Glories of Greece

Greece & Eastern Mediterranean

Regional Journey

Glories of Greece (Summer 2019)

Duration: 7 days Visiting: Greece

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Join an expert in antiquities, as you explore the wonders of Kalambaka and Olympia, visiting monasteries, monuments and ancient sites along the way.

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Athens.

    An Insight host will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where there is time to settle in and relax.
    At 19:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception, get to know your fellow travellers over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.

  2. Day 2

    Athens, City of Gods.

    Your exploration reveals the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Arch of Hadrian. Next, your Local Expert takes you to the Parthenon, built atop the Acropolis. 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 dinner.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    The pinnacles of Meteora.

    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 futuristic 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 leisurely walk on the nature trails? Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Natural History Museum.

  4. Day 4

    The Sacred Way and onto Olympia.

    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.

  5. Day 5

    Ancient Olympia.

    It's all in the name. Ancient Olympia is the site where the Ancient Olympic Games began in 776 B.C. in dedication to the god Zeus. See the Temple of Zeus, the athletes gymnasium and the stadium of Olympia. The starting and finishing markers 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 a local chef for an entertaining cooking demonstration, followed by a dinner of authentic Greek flavours.

  6. Day 6

    Mycenae and Nafplio.

    Visit 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, meet the artisans and view beautiful works of art at a family-run pottery studio. Travel to the elegant town of Nafplio, known for its beautiful architecture, colour shops and cafes. Your journey continues following the shores of the Saronic Gulf to pass the Corinth Canal dividing the Peloponnesse and mainland Greece, and arriving in Athens. In the evening, enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Depart Athens.

    Your Grecian odyssey comes to an end with a transfer to Athens Airport.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Mycenae: Meet the artisans of a family-run pottery studio and learn about their unique traditional methods.

TOP RATED 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.
  • Athens: See the Arch of Hadrian, erected in honour of the Roman Emperor and used as a divider between the ancient city and the new Roman district, along with the remaining columns of the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
  • Thermopylae: See the Leonidas Monument dedicated to the brave warrior and his 300 Spartans.
  • Kalambaka: Your Travel Director will provide an orientation of this town situated at the base of the extraordinary Meteora rocks.
  • 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.
  • Olympia: The stadium of Olympia hosted the ancient Olympic Games and the Heraia, the women's games in honour of Hera. See the Temple of Zeus, athlete's gymnasium and the stone marker where the sprint began.
  • 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.
  • Corinth Channel: Cross the amazing rock-cut channel dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece.
  • 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.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Olympia: Join a local chef and savour the regional specialties in a fun, exciting introduction to Greek cooking.
  • Athens: Toast the culmination of your journey in true Greek tradition at a lively Celebration Dinner with wine.

STAY IN STYLE

  • Athens: An elegant hotel fantastic access to the key highlights of Athens. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, offers luxury and style in the heart of the historical city of Athens.
  • Kalambaka: Located in Laspes Kastrakiou, Grand Meteora Hotel offers accommodation with views over the Meteora Rocks and is a short distance to Kastraki Village and Kalabaka Town.
  • Kalambaka: This hotel is the most modern hotel in Meteora, but still retains its traditional roots. It offers unique comforts and splendid spaces of relaxation that characterize them the detail and the originality in the decorative assiduity.
  • Olympia: This is a unique place that combines the energy, the space, the serenity of Ancient Olympia, set in a green landscape filled with olive trees. From every corner of the white marbled spacious lobby, guests enjoy the endless green scenery along with the open air terrace of the lounge café.
  • Olympia: Built in the hill above Ancient Olympia, this hotel exhales good taste.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • 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. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers from/to Athens airport are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations.

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.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

Lively Trikala Town And Dinner

Experience the picturesque and lively town of Trikala, considered to have been the birth place of the “God of Medicine” Asclepius. Enjoy an orientation of the town; walk along the river side and the pedestrian streets in the company also of the locals out socializing for the evening. Afterwards Dine at a local restaurant Greek family style, and taste a variety of sumptious dishes all served in the middle of the table, accompanied by plenty of wine!

Adult Price: EUR 45.00

Code: TRI0001

Accommodation

 

Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center, Athens.

Santorini (Contemporary/Resort) - Greece

An elegant hotel fantastic access to the key highlights of Athens. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, offers luxury and style in the heart of the historical city of Athens.
Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre is located in the central Athens suburb of Ilissia, named after the hidden historic river that still flows below the main road. Your traditional, yet comfortable room offers all modern amenities to ensure you stay, whether short or long, is most enjoyable.

Divani Meteora Hotel/Grand Meteora Hotel/Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka.

Kalambaka (Traditional) - Greece

Surrounded by the majestic, towering rocks known as Meteora, in the charming village of Kalambaka.
Located in Laspes Kastrakiou, Grand Meteora Hotel offers accommodation with views over the Meteora Rocks and is a short distance to Kastraki Village and Kalabaka Town.
This hotel is the most modern hotel in Meteora, but still retains its traditional roots. It offers unique comforts and splendid spaces of relaxation that characterize them the detail and the originality in the decorative assiduity.

Arty Grand Hotel/Amalia Hotel Olympia.

Olympia (Traditional) - Greece

Built in the hill above Ancient Olympia, this hotel exhales good taste. 
This is a unique place that combines the energy, the space, the serenity of Ancient Olympia, set in a green landscape filled with olive trees. From every corner of the white marbled spacious lobby, guests enjoy the endless green scenery along with the open air terrace of the lounge café.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11450 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 10 November, 2018

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    Trip: Content good - guide delivered only was expected of him. Hotel staff were not friendly in Athens

    Service: Both tours were excellent. Turkey was a better presented product.

  • 26 October, 2018

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    Trip: Well thought out itinerary. Good pace. good food

    Service: Customer service was exceptionally good

  • 24 October, 2018

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    Trip: Very Good itinerary with sufficient rest break

    Service: Very good tour

  • 22 October, 2018

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    Trip: The sights were great except for the last one. It was very rushed and controlled.

    Service: The transfer process was a joke to say the least. I had to pay 38 euros out of my pocket to get to the hotel after 3 Insight agents at the airport would not transfer me to my hotel. I demand that I should get this money back. One day we spent over 8 hours in the bus. I think this tour should have been one day longer to make it a lot less stressful.

  • 22 October, 2018

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    Trip: Need more days and stop at another Hotel as well

    Service: It was a good tour. A few faults though!! Rotating seats were a problem for some. I was fine. I sit wherever they tell me to A lady had motion sickness so had to sit at the front of the bus. I wasn't worried but lots were as one day we only moved 1 seat back. Another girl wanted the back all the time and another girl wanted to get to the front. Stopping at a Pottery place was nice but we were there for so long, so didn't get to see the beautiful Coastal medieval town for long. I could have stayed there for an hour or more. We got 15 minutes all up including walking up the hill to where the President was shot. Another day or 2 could be added and stop in a 4th Hotel, as leaving at 7.30am and getting into our Hotel at 8.30pm was far too long a day on the road. Another day 7.30am till 7.15pm. I don't remember the Tour Guides at the stops ever counting to make sure we were all there and there were a few very old people in the tour. Still loved going on the Tour. I hope this input helps and you don't just delete the email.

  • 22 October, 2018

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    Trip: It was to fast an extra day or two would make it 5 star

    Service: Hotels and sights were of good quality. The tour director was of very high quality with great knowledge and he also was an entertainer. The coach was excellent but a shame on seat rotation. This was trip 5 and we’I be back for 6

  • 19 October, 2018

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    Trip: Good tour but maybe a little more time in certain areas

    Service: Great job of being available &ready to help if needed.

  • 17 October, 2018

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    Trip: As the stars indicate ~ the locations were Stellar!

    Service: Our Tour Director, Efi, did an exceptional job, coordinating our entire group; but always seemed cognizant of my individual status at all times (as I am a very high-functioning PD patient), without singling me out. Yes to both of the above questions

  • 16 October, 2018

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    Trip: The bus was good, the guide was interesting and informed.

    Service: Great tour guide and very safe driver! Lisa was very interesting and discussed many topics, both historic and current events about Greece. Lisa Ti Gkaraki made the long drive interesting. Glad we saw 2 Monestaries at Meteora. Needed to have even more time to balance out the drive time. Hike down was also a good break. Lisa arranged good special events and made suggestions on where to eat and what to do on free time. We needed more time in Delphi. Did not get to Athena’s temple... a long drive to miss that historic site. We were able to use our free time to stay at Olympia the whole day. Again, a long drive back to Athens. Lisa talked about horticulture, Greek customs, etc... which made it interesting. Not sure that someone lesss qualifies could have done the same job. It is hard to keep so many different couples’ interest over so many hours.

  • 15 October, 2018

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    Trip: Great trip. We went to places I know we wouldn’t have gone to on our own & it would have been a shame to miss out on them. Nice mix of ancient history & lively small towns.

    Service: Excellent. Our tour director & local guides were all knowledgeable & interesting & our bus driver was fantastic.

  • 15 October, 2018

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    Trip: Very well organized awesome guides at sites and fun with group

    Service: Great service guides were awesome and Lisa and Kosta did a great job with hosting the tour. I am recommending your company to everyone that I speak to and of course your beautiful country Greece Will use your company again 100% Kindly forward Lisa TioKaraki email address I’m trying to contact her but keeps coming back Thank you and have a great year 😀👍

  • 12 October, 2018

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    Trip: Educational, fun and wondrous.

    Service: They were very detail and precise. Will recommend insight to others

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