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Secrets of Greece Including Corfu with Santorini Extension

14 Day Greece Tour of Athens, Olympia & Santorini

Secrets of Greece including Corfu
Secrets of Greece including Corfu with Santorini Extension Guided Tour
14 Days
1 Country

Greece

14 Cities

Athens, Nafplion, Archaeological Site of Mycenae, Olympia, Igoumenitsa, Corfu, Ioannina, Metsovo, Kalambaka, Portaria, Thermopylae, Delphi, Galaxidi, Santorini

16 Meals

3 Dinners, 13 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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An in-depth Greece trip for history buffs and lovers of Greek food and culture. You’ll enjoy traditional dinner and dancing on an olive farm, travel to the enchanting island of Corfu and explore ancient sights like Mycenae, Olympia and Delphi you’ve read about in history books.

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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 Civilization' this evening, when you meet your Travel Director and travel companions for a Light Meal.

Caryatids in Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Accommodation Divani Caravel
Included Meals Dinner

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 theater 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.

Boat in Corinth Canal, Corinth, Greece
Accommodation Amalia Hotel Nafplio
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Visit Argolis in Epidaurus, Greece
Visit the Ancient Sites of Epidaurus

Visit the Theater of Epidaurus and view the Sanctuary of Asclepius during a stop in the Peloponnesus.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Enjoy a traditional meal in Nafplion, Greece
Nafplion Venetian Inspirations

We board our coach for a short drive to the top of Nafplion to visit Palamidi Castle. A Venetian castle completed in 1714 which guarded the city fo...

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Optional Experiences

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 center 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, perhaps with a delicious Greek ice cream in hand. 

Venetian inspirations in Nafplion, Greece
Accommodation Amalia Hotel Nafplio
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Learn about winemaking and enjoy a local wine tasting, Nemea
Discover Nemea's Winemaking Tradition

Learn about the winemaking tradition of the Nemea region and enjoy a local wine tasting.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Lion's gate in the archaeological site of Mycenae, Greece
Mycenae City Tour

Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal beehive-tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, while hearing tales of Agamemnon from your Local Specialist.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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 honor 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. 

Ruins in Ancient Olympia, Greece
Accommodation Olympic Village Hotel & Spa Olympia
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Meet the Karambellas family on their olive and wine farm in Olympia
Dine and Dance with the Karambellas Family on their Olive and Wine Farm

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.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Archaeological Site in Olympia, Greece
Explore the Ancient Site of Olympia

Join a Local Specialist to view the stadium of Olympia which hosted the ancient Olympic Games and Heraia, the women's games in honor of Hera. See t...

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Iconic Experience

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. 

Cruise Ship in Ocean
Accommodation Cavalieri Hotel Corfu
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Street of Corfu town centre, Greece.
Explore Corfu

Enjoy time at leisure to explore Corfu's Old Town narrow streets and arcaded squares. 

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Iconic Experience

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.

View of houses in Kerkyra, Corfu
Accommodation Cavalieri Hotel Corfu
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Visit Achilleion Palace, Corfu, Greece
Visit Achilleion Palace

Visit the Achilleion Palace, former summer home of Elizabeth 'Sissi' Empress of Austria nad Hungary. 

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Iconic Experience

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.

Aslan Pasha Mosque on the shore of Lake Pamvotis, Ioannina, Greece
Accommodation Hotel Du Lac Congress and Spa Ioannina
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 8

Journey to Meteora and Mount Pelion

The delicious flavors of Metsovone cheese 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.

Monestry in Meteora, Greece
Accommodation Hotel Despotiko Portaria
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Mountains in Meteora, Greece
Visit Monasteries of Meteora

With a Local Specialist, visit one of the remarkable centuries-old monasteries of Meteora, teetering on towers of rock and arguably the most spectacular place to visit in Greece.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Drive to Markrinitsa enjoy dinner and wine tasting in Pelion, Greece
Pelion Flavors

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 br...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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. Continue on to a family-ran honey farm for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Taste the rich thyme honey freshly collected from the hive and come up close to the unique biodiversity of the area. The seaside village of Galaxidi is our final stop for the day.

Ruins in Delphi, Greece
Accommodation Nostos Hotel Galaxidi
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Memorial Leonidas, Sparta 300 in Thermopylae, Greece
See the Leonidas Monument in Thermopylae

See the Leonidas Monument dedicated to the brave warrior and his 300 Spartans.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Visit Delphi in Greece
Delphi City Tour

With your Local Specialist, walk to The Sacred Way once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb P...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Meet beekeeper and enjoy honey tasting in Delphi, Greece
Honey Tasting in Delphi

Meet passionate beekeeper Nikiforos at his honey farm for a taste of his special thyme honey, known to be one of the most nutritious in the world. ...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

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 travelers for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate the millennia and miles explored together on this epic voyage of discovery.

Dinner and drinks in Athens, Greece
Accommodation Divani Caravel
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience View of Athens, Greece
Athens City Tour

Delve into Athens with a Local Specialist. See the iconic highlights of this ancient city, from the Acropolis to the site of the first modern Olympics.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 11

Cruise to Sunny Santorini

Board a high-speed ferry to the idyllic island of Santorini, your home for three nights. Transfer to your hotel with an orientation on arrival and spend free time exploring. Comprising of a small circular archipelago of volcanic islands in the southern Aegean Sea, Santorini is all that remains of an enormous volcanic explosion. The island's spectacular physical beauty coupled with its dynamic nightlife makes it one of Europe's most popular hotspots.

Street and Houses in Santorini, Greece
Accommodation El Greco Resort & Spa Santorini
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience A Church in Santorini, Greece
Santorini Orientation

Enjoy an orientation of stunning Santorini upon arrival. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 12

Discover Stunning Santorini

Santorini offers a wealth of exciting things to do. You might like to spend your time relaxing in the sun or wander down winding cobbled streets full of whitewashed houses. Admire breathtaking views across the caldera and witness a stunning sunset.

Octopus in Santorini, Greece
Accommodation El Greco Resort & Spa Santorini
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Tour Santorini Island and visit Akrotiri, Greece
Santorini Island Tour With Visit To Akrotiri

Drive to Profitis Ilias, the highest point, for stunning views of the island, before we make our way to the village of Pyrgos, to see the iconic bl...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Lined residential street in Oia, Greece
Essence of Thera with Akrotiri and Oia Visit

This morning embark on an unforgettable quest, driving through amazing landscapes and picturesque villages. Today you will discover Santorini’s tru...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 13

Santorini Your Way

Santorini makes some of the Greek islands' best wines so perhaps take a tour of a winery and taste some for yourself. Consider a ride in a caique to the volcanic island of Nea Kamini to swim in the hot springs. Embrace the magic of Santorini.

Church and houses in Santorini, Greece
Accommodation El Greco Resort & Spa Santorini
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Boat ride in Santorini, Greece
Sunset On Board

This afternoon we board our large wooden“ caique” and set off to the Volcano. Take the opportunity to climb up to the top of the volcano and experi...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 14

Fly to Athens and Journey Home

Take a short flight back to Athens this morning. Say goodbye to Greece as you continue your journey home from Athens Airport.

Acropolis Odeon and Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Visit the Ancient Sites of Epidaurus

Visit the Theater of Epidaurus and view the Sanctuary of Asclepius during a stop in the Peloponnesus.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover Nemea's Winemaking Tradition

Learn about the winemaking tradition of the Nemea region and enjoy a local wine tasting.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Mycenae City Tour

Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal beehive-tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, while hearing tales of Agamemnon from your Local Specialist.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Dine and Dance with the Karambellas Family on their Olive and Wine Farm

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.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore the Ancient Site of Olympia

Join a Local Specialist to view the stadium of Olympia which hosted the ancient Olympic Games and Heraia, the women's games in honor of Hera. See t...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore Corfu

Enjoy time at leisure to explore Corfu's Old Town narrow streets and arcaded squares. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Achilleion Palace

Visit the Achilleion Palace, former summer home of Elizabeth 'Sissi' Empress of Austria nad Hungary. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Monasteries of Meteora

With a Local Specialist, visit one of the remarkable centuries-old monasteries of Meteora, teetering on towers of rock and arguably the most spectacular place to visit in Greece.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See the Leonidas Monument in Thermopylae

See the Leonidas Monument dedicated to the brave warrior and his 300 Spartans.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Delphi City Tour

With your Local Specialist, walk to The Sacred Way once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb P...

See More
Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Honey Tasting in Delphi

Meet passionate beekeeper Nikiforos at his honey farm for a taste of his special thyme honey, known to be one of the most nutritious in the world. ...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Athens City Tour

Delve into Athens with a Local Specialist. See the iconic highlights of this ancient city, from the Acropolis to the site of the first modern Olympics.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Santorini Orientation

Enjoy an orientation of stunning Santorini upon arrival. 

Included in Trip

About this trip

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

What to expect

Explore Mycenae, Olympia, Meteora, Delphi and Athens with a Local Specialist
Discover Corfu, Metsovo, Meteora and Galaxidi
Visit the ancient theater 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, the Acropolis in Athens and Santorini
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

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Nafplion Venetian Inspirations

We board our coach for a short drive to the top of Nafplion to visit Palamidi Castle. A Venetian castle completed in 1714 which guarded the city fo...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Pelion Flavors

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 br...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Santorini Island Tour With Visit To Akrotiri

Drive to Profitis Ilias, the highest point, for stunning views of the island, before we make our way to the village of Pyrgos, to see the iconic bl...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Essence of Thera with Akrotiri and Oia Visit

This morning embark on an unforgettable quest, driving through amazing landscapes and picturesque villages. Today you will discover Santorini’s tru...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sunset On Board

This afternoon we board our large wooden“ caique” and set off to the Volcano. Take the opportunity to climb up to the top of the volcano and experi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language in Greece: Greek
  • Currency used in Greece: Euro (€)
  • Capital of Greece: Athens
  • Time Zone(s) in Greece: Eastern European Time Zone (EET), Eastern European Summer Time (EEST)

 

Greece passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Greece
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Greece has a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Summers in Greece are typically long and hot, with average temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). The country receives abundant sunshine during this season. Winters are generally mild, with temperatures averaging between 8°C and 15°C (46°F and 59°F), but colder conditions can be experienced in mountainous areas. Rainfall is highest during the winter months, while summers are generally dry.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Joan Schrager
Review date: 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.
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Look forward to future adventures!
Trusted Customer
Review date: 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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