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Secrets of Greece including Corfu

11 Days 1 Country 16 Cities

The classic attractions of Athens and Olympia mix with quiet villages and sleepy island life on this Hidden Journey.

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About this trip

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.


Trip type: Hidden Journey

Trip code: GSMLA

10 Nights

accommodation

13 Meals
  • 10 buffet breakfasts

  • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Secrets of Greece including Corfu

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Athens, Greece

Day 1

Arrive Athens

Day 2

Athens – Epidaurus – Nafplion (2 Nights)

Day 3

Nafplion – Excursion to Mycenae

Day 4

Nafplion – Olympia

Day 5

Olympia – Amphilochia – Preveza – Nikopolis – Igoumenitsa – Corfu (2 Nights)

Day 6

Corfu Sightseeing

Day 7

Corfu – Ioannina

Day 8

Ioannina – Metsovo – Meteora – Portaria (Mount Pelion)

Day 9

Portaria – Thermopylae – Delphi – Galaxidi

Day 10

Galaxidi – Athens

Athens, Greece

Day 11

Depart Athens

Day 1

Arrive Athens

Welcome to Athens. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Later meet with your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel

Radisson Blu Park/Pallas Athena

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

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.

Hotel

Amphytrion/Ippoliti

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 2

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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Pelion Flavours

Discover the hidden village of Makrinitsa which is a short drive from our hotel location of Portaria village. A short walk from the parking area brings you to a magical place with fairytale Magnesian houses perched on the Cliffside accessed only by beautiful cobblestone streets. Breathe in the freshest mountain air and marvel at the view of the Pagasitic Gulf before talking a slow drive back to our local Portarian venue to enjoy the mouth-watering flavours Pelion has to offer.

Adult Price: €35.00

Day 3

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. This evening join us at our wonderful Be My Guest dinner of authentic local cuisine on an olive oil farm.

Hotel

Arty Grand/Europa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 4

Day 5

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.

Hotel

Cavalieri/Bella Venezia

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Essence of Corfu

Join us this evening for a leisurely drive up above the town of Corfu to the area of Kanoni “the Canon” for some beautiful panoramic photo moments before heading to our restaurant for dinner. Delight your taste buds as we enjoy a variety of local Corfiot food at a renowned “taverna”. Corfu is known for its cuisine and unique dishes such as “Bourdeto” – “Pastitsada” and the sweet specialty of kumquats that are only found on this island.

Adult Price: €35.00

Day 5

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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

East Coast Afternoon ''Caique'' Sail

All aboard our traditional Greek Corfiot “caique” boat for a completely relaxing afternoon. We start the latter part of the day from the old port of Corfu town and sail north along the stunning east coast towards Barbati beach. Take a plunge and feel invigorated in the beautiful Ionian Sea. Truly relax and just enjoy the natural scenery of Corfu and the coast line of Albania. Keep your eyes open for the local marine life of Dolphins and Monk Seals just in case they pop up to say “yassou”.

Adult Price: €46.00

Day 6

Day 7

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.

Hotel

Du Lac/Grand Serai

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 7

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.

Hotel

Despotiko/Xenia

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 8

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.

Hotel

Ganimede/Nostos

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 9

Day 10

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.

Hotel

Radisson Blu Park/Pallas Athena

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 10

Day 11

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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 11

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Say 'opa!' to an Olympic olive oil and wine tasting experience with the Karambellas family on their 30-acre olive and wine farm, followed by a traditional meal and dancing

  • Cultural Insights
    Learn about the red wine making tradition of the Nemea region and enjoy a local wine tasting

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Delphi and Athens

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Nafplion, Olympia, Meteora, Delphi and Athens

    • Orientation of Amphilochia, Preveza, Corfu, Metsovo, Meteora and Galaxidi

    • See the Corinth Canal, the Lion Gate and Agamemnon's Palace at Mycenae

    • View the Parthenon, the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus in Athens

    • Visit the Amphitheatre and Sanctuary of Aesculapius at Epidaurus, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia, the towns of Amphilochia and Preveza, the island of Corfu and it's Venetian Castle, monastery of Palaiokastritsa and Achilleon Palace, the picturesque towns of Ioannina and Metsovo, the incredible rock monasteries in Meteora, Mount Pelion region, the home of the Oracle at Delphi, the port town of Galaxidi and the Acropolis in Athens


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 buffet breakfasts

    • 3 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Return ferry to Corfu

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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  • Guest Service Rating from 4 Reviews

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    Service rating : We were pleased with every aspect of our trip.Product : Our trip to Greece was very memorable. Efi, our tour guide was knowledgeable, helpful, kind and with a caring heart and great sense of humor. We enjoyed everything!

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    Service rating : We had a wonderful time and the Trafalgar host and driver were great.Product : Would do it over with friends at any time.

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    Service rating : Wonderful places visited and tour guide Efi's knowledge was outstanding accompanied by her lovely personality. Yanni dtove professionally and was always warm and helpful.Product : Every place visited was fascinating and memorable.Enjoyed the diversity of experiences.

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    The services were great as well as the Travel guide..beautiful place to visit we had the time of our life.

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    • Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.
    • Accommodation: Guests may be accommodated in alternative hotels in certain locations. The hotels in Galaxidi and Portaria are small capacity hotels. All hotels will be of the same or higher standard.
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