This vacation from picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic ruins is a classic. In Athens, where you will visit the Acropolis, in ancient Corinth, Mycenae and Epidaurus to Olympia and Delphi with a special visit to the Archaeological Museum, spectacular ancient history will unfold. Special highlights are a cooking demonstration to learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer in Olympia and a dance lesson in Delphi to learn the steps of the sirtaki, made famous in the movie Zorba the Greek. Enjoy a whole afternoon in the unreal, fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. Visit Varlaam Monastery, famous for its frescoes, and St. Stephen’s, featuring a unique collection of icons and an incredible panoramic view. Next is Thermopylae, the site of the heroic battle of Leonidas’ 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes’ huge Persian army. Drive past Thebes and Marathon before returning to Athens.
ATHENS Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the AcropolisCORINTH Guided visit of the excavationsMYCENAE Guided visit of the excavations and museumEPIDAURUS Guided visit of the 2,300-year-old open-air theaterOLYMPIA Guided visit of the archaeological site and the museum; [LF] learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizerDELPHI Guided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum; [LF] learn to dance the sirtakiMETEORA AREA Guided visit of the Varlaam and St. Stephen’s MonasteriesTHERMOPYLAE Guided visitHeadsets throughout the tour
ATHENS Zafolia (F)NAUPLIA Amalia (F)OLYMPIA Europa (F)DELPHI Amalia (F)METEORA AREA Amalia (F) at Kalambaka
Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast (B) daily; 4 three-course dinners (D)
NOTE:Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi