Classical Greece & Idyllic Islands - 12 Days
Discover Greece’s extreme beauty on this 12-day tour travelling from ancient Athens uncovering centuries of civilization at the astounding archaeological sites Acropolis, Olympia and Meteora; soaking up the gorgeous beaches of Zakynthos and the outstanding scenery of the Peloponnese before discovering the magical island of Santorini.
Today we set our sights exploring the most important landmarks and monuments of the historical city of Athens, one of the oldest cities in Europe. Our first stop is to the Panathenaic Stadium, home of the first modern Olympic Games and the only stadium in the world made entirely from marble. We then continue to other iconic landmarks including the Zappeion, the temple of Olympian Zeus, and Hadrian’s wall. Our final stop is to the iconic Acropolis where we enjoy a guided visit to Propylae, the temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon, the Erechtheion and the Acropolis Museum, recently voted one of the best museums in the world. This afternoon is at leisure to further explore – wander through the picturesque old neighbourhood of Plaka or shop for souvenirs on Ermou Street.
Overnight: Athens | Breakfast
Across the Peloponnese
Athens - Epidaurus - Mycenae - Olympia. This morning finds us travelling towards to Peloponnese, home to many of Greece’s greatest archaeological sites. Our first stop is to the impressive Corinth Canal which separates the Greek mainland from the Peloponnese before continuing our journey to Epidaurus, a hub of ancient healing famous for its theatres acoustics.
This afternoon we briefly stop in Nafplion, a beautiful town filled with numerous Venetian and Turkish buildings, labyrinth streets and authentic atmosphere, before continuing onto Mycenae, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the country. The site includes the towering Cyclopean walls, the beehive tomb of Agamemnon, and the famous Lion's Gate. In the afternoon, we cross the Peloponnese mountains to arrive in Olympia for dinner.
Overnight: Olympia | Breakfast, Dinner
Olympia – Zakynthos. The beautiful town of Olympia, set on the banks of the River Alfios, is ours to explore today. We begin with a tour through the remains of Ancient Olympia, home of the original Olympic Games, including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra and Phidias’s Workshop. We continue to one of the richest museums in Greece where we marvel at the impressive Hermes of Praxitelis statue.
Our afternoon finds us leaving the rest of the group and taking a private transfer to the port of Kyllini where we embark on the local ferry to the island of Zakynthos, one of the most popular islands on the Ionian Sea. After checking into our hotel, we have the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight: Zakynthos | Breakfast
This morning we embark on a coach tour to the north-east part of Zakynthos, with our guide telling us about the history and mythology of the island en-route. We have a brief stop at Alykes Hills for the perfect photo opportunity with great scenery overlooking the whole of the island, mainland Greece and the neighbouring island of Kefalonia. We arrive at a small fishing village where we board our boats to travel around the north shores of the island, arriving at Navagio beach, the most photographed beach in the world, before the crowds. Our boat then continues to the famous “Blue Caves” (subject to weather conditions), one of the islands most famous natural attractions, for a dip in the caves rich waters which appear to turn everything below the water blue. On our way back to the port we look out for dolphins and sea-turtles before stopping at the sea-spa of Xingia, a small sandy beach with turquoise waters containing traces of Sulphur and collagen, for a swim that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. We return to our hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
Overnight: Zakynthos | Breakfast
Zakynthos – Delphi. This morning we have some free time to enjoy the town of Zakynthos before we make our way back to Kyllini port. From there we take a transfer to the meeting point and rejoin the group before continuing around Oatras and over the Rio-Antirio bridge to Delphi for dinner.
Overnight: Delphi | Breakfast, Dinner
Delphi – Kalambaka. Delphi, one the most sacred pilgrimage centre in the world, is ours to explore today. We begin admiring the Sanctuary of Apollo before we walk up the Sacred Way, the path followed by ancient visitors that runs through the Sanctuary until we reach the temple of Apollo, where we’ll find the bronze Charioteer statue and mythical omphalos stone. This afternoon we cross the mountains of central Greece back to the mainland, arriving in Kalambaka, the gateway to Meteroa, for an evening meal.
Overnight: Kalambaka | Breakfast, Dinner
Kalambaka - Meteora – Athens. After breakfast we visit the stunning Meteroa World Heritage Site. The towering rock formations have provided a sacred retreat for monks over centuries. We explore the Orthodox monasteries hidden at the top and marvel at the spectacular view across the plain. We return to Athens for the night stopping at Thermopylae, where King Leonidas and 300 Spartans made a famous last stand against the Persians in 480 BC.
Overnight: Athens | Breakfast
Athens – Santorini. After breakfast, we travel to the port of Piraeus to catch the local ferry to the magical island of Santorini. The journey takes roughly 8 hours and once we have docked we are transferred to our hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Santorini | Breakfast
The next two days are at leisure to explore the volcanic island of Santorini. No trip to the island would be complete without exploring the whitewashed towns of Fira and Oia which boast amazing views of the volcano that birthed the island, sit on the black-sanded beaches for one of the best sunsets in the Aegean, or cruise along the caldera on a boat tour.
Overnight: Santorini | Breakfast x 2
Our tour of Greece ends today. Spend the morning at leisure before an included transfer to Santorini airport for your onward flight.
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