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Ionian Cruise
Odyssey's Homelands

31 August 2019 - 7 September 2019
8 days/7 nights

7 September 2019 - 14 September 2019
8 days/7 nights

Odyssey is one of those who instills with love for journeys and adventures. For those who adore travel this cruise is perfect. Not only because here you find yourself at homeland of Homer favorite personage but also drawn in amazing flora and fauna of these islands. Step on a ground of a happy island of Phaeacians and get to know a love story of Poseidon and Kerkyra here. See the rare Carreta-carreta turtles and relax with new emotions at the whitest beaches in your life.

Map

1
Corfu

Day 1 Corfu

Corfu, the smallest Italian Greek island

This Greek island used to belong to Italians. The town of Kerkira is an evidence of such influence - Venetian labyrinth of streets, garlands of laundry ropes high above the head and coffee aroma streaming from every open door.

If time allows, stop by the St. Spiridon Orthodox Cathedral on your commute from the airport to the port. It is one of the most prominent Christian Saints.

The Cathedral of the Holy and Righteous Warrior Feodor Ushakov – the Russian naval commander who played an important role in liberation of the island and provided further service to Greece – is across the square from this church.

Arrival:
Departure: 20:00

2
Paxos/Antipaxos

Day 2 Paxos/Antipaxos

Paksi, the most carefree island

Paxi (or Paxoi) is the smallest group of Ionian islands. Poseidon created it by chipping out a piece of land from Corfu to build a love nest for himself and his wife, Amphitrite. And Greek gods definitely knew the meaning of a love nest – just look for yourself! At Paxi, we will go near the Blue caves known all over Greece. And although their real color is creamy-champagne they got their name because of the unusual color of water surrounding them.

Antipaksi, the owner of the most beautiful beach!

Antipaxi is an absolutely tiny island, which literally means “opposite Paxi.”  Truly a blessed place, it is a real paradise for anyone looking for relaxation and solitude.

The island is known for its famous beaches, among which Vutumi, with turquoise waters, is considered to be the most beautiful in the world. We will not miss it!

Arrival: 02:00
Departure: 19:00

3.1
Lefkas

Day 3 (1) Lefkas

Lefkas, the “whitest” island of Greece

“Lefko” in Greek means “white,” and the island got its name due to white upright rocks, which stand along most of the island’s western coast. This rocky and mountainous landscape on one side of the island is balanced with splendid wide sandy beaches on the other side.

Those who appreciate medieval atmosphere may stroll along the streets with abundance of ancient churches. We also invite you to visit the wine factory at Lefkas and the Monastery of Panagia Faneromenis. Only 5 monks live on the territory of the monastery, although it attracts an abundance of pilgrims as a miraculous icon of God’s mother is here. This is icon is considered today as the island’s protector.

Arrival: 06:00
Departure: 13:30

3.2
Kefalonia

Day 3 (2) Kefalonia

Evening Kefalonia

While in town, one may stroll along Lifostroto – a stone-lined central street with many coffee shops, restaurants and bars. In the heart of town, you will get to the garden of British governor Napier. Nice coffee shops and cozy small benches, set out at the embankment by the bust of Kefalonian poet Nikos Kavvadis, look out onto the shoreline. Another worthwhile sight is the stone bridge Drapano - 900 meters long, constructed by British in 1813.

Arrival: 20:00
Departure:

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Kefalonia

Day 4 Kefalonia

Kefalonia, the largest Ionian island

Kefalonia is the island of sailors and mountain climbers, Greeks and Venetians, winemakers and travelers. Here stands Enom – the tallest mountain of Ionic islands (1628 m), covered with unique pine trees. Those willing to make a pilgrim tour may get into the Saint Gerasim monastery. There you will find an ancient sycamore tree still standing, said to have been planted by the saint himself. His cave-cell is located under the building of the monastery. Then we shall go for Andrew the First-Called Apostle monastery, the museum with miracle-making icons of Stephano Tsagarol, the Monastery of Saint Crucifixion in Pessado and the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary with benches. It is also possible to pop into the local winery, where six kinds of Kefalonian wine are being made out of Robola grape.

Another excursion will go to the famous Drogarati cave with stalactites, stalagmites and unusual acoustics, due to which Maria Kallas and Luchano Povarotti took the floor there once. Then the observation ground above the famous beach Mirtos awaits us, followed by a lunch in the picturesque nearby village of Agia Efimia. Our trip will end with the visit to the underground lake Melissani; the cave that once stood over it was destroyed during an earthquake. Now the lake is exposed to the sun, which creates beautiful light show on the water with colors ranging from sky-blue to intense dark-blue.

Arrival:
Departure: 18:00

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Zakynthos

Day 5 Zakynthos

Zakynthos, the mostly reserved island of Greece

Zakynthos is the only Greek island having international status of the natural wildlife preserve. The island has been called “The flower of Mediterranean East” for its beauty and balmy gardens. Mirror-like waters of Zakynthos may be seen on almost every postcard of Greece.

Yachts floating on the water surface appear to be suspended in the air. It would be a crime to visit and not to swim in this magical place! Once in town, one may go to the National Sea Wildlife Preserve or visit the temple of Saint Dionysus, the local winery and the olive oil pressing factory or walk along the coastal avenue – Strata Marina – the liveliest street in the town, filled with coffee shops, bars and restaurants.

Arrival: 02:00
Departure: 22:00

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Ithaki

Day 6 Ithaki

Ithaki, the most romantic Ionic island

Ithaki is known worldwide as the motherland of Homeric hero Odysseus. The island became a symbol of returning home, as was here that his beloved wife, Penelope, has been waiting for him for 20 years.

Ithaki attracts with its rich archeological heritage. Katharon – the most significant monastery on the island is located north from the capital at the elevation of 500 meters above sea level in Anogi. This is the monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A unique view of the island opens up from its bell tower - Arcadia mountains, Arkhinades islands, eastern coast of Kefalonia and even the entrance to Patra Bay can be seen on the horizon. The coastlines of Peloponnesus and Zakynthos are visible in good weather. Ithaki is a refuge of romantics. Lonely bays, stately calmness, quietness and silence and conciliatory atmosphere attract them here. It is an ideal place to restore spiritual balance.

Arrival: 08:00
Departure: 14:00

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Saranda

Day 7 Saranda

Saranda, the most unexpected point of the itinerary, “southern door of Albania”

Saranda, a resort town in Albania, offers the most beautiful coastline of the country. Ancient town of Saranda is known from the times of Ancient Greece. A large number of Greeks still inhabit this region. The Greek government even wanted to connect this territory to Greece. Cicero wrote about Saranda as an important strategic point. In the times of the Byzantine Empire, the town was a ferry port between Italy and Epirus. Byzantine heritage left many traces here. The ruins of an ancient town of Butrinty - f “The town of the world heritage” – are adjacent to Saranda. Ancient town of Phinichi is located neaby as well. According to scientists, the largest Acropolis in the world is found here; it is seven times larger than the Acropolis in Athens. “Blue eyes” and beautiful tiny islands are nature’s gift. Interested tourists may wish to spend time in Ksamile – the best beach of Albania. A group of the uninhabited islands is located at the distance of 10 minutes’ swim from the shore.

Arrival: 11:00
Departure:

8.1
Saranda

Day 8 (1) Saranda

Arrival:
Departure: 04:00

8.2
Corfu

Day 8 (2) Corfu

This Greek island used to belong to Italians. The town of Kerkira is an evidence of such influence - Venetian labyrinth of streets, garlands of laundry ropes high above the head and coffee aroma streaming from every open door. If time allows, stop by the St. Spiridon Orthodox Cathedral on your commute from the airport to the port. It is one of the most prominent Christian Saints. The Cathedral of the Holy and Righteous Warrior Feodor Ushakov – the Russian naval commander who played an important role in liberation of the island and provided further service to Greece – is across the square from this church.

Arrival: 07:00
Departure: