Athens, the mainland tour and Meteora
Visit five Unesco's World Heritage sites on this tour, including the spectacular Meteora [suspended on the air] monasteries.
Itinerary( 7 days )
Your tour’s schedule in detail:
Arrive in Athens
Upon arrival in Athens, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where you will spend the next two nights.
Balance of the day is at leisure.
Athens Sightseeing Tour [duration approx. 4.5hours] &
Cape Sounion/Athens [duration approx. 4 hours]
Morning sightseeing tour of Athens, including a visit to the awesome Acropolis, Parthenon, Erechtheum, and Acropolis Museum Drive past the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Royal Palace, Panathenian Olympic Stadium, Temple of Zeus, and lots more.
Take a couple of hours break from you Sightseeing to wander around the Plaka. It is the oldest district in Athens (it is also mentioned as "Gods' district") with outstanding scenery. The moment you start walking on its paved narrow lanes you get the feeling that you travel back in time. In the early afternoon, you will drive down the coast to Cape Sounion dominated by the spectacular Temple of Poseidon. Return to Athens in the early evening.
For dinner, visit Lycavittos hill or one of the numerous roof top restaurants to enjoy the magnificent night view to the Acropolis.
Classical Tour [day 1 of 4] Athens - Mycenae - Epidaurus
From the classic ancient Olympic Stadium at Olympia to the famous rock-tower monasteries of Meteora and Nauplion, the first capital of modern Greece – you will visit some of the most iconic sites in Greece on this five-day tour from Athens.
Starting from Athens we drive westwards along the scenic coast, until we reach the Corinth Canal with its breathtaking views (Short Stop). The Corinth Canal is a junction of international sea transport and serves ships coming from the western Mediterranean and Adriatic en route to eastern Mediterranean and black seaports and vice-versa. Continue along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf to Epidaurus (Visit). On the headland called “Nesi” at Palaia Epidaurus, the theatre of the ancient city is quite well-preserved, in the shape it acquired during the latter years of its function. Apart from a few rows of seats, the cavea is made of limestone with poros staircases. The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 12,000 spectators, regardless of their seating. Then depart for Nauplia 1st capital of Greece in 1829 (Short Stop) drive to Mycenae (Visit) “Mycenae ‘Rich in Gold’, the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon, first sung by Homer in his epics, is the most important and richest palatial center of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization.” In the afternoon depart for Olympia –
Dinner & Overnight in Olympia.
Classical Tour [day 2 of 4] Olympia - Delphi
Olympia the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece, dedicated to Zeus, the father of the gods, it sprawls over the southwest foot of Mount Kronios, at the confluence of the Alpheios and the Kladeos rivers, in a lush, green landscape. Although secluded near the west coast of the Peloponnese, Olympia became the most important religious and athletic centre in Greece. Its fame rests upon the Olympic Games, the greatest national festival and a highly prestigious one world-wide, which was held every four years to honor Zeus. Visit the Archaeological Site & the Museum and then drive via Patras to Rion, across the channel to Antirrion on the “State of the Art” new suspended bridge considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe. Arrive in Nafpaktos then continue to Delphi – Dinner & Overnight in Delphi.
Classical Tour [day 3 of 4] Delphi - Kalambaka
Situated at the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the center of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious center and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years. Visit of the archaeological site and the Museum where one can see among other archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Gela, in 478 B.C. when he won the chariot-race at the Pythian Games. This incomparable statue is a representative example of the ”severe” Attic style, certainly the work of a major artist.
Depart for KALAMBAKA via Central Greece. Dinner & Overnight in Kalambaka
Classical Tour [day 4 of 4] Kalambaka - Athens
Today we will see one of the most amazing places in Greece - Meteora Monasteries.
Meaning ‘suspended in air’ the name Meteora soon came to encompass the entire rock community of 24 monasteries, the biggest and most important group of monasteries in Greece after those in Mount Athos There were no steps and the main access to the monasteries was by means of a net that was hitched over a hook and hoisted up by rope and a hand cranked windlass to winch towers overhanging the chasm. Monks descended in the nets or on retractable wooden ladders up to 40m long to the fertile valleys below to grow grapes, corn, and potatoes. Each community developed its own resources and by the end of the 14th century, the Grand Meteoron emerged as the dominant community.
The rock monasteries have been characterized by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage.
Overnight in Athens
Arrangements terminate with breakfast at the hotel and check out.
Departure / Return location
Departure days :
April - October: Thu-Sat & Sun.
Tue on : May 10,17 & 26 - Jun 07,14 & 21 - Jul 05 - Aug 02 - Sep 06,13,21 & 27 - Oct 04 & 11
For arrivals on other days, extra nights in Athens maybe required and/or the sequence of visits may change.
November to March : Please enquire
Most sites in Greece involve extended walking and/or slippery surfaces.
Therefore we strongly suggest wearing comfortable sturdy shoes.
Sunscreen, hat and water are also good “travel companions”.
Due to extend walking and slippery surfaces please inform us if you have walking disabilities or using a wheelchair before booking this tour.
- Private arrival transfer from the Athens airport or Piraeus port.
- 3 nights’ accommodation in Athens at the hotel category of your choice including breakfast daily and all taxes except the accommodation tax.
- 3 nights’ accommodation during the classical tour [in different locations].
- Shared: Athens Sightseeing tour, Cape Sounion, 4-day /3-night classical tour
- 3 hotel dinners during the tour
- English Speaking Qualified Guide.
- Deluxe a/c motor coaches.
- Entrance Fees to the sites visited.
- 24hrs Assistance phone number.
- All Taxes
- Travel Insurance
- Accommodation tax
- Departure transfer on day 7.
- Drinks during meals
- Anything not clearly stated above as included