Highlights Of Greece

The remnants of ancient civilisations, mouthwatering cuisine, a breathtaking coastline and charming mountain villages; this tour takes in everything that makes Greece so special. Explore Athens and its temple ruins before setting off on a round-trip to the Peloponnese penisula, stopping at some of Europe’s most imporatant archaeological sites and experiencing the region’s local produce.

• Athens: 3 nights
• Galaxidi: 1 nights
• Olympia: 2 nights
• Nafplion: 2 nights



8nights
 
 
ITINERARY

Stay longer

Athenian Riviera 3 nights
Head back to Cape Sounio for a bit of beach time or to explore the nearby national park.

Day 1: UK to Athens Depart the UK on your flight to Athens. On arrival in the Greek capital, transfer to your hotel. Depending on the time of your flight, you may have some time to independently explore the neighbourhood of Plaka which is a half hour walk or 10 to 15-minute taxi ride away (payable locally). Approx. journey time: 40 minutes, 21 miles. Stay: Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites (or similar). D.

Day 2: Athens What better place to start a Greek adventure than in the city that’s considered to be the ‘birthplace of Western civilisation’. Dotted with the sun-drenched relics that date back thousands of years, Athens is a must visit if you have even the smallest interest in the history of Europe. And then there are the 21st-Century must-haves of cool neighbourhoods and incredible restaurants serving the finest Greek cuisine, as well as a handful of beaches and wineries nearby. Today begins with a visit to the National Archaeological Museum where antiquities dating from as far back as the 5th Century BC are exhibited. From here, you’ll travel south east from the city to the Papagiannakos Winery, a family-run boutique estate where they produce a wide variety of wines. Following a tour and tasting, continue on to Thimari Beach where, if weather and time allows, you’ll have a chance to relax on the sand or swim in the sea. The first of many historic sites you’ll visit during the tour is the Archaeological Site of Sounion which has an unbeatable waterside setting on Cape Sounio. You’ll arrive in time for sunset – the best time of day to see the Temple of Poseidon, a fine example of Doric Order architecture. On the way back to your hotel, stop for dinner at a restaurant with views out over the Aegean Sea. Stay: Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 3: Athens Today, there’s a mix of classic sightseeing and an insight into Greek cuisine. Start the day with a tour that takes in most of the city’s unmissable sites like The Parthenon, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the 2nd-Century Panathenaic Stadium, the site of the opening and closing ceremony of the first modern Olympics. You’ll also visit the Acropolis Museum and head to the top of Lycabettus Hill for far-reaching city views. Late in the afternoon, you’ll join a cooking lesson at a local restaurant and dine on your creations at dinner. Stay: Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Athens to Galaxidi
Head out of Athens and travel to the pretty mountain village of Aráchova where you’ll stop for coffee and the chance to browse some of the shops that line its narrow streets. Greek mythological tales and awe-inspiring ruins await at Delphi, the highlight of the day’s sightseeing. Sitting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, this UNESCO-listed town was considered to be the sanctuary of Apollo and the seat of his oracle, Pythia; to many ancient Greeks, Delphi was thought to be the centre of the world. See the remains of the Temple of Apollo, the well-preserved Treasury of Athens, the theatre and the Tholos of Delphi, a round temple that was built between 370 and 360 BC. Following your tour of one of the most important archaeological sites in all of Greece, continue on to the village of Galaxidi and check into your hotel. Approx. journey time: 2 hours 40 minutes, 100 miles. Stay: Hotel Porto Lourbas (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5 Galaxidi to Olympia
Today’s journey takes you from Galaxidi towards the small town of Olympia. You’ll stop for coffee in Rio and lunch in Kourouta on the way. If the weather conditions are fine and time allows, you’ll have the chance to swim in, or enjoy another coffee break at Kaiafas Lake. Later, there’ll be some time to spend exploring the town of Olympia. Approx. journey time: 3 hours, 115 miles. Stay: Europa Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Olympia
One of Greece’s most famous ancient sites, Olympia, is the focus today. Set on the Peloponnese peninsula, this spectacular former religious sanctuary was once home to more than 70 temples, a stadium, workshops, statues and many other structures. Join a tour of the archaeological site, visit the informative museum and learn about the Ancient Olympic Games – originally a celebration of Zeus – which took place here every four years from the 8th Century BC to the late-4th Century AD. Greece is known around the world for its sweet and aromatic honey and this afternoon you will visit Kilo’s, a honey farm on the outskirts of town. Take a tour of this family farm and learn about the life of bees and how honey is produced; enjoy a tasting and visit the farm shop where you can buy some of the local produce. Stay: Europa Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Olympia to Nafplio
There’ll be another chance to taste some Greek wine this morning on the way from Olympia to Nafplio with visits to two wineries in the Nemea region. Lunch will be served at one of the wineries and then you’ll continue on to your hotel in Nafplion. Head into town where there will be some free time to explore and take a boat trip over to Bourtzi, an island castle in the heart of the city’s harbour. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours, 100 miles. Stay: Europa Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 8: Nafplio Start the day at the incredible Palamidi fortress which seems to cling to the side of a hill overlooking the town and harbour. Wander round this Venetian-built fort and discover its 300-year history from the Turkish occupation to the liberation of the city and Greek independence. Continue on to the ancient military stronghold of Mycenae which, according to Greek mythology, was founded by Perseus. After lunch, continue on to Epidaurus, a shrine to Asklepios – the God of medicine – and an ancient site of healing. During your time here, you’ll learn about Roman-Greco healing cults, explore the hospital buildings and see one of the best preserved classical Greek theatres. In the evening, join the rest of your group for a farewell four-course dinner at the Fugaro Art Centre. Stay: Europa Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 9: Nafplio to Athens
Return to the Greek capital, stopping at the Corinth to take some photos on the way. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours, 87 miles. B.


Stay longer

Athenian Riviera 3 nights
Head back to Cape Sounio for a bit of beach time or to explore the nearby national park.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

With lots of visits to historic sites and food and wine experiences, this tour is a must-do for those with an interest in ancient history or a love of delicious Greek cuisine and local produce.

Good to know

• For guests over 16
• Average group size of 12 guests

• A maximum of 18 guests

• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions

• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag.

What to expect

• Plenty of visits to ancient attractions with lots of walking around archaeological sites
• A good level of fitness is required.

Accommodation on tour

The hotels on this tour have been hand-picked for their location whether it’s the centre of the city or on the beachfront. The Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites is a beautifully renovated hotel with a modern design while Porto Lourbas Hotel in Galaxidi has more a classic style as well as fantastic sea views. The view over the Valley of the Gods from the hillside Hotel Europa in Olympia is equally as stunning.

Single travellers

Sole-use room from £2732

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2020 Apr 23; May 14; Jun 18; Sep 17; Oct 01
2021
Apr 22; May 13; Jun 17; Sep 16; Oct 07

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights.

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Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £5035 per person.

Kuoni highlights

Kuoni highlights

This tour is packed with archaeological wonders from The Parthenon in Athens and the Temple of Apollo in Delphi to Olympia, the site of the Ancient Olympics. As well as taking a step back in time, you’ll have the chance to sample Greek wine and learn how honey is made at a family-run farm. Foodies will love the cooking lesson in Athens and the visits to local restaurants.