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Itinerary

Day 1:
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.    
Day 2: Rome.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour of Rome and  Vatican City. Transfer to Trastevere neigborhood.

In the morning, we have a 2 hrs  scenic tour of the city, which will be a great introduction to “The Eternal city”. In the panoramic you will know the ancient Rome called Imperial Rome: Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Piazza di Venezia with its monument to Italian unification, Quirinal Hill with the Palace of the President of the Republic, Marcelo Theater, Capitol Hill, Roman Forums , Circus Maximus, Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin with the mouth of truth, Republican Temple, Termas de Caracalla, Aureliana Wall, Basilica di Santa María Maggiore and  Archbasilica of St. Johm Lateran, Church of Santa María in Dominica (Navicella), Cestia Pyramid , San Paolo Gate, Lungo Tevere avenue with the Jewish synagogue of Babylonian style, Tiberina Island in front of the Castel St. Angelo. This tour ends at St. Peter´s Square in the Vatican. The Vatican Museums are closed on Sundays, so, if you are interested,  we recommend you to do it at this time.  Free afternoon. 

18.30 hrs.- In the evening we provide transport to the Trastevere area, where you will find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese and interna­tional food. Return to hotel.
Day 3: Rome.-
Free day in the city of Rome, the "Eternal City". You can take the opportunity to visit one of the oldest cities in Europe.
Day 4: Rome - Loreto - Ancona - Ferry.
Total distance covered: 330 km.  
Scenery: Stunning mountain landscapes crossing the Apennine Mountains.  
Note: We recommend that you carry only essentials for this night on the overnight ferry. Please pack your bag with the things you will need (so that the large suitcases can be left in the luggage compartment of the coach).  
07:30 hrs – Rome –Departure. We cross the Apennines. Beautiful mountainous landscapes.  
11:30 hrs – Loreto –Arrival. Time to visit the “Holy House of Loreto” shrine (according to the tradition, this is the site that the Virgin Mary was brought by Saint John) and the beautiful historic centre.  
12:30 hrs – Loreto – Departure.  
13:15 hrs – Ancona –Arrival. Tour round this port city.  
15:30 hrs – Ancona– Embarkation (our ship’s departure is scheduled for 17:30 hrs; the timetable is subject to changes). Night-time crossing. The ferry used is large and modern and comes equipped with every comfort. Breakfast is not included on this day. Accommodation in double cabins with bathroom. 
Note: Due to Greece´s current situation or for reasons beyond Europamundo´s control, the Ancona- Igoumenitsa ferry may be cancelled. In this case, the itinerary is normally adjusted so that we either leave via a ferry with a similar route, timetable and standard, or we fly from Rome to Athens and, from there, we travel to Kalabaka/Meteoras.
Day 5: Igoumenitsa - Ioannina - Kalabaka.
Total distance covered: 260 km.  
Scenery: High mountains in the north of Greece. Small villages. Spectacular landscapes of Meteoras. We shall visit the Meteoras Valley, stopping at the most important Orthodox monasteries and visiting one of them. Wear suitable clothing (women will have to put on skirts that will be given out on arrival at the monastery). Bring comfortable footwear for the ascent to the monastery. – 
10:00 hrs Igoumenitsa –Arrival of boat at the port (timings may vary)-. We travel through the north of Greece, between spectacular mountains.  
11:30 hrs Ioannina –Arrival. Free time to stroll around this historic walled city on the shores of a beautiful lake. We discover an area of Greece that contains many reminders of the Ottoman (Turkish) Era, such as the minarets of the ancient mosques. We provide a boat tour to the island situated in the lake. Time seems to be at a standstill in this place which has no cars. We recommend eating in one of the small restaurants on the island. You will be able to visit one of the small monasteries or the museum dedicated to the architects of Greek independence. Return by boat to Ioannina.  
14:00 hrs –Ioannina –Departure. Continue through the Balkan mountains.  
16:15 hrs - Meteoras –Arrival. We start our journey amid the fantastic landscapes of Meteoras that house monasteries that are literally “hanging” onto the rocks. We shall visit one of these breathtaking monasteries (admission not included), catching glimpses of the other monasteries that are “hanging” onto the rocks.  Note: The visit to the monasteries in Meteoras may be made on Wednesday morning, depending on the timetable of the ferry that morning (this service is sometimes delayed).  Dinner and accommodation in Kalabaka, a small city in the centre of the Meteoras region.  
Day 6: Kalabaka- Metsovo- Corfú- Lefkada.-
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.
Day 7: Lefkada- Cruise of the islands of the Ionian- Lefkada.-
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- Dinner and accommodation. We suggest a stroll around the bustling centre of this picturesque town.
Day 8: Lefkada- Nafpaktos- Delphi- Olympia.-
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 to see 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.
Day 9: Olympia- Mistra- Nafplio.-
Distance covered:  285 km. 
Countryside: Pretty Mediterranean scenery of hills and mountains on the Peloponnese Peninsula.     
NB: Wear comfortable footwear to visit Mistra. We also suggest sun protection and a bottle of water in the warmer months. 

With a local guide, we visit OLYMPIA where you can see the archaeological complex (tour with a local guide included, tickets to the complex not included) which was the cradle of the Olympic Games in antiquity.  We will see the Sanctuary of Zeus. After the visit there will be free time for you to visit the museum at your own pace if you like.  

11:30 hrs - Olympia –Departure-. Mountain scenery, some picturesque villages on our way. 
14.00 hrs - MISTRA –Arrival-. Time for lunch and to see this ancient Byzantine city that was abandoned in the nineteenth century. Its ruins are impressive, and particularly noteworthy are the Byzantine frescoes in its monasteries. We are very close to the ancient Greek city of Sparta. 

16.30 hrs - Mistra –Departure-. We continue our route through the Peloponnese, travelling to the shores of the Aegean Sea. 
18.15 hrs - NAUPLIA, a charming coastal town overlooked by the citadel and Venetian fortress; time for a stroll and dinner included.
Day 10: Nafplio- Epidaurus- Poros- Aegina- Athens.-
Distance covered by road: 85 km 
Countryside: Today we do most of the route by boat as it is dominated by the Aegean Sea. 
Notes: The bus will not travel with us on our trips made by boat (we will meet it again on arrival in Athens). Do not forget to take your documentation with you and everything you might need during the day. 
The timetables of the ferries connecting the Greek islands change a lot depending on the time of year, and will be announced very shortly beforehand. The timetable information given here is intended as a rough guide. The boat frequencies between Poros and Aegina are very limited. In the low season, the island of Aegina may be substituted by Hydra.  

08:30 hrs –Departure-.
09.00hrs - EPIDAURUS, where there will be time to see its ancient theatre built 2400 years ago; it is magnificently preserved and is still used today, accommodating up to 14,000 people. 

10:30 hrs - Epidaurus –Departure-. 
11:15 hrs - Galatas – Arrival this small port, where we can see the island of Poros in front. We board a pleasant ferry which in fifteen minutes leaves us on the island of POROS. Time in this charming place full of tourist life; its ancient houses climb up to the clock tower. Time for a stroll and for lunch. After this (on a variable timetable depending on the time of year, a crossing of approximately 45 minutes) we take the ferry to AEGINA, an island inhabited for more than 4000 years, where we can stroll around its ancient churches, its picturesque port and its typical districts of small houses. 

At around 18.00hrs, we take the ferry once more, which takes around 45 minutes to return us to ATHENS –Arrival in the Piraeus, where our bus is waiting to transfer you to the hotel.
Day 11: Athens.-
TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour in Athens. 

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).

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. 

Day 12:
After breakfast, end of our services.

Price includes

Included

  • Europamundo General Services: Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance and breakfast buffet.
  • Includes arrival transfer
  • City tour in: ROME, OLYMPIA, ATHENS
  • Boat: Island of Ioannina in Ioannina, Cruise through the Ionian Islands with small lunch included in LEUCADA, Galatas/ Poros/ Aegina/ Athens in AEGINA
  • Evening transfer: Trastevere in Rome in ROME, Plaka neighborhood in Athens in ATHENS
  • Ferry: Night Ancona (IT) - Igumenitsa (GR) in Ancona-Igoumenitsa Ferry, Igoumenitsa - Corfu - Igoumenitsa in CORFU
  • 5 dinner included in: KALAMBACA, LEUCADA, LEUCADA, OLYMPIA, Nafplio

Planned Hotels

ITALY
ERGIFE
****
666441
info@ergifepalacehotel.com
Via Aurelia n. 617/619
165 ROMA
ITALIA
GREEN PARK HOTEL PAMPHILI
****
06661028
info@gphotelpamphili.com
Largo Lorenzo Mossa 4
165 ROMA
ITALIA
HOLIDAY INN ROME AURELIA
****
666411200
romeaurelia.reservation@alliancealberghi.com
VIA AURELIA KM 8,400
00165 ROMA
ITALIA
MIDAS
****
686762999
booking@hotelmidas.it
VIA AURELIA 800
165 ROMA
ITALIA
GREECE
BARCO ANCONA-IGUMENITSA
***
2103212329
Georges_Karagiannis@jtb-europe.com
JTB
0 BARCO ANCONA-IGUMENITSA
GRECIA
METEORAS
****
2432078180
Monica_Dimou@jtb-europe.com
KASTRAKI 42200
42200 KALAMBACA
GRECIA
ORFEAS
***
243207744
info@hotel-orfeas.gr
PINDOU 58
42200 KALAMBACA
GRECIA
LEFKAS
***
2645023916
info@hotellefkas.gr
2 Fipippa Panagou str.
932;922;31100 LEUCADA
GRECIA
AMALIA
****
624022190
monica@renaissancehellas.com; konstantina@renaissancehellas.com
Pyrgos. Olimpia Avenue 27065Olimpia
27065 OLIMPIA
GRECIA
AMALIA
****
2752024400
reservations@amaliahotels.com
Amalias St., Navplion 211 00
21100 Nauplia
GRECIA
KING MINOS
****
2752059207
kingmino@otenet.gr
Miaouli 6, CP 210 56 TOLO
210 56 Nauplia
GRECIA
PRESIDENT
****
106989000
reservation@president.gr
43 KIFISSIAS AVE
11523 ATENAS
GRECIA
THEOXENIA PALACE
*****
2106233622
reservations@theoxeniapalace.com
Filadelfeos 2, Kifisia 145 62
14562 ATENAS
GRECIA
ATHENS COMFORT
***
2108220111
info@athenscomfort.gr
Liosion 23
Athina 10439 ATENAS
GRECIA
IBIS STYLES ATHENS ROUTES
***
2111042900
HB448-RE@accor.com;HB448-SL@accor.com;HB448-FO@accor.com
Vouliagmenis Avenue 109 – 11636 - Greece
11636 ATENAS
GRECIA
DIVANI METEORA
****
2432023330
info@divanimeteora.gr
NATIONAL ROAD TRIKALON - IOANNINA
42200 KALAMBACA
GRECIA
GRAND HOTEL METEORA
****
432077707
info@grandmeteora.gr
Kastraki Kalampakas
42200 KALAMBACA
GRECIA
OLYMPIC VILLAGE HOTEL RESORT SPA
****
2624022211
htlolvil@otenet.gr
Ancient Olympia-TK
27065 OLIMPIA
GRECIA
FLISVOS ROYAL
****
2752059223

Bouboulinas 16 TOLO
21056 Nauplia
GRECIA
TITANIA
****
2103326000
titania@titania.gr
52,PANEPISTIMIOU AVENUE
10678 ATENAS
GRECIA
STANLEY
****
2105241611
sales@hotelstanley.gr
Odisseos 1, Athina 104 37, Grecia
104 37 ATENAS
GRECIA
AMARILIA ATENAS
****
2108990391
info@amarilia.gr
Agiou Nikolaou 13, Vouliagmeni 166 71
166 71 ATENAS
GRECIA
ATHENAEUM SMART
****
211777333
t.pappa@athenaeumhotels.com.gr;sales@athenaeumhotels.com.gr;l.tampourea@athenaeumhotels.com.gr
127 Syngrou Avenue, Atenas, CP 11745
11745 ATENAS
GRECIA
HOTEL AMALIA KALAMBACA
****
2432072216
MONICA@RENAISSANCEHELLAS.COM
42200, Theopetra Kalambaka Grecia
42200 KALAMBACA
GRECIA
BONNE NUIT PENSION
***
2752025672

Psaron 5
211 00 Nauplia
GRECIA
NOVOTEL ATHENES
****
2108200700
H0866@accor.com
4 Michail Voda STR
104 39 ATENAS
GRECIA
CIVITEL ATTIK
****
2106101000
attik@civitelhotels.com
Olimpias 11
151 24 ATENAS
GRECIA
NOVUS ATENAS
****
11053000
group@novushotel.gr
23, Karolou Street (Plaza Karishakis) CP 104 37 Atenas
104 37 ATENAS
GRECIA
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