Spectacular Greece

4 Nights & 5 Days

ATHENS > DELPHI > METEORA > KALAMBAKA > METEORA > THERMOPYLAE > ATHENS

Begin from Athens and enjoy a majestic 5-day Greek adventure. Discover some of Greece’s greatest treasures and the best of modern Athens. Visit Delphi archaeological site with the temple of Apollo considered as ‘the navel of the wold’ in ancient Greece and the impressive Meteora grey rocks with its UNESCO-listed cliff-top monasteries!

Itinerary

Day 1: ATHENS

Arrival at Athens International Airport followed by an assisted transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: ATHENS

Today enjoy the marvels of Athens on a half-day tour! Depart for a photo stop at Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896. It is the only stadium built out of white marble. Proceed, passing by Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus. You will then pass the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Continue passing by National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Schliemann’ House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Old Parliament, Constitution Square, Russian Orthodox Church, and finally visit the famous Acropolis Temple! Continue with a pleasant short walk passing by Herodion and Dionysos Theater, in order to visit the Acropolis museum. Main attractions such as votives, artifacts of everyday life, statues from archaic period, Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze will impress you. Meals: B

Day 3: ATHENS > DELPHI > METEORA > KALAMBAKA

Hop on board your luxury bus and enjoy a unique journey northwest to Delphi, arriving around noon. Famous for its theatre, Temple of Apollo and ancient ruins, Delphi was considered the center of the earth and the universe and played a central role in the classical Greek world. Visit the archaeological site and the Temple of Apollo famous for its oracle. In the afternoon after lunch depart through Central Greece and the cities of Lamia (shortstop), Trikala crossing the Thessalian plain, to Kalambaka (a small town built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks, and crowded by the Meteora Monasteries. Overnight stay in Kalambaka. Meals: B, D

Day 4: KALAMBAKA > METEORA > THERMOPYLAE > ATHENS

After breakfast, depart for nearby UNESCO-listed Meteora for a tour of the cliff-top monasteries. Visit two different impressive Byzantine Monasteries built on top of rock towers and providing breathtaking views over the plain. The monasteries are perched on top of towers of sandstone, which for centuries provided totally inaccessible retreats for the monks. Meteora is considered one of the most beautiful and inspiring areas of mainland Greece, and its monasteries are one of the country’s most unique attractions. By your return, you may visit optional a factory of Byzantine-style icons. Return to Athens passing by the heroic monument of Leonidas king of Sparta in Thermopylae (short stop for photos). Arrive in Athens in the early evening. Meals: B

Day 5: ATHENS

Breakfast and transfer to Athens International Airport at an arranged time. Meals: B

Departures

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Includes

  • 4 nights in accommodation in first-class hotels (4-star)
  • Daily Breakfast and 1 Dinner
  • Half Day City Tour of Athens & New Museum with English Speaking Guide
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned bus
  • Professional and licensed guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Arrival transfer with assistance and departure transfer without assistance

Pricing Details

  • All prices are per person
  • City tax not included (paid directly at the hotel)
  • Drinks are not included with meals
  • Only one bag per person allowed (any size) plus one piece of hand luggage
  • When the Monastery of St. Stephen is closed you will visit the Monastery of Great Meteoron and Monastery of Varlaam instead
  • Appropriate clothing is required when visiting places of worship

Optional Extras

  • Pre and post overnight in Athens is available on request
  • Take advantage of our preferred airfares to Europe from any Canadian gateway

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