The Heart of Ancient Greece

Resort: The Heart of Ancient Greece
Operator: Cox and Kings
Destination: Greece
Price From: £2425.00

Overview

Considered the birthplace of western civilisation, Greece’s influence still resonates today in the fields of architecture, science, engineering and philosophy. Incorporating the classical sites of Olympia, Delphi, Mycenae and Epidaurus, and the extraordinary rock formations of the Meteora region, this tour also explores Greece’s magnificent scenery, ancient ruins, monasteries and the man-made marvels of the Corinth Canal.

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Athens

Morning flight from London (regional
connections available) to Athens with Aegean
Air. Transfer to the Electra Hotel (or similar) for
1 night. Welcome drink. (N)

Day 2: Athens Corinth Nafplion

Morning tour of Athens, including Syntagma
Square, Hadrians Arch, the Temple of Zeus
and the Panathenaic Stadium. Finish at the
Acropolis to view the Parthenon and visit the
museum. Leave Athens and visit the Corinth
Canal. Continue to Nafplion, with a stop at a
local winery for a tasting. Stay at the Hotel
Amalia (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, D)

Day 3: Nafplion Mycenae Epidaurus

Drive to Mycenae, the seat of King
Agamemnon, who led the Greek armies against
Troy. Visit the Lion’s Gate, the Cyclopean Walls
and the Royal Tombs. After lunch, depart for
Nafplion a picturesque town nestling at the
foot of a cliff. Continue to Epidaurus to visit the
fourth-century theatre. Return to Nafplion. (B)

Day 4: Nafplion Monemvasia

Travel to Monemvasia, a medieval fortresstown.
Take a walking tour including the castle,
perimeter walls, old mansions and churches,
connected by narrow cobbled lanes. Time
at leisure before dinner in the castle. Stay at
Kinsterna Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (B, D)

Day 5: Sparta Kalamata

This morning travel to Sparta, the land of
King Leonidas and the legendary Spartan
soldiers. Continue to Mystras and visit the
remains of the castle and old town. Visit the
olive oil museum and learn about the history
and culture of the olive and its production in
Greece. Stay at the Filoxenia Hotel (or similar)
in Kalamata for 1 night. (B, D)

Day 6: Kalamata Olympia

Depart for Olympia, visiting an olive oil farm en
route. Stay overnight in Olympia at the Europa
Hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 7: Olympia Delphi

Visit the archaeological site of Olympia
including the museum, stadium and Sanctuary
of Olympian Zeus. Continue to Delphi. Stay 2
nights at the Amalia Hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 8: Delphi

A full day to enjoy the archaeological site and museum at Delphi, on the slopes of Mount
Parnassus. Visit the Athenian Treasury, the
Temple of Apollo and the museum containing
masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture. (B)

Day 9: Kalambaka

Travel to Kalambaka and visit the Natural History
Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum.
Take part in a demonstration of truffle hunting
with dogs, followed by a snack of mushroom
and truffle pasta. Stay at the Divani Meteora
Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Kalambaka

Full-day visit to the remarkable Meteora
monasteries, built high on rocky outcrops. (B, D)

Day 11: Mount Olympus Athens

Depart from Kalambaka and transfer to the
Archaeological Park of Dion, a sacred city of the
Macedonians at the foot of Mount Olympus.
The route back to Athens is quite long, but
passes through the striking plain of Thessaly
and the valley of Tempi. Dinner at a local
restaurant in Athens ancient Plaka district. Stay
at the Electra Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (B, D)

Day 12: Fly to London

Transfer to Athens airport and fly to London. (B)

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