Classical Greece (plus Meteora)

Argolis - Olympia - Delphi - Meteora

Summary

Stories of Ancient Greece unfold before your eyes on this four day tour.

START / FINISH - Athens

Activity code: Ath14

Duration: 4 days/3 nights

This four day tour gives you an insight into Classical Greece - it covers the main sites of Delphi, Olympia, the fascinating Argolis region and the unforgettable monasteries, perched high on towering rocks.

On the way to the Argolis region you'll pass over the Corinth Canal onto the Peloponnese. The Argolis region has much of interest: Epidavrus, the world-renowned amphitheatre dating from the 4th century BC, Mycenae and its links with Homer's epics & the pretty town of Nafplion beside the sea.

Olympia is one of the most beautifully situated archaeological sites in the country, in a valley of olive groves close to two rivers. Olympia was the site of the ancient Olympic Games and the link is retained to his day - at every Summer Olympics since 1936 the flame has been lit at Olympia before travelling on the Olympic Torch Relay and eventually ending up in the host country for the opening ceremony.

Delphi has an equally dramatic location on the side of a mountain with stunning views down to the coast. Many ancient people travelled here to consult the oracle if life-changing decisions needed to be made.

Meteora is one of those iconic places that should be visited at least once in a lifetime. Monasteries were built on top of towering granite rocks to escape attack but also to be closer to God. 

Dates of Operation

  • From May to end of October: Every Monday, Tuesday, Saturday & some Thursdays.
  • Departure on Day 1 - 08:45
  • Return on Day 4 - 19:00

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What's included on your Classical Tour ?

  • 4* accommodation on half board basis for 3 nights
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coach throughout
  • Pick up / drop off in Athens
  • English-speaking tour guide / escort
  • All entry fees as per itinerary.

Not included: In January 2018 Greece introduced an Overnight Stay Tax per room per night, which is payable locally - the amount varies according to the category of the accommodation (i.e. 5* hotel: 4,00€ per overnight per room, 4* hotel: 3,00 € per overnight per room, 3* hotel: 1,50 € per overnight per room)

Highlights

Itinerary

An early start this morning for your trip to the Argolis region via the Corinth Canal.

Your first stop on the Peloponnese will be at the ancient theatre of Epidavrus with its world-renowned acoustics, followed by Nafplion, one of the most romantic towns in Greece. Then to Mycenae famed for its associations with Agamemnon.

The final leg of your journey today takes you to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.

  • Dinner and overnight in Olympia.

After breakfast you'll visit the archaeological site of Olympia before driving up to Rion where you cross the Corinthian Bay on the magnificent bridge.

Travel along the coastal road to Itea before heading up to Delphi, once regarded as the centre of the universe. Delphi was renowned for its oracle and pilgrims used to journey from far and wide to consult on life-changing matters.

  • Dinner and overnight in Delphi.

After your visit to the archaeological site of Delphi and its museum, you'll travel to Kalambaka, a small town built at the foot of majestic rocks, crowned by the world famous Meteora Monasteries.

  • Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.

A chance to visit several of Meteora's monasteries.

Return to Athens via the monument to heroic Leonidas at Thermopylae.

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