Greece: 5-Day Tour of Classical Greek Sites from Athens
Discover the main monuments of classical Greece on the Peloponnese
Marvel at feats of engineering such as the Corinth Canal
Go to the birthplace of the Olympic Games
Learn about the amazing acoustics of Epidaurus
Visit the site of the oracle of Delphi
See the mountain monasteries of Meteora
Explore the first capital of modern Greece at Nafplion
Drive to Mycenae, former home of King Agamemnon
Escape Athens for a 5-day tour of classical Greece, and see all the essential ruins of Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia, Delphi, and Meteora. Explore the wealth of Byzantine Greece at the birthplace of the Olympic Games, and more.
Depart from Athens for the Corinth Canal, a masterpiece of engineering that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. Continue to Epidaurus to visit the UNESCO World Heritage monument reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo's son Asklepios, and the most celebrated healing center of the classical world. See the well preserved theater, still in use today thanks to its amazing acoustics. Your next stop will be Nafplia, where the afternoon is at leisure to walk in the old town or visit the new Nafplion Gallery to see paintings dedicated to the Greek Revolution of 1821. Overnight at Nafplion.
Depart Nafplion at around 12:30, traveling through the plain of Argos to Mycenae, where you will see the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then, depart for Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, driving through the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis along the way. Overnight in Olympia.
Visit the archaeological site of Olympia to see the Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera, and altar of the Olympic Flame. Admire the historic Olympic Stadium and learn more about the site at the dedicated museum. Continue to Rion via Patras, crossing the channel to Antirion on the new, state-of-the-art suspension bridge. Pass the city of Nafpaktos, before traveling along the coastal road to Delphi, known in ancient times as the “Navel of the World.” Visit the picturesque mountain village of Arachova in the afternoon, before an overnight stay in Delphi.
Explore the archaeological ruins of Delphi, where the museum contains the famous bronze Charioteer, Naxian Sphinx, and Statue of Antinoos, providing an insight into ancient Greek culture and history. Get spectacular views of the surrounding mountains from the Temple of Apollo, famed for its oracle. In the afternoon, you will drive through central Greece, passing the cities of Lamia and Kalambaka en route the Byzantine monasteries of Meteora. Overnight in Kalambaka.
Spend the morning exploring the mountain monasteries of Meteora, including the cliff-top Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron, accessible via rock-cut stairs. On your return to Athens, there is an optional stop at a factory that makes Byzantine style icons. Continue to Athens, via the heroic monument of Leonidas (King of Sparta) at Thermopylae, before an arrival in the Greek capital in the late afternoon.
• 3-star accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
• Transportation by air-conditioned bus
• Pick-up and drop off at selected hotels
What's Not Included:
• Tips and personal expenses
Good to Know:
• Please note that to enter the monasteries, appropriate clothing is required. Ladies should not wear short skirts and must wear long sleeves. Men are not allowed to wear shorts
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“Well organised, stress free, very enjoyable.”
Reviewed by Francisco from Newhaven, United Kingdom on August 11, 2014 The whole trip started with a little bit of a confusion, as the pick up from hotels in Athens was done together for people taking part in different type of tours. No-one mentioned it to us and for a while we thought there was some mess up and we were in a wrong bus (almost everybody was taking 1 day tour). Fortunately, very quickly things became clearer and we could sit back, relax and enjoy the journey.
Our guide was very friendly and knowledgable. The explanations weren't too lengthy but if we had some questions she was always open to go more into details. The time given to roam around the sites was absolutely perfect for us.
We were very pleased with the hotels and food. Maybe expect the stay in Delphi were standard were noticeably lower.
Over all we had a great time in Greece and were very satisfied.
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