St. Gerasimos Monastery, Robola Winery, and the Drogarati Cave
- St. Gerasimos Monastery: Restored to its original 16th-century glory after a 1953 earthquake, the monastery has a striking marble bishop's throne, as well as wall and ceiling paintings, including a fresco depicting the death of St. Gerasimos.
- Robola Winery: Sample a red, a white, and a rose from this wine cooperative set in the picturesque rolling hills of the Robola region, in the center of Kefalonia Island. Ten percent of the winery is dedicated to organic cultivation.
- Drogarati Cave: Descend nearly 200 feet into a vast cave with dual chambers separated by a small lake. The Royal Balcony chamber features interestingly shaped stalactites; the Chamber of Exaltation is known for its superb acoustics.
About this Kefalonia Tour
The Monastery of St. Gerasimos is named after a saint who's said to have had miraculous healing abilities with mentally ill persons. His teachings, healings, and work with the sick are well known in Kefalonia; but the most miraculous event of his life took place after his death.
St. Gerasimos established a convent and place to offer care for poor people, originally called the monastery of New Jerusalem in 1560. When he died at the age of 71 in 1579, he was buried near the southern wall of the monastery's temple. Two years later, his body was exhumed so the relics could be moved and showed no signs of decomposition.
The Roman Catholic Venetians, who controlled the Ionian Islands at the time, refused to accept what the Greek Orthodox Church now believed: that Gerasimos's body had healing powers. So they ordered the body reburied until a full three years had passed. When the body was exhumed the second time, the body was still undecayed. This led to his canonization as a saint in 1622.
Today, the body of St. Gerasimos is kept in a silver sarcophagus with a glass relic case in a tomb at the cave where he lived. The cave can be reached in the monastery complex from a small church built on top of it, via a 10-foot ladder. He is dressed in the vestments he was originally buried in, looks like he did the day he was buried.
The Drogarati Cave in Kefalonia is about 150 million years old, which is plenty of time for stalactites and stalagmites to grow into remarkable shapes. The other-worldly scenery and excellent acoustics make it a cool concert venue – especially with a constant temperature of 64 degrees.
Meet meet your guide outside the main cruise terminal. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby
Wine is available for purchase at the Robola Winery. Shopping is available during free time while in town.
Traveler must be able to walk approximately .6 miles over uneven, slippery surfaces and 240+ steps at the cave and inclines along the route. Tour is not accessible for wheelchair confined guests.
Cultural, Bus Tour, Walking Tour
Buses are equipped with seat belts and guests are required to wear them.
3 Wine Samplings
English, French, German, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Travelers must be 6 years of age or older to participate in this tour. May be difficult for children under the age of 6 years to walk for roughly 2 hours. You must be 18 years of age and older to consume alcohol.
Special Medical Restriction
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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