Best of Greece

Start: Athens Finish: Athens

Visiting: Athens, Corinth, Nauplia, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Patras, Antirio, Kalambaka, Meteora


Duration: 7 Nights

Tour Operator: Trafalgar


Prices From: $2514 $2200

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Tour Overview

Walk in the very place western civilisation was born as your travels reveal all the best of Greece highlights. From the other-wordly clifftop Meteora monasteries to walking the Sacred Way as the ancients once did in Delphi, this journey back in time will bring centuries of history to life.

Highlights

  • iconSee the Corinth Canal, the Lion Gate and Agamemnon's Palace at Mycenae
  • iconView the Parthenon, Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus in Athens, the Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus and the battle site at Thermopylae
  • iconVisit the Acropolis and Museum in Athens, the ancient ruins in Corinth, the ancient Theatre at Epidaurus, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia, the home of the Oracle at Delphi and the incredible rock monasteries in Meteora
  • iconDive into Culture Visit the Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities giving visitors an insight into the lives of Athenians centuries ago. (Day 2)
  • iconConnect with Locals Say opa! to an Olympic Be My Guest experience with the Karambellas family on their olive and wine farm, followed by a traditional dinner and dancing. (Day 4)
  • iconExplore Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora with a Local Specialist

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icon Day 1: Welcome to Athens

Location: Athens

Accommodation: Divani Palace Acropolis

Meals: Welcome Reception

Put the 'oh' in opa and embark on an unforgettable exploration of an ancient land of gods and goddesses, myths and legends. Your springboard to your spellbinding holiday is the vibrant capital of Athens, an effortless mix of ancient treasures and modern verve, which you will have an opportunity to explore after being transferred to your hotel. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception, including a light meal and welcome drink.

icon Day 2: Explore Amazing Athens

Location: Athens

Meals: Breakfast

Join your Local Specialist for a guided morning sightseeing tour to the ancient complex that was once the 'Cradle of Western Civilisation'. Along our journey into antiquity, we'll have an opportunity to explore the Acropolis with its treasures. We'll admire the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, the Royal Palace, Temple of Zeus and the Agora, once the haunt of Socrates and Plato. Dive Into Culture and see remarkable displays of an ancient world during an included visit to the Acropolis Museum, and see Hadrian's Arch and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy on your own. Stroll through the Plaka, people watch in Syntagma Square or go in search of the city's tastiest souvlaki - the choice is yours.

icon Day 3: Journey to Corinth, Mycenae and Nafplion

Location: Corinth, Nauplia, Epidaurus, Mycenae

Accommodation: Amalia Nafplio

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We depart Athens this morning, crossing the mighty Corinth Canal to the wild Peloponnesian Peninsula. Arriving in Corinth, we join a Local Specialist to explore an ancient city that several empires fought over throughout the centuries. We continue to Mycenae, a mighty kingdom of Ancient Greece, where we'll see the Beehive Tombs (the Treasury of Atreus), the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace, in the company of a Local Specialist. Later, we'll travel to Epidaurus to visit the ancient Theatre and view the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the God of Medicine, whose snake-entwined staff remains the symbol of medicine to this day. Arriving in the Venetian town of Nafplion later, we'll dine in our hotel this evening.

icon Day 4: Continue to Ancient Olympia

Location: Olympia

Accommodation: Amalia Olympia

Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

We traverse the Mountains of Arcadia to ancient Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. This evening, we Connect With Locals joining the Karambellas family for dinner on their olive and wine farm at a Be My Guest experience featuring traditional dancing and characteristic Greek philoxenia.

icon Day 5: Onwards to Patras and Delphi

Location: Olympia, Delphi, Patras, Antirio

Accommodation: Amalia Delphi

Meals: Breakfast

We join a Local Specialist this morning to delve into centuries of history. We'll visit the ancient Olympic site, the museum and the ruined remains of the Temples of Zeus and Hera. Leaving Olympia, we skirt the coastline north to Patras, crossing the Gulf of Corinth to mainland Greece before continuing to Delphi, our home for the night.

icon Day 6: Off to Thermopylae and Kalambaka

Location: Delphi, Kalambaka

Accommodation: Amalia Kalambaka

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Tread in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks, who would descend on the sanctuary of Delphi to consult with the most important oracle in the classical world. Join your Local Specialist and walk the Sacred Way to the 4th-century Temple of Apollo. View the statues immortalising the strength of the athletes who once competed in the Pythian Games, held in honour of Apollo and the Arts. A scenic afternoon drive brings us to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defence by Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. We cross the lush Thessaly region, the 'bread basket of Greece', then travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka.

icon Day 7: Admire Meteora and Return to Athens

Location: Athens, Meteora, Meteora

Accommodation: Divani Palace Acropolis

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

The UNESCO World Heritage monasteries of Meteora are our first stop today. Join a Local Specialist to visit two of the six Eastern Orthodox monasteries that cling impressively to immense, rounded rock towers overlooking the town. A scenic drive returns us to Athens, where we'll enjoy a rousing Farewell Dinner with our travel companions and reminisce over an incredible journey through Greece.

icon Day 8: Farewell Athens

Location: Athens

Meals: Breakfast

We say a fond farewell to our newfound friends and the treasures of Greece after an unforgettable journey. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

What's Included

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    Optional Experiences and free time

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    Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

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    Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

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    5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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    Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

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    Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals

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    Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

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    An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

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    Handcrafted Highlights

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    7 breakfasts

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    All porterage and restaurant gratuities

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    Low Deposit

    Trafalgar requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 56 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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