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Grand Tour of Greece - 10 Days

Embark on your own grand tour of discovery on this 10-day journey of Greece, taking us from ancient Athens to Thessaloniki through the sanctuaries, monasteries, monuments, and stunning landscapes at the heart of this cradle of Western civilization.

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Trip Highlights

Athens - discover one of the world's oldest cities, from the ancient Acropolis to the modern Panathenaic Stadium
Olympia - learn about the site of the original Olympics, where the Statue of Zeus - an ancient Wonder of the World - once stood
Meteora - admire the stunning, UNESCO-listed rock formations and clifftop monasteries
Greek Macedonia - explore the civilization of Alexander the Great at sites such as Vergina & Pella
Peloponnese - cross the rocky peninsula at the heart of Greek history, home to Epidaurus, Mycenae, and the Corinth Canal
Delphi - follow the Sacred Way in the footsteps of pilgrims who sought the oracle's advice at this holy sanctuary
Thessaloniki - immerse yourself in Byzantine history and culture in this northern port city
Thermopylae - relive the Spartans' famous last stand against the Persians on this narrow pass

Included

9 nights 4 star hotels
One arrival transfer on Day 1 and One departure transfer on Day 10 included per booking
Entrance fees for all included sites
All transfers and transportation in modern air conditioned vehicles.
9 breakfasts and 6 dinners
Guided sightseeing in Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, Thessaloniki
Services of an English-speaking tour guide for all scheduled sightseeing
Note: Touring is operated in conjunction with other tourist groups, not solely On The Go. You will join travellers who booked through other operators for sightseeing each day, some staying in different hotels, and spend your evenings at leisure. The group can vary in size from 15 - 45 persons. Guiding may be in an additional language to English.

Not Included

International flights and visas
A hotel tax of €3.00 per room per night to be paid directly to the hotel at time of check in. Please budget Euro 27, for the duration of the tour. See Trip Notes for details.
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Athens

Welcome to Greece! Transfer to your hotel upon arrival at Athens airport, where you may spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Athens

Day 2

Athens City Tour

Today we embark on a tour of Greece's vibrant capital city, named after the goddess Athena and thought to be over 3000 years old. We visit various sites of interest including the Panathenaic Stadium (where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896), Hadrian's Arch, and Syntagma Square. Afterwards we go back in time with a guided visit of the Acropolis, the ancient hilltop sanctuary housing the architectural masterpieces of Classical Athens: the Parthenon, Propylaia, Temple of Athena Nike, and Erechtheion. This is followed by a guided tour of the Acropolis Museum, recently voted one of the best museums in the world. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in the old Plaka neighbourhood and maybe shopping for souvenirs on Ermou street.
Overnight: Athens  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Across the Peloponnese

Athens - Epidaurus - Mycenae - Olympia. After breakfast, we depart towards the Peloponnese, the rocky peninsula home to many of Greece's greatest archaeological sites. First we stop at the gaping Corinth Canal, a narrow waterway separating the Peloponnese and Greek mainland. We continue to Epidaurus, a hub of ancient healing with a theater famed for its acoustics.

After a short seaside stop in Nafplion, we visit Mycenae, the ancient civilization described by Homer as "rich in gold" and excavated by Heinrich Schliemann. The site includes the towering Cyclopean walls, the beehive tomb of Agamemnon, and the famous Lion's Gate. In the afternoon, we cross the mountains of the Peloponnese to arrive in Olympia for dinner.
Overnight: Olympia  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Olympia

Olympia - Delphi. Built on the banks of the River Alfios, the lush green sanctuary of Olympia once housed the original ancient Olympic Games, held every four years in honour of Zeus. Today we enjoy a tour through its remains, including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra, and Phidias's workshop. In the afternoon, we head north around Patras, over the Rio-Antirio bridge, to Delphi for dinner.
Overnight: Delphi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Delphi

Delphi - Kalambaka. The sanctuary at Delphi was revered in antiquity as a center of pilgrimage, home to the Pythia (oracle) in the Temple of Apollo. We will follow the Sacred Way - the path followed by ancient visitors through the sanctuary. We then visit the local museum, where we'll find the bronze Charioteer statue and the omphalos stone. Afterwards, we cross the mountains of central Greece back to the mainland, to arrive in Kalambaka.
Overnight: Kalambaka  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Meteora

Kalambaka - Thessaloniki. This morning we visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Meteora. Incredible rock formations, like towers of sandstone, stand ageless on the landscape, hiding a number of Eastern Orthodox monasteries which have provided sacred retreat for monks over the centuries. We continue driving north through the plain of Thessaly and Valley of Tempi, and under Mount Olympus, home to the 12 gods of Greek mythology, before arriving in Thessaloniki, the capital of northern Greece.
Overnight: Thessaloniki  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Thessaloniki

We spend the morning exploring the city of Thessaloniki, visiting its most important landmarks and monuments to get a sense of its rich Byzantine past. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight: Thessaloniki  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Macedonian Memory

Today we explore the history of Greek Macedonia. First we stop at the town of Edessa, framed by several beautiful waterfalls. Our next stop is Aristotle's school, where the great philosopher educated a young Alexander the Great. We then find the royal Macedonian tombs at Vergina, where Alexander's father Philip II is buried. Our final stop will be at Veria, where we'll see the Bema of St. Paul, colourful market, and Jewish neighbourhood. We return to Thessaloniki for dinner.
Overnight: Thessaloniki  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

Pella & Dion

Thessaloniki - Pella - Dion - Athens. Our journey through Macedonian history continues with a visit to Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia and birthplace of Alexander. The site at Pella is known for its exquisite floor mosaics and features a new museum. We then drive to the archaeological park of Dion, an ancient Macedonian sanctuary at the foot of Mount Olympus. We return to Athens for our final night, stopping at Thermopylae, where Leonidas and three hundred Spartans made a heroic last stand against the Persians in 480 BC.
Overnight: Athens  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Athens

Today marks the end of our grand tour of Greece. A transfer to the airport for your departure flight is included after breakfast.
Breakfast

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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary. Please note that in Athens a variety of hotels are used which is why we are unable to display them. At time of booking our reservations team can let you know which Athens hotel has been confirmed.

Hotel Europa , Olympia

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set at the top of Drouvas Hill, Hotel Europa offers views of the Arcadian Mountains and Alfios Valley from your own private balcony. The spacious guestrooms also feature marble floors and modern amenities, with free WiFi and breakfast included. Relax on the comfortable sunbeds by the outdoor pool that is surrounded by luscious greenery. Within the garden there is a Greek tavern where you can enjoy a delicious feast of Mediterranean cuisine prepared with natural and organic ingredients.

Hotel Arty Grand , Olympia

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Located on top of a hill overlooking Olympia, the Arty Grand Hotel is all about the guest experience. From the welcoming reception hall, up to the spacious rooms and beautiful verandas, the Arty Grand provides world-class treatment. Arranged over three floors, there is an outdoor swimming pool and spa centre, where you can relax with a rejuvenating massage after a day of exploring. The hotel serves a daily breakfast buffet and you can order from the lunch and dinner menu. Then take your pick between the hotel or poolside bar to enjoy an evening drink.

Hotel Amalia, Delphi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located at the foot of Mount Parnassus, Hotel Amalia overlooks a picturesque green valley and the Ionian Sea. Guestrooms are spread over four levels, offering plenty of natural light and all the essential amenities. Relax in the main lounge where you can enjoy the magnificent vistas by a rustic fireplace. Next to the beautiful gardens you will find the main restaurant, serving up a rich American breakfast buffet and a la carte lunch and dinner featuring Greek cuisine. You can also enjoy coffee, fresh juice and cocktails as you unwind at the poolside bar.

Hotel Apollonia , Delphi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Situated in an ideal location within the modern town, Hotel Apollonia provides the perfect base for exploring ancient Delphi. Offering a majestic view of the Corinthian Gulf, the hotel combines wood and stone in a traditional-style build. The spacious guestrooms and modern facilities offer a very comfortable stay, with a delicious breakfast and dinner served in the hotel restaurant. You can also relax by a cosy fire with a drink or two from the bar.

Hotel Divani Meteora , Kalambaka

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Offering the chance to enjoy traditional Greek hospitality within a contemporary setting is the Hotel Divani Meteora. Surrounded by natural beauty, the hotel is set in front of the World Heritage-listed Meteora sandstone monasteries. The fully renovated hotel has a welcoming decor, with warm shades and a luxury wooden floor. A tranquil restaurant offers delicious Mediterranean cuisine and there is an outdoor and indoor pool. You can also unwind after a day of exploring in the sauna steam bath or bubbling Jacuzzi.

Hotel Amalia , Kalambaka

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Hotel Amalia is embedded on 14 acres of beautiful greenery. Built from traditional materials to match its surrounds, the hotel features extensive gardens, a large swimming pool and distant views of the Meteora Rocks. Guestrooms are spacious and fully equipped with the latest facilities. In the dining area, a rich American buffet breakfast is served with both local and international cuisine available for lunch and dinner. Relax by the fireplace in the hotel’s cosy lounge bar and listen to piano music as you sip a cocktail.

Hotel Mediterranean Palace , Thessaloniki

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

With astonishing views over the Thermaikos Gulf, Mediterranean Palace offers five-star accommodation within the heart of Thessaloniki. The attractive lobby was inspired by the city's aristocratic atmosphere in the 1930s. Guestrooms have warm, relaxing colours in line with the hotel’s classic decor, with some overlooking the city’s vibrant port. You can enjoy fine Greek and international cuisine in the Diplomatico Restaurant or relax at The Hours Bar and sip from a glass of fine wine.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Athens
Ends
Athens
Departs
Tuesdays (April - September)
Hotel Rating
4 star hotels
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Dinner: 6
Visiting
Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Kalambaka, Thessaloniki
Countries
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