Grand tour of Greece in 7 days
Prehistory, the Classical period, Roman domination, the Crusades,the Byzantine Empire, Modern Times: Greece through the centuries will unfold before your eyes on this 7 days – 6 nights tour.
1st day: Depart by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidauros famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then proceed to the Town of Nafplion (short stop) drive on to Mycenae and visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Arrive at Olympia, cradle of the ancient Olympic Games. (Dinner and overnight)
2nd day: In the morning visit the Archaeological Site of Ancient Olympia with the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. Then drive on through the plains of Ilia and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque Towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi. (Dinner and overnight)
3rd day: In the morning visit the Archaeological Site of Delphi and the Museum. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of the Meteora, those gigantic rocks that rise steep from the plain of Thessaly. (Dinner and overnight)
4th day: Visit the Meteora: perched on top of huge rocks, which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Depart from Kalambaka, drive through the striking plain of Thessaly and the Valley of Tempi, and admire the enormous figure of Mountain Olympos, the highest mountain in Greece and home of the 12 Gods in Greek Mythology. Arrival at Thessaloniki,the second largest and the most vibrant city in Greece. (Dinner and overnight)
5th day: In the morning visit the city that throughout the era of the Byzantine Empire was the “co-reigning” city, 2nd in population and prestige only to Konstantinople. Visit unique monuments and feel the glorious Byzantine past in some of the oldest and most characteristic churches as well as in the Museum of Byzantine Culture, awarded with the Council of Europe’s Museum Prize for the year 2005. Rest of the day is free, to enjoy time in the lively centre of the city. (Dinner and overnight) 6th day: Depart in the morning for a unique approach to historical Macedonia. First stop at picturesque Edessa where we see the town’s most famous landmark, the Waterfalls. Then proceed to Naoussa, to a site of exceptional beauty and importance: Aristotle’s School, the picturesque site where the great philosopher taught ‘the doctrines of morals and politics’ to Alexander the Great and the Macedonian youth. Then drive to Vergina (ancient Aigai), to live the experience of a visit to the Museum, created in the Great Tumulus covering the royal tombs of Macedonia. See the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Phillip II, Alexander’s father, and feel the thrill of the greatest discovery of the 20th century. In only a few miles away is Veria (Biblical Beroea) to visit Saint Paul’s Bema, and then stroll through the old Jewish neighbourhood and the colourful market area. A walk in the city where past is present and around. Return to Thessaloniki. (Dinner and overnight)
7th day: Drive to Pella, the capital of Alexander the Great. See the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th century B.C. villas, in situ as well as in the new Museum. Then proceed and visit the Archaeological Park of Dion (sacred city of the Macedonians, at the foot of mount Olympus). After the visit we shall start driving south and through Thessaly, Lamia, Thermopylae (see the Leonidas’ Monument) and Thebes, arrive in Athens late in the afternoon.
Price: Half board First class AD 1048 -CH 670 (4-12 years old)
Duration: 7 days, start at 08.45 and return late afternoon on the 7th day
Included: Entrance fees, guide, round trip transfers, breakfast & meal
Excluded: Hotel tax approx 4 euro per night per room, depends on hotel category
Runs: Departure dates: 18/04/19 – 09/05/19 – 23/05/19 – 06/06/19 – 20/06/19 – 18/07/19 – 08/08/19 – 12/09/19 – 19/09/19 & 26/09/19
Meeting point: Your hotel in Athens//Without transfer meeting point is Amalia hotel in Syntagma square
Cancellation policy: Up to 48 hours prior 100% cancellation fees. Before that relevant bank charges are withheld only
Notes: Women must wear long skirt and men long trousers for the visit in the monasteries in Meteora