Best of Classical Greece

Historic Thessaloniki, Vergina, Kalambaka, and Delphi with ancient capital of Athens. Optional day cruise to the Saronic Islands

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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 24 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures November 2019 – October 2020 Group Size 24 travelers max
Themes History & CultureBucket List
Activity Level Moderate
What to Expect This moderately paced, escorted tour requires minimal walking and is suitable for most levels of physical fitness.
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Package Includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip flights from New York (JFK or EWR) including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All ground transportation and transfers
  • 7 nights at superior hotel accommodations
  • 13 Meals: 7 buffet breakfasts & 6 dinners
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees
  • Professional English-speaking tour director and guides

Optional add-ons

  • Full day cruise with lunch to the Saronic Islands

Why you'll love it

  • Immerse yourself in the magic and history of the modern metropolis of Thessaloniki as you learn about the fascinating civilizations of the Macedonian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and more.
  • Travel north to the small town of Vergina to discover numerous monumental tombs, including that of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.
  • Perched high upon the summits of secluded rocky peaks above the flowing Pinios River, marvel at the incredible sight of the archaic monasteries of Meteora, a view that is so awe-inspiring, you have to see it to believe it!
  • Located at the foot of the stunning Mount Parnassus, take a step back in time and explore the archaeological sites at Delphi, including the miraculous ruins of the sanctuary of Apollo Pythios, the Temple of Apollo, and more.
  • Bask in the presence of the most striking ancient Greek monument, the Acropolis, including the Propylaea Gateway, the Temple of Athena Nike, the awesome Parthenon, and the Erechtheion.
Best of Classical Greece itinerary

Come along and bask in the magic and history that encompasses Greece. Start your adventure in historic Thessaloniki where you'll be surrounded by the influences of Macedonian, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and modern Greek presence throughout this northern city. Then, travel along to Vergina and marvel at the site of Aigai, the capital of the Macedonian Kingdom and a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

After, journey south and visit three extraordinary Greek destinations: Kalambaka, Delphi and Athens. From visiting the spectacular Monasteries of Meteora in the summits of isolated rocky pinnacles in Kalambaka, exploring the ruins of the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, wandering along the bustling streets of Athens and enjoying the outdoor cages, streets bazaars, and ancient ruins, and traveling along the coastal roads to admire the temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, you'll be in awe of the history, myth, and wonders that Greece holds. End your perfect trip with an optional day cruise to the picturesque island of Hydra, one of the Saronic Islands, where you will enjoy a relaxing day marveling at the stone houses dotting the coast while sipping on traditional Greek coffee.

With flights, hotels, meals, fully guided tours and more, you'll experience the absolute best of classical Greece, all at an affordable, Friendly Planet price.

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If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

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Departure Airports
New York City (NYC) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above.

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Check in for your overnight flight to Greece

Day 2: Arrive Thessaloniki, Greece

Accommodations: 2 nights Porto Palace Hotel or similar. Included meals: Dinner.

  • Arrive in Thessaloniki
  • Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel for check-in
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel

Full Day Itinerary: Arrive this evening in the northern city of Thessaloniki, the second largest in Greece, and an important seaport throughout the centuries. After customs formalities, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Day 3: Thessaloniki & Vergina

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Discover the influence of Macedonian, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and modern Greek presence throughout the history of Thessaloniki
  • Visit Vergina, the site of Aigai, the ancient capital of the Macedonian Kingdom and a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Admire the palace and burial site of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great

White Tower, ThessalonikiFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, set out on a panoramic tour to discover the city of Thessaloniki. Drive along the waterfront via Nikis Avenue, passing by the White Tower, a cylindrical fortification built by the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, containing a vast collection of Greek art and artifacts spanning from prehistoric times, through the classical period and the Macedonian Empire, up to late antiquity. Later, drive by archaeological site of the Palace of Galerius and the Galerius Arch, which was built during the 4th century B.C. See the nearby 4th century A.D. Rotunda monument. Admire the view of Thessaloniki from the Old Town and the City Walls. Stop at Basilica of Hagios Demetrios, a 7th century A.D. Byzantine church. This Basilica, along with the Rotunda and other Byzantine churches in Thessaloniki constitute a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Ancient city of AigaiThis afternoon, drive inland to Vergina, the site of Macedonia’s first capital city, Aigai. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is comprised of palace ruins, ancient sanctuaries and tombs that date as far back as 340 B.C. Among the archaeological discoveries that have been excavated at this site is the tomb of King Philp II, father of Alexander the Great.  Also, see the city walls and the sanctuary of Eukleia as well as the sanctuary of the Mother of the Gods. Among the monumental tombs that have been excavated at this site is the tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. Return to Thessaloniki and enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Day 4: Thessaloniki & Kalambaka

Accommodations: 1 night Hotel Amalia Kalambaka or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Visit  the remote Meteora Monasteries

Monastery, MeteoraFull Day Itinerary: This morning, depart south for Kalambaka, and visit one of the most spectacular Monasteries of Meteora, perched upon the summits of some precipitous and isolated rocky pinnacles, which rise above the almost flat valley of the Pinios River, 5 miles beyond Kalambaka. The monastic history of Meteora dates back to the 11th century A.D., when the Greek Orthodox monks constructed inaccessible eagle's nests in the crannies of these rocks, four of which are still occupied. Continue to your hotel in Kalambaka for dinner.

Day 5: Kalambaka & Delphi

Accommodations: 1 night Amalia Delphi Hotel or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Tour the ancient ruins of Delphi
  • See the Temple of Apollo and the site of the famed Oracle of Delphi

Ruins, DelphiFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, continue south to explore the ancient site of Delphi, located on the slopes of the breathtaking Mount Parnassus. The site is believed to have been sacred since at least the Bronze Age.  Here lay the ruins of the sanctuary of Apollo Pythios, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo. The site’s museum contains masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture including the famous bronze Charioteer. According to legend, the shrine was originally guarded by the she-dragon Pytho. The she-dragon was killed by Apollo, who then took over the Oracle. In antiquity, Delphi was regarded as the center of the world, and the Oracle would provide vague answers to visitors’ questions about the future.

Continue to your hotel in Delphi for dinner and overnight.

 Day 6: Delphi & Athens

Accommodations: 3 nights Royal Olympic Hotel or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Journey to Athens

Plaka, AthensFull Day Itinerary: After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Athens, the exciting modern capital of Greece. Check in to your hotel, located nearby the Plaka (Old Town). Athens, the birthplace of Western Civilization was once hailed as the Paris of the Mediterranean. Now it is a bustling modern city, a colorful tapestry of eastern and western influences, full of outdoor cafes, pedestrian streets, parks and gardens, street bazaars, dilapidated mansions and ancient ruins. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

 Day 7: Athens & Cape Sounion

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy a tour of the city of Athens
  • Admire the impressive Acropolis, museum and visit the Parthenon
  • Visit the temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion

The Caryatid Porch of the Erechtheion, AthensFull Day Itinerary: See the striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of a glorious past and modern elegant structures during your tour of Athens. Begin the day with a photo stop at the Panathinaikon Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. Drive past the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus, the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens and the National Library. Continue past the National Garden, Hadrian's Arch, St. Paul's Church, the Parliament House, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Catholic Cathedral, the Old Parliament Building, Constitution (Syntagma) Square, and the Russian Orthodox Chruch to reach the Acropolis, the crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base.

Visit the Acropolis, including the Propylaea Gateway, the Temple of Athena Nike, the awesome Parthenon, and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens. Walk past the Herodion and Dionysos Theater to visit the New Acropolis Museum, a marvel of architecture with a full exhibition of the glory of Ancient Athens.

Temple of Poseidon, SounionThis afternoon, travel along the coastal road past countless coves and the beautiful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza to Cape Sounion. Dominated by the spectacular Temple of Poseidon, the sanctuary at Sounion is one of the most important archaeological sites in Attica. Although evidence suggests that the site dates back to the prehistoric period, the sanctuary was first mentioned in Homer's Odyssey, as the place where Menelaos stopped on his return from Troy to bury his helmsman, Phrontes Onetorides. Learn about the rich history of this area as you take in stunning views of the Aegean on this fascinating excursion. Return to Athens.

Day 8: Athens

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Enjoy the day at leisure in Athens
  • Alternatively, join an optional excursion to the Saronic Islands
  • Join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner in a local restaurant

Full Day Itinerary: Enjoy the day at leisure to explore the Greek capital.

This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Donkeys, Hydra IslandOptional Excursion: Full day Saronic Islands cruise with lunch, $120 per person. Early this morning, head to the Flisvos Marina to board a cruise to the islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina. On the island of Hydra, stroll the stone streets by foot or by donkey, which is considered the main form of transportation on Hydra! Marvel at the traditional stone houses dotting this quiet and laid back island were the past comes alive. Stop by one of the little seafront cafeterias were the owner himself pours you a cup of traditional Greek coffee or refreshing lemonade.

Back on the boat, enjoy a buffet lunch at the main lounge while you sail to the island of Poros. Enjoy a stroll through the village of Poros, with its citrus trees and windmills.

AeginaContinue sailing to the island of Aegina, your last port of call. This island was a maritime power dating back to the 7th century B.C. Historic houses and temples blend in with modern life on this island. Stroll the island independently before re-boarding and sailing back to Athens.

Day 9: Athens/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • This morning, bid farewell to Greece as you board your flight back to the USA.
  • Arrive in the USA later today.

Hotels

Hotel Amalia Delphi

Hotel Amalia Delphi

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Delphi was the navel of the earth, the most venerated religious site according to ancient Greeks. Amalia Hotel Delphi, in harmony with the awesome landscape, is superbly situated on a mountain slope, offering breathtaking views of the picturesque port of Itea, a town built at the edge of a plain full of olive groves and vineyards.The Amalia Hotel Delphi is located within walking distance of the famous attractions of Delphi, the Archaeological Museum, the temple of Apollo and the Castalia Fountain.Amalia Delphi has 184 rooms, with air-conditioning, private bathrooms, direct dial telephone, and satellite TV. Among the hotel's facilities are a restaurant, a coffee-shop, a souvenir and jewellery shop, various lounges and verandas, and beautiful gardens. There is an outdoor swimming pool with bar, where you can enjoy the wild beauty and grandeur of the landscape over the Corinthian Gulf.

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Hotel Amalia Kalambaka

Hotel Amalia Kalambaka

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Located on a 14-acre property just a few minutes away from the town of Kalambaka, the Amalia Hotel Kalambaka boasts extensive gardens and beautiful views of the Meteora Rocks. The hotel’s 173 comfortable, well-lit guestrooms feature air conditioning, heating, complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TV, minibar, in-room safe, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. The Theopetra Restaurant, located on the ground level of the hotel next to the beautiful gardens, features an American buffet breakfast, a-la-carte lunch and dinner buffet offering Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. The cozy Polythea Restaurant faces the internal gardens, and is decorated in shades of blue. The Café overlooking the swimming pool features fresh juices, refreshing drinks and cocktails as well as a snack menu that you can enjoy by the pool, or if you prefer, inside by the fireplace. The Piano Bar offers live music in a cozy atmosphere boasting a large fireplace where you can enjoy your drinks. The hotel features a large outdoor swimming pool in a beautiful setting.

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Porto Palace Hotel

Porto Palace Hotel

Housed in a restored historic industrial building dating to 1913 in the New Harbor area, the Porto Palace Hotel & Conference Center preserves its industrial architecture, while the interior boasts modern design.The hotel’s 176 guestrooms feature a warm and inviting minimalistic décor, anatomic mattresses, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, individually controlled air conditioning, minibar, in-room safe, and complimentary toiletries.The Zaytinya Restaurant is known for its delicious Greek breakfast, as well as the best of Mediterranean and European cuisine. The P-Bar is a great meeting point to enjoy conversation over a cup of coffee with delicious pastries, or a cocktail or a wine from their exceptional wine list.For a reinvigorating experience, be sure to visit the hotel’s PULSE Gym & Fitness Station, featuring a fully equipped fitness center, sauna and Jacuzzi.

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Royal Olympic Hotel

Royal Olympic Hotel

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This 5-star, family run hotel is located directly opposite the Temple of Zeus and the National Garden, overlooking the Acropolis and a short walk to the new Acropolis Museum. The hotel’s 264 elegantly decorated guestrooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, air conditioning, minibar, in-room safe, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Breakfast is served at the Roof Garden Restaurant, while enjoying a splendid view of the Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Marble Stadium, the National Gardens, and Mount Lycabettus. At the gourmet Ioannis Restaurant, located on the Roof Garden, you can savor traditional Greek recipes with a modern touch. Snacks and sweets, along with an excellent selection of wines and cocktails are available at the rooftop Ioannis Bar. The indoor Lounge Bar features comfortable armchairs, and a relaxing ambiance inviting you to enjoy a glass of wine, a beer or a coffee. If you prefer to enjoy a cocktail by the pool while listening to relaxing music, try out the Pool Bar. The Royal Olympic features a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, a cozy library with a comfortable reading area, a fitness center and a spa.

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