is
traditionally held to be the petrified ship of Odysseus or,
according to an alternative, story it is the ship of an Algerian corsair
who was sailing in to loot the monastery which was turned
to stone on the spot in answer to the Abbot's prayers. The monastery was
founded in 1225. The present building which dates
from the 18th and 19th centuries is an interesting example of a
monastery with an arcaded cloister-garth. A small museum
houses an interesting collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons.
We also visit Angelokastro, Krini and Bella Vista with
the panoramic view.
TOUR AROUND CORFU
A great day. We start early in the morning at about 8 o'clock and we
have the opportunity to see all the northest island. First station is
Achillion, (we described the palace above), next Kanoni with its view of
the trade mark of Corfu is the high point of the excursion. There are
two islets just offshore. The nearer of the two which is just big enough
for the Covent and Church of Vlachernon, is joined to the mainland by a
narrow causeway. The other, Pondikonisi or Mouse Island, is a densely
vegetated islet which is one of the many 'petrified ships' of local
legend. This, too, has a church on it, dedicated to Christ the
Pantokrator (11th or 12th century). Returning to Corfu town we pass from
square Espianada, Old castle, Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George,
Mouragia, New castle, commercial center, Dassia, Ipsos, Nissaki, Kalami
(has been famous by Lawrence Durrell's descriptions of it in Prospero's
Kassiopi 36 km from Corfu town is a small town at the north east corner
of the island is connected with Corfu town by a daily cruise boat
service. Practically nothing remains of the flourishing Roman town of
Cassiope (the Emperor Nero visited it and sang at the altar of Jupiter
Cassius), but the ruins of the Angevin fortress which was one of the
island's main strongholds are still standing. Beyond Kassiopi the road
continues along the north coast of the island and leads to Acharavi,
Roda, Sidari (a small village, at the point on the coast nearby there
are some unusual formations of soft rock rising out of the sea forming a
channel which is called the Canal d'Amour). From Sidari we take the road
to the south, Sfakera, Klimatia, Troumbeta, Skripero, Paleokastritsa (we
visit the monastery and the caves by boat).
CORFU BY NIGHT
A greek night with folklore and popular dances. Greek kitchen with three
course meal and wine.
MOUNT PANTOKRATOR AND PERITHIA
From the top of the mount Pantokrator you can see the coast of Epiros
and Albania, Lake Butrinto, the small islands of Othoni, Erikoussa and
Mathraki to the north west of Corfu the hills of Lefkimmi in the south
the island of Paxi and in far distance, Kefalonnia. The monastery of the
Pantokrator is located on the site of an older Angevin monastery which
was built in 1347 and destroyed early in the 16th century. It was then
completely rebuilt, starting 1689 with the help of contributions from
the people of the surrounding villages. There is nothing left from the
older monastery. The facade of the church was built in the 19th century.
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