MONASTERY OF ST. GERASIMOS AND ARGOSTOLI
A day to discover the historic and cultural heritage of Kefalonia, an island which has been subjected to the rule of the Normans, Franks, Venetians and Turks and is remembered as the setting for one of the cruellest pages in the history of the Second World War.
What we will see
- Monastery of St. Gerasimos
- Village of Troianata
- Memorial to the Dead of the Acqui Division
- Museum of History and Folklore
What we will do
- With the port behind us, our coach will head towards one of the most important destinations of pilgrimage on the island: the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. Gerasimos. Our journey will take us through the characteristic villages of Razata, Fragata and Valsamata. The monastery guards the holy relics of the patron saint of Kefalonia and protector of those suffering from mental health problems.
- From here our excursion continues to Troianata, a tiny village of white houses immersed in lush vegetation. On a hill in the distance stand the ruins of St. George's Castle, once the capital of the island.
- Our next stop is the Memorial to the Dead of the Acqui Division, erected in memory of the massacre of Italian soldiers by the German army in 1943.
- From here we will begin our panoramic tour which will regale us with a glimpse of some superb views. On our arrival in Argostoli, we will explore the town on foot. In the central square stands the Museum of History and Folklore, where we can admire objects of local interest dating back to different periods. Before returning to the port, we will venture into the pedestrian area, where we will make the most of the time available to explore every corner of this busy little town.
What you need to know
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- The itinerary may be subject to change. Dress code that is appropriate for the places of worship to be visited is recommended (ladies are expected to wear a shoulder scarf covering shoulders and arms; neither ladies nor gents are allowed to wear shorts). The planned panoramic itinerary includes a number of curves and hairpin bends.