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Best of Greece (Winter 2013/2014)

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The Acropolis of Athens during sunset, GreecePanathenaic Stadium in Athens, GreeceCorinth Canal, GreeceThe Lion Gate at Mycenae, GreeceTemple of Zeus in Olympia, Greece
The Acropolis of Athens during sunset, Greece
Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece
Corinth Canal, Greece
The Lion Gate at Mycenae, Greece
Temple of Zeus in Olympia, Greece
  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2013-2014
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  • Style: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Description: Discover the incredible sites of ancient Greece. Sightseeing begins with the Parthenon and Hadrian's Arch in Athens. Admire Agamemnon's Palace in Mycenae and visit the spectacular amphitheatre at Epidaurus. Tread the ground where the first Olympics were held in Olympia and consult the oracle of Delphi. Visit Meteora to explore the impressive monasteries perched high above the town. Enjoy the Greek hospitality and sample the local delicacies.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    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

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  • Day 2

    ATHENS SIGHTSEEING AND 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 Guide. 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 3

    ATHENS – CORINTH – MYCENAE – NAFPLION

    Cross the mighty Corinth Canal to the Peloponnesian Peninsula and visit the ancient city of Corinth with your Local Guide. 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 Guide. On the way to Nafplion, explore the amphitheatre and view the Sanctuary of Aesculapius, the God of Medicine with your Local Guide in Epidaurus. The rod of Aesculapius, a snake-entwined staff, remains the symbol of medicine to this day.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Amalia Nafplion/Ippoliti

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  • Day 4

    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)

    Hotel: Arty Grand/Amalia

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  • Day 5

    OLYMPIA – PATRAS – DELPHI

    Meet your Local Guide 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: Amalia Delphi/Delphi Palace

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  • Day 6

    DELPHI – THERMOPYLAE – KALAMBAKA

    Tour Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassos with your Local Guide 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 Kalambaka/Divani Meteora

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  • Day 7

    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. 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

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  • Day 8

    DEPART ATHENS

    Say goodbye to your fellow travellers and Travel Director after an unforgettable journey. 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 Guide 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

  • AthensVisit the Acropolis and view the Parthenon. Visit the Acropolis Museum. See the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus. View Hadrian’s Arch and the stadium built for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 with your Local Guide.
  • CorinthCross the Corinth Canal and visit the ancient ruins with your Local Guide.
  • MycenaeSee the Treasury of Atreus, Beehive Tombs, Lion Gate and Agamemnon’s Palace with your Local Guide.
  • EpidaurusAdmire the amphitheatre, and view the Sanctuary of Aesculapius.
  • OlympiaVisit the Olympic Stadium and the archaeological site with your Local Guide.
  • DelphiVisit the home of the Oracle with your Local Guide.
  • ThermopylaeView the battle site.
  • MeteoraVisit two of the incredible rock monasteries.

Dining

  • 7 buffet breakfasts.
  • 5 evening meals including:
    • Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director which includes a light meal and welcome drink in Athens.
    • Be My Guest Dinner on a wine and olive farm in Olympia.
    • 3 three-course dinners.
  • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights:

    • The 20 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate Christmas in Kalambaka. Enjoy a festive meal with all the trimmings!
    • The 27 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate New Year's Eve in Delphi. Welcome in the New Year after a delicious Greek dinner!

      Each of these specially arranged Festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.

Travel Highlights

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

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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