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Grand Tour of Greece

Olympia

Tour Details

Visit: Athens, Corinth Canal, Nauplion, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Kalambaka, Meteora, Thessaloniki, Kastoria, Edessa, Pella, Vergina, Athens

 

Day 1 (Thursday): Athens - Corinth Canal - Nauplion - Mycenae - Olympia

Depart from Athens this morning and drive to the Corinth Canal, where we have a short stop. We then continue onto Epidaurus and visit the ancient theatre, world famous for its outstanding acoustics. After a short stop in Nafplion, drive through the plain of Argos and arrive in Mycenae. Visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. In the afternoon, depart for Olympia, the birth place of the Olympic Games. On the way you will pass the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Spend the night in Olympia.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 (Friday): Olympian Zeus - Delphi

In the morning, visit the sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium, and the Archaeological Museum. Then drive to Rion and cross the Corinthian Bay on the new, "state of art" suspended bridge, considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe, to Antirion. Continue along the coastal road, passing by the picturesque towns of  Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea to Delphi, known in ancient times as the navel of the world. You will spend the night in Delphi.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 (Saturday): Delphi - Kalambaka

Enjoy a morning visit of the spectacular Delphi archaeological site and its museum. We then continue our journey via Central Greece to Kalambaka, a small town built at the foot of the majestic rocks and crowned by the Meteora Monasteries. You will spend the night in Kalambaka.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Sunday): Meteora - Thessaloniki

In the morning visit the Meteora Monastaries, containing priceless historical and religious treasures, as well as exquisite specimens of Byzantine art.  These monastaries seem to be suspended in mid-air between earth and sky, on top of granite rocks and are a UNESCO Heritage site. In the afternoon, drive through the striking Plain of Thessaly and the Valley of Tempi. Admire Mount Olympos, the highest mountain in Greece and home of the 12 Gods in Greek Mythology. Arrive in Thessaloniki, the second largest and the most vibrant city in Greece, early in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 (Monday): Constantinople - Thessaloniki

In the morning, visit the city that throughout the era of the Byzantine Empire was the "co-reigning" city, second in population and prestige only to Constantinople. See unique monuments and feel the glorious Byzantine past in some of the oldest and most characteristic churches of the Christian world. Visit the Museum of Byzantine Culture, awarded with the Council of Europe's Museum Prize for the year 2005. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore this lively city further on your own.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 (Tuesday): Macedonia - Thessaloniki

This morning, explore historical Macedonia. Your first stop will be the picturesque town of Edessa where you will see the town's famous waterfalls. Proceed to Naoussa, a site of exceptional beauty and importance where the great philosopher Aristotle taught ‘the doctrines of morals and politics' to Alexander the Great and the Macedonian youth. Continue to Vergina for a visit to the unique local museum and see the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Phillip II, Alexander's father, one of the greatest discoverys of the 20th century. A few miles away is Veria where you will visit Saint Paul's Bema and you will stroll through the old Jewish neighborhood and the colorful local market. Return to Thessaloniki for dinner and your overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 (Wednesday): Pella - Athens

Drive to Pella, the capital of Alexander the Great. See the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th century B.C. villas, in situ as well as in the new Museum. We then visit the Archaeological Park of Dion (sacred city of the Macedonians, at the foot of Mount Olympos). In the afternoon, continue through Thessaly via Lamia to Thermopylae for a short visit of Leonidas' Monument and Thebes. We will arrive back in Athens in the early evening.

Meals: Breakfast

Please Note: To enter the monasteries, appropriate clothing is required. Ladies should not wear short skirts and must have long sleeves. Men are not allowed to wear shorts and should wear long trousers.

 

Escorted Tour Includes:

  • Taxes and service charges
  • Accommodation with meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Professional tour director throughout the tour

 

Not Included:

  • Airport to hotel transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts

 

Hotels (or similar):

  • Athens - First Class: Arty Grand or similar hotels
  • Delphi - First Class: Amalia Hotel Delphi or similar hotels
  • Kalambaka - First Class: Amalia Hotel Kalambaka or similar hotels
  • Thessaloniki - First Class: Mediterranean Palace or similar hotels

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (rt)

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Package Information

  • Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights
  • Destination: Greece
  • Price: $ 0.00

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