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Classic Greece

from $1764/per person

Journey into the fabled land of myths and legends via the cultural heartland of Greece in premium comfort. Uncover the beauty of the ‘cradle of Western civilization’ in countless monuments and artefacts across the mainland, perfectly blending in with the modern Greek lifestyle. Sample the fine Greek cuisine while traveling in exquisite style. Discover all the epic sights while forming authentic connections with the local culture, from Athens to Corinth, Nafplion, Olympia, Patras, Delphi and Meteora. Each stop will provide a unique travel experience preserving a stunning cultural heritage.

Duration
8 Day
Destination(s)
Greece
Starts in / Ends in
Athens / Athens
Departs on
Fridays
Hotel Rating
5 -4 Star Hotels
18-30

Sight Visited

  • Athens
    Athens

    You will fall in love with the perfect combination of culture, history and the dynamic contemporary life in one of the oldest cities in the world.

  • Delphi
    Delphi

  • Epidavros
    Epidavros

    Explore Ancient Epidaurus, an experience through the history of Greece with breaks at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus and museums.

  • Kalambaka
    Kalambaka

    Kalambaka is a small town in Greece, built on the feet of the Meteora.

  • Nafplion
    Nafplion

    Nafplion is a beauty, maybe the most romantic place in Greece. It was captured by many civilizations. And each of them left a mark from their cultures, Ottoman fountains, Venetian buildings, Ancient walls, medieval castles are now attracting people from all around the world.

ITINERARY

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Day 1: Athens
Meet the unparalleled cultural heritage of ancient Greece on an epic adventure in comfort and style.  Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a Ciconia representative at the airport. In the afternoon, join the welcome meeting at the hotel lobby with your fellow travellers and Tour Director. Greet the sophisticated and delicious Greek cuisine tonight on a group dinner, make sure to leave room for amazing desserts.
  • Hotel: Divani Caravel Hotel 5*
  • Optional Experiences: Group Dinner
  • Meals: No
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Day 2: Athens City Tour
Journey to the depths of ancient Greece as we embark on a comprehensive city tour of the cradle of western civilization with our expert guide. Soak in unique sights such as the world-famous Parthenon, Acropolis Museum, the Royal Palace, Temple of Zeus and Agora, and follow the footsteps of Socrates and Plato. Visit historic sites as Hadrian’s Arch and commemorate the first ever modern Olympics of 1896. You will have personal leisure time in the afternoon to continue your in-depth discovery, stroll the modern vibrant squares, and savour the best local souvlaki or perhaps even ouzo.
  • Hotel: Divani Caravel Hotel 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Athens City Tour
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Day 3: Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplion
After a delicious Greek breakfast, we depart towards Corinth on a picturesque journey. Upon arrival, join our local expert as we explore an ancient city of immense historical value. Follow yout Travel Director through the great Greek kingdom of Mycenae and its many wonders including the Beehive Tombs, the Lion Gate and famous Agamemnon’s Royal Palace. The final highlight of the day will be Epidaurus, home to the ancient theatre and Sanctuary of Asclepius – whose snake-coiled staff has inspired the symbol of medicine to this day. Finish off a full day’s cultural adventure in comfort at our hotel in Nafplion, a charming Venetian town. We’ll dine and have a recharging rest at the hotel tonight.
  • Hotel: Amphitryon Hotel 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus
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Day 4: Nafplion, Olympia
After breakfast, uncover Nafplion on a city tour with your guide. Visit an olive mill to connect with the locals and taste the famously delicious Greek olives. In the afternoon, drive through the scenic Arcadia Mountains towards ancient Olympia, where the first Olympics ever was held in 8th century BC.
  • Hotel: Arty Grand Hotel 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Nafplion City Tour, Olive Mill Visit
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Day 5: Olympia, Patras, Delphi
Following a delicious Greek breakfast, join our local expert with your Travel Director as we delve into ancient history. Soak in the marvellous mythology and incredible sights as the original Olympic Site, Temple of Hera and Zeus. Drive along the charming coastline towards the vibrant city of Patras, the regional capital of Western Greece. Cross inland to meet the glory and timeless legends of Delphi, where we spend overnight.
  • Hotel: Delphi Palace Hotel 4*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Olympia and Patras Sightseeing
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Day 6: Delphi, Thermopylae, Kalambaka
Follow the footsteps of ancient Greeks seeking the great wisdom of the Oracle of Delphi, one of the most important and powerful women of the classical world. Giving advice to whom who seek it, the oracle has served its realm for a thousand years. Continue to discover the impressive ruins of Temple of Apollo, and the statutes of athletes commemorating him with the Pythian Games. Taking a scenic drive to in the afternoon, we arrive to the famous site of Spartan defence spearheaded by King Leonidas to stop Persian invaders. Crossing the green fields of inland Greece through the Pouramaki Pass, we head towards the quaint village of Kalambaka.
  • Hotel: Divani Meteora Hotel 4*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Delphi Sightseeing
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Day 7: Kalambaka, Meteora, Athens
Our first stop will be the other-worldly monasteries of Meteora hanging beside massive boulders of rock as if floating in the air. Discover the impressive UNESCO World Heritage site with an expert local guide, visiting the Eastern Orthodox monasteries. On a long scenic drive across the Greek mainland back to Athens, we check into our hotel before dinner. Savour the delicious local cuisine, sample some premium ouzo and commemorate your favourite moments from an incredible adventure.
  • Hotel: Divani Caravel Hotel 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Meteora Sightseeing
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Day 8: Athens
Our marvellous Greece adventure comes to an end after breakfast. Make sure to bid farewell to newfound friends and exchange numbers before checking-out of the hotel (at 11:00). Complementary airport transfers are available all day, have a safe and smooth journey!
  • Meals: Breakfast
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Price ($)

What is included ?

5 & 4 Star Characteristic Hotels

Accommodation in authentic, comfortable and ideally located hotels.

Luxury Transportation

Deluxe air-conditioned coach with restroom and complimentary bottled water.

Exceptional Authentic Dining

7 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners.

Travel Director

Local & Expert Travel Director throughout your trip.

Journey Highlights

Must see sights, hidden gems & authentic experiences. Find more details below and in the itinerary.

All Entrance Fees To All Sights

Entrance fees to all cultural, historical and natural sites on tour.

Private Airport Transfer

Complimentary private airport transfers on arrival and departure dates.

Baggage Handling

Seamless baggage handling, delivered to your room at every hotel.

All Tips, Taxes And Porterage Charges

Tips at the hotels and restaurants, all taxes and porterage fees.

Personal Radio Headsets

Personal radio headsets on tours with 8 or more guests.

Free Wi-Fi

Complimentary hotel and coach Wi-Fi (where available).

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Athens
    Athens

    You will fall in love with the perfect combination of culture, history and the dynamic contemporary life in one of the oldest cities in the world.

  • Delphi
    Delphi

  • Epidavros
    Epidavros

    Explore Ancient Epidaurus, an experience through the history of Greece with breaks at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus and museums.

  • Kalambaka
    Kalambaka

    Kalambaka is a small town in Greece, built on the feet of the Meteora.

  • Nafplion
    Nafplion

    Nafplion is a beauty, maybe the most romantic place in Greece. It was captured by many civilizations. And each of them left a mark from their cultures, Ottoman fountains, Venetian buildings, Ancient walls, medieval castles are now attracting people from all around the world.

Athens: Parthenon, Acropolis Museum, the Royal Palace, Temple of Zeus and Agora, Hadrian’s Arch
Corinth: Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Temple of Apollo
Mycenae: Lion Gate, Archaeological Museum, Atreus Treasury
Epidaurus: Ancient Theatre, Sanctuary Of Asklepios
Nafplion: Syntagma Square , Palamidi Fortress
Olympia: Ancient Stadium, Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera, Philippeion
Patras: Medieval Castle, Roman Odeon
Kalambaka: Monasteries, Meteora

Stay in Style

Knowing that your accommodation may separate a great holiday from a perfect one, we have carefully selected the below 5-Star hotels of comfort and style:

Please view the “Hotels” section for more details about your accommodation on this trip.

  • Divani Caravel Hotel
    Divani Caravel Hotel

    The Divani Caravel Hotel, member of the Leading Hotels of the World, enjoys a prime location in the heart of this iconic

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  • Divani Meteora Hotel
    Divani Meteora Hotel

    As one of the Divani Collection luxury hotels in Greece, Divani Meteora Hotel offers guests the opportunity to enjoy tra

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  • Delphi Palace Hotel
    Delphi Palace Hotel

    Delphi Palace is a historic hotel, with famous architecture, built in early 1950. Although the hotel has been designated

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  • Amphitryon Hotel
    Amphitryon Hotel

    The Amphitryon Hotel is located on the coast at Nafplion, the first capital of Greece and city of history. With a magnif

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  • Arty Grand Hotel
    Arty Grand Hotel

    From the reception hall, up to the comfortable, luminous rooms with the beautiful verandas and luxurious suites. From th

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What is not included ?

  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

Divani Caravel Hotel


The Divani Caravel Hotel, member of the Leading Hotels of the World, enjoys a prime location in the heart of this iconic city making it the ideal location to visit Athens major attractions. Divani Caravel offers spacious accommodation and luxurious facilities that will please even the most demanding guests. The hotel offers elegant rooms and sumptuous suites, a variety of restaurants and lounge/bars, a rooftop health club, indoor/outdoor swimming pool with amazing views to the city

Divani Meteora Hotel


As one of the Divani Collection luxury hotels in Greece, Divani Meteora Hotel offers guests the opportunity to enjoy traditional Greek hospitality in a contemporary setting. The fully renovated hotel in Meteora is surrounded by immense natural beauty, the religious rocks of Meteora, encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to come and escape. The hotel offers a stunning locale from which, one can experience one of the natural wonders of the world, practically in front of their room window.

Delphi Palace Hotel


Delphi Palace is a historic hotel, with famous architecture, built in early 1950. Although the hotel has been designated a preserved building, there have been recent renovations to make sure that it will cater to your needs with all the modern amenities and services. With spectacular views of the majestic landscape of Delphi, with four millions of olive trees and the Gulf of Corinth, and 12 acres of garden, Delphi Palace features cozy rooms, family rooms with fireplace, suites, bar, restaurant, outdoor pool, conference and events hall and open amphitheater.

Amphitryon Hotel


The Amphitryon Hotel is located on the coast at Nafplion, the first capital of Greece and city of history. With a magnificent seafront location, below the 3rd Century BC acropolis, it overlooks the fortified isle of Bourtzi and the bay. Close to a plethora of World Heritage sites, the ancient town of Mycenae and the world-famous ancient Theatre of Epidaurus.

Arty Grand Hotel


From the reception hall, up to the comfortable, luminous rooms with the beautiful verandas and luxurious suites. From the spa and the swimming-pool for reinvigoration and well being, up to the restaurant or the bar, in order to you enjoy the food, the drink or your coffee. ARTY GRAND HOTEL has been carefully made up to the last detail.