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9 DESTINATIONS IN GREECE

ATHENS – DELPHI – ARACHOVA – NAFPAKTOS – IOANNINA – ZAGORIA – METSOVO – METEORA – THERMOPYLAE – ATHENS

8 DAYS

PREMIUM QUALITY BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER

LUXURY STAY IN 4-5 STAR HOTELS

6 PEOPLE MAX

ENGLISH-SPEAKING CERTIFIED GUIDE

SEMI-PRIVATE & CHILD-FREE GROUPS (MINIMUM AGE 16)

AVAILABILITY

WEEKLY (EVERY FRIDAY)

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to a magical trip to Greece! We take you by the hand and lead you into the joyful celebration of Greek life through exploring, adventuring, tasting, and sharing hidden corners of this magnificent place.

Traveling in Greece does not only include amazing Greek food and wine, it also unwraps unique experiences that make you escape from your comfort zone, create lifetime memories, and broaden your horizons.

As we dive into the extremes of our home country, you will be embraced with an endless source of surprise and fascination. There is no doubt that Greece is much more than just the most beautiful country on earth. It is History, Culture, Nature, a brand new way of living!

As you unwind among its best-kept secrets, this heaven will ignite a sort of awakening and it will inspire and overwhelm you with passion for nature and life.

THE JOURNEY

Our tour to Mystical Mainland starts from Athens, the capital of Civilization and of charming contradictions. We welcome you under the stars, with a dramatic view of the Acropolis and a delicious Greek dinner. The next day, you have a life-changing experience with our in-depth private guided tour of Athens.

Delving into Delphi we stumble into one of the most gorgeous valleys we have ever seen and touch one of the most stunning places in the world. Its pan-Hellenic sanctuary where the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the site of the omphalos, the ‘navel of the world’. Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and charged with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century BC was indeed the religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. At night we enjoy a traditional dinner in Arachova.

We furthermore visit Nafpaktos, the seaside citadel, and enjoy a lunch under the shade of the plane trees with a view of the sea surrounded by the Venetian walls of its unique Castle. Off we go to Ioannina, one of the secret gem cities of the country. City life here revolves around the romantic, silver-grey Pamvotis lake which, according to geologists of Cambridge University, was formed between 20,000 and 26,000 years ago.

We then visit Zagoria with the soul-stirring mountain vistas and those incredible skies which are patrolled by golden eagles, located high above the Vikos Gorge, the world’s deepest. Here, you will meet a different Greece at this crossroads of civilizations and landscapes in Western Greece, between the Pindus mountain range and the Ionian Sea. We visit one of the most stunning natural monuments in Greece and see stone-built traditional villages, arched bridges, divine fountains, and rare flowers and animals.

We then reach Metsovo with its scenic mountain beauty and exquisite local wines of Katogi Averoff. More than 200 paintings and sculptures by the great Greek artists of the 19th and 20th century are exhibited at the Averoff Art Gallery, the town’s gem, and the most significant focal point of culture in Epirus. Lytras, Gyzis, Volanakis, Parthenis, Hatzikyriakos-Gikas, Tsarouhis, Moralis and Fassianos are just a few of the big names in the collection housed in a spectacular building with three floors behind the towns’ main square.

We arrive at Meteora where we will savor and slow down the spirituality of this epic place. The extraordinary hanging monasteries cling to the sides of the cliffs and ensure that only the most devoted followers will join them for prayer. Finally, we visit the memorial of Leonidas in Thermopylae before we head back to Athens.

PERSONAL MANAGER
CERTIFIED GUIDE
LUXURY HOTELS
FULL BOARD DAILY
WINE TASTING
PRIVATE MINIVAN
PRIVATE TOURS
MUSEUM TICKETS
TRAVEL INSURANCE
CREDIT & BANK FEES

Off the beaten track itinerary

Walk through history with our private guided tours

Catch one of the best-kept secrets of Greece, Zagoria

Taste Greece’s most celebrated wines in Metsovo

Visit the navel of the world, Delphi

Feel the energy of Meteora

Level

Description

1

Flat route and leisurely walks

2

Well-established footpaths and a few short hilly sections

3

Uneven rural paths and a few sections over rough ground

OUR WEEKLY PLAN

(Friday) - ATHENS

Pace level: 1

(Saturday) - ATHENS

Pace level: 3

(Sunday) - DELPHI & ARACHOVA

Pace level: 2

(Monday) - NAFPAKTOS & IOANNINA

Pace level: 1

(Tuesday) - IOANNINA & ZAGORIA

Pace level: 2

(Wednesday) - METSOVO

Pace level: 1

(Thursday) - METEORA

Pace level: 3

(Friday) - THERMOPYLAE & ATHENS

Pace level: 1

TOUR INFORMATION

Traveling with children

We always keep a calm atmosphere so that all people within the group can relax and learn from the useful information provided by the tour guide, therefore we have an age requirement: 16 and above. This is also the policy of some of the hotels we stay in. In case you travel with children, tailor-made trips can be planned for your group. Please send us your request.

Traveling with pets

No pets allowed.

Traveling solo

All hotel rooms provided are twins, double, or triple and the tour price is room-based with a minimum of 2 people per room. For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of 500.

Traveling in a group

All hotel rooms provided are twins, double, or triple and the tour price is room-based with a minimum of 2 people per room. In case you are three people, it is advisable to book a triple room. If you are a family of more than three people, you will be placed in one of the above room types or you will have the possibility to be upgraded to a family suite, depending on each hotel’s availability. Please send us your request by the time of booking.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not allowed inside our vehicles, the archaeological sites, museums, and restaurants we visit. Generally, it is also not allowed on hotel premises but you can smoke on your balcony.

Payment Methods

Kindly note that full payment of the tour is required at the time of booking if the selected tour starts in less than 30 days. In any other case, you have the option to pay a deposit equal to 50% of the total cost and the final payment upon your arrival. We offer three payment methods: online payments, bank transfers, and over-the-phone payments.

If you wish to make an online payment, please note that we accept VISA, MASTERCARD, and MAESTRO cards.

If you wish to pay by bank transfer, you will have an option to submit the payment receipt and your transaction ID from your bank, on your dashboard page. Please wait for the verification process after submitting the receipt. This could take up a couple of days. Your booking will be automatically canceled if the payment is not processed within 7 days.

If you are an AMERICAN EXPRESS card-holder, you can call us at 0030-6972026519 and we will help you with the payment procedure over the phone.

PICTOURS OF GREECE does not charge any additional fees for using a credit card, or when you choose to pay by bank transfer for our tours. Therefore for bank transfers feel free to choose BEN (beneficiary).
For more information about payments, deadlines, and cancellation fees please see our Terms & Conditions.

Cancellation Policy

In case you decide to cancel your booking, please note that cancellation charges will be payable unless your cancellation is requested 30 days prior to departure.

Days prior to Departure / Cancellation fee as per % of the paid amount

>30 0%

30 and =<21 20%

21 and =<14 30%

14 and =<7 40%

>7 and =<1 50%

Non-show 100%

In case you need to change your booking in any way (your chosen departure date, passenger’s name, etc) and the change is requested 7 days prior to departure, PICTOURS OF GREECE will do its utmost to make your changes free of charge. In any other case, 20% of the total tour cost will be payable as a change fee. Any request for changes must be made in writing.

For more information about payments, deadlines, and cancellation fees please see our Terms & Conditions.

Travel Insurance

All our packages are covered by a Travel Insurance program that includes covers for common situations such as trip cancellation, travel delays, or the loss/delay of luggage and/or documents, as well as 24/7 medical assistance providing help in case of any emergency during the trip.

Hygiene Measures

Our vehicles are thoroughly sanitized prior to the start of the tour and we will be cleaning and disinfect all surfaces on a daily basis. Furthermore, we offer hand sanitizer throughout the whole tour. All our accommodation and restaurant partners follow hygiene protocols, appropriate physical distancing of tables, in the lobby, and other public areas. All museums and sites we will visit during the tour are now fully complying with the hygiene standards.

Visa Information

Greece tourist visa is required in some cases depending on your country of origin. Please check at https://greece.visahq.com/

Currency Information

The EURO (€) is the official currency of Greece as part of the European Union.

Dietary Requirements

Our tours basically focus on authentic local Greek food which is one of the main aspects of the total experience offered. However, in case some of our clients have special food requirements we can provide vegetarian meals. Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have about food, we shall make our best to please you.

Weather

Before you pack for the trip please check the average weather conditions and bring the appropriate clothing with you.

What you Should Bring

Here is a rundown of what items you may want to pack:

Lightweight clothing that can be layered

Long-sleeved shirts

Sweaters or fleece jacket

Comfortable walking shoes

Hat or sun visor

Electric converters and adapters. In Greece, the power sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Please note that a raincoat or an umbrella will be offered to each participant in case of rain.

Arrival Information

When you book your flight tickets to Athens, please keep in mind that this tour starts on Friday afternoon at 7 pm at your hotel, (Parthenonos str 19-25, 11742 Athens), where your tour guide will offer you a welcome meeting and later on your first Greek dining experience. If you arrive earlier, you will be able to check in after 3 pm – the front desk receptionist will guide you.

Kindly note that you have always the option to add our extra service of a private transfer from the airport to your hotel in Athens, no matter what time you will be landing. If you do so, please add a note with the arrival time and the code of your flight when you book for one of our trip packages or send us an email, at least two days before your arrival. Our private driver will be waiting for you at the exit of the airport, holding a placard with our company’s logo and your name on it.

A voucher will be sent to you at least one week prior to your arrival.

Should you experience any arrival complications please call our emergency number: 0030 6972026519 (24/7).

Departure Information

When you book your flight tickets back to your country, please keep in mind that this tour ends on Friday afternoon, at 6 pm, when the minivan reaches the central square of Athens, Syntagma. Due to the fact that you need at least one hour and a half to reach the international airport of Athens, it is advisable to book your return flight after 9:30 pm or arrange to stay one more night in Athens. Should you need any hotel recommendations, please feel free to contact us.

Kindly note that you have always the option to add our extra service of a private transfer back to the airport. If you do so, please add a note with the departure time, the code of your return flight, and the name of your hotel, when you book for one of our trip packages or send us an email, at least two days before your arrival. Our private driver will be waiting for you at your hotel lobby, holding a placard with our company’s logo and your name on it.

Accommodation

In Athens, our guests stay in Divani Palace Acropolis, a modern 5-star hotel for two nights, located in the heart of the city with unique views of the Acropolis.

In any other destination of Greece, our guests stay in traditional 4 or 5-star hotels.

Luggage

For reasons of travel flexibility, it would be advisable that your luggage pieces may not be large as we often change destinations.

Meals

A traditional Greek breakfast made with local products is offered daily at your hotel. Lunch and dinner made of traditional Greek recipes are offered daily at high-end restaurants or privately in wineries and hotels. For more information, please see the daily description of our journeys. Although all our menus are plenty, extra dishes and drinks can be obtained at your own extra cost.

Transportation

For our group’s transportation, we cooperate with leading private operators all over Greece, with the most modern fleet of minivans. Highly experienced staff perpetuates commitment to quality in service and safety in transportation. All minivans are fully air-conditioned, feature comfortable seats, and have large panoramic windows.

Guide

The guide is English-speaking, certified to offer private tours in museums and archaeological sites. The guide has excellent knowledge of Ancient and Modern Greek history and stays with the group throughout the whole trip.

For tailor-made trips, you can request a guide speaking in your own language.

Museum Tickets

All museum tickets are included in our trip packages. If you belong in one of the Free or Reduced admission categories below, please request an equal refund in cash from your tour guide.

Free Admission

Members of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece and equivalent Chambers of member-states of the EU, upon presentation of their membership card

Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS, upon presentation of their membership card

Students of University – Higher Education Institutes, Technological Educational Institutes, Military Schools or equivalent Schools of EU member states, as well as Schools of Guides, upon presentation of their student identity card

Young people, up to the age of 18, upon presentation of their Identity Card or passport for age confirmation.

Reduced Admission

Greek citizens and citizens of other Member – States of the European Union who are over 65 years old, upon presentation of their ID card or passport for verification of their age and country of origin

Students of University – Higher Education Institutes, Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent Schools of countries from outside the European Union, upon presentation of their student ID cards

Group Size

The maximum group size is 6 people, but if you wish to run the tour as private please send us an email.

Safety and Medical Information

Our staff will have a first aid kit and medical information for each participant. We take every reasonable precaution to ensure the health and safety of all participants. Emergencies will be handled with due urgency and care. Of course, an emergency may incur additional costs to the participant which are beyond our control.

Reviews

You are able to leave us a review describing your personal experience after completing one of our trip packages, only by login to your account, in order to protect our website against fake reviews.

Tipping Information

If you are pleased with our services you can tip your tour guide and your manager separately at the end of the trip.

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Susan M (Australia)

Family Traveller

The tour was highly organized in all aspects with excellent care for all participants. Ensuring everyone was enjoying the experience and being flexible to meet everyone’s needs.

09/01/2020

Colleen Ha (US)

Family Traveller

A trip of a lifetime! It is almost impossible to describe the breathtaking views of natural wonders, remote ancient villages and monuments of history that were part of the tour. The entire time we were well cared for, catered to and given detailed information of both history and current Greek culture. Loved it all!

31/03/2019