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From Athens: Train Trip with Guided Tour to Mount Olympus

1. From Athens: Train Trip with Guided Tour to Mount Olympus

Be one with nature on this trip from Athens to Mount Olympus. Board a train to Katerini and see ancient and historical sites such as the site of Dion, the Platamon Castle, and the Bath of Zeus. Start your day by taking the morning train from Athens to Katerini. Be immersed in a scenic trip through mainland Greece and then meet your guide at the Litochoro station. Head over to the archaeological site of Dion where you will see where the ancient Greeks worshipped the gods of Olympus. Then, go back in time as you visit the grounds of the medieval Platamon Castle and marvel at the magnificent view of the Aegean Sea. Next, explore the natural landscape of Mount Olympus on your way to see the Bath of Zeus, which is found in the gorge of Enipeas. Finally, you will have some free time to discover the village of Litochoro and see the locals' lifestyle before boarding the train that will take you back to Athens.

Katerini: Mount Olympus and Dion Minibus Tour

2. Katerini: Mount Olympus and Dion Minibus Tour

Experience the brilliance of these ancient sites, and see Platamon Castle and Enipeas gorge, on this 1-day tour. Immerse yourself in Greek heritage by exploring the cultural and historical side of Olympus. Enjoy pickup from the station at Katerini and head for the home of the Greek gods. Explore the archaeological site of Dion, and the medieval Platamon Castle. Hike through the the gorge of Enipeas, and encounter the famous Bathtub of Zeus. After this day of ancient history, relax in your VIP minibus with convenient drop-off back at Katerini train station.

7-Day Grand Tour of Greece: from Prehistory to Modern Times

3. 7-Day Grand Tour of Greece: from Prehistory to Modern Times

Day 1 Leave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidaurus, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then proceed to the town of Nafplio (short stop), drive on to Mycenae and visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Arrive at Olympia, the cradle of the ancient Olympic Games (dinner and overnight). Day 2  In the morning visit the archaeological site with the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the ancient stadium, the spot where the torch of the modern Olympic Games is lit and the Archaeological Museum. Then drive on through the plains of Ilia and Achaia until the magnificent bridge that crosses the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi (dinner and overnight). Day 3 In the morning visit the archaeological site and the Museum of Delphi, the most famous oracle of the ancient world. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town located at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, the gigantic rocks that rise steeply from the plain of Thessaly (dinner and overnight). Day 4 Visit the Meteora: perched on top of huge rocks, which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Depart from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki, driving through the astonishing valley of the longest river in Greece, Aliacmon. Arrival at Thessaloniki, the second largest and the most vibrant city in Greece (dinner and overnight). Day 5 In the morning visit the city that throughout the era of the Byzantine Empire was the “co-reigning” city, second in population and prestige after Constantinople. Visit unique monuments and feel the glorious Byzantine past in some of the oldest and most characteristic churches of the Christian world as well as the Museum of Byzantine Culture. The rest of the day is free to enjoy time in the lively center of the city (dinner and overnight). Day 6 Depart in the morning for a unique approach to historical Macedonia. First stop at picturesque Edessa to see the town's famous landmark, the Waterfalls. Then proceed to Naoussa, a site of exceptional beauty and importance: Aristotle's School. This is the picturesque site where the great philosopher taught the doctrines of morals and politics to Alexander the Great and the Macedonian youth. Then drive to Vergina (ancient Aigai), to experience a visit to the unique museum, created in the Great Tumulus covering the royal tombs of Macedonia. See the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Phillip II, Alexander's father, and feel the thrill of the greatest discovery of the 20th century. Only a few miles away is Veria (Biblical Beroea) to visit Saint Paul's Bema, and then stroll through the old Jewish neighborhood and the colorful market area. Return to Thessaloniki (dinner and overnight). Day 7 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. Then proceed and visit the Archaeological Park of Dion (sacred city of the Macedonians, at the foot of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and house of the 12 gods of Greek mythology). On the way back to Athens, drive through the striking plain of Thessaly and the Valley of Tempi, admire the gigantic figure of Mount Olympus, pass by Lamia, Thermopylae (see the Leonidas' Monument) and Thebes, arrive in Athens late in the afternoon.

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based on 28 reviews

This trip is worth taking. It is a nice break from the city. The train trip was long but comfortable. Our tour guide, Damian, met us at the train station in Katerina. He was knowledgable and very nice. We went to the archeological site in Dion. You are given a ticket and allowed to tour the site alone. Damian gave us good suggestions, and we enjoyed walking around the site on our own. The site is interesting, especially since they are still excavating. We had lunch at a small family restaurant in Dion. The food was great. At the castle we were only able to walk around the exterior, but Damian gave us great information, and we felt like we saw all we needed. Last was Mt. Olympus. We walked up to the Bath of Zeus. The stories are so interesting, and the views incredible. We ended up having to take a bus back because the train was booked. It was perfectly comfortable if a little longer than the train.

Our guide picked us up from our hotel which was very helpful. His English was great and he knew a lot about the history of Greece. He was also a very safe driver. We thoroughly enjoyed our excursion.

Splendido tour, pieno di magia, storia e curiosità. Grande flessibilità ed empatia degli organizzatori, gentilissimi e preparati. Consiglio alla grande!!

A must for everyone. If you have the time book this tour. The guide was great. Many Thanks

the trip was comfortable and guide Damien was great