Exploring Mainland Greece

9 Days Athens to Athens. Group Rates on Request.

This itinerary is ideal for the first time group/visitor to Greece, taking in all the major highlights of the country.

Highlights: Athens, Acropolis, Parthenon, National Archaeological Museum, Plaka, Delphi, Archaeological Museum,  Olympia, Nafplion, Bassae, Kyllini

Since this is just a suggested itinerary you can switch it up any way you want, more or less meals, different cities and/or sightseeing based on your clients’ interests.  You name it, our expert group specialist professionals will put it together for you. Contact them at 1-855-220-6450, or simply complete the group request form, press send, and we’ll get back to you with your proposal.

Exploring Mainland Greece

DAY 1 ARRIVE ATHENS, GREECE: Upon arrival at Athens airport you will be met by your Tour Director and shortly afterwards will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax after your journey.
Hotel Name: Hotel Grande Bretagne.

DAY 2 ATHENS: Today you will be met by your English-speaking guide for a half-day sightseeing tour of Athens (4 hours). See the complex of monuments that most symbolize Athens – the Acropolis. The highlight of your tour to the Acropolis will be the Parthenon, one of the most important ancient monuments in the Western world, which was dedicated to the Goddess Athena and conceived in 447BC. Visit the Acropolis Museum, which exhibits sculptures and reliefs that have been recovered from the site. This afternoon is at leisure.
Hotel Name: Hotel Grande Bretagne. (B)

DAY 3 ATHENS: This morning you will be met by your English-speaking guide for a half-day sightseeing tour of Athens (4 hours). Spend time exploring the renowned National Archaeological Museum, one of the richest and most important museums in the world with its formidable collection of unique exhibits such as sculpture, pottery and jewelry. Afterwards you will enjoy a walk through the ancient district of Plaka, one of the most picturesque and interesting parts of the city. This afternoon is at leisure.
Hotel Name: Hotel Grande Bretagne. (B)

DAY 4 ATHENS – DELPHI – KYLLINI: Leave Athens this morning and drive through rugged mountain scenery along the shores of the Gulf of Corinth, arriving at the sacred religious center of Delphi, dramatically positioned on terraces against the backdrop of Mount Parnassos. Explore this extensive and fascinating archaeological site, visiting such masterpieces as the great Temple of Apollo, home of the famous oracle, the sturdy Temple of the Athenians and the extensive Ancient Theater. Visit also the archaeological museum, a treasure trove of artefacts and boasting the Charioteer of Delphi, one of the most beautiful Greek statues from the 5th century BC. After time at leisure for lunch, you will be driven over the sweeping new bridge that connects the Peloponnese to the mainland, and, passing olive groves and citrus plantations, arrive in the early evening.
Hotel Name: Grecotel Mandola Rosa Suites. (B)

DAY 5 KYLLINI – OLYMPIA – KYLLINI: The beautiful setting of Olympia, in a grove of trees below the wooded slopes of Mount Kronion, adds a timeless quality to the remains of this most famous of ancient sites. Started in the 8th century BC and held every four years at the late-summer full moon, the Games reached the height of popularity in the 5th century BC when competitors from the farthest colonies came to take part, hostilities amongst warring factions ceased for the duration, and the athletics were complemented by great fairs and festivities. Today your guide brings back to life the excitement and atmosphere of the Games as you visit the remains of the enormous Temples of Zeus, the Palaestra training center, and the stadium itself with its 630ft running course and surviving vaulted entrance.
Hotel Name: Grecotel Mandola Rosa Suites. (B)

DAY 6 KYLLINI – BASSAE – NAFPLION: A full days driving today , takes you through lovely countryside, rich in agricultural produce to the delightful town of Nafplion, situated on a rocky peninsula projecting into the calm waters of the Argloic Gulf. You will stop at Bassae where you will visit the Temple of Apollo, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On arrival into Nafplion, check into your modern, comfortable hotel set in the heart of the Old Town.
Hotel Name: Hotel Amphitryon. (B)

DAY 7 NAFPLION – EPIDAURUS – NAFPLION: This morning is at leisure to enjoy the fine facilities of the hotel or perhaps a walk through the charming old town of Nafplion, with its mixture of ancient Greek and Venetian influences. Visit the Folklore museum, displaying costumes, housewares etc from the Middle ages to the 19th century. This afternoon drive to the nearby archaeological site of Epidaurus, to admire the magnificent 4th century theater whose elegance, perfection of design and harmonious proportions made it the most famous in the Ancient World. Today the Theater is beautifully preserved and retains the astonishing acoustics that enabled actors to be heard without difficulty by all of the 14 000 spectators. The Theater was the showpiece of a fine Sanctuary dedicated to Aesculapius, god of medicine. There will be time to enjoy the delightful setting of the site before returning to your hotel.
Hotel Name: Hotel Amphitryon. (B)

DAY 8 NAFPLION – MYCENAE – CORINTH – ATHENS: Drive to Mycenae, the city “rich in gold” as described by Homer, dating from the second millennium BC and which, under the tyrannical rule of its warrior kings, gave birth to the important Mycenaen civilization. Visit the site hewn from a rocky hill and ringed by barren mountains, with its proud Lion Gate and Royal Tombs whose majestic “beehive” funerary chambers were filled with treasures. You may like to take lunch beside the extraordinary Corinth Canal, spectacularly hewn out of the rock and just wide enough for ships to pass, and afterwards enjoy a visit of the impressive remains of the acropolis of “wealthy Corinth”, testimony to the importance of the town as a trading center in ancient times.
Hotel Name: Hotel Grande Bretagne. (B)

DAY 9 DEPART ATHENS – USA: This morning you will be transferred with English-speaking assistance from your hotel to Athens’ airport for your departure flight. (B)

Inclusions

  • Private airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 9
  • Twin-bedded rooms in the 5-Star hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling
  • 8 breakfast
  • Services of English-speaking local travel experts
  • Transfers by luxury, air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges
  • Portfolio of travel documents

Departures

Please Call 1-855-220-6450 for Group Rates on this Custom Group Journey

Operates all-year. Since this is just a suggested itinerary you can switch it up any way you want, more or less meals, different cities and/or sightseeing based on your clients’ interests.  You name it, our expert group specialist professionals will put it together for you. Contact them at 1-855-220-6450, or simply complete the group request form, press send, and we’ll get back to you with your proposal.

Please Note: Luxury Custom Group bookings may require additional deposits which in some cases may be non-refundable.

Additional Information: * Above are Land Start Dates in Athens. Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Above dates represent “land start” date.  Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Journeys Connect can quote you the lowest possible GROUP airfare available on the day that you book. Single Room Supplement: On Request.  Triple Room Reduction: On Request.

Group Discounts

On custom journeys, discounts vary depending on group requirements. Typically, travel with a group of 20 and the 21st traveler receives a 100% discount* off the land portion of the vacation price. A second traveler receives a 100% discount* off the land on a group of 40 paying passengers.

*Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Above dates represent “land start” date. Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Journeys Connect can quote you the lowest possible GROUP airfare available on the day that you book. Minimum of 10 seats from same gateway. Less than 10 air seats will require full payment at time of booking. Single Room Supplement: On Request. Triple Room Reduction: On Request. Group discounts cannot be combined with our Triple Room discounts. Not valid on Specialty, Customized Vacations or River Cruises, optional extensions, extra nights, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, or airport transfers. Other restrictions may apply. All passengers’ names must be advised before the discount is applied. *Group discount is on a twin-share basis only.

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