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Heart of Ancient Greece

Private Travel | General interest 12 Days & 11 Nights Lead-in price: £5590

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 little known medieval town of Movemvasia
  • Olive oil museum & tasting in Mystras
  • Join a truffle hunt in Meteora
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
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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 Olympia
    Hotel Europa Olympia

    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.

  • Hotel Amalia Delphi
    Hotel Amalia Delphi

    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.

  • Grecotel Filoxenia Kalamata
    Grecotel Filoxenia Kalamata

    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.

  • Electra Hotel Athens
    Electra Hotel Athens

    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.

  • Divani Meteora Hotel
    Divani Meteora Hotel

    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.

  • Amalia Hotel Nauplion
    Amalia Hotel Nauplion

    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.

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Dates & prices


Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Special Offer(£) Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
6 May 2022 - 17 May 2022 £2,395 £0 £645 Yes Reserve
27 May 2022 - 7 Jun 2022 £2,495 £0 £645 Reserve
17 Jun 2022 - 28 Jun 2022 £2,495 £0 £645 Reserve
2 Sep 2022 - 13 Sep 2022 £2,495 £0 £645 Reserve
16 Sep 2022 - 27 Sep 2022 £2,395 £0 £645 Yes 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

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, 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.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

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.

  • What's Included
    • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
    • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

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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