9 Day Best Value Tour Round Greece
Embark on a journey through the ages - centuries of myths and legends and ancient history - revealed on this leisurely holiday visiting the bougainvillea-clad Achilleion Palace, gods and goddesses of Athens, and Corfu. You'll also walk the Sacred Way at Delphi.
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Day by day
First Day Welcome to Athens
Welcome to Athens. On arrival you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. Relax before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Meeting this evening.
Second Day we drive to Thermopylae then head for Volos
This morning enjoy a leisurely drive along the coast to Thermopylae. Stop to view the monument dedicated to brave Spartan warriors that were led by the heroic King Leonidas. Continue along the Magnesian coastline and arrive in the coastal city of Volos known for its mythical Argonauts. (BB)
Third Day we visit Portaria and Makrinitsa then onto Meteora and Trikala
After a morning visit to the villages of Portaria and Makrinitsa, drive towards central Greece and the plains of Thessaly. Visit one of the breathtaking clifftop monasteries set amongst the magical rock formations of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Meteora. Stop later in Trikala situated alongside the Litheos River. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB),(D)
Hotel: Aeton Melathron/Achillion
Fourth Day its onto Metsovo then Ioannina
After a relaxed start this morning stop in the mountain village of Metsovo, famous for its Metsovne cheese and local wine. Continue on to the charming city of Ioannina and enjoy free time to walk around the Old Town dating back to the Byzantine era. Consider taking a stroll along Pamvotis Lake whilst taking in the views of the picturesque Byzantine Monasteries situated on an island in the middle of the lake. (BB)
Hotel: Dovitel/Epirus Palace
Fifth Day we travel to the Port of Igoumenitsa then ferry to Corfu
A morning drive brings you to the port of Igoumenitsa in western Greece for your ferry across to the Ionian island of Corfu. Empress Elizabeth "Sissy" of the Austro-Hungarian Empire loved spending time here and it was once under Venetian rule. Enjoy free time to stroll in Corfu town with its mixture of Greek and Venetian architecture. Dine tonight in your hotel. (BB),(D)
Hotel: Divani Palace/Ariti
Sixth Day we see the sights of Corfu
Enjoy a relaxed island excursion today and view the Venetian Castle and the Monastery of Palaiokastritsa. Later visit the Achilleion Palace which was once the summer home of the beloved Empress "Sissi" and later used as the summer residence of the Greek Royal Family. Marvel at the many impressive statues and artwork within the palace grounds and admire the view of the Ionian sea below. (BB)
Hotel: Divani Palace/Ariti
Seventh Day stop in Nikopolis and Amphilochia then Nafpaktos and Delphi
Today leave the magic of Corfu and sail back to mainland Greece by ferry. Drive to the ancient town of Nikopolis to see where the Battle of Actium took place. Continue via the coastal town of Preveza and stop in the charming port town of Amphilochia. Drive south towards the quaint Greco-Venetian town of Nafpaktos known to most as 'Lepando' for the infamous sea battle that ensued in 1571. Arrive later in Delphi at the foothills of the Parnassus Mountain range to enjoy a leisurely evening above the Valley of the Muses. (BB)
Eighth Day its Delphi then drive through Arahova to Athens
Visit the most famous Oracle of the Ancient world in Delphi. Visit the museum, the Temple of Apollo and walk the Sacred Way. Later drive through the village of Arahova famous for its "flocati" sheep skin rugs and return to Athens to discover the rich heritage during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Visit the Acropolis and view the Parthenon dedicated to the Goddess Athena and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. Enjoy a traditional Greek farewell dinner tonight in the Plaka quarter. (BB),(D)
Ninth Day we bid Farewell to Athens
After breakfast, bid farewell and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. If you have decided to continue on to the 3 day cruise, you will be transferred to the port with your fellow travelers and Travel Director for another 3-days of wonderful destinations. (BB)
8 buffet breakfasts (BB)
3 three course dinners (D)
- Nafpaktos: See where the Battle of Lepando, the last battle between the Ottoman Turkish Empire and the Western powers of Europe took place in 1576.
- Athens: Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to the magnificent Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus. View Hadrian's Arch.
- Corfu: Orientation of island and view the Venetian Castle and Monastery of Palaiokastritsa. Visit the Achilleon Palace.
- Delphi: Sightseeing and the museum, the Temple of Apollo and walk the Sacred Way.
- Ioannina: Free Time in this Byzantine city.
- Meteora: See the rock formations and visit a Monastery - a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Metsovo: Stop in the local village.
- Pelion Villages: Visit the traditional village of Portaria and Makrinitsa.
- Thermopylae: Stop to admire the Battle of Thermopylae monument dedicated to the Spartan warriors.
East Coast Afternoon ''Caique'' Sail in Corfu
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”.
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.
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