All About Europe

What do you want from your All About Europe tour—historic treasures, amazing architecture, scenic beauty, and exciting cities? Whatever it is, this European vacation offers it to you! You’ve heard about gladiator contests in ancient Rome—now’s your chance to visit the Colosseum where the contests took place. You’ve seen photos of the Leaning Tower in Pisa—now’s your chance to take a photo of yourself pushing back at it. You’ve heard of the French Riviera—now’s your chance to drive along both the French and Italian Rivieras. You’ve watched the Olympics—now’s your chance to visit the birthplace of the Olympic Games in Greece. You’ve heard how gorgeous the Swiss Alps are—now’s your time to see them in person. You’ve heard how the former communist countries in Eastern Europe have transformed into wonderful vacation destinations—now’s your time to visit Budapest, Bratislava, Sofia, and Belgrade to see for yourself.

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

Day 1: Arrive In London, England

Check into your hotel. in the afternoon, you may want to start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts and the CosmosGO app are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Hotel: Novotel London West, 2 nights

Day 2: London

Enjoy free time for independent activities. Take a panoramic tour of London’s famous landmarks, visit the Tower of London, or choose an excursion to Windsor Castle. Tonight, we recommend our optional “Taste of London” excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River.

Day 3: London – Paris, France

Transfer to the railway station and board the Eurostar Train to Paris with your Tour Director. Transfer to your hotel.

Hotel: Kyriad Bercy Village, 2 nights

Day 4: Paris

Enjoy a day of sightseeing in Paris starting with an included guided tour to see the sites and monuments.

Day 5: Paris – Chateaux Country – Tours – Bordeaux

Travel south to Blois and along the Loire Valley, stopping in Tours to see the well-preserved historic centre. Continue to Poitiers, beautifully situated on a rocky plateau. South again to the Grande Champagne wine-growing area. Spend the night in Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne.

Hotel: Kyriad Prestige

Day 6: Bordeaux – Carcassonne – Barcelona, Spain

From the vineyards of the Gironde and the Garonne, travel eastward to Carcassonne in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Spend some time to admire what is perhaps the best-preserved medieval fortified town in Europe. Later, cross the Spanish border and travel through Catalonia to Barcelona.

Hotel: Porta Fira, 2 nights

Day 7: Barcelona

Your guided city tour includes a drive around Montjuic to see the Olympic Stadium and a panoramic view of the port and city. Continue to the city centre to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces (entrance fees not included).

Day 8: Barcelona – Arles, France – French Riviera

Back in France, head into the vineyard-covered region of the Herault for a stop in Arles. This is where Vincent van Gogh lived from 1888-1889, and produced more than 300 paintings and drawings. Continue skirting the stunning shoreline of the Mediterranean to arrive in the heart of the world-famous French Riviera.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Vieux Port at Nice, 2 nights

Day 9: French Riviera

A full day at leisure allows you to take advantage of everything the splendid Cote d’Azur has to offer. You might like to explore the Old Town, climb up Castle Hill for panoramic views of Nice, or spend some time in the Marc Chagall National Museum. Tonight, consider joining our optional Monte Carlo by Night excursion to the nearby Principality of Monaco.

Day 10: French Riviera – Venice Area, Italy

Enjoy a scenic drive along the French and italian Flower Rivieras. Then, cross the fertile Po River plains to the shores of the Adriatic to reach the Venice area.

Hotel: Poppi at Mira, 2 nights

Day 11: Venice Area

Your day begins with a Boat Ride to monumental St. Mark’s Square. Time at leisure here enables you to explore and absorb the unique atmosphere of this unforgettable city built on water. Watch a skilled Glassblower at work. How about a romantic optional gondola trip?

Day 12: Venice Area – Florence

Today, cross the verdant Apennine hills into italy’s most popular region-Tuscany! Arrive in Florence, the renowned “Cradle of the Renaissance.” An included walking tour with a Local Guide features all the most important sites, including Piazza della Signoria and the copy of the “David” by Michelangelo.

Hotel: Italiana Resort

Day 13: Florence – Pisa – Rome

Today, hop on a mini train in Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hotel: Oly Hotel, 2 nights

Day 14: Rome

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built, and Circus Maximus.

Day 15: Rome – Ancona (Embarkation) – Overnight Ferry Crossing To Patras, Greece

A day of scenic beauty awaits as you travel through the rugged Apennines past quaint, old-world villages on your way to Ancona on the Adriatic Sea. This afternoon, embark an overnight ferry for your Mediterranean Sea crossing.

Hotel: Overnight Ferry

Day 16: Patras (Disembarkation) – Olympia

Awaken surrounded by fresh sea air this morning as you cross the Mediterranean. This afternoon, disembark in Patras and make your way south for a visit to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, first held in 776 BC.

Hotel: Olympia Palace

Day 17: Olympia – Tripoli – Athens

This morning, discover the Olympia archaeological site with a Local Guide. Learn about the sacred precinct of Zeus, whose temple once housed a statue that was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Later, travel through the mountains of Arcadia into the heart of the Peloponnese peninsula. Cross the mighty Corinth Canal, then to Athens, capital of Greece and one of the world’s oldest cities. This evening, bask in the lively atmosphere of the old Plaka district with its welcoming tavernas and festive bouzouki music, or you could choose to join an optional Greek dinner.

Hotel: Ilissos or Acropolis Select, 2 nights

Day 18: Athens

The cradle of Western civilisation and birthplace of democracy, Athens offers so much to see and experience. included city sightseeing this morning features the highlights and a visit to the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Later, explore the shops and museums or spend the afternoon swimming off the coast.

Day 19: Athens – Delphi – Thermopylae – Thessalonika

On the way to Delphi, your Tour Director will tell you all about the area’s fascinating history rooted in Greek mythology. Enjoy a guided tour of Delphi’s ancient sanctuary, dedicated to the god Apollo. Hear about the mystical Oracle and tour the Excavation Site, then visit the Archaeological Museum. Next is Thermopylae, site of the famous battle between the Spartans and Xerxes’ overwhelming Persian forces in 480 BC. See the Leonidas Monument, commemorating the Spartan king. Travel along the coast to Thessalonika for an overnight.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Palace

Day 20: Thessalonika – Sofia, Bulgaria

Cross the Bulgarian border and head north through the Struma River Valley, Spartacus’ mountainous homeland. in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, join your Local Guide for a city tour that includes the Parliament building, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the National Theatre, and St. Sophia Church.

Hotel: Rosslyn Central Park

Day 21: Sofia – Nis, Serbia – Belgrade

On to Serbia. in NIS, visit the wellpreserved 18th-century Ottoman FORTRESS. Continue to Belgrade, capital of Serbia.

Hotel: Best Western Hotel M

Day 22: Belgrade – Szeged, Hungary – Budapest

Cross into Hungary. Stop at the border town of Szeged, with fabled ties to Attila the Hun and the ancient home of paprika. Later, arrive in Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Ibis Castle Hill, 2 nights

Day 23: Budapest

Included sightseeing with a Local Guide today features Buda Castle, which dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube River. See Heroes’ Square with its iconic monument and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Also see the Royal Castle, the aweinspiring Hungarian Parliament, Margaret island, Fishermen’s Bastion, and Matthias Coronation Church.

Day 24: Budapest – Gyor – Bratislava, Slovakia – Vienna, Austria

Head toward the Austrian border today and, along the way, stop in colourful Gyor with its narrow lanes, characteristic corner balconies, and baroque town centre. Continue to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, where medieval towers, fortifications, St. Michael’s Gate, and gothic St. Martin’s Church await your discovery. Cross into Austria and arrive in its dazzling capital-Vienna.

Hotel: Star inn Schonbrunn, 2 nights

Day 25: Vienna

Once the seat of the mighty Habsburg Empire and home to Strauss, Brahms, Beethoven, Hadyn, and Mozart, Vienna blends ornate baroque architecture with an irresistible musical heritage. On the included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, admire the fabulous State Opera House and Parliament, and stroll through Heroes’ Square for views of splendid Hofburg Palace. in your free time, be sure to pop into one of the traditional coffee houses for a slice of heavenly Sachertorte, or you can join one of our exciting optional excursions!

Day 26: Vienna – Salzburg – Munich, Germany

Travel along the Danube to Mozart’s splendid hometown, Salzburg. There’s time here to discover the charming Getreidegasse, the town’s elegant main shopping street. On to Germany through green Bavarian landscapes to arrive in Munich.

Hotel: NH Neue Messe or Achat Premium South

Day 27: Munich – Bregenz, Austria – Lucerne, Switzerland

Your day begins with an orientation drive. See Munich’s beautiful main square, Marienplatz, and marvel at the world-famous Glockenspiel. Later, stop in Bregenz before skirting Lake Constance, then cross into Switzerland to head for Lucerne.

Hotel: Royal Hotel or Ibis Styles, 2 nights

Day 28: Lucerne

This morning’s visit introduces you to one of Switzerland’s finest cities. See the impressive city walls; Chapel Bridge, Europe’s oldest covered bridge; and the Lion Monument, a masterful stone sculpture honouring Louis XVi’s heroic Swiss Guard. A selection of optional activities is available to perfectly complete your day.

Day 29: Lucerne – Strasbourg, France – Trier, Germany

Cross into France today and spend some time at leisure in magical Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament. See the monumental gothic cathedral; taste the unique Franco-German cuisine; or explore the city’s historic heart in the magical La Petite France district. Return to Germany and head to ancient Trier for an overnight.

Hotel: Vienna House Easy

Day 30: Trier – Amsterdam Area, Holland

Through the industrial Ruhr region and then into the canal-crossed countryside of Holland to Amsterdam, vibrant capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. On an included Canal Cruise, experience Amsterdam from water level, then stop to watch skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a Diamond Centre. Discover the main sites with a Local Guide and spend some time at leisure.

Hotel: Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol or Best Western Plus Amedia Airport

Day 31: Amsterdam Area

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 11$7,049.00Price on Application
May: 25$7,559.00Price on Application
June: 08$7,199.00Price on Application
June: 22$6,959.00Price on Application
July: 06, 20$7,059.00Price on Application
August: 03$6,899.00Price on Application
August: 24$7,049.00Price on Application
August: 31$7,189.00Price on Application
September: 07, 14$7,189.00Price on Application
September: 21, 28$7,049.00Price on Application
October: 12$6,839.00Price on Application
November: 02$6,309.00Price on Application
December: 22$5,479.00Price on Application
December: 31$6,199.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 30 breakfasts, 10 dinners
Transport: First-class air-conditioned coach while touring
Rail:Eurostar Train Ticket: London - Paris
Accommodation:29 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
Guide: Professional Travel Director and host service in London
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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Country Roads of Portugal

Portugal’s great New World discoveries brought the country trade and wealth, and left their mark throughout the Kingdom. Witness this legacy, from the sunny beaches of the Algarve to the vineyards of the Douro Valley.

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

Day 1: Welcome to Lisbon

On arrival at Lisbon International Airport, there are complimentary transfers to your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Settle in and relax before joining your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. Enjoy the the opportunity to mingle with your fellow travellers during a pleasant evening of good food and wine.

Day 2: Lisbon and the Age of the Great Discoveries

Your guided sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and across the tree-shaded squares. Pass beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paço, the finest square in the city, named after the palace that was destroyed in the terrible earthquake of 1755, along with much of the rest of the city. Visit the Belém Quarter from where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. Enjoy a taste of Pastéis de Belém from the patisserie that has been using the same secret recipe for almost 200 years. See the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belém Tower, erected to protect Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which you visit. With free time in the afternoon, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Royal Portuguese Riviera to explore the glamorous resort of Cascais, the wealthy playground of Estoril and visit one of the Royal summer palaces?

Day 3: The Algarve

Cross the River Tagus and head for the sun-drenched southern coast to reach Lagos, a fishing port nestled on the bay of Meia Praia. After free time to explore, continue to your resort hotel set within a magnificent 360-acre estate. Simplicity is in the soul of Algarve cuisine, along with seafood so fresh it still tastes of the sea. The nearby coast houses restaurants and bars overlooking the beautiful coastal waters.

Day 4: Everlasting Évora

Journey to the medieval walled city of Évora where cathedrals, churches, aqueducts and ancient castle walls all serve to create the feeling that this beautiful city is a living, breathing museum to Portugal’s rich past. Join your Local Expert to explore the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Roman Temple and visit the Capela dos Ossos, an extraordinary 17th century chapel comprising the skulls and bones of 5,000 bodies. Visit the cathedral with its attractive mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. With the afternoon at leisure, you may wish to continue to stroll through Évora’s unique historical centre, or the serene city park, following the aqueduct inside the city walls?

Day 5: Monsaraz and Évora

Travel to the striking white village of Monsaraz, situated on an imposing hilltop, surrounded by cork oaks and vineyards. From the castle ruins, admire the spectacular views across to the dry Spanish plains, contrasting with the blue of one of Europe’s largest artificial lakes. Meet a local boat captain and hear tales of life upon the water during your leisurely cruise. Sit down to a delicious Highlight Lunch in a local restaurant that was formerly an olive oil mill. Savour the local cuisine as your menu is typical of the local Alentejo region and accompanied with wine. Return to Évora where the evening is at your leisure to explore this beautifully preserved regional capital.

Day 6: Scenic drive to Óbidos, Fátima and Tomar

Pass cork oak forests and expansive rice fields as you journey to the fortified town of Óbidos. Walk inside its walls to explore the craft shops, art galleries and flower-laden houses that line the narrow, medieval streets. Continue to Fátima, Portugal’s most renowned place of pilgrimage. See the basilica or perhaps visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, which commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. Proceed to Tomar and visit one of Portugal’s historical jewels, the Templar Castle and Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your Local Expert, explore the octagonal Templars’ Rotunda in the cloister and glimpse the day-to-day life of a warrior monk in the domestic areas. Outside on the battlements, the Manueline Window is a national masterpiece. You also visit the Synagogue of Tomar, one of the best preserved medieval synagogues in Portugal, housing a small Jewish museum.

Day 7: Coimbra, the Douro and Pinhão

In Coimbra, your Local Expert will show you the highlights of the Old Town, including a visit to the impressive baroque university library. Enjoy a wonderful Farm-to-Table Dinner, freshly prepared from locally sourced ingredients at Quinta da Roêda, renowned as the “Jewel of the Douro”. Home to one of the most distinguished port houses, tantilise your taste buds with a tasting of port produced by the Croft family.

Day 8: Guimarães and Porto

Journey to GuimarÃes to admire the views from the ruined castle and explore the cobbled streets and cosy squares. Next, continue on to Porto, where we are guided by our Local Expert to explore Portugal’s second city, a World Heritage town and where Portugal originates. In the evening you are at leisure to enjoy your boutique, five-star hotel, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, in the heart of Porto’s historic district. The decor is a mix of classic and contemporary and each room is individually decorated with original artwork. Alternatively, why not join an Optional Experience to see the pastel-painted houses in Porto’s Ribeira district before cruising on a traditional Rabelo boat and finishing off the evening with a Portuguese dinner in the comfort of your riverside restaurant?

Day 9: Porto, Grande Dame on the Douro

With a full day free to enjoy at your own pace, why not take a stroll to admire the multi-coloured houses, churches covered in beautiful glazed tiles and the iconic bridges? For a different perspective and excellent views of the city, perhaps embark on a relaxing Douro cruise? In the evening, bid adeus to your Travel Director and fellow travellers with a mouth-watering Celebration Dinner with wine, at an authentic Porto restaurant.

Day 10: Return to Lisbon

Enjoy a relaxed start in Porto before travelling to Lisbon, arriving at your hotel in the early evening.

After breakfast, your departure transfer arrives at Lisbon Portela Airport at 07:00 or 09:30.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 20$3,995.00Price on Application
March: 27$4,050.00Price on Application
April: 03, 10, 17$4,050.00Price on Application
April: 24$4,075.00Price on Application
May: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$4,125.00Price on Application
June: 05, 12, 19$4,125.00Price on Application
June: 26$4,150.00Price on Application
July: 10, 24$4,325.00Price on Application
August: 07, 21$4,325.00Price on Application
September: 04$4,650.00Price on Application
September: 11$4,275.00Price on Application
September: 18, 25$4,150.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 10 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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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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