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4 Days Classical Greece Tour of
Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora Monasteries
A FOUR DAY VISIT TO CLASSIC PELOPONNESE SITES OF ANTIQUITY
Whilst many people associate a trip to Greece with island hopping between golden beaches and tavernas, some of the most famous highlights are on the mainland of the Peloponnese. This 4 day (3 night) tour is a classical masterclass journeying through the centuries from the classical period, through Roman domination and the Byzantine Empire, to the Crusades and Modern times.
The price includes entry to all the archaeological sites, complete with expert guide, three nights’ 3 or 4 star hotel accommodation, breakfast and dinner. For more details see below.
- Corinth canal
- Ancient theater of Epidaurus & Sanctuary of Asclepius
- Mycenae Archaeological Site, Tomb of Agamemnon, and the museum.
- Olympia archaeological site & museum (original Olympic Games site)
- Rion Bridge
- Archaeological site of Delphi & museum
- The Monasteries of Meteora
- Thermopylae Site
Hotel accommodation: All the mentioned prices are per person on twin sharing basis. If only one occupier, the single supplement option must be chosen.
Entrance to Monasteries: To enter the monasteries, appropriate clothing is required. Ladies should not wear short skirts and must have long sleeves. Men are not allowed to wear shorts.
- Entrances fees at the archaeological site
- Transport by luxury people carrier
- Professional and licensed guide at the archeological sites
- Breakfasts and dinners
- 3* or 4* hotel accommodation (varies by location)
- Hotel accommodation taxes (4* hotels – €3 per room/per night, 3* hotels – €1.5 per room/per night). Paid directly in hotels
- Drinks and beverages
1st day - Argolida
We depart from Athens for Epidaurus, making a brief stop at the famous Corinth Canal. Epidaurus is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, with an amazing Amphitheatre, remarkable for its acoustics, and the Asklepion - the most important sanctuary of Asclepius , the Greco-Roman God of Medicine, in ancient Greece.
Later we drive to the town of Nafplion, the second capital of Greece, to enjoy the traditional colourful architectural styles influenced by ancient Greek, Venetian and Ottoman cultures. We stop here for a couple of hours which also gives you time to see a great number of eclectic Neoclassical buildings and even Modernist buildings.
Our next visit of the day is to the Bronze Age ruins at Mycenae to explore the Archaeological Site, the Tomb of Agamemnon and the museum. This is where the Trojan War all started when Helen, wife of Agamemnon’s brother Menelaus, ran off with Paris.
Finally, we will head for Olympia through the Central Peloponnese. Overnight at Olympia.
2nd day - Olympia
Today it’s all about the Olympic Games with a visit to the Archaeological Site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. It’s a wonderful place with far too much to see to put in writing.
Later we drive across the plains of Eliad and Achaia to the magnificent bridge which crosses the Bay of Corinth from Rion to Antirion. En route we pass through the picturesque towns of Nafpactos and Itea before arriving in Delphi where we stay overnight.
3rd day - Delphi
The site of the Oracle at Delphi should be on any classical scholar’s ‘must see’ list. You’ll hear all about the history from your guide and visit the Archaeological Site and the Museum of Delphi. Then we drive to Arachova, a beautiful old city, renowned for its colorful carpets, wine and Formaela cheese for a two hour visit.
In the afternoon, we travel to Kalambaka, our overnight stop.
4th day - Kalambaka
The Byzantine monasteries that sit on the rocks here have been classified by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage. The most imposing, Grand Meteoro and Varlaam occupy commanding positions among the monastic complex of Meteora. The visit is ideal for working up an appetite to sample the local delicious traditional Greek cuisine.
On the way back to Athens, we visit the historic site of Thermopylae, where the battle between ancient Greeks and Persians changed the course of European history. We visit the battlefield, the statue of King Leonidas and the museum, returning to Athens early in the evening.