Grand Tour of Greece 2015

6 nights-7 days
Departure Dates Apr 23, May 14, May 28, Jun 11, Jun 25, Jul 23, Sep 10, Sep 24, Oct 1, 2015

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Corinth Canal - Nafplion - Mycenae - Olympia-Delphi - Kalambaka- Meteora - Archeological Park of Dion - Thessaloniki - Kastoria - Edessa - Pella - Vergina - Lamia - Thermopylae - Thebes - Athens

1st day: Corinth Canal - Nafplion - Mycenae - Olympia
Depart Athens at 8:45 a.m. on the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidaurus, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then proceed to the town of Nafplion for a short visit. Drive on to Mycenae and visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Dinner and overnight in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games.

2nd day: Olympia - Delphi
In the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum of Olympia. Then drive on through the plains of Eliad and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque towns of Nafpaktos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi. Dinner and overnight in Delphi.

3rd day: Delphi - Kalambaka
In the morning visit the Archaeological Site and the Museum of Delphi. After lunch depart for Kalambaka, a small town stated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.

4th day:  Meteora - Mount Olympos - Thessaloniki
Visit Meteora, among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid- air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Depart from Kalambaka, drive through the plain of Thessaly and the valley of Tempi and the Valley of Templi. Admire also the gigantic figure of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and the the legendary home of ancient Greek Gods. Depart for Thessaloniki, the second largest and the most vibrant city in Greece. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

5th day:  Thessaloniki 
Visit Thessaloniki and feel the glorious Byzantine past in some of the most characteristic churches of the Christian world as well as in the Museum of Byzantine Culture. In ancient Byzantine times it was the second most populous and prestigious city in all of the empire surpassed only by Constantinople. Afternoon at leisure to stroll around the lively seafront or other private activities. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

6th day: Kastoria - Naoussa - Vergina - Thessaloniki
Depart in the morning for the Macedonian hinterland. First stop at picturesque Edessa where we see the town’s famous
landmark, the Waterfalls. Then proceed to Naoussa, to a site of exceptional beauty and importance due to Aristotle’s School, a the picturesque site where the great philosopher taught ‘the doctrines of morals and politics’ to Alexander the Great and other Macedonian young men. Continue to Vergina (ancient Aigai) to visit the unique Museum, created inside the Great Tumulus (burial hill) covering the royal tombs of Macedonia. See the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Phillip II, Alexander the Great’s father, and Alexander's son. In only a few miles away we stop at Veria (Biblical Beroea) to visit Saint Paul’s Bema, and then stroll through the old Jewish neighborhood and the colorful market area. A walk in a city where past is present and around. Return to Thessaloniki. (Dinner and overnight)

7th day: Thessaloniki - Pella -Dion- Thermopylae - Thebes - Athens
Drive to Pella, capital city of Alexander the Great. See the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th century B.C. villas and the new Museum. Then proceed and visit the Archaeological Park of Dion (sacred city of the Macedonians, at the foot of mountain Olympos). After the visit we shall start driving south and through Thessaly, Lamia, Thermopylae (see the Leonidas’ Monument) and Thebes, arrive in Athens late in the afternoon. Extra days and sightseeing in Athens, check out the Athens short city vacation page.

Price in Euros 2015 : ($ rate varies depending the exchange):
935 per person based on double and triple accommodation on half board basis.
Single Supplement: Euro 210
Children up to 3 years are free (no bed or seat is occupied)
Children 4-12 (sharing with 2 adults) : Euro 615

Rate Includes:
* First class accommodation(4star hotels) for 6 nights
* Breakfast and dinner daily (half board), except first day only dinner and last day only breakfast included 
* Professional English speaking guide and escort services
* Sightseeing as specified
* Transportation throughout
* Entrance fees
* Pick up from most hotels in Athens
* Taxes and Service charges

INCLUDES:
*Overnight accommodation(in Thesaloniki sleep in Mediteranean
Palace)
*Meals as per itinerary (Breakfast, & Dinner)
*Professional guide-Guiding in English Language Only
*Entrance fees
*Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach
*Pick-up service from most of hotels in Athens
*All taxes
EXCLUDES:
*Gratuities (optional)
*Drinks and beverages

*US$ rate varies depending the exchange rate