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Secrets of Greece including Corfu Women Only

Operated by: Trafalgar

11 Days from $3,250 per person
MAY 2023
Tours of the Temple of Zeus, Olympia, Greece

Countries Visited

Greece ...more Greece

Locations Visited

Athens, Nafplion, Archaeological site of Mycenae, Olympia, Igoumenitsa, Corfu, Ioannina, Metsovo, Kalambaka, Portaria, Thermopylae, Delphi, Galaxidi ...more Athens, Nafplion, Archaeological site of Mycenae, Olympia, Igoumenitsa, Corfu, Ioannina, Metsovo, Kalambaka, Portaria, Thermopylae, Delphi, Galaxidi
  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 Dive Into Culture

    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, perhaps with a delicious Greek ice cream in hand.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Amalia Nafplio
  4. Day 4 Onwards to Ancient Olympia Connect with Locals

    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
    hotel Cavalieri
  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 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 Greece including Corfu Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Whats Included

  • 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

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 10 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Be My Guest

  • Olympia: 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

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

Iconic Experience

  • Ancient Theatre of the Asklepieion at Epidaurus: Visit the Theatre of Epidaurus and view the Sanctuary of Asclepius during a stop in the Peloponnesus.
  • Archaeological site of Mycenae: Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal beehive-tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, while hearing tales of Agamemnon from your Local Specialist.
  • Archaeological 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 honour of Hera. See the Temple of Zeus, athlete's gymnasium and the stone marker where the sprint began.
  • Corfu: Enjoy time at leisure to explore Corfu's Old Town narrow streets and arcaded squares.
  • Corfu: Visit the Achilleion Palace, former summer home of Elizabeth 'Sissi' Empress of Austria nad Hungary.
  • Meteora: With a Local Specialist, visit two of the remarkable centuries-old monasteries of Meteora, teetering on towers of rock and arguably the most spectacular place to visit in Greece.
  • Thermopylae: See the Leonidas Monument dedicated to the brave warrior and his 300 Spartans.
  • Delphi: With your Local Specialist, walk to The Sacred Way once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb Polygonal Wall to reach the Temple of Apollo, where people once sought divine wisdom from the mysterious Oracle.
  • Athens: 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.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Mycenae, Olympia, Meteora, Delphi and Athens with a Local Specialist
  • : Discover Corfu, Metsovo, Meteora and Galaxidi
  • : 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

Whats Included

  • : 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

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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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.


Available on Day 2

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 for centuries. Take some time to explore in the castle grounds and capture panoramic pictures of the Gulf and Nafplion town before we head off to enjoy dinner in a local tavern popular with locals and visitors alike. At the end of the evening, you have the chance to enjoy some homemade ice cream and meet one of our favorite locals. Includes entrance fee into Palamidi castle, dinner with drinks, and homemade ice cream treat.
Adult Price: € 47


Available on Day 8

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 taking a slow drive back to our local Portarian venue to enjoy the mouth-watering flavors Pelion has to offer.
Adult Price: € 35


Available on Day 12

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 true essence and learn its fascinating history spanning from antiquity to modern times.   You will uncover the less-known medieval village of Pyrgos, built at the slopes of the mountain Prophet Elijah, where Cycladic and Venetian-styled architecture blend with panoramic views.  We leave behind the middle ages scenes and step into antiquity as we visit one of the most significant archeological sites of Greece, the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri.  Almost 4 millenniums ago, a huge volcanic eruption buried the whole city in ash, preserving this bronze aged settlement, also referred to as 'Greek pre-historic Pompeii.'  Santorini is also famous for its wine production and distinctive local varieties.  Our next stop of the day is a local Santorini winery where we enjoy a variety of local 'meze' (Greek hors d'oeuvres) and sample the locally produced wines.  Learn about the 'kalathies' vines and the unique way that locals have grown grapes for centuries.  Later in the afternoon, visit the idyllic village of Oia, known as one of the prettiest spots on the island.  With its white-washed houses resting on the clifftops of the caldera, blue-domed churches sprinkled along the charming narrow alleys, cute cafes and restaurants overlooking the volcano, a visit to Oia is must see!
Adult Price: € 77

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 blue-domed churches and classic Cycladic architecture. We visit the prehistoric Akrotiri – a Bronze Age settlement destroyed by a huge eruption in the 17th century BC, buried under the volcanic ash, preserving the whole city. It is often referred as “Prehistoric Pompei” Afterward we head for the black sand beach of Perivolos, passing picturesque villages. Enjoy time at leisure on the black beach for a swim, have lunch or do both. Lunch not included.
Adult Price: € 62

Available on Day 13

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 experience a real active volcano, or perhaps stay on board, relax and enjoy the amazing view. Afterward, swim in the hot springs and enjoy the natural spa-like feeling of the thermal waters. We enjoy a casual dinner with wine on board accompanied by music, and marvel at the sunset and the breathtaking village of Oia high above on the Cliffside. Dinner with wine included. Volcano entrance of €2.00 is not included.
Adult Price: € 85

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