Classical Greece ( RG)

8 days from Athens to Athens

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What will you need to pack for this enlightening tour of Classical Greece? A sun hat, your thinking cap, and your competitive spirit for starters. Thought-provoking scenery and stories await in the land of powerful Sun Gods, ancient philosophers, and legendary Olympians. From the world-famous Acropolis in Athens to the sacred Temples of Olympia, and the mountainside excavations of Delphi to the monastery-topped rock formations of Meteora, you’ll walk in the footsteps of Greece’s most renowned and mystical figures—and dance in them, too. A glass of traditional ouzo will loosen your joints to learn the lively steps of the sirtaki, made famous in the classic movie Zorba the Greek. A toe-tapping, hands-on adventure, you’ll also learn the secrets of Mediterranean cuisine and how to make traditional tzatziki cucumber dip. Don’t forget to bring your appetite, too!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

ATHENS
Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis

CORINTH
Guided visit

MYCENAE
Guided visit of the excavations and museum

EPIDAURUS
Guided visit of the 2,300-year-old open-air theater

OLYMPIA
Guided visit of the archaeological site and the museum; LF learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer

DELPHI
Guided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum; LF learn to dance the sirtaki and have a glass of Ouzo

METEORA AREA
Guided visit of the Varlaam and St. Stephen’s Monasteries

THERMOPYLAE
Guided visit

Notes:

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Transportation:

Motorcoach.

 Meals & Itinerary

Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome drink.

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Day 2

ATHENS Marvels & Myths ATHENS Guided sightseeing includes a visit to the Acropolis and a stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Free time this afternoon and evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOTS Explore the heart of Ancient Greece, in the historic empire where 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, never fail to amaze! See the Panathenaic Stadium, one of the venues of the first modern Olympic Games.


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Day 3

ATHENS–CORINTH–MYCENAE–EPIDAURUS–NAUPLIA Greek History & Heroes CORINTH Cross the canal and visit ancient Corinth.
MYCENAE Free time for lunch. Guided visit of the excavations and museum.
EPIDAURUS Guided visit to the 2,300-year-old open-air auditorium before continuing to Nauplia.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
132 mi / 212 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURAL GEM The outdoor auditorium of Epidaurus combines perfect mathematic proportion with excellent acoustics. This fascinating archaeological treasure was used for the healing of patients from all over Greece and was dedicated to Asklepios, the god of healing.


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Day 4

NAUPLIA–OLYMPIA Ruins & Recipes Take a scenic drive through the Arkadian Mountains.
OLYMPIA Join a guided visit to the archaeological site and the museum. LF Attend a cooking demonstration this evening to learn how to make traditional Greek tzatziki.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
112 mi / 181 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES Dip into the delicious tradition of Greek tzatziki – a mix of yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and herbs such as dill, mint, parsley, and thyme. Learn how to make this quintessential recipe loved the world over.


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Day 5

OLYMPIA–PATRAS–DELPHI Digs & Dances Drive by the busy seaport of Patras.
DELPHI Join a guided visit to the excavations and Archaeological Museum. This evening, LF learn how to dance the sirtaki while sipping a glass of ouzo.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
149 mi / 239 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
CULTURE & TRADITION Dance in the steps of Zorba the Greek to learn the sirtaki. This passionate and dramatic dance goes very well with a glass of ouzo, the anice-infused drink the locals are so fond of.



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Day 6

DELPHI–METEORA AREA Monasteries in Magical Greece Drive past Lamia and Trikala en route to Kalambaka.
METEORA Guided visit of the Varlaam and St. Stephen’s Monasteries.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
155 mi / 249 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
SACRED SITES Perched atop soaring huge cliffs are the monasteries of Meteora, of which six are still active. Visit the beautiful monasteries of Varlaam and St. Stephen’s to marvel at this serenely mystical landscape with breathtaking views from above. Long revered for the perfect monastic retreat from the world outside, Meteora’s spectacular array of massive sandstone cliffs create a surreal setting unlike any other.


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Day 7

METEORA AREA–THERMOPYLAE–ATHENS Grecian Battles & Beauty THERMOPYLAE Stop at the battle site.
ATHENS Free time late afternoon and evening.
Breakfast Breakfast
236 mi / 380 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDARY LIVES The story of the Battle of Thermopylae is hard to beat for drama. You may recognize this tale of the heroic, yet doomed Spartans of 480 BC fighting against the Persian army, which is dramatized in the film “300.” Their brave battle endures as a valiant symbol of bravery and sacrifice for a patriotic cause.


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Day 8

ATHENS Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

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 Accommodations

ATHENS

STANLEY HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

NAUPLIA

AMALIA NAUPLIA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

OLYMPIA

EUROPA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

DELPHI

AMALIA DELPHI

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

METEORA AREA

AMALIA KALAMBAKA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
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