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Classical Greece

New for 2019

Price per person
from £1,391

Price based on
London Gatwick
13th May 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 8 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Globus escorted tours

Our first-class range of tours include more of everything you love, weaving in VIP access to the must-see sights and authentic experiences so you come away from your holiday having truly lived each place you visit.

You've seen photos of the ancient Acropolis in Athens, dating back to the 5th century BC—now’s your chance to see it in person. You've watched the Olympics on TV—now’s your chance to walk among the remains in Olympia, where the Olympics began in 776 BC. You've eaten at Greek restaurants—now's your chance to enjoy an authentic Greek cooking demonstration, where you'll learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer. All of this and more await you on this Classical Greece tour.

History comes alive on your guided visits to many of Greece's ancient sights. In addition to the Acropolis and Olympia, you'll also visit ancient Corinth, dating back to the 8th century BC and the place where St. Paul preached; the ruins in Mycenae, dating from 1,350 to 1,200 BC and described by Homer; the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theater in Epidaurus; and Thermopylae, where the battle between the Greeks and Persians took place in 480 BC.

In ancient Greece, people travelled to Delphi to seek the wisdom from the Oracle. Here, you'll hear about the Oracle, tour the excavations, and visit its Archaeological Museum. You'll step back in history—but not as far back as Ancient Greece—when you visit the fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. In addition to all of these included sights, Globus has included some unique experiences for you to get a true sense of Greek life. You’ll enjoy a dance lesson, where you’ll learn how to dance the sirtaki. Plus, you'll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director who will bring this country to life by sharing its history, stories, and insider secrets.

From the picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic sights, this Greece tour is a holiday of a lifetime!

At a glance

Athens Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis

Corinth Guided visit

Mycenae Guided visit of the excavations and museum

Epidaurus Guided visit of the 2,300-year-old open-air theatre

Olympia Guided visit of the archaeological site and the museum;

learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer

Delphi Guided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum; learn to dance the sirtaki and have a glass of Ouzo

Meteora area Guided visit of the Varlaam and St. Stephen’s Monasteries

Thermopylae Guided visit

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 5 days: Iconic Aegean 3 night Cruise

  • 6 days: Iconic Aegean 4 night Cruise

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Make your own way

For more information please see our booking conditions for tour-only holidays.

Overview

You've seen photos of the ancient Acropolis in Athens, dating back to the 5th century BC—now’s your chance to see it in person. You've watched the Olympics on TV—now’s your chance to walk among the remains in Olympia, where the Olympics began in 776 BC. You've eaten at Greek restaurants—now's your chance to enjoy an authentic Greek cooking demonstration, where you'll learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer. All of this and more await you on this Classical Greece tour.

History comes alive on your guided visits to many of Greece's ancient sights. In addition to the Acropolis and Olympia, you'll also visit ancient Corinth, dating back to the 8th century BC and the place where St. Paul preached; the ruins in Mycenae, dating from 1,350 to 1,200 BC and described by Homer; the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theater in Epidaurus; and Thermopylae, where the battle between the Greeks and Persians took place in 480 BC.

In ancient Greece, people travelled to Delphi to seek the wisdom from the Oracle. Here, you'll hear about the Oracle, tour the excavations, and visit its Archaeological Museum. You'll step back in history—but not as far back as Ancient Greece—when you visit the fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. In addition to all of these included sights, Globus has included some unique experiences for you to get a true sense of Greek life. You’ll enjoy a dance lesson, where you’ll learn how to dance the sirtaki. Plus, you'll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director who will bring this country to life by sharing its history, stories, and insider secrets.

From the picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic sights, this Greece tour is a holiday of a lifetime!

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Athens, Greece

Day
1

On arrival in Athens you will be transferred to your hotel.

Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink with your Tour Director.

Athens

Day
2

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the world-famous ACROPOLIS, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here, see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation tour features the Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, perhaps join an optional dinner outing to sample local fare.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Athens – Corinth – Mycenae – Epidaurus – Nauplia

Day
3

Cross the spectacular Corinth Canal, then visit ANCIENT CORINTH, where St. Paul preached. Two highlights today: MYCENAE, where 19th-century excavations reveal impressions of the splendours so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, known as the Treasury of Atreus, Lion Gate, Europe’s oldest known monument, remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace, and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel. Also, visit the museum. Then, a short drive to EPIDAURUS for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year old open-air theatre. Overnight in nearby Nauplia.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Nauplia - Olympia

Day
4

Spectacular scenery on the way through the Arkadian Mountains. Then, spend the afternoon in OLYMPIA, where athletes of antiquity competed in honour of the king of deities. Learn about the history of those original Olympic Games as you walk among the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. Also, visit the MUSEUM that displays Praxiteles’ magnificent statue of Hermes. Tonight, enjoy a COOKING DEMONSTRATION and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Olympia – Patras – Delphi

Day
5

Via the busy seaport of Patras, proceed to mystic Delphi. The afternoon is devoted to a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and tour the EXCAVATIONS. End the day with a visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. A highlight this evening is a DANCE LESSON, where you’ll learn how to dance the sirtaki, made famous in the movie Zorba the Greek, accompanied by a glass of Ouzo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Delphi - Meteora area

Day
6

Drive past Lamia and Trikala to Kalambaka in the unreal, fantastic landscape of Meteora with its rock-top monasteries. Visit VARLAAM MONASTERY, famous for its frescoes, and ST. STEPHEN’S MONASTERY, featuring a unique collection of icons and an incredible panoramic view. (Ladies should pack one long skirt, as shorts or trousers may be inappropriate when visiting the monasteries.)

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Meteora Area – Thermopylae – Athens

Day
7

Today’s highlight is a guided visit to THERMOPYLAE, the site of the heroic battle of Leonidas’ 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes’ huge Persian army. On the way back to Athens, your Tour Director will tell you about Thebes, the setting of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, and Marathon, where 10,000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders in 490 BC. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Athens - UK

Day
8

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
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Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Athens – Lavrion/Piraeus (Embarkation) – Mykonos

Arrive in Lavrion/Piraeus, and sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Later, dock at the mountainous island of Mykonos with its characteristic windmills and dazzling white houses. Time to wander through narrow paved streets before returning on board.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Kusadasi, Turkey – Patmos, Greece

Two ports of call today. First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. Visit the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of EPHESUS. Next, join an optional excursion to discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos, and see the Grotto of the Apocalypse.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Heraklion, Crete – Santorini, Greece

First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. A few miles away is KNOSSOS, the centre of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” The optional shore excursion takes you to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lavrion/Piraeus (Disembarkation) – Athens

After breakfast on board, disembark at Lavrion/Piraeus and return to Athens. The rest of the day is free.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Athens

Your holiday ends after breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Athens – Lavrion/Piraeus (Embarkation) – Mykonos

Arrive in Lavrion/Piraeus, and sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Later, dock at the mountainous island of Mykonos.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Kusadasi, Turkey – Patmos, Greece

Two ports of call today. First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. Visit the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of EPHESUS. Next, join an optional excursion to discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos, and see the Grotto of the Apocalypse.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rhodes

All day is dedicated to the island of RHODES. Explore the sights in the historic Old City with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. Next is Lindos with the fabulous Temple of Athena. Sail from Rhodes around dinnertime.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Heraklion, Crete – Santorini, Greece

First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. A few miles away is KNOSSOS, the centre of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” The optional shore excursion takes you to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lavrion/Piraeus (Disembarkation) – Athens

After breakfast on board, disembark at Lavrion/Piraeus and return to Athens.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Athens

Your holiday ends after breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Athens - Zafolia

Attractive 7-story Hotel situated near museums, 1 km from Larisis train station & 35 km from El. Venizelos Airport.

  • Location

    87-89 Alexandras Avenue Athens, Greece

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Nauplia - Amalia Nauplia

Neoclassical-style Hotel situated on tree-lined grounds with landscaped courtyards, 1 mile from city centre.

  • Location

    National Road Argos, Nauplia, Greece

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Olympia - Europa

Hotels Europa is built on the top of Drouvas Hill in Ancient Olympia (UNESCO World Heritage Site), at the foot of which is sited the Sacred Alti with brilliant monuments and the stadium of the Ancient Olympic Games.

  • Location

    Archaia Olympia - Drouva Olympia, Greece

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Delphi - Amalia Delphi

Hillside Hotel situated on a mountain slope overlooking olive groves, the Corinthian Gulf & the port of Itea.

  • Location

    1 Apollonos Street, Delphi, Greece

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Meteora area - Amalia Kalambaka

Amalia Hotel is in a beautiful setting just minutes away from the town of Kalambaka. The hotel is embedded on 14 acres of greenery and has been built with traditional materials to match its surroundings.

  • Location

    National Road, Kalambaka, Greece

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

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