Dreaming of Classical Greece

Dreaming of Classical Greece

  • 5 Days
  • From : Athens
  • To : Athens
  • Tour
  • Guide : English
  • Minimum age : 18 Years Old

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Visit one of the most impressive countries in Europe and get in touch with the magnificent culture and fascinating history written by the Greeks. While you learn about mythology, philosophy, history or democracy, indulge in the mouthwatering local cuisine, famous for its extraordinary freshness and simplicity. Explore Athens, the heart of civilization and let the Acropolis amaze your eyes. Then, wander around the place where mythology and history meet, the imposing Delphi,  surrounded by a mysterious aura and completed by stunning landscapes. Let the traditional Kalambaka impress you with its narrow cobble-stoned streets and traditional houses and embrace all the other cultural surprises of this memorable five-days tour. 

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 

Parthenon:  Dedicated to the famous goddess Athena Parthenos, the patron of the city, the Parthenon is the most magnificent creation of the Athenian democracy.

Acropolis Museum: The Acropolis museum is the perfect sanctuary for the ancient artefacts found in the Parthenon and its surrounding temples.

Delphi: Considered the centre of the world in the Greek culture, Delphi is best represented by the famous stone monument, known as the Omphalos of Delphi.

Meteora: Visiting the historical Meteora monasteries is a spiritual, mystical, and breathtaking experience. 

What’s included?

TOUR GUIDE: 

  • Operated with qualified local guides in English on Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5 (half day)  

ACCOMMODATION:

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in selected hotel category 

MEALS: 

  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch (during Cruise ship on Day 2)
  • 1 Dinner

TRANSPORT:

  • Air-conditioned shared transportation throughout the tour. 
  • Inbound/Outbound transfers from/to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (Athens International airport) 
  • Cruise ship for Saronic Island on Day 2.

ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES: 

  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary: Acropolis site, Acropolis museum, Delphi site and two Meteora monasteries, one day cruise to Poros, Hydra and Aegina

OTHER: 

  • Meet & Greet on arrival at  Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport

Exclusions

  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
  • International flight tickets 
  • Airport taxes for international flights
  • Gratuities for driver and guide
  • Airport and Hotel porterage
  • Entrance to Delphi museum
  • Optional tours 
  • Overnight city tax for the hotel overnights effective from January 1st 2018. Clients will have to pay the TAX on the spot at the hotels.

Please note

  • Day 2: The vessel will sail around 8:00 hrs
  • Day 5: Estimated arrival time at the airport is 16:00 hrs. Please book the departing flight accordingly (or book an additional night)
  • Local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to the tour contents without prior notice. 

What do I need to bring?

Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Greece. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Sun protection, sun glasses, a hat, and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.

Accommodation options

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Day 1-2, 4 Athens:

  • Standard Hotel Category  =  Hotel Arion or similar 3* 
  • Superior Hotel Category   =   Hotel Fresh or similar 4*

Day 3 Kalambaka:   

  • Standard Hotel Category  =   Hotel Orfeas or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category   =   Hotel Amalia Kalambaka or similar 4*

OPTIONAL EXTRA: 

Pre – Night in Athens:

Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Arion or similar 3*

Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Fresh or similar 4*

Post – Night in Athens:

Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Arion or similar 3*

Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Fresh or similar 4* 

Cancellation policy

    Once ordered, this tour cannot be cancelled or refund or amended at any circumstances.

Day 1 :  ARRIVAL ATHENS

Arrival at Athens airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Spend the afternoon at leisure, exploring Greece’s beautiful capital. You may optionally visit Syntagma Square and indulge in the vibe of this stunning city. Enjoy shopping in some of the most popular areas of the city, the Kolonaki or Ermou, and have a nice, quiet walk on the beautiful alleys of Plaka, the old district where you can also find a great number of small shops selling souvenirs and other local artefacts. And if you want to see a different face of the city, you have the chance to enjoy an optional night out in Athens. 

Overnight in Athens

Day 2 :  ATHENS – CRUISE SARONIC ISLANDS – ATHENS

Enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel and then transfer to the port to embark on the cruise ship. The vessel will sail heading towards three of the most beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf. Visit the island of Poros, admiring enchanting views and a famous lemon forest. Then, explore the mesmerising Hydra island catching a glimpse of its interesting shape, that once served as a safe shelter for the pirates. From the deck, you will be able to admire the special architecture and dramatic landscapes of this lovely island. The old traditional stone houses and mansions that silently stood witness to a long history are sure to impress. Your last stop will be at Aegina, the largest of the three islands. Enjoy strolling its beautifully arranged streets and alleys or relax in one of the harbour’s inviting waterfront cafes while indulging in the world-famous Aegina pistachios. In the evening, return to port and get transferred back to your hotel in Athens for overnight.

Overnight  in Athens

Day 3 :  ATHENS – DELPHI – KALAMBAKA (417 km -5.5 hrs)

After a delicious breakfast, leave for Delphi via Thebes, Levadia and the picturesque village of Arachova, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Wander around spellbinding Delphi, and visit the interesting  Archaeological Site (entrance to the Delphi museum not included). Afterward, depart for beautiful Kalambaka, passing through the picturesque villages and spectacular towns of Central Greece. Proceed to Kalambaka for a delightful dinner and overnight.

Overnight  in Kalambaka

Day 4 :  KALAMBAKA – ATHENS (355 km – 4hrs)

Indulge in a luscious breakfast at your selected hotel. Then, head towards Meteora, one of Greece’s most famous landmarks. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and get closer to the Greek glorious history and culture. Admire the ageless Monasteries, standing between earth and sky atop huge rocks and containing priceless historical and religious treasures. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia and Thermopylae.  Have a short stop to see across the road the Leonida’s Monument, and arrive in Greece´s capital city early in the evening.

Overnight  in Athens

Day 5 :  DEPARTURE ATHENS

Begin your day with a mouthwatering breakfast at your hotel, preparing to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city, during a memorable city tour. Our expert guide will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896. Stop for a few moments and then continue your tour passing by the Prime Minister’s residence- the former Royal Palace, guarded by the Euzones in their colourful uniform. Then, see the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament, the memorial of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, University, National Library, and the lovely Constitution Square (Syntagma). Go to Acropolis to visit the Architectural Masterpieces of Athens’ Golden Age: The Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and finally “the harmony between material and spirit” and the monument that “puts an order in mind”- Greece’s imposing Parthenon. Last, but not least, admire the wonders of the classical era at The New Acropolis Museum. After this interesting tour, return to your hotel to pick up your luggage and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. 

Breakfast included