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Classical Greece 15 Days “From Philippos to Pericleus” | Historical Culture tour experience

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15 Days | 14 nights

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63 people

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Overview

Historical classical routes from king Philippos, Alexander the Great to Pericleus and Athenian Democracy !! Explore the glory of ancient Greece and delve into its rich history with this 15 day tour ,starting from the nothern Greece , Thessaloniki and ending at the capital of Democracy and Greece, Athens with... More

Historical classical routes from king Philippos, Alexander the Great to Pericleus and Athenian Democracy !!

Explore the glory of ancient Greece and delve into its rich history with this 15 day tour ,starting from the nothern Greece , Thessaloniki and ending at the capital of Democracy and Greece, Athens with visits at the main hightlights and top destinations.

You will discover and live an unique experience.

Enjoy a combination of an organised multi day tour with a small holiday in region of Peloponnese, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unraveling the wonders of Classical Greece.

Thessaloniki : the second largest city of Greece, a modern metropolis bearing the marks of its stormy history and its cosmopolitan character.
Pella :
the ancient capital of glorious Macedonia and birthplace of Alexander the Great.
Vergina:
the site of ancient Aigai,the first capital of Macedonia of kings Philip II and Alexander the Great.
Meteora :
with the breathtaking Byzantine monasteries belonging to UNESCO world Heritage.
Delphi : 
the most famous oracle of ancient Greece, regarded as the centre of the world.
Olympia :
Birthplace of Olympic Games.
Mythical Peloponnese :  homeland of Classical Greece with  top destinations and historical treasures such as : Olympia, Pylos, Nestor Palace, Kalamata, Ancient Messini, Messinian and Laconian Mani ( Kardamyli,Areopolis, Caves of Diros, Gerolimenas,Vathia,Kotronas) Gythion,Sparta, Byzantine Mystras,Monemvassia, Nafplion, Ancient Epidavros, Mycenae, Ancient Corinth, Acrocorinth, Isthmus Canal.
Athens : Capital of Greece and birthplace of Democracy.

Each day you will discover a new destination, a known or hidden sight, a traditional village or a vital city, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you.

Prices / 8 up to 14 persons

  • 2490,00 €/person for minimum 8 participants.
  • 2190,00 €/Kid age 4+ for 8 participants.

Prices / 15 up to 20 persons

  • 1750,00 €/person for minimum 15 participants.
  • 1490,00 €/Kid age 4+ for 15 participants.

Single difference for 14 nights € 560.

You can also plan your individual road trip with us, which is adapted to your wishes and needs for you and your friends / family.

The price depends on the number of participants, activity, duration and transfer.
For less or more participants please contact us in order to offer you flexible rates.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Thessaloniki : the second largest city of Greece, a modern metropolis bearing the marks of its stormy history and its cosmopolitan character.
  • Pella : the ancient capital of glorious Macedonia and birthplace of Alexander the Great.
  • Vergina: the site of ancient Aigai,the first capital of Macedonia of kings Philip II and Alexander the Great.
  • Meteora : with the breathtaking Byzantine monasteries belonging to UNESCO world Heritage.
  • Delphi :  the most famous oracle of ancient Greece, regarded as the centre of the world.
  • Olympia : Birthplace of Olympic Games.
  • Mythical Peloponnese :  homeland of Classical Greece with  top destinations and historical treasures such as : Olympia, Pylos, Nestor Palace, Kalamata, Ancient Messini, Messinian and Laconian Mani ( Kardamyli,Areopolis, Caves of Diros, Gerolimenas,Vathia,Kotronas) Gythion,Sparta, Byzantine Mystras,Monemvassia, Nafplion, Ancient Epidavros, Mycenae, Ancient Corinth, Acrocorinth, Isthmus Canal.
  • Athens : Capital of Greece and birthplace of Democracy.

Itinerary

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Summary - Program :
Summary - Program :

Duration: 15 Days / 14 Nights.
Starting Point: Thessaloniki airport.
Finishing Point: Kalamata airport or Athens airport.
Group Size: 8 up to 63 persons.
Ages: 4+ years and older (we can adjust the program for families with young children).

This tour is available all year,depending the weather conditions,national holidays and you can select your date during the booking process. We’ll then get back to you with the confirmation.

If you don’t find any dates that are suitable for you, just get in touch by phone or email and we’ll let you know if anything can be arranged. We always do our best to get the experience that suits you best.

Day 1: Arrival in Thessaloniki airport - Thessaloniki ( Historical center) Km 20.
Day 1: Arrival in Thessaloniki airport - Thessaloniki ( Historical center) Km 20.

Arrival at Thessaloniki airport ( Makedonia ),transfer to Thessaloniki historical center and your hotel,check-in,free time to explore the city. Overnight.

Overnight: In a 3 star hotel in Thessaloniki.
Total driving time: aprox. 1 hour (20 km).

Day 2: Thessaloniki ( City tour ) - Pella - Vergina - Meteora Km 270
Day 2:  Thessaloniki ( City tour )  - Pella - Vergina - Meteora Km 270

You start your day with a city tour of Thessaloniki. It has a vast history and in Byzantine times was joint capital of Byzantium together with Konstantinoupolis. It is full of monuments from the Macedonian Hellenistic period up to Byzantine times. We will visit the archaeological Museum, the White Tower, the Acropolis (Eptapyrgion), the Rotonda and the churches of Agia Sofia and Saint Dimitrios. Then we continue to Pella, the capital of the Macedonian State and birthplace of Alexander the Great. Between the 4th and the 2nd century B.C., it was the most important political, economical and administrative center of the Macedonian Kingdom. We will visit the Palace, the Agora, the Cemetery and the archaeological Museum. Then we continue to Vergina, known world wide for the excavations of the ancient Aeges- the first capital city of the Macedonians. We will visit the Palace and the Cemetery with the Macedonian tombs. One of them is believed to have belonged to King Philippos. We continue our tour to Meteora, overnight.

Overnight: In a 3 star hotel in Kalambaka.
Total driving time: aprox. 4 hours ( 270 km).

Day 3 : Meteora - Delphi Km 240.
Day 3 :  Meteora - Delphi Km 240.

After breakfast we will visit the geological miracle of the Meteora rocks. On the top of the rocks and at a height of about 400 m. are built the Byzantine monasteries. We will visit two of the most important. We continue our tour to Delphi in order to spent our night.Free time and overnight.

Overnight: In a 3 star hotel at Delphi.
Total driving time: aprox. 3,45 hours ( 240 Km).

Day 4: Delphi ( Visit site and museum ) - Bridge of Antirrion/Rion - Olympia km 250
Day 4: Delphi ( Visit site and museum ) - Bridge of Antirrion/Rion - Olympia km 250

Today we will have a visit to Delphi ( Site and museum) the wellknown ancient Greek Oracle. We will visit the archaeological site with the Temple of Apollo and the Treasures, the Spring of Kastalia, the Theater and the Stadium. Then we continue our tour to Olympia, ovenight.

Overnight: In a 3 star hotel at Olympia modern city.
Total driving time: aprox. 3,30 hours (250 Km).

Day 5: Olympia - Nestor Palace - Chora - Pylos - Kalamata Km 180.
Day 5: Olympia - Nestor Palace - Chora - Pylos -  Kalamata Km 180.

We start early in the morning with sightseeing of Olympia, the birth place of the Olympic Games and Spirit. We will visit the archaeological site with the Gymnasium, the Palaistra, the Stadium, the Temples of Hera and Zeus, the archaeological Museum and the Museum of the Olympic Games. We depart for Chora an important archaeological site with the Palace of the famous King of Pylos, the "wise Nestor". Then on to Pylos, a charming colourful little city, build like an amphitheater with many traditional buildings, charming arches and a huge square with centuries old plane trees and the castle "Niokastro". Our day ends in Kalamata,check-in and free time to explore the seaside city,overnight.

Overnight: In a 3 star hotel in Kalamata.
Total driving time: aprox. 3,30 hours (180 Km).

Day 6: Kalamata - Ancient Messini (Ithomi) - Andromonastiro - Mavromati - Kalamata Km 80
Day 6: Kalamata - Ancient Messini (Ithomi) - Andromonastiro - Mavromati - Kalamata Km 80

Our visit today is the ancient Messini (Ithomi), the most important ancient city in the area. The city was protected by a circuit wall, which was considered one of the finest examples of military architecture of the 3rd and 4th century B.C. Excavations have unearthed a fine theatre, a stadium, the Agora, the cemetary as well as many fascinating objects and works of art.After visiting the site and the museum free time for a snak or coffee to the traditional mountain village of Mavromati.Our last visit the historical monastery Andromonastiro.A stone's throw from the archaeological site of Ancient Messini (5 km. SE), in a secluded, wooded ravine near the village of Petralona lies the Monastery of the Transfiguration, also known as "Andromonastiro". This is undoubtedly the most important monastery complex in Messinia, which impresses the visitor from the first moment. It is, after all, and one of the best preserved monasteries in Greece. Since 2011 there has been ongoing restoration work of the Monastery by the 26th Committee of Byzantine Antiquities. Return to Kalamata, free time.Overnight.

Overnight: In a 3 star hotel at Kalamata.
Total driving time: aprox. 2 hours ( 80 Km).

Day 7: Kalamata ( Free day for relax and Holiday )
Day 7: Kalamata ( Free day for relax and Holiday )

Kalimera !!
It is time for relax and feel free to spend your time as you wish at your hotel or appartment in one of the most beautifull holiday resorts of Greece,Kalamata.

A lot of options for other creative activities and tours in our site.

Overnight: In a 3 star hotel in Kalamata.

Day 8 : Kalamata ( Free day for relax and Holiday )
Day 8 : Kalamata ( Free day for relax and Holiday )

Kalimera !!
It is time for relax and feel free to spend your time as you wish at your hotel or appartment in one of the most beautifull holiday resorts of Greece.

A lot of options for other creative activities and tours in our site.

Overnight: In a 3 star hotel in Kalamata.

Day 9 : Kalamata - Taygetos mountain - Byzantine ruined city of Mystras - Museum of Olive Tree - Sparta - Motorway - Kalamata Km 170.
Day 9 : Kalamata - Taygetos mountain - Byzantine ruined city of Mystras - Museum of Olive Tree - Sparta -  Motorway -  Kalamata Km 170.

Morning departure from your hotel for an astonishing day trip through Taygetos Mountain, the Switzerland of Greece, as they call it. A sort stop for a coffee/rest. Continue the excursion to Mystras. The place where the last Byzantine Emperor was crowned. Enjoy the guiding and the fantastic view to the Spartan Valley. Departure and visit the Museum of Elia (Olive) in the town of Sparti.Free time for relax and explore to the modern city of Sparta. Afterwards return through the new motorway to our hotel in Kalamata. Overnight.

Overnight: In a 3 star hotel in Kalamata.
Total driving time: aprox. 3,15 hours ( 170 Km).

Day 10 : Kalamata - Messinian and Laconian Mani ( Kardamyli - Areopolis - Caves of Diros -Mezapos Bay - Gerolimenas - Vathia - Kotronas) - Gythio Km 200.
Day 10 : Kalamata - Messinian and Laconian Mani ( Kardamyli - Areopolis - Caves of Diros -Mezapos Bay - Gerolimenas - Vathia - Kotronas) - Gythio Km 200.

We depart to explore the Messinian and Laconian Mani. A barren land, with rocks, stones, walls and prickly pears trees naked hill sides, bays and coves. Travelling to Kardamili and to Areopolis we will meet beautiful villages with churches and belltowers, shiny rocks, fabulous caves and remains of medieval castles. Our first stop is Diros Caves with many splendid colours. Stalagtites and Stalagmites form figures in a tight embrace. Then comes the Mezapos bay, dotted with ruined towers and above them the ruined castle of Mani, Maϊna. Then we do a circuit of the figure driving to Gerolimenas, Vathia and Kotronas. Towers everywhere. Nothing but stones, prickly pears, a few gnaried olive trees and stone houses. Colourful fishing boats are tied up alongside beautiful small natural piers. Your day ends in Gythio,a picturesque seaside city,overnight.

Overnight: In a 3 star at the seaside city of Gythion.
Total driving time: aprox. 4,30 hours (Km 200).

Day 11 : Gythion - Monemvasia - Nafplion Km 280.
Day 11 : Gythion - Monemvasia - Nafplion Km 280.

Departure for Monemvasia-a former Byzantine and Venetian fortress state. Time stopped here in the Middle Ages. Castles and old mansions, little houses, narrow lanes paved with stone slabs, churches with crumbling facades, old low archways etc. Every little detail calls up memories of Byzantium and the Venetians.Then we continue to Nafplion, the most traditional well preserved historical city of Greece with many neoclassical mainsons,check-in,free time to explore the city with the narrow streets,overnight.

Overnight:In a 3 star hotel in Nafplion.
Total driving time: aprox. 4,15 hours (Km 280).

Day 12 : Nafplion - Ancient Epidaurus - Mycenae - Nafplion Km 90.
Day 12 : Nafplion - Ancient Epidaurus - Mycenae - Nafplion Km 90.

Our next visit is Epidaurus. We will visit the Theater, the best preserved of ancient Greece with the 12.000 seats and the perfect acoustic, the Asklipion and the temples of Artemis and Themis. Then we continue to Mycenae, the state - city of Agamemnon. Passing through the Lions Gate you will visit the Acropolis, with the 6 Royal tombs and of course outside the walls, the Treasure of Atrens. Return to our hotel in Nafplion.Free to time to the picturesque old city of Nafplion.Overnight.

Overnight: In a 3star hotel at Nafplion.
Total driving time: aprox. 1,30 hours (Km 90).

Day 13 : Nafplion - Ancient Corinth - Acrokorinthos - Korinthos modern city - Isthmus canal - Athens Km 150.
Day 13 : Nafplion - Ancient Corinth - Acrokorinthos - Korinthos modern city - Isthmus canal -  Athens Km 150.

Today we will visit one of the most impressive cities of antiquity, Ancient Corinth, whose ruins are spread out at the foot of the huge Akrocorinth. The monuments are mainly Roman, a few are Greek. You will see the Long Walls, the Agora, the Temple of Apollo and the impressing Akrocorinth. Our day ends in Athens,check-in and free time for exploring the city. overnight.

Overnight: In a 3star hotel in Athens.
Total driving time: aprox. 2,15 hours (Km 150).

Day 14 : Athens ( city tour ) - free time. Km 20.
Day 14 : Athens ( city tour ) - free time. Km 20.

Morning city tour. We will visit the Acropolis,Museum of Acropolis, the panoramic tour to the Parliament, the Olympian Zeus Temple and Monastiraki Flea Market. The afternoon is spent at your leisure. In the evening you may visit (optional) a Greek taverna at Plaka to taste Greek specialities and local wines and to participate to a live folklore performance. Last day in Greece and especially in Athens ....Don't miss the chance for night fun !!

Overnight: In a 3 star Hotel in Athens.
Total driving time: aprox. 2 hours (Km 20).

Day 15 : Athens center ( Your Hotel ) - Athens airport ( Eleftheris Venizelos ) Flight back home !!
Day 15 : Athens center ( Your Hotel ) - Athens airport ( Eleftheris Venizelos ) Flight back home !!

You will leave the hotel** and transfer at the airport in order to take your flight to get home ..

** Depending your flight departure you have the chance of free time for last shopping in Athens.

Total driving time: aprox. 1 hour (Km 35).

Suggested equipment taking with you:
Suggested equipment taking with you:

Shoes suitable for walking.Second pair is optional.
Suitable clothing depending on weather conditions and season (change of clothes) for 15 days.
Sunscreen (sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses).
your medications and medical treatment.
Βαckpack for daily use.
Swimsuit and towel.
Enthusiasm and good mood.

Meeting points and departure time :
Meeting points and departure time :

Duration: 15 Days / 14 Nights.
Starting Point: Thessaloniki Makedonia airport (SKG). Meeting time according to your arrival time.
Finishing Point: Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos airport.
Group Size: 8 up to 63 persons
Ages: 4+ years and older (we can adjust the program for families with young children).

Entry requirements :
Entry requirements :

Basic physical condition.No touring experience required.

If you have any food ingredient allergy or allergy on other natural sources like eg bees, please let us know.

Children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Level of difficulty / Characteristics :
Level of difficulty / Characteristics :

Participants should feel comfortable in walking and able to walk in order to access the sights mentioned in our package.

This tour has a lot of routes using minivan, minibus or big bus transfers and clients must feel comfortable to travel by these kinds of vehicles. All kind of vehicles are brand new , late models and equipped with luxury and quality.Our drivers are our best asset as they are proffesionals with a lot of years experience in road trips and travels generally.

Preparing For Your Trip :
Preparing For Your Trip :

Before you travel, we encourage you to learn about the region you'll explore while on a tour. From local weather conditions to information on geography, local history and culture, all are essential in order to make the most out of your tour, while minimizing the possibility to face unexpected, unpleasant circumstances.

Weather Information :
Weather Information :

Greece in general has warm and humid summers lasting from May till October. In May and October weather can be less predictable with some rain and chilly temperatures being possible especially in the Greek mainland.Greek summers are generally hot, with temperatures rarely getting lower than 25 degrees Celsius in most of our destinations, while temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius during the
day are not unheard of in July and August. In the open sea, weather can be tough to predict all year round, but in the summer the seas are generally calm and ideal for sailing. Generally, cool temperatures and occasional rainfalls occur especially at night, especially in the mountains, a fact that you have to take into account when packing for your adventure.

Packing for your tour :
Packing for your tour :

Being as light as possible is always important on an Multi-Day tour.Our travelers are expected to bring with them a normal suitcase as well as a daypack for personal items and valuables.

Travel documents: Passport, visa if required, valid travel/activity insurance.
Personal health care items: personal medication, sunscreen, insect repellent, travel sickness tablets,
sunglasses, insect bite gel.

Clothing/walking/swimming gear: fleece/soft-shell jacket, waterproof and windproof jacket, sun hat,long trousers (wearing shorts is not permitted in monasteries and churches), shorts, swimming costume, extra towels for swimming, t-shirts, hooded tops, trainers/walking shoes, waterproof hiking shoes/boots, personal mattress,umbrella or raincoat.

Cancellation Policy :
Cancellation Policy :

Cancellation received more than 30 calendar days before the tour , full refund.
Cancellation between 29 to 15 calendar days will incur a penalty of 50%.
Cancellation between 14 to 6 calendar days will incur a penalty of 70%.
Cancellation received within 5 calendar days will incur a penalty of 100% per person.

Pls kindly read our CANCELLATION POLICY where you can find at our COMPANY details at the bottom of our home page.

Covid19 special information :
Covid19 special information :

All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned.

Social distancing is maintained in vehicles up to 65% of the total capacity per vehicle ( taxi-minivan-minibus-bus).

The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds.

Masks are required, please bring your own..

Included/Excluded

  • Transfers with late model vehicle for the entire road trip.
  • Fourteen (14) nights - One(1) in Thessaloniki, one (1) in Meteora, one(1) in Delphi, one(1) in Olympia,five(5) in Kalamata,one(1) in Gythio, two(2) in Nafplio,two(2) in Athens in 3 stars hotels sharing double/twin room or single room with all facilities.
  • Buffet breakfast.
  • English speaking escort for whole tour.
  • English speaking guide for main sites ( Option for any other requested language depending the availability of the guides).
  • Tolls in motorways and parking fees.
  • All taxes (including VAT).
  • Liability Insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned above.
  • Entrance fees to any archeaological site and museum.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Personal Insurance.
  • Any kind of food and beverage.
  • Tips and Portages (Optional).

Tour's Location

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