Glories of Greece - Insight Vacations

Glories of Greece Reverse (Winter 2017-18)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: Greece

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This concise tour covers a multitude of noteworthy ancient sites, majestic monuments and mystical monasteries.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Athens

    You will be met at the airport and transferred to your tour hotel, where there is time to settle in and relax. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, an opportunity to get to know each other over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.

  3. Day 3

    The Monasteries of Meteora

    A scenic journey takes you north to Thermopylae, site of the famous battle between the Spartans and Persians. Stop for a wonderful photo opportunity before driving through the market town of Trikala, famous in ancient times for its sanctuary to Asklepios. Continue to the amazing Monasteries of Meteora, meaning ‘in the air’, incredibly perched on top of pinnacles of rock. Visit one of the monasteries and enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley and Pindos Mountains. Then on to your hotel in Kalambaka for dinner.

  4. Day 4

    Delphi, Centre of the Ancient World

    Drive south through fertile Thessaly, ‘the bread basket of ancient Greece’, before arriving at Delphi, clinging to the side of Mount Parnassus at 2000 ft. Ascend the Sacred Way, once lined with offertory temples and statues to the honour of Apollo. See the splendid Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians which has been recreated by modern archeologists, (though without the riches that once filled it!) Pass the superb Polygonal Wall – its stones so perfectly interlocked, that even thousands of years have not harmed it. You'll approach the legendary Temple of Apollo itself, where the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic ‘words’.

  5. Day 5

    Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics

    Cross over to the Peloponnese, via the soaring Rio-Antirrio Bridge and continue to Olympia. See the Olympic Stadium where the original games were first held in 776 BC, plus the athletes’ gymnasium and the city’s ancient temples. In the evening, join a qualified chef for an entertaining cookery demonstration, followed by a delicious dinner of authentic Greek flavours.

  6. Day 6

    Epidauros and Nafplion

    Travel through the delightful Arcadian Mountains takes you into the heart of Argolis. Visit the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidauros with its superb 4th century BC theatre, still in use for the annual festival. Visit the museum and the Asclepeion before reaching the elegant seaside town of Nafplion.

  7. Day 7

    Mycenae and the Sacred rocks of Athens

    Head for the ruined city of Mycenae, featured in the epics of Homer. Walk through the Lion Gate, see the giant Cyclopean stones which were used to build the city walls and visit the 'beehive' tombs. Later, meet the artisans and view beautiful works of art at a family-run pottery studio. Continue across the breathtaking Corinth Canal and make your way back to Athens for a city sightseeing tour. The highlight, of course, is a visit to the Acropolis, dominating the frantic bustle of modern Athens with its serene presence. Admire the Parthenon, built in the honour of the goddess Athena and still amazing in its grace, despite the loss of the Elgin Marbles. Then see the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. In the evening, enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.

  8. Day 8

    Depart Athens

    Your tour comes to an end with a transfer to Athens Airport.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Athens: With a Local Expert, ascend the ‘Sacred Rock' - the Acropolis. Her you can admire the Parthenon, built in 5th century BC, as well as the smaller Temple of Athena Nike and the ‘Porch of the Maidens'.
  • 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.
  • Argolis: Meet the artisans of a family-run pottery studio and learn about their unique traditional methods.
  • Epidaurus: With a Local Expert, visit the Sanctuary of Asklepios. In the centre of the enclosure once stood the temple dedicated to the god of medicine. Visit the museum, as well as the best preserved open-air theatre in the whole of Greece.
  • 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.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Olympia: Olympia was the original location of the Olympic Games, held every four years during a 1,000-year period as a celebration of the Hellenic spirit. Here lie the ruins of temples and treasures dedicated to Zeus, King of the Gods.
  • Delphi: Ascend 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.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Athens: See Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Zeus.
  • Corinth Canal: Cross the amazing rock-cut channel dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece.
  • Patras: Cross the world's longest multi-span, cable-stayed bridge.
  • Thermopylae: See the memorial to Leonidas and his heroic Spartans.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Olympia: Join a local chef and savour the regional flavours in a fun, exciting introduction to Greek cooking.
  • Athens: Toast the culmination of your tour in true Greek tradition at a lively Celebration Dinner with wine.
  • Included Quality Dining: 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 2 Three-course table d'hôte Dinners or Buffets (D) with tea or coffee; plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. Departure on tour for New Year's Eve will enjoy a festive Highlight Dinner.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Athens: The Divani Caravel is a luxury hotel situated in the heart of Athens. As a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, it epitomises refinement, elegance and exceptional service.
  • Nafpilo: Nafplia Palace is located on the slope of the ancient fortress of Akronafplia. It offers rooms with views of the Argolic Bay and spacious private balconies overlooking Nafplio and the Bourtzi island fort.
  • Olympia: At the Antonios Hotel, the emphasis is on a comfortable and cosy stay. Take advantage of the discreet service and tranquil atmosphere.
  • Delphi: The Amalia hotel is located within walking distance from the famous attractions of Delphi, the Archaeological Museum, the temple of Apollo and the Castalia Fountain.
  • Kalambaka: The Divani Meteroa is surrounded by the majestic towering rocks known as Meteora, in the charming village of Kalambaka.

OUR FIVE-STAR SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat touring coach, with extended Business Class legroom and on-board restroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included; you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers from/to Athens Airport are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations. You will also receive services of Insight’s resident manager in Athens.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Divani Meteora Hotel Kalambaka

Kalambaka (Scenic) - Greece

The Divani Meteroa is surrounded by the majestic towering rocks known as Meteora, in the charming village of Kalambaka

Amalia Hotel Delphi

Delphi (Central) - Greece

The Amalia hotel is located within walking distance from the famous attractions of Delphi, the Archaeological Museum, the temple of Apollo and the Castalia Fountain.

Antonios Hotel Arty Grand Olympia Amalia Olympia

Olympia (Scenic) - Greece

Antonios/Arty Grand Hotel/Amalia, Olympia

Nafplia Palace Hotel and Villas Nauplia

Nauplia (Scenic) - Greece

Nafplia Palace is located on the slope of the ancient fortress of Akronafplia. It offers rooms with views of the Argolic Bay and spacious private balconies overlooking Nafplio and the Bourtzi island fort.

Divani Caravel Crowne Plaza Athens

Athens (Central) - Greece

Divani Caravel/Crowne Plaza, Athens.

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