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Athina Pronaia temple ruins in Ancient Delphi

Classical Greece self-drive

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,305 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

Don your history hat and dive into the world of ancient Greece on this eight-day tailor-made holiday

Highlights

  • Discover the secrets of the Acropolis and the Pantheon
  • Twist and turn through the Plaka's narrow streets
  • View the beehive tombs of Mycenae
  • Visit the ancient Olympic stadium in Olympia
  • Walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Athens
  • 1 Night Nafplion
  • 1 Night Olympia
  • 1 Night Delphi
  • 1 Night Kalambaka
  • 1 Night Athens

About

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City | History & culture | Self-drive

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

Day 1
Athens

After making the most of your included airport lounge access, depart the UK on a day flight to Athens. On arrival pick up your included car hire and make the drive to your hotel in Athens. The rest of the day is yours to discover the vibrant city, enlivened by bustling outdoor cafes, pedestrian streets that wind through the city's ancient sites and its fair share of urban eccentrics, a city full of contrasts

Stay: Titania Hotel, Athens or similar

Meals: B

Day 2
Athens

Besides the Acropolis and its iconic crown the Parthenon, your guide will reveal the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian's Arch and the Kallimarmamo Stadium, built of marble for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.  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. 

Stay: Titania Hotel, Athens or similar

Meals: B

Day 3
Athens to Mycenae & Nafplio

Set off from Athens and drive to the Corinth Canal and see this incredible feat of engineering connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea dividing mainland Greece from the Peloponnese peninsula. In Mycenae, a mighty kingdom of ancient Greece, see the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace. Travel on to the Sanctuary of Aesculapius - the benevolent God of Medicine and visit the amphitheatre, probably the largest of ancient Greece. From Mycenae continue to Nafplion for your overnight stay.

Stay: Amalia Nafplio, Nafplion or similar

Meals: B

Day 4
Nafplio to Olympia

In the morning enjoy the beautiful town of Nafplion, the city with waterfront views and neoclassical buildings maintain the grand feel of the city. Later in the afternoon set off to on the spectacular drive through the mountains of Arcadia to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, first held in 776 B.C. The town of Olympia is not remarkable but the surroundings are stunning, take a walk through ancient Olympia.

Stay: Arty Grand Hotel, Olympia or similar


Meals: B

Day 5
Olympia to Delphi

Visit the ancient Olympic stadium and the Temples of Zeus in Olympia before driving north to Patras, you will cross the Gulf of Corinth on the new suspension bridge to mainland Greece, then on to Delphi situated on the slopes of Mount Parnassus to see the home of the legendary oracle the most revered site of ancient Greece. The oracle was consulted by all the ancient Greeks to predict future events.

Stay: Amalia Hotel, Delphi or similar


Meals: B

Day 6
Delphi to Kalambaka

A morning at leisure followed by an early afternoon drive to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defence by Leonidas and his three hundred Spartans against the invading Persians. After seeing the memorial, continue the drive across the fertile Thessaly region to Kalambaka.

Stay:  Divani Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka or similar


Meals: B

Day 7
Kalambaka to Athens

Discover Meteora, one of the eastern Orthodox churches' most important monastic complexes. Mystical monasteries perch on enormous sandstone rocks rising vertically to more than three hundred metres, they watch over the town and plain below. A pleasant drive then brings you back to Athens in the early evening

Stay:  Titania Hotel, Athens or similar

Meals: B

Day 8
Departure

Return to Athens on day eight to catch your flight home.


Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,305 incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £1,305 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £1,520 pp. incl. flights

Valid for travel: April to October 

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights from UK to Athens
  • Private fully licensed speaking guide for all Athens sightseeing
  • 7 nights accommodation on BB basis
  • 8 days car hire - economy car hire for 8 days
  • All local taxes

Optional extras

  • It is possible to add in Private licensed guide services in all other locations - please ask your Wexas consultant for details

Exclusions

  • Entrance fees and local accommodation taxes


Terms & Conditions

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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