About Treasures of Atreus Tour
Our most popular holiday itinerary/tour in Greece. Visit the classical sites of the Greek mainland and enjoy a leisurely four days in its capital to explore or relax.
Activity code: GR-TREASURES
Duration: 8 Days
This wonderful holiday is part city break and part guided tour with a choice of hotels in each. The itinerary includes all the most famous locations of the Peloponnese and mainland as listed above. Overall it is a perfect introduction to the best Greece has to offer away from its fabulous beaches. If you or your family have any interest in Classical and ancient Greece then you will not be disappointed by this package.
This recommended and very popular holiday includes a city break in Athens together with the "Classical Tour" - a group Cultural Tour with qualified English-speaking guide; however if you are looking for a more independent holiday then we can also offer a completely tailor made itinerary.
Why not extend your stay with a relaxing few days (or longer) on one or more of Greece's beautiful islands - please ask us for further information or suggestions!
Arrive into Athens where you'll be met by one of our transfer drivers and taken directly to your city centre hotel.
The rest of the day will be at leisure.
In the morning you'll have a chance to explore and take photographs of this beautiful city on your included city tour. This will take in the highlights of the city, its famed Acropolis and its museum.
The afternoon will be at leisure.
START OF CLASSICAL TOUR
You'll leave early morning for the Argolis region. There'll be a short stop for photos at the Corinth Canal which links the Ionian and the Aegean - if you are fortunate there may be a ship passing through! Proceed to Mycenae famed for its Lion's gate, Royal Tombs, Cyclopean Walls and associations with Agamemnon. Next stop, Nafplion - many say that it is the most beautiful and romantic town in all of Greece. In the afternoon you'll visit the ancient theatre at Epidavrus, whose acoustics are reputed to be the best in the World.
Depart for Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.
Visit the archaeological site of Olympia with the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame, the Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. There will be a short stop in Patras before continuing to Rion where you cross the Corinthian bay on the magnificent bridge. Pass by the city of Nafpaktos and from there along the coastal road to Delphi, once regarded as the centre of the universe [the "Omphalos"].
Visit the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. Delphi was also renowned for its oracle and pilgrims used to journey from far and wide to consult on matters of life, death, love and warfare.
In the afternoon you'll travel through some scenic villages on your way to Kalambaka, a small town built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks and crowned by the world famous Meteora Monasteries.
Visit the Byzantine monasteries of Meteora in the morning. These impressive monasteries were built on top of the granite rocks to be out of harm's way especially during times of trouble. Monks also sought solitude in this very peaceful location.
Return to Athens via the monument to heroic Leonidas at Thermopylae.
END OF CLASSICAL TOUR.
Spend the day at leisure, take an optional cruise to the nearby Saronic Islands or go to Cape Sounion in the afternoon.
You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to Athens Airport.
Alternatively you may choose to extend your holiday in Greece.