Wonders of Ancient Greece

  • 10 Days

  • Mediterranean

  • Steady pace

From the acropolis of Athens to the grand amphitheatre of Epidaurus, see the best of Greece’s ancient world as you journey across the country in search of ruined cities and historical treasures.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
Individual audio system
All airport taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

of 10 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 21st April 2018

Meals included: 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Overview

From the acropolis of Athens to the grand amphitheatre of Epidaurus, see the best of Greece’s ancient world as you journey across the country in search of ruined cities and historical treasures.

At a glance

  • Athens Explore the highlights of this ancient capital on a guided tour.
  • Epidaurus Visit the impressive amphitheatre.
  • Mystra Explore the beautifully preserved ruins of this Byzantine citadel. 
  • Mycenae Take a guided tour of the ancient city. 
  • Peloponnese Enjoy mountain and coastal views on a scenic drive through the region. 
  • Meteora Tour one of the most important groups of monasteries in Greece. 

Extensions

  • 3 nights Iconic Aegean Cruise

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension.

Day 1

UK - Athens

Fly to Athens where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Athens

Enjoy a free day to explore Athens at your own pace, or join the optional three-island cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra. This evening, experience the vibrant atmosphere of the Plaka district. The narrow streets of this historic neighbourhood come alive at night with bouzouki music and bustling tavernas.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Athens - Corinth - Epidaurus - Nauplia

Explore the highlights of this ancient capital on a sightseeing tour, which takes in the impressive Acropolis. Later, head to the Corinth Canal to marvel at this incredible feat of engineering, before continuing to Argolis, a hilly countryside region dotted with pine trees and oleanders. Here you will visit the spectacular open-air amphitheatre of Epidaurus, then journey along the coast to Nauplia for one night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Nauplia - Mycenae - Sparta

This morning enjoy a guided excursion to the ancient 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. Tour the museum at your own pace. This afternoon, drive through the beautiful Peloponnese region to Sparta for one night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Olympia - Patras - 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. Later, enjoy charming village scenery as you travel to Delphi for one night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Delphi - Kalambaka

Spend the morning at leisure in Delphi or join the optional sightseeing tour of its 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 natural surrounds. This afternoon, drive via Lamia and Trikala to Kalambaka for one night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Kalambaka - Meteora - Athens

Today 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 there. Today the unusual monastery-topped rock spires provide an unforgettable sight. Later, drive to Athens for an overnight stay. This evening you have the choice to join our optional dinner at a traditional Greek restaurant.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Athens at Leisure

Enjoy a free to relax or explore at your leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Athens - UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK or extend your holiday with a Greek Islands & Turkey cruise.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Athens: Golden Age
  • Nauplia: Victoria
  • Sparta: Maniatis
  • Olympia: Olympia Palace
  • Delphi: Apollonia
  • Kalambaka: Antoniades
  • Athens: Golden Age

Notes

 Accommodation as stated or similar standard.

Latest customer reviews

15th June 2017

Delphi night out a 5. Nafpoli evenging out a 1. Scrap the boat trip naff, restaurant average. Delphi restaurant first class great wine Include the site visits in the tour. Who goes on a ancient greece tour and does not go to the delphi and olympia sites. Annoying they were extras!!!!

15th June 2017

Not long enough at the interesting sites and too long at motorway stops and hard sell interest events..making pots ..making icons

1st June 2017

We had not visited Greece and it took in all virtually all of the mainland sites we wanted to see.

19th May 2017

Don't understand. See comments above.

16th October 2016

Overall we were very pleased with the tour and would consider Archers again for a holiday. There was a lovely mix of travellers from different countries which made it really interesting and the group interacted very well.The majority of the hotels were very good, one in particular stood out and that was the Olympian Asty, (smart, very clean hotel, with pleasant, friendly staff and great food). However, one hotel was extremely disappointing and that was the Antoniadis at Kalambaka. The hotel room smelt odd, as if they'd kept several dogs in there and there was black mould (?) over the bath. At least we didn't have waste water and soap bubbles coming up through the drain in the bathroom floor the way other members of the group did. The evening meal (included in the tour price) was reminiscent of school dinners, overcooked, tasteless, unappetising and served by grumpy dinner ladies! Restaurant staff were indifferent and far from friendly, whereas those on Reception were very pleasant and helpful. Breakfast wasn't much better. I think some more thought needs to go into the lunch venues; not everyone wants to eat a main meal at lunchtime after a large breakfast. The lunch stop at Mystra in particular offered an opportunity to buy food elsewhere if you didn't want to eat in the restaurant. As it happens we did eat in the restaurant and the food was excellent. Some of the other lunch stop venues weren't good value for money (fairly expensive and poor quality food); we certainly wouldn't recommend the fish restaurant on the coast (day 7?) whose name escapes us. Apart from that, it was a really good holiday.

13th October 2016

Superb tour - couple of poor hotels and disappointing meals, especially lunchtime stops.

7th October 2016

The pace is just about right.

6th October 2016

A fabulous tour of many of the wonders of Ancient Greece, with a wonderful Greek Tour Director who made sure everyone's needs were met. She always made sure that restaurant staff were aware that there were three vegetarians in the group, and that options were available to suit each of us.

6th October 2016

Our Tour Director Margarita Dimou was very professional, approachable and had a way of making the whole group gel. The driver Nesteros was superb we all felt very safe.

29th September 2016

The only issues were that the time allowed for excursions were all 15-30mins to short for the distances to be covered: where a one-way route was used, it was in a number of cases physically impossible not to be late!

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