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From Athens: 4-Days Classical Tour with Meteora

1. From Athens: 4-Days Classical Tour with Meteora

Day 1: Leave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidaurus, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then, proceed to the town of Nafplio (short photo stop), drive on to Mycenae and visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then, depart for Olympia through central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games (dinner) Day 2: In the morning, visit the archaeological site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the ancient stadium, the spot where the torch of the modern Olympic Games is lit and the Archaeological Museum. Then, drive on through the plains of Ilia and Achaia until the magnificent bridge that crosses the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea. Arrive in Delphi (dinner and overnight) Day 3: In the morning, visit the archaeological site and the Museum of Delphi, the most famous oracle of the ancient world. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town located at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, surrounded by gigantic rocks (dinner and overnight) Day 4: Visit Meteora, a striking scenery perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (short stop to see across the road to Leonida's Monument). Arrive in Athens early in the evening.

Classical Tour from Katakolon Port to Olympia

2. Classical Tour from Katakolon Port to Olympia

Upon arrival, transfer by private vehicle from Katakolon, the port of your arrival, to the ancient site of Olympia. Wander through the place where the ancient athletes lived, trained, made sacrifices to gods, and competed absorbing the wisdom of the ancient Greeks at iconic ruins. Ponder the existence of Zeus at the stunning temple built in his honor, once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Discover the place where the Olympic Flame is ignited every four years for the modern Olympic Games. Step back in history at this stadium, run and follow the footprints of the first athletes. Take a picture of yours on the marble starting line extant up to this day. The tour continues in the museum. There, admire the unique pediments of the temple of Zeus, two immense sculpted complexes. Discover significant ancient artifacts from the site, but the masterpiece of ancient Greek art, Hermes of Praxiteles will astound you. Later on, take a stroll through the town of Olympia and soak up the modern flavor of the town. Sit at a town’s café, go shopping or savor a traditional Greek meal. Wine lovers may want to take an optional excursion to a local winery built by the sea in natural scenery and sip on the wines produced there. If you choose to swim in turquoise blue waters, the beach is organized and you can relax and enjoy a beverage or Greek nibbles. The private vehicle will always be nearby to facilitate your transfer and at the end of the day you can safely return to the port.

Short Tour of Olympia, an Olive Oil Press & St. Andrew Beach

3. Short Tour of Olympia, an Olive Oil Press & St. Andrew Beach

Take in all the interesting sites of Katakolon before heading to the Olympia archeological site and museum on this 4-5 hour shore excursion. See the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the Temple of Zeus, the Stadium, the Hermes of Praxiteles statue, and artifacts in the museum. Stop at a local olive oil press and meet the owners, who will introduce you to the process of producing the nicest local extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy a tour of the premises and learn all about real olive oil. Head to Saint Andrew’s Beach for a quick swim in the clear waters surrounded by rocks. Enjoy a cup of Greek coffee or a light lunch (not included in the tour price).

From Athens: Ancient Olympia Full-Day Private Tour

4. From Athens: Ancient Olympia Full-Day Private Tour

Explore Olympia, as the sanctuary of ancient Greece that birthed the Olympic Games. Examine the Temple of Hera, where the modern day flame still burns during Olympic Games. See the Temple of Zeus, once home to the Golden and Ivory statue of Zeus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Visit the original Stadium and Boulerterion monuments. Arrive at Athens, and see the Corinth Canal. Explore the modern town of Olympia where you can enjoy a traditional greek lunch. Shop for souvenirs in boutique stores. At the end day, be dropped back at your accommodation in Piraeus and Athens. 

From Athens: 3-Day Argolis – Olympia – Delphi Tour

5. From Athens: 3-Day Argolis – Olympia – Delphi Tour

Day 1: Athens, Corinth Canal, ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplio – Olympia Your private 3-day tour will start from Athens early in the morning. Drive towards the scenic coastal road of Athens to the magnificent structure of the Corinth Canal, which is in Peloponnese, the southern peninsula of Greece. The canal connects the Saronic with the Corinthian Gulf in the Aegean Sea - a dream of the ancients, that came true in 1893. Have time for some rest and some amazing photos above the canal. Leave Isthmos and drive to the ancient Corinth (the city of Apollo and Aphrodite, plus one of the most important visits of St. Paul, where he lived for almost 2-years doing important missionary work). Ancient Corinth was an important city state during the ancient years, the richest and most famous port of ancient Greece. Make a short stop for some great photos and rest. There, you will visit the archaelogical site and musreum, plus the church that has the 1st Letter to the Corithians written in four languages - Greek, Arabic, French and English. Then, the driver will take you to Mycenae, the golden city of King Agamemnon, the one you united all the Greek cities to fight for a common purpose against Troy. Mycenae was the city from where the Mycenaean civilization started and has an archaeological site to check it out. There, you will visit the burial Royal Tombs of the kings and queens, the cyclopian walls, the Lion Gate and the Treasury of Atreas. Go on to Nafplio, the first modern capital of Greece from 1821 till 1834. See the castle of the city, Palamidi that's over the town as well as Mpourtzi, the island fortress, the first defence line of the port. It is a wonderful seaside place, ideal for some walking, and taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch in a traditional restaurant or tavern. There, see the old houses of the Nafplio, as well as the local shops that sell handmade objects and jewelry for all tastes and wallet sizes. This is perfect place for walking, shopping and for having lunch. So when you feel hungry, get ready to taste some famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch. The tour will guide you to a traditional restaurant or tavern at Nafplio. It's up to you to choose from a variety of flavors from the most well-known Greek dishes. After your lunch, you will be driven back to Olympia and you will overnight there. Have free leisure time. Day 2: Olympia – Rio Antirio Bridge, Galaxidi, Itea and Delphi Ancient Olympia was the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games in Classical times. There, you will visit both the archaeological site and choose between the Archaeological Museum of Olympia with a great amound of artifacts and statues in it, and the Museum of the Olympic Games. The games were held every 4 years from the 8th-century BC until the 4th-century AD. You will visit the Temple of Zeus, Pelopion the stadium, the Temple of Hera, the Phillipeion, the Phidias workshop and many other structures worth your attention. Feel the aura of the Olympic Games, fighting on the Pallestra or running around the stadium and understand why ancients took so seriously the cultivation of body, mind and soul. When you feel hungry, get ready to taste some famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch. The tour will guide you to a traditional restaurant or tavern. It's up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the most well-known Greek dishes. After your lunch at Olympia, drive to Delphi through the largest cable bridge in Europe, Rio Antirio and the magnificent town of Nafpaktos and Itea. Overnight and have free time in Delphi. Day 3: Delphi, Return to Athens In the morning and after your breakfast, visit both the archaelogical site with the ancient theatre and the museum. Delphi was the first tourist attraction of antiquity, as it was busy all the year round. It was the site of where the God Apollo had his sanctuary, where prophecies were given to every man, prince, general and king by Pythia the High Priestess. It was also the center of the universe, according to Zeus, King of the Gods. You will visit the Oracle of Apollo, the Omfalos, the Temple of Athena Pronaia, Castalian Spring and see some magnificent artifacts and statues such as the Sphinx of Naxos. Have lunch with a great view of Mount Parnassus and Itea. After that, it will be time to return back to Athens.

From Kyllini: Day Trip to Ancient Olympia & a Greek Farm

6. From Kyllini: Day Trip to Ancient Olympia & a Greek Farm

This tour has a duration of approximately 6-7 hours. Your first stop is the Olympia archaeological site and museum. The Olympia visit will last approximately 2.5 hours where you will have the chance to see the birthplace of the Olympic games, the Temple of Zeus, the Stadium, the Hermes of Praxiteles statue, and many other museum artifacts. Next, you will head to Klio's honey farm where you visit a lovely rural house with the nicest owners, they will introduce you to the process of local honey production. During the visit a nice treat is offered for you to taste local pancakes with homemade honey. You will then enjoy a wine tour at Magna Grecia farm. The owners will also introduce the process of harvesting and producing homemade olive oil. A Greek local lunch can be served then or at another local restaurant. Next, you will go to the Kremasty monastery for the chance to get a feeling of the Greek Orthodox religion. Finally, you stop at Saint Andrew beach to have the chance for a quick swim under the Greek sun, enjoying the cleanest water surrounded by rocks.

From Athens: Ancient Greece & Zakynthos Private 5-Day Trip

7. From Athens: Ancient Greece & Zakynthos Private 5-Day Trip

Explore some of classical Greece's most famous landmarks on a private 5-day tour. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Archaeological Site of Mycenae, Ancient Olympia, and the monasteries of Meteora. Discover Zakynthos Island and see its many caves on a day cruise. On Day 1, get picked up by your driver then drive along the Attica coastline toward the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, making a stop at the famous Canal of Corinth to admire the breathtaking views along the way. Later, stop at Nafplio and discover its iconic Venetian fortress of Palamidi, as well as the fortified islet of Bourtzi. Next, move on to the renowned ancient town of Mycenae to explore its archaeological site. Leave Mycenae after to arrive at Ancient Olympia for an overnight stay. On Day 2, your driver will pick you up again from your hotel and take you to the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia, where the first Olympic Games took place in 776 B.C. After sightseeing in Olympia, head to Kyllini Port to take the ferry to Zakynthos. Check in at your hotel and then have the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Zakynthos. On Day 3, get transferred to Zakynthos Marina by your driver before hopping aboard a local boat cruise to explore the island. Visit the Blue Caves and the shipwreck, and enjoy a photo stop at Porto Vromi where the boat pulls up next to the Agalas and Keri Caves. Have the chance to go swimming in the area of St. Nickolas, Vasilikos, where the boat anchors for about an hour. If you're lucky, you'll even spot sea turtles during the cruise. At the end of your boat tour, return to your hotel with your driver. After breakfast on Day 4, take the ferry from Zakynthos to Kyllini and continue the tour to Delphi. Cross over the amazing bridge of Rion – Antirion before reaching Delphi. There, visit the archeological site and, of course, the Museum of Delphi. Later, visit Arachova, a simultaneously traditional and modern small city, for coffee or lunch. Depart from Arachova and drive through central Greece to Kalambaka, a small traditional town built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks of the great Meteora Monasteries. Overnight in Meteora. On Day 5, visit Meteora and marvel at the unique and impressive scenery of ageless monasteries standing atop huge rocks between the earth and sky. On the way back to Athens, pass by the small towns of Domokos, Kamena Vourla, and Thermopiles before arriving in Athens late in the afternoon.

7-Day Grand Tour of Greece: from Prehistory to Modern Times

8. 7-Day Grand Tour of Greece: from Prehistory to Modern Times

Day 1 Leave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidaurus, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then proceed to the town of Nafplio (short stop), drive on to Mycenae and visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Arrive at Olympia, the cradle of the ancient Olympic Games (dinner and overnight). Day 2  In the morning visit the archaeological site with the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the ancient stadium, the spot where the torch of the modern Olympic Games is lit and the Archaeological Museum. Then drive on through the plains of Ilia and Achaia until the magnificent bridge that crosses the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi (dinner and overnight). Day 3 In the morning visit the archaeological site and the Museum of Delphi, the most famous oracle of the ancient world. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town located at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, the gigantic rocks that rise steeply from the plain of Thessaly (dinner and overnight). Day 4 Visit the Meteora: perched on top of huge rocks, which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Depart from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki, driving through the astonishing valley of the longest river in Greece, Aliacmon. Arrival at Thessaloniki, the second largest and the most vibrant city in Greece (dinner and overnight). Day 5 In the morning visit the city that throughout the era of the Byzantine Empire was the “co-reigning” city, second in population and prestige after Constantinople. Visit unique monuments and feel the glorious Byzantine past in some of the oldest and most characteristic churches of the Christian world as well as the Museum of Byzantine Culture. The rest of the day is free to enjoy time in the lively center of the city (dinner and overnight). Day 6 Depart in the morning for a unique approach to historical Macedonia. First stop at picturesque Edessa to see the town's famous landmark, the Waterfalls. Then proceed to Naoussa, a site of exceptional beauty and importance: Aristotle's School. This is the picturesque site where the great philosopher taught the doctrines of morals and politics to Alexander the Great and the Macedonian youth. Then drive to Vergina (ancient Aigai), to experience a visit to the unique museum, created in the Great Tumulus covering the royal tombs of Macedonia. See the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Phillip II, Alexander's father, and feel the thrill of the greatest discovery of the 20th century. Only a few miles away is Veria (Biblical Beroea) to visit Saint Paul's Bema, and then stroll through the old Jewish neighborhood and the colorful market area. Return to Thessaloniki (dinner and overnight). Day 7 Drive to Pella, the capital of Alexander the Great. See the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th century B.C. villas, in situ as well as in the new museum. Then proceed and visit the Archaeological Park of Dion (sacred city of the Macedonians, at the foot of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and house of the 12 gods of Greek mythology). On the way back to Athens, drive through the striking plain of Thessaly and the Valley of Tempi, admire the gigantic figure of Mount Olympus, pass by Lamia, Thermopylae (see the Leonidas' Monument) and Thebes, arrive in Athens late in the afternoon.

From Athens: 4 Day Private Trip to Mycenae, Delphi & Meteora

9. From Athens: 4 Day Private Trip to Mycenae, Delphi & Meteora

Spend 4 days exploring the ancient history of Athens on a guided trip with included hotel stays. Stay the first night in Olympia, after seeing Epidaurus and Mycenae. Visit the Oracle at UNESCO World Heritage Listed Delphi and climb up to the mountainous monasteries of Meteora for the sunset. Day 1:Get picked up from your accommodation in the morning and begin your adventure through the history of ancient Greece. Drive through the countryside of Attica, admiring the rolling hills and fields passing by your window. Make your first stop at the Corinth Canal, separating the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking views and take some photos, before continuing to the Ancient Theatre at the Asclepieion of Epidaurus. Choose to grab a traditional lunch or just explore the streets in the coastal city of Nafplio, one of the most beautiful places in Greece. Leave Nafplio for the archaeological site of Mycenae, known as the City of Agamemnon after the famous king of Homer’s Iliad. Explore the ancient town and see the Treasury of Atreus and the Lion Gate. Depart Mycenae for Olympia to spend the night in a hotel. Day 2:Wake up in the morning and head off to the Archaeological Site of Olympia to see where the original Olympic Games were held. Cross over the Rion-Antirion Bridge, one of the world’s longest suspended bridges, to reach the peaceful town of Nafpaktos. Take a walk and admire the Venetian-inspired architecture, or find a local restaurant to indulge in a delicious lunch by the sea. Set off from Nafpaktos for the journey to Delphi. Admire the picturesque scenery as you drive, before arriving at your hotel and checking in for the night. Day 3:Enjoy your breakfast knowing you are about to visit one of the most famous classical sites in the world. After you’ve eaten drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Archaeological Site of Delphi, nestled between the peaks of Mt. Parnassus. Climb up the slopes and discover the Temple of Apollo, standing in the footsteps of Alexander the Great who once received a prophecy here. Make a short stop in the town of Arachova, a bustling ski resort in the winter months. Walk around the sloping streets and maybe have a coffee with views over the valley below. Leave Arachova and drive to Kalabaka, reaching your hotel in the vicinity of Meteora to watch the sunset.  Day 4:Make the most of the final day of your trip, discovering the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Listed Meteora. Wonder in awe at these monk settlements built upon almost inaccessible peaks of stone.  Begin your drive back to Athens, stopping at Kamena Vourla and also the pass of Thermopylae where Leonidas and the Spartans famously made their stand against the Persian Empire. Finish your tour at your hotel back in Athens.

From Athens: 6-Day Private Trip with Meteora & Corfu

10. From Athens: 6-Day Private Trip with Meteora & Corfu

Day 1: ATthens - Delphi - Meteora: The driver will pick you up from your hotel at 08.30 to start the tour to reach at Delphi. Delphi in the 6th century B.C was the religious center and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. Visit the archeological site, the Castalian Spring fountain, and the Archaeological Museum of Delphi, then have a lunch in Delphi area or at the traditional Village of Arachova before we depart for Meteora. Overnight in Meteora Day 2: Meteora to Corfu: After the breakfast the driver pick you up form your hotel at 08.30 Today we will visit the Byzantine Monasteries of Meteora that are included on the UNESCO world heritage monument list. This wonderful tour will be completed at the picturesque villages of Kalambaka, where you will have a traditional Greek lunch! We continue our trip to reach at the port of Igoumenitsa to get the ferry boat to reach Corfu. Check in at the hotel and free time to explore the town of Corfu. Overnight in Corfu Day 3: Corfu / Private Tour: Meet the driver at 08.30 at your hotel to visit the Mon Repos Palace, a neoclassical building, built in 1830 offering spectacular sea view. We will have the next visit at the church of Panagia Vlacherna & Kanoni area and the Mouse Island (Pontikonissi). We will continue the private tour to Achilleion Palace located in the picturesque village of Gastouri . Next stop will be at the famous Paleokastritsa bay, well known as the Capri of Greece. Finally, we will reach at the traditional village of Lakones, called God’s Balcony. The duration of the tour is about 6 hours. Overnight in Corfu. Day 4: Corfu to Patra: After your breakfast pick you up at 08.30 to visit the Old Venetian Fortress in Corfu that built 15th century. From the Old Fortress your tour continues on foot to reach at the famous Spianada square, it said that is the second largest square in Europe. Here you will meet our driver and then continue our trip to get the ferry. We will reach at the city of Patras for Overnight. Day 5: Patra - Olympia - Nafplio: Enjoy your breakfast the driver meet you at 08.30 at the hotel to go to the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia, where the first Olympic Games took place in 776 B.C. Leaving Ancient Olympia, continue our tour to the cosmopolitan town of Nafplio. You can stroll at the narrow streets of the old city, full of shops and restaurants. Overnight in Nafplio. Day 6: NAfplio - Mycenae - Epidaurus - Athens: Meet your private driver at your hotel at 08.30 to visit the Castle of the Town, with amazing view, next stop will be at Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus of the 15.000 spectators and the breathtaking acoustics. Continue to Ancient Mycenae, the center of Greek civilization, home to the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon. Finally, have a stop the breathtaking Canal of Corinth, and the Ancient Corinth to walk at the same paths that the famous personality of Apostle Paul walked. We will reach in Athens in the afternoon at 18.30

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3.8 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Visilious was a superb guide, Very knowledgeable and you could tell he was passionate about the history he was talking about. He actually had a PHD in archaeology so there was absolutely no one more qualified to show us round the Olympia site. He was also very friendly and accommodating. As it was a private tour, he gave us options of what we could do after our Olympia tour. We chose to visit a olive oil farm. We were shown how olive oil is made and had the differences between olives explained. We then had a light lunch along with an olive oil tasting which was superb. The option to purchase some olive oil was available but there was no pressure to do so, as the company was a recent award winner and because it tasted so amazing, we bought some and arranged to have it shipped home. I would really recommend this tour with visilious to anyone looking for a fun informative and stress free day. 5 stars!

This tour was amazing. It far exceeded expectations and was the perfect way to see major sites in Greece. Our tour guide Effie and bus driver George were phenomenal. We didn't have to worry about a thing during the tour and even when Delphi was closed due to protests they came up with a great alternate tour. Cannot recommend highly enough. We read a few reviews prior to booking the recommended to upgrade hotels, we did and all the hotels were amazing.

From an organizational point of view, everything worked out perfectly, our driver was already waiting for us in the van at the port of Kyllini. on the trip to Olympia we received a lot of very good information about the region, history and Olympia. There was also time and space for the individual organization of the day, very flexible. All in all a good experience and highly recommended!

A very nice tour crisscrossing the Greek heartland. We covered and saw a lot in four days. Well conceived and planned - lots of driving but broken down into bearable stretches. Our guide Anthony was very informative. I would highly recommend using the hotel upgrade option. Our co-travelers who had not done so were not complimentary of the hotels used in the non- upgraded selections.

Stavros was a very knowledgeable guide. Would highly recommend him.