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
From ancient architecture to sun-drenched beaches, traditional tavernas to modern rooftop bars, Greece is truly packed full of culture, history and charm. If you’d like to take a step back in time and immerse yourself in the special history of this ancient land, look no further than our classical Greece tour.
Set your sights on the famous Acropolis, created in the 5th century BC and symbolic of the glory of Ancient Athens. Explore the monasteries of Meteora, visit the UNESCO site on Mount Parnassus, and discover historic Olympia – where the temples of Zeus and Hera await. You can experience all this and more on our magical ancient Greece tours.
Where will I visit on your ancient Greece tour?
There’s a vast array of wonderful cities, breathtaking landscapes, ancient artefacts and more to discover on our escorted tours of classical Greece. First, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the capital city of Athens, home to the iconic hilltop Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Olympian Zeus and the beautiful Syntagma Square – where you can see the Presidential guards.
After visiting the historic landmarks of Athens, venture to Kalambaka where you can explore the fascinating monasteries of Meteora and marvel at the picturesque scenery of the steep surrounding cliffs. Continue to Delphi, where you can take in the rich culture of the UNESCO World Heritage site on Mount Parnassus, meandering the Sacred Way to Apollo’s temple and taking in truly magical views along the way.
Following this, our small group tours of classical Greece will venture to Olympia – home of the first Olympic Stadium and the ancient temples of Zeus and Hera. You’ll then visit the beautiful Nafplion, where the 18th-century Fortress of Palamidi and Bourtzi water castle line the landscape with architectural beauty.
Next, explore ancient Mycenae, uncovered in 1874 by the archaeologist Schliemann following clues in Homer’s text, and then Epidaurus – famed for its ancient theatre. Finally, pass through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth which connects the mainland and the Peloponnese. Here, we find the heart of classical Greece outside Athens, from temples, tombs and amphitheatres to warriors, kings, sporting heroes and playwrights.
What accommodation can I expect on an ancient Greece tour?
The accommodation you’ll enjoy during your classical Greece tour has been specially selected to elevate your experience of this historic area. This includes stays in the 5-star Divani Palace in Athens, a short stroll from the Acropolis, the beautiful Hotel Meteora in Kalambaka with views over the dramatic rockface and Olympion Asty which boasts panoramic views of the Alfeios River.
At each hotel, you’ll enjoy comfortable air-conditioned rooms with fantastic facilities, such as a safe, mini-fridge, satellite TV, hairdryer and private bathroom. Many also have pools where you can take a dip before or after a day of exploration, and WiFi if you’d like to keep in touch with those at home.
When to take escorted tours of classical Greece?
Our ancient Greece tour holidays typically depart during the months of May, June, September and October. At these times of year, travellers can enjoy days of sunshine and warm temperatures perfect for exploration.
How do I book a classical Greece Tour?
If you’d like to join us on one of our classical Greece tours from Athens, simply click ‘Book’ on the left-hand side of the page and complete our simple booking form. One of our experienced personal travel experts will get in touch with you to organise your trip.
Alternatively, you can contact us by telephone or email and we’ll be happy to turn your dream holiday into a reality.
Jules Verne Sightseeing
4 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 8 – 25
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 £595
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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