Parga & Sivota Islands, Blue Lagoon

Parga, Epirus

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Duration

10 hours

Group Size

250 persons

Location

Corfu Island

Overview

The Parga and Sivota Islands Cruise is the best way to experience the beautiful coast of Mainland Greece.

The Parga and Sivota Islands Cruise is the best way to experience the beautiful coast of Mainland Greece. First, our departure from the Port of Corfu gives a unique view of the Old Town, its two overlooking Venetian fortresses, the Kanoni peninsula and the palace of Mon Repos, where Prince Phillip was born. Heading south, parallel to the mainland, we pass the capital city of the Thesprotia region, Igoumenitsa, the small fishing village of Plataria and the Sivota Islands, where the ship enters the breathtaking cave of Sivota. During the Second World War, the Greek submarine “Papanikolis” was hidden here beneath the lighthouse.

Parga is a large picturesque village with island architecture blessed, with a rich eventful history, rare physical beauty, interlaced beaches, emerald water, calm bays, olive groves, a healthy climate, romantic side streets, and pathways whose two- and three-storey houses form an amphitheatre beneath the imposing remains of a Venetian castle. One of Parga’s main attractions, this castle was built by residents in the 11th century to protect their town from both the pirates and the Turks. Parts of the castle were demolished by the Ottomans in 1452. The Venetians started to rebuild it but before the work could be completed it was demolished again in 1537 by the Ottoman admiral Barbarossa, who razed the fortress and the houses inside. For the third and last time, a stronger, impregnable castle was finally rebuilt in 1819. Opposite the castle, at the entrance to the port, there is a small island dedicated to the Virgin Mary, with a church and several medieval Venetian and French buildings. Every summer, on 15th of August, the port hosts the famous Varkarola – a magnificent celebration dedicated to the Pargians who returned to Parga from Corfu.

Do not miss the chance to explore the Venetian castle, whose main building houses a photo exhibition of ancient Parga. As you might expect, the castle also offers some stunning views over Parga and the Ionian Sea.


As afternoon comes around, you will have the chance to stroll through the wonderful narrow streets, discover the many interesting curios shops, and have lunch at one of the traditional seafront tavernas or enjoy swimming to one of the three beaches of Parga.

About 15 kilometres from Parga is antiquity’s most important oracle, the Oracle of Acheron. The ancient Greeks believed that the springs of Acheron were the gates to the Underworld.

On the way back to Corfu, we sail around the historical small islands of Sivota, where the great naval battle between the Corfiots and the Corinthians took place in the summer of 432 B.C. Many of the vessels sunk in the fighting are still there at the bottom of the sea. Soon afterwards, we arrive at the picturesque Blue Lagoon bay, where historians say the Arabian pirates moored their ships in the Middle Ages. We drop anchor close to the beach, and you will have the opportunity to swim in the lagoon’s exotic blue waters.

During your trip, you can enjoy the sun and help yourself to refreshments, which may be purchased from the bar. We look forward to meeting you on board one of our ships.

FAQs

What dates is the trip available?

Every Thursday from until 10 Oct 2019

What languages are available for the trip ?

English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Greek

What is the pickup time and pickup points for this trip?

About the pickup time, we will let you know, as soon as we received your booking form with your resort name. About the pickup points :

North 1: Sidari, San Stefano, Arillas, San George Pagi.

North 2: Roda, Acharavi, Almyros, Agios Spiridon, Perithia, Kalamaki, Kassiopi.

Liapades - Paleokastritsa: Paleokastritsa, Liapades

West: Ermones, Glyfada, Pelekas, Gialiskari, Agios Gordios.

East: Alykes,Kontokali, Gouvia, Dafnilla – Kommeno, Dassia, Ipsos, Pirgi, Barbati, Nissaki, Kalami-Gymari-Kentroma.

South: Agios Ioannis, Kanoni, Perama, Benitses, Moraitika, Messonghi, Agios Georgios Argyrades, Kavos.

South (Lefkimmi Port): Kavos, San George Argyrades, Messonghi, Moraitika, Agios Ioannis, Benitses, Perama

What time the trip starts and finish?

The boat trip starts from Corfu main port at 09:00 AM. We will send you contact details and map location when you confirm your booking. We arrive back in Corfu port at 19:00 PM

What is the trip Itinerary?

09:00 Departure from the main Port of Corfu. 10:30 Ship enters the breathtaking cave of Sivota. 11:50 Arrival at Parga. 15:00 Departure from Parga. 16:15 Sailing through the Sivota Islands. 16:30 Arrival at the picturesque Blue Lagoon bay. 17:30 Departure from Blue Lagoon bay. 19:00 Arrival at the main Port of Corfu.

Do you have some more information to provide?

Our company provides coach transfers to and from the hotel and the main Port of Corfu. The duration of coach transfer depends on your hotel location (from 20′ to 120′, approximately). Please be at the meeting point at least 5 minutes in advance and look for the bus with an Ionian Cruises sign. The Ionian Cruises Customer Service phone number is available for the morning coach transfer (+30 6973342026). Departure from the port at 09:00. Boarding from 08:20 untill 08:50. Please be at the port at least 20 minutes before the scheduled boat departure time if you have not booked a pick-up and coach transfer. There is parking area in the Port of Corfu. (3 euros for 24 hours). On board facilities: 2 open decks with Viewing-seating area, air-conditioned main hall, TV, DVD, stereo music, self-service bar, toilets, showers, cabins and changing areas. The bar offers a variety of coffees, alcoholic beverages, refreshments, juices, toasts, sandwiches, pizzas, croissants and other several snacks. The boat stops inside the caves, where you will have also the opportunity to take photographs. Free time for swimming in Antipaxos 50 to 70 minutes, depending on the weather). The boat enters to the narrow channel of Paxos and the islands of Panagia and Agios Nikolaos and moors 50 meters away from the main square of Gaios (110 to 130 minutes free time). Five minutes walking from the south side of the village to the small beach of Gaios. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The departure time is subject to slight change according to local traffic conditions. The cruise schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions.

What is the price?

With out transfer to the port Adults: 28,00 euro Children: (Ages 6-12) 14,00 euro.

What is included in the price?

Full day multilingual professional guiding on board (more than two languages). Local taxes

What is not included in the price?

Coach transfer to and from the hotel and the Port of Corfu (optional). Items purchased from the on-board bar.

How can i pay, and when do i get my tickets?

You can pay online by credit card (online payments are subject to 3.5% transaction fees ) or via bank transfer to our company, as soon as we confirm availability. Confirmation of payment and reservation voucher, will be sent to your e-mail within 24 hours of acknowledgement of the payment.

What is your cancelation policy?

1. For cancellations at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure, no cancellation fee applies. 2. For cancellations within 23:59 or less hours of the scheduled departure, a 100% cancellation fee applies. 3. The cruise is subject to favourable weather conditions. In the event of the cruise being cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the choice between an alternative date or a full refund.

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