Classical Greece

The enthralling, ancient & classical sites of Greece offer a cultural experience that cannot fail to inspire - Romans, Arabs, Venetians, Albanians & Turks have all left their mark, & almost every town or village has a link to the past.

5 days from Athens

Experience Greece in a small group of just 12 travellers. Handpicked Experiences – See mystical Delphi, home of the famous ancient oracle. Explore Meteora and its monasteries built on the amazing rock formations of the region; Stand on the marble starting line in the ancient stadium at Olympia, site of the first Olympic Games.

This is a Handpicked Holidays tour sold by SGT with permission.

ITINERARY

Day 1

Athens – Kalambaka

This morning we depart from Athens making our way towards Kalambaka. On route we stop at the pass at Thermopylae, famous for its heroic defence by Leonidas and his courageous Spartans, hear tales of the mighty battle between the Spartans and the Persians. We spend our afternoon in Kalambaka. (B)

Overnight | Dellas Boutique, Kalambaka

 

Day 2

Arachova-Delphi- Olympia

This morning visit the pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the site of the omphalos, the ‘navel of the world’. Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and charged with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century B.C. was indeed the religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. We will walk the sacred way to the temple of Apollo, visit the Castalian springs, and view the Temple of Pronea at the valley of Delphi. Enjoy free time for lunch in the town. Then we head to Antirrio and take the bridge across the Gulf of Corinth to Peloponnese. A scenic drive will take us to Olympia. (B)

Overnight | Arty Hotel, Olympia

 

Day 3

Olympia – Nafplio

After breakfast we will explore Olympia, where the first Olympic Games took place. We visit the archaeological site with the Temple of Zeus and the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame, the stadium where the very first Olympic Games took place and the archaeological museum. Enjoy a free time in town. Then we depart to Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece. (B)

Overnight | Ippoliti Hotel, Nafplion

 

Day 4

Kalambaka – Arachova

Spend the morning in the incredible landscape of Meteora with its amazing rock top monasteries. We will visit two of the monasteries famous for their Byzantine frescoes and spectacular views. We depart from Kalambaka making our way to Delphi. We enjoy the afternoon in the village of Arachova , a small but quaint village also used as a home base to skiers in the winter. (B)

Overnight | Aegli Resort, Arachova

 

Day 5

Nafplio – Athens

After breakfast we depart to Epidaurus and the stunning ancient theatre, which was built with such amazing mathematical precision that a pin dropped in the arena can be heard from every one of the 14,000 seats!

Continue to Mycenae; featured in epics of Homer, its 3500 year old monuments were only discovered in 1876 by the controversial archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. Visit the archaeological site: the royal “beehive” tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, and hear the tales of Agamemnon who was hacked to death by his wife Clytemnestra! Return in Athens in the afternoon via Corinth Canal, arriving around 5.00pm. (B)

This is a Handpicked Holidays tour sold by SGT with permission.

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Tour Inclusions

4 nights accommodation

Buffet Breakfast daily

Transport by minibus

English speaking professional guide

Entrances: Archaelogical sites of Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae, Epidaurus & Meteora Monasteries.

Join-in Dates or Private Tour Anytime

Small group tour operates with a minimum of 4 participants on selected dates.

Private Tour can operate any dates with a minimum of 2 participants.

Small Group Tour      Price per person in $USD

START DATE   END DATE      Twin    Single  Triple

08 May 2015 12 May 2015 $ 1800          $ 2800 $ 1800

12 Jun 2015   16 Jun 2015   $ 1800          $ 2800 $ 1800

04 Sep 2015   08 Sep 2015   $ 1800          $ 2800 $ 1800

02 Oct 2015   06 Oct 2015   $ 1800          $ 2800 $ 1800

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