Classical Greece – Athens, Mycenae & Olympia

16 days from £1599pp.


Athens

Visit: Athens, Greece

Meteora

Visit: Meteora, Greece

Delphi

Visit: Delphi, Greece

Hydra

Visit: Hydra, Greece

Acropolis

Visit: Acropolis, Greece

Olympia

Visit: Olympia, Greece

Immersed in history, Greece boasts unrivalled archaeological treasures fascinating mythological tales and beautiful sun-drenched islands.

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an overnight stay.

    Continue to northern Italy for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    To Ancona for the overnight ferry to Igoumenitsa in Greece (en suite cabin included).

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Meteora

    Meteora

    Morning arrival at Igoumenitsa, then we follow the scenic road to the beautiful town of Ioannina. Continue to Meteora, possibly one of the most impressive sites in Greece. Meteora, (literally meaning ‘hanging from the sky’) are gigantic rock formations in a scenic setting. On top of these rocks hide stunning monasteries. We will meet with our local guide and visit at least two of the monasteries. Overnight in Kalambaka.

    • Included meals: Dinner
    Delphi

    Delphi

    Head south, through the mountains to Delphi, located on the side of Mount Parnassos, for an included visit to the site and the museum with a local guide. Later, we continue via the picturesque village of Arachova, to Athens for a three-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Acropolis - Athens

    Athens

    Included panoramic guided tour of Athens, seeing the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Constitution Square and the Presidential Palace. We will also visit the Acropolis. Enjoy a short walk in the famous Plaka area, where we enjoy lunch at a typical Greek taverna. In the afternoon, you can take an optional tour along the coastal road of Attica to Cape Sounion, for a guided visit to the temple of Poseidon.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Acropolis - Athens

    Athens

    Time at leisure to explore Athens at your own pace. Alternatively, join our optional magnificent day cruise to explore the nearby Saronic Islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. Enjoy lunch on board ship before a late afternoon arrival. Return to Piraeus and transfer to Athens. This evening, you can enjoy an optional dinner at a typical Greek restaurant with live music and folk-dance show.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Epidaurus

    Epidaurus

    Leaving Athens we drive along the coastal road towards the Corinth Canal for an included visit. Enjoy a short stop for photos at this magnificent feat of engineering, then continue to Epidaurus. We meet our local guide for a guided visit to the magnificent amphitheatre of Epidaurus, famous for its acoustics. Our day continues to Nafplion (the first capital of modern Greece). Free time to explore one of the most beautiful towns of the Peloponnese. We continue to the nearby resort village of Tolo for a four-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Corinth Canal

    Corinth Canal

    A free day today for you to relax and enjoy the sun and the sea. You can also join an optional excursion to ancient Corinth, and to the nearby Nemea region, famous for its wine production, where you will have the chance for winetasting.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    At leisure.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    At leisure.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Mycenae

    Mycenae

    We drive towards Mycenae to meet our guide for an included visit to the site of Mycenae with the famous Lion’s Gate and Agamemnon’s Tomb. We continue our drive via Tripolis and Megalopolis and arrive at Olympia for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Olympia Archaeological Museum

    Olympia Archaeological Museum

    We begin our included day at the home of the first Olympic games. Meet with our local guide for an included visit to the site of ancient Olympia, and of course, the outstanding museum. Continue to Patras for the overnight ferry to Ancona, Italy (en suite cabins included).

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Arrive in Ancona and head north to the Lake Garda/Verona region for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Dinner

    To Belgium for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Overview

    • 13 nights’ accommodation with continental breakfasts
    • 1 lunch & 9 evening meals
    • 2 overnight ferry crossings in two-berth en suite inside cabins (meals at extra cost)
    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by Silver Service or upgrade to Luxuria

    Included Excursions

    • Meteora - Stunning mountain location
    • Delphi
    • Athens - Unique cpaital, domintaed by the might Acropolis
    • Corinth Canal - Famous canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea
    • Epidaurus - Most popular health centre of ancient times
    • Nafplion - Beautiful town
    • Mycenae - Archaeological site
    • Olympia - Birthplace of the games

    Optional Excursions

    • Temple of Poseidon
    • Saronic Islands - The charm of Aegina, Poros and Hydra
    • Dinner at a typical Greek restaurant
    • Corinth & Nemea - Famous for wine production

    Notes


    Travel Insurance from £49.95 (16 days). Single Room Supplement from £399.00 (16 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    In Greece you will stay for one night in Kalambaka at the 3-star Hotel Orfeas, or similar, followed by three nights in Athens at the 4-star Hotel Stanley, or similar. In Tolo you will stay for four nights at the 3-star Hotel Minoa, or similar, and then one night at the 3-star Hotel Neda, or similar, in Olympia.

    Overnight stays in northern France, northern Italy and Belgium are in city-style hotels. Overnight in the Lake Garda/Verona area will be in a 3-star hotel.

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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      Front row seats can be reserved for £12pp (up to 6 days duration), £20pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £6pp (up to 6 days duration), £12pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

      Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

      If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

      Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

      We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
      Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately 90p or 1 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

      Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

      With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

      All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
      All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
      We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
      One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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