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7 Days Grand Tour of Greece (Peloponnese, Central Greece & Macedonia)



Join this 7 day Greek mainland tour and visit Epidaurus, Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae, Meteora, Saint Paul's Bema, Aristotle's School of Philosophy, Edessa Waterfalls, Pella Museum and more.

Join this unique week-long tour where you will be able to explore Northern Greece and its rich history, from the ancient city-states, to the Byzantine Empire and up until modern times. Starting from Athens, the capital of Greece, you will take the coastal route through the awe-inspiring Corinth Canal until you reach the Theater of Epidaurus, a testament to the arts and an amphitheater known throughout the globe for its acoustics. From there you will proceed to Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece and make your way to Mycenae where you will see the Tomb of Agamemnon. You last stop for the night is Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games and home to more than 70 temples in its heyday. Delphi is next, home to the famous Oracle of Pythia, a sacred place for ancient Greeks, as they consulted the great Oracle before every major war campaign.

Next up is Kalambaka, a cozy town of central Greece, sitting right next to Meteora, an incredible spectacle or massive rock pillars rising up from a valley to form a truly rare sight. On top of the pillars, Byzantine monasteries have stood for centuries, adding yet another layer to the sense of wonder that fills any visitor. Time to head north to Macedonia, the land of Alexander the Great. You will establish your base at Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city and a place that was second only to Istanbul during the Byzantine Empire. Remnants of that era are still about, in the form of architecture, art and archaeological sights. From Thessaloniki, excursions to nearby towns will give you a rare insight on a side of ancient Greek history most visitors don't get the chance to experience. Aristotle's School of Philosophy in Naoussa, the Royal Tomb of King Phillip II, the capital of Alexander the Great (Pella) and many more await you!

 

Itinerary

 

  • Day 1 -  Athens to Olympia via Corinth, Epidaurus, Nafplion and Mycenae
    We will pick you up from select spots in Athens (departure at approx 8:45) and take the coastal road to the Corinth Canal, where we will make a short stop. Back on the road and onto the Theatre of Epidaurus, a monument to the arts and a structure famous for its remarkable acoustics. We will then proceed to the town of Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece, for another short stop and leave for Mycenae, where a visit to the archaeological site and Tomb of Agamemnon is in order. A culture-filled day will conclude once we reach Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games, via Central Peloponnesus and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis.
    Overnight: Olympia
    Meals: Dinner

  • Day 2 - Olympia to Delphi
    In the morning you will have the chance to visit the archaeological site containing the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and archaeological museum. Afterwards, you will drive on through the plains of Iliad and Achaia, through the magnificent modern bridge of Rio-Antirio which connects the two sides of the Corinthian Bay. You will pass through the picturesque towns of Nafpaktos (Lepanto) and Itea before reaching Delphi, your final destination for the day.
    Overnight: Delphi
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 3 - Delphi to Kalambaka
    In Delphi, or the 'navel of the world' as ancient Greeks used to call it, you will make a morning visit to the archaeological site and the museum. Afterwards, you will depart for Kalambaka, a small town in the heart of Greece, situated right at the foot of the astonishing rock complex of Meteora.
    Overnight: Kalambaka
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4 - Kalambaka to Thessaloniki and a visit to Meteora
    Visit Meteora, a geological marvel of vast, rock pillars rising up from the valley to create a unique spectacle that is a testament to wonders of nature. On top of the pillars, stand Byzantine Monasteries, of immeasurable historical and religious importance. Depart from Kalambaka and continue your journey through the striking plains of Thessaly and the valley of Tempi, while admiring the gigantic figure of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and home of the 12 Gods of Greek Mythology. Arrival at Thessaloniki, the second largest and the most vibrant city in Greece.
    Overnight: Thessaloniki
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 5 - Explore Thessaloniki's Byzantine Heritage
    In the morning, you will explore Thessaloniki, a center of civilization during the Byzantine Empire, second in population and prestige only to Constantinople. The spirit of that era is still evident in the architecture and style of the churches of the Christian world and for a deep dive in history the Museum of Byzantine Culture is a of course a must. The remainder of the day is at your leisure, with the city offering ample opportunities for entertainment.
    Overnight: Thessaloniki
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 6 - Explore Macedonia
    Depart in the morning for an excursion to the historical grounds of Macedonia. Your first stop will be the picturesque Edessa and its characteristic waterfalls, which have brought the town fame all over Greece. Then we proceed to Naoussa and to a site of exceptional beauty and importance,  Aristotle's School, the great philosopher taught ‘the doctrines of morals and politics' to Alexander the Great and the Macedonian youth. Afterwards, we drive to Vergina (ancient Aigai), to visit the museum created in the Great Tumulus, covering the royal tombs of Macedonia. It is there that you will experience the astonishing findings in the tomb of King Phillip II, Alexander's father, one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century. Just a few miles away is Veria (Biblical Beroea) where you can visit Saint Paul's Bema, and then stroll through the old Jewish neighborhood and colourful market area. The return to Thessaloniki will be filled with musings about the multitude of unique destinations your day entailed.
    Overnight: Thessaloniki
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 7 - Visit Pella and Return to Athens
    In the morning, you will visit Pella, the capital of Alexander the Great's empire. You will admire the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th century B.C. villas, in situ as well as in the new Museum. Up next is  the archaeological park of Dion (a sacred city of the Macedonians, at the foot of mountain Olympus). Afterwards we will start driving south, through Thessaly, Lamia, Thermopylae (where you will have the chance to see the Leonidas' monument) and Thebes, before arriving in Athens late in the afternoon.
    Overnight: -
    Meals: Breakfast

Operated by G.O. Tours

What's Included

  • Motor coach through coastal road, Corinth canal, Thessaly plain, Tempi Valley & the towns of Nafplion, Tripolis, Megalopolis, Nafpactos, Itea, Naoussa & Edessa.
  • Visit Epidaurus Theatre.
  • Visit Mycenae Archaeological site and Tomb of Agamemnon.
  • Visit Olympia Archaeological site and Museum.
  • Visit Delphi Archaeological site and Museum.
  • Visit of Meteora monasteries (2 monasteries).
  • Visit Archaeological Park of Dion.
  • Visit Saint Paul Bema at Veria town.
  • Visit Aristotle's School at Naoussa town.
  • Visit Pella new museum (Pella is the capital of Alexandros the Great).
  • Visit Thessaloniki city's main attractions & monuments.
  • Visit Thessaloniki Museum of Byzantine Culture.
  • Visit Vergina Museum and the Royal Tombs of Macedonia (King Phillip II tomb)
  • Short stop at Corinth Canal
  • Short stop at Nafplion traditional town (first capital of Greece)
  • Short stop at Thermopylae (see Leonidas monument)
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Olympia
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Delphi
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Kalambaka (Meteora area)
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Thessaloniki
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Pick up / drop off service from most of the hotels in Athens
  • VAT for all services
 
Not included:

- Your international airfare
- Personal expenses, beverages at lunch and / or dinner
- Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts
- Stayover hotel tax, to be paid directly to the hotel (cost per overnight per room: 5 star - 4 €, 4 star - 3 €, 3 star - 1,5 €)

Important notes
  • This tour include a complimentary pick-up / drop-off service from your hotel or other predefined spots in Athens and surrounding areas. Maximum duration of this service to gather tour participants is approximately 1 hour. Thus, pick-up time may vary for each guest and will be provided during the booking process.
  • Appropriate clothing is required to visit the Monasteries. Long skirts below the knees for the ladies and long trousers for the gentlemen. The monasteries, also, provide long skirts before every entrance. The ladies can choose and wear a long skirt over their clothing, during the tour, and return it, prior to their departure.
  • The tour is implemented only in English.
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