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ZAGORI Undiscovered Greece

  

Explore inspiring and unique destinations in Greece, combining well known sights and off-the-beaten track experiences. Discover the incredible nature on the mountains of Zagori, see the breathtaking Vikos Canyon, and enjoy the Ionian sea and romantic town at the island of Corfu. All in one extraordinary trip!

Cost: AUD $2468 pp - Departing 8/10/16

Cost AUD $2573 pp - Departing 02 May 2017 & 20 Sep 2017 

 

Departure Dates
2016: Oct 08 2017: May 20 ... Sep 20
Athens 08.45am
Day Destination / Itinerary Overnight
1 Day 1 Athens (check in)

Welcome to Athens! Meet up with our representative at the Athens airport and take your transfer to your hotel in Athens.

After check-in spend some time at leisure strolling the area and taking in the atmosphere of the city. Meet your fellow travelers for the welcome dinner.
Overnight Athens (D)
2 Day 2 Athens Sightseeing

Spend the day on a sightseeing tour of Athens including guided visits to the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum. Your expert guide will show you the most important landmarks of Athens as you drive towards the Acropolis. You will see the Panathenaic stadium, the temple of Zeus , the parliament and much more on your way to the most known of all Greek sights, the Parthenon on the top of the Acropolis. 

After visiting the Acropolis you will enjoy the Acropolis museum. This part of your tour ends with a walk through the Plaka area, the picturesque old town of Athens, full of small shops, cafes and restaurants.

In the afternoon, set off for the town of Kalambaka, where the impressive byzantine monasteries of Meteora are located.
Overnight Meteora (B)
3 Day 3 Discover the Meteora Monasteries

Today you will explore the Meteora region , one of the most extraordinary sights in Greece. Visit some of the eastern Orthodox churches' most important monastic complexes and see the mystical monasteries perched on enormous sandstone rocks.

After a stop with free time for lunch in a local restaurant, a drive through some beautiful scenic roads brings you to the beautiful Zagori area..

Zagori is one of the most strictly protected areas in Greece due to its wild and unspoiled nature and its distinctive traditional architecture. The area is a National Park and the Vikos-Aoos Geopark, is a member of UNESCO's Global Geopark Network.
Overnight in Zagori region. (B)
4 Day 4 Hike and explore Zagori

Today you have the opportunity to discover the Zagori region with a mountain expert guide. Drive up to Vradeto village (1,300 m altitude), from where a mild thematic route on the lower alpine zone will bring us to the most spectacular view of the Vikos Canyon, an Unesco Geopark and the deepest canyon in the world! A downhill hike through the famous and best preserved Scala Vradetou (cobbled stone footpath) will bring us down to Kapesovo village. Visit the most important stone bridges of the area, the Kokkoros and Plakidas bridges.

Tonight, enjoy an authentic local dinner.
Overnight in Zagori (B,D)
5 Day 5 Discover the Zagorochoria villages

Set off with your mountain expert for a short scenic hike to Mikro Papigo, one of the best-kept traditional stone villages in Greece. The hike will take you through the Bistyries caves with their extraordinary colors which were inhabited in Neolithic times. From there after one hour's hike you reach the Red Rock, the spectacular view point overlooking the Vikos Canyon and Voidomatis springs. Return to Mikro Papigo to have lunch and then visit the Rogovos pools.

In the afternoon visit the monastery of Spiliotissa in Voidomatis river. If you desire you will have the opportunity to do rafting in one of the most beautiful rivers of Greece (optional).
Overnight in Zagori (B)
6 Days 6 Zagori to Corfu

After breakfast, depart Zagoria for your next destination, the island of Corfu. On the way, visit Ioannina, a city by Lake Pamvotis and the islet of Ali Pasha. See the monastery of Agios Panteleimon and learn the fascinating history of the area. From here travel to Igoumenitsa to catch the local ferry to the island of Corfu.

Enjoy an evening out exploring the noble town of Corfu.
Overnight in Corfu (B)
7 Day 7 Experience Corfu

Corfu is an island that the Venetians, the English, the French and Austrians have left their mark on, an Island of European Aristocracy. 

Explore the luxurious period of Noble Corfu and see all the major monuments of the town in one day. Start at Achilion Palace with its unique gardens, built by Princess Sissy of Austria and the inhabited by Kaiser of Germany. Continue to Kanoni, for photoshooting of the famous Mouse Island, before a visit at the Mon Repo's summer Palace and it's unique gardens. Continue to the Old town and passing though Liston (golden List) the street built to resemble the Rue de Rivoli in Paris we will reach the main Palace of Corfu.
Overnight in Corfu (B)
8 Day 8 Corfu to Delphi

After breakfast take the ferry back to the mainland and head on towards Delphi. On the way you see the charming towns of Nafpaktos, with its venetian fortress, and Galaxidi, a seaside village graced with narrow cobblestone streets, handsome stone mansions and two small harbors. Continue to Delphi/ Arachova for check-in to hotel.
Overnight in Delphi/ Arachova (B)
9 Day 9 Visit Delphi (overnight Athens)

Today visit the impressive site of Delphi, situated on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Delphi is the home of the legendary oracle, the most revered site of ancient Greece, once considered to be the navel of the world. Visit the Temple of Apollo dating back to the 4th century B.C. , and climb even higher on to the ancient stadium, where every four years athletes competed in the Pythian Games also a precursor of the modern Olympic Games.

After a free time for a local lunch in the Delphi region, head back to Athens. Enjoy a farewell dinner in Athens.
Overnight Athens (B, D)
10 Day 10 Departure

After a nice breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the day in the city before you are transferred to Athens International Airport to catch your flight home.

Or, you may want to consider extending your trip with another Island stay!

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED 

- 2 overnights in Athens on Bed & Breakfast basis
- 1 overnight in Kalambaka on Bed & Breakfast basis
- 3 overnight in Zagori villages on Bed & Breakfast basis
- 2 overnights in Corfu on Bed & Breakfast basis
- Guided Sightseeing of Athens, Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, the Monasteries of Meteora, Corfu town, the Achilleion, Ancient Delphi
- Expert mountain guide for hikes in Zagori region
- 3 Dinners
- Arrival and Departure transfer from Athens airport
- Trained & professional Tour Director, Insured Driver and Luxury vehicle
- All entrance fees
- All Hotel porterage
- All local taxes

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 

- Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
- Byzantine Monasteries in Meteora
- Ancient Delphi
- Extraordinary mountain hikes in Zagori region
- Vikos Canyon, deepest in the world
- Untouched villages of Zagorochoria
- Elegant Corfu island

INDICATIVE HOTELS

Athens: Divani Caravel
Luxury hotel. ideally located just minutes away from the Constitution square & a short walk from the fashionable Kolonaki district with its boutiques, famous caf�s and restaurants, as well as from all major cultural points such as museums, galleries & theatres, the Divani Caravel hotel in Athens is the ideal base from which to visit the key attractions of the beautiful historic city.

Athens: Herodion Hotel

Boutique hotel. Situated at the foot of the Acropolis, Herodion Hotel has elegantly decorated air-conditioned rooms. It has a beautiful roof garden with lounge chairs and 2 hot bathtubs with spectacular views of Athens.
Hotel Herodion is just a few steps from the new Acropolis Museum and a 15-minute walk from the central Syntagma Square. The Acropolis Metro Station is within 215 yards from the hotel.

Kalambaka: Divani Meteora

Divani Meteora is surrounded by immense natural beauty, the religious rocks of Meteora, encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to come and escape. The hotel offers a stunning locale from which, one can experience one of the natural wonders of the world. The hotels 165 guestrooms are appointed with modern amenities to offer only the very best in comfort, each with an inviting ambience, contemporary d�cor and a commanding view of the majestic rocks of Meteora. Whether choosing a superior or an executive room, the guest will find everything at his fingertips to make his stay effortlessly luxurious.

Zagori: Villa Zagori guesthouse
The Guesthouse is a typical mansion of the 19th century, situated in Papigo in western Zagori. It was initially built in 1876, reconstructed in 2004 and renovated in 2014. It is surrounded by a large garden with a beautiful view to the Papigo towers, Astraka peak and the surrounding mountains. It is fully equipped and features all modern conveniences. The dominant architectural features are stone and wood. The interior of the house is tastefully designed and features all modern conveniences. It is surrounded by a garden with many stone terraces and shady areas for relaxing and dining.

Corfu: Cavalieri Hotel

Situated at the very heart of the Venetian old part of Corfu town , Cavalieri Hotel has been throughout the ages the natural meeting point for writers, actors and poets, statesmen, businessmen and leisure travelers. Originally built in the 17th century as a nobleman�s mansion, belonging to the family of Count Flamburiari, it opened its doors as a hotel in the mid 1960's, among the first luxury hotels in Corfu .

Corfu: Divani Corfu Palace
The Divani Corfu Palace is a modern 4 star, luxury hotel in Corfu, situated on the green wooded hillside of Kanoni, overlooking the pristine waters of the lagoon. Only 3 km from Corfu town center and 1.5 km from the beach of Mon Repos, it provides the perfect location for those who wish to be near Corfu town's activities and famous historical center, but crave the beauty and seclusion of the surrounding hills.

Delphi: Amalia Delphi

Set on a slope of Mount Parnassus, at the exit of Delphi town, Amalia offers a panoramic view of the green valley, all the way to the sea, Itea and Galaxidi. Open year-round, it features an outdoor pool and an inviting lounge with fireplace.
The guest rooms are spacious with plenty of natural light, through windows, terraces or balconies, and are air-conditioned and heated. Most rooms offer impressive views to the valley and the sea and some to the internal gardens.

 

 

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