Grand Tour of Greece
Grand Tour of Greece
Grand Tour of Greece

Grand Tour of Greece

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Introduction
One of our most comprehensive tours of classical Greece, this itinerary takes in many of the most important classical sites in a land which has provided so much to western history. Names like Alexander, Socrates, Agamemnon and Zeus are brought to life in this fascinating seven day tour.

Highlights

  • Walk the grounds of the school where the famed Socrates taught Alexander the Great.
  • View what many describe as the greatest Greek archaeological find of the 20th century – the Tomb of Alexander’s father King Philip II.
  • Explore the prehistoric beginnings of man at Meteora home to many Neanderthal sites.

Itinerary

Day 1: Athens – Olympia (D)
This morning you will be collected from your hotel for a seven day tour to some of Greece's wonderful classical sights. (Note: Tour pick-up time from hotel should be confirmed with our local operator, usually the day before)

Morning departure to the Corinth Canal and then to the Theatre of Epidaurus. Then proceed to the towns of Nauplion and Mycenae to visit the tombs of Agamemnon. Later travel to Olympia through Tripolis and Megapolis. Overnight in Olympia.

Day 2: Olympia – Delphi (B D)
This morning visit the archaeological site which includes the sanctuary of Zeus, the ancient stadium where the Olympic Games began and were held for 1200 years, and the museum. Travel through the plains of Iliad and Achaia before crossing the Corinthian Bay into Delphi via Nafpactos and Itea.

Day 3: Delphi – Meteora (B D)
After visiting the archaeological site and museum of Delphi continue on to Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora. This stunning and unique geological formation was created over millennia by weathering and contains archaeological sites which date from the time of the Neanderthal. Some of these caves show evidence of being continuously inhabited from 50000 to 5000 years ago.

Day 4: Meteora – Thessaloniki (B D)
Visit Meteora where ageless monasteries sit atop gigantic rock columns. Later drive through the plains of Thessaly to Mt Olympus, home of the Greek Gods. In ancient times the highest peak in any region settled by Greeks was called “Olympus” and in antiquity there were at least 8 other peaks with this name. It was in the 5th century BC that Herodotus named this particular one the highest peak in all of Greece as the Pan-Hellenic Olympus.

In more recent times Mount Olympus was named the first Greek National Park. It is famed for its biodiversity and as such attracts thousands of visitors each year who admire the flora and fauna. Overnight in Thessaloniki Greece’s second largest city.

Accommodation will be confirmed prior to departure.

Day 5: Thessaloniki (B D)
Spend the morning sightseeing in the city that was second only to Constantinople in the Byzantine era. Thessaloniki was an early centre of Christianity visited by Paul the Apostle who later wrote two letters to the new church at Thessaloniki, preserved in the Biblical canon as First and Second Thessalonians. Visit unique monuments and characteristic churches of the Christian world. Afternoon is at leisure.

Day 6: Thessaloniki (B D)
Depart in the morning for a unique approach to historical Macedonia. First stop at picturesque Edessa where we see the town's famous landmark the Waterfalls. Then proceed to Naoussa to a site of exceptional beauty and importance: Aristotle's School, the picturesque site where the great philosopher taught ‘the doctrines of morals and politics' to Alexander the Great and the Macedonian youth.

Then drive to Vergina (ancient Aigai) to experience a visit to the unique Museum created in the Great Tumulus covering the royal tombs of Macedonia. See the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Philip II, Alexander's father. This is perhaps the greatest Greek archaeological discovery of the 20th century. Only a few miles away is Veria (Biblical Beroea). Here visit Saint Paul's Bema and then stroll through the old Jewish neighbourhood and the colourful market area. Return to Thessaloniki for dinner & overnight.

Day 7: Athens (B)
Drive to Pella, the capital of Alexander the Great. See the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th century B.C. villas in situ as well as in the new Museum. Then proceed and visit the Archaeological Park of Dion, sacred city of the Macedonians, at the foot of mountain Olympos. After the visit start driving south and through Thessaly; Lamia; Thermopylae, to see the Leonidas' Monument; and Thebes. Arrive in Athens late in the afternoon.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicles
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Dinners as specified
  • Sightseeing as specified in itinerary
  • Professional guides
  • Greece Travel Notes – issued by Innovative Travel
  • Entrance fees

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

  • International airfares
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Porterage
  • Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Departure taxes
  • Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
  • Visas (unless specified)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above

Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. Note prices usually display available discounted rates if any, (eg. Early Bird Deals if applicable).   All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country.   Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are valid for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions  page.

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