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Secrets of Greece including Corfu summer 2017

Start:
Athens
Includes:
Athens, Epidaurus, Sanctuary of Asclepius, Nafplion, Mycenae, Agamemnons Royal Palace, Beehive Tombs, Olympia, Amfilochia, Nikopolis, Corfu, Achilleio, Old Fortress, Achilleio, Achilleio, Ioannina, Lake Ioannina, Ioannina, Kalabaka, Meteora, Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Pelion, Mount Parnassus, Thermopylae, Delphi, Temple of Apollo, Galaxidi, Acropolis, Parthenon, Ancient Agora of Athens, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Arch of Hadrian, Olympic Stadium
Duration:
11 days
Departs:
20 August, 2017
Tour Type:
Hidden Journey

The sound of cicadas and warmth of the Greek countryside are your companions as you travel through rolling hills of olive groves to the vineyards of Nemea, and cross country to the island of Corfu with its cobbled alleys, arcades and the elegant Esplanade. Visit the bougainvillea-clad Achilleion Palace, the dramatic cliff-top byzantine monasteries of Meteora and Delphi's Sacred Way.

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All prices are quoted in Australian dollars on a per person basis unless stated otherwise. Prices are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, fuel price, and tax increases. Prices may vary until full payment is received, please ask your consultant for details. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking. Conditions apply. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice.

Day 1
(1 day)
Arrive Athens
Welcome to Athens. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Later meet with your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception.Welcome Reception
Day 2
(1 day)
Athens – Epidaurus – Nafplion (2 Nights)
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.Buffet Breakfast
Day 3
(1 day)
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.Buffet Breakfast
Day 4
(1 day)
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. This evening join us at our wonderful Be My Guest dinner of authentic local cuisine on an olive oil farm.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
Day 5
(1 day)
Olympia – Amphilochia – Preveza – Nikopolis – Igoumenitsa – Corfu (2 Nights)
See the 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.Buffet Breakfast
Day 6
(1 day)
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.Buffet Breakfast
Day 7
(1 day)
Corfu – Ioannina
Say goodbye to Corfu and 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.Buffet Breakfast
Day 8
(1 day)
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.Buffet Breakfast
Day 9
(1 day)
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.Buffet Breakfast
Day 10
(1 day)
Galaxidi – Athens
On arrival in Athens, visit the Acropolis and view the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist continues with views of the Agora, the Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus. See Hadrian's Arch which was built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. View the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. This evening join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner to mark the end of this incredible holiday.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 11
(1 day)
Depart Athens
Say goodbye to your fellow travellers at the end of a magical holiday, or join the 3-Day Santorini Extension. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.Buffet Breakfast

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