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Meals included: 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners
From the acropolis of Athens to the grand amphitheatre of Epidaurus, see the best of Greece’s ancient world as you journey across the country in search of ruined cities and historical treasures.
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Fly to Athens where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for two nights.
Enjoy a free day to explore Athens at your own pace, or join the optional three-island cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra. This evening, experience the vibrant atmosphere of the Plaka district. The narrow streets of this historic neighbourhood come alive at night with bouzouki music and bustling tavernas.
Explore the highlights of this ancient capital on a sightseeing tour, which takes in the impressive Acropolis. Later, head to the Corinth Canal to marvel at this incredible feat of engineering, before continuing to Argolis, a hilly countryside region dotted with pine trees and oleanders. Here you will visit the spectacular open-air amphitheatre of Epidaurus, then journey along the coast to Nauplia for one night.
This morning enjoy a guided excursion to the ancient ruins of Mycenae, an impressive ancient city once dubbed the 'city rich in gold' by Homer. During excavation, the Golden Mask of Agamemnon was unearthed here as well as other priceless treasures that exactly match Homer's descriptions in the Iliad. Tour the museum at your own pace. This afternoon, drive through the beautiful Peloponnese region to Sparta for one night.
This morning's highlight is a visit to the ruined Byzantine citadel of Mystra, once known as the 'Wonder of Morea'. Nestled on a forested hillside in the lush Peloponnese region, Mystra's crescent-shaped city was famed as a centre of culture and art and still contains distinctive churches and monasteries with elaborate frescoes, as well as a palace and hilltop fortress. Later, continue to Olympia for one night.
Visit Olympia to learn more about the history of the Olympic Games on an optional sightseeing tour. This afternoon, cross the spectacular modern cable-stayed bridge between Rion and Antirion and stop to admire this wonder of contemporary architecture. Later, enjoy charming village scenery as you travel to Delphi for one night.
Spend the morning at leisure in Delphi or join the optional sightseeing tour of its archaeological site. Once called 'The Navel of the Earth', Delphi was considered the greatest Oracle of the ancient world and people journeyed from all over the globe to seek advice here. Today it is still one of the grandest sights in Greece, with its theatre and Temple of Apollo still standing in their natural surrounds. This afternoon, drive via Lamia and Trikala to Kalambaka for one night.
Today head to the heart of Meteora, where a cluster of monastic buildings sit perched atop natural pillar-like rock formations, hundreds of metres above the valley floor. Their spectacular and seemingly inaccessible position provided an ideal retreat for the hermit monks who lived there. Today the unusual monastery-topped rock spires provide an unforgettable sight. Later, drive to Athens for an overnight stay. This evening you have the choice to join our optional dinner at a traditional Greek restaurant.
Enjoy a free to relax or explore at your leisure.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK or extend your holiday with a Greek Islands & Turkey cruise.
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Good value and very comprehensive tour.
All the hotels were conveniently located and we had some unforgettable experiences - maybe Delphi was the most memorable, but closely followed by Mystras and Meteora. All the included trips were really good; we were taken to good eateries for lunch. Also had enough free time, which isn't always the case on tours - spent last day exploring Athens by ourselves. Great holiday!
We went to a good range of ancient sites and had soem good local guides.
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for- like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £50 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
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