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Venice to Istanbul

ADRIATIC & AGEAN SPLENDOR | 10 Nights | Departs Jul 19, 2014

 

Zakynthos, Greece

Zakynthos, Greece-port

This green gem in the Ionian Sea, frequently called the the Florence of Greece, has a long history shared with many nations, having been occupied by Italy (specifically the Venetians) and later by Turkey. While many visitors choose to stroll the beaches or take a relaxing day cruise, those looking for a glimpse into history should make their way to The New Museum at Solomou Square, with artwork in the Byzantine and post- Byzantine style; or the Museum Solomos & Kalvos, resting place of the native poets, featuring their works and portraits, on St. Markus Square.

 

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Panoramic Zakynthos
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Highlights of Zakynthos
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Panoramic Zakynthos

    Light Activity /Walking Minimal Activity Required
    Duration: 4 hours
    Tour Code: zak-001
    Price:

    Free

    Zakynthos is the third largest of the Ionian Islands and is famous for its wonderful sandy beaches and surrounding crystalline blue waters. The terrain on the island itself is varied; with fertile plains found in the southeastern part and the western section being more mountainous and boasting dramatic steep cliffs along the coastline. The island is also well-known as a habitat for the endangered Caretta-Caretta Logerhead turtles.

    Zakynthos Town, historically known as The Venice of the South, is the island's modern capital and was nearly completely destroyed by an earthquake and fire on August 9, 1953. Afterwards, the town was rebuilt, taking care to preserve its original Venetian and Byzantine style wherever possible.

    Arriving ashore, you will board your coach and make the short drive to the main square where you will commence a guided walking tour that passing by Solomos Square, named after the poet who wrote the National Anthem of Greece. Your walking tour will also take you past Zakynthos' important buildings, such as the Byzantine Museum, the Church of Saint Nicholas and the Cultural Center of Zakynthos along with strolling along the major shopping street.

    Re-boarding your coach, you will continue to Bohali village, which is located below the Venetian fortress and offers incredible views of Zakynthos town and the surrounding areas for as far as the eye can see. After a brief photo stop, it's on to the Monastery of Anafonitria, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it is the oldest monastery on the island (14th century) and is where St. Dionysios, Patron saint of Zakynthos served as abbot for the majority of his life until his death in 1624. St. Dionysios (St. Dennis) was well-known for his healing powers and compassion and was declared a saint in 1703. During recent renovations, some wonderful 15th century frescos were uncovered. Following your visit at the Monastery, you will head to your final stop, Volimes.

    Volimes is a traditional mountain village that is famous for products such as handicrafts, rugs, embroideries, china, honey and pure olive oil, all displayed along the roadside. Free time will be afforded for browsing before returning back to pier.

    Please note: This tour consists of approximately 1 hour of moderate walking and is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some of the walking portions of the tour. Comfortable, flat-heeled, closed-toe walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. Shoulders and knees must be covered while visiting the Monastery. The tour's duration can vary based upon the time of year visited. Due to seasonal closings, for April calls the stop at Volimes village will be substituted with a visit to an olive factory near Likathia village. Here you will be able to observe the production of Zakinthos' famous olive oil.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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