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Valid for travel 20 September 2024. Book by 31 May 2024

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Lead Price
From £2695pp
Duration
12 days & 11 nights
Itinerary Type
Group Tour
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

The Heart of Ancient Greece

Considered the birthplace of western civilisation, Greece retains an influence that 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.
Dates and prices

Itinerary

YEAR:
DAY 1: Fly to Athens
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Fly to Athens

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

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

DAY 2: Athens - Corinth - Nafplion
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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 Grande Bretagne Nafplion (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, D)

Accommodation: Amalia Hotel Nafplion
DAY 3: Nafplion - Mycenae - Epidaurus
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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)

Accommodation: Amalia Hotel Nafplion
DAY 4: Nafplion - Monemvasia
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Nafplion - Monemvasia

Travel to Monemvasia. Visit the olive oil museum en route and learn about the history and culture of the olive and its production in Greece. Continue 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)

Accommodation: Kinsterna Hotel
DAY 5: Mystras - Kalamata
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Mystras - Kalamata

This morning travel to Mystras and visit the remains of the castle and old town. Stay at the Filoxenia Hotel (or similar) in Kalamata for 1 night. (B, D)

DAY 6: Kalamata - Olympia
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Kalamata - Olympia

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

Accommodation: Hotel Europa Olympia
DAY 7: Olympia - Delphi
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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)

Accommodation: Hotel Amalia Delphi
DAY 8: Delphi
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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)

Accommodation: Hotel Amalia Delphi
DAY 9: Kalambaka
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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 lunch. Stay at the Divani Meteora Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Divani Meteora Hotel
DAY 10: Kalambaka
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Kalambaka

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

Accommodation: Divani Meteora Hotel
DAY 11: Mount Olympus - Athens
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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 long route back to Athens passes through the striking Plain of Thessaly, with its bucolic panoramas, and the Vale of Tempe. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Athens’ ancient Plaka district. Stay at the Athenian Callirhoe Exclusive Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (B, D)

DAY 12: Fly to London
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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.

DAY 1: Fly to Athens
- +

Fly to Athens

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

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

Accommodation: Athenian Callirhoe Exclusive Hotel
DAY 2: Athens - Corinth - Nafplion
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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 Grande Bretagne Nafplion (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, D)

Accommodation: Hotel Grande Bretagne Nafplion
DAY 3: Nafplion - Mycenae - Epidaurus
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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)

Accommodation: Hotel Grande Bretagne Nafplion
DAY 4: Nafplion - Monemvasia
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Nafplion - Monemvasia

Travel to Monemvasia. Visit the olive oil museum en route and learn about the history and culture of the olive and its production in Greece. Continue 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)

Accommodation: Kinsterna Hotel
DAY 5: Monemvasia - Kalamata
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Monemvasia - Kalamata

This morning travel to Mystras and visit the remains of the castle and old town. Stay at the Filoxenia Hotel (or similar) in Kalamata for 1 night. (B, D)

DAY 6: Kalamata - Olympia
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Kalamata - Olympia

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

Accommodation: Hotel Europa Olympia
DAY 7: Olympia - Delphi
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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)

Accommodation: Hotel Amalia Delphi
DAY 8: Delphi
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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)

Accommodation: Hotel Amalia Delphi
DAY 9: Kalambaka
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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 lunch. Stay at the Divani Meteora Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Divani Meteora Hotel
DAY 10: Kalambaka
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Kalambaka

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

Accommodation: Divani Meteora Hotel
DAY 11: Mount Olympus - Athens
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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 long route back to Athens passes through the striking Plain of Thessaly, with its bucolic panoramas, and the Vale of Tempe. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Athens’ ancient Plaka district. Stay at the Athenian Callirhoe Exclusive Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (B, D)

Accommodation: Athenian Callirhoe Exclusive Hotel
DAY 12: Fly to London
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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.

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Wine tasting in Nafplion
  • Visit the little-known medieval town of Monemvasia
  • Olive oil museum & tasting in Mystras
  • Join a truffle hunt in Meteora

Important information

Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. So, should you want to spend longer in a particular location, or add another experience or destination, we can make all the arrangements for you. Please contact our travel specialists for guideline prices.
Guaranteed departures
Where a tour date shows ‘Guaranteed departure’, this tour is guaranteed to run. For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.
Dates and prices
Unless otherwise stated, the tour prices and upgrade supplements are all per person in pound sterling, based on two people sharing a twin/double room. The online price is a guideline price; your final quote may differ due to flight availability, and you may be asked to pay a flight supplement.

What's included

  • Small group size - average 12 people (max 18)
  • 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • Direct international flights
  • Flexible extensions, room & flight upgrades available
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 6 dinners
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Welcome drink
  • Hotel porterage

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Private journey option: guideline prices

Low season from £6,195 | Guide price month: October

High season from £6,295 | Guide price month: May

Single supplement from £795

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