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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.
Morning flight from London (regional connections available) to Athens with Aegean Air. Transfer to the Electra Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (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.Tailor-made travel
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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 & suites, restaurant, bar/lounge, swimming pool, library, spa.<br>Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, Wi-Fi.
Built on top of Drouvas Hill, the 4-star Hotel Europa is ideally situated for exploring ancient Olympia. The property comprises 42 air-conditioned rooms and facilities include a swimming pool, rooftop terrace, bar/lounge and restaurant serving a selection of local cuisine. The Archimedes Museum and Archaeological Museum are both within 2km of the hotel. Features: 42 rooms & suites, bar/lounge, restaurant, swimming pool, rooftop terrace. Room amenities: Air conditioning, minibar, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.
Conveniently located within easy walking distance of the main attractions of Delphi, Hotel Amalia is a 4-star property comprising 180 air-conditioned rooms. A number of facilities are available on site including a swimming pool, bar/lounge and terrace offering picturesque views of the surrounding landscape. The hotel also features a restaurant serving a selection of local cuisine. Features: 180 rooms & suites, bar/lounge, swimming pool, terrace, restaurant. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, telephone, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.
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.
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 treatment rooms.
Situated a short distance from the Meteora rock formation, Divani Meteora Hotel is a superior property of 165 rooms. The hotel offers a number of facilities including a swimming pool, bar/lounge, spa treatments as well as a snack bar and restaurant serving local cuisine. All guestrooms are air-conditioned and have been soundproofed for comfort. Features: 165 rooms & suites, spa, sauna, restaurant, bar/lounge, swimming pool. Room amenities: Air conditioning, minibar, hairdryer, television.
Located a short walk from the historical city centre, the Amalia Hotel Nafplio is a neoclassical-style hotel set in a picturesque garden. All of the guestrooms offer verandas with garden access, or balconies with fortress or sea views, and are fitted with modern furnishings coupled with locally produced handicrafts. Features: 172 rooms, 1 restaurant, 3 bars, outdoor swimming pool. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, minibar, hairdryer.
Low season from £5890 per person
High season from £5890 per person
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*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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