Grand Tour of Greece
- Nov.12-Mar.13: N/A
- Apr. 13-Oct.13: Thu. | To be operated only on April 25, May 16 & 30, June 13 & 27, July 25, September 12 & 26 and on October 3
Discounted price: EUR 833,50
Departure: 8:30 am
Return: 7:00 pm on the sixth day
1st day: Leave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the theatre of Epidauros famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then proceed to the Town of Nafplion (short stop) drive on to Mycenae and visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games. (Dinner)
2nd day: In the morning visit the archaeological site in Olympia with the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the archaeological Museum. Then drive on through the plains of Iliad and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi. Overnight. (Dinner)
3rd day: In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora gigantic rocks. Overnight. (Dinner)
4th day: Visit Meteora, among striking scenery, perched on the top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Depart from Kalambaka, drive through the plain of Thessaly and the valley of Tempi, arrive and visit the archaeological park of Dion. Admire also the gigantic figure of mount Olympos, the highest mountain in Greece and home of the 12 Gods of Mythology. After the visit depart for Thessaloniki (Salonica), the second largest and the most vibrant city in Greece. Dinner and overnight.
5th day: Depart in the morning for a unique approach to historical Macedonia. First stop at Veria (Biblical Beroea) to visit Saint Paul's Bema, and then stroll through the old Jewish neighborhood and the colorful market area. A walk in a city where past is present and around. Then proceed to Naoussa, to a site of exceptional beauty and importance: Aristotle's School, the impressive scenery where the great philosopher taught "the doctrines of morals and politics" to Alexander and the Macedonian youths. In only a few miles away is picturesque Edessa where we see the town's famous landmark, the waterfalls. Then comes Pella, the capital of Alexander the Great. See the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th century b.C. villas, in situ as well as in the new museum. Return to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight.
6th day: See in the morning Thessaloniki, the city that throughout the era of the Byzantine Empire, was the "co-reigning" city, second in population and prestige only to Constantinople. Visit unique monuments and feel the glorious Byzantine past in some of the oldest and most characteristic churches of the Christian world as well as in the museum of Byzantine Culture, awarded with the Council of Europe's Museum Prize for the year 2005. Rest of the day free, to enjoy time in the lively center of the city. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.
7th day: Drive to Vergina, to live the experience of a visit to its unique museum, created in the Great Tumulus covering the royal tombs of Macedonia. See the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Philip II, Alexander's father, and feel the thrill of the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century. After the visit we shall start driving south and through Thessaly, Lamia, Thermopylae (see the Leonidas' Monument) and Thebes, arrive in Athens late in the afternoon.