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HERCULES

8 Days / 7 Nights
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Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Meteora & One Day Cruise

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Guaranteed departures every Friday, Saturday and Sunday all year round as well as every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from April to October.

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What is included in this package

  • 4-night accommodation in Athens.
  • Half-day Athens sightseeing tour with an official English-speaking guide.
  • Acropolis Museum tour with an official English-speaking guide.
  • Guided evening walking tour through Monastiraki, Plaka and Anafiotika.
  • Entrance fees and tickets as per description.
  • Day-cruise to the Saronic Gulf islands with lunch.
  • Classical Tour on Half Board basis.
  • 1-night accommodation in Olympia in 3* or 4* hotels.
  • 1-night accommodation in Delphi in 3* or 4* hotels.
  • 1-night accommodation in Kalambaka in 3* or 4* hotels.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • All transfers as per description.
  • 24/7 Emergency phone line.

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  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expenses.
  • International air tickets.
  • Book more nights in Athens by clicking on "Customize your Program" or during step 1 of your reservation.
  • Click on the FAQs for more information on hotels and rates.
  • 10% discount for groups of more than 10 travelers

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Free upgrade to 4-star hotels on the 4-day/3-night Classical tour during the winter season, November to March.

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Package Tour Itinerary: Hercules

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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 is free for you to relax and enjoy Athens at your own pace.

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

ATHENS SIGHTSEEING WITH ACROPOLIS, TEMPLE OF ZEUS, TRILOGY & ATHENS BY NIGHT
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ATHENS SIGHTSEEING WITH ACROPOLIS, TEMPLE OF ZEUS, TRILOGY & ATHENS BY NIGHT

After your breakfast and at the agreed time, you will commence the panoramic tour of the Athenian Neoclassical Center: the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the University, the Library, and National Academy, the Ilion Palace, the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Gate, the Panathenaic Stadium, and many other monuments and sites of great interest.  You will learn all there is to know about their history and background from the licensed English-speaking Tour Guide accompanying you on this tour.

Your next stop will be the "sacred rock", the spectacular, unique and magnificent Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. The entrance fee to both sites is included. At the end of the visit, you can either choose to return to your hotel or set out on your own adventure through the charming and picturesque streets of Plaka.

In the evening, we have included a guided walking tour that will take you through the prettiest districts of the capital, such as Anafiotika, Thissio, Monastiraki, and Plaka.

Greca Tip: In Plaka look for something alluring, like ceramics, musical instruments, handmade jewellery to specialty food shops stacked high with olives and spices.

DAY CRUISE - NAVIGATING LIKE ODYSSEUS
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DAY CRUISE - NAVIGATING LIKE ODYSSEUS

This morning, you will be transferred to the port to commence the full day cruise to three of the most beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf, Aegina, famous for its variety of pistacios, Poros for its scenic beauty and Hydra, the greenest of these islands, where cars and larger vehicles are prohibited. On board the ship, you will also have the chance to enjoy lunch in the accompaniment of traditional Greek dances.  At the end of the day you will be comfortably transferred back to your hotel.

Greca Tip: You can look for Aegina's famous pistacchio nuts, Poros' high-quality honey and Hydra's almond sweets, amygdalota.

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

Today you will head towards the Corinth Canal, where you will stop briefly to take some photos and marvel at this famous channel that connects the Aegean Sea with the Gulf of Corinth.  With this impressive engineering feat, ships do not have to circumnavigate the Peloponnese peninsula for more than 400 km in order to reach the Ionian Sea.

You will continue your journey until you reach the Theater of Epidaurus, worldwide famous for its acoustics and still in use today for a number of performances, especially in the summer. You will also spend time at the museum of Asclepius, father of modern medicine, and then travel to the city of Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece.  The journey will take you to Mycenae, where you will visit the prehistoric Acropolis, the Lions Gate and the tomb of "Agamemnon". In the afternoon you will travel across central Peloponnese and arrive in the city of Olympia in the early evening, where you will check in at your hotel, have dinner and rest.

Greca Tip: Stroll through the Old Town of Nafplio, its narrow cobblestoned alleys with the Bougainvillea trees adorning yards and balconies and choose “komboloyia” (a circular chain with beads made of amber) as a nice gift to yourself or friends.

FROM OLYMPIA TO THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD - DELPHI
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FROM OLYMPIA TO THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD - DELPHI

In the morning you will visit the site of the ancient Olympic stadium, where the first games were held at around 776 BC. The importance of these games was widely accepted, given the extensive participation of the Greek cities, which suspended hostilities throughout the celebrations. The Olympiad was recognized as the only chronological event all over Greece and, basically, represented 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. The gigantic gold and ivory sculpture crafted by Phidias was considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

After your visit to the Museum of Olympia, you will continue your journey to Delphi by going across the suspension bridge of Rio - Antirion, a modern engineering wonder.

Upon your arrival at Delphi you will have dinner and rest.

Greca Tip: In the evening you can go in search of the traditional character of nearby Arachova and enjoy a drink in a stylish café or a local kafeneio (coffee shop).

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

In the morning and after a solid breakfast you will visit the archaeological site of Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the center or navel of the ancient world.  It was here where the renowned Oracle of Delphi, a counsellor of kings and pilgrims, was to be found. Make sure you visit the Museum, which houses the "bronze charioteer", a masterpiece of Greek sculpture.

At the end of your Delphi tour, you will leave the slopes of Mount Parnassus and head towards the plains of Thessaly, where the city of Kalambaka is located.               

You will arrive in Kalambaka, have dinner and enjoy a good rest.

Greca Tip: We suggest using your free time to visit the Temple of Athena Pronaia at Delphi.

FROM KALAMBAKA TO ATTICA - ATHENS
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FROM KALAMBAKA TO ATTICA - ATHENS

Early in the morning you will visit Meteora, recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1988.  In this mysterious landscape, the natural beauty is combined with the compelling presence of the eternal monasteries suspended or "meteora" on top of the huge rocks. Currently there are only six in use, five for the male and one for the female monastic community.  

On the way back to Athens, you will pass by Thermopylae, where you can see the statue of the Spartan King Leonidas I, famous for leading the battle against the Persians in 480 BC. You will arrive in Athens in the late afternoon and be dropped off at your hotel.

Dresscode in the monasteries: Sleeveless clothing and shorts above the knee are not allowed. Skirts, shawls and trousers are available at the entrance of the monasteries in case visitors do not have such clothing to cover themselves with.

Greca Tip: Take a stroll in Kalambaka's old town and look for handmade woodcarved objects and religious icons as well as home-made sausages, honey, fruit sweets and jams, and the regional pudding (“spatoula”) or “halva” for a sweet aftertaste.

GOODBYE ATHENS - FAREWELL GREECE!!
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GOODBYE ATHENS - FAREWELL GREECE!!

At the appointed time, a member of our staff will drive you to Athens International Airport, where you will have the opportunity to check in your luggage and benefit from the tax returns of all the "tax-free" items bought for family and friends.

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

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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