Highlights of Ancient Greece
ANCIENT GREECE TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Join other solo travellers on our 6-day Highlights of Ancient Greece tour and discover the impressive ruins and stunning architecture of mainland Greece. Start your trip in Athens, home of the first modern Olympic games and the other-worldly citadel of Acropolis, towering over the modern city below. Travel north to Thessaloniki, the second largest city in the country, a port town filled with history and culture as well as delicious cuisine and brilliant views of the Aegean Sea. The next stop on your tour will be at the miraculous Meteora, where ancient monasteries sit perched atop giant rocks. And finally, we’ll travel to Delphi, known previously as the ‘Navel of the World’, to admire the Temples of Apollo, one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites. Finish your tour where you started in the country’s capital, Athens.
Marvel at the monasteries of Meteora
Visit Delphi, the ancient ‘Navel of the World’
Explore the Greek port city of Thessaloniki
Discover the Acropolis of Athens
Day 1 – Arrive Athens
Upon arrival in Athens, you will need to make your way to the hotel for check-in, which will be from 2pm onwards. Today is an arrival day so there are no planned activities, but a group dinner will be arranged for the evening. Overnight in Athens.
Day 2 – Athens / Thessaloniki
After breakfast at the hotel, we will begin our city tour of Athens. Starting at the Panathinaikos Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896, we will continue our tour passing by the Zappeion and the Temple of Zeus, then the Athens Trilogy, which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. From here, we’ll continue to pass by the National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, the Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Catholic Cathedral, Constitution Square, and the Russian Orthodox Church, before finally we arrive at our destination; Acropolis. The most celebrated myths of ancient Athens are all connected to this sacred precinct, where unique masterpieces of ancient architecture still stand in perfect harmony with their natural setting. Afterwards, we’ll visit the Acropolis Museum which holds everyday artefacts, statues from the archaic period, caryatids, and the Parthenon hall. In the afternoon we’ll travel to Thessaloniki (approx. 6 hours’ drive), where we will spend the night.
Day 3 – Thessaloniki / Kalambaka
After breakfast we will begin our tour of Thessaloniki, starting with a panoramic drive around the White Tower, we will then visit the main landmarks of the city; the Galerius Arch, the Rotunda Monument, the Old Town (Ano Poli), and the City Walls, from where you will have a wonderful view of Thessaloniki. During the tour we will also stop at Agios Demetrius Byzantine Church, the most important church of Thessaloniki for religious, historical and artistic reasons. In the afternoon we will travel to Vergina (1-hour drive), the ancient capital of the Macedonian Kingdom, and home to one of the most beautiful museums in Greece. We will visit the museum which contains the royal tomb of Alexander the Great’s father, Phillip II. Afterwards we’ll drive to Kalambaka (approx. 2 hours drive), arriving in the early evening. Overnight in Kalambaka.
Day 4 – Kalambaka / Meteora / Delphi
Today we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora, where ageless monasteries set among striking scenery are perched atop huge rocks, appearing to be suspended in mid-air. The monasteries were built in the 14th century and are rich in precious testimonies of Byzantine art. After our visit, we’ll drive to Delphi (approx. 3 hours drive) arriving in the early evening. Overnight in Delphi.
Day 5 – Delphi / Athens
After breakfast at the hotel we’ll begin our tour of Delphi, known in ancient times as the ‘Navel of the World’. We will be visiting the archaeological site and monument of the Argive Kings, the Treasury of Athenians, the Athenian Stoa, the Polygonal Wall, the monument of Plataea and the Temples of Apollo (famous for it’s oracles), and finally the Delphi Museum. In the afternoon we’ll begin the drive back to Athens (approx. 2 hours), via the picturesque mountain village of Arachova, built of the south slopes of Parnassus, well known for its hand-woven carpets, rugs and quilts… as well as wine and cheese. We’ll reach Athens in the late afternoon. Dinner will be arranged for your last night.
Day 6 – Depart Athens
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll have the rest of the day free until your scheduled flight departure. If you’re not ready to leave Greece just yet, why not join our 6-day trip to stunning Santorini, one of the country’s most beautiful islands!
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE ANCIENT GREECE TOUR
- Sharing a room at 3-star hotels with breakfast
- All tours as mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in private vehicles (excludes airport transfers
- English speaking local guide for all tours
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE ANCIENT GREECE TOUR
- International flights
- Airport transfers
- All lunches & dinners
- Tips for guides and drivers
- Travel Insurance
- Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on the Ancient Greece tour on payment of a deposit of £150.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 6 weeks before travel.
- International flights into and out of Athens are not included in the cost of the tour and will need to be organised separately. Please get in touch for recommended flights, and do not book anything until we give the go-ahead.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
Trip Type Cultural / Historical
Group Size Between 5-16
Physical Rating Moderate
Currency & Spending Money Euros / Spending £30 and upwards per day
Hosts One of our UK based hosts will accompany you on this trip. Our hosts will organise group meals and help with anything else you may be interested in seeing. You will also have experienced local guides for the city tours; if you need insider knowledge – these are the guys to ask!
Clothing The weather will be hot during the day but cooler in the evenings, so make sure you pack plenty of light, loose-fitting clothes as well as layers for later on. Please also bring comfortable footwear as there will be a lot of walking around whilst sightseeing.
Health You shouldn’t require any vaccinations for travel to Greece but it’s advisable to always seek medical advice from your doctor or travel nurse before you travel and make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date. Remember that your travel insurance may not cover you if you do not have up-to-date vaccinations.
Single Supplement £259
Travel Advice We highly recommend that you read the foreign travel advice for Greece before your departure date.