Don your history hat and dive into the world of ancient Greece on this eight-day tailor-made holiday
City | History & culture
Discover the stories that have set the tone for the Western world on this eight-day private Greek odyssey as you uncover the history and legends of this fascinating land. See the Pantheon Marbles as they originally appeared; behold the breathtaking views from the monasteries of Meteor, perched precariously on rocks above the Plains of Thessaly; stand in the 'centre of the universe' at the ancient ruins of Delphi; ride a narrow gauge railway through the Vouraikos Gorge to the mountain town of Kalavryta; and unearth the history of the Mycenaean civilization, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean from the 15th to the 12th century BC.
Day by day itinerary
Besides the Acropolis and its iconic crown the Parthenon, highlights of your private tour on day two include entry to the new Acropolis Museum. The museum's collections are spread over three levels. The first displays archaeological finds from settlements on the slopes of the Acropolis, while the second shows more archaic finds as well as artefacts from buildings other than the Parthenon. But it's the third level that is perhaps most interesting, containing the Parthenon Marbles not taken to England by Elgin. What's more, copies of the marbles controversially held in the British Museum have been placed in their appropriate places in the frieze, so that for the first time in 200 years visitors can see the frieze as it originally appeared. You'll also have opportunities to stroll around the Plaka, an historic neighbourhood clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and to walk through the Ancient Agora, once the centre of athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life in the city. Transfer to Kalambaka in the afternoon and check in to your hotel.
Stay: Amalia Hotel
The town of Kalambaka sits at the foot of Meteora's giant rock stacks, which rise to the heavens from the Plain of Thessaly. Perched on their tops is an incredible collection of Byzantine monasteries - surely some of the weirdest real estate on the planet. Of the 24 monasteries established here by the 16th century, only six are extant today, four as museum pieces and two as religious outposts. They offer breathtaking views, exquisite examples of Byzantine art and a rare chance to observe the lives and customs of hermits and ascetics. Continue to Itea in the afternoon.
Stay: Nafsika Palace
Tour the various ruins of Delphi, thought by the ancient Greeks to be the navel of the world. For more than 1,000 years people came here to consult Delphi's famous oracle, believed to be the mouthpiece of Apollo himself. Remains today include foundations from the Doric Temple of Apollo, a well-preserved theatre originally built in the 4th century BC, and the best-preserved ancient stadium in all Greece.
Stay: Europa Hotel, Olympia
The journey into Greek history continues today at Mystras, a fortified town on Mt Taygetos, near ancient Sparta. In the 14th and 15th centuries Mystras served as the capital of the Despotate of the Morea, a province of the Byzantine Empire that grew to include nearly all the southern Greek peninsula. Continue to Tolo in the afternoon.
Stay: Hotel King Minos
The highlight today is riding on the historic gauge railway from Diakofto to Kalavryta. Built between 1889 and 1896, the line climbs 720m from sea level through the Vouraikos Gorge, crossing bridges and threading its way through tunnels. Kalavryta itself is a centre for winter sports but in summer its taverns offer wonderful views and great regional specialities.
Stay: Hotel King Minos
End your tour amid the ruins of Mycenae, one of the major centres of Greek civilisation in the second millennium BC. Highlights include the Tomb of Agamemnon, commander of the Greeks during the Trojan War.
Stay: Hotel King Minos
Return to Athens on day eight to catch your flight home.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
from £1,090 pp. incl. flights
from £1,535 pp. incl. flights
Valid for travel: April to October
- Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
- Return flights from UK to Athens
- 7 nights accommodation on BB basis
- 8 days car hire - economy car hire for 8 days
This itinerary is also available with a private driver/guide - please ask your Wexas consultant for details
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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
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