Begin with a scenic drive to the beautiful bay of Paleokastritsa – the Capri of Greece – to visit the Byzantine Monastery of the Virgin and its small museum, housing a unique collection of Byzantine icons. Revitalize with a quick swim in the crystal blue waters before continuing to the picturesque village of Lakones situated high on the mountain slopes, offering panoramic views over the bay.
Driving onwards, it’s time to explore the Byzantine charms of Old Perithia built in the 14th century, 400m up on the northern flanks of the Mount Pantokrator. The journey takes you down the north-eastern coastal road with the coast of Albania opposite just 2 nautical miles away – passing through the beautiful villages and coastal resorts before arriving back in time for dinner.
TRADITIONAL AND MODERN CORFU
Begin with a scenic drive to the beautiful bay of Paleokastritsa – the Capri of Greece – to visit the Byzantine Monastery of the Virgin and its small museum, housing a unique collection of Byzantine icons. Revitalize with a quick swim in the crystal blue waters before continuing to the picturesque village of Lakones situated high on the mountain slopes, offering panoramic views over the bay and the narrow streets and traditional village life of Makrades.
Now it’s time to relax and enjoy the rest of your day in Pazuzu – one of the island’s most famous beach bars located on the prettiest soft-sanded beach of Glyfada Here you can enjoy everything from an iced coffee on a cosy sun bed to an impressive selection of cocktails and beers – the perfect way to end your trip.
HISTORICAL SITES AND MONUMENTS OF CORFU
First stop is Achilleion – the mansion built by the Empress Elisabeth of Austria with its beautifully preserved gardens and statues. Then to the Old Quarter of Corfu Town, beginning with the Old Venetian Fortress – a UNESCO World Heritage site before exploring the maze of winding narrow cobbled streets known as Kandounia and some of the most charming parts of this Venetian-built town.
Enjoy the old cricket grounds left over by the British, the imposing Royal Palace of St. George & St. Michael and the Liston Piazza – before heading into the heart of the old town to see the 300-year-old Church of ‘’Saint Spiridon’’, the old flea-market, the old Town Hall and into the busy shopping district.
Before returning home, visit Kanoni to enjoy the excellent views of the Convent of Vlacherna and the picturesque Mouse Island to experience the thrill as planes take-off and land close-by at the airport.
TASTES AND FLAVOURS OF CORFU
Discover the heritage, traditions and sights of Corfu during a guided walk through the streets of its Old Town. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this historic quarter is a maze of medieval buildings and winding pedestrian streets dating back to the 18th century. At the bustling open-air market, you’ll find a wide range of local products before moving on to Mon Repo palace, and the Casa Parlante museum to explore the life of Corfu’s 19th-century nobility. Then it’s on to the village of Doukades for a fabulous Greek lunch in a typical village tavern before finishing your tour at the renowned Theotokis Estate and Winery in the Ropa Valley.
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A legendary area of outstanding beauty
Located at the border of Thesprotia and Preveza, the springs of the Acheron River is an area of outstanding natural beauty and known worldwide for its place in ancient Greek mythology as one of the five rivers of the Greek underworld. 25km from Parga it boasts a landscape rich with vegetation and crystalline waters with its lakes home to many amphibians and fish. Elsewhere it flows through steep cliffs with the rocky slopes, the nesting ground to many birds of prey.
PARGA BY DAY OR NIGHT
A picturesque gem that’s a must-visit
Parga combines archaeological sites such as its Venetian castle with beautiful scenery. The town is surrounded by huge olive trees, planted by the Venetians in the 16th century, which still provide a major Income in the area through olive oil production. Parga’s multi-coloured houses sit on surrounding hills and although on the mainland it has a real island vibe.
METSOVO AND THE KATOGI AVEROFF WINERY
Enjoy this renowned town and a private wine tasting
Metsovo is one of the most famous traditional villages in Greece due to its unique and colourful hand-woven textiles (or Amintziou) – the products of centuries of shepherding by the Vlach population that still inhabits the town. Explore the town and then head to the Katogi Averoff Winery to journey into the world of its wine culminating in a tasting of its renowned wines.
ZAGORI & DODONI
Explore the fascinating local history and culture
Zagoria has 46 traditional villages – including the popular Papigo, Monodendri and Aristi – all perched on the dense green mountainsides and filled with stone houses with their distinct grey-tiled roofs and paved paths. Then head to the Ancient Theatre of Dodoni located at the foot of Mount Tomaros and built in the 3rd century BC for the performance of the temples, which were games in honour of Zeus – before becoming an arena for gladiators during the Roman period.
See this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site
Meteora is a unique and unforgettable spectacle. On top of rocks that were formed 60 million years ago, sit the breathtaking Meteora monasteries, most of them constructed during the Byzantine times. Their stunning, otherworldly presence and fascinating history make them an absolute masterpiece and a true Greek gem not to be missed.
IOANNINA LAKE TOUR & SYNAGOGUE
One of the largest lakes in Greece
Explore Lake Pamvotida, commonly called the Lake of Ioannina and the largest in Epirus. Located in the central part of northern Greece, the lake is fringed by the regional capital, Ioannina and the town of Perama. The lake features small fishing ports and a boat port as well as a small inhabited island, where Ali Pasha was hiding during the last days of his reign.
The Ancient Sacred Synagogue of Ioannina is one of the largest and oldest buildings, preserved in Greece.