Discover the cities, temples, museums, theatres and ‘marbles’ of classical Greece from Athens to Delphi & Olympia, the rock monasteries of Meteora and the dramatic Peloponnese scenery
Athens - 3 nights
Kalambaka - 1 night
Delphi - 1 night
Olympia - 1 night
Nafplion - 2 nights
Created in the 5th century BC to celebrate the zenith of its power the Acropolis symbolizes the glory of Ancient Athens.
The narrow Isthmus of Corinth connects the mainland and the Peloponnese where we find the heart of classical Greece outside Athens, from temples, tombs and amphitheatres to warriors, kings, sporting heroes and playwrights.
Examine the birthplace of the Olympics, consult the oracle of Delphi and explore ancient Mycenae, uncovered in 1874 by the archaeologist Schliemann, following clues in Homer’s text.
Will we lose our Marbles? The ‘Elgin Marbles’ were taken from the Parthenon frieze by Lord Elgin and have pride of place in the British Museum. On the one hand the Ottomans authorised the removal and they have been well-preserved and on view since 1816, contributing to the study of Ancient Greece. On the other hand they are part of Greece’s most famous monument, taken during Turkish occupation and now have a home to go to at the Acropolis museum whose Meteoratop floor is the same size as the Parthenon, displaying four sides of the frieze with gaps or replicas for missing ‘marbles’ (mainly with a discrete ‘BM’ caption!).
Jules Verne Sightseeing
4 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 8 – 28
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Athens. Three nights at the central 5-star Hotel Divani Acropolis.
Day 2 View the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, National Library, Presidential guards at Syntagma Square and the Panathenaic stadium, site of the first Olympics. Visit the Acropolis and museum. Welcome drinks party. (B)
Day 3 Free day to explore the nearby Plaka and other sites, perhaps the National Archaeological or Benaki museums. (B)
Day 4 Travel to Kalambaka (4 hrs) to explore the monasteries of Meteora. Overnight at the 4-star Divani Meteora Hotel. (B)
Day 5 Travel to Delphi (3 hrs) to visit the UNESCO site on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Ascend the Sacred Way to the temple of Apollo, site of the Delphic Oracle. Overnight at the 4-star Hotel Amalia. (B)
Day 6 Visit the Archaeological Museum of Delphi. Continue to Olympia (3 hrs) to visit the Archaeological and Olympic Games museums. Overnight at the 4-star Hotel Olympion Asty or Hotel Europa. Dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
Day 7 Visit ancient Olympia including the temples of Zeus and Hera and the first Olympic stadium. Travel to Nafplion for two nights at the 4-star Hotel Grande Bretagne or Hotel Ippoliti. (B)
Day 8 Enter the citadel of Agamemnon’s ancient capital, Mycenae, through the Lion Gate to the royal tomb shafts and beehive tombs. Visit Epidaurus with its magnificent theatre. Explore the picturesque town of Nafplion at the foot of a cliff crowned by Palamidi Fortress. (B)
Day 9 Pass the Corinth Canal en route to Athens for return flight to Heathrow. (B)
This 5-star hotel is ideally situated just a short walk from the Acropolis. Facilities include restaurant, bar, WiFi (chargeable) and 250 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A 4-star hotel built on the highest point of Kastraki area with views of the rocks of Meteora. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym and WiFi (chargeable). 63 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge and satellite TV.
Amalia Hotel is a just minutes away from the town of Kalambaka. The hotel is embedded on 14 acres of greenery and has been built with traditional materials to match its surroundings. Restaurants, bar, café, pool and WiFi (free). 172 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-fridge and satellite TV.
Located at the top of Drouvas Hill in Ancient Olympia at the foot of which there is the Sacred Alti with monuments and the stadium of the Ancient Olympic Games. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 80 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, satellite TV and balcony.
A classic hotel in central Nafplio with bar, breakfast room and WiFi (free). 20 air-conditioned rooms with mini-bar, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV.
In a historic location on the hillside of the forest of Ancient Olympia with panoramic views of the Alfios River. Restaurant, bar, pool, WiFi (free) and air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A central boutique hotel converted from a neo-classical 19th-century mansion, with restaurants nearby. Breakfast room, pool, gym and WiFi (free). Air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £545
British Airways Club Europe
Arrival transfer add £45
Departure transfer with group included
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 8 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 dinner, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives (entrance fees and accommodation tax not included). If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently per room per day €3 (Athens €4). Entrance fees are not included and are approximately €90 (€50 for visitors over 65).
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