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Glories of Greece

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Meteora
Tour Style: Premium
8 Days from $1,895 per person

This concise tour covers a multitude of noteworthy ancient sites, majestic monuments and mystical monasteries that will enchant you whether you're exploring in autumn, winter or spring.

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  1. Board your overnight flight (please ask about our great deals).

  2. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, and get to know your fellow travelers over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.

    meal(s):DW
    hotel:Divani Caravel, Athens
  3. Your exploration reveals the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Wingless Victory and Hadrian's Arch. Next, your Local Expert takes you to the
    Parthenon, built atop the Acropolis. Continue to Thermopylae to see the memorial to Leonidas and his courageous Spartans, then on to your hotel in Kalambaka for dinner.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Divani Meteora, Kalambaka
  4. With your Local Expert, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora, meaning 'in the air.' The massive pinnacles of smooth rock are ancient, yet could also be the setting for a futuristic science-fiction tale. Visit one of the monasteries, that adds to the strange and beautiful landscape and enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Why not explore with a leisurely walk on the nature trails? Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Natural History Museum.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Divani Meteora Hotel
  5. Travel south, stopping at the foothills of Mount Parnassus. Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with your Local Expert, passing the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall. You'll approach the Temple of Apollo, where for 14 centuries the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic 'words'. Continue to Olympia where dinner is served in your hotel.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Arty Grand/Amalia, Olympia
  6. It's all in the name. Ancient Olympia is the site where the Ancient Olympic Games began in BC 776 in dedication to the god Zeus. See the Temple of Zeus, the athletes gymnasium and the stadium of Olympia. The starting and finishing markers for the sprint track are still marked by stones and there is time to capture your own memory with a photo at the starting line. In the evening, join a local chef for an entertaining cooking demonstration, followed by a dinner of authentic Greek flavors.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Arty Grand/Amalia, Olympia
  7. Visit the ruined city of Mycenae with a Local Expert. Walk through the Lion Gate, visit the royal beehive-tombs and see the giant Cyclopean stones used to build the city walls. Later, meet the artisans and view beautiful works of art at a family-run pottery studio. Travel to the elegant town of Nafplio, known for its beautiful architecture, color shops and cafes. Your journey continues following the shores of the Saronic Gulf to pass the Corinth Canal dividing the Peloponnesse and mainland Greece, and arriving in Athens. In the evening, enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Divani Caravel, Athens
  8. Your Grecian odyssey comes to an end with a transfer to Athens Airport.

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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $490. Please note that roommate matching is not available on this tour. 

Triple Room Discount $100 p.p.

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Included Quality Dining

6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 3 Dinners and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee. 

Signature Experiences

Athens:

  • Ascend the Acropolis with a Local Expert to admire the Parthenon, built in 5th century B.C., as well as the smaller Temple of
    Athena Nike and the Porch of the Maidens.

Thermopylae:

  • See the Leonidas Monument dedicated to the brave warrior and his 300 Spartans.

Mycenae

  • Meet the artisans of a family-run pottery studio and learn about their unique traditional methods.
  • Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal beehive-tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, while hearing tales of
    Agamemnon from your Local Expert.

Delphi

  • With your Local Expert, walk to The Sacred Way once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and
    pass the superb Polygonal Wall to reach the Temple of Apollo, where the people would seek divine wisdom from the mysterious Oracle.

Olympia

  • The stadium of Olympia hosted the ancient Olympic Games and the Heraia, the women's games in honour of Hera. See the
    Temple of Zeus, athlete's gymnasium and the stone marker where the sprint began.

Meteora

  • With a Local Expert, visit one of the remarkable centuries-old monasteries of Meteora, teetering on towers of rock and arguably
    the most spectacular place to visit in Greece.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Greece must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Greece.

  • The currency in Greece is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Greece, you can use your debit and credit card to pay in most places and will likely find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Greece. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Mediterranean food is simple, delicious, and centered on a variety of fresh seafood, produce, cheeses and baked goods. Try Greek salad prepared with tomatoes, feta, olive oil and herbs as well as other popular dishes including grilled lamb, octopus, eggplant and spanakopita.  Olives, cheese and flatbread make a tasty snack with a glass of chilled white wine.   

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At bars and restaurants, tipping is less common or generous as in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro for good service.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Nafplion

Romantic Nafplion the First Capital of Greece with Nemea Wine Tasting

Adult Price: € 70.00

Nemea has been a wine region since ancient times, with vineyards sprawled across its hillsides, plains and plateaus – the vineyards of the Peloponnesus are known for their complexity and diversity. The first reference to the wine traditions of the Peloponnese is from Homer, who referred to the area as “Ampeloessa” (full of vines). According to archaeological excavations, wine was first produced in Nemea almost 3500 years ago. Some of Greece’s most well-known wineries are found in Nemea. Today Nemea is one of the largest winemaking regions of Greece and produces some of its best wines. The prominent grape here is Ayoryitiko, one of the most noble of the Greek red grapes. Ayoryitiko produces wines remarkable for their deep red color and remarkable aromatic complexity. After our tasting, we will return to Nafplion, where you’ll have free time to explore this beautiful port before we return to the ship. One of the most beautiful towns in Agrolis, the Eastern Peloponnese, and one of Greece’s most romantic cities, elegant, architecturally homogenous Nafplion, the capital of the First Hellenic Republic from 1828 until 1834, is a palimpsest upon which its many conquerors have written their turbulent stories over the centuries: the Franks, the Venetians and the Ottomans all contributed to the incomparable mien of this lovely port, which greets its many visitors with its ancient city walls, its castles, its Ottoman fountains, its Venetian houses and its neoclassical mansions. Plateia Syntagmatos, the lively heart of the city, is much as it was in the 1700s. Other important buildings include two Turkish mosques, the Archaeological Museum of Nafplion, which houses artifacts found in the area from the Prehistoric and Mycenaean eras, and the Municipal Gallery, an arm of the Athens National Gallery. Near downtown you’ll find the Church of Agios Spyridonas and the Church of Agios Georgios, which is home to a number of important murals, including a copy of Da Vinci’s “The Secret Dinner.” According to mythology, Nafplion was founded by Náfplios, the son of Poseidon and Danaus (Danaida) Anymone. The town’s history begins in prehistory, when its soldiers took part in both the Agronautic expedition and the Trojan War. A major port since the Bronze Age, Nafplion endured a long decline under the Roman Empire, but grew and thrived as part of the Byzantine Empire, when it was a key commercial and strategic port. In 1203 Leon Sgouros, the ruler of Nafplion, conquered Argos and Corinth, and Larissa fortress to the north. The city saw many fierce battles between the Ottomans and the Venetians, who built most of its medieval quarter between 1686 and 1715. From 1828 until 1834 it was the first capital of liberated Greece.

Delphi

Flavours of Parnassos Mountain and Wine Tasting

Adult Price: € 45.00

A delightful evening commences as we meet our local wine expert at our welcoming restaurant. Located in the heart of the village of Delphi, it overlooks a sea of olive trees covering the stunning valley below. As we discover the tantalizing local wines and learn about the indigenous grape varieties cultivated locally, we savor a variety of Greek hors d’oeuvres followed by a choice of delicious entrees and sumptuous dessert. A wonderful night to remember! Wine tasting, drinks and dinner included.

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