Considered the birthplace of western civilisation, Greece’s influence still resonates today in the fields of architecture, science, engineering and philosophy. Incorporating the classical sites of Olympia, Delphi, Mycenae and Epidaurus, this tour also explores Greece’s magnificent scenery and the man-made marvels of the Corinth Canal.
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Morning flight from London (regional connections available) to Athens with Aegean Airlines. Transfer to the Electra Hotel for 2 nights. Welcome drink. (N)
Morning tour of Athens, including Syntagma Square, Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Zeus, the Presidential Palace and the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held. Continue to the Acropolis to view the Parthenon and visit the Acropolis museum. Afternoon at leisure or optional tour to Cape Sounion to view the Temple of Poseidon. (B)
Morning drive via the Corinth Canal to the ancient town of Corinth, where St Paul lived and preached for two years. Continue to the ancient theatre at Epidaurus, renowned for its exceptional acoustics, before proceeding to Nafplio. Overnight at the Nafplia Palace. (B, D)
Morning tour of Mycenae, the seat of King Agamemnon, who led the Greek armies against Troy. Explore the ruined city, considered one of the finest archaeological sites in Greece. Visits to the Lion’s Gate, the city walls and the royal tomb are included. Continue to the hill fort of Tiryns, renowned for its cyclopean walls. Drive to Olympia for an overnight stay at the Best Western Hotel Europa. (B, D)
Morning tour of Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Visit the temples dedicated to Zeus and Hera, the first Olympic stadium and the archaeological museum. Continue to Delphi and overnight at the Amalia Hotel. (B, D)
Morning tour of the Unesco world heritage site of Delphi. Visit the Temple of Apollo and the museum, home to an impressive collection of ancient Greek sculptures and friezes. In the afternoon, drive to Athens for a 1-night stay at the Electra Hotel. (B)
Transfer to Athens airport and fly to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call 020 3411 2135 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
The 4-star Electra Hotel is located in the heart of Athens at the start of the main shopping boulevard, the Ermou, and just off Syntagma Square. It is also within walking distance of the Acropolis and other historical sites. The hotel features 106 elegantly furnished rooms and three junior suites. All rooms have a marble bathroom, air conditioning, flatscreen television, wireless internet access, safe and minibar. The restaurant serves an American buffet breakfast and offers a Mediterranean a la carte menu for lunch and dinner. The lobby cafe serves a selection of drinks, coffees and light snacks. Guests staying at the Electra Hotel are able to use the public facilities of the 5-star Electra Palace Hotel, located just 5 minutes' walk from the hotel. The facilities here include an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool, which has excellent views of the Pantheon, and a spa with extensive...
The 4-star hotel Amalia is located within walking distance of the famous attractions of Delphi. The 185 rooms all have air-conditioning, television and en suite bathrooms. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and swimming...
Built on top of the Drouvas Hill in Ancient Olympia, the 4-star Best Western Hotel Europa has a great location for exploring the sights of Olympia. The 80 rooms each have air-conditioning, a minibar, a television and a safe. The hotel also has a restaurant, bar and outdoor swimming...
A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, the 5-star boutique Hotel Nafplia Palace is located high upon the Bronze Age acropolis of Akronafplia and commands impressive views of the Bay of Argolis and Nauplion below. Each of the 51 rooms and 33 individual villas has contemporary décor and amenities including air-conditioning, minibar, bathrobes and a hairdryer. The hotel restaurant Amymoni offers a range of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, while the Veranda Bar features live piano music and views of the sea. The hotel also has an outdoor swimming...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
This extension provides a chance to stay in Athens and explore at a leisurely pace.
Stay an extra 2 nights at the Electra Hotel. (B)
Day at leisure. (B)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to Athens airport and fly to London Heathrow with Aegean Airlines. (B)
Renowned in the 1960s as a cosmopolitan destination for film stars and the European elite, the pretty Aegean island of Hydra provides a peaceful and tranquil environment thanks to the exclusion of all motor vehicles.
Morning at leisure. Afternoon ferry journey to Hydra. Stay at the Leto Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights. (B)
Days at leisure. (B)
Morning ferry journey to Athens, transfer to the airport and fly to London Heathrow with Aegean Airlines. (B)
The small island of Poros lies in close proximity to the Peloponnesian coast, separated by a narrow channel. Seen by visitors as picturesque island, the old port town is a must for the many tourists which stay on the island.
Morning at leisure. Afternoon ferry journey to Poros. Stay at the Xenia Poros Image (or similar) for 3 nights. (B)
A popular weekend destination for Athenians, the town of Vouliagmeni is located 21km south of Athens. The town is easily accessed from the centre of Athens by the Vouliagmenis Avenue, which travels the length of the journey to the heart of this coastal resort. With pristine sandy beaches, this is a perfect destination for peace and relaxation.
Morning at leisure. Afternoon drive to Vouliagmeni. Stay at the Divani Apollon Place & Thalasso (or similar) for 2 nights. (B)
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GRE2018: 6 Nights
There were many highlights on this tour but the tour of Delphi was excellent. With the back drop of the mountains, it was very peaceful and idyllic. The extension in Hydra was brilliant. It was a very relaxing and peaceful island and was ideal way to unwind before the main tour.Miss Kerri Thomas
I had a wonderful time in August on your Classical Greece Tour. It exceeded all my expectations. The itinerary was well thought out and included the most important classical sites of mainland Greece. The hotels were comfortable and in excellent positions for exploring the sites and museums. Our tour guide, Marina, was amazing. Her personality was delightful. She was entertaining and her knowledge of the history and mythology of ancient Greece was truly remarkable; her passion for the places we visited brought them to life. On this tour we were physically transported in comfort and mentally transported to the splendid ancient civilisations of Greece. It was a truly unforgettable experience. I had the best time ever! Thank you Cox & Kings. Mrs Jan Enwright