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Classical Greece tour

Classical Greece

Great Value Vacations
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
From: $ 1,965 $ 281 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Take a stroll through Plaka, the only district where visitors can see Athens as it was 100 years ago.
  • Explore the ruins of Athens at the Acropolis Museum; discover artifacts from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece.
  • Enjoy a tour of Delphi, former home of the legendary Oracle.
  • Discover the secrets of the monasteries hidden away on Meteroa mountain.
  • Indulge in the flavors of Greece: sample the many locally-produced cheeses, eat freshly-baked pita dipped in olive oil, and wash it all down with a glass of Greece's specialty white wine: Retsina.

Short Description

Trace the footsteps of history on this 6-night adventure! You'll start and end in Greece's ancient capital of Athens and enjoy a 4-day escorted tour through some of the country's most historic and iconic sights. From sanctuaries to Zeus to monasteries built into monolithic pillars, see the highlights of classical Greece!

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Athens
End City Greece

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Athens (ATH)
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • 2 nights in Athens at the Hotel Electra, or similar
  • Athens Sightseeing Tour with Acropolis Site & Museum entrance
  • 4-Day Classical Greece Escorted Tour including the following accommodation, or similar:
  • 1 night in Olympia at the Hotel Amalia Olympia
  • 1 night in Delphi at the Hotel Amalia Delphi
  • 1 night in Kalambaka at the Hotel Amalia Kalambaka
  • 1 night in Athens at the Hotel Electra, or similar
  • 3 dinners (while on escorted tour)

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Athens!

Accommodation: Electra Hotel Athens; Amalia Hotel Athens; Titania; Royal Olympic Hotel; The Athenian Callirhoe Exclusive Hotel; Athens Avenue Hotel; Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites; Athens Marriott; Hotel Divani Caravel

Arrive at Athens Airport and enjoy a transfer to your accommodation. Why not celebrate your first night in Greece by sampling all the local flavors?

Indulge in a platter of cheese from each island and region, or treat yourself to some freshly-baked pita bread with a selection of locally-produced olive oil. Don't forget to wash it down with a glass of Retsina, Greece's specialty white wine,

Transfer to Athens hotel

Day 2: Athens

Accommodation: Hotel Amalia Olympia; Europa Hotel; Arty Grand Hotel

Embark on your sightseeing tour of the ancient city!

After the tour, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Take a stroll through the Plaka district, located under the Acropolis. Here, you can see the Greek capital as it was over 100 years ago!

Athens Sightseeing Tour (with Acropolis)

Discover the secrets of Athens, including its famous Acropolis on your sightseeing tour! Your expert guide will take you to see the center of the city, the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library.

On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Modern Olympic Games were held in 1896.

On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the famous Parthenon.

Your first taste of Athens would not be complete without a visit to the Acropolis Museum, a modern architectural building where, at last, the statues have found their home. Here, you can admire the wonders and architectural masterpieces of the classical era.

Day 3: Athens - Olympia

Your 4-day escorted tour of classical Greece begins today! Leave Athens by the scenic coastal road, then make a short photo stop at the Corinth Canal, one of the 19th Century world’s engineering masterpieces; the canal's history dates as far back as 602 B.C.!

Continue to Epidaurus, home to the famous 4th century B.C. theater with its astonishing acoustics. Up next you'll explore the town of Nafplion, a modern seaside resort with an old town dominated by the mighty Palamidi Fortress.

The last stop of the day is Mycenae, the Homeric city of Atreides, the city "rich in gold" of the ancient poets. You'll see the famous Lion's Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, and the Royal Tombs. Depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnese, Tripoli, and Megalopoli.

You'll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Day 4: Olympia – Delphi

Accommodation: Amalia Hotel Delphi; Domotel Anemolia

Indulge during breakfast today, because you're visiting the site of the ancient Olympic games: Olympia! See an ancient sanctuary at the Temple of Olympian Zeus, then explore the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, which hosts important treasures such as the famous statue of Praxiteles, Hermes.

Continue through Achaia and Rio - Antirio towards Delphi, passing through the picturesque towns of Nafpaktos and Itea.

You'll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Day 5: Delphi – Kalambaka

Accommodation: Hotel Amalia Kalambaka; Divani Meteora Hotel

Enjoy your breakfast and depart for your tour to Delphi, located on the slopes of Mount Parnasus and once believed as the center of the earth!

Visit the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios, once home to a legendary oracle who was under the influence of the ancient god Apollo. Then, explore the Treasury of the Athenians and the Delphi Museum, where you stare into the eyes of the famous bronze charioteer, among other works.

You'll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Day 6: Kalambaka – Athens

Accommodation: Electra Hotel Athens; Amalia Hotel Athens; Titania; Royal Olympic Hotel; The Athenian Callirhoe Exclusive Hotel; Athens Avenue Hotel; Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites; Athens Marriott; Hotel Divani Caravel

 After breakfast embark on an adventure to monastaries hidden away in the mountains of Meteora. Perched on huge granite rocks, the monasteries seem to suspend between earth and sky, providing a magnificent view.

Each monastery contains priceless historical and religious treasures, from painted wonders to sacred sculptures. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant in Kalambaka (not included), before returning to Athens bypassing Trikala, Lamia, and Thermopylae.

You'll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Day 7: Depart Greece

After breakfast, enjoy one final transfer to Athens Airport for your flight home.

Transfer to Athens airport (ATH)

Fly home!

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