Classic Greece Luxury Tour

Classic Greece Luxury Tour

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Classic Greece Luxury Tour

8 Days Starting and ending in Athens

Visiting: Athens, Corinth, Archaeological site of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplion, Olympia, Patras, Delphi, Thermopylae, Kalabaka, Meteora

Tour code:

GC

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 20

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-95

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

From: $4539 $2857 Operator discount: -$1589 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$93 -37%

NB: Prices correct on 16-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Embark on a luxurious journey through the heart of Greece with the Classic Greece Luxury Tour. This exquisite adventure takes you from the historic streets of Athens to the mystical heights of Meteora, covering legendary sites like Corinth, Nafplion, Olympia, Patras, and Delphi. Discover the ancient wonders of the Temple of Apollo, the Temple of Hera and Zeus, and the Acropolis Museum, all while enjoying the comfort of deluxe air-conditioned coaches and stays in prestigious hotels such as the Grand Hyatt, Athens Marriott, and Divani Meteora Hotel. With exceptional authentic dining, including 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners, and a fully guided experience by a local expert travel director, this tour promises a deep dive into Greece's rich history, culture, and gastronomy. Highlights include exploring UNESCO World Heritage sites, tasting the famously delicious Greek olives, and soaking in the breathtaking landscapes that make Greece a timeless destination.

Highlights

  • Discover Athens to Corinth, Nafplion, Olympia, Patras, Delphi and Meteora

  • Discover the impressive ruins of Temple of Apollo

  • Temple of Hera and Zeus

  • Acropolis Museum, the Royal Palace

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Athens

Location: Athens

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Hyatt Hote / Athens Marriott Hotel / Wyndham Athens Hotel

Meals Included: None

Embark on a remarkable journey through the rich cultural legacy of ancient Greece, enjoying the comforts and elegance of an epic adventure. Upon your arrival, a dedicated Ciconia representative will ensure your seamless transfer to the hotel. Later in the afternoon, gather with your fellow explorers and the Tour Director for a warm welcome meeting in the hotel vicinity. Delight your senses with the refined and delectable offerings of Greek cuisine during tonight's group dinner, leaving ample space for indulging in the truly extraordinary desserts.

Day 2 : Athens City Tour

Location: Athens

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Hyatt Hote / Athens Marriott Hotel / Wyndham Athens Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on a captivating exploration into the heart of ancient Greece with our expert guide, immersing yourself in a comprehensive tour of the city that served as the cradle of Western civilization. Our journey unfolds with a scenic drive, featuring compelling photo stops at the Royal Palace, now the Hellenic Parliament, where the monument to the unknown soldier stands proudly. We'll also pause at Hadrian's Arch, the awe-inspiring Temple of Zeus, and the magnificent marble Panathenaic Stadium, capturing the essence of historical grandeur. Our adventure continues with a commemorative moment in front of the Panathenaic Stadium, the site of the inaugural modern Olympic Games in 1896, marked by photo opportunities. Revel in the unique allure of the globally renowned Acropolis, where the Parthenon Temple stands as a testament to ancient glory. After an enriching exploration, relish personal free time in the afternoon to delve deeper into the layers of history until our eagerly anticipated dinner plans. Come together for a delightful evening at a local restaurant, savoring the authenticity of Greek cuisine and culture. As a special treat, immerse yourself in a captivating folklore show, complemented by complimentary house wine.

Day 3 : Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplion

Location: Athens, Corinth, Archaeological site of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplion

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Nafsimedon Hotel / Grande Bretagne Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Indulge in a delectable Greek breakfast before embarking on a picturesque journey toward Corinth. Accompanied by your knowledgeable Tour guide, traverse the storied landscapes of the great Greek kingdom of Mycenae, discovering its wonders such as the Atreus Tomb, the iconic Lion Gate, and the renowned Agamemnon's Royal Palace. The day's crowning jewel awaits in Epidaurus, where you'll be captivated by the colossal ancient amphitheater. Still a venue for local performances, this amphitheater boasts exceptional acoustics. Marvel at the Sanctuary of Asclepius, whose serpent-entwined staff remains an enduring symbol of medicine. Moving on to Nafplion, a charming Venetian town, treat your taste buds to a wine-tasting expedition at a local winery in Nemea. Immerse yourself in the rich Greek wine culture, savoring the diverse flavors of regional wines and spirits. As the day concludes, return to Nafplion for a delightful dinner, followed by a restful night at the hotel, recharging for the next chapter of your enriching journey.

Day 4 : Nafplion, Olympia

Location: Nafplion, Olympia

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Europa Olympia Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Begin your day with a satisfying breakfast before delving into the charm of Nafplion on a guided city tour. Immerse yourself in the captivating history of the city's highlights, basking in the medieval ambiance of the old town. Traverse its picturesque streets as you absorb the rich tales that unfold at every corner. Embark on a scenic drive through the enchanting Arcadia Mountains, making your way towards ancient Olympia, the hallowed grounds where the inaugural Olympics took place in the 8th century BC. Allow the historical significance of this site to wash over you as you explore its remnants. As the evening descends, partake in a unique and heartwarming experience by joining a local family at their olive farm and vineyard. Indulge in a friendly dinner accompanied by the soulful strains of traditional music and dances. Immerse yourself in the spirit of "philoxenia," the ancient Greek custom of hospitality, as you savor freshly prepared local recipes. Let this evening be a celebration of shared moments and cultural exchange in the true spirit of Greek tradition.

Day 5 : Olympia, Patras, Delphi

Location: Olympia, Patras, Delphi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Kastalia Boutique Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Commence your day with a delightful Greek breakfast before embarking on a journey into ancient history led by our local expert, accompanied by your Travel Director. Immerse yourself in the captivating tales of mythology and explore extraordinary sights, including the original Olympic Site and the majestic Temple of Hera and Zeus. As you travel along the charming coastline, arrive in the vibrant city of Patras, the regional capital of Western Greece. Crossing inland, you'll encounter the timeless glory and legends of Delphi, where we will spend the night. Take advantage of the opportunity to tailor your evening by making dinner plans at a local restaurant of your choosing. This allows you to fully embrace the enchanting ambiance of Delphi and make the most of this memorable visit to the ancient site.

Day 6 : Delphi, Thermopylae, Kalambaka

Location: Delphi, Thermopylae, Kalabaka

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Divani Meteora Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Trace the footsteps of ancient Greeks in pursuit of the profound wisdom of the Oracle of Delphi, a figure of immense importance and influence in the classical world, renowned for offering counsel to those who sought it. Having served its realm for a millennium, the oracle stood as one of the most powerful women of ancient times. Delve deeper into history as you explore the remarkable ruins of the Temple of Apollo, adorned with statues commemorating athletes who participated in the Pythian Games in his honor. In the afternoon, embark on a scenic drive to reach the renowned site of Spartan defense, where King Leonidas led a valiant effort to thwart Persian invaders. Traverse the verdant fields of inland Greece, and continue your journey toward the charming village of Kalambaka, where the tales of ancient heroism and landscapes of historical significance converge.

Day 7 : Kalambaka, Meteora, Athens

Location: Kalabaka, Meteora, Athens

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Hyatt Hotel / Athens Marriott Hotel /Wyndham Athens Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on an awe-inspiring journey to the ethereal monasteries of Meteora, suspended beside colossal rock formations, creating a surreal and breathtaking sight as if defying gravity. Uncover the marvels of this UNESCO World Heritage site in the company of an expert local guide, exploring the Eastern Orthodox monasteries that add an extra layer of mystique to the landscape. As we embark on a leisurely and scenic drive across the picturesque Greek mainland en route to Athens, we make a stop to check into our hotel for a brief freshening up. Anticipate a memorable and heartfelt farewell dinner, where the flavors of local cuisine take center stage at a traditional Greek taverna. Indulge in the culinary delights complemented by complimentary house wine, creating the perfect setting to reflect on and celebrate your favorite moments from this incredible adventure, surrounded by newfound friends.

Day 8 : Athens

Location: Athens

Meals Included: Breakfast

As our marvelous Greece adventure concludes, enjoy a final breakfast before bidding a fond farewell to your newfound friends. Consider exchanging contact information to preserve the connections forged during this memorable journey. Ensure timely check-out from the hotel by 11:00, and rest assured that complementary airport transfers are available throughout the day, ensuring your journey concludes with safety and ease. Wishing you a smooth and pleasant onward journey!

What's Included

  • Meals

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • Fully Guided

    Yes.

  • 5 & 4 Star Characteristic Hotels

    Accommodation in authentic, comfortable and ideally located hotels.

  • Luxury Transportation

    Deluxe air-conditioned coach.

  • Exceptional Authentic Dining

    7 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners.

  • Travel Director

    Local & Expert Travel Director throughout your trip.

  • Journey Highlights

    Must see sights, hidden gems & authentic experiences. Find more details below and in the itinerary.

  • All Entrance Fees To All Sights

    Entrance fees to all cultural, historical and natural sites on tour.

  • Private Airport Transfer

    Complimentary private airport transfers on arrival and departure dates.

  • Baggage Handling

    Seamless baggage handling, delivered to your room at every hotel.

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What's Not Included

Not Included.

Add Ons

Local Payment: £0

Mode of Transport

Travel in style with deluxe air-conditioned coaches, ensuring a comfortable journey across Greece's stunning landscapes, from Athens to Corinth, Nafplion, Olympia, Patras, Delphi, and Meteora.

Accommodation

Guests will enjoy stays at luxurious hotels such as the Grand Hyatt, Athens Marriott, Wyndham Athens, Nafsimedon Hotel, Grande Bretagne Hotel, Europa Olympia Hotel, Kastalia Boutique Hotel, and Divani Meteora Hotel, offering comfort and prime locations.

Check out our Q&As

  • What type of transportation is used on the tour?

    The tour uses deluxe air-conditioned coaches for transportation, ensuring a comfortable journey across Greece's stunning landscapes.

  • Are meals included in the tour?

    Yes, the tour includes 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners as part of the exceptional authentic dining experience.

  • What are the highlights of the Classic Greece Luxury Tour?

    The highlights of the Classic Greece Luxury Tour include discovering Athens to Corinth, Nafplion, Olympia, Patras, Delphi, and Meteora, exploring the impressive ruins of the Temple of Apollo, Temple of Hera and Zeus, and visiting the Acropolis Museum and the Royal Palace.

  • What is the ending point of the tour?

    The tour ends in Athens.

  • What are the key sights visited on this tour?

    Key sights visited on this tour include ancient Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplion, Olympia, Patras, Delphi, and Meteora.

  • Is there a travel director included in the tour?

    Yes, there is a local and expert travel director included throughout your trip.

  • Are there any exclusions I should be aware of?

    Yes, insurance is not included in the tour.

  • What are the inclusions of the tour?

    The tour includes meals as detailed in the itinerary, fully guided tours, accommodation in 5 & 4-star characteristic hotels, luxury transportation, exceptional authentic dining, a travel director, journey highlights, all entrance fees to sights, private airport transfers, baggage handling, all tips, taxes and porterage charges, and complimentary hotel Wi-Fi where available.

  • What kind of accommodation can I expect on this tour?

    Guests will enjoy stays at luxurious hotels such as the Grand Hyatt, Athens Marriott, Wyndham Athens, Nafsimedon Hotel, Grande Bretagne Hotel, Europa Olympia Hotel, Kastalia Boutique Hotel, and Divani Meteora Hotel, offering comfort and prime locations.

  • What is the starting point of the tour?

    The tour starts in Athens.

  • Can I arrange accommodation before or after my tour?

    Pre and post-tour accommodation is available on most of our tours with our improved rates, depending on the availability. You can add pre or post accommodation during the booking process online

  • Do I need to get a visa in advance or can I get it on arrival at the destination?

    You are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Please consult your travel agent or the relevant consulate in advance to determine if or which visas are required and how to obtain them. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could result in your rejection to enter the destination, and could result in considerable expenses and inconvenience. More information about visas is also available on the pre-departure files of each tour.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Most of our guests are seasoned travellers with years of experience, looking to discover a culture in exquisite style. They are passionate to explore new things, connect with the local fabric and spend quality time on a comfortable adventure. The majority of our guests are from the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and Europe.

  • What are the optional experiences?

    Optional experiences are activities that you can do on your own or are provided by third parties. These activities are not part of the itinerary or tour price, but suggested to you as popular attractions at your destination.

  • How am I protected when booking a tour with Ciconia?

    We are a member of ABTA, Association of British Travel Agents, Travel Talk Adventures Membership number Y600X. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. ABTA also offers you an arbitration scheme for the resolution of disputes arising out of this contract. The scheme is arranged by ABTA and administered independently. It is a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on you for cost. We also reflect our customer-oriented values to our policies, assisting all our guests to our utmost ability in case of changes. Our website is secured via 128-bit encryption, safeguarding your holiday is important to us.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    There are always solo travellers on our tours. If you don’t mind staying with another single traveller of the same gender, then you do not need to pay the single supplement. The single supplement is for guests who would like to stay in a private room for the duration of their tour. You can arrange a single room when booking online or by contacting us. Please note this option is not always available for certain tours.

  • What does the tour price include?

    Ciconia tours generally cover top quality accommodation and premium transportation, all breakfasts and most dinners, services of expert Travel Director and local guides at some sites, all entrance fees to all sites on tour, airport transfers, and all taxes, tips and porterage fees.

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