Eternal Greece Ltd

Castles of Western Greece, the Ionian and Corfu

Our May 2020 iteration of our this tour has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tour will be offered again within October 2020 and/or in Spring 2021, depending on how the situation with the outbreak develops.

Introduction

We are a UK-based, specialist tour operating company which designs and runs thematic tours exclusively in Greece. We are passionate believers in the miracle that is Greece and are equally passionate in the design and delivery of our programmes, all of which offer insights which resonate with the essence of Greece and which can foment thought, arouse the imagination and inspire interesting discussions during and after our tours. Our well-researched, perfectly-delivered and inspiring tours are conducted round-the-year and are all supported and escorted by our hand-picked specialist, licensed guides.

Greece has been a strategic crossroads since time immemorial and the legacy of its rich history is visible in the fortifications and archaeological sites which adorn every corner of this magnificent country.

In addition to our resoundingly successful tour to the Castles and Legendary Sanctuaries of the Peloponnese, we are now delighted to offer an inspiring and illuminating ten-day­ guided tour of the fortresses and castles of western Greece, the Ionian coast and proximal hinterland, and Corfu. The tour will mainly look at Venetian fortifications but will also include Turkish, medieval and some celebrated sites of Classical antiquity, in the splendid Spring countryside of Greece.This well-researched and rewarding programme provides a deeply informative and expert introduction to specially-selected fortresses and archaeological wonders in the spectacular regions of the Gulf of Corinth, the Ionian and Corfu, Greece.

The typical audience of this programme would include avid admirers and connoisseurs of history and military architecture (Classical Greek, Byzantine, Frankish, Venetian and Ottoman), Classical Hellenic archaeology, and also of natural beauty, who would relish the experience of seeing the most evocative sites and monuments in combination with the splendid nature of Greece.

 

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This tour is also offered on a private basis. Please contact us for more information.

Points of Interest

The main points of interest include the following, in chronological sequence. Clicking on an underlined link will open a new tab rich in information on the respective point of interest.

Castle of Rio (Morea) | Castle of Antirrio (Roumeli) | Castle of Naupaktos (Lepanto) | Mesolonghi | Castle of Aghia Mavra (Santa Maura) | Castle of Grivas | Castle of St. George (Plagia) | Castle of Vonitsa | Actium | Castle of Pantokrator (Preveza) | Castles and fortifications of Preveza | Ancient Nikopolis | Castle of Arta | Castle of Pente Pighadia | Castle of Ioannina | Ancient Dodona (*) | Castle of Parga | Castle of Anthoussa | Necromancy of Acheron (*) | Castle of Margariti | Palaio and Neo Frourio (Corfu) | Vido island and city walls (Corfu)

(*) Time permitting

The coach will depart from our central Athens meeting
point for the drive to the Castle of Morea (Rio), where the FSG will award a plaque recognising the excellence of the restorations, at an event hosted by the local authorities.

Onwards to our first base at Lepanto (Nafpaktos) for our first overnight stay,

Castle of Morea (Rio)

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Full day to visit the castle, city walls and port fortifications of Lepanto, where we will again spend the night.

Lepanto (Naupactus) and its castle

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Visit to the castle of Roumeli (Antirrio) and onwards to our base in the vicinity of Lefkas /Preveza, via a short stop at Mesolonghi.

Castle of Roumeli (Antirrio)

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Nafpaktos (Lepanto)

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Visit to regional sites proximal to Lefkas – Santa Maura, Grivas, St. George Plagia. Overnight in the vicinity of Lefkas/Preveza.

The castles of Aghia Mavra, St. George Plagia and Grivas

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Visit to the castles/fortifications of Vonitsa, Pantokrator and sites within Preveza town. Overnight in the vicinity of Lefkas/Preveza.

The castles of Vonitsa, Actium, Pantokrator and Preveza… and glimpses of traditional Greek cuisine.

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Visits to the remarkable ruins of Nikopolis and the castles of Arta and Pente Pighadia. Overnight at Ioannina.

Exploration of the castle of Ioannina and visit to Ancient Dodona. Drive to Parga, where we will spend the night.

Visit to Anthousa (Ali Pasha) castle, Maragriti castle and, time permitting, to Acheron Necromancy. Drive to Igoumenitsa for the ferry to Corfu.

Full day visit visit to the Palaio and Neo Frourio. Overnight at Corfu.

Visit to Vido island and Corfu’s city walls. Overnight at Corfu and flight home the following day, with an option to extend the stay for further explorations (Angelokastro, Kassiopi castle, Paxoi…)

Itinerary map

May 2020 Castles of Western Greece Itinerary map Eternal Greece Ltd

Final routeing, sequence and points of interest subject to minor adjustments.

Included

  • Accommodation at specially-selected, European standard city and country hotels, basis bed and breakfast and double sharing. Single occupancy subject to supplement.
  • Ten lunches or dinners, i.e. one main meal per day
  • Expert, licensed Archaeologist-Guide accompanying the group throughout the duration of the tour
  • All tour legs by air-conditioned minibus or coach
  • Archaeological site and museum tickets
  • Free use of power packs for recharging mobile phone and portable devices on the move
  • Restaurant gratuities

Not Included

  • Travel to and from Greece
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Beverages
  • Coach driver and guide gratuities (optional)
  • Visas and travel document and formality costs, if and where applicable
  • Anything not explicitly mentioned in Included section
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Testimonials

  • An excellent tour of fortresses in the Peloponnese which also took in many of the classical sites.

    Our guide Eric organised the tour, hotel airport transfers, and advised on other sights so we really had nothing to do but enjoy the experience.

    Already looking forward to another trip with him again.

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    Peloponnese fortress tour, by Anhourused
  • Eric Cauchi, representing Eternal Greece Ltd, was one of the main people responsible for organising the tour for about 40 people.

    He paid great attention to detail both before and during the trip and on the tour nothing was too much trouble. I would not hesitate to go on future Eternal Greece tours.

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    Peloponnese fortress tour, by Auxfireman
  • We travelled through the Peloponnese with the Fortress Study Group on a 10 day tour organized by Eternal Greece Ltd. We visited a mix of sites from classical and pre-history, through Venetian and Ottoman times. This mix gave us a picture of the breadth of Greek history instead of just a single slice of time which we much appreciated. We had an excellent archaeologist guide and an excellent driver.

    Eric Cauchi, the proprietor of Eternal Greece, travelled with us as the tour director and trouble-shooter in chief. His own passion for archaeology and for his country added to the trip experience. The hotels he booked for us were excellent, all very clean and comfortable, with friendly staff and most on the sea with beautiful views. The restaurants he selected for our meals served delicious traditional Greek food family style, far superior to what one might expect for a group meal.

    Having never been to Greece before, we came into Athens 4 days early. We had many pre-trip questions which Eric always answered very promptly. He assisted us with several aspects of our planning before we set foot in Greece. He booked an Athens hotel in an excellent location for us and arranged airport transports which worked perfectly. When we decided to do a day-trip to Delphi and asked if he could recommend some companies for us to contact, he responded with the name and cost of a group tour company with pros/cons and the offer of arranging a private driver and guide for us with pros/cons. He also offered to, and subsequently did, email the rest of the group participants to see if anyone might be interested in sharing the private tour to bring down the costs. The driver and guide Eric arranged were very professional, tailored the day to our interests, and made the day a wonderful memory for us.

    When, as part of our planning, we decided that we might like to use our free time on the last evening of the Peloponnese tour to see an additional site some distance away from our hotel on our own, we emailed Eric to enquire as to whether time-wise this might be feasible and if we would have trouble finding a taxi to take us and wait. Eric advised that renting a car would be better. We expressed concern about finding a car rental place that would be open till 9:00 p.m. on a Sunday evening. Eric responded within hours with contact information for a rental location around the corner from our hotel that would be open till 9 p.m.

    Eric’s level of service was superb. We would travel again on a trip arranged by Eternal Greece and we definitely recommend Eternal Greece.

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  • Dear Eric,

    Thank you so much for all the work you put in to organise such a wonderful trip. The time has flown and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope to come across Eternal Greece again.

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    Pamela M.
  • Dear Eric,

    Hope I am not disturbing you from your well-deserved slumbers, but just to thank you so much for organising an excellent programme for the FSG and looking after everyone so well.

    I hope our paths meet again some time.

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    Richard A.