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Classical Greece & the Wonders of the Ancient World with 7 night Island Extension

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HOME OF THE GODS

Enjoy a fascinating journey that brings to life the wonders of the Classical Greek civilisation and the histories of the Byzantine and Roman periods, followed by a blissful week spent relaxing on an idyllic island.

This wonderful odyssey features stays in the fascinating city of Thessaloniki and the bustling metropolis of Athens. Enjoy escorted tours of some of the most fascinating and absorbing sites of Classical Greece, including the staggering Temple of Apollo at Delphi, the 5th-century Acropolis of Athens and the monasteries at Meteora.

What does this price include?

  • 14 nights’ carefully chosen bed and breakfast accommodation
  • One evening meal
  • Return flights to Thessaloniki
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Your Itinerary

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  • Upon arrival, meet your tour manager for the short 30-minute transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and acclimatising to your new surroundings.

    Depending on your time of arrival, you might choose to talk a stroll into Thessaloniki, which was once the wealthiest city in the Byzantine Empire. Take a walk along the seafront promenade, perhaps pausing for a souvlaki and a beer at one of the numerous cafés and restaurants, no doubt looking forward to a fascinating week ahead.

  • Join your tour manager for a fascinating tour of Thessaloniki, which, despite being Greece’s second-largest city, has a compact centre that is perfect for exploring on foot. Founded in 315 BC, Thessaloniki was an important city during the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods, and is home to several well-preserved sites from these eras. Visit the stunning Byzantine Church of Saint Demetrios, honouring Thessaloniki’s patron saint, a Roman soldier killed on the site of the church in 306 AD by Emperor Galerius, infamous persecutor of Christians. Continue to the Arch of Galerius, a magnificent symbol of the emperor’s power with intricate panel carvings commemorating a decisive victory over the Persians, and the waterfront White Tower, an Ottoman fortress and perhaps Thessaloniki’s most famous landmark. The tower was built in the 15th century on the site of a Byzantine fortification and was used to protect the harbour.

    Enjoy lunch at your leisure in Thessaloniki, which has a well-earned reputation as a powerhouse of Greek gastronomy, before the tour continues to Halkidiki for a boat tour around the UNESCO­­­-listed Mount Athos. The ‘Holy Mountain’, as it is also known, sits on a peninsula that juts out in the Aegean Sea, and is home to 20 monasteries. According to myth, the mountain was created by Athos, who was one of the Gigantes. Sit back and relax as your guide explains the legend of Mount Athos, as you gain a unique perspective from the sea.

     

  • Enjoy an fascinating day of exploration in the home of the Gods.

    In Greek mythology, Mount Olympus was the home of the 12 Greek gods. Your tour guide will bring these fascinating myths to life as you explore the mountain, which is Greece’s highest peak, reaching to 9,573ft above sea level. Homer, legendary author of the Odyssey and Iliad is also believed to have lived here. Mount Olympus is famous for its unique biodiversity and is classified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The mountain’s forested slopes are home to 32 species of mammals, 108 species of birds and countless different reptiles and amphibians, together with 1700 plant species, which equates to roughly 25% of all the plants found in Greece.

  • Join your tour manager after breakfast today for an included tour of the rock formations at Meteora. The stunning landscape is littered with enormous rock columns, some as tall as 1,800ft. There are six monasteries precipitously perched on top of these gigantic columns, which are a designated UNESCO ­World Heritage Site. The monasteries date back to the 14th-century, and one of them, the Monastery of the Holy Trinity, was featured in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. Spend a wonderful day exploring this truly unique landscape, before returning to your hotel this evening.

  • This morning, after breakfast, board the coach and transfer to Delphi. Stop en route for lunch (payable locally), before arriving at your new hotel in the late afternoon. Relax and take the time to settle in, perhaps heading to explore the town, or enjoying an apéritif at your hotel, before an included dinner is served this evening.

  • After breakfast, join your tour manager for an included tour of sacred Delphi. Site of the oracle consulted for a thousand years for her wise utterances, Delphi’s remains include the Sacred Precinct, with its fabled Temple of Apollo and its reconstructed Treasury of the Athenians. Marvel at the 5th-century BC bronze charioteer, one of Classical Greece’s most priceless remains and visit the fabled Castalian spring, into which Byron once plunged.

    After a wonderful day spent exploring Delphi, transfer to Athens, and your new hotel in Glyfada. Depending upon your arrival time, enjoy a first taste of the bustling Greek capital. Choose to dine in the hotel, or perhaps in one of the innumerable restaurants or tavernas close to your hotel.

  • This morning our included guided sightseeing tour will introduce you to this extraordinary, beguiling city. Explore the fabled Acropolis, the massive rock buttress topped with the familiar ruins of the Parthenon, one of the world’s most enduring symbols. The great double gatehouse, the Propylaea, the elegant Temple of Athena Nike and the great Erechtheion complete the major monuments that are awe-inspiring windows to the 5th-century BC era of the great Classical Greek Civilisation and its immortal leader Pericles.

    Entrance is included to the Acropolis Museum, which houses items rescued from the monuments, and don’t miss the great Roman Herodes Atticus Theatre, the nearby ruins of the 17-000-seat Theatre of Dionysos, which once witnessed the masterworks of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, and the stupendous remains of the Temple of Zeus, once the largest temple on the Greek mainland.

    Modern Athens surrounds the relics of the past – and your tour will leave you keen to explore under your own steam, before, this evening, you enjoy some traditional Greek hospitality in your choice of restaurant, reflecting on a wonderful week.

  • Say goodbye to any newfound friends that are leaving the tour today, before you transfer to nearby Piraeus for your ferry to Aegina Island.

    Upon arrival you'll be transferred to your new hotel, where you'll stay for the next seven nights.

  • Now it's time to relax. You'll have a whole week to spend as you please. Choose from lazing around by the hotel pool, exploring Aegina Island, home to the 5th-century BC Temple of Apollo, swimming in the sea and enjoying some classic Greek food at a selection of local tavernas. However you decide to spend your week on Aegina, you're sure to leave feeling fully relaxed.

  • Catch the ferry back to Athens, transfer to the airport to begin your journey home.

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Hotels

Classical Greece and the Wonders of the Ancient World with 7 day Island Extension Hotels

You will be staying in a series of comfortable hotels that are conveniently located for your tour itinerary.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately ***

  • We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

  • If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

  • The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

  • Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

  • Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

  • New rules apply when travelling to European Union countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. Note that these new rules do NOT apply when travelling within the United Kingdom or to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You do require government issued ID when travelling by air though.

    Passport

    British passport holders need to have at least six months validity left on their passport and it needs to be less than ten years old; passports which have a longer validity than ten years are not valid for travel once the tenth anniversary of issue has passed. These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland where you can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.

    Visa

    If you’re a tourist, you do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania; if you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total. Travel to Ireland will not change and stays there will not count towards the 90-day total.

    European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS)

    Towards the end of 2022, it is likely that non EU citizens will be required to apply online for an authorisation to visit most European countries. The current details suggest there will be a charge of €7 per person and the authorisation will be valid for all trips made to the EU in a three year period from issue. We will advise you of confirmed details prior to your tour’s departure.

    Border Control

    At border control, you may need to show proof of your return journey - your travel documentation issued by us will be sufficient for this. You will also need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens if manual checks are required.

    Healthcare Cover

    You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad which covers pre-existing conditions. You should understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and be happy with its cover for healthcare and travel disruption. Newmarket sell a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Ask our travel consultants for more information.

    You should also apply for a UK Global Heath Insurance Card (GHIC) which lets you get urgent state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Note GHIC is only valid in EU countries and not in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    Mobile Roaming

    Roaming charges have been re-introduced by some UK providers when visiting the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Prior to travel, please do check with your phone operator for the most up to date information.

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