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SELF DRIVE CLASSICAL TOUR TOWARDS THE GREEK REGION OF MACEDONIA

10 Days / 9 Nights
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Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Kalambaka, Thessaloniki, Kavala and Chalkidiki

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What is included in this package

  • 3-night accommodation in Athens.
  • 1-night accommodation in Olympia.
  • 1-night accommodation in Delphi.
  • 1-night accommodation in Kalambaka.
  • 2-night accommodation in Thessaloniki.
  • 1-night accommodation in Chalkidiki.
  • Guided evening walking tour through Monastiraki, Plaka and Anafiotika.
  • Car rental as per itinerary.
  • CDW insurance, excess amount Eur 750.00
  • Unlimited kilometres
  • 24-hour Roadside Assistance 
  • All transfers as per description.
  • 24/7 Emergency Phone Assistance
  • Daily breakfast

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  • Gratuities (optional) and Personal expenses.
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  • Fuel and tolls
  • GPS, snow chains, child seat and additional driver upon request.
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Package Tour Itinerary: Self Drive Classical Tour Towards The Greek Region Of Macedonia

ATHENS - CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION
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ATHENS - CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION

After your arrival in the mythical city of Athens, the transfer to your hotel will be conducted in one of our private vehicles. A member of our English speaking team will meet you at your hotel, help you with the check-in, inform you of all the details of your trip, introduce you to the city and its everyday way of life and answer any questions you may have. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax and enjoy Athens at your own pace.

Greca Tip: Extend your stay by adding more nights during Step 1 of 3 of your booking!

DAY AT LEISURE  AND ATHENS BY NIGHT
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DAY AT LEISURE AND ATHENS BY NIGHT

This will be a free day in Athens, where, after a delicious breakfast, you will have the chance to visit some of the famous attractions and places of interest in the city. Alternatively, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll in the city center and make your own discoveries as you go along.

In the evening you will join a guided walking tour through the most stunning districts of Athens, such as Anafiotika, Thisio, Monastiraki and Plaka.

Greca Tip: Enjoy a tasty souvlaki in one of the taverns in and around Monasteraki Square.

FROM ATHENS TO OLYMPIA, THE CRADLE OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES
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FROM ATHENS TO OLYMPIA, THE CRADLE OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES

After collecting your rental car, you will head towards the Peloponnese peninsula

The first stop will be at the Corinth canal, a great engineering feat first devised in 630 BC by Periander, a tyrant and one of the seven sages of antiquity, and completed by the French in 1893. This channel, about 6 kilometres long, facilitates the passage from the Ionian Sea to the Saronic Gulf and thus saves days of navigation around the Peloponnese peninsula.

On the route, you can make a detour to Kalavryta, a city with magnificent views and its steep slopes, river springs and pine forests.  At a distance of about 17 kilometers from Kalavryta, you will come across the Cave of the Lakes. The cave extends for 2 kilometers underground and has 15 lakes inside. The combination of the colors and waterfalls together make an impressive spectacle.

Alternatively, you can drive to Diakofto and from there catch the train known as "Odontotos" towards Kalavryta. This train rises to a hight of 750 meters above sea level and crosses the entire Vouraikos gorge. The views are splendid, with lush forests, waterfalls, and tunnels carved into the rocks. This is the tour of such striking beauty, that you should not miss out on the chance of taking it. 

After these two compulsory stops, you will arrive at the destination of the day, Olympia. There, you will visit the site of the former Olympic stadium, where the first Games were held (776a.C). The importance of the Olympic games was such that all Greek cities ceased hostilities and participated on a large scale.

Olympia was also the most important sanctuary of the Ancient Greeks, a place to worship Zeus, the king and father of all gods.  Here also stood his gold and ivory statue, a gigantic sculpture made by Fidias himself and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Total distance: 285km

Greca Tip: Relax and make the most of your hotel's amenities or hike through the beautiful surrounding countryside.

FROM OLYMPIA TO THE DELPHIC ORACLE
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FROM OLYMPIA TO THE DELPHIC ORACLE

After a delicious breakfast, you will leave Olympia and cross the Korinthian Gulf over the Rio Antirio Bridge, the longest cable bridge in Europe and one of the great jewels of modern European engineering. 

You will continue to Nafpaktos, the town known as the location of the naval battle, where Miguel de Cervantes, the man who would one day write the great novel, Don Quixote, also took part. Here you can visit the old port and the castle of Nafpaktos with incredible views of the Gulf of Corinth. 

Your next stop will be Galaxidi, a picturesque fishing village with beautiful beaches. Finally, you will arrive at Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the centre or 'navel' of the ancient world, where the renowned Delphic Oracle was located (consulted by kings and pilgrims alike). When all your prayers and petitions to the Delphi Oracle have been made, you will enjoy a well-deserved rest at your hotel! 

Total distance: 212 kms

Greca Tip: In the evening we suggest taking a leisurely walk in the neighbouring and picturesque town of Arachova.

FROM THE ORACLE TO METEORA (KALAMBAKA)
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FROM THE ORACLE TO METEORA (KALAMBAKA)

Today, after a tasty breakfast, you will leave Delphi, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, and head towards the plains of Thessaly, where the city of Kalambaka is located.

Once in Kalambaka you will visit Meteora, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. It combines the natural beauty of the region with the eternal monasteries, hanging or 'meteora' on top of the huge rocks. The first monastery, "The Great Meteoro", was built by Saint Athanasius, where he arrived in order to escape from his pursuers, after being expelled from Mount Athos. Nowadays, only six of them remain in use: five for the monks and one for the nuns.

Dress code in monasteries: Sleeveless shirts, shorts or skirts above the knee are not allowed. Trousers, sarongs and other articles are available at the entrance of the Monasteries for those visitors who do not have spare clothing to cover themeselves with.

Total distance: 237 kms

Greca Tip: Visit Kalambaka's old picturesque district and buy religious icons, hand-made wood-carved objects and local home-made pies.

FROM KALAMBAKA TO THE GREAT THESSALONIKI
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FROM KALAMBAKA TO THE GREAT THESSALONIKI

After a delicious breakfast, you will leave Meteora to drive north through the fertile plain of Thessaly and the Tempi Valley. You should not overlook the opportunity to admire the imposing mass of Mount Olympos, the highest mountain in Greece and home to the twelve gods of Greek mythology.

You will finally reach Macedonia and the city of Thessaloniki, the second-largest and the most important centre in the area. Thessaloniki, whose name means "the victory of Thessaly", is a city with a glorious past and the cultural and economic center of the Macedonian region for centuries.

During the Byzantine era it was the "co-reigning" city, second in population and prestige after Constantinople (current Istanbul). You will have the opportunity to visit several of its unique monuments, such as the White Tower, the Arch of Galerius and Rotunda or The Museum of Byzantine Culture, awarded Council of Europe's Museum Prize in 2005.

Total distance: 227 km.

Greca Tip: Explore the historical quarter of Ladadika and take a long stroll along the waterfront from Aristotelous square to the White Tower, one of the city's hallmarks.

VISITING KAVALA, FOLLOWING THE FOOTSTEPS OF SAINT PAUL
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VISITING KAVALA, FOLLOWING THE FOOTSTEPS OF SAINT PAUL

Today you will dedicate this entire day to one of the most beautiful and imposing cities of northern Greece. Right after a filling Greek breakfast, you will depart for Kavala, located about 150 km away from Thessaloniki.

The city was founded in the late 7th century BC by settlers from the island of Thassos and was originally called Neapolis. Later, when it was conquered by Philip II of Macedonia (father of the renowned Alexander the Great) it reached great prosperity until the decline of the Macedonian State in 49 AD. 

One of its distinguishing features is the aqueduct, a symbol of the city. This conduit, although Roman in appearance, was built by Suleiman the Magnificent to supply the Turkish baths with water. You can also visit the Archaeological Museum of Kavala, with collections from Ancient Neapolis, the Municipal Museum of Folklore, with exhibitions of costumes, jewelry and handicrafts. 

On the outskirts of the city, there is the Archaeological site of Philippi, with Roman and Byzantine ruins.  In the 2nd century BC the Via Egnatia, one of the largest military and commercial roads of the ancient world, was built through Philippi, making the city a focal point of the region. Here, every summer, the ancient theatre of Philippi plays host to productions of Theater, Music, and Dance during the Philippi Festival.

Saint Paul arrived at Philippi in 49/50 AD and founded the first Christian Church on European territory.  Right next to the Ancient City of Philippi there is the unique and monumental Baptistery of St. Lydia. This modern architectural monument is located exactly at the place where the Apostle Paul baptized the first Christian in Europe, Lydia.

After visiting this beautiful northern Greek city, you will return to Thessaloniki for a well-deserved rest. 

Total distance: 300 km.

Greca Tip: We recommend adding extra nights in Thessaloniki to trace St. Paul's journey by either taking a Tour to Pella and Vergina or a Tour to the Hot Spring of Pozar and Edessa.

FROM THESSALONIKI TO THE PENINSULA OF CHALKIDIKI
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FROM THESSALONIKI TO THE PENINSULA OF CHALKIDIKI

After a delicious breakfast, you will leave Thessaloniki towards Chalkidiki Peninsula or Halkidiki for the Greeks. It is a region of impressive natural beauty and, shaped like Poseidon’s trident, Halkidiki’s prongs jut out into the Aegean Sea.

Kassandra, the westernmost peninsula, stands out for its amazing golden beaches, crystal waters and endless entertainment opportunities. Here the accommodation offer is large and varied and to the highest standard. The most popular bays in Kassandra are: Nea Fokea, Haniotis, and Possidi.

Sithonia, the middle ground between cosmopolitan Kassandra and the monastic retreat of Mount Athos. Its mild climate, pine forests and sandy beaches, as well as its lovely islets just off the coast, make it particularly popular with nature lovers. Here you will find traditional seafront guesthouses and marinas along its coastline and archaeological sites such as Ancient Olynthos and Stageira, the birthplace of Aristotle. Popular beaches are: Sarti, Kalamitsi, Karidi, Lagonisi and Tigania.

The last peninsula is the holy Mount Athos or Agio Oros, which is a unique male monastic society.  In the centre of the peninsula rises a long range of hills and mountains, culminating in Mount Athos itself, 2033m above sea level. This is an autonomous and self-governed territory of Greece and restricted to monks and male visitors, who can live in the ways of the Byzantine era for a few days, discover the mysticism of the orthodox religion and way of life, admire the wonderful works of hagiography and enjoy the unspoiled nature. Up to 100 Orthodox and 10 non-Orthodox men can enter this enclave each day to visit it. Access to women is forbidden in the area.

Outside and very near Agios Oros, you can find the town of Estagira, the birthplace of the great philosopher Aristotle.

Spending your overnight stay in Sithonia is highly recommended.

Total distance: 200 km.

Greca Tip: Taste the renowned table olives, savour the local wine varieties mavrotragano and xinomavro, the seafood delicacies and its top quality local honey.

FROM CHALKIDIKI TO ATTIKA, THE RETURN
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FROM CHALKIDIKI TO ATTIKA, THE RETURN

After a hearty breakfast you will depart from Chalkidiki and drive southwards through the fertile plain of Thessaly and Tempi Valley. You will have the opportunity to admire the imposing mass of Mount Olympos, the highest mountain in Greece and home to the twelve gods of Greek Mythology.

You can then drive to Thermopylae, where the statue of the Spartan king Leonidas I is to be seen. Leonidas was the intrepid leader who confronted the Persians and perished in the homonymous battle.

In the same area you can also have a rejuvenating bath in the sulphurous thermal springs, from which Thermopylae takes its name. The admission to the spring waters is free.

Back in Athens, you will return your rental car to the station and your adventure through Greece at our own pace will have come full circle. Now it is time to have a well-deserved rest with the memories of all the places you have seen and all the people you have met still fresh in your mind.

Total distance: 600 km.

Greca Tip: Visit the Center for Historical Information in Thermopylae and find out about the historical events and the protagonists of the battle.

FAREWELL GREECE!
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FAREWELL GREECE!

At the agreed time, our driver will transfer you to Athens Airport to board your international flight back home or to your next destination.  You will check in your luggage and benefit from the tax return resulting from any last minute "tax free" shopping for family and friends.

Undoubtedly, and after spending a few fantastic days with Greca, we hope to see you again soon to create new and extraordinary moments that will be lovingly etched in your memory.

Have a nice trip! Or as Greeks say: "Kalo taksidi!"

Greca Tip: As a going away gift you can choose from a wide range of brightly colored flokati rugs, handmade sandals, embroidered covers and Greek honey or olive oil.

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