DAY 1: ARRIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE
Arrive in Athens and check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring the Greek capital and later meet your tour director.
DAY 2: ATHENS
A day to discover Athens at leisure, visiting one of the museums or strolling through the Plaka district, or the opportunity to see island life from a small cruise ship on the optional 3-island cruise, visiting Aegina, Poros, and Hydra.
DAY 3: ATHENS–CORINTH–NAUPLIA
Join the included guided tour of Athens, featuring the highlights of this ancient capital with a visit to the ACROPOLIS. Next, cross the CORINTH CANAL and head for the coast to Nauplia.
DAY 4: NAUPLIA–EPIDAURUS–MYCENAE–SPARTA
This morning, journey into the Argolis to stop in EPIDAURUS, located in the hilly countryside dotted with pine trees and oleanders. In this magnificent setting, visit the ancient OPEN-AIR THEATER that can still seat 14,000 spectators. Later enjoy the included excursion to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE and the MUSEUM OF MYCENAE, a city fortress cursed by the gods but rich in gold and warrior kings. Travel deep into the Peloponnese to Sparta, where history hangs between reality and legend.
DAY 5: SPARTA–MYSTRA–OLYMPIA.
Enjoy the included visit of the medieval BYZANTINE CITADEL OF MYSTRA, at one time known as the “Florence of the East.” Before arriving in Olympia, visit an OLIVE OIL MUSEUM.
DAY 6: OLYMPIA–PATRAS–DELPHI.
Explore Olympia, where the athletes of antiquity performed in honor of the king of deities. Spend some free time or learn more about the history of the Olympic Games on the optional sightseeing tour. Later, drive north to Patras, the capital of the Peloponnese and the west coast’s largest port. Continue via the spectacular RION-ANTIRION BRIDGE through the picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to mystical Delphi.
DAY 7: DELPHI–KALAMBAKA
Join the optional morning sightseeing tour of the archaeological site in Delphi. Once called the “Navel of the Earth”, Delphi was the greatest oracle of the ancient world, where people flocked to seek advice. Now, it’s one of the grandest sites in Greece. On to Kalambaka.
DAY 8: KALAMBAKA–METEORA–ATHENS
A short drive to Meteora, a cluster of spectacular Christian-Orthodox MONASTERIES perched in an unforgettable manner on a set of rising rock formations. They were originally built by hermit monks living in caves carved into the rocks. Later, drive south to Athens.
DAY 9: ATHENS.
A full day at leisure to explore the unseen parts of the city, do last-minute shopping, or maybe join the optional Greek dinner.
DAY 10: ATHENS.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.