Greece – The Peloponnese “Now Full for 2023 – Reserve List Available”

13th April - 2nd May 2023(20 nights)pdfdownload

 




Spring warmth, History and Coastal Scenery

Greece abounds with history and natural beauty and none more so than on its southern peninsula ‘The Peloponnese’. This tour takes in the classical sights of Olympia, Monemvasia, Athens & Delphi to leave you enriched by its history and combines these with relaxation along the coast to create an enchanting early Spring get away.  Being Spring look forward to some Mediterranean warmth and the sight of magnificent wildflowers as you travel.

In the tour there are also visits to the boutique island of Spetses, the Corinth Canal and a prestigious Greek winery. All through the tour you will never be far from the sea or beach, and towns which retain a true Greek culture to give you the real Greek experience. Our tour of the Peloponnese lasts 20 nights or include ‘Greece -The Northern Highlights’ and extend your holiday to 34 nights in total, the choice is yours.

Arthur and Jenny Vowden – Greece 2019
A very enjoyable and interesting tour led by our Tour Directors who looked after us very well. We visited some wonderful places, drove along beautiful flower filled scenic mountain and coastal roads and were made very welcome by the Greek people.’

Ted and Susanna Brooking – Greece 2019
‘Did this tour tick all the boxes? You bet!! Led by the lovely Tour Leaders we fell totally in love with Greece. Stunning mountain scenery and remote villages where we received welcoming gifts from the locals to beautiful coastal scenes. Brilliant tour all round. Thank you GBMT.’

 

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Day One – Thursday 13th April
Welcome to Bologna in Italy where we meet at a good quality campsite. You should plan your arrival early afternoon to be ready for this evening’s welcome drinks reception and tour briefing around the Tour Directors motorhome.

Day Two – Friday 14th April
A morning drive to catch the overnight ferry from Italy to southern Greece. We have ‘Camping on Board’ arranged which allows you access to your motorhome throughout the crossing including sleeping in your own bed. Each motorhome is provided with 230v hook-up and there are toilets & showers located on the camping deck. You also have full access to all the ships facilities including restaurants, shops and bars. 140 miles (Camping on board is subject to the ships layout, if it were not available on today’s boat en-suite cabins will be provided)

Day Three – Saturday 15th April
Arriving in Greece it is just 30 minutes to our first campsite. This evening we have a group dinner in the campsite’s own family run restaurant for our first taste of Greek food and wine. 20 miles

Day Four – Sunday 16th April
Today is the Orthodox Easter Sunday and the biggest annual celebration in the Greek calendar, a day when families get together.  After a leisurely start to the day, we join in a traditional Greek Easter family celebration.

Day Five – Monday 17th April
From our campsite we are taken to the coastal village of Dhiakofto where there should be time for a morning coffee before boarding a ‘Rack and Pinion’ train to take us up the Vouraikos gorge to Kalavryta. Climbing at gradients of 1 in 7 the 22km journey passes stunning views to arrive in the mountain town of Kalavryta where we have a group lunch arranged.

Day Six – Tuesday 18th April
Move campsites today with a short drive to historic Olympia. 55 miles

Day Seven – Wednesday 19th April
We visit the site of ancient Olympia today, just a short walk from our campsite. Home of the Olympic Games for over 1,000 years the ancient site remains home to the Olympic flame.

Day Eight – Thursday 20th April
We move to Gythio in the very south of Greece. 160 miles

Day Nine – Friday 21st April
A group visit to ‘Monemvasia – the Greek Gibraltar’. Here there will be free time to wander in this fascinating Byzantium town, followed by a group lunch in an old town restaurant.

Day Ten – Saturday 22nd April
A free day and an opportunity to spend time on the campsite beach, have a swim in the sea or visit the colourful harbour town of Gythio.

Day Eleven – Sunday 23rd April
Today have a relaxed start to the day, it is
Sunday after all. Later we take a short walk along the beach to a local Taverna for a long leisurely lunch.

Day Twelve – Monday 24th April
We drive to the beach resort of Tolo. You may choose the quick inland route or a stunning mountain and coastal drive. 110 or 140 miles

Day Thirteen – Tuesday 25th April
Our destination today is the petite island of Spetses where there will be time to explore as you please. Renowned for its boutiques and picturesque streets it has become an extremely popular destination with upper class Athenians. Transport is by coach and boat.

Day Fourteen – Wednesday 26th April
Today our drive takes us to Greece’s capital and the ancient city of Athens, but not before stopping at the Corinth Canal with plenty of time for a walk out on one of its bridges and a look straight down.  120 miles

Day Fifteen – Thursday 27th April
We tour Athens including a guided visit of the Acropolis.

Day Sixteen – Friday 28th April
Leaving Athens, we make our way to a Greek Winery where we park and sleep overnight; with no facilities it is an opportunity to use your motorhomes own. Late afternoon we have a private tour of the winery with tastings and snacks, followed by an opportunity to purchase any of the wines we have enjoyed. 60 miles

Day Seventeen – Saturday 29th April
Move on to Delphi today, home of the Oracle. En-route there is an opportunity to visit the mountain monastery of Osios Loukas. 60 miles

Day Eighteen – Sunday 30th April
A free day. Those wishing can independently visit the ancient site of Delphi and/or the mountain town of Arahova. Direct buses pass our campsite to both.

Day Nineteen – Monday 1st May
This evening in the campsites own restaurant we all enjoy a ‘Farewell Dinner’ to those leaving us tomorrow.

Day Twenty – Tuesday 2nd May
‘Greece – The Peloponnese’ tour ends this morning. Those returning home from this point have an easy drive to the port of Patra to catch the overnight ferry to Italy. 80 miles. ‘Camping on Board’ is again included for you and the ferry arrives back in Ancona, Italy tomorrow afternoon. Please note our Tour Directors will not be returning at this point. (Camping on board is subject to the ships layout, if not available on today’s boat en-suite cabins are provided)

Those continuing with ‘Greece -The Northern Highlights’ move to our next Greek campsite, please see this tours itinerary for full details.

PRICE – Greece the Peloponnese                                          TOUR DEPOSIT £500

6m Motorhome with 2 people – £1,549 per person
6m Motorhome with 1 person – £2,599
6-8m Motorhome – £300 ferry surcharge
Over 8m Motorhome – £500 ferry Surcharge

INCLUDED IN PRICE – Greece the Peloponnese

  • 17 Campsite nights with hook-up
  • 2 nights on return Italy to Greece ferry
  • 1 night’s parking at winery
  • 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

  • Welcome Reception & Tour Briefing
  • Welcome to Greece group dinner with wine.
  • Greek Easter family celebration
  • Day trip to Kalavryta including rack & pinion train journey and group lunch.
  • Visit to ancient Olympia.
  • Visit to Monemvasia including group lunch.
  • Leisurely Sunday lunch by the beach with wine
  • Visit to the island of Spetses
  • Stop at the Corinth Canal
  • Guided Athens city tour including Acropolis visit.
  • Tour of winery including tastings and snacks
  • ‘Farewell’ dinner with wine

This tour starts in Bologna Italy, but if you would like to travel from the UK at the same time with Tour Director on the outward journey, please book the optional tour package so that everything can be arranged on your behalf.

OPTIONAL EXTRA PACKAGE

  • Return Dover/Calais Ferry with Flexible Ticket + Club Class Lounge
  • 5 x additional Campsites with hook-up starting in Kent on Saturday 8th April and then France, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy
  • Dinner in German Campsite
  • Tour information pack with suggested routes + GPS Co-ordinates
  • Services of Tour Directors travelling in their own motorhome.

OPTIONAL PACKAGE PRICE

Motorhome with 2 People @ £399 per person
Motorhome with 1 Person @ £649