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GRAND TOUR OF GREECE

7 Days / 6 Nights
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Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, Edessa, Tempi Valley, Thessaloniki, Pella, Vergina, Thermopylae

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Guaranteed departures on April 23rd, May 14th and 28th, June 11th and 25th, July 16th, August 6th and 10th, September 17th and 24th.

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What is included in this excursion

  • Pick up and drop off.
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Olympia.
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Delphi.
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Kalambaka.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Thessaloniki.
  • Entrance fees to all the archaeological sites of this tour.
  • Official English-speaking guide throughout the tour.
  • Transport by luxury A/C bus.
  • Daily breakfast and four dinners.

What is not included in this excursion + Optional Supplements

  • Gratuities (optional).
  • Personal expenses.
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  • 10% discount for groups of more than 10 travelers

Hotel pickup

The tour includes pick-up and frop off from/to the majority of the hotels in Athens city center. Once the reservation is made, we will send you an email with the pick up time from your hotel or the nearest one.

Approximate duration and dates

This tour lasts 7 days. Departures on Guaranteed departures on April 23rd, May 14th and 28th, June 11th and 25th, July 16th, August 6th and 10th, September 17th and 24th.

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Cancellations

Full refund for cancellations at least 48 hours in advance. For cancellations or modifications later than 48 hours prior to departure, 100% of the total cost will be applied as cancellation fees.

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Once the reservation is made you will receive an email with your reservation number or receipt. Vouchers are not essential for this tour.

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Excursion Itinerary: Grand Tour Of Greece

1
FROM ATHENS TO CORINTH, EPIDAURUS, NAUPLION AND OLYMPIA

Early in the morning, at the time indicated, we will pick you up from your hotel or closest meeting point to start our trip to the southern Greek mainland.

At first, we will stop at the famous Corinth canal, called Isthmus in Greek, to take panoramic pictures of the spot where the Peloponesse and Central Greece unite as well as the Aegean connects with the Ionian Sea. This canal was completed in the latter 19th century during the governorship of Charilaos Trikoupis in Greece and allows ships cut short the sailing distance instead of circumnavigating the Peloponesse for more than 400 km.

We will continue to Epidaurus, past hills and mountains, where we will be immersed in the culture of the 4th century BC. Epidaurus was one of the most important pilgrimage centers of antiquity, dedicated to the god Asclepius. It is on the mountainside of Knortion, where the famous Theater of Epidaurus is located, the best preserved ancient theater in Greece. Its construction was not planned as a separate site but was part of the therapeutic and healing process, which was achieved through the theatrical performances.

Known for its acoustics, the Theater of Epidaurus has a capacity of about 16,000 spectators and is still in use, especially during the summer, where notable performances are staged by native and international artists.

Then, we will make a brief stop at the first capital of Greece, Nauplion, and from there we will have the opportunity to witness the beauties of northeastern Peloponesse, an area which is famous for its orange orchards, olive groves and beautiful shores.

Continuing our journey back in time, we will go three thousand years ago to visit the Acropolis of Mycenae. Mycenae was the center of the Mycenaean or Achaean civilization. According to mythology, the city was built by Perseus with the assistance of Cyclopes (one-eyed giants). In the enclosure you can see its cyclopean walls, the Lions Gate, various tombs of ancient kings, the Palace, the Cistern and its 99 steps underground, the Tomb of Egisto, the tomb of Clytemnestre among others, that our guide will relate to us in great detail.
Next to the Acropolis of Mycenae there can be found one of the greatest achievements of the mycenaen civilization, the Tomb, attributed for a long time, to King Agamemnon.

Finally, we will drive further south to reach Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic games.  Dinner and accommodation.

2
FROM OLYMPIA TO DELPHI, THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD

In the morning we will visit the site of the old Olympic stadium, where the first games were held around 776 BC. The importance of these games was apparent, given the extensive participation of the Greek cities, which suspended hostilities throughout the celebrations. The Olympiad was recognized as the only accepted chronological event all over Greece and, in essence, it constituted the period of four years between two consecutive events.

Olympia was also the most important sanctuary of Ancient Greece, a place to worship Zeus, the first among the gods. A gigantic sculpture in gold and ivory was made by Phidias and was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. After our visit to the Museum of Olympia, we will continue our journey to Delphi passing by a modern architectural wonder this time, the suspension bridge of Rio - Antirion.

We will arrive at Delphi, have dinner and rest.

FROM THE ORACLE TO METEORA, KALAMBAKA
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FROM THE ORACLE TO METEORA, KALAMBAKA

In the morning and after a refreshing breakfast we will visit Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the center or navel of the ancient world where the renowned Oracle of Delphi was, a consultant of the kings and pilgrims. We will also visit the museum which houses the "bronze charioteer", a masterpiece of Greek sculpture. After the above visits, we will leave the foothills of the Parnassian mountain, where Delphi is located, to continue to the Thessalian plains where the city of Kalambaka is located. Arrival, dinner.

4
FROM KALAMBAKA TO THESSALONIKI AND NORTHERN GREECE

Early in the morning, we will visit Meteora, declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site in 1988.  Meteora is a place where the natural beauty of the area is combined with the history of the eternal monasteries, suspended or 'meteora' on top of the huge rocks.

The first monastery "The Great Meteor" was built by Athanasius after being expelled from Mount Athos, fleeing from his persecutors. Currently, there are only six monasteries still in use, five for male and one for the female monastic community.

Departing from Kalambaka, we will head further north, driving through the fertile plain of Thessaly and the Valley of Tempi.  We will have the opportunity to admire the imposing mass of Mount Olympos, the highest mountain in Greece and home of the twelve Gods of Greek Mythology.

Our journey will go on in the region of Macedonia in northern Greece and the city of Thessaloniki, the second largest and most important center of the area. Here we will dine and rest.

 

5
EXPLORING THESSALONIKI

This day is set aside for becoming acquainted with and exploring this big city.  Thessaloniki, literally meaning the victory of Thessalians, is a city with a glorious past and the cultural and economic center of the region of Macedonia for centuries. During the Byzantine era it was the "co-reigning" city, second in population and prestige after Constantinople.

We will have the opportunity to visit a number of its unique monuments, such as the White Tower, the Arch of Galerius and Rotonda.

We will also visit the Museum of Byzantine Culture, awarded with the Council of Europe's Museum Prize for the year 2005. The rest of the day will be free to enjoy the lively center of the city.

6
VISITING VERGINA, EDESSA AND NAOUSSA

In the morning after a good breakfast, we will start our journey in historical Macedonia.

Our first stop will be at the picturesque city of Edessa where we will have the chance to see its famous landmark, the Waterfalls. Then we will proceed to Naoussa, a place of exceptional beauty and importance - Aristotle's School, the place where the great philosopher taught ‘the doctrines of morals and politics' to Alexander the Great and to Macedonian youth can be found.

We will go on to Vergina (ancient Aigai), to visit the splendid Museum, created in the Great Tumba covering the royal tombs of Macedonian royalty. There can be found the tomb of King Phillip II, Alexander's father, which is considered among the greatest discoveries of the 20th century.

In only a few miles away there is Veria (Biblical Beroea). Amongst the highlights of the city are Saint Paul's Bema, the old Jewish neighborhood, and the colorful market area. You will have free time to walk and explore the city where the past is still alive and in harmony with the present.

Finally, we will return to Thessaloniki, have dinner and rest.

7
FROM THE CAPITAL OF ANCIENT MACEDONIA AND FINALLY TO ATHENS

Today we will visit Pella, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia and of Alexander the Great.

Here, we will have the chance to marvel at the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th century B.C. villas, and the exhibits of the new Museum. Then, we will visit the Archaeological Park of Dion, the sacred city of the Macedonians, at the foot of Mount Olympus.

Continuing our journey, we will move further south through Thessaly, Lamia, Thermopylae, where we will pay homage to Leonidas' Monument, the legendary king of Sparta who fell in the famous battle against the Persians in 480 B.C.

Our arrival in Athens will be late in the afternoon.

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