Glories of Greece (Summer 2019) no solo supplement


Join an expert in antiquities, as you explore the wonders of Kalambaka and Olympia, visiting monasteries, monuments and ancient sites along the way.

Members from: $2,765 P.PNon-members from: $2,825 P.PSolo traveller from: $2,765

  • Type

    Solo Traveller

  • Destination

    United Kingdom & Europe

  • Supplier

    Insight Vacations

  • Departs

    Multiple departures available. Enquire for more details.

  • Company

    Insight Vacations



Dates Available:

20 August 2019

29 October 2019 

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Athens.

An Insight host will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where there is time to settle in and relax.
At 19:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception, get to know your fellow travellers over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.

Hotel: Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center, Athens. Meals: Dinner with Wine

Day 2 Athens, City of Gods.

Your exploration reveals the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Arch of Hadrian. Next, your Local Expert takes you to the Parthenon, built atop the Acropolis. See the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion. Continue to Thermopylae, famous as the mountain pass where King Leonidas led his Spartan army, along with fellow Greek soldiers, into battle against the Persians in 480 B.C. See the memorial dedicated to Leonidas and his courageous Spartans, then on to your hotel in Kalambaka for dinner.

Hotel: Divani Meteora Hotel/Grand Meteora Hotel/Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Relaxed Start the Pinnacles of Meteora.

With your Local Expert, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora, meaning 'in the air.' The massive pinnacles of smooth rock are ancient, yet could also be the setting for a futuristic science-fiction tale. Visit one of the monasteries, that adds to the strange and beautiful landscape and enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Why not explore with a leisurely walk on the nature trails? Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Natural History Museum.

Hotel: Divani Meteora Hotel/Grand Meteora Hotel/Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka. Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 the Sacred Way and Onto Olympia.

Travel south, stopping at the foothills of Mount Parnassus. Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with your Local Expert. Pass the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall with its interlocking stones still perfectly intact after thousands of years. You'll approach the Temple of Apollo, where for 14 centuries the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic ‘words,' rumoured to have successfully predicted events related to the Argonauts expedition and the Trojan War. Your travels continue to Olympia where dinner is served in your hotel.

Hotel: Arty Grand Hotel/Amalia Hotel Olympia. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Ancient Olympia.

It's all in the name. Ancient Olympia is the site where the Ancient Olympic Games began in 776 B.C. in dedication to the god Zeus. See the Temple of Zeus, the athletes gymnasium and the stadium of Olympia. The starting and finishing markers for the sprint track are still marked by stones and there is time to capture your own memory with a photo at the starting line. In the evening, join a local chef for an entertaining cooking demonstration, followed by a dinner of authentic Greek flavours.

Hotel: Arty Grand Hotel/Amalia Hotel Olympia. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Mycenae and Nafplio.

Visit the ruined city of Mycenae with a Local Expert. Walk through the Lion Gate, visit the royal beehive-tombs and see the giant Cyclopean stones used to build the city walls. Later, meet the artisans and view beautiful works of art at a family-run pottery studio. Travel to the elegant town of Nafplio, known for its beautiful architecture, colour shops and cafes. Your journey continues following the shores of the Saronic Gulf to pass the Corinth Canal dividing the Peloponnesse and mainland Greece, and arriving in Athens. In the evening, enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.

Hotel: Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center, Athens. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 7 Relaxed Start Depart Athens.

Your Grecian odyssey comes to an end with a transfer to Athens Airport.

Meals: Breakfast


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