Glories of Greece - Classic Group, Summer

Glories of Greece - Classic Group, Summer

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Glories of Greece - Classic Group, Summer

7 Days Starting and ending in Athens

Visiting: Athens, Meteora, Olympia, Stadium at Olympia, Mycenae

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

I951BMN19

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 40

Age range:

5-99

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$2301 (USD) Operator discount: -$572 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$121 -23%

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Tour Overview

Explore the ancient Acropolis in Athens and indulge in an authentic cooking demonstration in Olympia, as a local chef prepares a feast from locally farmed produce. Replete with lashings of olive oil and Greek cheeses you’ll master moussaka and tzatziki, before experiencing Greece in all its glory. From the Temple of Athena and the Arch of Hadrian in Athens, the gargantuan pinnacles of Meteora near Kalambaka beckon. Guided by your Travel Director, you'll ascend the ancient rock formations of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and visit one of the historic monasteries at the top. Explore where the Olympic Games began in 776 B.C at the Temple of Zeus and in the city of Mycenae, take in the giant Cyclopean stones before discovering traditional Greek pottery methods at the Mycenae Pottery Studio.

Highlights

  • Athens: Ascend the Acropolis with a Local Expert to admire the Parthenon, built in 5th century B.C. Steps away you'll see the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion.

  • Meteora: With a Local Expert, visit one of the remarkable centuries-old monasteries of Meteora, teetering on towers of rock and arguably the most spectacular place to visit in Greece.

  • Delphi: With your Local Expert, walk to The Sacred Way once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb Polygonal Wall to reach the Temple of Apollo, where the people would seek divine wisdom from the mysterious Oracle.

  • Archaeological Site of Olympia: The stadium of Olympia hosted the ancient Olympic Games and the Heraia, the women's games in honor of Hera. See the Temple of Zeus, athlete's gymnasium and the stone marker where the sprint began.

  • Archaeological Site of Mycenae: Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal beehive-tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, while hearing tales of Agamemnon from your Local Expert.

  • Nafplio: Join your Travel Director in an orientation of this beautiful seaport town and see why it is named one of Greece's prettiest spots.

  • Corinth Canal: Cross the amazing rock-cut channel dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Athens
Location: Athens
Accommodation: Divani Palace Acropolis, NEW Hotel, Athens Marriott Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

An Insight host will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where there is time to settle in and relax.

Day 2: Athens, City Of Gods
Location: Athens
Accommodation: Divani Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka., Grand Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Today your mythical Grecian discovery encapsulates the intriguing history of ancient Greece. Begin with an exploration revealing the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Arch of Hadrian. Next, your Local Expert takes you to the Acropolis, one of the most important ancient sites in the Western world. Crowning the top is the Parthenon, visible from almost everywhere in the city. See the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion. Continue to Thermopylae, famous as the mountain pass where King Leonidas led his Spartan army, along with fellow Greek soldiers, into battle against the Persians in 480 B.C. See the memorial dedicated to Leonidas and his courageous Spartans. Then on to your hotel in Kalambaka for a delicious dinner from a fresh, seasonal menu.

Day 3: The Pinnacles Of Meteora Relaxed Start
Location: Meteora
Accommodation: Divani Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka., Grand Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka.
Meals Included: Breakfast

With your Local Expert, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora, meaning 'in the air.' The massive pinnacles of smooth rock are ancient, yet could also be the setting for a science fiction tale. Visit one of the monasteries, that adds to the strange and beautiful landscape and enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Why not explore with a relaxed walk on the nature trails? Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Natural History Museum.

Day 4: The Sacred Way And Onto Olympia
Location: Olympia
Accommodation: Amalia Hotel Olympia., Olympion Asty
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Travel south, stopping at the foothills of Mount Parnassus. Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with your Local Expert. Pass the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall, with its interlocking stones still perfectly intact after thousands of years. You'll approach the Temple of Apollo, where for 14 centuries the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic ‘words,' rumoured to have successfully predicted events related to the Argonauts expedition and the Trojan War. Your travels continue to Olympia, where dinner is served in your hotel.

Day 5: Ancient Olympia
Location: Stadium at Olympia
Accommodation: Amalia Hotel Olympia., Olympion Asty
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

It's all in the name. Ancient Olympia is the site where the Ancient Olympic Games began in 776 B.C., in dedication to Zeus. See the ruined Temple of Zeus that was built to honor the ruler of the gods. Continue your exploration through time to the athletes gymnasium and the Ancient Stadium of Olympia with its characteristic arch. The start and finish points for the sprint track are still marked by stones and there is time to capture your own memory, with a photo at the starting line. In the evening, join local Chef Farije as she shares with you her passion for local ingredients and high quality products with an entertaining and immersive cooking demonstration, showcasing classic Greek cuisine. Experience authentic Greek regional flavors, as you savor dishes prepared for your Highlight Dinner.

Day 6: Mycenae And Nafplio
Location: Mycenae
Accommodation: Divani Palace Acropolis, NEW Hotel, Athens Marriott Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Today you leave the town of Olympia and begin your journey back to the Greek capital.Stop for a visit at the ruined city of Mycenae with a Local Expert. Walk through the Lion Gate, visit the royal beehive-tombs and see the giant Cyclopean stones, used to build the city walls.Later, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you meet the artisans at a family-run pottery studio and view beautiful works of art. Travel to the elegant town of Nafplio known for its beautiful architecture, colorful shops and vibrant cafes. Your journey continues, following the shores of the Saronic Gulf to pass the Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnese and mainland Greece, before arriving in Athens. In the evening enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner in true Greek style, paired with fine wine and good company.

Day 7: Depart Athens Relaxed Start
Location: Athens
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning after breakfast, your Grecian odyssey comes to an end. Take a complimentary transfer to Athens Airport for your onward journey.

What's Included

  • Meals

    Includes 5 dinners with wine and 6 breakfasts, offering a taste of local flavors and specialties.

  • Expert Guidance

    Personal radio headsets to hear your Local Expert's commentary clearly. Enjoy insights from a Travel Director and Local Experts at specific sites.

  • Convenience and Comfort

    Hotel and restaurant tips included, along with all taxes and porterage charges at hotels. Luggage handling to your hotel room.

  • Unique Experiences

    Insight Flourishes - special local treats and surprises. Cooking demonstration in Olympia and pottery demonstration in Mycenae.

  • Transportation

    Travel in comfort with luxury air-conditioned coach, including Wi-Fi in most locations. Scheduled airport transfers on arrival and departure days (conditions apply).

  • Accommodation

    Stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi in hotels. Enjoy the comfort and convenience of carefully selected hotels.

  • Sightseeing Highlights

    Visit iconic sites like the Acropolis in Athens, the monasteries of Meteora, the ancient site of Olympia, and the archaeological site of Mycenae.

What's Not Included

  • International Airfare

    Flights to and from the tour start and end points are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Optional Experiences

    Any optional experiences or excursions not listed in the itinerary are not included.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, and additional beverages/meals are not included.

  • Visa Fees

    Any applicable visa fees are not included.

Mode of Transport

Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned coach. If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Accommodation

Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available). Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are tips included in the Glories of Greece tour?

    Yes, hotel and restaurant tips are included, so you don't have to worry about how much to give.

  • What are some highlights of the Glories of Greece tour?

    Highlights include visiting the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens, the Archaeological Site of Olympia, cooking demonstration in Olympia, visiting the monasteries of Meteora, exploring the Archaeological Site of Mycenae, and seeing the Corinth Canal.

  • Is there a cooking class included in the Glories of Greece tour?

    Yes, there is a cooking demonstration by Chef Farije in Olympia where you learn to make tzatziki and other regional dishes.

  • What is the accommodation like on the Glories of Greece tour?

    Accommodations include hotels like Divani Palace Acropolis, NEW Hotel, Athens Marriott Hotel, Divani Meteora Hotel, Amalia Hotel Olympia, and Olympion Asty, among others.

  • Are there any meals included in the Glories of Greece tour?

    Yes, the tour includes 5 Dinners with Wine and 6 Breakfasts.

  • What countries will be visited on the Glories of Greece tour?

    The tour will visit Greece.

  • Is airport transfer available for the Glories of Greece tour?

    Yes, transfers are available at scheduled times if your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

  • Is Wi-Fi available on the Glories of Greece tour?

    Yes, complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi is available where possible.

  • What is the starting point of the Glories of Greece tour?

    The tour starts in Athens.

  • What type of transportation is used on the Glories of Greece tour?

    The tour uses Insight's luxury, air-conditioned coach.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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