Classical Greece

You’ve seen photos of the ancient Acropolis in Athens, dating back to the 5th century BC—now’s your chance to see it in person. You’ve watched the Olympics on TV—now’s your chance to walk among the remains in Olympia, where the Olympics began in 776 BC. You’ve eaten at Greek restaurants—now’s your chance to enjoy an authentic Greek cooking demonstration, where you’ll learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer. All of this and more await you on this Classical Greece tour.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Athens, Greece

Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink with your Tour Director.

Hotel: Athens Zafolia, 2 nights

Day 2: Athens

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the world-famous Acropolis, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here, see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation tour features the Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Dating back to the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, perhaps join an optional dinner outing to sample local fare.

Day 3: Athens – Corinth – Mycenae – Epidaurus – Nauplia

Cross the spectacular Corinth Canal, and visit Ancient Corinth, where St. Paul preached. Two highlights today: Mycenae, where 19thcentury excavations reveal impressions of the splendours so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, known as the Treasury of Atreus; the Lion Gate, Europe’s oldest known monument; the remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace; the impressive fortifications of the Citadel and visit the museum. A short drive brings you to Epidaurus for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year-old open-air theatre. Overnight in nearby Nauplia.

Hotel: Amalia

Day 4: Nauplia – Olympia

Spectacular scenery abounds on the way through the Arkadian Mountains. Spend the afternoon in Olympia, where athletes of antiquity competed in honour of the king of deities. Learn about the history of those original Olympic Games as you walk among the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. Also visit the Museum that displays Praxiteles’ magnificent statue of Hermes. Tonight, enjoy a Cooking Demonstration and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetiser.

Hotel: Europa or Amalia Olympia

Day 5: Olympia – Patras – Delphi

Pass by the busy seaport of Patras, proceed to mystic Delphi. The afternoon is devoted to a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and tour the Excavations. End the day with a visit to the Archaeological Museum to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. A highlight this evening is a Dance Lesson, where you’ll learn how to dance the sirtaki, made famous in the movie Zorba the Greek, accompanied by a glass of Ouzo.

Hotel: Amalia

Day 6: Delphi – Meteora Area

DriDrive past Lamia and Trikala to Kalambaka in the unreal, fantastic landscape of Meteora with its rock-top monasteries. Visit Varlaam Monastery, famous for its frescoes, and St. Stephen’s Monastery, featuring a unique collection of icons and an incredible panoramic view.

Hotel: Amalia at Kalambaka

Day 7: Meteora Area – Thermopylae – Athens

Today’s highlight is a guided visit to Thermopylae, the site of the heroic battle of Leonidas’ 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes’ huge Persian army. On the way back to Athens, your Tour Director will tell you about Thebes, the setting of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, and Marathon, where 10,000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders in 490 BC. Tonight, maybe join an optional dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Zafolia

Day 8: Athens

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 18$2,739.00$3,286.00
April: 20, 24, 25, 27$2,879.00$3,426.00
May: 01, 02, 04, 08, 09, 11, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 25, 29, 30$2,909.00$3,456.00
June: 01, 05, 06, 08, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 26, 27, 29$2,909.00$3,456.00
July: 03, 04, 06, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20, 24, 25, 27, 31$2,879.00$3,426.00
August: 01, 03, 07, 08, 10, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 24, 28, 29$2,879.00$3,426.00
August: 31$2,909.00$3,456.00
September: 04, 05, 07, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, 28$2,909.00$3,456.00
October: 02, 03, 05, 09, 10, 12, 16$2,909.00$3,456.00
October: 17$2,879.00$3,426.00
October: 19$2,739.00$3,286.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Best of Greece

Greece’s classical culture meets modern metropolis as you pass through Athens, Mycenae, Olympia and more on this 8 Day Best of Greece Tour. Cast your mind back over millennia, your footprints following those of Alexander the Great, Aristotle and Plato. Explore the mighty kingdom of Ancient Greece, from the Temples of Zeus and Hera, the Parthenon and Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassos. Walk the Sacred Way to the 4th century Temple of Apollo and greet the gods and goddesses of Olympia.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Athens

Put the ‘oh’ in opa and embark on an unforgettable exploration of an ancient land of gods and goddesses, myths and legends. Your springboard to your spellbinding holiday is the vibrant capital of Athens, an effortless mix of ancient treasures and modern verve, which you will have an opportunity to explore after being transferred to your hotel. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception, including a light meal and welcome drink.

Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis, 2 nights

Day 2: Athens

Join your ‘Local Specialist’ for a guided morning sightseeing tour to the ancient complex that was once the ‘Cradle of Western Civilisation’. Along our journey into antiquity, we’ll have an opportunity to explore the Acropolis with its treasures. We’ll admire the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, the Royal Palace, Temple of Zeus and the Agora, once the haunt of Socrates and Plato. ‘Dive Into Culture’ and see remarkable displays of an ancient world during an included visit to the Acropolis Museum, and see Hadrian’s Arch and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy on your own. Stroll through the Plaka, people watch in Syntagma Square or go in search of the city’s tastiest souvlaki – the choice is yours.

Day 3: Athens – Corinth – Mycenae – Epidaurus – Nafplion

We depart Athens this morning, crossing the mighty Corinth Canal to the wild Peloponnesian Peninsula. Arriving in Corinth, we join a ‘Local Specialist’ to explore an ancient city that several empires fought over throughout the centuries. We continue to Mycenae, a mighty kingdom of Ancient Greece, where we’ll see the Beehive Tombs, (the Treasury of Atreus), the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace, in the company of a ‘Local Specialist’. Later, we’ll travel to Epidaurus to visit the ancient Theatre and view the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the God of Medicine, whose snake-entwined staff remains the symbol of medicine to this day. Arriving in the Venetian town of Nafplion later, we’ll dine in our hotel this evening.

Hotel: Amalia Nafplion

Day 4: Nafplion – Olympia

We traverse the Mountains of Arcadia to ancient Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. This evening, we ‘Connect With Locals’ joining the Karambellas family on their olive and wine farm for a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner, some traditional dancing and characteristic Greek philoxenia.

Hotel: Amalia Olympia

Day 5: Olympia – Patras – Delphi

We join a ‘Local Specialist’ this morning to delve into centuries of history. We’ll visit the ancient Olympic site, the museum and the ruined remains of the Temples of Zeus and Hera. Leaving Olympia, we skirt the coastline north to Patras, crossing the Gulf of Corinth to mainland Greece before continuing to Delphi, our home for the night.

Hotel: Amalia Delphi

Day 6: Delphi – Thermopylae – Kalambaka

Tread in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks, who would descend on the sanctuary of Delphi to consult with the most important oracle in the classical world. Join your ‘Local Specialist’ and walk the Sacred Way to the 4th-century Temple of Apollo. View the statues immortalising the strength of the athletes who once competed in the Pythian Games, held in honour of Apollo and the Arts. A scenic afternoon drive brings us to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defence by Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. We cross the lush Thessaly region, the ‘bread basket of Greece’, the travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka.

Hotel: Amalia Kalambaka

Day 7: Kalambaka – Meteora – Athens

The UNESCO World Heritage monasteries of Meteora are our first stop today. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ to visit two of the six Eastern Orthodox monasteries that cling impressively to immense, rounded rock towers overlooking the town. A scenic drive returns us to Athens, where we’ll enjoy a rousing Farewell Dinner with our travel companions and reminisce over an incredible journey through Greece.

Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis

Day 8: Depart Athens

We say a fond farewell to our newfound friends and the treasures of Greece after an unforgettable journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 03, 06$2,725.00$3,745.00
April: 10, 13, 17$3,325.00$4,705.00
April: 20, 24, 27$2,950.00$3,970.00
May: 01, 0408, 13, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29$2,950.00$3,970.00
June: 01, 05, 08, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29$2,950.00$3,970.00
July: 03, 06, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31$2,950.00$3,970.00
August: 03, 07, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31$2,950.00$3,970.00
September: 04, 07, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28$2,950.00$3,970.00
October: 02, 05, 09, 12$2,950.00$3,970.00
October: 16, 19, 23$2,750.00$3,770.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Best of Greece

On The Best of Greece tour, discover the best of historic and mythical—as well as modern—Greece. As the birthplace of Western civilization, Greece has some of the world’s most fascinating archaeological sites, and now is your chance to explore the Greek Isles on your affordable tour of Greece. Your tour starts and ends in Athens and overnights along the way in Nauplia, Sparta, Olympia, Delphi, and Kalambaka.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Athens, Greece

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring the Greek capital with the help of the CosmosGO app. Later, meet your Tour Director.

Hotel: Golden Ageor or Ilissos, 2 nights

Day 2: Athens

A day to discover Athens at leisure, visiting one of the museums or strolling through the Plaka district, or the opportunity to see island life from a small cruise ship on the optional 3-island cruise, visiting Aegina, Poros, and Hydra.

Day 3: Athens – Corinth – Nauplia

Join the included guided tour of Athens, featuring the highlights of this ancient capital with a visit to the Acropolis. Next, cross the Corinth Canal and head for the coast to Nauplia.

Hotel: Victoria Hotel or Rex Hotel

Day 4: Nauplia – Epidaurus – Mycenae – Sparta

This morning, journey into the Argolis to stop in Epidaurus, located in the hilly countryside dotted with pine trees and oleanders. in this magnificent setting, visit the ancient Open-Air Theatre that can still seat 14,000 spectators. Later enjoy the included excursion to the Archaeological Site and the Museum Of Mycenae, a city fortress cursed by the gods but rich in gold and warrior kings. Travel deep into the Peloponnese to Sparta, where history hangs between reality and legend.

Hotel: Maniatis Hotel

Day 5: Sparta – Mystra – Olympia

Enjoy the included visit of the medieval Byzantine Citadel Of Mystra, at one time known as the “Florence of the East.” Before arriving in Olympia, visit an Olive Oil Museum.

Hotel: Olympia Palace

Day 6: Olympia – Patras – Delphi

Explore Olympia, where the athletes of antiquity performed in honour of the king of deities. Spend some free time or learn more about the history of the Olympic Games on the optional sightseeing tour. Later, drive north to Patras, the capital of the Peloponnese and the west coast’s largest port. Continue via the spectacular Rion-Antirion Bridge through the picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to mystical Delphi.

Hotel: Apollonia Hotel

Day 7: Delphi – Kalambaka

Join the optional morning sightseeing tour of the archaeological site in Delphi. Once called the “Navel of the Earth”, Delphi was the greatest oracle of the ancient world, where people flocked to seek advice. Now, it’s one of the grandest sites in Greece. On to Kalambaka.

Hotel: Orfeas

Day 8: Kalambaka – Meteora – Athens

A short drive to Meteora, a cluster of spectacular Christian-Orthodox Monasteries perched in an unforgettable manner on a set of rising rock formations. They were originally built by hermit monks living in caves carved into the rocks. Later, drive south to Athens.

Hotel: Golden Ageor or Ilissos, 2 nights

Day 9: Athens

A full day at leisure to explore the unseen parts of the city, do lastminute shopping, or maybe join the optional Greek dinner.

Day 10: Depart Athens

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 18$2,149.00$2,768.00
April: 25$2,219.00$2,838.00
May: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$2,259.00$2,878.00
June: 06, 13, 20, 27$2,259.00$2,878.00
July: 04, 11, 25$2,209.00$2,828.00
August: 08, 22$2,209.00$2,828.00
August: 29$2,259.00$2,878.00
September: 05, 12, 19, 26$2,259.00$2,878.00
October: 03, 10$2,209.00$2,828.00
October: 17$2,149.00$2,768.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Transport: First Class air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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