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Splendid ruins, hot beaches, fresh feasts and quaint towns.
The site of Heracles' slaying
of the ferocious Nemean Lion,
Nemea today is more known for
its sprawling vineyards and sunbleached ruins. Spend a day
here on an 11-day gastronomic
tour before tasting honey in
Nafplio, folding dolmas and
making spanakopita in Delphi, and
visiting an organic farm on Crete
- not missing the 4,000-year-old
Minoan palace. This tour captures
ancient heritage and modern
Dock along the multihued houses
that ascend the hills of Symi
Island; from here, it's a leisurely
hike to the Panormitis Monastery.
Your eight days of islandhopping in the Aegean aboard
a traditionally crafted gulet will
bring you to some of Greece's
lesser known shores; on Nisyros,
explore Mandraki's bright-white
buildings; on Tilos, quiet coves are
yours for the swimming.
Clockwise from top:
Shores of Symi Island;
Corfu, Greece; organic
sheep farm, Crete.
A Day in Corfu
Boasting a continental influence
alongside its ancient Greek
heritage, Corfu possesses a
wealth of historic sites framed
by breezy palms and beautiful
bougainvillea. Start your day trip
to the island with an exploration
of Achilleion Palace, former
residence of Empress Elisabeth
of Austria, and take in the view
of tiny Pontikonisi Island, where
a church hides within the trees.
In lovely Corfu Town, visit the
Church of Saint Spyridon or relax
at a shady taverna.
Your Virtuoso travel advisor
can arrange these exceptional
experiences and more.