Ancient Glories of Greece

  • 8 Days 6 Nights
  • TOUR CODE: AGK
  • FROM: $1499
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Marvel at the ancient treasures of Greece on this enchanting tour of classic Greece. Witness 2,500 years of history at the mighty Acropolis in Athens. Visit ancient Olympia, the birthplace and site of the ancient Olympic games and travel through the picturesque countryside to the lovely town of Kalambaka. Continue with an unforgettable journey through Greece’s classical and medieval past, discovering the incredible rock monasteries of Meteora and stunning archaeological ruins of Delphi, Epidaurus and Mycenae.

  • Athens (2 nights)
  • Olympia (1 night)
  • Delphi (1 night)
  • Kalambaka (1 night)
  • Athens (1 night)

TRIP TIMELINE

DAYS 1 & 2

USA - Athens

Depart the US on a flight to Athens International Airport.

On arrival at Athens International Airport, meet your airport representative and transfer to your hotel. After checking in, enjoy the rest of the evening relaxing at the hotel or start discovering the history-steeped Greek capital independently. Perhaps roam the cobbled lanes of the oldest district, Plaka, beneath the Acropolis, or browse for souvenirs on the shopping avenues of Ermou, Kolonaki or Voukourestiou.  

Make the most of your time in Athens and upgrade to the deluxe NJV Athens Plaza Hotel. Offering unparalleled service, this modern 5-star hotel sits on Constitution Square and features contemporary rooms and suites, many with stunning views of the Acropolis, pedestrianized Voukourestiou Street, and tree-lined Stadiou Street.  As well as offering chic modern interiors, the NJV is ideally positioned for exploring Athens’ major tourist attractions, with the Acropolis, key monuments, and Athens’ top shopping districts and museums within easy walking distance.

Accommodation:

★★★★ View all Hotel Options

Upgrades available:

NJV Athens Plaza Hotel or similar (Standard) 3 nights

DAY 3

Athens

Today, set off on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Greece’s capital. With a 3,500-year history, this captivating city blends bustling plazas and cobbled lanes with classical antiquities dating to the 5th century BC, as well as landmarks left by the Roman, Venetians, and Ottomans.Your explorations begin with a tour of the modern and ancient highlights, including Constitution Square and Parliament House, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, and the National Library. See sites such as Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium, the site of the first modern Olympic Games, en route to the Acropolis: the stunning citadel that looms high over the city. Here, marvel at the masterworks of Athens’ golden age, including the sublime Parthenon, Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, and Erechtheion. Finally, explore the Acropolis Museum, a stunning contemporary home to statues and sculptures discovered at the Acropolis site. Afterwards, enjoy the afternoon free at leisure or join our optional tour to Cape Sounion. 

Included: Breakfast at hotel or on cruise

Accommodation:

★★★★ View all Hotel Options

Optional Tours:

DAY 4

Athens - Corinth Canal - Epidaurus - Nafplion - Mycenae - Olympia

After an early breakfast, depart Athens by the scenic coastal road and reach the Corinth Canal for a short photo stop.  Enjoy the magnificent landscape in the Corinth Canal’s protected waters, one of the 19th century world’s engineering masterpieces with history that starts as early as 602 B.C.  
 
Our journey continues as we make our way to Epidaurus, sitting on the north-eastern Argolid peninsula of the Peloponnese.  Delve into the age-old ruins of this once-thriving small city, the former home of a sanctuary dedicated to Asclepius, the god of healing.Stop to view Epidaurus’ highlight: its incredible 4th-century theater, one of the greatest and best-preserved Greek theaters, and known for its incredible acoustics — it’s said that guests seated on the highest rows could hear a coin drop on the stage.
 
Next, transfer to the seaside city of Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece and home to a charming old town crowned by the mighty Venetian fortress of Palamidi.
 
Continue to the remains of Mycenae, a hilltop town associated with the legend of King Agamemnon who commanded the 10-year expedition against Troy, and which was considered to be the Homeric city of Atreides, which the poet described as ‘rich in gold.’ Explore the best of the ruins here, seeing such prized features as the Lion Gate, Cyclopean Walls, and the Royal Tombs. 
 
Afterwards, depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnese, Tripoli and Megalopoli.  Enjoy dinner at your hotel in Olympia tonight.

Included: Breakfast at hotel or on cruise , International Buffet Dinner at Hotel

Accommodation:

★★★★ View all Hotel Options

DAY 5

Olympia - Delphi

After breakfast, enjoy a morning tour of Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the idea and site of the Ancient Olympic Games.  Visit the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus and the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, which hosts important treasures such as the famous statue of Praxiteles, Hermes.  Continue through Achaia and Rio – Antirio towards Delphi, passing through the picturesque towns of Nafpaktos and Itea.  Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel in Delphi.

Included: Breakfast at hotel or on cruise , International Buffet Dinner at Hotel

Accommodation:

★★★★ Amalia Hotel Delphi or Similar

DAY 6

Delphi - Kalambaka

A visit to the magnificent classical site of Delphi is one of the highlights of any tour of Greece. This morning, explore this mountainside complex, set on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus. Once considered the ‘navel of the earth,’ this ancient sanctuary has its roots in the 6th century BC, and was home to the oracle of Apollo, which issued cryptic predictions and advice to visiting leaders and pilgrims.

Your explorations begin with highlights, including the Sanctuary of Apollo where the oracle, Pythia, the temple priestess, delivered her prophesies, and the beautiful Doric Treasury of the Athenians, built to house offerings to Apollo. 
 
Afterwards, visit the Delphi Museum, which houses a fascinating collection of findings from the site, including the beautiful statue of the bronze charioteer. Depart for the lovely town of Kalambaka and enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight. 

Included: Breakfast at hotel or on cruise , International Buffet Dinner at Hotel

Accommodation:

★★★★ Amalia Hotel Kalambaka or Similar

DAY 7

Kalambaka - Meteora Monasteries - Athens

This morning depart Kalambaka and travel to the UNESCO-listed rock monasteries of Meteora.  Teetering high on sandstone pillars that were first settled by hermits in the 11th century, these medieval sanctuaries were largely built between the 12th and 15th centuries as inaccessible religious retreats. 
 
Visit a selection of breathtakingly situated monasteries* to view some of the priceless icons and treasures they hold and soak up the bird’s-eye views from their jaw-droppingly high terraces.  Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Kalambaka (not included), before returning to Athens bypassing Trikala, Lamia and Thermopylae where a stop will be made to visit the memorial of Leonidas and the brave 300 Spartians.  
 
Later, relax on a road transfer back to Athens, where after checking in to your hotel, you have the rest of the evening to spend as you please. 
 
*Monasteries visited subject to change

Included: Breakfast at hotel or on cruise

Accommodation:

★★★★ Athens Avenue or similar

DAY 8

Athens - USA

Today transfer to Athens International Airport and bid farewell to Greece as you board your return flight to the US. 

Included: Breakfast at hotel or on cruise

Your tour includes

  • International flights (land & air package only)
  • Athens airport arrival and departure transfers (land & air package only)
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation
  • Daily hotel buffet breakfasts & 3 dinners as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing with an English-speaking local guide as indicated in the itinerary

Your included accommodation will be at one of the below hotels or a hotel of a similar category; we will notify you of your final hotel list before departure.

Classic Category Accommodation

Turkish Airlines:

    • IAH, JFK
    • LAX, SFO
    • ORD, IAD
    FROM $0 -$200 PP

Emirates:

    • EWR

*Subject to availability

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