Secrets of Greece including Corfu

Ancient Olympia
12 Days

The sound of cicadas and warmth of the Greek countryside are your companions as you travel through rolling hills of olive groves to the vineyards of Nemea. 

Cross country to the island of Corfu with its cobbled alleys, arcades and the elegant Esplanade. Visit the bougainvillea-clad Achilleion Palace, the dramatic cliff-top byzantine monasteries of Meteora and Delphi's Sacred Way.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Athens. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Later meet with your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception.
    hotel:Radisson Blu Park/Pallas Athena
  3. This morning enjoy a leisurely drive to the northeast Peloponnese. View the impressive Corinth Canal which connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea before your visit to the ancient Theater of Epidaurus and the Sanctuary of Asclepius, God of Medicine. Epidaurus is a marvel of engineering and is famous for its outstanding acoustics which are considered some of the best of any open air theater. You will have free time to explore or enjoy a meal near the harbor in the beautiful seaport town of Nafplion.
  4. Enjoy a visit to Mycenae, the most important palatial center of the late Bronze Age in Greece. Here you will walk through the Lion Gate and remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace, as well as see his tomb. Gain a Cultural Insight into wine production in the Nemea region and sample some of the highly regarded local produce. Return to your hotel in Nafplion and perhaps enjoy a stroll in town or taste some local Greek ice cream.
  5. Cross the Peloponnese and head west towards the famous village of Olympia. Visit the archaeological site and museum home of the original Olympic Games in antiquity. This evening join us at our wonderful Be My Guest dinner of authentic local cuisine on an olive oil farm.
    meal(s):BB, BG
    hotel:Arty Grand/Europa
  6. See the the quaint town of Amphilochia and the local city of Preveza before arriving to Nikopolis to see where the Battle of Actium took place. Cross by ferry to the island of Corfu. Enjoy free time to stroll in Corfu city with its splendid architecture, cobbled alleys, arcades, and stop in the Spianada (Esplanade), one of the largest and most impressive squares in Greece.
    hotel:Cavalieri/Bella Venezia
  7. Enjoy an island orientation of Corfu. Visit the Venetian Castle and the monastery of Palaiokastritsa. Later visit the Achilleion Palace with its beautiful views and bougainvillea, built by Elizabeth “Sissi” Empress of Austria and Hungary. This was once the summer residency of the royal family of Greece and overlooks the famous island of Pontikonisi and the beautiful clear waters of the bay.
  8. Say goodbye to Corfu and sail back to the mainland to arrive later in the lively city of Ioannina. Enjoy free time to walk around the Old Town or alongside Pamvotis Lake.
    hotel:Du Lac/Grand Serai
  9. Stop in the mountainous picturesque town of Metsovo, famous for Metsovone cheese and local wine. Continue on to Kalambaka, home to the famous byzantine Monasteries of Meteora perched on top of the impossibly tall rocks. The striking, unique geology of the region led to UNESCO declaring it a World Heritage Site. Continue south east towards Mount Pelion, known for its unexpected natural beauty and lush vegetation scarcely found elsewhere on the Greek mainland.
  10. Today you will enjoy spectacular scenery as you travel through the countryside over the famous mountain ranges of Parnassos and Giona. Stop briefly in Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defense by Leonidas and his 300 brave Spartans against the invading Persians. Enjoy a guided visit in Delphi with a Local Specialist. Visit the most important oracle in the classical world. Walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo dating from the 4th century. It was here that athletes competed in the Pythian Games, a precursor of the modern Olympics. Later arrive in Galaxidi, a picturesque seafaring village situated on a wooded bay with fine views.
  11. On arrival in Athens, visit the Acropolis and view the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist continues with views of the Agora, the Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus. See Hadrian's Arch which was built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. View the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. This evening join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner to mark the end of this incredible vacation.
    meal(s):BB, FD
    hotel:Radisson Blu Park/Pallas Athena
  12. Say goodbye to your fellow travelers at the end of a magical vacation, or join the 3-Day Santorini Extension. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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Meal Summary

10 nights, 10 buffet breakfasts, 3 dinners , On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Say ‘opa!' to an Olympic olive oil and wine tasting experience with the Karambellas family on their 30-acre olive and wine farm, followed by a traditional meal and dancing

Cultural Insight

  • Learn about the red wine making tradition of the Nemea region and enjoy a local wine tasting

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Delphi and Athens

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Nafplion, Olympia, Meteora, Delphi, Athens
  • Orientation of Amphilochia, Preveza, Corfu, Metsovo, Meteora, Galaxidi
  • Visit the Amphitheater and Sanctuary of Aesculapius at Epidaurus, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia, the towns of Amphilochia and Preveza, the island of Corfu and it's Venetian Castle, monastery of Palaiokastritsa and Achilleon Palace, the picturesque towns of Ioannina and Metsovo, the incredible rock monasteries in Meteora, Mount Pelion region, the home of the Oracle at Delphi, the port town of Galaxidi, the Acropolis in Athens
  • View the Parthenon, the Agora, Royal Palace, Temple of Zeus in Athens
  • See the Corinth Canal, the Lion Gate, Agamemnon's Palace at Mycenae
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
4 Mar 17 15 Mar 17 $2,750pp
$2,750 pp
25 Mar 17 5 Apr 17 $2,750pp
$2,750 pp
15 Apr 17 26 Apr 17 $2,750pp
$2,750 pp
29 Apr 17 10 May 17 $2,750pp
$2,750 pp
13 May 17 24 May 17 $2,750pp
$2,750 pp
27 May 17 7 Jun 17 $2,750pp
$2,750 pp
10 Jun 17 21 Jun 17 $2,750pp
$2,750 pp
1 Jul 17 12 Jul 17 $2,750pp
$2,750 pp
15 Jul 17 26 Jul 17 $2,750pp
$2,750 pp
29 Jul 17 9 Aug 17 $2,750pp
$2,750 pp
19 Aug 17 30 Aug 17 $2,750pp
$2,750 pp
2 Sep 17 13 Sep 17 $2,750pp
$2,750 pp
16 Sep 17 27 Sep 17 $2,750pp
$2,750 pp
30 Sep 17 11 Oct 17 $2,750pp
$2,750 pp
7 Oct 17 18 Oct 17 $2,750pp
$2,750 pp


Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $800 p.p.

Triple Discount: $160 p.p.

Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.

Accommodations: Guests may be accommodated in alternative hotels in certain locations. The hotels in Galaxidi and Portaria are small capacity hotels. All hotels will be of
the same or higher standard.

Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, and a cruise can be combined with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Greece must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Greece.

  • The currency in Greece is the Euro (€) and in Turkey is the Lira (₺). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive on your trip, you can use your debit and credit card to pay in most places and will usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Greece. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Mediterranean food is simple, delicious, and centered on a variety of fresh seafood, produce, cheeses and baked goods. Try Greek salad prepared with tomatoes, feta, olive oil and herbs as well as other popular dishes including grilled lamb, octopus, eggplant and spanakopita.  Olives, cheese and flatbread make a tasty snack paired with a glass of chilled white wine.  

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping at restaurants is less common than in the U.S. It is appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two for good service.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


Monday, September 21, 2015
Secrets of Greece Vacation
Service rating : However, Grand European did not run this trip and this trip needs a lot of help.
Product : Most travel days too long with no reward at the end. In Portaria, the hotel was accessible to us by a steep rough long walk. In Galaxidi the room was too small to even leave a suitcase open and the bathroom was totally inadequate. In Corfu we were issued a smoking room and weed quickly told nothing else was available. Upon approaching the tour director and telling him we could not tolerate the room, he switched rooms with us.

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