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Secrets of Greece including Corfu

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Ancient Olympia
Tour Style: First Class
12 Days from $3,175 per person

The sound of cicadas and warmth of the Greek countryside are your companions along this Hidden Journey as you travel through rolling hills of olive groves to the vineyards of Nemea, and 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. Your Hidden Journey delving into the treasures of Greece begins in its vibrant capital, Athens, which you will have an opportunity to explore after being transferred to your hotel. Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided Grand European with their flight details. Kick off your in-depth discovery of what was once the Cradle of Western Civilization this evening, when you'll meet your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception.

    meal(s):WR
    hotel:Radisson Blu Park/Crowne Plaza
  3. We journey to a land of legends this morning. Our leisurely drive takes us to the scenic northeast Peloponnese and past the impressive Corinth Canal that straddles two gulfs. Our first stop is the ancient Theater of Epidaurus and the Sanctuary of Asclepius, God of Medicine. Spend the rest of the day exploring the Venetian-inspired seaport of Nafplion.
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    hotel:Amphytrion/Ippoliti/Grande Bretagne
  4. Meandering inland, we visit Mycenae. Stroll through the Lion Gate and Agamemnon's Royal Palace, before seeing the tomb of this fearless Greek leader who commanded the Greeks in their battles against Trojan forces. This afternoon we sample delicious local vintages during a Cultural Insight into wine production in the Nemea region.
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  5. Crossing the Peloponnese, we head towards the famous village of Olympia where athletes competed for supremacy in the ancient Olympic Games. This evening we join the Karambellas family on their 30-acre olive and wine farm for traditional Be My Guest experience including dinner and dancing. 
    meal(s):BB, BG
    hotel:Amalia/Europa/Olympic Village
  6. We leave the Peninsula and return to mainland Greece, meandering north past the picturesque village of Amphilochia and Preveza before arriving in Nikopolis to see where the Battle of Actium took place. Boarding a ferry, we cross to the beautiful island of Corfu.
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    hotel:Cavalieri/Bella Venezia/Corfu Holiday Palace
  7. Begin your day with an orientation tour of the island, followed by a visit to the Venetian Castle and the monastery of Palaiokastritsa. Later, we stop at the Phaeacian-styled Achilleion Palace, built by Elizabeth "Sissi" Empress of Austria and Hungary. Stroll through its Imperial Gardens and enjoy magnificent views of the lush valley and glistening Ionian Sea beyond.
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  8. We bid farewell to island living on Corfu and sail back to the mainland, continuing to the lively lakeside city of Ioannina where we spend the rest of the day at leisure.
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    hotel:Du Lac/Grand Serai/Frontzou Politia
  9. The delicious flavors of Metsovone cheese and wine provide a fitting start to our day as we arrive in the picturesque mountain town of Metsovo. We continue to Kalambaka and admire the famous byzantine Monasteries of Meteora that stand almost impossibly perched atop colossal boulders. Our final stop before arriving in Portaria, situated on the magnificent Mount Pelion range, is the seaside town of Volos.
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    hotel:Despotiko/Xenia/Pelion Resort
  10. Traversing the peaks of Parnassos and Giona, we stop in Thermopylae, the site where Leonidas and his 300 Spartans fought bravely against the invading Persians. Join a Local Specialist for a guided visit to Delphi. Walk the Sacred Way to the 4th century Temple of Apollo and ramble through what remains of this ancient sanctuary which was once the site of the Pythian Games, a precursor of the modern Olympics. The picturesque seaside village of Galaxidi, our home for the night, emerges as our reward for crossing the craggy hinterland to the coast.
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    hotel:Nostos/Epavlis/Ganimede
  11. We return to cosmopolitan Athens for a day of delving into antiquity, coming face-to-face with the treasures of Ancient Greece. We ascend to the Acropolis and join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour with magnificent views of Athena's Parthenon, the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus. See Hadrian's Arch and view the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. On our final evening together, we join our fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate the millennia and miles explored together on this epic voyage of discovery.
    meal(s):BB, FD
    hotel:Radisson Blu Park/Crowne Plaza
  12. We bid farewell to Athens and newfound friends as we prepare to depart Greece, or join the 3-Day Santorini Extension. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. 
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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: $940 p.p.

Triple Discount: $190 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.

Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests who have provided their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel.

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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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 all included sightseeing

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 Asclepius at Epidaurus, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia, the island of Corfu, monastery of Palaiokastritsa and Achilleon Palace, the towns of Ioannina and Metsovo, the 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

Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Corfu

Essence of Corfu

Adult Price: € 35

Join us this evening for a leisurely drive up above the town of Corfu to the area of Kanoni “the Canon” for some beautiful panoramic photo moments before heading to our restaurant for dinner. Delight your taste buds as we enjoy a variety of local Corfiot food at a renowned “taverna”. Corfu is known for its cuisine and unique dishes such as “Bourdeto” – “Pastitsada” and the sweet specialty of kumquats that are only found on this island.

East Coast Afternoon ''Caique'' Sail

Adult Price: € 46

All aboard our traditional Greek Corfiot “caique” boat for a completely relaxing afternoon. We start the latter part of the day from the old port of Corfu town and sail north along the stunning east coast towards Barbati beach. Take a plunge and feel invigorated in the beautiful Ionian Sea. Truly relax and just enjoy the natural scenery of Corfu and the coast line of Albania. Keep your eyes open for the local marine life of Dolphins and Monk Seals just in case they pop up to say “yassou”.

Portaria

Pelion Flavours

Adult Price: € 35

Discover the hidden village of Makrinitsa which is a short drive from our hotel location of Portaria village. A short walk from the parking area brings you to a magical place with fairytale Magnesian houses perched on the Cliffside accessed only by beautiful cobblestone streets. Breathe in the freshest mountain air and marvel at the view of the Pagasitic Gulf before talking a slow drive back to our local Portarian venue to enjoy the mouth-watering flavours Pelion has to offer.

Reviews

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
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Service rating : We have now used Grand European for three wonderful trips. Each itinerary has been packed full and given us the flavor of the places we visited. The tour guides have been informative and friendly. Accomodations were lovely. Optional experiences were fabulous.
Vacation : Look forward to future adventures!
  • 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. 

Optional Experiences are subject to change and seasonal availability. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip, and pricing. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can only be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Corfu

Essence of Corfu

Join us this evening for a leisurely drive up above the town of Corfu to the area of Kanoni “the Canon” for some beautiful panoramic photo moments before heading to our restaurant for dinner. Delight your taste buds as we enjoy a variety of local Corfiot food at a renowned “taverna”. Corfu is known for its cuisine and unique dishes such as “Bourdeto” – “Pastitsada” and the sweet specialty of kumquats that are only found on this island.

East Coast Afternoon ''Caique'' Sail

All aboard our traditional Greek Corfiot “caique” boat for a completely relaxing afternoon. We start the latter part of the day from the old port of Corfu town and sail north along the stunning east coast towards Barbati beach. Take a plunge and feel invigorated in the beautiful Ionian Sea. Truly relax and just enjoy the natural scenery of Corfu and the coast line of Albania. Keep your eyes open for the local marine life of Dolphins and Monk Seals just in case they pop up to say “yassou”.

Portaria

Pelion Flavours

Discover the hidden village of Makrinitsa which is a short drive from our hotel location of Portaria village. A short walk from the parking area brings you to a magical place with fairytale Magnesian houses perched on the Cliffside accessed only by beautiful cobblestone streets. Breathe in the freshest mountain air and marvel at the view of the Pagasitic Gulf before talking a slow drive back to our local Portarian venue to enjoy the mouth-watering flavors Pelion has to offer.

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