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This concise tour covers a multitude of noteworthy ancient sites, majestic monuments and mystical monasteries. 

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Athens: Ascend the ‘Sacred Rock', the Acropolis, to admire the Parthenon built in 5th century BC as well as the smaller Temple of Athena Nike and ‘Porch of the Maidens'.
  • Mycenae: Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal ‘beehive' tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, hearing tales of Agamemnon (hacked to death in his bath by his wife Klytemnestra!).
  • Argolis: View beautiful works of art during your visit to a family-run pottery studio, which embraces traditional methods.
  • Epidaurus: Visit the Sanctuary of Asklepios. In the centre of the enclosure stood the temple dedicated to the god of medicine. Visit the museum, as well as the best preserved open-air theatre in the whole of Greece.
  • Olympia: Olympia was the original location of the Olympic Games, held every four years during a 1,000 year period as a celebration of the Hellenic spirit. Here lie the ruins of temples and treasures dedicated to Zeus, King of the Gods.
  • Delphi: Ascend the Sacred Way, once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb Polygonal Wall to reach the Temple of Apollo, where the people would seek divine wisdom from the mysterious Oracle.
  • Meteora: Visit one of the remarkable, centuries-old monasteries of Meteora, teetering on towers of rock, and arguably the most spectacular place to visit in Greece.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Athens: See Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Zeus.
  • Corinth Canal: Cross the amazing rock-cut channel dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece.
  • Patras: Cross world's longest multi-span cable-stayed bridge.
  • Thermopylae: See the memorial to Leonidas and his heroic Spartans.
  • Pricing starts at $1895 per person based on double occupancy. Air and recommended travel insurance are additional. Passports are required.  
     
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Itinerary

  1. DAY 1 YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. DAY 2 WELCOME TO ATHENS!

    ou are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where there is time to settle in and relax. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, and an opportunity to get to know each other over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.

    Hotel: Divani Caravel/Crowne Plaza/Radisson Blu Park, Athens

    Welcome Reception and Dinner

  3. DAY 3 THE PARTHENON, MYCENAE AND ON TO NAFPLIO

    Morning sightseeing reveals the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Wingless Victory and Hadrian's Arch. A Local Expert takes you to the Parthenon, built atop the Acropolis. Now follow the shores of the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. Next is the ruined city of Mycenae, featured in epics of Homer. With a Local Expert, walk through the Lion Gate, visit the royal ‘beehive' tombs and see the giant Cyclopean stones used to build the city walls. Later, meet the artisans and view beautiful works of art at a family-run pottery studio. Continue to the elegant seaside town of Nafplio.

    Hotel: Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas Nauplia/Amphitryon, Nafplio

    Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

  4. DAY 4 THE MOUNTAINS OF ARKADIA TO OLYMPIA

    Travel into the heart of Argolis and with a Local Expert, visit the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus with its superb 4th century BC theatre. Visit the Asklepieion and discover one of the most spectacular collection of ancient findings in Greece at the Archeological Museum. Then a delightful drive takes you through the mountains of Arkadia to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. This evening, join a local chef for an entertaining cookery demonstration followed by a dinner of authentic Greek flavours.

    Hotel: Antonios/Arty Grand/Amalia, Olympia

    Buffet Breakfast, Signature Evening

  5. DAY 5 DELPHI, CENTRE OF THE ANCIENT WORLD

    In Olympia, see the city's ancient temples, the Olympic Stadium and the athlete's' gymnasium with a Local Expert and learn about how the original games were first held in 776BC. Then head north to Patras and cross the soaring Rio-Antirrio Bridge to the mainland. Follow the coastal road before climbing up in the foothills of Mount Parnassus and on to your hotel.

    Hotel: Amalia Delphi/Aegli Resort & Spa (Arachova)/Apollonia, Delphi

    Buffet Breakfast

  6. DAY 6 THE SACRED WAY THEN TO KALAMBAKA

    Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with a Local Expert, past the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall – its interlocking stones still perfectly intact after thousands of years. You'll approach the Temple of Apollo, where for 14 centuries the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic ‘words'. Continue north, stopping at Thermopylae to see the memorial to Leonidas and his courageous Spartans. Then on to your hotel in Kalambaka for dinner.

    Hotel: Divani Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka

    Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

  7. DAY 7 SCENIC DRIVE TO THE MONASTERIES OF METEORA AND TO ATHENS

    With a Local Expert, visit one of the amazing monasteries of Meteora, meaning 'in the air'. Incredibly perched on top of pinnacles of rock, see where the early Christians worshipped and enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley. Afterwards, enjoy a scenic drive along the coast back to Athens. In the evening, enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.

    Hotel: Divani Caravel/Crowne Plaza/Radisson Blu Park, Athens

    Buffet Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

  8. DAY 8 DEPART ATHENS

    Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Athens Airporta

    Buffet Breakfast




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