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The Heart of Ancient Greece

Group Tour | General interest 12 Days & 11 Nights

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, and the extraordinary rock formations of the Meteora region, this tour also explores Greece's magnificent scenery, ancient ruins, monasteries and the man-made marvels of the Corinth Canal.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Wine tasting in Nafplion
  • Visit the little-known medieval town of Movemvasia
  • Olive oil museum & tasting in Mystras
  • Join a truffle hunt in Meteora
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • Small group size - maximum 18

Athens

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 1050 1151 1254 1661 2169 2577 2882 2882 2476 1967 1560 1254
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 50 40 40 20 20 10 10 10 10 50 60 60
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Chalkis

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1254 1355 1559 2068 2577 3086 3290 3188 2882 2272 1864 1457
Min temp (C)(F) 439 439 643 846 1254 1763 1966 1966 1661 1254 948 643
Sunshine hours 4 5 6 8 10 12 13 12 10 7 5 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 15 14 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 733 612 552 301 231 151 80 131 231 602 612 863
Rainy Days 11 10 8 8 7 5 5 4 4 7 9 11
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH H M M L
UV 2/L 3/M 5/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 9/VH 7/H 4/M 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1559 1559 1457 1559 1864 2170 2373 2475 2373 2170 1864 1661

Heraklion (Crete)

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 1254 1254 1456 1762 2068 2475 2679 2678 2374 2068 1762 1457
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 90 70 50 30 20 0 0 0 20 60 70 90
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Kalamos

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1050 1152 1355 1763 2272 2679 2984 2984 2679 2068 1559 1152
Min temp (C)(F) 236 337 439 745 1152 1457 1661 1661 1457 1050 745 439
Sunshine hours 5 5 6 7 9 11 13 12 9 7 5 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 15 14 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1365 1235 914 693 482 251 171 201 452 1185 1656 1787
Rainy Days 13 12 11 11 8 4 3 3 4 9 13 14
Humidity N N N N N M H H L N N N
UV 2/L 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 9/VH 8/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1559 1559 1661 1864 2272 2475 2679 2475 2272 1966 1763

Kos

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1457 1457 1661 2068 2475 2984 3290 3290 2882 2475 1966 1661
Min temp (C)(F) 745 745 948 1254 1559 1966 2272 2170 1966 1559 1254 948
Sunshine hours 5 6 7 9 11 13 14 13 11 8 6 5
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 14 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1697 1155 763 351 211 80 20 50 171 592 914 1646
Rainy Days 14 12 9 7 4 3 6 6 5 5 8 14
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH H M M L
UV 2/L 3/M 5/M 6/H 8/VH 10 10/VH 9/VH 7/H 5/M 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1763 1661 1661 1763 1966 2272 2373 2577 2475 2373 2068 1966

Megalochori

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1457 1457 1661 1966 2272 2679 2882 2781 2577 2272 1966 1661
Min temp (C)(F) 948 948 1050 1254 1559 1966 2272 2272 2068 1661 1355 1152
Sunshine hours 4 5 6 8 10 13 13 12 10 7 5 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1144 813 663 281 141 40 10 10 131 612 693 1024
Rainy Days 11 10 8 5 3 1 1 1 1 4 8 12
Humidity N N N N N L M M L N N N
UV 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 8/VH 10/VH 10/VH 9/VH 7/H 5/M 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1559 1559 1661 1864 2170 2373 2475 2373 2170 1966 1763

Oia

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1457 1457 1661 1966 2272 2679 2882 2781 2577 2272 1966 1661
Min temp (C)(F) 948 948 1050 1254 1559 1966 2272 2272 2068 1661 1355 1152
Sunshine hours 4 5 6 8 10 13 13 12 10 7 5 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1144 813 663 281 141 40 10 10 131 612 693 1024
Rainy Days 11 10 8 5 3 1 1 1 1 4 8 12
Humidity N N N N N L M M L N N N
UV 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 8/VH 10/VH 10/VH 9/VH 7/H 5/M 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1559 1559 1661 1864 2170 2373 2475 2373 2170 1966 1763

Paros

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1355 1457 1559 1864 2272 2679 2781 2781 2577 2170 1864 1559
Min temp (C)(F) 948 948 1050 1254 1559 1966 2272 2170 1966 1661 1355 1050
Sunshine hours 4 5 7 8 10 13 14 13 11 7 5 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 14 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 944 663 582 251 141 40 20 20 110 502 632 924
Rainy Days 10 9 8 5 3 1 1 1 1 4 8 11
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH H M M L
UV 2/L 3/M 5/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 9/VH 7/H 5/M 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1559 1559 1661 1864 2272 2373 2475 2373 2170 1864 1763

Platis Gialos

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1355 1457 1559 1864 2272 2679 2781 2781 2577 2170 1864 1559
Min temp (C)(F) 846 846 948 1254 1559 1966 2170 2170 1966 1661 1254 1050
Sunshine hours 4 5 7 8 10 13 14 13 11 7 6 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 14 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 994 703 592 261 151 40 20 20 120 452 632 994
Rainy Days 11 10 8 6 3 1 2 2 2 4 8 11
Humidity N N N N N L M M L N N N
UV 2/L 3/M 5/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 9/VH 7/H 5/M 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1559 1559 1661 1864 2170 2373 2373 2373 2170 1864 1661

Rethymno

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1457 1559 1661 2068 2475 2882 3086 2984 2781 2373 1864 1661
Min temp (C)(F) 846 846 948 1152 1559 1966 2170 2170 1966 1559 1050 1050
Sunshine hours 4 5 6 8 10 12 12 12 10 6 6 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1426 1124 813 321 141 40 10 10 191 843 1034 1004
Rainy Days 12 11 8 5 3 1 0 0 1 5 8 13
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH H M M L
UV 2/L 4/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 10/VH 10/VH 9/VH 7/H 5/M 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1559 1559 1661 1966 2272 2577 2679 2577 2373 1966 1864

Samos

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1254 1355 1559 1966 2475 2984 3188 3188 2882 2272 1864 1457
Min temp (C)(F) 541 541 745 1050 1355 1763 2068 2068 1763 1355 1050 745
Sunshine hours 5 6 7 9 11 13 14 13 11 8 6 5
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 14 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1596 1084 883 422 281 60 30 30 181 422 1034 1677
Rainy Days 12 10 9 7 5 3 5 4 4 5 8 13
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH H M M L
UV 2/L 3/M 5/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 9/VH 7/H 5/M 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1559 1661 1966 2272 2373 2475 2373 2170 1966 1763
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Athens

Morning flight from London (regional connections available) to Athens with Aegean Air. Transfer to the Electra Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. Welcome drink. (N)

Day 2: Athens • Corinth • Nafplion

Morning tour of Athens, including Syntagma Square, Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium. Finish at the Acropolis to view the Parthenon and visit the museum. Leave Athens and visit the Corinth Canal. Continue to Nafplion, with a stop at a local winery for a tasting. Stay at the Hotel Amalia (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, D)

Day 3: Nafplion • Mycenae • Epidaurus

Drive to Mycenae, the seat of King Agamemnon, who led the Greek armies against Troy. Visit the Lion’s Gate, the Cyclopean Walls and the Royal Tombs. After lunch, depart for Nafplion a picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff. Continue to Epidaurus to visit the fourth-century theatre. Return to Nafplion. (B)

Day 4: Nafplion • Monemvasia

Travel to Monemvasia, a medieval fortresstown. Take a walking tour including the castle, perimeter walls, old mansions and churches, connected by narrow cobbled lanes. Time at leisure before dinner in the castle. Stay at Kinsterna Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (B, D)

Day 5: Sparta • Kalamata

This morning travel to Sparta, the land of King Leonidas and the legendary Spartan soldiers. Continue to Mystras and visit the remains of the castle and old town. Visit the olive oil museum and learn about the history and culture of the olive and its production in Greece. Stay at the Filoxenia Hotel (or similar) in Kalamata for 1 night. (B, D)

Day 6: Kalamata • Olympia

Depart for Olympia, visiting an olive oil farm en route. Stay overnight in Olympia at the Europa Hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 7: Olympia • Delphi

Visit the archaeological site of Olympia including the museum, stadium and Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus. Continue to Delphi. Stay 2 nights at the Amalia Hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 8: Delphi

A full day to enjoy the archaeological site and museum at Delphi, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Visit the Athenian Treasury, the Temple of Apollo and the museum containing masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture. (B)

Day 9: Kalambaka

Travel to Kalambaka and visit the Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum. Take part in a demonstration of truffle hunting with dogs, followed by a snack of mushroom and truffle pasta. Stay at the Divani Meteora Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Kalambaka

Full-day visit to the remarkable Meteora monasteries, built high on rocky outcrops. (B, D)

Day 11: Mount Olympus • Athens

Depart from Kalambaka and transfer to the Archaeological Park of Dion, a sacred city of the Macedonians at the foot of Mount Olympus. The route back to Athens is quite long, but passes through the striking plain of Thessaly and the valley of Tempi. Dinner at a local restaurant in Athens’ ancient Plaka district. Stay at the Electra Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (B, D)

Day 12: Fly to London

Transfer to Athens airport and fly to London. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Private & tailor-made travel

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 to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • Kinsterna Hotel
    Kinsterna Hotel

    The Hotel Kinsterna is housed in a historic Byzantine manor, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, and offering views of the Aegean. Furnished to a high contemporary standard, a number of facilities are available on site including a restaurant, bar and lounge, swimming pool, library and a spa with a traditional Ottoman hammam.Features: 50 rooms &amp; suites, restaurant, bar/lounge, swimming pool, library, spa.<br>Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, Wi-Fi.

  • Hotel Europa
    Hotel Europa

    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 pool.

  • Hotel Amalia
    Hotel Amalia

    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 pool.

  • Filoxenia Hotel
    Filoxenia Hotel

    Located two kilometres from the centre of Kalamata and 30 kilometres from the historic ruins at Ancient Messini, the Filoxenia Hotel is a modern villa style property. The hotel has its own private beach, an outdoor pool with sea views and 188 air-conditioned rooms. A restaurant serving local and international cuisine, as well as a bar/lounge and library are also avaialble on-site.Features: 188 Rooms &amp; Suites, Restaurant, swimming pool, bar/lounge, library <br>Room amenities: complimentary wi-fi, air conditioning, minibar, television

  • Electra Hotel
    Electra Hotel

    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 109 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. Features: 112 rooms & suites, restaurant, dry cleaning, snack bar, bar/lounge Room amenities: complimentary wi-fi, television, telephone, bathrobes, minibar

  • Divani Meteora Hotel
    Divani Meteora Hotel

    The Divani Meteora hotel offers an envious location and spectacular views of the Meteora rocks. The hotel's 165 rooms are stylishly decorated with oak-wood furnishings and facilities include an outdoor pool and a SPA with an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, hot tub and exercise room. It also has a bar and a restaurant, which serves a variety of local and international dishes.

  • Amalia Hotel Nauplion
    Amalia Hotel Nauplion

    Located 1km from the historical city centre, the Amalia Hotel Nauplion is a neoclassical-style hotel, set in a picturesque garden. All of the guest rooms, offer verandas with garden access or balconies with fortress of sea views and are styled in modern furniture coupled with locally produced handicrafts.Features: 172 rooms, 1 restaurant, 3 bars, outdoor swimming pool.<br>Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, minibar, hairdryer.

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Dates & prices

GRD2021

Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Special Offer(£) Single Supplement Click to Book
17 Sep 2021 - 28 Sep 2021 £2,645 £200 £665 Reserve
 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

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Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • 4- & 5-star accommodation
    • Direct international flights with Aegean Air
    • Flexible - extensions, room & flightupgrades available
    • Small group size - maximum 26people
    • Transfers in air-conditionedvehicles
    • Experienced local tour manager
    • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
    • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees

Destinations on this tour

  • Athens

    While the Parthenon represents the 'golden age' of Athens urban planning, the...

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  • Nafplio

    Also known as Nafplion, the small harbour town of Nafplio is considered by...

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  • Olympia

    The birthplace of the Olympic Games in the classical times, Olympia today is...

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  • Delphi

    Located on a plateau on the slope of Mount Parnassus, the ancient town of...

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  • Athens

    While the Parthenon represents the 'golden age' of Athens urban planning, the...

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