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Classical Greece Tour with Meteora: Athens to Athens

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 804

This short Greece group tour is ideal for those wanting to see the country’s most impressive ruins and other sights in limited time. It’s a memorable round trip from Athens that’s ideal for any ancient history buff.


This short but satisfying 4-day coach tour staying at 3 and 4 star accommodations, immerses you in the spirit of ancient Greece, taking you to sights such as Olympia, Delphi, and UNESCO listed Meteora.

Leave Athens behind (perhaps after a few days stay – the city has enjoyed a new energy since the 2004 Olympics) and travel along the scenic coastline. This route takes you through ancient port towns, and important historic hubs such as Nauplia, Mycenae, and Epidarus, where you’ll explore one of the ancient world’s most impressive theatres. Your destination is Olympia, birthplace of course to the Olympic Games, but also home to an intriguing archaeological site and museum.

Known in legend as the centre of the world, Delphi is best known for its namesake oracle. Again, you’ll explore the ancient treasures and museum here, including Polyzalos’ Apollo statue. Your last full day takes you to arguably the most impressive sight on the tour, Meteora. Positioned atop their stone pinnacles, these 24 elevated monasteries have inspired travellers, writers, film-makers (Bond fans, note the Monastery of Holy Trinity) and countless others for centuries. Return to Athens for departure, or the next part of your journey.


 

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 804

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Day 1

Athens to Olympia

Starting from Athens drive westwards along the scenic coast, until you reach the Corinth Canal with its breathtaking views where you will have time to stop and take some photos of this canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. The Corinth Canal is a link of international sea transport and serves ships coming from the western Mediterranean and Adriatic en route to eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea ports. You will then continue along for a visit to the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf to Epidarus. On the headland called "Nesi" at Palaia Epidaurus, the theatre of the ancient city is quite well-preserved, in the shape it acquired during the latter years of its function. Apart from a few rows of seats, the cavea is made of limestone with poros staircases. The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect fluency of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 12,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.

Then depart for a visit to Nauplia, where you will have some time to see the first capital of Greece. After visiting Nauplia, you will continue on to Mycenae which was the kingdom of the mythical Agamemnon and is the most important and richest palatial centre of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean Civilization. In the afternoon depart for Olympia. Dinner and overnight in Olympia.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Amalia Olympia Hotel

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    Amalia Olympia Hotel



    Amalia Olympia Hotel is a unique place that combines the energy, the space, the serenity of Ancient Olympia, set in a green landscape filled with olive trees. From every corner of the white marbled spacious lobby, guests enjoy the endless green scenery along with the ...

    Amalia Olympia Hotel is a unique place that combines the energy, the space, the serenity of Ancient Olympia, set in a green landscape filled with olive trees. From every corner of the white marbled spacious lobby, guests enjoy the endless green scenery along with the open air terrace of the lounge café. The restaurant and the large swimming pool are situated on the ground level with immediate access to the gardens, and join forces to provide a relaxing holiday. The hotel's 147 large comfortable guestrooms spread over three wings and three levels, all facing the serene gardens through balconies and terraces.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Baby Sitting Service
    • Bar
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 2

Olympia to Delphi

Olympia is one of the most celebrated sanctuaries of ancient Greece, dedicated to Zeus, the father of the gods, it sprawls over the southwest foot of Mount Kronios. Although secluded near the west coast of the Peloponnese, Olympia became the most important religious and athletic centre in Greece. Its fame rests upon the Olympic Games, the greatest national festival worldwide, which was held every four years to honor Zeus. Here you will visit the archaeological site and the museum. You will then drive via Patras to Rion, and cross the channel on the state of the art new suspended bridge considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe. Arrive in Nafpaktos, then continue to Delhi. Dinner and overnight in Delphi.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Amalia Delphi Hotel

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    Amalia Delphi Hotel



    For ancient Greeks, Delphi was considered to be the center of the world. Renowned kings, warriors and philosophers visited Delphi and the famous Pythia, the prophetess, anticipating an oracle about their future. At Amalia Hotel Delphi you do not have to wonder about the future ...

    For ancient Greeks, Delphi was considered to be the center of the world. Renowned kings, warriors and philosophers visited Delphi and the famous Pythia, the prophetess, anticipating an oracle about their future. At Amalia Hotel Delphi you do not have to wonder about the future of your stay. Rest assured that you will have an unforgettable holiday! The Amalia Delphi has an exquisite location at the foot of mount Parnassus offering panoramic view to the green valley, all the way to the sea, Itea and the beautiful town of Galaxidi. From the lobby, guests can admire the breathtaking view of the Delphian scenery. Lounging around the central fire place, which remains the focal point of the lounge. One level down, the restaurant overlooks the valley and the pool, surrounded by the green gardens.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Babysitting Services
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Parking
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 3

Delphi to Kalambaka

Situated at the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles met, which had been sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, which for many centuries was the cultural and religious centre.

Here you will visit of the archaeological site and the museum, where one can see among other archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Gela, in 478 B.C. when he won the chariot-race at the Pythian Games.

After the visit you will depart for Kalambaka. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Amalia Kalambaka Hotel

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    Amalia Kalambaka Hotel



    Amalia Hotel is a beautiful setting just minutes away from the town of Kalambaka. The hotel is embedded on 14 acres of greenery and has been built with traditional materials to match its surroundings. This beautiful scenery is completed with running waters, extensive gardens, a ...

    Amalia Hotel is a beautiful setting just minutes away from the town of Kalambaka. The hotel is embedded on 14 acres of greenery and has been built with traditional materials to match its surroundings. This beautiful scenery is completed with running waters, extensive gardens, a large swimming pool and views to the Meteora rocks. The moment you enter the hotel's magnificent lobby, a warm feeling embraces you, with the wooden and iron details, the handmade kilims, and the fire places of the cafe and the piano bar.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Babysitting Service
    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Doctor on Call
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry Service
    • Parking

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Day 4

Meteora and Athens

Today you will see one of the most amazing places in Greece, the UNESCO cultural heritage site of Meteora. Meaning 'suspended in air'. This is a very unique community of 24 monasteries. There were no steps to access the monasteries so the Monks descended in nets or on retractable wooden ladders up to 40m long to the fertile valleys below to grow grapes, corn and potatoes. Each community developed its own resources and by the end of the 14th century, the Grand Meteoron emerged as the dominant community.

After a visit to this spectacular site, start the drive back to Athens, passing through Thermopylae for some photos and Kammena Vourla.

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DEPARTURES:

2018:
Monday's from Nov'18 to Mar' 19

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 3 nights' accommodation.
  • Coach transportation
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Half board meals (as per itinerary)
  • Pick up and drop off your hotel in Athens
  • Entrance fees.

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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