Greece

CLASSIC GREECE

Day 1, Athens

On arrival into Athens you will be met and transferred to hotel. Free time to explore and enjoy Athens.

Day 2, tour Athens

Your morning tour begins with a panoramic drive around Syntagma Square, passing by the National Gardens, Hadrian`s Arch, St Paul`s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann`s House, the Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, and Russian Orthodox Church. Continue onto the Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896. Pass by the Prime Minister`s residence, Ex Royal Palace and Zappion Hall. Proceed, passing the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus. Continue to the archaeological site of the Acropolis, an UNESCO world heritage monument and visit Propylae, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion with its porch of Maidens and of course the Parthenon.

Day 3, Saronic Islands

Leave Athens at 8:15 a.m. by bus to Paleon Phaleron, Trocadero Harbour. Sail for the island of Aegina (optional visit to the famous Temple of Athena Aphaia). Cruise through the straits to Poros (visit). Lunch on board. Then onto Hydra for time to shop or swim. Sail back to Trocadero Harbour and transfer by bus to Athens.

Day 4, to Nauplion

Depart Athens on your Classic Tour. Travel to Nauplion (first capital of modern Greece), crossing the Corinth Canal, visit Epidaurus Amphitheatre, one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in all of Greece and where the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides were performed.

Day 5, to Olympia

Depart Nauplion and travel to Olympia. Enroute visit Mycenae, kingdom of King Agamemnon.

Day 6, to Delphi

Visit Olympia's archaeological sites including the Sanctuary of Zeus, Olympic Stadium and the Museum Continue to Delphi via Patras to Rion to re-cross the Corinth Gulf before arriving in Delphi.

Day 7, tour to Arachova

Visit to the to the Delphi museum and the Sanctuary of Apollo. The Archaeological Museum of Delphi exhibits the history of the Delphic sanctuary, site of the most famous ancient Greek oracle. Its rich collections reflect its religious, political and artistic activities from its early years in the eight century BC to its decline in Late Antiquity. Later drive to the picturesque village of Arachova.

Day 8, to Kalambaka

Depart Delphi and visit Thermopylae to recount the heroics of Spartan King Leonidas. Then travel via the picturesque villages of central Greece on the way to Kalambaka.

Day 9, tour to Meteora & Athens

This morning visit Meteora and enjoy the unique and most impressive scenery of the ageless monasteries, containing priceless historical treasures, standing between earth and sky atop huge rocks. In the afternoon depart for Athens.

Day 10, to Australia

Transfer to airport for flight to Australia.

ESSENTIAL GREECE

Day 1 Athens

Arrival in Athens airport. Transfer with private bus & assistance to the hotel. Free time to explore and enjoy Athens

Day 2 Athens

Morning departure with private bus e professional guide for the Athens sightseeing, panoramic tour of Athens & visit of the Acropolis. Afternoon free.

Day 3 Athens & Cape Sounion

Your morning tour begins with a panoramic drive around Syntagma Square, passing by the National Gardens, Hadrian`s Arch, St Paul`s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann`s House, the Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, and Russian Orthodox Church. Continue onto the Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896. Pass by the Prime Minister`s residence, Ex Royal Palace and Zappion Hall. Proceed, passing the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus. Continue to the archaeological site of the Acropolis, an UNESCO world heritage monument and visit Propylae, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion with its porch of Maidens and of course the Parthenon.After lunch at a local restaurant near the Acropolis, travel the scenic coastal road which affords a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf, passing through some of Athens most beautiful suburbs to Cape Sounion.just 70 kilometres from Athens. The Cape's Temple of Poseidon is perched on a rocky hilltop overlooking the sea, with one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramic views; extending all the way to Kea and the Peloponnese on a clear day. The Temple of Poseidon was built in 44 B.C., and many of its original Doric columns are still standing. One of the columns has a graffiti left by none other than Lord Byron in the early 1800s. The precipice is a sheer 197 foot drop to the sea

Day 4 Athens - Olympia

Departure with private bus & professional guide for the tour of Argolis (Mycenae, Epidaurus e Nafplion). Drive to Olympia for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 Olympia - Delph

iAfter the visit of Olympia, departure, always with private bus & professional guide, for the visit of Delphi via Patras, Rio, e Antirio.

Day 6 Delphi - Athens

Rest of the visit of Delphi ed Osios Lucas. In the afternoon return to Athens.

Day 7 Cruise Saronic Gulf

Leave Athens at 8:15 a.m. by bus to Paleon Phaleron, Trocadero Harbour. Sail for the island of Aegina (optional visit to the famous Temple of Athena Aphaia). Cruise through the straits to Poros (visit). Lunch on board. Then onto Hydra for time to shop or swim. Sail back to Trocadero Harbour and transfer by bus to Athens.

Day 8 Depart Athens

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport & departure. Made with Xara

GREECE ITALY

Day 1, arrive Athens

On arrival into Athens this morning you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Free time to explore and enjoy Athens.

Day 2, tour Athens

Morning city tour of Athens to include House of Parliament and the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, Olympic Stadium, Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch and the Acropolis. Dinner tonight is included at your hotel.

Day 3 cruise Ageans

This morning transfer by bus to Paleon Phaleron, Trocadero Harbour. Sail for the island of Aegina (optional visit to the famous Temple of Athena Aphaia). Cruise through the straits to Poros (visit). Lunch on board. Then onto Hydra for time to shop or swim. Sail back to Trocadero Harbour and transfer back to Athens.

Day 4, to Nauplion

Depart Athens and travel to Nauplion (first capital of modern Greece), crossing the Corinth Canal, visit Epidaurus Amphitheatre. Overnight Nauplion

Day 5, to Olympia

Depart Nauplion and travel to Olympia. En route, visit Mycenae (kingdom of King Agamemnon).Overnight Olympia

Day 6, to Delphi

Visit Olympia's archaeological sites including the Sanctuary of Zeus, Olympic Stadium and the Museum. Continue to Delphi via Patras to Rion where you cross the Corinth Gulf before arriving in Delphi. Overnight Delphi

Day 7, tour to Arachova 

Morning visit to the Delphi museum and the Sanctuary of Apollo. Drive to the quaint village of Arachova, situated on the northern slopes of Mt. Parnassos. Overnight Delphi.

Day 8, to Kalambaka

Depart Delphi and visit Thermopylae to recount the heroics of Spartan King Leonidas. Then travel via the picturesque villages of central Greece on the way to Kalambaka. Overnight Kalambaka

Day 9, tour to Meteora

Morning visit to Meteora Monastries. Afternoon return to Kalambaka. Overnight Kalambaka

Day 10, cruise the Adriatic to Bari, Italy

Drive to Igoumenitsa to catch the overnight Superfast Ferries service to Bari. Travel in comfort in 3 & 4 berth cabins. (Overnight service to Bari - approx 15 hours).

Day 11, to Sorrento

Arrive Bari by ferry and travel via Selerno and the Amalfi coast to Sorrento.

TURKEY GREECE TOUR

Day 1, Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul. You will transfer to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours, free to explore Istanbul.

Day 2, Istanbul Old City

Tour the exotic city that spans both Europe and Asia visiting the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace, the Basilica underground cistern and the Hippodrome. Late in the afternoon, we will drive through to Bosphorous bridge to visit Camlica Hill on Asian side. Overnight Istanbul.

Day 3, to Pamukkale

Passing through rural Turkey and ancient Bursa to visit the famous Green Mosque and explore the Silk Bazaar. Continue to Pamukkale for overnight.

Day 4, tour to Hierapolis

This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. Overnight Pamukkale.

Day 5, to Kusadasi, Ephesus

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand what determines their value. Overnight Kusadasi

Day 6, to Acropolis of Permamum & Troy

First we tour tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time. Coninue to Troy, home of the famous Trojan Horse. Overnight Canakkale.

Day 7, to Gallipoli Battlefields & Alexandroupolis

After breakfast, we visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, Anzac Cove, Johnston's Jolly and Gallipoli Museum, before driving to the Turkey/Greece border where you will change coaches and crew before proceeding to Alexandroupolis in Greece for overnight.

Day 8, to Kalambaka

En the way to Kalambaka, time to stop at Greece’s second largest city and capital of Macedonia region- Thessaloniki. Enjoy a short town tour before travelling to Kalambaka for overnight.

Day 9, tour to Meteora

Morning visit Meteora and enjoy the unique and most impressive scenery of the ageless monasteries, containing priceless historical treasures, standing between earth and sky atop huge rocks. Afternoon return to Kalambaka for overnight.

Day 10, to Delphi

This morning visit to the Delphi museum and the Sanctuary of Apollo. The Archaeological Museum of Delphi exhibits the history of the Delphic sanctuary, site of the most famous ancient Greek oracle. Its rich collections reflect its religious, political and artistic activities from its early years in the eight century BC to its decline in Late Antiquity. Later drive to the picturesque village of Arachova. Overnight Delphi

Day 11, to Olympia

Travel via Patras to Olympia to visit Olympia’s archaeological sites including the Sanctuary of Zeus, Olympic Stadium and the Museum. Overnight Olympia.

Day 12, to Navplion - Athens

Today visit Epidaurus Amphitheatre, one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in all of Greece and where the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides were performed. Then on the way to Athens visit Mycenae (kingdom of King Agamemnon). Cross the Corinth Canal and arrive in Athens.

Day 13, tour Athens

Morning city tour of Athens to include House of Parliament and the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, Olympic Stadium, Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch and the Acropolis.

Day 14, tour to Saronic Islands

Leave Athens at 8:15 a.m. by bus to Paleon Phaleron, Trocadero Harbour. Sail for the island of Aegina (optional visit to the famous Temple of Athena Aphaia). Cruise through the straits to Poros (visit). Lunch on board. Then onto Hydra for time to shop or swim. Sail back to Trocadero Harbour and transfer by bus to Athens.

Day 15, to Australia

This morning transfer by coach to Athens Airport for flight to Australia.

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