7-Day Grand Tour Of Greece From Athens

Grand Tour Of Greece : April 2020 - September 2020

7 Days

7-Day Grand Tour Of Greece From Athens

Grand Tour Of Greece : April 2020 - September 2020

The entire Classical Greek history through the centuries, will unfold before you on this seven day tour: Prehistory, Classical period, Golden Age, Roman domination, Byzantine Empire, Crusades and Modern times, Alexander’s The Great Kingdom, Vergina and plenty more, are calling you to explore them.


Corinth Delphi Edessa Epidaurus Kalambaka Meteora Mycenae Nafplion Naoussa Olympia Pella Sightseeing in Greece Thermopylae Thessaloniki Vergina Veria

Epidaurus - Nafplion - Mycenae - Olympia - Delphi - Meteora - Thessaloniki - Edessa - Vergina... Tour of Classical Greece!

Epidaurus was a small city in ancient Greece, on the Argolid Peninsula at the Saronic Gulf. It was very popular during the ancient times, due to the Asclepeion, that was the most celebrated healing center of the Classical world and also due to the Theatre. The ancient theatre of Epidaurus is known, till nowadays to the entire world, for the amazing acoustics, the symmetry and the beauty.

Nafplio is a seaport town in Peloponnese that has expanded up the hillsides near the north end of the Argolic Gulf. The town was the capital of the First Hellenic Republic and of the Kingdom of Greece, from 1821 until 1834.

Mycenae is an archaeological site near Mikines in Greece, located southwest of Athens, in the north-eastern Peloponnese. From the hill on which the palace was located, one can see across the Argolis to the Saronic Gulf.

Olympia, a sanctuary of ancient Greece, is known for being the site of the Olympic Games in classical times. The Olympic Games were held every four years throughout Classical antiquity, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. The Temple of Hera, the Temple of Zeus, the Prytaneion and the Philippeion, are some of the greatest sightseeings that we shall discover.

Delphi is famous as the ancient sanctuary that grew rich as Pythia the oracle sat on the tripod throne and gave her prophesies about important decisions to be made throughout the ancient classical world. Moreover, the Greeks considered Delphi the navel of the world, as represented by the stone monument known as the Omphalos of Delphi.

The Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries, second in importance only to Mount Athos. It is located near the town of Kalambaka at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains. Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of Macedonia, also known as "co-capital", is a home to numerous notable Byzantine monuments, including the Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and also several Roman, Ottoman and Sephardic Jewish structures.

Edessa was known, according to some ancient sources, as the first capital of ancient Macedonia. Nowadays, economically, Edessa relies on the tourism industry due to the existence of the amazing waterfalls in the landscape.

Vergina is best known as the site of Aigai, the ancient capital of Macedon. After excavations, archaeologists discovered the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. Aigai has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status as "an exceptional testimony to a significant development in European civilization, at the transition from classical city-state to the imperial structure of the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

Program

Are you ready for the best tour of Greece?

Day 1: We will depart from Athens and follow the coastal road to the Corinth Canal. After a short stop there, we'll continue our journey towards the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, the ancient marvel that is known around the world due to its excellent acoustic.

Our next stop will be Nafplio, a picturesque town of great importance and culture where mountains, Venetian fortifications and elegant neoclassic houses meet the waves of the Saronic Gulf. We will then drive to Mycenae and visit the Archaeological Site, the ancient city and the Tomb of King Agamemnon.

Our next destination will take us through central Peloponnese, pass us by the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis to the site of Ancient Olympia. This was the cradle of the ancient Olympic Games. Olympia will also be the place where we dine and spend the night.

Day 2: After our breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the Archaeological Site of Olympia, the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus and the Ancient Stadium. Olympia is the place where, every four years, the torch of the modern Olympic Games is lit and where the Archaeological Museum is located. We will hop on our bus and drive through the legendary plains of Ilia and Achaia, towards the impressive cable-stay bridge. This marvel of modern engineering connects the towns Rion and Antirion, passing over the Corinthian Bay.

The passing over the bridge will offer a splendid view of the never-resting sea. We will head towards the picturesque towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea and on our way to Delphi. It will be the place where we will have dinner and rest for the evening.

Day 3: We will enjoy an early breakfast and get ready for our visit to the Archaeological Site and the Museum of Delphi. Delphi was home to the Oracle who used to be the most famous and influential of the ancient world. Later on, we'll depart for our next destination, Kalambaka. It is a small town, located at the foot of the astonishing rocky complex of Meteora. Our next dinner and accommodation will be here.

Day 4: As soon as we finish our breakfast, we'll visit Meteora. This miracle of nature provided shelter for the monks. They built their Monasteries on top of the impressive vertical rocks that seem to suspend in mid-air. We'll have enough time to admire perfectly preserved artefacts of Byzantine art and get a glimpse into monastic life through the centuries. We shall visit two of these Byzantine monasteries and then we'll depart from Kalambaka. Our next destination is Thessaloniki.

Making our way through the astonishing valley of the longest river in Greece, Haliakmon, we will arrive at Thessaloniki. It is the second largest city in Greece but is considered to be the most vibrant. It is a perfect place to have dinner and sleep.

Day 5: As the sun rises, we'll have finished our breakfast and start touring the city. It is a city of great beauty and rich in history. Thessaloniki was the «co-reigning» city of the Byzantine Empire, coming second in population and prestige only to Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul). We'll walk to unique monuments and feel the glorious Byzantine past in some of the oldest and most characteristic churches of the Christian world. We will make a visit to the Museum of Byzantine Culture, which was awarded with the Council of Europe’s Museum Prize for the year 2005. The rest of the day will be at your disposal. You may walk in the lively centre of the cosmopolitan city. We will gather later so as to have dinner and rest.

Day 6: After regaining our energy from a nice sleep and breakfast, we will leave the hotel so as to make a unique approach to the historical region of Macedonia. The first layover will be at the picturesque town of Edessa, where we will see its famous Waterfalls. We'll then commence our journey towards Naoussa, a site of exceptional beauty and importance. It is the place where Aristotle’s School used to be. A picturesque site where the great philosopher taught the doctrines of morals and politics to many young Macedonians, amongst which was Alexander the Great himself.

Next destination will be Vergina, the ancient town of Aigai. We'll experience a visit to the unique Museum that was built on the Great Tumulus, the royal tombs of the Macedonian dynasties. You can observe the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Phillip II, Alexander the Great's father, and feel the thrill of one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century.

Not far from Vergina, there is the town Veria (Biblical Beroea), where Saint Paul’s Bema is located. Then we'll stroll through the old Jewish neighbourhood and its colourful market. Enjoy a walk in a city, where the past is still alive. According to our plan, we'll return to Thessaloniki for one more pleasant and relaxing night.

Day 7: We'll wake up, gather for breakfast and depart for the site of Pella. It was the capital of Macedonia during Alexander's reign. In the new Museum, you can see the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th-century b.C, among other elegant artefacts. We'll then visit the Archaeological Park of Dion, that used to be a sacred city for the ancient Macedonians. It was built at the foot of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and house of the 12 Gods of the Greek Mythology.

On our way back to Athens, we'll drive through the extraordinary plain of Thessaly and the Valley of Tempi. This road trip will let you admire the gigantic figure of Mount Olympus on the South. Then we will pass by Lamia, Thermopylae (where we will see the Leonidas’ Monument) and Thebes.

As we arrive in Athens late in the afternoon, our journey will be near its end, signalling the closure of your Grand Tour Of Greece 7-Day Tour.

Price List

« Tours in Greece : 7-Day Grand Tour Of Greece From Athens »

 

7-Day Grand Tour Of Greece From AthensPer person in Single roomPer person in Double room
Half board – First Class1290 €1060 €
Half board – First Class
Early booking 10% discount (60 days earlier)
1184 €954 €

 

Package includes

  • Accommodation of your preference.
  • Half board basis.
  • Entrance fee for two of the Meteora monasteries.
  • Entrance fee for the archaeological sites of: Mycenae, Epidauros, Ancient Olympia, Delphi & Naoussa.
  • Entrance fee for the museums of: Ancient Olympia, Delphi, Thessaloniki & Vergina.
  • Free pick up and drop off from the centrally located hotels of Athens and the city center.
Package does not include

  • Water, beverages or drinks during meals.
  • Any personal expenses & Tips.
  • City tax, 3* hotel 1,50€, 4* hotel 3.00€, 5* hotel 4,00€, payment directly at the hotel.
  • Whatever is not explicitly stated.
Remarks

  • During your visit at the Monasteries of Meteora, a kind suggestion would be for the ladies to wear a long skirt and for the gentlemen long trousers.
  • We shall visit 2 monasteries from the entire complex of Meteora.

23/04/2020, 14/05/2020, 28/05/2020
11/06/2020, 25/06/2020, 16/07/2020
06/08/2020, 10/09/2020, 17/09/2020
24/09/2020

Departure: 08:45
Return: 19:30

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