Highlights & Tour Itinerary
- See the Corinth Canal and Agamemnon’s Tomb in Mycenae.
- Stand in Olympia, where the first ever Olympic Games took place.
- Explore the famous, ancient site of Delphi with the Temple of Apollo.
- Visit the sacred monasteries in Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Enjoy the views from the Acropolis over Athens.
- Admire the natural beauty like the Blue Caves of Zakynthos Island.
Summer Schedule 2020 Shared Group Holiday: The tour operates every Sunday (until 25th Oct), Monday (until 26th Oct) and Friday (until 23rd Oct). Wednesday tours are operated only on 1st July, 15th July, 5th Aug, 19th Aug, 09th Sep, 16th Sep, 23rd Sep and 30th Sep.
Day 1: Athens Airport – Athens Hotel
Welcome to Greece! Meet your driver in the waiting hall Athens Airport, who will transfer you to your hotel in Athens. Rest of the day free to relax or explore your neighbourhood. Overnight in Athens in Aretusa Hotel or similar for the 3* category, in Athens Cypria or similar for the 4* category.
Day 2: Athens Hotel – Epidaurus – Nafplio – Mycenae – Olympia Hotel
Pickup from your hotel and we drive along the coastal road to the Corinth Canal, where a short stop will be made to take pictures. Until 2004 the bridge over the canal was the only way leading into the Peloponnese Peninsula. Continue to Epidaurus to visit the Sanctuary of Asklepios and Theater of Epidaurus, famous for its remarkable acoustics. We will proceed to the port town of Nafplio, the first capital of the modern Greek state. Stroll the narrow, cobble-stoned roads of the Old Town. Our next stop will be Mycenae where you will visit the Acropolis of Mycenae and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Our tour will conclude in Olympia after passing through Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia in Kronion Hotel or similar for the 3* category, in Arty Grand or similar for the 4* category.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Ancient Olympia – Delphi Hotel
In the morning you will visit the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus. See the Ancient Stadium where the Olympic Games were hold from 776 BC until 393 AD and the Archaeological Museum houses plastic art masterpieces like the Hermes of Praxiteles and the Nike of Paionios. Driving through the plains of Eliad and Achaia, we will cross the magnificent bridge that connects Peloponnese with mainland Greece. Built in 2004 it became the second connection point between the two regions. Passing the picturesque towns of Naupactus and Itea, we will arrive at the village of Delphi. Dinner and overnight in Delphi in Hermes Hotel or similar for the 3* category, in Amalia Hotel or similar for the 4* category.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Delphi Visit – Kalampaka Hotel
Pickup from your hotel and head 3 hours for Delphi at the foot of Mount Parnassus, considered by the ancient Greeks as the navel of the earth. See here the Temple of Apollo, the Oracle and the Stadium, where the Pythian Games were held and considered as sacred as the Olympic Games held in Olympia. In the Ancient Theatre more than 5,000 spectators could have a seat. And of course the Museum of Delphi, where you can admire the Charioteer, one of the best bronze statues ever! Delphi is perhaps best known for the oracle at the sanctuary that was dedicated to Apollo during the classical period. After departing Delphi, we will reach Kalampaka, a small traditional town that is built at the foot of the majestic rocky formation called Meteora. Dinner and overnight in Orfeas Hotel or similar for the 3* category, in Grand Meteora or similar for the 4* category.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Meteora Visit – Thermopylae – Athens Hotel
In the morning, we will visit the Byzantine Monasteries of Meteora, listed as UNESCO world heritage site. Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries, second in importance only to Mount Athos. The six of an original twenty four monasteries are built on immense natural pillars and hill-like rounded boulders that dominate the local area. We pay an inside visit to two of these monasteries. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia and Thermopylae. In Thermopylae we will make a brief stop at the statue of the Spartan King Leonidas. It is a memorial of his battle with his fellow 300 Spartan warriors, supported by 700 Thespian warriors, against thousands of soldiers of the Persian Emperor Xerxes, in 480 BC. Overnight in Athens in Aretusa Hotel or similar for the 3* category, in Athens Cypria or similar for the 4* category.
Day 6: Athens Sightseeing & Cape Sounion Tour – Athens Hotel
In the morning, we will start our Athens city tour. You see the Parliament, the University, the Library, the Presidential Residence (Ex-King Residence) with the traditional guards. Other stops are at the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896, and the Temple of the Olympian Zeus. On foot we proceed to the Acropolis, where you can enter the Pantheon, and the New Acropolis Museum.
After lunch, we will drive to Cape Sounion to visit the ancient Temple of Poseidon, the God of the Sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. Late in the afternoon we will drop you off at your hotel. Overnight in Athens.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7: Athens Hotel – Flight to Zakynthos – Zakynthos Panoramic Island Tour
Check out from hotel and transfer to Athens Airport to get on your morning flight to Zakynthos island in the Ionian Sea. Upon arrival you will enjoy a panoramic drive around Zakynthos island. Visit traditional villages such as Alykes with its salt marshes, Volimes considered to be the oldest settlement of the island, Maherades with the grand Agia Mavra church. On the way, we will stop at a point where you will be able to make panoramic photos of the Navagio beach. Later on, we will also make a stop at a point to take nice pictures of the Laganas Bay area, famous for its big population of an endangered sea turtle species. Tour ends at the hotel for check in. Enjoy the rest of the day. Overnight in Zakynthos in Zante Atlantis Hotel or similar for the 3* category, in Palatino or similar for the 4* category.
Day 8: Zakynthos Island – Day Cruise – Zakynthos Hotel
After breakfast our local bus driver will transfer you from the hotel to Zakynthos Marina to take the local boat cruise. It is one of the best ways to explore the island. The cruise departs at 09:00 and returns at about 17:00. Our first stop is at the Blue Caves, from here to Navagio Beach with the shipwreck. The waters here are clear blue, but deep. One and a half hours time to enjoy our swim. Our program continues with a 10 minutes photo stop at Porto Vromi. Then our boat pulls up next to the Agalas Caves and the Keri Caves for a reasonable amount of time to admire the beauty of nature. A big photo stop includes the Turtle Island. The turtles are huge, but friendly and you could swim with them. Our other major swim stop is in the area of St Nickolas, Basilikos where the boat anchors for about an hour. Swimming is only possible by diving off. Some of the stops may not be done depending on the weather conditions on that day. In the afternoon, at about 17:00, we will return to the Marina and our driver will transfer you back to your hotel. Overnight in Zakynthos.
Day 9: Zakynthos Hotel – Zakynthos Airport
We will transfer you to Zakynthos Airport, to catch your flight to Athens and onwards to your international destination.