Athens, Olympia and the Corinth Coast
Discover the highlights of Greece's capital, Athens, including the iconic Acropolis, and cross the famous Corinth Canal. You'll also visit Olympia, where the Olympic Games were first played in 776 BC, and explore ancient Delphi for a further fascinating glimpse into the past.
- Just You Tour Manager as your host
- 7 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels
- 11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
- Specialist Local Guide
- Welcome drink & farewell get-together
- Overseas transfers on arrival & other transportation
- Audio Guide
- Explore the Greek capital, Athens
- Visit Mycenae, Epidaurus & Nafplio
- Explore Olympia, site of the original Olympic Games
- Visit the Monastery in the mountain village of Trikorfo & cruise to Trizonia island
- Visit the sacred site of Delphi & the village of Arachova
- Cape Sounion & the Temple of Poseidon visit
- The Diakofto-Kalavryta Railway
Make your own way to Athens, where we'll meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. You'll meet your travelling companions over a drink and dinner this evening.
The Greek capital, Athens, is a totally unique city packed full of unforgettable sights. We'll take in all the main highlights today, including the site of the first modern Olympics, the Panathenaic Stadium, which was reconstructed from the remains of an ancient Greek stadium. The Old Parliament building, originally built as a royal palace for King Otto, now houses the National Historical Museum, while the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier lies in the square in front of the building. We'll see both before we visit the city's crowning glory, the Acropolis, which stands high on a rocky outcrop.
The magnificent citadel is surrounded by important monuments including the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, and we'll also view archaeological findings from the site at the Acropolis Museum.
This afternoon, there's time to explore at your leisure. Alternatively, why not visit Cape Sounion on an optional excursion. Here we'll see the Temple of Poseidon, a beautiful ruin which was built in the style of the Parthenon. Perched on a headland, it offers beautiful views over the Aegean Sea.
We hit the road this morning as we drive to the Peloponnese to explore the Argolic plain. Our journey takes us across the bridge that spans the famous Corinth Canal. We'll stop here to take in the views of this narrow, steep-sided passage which connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf. Our journey then continues to the ancient city of Epidaurus. Once a celebrated healing centre dedicated to the god Asklepios, here we'll see the immense Theatre of Epidaurus, the best-preserved in Greece, which could accommodate up to 14,000 spectators in its day. Next stop is Nafplio, a pretty seaport town dominated by the Castle of Palamidi. During free time here take a stroll through the medieval Old Town to see well-preserved neoclassical mansions, or walk along the seafront promenade. There's time for a spot of lunch too if you wish, before we head to the ruins of Mycenae, a kingdom that was the most powerful in Greece for 400 years. This fortified palace complex was discovered in 1874, and on our tour we'll see the magnificent Lion Gate, the royal cemetery known as Grave Circle A, the Royal Palace, which is located at the acropolis summit, and the Secret Stairway. This flight of 99 steps drops to a cistern deep beneath the citadel. We'll also visit the Treasury of Atreus, the most outstanding of the tholos, or beehive, tombs. En route to our next base, Nafpaktos, we'll cross the impressive Rio-Antirio Bridge – the world's longest cable-stayed bridge – as we drive along the northern coast of the Peloponnese.
Today we'll make our way to the mountain village of Trikorfo, where we'll visit a relatively new monastery, built in 1991 and home to 16 nuns. We'll also head to the small seaside village of Glifada, where we'll board a traditional boat for a short cruise to Trizonia, the only inhabited island of the Corinthian Gulf. With no cars and many peaceful beaches, this pretty fishing village is a great place to enjoy a late lunch in one of the local tavernas.
There's a great morning ahead as an included tour takes us to Olympia, the site of the original Olympic Games in 776 BC. Set on the banks of the River Alfios, this ancient city is ours to explore as we take in the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra, where Greek athletes practised wrestling, and the workshop of Phidias, a Greek sculptor, painter and architect. The Olympia Archaeological Museum is also well worth a visit, and we'll do just that before we head back to the hotel.
You can spend today at leisure, or join an optional excursion which takes you on a journey on the Diakofto-Kalavryta Railway. As we ride on a traditional cog train, we'll pass through a gorge and several natural tunnels, taking in stunning views of towering mountains, flowing water and the surrounding countryside. We'll have time to explore Kalavryta, a lovely town on the bank of the river Vouraikos, before we drive to the monastery of Mega Spileo. Built on the steep slopes of a rocky hill, we'll step inside to admire wonderful frescoes and mosaic floors.
This morning, we'll leave Nafpaktos behind and journey by road to Delphi. One of the most sacred sites in Greece, this was an important religious sanctuary and said to be the place where heaven and earth meet. We will admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, where pilgrims would come to leave offerings to the gods, and the Treasury of the Athenians, where the offerings were stored. We'll also visit the museum of Delphi.
As we drive back to Athens we'll stop to stretch our legs in the picturesque village of Arachova, which nestles at the foot of Mount Parnassos.
This evening, after we've checked into our hotel in Athens, we'll gather together and take the metro to Plaka, the city's Old Town, for a farewell dinner in a restaurant here.
At the end of your tour, you can join your fellow travellers on a transfer to the airport or choose to make your own arrangements.
Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your vacation before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.
By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.
Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change. The full range of excursions will be detailed in your vacation information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.
Greece - Cape Sounion and the temple of Poseidon
A chance for you to visit one of the worlds most breathtaking views. Take a drive along the coastal road of Attica where you can witness the Temple of Poseidon. Dating back to the 5th century, the dazzling white columns of the temple have been a vital landmark to passing ships for centuries.
Half day - Moderate Walking - Not to be missed!
Greece - The Diakofto-Kalavryta Railway
The Diakofto-Kalavryta Railway uses a traditional ‘cog’ train. Why not join our optional excursion today and step aboard for a truly unique experience. During our ride, we’ll take in stunning views of towering mountains, flowing water and the surrounding countryside as we pass through a gorge and several natural tunnels. We’ll have time to explore Kalavryta, a lovely town on the bank of the river Vouraikos, before we drive to the monastery of Mega Spileo, which was built inside a cave.
Full Day – Moderate Walking – Unique Experience
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Dates and Prices
Make Your Own Way
Monday 02 Sep 2019