April 2023 / March 2024
Detailed day by day description
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Here we give you a guidance on their tour with the information that we believe may be of your interest. The information is indicative, may exist variations on designated hours.
TRANSFER from the airport, if you have it included or purchasing. Our transfer will be waiting for you with a poster on behalf of Europamundo or its name to the output of the custom (after collecting your luggage)..
Remember to inform us by phone if you lost your connection flight or expected delay of their arrival, in your VOUCHER figure the phone of the transfer.
IMPORTANT: If you had additional nights upon arrival the hotel will have your reservation, but his travel guide normally will not be until the night before the start of the tour.
Reception. Transfer to hotel and free time. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels 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.
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.
Scenery: Views over the sea. Fantastic landscapes in the region of Meteoras, orthodox monasteries.
Notes: Wear appropriate clothing (women will have to wear the skirts that will be given at 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 north of Greece. Pleasant Mediterranean landscapes.
10.15 hrs. - Kamena Vourla – Arrival.- Charming tourist centre by the sea amidst magnificent scenery. Time for a stroll and a coffee.
11.15 hrs. - Kamena Vourla –departure-. Continuation northbound. We make a brief stop at the gorge where the battle of Thermopylae took place.
13.45 hrs. Kastraki- stop for lunch in this picturesque town located at the foot of the Meteora. The views here are magnificent!. After lunch we will visit Meteoras an impressive place declared UNESCO World Heritage, an area that covers a few square kilometers and 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).
Accommodation in Kalambaka, a small town in the center of the Meteoras´ region. Dinner included.
Countryside: High mountains in northern Greece. Note: Have some warm clothes in hand to enjoy the deck on the ferry crossing.
08.00 hrs- - Kalambaka –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- Igoumenitsa. Arrival-. After some time in this active port, we embark 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. 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.
Afterwards, we embark back to Igumenitsa, and from there, we continue route to the region of Epirus. After just under an hour and a half of route, arrival in Preveza (about 20.30 hrs variable depending on the time of arrival of the ferry from Corfu). We are in a popular town next to the Ionian, full of life, small restaurants, beautiful cobbled streets and marina.
Countryside: Very beautiful scenery both on Lefkada island and on the boat, as well as travelling along the coast.
Note: 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!
08:00 hrs- Lefkada –Departure-. We travel to the island of Lefkada, 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 a 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 at 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 hometown 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.
19.15 hrs - Lefkada - Arrival and time for a walk through the active historic center of the capital of the island.
20.00 hrs- Lefkada. Departure and return to our hotel in Preveza . Arrival around 20.30 hrs.
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.
10.30 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.
11.30 hrs - Nafpaktos –Departure-. Little villages, huge scenery over the Gulf of Corinth.
13.30 hrs – Delphos – Arrival. Time for lunch and to see the beautiful archaeological complex that overlooks the Gulf of Corinth, with incredible scenery. Entrance included.
16.00 hrs - Delphos –Departure-. We travel towards the Peloponnese, crossing a large hanging bridge that traverses the Strait of Corinth.
20.00 hrs - Olympia –Arrival, dinner and accommodation.
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 night. The suitcases will remain in the luggage compartment of the coach. Please have your passport in hand as it is often requested for embarkation.
Visit the archaeological site of Olympia which was the cradle of the Olympic Games in ancient times in the company of a local guide (entry ticket included). After the visit you have some free time; if you wish you can visit the museum on your own.
11.00 hrs- Leaving Olimpia, we continue along the route to Patras.
13.15hrs- Patras. Arrival to the third largest city in Greece. We visit the Cathedral of Patras, the largest in Greece, dedicated to the first apostle, Andrew. This Orthodox basilica is a place of Christian Pilgrimage as it contains the relics of St. Andrew the Apostle. There is time to wander through its lively centre, full of commercial activity and have lunch before boarding our ferry.
17.30 (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 Igoumenitsa. Accommodation in double cabins with bathroom. Remember, breakfast is not included during the trip.
Note: Occasionally, due to weather conditions, vessel inspection or schedule changes, strikes, fully booked ferry or other reasons, we are forced to take a different vessel from Igoumenitsa or even make the journey to Rome by plane.
Note: from July 1st to September 9th the ferry departure time from Patras will be at 14.30hrs, the itinerary being modified as follows: 07.30hrs departure from the hotel in Olympia. 08.00hrs visit of the archaeological site. 10.30hrs departure from Olympia and pass through Patras to go to the port to board our ferry departing at 14.30hrs. On Sunday, arrival in Ancona at 11.00hrs- 12.00/14.00hrs stop in Loreto for a walk and lunch. 16.00/18.00hrs- Additional stop in Assisi. Arrival in Rome at 20.30hrs.
Morning resting on board on our journey through the Adriatic. Arrival in Ancona scheduled at 14 hrs.
14:30 hrs- (approximately, depending on the disembarkation time. Ancona– Departure.
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 hrs.- Loreto, departure. We cross the Apennines. Beautiful mountain scenery in the Abruzzo region. We travel back to Rome.
20:15 hrs –Rome –Arrival.
Landscapes: Very beautiful landscapes in the bay of Naples and Sorrento.
Notes: As we will take some boats, we suggest you to take some warm clothes. Do not forget to take the camera as landscapes are of great beauty. For climatic reasons, sometimes the ships that connect Naples with Capri or Sorrento do not operate; in these cases, the route would be modified arriving to Sorrento by road and visiting Amalfi instead of Capri.
07.30 hrs- An early start in Rome, to travel to the south of Italy. 11.00 hrs. - We pass through NAPLES where we embark ( boat ticket included) for the ISLAND OF CAPRI (estimated departure at 11.35hrs in a 50 minutes cruise with very beautiful landscapes) ;
12.45 hrs.-CAPRI - if you wish, you can take a launch to the White Grotto or take a trip on the cable car to Capri capital. Free time.
16.20 hrs- Capri- Departure. we will board once more and continue to Sorrento (schedule might be modified)
17.15 hrs- SORRENTO , arrival to this town full of charm and tourist life at the foot of the cliff. Time to stroll.
18.30 hrs- Sorrento departure. We continue to the Gulf of Salerno.
20.15 hrs- Salerno. Arrival.
Note: During the winter months, schedules will be modified (leaving Naples earlier) in order to take advance of sunlight.
Landscapes: Mountains, sea, villages en route.
Note: We recommend you to take warm clothes to enjoy the crossing on the ferry between the Italian Peninsula and Sicily.
07.30 hrs- Salerno. Departure. We travel to the south of ¨the boot¨. Attractive southern Italian scenery as we cross the Cilento National Park.
11.30 hrs- We arrive in PAOLA , on the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea, we visit the sanctuary of St Francis of Paola and we have free time for lunch in its pretty historic centre.
14.00 hrs- We go on our way to VILLA SAINT GIOVANNI where at around 16.30 hrs we take a 20 minutes short ferry crossing to the island of SICILY .
17.30 hrs- Arrival in MESSINA where we will have time for a stroll in the center of this great city, our meeting with the island of Sicily.
18.30 hrs.- Messina, departure.
19.30 hrs- TAORMINA. Arrival. Dinner included.
NB: Accommodation in the “region of Taormina”, the accommodation may sometimes be in Messina.
Landscapes: Hills, hanging villages, olive trees, views over the sea.
08.30 hrs- Taormina, departure. Very beautiful landscapes following the Mediterranean.
10.30 hrs.- SYRACUSE , Arrival to this city which for a time rivalled Athens and Rome for its power and splendour. In addition to its impressive archaeological site, you have time to visit its magnificent historic centre and lose yourself walking through the narrow streets. Time for lunch.
14.00 hrs- Syracuse. Departure.
14.45 hrs.- NOTO , arrival to this small city that seems to have stopped in time, the Baroque jewel of Sicily. Walk with our guide through this as yet almost undiscovered city at a touristic level that preserves a monumental heritage.
16.30 hres- Noto. Departure. Small roads in the interior part of the island.
20.00 hrs.- AGRIGENTO .- Arrival . In the coach we see the magnificent temple complex. Dinner included.
Today we know arechaeological sites that remind us the importance of the ancient Greece in Sicily. With a local guide we visit the Valley of the Temples, an impressive archaeological site considered the most complete complex of Greek temples (ticket not included) .
11.00 hrs.- Agrigento.- Departure.
13.00 hrs- MARSALA, arrival to a historic city with a lot of atmosphere and a famous wine, and time for lunch.
15.30 hrs.- Marsala departure.- We go on around the Marsala salt marshes.
16.15 hrs.- ERICE , a very picturesque Phoenician town perched at the top of a hill and overlooking the sea. Time to stroll.
17.15 hrs.- Erice- Departure.
19.00 hrs- PALERMO. arrival and Dinner included .
09.00 hrs.- After breakfast, tour of PALERMO . The Sicilian capital is a city full of contrasts. Stories of Arabs, Normans, the splendour of the Baroque period. We include a transfer to the beautiful village (now an outlying district of Palermo) of MONREALE . one of the greatest examples of arab-norman architecture in Italy. The city of Palermo particularly stands out for the Palace of the Normans with its Palatine Chapel and Cathedral. After the visit free time in the area of Teatro Massimo.
18.00 hrs.- Transfer to the port, we board a modern night ferry, leaving at 20.00 hrs. Night cruise through the Mediterranean, accommodation in double cabins with bathroom. Remember that breakfast is not included in the ferry. These ferries are modern with all the conforts, restaurants, bars, party room and specious lounges.
Note: We recommend wearing comfortable shoes to walk around Pompeii.
07.30 hrs.- Arrival in NAPLES first thing in the morning (breakfast not included). After disembarking, time for breakfast.
09.00 hrs .- We continue to POMPEII to visit the remains of this Roman city that was covered by the ash of Vesuvius with a local guide (tickets not included). Time for lunch.
14.30 hrs.- Pompeii departure.
16.00 hrs- CASSINO . Arrival to see its immense Abbey with magnificent views; time too in the Polish Cemetery that reminds us that one of the toughest battles of the Second World War took place here.
17.30.- Cassino. Departure. Continuation to Rome .
20.00 hrs- Arrival in ROME at the end of the afternoon.
End of our services. Please, check the time of your flight in case you might need an additional night.
Important note: In case you have to book an external service (plane/train...) on the day of the end of
your tour with activities included, please remember that the schedules of the detailed itineraries are the "planned" ones but may be affected by different circumstances (traffic density, customer delays, breakdowns...). Do not book a flight/train with a tight schedule without taking this into account.
Always leave a margin in the schedule for unforeseen events.