Istanbul & Northern Greece - An Ancient Roman Route Tour
Duration: 17 Days Countries Visited: 2 Activity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural
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Activity Level: 2

These are particularly busy tours that feature a lot of moving around, sometimes by train and short journeys on local transport. Walking tours of towns and cities are leisurely but you should be prepared to be on your feet for several hours. Some of our cultural trips that occur at high altitude and/or require greater independence with baggage handling (at hotels, airports, train stations) also fall into this category.
Tour Style: Cultural

These three- and four-star hotel-based, "soft adventure" trips concentrate on the culture, history, and natural attributes of our destination. Though there are no strenuous activities built into these tours, you need to be prepared for some full days with some early starts, plenty of walking on uneven surfaces through villages, cities and archaeological sites, and not a lot of "down time." Independence, reasonable fitness, and an ability to be steady on one's feet are critical in order for you to get the most out of these programs.

Istanbul & Northern Greece - An Ancient Roman Route Tour

Travelling the Via Egnatia

17 Days

A unique, specially-designed itinerary that showcases some of the more important and scenic sections of the 'Via Egnatia,' an ancient route that linked Rome & Byzantium.

Tour Overview
Tour Overview

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Countries Visited: 2 Activity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural

Istanbul is a logical place to begin our journey (roughly) along the 2nd Century BCE road -- the Via Egnatia -- linking Rome with all her eastern provinces. Our chosen stops reflect the more interesting, important, and scenic places along this venerable route between Byzantium & Rome. Those who travel along the Via Egnatia today do so mainly because of the impressive, ever-changing landscapes in uncrowded areas that are not shaped by tourism, the varied and fascinating history and site, and to experience different dishes and wines that can be discovered along this 1000km route.



Dates & Prices
Dates & Prices


Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to below Prices & Dates table. For general information on flights to/from the tour, click here.

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Specific booking dates/pricing for this exclusive tour are not yet available for 2024 (single supplement is approximate). If you're interested in this tour and would like to be informed when booking dates become available, please email us at [email protected]

Optional Single Supplement: $1180 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $600 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.

$1000 USD DEPOSIT REQUIRED per person
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Full Itinerary
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Day 1 Arrival in Istanbul
Today we arrive in Istanbul and transfer to our hotel.

"If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Constantinople," marvelled Alphonse de Lamartine, the 19th century French writer and politician. New Rome, Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul; the legendary city has served as the capital of the legendary Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. Though no longer a capital, Istanbul is the largest city and the cosmopolitan heart of Turkey, full of marvels and startling contrasts.

On this unique journey, Istanbul is a logical place to begin our journey (roughly) along the 2nd Century BCE road – Via Egnatia -- linking Rome with all her eastern provinces. Our chosen stops reflect the more interesting and important places along this venerable and scenic route between Byzantium & Rome. For the modern traveller, the major reward lies in the close access the modern Egnatia Odos provides to many towns of historic and culinary interest, all complemented by an ever-changing scenery quite different from elsewhere in the region.

As our sightseeing planned for tomorrow is based on a hunch that many people have already seen the 'classic' sites of Istanbul and therefore concentrates on some lesser-known/visited places, the first-time visitor may consider spending independent time in the city pre-trip. Our hotel is located in the heart of the city where the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, and Agia Sofia are located.

Overnight in Istanbul.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Istanbul City Touring
We begin the day with a drive along the imposing 5th century City Walls. The double walls stretch for 6.5 km (10.5 miles), separated by a 20m wide moat and punctuated at regular intervals with defensive towers. Built to be unbreachable, the walls protected the "Queen of all Cities" until the 4th Crusade. We will stop at various points of interest, including Yedikule, the "Gate of the 7 Towers" where the original Golden Gate of the city was incorporated into the city walls, and walk around some of the oldest quarters inside the walls. We will walk around the historic Greek quarter of Fener with its beautiful lanes, houses, and Byzantine churches.

We continue to the Church of St. Saviour in Chora (Kariye Museum), the jewel of Istanbul. The church is covered with beautifully preserved mosaics of gold, some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world, depicting scenes of the Genealogy of Christ, the Infancy, Life and Ministry of Christ, and the Life of the Blessed Virgin. There are also wonderful frescoes in the nave and funerary chapel. The church itself dates to the 11th century, but all the interior decoration was commissioned between 1316-1321 by the statesman and scholar, Theodore Metochites.

Our final stop is the Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent, built by the great architect, Sinan, in the 16th century. The design of the mosque achieves a perfection of harmony and ‘monumentality’ at once, set in the centre of a huge complex which included a library, soup kitchen for the poor, a hammam (bath), fountains, gardens, caravansary, and schools. We will also see the tombs of Mimar Sinan, Sultan Süleyman and his wife Roxelana. We take some time to explore the picturesque streets in this area, famous for their old Ottoman wooden houses.

We then head back to the city for a fun and informal cooking class. You will come to understand why Turkish cuisine is world famous -- diverse and savoury, spicy without being (too) hot, vegetable rich and healthy -- and today we will gain some hand-on skills to replicate some of the delicious dishes we have experienced on our trip. For our dinner we'll be able to dine upon the fruits of our labours!

Overnight in Istanbul.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Istanbul City Touring
Our morning starts with a visit to the aromatic Spice Bazaar, where the smells of cinnamon, clove, and thyme rise from hundreds of colourful muslin bags at every store front.

We then board a ferry for a relaxing cruise along the shores of the legendary Bosphorus, the natural gateway that divides Asia and Europe. As you sit back and enjoy some tea from traditional small cups, numerous summer palaces and palatial homes will pass by on either side.

Disembarking at the northern end of the strait, we have a break for lunch with some free time before crossing the Golden Horn, via a historic tram that runs through a tunnel built in 1875, to reach the district of Pera. The word Pera is of Greek origin specifically meaning “far away,“ and it was here (far from the main Greek settlement at Fenar) that many of the European ambassadors and merchants came to settle. Pera has always had a European flavour, apparent when we visit the Genovesi-built Galata Tower.

Later our on-foot exploration will take us through the lively district of Taksim, where you will be free to explore and find your own evening meal at one of the many excellent restaurants in the area.

Overnight in Istanbul.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4 Istanbul - Edirne
Today we depart Istanbul by road and travel to Edirne. Our route shadows a road constructed by the Romans in the 2nd century BC. It crossed Illyricum, Macedonia, and Thracia, running through territory that is now part of modern Albania, North Macedonia, Greece, and European Turkey as a continuation of the Via Appia.

The area around Edirne, thanks to its strategic position on the major routes to Istanbul, Bosphorus, and onward to Asia, has been repeatedly fought for in the past. It has been the site of no fewer than 16 major battles and sieges since the days of Ancient Greece. Edirne’s former name is Adrianople (Hadrianoupolis), i.e. “City of Hadrianus”, named after the Roman emperor who founded the city on the site of Thracian village of Uskudama.

Overnight in Edirne.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Edirne Touring
Today in Edirne we see landmarks including Eski Cami (Old Mosque), Uc Serefeli Cami with its four distinctive minarets, and Sinan’s masterpiece Selimiye Mosque. Browse the shops at Selimiye Arastasi or Ali Pasha Covered Bazaar, and check out the Medical Museum at Beyazit Kulliyesi.

With a population of roughly 165,000, this is a historic city that is well worth visiting. We will see mosques that rival the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, enjoy authentic Ottoman cuisine, possibly shop at a covered market, and witness daily life from a busy town square.

Overnight in Edirne.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Edirne, Turkey - Dadia National Forest, Greece
Today we cross the border into Greece and make our way to the Dadia National Forest, where our attention shifts briefly from the historical to the natural attributes of this stunning region.*

This forest of old growth Balkan oak and pine is one of the most important in all of Europe and is the breeding area for some of the rarest birds of prey on the planet. We hope to do some light hiking and visit the blinds -- this is one of "the" places in all of Europe to see nesting black Eurasian vultures and many other rare bird species. The forest itself is something beautiful and rare in this part of the world.

We finish our day at our hotel, located just outside the park gates.

* Please note that, due to recent wildfires our activities may vary depending on access and areas that were damaged.

Overnight at Dadia.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Dadia - Evros Delta - Alexandroupoli
En route to Alexandroupoli today, we'll make another natural history stop to experience the wonders of the Evros Delta region.

The estuary of the River Evros (Evros Delta) forms an eminent wetland complex, consisting of lagoons, swamps and marshes, canals and reeds, sheltering huge numbers of birds. It is a wetland of international significance, part of the Ramsar Convention, as many important populations of aquatic birds, waders, birds of prey, and several others gather there, many of which are rare at a national, European, and global level.

We continue to Alexandroupoli and have a tour upon arrival. Situated as it is at the crossroads of Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean Sea and the Balkan Peninsula, everyone who passes through stops here, and so will we! The streets are atmospheric and the waterfront is lined with tavernas and seafood restaurants.

Alexandroupoli is one of the newest cities in Greece, as it was only a fishing village until the late 19th century. However, the modern city is located at the site of ancient Sale, a Greek city of the classical era founded by colonists from the island of Samothrace, mentioned by Herodotus. Alexandroupoli benefits from its position at the centre of land and sea routes connecting Greece with Turkey. Landmarks in Alexandroupoli include the city's lighthouse in the port, the archaeological sites of the Mesimvria Zone, and Maroneia stretching out to the small port of Agios Charalambos, the city's waterfront (the centre of commercial activity), and the nearby Evros Delta.

Overnight in Alexandroupoli.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Alexandroupoli - Philippi - Kavala
Today we travel to Kavala with a stop at the archaeological site of Philippi, the most important in East Macedonia with characteristic monuments of the Hellenistic, Roman and early Christian periods. Here you can see the buildings of the ancient city, the ruins of the Roman city, Christian churches and the central Egnatiev road, the fragments of which can now be repeated the way of the Apostle Paul. This road divides the city into two parts.

We continue to Kavala, one of the most attractive of Greece's larger cities, rising like an amphitheatre from the beautiful harbour up to a huge Byzantine fortress. Built on the ancient city of Neopolis, the city's population doubled in 1922 when the Greeks from Asia Minor made there way here during the exchange of populations. Here we’ll likely be able to see a piece of the original Via Ignatia, still extant. It covered a total distance of about 1120km and, like other major Roman roads, it was about six metres wide, paved with large polygonal stone slabs or covered with a hard layer of sand.

On arrival in Kavala we have a tour of this important northern port city. Among the city's impressive landmarks are the old walls, the Byzantine castle, and the Kamares -- the aqueduct erected by Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century. We visit the Archaeological Museum, containing finds from the ancient city of Amphipolis, a colony of Athens.

Overnight in Kavala

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 Kavala - Haldiki Peninsula - Thessaloniki
Today's excursion takes us to the Haldiki Peninsula. Comprised of three smaller peninsulas (Kassandra, Sithonian, and Athos), the Halkidiki is home to one of the most important monastic communities in the entire Christian Orthodox world. At the foot of Mount Athos stands an enormous World Heritage site; the monasteries of Mt Athos. Visiting the monasteries is somewhat impractical for us due to strict visitation rules (ie only men are permitted to visit, and they require advance notice and written invitation from their nation's embassy in Athens). Instead, we will enjoy a short lunch cruise passing below numerous coastal monasteries with good views of Mt Athos's peak (2033m).

Thessaloniki, the second largest city of modern Greece. It was first established in 316 BC by Kassandros and named after his wife, Thessaloniki, half sister of Alexander the Great. It is here that the Apostle Paul first brought the message of Christianity (AD 50) and that Demetrius, a Roman officer died in martyrdom (AD 303), thus becoming the holy patron of the city. Thessaloniki was the second most important city of the Byzantine Empire, next to Constantinople, and is full of beautiful examples of Byzantine art and architecture.

If time permits we may accomplish some of our Thessaloniki sightseeing upon arrival.

Overnight in Thessaloniki (dinner on your own this evening).

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 Thessaloniki Touring
We will spread our sightseeing of this interesting city of two days. This morning we enjoy a half-day tour of a city steeped in history. Our focus will be on the Archeological Museum which will take us through the long history of a city that was founded by a Macedonian King in the 4th Century BC and went on to become the most important city between Rome and Byzantium during the Roman era. During the Byzantine period Thessaloniki flourished, as it did under the Ottomans and this museum is packed with treasures from past centuries.

This afternoon you will have some free time to explore the city on your own (dinner on your own this evening).

Overnight in Thessaloniki.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 11 Thessaloniki Touring - Continued
This morning we continue our visit of Thessaloniki, including stops to see the Museum of Jewish Presence (at one time, the city's population was more than 50% Jewish.) We will visit the Ataturk Museum, located in the house that was the birthplace of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. We will see the large Aristotle Square, the famous White Tower, which was added to the Roman-Byzantine walls by the Venetians, and we will also visit the Church of St. Demetrius, the patron saint of the city.

Overnight in Thessaloniki.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 12 Thessaloniki - Pella & Vergina - Litochoro
Our journey continues with a departure for Pella, the land where Alexander the Great was born. We’ll visit the archaeological site and museum, which hosts exhibits of major historical significance -- excavators have discovered unique archaeology findings.

Next we visit Vergina, one of the most important sites in all Greece. Greeks today simply call this site "The Tombs"; archaeologists, however, know the site to be ancient Aigai, the first capital of the Macedonian Kings and their burial place until the time of Alexander. While here we will see the famous tomb of Philip of Macedon, filled gold caskets, royal diadems, gold jewelry, the king's gold woven robes, and his armour and shield.

We finish our day in the small town of Lithoro, sheltering in the shadow of Mt Olympus.

Overnight in Litochoro.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 Mount Olympus Area
Today we enjoy another day exploring the natural attributes of our route and the wild splendour of the My Olympus area. Our day also includes the archeological site of Dion, home to one of the oldest altars and temples dedicated to the supreme god Zeus. This was one of the most visited cult centers of the Ancient Greek world.

The site is expansive and it’s museum reminds us of some of those who came over the many centuries  to make offerings here, including many Macedonian warlords before heading into battle. Both king Philip of Macedon and Alexander the Great would come to celebrate their many victories here.

We’ll also enjoy some of the area’s natural appeal. Mount Olympus actually has 52 peaks—the 2917 metre summit is called Mytikas. Below Mount Olympus you’ll find some stunning deep gorges. The mountain is situated in the north of the country on the borders of the regions of Thessaly and Macedonia in the Olympus mountain range. The area is a World Biosphere Reserve, and it became the first National Park in Greece in 1938. The history and mythology surrounding Mount Olympus is as much of a reason to climb the mountain as the scenery. There are few mountains in the world that can stand up to Mount Olympus in terms of romanticism or folklore.

Overnight in Litohoro.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 To Kastoria
Today we continue to Lake Orestiada, the lake of Kastoria, one of the most beautiful in the Balkans. The lake is directly linked to the character, history, and development of the city and has been classified as a "Monument of Natural Beauty" by the Ministry of Culture and integrated in the European "Network of Nature 2000."

Our destination is Kastoria, a town that flourished from the 17th century onwards as the most important fur-trading centre in the then Ottoman Empire. Handsome mansions, Dionysian celebrations, Byzantine treasures, waterbirds and artisanal furs, characterize this charming town, the "Lady of Macedonia."

Our town tour will include visits to a number of mansions owned by former fur-trading families. Lake Orestiada was once teeming with beavers ('kastoras') and the trade in beaver skins, which began over a thousand years ago, gave rise to the town's chief industry, that of furrier to much of Europe. When the beavers ran out, the town imported furs and it seems that, almost on every block in this charming small city of narrow streets and Byzantine-era churches, that there is at least one place of business related to the fashioning of clothing out of now-imported furs, mostly mink. Kastoria remains an international center for the fur trade, and hosts an annual international exhibition of fur.

We also visit the Byzantine museum which houses a remarkable collection of local icons.

Overnight in Kastoria.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 15 Kastoria - Epirus & Zagori Region
Today we continue to the rugged mountainous region of Epirus where we tour the Zagori area. Located in the extreme northwest of the country and dominated by the Pindhos mountain range, one of the highest in Greece, this is considered to be one of the most beguiling regions in the entire country. We will stop to visit some of the many villages where large, beautifully constructed Ottoman-influenced houses testify to an age when locals enjoyed great wealth and autonomy under the suzerainty of the Ottoman Empire. We will also be reminded of the horrific events of World War II that were unleashed on the inhabitants of this tough region by the occupying Nazi forces who could would not tolerate their resistance.

Overnight in the Zagori Region.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 16 Zagori & Vikos Gorge - Drive to Ioannina
Our main focus this morning is the natural beauty of the region with a walk through part of the Vikos Gorge.

Later our journey continues to Ioannina, where will have a walking tour of walled precinct known as the Kastro district, built on piece of land that reaches out into Lake Pamvotis. We will visit the Aslan Pasha Mosque, now the home of the Municipal Museum, showcasing the ethnographic richness of Epirus.

Overnight in Ioannina.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 17 Departure
Departure from Ioannina.



Included Meal(s): Breakfast



Trip Info
Trip Info

Breakfast daily, some lunches and most dinners (mostly local restaurants; see tour itinerary for specifics).

All accommodation, full-time Tour Leader services, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Local guides at several locations.

Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters (if available).

Airport transfers for land & air customers; if you decide to extend you tour before and after, your transfers are included if your book your air AND extra nights through us.

International airfare to/from the tour. Most lunches, some dinners, Tour Leader gratuities, alcoholic beverages, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Optional travel insurance.

Airport transfers for Land Only customers (available for purchase).

Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs. optional tipping, what to bring, entry requirements etc.

Seasonality and Weather
Our late April timing coincides with one of the most comfortable times to visit the region, with the cold and rain (and snow) of winter well behind us, and before the arrival of the heat of summer, which usually ramps up come June. It is also a pretty time of year, with lush green landscapes and riotous wildflowers along the way and at sites visited.

Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on group size (see 'Group Size'); some local buses and taxis. Greek roads are very good and distances are not great, though we do have some full (and scenic), travelling days.

Our difficulty level "2" refers to the overall ambitious nature of our program, which features full days of travel and sightseeing, possibly with some early starts. The tour is not strenuous with regard to our activities, but it is busy. Our tours of towns and cities, as well as archaeological sites, are conducted on foot and feature uneven surfaces and plenty of stairs. We will also have short walks to dinner. In short, you can expect a LOT of walking on this tour. Luckily at this time of year, heat will not be a factor.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range hotels (3&5-star) throughout. Some smaller hotels are smaller properties (3-4 story) that may not have elevators. Hotels in large cities will be modern international class with all the modern conveniences; hotels in small towns will be modern and comfortable, often with some local character and atmosphere.

Porter service is usually available at larger city hotels; they may not be available at smaller properties (see 'inclusions'). You MUST be independent with your luggage if necessary.

Single rooms are limited in number and likely smaller than twins.

Due to the high cost of single accommodation in the region, a mandatory single supplement may apply to this tour if you have selected our share program and we fail to pair you. This will be 50% of the full single supplement.

Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout (name TBA), driver(s), local step-on local guides in various locales.

Group Size
Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader



Map & Hotels
Map & Hotels

Regions visited: Central And Eastern Europe and Western Europe
Countries visited: Turkey and Greece

*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.

The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.

Sura Design Hotel
5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation
Location: Istanbul
Country: Turkey
This upscale hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia mosque and 3 km from the Galata Tower. The bright, modern rooms provide free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars.
Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel
5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation
Location: Istanbul
Country: Turkey
Situated in the middle of the Sultanahmet Region, Sura Hotels are in a unique position to discover the city. Inspired by Istanbul's historical texture and culture. You will be inspired too by ... view of Hagia Sophia from the accommodations, pool, and terrace restaurant. There is no better place to soak in the culture of the city and feel like a true Istanbulite. The hotel offers you the opportunity to be more than just a traveller.
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Grand Hotel Egnatia
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Alexandroupoli
Country: Greece
Nestled within the timeless landscape - a verdant pine forest surrounded by the sea, at a walking distance of the city centre. The ideal starting point for excursions to the enchanting Dadia ... Reserve and the Evros Delta.

The Grand Hotel Egnatia, featuring guestrooms and suites suitable for families, is characterized by its mahogany panelling, deep-red carpets and designer fabrics, which give it an air of timeless elegance.
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Airotel Galaxy Hotel
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Kavala
Country: Greece
The Airotel Group offers to the city of Kavala the “Galaxy” hotel it deserves! The hotel combines modern aesthetics and technology with its long-lasting fame and respect for the area’s traditions. Galaxy ... is ready to satisfy its guests' needs via its high-quality services. Guests can use the fully equipped fitness center and for business needs a business corner is available.
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Egnatia Palace Hotel
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Thessaloniki
Country: Greece
The hotel has 43 uniquely decorated rooms, the modern amenities of which offer guests high-quality services. Suitable for families, newlyweds & also businessmen who want a friendly, homey environment & modern amenities ... 32 single & double rooms, 8 junior suites, and 3 deluxe suites. In the three deluxe suites, Black Rose, White Satin & Belle Époque, the fine decoration has been inspired by music, cinema & theatre, creating a unique atmosphere that will make your stay an unforgettable experience!
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Hotel Kastoria
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Kastoria
Country: Greece
The cosmopolitan atmosphere of 37 luxurious and well-equipped rooms (bathroom, satellite-TV, Mini-Bar, A/C, Telephone, Hairdryer, Safe), very good breakfast, and convenient parking. The Cafe-Bar with a distinctive Italian design combined with the ... environment and the beautiful lake that lies just outside the hotel provides even the most demanding customers comfortable and pleasant stay. It also has room for people with disabilities.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
01. What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?
Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 60-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.
02. Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?
Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.
03. How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?
The easiest way to make a reservation is to contact us by telephone. You can also book online through our website. A non-refundable deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s). Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time. Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.
04. What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?
Please review our cancellation policy page for details.
05. I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?
All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location. This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement. The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible. On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available. Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.
06. Do you have a shared accommodation program?
Yes! If you are single traveller and are willing to share, we will do our best to pair you with a same-gender roommate. On most of our tours, if we fail to pair you, we will absorb the single supplement fee and you will default to a single room at no extra charge. At some destinations, however, where single rooms are not significantly discounted, or not at all, we may apply a "mandatory" single in the event that we cannot find you a share partner. This is usually 50% of the usual supplement, but can be as much as 100%. If applicable, this proviso will be noted on each tour page on this website, on your invoice, and in our tour date/price book (available for download under "Resources").


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On this Portugal & Spain tour we see how referring to history as existing in a series of…
24 days from Palermo to Venice
What do you get if you mix the incredible cultural riches of Italy's north with the laid…
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