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Holiday type Escorted tours
Country Greece
Travel type Fly
Price range From £1039
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 7 nights
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Classic Greece

As the cradle of western civilisation, democracy, philosophy, the theatre, and so much more, Greece has drawn visitors for centuries, all enthralled by its ancient history and culture.

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms subject to availability at a supplement of £309 per person. Seven nights accommodation in three and four star hotels; daily breakfast and two buffet dinners; scheduled return flights to Athens; all airport taxes and transfers; guided tours with specialist local guides of the Acropolis, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi; the services of a Riviera tour manager. Please note that where hotels have a swimming pool, this will be open in the summer months, weather permitting.

  • Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow or Manchester
    Stay in handpicked three star and four star hotels
  • Guided walking tour of Athens, including the Parthenon and the Acropolis museum
  • Guided tour of Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games
  • Guided tour of Delphi, home of the ‘oracle’, the ancient fountain of all wisdom
  • Browse through Athens’ flea market
  • Cross the Corinth canal
  • Stay and explore Nafplion, one of the country’s seaside towns
  • Visit the site of ancient Mycenae, home of Agamemnon
  • The perfect symmetry and incredible acoustics of the ancient theatre of Epidaurus
  • Optional trip to the classic Greek islands of Hydra and Spetses
  • Daily breakfast and two dinners
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager
Not included
Entrances to archaeological sites and museums, approximately €49 per person, or €26 per person for EU citizens over 65 years (based on 2012 prices, payable locally).
Day one

Fly to Athens, staying at the four star Divani Palace Acropolis for one night.

Day two

Our walking tour visits the Acropolis and the Parthenon, one of the wonders of the ancient world. Next, it’s the Acropolis museum with its glass floor, displaying ancient houses and roads below. We explore the old Plaka district with its bustling markets, before a drive to Delphi staying at the simple three star Acropole or Fedriades, with dinner.

Day three

Delphi, in a setting of outstanding beauty, was believed to be the centre of the world. We walk up the Sacred Way to the temple of Apollo, where the oracle relayed the god’s dispensations. The museum has some breathtaking exhibits including The Charioteer, a masterpiece of ancient bronze sculpture. In the afternoon we arrive in Olympia and at our hotel, the three star superior Best Western Europa, with dinner.

Day four

The ancient Olympic Games were as significant an occasion then as they are today. We tour the site and visit the museum. Driving across the mountainous Peloponnese, we arrive at the seaside town of Nafplion and our hotel for three nights, the four star Amphitryon, with breakfast.

Day five

This morning we visit nearby Epidaurus, the greatest centre of medicine in the classical world. Next, you visit the citadel of Mycenae, entering through the 3,300 year old Lion Gate, before an afternoon at leisure back in Nafplion.

Day six

A free day to explore the two huge castles which rise above the old town of Nafplion. Alternatively, you may take an optional trip to discover two of Greece’s small islands, Spetses and Hydra.

Day seven

This morning, you head back to Athens staying at the Divani Palace Acropolis for our last night. The afternoon is at leisure. You may wish to visit the nearby Tomb of the Unknown Soldier guarded by the elite National Guard, in the skirted national costume. Or perhaps walk through the national gardens seeing the all-marble stadium built for the first modern Olympics.

Day eight

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
Athens - four star Divani Palace Acropolis hotel

Located, nestling in a quiet residential district just below the rock of the Acropolis, only a few minutes stroll from the new Acropolis museum and the Plaka district, with its atmospheric tavernas and traditional shops. There is a small pool, a lobby bar, an open-air rooftop restaurant with views of the Acropolis and in the basement you can even see an exposed section of the ancient city walls. All 250 rooms are air-conditioned with balcony, satellite TV, safe, minibar en-suite bath/shower and hairdryer.

Olympia - three star superior Best Western Europa

Situated on a quiet hillside above the small modern village of Olympia, with views of the Arcadian mountains. The hotel is fully air-conditioned and features low-rise buildings set in gardens, with an open-air pool (with pool bar) and a restaurant where we take dinner. In summer, the tables are spread out beneath the olive trees, for a truly authentic Greek experience. All 80 rooms are air-conditioned with a small seating area, en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, satellite TV, minibar, safe and balcony.

Delphi - three star Hotel Acropole and Fedriades

Both centrally located in the small village of Delphi these hotels have a small reception area and breakfast room, whilst the evening meal is taken at the nearby popular Epikouros taverna overlooking the valley below. All rooms are simply furnished and have air-conditioning, en-suite facilities, hairdryer and safe.

Nafplion – four star Amphitryon hotel

Located right on the waterfront promenade just a five minute stroll from the centre of Nafplion and overlooking the Bourtzi castle in the middle of the bay. The facilities include a restaurant with terrace and a bar. An outdoor pool with views is available at its nearby sister hotel located just behind and above the Amphitryon and reached by a lift within the rock. It’s an easy walk to the town’s beach. The 45 rooms are well furnished and all have air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, TV, safe, minibar and a balcony with sea views.
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We have just returned from this tour of Classic Greece and thoroughly enjoyed it. We felt that we comfortably saw as much as possible.

We would also like to say how pleased we were with our tour manager Jackie. She was friendly, efficient and made every effort to talk to everyone and give us information about the sites we would be visiting and about Greece.
May 2012
V Davis & C Hammou

I am writing to say that, in spite of the problems in Greece - strikes, rubbish etc - we had a very good experience. The credit for this goes, in our view, largely to your tour manager/tour guide Anton. He was really splendid in the way he rearranged the tour in the face of strikes, kept us informed and in good humour, gave us the right type and amount of information and kept his talking to the right level and amount. You have a great asset in him and I could hear people in the tour wanting to book other tours led by him!
Oct 2011
Ms Ietto Gillies
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