Venetian Empire

30 August - 14 September 2020
Destinations: 
Venice, Corfu, Nafplio, Koroni area, Monemvasia, Crete

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Ferro Forward

Sunday 30 August FLY

Overnight flight to Venice's Marco Polo airport VCE

Monday 31 August

Arrival in Venice
Public transportation transfer to hotel
Hotel
Venice Mestre

Tuesday 1 September

Included breakfast in hotel
Visit the Doge's Palace, ascend the Campanile di San Marco, and visit the Naval Museum beside the Arsenale
Hotel
Venice Mestre

Wednesday 2 September

Included breakfast in hotel
Visit St. Mark's Basilica,including the original bronze horses, views from the medieval women's galleries down inside the church and outside over the piazza, the golden Pala d'Oro altarpiece, and Old and New Testament stories depicted in mosaic tiles
Hotel
Venice Mestre

Thursday 3 September

Included breakfast in hotel
FLY from VCE to Corfu, Greece, CFU
Hotel
Corfu

Friday 4 September

Included breakfast in hotel
The green isle of Corfu is still shaped by four centuries of Venetian rule. We will explore Corfu Town,“Venice without the Canals"including such historical sites as the Old Fort and the Church of St. Spiridon. We also plan to visit the beautiful, windswept ruins of Angelokastro, in Corfu’s far north, a fortress that withstood multiple prolonged sieges by assorted Christian and Muslim invaders.
Hotel
Corfu

Saturday 5 September

Included breakfast in hotel
Hotel
Corfu

Sunday 6 September

Included breakfast in hotel
Private coach transfer to Nafplio
Hotel
Nafplio

Monday 7 September

Included breakfast in hotel
We will experience awe at the Palamidi castle, built in the 1700s, and charm in the bougainvillea shaded neo-classical town, Greece’s first capitol
Time on your own to wander in Nafplio's Old Town
Hotel
Nafplio

Tuesday 8 September

Included breakfast in hotel
Drive 192km to Methoni/Koroni area
Hotel
Methoni

Wednesday 9 September

Included breakfast in hotel
Our trip though Venice’s one-time possessions just happens to skirt “the world’s loveliest seas”—as famous travel writer Jan Morris put it. These two Venetian outposts are today picturesque Greek villages, with hints of a violent past
Drive 240 km to Monemvasia
Included group buffet dinner at the Panorama Hotel
Hotel
Monemvasia

Thursday 10 September

Included breakfast in hotel
You may want to keep this site a secret—a medieval city, with narrow streets, no cars, and evidence of a complex past. You can hike up to the Byzantine basilica or merely linger over lunch, enjoying the view of the Aegean Sea
Visit Monemvasia, climb to the top of the rock
Hotel
Monemvasia

Friday 11 September

Included breakfast in hotel
Drive 328km to Athens Airport Eleftherios Venizelos, ATH
Fly to Chania Crete, CHQ Chania International Airport "Daskalogiannis"
Hotel
Chania Crete

Saturday 12 September

Included breakfast in hotel
Visit Koules Fort in Heraklion and the Venetian Quarter and Fortezza in Rethymnon
Hotel
Chania Crete

Sunday 13 September

Included breakfast in hotel
Visit Chania's sizeable Old Town with its Venetian houses, arsenals, warehouses, food and spice markets, a remnant of Venetian trade set in a maze of narrow streets
Hotel
Chania Crete

Monday 14 September

Included breakfast in hotel
Transfer to Chania airport for flights

ITINERARY CHANGES: All transportation. lodging, and sightseeing arrangements and schedules are subject to variance and substitution due to circumstances beyond our control.

The hotels we plan to use are:

Venice

Corfu

Atlantis Hotel
+30 2661 035560
https://www.atlantis-hotel-corfu.com/

Nafplio

Methoni area

Monemvasia

The Flower of Monemvasia
+302732061395
https://www.http://www.flower-hotel.gr/

Chania

Kriti Hotel
+30 2821 051881
https://www.kriti-hotel.gr/

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Winged Stone Lion

Red Granite Lions

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Stone Lion Arsenale

Proud Venice ~ Proud Lion

Guarding the Arsenale Stone Lion

Arsenale Entrance

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