SECRETS OF GREECE: Athens, Epidaurus, Argolida, Nafplio, Olympia, Corfu, Ioannina, Metsovo, Meteora, Portaria, Galaxidi, Delfi 10 DAYS
The beauty of Greece throughout a special hike. On the mountains of mythical centaurs, ritual oracles monasteries hanging on stones in the beautiful caves and the land that gave birth to the Olympic Games at the Acropolis in Athens, the city of democracy and culture appears. Enjoy activities, local specialties of Greek cuisine, shopping and nightlife. Complete package that includes 9 nights’ accommodation in a hotel of your choice with breakfast, transfers and visits.
Highlights: Athens, Epidaurus, Nafplio, Argolida, Delfi, Meteora, Ioannina, Corfu, Metsovo, Portaria
Day 1: Arrive in Athens
On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 2: Athens – Epidaurus – Nafplion
This morning enjoy a leisurely drive to the northeast Peloponnese. View the impressive Corinth Canal which connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea before your visit to the ancient Theatre of Epidaurus and the Sanctuary of Asclepius, God of Medicine. Epidaurus is a marvel of engineering and is famous for its outstanding acoustics which are considered some of the best of any open air theatre. You will have free time to explore or enjoy a meal near the harbour in the beautiful seaport town of Nafplion. Dinner and overnight in Nafplion.
Day 3: Nafplion – Excursion to Mycenae
Enjoy a visit to Mycenae, the most important palatial centre of the late Bronze Age in Greece. Here you will walk through the Lion Gate and remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace, as well as see his tomb. Gain a Cultural Insight into wine production in the Nemea region and sample some of the highly regarded local produce. Return to your hotel in Nafplion and perhaps enjoy a stroll in town or taste some local Greek ice cream. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 4: Nafplion – Olympia
Cross the Peloponnese and head west towards the famous village of Olympia. Visit the archaeological site and museum home of the original Olympic Games in antiquity. Dinner and overnight in Nafplion.
Day 5: Amphilochia – Preveza – Nikopolis – Igoumenitsa – Corfu
See the quaint town of Amphilochia and the local city of Preveza before arriving to Nikopolis to see where the Battle of Actium took place. Cross by ferry to the island of Corfu. Enjoy free time to stroll in Corfu city with its splendid architecture, cobbled alleys, arcades, and stop in the Spianada (Esplanade), one of the largest and most impressive squares in Greece. Dinner and night in Corfu.
Day 6: Corfu Sightseeing
Enjoy an island orientation of Corfu. Visit the Venetian Castle and the monastery of Palaiokastritsa. Later visit the Achilleion Palace with its beautiful views and bougainvillea, built by Elizabeth "Sissi" Empress of Austria and Hungary. This was once the summer residency of the royal family of Greece and overlooks the famous island of Pontikonisi and the beautiful clear waters of the bay. Dinner and overnight in Corfu.
Day 7: Ioannina
Sail back to the mainland to arrive later in the lively city of Ioannina. Enjoy free time to walk around the Old Town or alongside Pamvotis Lake. Dinner and overnight in Ioannina.
Day 8: Ioannina – Metsovo – Meteora – Portaria (Mount Pelion)
Stop in the mountainous picturesque town of Metsovo, famous for Metsovone cheese and local wine. Continue on to Kalambaka, home to the famous byzantine Monasteries of Meteora perched on top of the impossibly tall rocks. The striking, unique geology of the region led to UNESCO declaring it a World Heritage Site. Continue south east towards Mount Pelion, known for its unexpected natural beauty and lush vegetation scarcely found elsewhere on the Greek mainland. Dinner and night in Pelion.
Day 9: Portaria – Thermopylae – Delphi – Galaxidi
Today you will enjoy spectacular scenery as you travel through the countryside over the famous mountain ranges of Parnassos and Giona. Stop briefly in Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defence by Leonidas and his 300 brave Spartans against the invading Persians. Enjoy a guided visit in Delphi with a Local Specialist. Visit the most important oracle in the classical world. Walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo dating from the 4th century. It was here that athletes competed in the Pythian Games, a precursor of the modern Olympics. Later arrive in Galaxidi, a picturesque seafaring village situated on a wooded bay with fine views. Dinner and night in Delphi.
Day 10: Delphi – Athens
Last walk in Delphi and transfer to Athens, to the airport.
The package includes:
- Category 3-4 * hotels on half board.
- All tours as well as city tours, guide during the trip.
- Entrance fees referred to in the program, in force until 2017.
- The transfers on arrival and for the starting with assistance and transfer to the port.
- For technical reasons, the program sequence can be changed
The package does not include:
- Personal expenses
- Additional services
- The Optional excursions and visits
- What is not mentioned in “The package includes”
PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM
Single supplement 40%