Corfu Island with Epirus8 days - Flight - from/to Corfu
4x on Corfu
2x in Ioannina
1x on Corfu
Day 1 Arrival Corfu
Arrival at Corfu Airport. Short drive to the hotel. Overnight stay in Corfu.
Day 2 Corfu Town - Kanoni - Mon Repos
Drive to Corfu Town. Visit the old Venetian fortress and the Kanoni peninsula. Other sightseeing points are the Liston Building, the Esplanade Square and the St. Spyridon Cathedral. Afterwards, walk through the Venetian old town. Continue to Villa Mon Repos, the former summer residence of the Greek royal family. Overnight stay in Corfu.
Day 3 Northern Island tour
Drive to Paleokastritsa, a beautiful place situated on two bays between impressive cliffs. Here you will be warmly welcomed by the inhabitants of the Monastery of Theotokos (18th century). Experience the tranquility and a deep sense of peace when visiting this place. The flat ceiling inside the church offers a view of scenes from the story of creation. Continue to Lakones. Photo stop at the Bella Vista. Here you have perhaps the most beautiful view of Corfu - an impressive view of the bays of Paleokastritsa. Continue via Sidari and the Rhoda Trumpet Pass to the fishing village of Kassiopi, which was founded by the Romans. Be enchanted by the view of the mountains of the Greek mainland. Return along the northern east coast and have a photo stop at Kouloura. Overnight stay on Corfu.
Day 4 Achillion - Southern Island Tour
Drive to Gastouri to visit the Achillion, the summer palace of Empress Elizabeth of Austria. The heart of Wilhelm II and "Sissi" was struck by the magic that Corfu exudes. As proof of his love for the island, he bequeathed the Achillion to her. A fairytale-like, enormous residence with magnificent interiors. The stylish garden with its several sculptures is dedicated to the legendary and invincible hero Achilleos. Then drive through the idyllic villages of Corfu to Anemomolis and visit the icon-adorned Byzantine Basilica of Saint Jason and Sosipatros. Continue to Kato Garuna and visit a carpet weaving factory. Overnight stay on Corfu.
Day 5 Ioannina
Today you leave your hotel on Corfu and take the ferry to Igoumenitsa. Continue to Ioannina, the capital of the Epirus region. You start with a city tour through the oriental-looking old town with its city wall, the picturesque narrow alleys and the two citadels. One hosts the Aslan Aga Mosque and the other the Folklore Museum. Afterwards, take a boat to the small island on Lake Pamvoti. Here you will visit the house of Ali Pasha and the monastery of St. Nicholas of the Philantropinon. Then drive to your hotel. Overnight stay in Ioannina.
Day 6 Meteora Monasteries - Metsovo
Drive to Kalambaka. On the rock towers you will see the monasteries built by monks in Byzantine times, 6 of which are still in use today. These peculiar geological rock phenomena have been given the name Meteora, meaning "the floating ones", as the monasteries seem to hover between heaven and earth. In the past, visitors were pulled up to the dizzy heights by the monks in pulleys. Today, a convenient car road leads from Kalambaka up to the monasteries. You will see wonderful wall paintings, relics and icons of inestimable value in two monasteries. The journey continues to Metsovo. The picturesque town was built over the remains of the ancient Tymphe. The town is characterized by distinctive traditional architecture and a stunning view of the surrounding Pindos peaks. Overnight stay in Ioannina.
Day 7 Dodoni - Acheron - Parga - Crossing to Corfu
Today you leave your hotel and drive to Dodoni and visit the oldest oracle site with the sanctuary of Zeus, the theater and various temples. Afterwards you will continue to the oracle of the dead of Acheron. In mythology, one of the rivers is said that has led to the underworld. The next stop is Parga. The picturesque harbor town lies in an idyllic bay between Igoumenitsa and Preveza at the foot of a Venetian castle. The various small alleys as well as the castle invite you to a wonderful walk. Afterwards you continue to Igoumenitsa, where you take the ferry to Corfu. Overnight stay on Corfu.
Day 8 Return flight
Drive to Corfu airport. Return flight.