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Secrets of Greece including Corfu

Operated by: Trafalgar

11 Days from $3,575 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Temple of Zeus, Olympia, Greece

Countries Visited

Greece ...more Greece

Locations Visited

Athens, Nafplion, Olympia, Corfu, Ioannina, Portaria, Kalabaka, Meteora, Galaxidi, Delphi, Thermopylae, Santorini ...more Athens, Nafplion, Olympia, Corfu, Ioannina, Portaria, Kalabaka, Meteora, Galaxidi, Delphi, Thermopylae, Santorini
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Athens

    Venture back to a time when great philosophers roamed the halls of the Agora and gods competed for mythical supremacy. Your journey delving into the treasures of Greece begins in its vibrant capital, which you will have an opportunity to explore after being transferred to your hotel. Kick off your in-depth discovery of what was once the 'Cradle of Western Civilisation' this evening, when you meet your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Radisson Blu Park
  2. Day 2 Journey to Epidaurus and Nafplion

    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, which straddles two gulfs. Our first stop is the ancient theatre of Epidaurus and the Sanctuary of Asclepius, God of Medicine, whose snake-entwined staff remains the symbol of medicine to this day. Take to the stage and hear first-hand the magnificent acoustics that would entertain over 14,000 spectators, then spend the rest of the day exploring the Venetian-inspired seaport of Nafplion. Amble past its Neoclassical mansions or enjoy a traditional meal against the scenic backdrop of the bay.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Amalia Nafplio
  3. Day 3 A Day Exploring Mycenae

    We continue our journey inland and join a Local Specialist for a guided visit of Mycenae, its ruins remain as a testament of what was once an important palatial centre of the late Bronze Age in Greece. 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 Dive Into Culture and sample delicious local vintages, gaining insights into wine production in the Nemea region. We'll have free time to stroll through the seaside retreat of Nafplion with a delicious Greek ice cream in hand.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Onwards to Ancient Olympia

    Crossing the Peloponnese, we head towards the famous village of Olympia, where sacrifices were once made to the gods, and athletes competed for supremacy in the ancient Olympic Games. Visit the ruins of temples, the museum and the stadium, with our Local Specialist, imagining agile runners racing in honour of Zeus. This evening, we Connect With Locals joining the Karambellas family on their olive and wine farm for a traditional Be My Guest experience including dinner and dancing.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Olympic Village
  5. Day 5 Off to Nikopolis and Sail to Corfu

    We leave the Peninsula and return to mainland Greece, continuing north past 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 where we have some time at leisure to admire its splendid architecture, arcades and Spianada, one of the largest and most impressive squares in Greece.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Cavalieri
  6. Day 6 A Day to Discover Amazing Corfu

    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, who so admired Greece and its culture that she decided to build an enchanting summer retreat here. Stroll through its Imperial Gardens and enjoy magnificent views of the lush valley and glistening Ionian Sea beyond before returning to your hotel for an evening on your own terms.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Continue on to Lakeside Ioannina

    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. Stroll along the tranquil lakeshore and through the Old Town to admire its Ottoman and Byzantine treasures, including the imposing castle that overlooks Lake Pamvotis.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Du Lac
  8. Day 8 Journey to Meteora and Mount Pelion

    The delicious flavours of Metsovone cheese and wine provide a fitting start to our day. We continue to Kalambaka where a Local Specialist will reveal the famous Byzantine Monasteries of Meteora that stand almost impossibly perched atop colossal boulders. Pass the seaside town of Volos before arriving into Portaria.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Despotiko
  9. Day 9 Admire Thermopylae, Delphi and on to Galaxidi

    Traversing the peaks of Parnassos and Giona, we stop in Thermopylae, the mythical entrance to Hades and the site where Leonidas and his 300 Spartans fought bravely against the invading Persians. Join a Local Specialist for a guided visit to Delphi, the seat of the most important oracle in the classical world. Walk the Sacred Way to the 4th-century Temple of Apollo and ramble through what remains of this ancient sanctuary, once the site of the Pythian Games, a precursor of the modern Olympics. The seaside village of Galaxidi is our final stop for the day.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Nostos
  10. Day 10 Return to Athens

    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, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and view the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. On our final evening together, we join our fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate the millennia and miles explored together on this epic voyage of discovery.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Radisson Blu Park
  11. Day 11 Farewell Athens

    We bid farewell to Athens and newfound friends as we prepare to depart Greece. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Secrets of Greece including Corfu
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 10 Breakfasts

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • High-speed ferry from Athens to Santorini
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Return ferry to Corfu

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Mycenae, Olympia, Meteora, Delphi and Athens with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Corfu, Metsovo, Meteora and Galaxidi
  • Visit the ancient theatre at Epidaurus, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia, the island of Corfu, the 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 and the Acropolis in Athens
  • View the Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus and the Parthenon, Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus in Athens
  • See the Corinth Canal, the Lion Gate and Agamemnon's Palace at Mycenae
  • Connect With Locals Say opa! to an Olympic Be My Guest experience with the Karambellas family on their olive and wine farm, followed by a traditional dinner and dancing.
  • Dive Into Culture Learn about the winemaking tradition of the Nemea region and enjoy a local wine tasting.

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Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Joan Schrager
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Service
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!
Trusted Customer
Monday, September 21, 2015
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However, Grand European did not run this trip and this trip needs a lot of help.
Vacation
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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