Glories of Greece - Insight Vacations

Glories of Greece (Winter 2017 2018)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: Greece

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This concise tour covers a multitude of noteworthy ancient sites, majestic monuments and mystical monasteries that will enchant you whether you’re exploring in autumn, winter or spring.

  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 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.

  3. Day 3

    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.

  4. Day 4

    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.

  5. Day 5

    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.

  6. Day 6

    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.

  7. Day 7

    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.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Depart Athens

    (Relaxed Start) Your journey 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.
  • Nafplio: 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 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.

Accommodation

 

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.

Antonios Hotel Olympia

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.

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.

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

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
10664 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 30 October, 2017

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Trip: The mountains, all the historic scenes were great!

    Service: Anna was a wonderful guide!

  • 13 October, 2017

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    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

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    Trip: Could have used a bit more leisure time or shopping.

    Service: Excellent guide Harah was great. Very organized. Good Hotels and meals.

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