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.
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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.
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.
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.
Day 8: Athens
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|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|
|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|
|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.