Treasures of Atreus Tour

Greece's best bits [Classical Tour with Athens]

About Treasures of Atreus Tour

Summary

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

START / FINISH - Athens

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.

Highlights of the Treasures of Atreus Tour

  • Athens: Hadrian's Arch, Temple of Zeus, Odeion of Herodus Atticus and the sacred rock of the Acropolis crowned by the Parthenon. Don't miss the impressive Acropolis Museum, housing 4000 priceless finds. Soak up the atmosphere of Plaka with its busy winding streets, watch the changing of the guards at Syntagma Square. So much to see and do....
  • Corinth Canal: This feat of engineering joins the Ionian to the Aegean and helped make Pireaus into the international port it is today. The idea of a canal was first mooted during Roman times but it wasn't until the 1890s that it was actually constructed.
  • Mycenae: Homer wrote in the Iliad and Odyssey of a 'city, rich in gold', the capital of Agamemnon. The German businessman and archaeologist, Heinrich Schliemann, believed that many of the places in these works actually existed so he set about trying to find this golden city. He successfully located Mycenae and began excavations - what he unearthed there made Mycenae one of the richest treasures in the classical world.
  • Epidavrus: a stunning theatre, which dates from the 4th century BC. This 14,000 seat theatre blended so perfectly with its surroundings that it wasn't discovered until the 19th century. Nowadays many events are held here thanks to its fantastic acoustics.
  • Nafplion: one of the most beautiful and romantic towns in Greece. It boasts a wonderful mediaeval old town with cobbled alleyways, a lovely promenade and is overlooked by the Palamidi Fortress. From here you have stunning views over the bay and the Mycenae Plain (you do have to make some effort though as there are 999 steps to the top!) Nafplion is also known for 'Bourtzi' the Venetian fortress situated on a rocky islet just off the coast, originally this was built to protect Nafplion from sea attack, this became home to executioners in days gone by.
  • Olympia: enjoys a beautiful location in a valley with wild olive and plane trees. This is the birthplace of the Olympic Games. You'll see where the athletes trained, the Stadium, the wrestling school, the altars and the various temples.
  • Delphi: enjoys the most fabulous location on the slopes of a mountain terrace, dwarfed by Parnassus. In ancient times it was believed to have been the centre of the earth but it became most famous for its oracle. People used to journey there to consult the oracle on matters of love, business affairs or war. A sacrifice would be made, the priestess would chant the prophesies, which were then interpreted by a priest.
  • Kalambaka: your base from which to explore Meteora. It is one of the holiest places on earth, huge monasteries built on top of granite boulders, 400m above the ground. The site was chosen as an escape from raiders but also as a place of solitude to be near to God. Logistically it was a difficult place, any provisions had to be winched up in baskets from ground level!

What's included in this Greece Holiday:

  • two main options for accommodation
    • 4* throughout or 5* Athens & 4* on tour
  • 4 day Classical Tour on HB basis with English-speaking tour guide / escort and all entry fees as per itinerary
  • 4 nights in Athens on BB basis
  • Arrival and departures transfers in Athens
  • Half Day Athens guided tour

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!

Contact us to enquire or to request a quote.

Itinerary

  • DAY 1: Athens

    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.

    • Overnight in Athens.

  • DAY 2: Athens City Tour

    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.

    • Overnight in Athens.

  • DAY 3: Argolis Region and Olympia

    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.

    • Dinner and overnight in Olympia.

  • DAY 4: Olympia to Delphi

    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"].

    • Dinner and overnight in Delphi.

  • DAY 5: Delphi to Kalambaka

    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.

    • Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.

  • DAY 6: Meteora and return to Athens

    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.

    • Overnight in Athens.

  • DAY 7: Athens (optional extra sightseeing, excursions)

    Spend the day at leisure, take an optional cruise to the nearby Saronic Islands or go to Cape Sounion in the afternoon.

    • Overnight in Athens.

  • DAY 8: Departure to Airport or next stage of holiday...

    You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to Athens Airport.

    Alternatively you may choose to extend your holiday in Greece.

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