Welcome to Europe!!! Upon arriving at the airport we will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. You can enjoy your free time until your tour starts. Please, check the informative posters placed at the hotel reception area which have all the information about your upcoming services such as meeting place, time, and the guide’s name.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour in Athens. Evening transfer.
We will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city with a local guide which includes the Presidential Palace, the Panathinaikos stadium where the first modern Olympic games were held, the national library, the bustling squares of the center; the new neighborhoods that emerged after the 2004 Olympic games. The tour will end at the Acropolis site (entry not included). In the evening we include a transfer to the PLAKA quarter, a place full of small Greek taverns where you can also enjoy this country´s folklore.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Meteora Valley with entrance to a Monastery. Dinner included.
We set off in the early morning for the North of Greece. A stop at KAMENA VOURLA, a beautiful tourist center by the sea amidst magnificent countryside. Continuation northbound. We make a brief stop at the gorge where the battle of Thermopylae took place. We will visit KASTRAKI, a picturesque village with beautiful views over the whole valley. Time for lunch before visiting the Valley of the METEORA, an impressive place declared Unesco World Heritage. We will see the whole of the valley and will have the chance to enter one of the most famous monasteries (entrance included). Dinner and accommodation.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Corfu, ferry crossing-
An exciting day full of beauty. We travel between mountains on our way to METSOVO. A coffee in this city that reminds us of the history and influence of the Slav and Turkish world in the north of Greece, before going on to IGOUMENITSA, where we will embark on the very beautiful island of CORFU. A one-and-a-half-hour crossing of the waters of the Ionian Sea in front of the coast of Albania, we suggest lunch on board. On the island of Corfu, the Pearl of the Ionian Sea, we see its capital KERKIRA which preserves its Venetian-style historic centre. We also see KANONI a beautiful Byzantine church perched on an island. We embark once more to return to continental Greece, before going on to LEFKADA. Accommodation in the picturesque capital of this small island is connected to the continent by a bridge.
Note: on some high-difficulty dates, some groups can be accommodated in Preveza.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Day cruise: Islands and Ionian sea. Small lunch included.
Today, the main feature is the sea and the islands of the Greek Ionian Sea. We embark on a day’s cruise that will take us to PORTO KATSIKI and its beautiful beach; CEPHALONIA, the largest island of the Ionian Sea, where we can stroll in the picturesque village of FISCARDO; ITHACA, the homeland of Ulysses and a chance to see the village of FRIKES; the boat then enters a hidden grotto in MEGANISI. Our boat also stops at SKORPIOS, the island of Onassis, where we can swim. A small lunch will be included on the cruise. Return to the port of Nydri where we disembark and return to our hotel in Lefkada.
Note: on rare occasions, the route of the boat trip might be changed (or completely canceled or the number of islands visited changed) due to the weather or for operational reasons.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Archaeologica complex of Delphi. Dinner included.
We travel to the south of the Ionian Sea and the Gulf of Corinth. We see NAFPAKTOS, where its castle reminds us that this city is Lepanto, where the famous sea battle between Christians and Turks took place. Amidst the very beautiful countryside, we go on to DELPHI, where we arrive at the end of the morning. The entrance included seeing this beautiful archaeological complex that overlooks the Gulf of Corinth with incredible scenery. Time for lunch. We go on to the Peloponnese. Dinner included.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Olympia archaeological site. Patras Cathedral. Dinner included.
With a local guide, we visit OLYMPIA, where you can see the archaeological complex (entrance included) which was the birthplace of the Olympic Games in antiquity. After this, we cross the mountainous interior of the Peloponnese on our way to PATRAS where we visit the Orthodox cathedral of the city, the largest in Greece. Time for lunch and to get to know Greece´s third-largest city. We go on through inland Peloponnese to NAFPLIO, a delightful coastal city that takes its name from the Venetian Citadel and fortress. Dinner included.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Beautiful stage by land and sea. Epidaurus theatre. Aegean Sea boat crossing.
Today we have a beautiful stage by land and sea. First of all, we will see EPIDAURUS, its ancient theatre built 2400 ago is magnificently preserved and still used, and can accommodate up to 14,000 people (entrance included). After this, we go to the coast of the Aegean Sea to continue our trip on the water. A short boat crossing takes us to POROS, a charming place full of tourist life, where its ancient houses climb up to the clock tower and we have time for a stroll and lunch. After this, we take the ferry to AEGINA, an island inhabited for more than 4000 years, where we can stroll around its ancient churches, its picturesque port, and its typical districts of little houses. In the evening, we will go back on the ferry, which will take us back to ATHENS in around 45 minutes – Arrival in Piraeus –
Note: The ferry timetable changes depending on the season and crossings are very limited between Poros and Aegina. In the low season, the island of Aegina may be replaced by the island of Hydra.
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