Greek Escape

  • 7 Days

  • Mediterranean

  • Active pace

Experience the wonders of the ancient world on this Greek Escape, without the crowds or the searing heat. You'll spend two nights in Athens, discovering temples, theatres, the old parliament buildings and the Acropolis. Then you'll embark on a tour of the Peloponnese, visiting the 2,300-year-old amphitheatre of Epidaurus, the Bronze Age city of Mycenae, and Olympia itself – where the games began in 776 BCE. But it's not all architecture: you'll also attend Greek cookery demonstrations, learn to dance the traditional sirtaki and taste the country's national spirit, ouzo.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Service charges
Free Wi-Fi on coach
Individual audio system
All airport taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

of 7 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 11th March 2018

Meals included: 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Overview

At a glance

  • Athens Guided visit to the ancient sites including the Acropolis, Old Parliament House and Panathenaic Stadium. Optional dinner outing.
  • Nauplia See Epidaurus amphitheatre, the 14th-century BCE citadel of Mycenae and Europe's oldest monument, Lion's Gate.
  • Olympia Drive through the Arkadian Mountains to visit the original site of the Olympic Games.
  • Delphi Discover the ancient Apollo sanctuary on Mount Parnassus, visit the Archaeological Museum and learn to dance like Zorba the Greek.

 

Day 1

UK - Athens

Fly to Athens where you will meet your Tour Director, travelling companions and enjoy a welcome drink.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Athens

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, the Temple of Athena Nike, and 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 Old 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 is your chance to join an optional dinner outing to try out the local fare.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Athens - Corinth - Mycenae - Epidaurus - Nauplia

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; the 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Nauplia - Olympia

Spectacular scenery on the way through the Arkadian Mountains. Then, spend the afternoon in Olympia, where the 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 appetiser.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Olympia - Patras - Delphi

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 the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and tour the excavations. End the day with a visit to the Archeological 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 the traditional Ouzo.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Delphi - Arachova - Athens

Leave fascinating Delphi behind you this morning and head back to Athens stopping en-route at the pretty town of Arachova located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, boasting panoramic views. Stroll around the town and admire the picturesque architecture before arriving in Athens with time to do some last-minute exploring on your own. Tonight, enjoy an optional dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Athens - UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Athens Zafolia
  • Nauplia Amalia Nauplia
  • Olympia Europa
  • Delphi Amalia Delphi

Notes

Accommodation will be as stated or similar.

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

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