Classical Greece (RG) - 2016

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8 Day Tour from Athens to Athens

Classical Greece
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
The Meteora monastery in Greece
In Meteora, Greece monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars
Ancient amphitheater in Epidaurus, Greece
Delphi, Greece, known in ancient times known as the Navel of the Earth
Stroll along the historic streets of Athens
Delphi Ruins
Meteora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece
The monasteries in Meteora, Greece are built on natural sandstone rock pillars

Vacation Overview

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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Headsets throughout the tour


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

DAY 1Athens, Greece

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


DAY 2Athens

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)

The Parthenon The Parthenon is a temple to the Greek goddess Athena 

DAY 3Athens–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, Dinner)

Ancient Corinth Corinth Canal in Greece Ancient amphitheater in Epidaurus, Greece 

DAY 4Nauplia–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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Olympia is the founding city of the Olympics, dated from 776 B.C.E. 
Ancient Olympia: The Origins of the Games

Ancient Olympia: The Origins of the Games

"While centuries of weather and wear have left the site of the original Olympic Games in Olympia, Greece, in ruins, you can easily imagine the 30,000-seat stadium packed with fans. As you venture here, a palpable sense of the incredible feats that occurred on this hallowed ground will overtake you. The first Olympic Games were part of a religious festival held in honor of Zeus in 776 B.C. and were open to all male Greeks (and later, Romans). Athletes traveled to Olympia from as far away as Iberia (Spain) in the east and the Black Sea (Turkey) in the west. And while Greek city-states were often at odds with each other, a sacred truce during the games helped channel their hostile opposition into athletic competition instead. The ancient Olympic festival lasted five days and included wrestling, chariot and horse racing, the pentathlon and the pancratium (a vicious form of no-hols-barred boxing)."

DAY 5Olympia–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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Delphi, Greece, known in ancient times known as the Navel of the Earth Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece Delphi Ruins 

DAY 6Delphi–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). (Breakfast, Dinner)

The monasteries in Meteora, Greece are built on natural sandstone rock pillars The Meteora monastery in Greece In Meteora, Greece monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars Meteora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece 

DAY 7Meteora 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)


DAY 8Athens

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)



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

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

Four Ways Globus Eliminates the Hassles

VIP Access
Skip the lines and get special treatment at the must-see attractions.

Perfect Hotels
We’ve done the work to find just the right hotels in just the right locations.

Tour Directors
Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.

Leave the navigating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride. Learn how Globus is reducing transportation-related energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Classical Greece:

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