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15 Days - A Greek Odyssey
Return to Ithaca: A Unique Journey in the Steps of Ulysses
Athens - Delphi - Meteora - Zachorochoria (Pindos & Epirus villages) - Ioannina - Dodoni - Corfu - Parga - Necromantion - Preveza (Nicopolis) - Lefkas - Ithaca - Cefalonia - Olympia - Corinth - Mycenae

map for 17day western civ tour A Journey to remote and traditional, historic villages, monasteries and famous ancient ruins and monuments from Classic and Homeric Times. (Best months: April, May, June, September)

Day 1: Departure from US gateway

Day 2: ATHENS. Meeting and orientation in Athens Eleutherios Venizelos Airport. Transfer to First Class Hotel, near the Acropolis. Overnight.

Day 3: ATHENS – DELPHI. Visit the famous oracle. Visit the mountainous village of Arachova. Overnight in Arachova, in hotel with all comforts.

Day 4: DELPHI – METEORA. Visit the Byzantine Monasteries, hanging over the rocks. Overnight.

Day 5: METEORA – METSOVON (traditional village) – IOANNINA (historic town). Overnight in traditional hotel/guesthouse

Day 6: IOANNINA – ZAGOROCHORIA. Drive to PINDOS historical villages. Hiking tour. Enjoy traditional specialties by local chef. Overnight in authentic hotel.

Day 7: IOANNINA – DODONI (Ancient Oracle) – IGOUMENITSA – CORFU. Overnight.

Day 8: CORFU. City tour, visiting Churches, Piazza, Fortress, the Museum, the "Mouse Island" and Achillion and Paleokastritsa. Corfu Folkdance performance. The island where Ulysses meets Naufsica. Overnight.

Day 9: CORFU – PARGA – NECROMANTEION (where Odysseus meets Hades) – NICOPOLIS (visit) – KASTROSYKIAPREVEZA. Overnight in family hotel, on sandy beach.

Day 10: PREVEZA - ASTAKOS - ITHACA Overnight in the harbor village of Vathy, near Odysseus home, in Ithaca.

Day 11: ITHACA Visit the site of Odysseus Palace and Museum. Continue to the Monastery – Scenic drive to STAVROS-CEPHALONIA. Overnight in comfortable hotel.

Day 12: CEPHALONIA. Visit Caves of Melissani with the Blue Grotto. Continue to Agios Andreas, the Byzantine Museum with rare icons and to St. Gerasimos, the patron saint of Cephalonia and the Folklore museum. Overnight.

Day 13: CEPHALONIA-OLYMPIA Ferry trip (1 ½ hours) to Kyllini for drive to OLYMPIA to visit the famous site and Museum. Dinner and overnight in First Class Hotel in Olympia.

Day 14: OLYMPIA – ATHENS. Visit women's co-operative for handicrafts. Drive from Patras to Corinth and via the Corinth Canal to Athens. Farewell dinner with traditional dishes.

Day 15: Transfer and departure to U.S.

RATE $ 2,645 p.p. (25 participants + 1 complimentary)

$ 2,885 p.p. (20 participants + 1 complimentary)

$ 3,095 p.p. (15 participants + 1 complimentary)

Includes:

  • Accommodations in two bedded rooms in Superior Tourist Class hotels, traditional guest houses, all with private facilities and amenities, including all taxes
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Daily dinners in hotels or selected tavernas/restaurants with specialties
  • Two lunches and one picnic lunch
  • Air-conditioned, comfortable motorcoach bus, included selected, friendly driver
  • On-site lectures in Corinth and Athens by Classicists
  • Excellent guide/lecturer sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm about Ulysses and Ancient Greece
  • Special events, in Corfu: Folkdancing performances, in Cephalonia : Choir Performances.
  • All ferry boat tickets between the Ionian islands and mainland
  • All admissions to the sites and museums as per itinerary
  • 24 Hour assistance by our staff in Greece
  • Useful material/brochures and maps
  • Single supplement: $ 695

Optional Extension:

RETURN TO TROY – SEVEN DAY AIR TOUR

By air: Istanbul (3 nights), Troy (1 night), Pergamum (visit), Izmir (2 nights),Efessos (visit), Didyma, Miletos, Priene (visit). Return via Izmir to Athens. (Only on Tuesdays and Thursdays)

*Rates for 2016/17 are based on the current exchange rate of the Euro to the Dollar (1 Euro = $1.16) and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations. City tax in Greece will be implemented from Jan 1 2017 and is estimated to be 1.50-3.00 Euro per          guest /day and will be payable upon check out!

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