Greece is a country full of myths, traditions, history and a vibrant culture. By choosing the classic tour of Greece, get ready to get to know this magical place and be enchanted by its unique natural beauty and its rich historical heritage.
Our tour starts at the Corinth Canal, giving you the opportunity to admire this stunning construction project that unites Central Greece with the Peloponnese. We hop on the bus and head to the ancient theater of Epidaurus, one of the most important monuments of our country and famous for both its special architecture and its remarkable acoustics. We continue to the seaside picturesque Nafplio. We make a short stop to admire the first capital of modern Greece with the paved streets and the Venetian castles. We hop on the bus and head to “Golden” Mycenae, as reported by Homer. There you will admire the vaulted tombs of the famous Trojan war kings, the Lions’ Gate, the royal palace and other archaeological findings that constitute one of the most important and ancient civilizations that flourished in Greece. Having taken a strong taste of the historical region of Argolis, we continue our trip through the Central Peloponnese and the cities of Tripoli and Megalopoli to get to the place of the ancient Olympic Games, beautiful Olympia, where we will have dinner and stay overnight.
After recharging our batteries, we start our tour at the place where the Olympic Games, the most important games of ancient Greece, were born. We will visit the archaeological site of Olympia, with the Sanctuary of Zeus, the ancient stadium and the archaeological museum, where you will admire important findings from excavations that date from the prehistoric to the early Christian times. We hop on the bus and continue our trip passing through the fields of the regions of Ilia and Achaia, all the way to the impressive Rio-Antirio Bridge, which goes across the Corinthian Gulf. Passing by the picturesque cities of Nafpaktos and Itea, we arrive at Delphi where we will have dinner and stay overnight.
On the 3rd day we will visit the museum and the archaeological site of the famous village of Delphi. Delphi, in ancient times, was considered the center of the world, that’s why thousands of people visit it every year. There used to stand the temple of Apollo, where Pythia gave the most famous oracles. Then we head to the beautiful city of Kalambaka, which is built at the roots of the Meteora rocks. You will enjoy your walk through the city with the magnificent view of Meteora to accompany you everywhere.
On the 4th day it’s time to visit the imposing village of Meteora. You will be in awe of the towering dark rocks, on which many monasteries are built, that constitute the second largest monastic unit in Greece. The access to them is tricky, as it is through narrow paths on the carved rocks or bridges hanging over the void. We will visit a monastery, where you can admire exquisite examples of Byzantine art. We hop on the bus and continue our journey, passing through the valleys of Thessaly and the Tempi Valley. During our trip we will admire the glorious form of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and the home of the 12 Gods of the Greek Mythology. We arrive in Thessaloniki where we will have dinner and stay overnight.
On the 5th day we will get to know the gorgeous co-capital of Greece, the port city of the north, Thessaloniki. We will visit unique monuments such as the White Tower, this impressive monument of Thessaloniki, which rises at the beach. The historical face of Thessaloniki is mainly associated with its Byzantine life. We will walk in the narrow streets of the Upper Town to admire its sights and mainly the castles and the important Byzantine and religious monuments, as well as the award-winning Museum of Byzantine Culture. Then you will have some free time to enjoy the lively center of this beautiful city. We will have dinner and stay overnight.
On the 6th day we are rested, after having our breakfast and charging our batteries, and we continue towards central, historic Macedonia. Our first stop is the gifted capital of the Prefecture of Pella, Edessa, where we will be enchanted by its famous waterfalls, as well as the numerous channels that cross it. Then we will depart for Naoussa, an area of exceptional beauty and importance. The school of our great philosopher Aristotle is there, as well as the picturesque place where he taught “the doctrine of ethics and politics” to Alexander the Great and the Macedonian youth. You will see the amazing findings from the tomb of King Philip II, Alexander’s father, and feel the thrill of the greatest discovery of the 20th century. We continue at the foot of Vermio, with firs, chestnuts, beeches, pines and holm-trees, where Veria spreads. Our last stop is to visit the route of Paul the Apostle and walk through the traditional Jewish and Christian quarters, which have survived to this day since the middle of the 19th century. Finally we return to Thessaloniki, where we will have dinner and stay overnight.
On the seventh and last day we head for Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great and the capital of the Macedonian kingdom from the beginning of the 4th century B.C. There we will visit the archaeological site and the famous mosaics, which illustrated the floors of the “House of Dionysos” and the “House of the abduction of Helen”, and the holy city of the Macedonians at the foot of Mount Olympus. After this tour we head south, going through Thessaly, we will cross Lamia, Thermopylae (we will see the famous monument of Leonidas) and Thiva and our adventure will come to an end late in the afternoon in Athens.
Duration: 7 full days
Includes: Bus Service, Guide, Entrances, Hotels, Breakfast, Lunch
Departs from Loutraki