8 days Classical Tour with Mystras and Meteora

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Athens - Corinth - Epidaurus - Nafplio - Mycenae - Gythio - Mystras - Kalamata - Olympia - Arachova - Delphi - Kalampaka - Meteora - Athens

Discover the most famous monuments of Greece and enter their soul, in a tour that offers the unique experience of uniting great history with modern life of today.

Program

Day 01: Athens   (D)
Arrive at the Athens International Airport and transfer to the hotel in Athens city centre. Check in to your room. Free time. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Athens - Epidaurus - Nafplion - Mycenae - Gythio   (B-L-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet with our guide at the lobby of the hotel and start the drive along the Attica western coast to Peloponnese. One hour later you will make your first photo stop at the Corinth Canal. After a short break, continue to the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, one of the best Ancient Theatres worldwide with amazing acoustics. Visit the Theatre , and then continue to Nauplio, the first capital city of Modern Greece. There will be a short stop for picture taking before continuing to Mycenae, an ancient town with great power during the ancient years, with the famous "Gate of Lions" and the "King Atreus Tomb". After the tour, lunch will be offered at a nearby restaurant. Following lunch continue the drive to the southern Peloponnese seaside town of Gythio, a charming little harbor town with a long promenade with colourful fishing boats, Cafes and taverns by the sea. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Gythio - Kalamata - Ancient Olympia   (B-L-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the mystical tower town of Mystras, located six kilometres NW of the city of Sparta, and capture this destination's medieval splendour.
You will be guided around the castle city and sense its sheer grandeur: the Palace of the Despots (Anaktora), the Houses of Laskaris and Frangopoulos, the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Dimitrios and the impressive Monasteries of Our Lady Pantánassa, and of Οur Lady Perivleptos.
Stroll through the Kástro (the Frankish Castle), the Upper Town and the Lower Town whose architecture creates a dreamy setting. Imagine Frankish princes and princesses living in palatial mansions; foreign delegations arriving bearing gifts, and peasants, pilgrims or traders filling the bustling streets.
Mystras' historical importance is tremendous. The castle on the top of the hill was founded in 1249 by the Frankish leader William II de Villeharduin. In the 14th century Mystrás became the seat of the Despotate of Moreas, whereas in 1448 the last emperor of Byzantium, Constantine XI Palaeologos, was crowned here.
In 1460 the hill was captured by the Turks and in 1464 Sigismondo Malatesta of Rimini managed to capture the city but not the castle. For a short period Mystras came under the control of the Venetians (1687-1715) but was again taken over by the Turks. It was one of the first castles of Greece to be liberated in 1821.
A lunch will follow. After lunch, continue the drive to Kalamata, on the picturesque road at the footsteps of Mount Taygetos and on to Ancient Olympia for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: Ancient Olympia - Arachova   (B-L-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Start early in the morning by visiting the Archaeological site of Ancient Olympia, the Museum and the Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in 776 B.C. Leaving Olympia, cross the amazing bridge of Rio-Antirion, one of the longest bridges in Europe, Nafpaktos with its' remarkable port and stop for lunch at a seaside tavern before reaching Arachova, a traditional and at the same time modern small village in an altitude of 1000 meters and a famous winter resort in Greece. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 05: Arachova - Delphi - Kalambaka   (B-L-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet our guide and visit the archaeological site of Delphi. The site lies under the shadow of mount Parnassos, and is naturally amphitheatrically positioned, facing the gulf of Corinth. It used to be the most sacred spot in the world and a pilgrimage centre for many centuries in the antiquity. Admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, walk the Sacred way, visit the Doric temple of Apollo, home of Pythia (the oracle). Continue by visiting the Delphi museum.
After lunch in a local restaurant drive through Central Greece and the cities of Lamia and Trikala, before arriving at Kalambaka, a small traditional town that is built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks of God, at the shadow of the great Meteroa Monasteries. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 06: Kalambaka - Meteora – Athens   (B-L-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Meteora, famous for its impressive scenery with ageless Monasteries*, that contain priceless historical and religious treasures as well as exquisite specimens of Byzantine art, standing between earth and sky atop huge rocks. Once you finish visiting the monasteries proceed to the town of Kalambaka for Lunch and then return to Athens passing by the heroic monument of Leonidas at Thermopylae (short photo stop) where 300 strong Spartans battled the army of the Persian Empire. Arrive in Athens early in the evening for dinner and overnight at the hotel.
*In order to visit the Monasteries, skirts for the ladies and long trousers for the gentlemen are required.

Day 07: Athens   (B-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet our guide at the lobby of the hotel and start the Sightseeing Tour of Athens. This tour allows you to see the most important monuments and sites of the city. Visit the Acropolis and the Parthenon Temple and the National Archaeological Museum, rich and famous for its treasures. The tour ends before lunch time and you are transferred back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure. For those who wish to visit Cape Sounio, an optional excursion is available. The excursion starts after lunch. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 08: Athens   (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, depart to the Athens International Airport.

B: Breakfast
L: Lunch
D: Dinner

Included

  • Air-conditioned Motorcoach
  • Hotel accommodation (3 nights) in 4* Hotel in Athens on HB basis
  • Hotel accommodation in 3* Hotels during the tour on HB basis
  • Lunch at local restaurant on day 2,3,4,5 and 6
  • Professional guide during the tour
  • VAT and all legal taxes included 

Not Included

  • Entrance fees to archaeological sites and museums
  • Drinks and beverages during all meals
  • Gratuities
  • Porterage service
  • Anything that is not specified in the program as included

Price List

Rates per Person   2017 2018
Standard Double

860€

925€
Single Supplement 290€ 295€
3d Person -10% -10%
Child 04-13,99 years old -50% -50%

 

The entrance fees, that are not included in the above rates, are the following:

    • Until 31/3/2016

    • 62€ per person

      • Acropolis: 12,00€
      • Acropolis Museum: 7,00€
      • Mystras: 5,00€
      • Mycenae: 8,00€
      • Epidaurus: 6,00€
      • Meteora: 6,00€ (visiting 2 monasteries)
      • Olympia: 9,00€
      • Delphi: 9,00€
      • Optional: Cape Sounion 4€
    • 1/4/2016 - 31/10/2016

    • 96€ per person

      • Acropolis: 20,00€
      • Acropolis Museum: 10,00€
      • Mystras: 12,00€
      • Mycenae: 12,00€
      • Epidaurus:12,00€
      • Meteora: 6,00€ (visiting 2 monasteries)
      • Olympia: 12,00€
      • Delphi: 12,00€
      • Optional: Cape Sounion 8€
    • 1/11/2016 - 31/3/2017

    • 51€ per person

      • Acropolis: 10,00€
      • Acropolis Museum: 5,00€
      • Mystras: 6,00€
      • Mycenae: 6,00€
      • Epidaurus: 6,00€
      • Meteora: 6,00€ (visiting 2 monasteries)
      • Olympia: 6,00€
      • Delphi: 6,00€
      • Optional: Cape Sounion 4€

Other Options:

"Fly & Drive" Supplement of 90,00€ applies to the package price per person (including full board basis and B' Category car rental for 7 days).
Guidance will be provided by our professional licensed guides in each language and clients who choose the "Fly & Drive" program will meet with the guide and rest of the group at the archaeological sites according to the times pre-arranged and written in the welcome envelope received upon arrival.
For the Athens Sightseeing Tour, clients can be picked up and dropped off at the hotel of their stay and participate the organized coach tour joining the rest of the group on the bus.

Private operation Fee of 2.500,00€ applies on the package price per person for group size 1-8.
The above mentioned fee should be divided with the number of participants (1-8 pax).

Optionals

  • Supplement for accommodation in Athens:
    Polis Grand Hotel, The Stanley Hotel, Titania Hotel, Royal Olympic Hotel, Herodion Hotel, NJV Athens Plaza, Amalia Hotel
    starting from 39,00€/person in Double room.
  • Transfer from Athens International airport to hotels in Athens city center and vv: 24,00€/person/way

Other Options

"Fly & Drive" Supplement of 90,00€ applies to the package price per person (including full board basis and B' Category car rental for 7 days).
Guidance will be provided by our professional licensed guides in each language and clients who choose the "Fly & Drive" program will meet with the guide and rest of the group at the archaeological sites according to the times pre-arranged and written in the welcome envelope received upon arrival.
For the Athens Sightseeing Tour, clients can be picked up and dropped off at the hotel of their stay and participate the organized coach tour joining the rest of the group on the bus.

Private operation Fee of 2.500,00€ applies on the package price per person for group size 1-8.
The above mentioned fee should be divided with the number of participants (1-8 pax).

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Bank Name: ALPHA BANK
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Bank Address: 40 Stadiou St., 10 252 Athens, Greece
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Bank Address: 4 Amerikis St., 10 564 Athens, Greece

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Additional Info

  • Operation Dates: All year round
  • Starting Day: Saturday
  • Duration: 8 days
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