With Troy Tours 8 Day / 6 Nights Classic Greece Tour step back in time to ancient Greece and experience an unmatched blend of ancient history and modern wonders in Greece, savoring the relaxed Peloponnese living and the lively bustle of Athens alike, and enjoying the rich variety of Mediterranean cuisine
Day 1 - Sat Depart USDepart US for Athens, Greece
Day 2 - Sun Arrive in AthensUpon arrival you will be met by TROY TOURS representative and transfer to your hotel.
Dorian Inn Hotel
Day 3 - Mon AthensThis morning enjoy a city tour of Athens, combining a visit to the Acropolis with the major landmarks of the city. The tour begins with a drive to the center of Athens and the majestic sight of the Acropolis. You will be dropped off at the foot of the pedestrian road leading up to the site. With cameras in hand, walk up to the site to enjoy the beauty of these magnificent buildings. See the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheionand the temple of Athena Nike. The buildings on the Acropolis are considered by many as the most impressive architectural feats of the ancient times and are listed as UNESCO world heritage sights. Your guide will explain and give you insights about the sight, the history and the legends surrounding it. Concluding your visit to the Acropolis it is a short walk (5-10 minutes, downhill) to the Acropolis Museum. Opened in 2009, the new museum looks on to the Acropolis and features amazing displays. The artifacts are situated in such a way so as that the guests can actually understand and envision what the Parthenon actually looked like in antiquity. It is considered one of the most beautifully situated museums in the world. This dazzling modernist museum at the foot of the Acropolis' southern slope showcases its surviving treasures still in Greek possession. After concluding the first part of the tour, board the coach to continue to your next stop; the Panathenaicstadium, used to host the first modern Olympic Games in I986. A brief “photo”stophere (15 mins) and continue to the see the major landmark buildings of Athens. From the coach enjoy the national gardens and the Greek parliament. See the traditionally dressed Evzonesstand guard outside the building. You will enjoy views of the temple of Zeus and the Zappeion before turning into the city centreonce again to see the National Library and the University of Athens, two most impressive neoclassical buildings.
Afternoon at leisure until dinner at a local Greek restaurant
Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Dinner at a local Greek restaurant
Dorian Inn Hotel
Day 4 - Tue Athens – Corinth – Mycenae – Epidaurus – NafplionAfter the breakfast, your tour will begin with a scenic drive via the coastal road from Athens towards the Corinth Canal. It will take about an hour to get to Corinth, we will cross the bridge that connects the mainland with the Peloponnese, over the narrow canal. After a brief stop we will continue towards Mycenae; one of the most important cities of ancient Greece. We will walk under the famous Lion gate up to the Mycenaean acropolis and the Palace. We will see the tomb of Agamemnon and the ruins of the Cyclopean walls that protected this mighty city. After Mycenae we will set off to Epidaurus.
The site of Epidaurus, which is listed as a world heritage site by Unesco, is vast. With ruins of temples and hospital buildings devoted to the healing gods; it is considered to be the birthplace of Asklepios. The monuments, particularly the temple of Asklepios, the Tholos and the Theatre are considered some of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture and date from the 4th century BC. For most travelers Epidaurus is known for the magnificent theater that still stands there –and is still used for plays and other performances. The theater is considered a marvel of engineering as the acoustics are unrivaled even by today’s standards. After our visit to Epidaurus Theater we will walk down the pine filled site towards the exit of the site. A highlight of the tour is our overnight at the port town of Nafplio, one of the most historic and beautiful towns of Greece.
Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel Amalia Nafplion
Day 5 - Wed Nafplion – Olympia – Patras – DelphiIn the morning set off from Nafplion to Olympia. Enjoy a spectacular drive through the mountains of Arcadia to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, first held in 776 B.C. Olympia, one of the most important sites in antiquity and one of the most interesting today. The town itself is not remarkable but the surroundings are stunning. Not only is the amazing site of ancient Olympia lovely to walk though and admire but also the nature surrounding is of exquisite beauty. You will visit the main site and afterwards the very interesting museum. At the main site you can see the temple of Zeus which once housed one of the 7 wonders of the World –a statue of Zeus made out of ivory and Gold. Your expert guide will show you the gymnasium where the athletes trained, the nymphaeum and of course the main stadium in which the games were held. The museum is a short walk from the site and contains the 4th Century BC statue of Hermes by Praxiteles, plus a number of other finds from the excavations including the Nike of Victory by Paeonios. The site of Olympia is one of the most important in Greece and one of the most awe inspiring due to its beauty and wonderful setting. It is not only that it is so rich in history –it is a lovely spot to visit. After the sightseeing set off to the town of Delphi. Driving north to Patras, cross the Gulf of Corinth on the new and most impressive suspension bridge to mainland Greece. Delphi, situated on the slopes of Mount Parnassus to see the home of the legendary oracle the most revered site of ancient Greece and considered to be the navel of the world
Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel Amalia Delphi
Day 6 - Thr Delphi – Thermopylae – KalambakaToday, in the morning enjoy the sightseeing of Ancient Delphi, probably the ancient worlds most famous oracle. The site is at the foot of the mountain; the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, here we start our walk. Passing by the Castalia Spring we will visit the archaeological site and view the monument of the Argive Kings, the treasury of the Athenians, the Athenian Stoa, the Polygonal Wall, the monument of Platea and the Temple of Apollo. The site is very large and there is a lot to see including the famous oracle where in ancient times people believed they would learn what their future held.
Enjoy the views from the site, they are incredible –the setting is so impressive that in ancient times it was considered the navel of the world. After your walk around the site you will visit the museum. The Delphi museum has spectacular exhibits including the frieze of the Treasury of the Sifnians, the NaxianSphinx, the Statue of Antinoosthe metopesof the Athenian treasury and the famous bronze Charioteer. It is well worth visiting the museum as the exhibits complement what you saw at the site and allow you to get a better understanding of the role Delphi played in antiquity.
A picturesque early afternoon drive brings you to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defense by Leonidas and his three hundred courageous Spartans against the invading Persians.
After seeing the memorial, continue the drive cross the fertile Thessaly region to Kalambaka.
Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel Amalia Kalambaka
Day 7 - FRI Kalambaka – Meteora – AthensWhen you awaken to see the awe-inspiring rock formations unfold before your eyes, you will easily understand why we call this place Meteora, which means “suspended in the heavens above.” Today we will climb above the charming mountain villages of Kastrakiand Kalambaka to visit two of the six surviving Monasteries of Meteora, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in the world.
See how the monks live today and enter some of the most captivating Byzantine basilicas in Greece.
In the afternoon you will head south to Athens for dinner and overnight stay.
Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast
Day 8 - Sat Depart AthensAs the tour ends, say farewell to the vibrant city of Athens You will be transferred to airport for your return flight home
Meal(s): Quick Breakfast
International airfare on schedule airlines from US
3 overnights in Athens
1 overnight in Nafplio
1 Overnight in Delphi
1 Overnight in Kalambaka
Airport – Hotel – Airport transfers – from and to Athens International Airport
Deluxe bus transportation as per itinerary
Coach and driver throughout the tour
Dinner in traditional Greek restaurant – Day 2
English speaking professional and fully licensed guide in Nafplio, Delphi and Kalambaka
Entrance fees to Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Mycenea, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Kalambaka.
Government - Accommodation tax
All local taxes
Meals other than mentioned above (lunch)
>> Checked bag is not included
ATHENS - DORIAN INN
Centrally located in Athens, Dorian Inn is a 2-minute walk from Omonia Metro Station. From its top-floor pool and restaurant, guests can enjoy views of the Acropolis and the Saronic islands.
The air-conditioned rooms at Hotel Dorian Inn feature modern decoration and wooden floors. All units include a satellite TV and a fridge. Free WiFi is available throughout.
A Greek Breakfast with cold, hot and traditional items is served in the dining room or in the guestrooms. Mediterranean cuisine is served at the 12th floor restaurant during lunch and dinner. The rooftop bar serves cocktails and plays relaxing music.
Staff at the 24-hour front desk can arrange car rental and offer information on nearby sights such as Athens Old Town, a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Ermou Street with many shops and cafés is a 10-minute walk and the Acropolis Museum is 0.9 mi away.
NAFPLIO - AMALIA
On the outskirts of historic Nafplio, this neoclassical building offers luxurious rooms with balconies overlooking Palamidi, the sea or hotel’s lush gardens. Amalia Nafplio features a large swimming pool and Mediterranean-cuisine restaurant.
The air-conditioned guest rooms at Amalia Nafplio have modern décor and offer satellite & cable LCD TV and WiFi internet access. Each sound-proofed room is equipped with work desks and luxurious bathroom amenities. Ironing facilities can be provided upon request.
Located next to the gardens, the main restaurant serves a rich American buffet breakfast, and lunch or dinner with Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. The Pool Bar and Restaurant serves coffee, fresh juices and light snacks. Two bars are featured at the hotel Amalia Nafplio’s lounge area with fireplace and live piano music.
DELPHI - AMALIA HOTEL
Set on a slope of Mount Parnassus, at the exit of Delphi town, Amalia offers a panoramic view of the green valley, all the way to the sea, Itea and Galaxidi. Open year-round, it features an outdoor pool and an inviting lounge with fireplace. Free WiFi is available throughout.
The modern guest rooms have natural light, through windows, terraces or balconies, and are air-conditioned and heated. Most offer impressive views to the valley and the sea and some to the internal gardens. Ironing facilities can be provided upon request.
Guests can relax at the lobby lounge with fireplace and admire the breathtaking view of the Delphian scenery. One level down, the restaurant overlooks the valley and the pool, surrounded by the green gardens. A rich American buffet breakfast is served here.
Amalia Hotel Delphi is just minutes away from the archaeological site of Delphi and the museum, the temple of Apollo and Castalia spring. Arachova is 6.2 mi away from the hotel, and is renowned for its traditional woolen weavings and gastronomy. Also Itea and Galaxidi, are port towns worth visiting in close vicinity.
KALAMBAKA - AMALIA
The 4-star Amalia Hotel Kalambaka features an Olympic-size swimming pool and a furnished sun terrace surrounded by lush gardens. Made of traditional materials and fitted with beamed ceilings, the hotel's public areas include a lounge bar with fireplace, a piano bar and 2 restaurants.
The spacious rooms of Amalia Hotel Kalampaka are equipped with air conditioning, a satellite TV and a mini fridge. Each unit is elegantly decorated with dark wooden furnishings and soft colors and features a bathroom with hairdryer and free toiletries. Ironing facilities can be provided upon request.
A rich breakfast can be enjoyed daily at the hotel's dining area or in the rooms upon request. Greek and international flavors are served at the elegant setting of the on-site restaurants for dinner, while coffee and drinks can also be enjoyed by the fireplaces throughout the day.
Istanbul pre - $299 Per Person
Single Supplement $120
Enjoy 2 nights pre-stay at Hotellino located in the old town
After breakfast, you will visit the Blue Mosque, built in only 7 years by order of Sultan Ahmet I in 1609. It gets its name from the blue Iznik tiles that cover the inside. Stroll through Topkapi Palace, with its impressive displays of jewelry, porcelain, clocks, miniatures, textiles, and religious artifacts. "Topkapi" means "Gate of the Cannon" for the Byzantine arsenal once situated where the Palace now stands. Visit St. Sophia, the Christian masterpiece whose construction was presided over by the Emperor Justinian before returning to your hotel.
2 Nights at Hotellino
Round trip airport-hotel transfers
Full day old city walking tour with a professional guide
(Visit: Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar)
Visa Fees to Turkey $20 for US citizens
Gratuities to guide
Entrance fees to the venues appx $20