Magical Greece
8 Days

ITINERARY

8 Days: Athens, Corinth Canal, Epidaurus, Nafplion, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Kalambaka, Meteora, Aegina, Poros, Hydra

Tour Overview:

Arrive in Athens and discover some of the most fascinating monuments in the world, none more renowned than the Acropolis. Take a city tour of this ancient Greek capital and appreciate its picturesque old town. Visit Olympia, built on the banks of River Alfios and home of the original Olympic Games. Explore the sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi, once one of the most sacred places in the world. Take a day cruise to Aegina, Poros & Hydra and enjoy the picturesque views with lunch on board.


Day 01 – Arrival / Athens

Arrival at the Athens airport, welcome assistance and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Athens.


Day 02 – City tour / Athens (B)

The day is dedicated to exploring the city of Athens. We begin with a panoramic tour to the most important monuments and landmarks of the city including the Panathinaikon stadium, the Zappeion, the temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, Syntagma square, the Parliament, the tomb of the unknown soldier, Schliemann’s house, the Academy, the University, the National Library, and the old Parliament. Next we head for our guided visit to the Acropolis, including the Propylae, the temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon, the Erechtheion. Later, we continue with a guided visit to the Acropolis museum voted one of the best museums in the world. Afternoon at leisure to explore Plaka, the picturesque old part of the city, and why not, some shopping at Ermou street.


Day 03 – Corinth canal, Epidaurus, Nafplion, Mycenae / Olympia (B,D)

After our breakfast we depart towards the Peloponnese. First stop will be at the impressive Corinth canal and we continue to Epidaurus with its theater, famous for its acoustics. Our day continues as we will be arriving in Nafplion for a short stop. Our next visit will be to Mycenae «rich in gold» as Homer mentions, with the Cyclopean walls, and the tomb of Agamemnon with the famous Lion’s Gate. In the afternoon, we will be crossing the mountains of the Peloponnese to arrive in Olympia for dinner and overnight.


Day 04 – Olympia / Delphi (B,D)

Built on the banks of the River Alfios, Olympia is beautiful, green, and placid. We will enjoy a tour through the remains of the Ancient Olympia Complex (home of the original Olympic Games), including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra, and Phidias’s Workshop. We continue to the local museum, one of the richest in Greece, with the impressive statue of Hermes of Praxitelis. In the afternoon, we will start heading north, driving around Patras, over the impressive Rio-Antirio bridge, through Nafpaktos and Itea, to Delphi for dinner and overnight.


Day 05 – Delphi / Kalambaka (B,D)

Delphi used to be the most sacred spot in the world and a pilgrimage center for many centuries in the antiquity. You will admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, walk the Sacred way, and visit the temple of Apollo, home of Pythia (the oracle). We continue to the local museum with the famous bronze statue of the Charioteer. In the afternoon we will be crossing the mountains of central Greece to arrive in Kalambaka for dinner and overnight.


Day 06 – Meteora / Athens (B)

This morning we will be visiting Meteora. Amazing rock formations, like towers of sandstone, stand ageless, and have provided sacred retreat for monks over the centuries. A number of monasteries are hidden on top of Meteora. The view over the plain is breathtaking. Meteora is considered among the most beautiful areas of mainland Greece and belongs to Unesco’s list of world heritage monuments. After our visit, we will take the road back to Athens. On the way, we will make a short stop at Thermopylae, to admire the statue of Leonidas king of Sparta. Overnight in Athens.


Day 07 – Day cruise to Aegina, Poros & Hydra / Athens (B,L)

Early breakfast this morning and we transfer to the port of Trokadero for a day cruise to the islands of the Saronic gulf. Our first port of call will be Hydra. A picturesque little “vehicle free” island, well-known to the international jet-set. Take a donkey ride, explore the little cobble-stoned streets and visit the Mitropolis at your own pace. Next, we will be visiting the island of Poros with it clock tower facing the Peloponnese. Last will be a visit to Aegina, a weekend retreat island for many Athenians. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride or take an optional visit to the temple of Afea. Before leaving make sure to buy some pistachios, as Aegina is world-famous for its production. During cruising, you will enjoy a buffet lunch on board, and on the way back you will have to opportunity to see and participate to some traditional Greek dances! Return transfer to our hotel.


Day 08 – Departure (B)

Breakfast and at the appropriate time, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2024
Daily Departure Sgl Occ Dbl Occ Trp Occ
Jan 07 - Jan 14 CAD 3,225 CAD 2,225 CAD 2,040
Jan 14 - Jan 21 CAD 3,225 CAD 2,225 CAD 2,040
Jan 21 - Jan 28 CAD 3,225 CAD 2,225 CAD 2,040
Jan 28 - Feb 04 CAD 3,225 CAD 2,225 CAD 2,040
Feb 04 - Feb 11 CAD 3,225 CAD 2,225 CAD 2,040
Feb 11 - Feb 18 CAD 3,225 CAD 2,225 CAD 2,040
Feb 18 - Feb 25 CAD 3,225 CAD 2,225 CAD 2,040
Feb 25 - Mar 03 CAD 3,225 CAD 2,225 CAD 2,040
Mar 03 - Mar 10 CAD 3,225 CAD 2,225 CAD 2,040
Mar 10 - Mar 17 CAD 3,225 CAD 2,225 CAD 2,040
Mar 17 - Mar 24 CAD 3,225 CAD 2,225 CAD 2,040
Mar 24 - Mar 31 CAD 3,225 CAD 2,225 CAD 2,040
Mar 31 - Apr 07 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
Apr 07 - Apr 14 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
Apr 14 - Apr 21 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
Apr 21 - Apr 28 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
Apr 28 - May 05 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
May 05 - May 12 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
May 12 - May 19 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
May 19 - May 26 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
May 26 - Jun 02 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
Jun 02 - Jun 09 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
Jun 09 - Jun 16 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
Jun 16 - Jun 23 CAD 3,645 CAD 2,505 CAD 2,330
Jun 23 - Jun 30 CAD 3,645 CAD 2,505 CAD 2,330
Jun 30 - Jul 07 CAD 3,645 CAD 2,505 CAD 2,330
Jul 07 - Jul 14 CAD 3,645 CAD 2,505 CAD 2,330
Jul 14 - Jul 21 CAD 3,645 CAD 2,505 CAD 2,330
Jul 21 - Jul 28 CAD 3,645 CAD 2,505 CAD 2,330
Jul 28 - Aug 04 CAD 3,645 CAD 2,505 CAD 2,330
Aug 04 - Aug 11 CAD 3,645 CAD 2,505 CAD 2,330
Aug 11 - Aug 18 CAD 3,645 CAD 2,505 CAD 2,330
Aug 18 - Aug 25 CAD 3,645 CAD 2,505 CAD 2,330
Aug 25 - Sep 01 CAD 3,645 CAD 2,505 CAD 2,330
Sep 01 - Sep 08 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
Sep 08 - Sep 15 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
Sep 15 - Sep 22 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
Sep 22 - Sep 29 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
Sep 29 - Oct 06 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
Oct 06 - Oct 13 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
Oct 13 - Oct 20 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
Oct 20 - Oct 27 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
Oct 27 - Nov 03 CAD 3,640 CAD 2,565 CAD 2,375
November to March: Every Saturday and Sunday. Tour will not be operated on 24/12. Additional departures on 26/12, and 27/12.
April to October: Daily except Tuesday and Wednesday until 29/10. Tour will not be operated on 03/04, 13/04, 24/04, and 26/10.
Accommodations:
Athens
Polis Grand, Golden Age, Zafolia, Titania, Stanley, Athenian Callirhoe or Similar
Olympia
Hotel Arty Grand & Hotel Europa Or Similar
Delphi
Hotel Amalia & Hotel Apollonia Or Similar
Kalambaka
Hotel Amalia & Hotel Divani Or Similar

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on BB, 4 nights in Athens
  • Athens city tour with Acropolis and Acropolis museum, on SIC, including English speaking guide.
  • The 4-day classical Greece tour on SIC, on half-board basis (breakfast and dinner)
  • The day cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra, including transfers and lunch on board.
  • All transfers
  • Meet & Greet service for tour briefing and orientation, by an English speaking representative
  • All entrance/admission fees to sites and museums
  • All taxes and our services

Exclusions:

  • Any meals other than those mentioned above
  • Any drinks during included meals
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any tips
  • Any porterage at hotels.
  • Anything else not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.

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