Wonders of Ancient Greece
A wonderful tour taking in the best of Greece, from stunning Delphi to ancient Sparta and the glories of Athens.
DAY 1: UK - Athens.
Fly to Athens where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for two nights.
DAY 2: Athens.
Enjoy a day at leisure in Athens today. Alternatively, why not join the optional three-island cruise on the Saronic Gulf to view Aegina, Poros and Hydra? This evening, enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the old Plaka District at leisure and stroll its narrow streets, awash with the sounds of bouzouki music and the lively bustle of local tavernas. (B)
DAY 3: Athens - Corinth Canal - Epidaurus - Nauplia.
Explore the highlights of this ancient capital on an included Athens sightseeing tour before heading to the Corinth Canal to marvel at this incredible feat of engineering. Later, continue to Argolis, a hilly countryside region dotted with pine trees and oleanders, for a visit to the spectacular amphitheatre of Epidaurus. Admire the open-air theatre, a magnificent setting that can still seat 14,000 spectators before journeying along the coast to Nauplia for one night. (B)
DAY 4: Nauplia - Mycenae - Sparta.
This morning, enjoy an included excursion to the ruins of Mycenae, an impressive ancient city once dubbed the 'city rich in gold' by Homer. During excavation, the Golden Mask of Agamemnon was unearthed here as well as other priceless treasures that exactly match Homer's descriptions in the Iliad. This afternoon, drive through the beautiful Peloponnese region to Sparta for one night. (B, D)
DAY 5: Sparta - Mystra - Olympia.
This morning's highlight is a visit to the ruined Byzantine citadel of Mystra, once known as the 'Wonder of Morea'. Nestled on a forested hillside in the lush Peloponnese region, Mystra's crescent shaped city was famed as a centre of culture and art and still contains distinctive churches and monasteries with elaborate frescoes as well as a palace and hilltop fortress. Later, continue to Olympia for one night. (B, D)
DAY 6: Olympia - Delphi.
Visit Olympia to learn more about the history of the Olympic games on an optional sightseeing tour. This afternoon, cross the spectacular modern cable-stayed bridge between Rion and Antirion and stop to admire this wonder of contemporary architecture, widely considered to be an engineering masterpiece. Later, journey through picturesque villages to magnificent Delphi, for one night. (B)
DAY 7: Delphi - Kalambaka.
Spend the morning at leisure in Delphi or join the optional sightseeing tour of Delphi archaeological site. Once called 'The Navel of the Earth', Delphi was considered the greatest Oracle of the ancient world and people journeyed from all over the globe to seek advice here. Today it is still one of the grandest sights in Greece, with its theatre and Temple of Apollo still standing in their lovely natural surrounds. This afternoon, drive via Lamia and Trikala to Kalambaka for one night. (B, D)
DAY 8: Kalambaka - Meteora - Athens.
Today's included trip is sure to be a highlight of your trip. Head to the heart of Meteora, where a cluster of monastic buildings sit perched atop natural pillar-like rock formations, hundreds of metres above the valley floor. Their spectacular and seemingly inaccessible position provided an ideal retreat for the hermit monks who lived here and today, the unusual monastery-topped rock spires provide an unforgettable sight. Later drive to Athens for an overnight stay. This evening, why not join our optional dinner at a typical Greek restaurant? (B)
DAY 9: Athens.
A full day at leisure to make the most of this fascinating ancient city. (B)
DAY 10: Athens - UK.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK or extend your holiday with a Greek Islands & Turkey cruise. (B)
Accommodation on Tour
Athens: Golden Age (A category); Nauplia: Rex (B category); Sparta: Maniatis (B category); Olympia: Olympion Asty (A category); Delphi: Apollonia (A category); Kalambaka: Antoniadis (A category); Athens: Golden Age (A category).
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Superb holiday guide - mad everything so simple for us. Although not Archers - we flew from Manchester via Heathrow (BA) we had 5 hour delay in Heathrow on our return - it seems, mostly because it is too busy - you should avoid routing through Heathr...
A good varied trip seeing different aspects of Greece.
Better than I thought..however a couple of small moans..not enough time on excursions.
Also lunch stops at isolated restaurants..felt compelled to buy lunch (I didnt). this time could have perhaps been better spent amalgamating excursions ...
Worth the early starts to avoid the heat of the day- saw some fabulous sights
Olympia and Delphi sites should have been included in the price - not optional
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Wonders of Ancient Greece
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- Flights: UK - Athens - UK
- Accommodation on tour in twin room with private facilities
- Meals on tour 9 breakfasts (B) and 3 dinners (D)
- Services of a tour director on tour
- Porterage at hotels during tour (for one suitcase per person)
- Individual Audio System (on tour only). You will be given headphones and a receiver so you can clearly hear the tour director/local guide during your visits.
- Transfers between overseas airport and hotels
- All local and airport taxes/service charges
- Single share option (on tour only and inside cabin option on cruise) no supplement to pay
- Athens City sightseeing
- Corinth Canal
- Epidaurus Visit amphitheatre
- Mycenae Archaeological site with local guide and museum visit
- Peloponnese Scenic drive
- Mystra Archaeological site visit
- Meteora Monasteries visit
- London Gatwick
- London Heathrow
- Saturdays - 2014
26 Apr 2014 to 11 Oct 2014