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Best of Greece 2014

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AcropolisThe Lion Gate at Mycenae, GreeceTemple of Zeus in Olympia, GreeceThe Oldest Olympic Stadium
Acropolis
The Lion Gate at Mycenae, Greece
Temple of Zeus in Olympia, Greece
The Oldest Olympic Stadium
  • Duration: 9 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Classical culture meets modern metropolis in this exploration of mainland Greece, where ancient cliff-top monasteries and Spartan history mingle with the temples of Olympic gods. It's Insider moments like… the aniseed bite of a welcome ouzo shot, warming a trail to your stomach, at the olive groves and vineyard of the Karambelas family in Olympia. Touring the grounds, you see traditional olive harvesting techniques – and, during dinner, you discover the vibrant rich tastes that make these methods worthwhile, as their tangy oil and ripe olives complement other fresh local produce. Accompanied by wines selected straight from the barrel, you finish in classical Greek style with music and dancing.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART CANADA

    Overnight flight to Athens.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE ATHENS (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Athens! You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax or spend time exploring the wonders of this ancient city. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception, including a light meal and welcome drink, with your travelling companions and your Travel Director.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis/Metropolitan

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  • Day 3

    ATHENS SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

    Classical Athens was a centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, and is widely seen as the cradle of Western Civilisation and the birthplace of democracy. One of the world's oldest cities, discover the rich heritage of Athens during your morning sightseeing tour with your Local Expert. Explore the Acropolis and view the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. Marvel at the Agora, the Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus. Enjoy an included visit to the spectacular Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities. See Hadrian's Arch, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. In the evening, perhaps choose to dine in the lively Plaka area of the city.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    ATHENS – CORINTH – MYCENAE – EPIDARUS – NAFPLION

    Cross the mighty Corinth Canal to the Peloponnesian Peninsula and visit the ancient city of Corinth with your Local Expert. In Mycenae − a mighty kingdom of ancient Greece and a military stronghold − see the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace with your Local Expert. Later visit the amphitheatre and view the Sanctuary of Aesculapius, the God of Medicine in Epidaurus with your Local Expert. The rod of Aesculapius, a snake-entwined staff, remains the symbol of medicine to this day. Arrive later in Nafplion where you will dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Amalia/Agamemmon/Ippoliti

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  • Day 5

    NAFPLION – OLYMPIA

    Enjoy a spectacular drive east across the Mountains of Arcadia to ancient Olympia. Connected to many gods and myths, Olympia is also the site of the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest dinner of authentic local cuisine on an olive farm.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Amalia/Europa/Olympia Palace

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  • Day 6

    OLYMPIA – PATRAS – DELPHI

    Meet your Local Expert and spend the morning visiting the ancient Olympic stadium and the Temples of Zeus and Hera − the wife of Zeus and one of the most important deities in Greek mythology. Driving north to Patras, you cross the Gulf of Corinth to mainland Greece before continuing to Delphi.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Delphi Palace/Nafsika Palace/Amalia

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  • Day 7

    DELPHI – THERMOPYLAE – KALAMBAKA

    Tour Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassos with your Local Expert and see the site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo dating from the 4th century. It was here that every four years athletes competed in the Pythian Games, a precursor of the modern Olympics. A picturesque early afternoon drive brings you to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defense by Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. After seeing the memorial, cross the fertile Thessaly region, the 'bread basket of ancient Greece' and travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Amalia/Dellas Boutique

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  • Day 8

    KALAMBAKA – METEORA – ATHENS

    Drive to Meteora, one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. Visit two of the six monasteries built on sandstone rocks above the town with your Local Expert. A scenic drive brings you back to Athens. Why not consider joining your travelling companions for a celebration dinner on your final night?


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis/Metropolitan

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  • Day 9

    ATHENS – CANADA

    Say goodbye to your fellow travelers and Travel Director after an unforgettable journey or join one of the 3, 4 or 7 day Aegean Cruises. Airport transfers are available, conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest dinner in Olympia, surrounded by vineyards and olive trees.
  • Local Expert in Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Kalambaka.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tours in Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia and Delphi.
  • Visit the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum in Athens, the ancient ruins in Corinth, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia, the home of the Oracle at Delphi and the incredible rock monasteries in Meteora.
  • View the Parthenon, the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus in Athens, the Amphitheatre and Sanctuary of Aesculapius at Epidaurus and the battle site at Thermopylae.
  • See the Corinth Canal, the Lion Gate and Agamemnon's Palace at Mycenae.

Dining

  • 7 buffet breakfasts.
  • 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest and 3 three course dinners).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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