European Supreme

This all-embracing Discoveries trip of Europe, visits Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Athens, Assisi and more. It’s the A to Z of Europe. Thirteen countries – centuries of culture and history, mesmerising natural landscapes and a feast of flavours on one journey of discovery. From the architecture of Amsterdam to the medieval monuments of Germany, Austria and Bulgaria. Explore myths and legends in Greece, ancient history in Italy and the glittering capitals of Paris, Vienna and Budapest.

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

Day 1: London – Amsterdam

Bid farewell to England and the mystical White Cliffs of Dover as you board your ferry to France. Journey through the Belgian and Dutch countryside bound for Amsterdam, where you’ll spend a memorable evening exploring the capital’s scenic canals on a Welcome Reception cruise with your fellow travellers and Travel Director.

Hotel: Mercure City, 2 nights

Day 2: Amsterdam

Explore the maritime history, tree-lined canals and gabled façades of Amsterdam on an orientation of the city’s 17th-century canal ring district. Enjoy the rich aromas and flavours of Dutch cheese this afternoon in Volendam, where you’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’ yet again and gain insights into traditional cheese-making and the crafting of Holland’s characteristic wooden clogs.

Day 3: Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg – Rhineland

We cross the German border and board a cruise in Boppard. Journeying along the mighty Rhine past vineyard-clad hills and medieval castles, we disembark in St. Goar, avoiding the allure of the legendary Lorelei. We travel to the university city of Heidelberg to admire its magnificent ruined sandstone castle which stands imposingly overlooking the Neckar River.

Hotel: Mercure am Rathaus

Day 4: Rhineland – Munich – Innsbruck

Arriving in the Bavarian capital of Munich today, we see the Hofbrauhaus, City Hall and iconic Marienplatz with its Glockenspiel. Crossing the Austrian border, we arrive in Innsbruck for an orientation that will include views of St. Jakob’s Cathedral and Emperor Maximilian I’s glittering Golden Roof. This evening, consider a rousing evening of Tyrolean entertainment. Admire the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store.

Hotel: Hotel Innsbruck

Day 5: Innsbruck – Venice

Cross the snow-capped Alps to Italy today, travelling via the Brenner Pass to Venice, where you will join your travel companions for a delicious Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Novotel Mestre Castellana, 2 nights

Day 6: Venice

‘Dive Into Culture’ and gain insights into the centuries-old tradition of Venetian glassblowing. Glide through the waters of the Adriatic by private launch arriving in the gateway of Venice, St. Mark’s Square. Delve into the history of this beautiful Byzantine city, see the ornate Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square and the famous Bridge of Sighs. Spend the rest of your afternoon on your own exploring in the labyrinthine calle of this city of islands.

Day 7: Venice – Vienna

Journey through the Veneto plains, across the Styrian Alps and to Austria’s imperial capital of Vienna. Celebrate the city’s iconic reputation as the world’s music capital and perhaps consider an evening Optional Experience including dinner and entertainment.

Hotel: Hilton Danube Waterfront, 2 nights

Day 8: Vienna

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ on an exploration of this elegant capital, including views of the State Opera House, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg, once the home of the powerful Habsburg Dynasty. Spend the rest of your day at leisure, soaking up the cosy coffee culture or visiting such iconic sights as the Schonbrunn Palace with its exquisite gardens. This evening, perhaps indulge in Vienna’s intoxicating musical talent, enjoying a concert of classical music at one of the city’s concert halls, churches or palaces.

Day 9: Vienna – Ljubljana

Leave the City of Music behind, crossing the Slovenian border to Ljubljana. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour and delve into the ‘Beloved’ city’s iconic and unexpected highlights. Wander along the Baroque façades of its Old City and admire the medieval castle, the City Hall and Cathedral of St. Nicholas, with its exquisite 18th century frescoes. Good food and good company are guaranteed as we ‘Connect With Locals’ during a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner with a local Slovenian family. Learn about their life in one of the world’s greenest cities, as well as the role that honey plays in the country’s cuisine.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Plaza

Day 10: Ljubljana – Plitvice Lakes

Journey across the Croatian border and via Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park, where you’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a guided walking tour. Connect with the exquisite beauty of this UNESCO-listed natural wonder, admiring the cascade of spectacular waterfalls and crystal-clear waters reflecting green, grey and blue against the lush landscape. Witness panoramic views over the park from Tomicevo Pgledalo, then settle in for your overnight stay amidst this stunning backdrop.

Hotel: Jezero

Day 11: Plitvice Lakes – Dubrovnik

Journey south along the picture-perfect Dalmatian coast, past seaside villages to the ancient city of Dubrovnik – its terracotta rooftops appear to tumble into the waters of the cerulean Adriatic.

Hotel: Croatia Cavtat, 2 nights

Day 12: Dubrovnik

Stroll through the marble streets of the Pearl of the Adriatic on a Small Group Sightseeing tour with a ‘Local Specialist’. Admire the Rector’s Palace, Onofrio’s Fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. Consider taking a sunset cruise along the spectacular Dalmatian coast to enjoy a delicious local dinner.

Day 13: Dubrovnik – Tirana

Journey to Kotor, an enchanting medieval city, perched on the deepest natural fjord-like bay in the Mediterranean. Travel through Montenegro into Albania and overnight in its colourful capital of Tirana. Explore the previously communist-dominated capital with a ‘Local Specialist’, including such highlights as the Skanderbeg square and the Palace of Culture. Wander up the main boulevard and see the Prime Ministry building, the Presidential office and the Pyramid Building.

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn

Day 14: Tirana – Kalambaka

We travel to Greece, enjoying views of the scenic Plains of Thessaly en route to Kalambaka with its gravity-defying Meteora monasteries that cling impressively to immense, rounded rock towers.

Hotel: Amalia

Day 15: Kalambaka – Delphi – Athens

We cross the fertile Thessaly region and see the battle site at Thermopylae, where the heroic Leonidas and brave Spartans battled against the invading Persians. We arrive at the centre of the world and Mount Parnossos, joining a ‘Local Specialist’ to explore the ancient sanctuary of Delphi and seat of the most important oracle in the ancient classical world. Wander through the centuries-old ruins of the Sacred Way to the 5th-century Temple of Apollo and marvel at the site where athletes once competed in the Pythian Games held in honour of Apollo and the Arts. We arrive in Athens this evening.

Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis, 4 nights

Day 16: Athens

Spend the day discovering the birthplace of democracy – a centre for the arts, learning and philosophy. Stroll through the tiny, colourful alleyways of Plaka, join Athenians for a noisy coffee stop at an open-air café or consider embarking on our three-day Aegean Cruise.

Day 17: Athens

Today is yours to embrace the spirited atmosphere of the Greek capital. Perhaps, venture by funicular to Mount Lycabettus for the most magnificent views of the sprawling city below, watch the pageantry of the changing of the Evzoni or join an Optional Experience.

Day 18: Athens

Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the bustling Central Market this morning. Maybe admire the remarkable antiquities and remnants of Ancient Greece at the fascinating Acropolis Museum or wander through the colourful stalls of Monastiraki Square.

Day 19: Athens Sightseeing – At Sea

Travel to the heart of ancient Athens, back to a time of philosophers and great thinkers. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ to marvel at the ancient Acropolis, see the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, and view the stadium where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896. We cross the Corinth Canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea and board our overnight ferry in Patras en route to Italy.

Hotel: Overnight Ferry

Day 20: Ancona – Assisi

Spend today worshipping the sunshine, as we sail up the dramatic Adriatic coast towards Ancona. This evening we arrive in the mystical medieval town of Assisi, the home and final resting place of beloved St. Francis.

Hotel: Grand Hotel

Day 21: Assisi Sightseeing – Sorrento

Join your ‘Local Specialist’ today and enjoy a sightseeing tour to see the Basilica of St. Francis. We pass the Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino before arriving in the sophisticated seaside retreat of Sorrento.

Hotel: La Residenza

Day 22: Sorrento – Pompeii – Rome

We join a ‘Local Specialist’ in Pompeii to hear the story of this remarkable ancient Roman settlement buried under ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Continuing through the green and golden countryside of Lazio, we arrive in Rome, the ‘Eternal City’ this evening.

Hotel: Barceló Aran Mantegna, 2 nights

Day 23: Rome

Visit the centre of Christianity, the Vatican City. ‘Dive Into Culture’ with your ‘Local Specialist’ and ascend the spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Then, admire Michelangelo’s exquisite frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, before crossing the Tiber to visit the Colosseum. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Sit on the Spanish Steps or indulge in a cappuccino on the Piazza Navona. This evening, we enjoy a delicious Regional Dinner in Rome.

Day 24: Rome – Florence

Journeying north through the beautiful landscapes of Umbria and Tuscany, we arrive in the Renaissance city of Florence. Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of some of the city’s iconic sites. View Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery with its renowned bronze doors, and visit Piazza della Signoria. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city’s historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft.

Hotel: Nilhotel

Day 25: Florence – Engelberg

Travel north across the snow-capped Alps into Switzerland, past beautiful Lake Lugano, continuing along the scenic St. Gotthard route into central Switzerland. We spend the next two nights in the popular winter sports resort town of Engelberg.

Hotel: H+ Hotel & Spa, 2 nights

Day 26: Lucerne

The lakeside setting of Lucerne is ours to explore today. Pay tribute to the brave Swiss Guard at the Lion Monument and admire the wooden Chapel Bridge with its exquisite ceiling. Spend the rest of the day ambling through the medieval streets with their characteristic painted façades, or perhaps embark on an Operational Experience up one of the surrounding peaks.

Day 27: Engelberg – Paris

We cross into France and traverse the rolling Burgundy vineyards en route to the glittering capital of Paris. The City of Light shines brightly tonight as you explore the grand boulevards on your terms. Enjoy dinner at a cosy bistro or consider attending a colourful Parisian Cabaret performance.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Neuilly, 2 nights

Day 28: Paris

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ today for an informative sightseeing tour of the French capital. Drive along the Champs Élysées and see the Place de la Concorde. View Notre Dame and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. This evening, we celebrate an epic European voyage with newfound friends and our Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.

Day 29: Paris – London

Departing Paris, we head north to Calais and bid France a fond farewell as we board a ferry to Dover and return to London.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 30$9,895.00$12,925.00
May: 14$9,895.00$12,925.00
May: 28$9,995.00$13,025.00
June: 11, 18$10,350.00$13,380.00
July: 02, 16, 30$10,350.00$13,380.00
August: 13, 27$10,350.00$13,380.00
September: 03, 10$10,350.00$13,380.00
September: 17$10,125.00$13,155.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 28 breakfasts, 13 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry: Ferry Crossing from Dover - Bruges - Dover
Accommodation:27 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
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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Glories of Greece

Be transported back to the 5C BC, when Athens erected the Parthenon, Delphi was in its heyday and the games at Olympia was the talk of the Mediterranean. This feature packed 8 Day Glories of Greece tour is well paced and expertly planned. It covers a multitude of noteworthy ancient sites, majestic monuments and mystical monasteries.

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

Day 1: Welcome to Athens

An Insight host will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where there is time to settle in and relax. At 19:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception, and get to know your fellow travellers over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.

Today your mythical Grecian discovery encapsulates the intriguing history of ancient Greece. Begin with an exploration revealing the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Arch of Hadrian. Next, your Local Expert takes you to the Acropolis, one of the most important ancient sites in the Western world. Crowning the top is the Parthenon, visible from almost everywhere in the city. See the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion. Continue to Thermopylae, famous as the mountain pass where King Leonidas led his Spartan army, along with fellow Greek soldiers, into battle against the Persians in 480 B.C. See the memorial dedicated to Leonidas and his courageous Spartans. Then on to your hotel in Kalambaka for dinner.

With your Local Expert, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora, meaning ‘in the air.’ The massive pinnacles of smooth rock are ancient, yet could also be the setting for a futuristic science-fiction tale. Visit one of the monasteries, that adds to the strange and beautiful landscape and enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Why not explore with a relaxed walk on the nature trails? Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Natural History Museum.

Day 4: The Sacred Way and onto Olympia

Travel south, stopping at the foothills of Mount Parnassus. Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with your Local Expert. Pass the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall with 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,’ rumoured to have successfully predicted events related to the Argonauts expedition and the Trojan War. Your travels continue to Olympia where dinner is served in your hotel.

It’s all in the name. Ancient Olympia is the site where the Ancient Olympic Games began in 776 B.C., in dedication to the god Zeus. See the ruined Temple of Zeus that was built to honour the chief of the gods. Continue your exploration through time to the athletes gymnasium and the Ancient Stadium of Olympia with the characteristic arch. The starting and finishing markers for the sprint track are still marked by stones and there is time to capture your own memory with a photo at the starting line. In the evening, join a local chef for an entertaining cooking demonstration showcasing classic Greek cuisine. Experience the authentic Greek flavours as you savour dishes prepared for your Highlight Dinner.

Day 6: Mycenae and Nafplio

Today you leave the ancient city of Olympia and begin your journey back to the capital. Stop for a visit at the ruined city of Mycenae 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. Travel to the elegant town of Nafplio known for its beautiful architecture, colour shops and cafes. Your journey continues following the shores of the Saronic Gulf to pass the Corinth Canal dividing the Peloponnese and mainland Greece, before arriving in Athens. In the evening, enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.

This morning after breakfast, your Grecian odyssey comes to an end. Take a complimentary transfer to Athens Airport for your onward journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 07$3,350.00Price on Application
April: 26$2,975.00Price on Application
May: 03, 05, 1012, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31$2,975.00Price on Application
June: 02, 07, 09, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30$2,975.00Price on Application
July: 05, 07, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28$2,975.00Price on Application
August: 02, 04, 09, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30$2,975.00Price on Application
September: 01, 06, 08, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27$2,995.00Price on Application
September: 29$2,975.00Price on Application
October: 04, 06, 11, 13, 18, 20, 27$2,975.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 6 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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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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