Treasures of Atreus Tour

Greece's best bits [Classical Tour with Athens]

Summary

Our most popular holiday by far. Visit the classical sites of the Greek mainland and enjoy a leisurely four days in its capital to explore or relax.

START / FINISH - Athens

Activity code: GR-TREASURES

Duration: 8 Days

This wonderful holiday is part city break and part guided tour with a choice of hotels in each. The itinerary includes famous locations in the Peloponnese and mainland as listed above. Overall it is a perfect introduction to the best Greece has to offer away from its fabulous beaches. If you or your family have any interest in Classical and ancient Greece then you will not be disappointed by this package.

This recommended and very popular holiday includes a city break in Athens together with the "Classical Tour" - 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.

In Athens, visit the sights but also soak up the atmosphere of Plaka with its busy winding streets and great food. Marvel at the Corinth Canal and try the acoustics at the famous theatre at Epidavros, whilst at Nafplion enjoy the views over the bay and the Mycenae Plain. This tour packs a lot in and you will also enjoy the serene beauty of ancient Olympia, surrounded by wild olive and plane trees as well as the magnificent site of Delphi, situated under the mighty Mount Parnassos, and the unique monasteries at Meteora, perched high upon their 400m granite boulders.

Extra Information

  • Overnight Stay Tax - In January 2018 Greece introduced an Overnight Stay Tax of 0.50 to 4 Euros per room or apartment per night, which is payable locally - the amount varies according to the category of the accommodation (e.g. most self catering and 1-2 star hotels = 0.50 Euros,  5 star hotels = 4 Euros).

Why not extend your stay with a relaxing few days (or longer) on one or more of Greece's beautiful islands - please ask us for further information or suggestions!

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What's included on your Treasures of Atreus holiday:

  • 4* hotels throughout
  • Upgrade option for 5* in Athens
  • Arrival & departure transfers in Athens
  • 4 day Classical Tour on HB basis with English-speaking tour guide / escort
  • 4 nights in Athens on BB basis
  • Half Day Athens guided tour
  • All entry fees as per itinerary
  • Fully detailed itinerary with sightseeing information
  • FREE travel app with all your documents, maps, weather & much more
  • 24hr local assistance
  • Most local taxes

Highlights

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Athens Airport you'll be met by one of our transfer drivers and taken directly to your hotel in the centre of Athens.

The rest of the day will be at leisure.

In the morning you'll have a chance to explore and take photographs of this beautiful city on your included city (group*) tour.

* A private tour can be arranged if you prefer.

You'll pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, and Constitution Square (Syntagma). Youll visit the Parthenon and the new Acropolis Museum, which houses every artifact found on the rock and beneath, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece.

The afternoon will be at leisure. Time to explore further or head down to Plaka to sample some of the local restaurants.

It's an early start from Athens this morning and your first stop will be for photos at the Corinth Canal which links the Ionian and the Aegean seas- if you are fortunate there may be a ship passing through!

Proceed to Mycenae famed for its Lion's gate, Royal Tombs, Cyclopean Walls and associations with Agamemnon. Next stop, Nafplion - many say that it is the most romantic town in Greece.

In the afternoon you'll visit the ancient theatre at Epidavrus, whose acoustics are reputed to be the best in the world. Finally you will head across to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.

After breakfast there will be a visit to the archaeological site of Olympia with the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame, the Stadium and the Archaeological Museum.

A short stop in Patras before continuing to Rion where you cross the Corinthian Bay on the magnificent Rion-Antirion bridge. Pass by the city of Nafpaktos and from there along the coastal road to Delphi, once regarded as the centre of the universe.

This morning there will be a visit to the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. Delphi was once renowned for its oracle and pilgrims used to journey from far and wide to consult on matters of life, death, love and warfare.

In the afternoon you'll travel through some scenic villages on your way to Kalambaka, a small town built at the foot of the majestic rocks, crowned by the world famous Meteora monasteries.

After breakfast you will be able to visit a few of Meteora's Byzantine monasteries. These impressive monasteries were built on top of the granite rocks to be out of harm's way especially during times of trouble. Monks also sought solitude in this very peaceful location.

Return to Athens via the monument to heroic Leonidas at Thermopylae.

Spend the day at leisure, take an optional cruise to the nearby Saronic Islands or an afternoon tour to Cape Sounion to witness the famous sunset.

You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to Athens Airport.

Alternatively you may choose to extend your holiday in Greece by staying a bit longer in Athens or popping across to one of the islands for a more leisurely few days.

Flexible Tailor-Made Holidays

  • We believe passionately that no two holidays should be the same.
  • With our flexible tailor-made holiday options you can travel at your own pace.
  • Rediscover a city, a resort or an island in a weekend or longer.
  • Take a small group tour or embark upon a more adventurous trip.

Travel Knowledge

  • We have all travelled extensively and will be happy to share our experiences.
  • Personally-chosen hotels, riads, guest houses & apartments in places we know and love.
  • Individual sightseeing recommendations and route planning.
  • Add excursions, activities and food & wine experiences (one of our passions).

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  • ATOL cover for flight inclusive holidays.
  • One of us at Rediscover the World is very likely to have visited the hotels and travelled along the routes on your itinerary.
  • Dynamic, comprehensive travel app with all your documents, maps and much more.
  • Full financial protection for your holiday (TTA).