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Glories of Greece

Operated by: Insight Vacations

7 Days from $2,050 per person

Countries Visited

Greece ...more Greece

Locations Visited

Athens, Kalambaka ...more Athens, Kalambaka
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Athens.

    An Insight host will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where there is time to settle in and relax. At 19:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception, and get to know your fellow travellers over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre, Athens.
  2. Day 2 Athens, City of Gods.

    Today your mythical Grecian discovery encapsulates the intriguing history of ancient Greece. Begin with an exploration revealing the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Arch of Hadrian. Next, your Local Expert takes you to the Acropolis, one of the most important ancient sites in the Western world. Crowning the top is the Parthenon, visible from almost everywhere in the city. See the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion. Continue to Thermopylae, famous as the mountain pass where King Leonidas led his Spartan army, along with fellow Greek soldiers, into battle against the Persians in 480 B.C. See the memorial dedicated to Leonidas and his courageous Spartans. Then on to your hotel in Kalambaka for dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Divani Meteora Hotel/Grand Meteora, Kalambaka.
  3. Day 3 The Pinnacles of Meteora.

    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 relaxed walk on the nature trails? Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Natural History Museum.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Divani Meteora Hotel/Grand Meteora, Kalambaka.
  4. Day 4 The Sacred Way and onto Olympia.

    Travel south, stopping at the foothills of Mount Parnassus. Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with your Local Expert. Pass the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall with its interlocking stones still perfectly intact after thousands of years. You'll approach the Temple of Apollo, where for 14 centuries the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic ‘words,' rumoured to have successfully predicted events related to the Argonauts expedition and the Trojan War. Your travels continue to Olympia where dinner is served in your hotel.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Arty Grand Hotel/Amalia Hotel Olympia.
  5. Day 5 Ancient Olympia.

    It's all in the name. Ancient Olympia is the site where the Ancient Olympic Games began in 776 B.C., in dedication to the god Zeus. See the ruined Temple of Zeus that was built to honour the chief of the gods. Continue your exploration through time to the athletes gymnasium and the Ancient Stadium of Olympia with the characteristic arch. 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 showcasing classic Greek cuisine. Experience the authentic Greek flavours as you savour dishes prepared for your Highlight Dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Arty Grand Hotel/Amalia Hotel Olympia.
  6. Day 6 Mycenae and Nafplio.

    Today you leave the ancient city of Olympia and begin your journey back to the capital. Stop for a visit at 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, colour shops and cafes. Your journey continues following the shores of the Saronic Gulf to pass the Corinth Canal dividing the Peloponnese and mainland Greece, before arriving in Athens. In the evening, enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center, Athens.
  7. Day 7 Depart Athens.

    This morning after breakfast, your Grecian odyssey comes to an end. Take a complimentary transfer to Athens Airport for your onward journey.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Authentic Dining

  • Olympia: Join a local chef and savour the regional specialties in a fun, exciting introduction to Greek cooking.
  • Athens: Toast the culmination of your journey in true Greek tradition at a lively Celebration Dinner with wine.

Insight Experiences

  • Mycenae: Meet the artisans of a family-run pottery studio and learn about their unique traditional methods.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Athens: Ascend the Acropolis with a Local Expert to admire the Parthenon, built in 5th century B.C. Steps away you'll see the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion.
  • Athens: See the Arch of Hadrian, erected in honour of the Roman Emperor and used as a divider between the ancient city and the new Roman district, along with the remaining columns of the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
  • Thermopylae: See the Leonidas Monument dedicated to the brave warrior and his 300 Spartans.
  • Kalambaka: Your Travel Director will provide an orientation of this town situated at the base of the extraordinary Meteora rocks.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mycenae: Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal beehive-tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, while hearing tales of Agamemnon from your Local Expert.
  • Corinth Channel: Cross the amazing rock-cut channel dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece.
  • Nafplio: Join your Travel Director in an orientation of this beautiful seaport town and see why it is named one of Greece's prettiest spots.

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Optional Add-Ons

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.

Athens

Traditional Greek Taverna Meal With Entertainment

This is an evening excursion to a taverna in the centre of Athens. Excellent traditional Greek food in a lively atmosphere, entertained through dances and music from all parts of the country. Wine, beer and soft drinks are also included. Although the venue does have an official ending time, guests are more than welcome to stay on in the taverna, to join in with the local residents! (Casual dress)
Adult Price: €55

Trikala

Lively Trikala Town And Dinner

Experience the picturesque and lively town of Trikala, considered to have been the birth place of the “God of Medicine” Asclepius. Enjoy an orientation of the town; walk along the river side and the pedestrian streets in the company also of the locals out socializing for the evening. Afterwards Dine at a local restaurant Greek family style, and taste a variety of sumptious dishes all served in the middle of the table, accompanied by plenty of wine!
Adult Price: €45

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Trusted Customer
Monday, May 27, 2019
Service
Maybe, but Insight tours were over priced for what we received
Vacation
Days too long, poor demonstration stop for ceramics, final meal poor due to environment making it impossible for a hearing impaired person to participate
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so sorry to hear this. We will be sure to share you comments with Insight Vacations and ask for immediate review and improvement. Thank you for brining this to our attention.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Liliana Cohen
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Service
This was my first trip ever and "alone" to Europe (my choice being Greece). I was very anxious, not knowing what to expect. My anxiety escalated at the airport as I was informed my flight was cancelled. After all was said and done , I was rerouted and arrived in Greece only 30 min later than my scheduled time. from that point on, my trip became an awesome Greek-inspired dream. I was treated singularly, not just "part of the tour group". Moraig (tour director) with Insight Vacations was phenomenal- informative, personable, attentive to everyone's safety and needs, and always with a little surprise or "flourish" as she called it. Mia and Fiona from I.V. accompanied our tour also and added to the fun and friendliness of our days. Dimitri, our driver was excellent in maneuvering the winding mtn roads ( I needed that comfort with my fear of heights!) Meals were delicious and plentiful and hotel accommodations more than I expected. I rate this trip an A+. Thanks for the beautiful memories I now hold.
Vacation
I chose not to go with the most economical deal, and am glad I didn't. All accommodations of the tour were well above average. I was made to feel special!
Trusted Customer
Friday, November 24, 2017
Service
Tour director and driver excellent so as UNESCO site, transfers and picked from airport and to airport on time. Need more optional tour. Wine tasting is the only optional tour we had, in the whole 7 days . It should be 5 day tour instead of 7 day tour cause 2 days were lost in traveling. Santorini and Crete should be included in the tour.
Vacation
It says 7 day tour but actually it is only 5 day tour . 2 days for traveling.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Service
We were a little nervous about this trip because of their financial crises at first but, were pleasantly surprised. The people were wonderful, the food was great! Our tour guide and the driver were awesome. I was a little disappointed with the service in some hotels.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That's fantastic to hear! Now is a perfect time to visit Greece and help support and encourage the warm and wonderful people who live and work there. Thank you for sharing your comments. Grand European Travel
Friday, July 31, 2015
Vacation
Good
Trusted Customer
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Service
Couldn't have planned a better trip. Saw quite a lot in 6 days.
Response from Grand European Travel:
There is a lot of beautiful sites in Greece and the Glories of Greece Vacation is a wonderful way to see them. We're so happy you enjoyed yourself and appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. Thank you! Dee-Grand European Travel
Monday, April 27, 2015
Vacation
Enjoyed the trip tremendously. Our tour leader Susanne was super.
Trusted Customer
Monday, November 3, 2014
Service
Best company to travel with
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your loyalty to Grand European Travel. I'm happy to see that you enjoyed your trip to Greece and that the hotels, food, guide, coach and driver were up to your expectations. We will be here when you are ready to start planning your next trip. Liz, Grand European Travel
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Vacation
This was our 7th trip and one of the best ones so far. The hotels were 5 star, the food and wine was so good, and our tour guide was extremely professional and knowledgeable. Our bus driver was very professional and the couch was clean and he went out of his way to help.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Service
Your preparation and information before departure was great! We had no problems at all.
Vacation
This is my 7th trip to Greece. I am a Greek-American and speak Greek fluently. I brought my grandkids (18 yrs old) to see their heritage. Every archeological stop was interesting although at times the local Greek guides had too much to say. Our people were not that interested in minute details.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Service
We have taken eight trips with Grand European and have never been disappointed. We find they offer good value, nice hotels and have had some outstanding tour directors.
Vacation
This was a very nice tour, lots of fun and all the people involved were great. The Greek people were super nice to tourist.
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