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8 Day Essential Greece with Airfare
Explore Athens, Olympia & Delphi - $1989
Travel Date: 5 & 25 Mar '19
Valid for Departures: Oct 2018 - Mar 2019


Arrive in Athens and begin with a visit to the Acropolis Museum and the lively Plaka area. En route to Olympia, visit the archaeological site known as the Treasury of Atreus, and the Tomb of Agamemnon built around 1250 B.C.

In Olympia, the birthplace of the first Olympic Games, visit the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the ancient stadium and the Archaeological Museum. Next, discover Delphi, where you will walk the Sacred Way to the imposing 4th century Temple of Apollo, before travelling back to Athens to explore independently or join the optional tour of Hydra Island.

This exciting new tour offers a brilliant introduction to Greece for a remarkably affordable price, plus it gives you the option to extend your holiday and use it as a starting point for your European journey.


Package Includes
Return flights Sydney-Athens, Athens-Sydney
Other departure cities available. 
Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
6 nights First Class accommodations
4 nights Athens
1 night Olympia
1 night Delphi or Arachova
Hotel porterage
All transfers
8 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Entrance fees per itinerary
Gratuities while on tour

Itinerary

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Greece
Depart for Greece

DAY 3, Monday - Arrive in Athens
Arrive in Athens, the classical capital of Greece; transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover the ancient wonders of this city known as the cradle of Western Civilization and the birthplace of democracy. This evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow traveling companions for a welcome drink and orientation meeting at your hotel
Overnight: Athens

DAY 3, Tuesday - Athens Walking Tour
This morning is at leisure, or join the optional guided tour of the Acropolis. This architectural masterpiece was built during the Golden Age of Athens and today is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet your Tour Manager and the rest of the group at the Acropolis Museum. Visit the museum, built at the base of the famous monument, housing many of the precious original statues from the Acropolis. After lunch on your own, join the tour manager for a walk through the lively Plaka area, the oldest section of Athens, a neighborhood of charming restaurants, shops and sidewalk cafes. Continue the tour with a metro ride to Syntagma Square. Upon arrival, you might catch a glimpse of the colorfully-costumed Evzone guards, outfitted in the traditional Greek style. The afternoon is at leisure to further discover Athens on your own
Optional: Acropolis Archaeological Site Walking Tour (AM)
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Wednesday - Sightseeing en route to Olympia
Depart Athens via the scenic coastal road to the mighty Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. Continue via Nauplion to Mycenae, the heartland of Greek mythology. Visit the Acropolis of Mycenae and the Tomb of Atreus, built around 1250 B.C. From here, drive through the Central Peloponnese Peninsula, whose major cities in classical times were Corinth and Sparta. Continue to Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games
Overnight: Olympia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Tour the Olympia Archaeological Site 
Morning visit to the archaeological site of Olympia, including the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, and the ancient stadium where the Olympic Games were first held in 776 B.C. At the Archaeological Museum view astonishing Greek works of art such as the Nike of Paionios and terracotta statues dating back to the 5th century B.C. Then, drive north through the plains of Eliad and Achaia, crossing the Corinth Strait via a cabled bridge from Rion to Antirion. Pass the town of Nafpaktos en route to Delphi, home of the ruins of the Tholos Temple
Overnight: Delphi or Arachova
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Archaeological Tour of Delphi
Tour the excavated site of Delphi and the archaeological Museum, perched on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered one of the most important places in Greek history, its stunning setting and ancient ruins are truly inspirational. Walk the Sacred Way to the imposing 4th century Temple of Apollo, site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Travel south this afternoon, arriving in Athens in the late afternoon. Tonight, consider joining the optionaldinner in Athens. Begin the evening with a panoramic drive through illuminated Athens. Continue to the lively Plaka area under the Acropolis and enjoy a 3-course traditional Greek dinner, including wine and live music at a typical Greek taverna
Optional: Dinner in Athens (PM)
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Saturday - Full Day in Athens
Today is at leisure to explore Athens independently. Perhaps join the optional full day cruise to Hydra Island. Travel by bus from Athens to the port for embarkation on a cruise to Hydra, Poros and Aegina islands. Enjoy time at leisure to explore Hydra on your own. Afterward, board your ship and sail to Poros, the smallest of the three islands, and historical Aegina, known for its delicious pistachios and the Temple of Afea. Explore Aegina independently, or opt for an excursion by coach to the temple. Finally, sail back and return to your hotel in Athens
Optional: Full Day Cruise to Hydra, Poros & Aegina with lunch
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Sunday - Depart Greece
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast


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