- 5 Days
- Archaeological Sites
- Beach / Swimming
- Lunch stop
- Monasteries / Church
Ancient Corinth,The Canal,Mycenae,Nafplion,The theater of Epidaurus,Ancient Sparta and the Byzantine Fortified town of Mystras(four overnight stays in Sparta,Olympia,Delphi and Meteora).
This tour gives you the opportunity to explore the antiquities and beauties of Sparta, Meteora, Delphi & Olympia leisurely, with an overnight stay in the picturesque town of Sparta, Meteora/Kalabaka , Delphi and Olympia.
We always offer you the flexibility to change the itinerary according to your wishes.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Customer Defined|
|DEPARTURE TIME||8:00 AM.|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:00 PM.|
|WEAR||Summer: Comfortable athletic clothing, hat, jacket and sunscreen. Winter: Comfortable warn clothing, jacket and winter shoes|
Ancient Corinth: 6 euros including the Museum
Mycenae: 6 euros including the Tomb of Agamemnon
Epidaurus: 6 euros including the Museum
Mystras: 5 euros
Olympia: 9 euros including the Museum
Delphi: 9 euros including the Museum
Meteora: 2 euros for each Monastery
Free admission for:
Children under 19
Students from E.U.
Reduced admission for:
Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65
Students from countries outside the E.U.
Sites’ Opening Hours
From April 1st to October 31st
From November 1st to March 31st
1 January: closed
6 January: 08:30 – 15:00
Shrove Monday: 08:30 – 15:00
25 March: closed
Good Friday: 12:00 – 15:00
Holy Saturday: 08:30 – 15:00
1 May: closed
Easter Sunday: closed
Easter Monday: 08:30 – 15:00
Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 – 15:00
15 August: 08:30 – 15:00
28 October: 08:30 – 15:00
25 December: closed
26 December: closed
Free admission days
6 March In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
5 June International Day for the Environment
18 April International Monuments Day
18 May International Museums Day
27 September International Tourism Day
* The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
* Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
* National Holidays
* The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and
September (when the first Sunday is a holiday then the second is the
free admission day).
|Location||Argolis, Corinth, Delphi, Meteora, Nayplio, Olympia|
|Groupsize||1 to 4, 7 to 8, 9 to 12, 13 to 18|
Leaving Athens behind we drive on the coastal road towards the West. Our first stop, after one hour, is the Corinth Canal. There we’ll make a short stop, enough to see the Canal, take photos and visit the local cafeteria. Twenty minutes later we’ll arrive at the small town of Ancient Corinthwhere we’ll visit the archaeological site with the unique monolithic Temple of Apollo and the Bema from where St. Paul preached and the museum.
Driving afterwards through the hills of Corinth,we’ll arrive at the prefecture of Argolis where we’ll visit the archaeological site of Mycenae.
Mycenae, ‘Rich in Gold’, was the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon who dominated the Aegean Sea after the distraction of the Minoan Empire. Its elevated position and its huge Cyclopean Walls offered protection from surprise attacks by pirates and enemies. The Palace, symbol of power of the Mycenaean rulers, was reached by a large ramp beginning at the Lions Gate. Outside the fortress lie the impressive beehive tombs including that ascribed to Agamemnon known also as the Treasury of Atreas.
After the conclusion of Argolis tour and lunch in Nafplion we will depart for Leaving Nafplion and driving through the winding roads of Argolis we are going to visit Epidaurus, famous for its ancient Theatre and the sanctuary of Asclepios. The sanctuary of Asclepios was a healing centre as well as a cultural centre in ancient times. Epidaurus was built around the 4th Century B.C. and has a multitude of buildings most famous of which is the ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. The Theatre of Epidaurus is still in use today and hosts carefully selected theatrical plays, concerts, and festivals during the summer.
Sparta was a city in ancient Greece between 650 B.C. and 362 B.C. during the Greco-Persian Wars, situated in the southern part of the Peloponnese. The area around the town of Sparta, the Plateau east of the Taygetos mountains, was generally referred as Lakonia which term was sometimes used for all the regions under direct Spartan control, including Messenia. Visit the Archaeological Museum, Museum of Olive, Statue of Leonidas, The Acropolis Temple of Artemis, The Theatre, The Menelaion, The Cathedral Europas River Public Library.
Mystras - overnight in Sparta
Leaving Sparta and driving through the winding roads of Argolis we are going to visit Mystras. Overlooking Sparta, on a steep hill is the archeological site Mystras. This is one of the six places designated by UNESCO, that we are able to visit during this trip to Greece. It’s design as a Late Byzantine fortified settlement, makes it important enough to be on the World Heritage List.Then we will stay in Sparta to spend the night.
Day 2 Olympia
After having breakfast we will visit Olympia. Finally we’ll arrive in Olympia through the mountains of Arcadia in central Peloponesse and we’ll pass from various towns and villages, (Tripolis, Vytina, Lagadia). we are going to visit the archaeological site with the Temple of Zeus, theTemple of Hera (where the lighting of the Olympic Flame takes place every four years) the original ancient Olympic Stadium and many more monuments. After the archaeological site we are visiting the Museum. The Archaeological Museum of Olympia is one of the most important museums in Greece. The museum’s permanent exhibition contains finds from the sacred precinct of the Altis and the rest archaeological site dating from the prehistoric era. Among the many precious exhibits you we will also see the famous marble statues of Hermes of Praxiteles.After our visit in Olympia we will have lunch and spend the night.
Day 3 Oracle of Dephi
In the morning after your breakfast you will drive via the national highway and pass by the towns of Thebes, Levadia and Arachova to the Oracle of Delphi we’ll visit Castalia Spring, the main archaeological site (the Temple of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Theatre, theStadium, etc.) and the Museum with the famous statue of Antinoos and the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dating back to 475 B.C. Our lunch in a traditional Greek restaurant in the picturesque town of Delphi, after our visit to the sites, will be the perfect way to recharge our batteries and enjoy the local cuisine! After lunch, heading back towards the archaeological site, we’ll have a stop to see the ruins of the Temple of Athena Pronea and the Tholos.
After the conclusion of our Delphi tour dinner and relaxation at the hotel.
Day 4 Meteora - Kalabaka - Kastraki
We’ll depart for Meteora through the mountains of central Greece and passing from various towns and villages, (Lamia, Domokos, Trikala) we’ll arrive at Kalambaka (the town right below the rocks of Meteora) where we’ll have lunch and can spend night. We can also stay overnight in the nearby village of Kastraki.
Day 5 Meteora monasteries & return to Athens
After breakfast we’ll start our tour to the Monasteries until lunch time in the afternoon. After lunch we’ll start our return trip to Athens.