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Grand Tour of Greece

7 days - Escorted Tour

Athens - Olympia - Delphi - Kalambaka - Thessaloniki - Athens

Inclusions: 4 and 5 star hotel accommodation, 6 breakfasts, services of an English-speaking tour guide, transportation by air-conditioned vehicle, entrance to sights in Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora and Vergina and services of local representatives.

Exclusions: Greece Room Tax of approx. EUR 1-4 per room/per night, to be paid locally.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
2020
Apr 23
May 14, 28
Jun 11, 25
Jul 16
Aug 6
Sep 10, 17, 24

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Tour Itinerary (please click here)

Day 1 Athens - Mycenae - Olympia
Depart Athens at 8.45am and take the coastal road to the Corinth Canal. After a short stop, continue to the ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, built in 300 BC and renowned for its incredible acoustics. Afterwards you arrive at Mycenae, one of the earliest Greek civilisations, where you will visit an impressive archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Drive through the Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Magalopolis to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, where you will have dinner and overnight. (D)

Day 2 Olympia - Delphi
After breakfast, join a morning tour of Olympia during which you will visit the first Olympic stadium, Temple of Hera, Temple of Zeus and Olympia Museum. In the afternoon you will drive through the plains of Iliad and Achaia and cross the magnificent bridge over the Corinthian Bay. After passing the picturesque towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, you arrive at Delphi for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 3 Delphi - Kalambaka
Delphi hosted the most important oracle in the classical world and was the major site for the worship of Apollo. On a guided tour, explore the Temple of Apollo, amphitheatre, stadium and Museum of Delphi. Then depart for Kalambaka, a small town situated close to the astonishing gigantic rocks of Meteora. (B, D)

Day 4 Kalambaka - Thessaloniki
Today you will tour the monasteries of Meteora, perched atop sandstone rock pillars and representing fine examples of Byzantine art. As you depart Kalambaka, drive through the Thessaly Plains and the Valley of Tempi. Continue your tour pass Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and home to the twelve gods of Greek mythology, and further to vibrant Thessaloniki. Enjoy dinner and a 3 night stay at in Greece’s second largest city. (B, D)

Day 5 Thessaloniki

This morning you will discover Thessaloniki, second only to Constantinople (Istanbul) during the days of the Byzantine Empire. Experience the city’s glorious past in some of the world’s oldest churches and at the Museum of Byzantine Culture. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the lively city centre, followed by an evening dinner. (B, D)

Day 6 Thessaloniki - Macedonia - Thessaloniki
After breakfast, discover the ancient Kingdom of Macedonia. First visit the picturesque town of Edessa with its famous Waterfalls, before continuing to Naoussa, a site of exceptional beauty and importance where Aristotle taught his doctrines of morals and politics to Alexander the Great. Then proceed to Vergina to see the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Phillip II before a short drive to Veria to visit the memorial to St. Paul, and take a stroll through the old Jewish district and visit its colourful market. Return to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 7 Thessaloniki - Athens
Return to Athens via Pella, the capital of Alexander the Great. See the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th century B.C villas. Then visit the Archaeological Park of Dion before continuing south through several Greek towns, including Thermopylae where you will see Leonidas' Monument, before arriving in Athens at approximately 7pm. (B)

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