Classical Antiquity Full Immersion Tour

Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora in Four Days

Engulf yourself in ancient wonder and discover five of the most prominently featured sites on the World Heritage list.

  • Duration

    4 Days

  • Location

    Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, Greece

  • Adults (T Class)

    535.00 €

  • Children (T Class)

    267.50 €

  • Single Supplement

    84 €

From: 535.00 €

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1st DAY: Heading out early in the morning, we will make our way to the Corinth Canal, an engineering wonder first conceived back in 602 BC, separating the mainland from the Peloponnesian Peninsula. From the Tyrant Periander to the Roman Emperor Nero, many had attempted this feat before its final completion in 1893. There, you will have a chance to stretch your legs before we hop on back on the air-conditioned bus and continue our journey to Epidaurus. Within the archaeological site of the Sanctuary of Asklepios, son of Apollo and pupil to the centaur Chiron, we will visit the world celebrated Theater of Epidaurus. Located on the southeast end of the sanctuary, it represents the finest and best-preserved example of a classical Greek theatre. Even by today’s standards, this monument stands out as a unique artistic achievement through its splendid integration into the landscape and incomparable acoustics.

As we get back on our way, you will have a chance for a short stop in the famous city of Nauplia, the often besieged stronghold that served as state capital prior to 1834. Travelling through the plain of Argos, we will reach the kingdom of the mythical Agamemnon, Mycenae “Rich in Gold”. Having inspired poets and writers through the ages, including Homer, this major center of Greek civilization is a must-see venue. We will visit the Tomb of Agamemnon, by far the best preserved of “tholos” tombs in the vicinity of the archeological site. The afternoon will find us travelling through the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis, as we head for our first day’s final destination, the birth place and cradle of the Olympic Games, Olympia. There, we will rest our heads for the night in the home city of the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece.

2nd DAY: Our day will start with a walk through ancient history as we take in the archeological site, paying our tribute to the Temple of the king of gods, Zeus, and the Temple of Hera within the “temenos” (sacred enclosure).  It is difficult not to get goose bumps approaching the altar of the Olympic flame, where the symbol of life, rationalism and freedom as well as inventiveness, the ageless flame used to burn.  We would be amiss not to visit the Stadium where the High Priestess, heading a procession of priestesses, lights the Olympic torch, starting the relay of the flame which travels to many places and becomes the connecting bond among people, sending a message of hope.

Leaving behind us the archaeological Museum of Olympia, we will get back on the road to Rion. Passing through Patras, Greece’s Gate to the West, we will catch our breath as we reach the “state of the art” award-winning suspended bridge connecting to Antirion. Spanning a 3 km-wide straight across the Gulf of Corinth, the bridge is considered to have the longest continuous, cable-stayed, fully suspended deck in the world. As we drive by the city of Nafpaktos, where, according to legend, the Heraclidae built a fleet to invade the Peloponnese, we will follow the scenic coastal road to the omphalos or “navel of the earth”, according to Ancient Greeks, Delphi. That is where the paths of the two eagles Zeus had launched from the two ends of the world crossed. As the afternoon settles in, fill your lungs with the fresh clean air of the picturesque mountain village of Arachova. Spending the night in Delphi, famed as the seat of Pythia, let’s keep our fingers crossed for a dream visit by the ancient all-wise oracle.

3rd DAY: Starting our day with a stroll on the grounds once tread by Apollo’s mystifying oracle, we will visit the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. The museum, considered as one of the most important in Greece, reflects the religious, political and artistic activities from the sanctuary’s early years in the eighth century BC to its decline in Late Antiquity. We will then make our way to Kalambaka, passing by Lamia where we will take a short break to stretch and continue our exploration of Classical Greece. Kalambaka, sitting at the foot of the majestic Meteora rock formation, is crowned by the world famous Meteora monasteries, one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries. A wonderful and picturesque location for our overnight stay, it represents a destination sought by countless spiritual travelers from around the globe.

4th DAY: Although in the past, the great height of Meteora, combined with the sheerness of the cliff walls, kept away all but the most determined visitors, we will make our way for a close-up look as we visit two Byzantine Monasteries. Thankfully, there is no longer a need for long ladders lashed together or large nets used to haul up both goods and people, requiring quite a leap of faith. As we leave the magnificent Meteora behind us on the fourth day, let us not overlook the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BCE, which has long been the topic of cultural motivation, as it is perhaps the most famous military last stand of all time. The monument of the Great Leonidas, king of Sparta, in Thermopylae, will grace our path on our way back to Athens in the late afternoon.

Highlights

  • Corinth canal with its amazing views
  • Mycenae Archaeological Site
  • Epidaurus Archeological Site – Asklepios Sanctuary
  • Ancient theater of Epidaurus with its incomparable acoustics
  • Olympia Archaeological Site- birth place of the Olympic Games
  • Olympia Archeological Museum
  • Rion-Antirrion bridge, a feat of engineering
  • Castalia Spring – regarded by Roman poets as a source of poetic inspiration
  • Delphi Archeological Site – Navel of the World
  • Delphi Archeological Museum
  • Huge Meteora rock pillars – a mystery studied for many years by geologists and their awe-inspiring views
  • Meteora Byzantine monasteries, an achievement of unyielding faith

Inclusions

  • Pick up and Drop off Service from centrally located hotel in Athens
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned bus with free wifi connection
  • Services of Professional licensed guide
  • Admission / Entrance fees
  • Breakfast and dinner at the hotel
  • Hotel accommodation based on your choice (A class / T class)

Not included

  • Hotel accommodation tax
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks and beverages
  • Lunch

Good to know

  • The tour may be operated by a multi-lingual guide.
  • All the mentioned prices are per person on twin sharing basis. In case of one traveler the single supplement option has to be chosen.
  • If you do not require the hotel pick-up service, please check in 15 minutes prior to the tour starting time

Tips by a local

When entering the Meteora monasteries, appropriate attire is required as per the monastic and humble way of life atop these grounds of religious faith. It is required for ladies not to sport short skirts nor sleeveless tops as it is also required by the gentlemen not to wear shorts. Although the option for borrowing cover-up garments is foreseen at the monastery entrances, we recommend that you take the above into consideration.

The usual itinerary includes visits to the Great Meteoro Monastey and the St. Stefanos one, although on Tuesdays we visit the Varlaam monastery instead of the Great Meteoro one. Of course, let’s not leave our accommodations without sunscreen as it is better to be safe than sorry when you are vacationing in or visiting our warm and sunny country.