Explore Ancient Greece, from the Temples of Zeus and Hera to the Parthenon and Delphi. Walk the Sacred Way to the 4th Temple of Apollo and greet the gods and goddesses of Olympia.
Put the 'oh' in opa and embark on an unforgettable exploration of an ancient land of gods and goddesses; myths and legends. Your springboard to your spellbinding holiday is the vibrant capital of Athens; an effortless mix of ancient treasures and modern verve; which you will have an opportunity to explore after being transferred to your hotel. This evening; join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception; including a light meal and welcome drink.
Join your Local Specialist for a guided morning sightseeing tour to the ancient complex that was once the Cradle of Western Civilisation. Along our journey into antiquity; we'll have an opportunity to explore the Acropolis with its treasures. We'll admire the Parthenon; dedicated to the goddess Athena; the Royal Palace; Temple of Zeus and the Agora; once the haunt of Socrates and Plato. 'Dive Into Culture' and see remarkable displays of an ancient world during an included visit to the Acropolis Museum; and see Hadrian's Arch and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy on your own. Stroll through the Plaka; people watch in Syntagma Square or go in search of the city's tastiest souvlaki - the choice is yours.
We depart Athens this morning; crossing the mighty Corinth Canal to the wild Peloponnesian Peninsula. Arriving in Corinth; we join a Local Specialist to explore an ancient city that several empires fought over throughout the centuries. We continue to Mycenae; a mighty kingdom of ancient Greece; where we'll see the Beehive Tombs; (the Treasury of Atreus); the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace; in the company of a Local Specialist. Later; we'll travel to Epidaurus to visit the ancient theatre and view the Sanctuary of Asclepius; the God of Medicine; whose snake-entwined staff remains the symbol of medicine to this day. Arriving in the Venetian town of Nafplion later; we'll dine in our hotel this evening.
We traverse the Mountains of Arcadia to ancient Olympia; the site of the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. This evening; we 'Connect With Locals' joining the Karambellas family on their olive and wine farm for a Be My Guest dinner; some traditional dancing and characteristic Greek philoxenia.
We join a Local Specialist this morning to delve into centuries of history. We'll visit the ancient Olympic site; the museum and the ruined remains of the Temples of Zeus and Hera. Leaving Olympia; we skirt the coastline north to Patras; crossing the Gulf of Corinth to mainland Greece before continuing to Delphi; our home for the night.
Tread in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks; who would descend on the sanctuary of Delphi to consult with the most important oracle in the classical world. Join your Local Specialist and walk the Sacred Way to the 4th-century Temple of Apollo. View the statues immortalising the strength of the athletes who once competed in the Pythian Games; held in honour of Apollo and the Arts. A scenic afternoon drive brings us to Thermopylae; famous for the heroic defence by Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. We cross the lush Thessaly region; the 'bread basket of Greece'; the travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka.
The UNESCO World Heritage monasteries of Meteora are our first stop today. Join a Local Specialist to visit two of the six Eastern Orthodox monasteries that cling impressively to immense; rounded rock towers overlooking the town. A scenic drive returns us to Athens; where we'll enjoy a rousing Farewell Dinner with our travel companions and reminisce over an incredible journey through Greece.
We say a fond farewell to our newfound friends and the treasures of Greece after an unforgettable journey. Airport transfers are available; conditions apply.
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Selected departure dates between 02 April to 22 September 2022r 2020
Return airport transfers on first and last day of the trip*
7 nights 4 and 5*hotel accommodation
7 buffet breakfasts
5 dinners (including Be my Guest)
Sightseeing tour included in each major city
Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach
Services of a professional Travel Director
All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
Must-see sights with VIP entry and queue jump
Unique Insider Experiences
Free time included
Price is per person based on a lead in rate and subject to availability depending on the departure date.
A deposit of R999 per person is required within 3 days of booking and the full amount must be paid no later than 60 days for land only guided holidays or 90 days for guided holidays including train or cruise or other prior to departure from South Africa.
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