Ancient Greek myths come to life during this River Acheron valley tour. The Acheron was known to the ancients as the Styx, and it was one of the five rivers of the underworld. Fringed by trees and ranging in colour from emerald green to tropical turquoise, the river flows into the amazing Ammoudia Bay. Here, you'll board a riverboat for a cruise, following a route taken by mythical heroes such as Hercules and Ulysses. We then head inland to the village of Glyki for a traditional Greek lunch at a riverside tavern. In the afternoon, a guided ramble takes you to the Acheron Springs.
When your name means ‘middle of the sky', you're no ordinary tourist attraction. It's a long trip to Meteora from Parga – but it's well worth the journey through the hills of western Thessaly. Meteora's ancient monasteries sit on top of sandstone towers carved out by Mother Nature. Originally, there were 24 built, of which six remain active. You'll visit the largest, the Monastery of Great Meteoron. At more than 600m, it's also the highest. Its frescoes are alone worth the trip up. Rounding off the day is some free time for lunch in Kalambaka followed by a chance to explore the red-roofed mountain town of Metsovo.
The islands of Paxos and Antipaxos may be small but their beauty is big and bold. Leaving the port of Parga, we'll set sail into the open seas towards Antipaxos, the smaller of the two. Its long stretches of white sand and Caribbean feel make it feel like it's one in a dozen. After some relaxing on deck and swimming, we'll hit the seas once more along the west coast, famous for the Blue Caves before heading to Gaios, the capital Paxos. With its Venetian-style mansions facing the islet of St Nicholas, it's a charmer. You'll have free time to roam around its narrow lanes or have lunch.
The area around Parga really packs a punch in the beauty stakes. You'll start at Ioannina, the capital of Epirus. Set on a lake, it's got a Turkish look and feel due to its Ottoman past. Next, it's on to stroll around Monodendri, where an old monastery overlooks the Vikos Gorge. Soak up the views over the ravine, whose sheer walls tip 500m in height. You'll then explore Zagoria. Tucked into the northern Pindos Mountains, it's another world – think steep wooded slopes, mountain streams and rustic villages. A highlight is the village of Kipi, where you'll see its three-arched stone bridge.
With the chance to create your own itinerary, this full day trip to Corfu town from Parga is ideal for avid sightseers. You'll board on a boat and cruise towards Corfu to spend the day exploring the old town, doing exactly what you wish. A pick 'n' mix of architectural styles, Corfu town embodies its multicultural history. You'll stroll past grand Venetian castles one minute, then through Parisian-inspired arcades the next. And by arriving in the morning, you'll get plenty of time to discover its nooks and crannies. Or, if you fancy a laidback day, head for Corfu's top bathing spot, Faliraki Beach.