Classical Greece (RG)

8 Day Tour from Athens to Athens

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You've seen photos of the ancient Acropolis in Athens, dating back to the 5th century BC—now’s your chance to see it in person. You've watched the Olympics on TV—now’s your chance to walk among the remains in Olympia, where the Olympics began in 776 BC. You've eaten at Greek restaurants—now's your chance to enjoy an authentic Greek cooking demonstration, where you'll learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer. All of this and more await you on this Classical Greece tour.

History comes alive on your guided visits to many of Greece's ancient sights. In addition to the Acropolis and Olympia, you'll also visit ancient Corinth, dating back to the 8th century BC and the place where St. Paul preached; the ruins in Mycenae, dating from 1,350 to 1,200 BC and described by Homer; the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theater in Epidaurus; and Thermopylae, where the battle between the Greeks and Persians took place in 480 BC.

In ancient Greece, people traveled to Delphi to seek the wisdom from the Oracle. Here, you'll hear about the Oracle, tour the excavations, and visit its Archaeological Museum. You'll step back in history—but not as far back as Ancient Greece—when you visit the fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries.

In addition to all of these included sights, Globus has included some unique experiences for you to get a true sense of Greek life. You'll enjoy a dance lesson, where you’ll learn how to dance the sirtaki. Plus, you'll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director who will bring this country to life by sharing its history, stories, and insider secrets.

From the picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic sights, this Greece tour is a vacation of a lifetime!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ATHENS
Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis
CORINTH
Guided visit of the excavations
MYCENAE
Guided visit of the excavations and museum
EPIDAURUS
Guided visit of the 2,300-year-old open-air theater
OLYMPIA
Guided visit of the archaeological site and the museum; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer
DELPHI
Guided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite learn to dance the sirtaki and have a glass of Ouzo
METEORA AREA
Guided visit of the Varlaam and St. Stephen’s Monasteries
THERMOPYLAE
Guided visit
Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Acropolis Athens
  • Archaeolgical Site of Delphi
  • Archaelogical Site of Olympia
  • Meteroa
  • Meteora

Transportation:

Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Athens, Greece

Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink with your Tour Director.

Day 2 Athens

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the Parthenon’s crowning beauty atop the ACROPOLIS, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the beautifully preserved Theseum, Roman temple dedicated to Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Vistas of the government buildings and elegant homes in the modern city provide a striking contrast to the remains of the glorious past. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner outing to try out local fare.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Athens–Corinth–Mycenae–Epidaurus–Nauplia

Cross the spectacular Corinth Canal, then visit ANCIENT CORINTH, where St. Paul preached. Two highlights today: MYCENAE, where 19th-century excavations reveal impressions of the splendors so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, Lion Gate, Europe’s oldest known monument, remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace, and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel. Also visit the museum. Then, a short drive to EPIDAURUS for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year-old open-air theater. Overnight in nearby Nauplia.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 4 Nauplia–Olympia

Spectacular scenery on the way through the Arkadian Mountains. Then, spend the afternoon in OLYMPIA, where the athletes of antiquity competed in honor of the king of deities. Learn about the history of those original Olympic Games as you walk among the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. Also visit the MUSEUM that displays Praxiteles’ magnificent statue of Hermes. Tonight, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a COOKING DEMONSTRATION and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer.

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Day 5 Olympia–Patras–Delphi

Via the busy seaport of Patras, proceed through the picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to mystic Delphi. The afternoon is devoted to a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and tour the EXCAVATIONS. End the day with a visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. A highlight this evening is Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a DANCE LESSON, where you’ll learn how to dance the sirtaki, made famous in the movie Zorba the Greek, accompanied by a glass of the traditional Ouzo.

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Day 6 Delphi–Meteora Area

Drive past Lamia and Trikala to Kalambaka in the unreal, fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. Visit VARLAAM MONASTERY, famous for its frescoes, and ST. STEPHEN’S MONASTERY, featuring a unique collection of icons and an incredible panoramic view (ladies are suggested to pack one long skirt, as shorts or trousers may be inappropriate when visiting the monasteries).

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Day 7 Meteora Area–Thermopylae–Athens

Today’s highlight is a guided visit to THERMOPYLAE, the site of the heroic battle of Leonidas’ 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes’ huge Persian army. On the way back to Athens, your Tour Director will tell you about Thebes, the setting of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, and Marathon, where 10,000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders in 490 BC. Enjoy an optional dinner in a romantic restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Athens

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

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 Accommodations

Athens
Nauplia
Olympia
Delphi
Kalambaka
Athens

Athens

Zafolia

First-Class

87-89 Alexandras Avenue
Athens, Greece

Free Wifi

Attractive 7-story Hotel situated near museums, 1 km from Larisis train station & 35 km from El. Venizelos Airport.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Phone

Nauplia

Amalia Nauplia

First-Class

National Road Argos
Nauplia, Greece

Free Wifi

Neoclassical-style Hotel situated on tree-lined grounds with landscaped courtyards, 1 mile from city center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-smoking Rooms

Olympia

Europa

First-Class

Archaia Olympia - Drouva
Olympia, Greece

Free Wifi

Hotels Europa is built on the top of Drouvas Hill in Ancient Olympia (UNESCO World Heritage Site), at the foot of which is sited the Sacred Alti with brilliant monuments and the stadium of the Ancient Olympic Games.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite

Delphi

Amalia Delphi

First-Class

1 Apollonos Street
Delphi, Greece

Free Wifi

Hillside Hotel situated on a mountain slope overlooking olive groves, the Corinthian Gulf & the port of Itea.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Desk
  • Internet Access

Kalambaka

Amalia Kalambaka

First-Class

National Road
Kalambaka, Greece

Free Wifi

Amalia Hotel is a beautiful setting just minutes away from the town of Kalambaka. The hotel is embedded on 14 acres of greenery and has been built with traditional materials to match its surroundings.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Desk
  • Internet Access

Athens

Ledra

Deluxe

115 Syngrou Avenue
Athens, Greece

Free Wifi

Modern hotel with multilingual staff; two restaurants; situated 1.5 miles from city center, in the business district.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services
  • Gift Shop
  • Ice Machine
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Athens

Athens

Greek Dinner By The Sea

Greek Dinner By The Sea

Don't miss the chance to admire the illuminated harbor of Microlimano. It is said this port was protected by the goddess Mounihia Artemis, which is why it is sometimes referred to as the Port of Munihia. Later drive to the yachting marina, a perfect place to enjoy your 4-course dinner, with drinks, at one of the city's finest restaurants.

Approximate value: €63 EUR per person

Plaka with Dinner

Plaka with Dinner

Sample a glass of ouzo and enjoy a Greek-style, 4-course dinner, with drinks included, at a taverna in the festive Plaka district. Folk dances put you in that special mood reminiscent of Zorba the Greek.

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person

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