Secrets of Greece including Corfu with Santorini Extension

Secrets of Greece including Corfu with Santorini Extension

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Secrets of Greece including Corfu with Santorini Extension

14 Days Starting and ending in Athens

Visiting: Athens, Nafplion, Mycenae, Olympia, Corfu, Ioannina, Meteora, Delphi, Santorini

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

GSMSMZN19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 54

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Tour Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through the ancient wonders and serene landscapes of Greece with the "Secrets of Greece including Corfu with Santorini Extension" tour. This meticulously crafted adventure invites you to explore the rich tapestry of Greek history, culture, and natural beauty. From the legendary ruins of Mycenae, Olympia, and Delphi to the spiritual serenity of Meteora's monasteries and the vibrant streets of Athens, each day unfolds with new discoveries led by a Local Specialist. Indulge in the idyllic charm of Corfu, marvel at the architectural splendors of ancient theaters and palaces, and soak in the breathtaking views of Santorini's caldera. With luxury air-conditioned coach travel, cherry-picked hotels, and a plethora of included meals and sightseeing experiences, this tour promises a journey of unparalleled depth and comfort through the heart of Greece.

Highlights

  • Explore Mycenae, Olympia, Meteora, Delphi and Athens with a Local Specialist

  • Discover Corfu, Metsovo, Meteora and Galaxidi

  • Visit the ancient theater at Epidaurus, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia, the island of Corfu, the monastery of Palaiokastritsa and Achilleon Palace, the towns of Ioannina and Metsovo, the rock monasteries in Meteora, Mount Pelion region, the home of the Oracle at Delphi, the port town of Galaxidi, the Acropolis in Athens and Santorini

  • 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

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Athens

Location: Athens

Accommodation: Hotel, Radisson Blu ParkZafolia

Accommodation Name: Divani Caravel/Radisson Blu Park Hotel Athens/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center

Meals Included: No Meals

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 Civilization' this evening, when you meet your Travel Director and travel companions for a Light Meal.

Day 2: Journey To Epidaurus And Nafplion

Location: Nafplion

Accommodation: Amalia Nafplio

Accommodation Name: Amalia Hotel Nafplio

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 3 : A Day Exploring Mycenae

Location: Mycenae

Accommodation: Amalia Nafplio

Accommodation Name: Amalia Hotel Nafplio

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 4 : Onwards To Ancient Olympia

Location: Olympia

Accommodation: Olympic Village

Accommodation Name: Olympic Village Hotel & Spa Olympia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 5: Off To Nikopolis And Sail To Corfu

Location: Corfu

Accommodation: Cavalieri

Accommodation Name: Cavalieri Hotel Corfu

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 6: A Day To Discover Amazing Corfu

Location: Corfu

Accommodation: Cavalieri

Accommodation Name: Cavalieri Hotel Corfu

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 7: Continue On To Lakeside Ioannina

Location: Ioannina

Accommodation: Du Lac

Accommodation Name: Hotel Du Lac Congress and Spa Ioannina

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 8: Journey To Meteora And Mount Pelion

Location: Meteora

Accommodation: Despotiko

Accommodation Name: Hotel Despotiko Portaria

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 9: Admire Thermopylae, Delphi And On To Galaxidi

Location: Delphi

Accommodation: Nostos

Accommodation Name: Nostos Hotel Galaxidi

Meals Included: Breakfast

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. Continue on to a family-ran honey farm for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Taste the rich thyme honey freshly collected from the hive and come up close to the unique biodiversity of the area. The seaside village of Galaxidi is our final stop for the day.

Day 10: Return To Athens

Location: Athens

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Park, Zafolia Hotel

Accommodation Name: Divani Caravel/Radisson Blu Park Hotel Athens/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 11: Cruise To Sunny Santorini

Location: Santorini

Accommodation: El Greco

Accommodation Name: El Greco Resort & Spa Santorini/Santorini Palace /Kallisti Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Board a high-speed ferry to the idyllic island of Santorini, your home for three nights. Transfer to your hotel with an orientation on arrival and spend free time exploring. Comprising of a small circular archipelago of volcanic islands in the southern Aegean Sea, Santorini is all that remains of an enormous volcanic explosion. The island's spectacular physical beauty coupled with its dynamic nightlife makes it one of Europe's most popular hotspots.

Day 12: Discover Stunning Santorini

Location: Santorini

Accommodation: El Greco

Accommodation Name: El Greco Resort & Spa Santorini/Santorini Palace /Kallisti Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Santorini offers a wealth of exciting things to do. You might like to spend your time relaxing in the sun or wander down winding cobbled streets full of whitewashed houses. Admire breathtaking views across the caldera and witness a stunning sunset.

Day 13: Santorini Your Way

Location: Santorini

Accommodation: El Greco

Accommodation Name: El Greco Resort & Spa Santorini/Santorini Palace /Kallisti Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Santorini makes some of the Greek islands' best wines so perhaps take a tour of a winery and taste some for yourself. Consider a ride in a caique to the volcanic island of Nea Kamini to swim in the hot springs. Embrace the magic of Santorini.

Day 14: Fly To Athens And Journey Home

Location: Athens

Meals Included: Breakfast

Take a short flight back to Athens this morning. Say goodbye to Greece as you continue your journey home from Athens Airport.

What's Included

  • Cherry-picked hotels

    Stay in cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted, dependent on your departure date.

  • Expert Travel Director and Driver

    Benefit from the services of an expert Travel Director and a professional Driver throughout your journey.

  • Gratuities Included

    All porterage and restaurant gratuities are included.

  • Hotel Tips and Taxes

    All hotel tips, charges, and local taxes are taken care of.

  • Meals

    Enjoy breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals.

  • Sightseeing

    Experience must-see sightseeing and surprise extras.

  • Flexible Sightseeing

    Use audio headsets for flexible sightseeing.

  • Luxury Coach

    Travel in comfort with a luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys).

  • Ferry Rides

    Enjoy return ferry rides to Corfu and a high-speed ferry from Athens to Santorini.

  • Flight Included

    A flight from Santorini to Athens is included.

What's Not Included

  • Airfare

    International airfare to/from the start/end of your tour is not included

  • Visas

    Visas as required

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended

  • Optional Experiences

    Optional experiences and free time

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys), Return ferry to Corfu, High-speed ferry from Athens to Santorini, Flight from Santorini to Athens

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted. Specific hotels will be dependent on your departure date.

Check out our Q&As

  • What are the inclusions of the tour?

    Inclusions of the tour are cherry-picked hotels, services of an expert Travel Director and a professional Driver, 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, flexible sightseeing with audio headsets, luxury coach travel, return ferry rides to Corfu and a high-speed ferry from Athens to Santorini, and a flight from Santorini to Athens.

  • Are meals included in the tour?

    Yes, breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals are included in the tour.

  • What are the exclusions?

    Exclusions include international airfare to/from the start/end of your tour, visas as required, travel insurance, and optional experiences and free time.

  • What type of transportation will be used?

    Transportation includes a luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys), return ferry to Corfu, high-speed ferry from Athens to Santorini, and a flight from Santorini to Athens.

  • What countries will I visit on this tour?

    You will visit Greece on this tour.

  • What are some highlights of the tour?

    Highlights of the tour include exploring Mycenae, Olympia, Meteora, Delphi, and Athens with a Local Specialist, discovering Corfu, Metsovo, Meteora, and Galaxidi, visiting ancient and historical sites such as the ancient theater at Epidaurus, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia, and the Acropolis in Athens, as well as enjoying a high-speed ferry from Athens to Santorini and a flight from Santorini to Athens.

  • What kind of accommodation can I expect?

    You can expect to stay in cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted, dependent on your departure date.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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