About Grand Tour of Greece
A superb overview of Greece - classical sites plus the wonders of the North.
Activity code: GR-GRAND
Duration: 7 Days
This recommended and very popular holiday is a group Cultural Tour with qualified English-speaking guide; however if you are looking for a more independent holiday then we can also offer a completely tailor made itinerary.
Leave Athens by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal where there will be a short stop. Continue on your journey and visit the renowned theatre of Epidavrus with its remarkable acoustics. Then proceed to the picturesque town of Nafplion where there will be another short stop before arriving at Mycenae where you will visit the archaeological site and Agamemnon's Tomb.
In the afternoon you head from Olympia through the Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Dinner and overnight in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games.
Visit the archaeological site of Olympia with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. Then cross the plains of Iliad and Achaia until you reach the magnificent bridge crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the city of Nafpaktos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi.
In the morning visit the archaeological site and museum of Delphi.
After lunch depart for Kalambaka, a small town located at the foot of the gigantic rocks of Meteora.
Visit the stunning area of Meteora with its ageless monasteries in which you can see exquisite examples of Byzantine art. Leave Kalambaka through the plain of Thessaly and the Valley of Tempi to admire the gigantic figure of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and home to the 12 gods in Greek mythology.
After the visit leave for Thessaloniki, the second largest and most vibrant city in Greece.
Morning visit of the city that throughout the era of the Byzantine Empire was the 'co-reigning' city, second in population and prestige only to Constantinople. Visit its 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 the Council of Europe's Museum prize in 2005.
The rest of the day is free to enjoy time in the lively centre of the city.
Depart in the morning for historical Macedonia.
Your first stop will be at picturesque Edessa where you see the town's famous landmark, the waterfalls. Then proceed to Naoussa, to a site of exceptional beauty and importance: Aristotle's School, where the great philosopher taught ‘the doctrines of morals and politics' to Alexander the Great and the Macedonian youth. Then drive to Vergina (ancient Aigai), to live the experience of a visit to the unique Museum, created in the Great Tumulus covering the royal tombs of Macedonia. See the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Phillip II, Alexander's father, and feel the thrill of the greatest discovery of the 20th century. Only a few miles away is Veria (Biblical Beroea) and a visit to Saint Paul's Bema, and then stroll through the old Jewish neighbourhood and the colourful market area. Return to Thessaloniki.
Drive to 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. Then visit the Archaeological Park of Dion (sacred city of the Macedonians, at the foot of Mount Olympus). After the visit you will start driving south through Thessaly, Lamia, Thermopylae (a brief stop to see Leonidas' Monument) and Thebes, arriving into Athens late afternoon.