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Greece & Eastern MediterraneanRegional Journey
Duration: 7 days Visiting: Greece
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your Grecian odyssey comes to an end with a transfer to Athens Airport.
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.
This is an evening excursion to a taverna in the centre of Athens. Excellent traditional Greek food in a lively atmosphere, entertained through dances and music from all parts of the country. Wine, beer and soft drinks are also included. Although the venue does have an official ending time, guests are more than welcome to stay on in the taverna, to join in with the local residents! (Casual dress)
Adult Price: EUR 55.00
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
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.
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.
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.
Our guests rate us
11477 independent user reviews received during the past year.
10 November, 2018
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
Trip: Well thought out itinerary. Good pace. good food
Service: Customer service was exceptionally good
24 October, 2018
Trip: Very Good itinerary with sufficient rest break
Service: Very good tour
22 October, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Trip: Educational, fun and wondrous.
Service: They were very detail and precise. Will recommend insight to others