Overview

Athens - 3 nights
Kalambaka - 1 night
Delphi - 1 night
Olympia - 1 night
Nafplion - 2 nights

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Classical Tour of Greece

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

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!).

Key Features

Cultural Tour
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)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

2021

Tuesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
May 11 £1695
June 1 £1745
September 7 £1845
September 21 £1795
October 5 £1745

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £545

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe
from £255

Independent Arrival

Save £250
Arrival transfer add £45
Departure transfer with group included

Price Includes
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.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
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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