7 Days Grand Tour of Greece

The supreme experience: Peloponnese, Central Greece & Macedonia
Duration:
7 Days / 6 Nights
Ageless Meteora monasteries on top of unique rock formations at sunset, Meteora
per person 1023

All that is Mainland Classical Greece. From Aristotle's School in Naousa to the Royal Tombs of Macedonia (King Phillip II tomb) - Pella the Capital of Alexander The Great - Thessaloniki - Meteora Monasteries - Delphi - Olympia - Mycenae - Epidaurus Theatre and so much more in between. Prehistory , the Classical Period , Roman Domination, the Byzantine Empire, the Crusades , Modern times: Greece through the centuries will unfold before you on these 7days-6nights tour ....(restricted dates)

Departure dates in 2017:
20/4 – 11/5 – 25/5 – 08/6 – 22/6 – 20/7 – 03/8 - 14/9 – 21/9 & 28/9

Half board First class 1023 € per person
Supplement for Single First class 210 €

DAY 1: Leave 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 Nauplion (short stop) drive on to Mycenae and visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnesus and the Towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games. (Dinner)

DAY 2: In the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the archaeological Museum. Then drive on through the plains of Iliad 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. Overnight. (Dinner)

DAY 3: In the morning visit the archaeological Site and the Museum of Delphi. Depart for Kalambaka, a small Town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks. Overnight. (Dinner)

DAY 4: Visit Meteora, among striking scenery, perched on the 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 plain of Thessaly and the valley of Tempi, arrive and visit the Archaeological Park of Dion. Admire also the gigantic figure of Mount Olympos, the highest mountain in Greece and home of the 12 Gods of Mythology. After the visit depart for Thessaloniki, the second largest and the most vibrant city in Greece. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 5: Depart in the morning for a unique approach to historical Macedonia. First stop at Veria (Biblical Beroea) to visit Saint Paul's Bema, and then stroll through the old Jewish neighborhood and the colorful market area. A walk in a city where past is present and around. Then proceed to Naoussa, to a site of exceptional beauty and importance: Aristotle's School, the impressive scenery where the great philosopher taught 'the doctrines of morals and politics' to Alexander and the Macedonian youths. In only a few miles away is picturesque Edessa where we see the town's famous landmark, the Waterfalls. Then comes 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. Return to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight.

DAY 6: See in the morning the city that throughout the era of the Byzantine Empire, was the "co-reigning" city, second in population and prestige only to Constantinople. Visit unique monuments and feel the glorious Byzantine past in some of the oldest and most characteristic churches of the Christian world 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 free, to enjoy time in the lively center of the city. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 7: Drive to Vergina, to live the experience of a visit to the unique Museum, created in the Great Tumulus covering the royal tombs of Macedonia. See the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Philip II, Alexander's father, and feel the thrill of the greatest discovery of the 20th century. 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.

Departure time at approximately 08.45 a.m.

  • Motor coach through coastal road, Corinth canal, Thessaly plain, Tempi Valley & the towns of Nafplion, Tripolis, Megalopolis, Nafpactos, Itea, Naoussa & Edessa.
  • Visit Epidaurus Theatre.
  • Visit Mycenae Archaeological site and Tomb of Agamemnon.
  • Visit Olympia Archaeological site and Museum.
  • Visit Delphi Archaeological site and Museum.
  • Visit of Meteora monasteries (2 monasteries).
  • Visit Archaeological Park of Dion.
  • Visit Saint Paul Bema at Veria town.
  • Visit Aristotle's School at Naoussa town.
  • Visit Pella new museum (Pella is the capital of Alexandros the Great).
  • Visit Thessaloniki city's main attractions & monuments.
  • Visit Thessaloniki Museum of Byzantine Culture.
  • Visit Vergina Museum and the Royal Tombs of Macedonia (King Phillip II tomb)
  • Short stop at Corinth Canal
  • Short stop at Nafplion traditional town (first capital of Greece)
  • Short stop at Thermopylae (see Leonidas monument)
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Olympia
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Delphi
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Kalambaka (Meteora area)
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Thessaloniki
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Pick up / drop off service from most of the hotels in Athens
  • All taxes

Not included:

  • Your international airfare
  • Personal expenses, beverages at lunch and / or dinner
  • Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts
  • VISA expenses 
  • Supplement for single room: € 210 per person.
  • Guiding in English language only.
  • This tour include a complimentary pick-up / drop-off service from your hotel or other predefined spots in Athens and surrounding areas. Maximum duration of this service to gather tour participants is approximately 1 hour. Thus, pick-up time may vary for each guest and will be promptly provided by your personal agent.
  • Appropriate clothing is required to visit the Monasteries. Long skirts below the knees for the ladies and long trousers for the gentlemen. The monasteries, also, provide long skirts before every entrance. The ladies can choose and wear a long skirt over their clothing, during the tour, and return it, prior to their departure.