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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