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Uncover the birthplace of modern civilisation on this 7-day tour of glorious Greece. Follow expert guides to some of the country's most famous destinations. Discover Anthens, Delphi and Mycenae. Walk in the footsteps of legends at Thermopylae, the Temple of Zeus and the mesmerising Olympia complex. Pass through the Lion's Gate and marvel at the Bronze Age citadel. Visit a Byzantine art workshop and take a sunset drive of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora. Opt in on excursions to the famous Acropolis and the Parthenon. All this and more awaits on our fascinating tour of Greece!
We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list one week prior to your departure date.
Welcome to Greece! Upon arrival, make your own way the hotel for the start of the tour (airport transfers available at extra cost, please contact us for details). This evening we will enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant in Thissio, an historical neighbourhood of Athens close to the Acropolis.
Enjoy a slower start as we depart from Athens this morning. On the way to Kalambaka, stop at Thermopylae to admire the statue of Leonidas, King of Sparta. This location is famous around the world as the scene of the battle of Thermopylae between the Greek and Persian forces in 480 BC. Next, we travel on to Kalambaka, an excellent base from which to visit the famous Meteora landscapes and monasteries. Upon arrival, visit a Byzantine art workshop to see how locals create exquisite works of Christian Greek art. Then head to tonight’s hotel accommodation and take some free time to settle in. Finish the day with a mesmerising sunset drive of the Meteora hills and catch panoramic views of the monolithic pillars and hills with its celebrated cliff top monasteries. It’s truly any photographer’s dream. Enjoy traditional Greek food for dinner this evening.
Free time in Kalambaka this morning means you have some options. Either explore at your own pace, or join our optional excursion of the monasteries of Meteora. Explore the hills and giant sandstone formations of Meteora, and stop at two spectacular cliff-top monasteries. This afternoon, cross the mountains for central Greece, arriving in Delphi. Embark on a short orientation tour with your tour leader upon arrival. The evening is yours to explore the city with your fellow travellers, or just relax.
This morning allows free time in Delphi. Explore as you please, or join in on the optional excursion to discover Delphi with a local guide as you admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and visit the famous museum of Delphi. Then drive along the Coast of Corinth and take a short ferry to the colourful Greek island of Trizonia. The last of its kind, this island is only 2,5 km² big with almost no cars. Soak up the culture, tastes, sights and sounds, and experience how life here has remained the same for centuries. You have the choice to join an optional lunch at a local eatery on the island, or explore as you wish. After the ferry ride back to Glyfada, we drive on to ancient Olympia. This was the home of the original Olympic Games, which originated in 776 BC. Tonight you can spend time at your leisure, or choose to join a Greek evening of traditional food and dance. The perfect way to end an eventful day!
This morning’s activities include a locally-guided tour of the Olympia ancient site. Next, we cross the mountains of Peloponnese to arrive at Mycenae for our visit to the tomb of Agamemnon and the famous Lion’s Gate. It’s not only one of the most important archeological sites in Greece, but is also the place where many of the ancient Greek myths have their origin. Tour the grounds with an expert guide and have an included lunch before making your way to the picturesque town of Nafplion. Nafplion is the first capital of modern Greece, the skyline of which is dominated by Palamidi castle. Settle into your hotel upon arrival and spend the rest of the evening at your leisure, or join an optional evening tour to Epidaurus and see the ancient theatre.
Depart for Athens from Nafplion and take a short stop along the way for a photo stop at the Corinth Canal. Once you arrive in Athens, embark on a city tour with an expert local guide. See top attractions like the Academy, National Library, Greek parliament, Panathinaikos marble stadium, Hadrian’s Arch, and the temple of Olympian Zeus. After the tour you will have the option to join a guided tour of the Acropolis site. During this optional excursion you will continue on foot to the sacred rock of Acropolis, visiting the Propylaea, the Erechtheion, the temple of Athena Nike and the Parthenon. After the tour, walk along Apostolou Pavlou street towards the Plaka neighbourhood for an included lunch at a local restaurant. The afternoon is then yours free to explore Athens at your leisure.
Our tour concludes today after breakfast, and there is the option of an airport transfer. We hope you've enjoyed your tour of Greece!
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