Micro climates, Islands and not to be missed sights
Continuing on from ‘Greece – The Peloponnese’ this tour takes in the other half of the country and extends your holiday for a further 14 nights. In the Greek calendar Easter is the largest celebration and on the Orthodox Easter Sunday we celebrate the day along with the Greeks as we enjoy a traditional Easter Sunday lunch in a local Taverna.
We mix stays on the coast of the Pelion Peninsular and the charming island of Corfu with time inland. During our stay at Meteroa we have a guided tour of this wonderful area where the Greeks famously built their Monasteries precariously perched atop the local rock formations, a sight not to be missed.
In Ioannina we see Greece’s city of mixed traditions, from its well preserved Turkish quarter and ancient silver production through to its Lake Island and modern restaurants.
Then in Corfu we take an island tour including a visit to ‘Mon Repos’ villa, birth place of Prince Philip and the picturesquely rugged resort of Paleokastritsa.
This tour can also be followed with the Western Turkey Tour to extend your holiday by a further 37 nights.
Day One/Nineteen – Thursday 29th April
Drive from Delphi to our next campsite located on the Pillion Peninsular. 100 miles
Day Two/Twenty – Friday 30th April
A free day. This evening we have a group dinner in the campsites own Taverna. During the day for those who would like to participate in learning Greek cooking you are invited to join the chef’s in the Kitchen as they share their skills with you in preparing for tonight’s meal.
Day Three/Twenty-one – Saturday 1st May
We tour the ‘Pelion Peninsular’, with its own micro climate it’s a popular fruit growing region.
Day Four/Twenty-two – Sunday 2nd May
Today is the Orthodox Easter Sunday and the biggest annual celebration in the Greek calendar, a day when families get together for lunch. After a leisurely start to the day we join in a traditional Greek Easter lunch.
Day Five/Twenty-three – Monday 3rd May
Drive to the Meteora region of Greece. It is here the Greeks famously built their monasteries precariously perched high on the local rocks. 70 miles
Day Six/Twenty-four – Tuesday 4th May
A group tour of the Meteora including visiting some of the monasteries. In the evening we have dinner in the campsites own restaurant with stunning views of the region.
Day Seven/Twenty-five – Wednesday 5th May
Drive to the lakeside city of Ioannina. You can take the motorway or the scenic Katara pass, the choice is yours. 90 or 120 miles
Day Eight/Twenty-six – Thursday 6th May
We take a boat to the lakes island with time to explore before we meet up for a group lunch in an island restaurant.
Day Nine/Twenty-seven – Friday 7th May
A free day. You may decide to visit the old Turkish quarter of the city.
Day Ten/Twenty-eight – Saturday 8th May
This morning we drive to the port of Igoumenitsa from where we take a ferry to the charming island of Corfu. 50 miles, ferry, 15 miles
Day Eleven/Twenty-nine – Sunday 9th May
Breakfast is included in the campsite Taverna followed by a free day, both the beach and town are close to our campsite.
Day Twelve/Thirty – Monday 10th May
An island tour is arranged including a visit to ‘Mon Repos’ villa, birth place of Prince Philip.
Day Thirteen/Thirty-one – Tuesday 11th May
A free day before our ‘Farewell Dinner’. We get together to enjoy a final taste of Greek food and selection of local drinks, with an opportunity to reflect back on the many places visited throughout the whole tour.
Day Fourteen/Thirty-two – Wednesday 12st May
No need for an early start after last night; late morning we cross back to mainland Greece in preparation for tonight’s return ferry to Italy. 15 miles, ferry. Note the Tour Directors will not be taking the ferry back to Italy at this time.
Day Fifteen/Thirty-three – Thursday 13th May
Upon arriving back in Ancona Italy, this afternoon the tour comes to an end.
Starting in Greece in just 5 days from the end of this tour is the Western Turkey tour. If you would like to follow on from this tour and extend your holiday you may wish to also make a booking for Western Turkey. In this case your return to Italy ferry will be arranged for after the Turkey tour and as you will not require an Italy to Greece ferry for the Turkey tour you will receive a £500 discount on your Western Turkey tour reservation.
PRICE – Greece the Northern Highlights TOUR DEPOSIT £100
Motorhome with 2 people – £749 per person
Motorhome with 1 person – £949
INCLUDED IN PRICE – Greece the Northern highlights
- 13 Campsite nights with hook-up
- Return ferry to Corfu
- Transport for Excursions/Events as per the Itinerary
- Entrance Fees as per the itinerary
- Tour information pack with suggested routes + GPS Co-ordinates
- Services of Tour Director’s travelling in their own motorhome
- Michelin Map of Greece
- DK Greece Guidebook
Excursions, Events & Meals
- Greek Cooking Experience
- Group dinner in Pillion Campsite Taverna with wine
- Tour of Pillion Peninsular
- Orthodox Easter Sunday group lunch
- Meteora tour including Monastery visits
- Group dinner in Meteora Campsite Taverna with wine
- Visit to Ioanina lake island with group lunch
- Breakfast in campsite Taverna
- Corfu island tour including visit to “Mon Repos” villa
- ‘Farewell’ dinner with wine