5 days
Duration
Athens
Location
Apr – Oct (Mon)
Dates

From the classic ancient Olympic Stadium at Olympia to the famous rock-tower monasteries of Meteora and Nauplion, the first capital of modern Greece – you’ll visit some of the most iconic sites in Greece on this five-day tour from Athens.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION ATHENS
DEPARTURE TIME 8:30am
RETURN TIME 7:00pm (5th Day)
WEAR Casual dressing. To enter the monasteries, appropriate clothing is required. Ladies should not wear short skirts and must have long sleeves. Men are not allowed to wear shorts.
Most sites in Greece involve extended walking and/or slippery surfaces.
Therefore we strongly suggest wearing comfortable sturdy shoes.
Sunscreen, hat and water are also good “travel companions”.
DIFFICULTY Due to extend walking and slippery surfaces please inform us if you have walking disabilities or using a wheelchair before booking this tour.

Five-day/ 4 nights Greece tour of Classical Greece attractions with the 1st night in Nauplion

See four UNESCO World Heritage Sites with an expert guide

Explore important archeological sites at Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia and Delphi and the breathtaking Meteora

Stroll through the Delphi Archeological Museum and see relics like the Sphinx of Naxos

1

1st DAY

Depart for the Corinth canal. Drive to Epidaurus and visit the Ancient theatre, world famous for its outstanding acoustics. Proceed to Nauplia. Free afternoon for walking around the old town of Nauplia (the first capital of Greece) or we can visit the Nauplia Gallery of Art with paintings of famous Greek artists dedicated to the Greek revolution. Dinner at a traditional restaurant.

2

2nd DAY

Continue the trip to Mycenae. Visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. In the afternoon (optional stop for souvenirs and lunch) depart for Olympia. Overnight stay in Olympia.

3

3rd DAY

Visit the archaeological site with the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame, the Stadium and the archaeological Museum. Depart via Patras and cross the Corinthian bay by the new bridge. Pass by the city of Nafpaktos and from there on, along the coastal road to Delphi, known in ancient times as the navel of the world. Overnight stay in Delphi.

4

4th DAY

Visit the archaeological site, and, the MUSEUM of Delphi. Depart for KALAMBAKA via Central Greece. Overnight stay in Kalambaka

5

5th DAY

Leave in the morning for nearby Meteora to visit the BYZANTINE MONASTERIES. Return to Athens passing the heroic monument of Leonidas at Thermopylae.
Map directions are indicative and can alternate, depending on weather and/or various circumstances.
Map directions are indicative and can alternate, depending on weather and/or various circumstances.

Theatre of Epidaurus

Apart from a few rows of seats, the cavea is made of limestone with poros staircases. Until now, nine cunei with eighteen rows of seats have been excavated, which originally could accommodate about 2000 spectators. All the benches and thrones of the theatre carry inscriptions with the names of the donors while implying a direct relationship of the monument with the cult of Dionysos. From the inscriptions on the monument it is deduced that it was constructed in sections, starting at the middle of the 4th century B.C. and continuing into the Hellenistic period. There may have been an earlier, simpler form of the theatre. During the Roman period, the orchestra became semi-circular with the erection of a stage nearer to the cavea, of which the lower part has survived until now. Benches from the cavea have been used for the construction of the city-wall, situated on the top of the second hill of the headland.

Lions Gate

Mycenae was founded between two tall conical hills, Profitis Ilias (805 m.) and Sara (660 m.), on a low plateau dominating the Argive plain and controlling both the land and sea routes. The site was first occupied in the seventh millennium BC (Neolithic period). The construction of the palace and fortification wall currently visible began c. 1350 BC (Late Helladic IIIA2). The latter saw three construction phases, the first wall being built of Cyclopean masonry. A new wall was erected to the west and south of the early one approximately one hundred years later (Late Helladic IIIB1), together with the Lion Gate, the citadel’s monumental entrance, and its bastion. Included in the newly fortified area were the city’s religious centre and Grave Circle A, which was refurbished and used for ancestral cults. The famous tholos tomb known as the ‘Treasure of Atreus’, with its gigantic lintels and tall beehive vault, was probably built during the same period.

Delphi Archeological Museum

The permanent exhibition of the Archaeological Museum of Delphi focuses on the history of the Delphic sanctuary and oracle, covering the long time span from prehistory to Late Antiquity. Most of the exhibits were donated to the sanctuary during its period of great prosperity, from Archaic Greek to Roman times. The exhibits are presented in chronological order and by context (Sanctuary of Pronaia, votive pit of the Sacred Way, Temple of Apollo, Siphnian Treasury). These groups are part of larger exhibition units, which allow the visitor to understand the periods of floruit and decline of the sanctuary, the wealth of the different donators, the identity of the various artistic workshops and the urban and demographic development around the sanctuary. The exhibition is set out according to the specific needs of each medium: large-scale statues and architectural sculpture need more ‘room to breath’ than the so-called minor objects. The exhibition focuses mainly on the art of the Archaic period, on metal and marble offerings rather than on pottery, and on monumental architectural and sculptural groups rather than on domestic or funerary assemblages. Some particularly impressive exhibits, such as the famous bronze Charioteer, are displayed separately. Texts, models, maps, sketches and digital reconstructions, illustrating the physical setting of the objects, complete the exhibition.

Sphinx of Naxos (Delphi)

The large Sphinx of Naxos, c. 560 B.C. sits atop an Ionic column in the Delphi Museum. It once sat atop a 44-flute Ionic column towering some 11.5m in the air right next to the Stoa of the Athenians, where war trophies stolen from the Persians were proudly displayed. The sphinx (also spelled spyhnx) is a mythical monster with the head of a woman, the breast of a bird, the body of a lion. It was a popular theme especially in the Archaic era.

Meteora Monasteries

Spectacularly perched atop rocky pinnacles in Thessaly, the Meteora monasteries are among the most striking sights in Greece. The name Meteora (Μετέωρα) is Greek for “suspended in the air,” which perfectly describes these six remarkable Greek Orthodox monasteries. The sandstone peaks were first inhabited by Byzantine hermits in the 11th century, who clambered up the rocks to be alone with God. The present monasteries were built in the 14th and 15th centuries during a time of instability and revival of the hermit ideal; the first was Great Meteoron (c.1340) and there were 24 monasteries by 1500. They flourished until the 17th century but only six survive today; four of these still host monastic communities.

Pricing Details (Per person rates)

Category In sharing twin/ triple In single
Tourist class  590,00 €  702,00 €
First class  690,00 €  844,00 €

Inclusions/Exclusions

INCLUDED
Pick-up & Drop-off from selected Athens hotels
Dlx air-conditioned motor coaches
Hotel accommodation based on your choice
Half Board
English Speaking Qualified Guide
Entrance Fees to the sites visited
 24hrs Assistance phone number
NOT INCLUDED
Travel Insurance
Tips
Drinks & Beverages during meals
Classical Tour & Meteora - 5 Days

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