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Grand Tour of Greece

Discounted price:
EUR 899,50
  • 7 days tour
  • Nov.2015-Mar.2016: N/A
  • Apr.2016-Oct.2016: Thu.
    In the year 2016 to be operated only on April 21 | May 12, 26 | June 9, 23 | July 21 | September 1, 15, 29

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Departure from Athens: 8:30 am

Return in Athens: 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 Epidavros, famous for its remarkable acoustics.
Next follows a short stop at the town of Nafplion and drive on to Mycenae, where you will visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon.
Then depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnese; overnight and dinner in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games.Meteora monasteries
2nd day: In the morning visit the archaeological site of Olympia, the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the archaeological museum.
Then drive on through the plains of Elia and Achaia, cross the magnificent bridge which connects Rion to Antirion, pass by the picturesque towns of Nafpaktos (Lepanto) and Itea and finally arrive in Delphi for dinner and overnight.
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 the Meteora gigantic rocks; dinner & overnight in Kalambaka.
4th day: Visit Meteora, the huge rocks that seem to be suspended in mid-air, perched on top of which 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 and admire the gigantic figure of mount Olympos, the highest mountain in Greece and home of the 12 Gods of Mythology. Arrival at Thessaloniki (Salonica), the second largest and the most vibrant city in Greece; dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.
5th day: Visit 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 centre of the city. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.
6th day: Depart in the morning for a unique approach to historical Macedonia.
First stop at picturesque Edessa, where we see the town's famous landmark, the waterfalls.
Then proceed to Naoussa, to a site of exceptional beauty and importance, the Aristotle's School, the picturesque site where the great philosopher taught "the doctrines of morals and politics" to Alexander and the Macedonian youths.
Next drive to Vergina (ancient Aigai) to live the experience of a visit to its unique museum, created in the Great Tumulus covering the royal tombs of Macedonia. See Mosaic floor in a private house at the archaeological site of Pellathe astonishing findings from the tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, and feel the thrill of the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century.
Veria (Biblical Beroea), is only a few miles away; there you will visit Saint Paul's Bema, and then stroll through the old Jewish neighbourhood and the colourful market area: a walk in a city where past is present and around.
Then, return to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight.
7th day:  Drive to Pella, the capital of the kingdom of Alexander the Great. Admire the exquisite floor mosaics of the villas dating from the 4th century BC, in situ as well as in the new museum.
After Pella, drive to Dion (sacred city of the Macedonians, at the foot of Olympos mountain), where you will visit its Archaeological Park.
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.

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Comments and ratings about the Grand Tour of Greece:

It is important to know that only clients of Dolphin Hellas may have their comments and ratings here and only for the services they received by our travel agency; this means that these are real testimonials by real travellers.

Travelled in May, 2016
oh, this was the most marvelous tour in my life. The guide Matina was exceptionally friendly and informative, the driver Dimitrios was equally helpful and always bearing a smiling face. Everybody, who visits Greece, should take this tour to have a better understanding of the greek history and culture. It just made me an enriched person with so many things to grasp and comprehend. Full points to this tour.

  - A. Roy – Netherlands

Travelled in May, 2016

(Rating: 4/5)

rating of 4 out of 5 Tsitsos
We greatly enjoyed the tour up to Meteora, five starts for that part of the trip. We did not see any reason to travel all the way to Thessaloniki. There is just not much to see after Meteora. The guide Matina and the driver were excellent.

  - P. Junek - Nevada, USA

Travelled in May, 2015
Great tour but almost ruined by the tour guide who routinely went over the top. Many people ended up tuning out because every pile of rubble was met with a university style lecture which went on for ages. It was painful. Whilst it was good to get a background of the history those on the tour wanted less detail and probably a few other sights and more free time as well.
It was difficult leaving at 8:30 am and getting to our destination at 7 pm. Many in the group would have liked to have arrived around 6 pm so that they could explore the new location before dinner.
The only other criticism was that the group was held to ransom at lunchtime a few times and it was clear that it was being ushered to selected lunch venues. At Delphi a two minute drive out of town ended at a restaurant which stunk and was expensive when people could have found their own lunch venue in town. Consequently a quarter of the group went without lunch.
The tour was good despite the above criticisms. We got to see some lovely sights. There were a few issues with Greece as a whole though, the main one being Greece's idea of restorations which many in the west would consider vandalism. Elected governments need to go to Dresden in Germany to see how to properly restore ancient sites. It certainly does not involve the use of concrete and preserving the wonderful history should be a priority rather than an inconvenience.
We nevertheless recommend this tour to anybody wanting to get a good insight into the history of Greece. Despite the above shortcomings it was well worth doing.

  - M. Jakob , Australia

Travelled in June, 2014

(Rating: 5/5)

rating of 5 out of 5 Tsitsos
Our tour guide Cassandra shared her vast knowledge of Greek culture, history and geography with us. The bus driver was extremely helpful and the bus was always exceptionally clean. The Grand Tour is a wonderful chance to see the varied geography of Greece and tour the most famous historical sights. I doubt one could duplicate the completeness of this travel experience without this type of tour. We selected the higher grade hotels, and all of them were excellent.

  - A. Smith - New York, USA


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