Great Greece and Rome

Duration

10 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Athens

Available

April 2020 / November 2020

Cities to visit: Athens; Kamena Vourla; Kalambaca; Meteora; Metsovo; Corfu - Corfu Regional Unit, Ionian Islands; Leucade, Ionian Islands; Nafpaktos; Delphi; Olympia; Patras Ancona - Boat; Rome

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:   Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Welcome to Europe!!!.   On arrival at the airport we shall be waiting to transfer you to the hotel.  You can enjoy free time until your tour starts, information about the meeting place and start time can be found on the information boards in the hotel reception area. 

IMPORTANT - IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.  

NB:   The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.    

TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour in Athens. Night 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).

18.30 hrs- In the evening we include a transfer to the area of Plaka, a place full of small Greek taverns where you can also enjoy this country´s folklore.

Total distance:  410 km.
Scenery:  Views over the sea FANTASTIC LANDSCAPES in the region of Meteoras we visit orthodox monasteries.
Notes:  Wear appropriate clothing (women will have to wear the skirts that will be delivered on arrival to the monastery). Also foresee comfortable footwear ... you will have to climb many steps in Meteoras !!!

08:00 hrs.  Athens –departure-.  We leave for the notrh of Greece. Pleasant Mediterranean landscapes.
11:00 hrs. - Kamena Vourla  – Arrival.- Pretty tourist centre by the sea amidst magnificent scenery. Time for stroll and a coffee.  
12:00 hrs.  - Kamena Vourla –departure-. Continuation northbound. We make a brief stop at the gorge where the battle of Thermopylae took place.

15:30 hrs. - Meteoras  – Arrival to this impressive place declared UNESCO World Heritage, an area that covers few sqare kilometers where an ancient monastic community and a rare geological phenomenon of huge rock pillars coexist in absolute harmony.  We will see the whole valley and have the chance to go into one of the most famous monasteries (entrance included).    Dinner included. 
Accommodation in Kalabaka, small town in the center of the Meteoras region.

Distance covered by road:   305 km 
Countryside:   High mountains in northern Greece. NB: Have some warm clothes to hand to enjoy the deck on the ferry crossing.   

08.00 hrs- - Kalabaka –Departure-.
09:15 hrs - Metsovo  –Arrival at this picturesque, Balkan tourist village amidst the mountains. This area, which is isolated by mountains from the rest of Greece, maintains its distinct culture of strong Slav and Turkish influence. Time for a stroll and a coffee.   

10:30 hrs - Metsovo –Departure-. Impressive new motorway between the mountains. 
12:15 hrs- Igumenitsa.  Arrival-. At this point, we embark (around 13.00 hrs) on the  ferry  for an hour and a half’s crossing; pretty maritime scenery along the coast, views of Albania and the  island of Corfu.  We recommend having lunch on the crossing.   

CORFU  – Arrival (at around  14:45 hrs ). We are at the island considered the most beautiful of the Ionian Sea. On the bus, we go to see  KANONI , a very beautiful white church in the city. Free time afterwards in  KERKIRA , the capital of the island. A town of Venetian origin, with very attractive historic centre and powerful fortresses in the port. Free time to stroll until 18.00 hrs, when we take the ferry back to the continent. Crossing of one and a half hours. 19:45 hrs - Approximate arrival time in Igumenitsa and continuation of our route to  21:30 hrs - Leucada  - Dinner  and accommodation in the hotel.

Distance covered by road: 50 km.
 
Countryside:  Very beautiful scenery both on the island and on the crossing, as well as travelling along the coast. 
NB:   In the case of bad weather, the cruise may be cancelled. An alternative programme will be offered in this case. The cruise may also sometimes take a different route due to the weather.
If the weather is good, travel with your swimsuit and towel, you are sure to enjoy the beaches!   

08:30 hrs- Leucada –Departure-. We travel to the island of Leucada, which is connected to the continent by a bridge. Very pretty coastal scenery.  
09.00 hrs - Nydri . Arrival at this popular spa town. Here, after time for coffee, we get on a small holiday cruiser with capacity for up to 500 people, which will show us some of the most attractive islands of the Ionian Sea. Expected departure time of the cruiser 10.00 hrs. We will travel to  PORTO KATSIKI , a beautiful beach;  CEPHALONIA , the largest island of the Ionian Sea, where we can stroll around the picturesque village of  FISCARDO; ITHACA , the country of Ulysses and a stroll in the village of FRIKES; the boat then goes into a hidden grotto in MEGANISI. Our boat also stops at  SCORPIO , the island of Onassis, where we are able to swim. Small lunch included on board. Return to the port of Nydri at around 18:30 hrs. 

20.00 - Leucada- Arrival-  Dinne r and accommodation. We suggest a stroll around the bustling centre of this picturesque town.

Distance covered: 490 km.
 
Countryside:  Presence of the sea and Mediterranean scenery. Very pretty views in some places.   

08.00 hrs - Preveza –Departure-. We travel to the south of Greece.  
11.00 hrs - Nafpaktos  –in the Gulf of Corinth, the fortress reminds us that we are in Lepanto, the city where the Christian ships came up against the Turks, and the battle in which Cervantes lost an arm. Time for a stroll.    

12.00 hrs - Nafpaktos –Departure-. Little villages, huge scenery over the Gulf of Corinth.  
14.00 hrs – Delphos  – Arrival. Time for lunch and entrance included to visit the beautiful archaeological complex that overlooks the Gulf of Corinth, with incredible scenery.   

16.30 hrs - Delphos –Departure-. We travel towards the Peloponnese, crossing a large hanging bridge that traverses the Strait of Corinth.  
20.30 hrs -  Olympia  –Arrival,  dinner  and accommodation.

Total distance covered: 90 km.
 
Note: This evening involves an overnight journey. We recommend that you pack a small travel bag containing the items that you will need for the crossing. The suitcases will remain in the luggage compartment of the coach. Please have your passport to hand as it is often requested for embarkation. 


Entrance to the archaeological site of Olympia in the company of a local guide. You will be able to visit the museum and archaeological site, which was the cradle of the Olympic Games in ancient times. 

11.00hrs- Leaving Olimpia, we continue along the route to Patras.
13.15 hrs- Patras. Arrival to the third largest city in Greece. We include tickets to its powerful castle built in the 6th century. There is time to wander through its lively centre, full of commercial activity and have lunch. 

At 17.30 (the time may change) we board a very modern ferry, much more like a cruiser. The ship sails along the Greek coast, passing the islands of Ithaca and Kefalonia and making a stop at Igumenitsa. Accommodation in double cabins with bathroom. Breakfast is not included on the ferry.

Notes: Sometimes, due to the weather, the servicing of the ship or changes in times, strikes, or if the ferry is full, we might take a different ferry from Igumenitsa or travel to Rome by plane.

T otal distance covered: 330 km . 
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Ferryboat-Loreto. 

Morning resting on board on our journey through the Adriatic. Arrival in Ancona scheduled at 14 hrs., disembarkation.

14.30 hrs- Ancona, departure and continuation to Loreto.

15.30 hrs- Loreto- time to visit the sanctuary of the Holy House, the house of the Virgin Mary, and to tour its beautiful medieval town. 

16.30- Loreto- Departure- After that we cross the Apennines amidst beautiful countryside in the Abruzzos region. 
20.15 hrs- Rome -Arrival at the end of the day-.

Highlights: city tour of Rome. Roman Coliseum (admission price included) and Vatican City.

The morning starts with an early interesting city tour of the “Eternal City”, in which we will visit the Caracalla Baths, Venice Square, Circo Massimo, the Capitoline Hill and St. John Lateran. We enter the tiny state of the Vatican. The Vatican City is a principal centre of Christianity in the world. You will be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica.   Admission to the Coliseum included . This building, which dates from the first century, was built for the purpose of organising entertainment for the Romans, such as gladiator combats. We have the chance to learn about the ancient society of the Roman Empire.

18:30 h. Transfer to Via Cavour , which has many local restaurants and others that serve international cuisine, including Indian and Chinese. Return to hotel.

After breakfast, end of our services.


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