Holiday Itinerary - Classical Greece

Day 1: Athens, Greece.

Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink with your Tour Director. 

Day 2: Athens..

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the world-famous ACROPOLIS, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here, see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation tour features the Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Dating back to the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, perhaps join an optional dinner outing to sample local fare. (B) 

Day 3:  Athens - Corinth - Mycenae - Epidaurus - Nauplia.

Cross the spectacular Corinth Canal, and visit ANCIENT CORINTH, where St. Paul preached. Two highlights today: MYCENAE, where 19th-century excavations reveal impressions of the splendors so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, known as the Treasury of Atreus; the Lion Gate, Europe’s oldest known monument; the remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace; the impressive fortifications of the Citadel and visit the museum. A short drive brings you to EPIDAURUS for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year-old open-air theater. Overnight in nearby Nauplia. (B,D) 

Day 4: Nauplia - Olympia.

Spectacular scenery abounds on the way through the Arkadian Mountains. Spend the afternoon in OLYMPIA, where athletes of antiquity competed in honor of the king of deities. Learn about the history of those original Olympic Games as you walk among the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. Also visit the MUSEUM that displays Praxiteles’ magnificent statue of Hermes. Tonight,  enjoy a COOKING DEMONSTRATION and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer. (B,D) 

Day 5: Olymplia - Patras - Delphi.

Pass by the busy seaport of Patras, proceed to mystic Delphi. The afternoon is devoted to a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and tour the EXCAVATIONS. End the day with a visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. A highlight this evening is  a DANCE LESSON, where you’ll learn how to dance the sirtaki, made famous in the movie Zorba the Greek, accompanied by a glass of Ouzo. (B,D) 

Day 6: Delphi - Meteora area.

Drive past Lamia and Trikala to Kalambaka in the unreal, fantastic landscape of Meteora with its rock-top monasteries. Visit VARLAAM MONASTERY, famous for its frescoes, and ST. STEPHEN’S MONASTERY, featuring a unique collection of icons and an incredible panoramic view. (B,D) 

Day 7: Meteora area - Thermopylae - Athens.

Today’s highlight is a guided visit to THERMOPYLAE, the site of the heroic battle of Leonidas’ 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes’ huge Persian army. On the way back to Athens, your Tour Director will tell you about Thebes, the setting of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, and Marathon, where 10,000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders in 490 BC. Tonight, maybe join an optional dinner at a local restaurant. (B) 

Day 8: Athens.

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. 

You’ll always visit the key sites and enjoy more inclusions; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Departure dates 2020 : Classical Greece (8 days) : 7% discount on all dates

Cosmos brochure price in black from £1459

Travel 55 discount price in red from £1348

Telephone Cosmos on 0330 8088 351 and quote Travel 55 code TR55C

Starts from Athens ends Athens - tour RG

Dates

Prices from*

Dates

Prices from* 

April 18

£1449
£1348

August 1, 3, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 24, 28, 29, 31

£1519
£1413

April 20, 24, 25, 27

£1519
£1413
September 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, 28 £1539
£1432


May 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 25, 29, 30

£1539
£1432

October 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 16

£1539
£1432

June 1, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 26, 27, 29

£1539
£1432
October 17 £1519
£1413

July 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20, 24, 25, 27, 31

£1519
£1413
October 19 £1449
£1348

*Dates and prices above do not include international air travel. Add flights to your holiday - airport transfers included! To add flights and overseas transfers to your holiday, please call Cosmos. Transfers available for purchase if you book extra nights.

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement is available from £203. Please call for Triple Room Reduction details and prices. Extra nights before and after your tour may be available, please call  Cosmos. Please see Cosmos Terms & Conditions  for further details. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Delphi

Cosmos Tours
Classical Greece

7% discount - 8 Days fully escorted touring holiday

2020 discount prices start from only £1348

This fascinating tour takes you from Athens, crosses the Corinth Canal on the way to Mycenae where 19th-century excavations reveal impressions of the splendors so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, known as the Treasury of Atreus; the Lion Gate, Europe’s oldest known monument; the remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace. In Olypmia learn about the history of those original Olympic Games as you walk among the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus.

Visit mystic Delphi, the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on Mount Parnassus. There is also a  guided visit to Thermopylae, the site of the heroic battle of Leonidas’ 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes’ huge Persian army.      

To receive 7% discount on this Classical Greece tour call Cosmos direct on 0330 8088 351 and quote the Travel 55 code TR55C.

Travel 55 in association with Cosmos. To book call direct on 0330 8088 351 and quote Travel 55 code TR55C you will then receive a 7% discount from the Cosmos brochure price. 

All this included

Sightseeing and more -

Athens Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis

Corinth Guided visit

Mycenae Guided visit of the excavations and museum EPIDAURUS Guided visit of the 2,300-year-old open-air theater

Olympia Guided visit of the archaeological site and the museum;  learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer

Delphi Guided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum; learn to dance the sirtaki and have a glass of Ouzo

Meteora area Guided visit of the Varlaam and St. Stephen’s Monasteries

Thermopylae Guided visit 

Hotels: Athens - Athens Zafolia; Nauplia - Amalia; Olympia - Europa or Amalia Olympia; Ddlphi - Amalia; Meteora area - Amalia Kalambaka Kalambaka 

Meals: Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast (B) daily; 4 three-course dinners (D) with wine 

Transportation Motorcoach

Free WI-FI available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies 

Globus tours

Sightseeing and VIP access: A Globus tour always includes the major attractions. In fact, Globus offers more included features and behind-the-scenes local experiences than any other tour operator, plus you get special VIP access at the must-see sights. We actually take you inside Europe’s most awe-inspiring places—right to the head of the queue and through the front door. Our itineraries clearly indicate inside visits and special features in UPPERCASE.

Tour Directors and Local Guides: With Globus, you travel in the company of genuine local experts— Tour Directors and Local Guides who are actually from the region through which you’re travelling. All along the way, they share their vast knowledge of the areas and can point you in the right direction to help you get the most out of your free time.

Superior hotels: Selected for their comfort and beauty, these hotels feature twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower. All hotel and city taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling are included. 

Meals: Food and wine tastings plus traditional meals at local restaurants help you experience your destination’s culture through its cuisine. Globus tours always include several meals, each featuring at least one complimentary glass of regional wine, beer, soft drinks, plus coffee, or tea for an additional taste of local flavour. 

Transportation: Enjoy private, deluxe touring motorcoaches with free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, extra leg room, and emergency restroom (except Israel); and high-speed train rides. We can even coordinate your flights with your tour! 

Transfers: Airport transfers are included on brochure dates, when you book air-inclusive (or purchase transfers through us for land-only tours). A Host will greet and assist you with the transfer to your hotel.

New GlobusGo: Our free GlobusGO mobile app puts the world at your fingertips. While travelling, get entertainment, sightseeing, dining, and shopping suggestions for each destination. With built-in GPS navigation, you’ll have the direction you need. 

New GlobusGo Beyond: Globus’ exclusive technology transmits ultra-clear commentary from your expert Local Guide, so you never miss a fascinating fact on tour. Your GlobusGo Beyond device also creates a personal Wi-Fi hotspot to connect with your smartphone on the go!

Local Favourites: Globus takes you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes each destination unique, introducing you to the local haunts, traditions, and flavours

You even have the chance to personalise your trip with extra days and additional optional excursions. Cll Cosmos for details.


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