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Classic Greece

from $2108/per person

Journey into the fabled land of myths and legends via the cultural heartland of Greece in premium comfort. Uncover the beauty of the ‘cradle of Western civilization’ in countless monuments and artefacts across the mainland, perfectly blending in with the modern Greek lifestyle. Sample the fine Greek cuisine while traveling in exquisite style. Discover all the epic sights while forming authentic connections with the local culture, from Athens to Corinth, Nafplion, Olympia, Patras, Delphi and Meteora. Each stop will provide a unique travel experience preserving a stunning cultural heritage.

Duration
8 Day
Destination(s)
Greece
Starts in / Ends in
Athens / Athens
Departs on
Fridays
Hotel Rating
5 -4 Star Hotels
16 People Max.

Sight Visited

  • Athens
    Athens

    You will fall in love with the perfect combination of culture, history and the dynamic contemporary life in one of the oldest cities in the world.

  • Delphi
    Delphi

  • Epidavros
    Epidavros

    Explore Ancient Epidaurus, an experience through the history of Greece with breaks at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus and museums.

  • Kalambaka
    Kalambaka

    Kalambaka is a small town in Greece, built on the feet of the Meteora.

  • Nafplion
    Nafplion

    Nafplion is a beauty, maybe the most romantic place in Greece. It was captured by many civilizations. And each of them left a mark from their cultures, Ottoman fountains, Venetian buildings, Ancient walls, medieval castles are now attracting people from all around the world.

ITINERARY

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Day 1: Athens
Meet the unparalleled cultural heritage of ancient Greece on an epic adventure in comfort and style.  Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a Ciconia representative at the airport. In the afternoon, join the welcome meeting at the hotel lobby with your fellow travellers and Tour Director. Greet the sophisticated and delicious Greek cuisine tonight on a group dinner, make sure to leave room for amazing desserts.
  • Hotel: Grand Hyatt Hotel 5*
  • Optional Experiences: Group Dinner
  • Meals: No
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Day 2: Athens City Tour
Journey to the depths of ancient Greece as we embark on a comprehensive city tour of the cradle of western civilization with our expert guide. Soak in unique sights such as the world-famous Parthenon, Acropolis Museum, the Royal Palace, Temple of Zeus and Agora, and follow the footsteps of Socrates and Plato. Visit historic sites as Hadrian’s Arch and commemorate the first ever modern Olympics of 1896. You will have personal leisure time in the afternoon to continue your in-depth discovery until our exciting dinner plans. Gather for dinner at a local restaurant to experience the authentic Greek cuisine and culture with a folklore show, together with complimentary house wine!
  • Hotel: Grand Hyatt Hotel 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Greek Folklore Show
  • Key Highlights: Athens City Tour
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Day 3: Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplion
After a delicious Greek breakfast, we depart towards Corinth on a picturesque journey. Upon arrival, join our local expert as we explore an ancient city of immense historical value. Follow your Travel Director through the great Greek kingdom of Mycenae and its many wonders including the Beehive Tombs, the Lion Gate and famous Agamemnon’s Royal Palace. The final highlight of the day will be Epidaurus, home to the ancient theatre and Sanctuary of Asclepius – whose snake-coiled staff has inspired the symbol of medicine to this day. Continuing on to Nafplion, a charming Venetian town, clear your palates for a wine tasting trip to a local winery in Nemea. Learn about the Greek wine culture while sampling flavoursome regional wines and spirits. Return to Nafplion for dinner and a recharging rest at the hotel.
  • Hotel: Amelia Hotel Nafplion 4*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Wine Tasting in Nemea, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus
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Day 4: Nafplion, Olympia
After breakfast, uncover Nafplion on a city tour with your guide. Explore the gorgeous highlights and their history while soaking in the intense medieval atmosphere of the old town. Continue with a drive through the scenic Arcadia Mountains towards ancient Olympia, where the first Olympics ever was held in 8th century BC. In the evening, join a local family at their olive farm and vinyard for a friendly dinner featuring samples of traditional music and dances. Familiarise yourself with philoxenia, the ancient Greek custom of hospitality, while feasting on freshly prepared local recipes.
  • Hotel: Amelia Hotel Olympia 4*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner at a Local Family Farm
  • Key Highlights: Nafplion City Tour
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Day 5: Olympia, Patras, Delphi
Following a delicious Greek breakfast, join our local expert with your Travel Director as we delve into ancient history. Discover the marvellous mythology and incredible sights such as the original Olympic Site, Temple of Hera and Zeus. Drive along the charming coastline towards the vibrant city of Patras, the regional capital of Western Greece. Cross inland to meet the glory and timeless legends of Delphi, where we spend overnight. Feel free to make dinner plans at a local restaurant of your choosing to make the most of Delphi.
  • Hotel: Amelia Hotel Delphi 4*
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Key Highlights: Olympia and Patras Sightseeing
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Day 6: Delphi, Thermopylae, Kalambaka
Follow the footsteps of ancient Greeks seeking the great wisdom of the Oracle of Delphi, one of the most important and powerful women of the classical world. Giving advice to whom who seek it, the oracle has served its realm for a thousand years. Continue to discover the impressive ruins of Temple of Apollo, and the statutes of athletes commemorating him with the Pythian Games. Taking a scenic drive to in the afternoon, we arrive to the famous site of Spartan defence spearheaded by King Leonidas to stop Persian invaders. Crossing the green fields of inland Greece through the Pouramaki Pass, we head towards the quaint village of Kalambaka.
  • Hotel: Grand Meteora Hotel 4*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Delphi Sightseeing
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Day 7: Kalambaka, Meteora, Athens
Our first stop will be the other-worldly monasteries of Meteora hanging beside massive boulders of rock as if floating in the air. Discover the impressive UNESCO World Heritage site with an expert local guide, visiting the Eastern Orthodox monasteries. On a long scenic drive across the Greek mainland back to Athens, we check into our hotel to freshen up before an unforgettable farewell dinner. Savour the delicious local cuisine at a traditional Greek taverna with complimentary house wine, and commemorate your favourite moments from an incredible adventure with newly-made friends.
  • Hotel: Grand Hyatt Hotel 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Group Farewell Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Meteora Sightseeing
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Day 8: Athens
Our marvellous Greece adventure comes to an end after breakfast. Make sure to bid farewell to newfound friends and exchange numbers before checking-out of the hotel (at 11:00). Complementary airport transfers are available all day, have a safe and smooth journey!
  • Meals: Breakfast
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Price ($)
Fri 12 Aug 2022
$2147

What is included ?

5 & 4 Star Characteristic Hotels

Accommodation in authentic, comfortable and ideally located hotels.

Luxury Transportation

Deluxe air-conditioned coach.

Exceptional Authentic Dining

7 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners. Dinner with Greek folklore show, Traditional Greek taverna with complimentary wine, Wine tasting at a local vinery in Nemea, Dinner at a local family farm with traditional music.

Travel Director

Local & Expert Travel Director throughout your trip.

Journey Highlights

Must see sights, hidden gems & authentic experiences. Find more details below and in the itinerary.

All Entrance Fees To All Sights

Entrance fees to all cultural, historical and natural sites on tour.

Private Airport Transfer

Complimentary private airport transfers on arrival and departure dates.

Baggage Handling

Seamless baggage handling, delivered to your room at every hotel.

All Tips, Taxes And Porterage Charges

Tips at the hotels and restaurants, all taxes and porterage fees.

Free Wi-Fi

Complimentary hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Athens
    Athens

    You will fall in love with the perfect combination of culture, history and the dynamic contemporary life in one of the oldest cities in the world.

  • Delphi
    Delphi

  • Epidavros
    Epidavros

    Explore Ancient Epidaurus, an experience through the history of Greece with breaks at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus and museums.

  • Kalambaka
    Kalambaka

    Kalambaka is a small town in Greece, built on the feet of the Meteora.

  • Nafplion
    Nafplion

    Nafplion is a beauty, maybe the most romantic place in Greece. It was captured by many civilizations. And each of them left a mark from their cultures, Ottoman fountains, Venetian buildings, Ancient walls, medieval castles are now attracting people from all around the world.

Athens: Parthenon, Acropolis Museum, the Royal Palace, Temple of Zeus and Agora, Hadrian’s Arch
Corinth: Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Temple of Apollo
Mycenae: Lion Gate, Archaeological Museum, Atreus Treasury
Epidaurus: Ancient Theatre, Sanctuary Of Asklepios
Nafplion: Syntagma Square , Palamidi Fortress
Olympia: Ancient Stadium, Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera, Philippeion
Patras: Medieval Castle, Roman Odeon
Kalambaka: Monasteries, Meteora

Stay in Style

Knowing that your accommodation may separate a great holiday from a perfect one, we have carefully selected the below 5-Star hotels of comfort and style:

Please view the “Hotels” section for more details about your accommodation on this trip.

  • Grand Hyatt Hotel
    Grand Hyatt Hotel

    Located on the famous Syngrou Avenue, between the cultural center of the historic city of Athens and the cosmopolitan At

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  • Grand Meteora Hotel
    Grand Meteora Hotel

    Hotel is located at the foot of Meteora, in the heart of the Thessaly plain. It is the most imposing and impressing acco

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  • Amalia Hotel Delphi
    Amalia Hotel Delphi

    Amalia Hotel Delphi has an exquisite location at the foot of mount Parnassus. The room balconies and the public areas of

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  • Amalia Hotel Nafplion
    Amalia Hotel Nafplion

    Amalia Hotel Nafplio is situated right at the entrance of Nafplion town, 2,5 km. from its center. It was built with resp

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  • Amalia Hotel Olympia
    Amalia Hotel Olympia

    Amalia Hotel Olympia is built in a unique location that combines the energy, the aura and the serenity of Ancient Olympi

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What is not included ?

  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

Grand Hyatt Hotel


Located on the famous Syngrou Avenue, between the cultural center of the historic city of Athens and the cosmopolitan Athenian Riviera, Grand Hyatt Athens offers the ultimate hospitality experience in a city with a heady mix of history and edginess. Explore the vibrant city of Athens, discover the narrow streets and small buildings of Plaka, and merge into 3.000 years of Greek history while visiting the Acropolis Hill.

Grand Meteora Hotel


Hotel is located at the foot of Meteora, in the heart of the Thessaly plain. It is the most imposing and impressing accommodation in the area, next to the picturesque village of Kastraki, and only 3 kilometers away from the historic center of Kalambaka.

Amalia Hotel Delphi


Amalia Hotel Delphi has an exquisite location at the foot of mount Parnassus. The room balconies and the public areas of the hotel offer panoramic view to the green valley, all the way to the sea, the town of Itea and the beautiful town of Galaxidi. All guest rooms have natural light, terraces or balconies, are fully air-conditioned or heated depending on the season and are equipped with all necessary facilities. The general feeling is modest elegance in white and grey with earthly materials like stone and wood. Most of the rooms offer impressive views to the valley and the sea.

Amalia Hotel Nafplion


Amalia Hotel Nafplio is situated right at the entrance of Nafplion town, 2,5 km. from its center. It was built with respect to the town’s culture and architecture, a neoclassical building with 170 luxurious guest rooms, in the middle of spacious surroundings of beautiful gardens with palm trees and flowers and a beautiful swimming pool, that operates from May to September. A unique environment that offers peace and serenity outside the town fuss and noises.

Amalia Hotel Olympia


Amalia Hotel Olympia is built in a unique location that combines the energy, the aura and the serenity of Ancient Olympia, in a beautiful green landscape filled with olive trees. From every corner of the white marbled spacious lobby, guests enjoy the endless green scenery along with the open air terrace of the lounge café. The restaurant and the large swimming pool are situated on the ground level with immediate access to the gardens. The hotel’s 147 large comfortable guestrooms spread over three wings and three levels, all facing the serene gardens through balconies and terraces.