Contrasts of Greece

From $3,049
Duration 8 Days
Departures from May 2021 - Jun 2021
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From $3,049
Duration 8 Days
Departures from May 2021 - Jun 2021
Tour Overview

From mouthwatering Greek gastronomy to mystical mythology, immerse yourself in a unique cultural heritage on our Contrasts of Greece tour. As well as uncovering the treasures of the historically rich and naturally stunning Ionian island of Corfu, you'll venture to lesser-known Zagori on the mainland to explore its traditional mountain villages surrounded by untouched rural scenery. We'll also take you on an exciting excursion to Meteora to admire its magical UNESCO monasteries, which perch precariously on resplendent rocky pillars.​

  • Leisurely Touring
  • Half Board
  • Max Group Size 25
  • New for 2020

Your Holiday Includes

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guides
  • 7 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels
  • 14 Included meals : 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners including a welcome drink & farewell dinner
  • Free scheduled group transfers are available on arrival & departure from Corfu airport, other transportation & porterage included

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Tour of Corfu Island with a visit to Sissy’s Palace
  • Excursion to the Kapodistrias Museum
  • Guided tour of Zagori’s traditional villages
  • Zagori nature trail walk
  • Get the chance to taste an authentically Greek liquor, Tsipouro brandy
  • Tour of Kalambaka
  • Trip to Meteora’s famous monasteries
  • Guided ‘monks trail’ nature walk in Meteora
  • Baklava tasting in Ioannina
  • Corfu cruise on a traditional wooden boat

Itinerary

Day 1 Corfu

Make your own way to Corfu where you can meet us for the scheduled group transfers to your hotel. Settle in and enjoy a welcome drink with your fellow travellers.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Corfu

Begin exploring idyllic Corfu during a guided tour. Highlights include admiring the Venetian architecture of Corfu town and enjoying vistas of the stunning coastline. We’ll also visit Sissy’s Palace (also known as the Achilleion), a neoclassical mansion. Next, head to Kapodistrias Museum. Housed in the former summer home of prominent Greek statesman Ioannis Kapodistrias, the museum tracks his life’s work and Corfu’s history during the early 19th century. You could also join our excursion to the Durrell family home, followed by a delicious meal at a traditional taverna in nearby Kalami.

Meals included: B,L

Day 3 Corfu - Zagori

Today, we’ll catch a ferry to Igoumenitsa on the mainland and journey to the multicultural city of Ioannina on the banks of Lake Pamvotida. It boasts a fascinating mix of architecture, from ancient synagogues and mosques to churches dating from the Byzantine period. Discover its fortified walls, Ioannina Castle and the Mosque of Veli Pasha. In the afternoon, we’ll continue on to Zagori, which has been inhabited since ancient times. Get a chance to taste regional wines and enjoy homemade dishes during dinner.

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Zagori

Step back in time with a tour of some of Zagori’s 46 traditional stone villages set among dramatic peaks and enchanting forests. We’ll take you to Papigo and Megalo Papigo to soak up their oldworld charm and the region’s geological wonders. We also enjoy a Tsipouro brandy tasting. In the afternoon, you can also embark on an exciting optional river rafting experience.

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Zagori - Meteora

Today, we visit nearby Kalambaka before moving onto the town of Meteora - home to one of the world’s largest complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries, which perch on huge natural rocky pillars. We’ll tour two UNESCO World Heritage structures before a walk following the trail used by monks.

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Zagori - Corfu

On your final day in Zagori, we’ll head to the village of Vitsa and follow its downhill trail across stone bridges and cobbled paths to reach the Vikos Gorge. Later we’ll return to Corfu for our final stay.

Meals included: B,L

Day 7 Corfu - at Leisure

Enjoy a leisurely morning or join our optional nature walk. In the afternoon, there’ll be a chance to soak up views of Corfu and its imposing fortress on a cruise. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel with your travelling companions.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Departure

Your tour comes to an end today. Scheduled group transfers are available to the airport, please see www.justyou.com/transfers Meals included: B

Accommodation

Divani Corfu Palace Hotel

Located in Kanoni, on a peninsula south of Corfu Town, your hotel is situated in lush grounds and features a bar, restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre. Guest rooms have private facilities, safe, mini-bar, hairdryer and balcony.

Monopatia Mountain Resort

Monopatia Mountain Resort or Hotel Gioraldi

Located in the tranquil village of Ano Pedina in the heart of the Zagori region, both of these hotels are of classic stone construction in keeping with their surroundings. Facilities include a restaurant and bar.

Please note : Hotels in this area are small, so groups may be split across these two properties, which are in close proximity to one another.

Divani Corfu Palace Hotel

Located in Kanoni, on a peninsula south of Corfu Town, your hotel is situated in lush grounds and features a bar, restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre. Guest rooms have private facilities, safe, mini-bar, hairdryer and balcony.