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Treasures of Ancient Greece (Grand Tourer)

Holiday Highlights

  • Ancient site of Delphi
  • Guided tour of Athens
  • Olympia - birthplace of the Olympics
  • Three days relaxation at the beach resort of Tolo
  • 4* standard mainstay accommodation

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Holiday details

What is Included?

  • 15 nights room & breakfast
  • 12 evening meals
  • Fascinating touring itinerary spanning 10 cities and resorts across France, Italy & Greece
  • 4 included and 4 optional excursions
  • Travel by Luxury Grand Tourer Coach Including: Superior comfort and stylish interiors; modern coach in superb gold livery; extra leg room, adjustable footrests and seatbacks; climate control; audio-visual entertainment; enhanced vision due to higher seating and tinted panoramic windows; on-board refreshments (charge payable

Discover the captivating archaeological sites and ancient treasures of Greece on our magnificent new tour. Enjoy a wealth of sightseeing in the company of our tour guide and expert local guides - before relaxing into a lovely beach stay at the traditional seaside resort of Tolo.

Grand Tourer Highlights


Delphi
Nestling beneath the vast slopes of Mount Parnassus, our local guide reveals the treasures of this sacred site, believed by the Ancient Greeks to be the centre of the earth.

Olympia
Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, is one of the most significant sites of Ancient Greece. Discover this treasure trove of archaeological delights in the company of our guide. Highlights include the magnificent Temple of Zeus, the largest Doric temple in the Peloponnese, and the Temple of Hera, where the modern day Olympic torch is still lit before each Games.

Your Grand Tourer Hotels


Take a look at some of the lovely hotels that await you on our captivating tour through Greece.

Divani Palace, Athens
This contemporary hotel boasts views of the Acropolis from the terrace and is ideally situated for exploring the sights of Athens.

King Minos, Tolo
From a vantage point on the hillside above the resort, the King Minos hotel enjoys stunning panoramic views over the bay of Tolo. The hotel's facilities include a relaxing outdoor swimming pool.

Europa Hotel, Olympia
Built on the top of Drouvas Hill in Ancient Olympia, the Europa Hotel offers a high standard of accommodation and good facilities.

Optional Excursions

Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
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Epidaurus
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National Archaeological Museum, Athens
 
Cruise to Saronic Islands
 

Holiday Details

Day 1: UK to Reims
Relax on your Grand Tourer coach as we cross to Calais then head to Reims for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Reims to Northern Italy
Enjoy the changing panorama of the Italian countryside, as we head to Northern Italy and overnight at the 4* Hotel Albavilla. (B,D)
Day 3: Overnight ferry Ancona to Igoumenitsa
We cross Italy to the port of Ancona, where we embark the overnight ferry to Igoumenitsa in Greece. (B)
Day 4: Igoumenitsa to Kalambaka
On arrival in Igoumenitsa, we continue to Kalambaka and overnight at the 4* Divani Meteora Hotel. (B,D)
Day 5: Kalambaka to Delphi
We head south this morning, across the central Greek plateau to historic Delphi. Here, beneath the vast slopes of Mount Parnassus, our local tour guide reveals this sacred site, believed by the Ancient Greeks to be the centre of the earth. This evening, we arrive in the Greek capital in time for dinner and a three night stay at the 4* Divani Acropolis Hotel. (B,D)
Day 6: Athens
Today, discover Athens at leisure from our centrally-located hotel, or join our optional morning excursion to the fascinating National Archaeological Museum. Our afternoon optional excursion is to the stunning Temple of Poseidon, dominating the cliffs above the sparkling Aegean at Cape Sounion. Alternatively, an optional full day cruise visits the delightful Saronic Islands of Poros, Hydra and Aegina. (B,D)
Day 7: Athens
Full day included excursion in Athens; enjoy modern Constitution Square and the Presidential Palace before we see the ancient sites in the company of our local guide: the temples of Zeus and Athena; Hadrian’s Arch; the iconic Parthenon; the hill-top Acropolis; and the New Acropolis Museum. (B,D)
Day 8: Athens to Tolo
This morning we head to Epidaurus via the remarkable Corinth Canal. At Epidaurus, our tour manager helps us appreciate the full significance of this remarkable 4th century BC amphitheatre, famed for its astonishing acoustics and considered one of the most significant sites in Ancient Greece. We continue through the Peloponnese to the sophisticated town of Nafplion, nestling beneath the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi fortress and one of the Greek mainland’s most beautiful towns. Later we reach the delightful resort of Tolo on the Peloponnese peninsula, and a relaxing three night stay at the 4* standard King Minos Hotel. (B,D)
Day 9: Tolo
Relax at leisure in Tolo. Alternatively, take our optional excursion to the Nemea region, famous for its wine production, where we enjoy a wine tasting session. (B,D)
Day 10: Tolo
Relax at leisure in Tolo. Enjoy the fine sandy beach, stroll along the promenade or explore in the narrow streets and Venetian squares of this charming resort. (B,D)
Day 11: Tolo to Olympia
We leave Tolo for a full day at ancient Olympia, home of the first Olympic games, in the company of our local guide. We also take time to visit the Temple of Apollo at Bassae, to the south of Olympia. Overnight, we enjoy a stay at the 4* Europa Hotel. (B,D)
Day 12: Olympia
Enjoy free time in Olympia today, built on the banks of the river Penios. (B,D)
Day 13: Overnight ferry Patras to Ancona
Passing the city of Patras, where St. Andrew was crucified, we drive across the spectacular new bridge that spans the Gulf before embarking the ferry to Ancona. (B)
Day 14: Ancona to Verona
On arrival in Italy, we make our way to the magical city, and on to our overnight stay situated on the outskirts of Verona at the 4* Hotel Saccardi Quadrante Europa. (B,D)
Day 15: Verona to Northern France
We pass through Switzerland into France for dinner and our final overnight. (B,D)
Day 15: Verona to St Dizier
Today we head to the French coast, enjoy our voyage across to Dover from Calais, and then home. (B)

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