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Duration: 8 days Visiting: Greece
Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
Welcome to Athens
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, where there is time to settle in and relax. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, and an opportunity to get to know each other over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.
The Parthenon, Mycenae and Nafplio
The morning sightseeing reveals the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Wingless Victory and Hadrian’s Arch. Your Local Expert will take you to the Parthenon, built atop the Acropolis. Then, follow the shores of the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. Next is the ruined city of Mycenae, featured in the epics of Homer. 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. Continue to the elegant seaside town of Nafplio.
Arkadia and Olympia
Travel into the heart of Argolis and with your Local Expert, visit the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus with its superb 4th century BC theatre. Visit the Asclepeion and discover one of the most spectacular collections of ancient findings in Greece at the Archeological Museum. Then a delightful journey takes you through the mountains of Arkadia to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. In the evening, join a local chef for an entertaining cookery demonstration, followed by a dinner of authentic Greek flavours.
Delphi, Centre of the Ancient World
In Olympia, see the city's ancient temples, the Olympic Stadium and the athlete's' gymnasium with a Local Expert and learn about how the original games were first held in 776BC. Then head north to Patras and cross the soaring Rio-Antirrio Bridge to the mainland. Follow the coastal road before climbing up in the foothills of Mount Parnassus and on to your hotel.
The Sacred Way and Kalambaka
Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with a Local Expert, past the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall – 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’. Continue north, stopping at Thermopylae to see the memorial to Leonidas and his courageous Spartans. Then on to your hotel in Kalambaka for dinner.
The Monasteries of Meteora and to Athens
With your Local Expert, visit one of the amazing monasteries of Meteora, meaning 'in the air'. Incredibly perched on top of pinnacles of rock, see where the early Christians worshipped and enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley. Afterwards, enjoy a scenic drive along the coast back to Athens. In the evening, enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.
(Relaxed Start) Your journey 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 trips. 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.
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.
Olympia (Scenic) - Greece
At the Antonios Hotel, the emphasis is on a comfortable and cosy stay. Take advantage of the discreet service and tranquil atmosphere.
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.
Kalambaka (Scenic) - Greece
The Divani Meteroa is surrounded by the majestic towering rocks known as Meteora, in the charming village of Kalambaka
Our guests rate us
8002 independent user reviews received during the past year.
30 October, 2017
Trip: The only thing I’d like to have more time to wander in the different locations. Other than that everything was incredible!
Service: Had an incredible experience! Our guide Susanna was just the sweetest! I can’t wait to use insight again due to her guidance!
27 October, 2017
Trip: Flowed very well and travel time with onsite time well balanced
Service: Extremely organized..made you feel important as an I dividual
26 October, 2017
Trip: Covered a lot of important sites, but plenty of time to see things. We did not have really long journeys in the coach, so was easy to take. Our tour guide was superlative!
Service: Excellent information package and response to enquiries.
25 October, 2017
Trip: Very good itinerary.I am amazed at the historical sites and lovely landscape excellent meals
Service: Excellent tour guide n driver , great hotels in centre of town very good meals
24 October, 2017
Trip: The sites were exactly what I wanted to experience on my visit to Greece.
Service: They answered any questions I had about the trip and what to expect, and on tour our director was very knowledgeable about all the sites I visited.
23 October, 2017
Trip: Great tour director, very knowledgeable and understandable. Very good bus driver.
Service: Itinerary was very good. Tour director throughout the entire tour was excellent as was the driver for the tour bus. Hotel accommodations were mostly very good altho the hotel at the Olympia stop was marginal (2 star at best).
21 October, 2017
Trip: Itinerary was just right for us
Service: We are very happy with the tour. Only thing is few places we would have love to eat our own. Some many cafe to chosse to. Less dinners I prefer. Tea and coffee in the room is very important . Some places no room service
20 October, 2017
Trip: The Kalambaka and Monasteries on the last day could have been replaced by a trip to Santorini Island.
Service: The tour director, itinerary, meals, coach, sightseeing etc everything was outstanding. Hotels in Greece and Wi-fi availability both in hotels and on coach could be better.
20 October, 2017
Trip: Everything I wanted to see was included.
Service: This was my 5th trip with Insight. Great trip. Wonderful experience. Insight always meets my expectations.
13 October, 2017
Trip: The mountains, all the historic scenes were great!
Service: Anna was a wonderful guide!
13 October, 2017
Trip: The places were visited gave us a great glimpse of various periods of Greek history and also a nice exposure to the regions of Greece. Our tour director, Anna, was incredibly knowledgable. We would highly reccomend her to anyone. And our driver, Georgos, manuvered that full size bus through places I wouldn't want to drive a car without a hitch.
Service: I worked with a travel agent but it seemed that when she needed info from Insight they were quick to respond.
09 October, 2017
Trip: Could have used a bit more leisure time or shopping.
Service: Excellent guide Harah was great. Very organized. Good Hotels and meals.