ATHENS – Winter wonderland in Greece
- Return flights to Greece from Johannesburg
- Round trip airport transfers (airport-hotel-airport)
- 3 overnights in Athens, in Divani Palace Acropolis on bed and breakfast basis or similar
- Half Day guided tour of Athens(organised bus tour- transportation, English speaking professional guide & entrance fees are included)
- 4days/3nights guide coach tour Classical tour with Meteora (Accommodation in First class hotel on half board basis, transportation, English speaking professional guide, guided tour of Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia Site and museum, Delphi Site and Museum & Meteora Monasteries – entrance fees are included)
- Note: During winter period Classical tour with Meteora departs every Monday from Athens
- Breakfast Daily
Day 1 Arrival in Athens
Welcome to Athens you join the Wonders of Greece Tour! On arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel. After check-in spend the day strolling around taking in the atmosphere of the city, or just relax at a local coffee shop or at your hotel.
Day 2 Athens Sightseeing
This morning enjoy a city tour of Athens. Your guide will reveal to you the secrets of the Acropolis & the Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrians Arch and the Kallimarmaro Stadium, built of marble for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Experience the ancient wonders and relive the birthplace of democracy, twist and turn through the Plakas narrow streets and find ancient sites, cafes and shops full of history and character.
Day 3 Athens to Mycenae, Nafplion, Mycenae & Olympia
We will enjoy an early breakfast this morning and set off for a fabulous day. We will take a scenic drive down to the Peloponnese. After a short stop at the Corinth canal, we will head to the ancient site of Epidaurus. With ruins of temples and hospital buildings devoted to the healing gods. For most travelers Epidaurus is known for the magnificent theater that still stands there and is still used for plays and other performances. After the visit to Epidaurus it is a short drive to Nafplio where we shall check in our hotelIn Mycenae – a mighty kingdom of ancient Greece- , see the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnons Royal Palace. Travel further to the Sanctuary of Aesculapius- the benevolent God of Medicine and visit the amphitheatre, probably the largest of ancient Greece with world renound acoustics. Enjoy a spectacular drive through the mountains of Arcadia to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, first held in 776 B.C
Day 4 Olympia to Delphi
In the morning visit the ancient Olympic stadium and the Temples of Zeus king of the Gods and Hera’s temple – wife of Zeus, goddess of marriage and birth in Greek mythology. Drive north to Patras, cross the Gulf of Corinth on the new and most impressive suspension bridge to mainland Greece. Then on to Delphi, situated on the slopes of Mount Parnassus to see the home of the legendary oracle the most revered site of ancient Greece and considered to be the navel of the world. The oracle was consulted by all the ancient Greeks to predict future events ie. the outcome of battles and the course of history.
Day 5 Delphi to Kalambaka
Spend your morning walking along the Sacred Way lined by the treasuries of the ancient city states to the Temple of Apollo dating back to the 4th century B.C. And then climbing even higher on to the ancient stadium, here every four years athletes competed in the Pythian Games also a precursor of the modern Olympic Games. A picturesque early afternoon drive brings you to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defense by Leonidas and his three hundred courageous Spartans against the invading Persians. After seeing the memorial, continue the drive cross the fertile Thessaly region to Kalambaka.
Day 6 Kalambaka to Athens
Discover Meteora, one of the eastern Orthodox churches’ most important monastic complexes. Mystical monasteries perch on enormous sandstone rocks rising vertically to more than three hundred meters, they watch over the town and plain bellow. A pleasant drive brings you back to Athens in the early evening.
Day 7 Depart Athens
As your tour ends, say farewell to the vibrant city of Athens, while being transferred to Athens Airport