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Greece Classic Tour With Meteora 2017 
Escorted Tour

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Routing:

Rome – Athens – Hydra – Poros – Aegina – Marina Flisvos – Athens – Sounion – Athens – Corinth – Epidaurus – Nafplion – Mycenae – Olympia – Arachova – Kalambaka – Meteora – Athens – Rome 

 

 

Includes

• 7 nights in 4-5* hotels
• Air tickets Rome – Athens – Rome
• 7 American buffet breakfasts (B)
• 1 lunch (L)
• 7 dinners (D)
• A/C motor coach
• Professional English speaking guide
• Entrance fees to Archaeological sites and Museum
• Service charges and taxes

Accommodation (or similar)

• Greece – Hotel TBA (4*)

Highlights

• Athens – Acropolis, Parthenon Temple, National Archaeological Museum, Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, Cape Sounion, Temple of Poseidon
• Three island of the Saronic Gulf (Hydra, Poros, Aegina)
• Corinth Canal, Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
• Nafplion, Mycenae
• Olympia – Archaeological site with Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, Ancient Stadium, Archaeological Museum
• Nafpaktos, Arachova
• Delphi – Pan-Hellenic Sanctuary, Treasury of the Athenians, Temple of Apollo, Museum
• Kalambaka, Meteora – Monasteries

 

Not included

• Drinks & beverages during all meals
• Gratituities
• Porterage service

2017 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Tour Code: 2017-GT-IT-GR8
Start Dates
End DatesTwin ShareSingle
Fri 05 MayFri 12 May1,9502,500
Fri 19 MayFri 26 May1,9502,500
Fri 02 JunFri 09 Jun1,9502,500
Fri 16 JunFri 23 Jun1,9502,500
Fri 30 JunFri 07 Jul1,9502,500
Fri 07 JulFri 14 Jul1,9502,500
Fri 15 SepFri 22 Sep1,9502,500
Fri 29 SepFri 06 Oct1,9502,500
Fri 13 OctFri 20 Oct1,9502,500
Fri 27 OctFri 03 Nov1,9502,500

Prices do not include city tax. These are paid directly to each hotel
Triple room & child rates available on request
Pre/Post Tour rates available on request
Departure transfer available on request
Package is on request – minimum 2 pax are required to operate the tour
Only one bag per person allowed (any size) plus one hand luggage

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1, Friday: Rome – Athens

American buffet breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for a flight to Athens. Arrival at Athens International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Athens city centre. Free time at disposal. Dinner and overnight. (D)

Day 2, Saturday: Athens

Early breakfast at the hotel. At 08:00am we will start sailing to the three beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf. First stop is Hydra. The favourite island of jet-set, whose old traditional beautiful stone houses and mansions silently witness to a long and turbulent history. The small narrow stone paved streets await you to explore them on foot or by the island’s traditional ‘vehicle’ the saddled donkeys. Captivating walks along the old seaside promenade crystal clear waters, radiant fine craft shops and the beauty of Hydra will conquer you! Our stay in Hydra is about 2 hours. Next island is Poros. Although it is smallest of the three islands, its attraction is the narrow strait offering a most enchanting view of the town of Poros. Our stay in Poros is about 1 hour. Our last stop is the island of Aegina. The largest of the three islands. Apart from its harbor, there is optional organized tour by A/C coach, visiting the Temple of Afea (archaeological site) or the Church of Saint Nektarios. The above mentioned tours are optional and are paid directly on the spot. Our stay in Aegina is about 2 hours. Lunch will be served on board. On our way back to Marina Flisvos, a traditional Greek folk show with singers and dancers will entertain you up to the final moment as the ship arrives at Marina Flisvos. Return to Athens. Transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 3, Sunday: Athens

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your guide at the lobby of the hotel and start the sightseeing tour of Athens. You will see the most important monuments and sites of the city. Visit the Acropolis and the Parthenon Temple and the National Archaeological Museum, rich and famous for its treasures. Continue a tour with a drive along the coastal road, passing the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza to the most Southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. In an idyllic position overlooking the Aegean Sea enjoy a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. According to the legend, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. The story goes that Aegeus, anxiously looking out from Sounion, despaired when he saw a black sail on his son Theseus’s ship, returning from Crete. This led him to believe that his son had been killed in his contest with the dreaded Minotaur, a monster that was half man and half bull. He had agreed with his father that if he survived the contest, he would hoist a white sail. In fact, Theseus had overcome and slain the Minotaur, but tragically had simply forgotten about the white sail. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, time at leisure. Return to Athens late in the afternoon for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 4, Monday: Athens – Corinth – Epidaurus – Nafplion – Mycenae – Olympia

Breakfast at the hotel. Embark the coach and drive by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal. Continue the drive and visit the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus and its exceptional acoustics, which permit the 14,000 spectators to perfectly hear the conversations at the center stage. Then proceed to the town of Nafplion, after Nafplion drive on to Mycenae, one of the major centres of Greek civilization in the second millennium BC with its Acropolis, the Palace and the famous Lion Gate. You will also visit the Tomb of Agamemnon which is one of the many ‘beehive’ tombs in the vicinity of the ancient site of Mycenae. It is by far the best preserved of these tholos tombs. Early afternoon departure to Olympia for dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 5, Tuesday: Olympia – Arachova

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. There is probably no ancient archaeological site anywhere in the world that has more relevance on today’s world than Olympia, the place where the ancient Olympic Games were held. Drive through the stunning bridge connecting Peloponissos and the Mainland at Rio, pass by the picturesque seafront town of Nafpaktos (Lepanto) and continue on the coastal road to the town of Arachova. After approximately an hours drive, you will arrive at Arachova, a village on the mountain well renowned for its colourful rugs and carpets. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 6, Wednesday: Arachova – Delphi – Kalambaka

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning visit the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke and was the site of the omphalos, the ‘naval of the world’. Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and changes with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century BC, was indeed the religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. While at the site, visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum. Departure for Kalambaka, a small town stated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora gigantic rocks. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 7, Thursday: Kalambaka – Meteora – Athens

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Meteora, famous for its impressive scenery with ageless Monasteries*, that contain priceless historical and religious treasures as well as exquisite specimens of Byzantine art, standing between earth and sky. Once you finish visiting the monasteries proceed to the town of Kalambaka and then return to Athens passing by the heroic monument of Leonidas at Thermopylae where 300 strong Spartans battled the army of the Persian Empire. Arrive in Athens early in the evening for dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)Note: In order to visit the Monasteries, skirts for the ladies and long trousers for the gentlemen are required.

Day 8, Wednesday: Athens – Rome

After breakfast at the hotel, depart to the Athens International Airport for your return flight to Rome. End of the tour. (B)

 

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