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A peaceful escape to Corfu and Parga
Discover the tantalising mix of verdant landscapes, idyllic white-sand beaches and sapphire blue seas on this two-centre holiday in Greece. Split your time between Corfu, an island renowned for its historical monuments and Venetian influences, and Parga, a delightful town on the Greek mainland. Staying in two 5-star hotels, you can look forward to peaceful days spent at leisure, perhaps soaking up the sun from the infinity pool, combined with a great selection of included and optional excursions.
Enjoy guided tours of Corfu island and Corfu Town, visit imperial palaces and explore the incredible ruins of Nicopolis, one of the largest ancient cities in Greece. You’ll also have the chance to sail on azure waters of the Ionian Sea to the idyllic islands of Paxos and Antipaxos, tour the UNESCO-listed hanging monasteries of Meteora, and you could even hop across the border into neighbouring Albania.
14 nights in two hotels
42 meals: 14 breakfasts (B), 13 lunch (L) and 14 dinners (D)
Free bar open 12 hours a day from 11am to 11pm
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- Dine Around programme
- Return flights and transfers
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at your hotel
Excursions and visits
- Panoramic tour of Corfu (half day)
- Guided tour of Corfu Town (half day)
- West coast tour (full day)
- Visit Ioaninna (full day)
Day 1 UK to Corfu
Fly to Corfu and transfer to the locally rated 5-star MarBella Corfu (5Q), nestled on Corfu’s beautiful east coast, for a three-night stay. Enjoy a welcome drinks reception where you can get to know your fellow travellers. D
Day 2 Corfu
Today embark on a panoramic tour of the island of Corfu. Begin at Kanoni, a lush hill from where you can enjoy beautiful views of iconic Mouse Island, then visit Achilleion Palace, the imperial villa of Empress ‘Sisi’ of Bavaria. The palace is devoted to the Greek hero, Achilles, and the style of the building and grounds reflects her love of Classical Greece. This afternoon is free to spend at leisure. B, L, D
Day 3 Corfu
Look forward to a guided tour of Corfu Town this morning.
Begin your tour with a visit to Mon Repos Palace, a beautiful villa used as a summer residence by the royal families of Greece, and best known as the birthplace of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Today the villa houses a museum dedicated to Ionian treasures. Enjoy a walk in the charming grounds then continue to Patounis Soap Factory in the old town. Founded in 1891, the family-run business specialises in handmade soap from locally produced olive oil using traditional methods.
From here, take guided walking tour through the old town to see its cathedral and historic buildings influenced by the Venetians, then enjoy free time for independent exploration. Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. B, L, D
Day 4 Corfu to Parga
Today, depart Corfu and take a scenic ferry trip to Igoumenitsa on the Greek mainland (two hours). Transfer to Parga (28 miles, 45 minutes) where you’ll stay seven nights at the 5-star MarBella Elix (5Q). This traditional Greek town lies on the coast of north-west Greece, on the Riviera of Epirus. Backed by forested mountains, the region boats idyllic beaches, secluded bays, and history that goes back to ancient times. B, L, D
Day 5 Parga
Join a full day guided tour of the west coast region of Greece, surrounding Parga.
Begin in the Roman city of Nicopolis, built in 29BC by Caesar Augustus in commemoration of his victory over Antony and Cleopatra of Egypt at the nearby Battle of Actium. Within the archaeological site you’ll see beautiful mosaics, as well as an odean, water tower and the remains of a fortress.
After a guided tour of the site, and visit to the museum, continue to Preveza. This beautiful port city lies sandwiched between the Ambracian Gulf and the Ionian Sea, and is sure to charm you with its yacht-filled marina, sandy beaches, sunny promenade and meze bars. Enjoy free time to stroll through the pedestrianised centre, perhaps pausing for coffee at one of the many cafes. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. B, L, D
Day 6 Parga
Today is free to spend at leisure, or alternatively, you could join an optional excursion touring the UNESCO-listed hanging monasteries of Meteora. B, L, D
Day 7 Parga
Look forward to spending a whole day exploring the beautiful and charming city of Ioannina.
En route pause in Dodona, the site of an ancient oracle of Zeus, where travellers would come to speak to the chief of all the gods. Your tour continues to Ioannina and the famous Parnvotis Lake where an island in the middle houses an ancient Byzantine monastery which was the last refuge of the notorious Ottoman lord, Ali Pasha. Visit a museum dedicated to him then return to the mainland to explore the old walled town and castle. Built in 528 AD and one of the oldest surviving Byzantine castles, it was once the largest administrative centre in the whole of Greece and the site where the great minds of ‘Tou Genous’ delivered their lessons and chieftains studied the art of war.
Complete your guided tour with a visit to the Silversmiths Museum before returning to your hotel. B, L, D
Day 8 Parga
Enjoy a day at leisure. Perhaps soak up the sun on the white sands of Karavostasi beach on the crystal-clear waters of the Ionian sea, which lie temptingly below the hotel. B, L, D
Day 9 Parga
Today you have the chance to join an optional excursion to the beautiful islands of Paxos and Antipaxos. Alternatively, spend more time relaxing at your hotel, perhaps admiring the panoramic views from the freshwater infinity pool. B, L, D
Day 10 Parga
Spend the day at leisure, perhaps treating yourself to a massage or beauty treatment in the spa. Alternatively, you could join a fascinating optional excursion to the historic city of Arta. B, L, D
Day 11 Parga to Corfu
Make the return journey by ferry to Corfu to spend your final four nights at the locally rated 5-star MarBella Corfu (5Q). B, L, D
Day 12 Corfu
Spend the day at leisure, or join an excursion revealing the highlights of the south of the island. B, L, D
Day 13 Corfu
Take the opportunity to join an optional excursion visiting Albania today. Alternatively, relax at your hotel. B, L, D
Day 14 Corfu
Spend your final day at leisure. A wide selection of water sports are available on the beach, perhaps give sea kayaking, snorkelling or even water skiing a try! B, L, D
Day 15 Corfu to UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B
If visiting one country is not enough for you then perhaps opt to cruise for a day of exploration in fascinating Albania.
After departing Corfu, sail along the Albanian coast toward the port of Saranda. After having your passports checked a local tourist guide will give you a tour of the city, which lies on the Albanian Riviera. An additional guided tour is available for those who wish to explore further afield on a coach, seeing unspoilt beaches and picturesque villages.
The highlight of your day will surely be the excursion through more than 2,500 years of history to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Butrint. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been the site of a Greek colony and a Roman city but following a period of prosperity under Byzantine administration, then a brief occupation by the Venetians, the city was abandoned in the late Middle Ages after the ancient town disappeared under layers of silt and vegetation over the centuries. Archaeologists eventually uncovered one of the best remains of a working town in the Mediterranean, with an ancient theatre, gymnasium and a temple with a mosaic floor among the highlights. An Ottoman castle atop a hill offers panoramic views of the city, its nearby lake and the vast plains beyond.
After returning to Saranda for an included lunch, you have free time to explore independently before your return sailing to Corfu.
Optional on 14 nights itinerary
Arta: Byzantine churches, bridges and caviar
The city of Arta lies in northwestern Greece, and is best known for the medieval bridge which crosses over the Arachthos River. Legend says the builder, in order to stop the arch from collapsing, used his wife as the foundation stone! On this city tour, you’ll see sections of ancient town wall, Byzantine churches, and a well-preserved medieval castle, before visiting one of the oldest churches in Greece, Panagia Parigoritissa. In the afternoon, visit the only caviar producer in Greece on a guided tour, complete with tasting, of the modern fish farm.
Optional on 14 nights itinerary
Corfu Beautiful South
Today tour the picturesque south of Corfu. The southern part of Corfu is by far the most traditional, full of villages where the locals go about their daily chores in almost the same way as they would have in medieval times. Begin at Synarades, one of the largest villages in the area, and visit the local folklore museum which offers a unique insight into these bygone times. Continue off the beaten path, through unspoilt scenery and villages as you explore authentic Corfu, pausing for a coffee stop in Agioi Theodoroi. You’ll also have free time for lunch in Agios Georgios before the final stop in the traditional village of Chlomos, with another chance for refreshments.
Optional on 14 nights itinerary
Monasteries in the Sky
The Greek word Meteora means ‘suspended in the air’, aptly describing these remarkable Greek Orthodox monasteries which perch over 300 metres high in the rocky pillars of the plains of Thessaly. Founded in the middle ages by an orthodox monastic community, 24 monasteries were built into the hillsides, only accessible by ‘lifts’, comprising a basket with a winch. Today only six UNESCO-listed monasteries remain, two of which you’ll visit on this tour. You can also enjoy free time in Kalambaka town after.
Optional on 14 nights itinerary
Paxos and Antipaxos by boat
Enjoy superb views of Corfu as you sail out of the harbour towards the Kanoni peninsula and the Palace of Mon Repos where Prince Phillip was born. Cruise to the green island of Paxos, covered with olives and cypress trees, and skirt the rocky coastline until you reach the spectacular sea caves awash with clear blue water. Continue to the smaller island of Antipaxos where you will have the chance to take a dip at Paradise Beach and then admire the views as you sail back to Paxos, mooring at the picturesque village of Gaios where you can wander through atmospheric streets and perhaps enjoy lunch at a traditional taverna (at own expense) before your return to Corfu.
Optional on 14 nights itinerary
With an idyllic hillside location, overlooking the beach and beautiful Ionian Sea beyond, the award-winning, locally rated 5-star MarBella Corfu is a well-appointed retreat on Corfu’s quiet east coast.
This luxurious resort combines modern facilities with traditional decor. A high level of service adds the finishing touch for a flawless holiday experience.
Savour Greek and international buffet-style breakfasts and dinners in the main restaurant, La Terraza, which also hosts a seafood night, Greek night and a Mediterranean-themed dinner each week. You can choose to dine at each of the hotel’s three à la carte restaurants, once for free during your stay.
Facilities at the hotel include six bars, two outdoor pools, a gym, spa (treatments extra charge) and daily entertainment. The 388 rooms have a balcony or terrace, satellite television, safe, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, and free Wi-Fi.
The locally rated 5-star MarBella Elix, which opened its doors in April 2021, boasts an impressive setting on Greece’s beautiful Ionian coast, outside of Parga. Sitting atop a pine-forested hill, the hotel commands views across the turquoise waters to the islands of Paxos, Antipaxos and Corfu, and the stunning Karavostasi beach stretches out below.
This newly built hotel offers a peaceful retreat, complete with a freshwater infinity pool, jacuzzi, and a spa and wellness centre offering massages and beauty treatments.
The hotel serves Greek and international cuisine at the buffet-style Saffron restaurant, Mediterranean fine dining is available at the Pearl à la carte restaurant, and there is also the Indigo pool restaurant. The Azure beach restaurant and bar offers light lunches and snacks, and you can luxuriate in the breathtaking views on the Ruby bar terrace.
All rooms have a balcony or terrace, telephone, flatscreen television, minibar, safe, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi, and tea and coffee-making facilities.