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7 Day Essential Greece - Friday Departure

7 Day Essential Greece - Friday Departure


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Greece

Cities Visited

Athens, Delphi, Olympia

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Greece
Depart for Greece

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Athens
Arrive in Athens, the classical capital of Greece; transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover the ancient wonders of this city known as the cradle of Western Civilization and the birthplace of democracy. This evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting at approximately 7 PM at your hotel. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Athens

DAY 3, Sunday - Athens City Tour
This morning is at leisure, or join the optional guided tour of the Acropolis. This architectural masterpiece was built during the Golden Age of Athens and today is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For passengers who opt not participate in the optional tour, transportation has been included to meet the Tour Manager and the rest of the group at the Acropolis Museum. Visit the museum, built at the base of the famous monument, housing many of the precious original statues from the Acropolis. After lunch on your own, join the Tour Manager for a walk through the lively Plaka area, the oldest section of Athens, a neighborhood of charming restaurants, shops and sidewalk cafes. Continue by bus to Syntagma Square. Upon arrival, you might catch a glimpse of the colorfully-costumed Evzone guards, outfitted in the traditional Greek style. Tonight, consider joining the optional dinner in Athens. Begin the evening with a panoramic drive through illuminated Athens. Continue to the lively Plaka area under the Acropolis and enjoy a 3-course traditional Greek dinner, including wine and live music at a typical Greek taverna
Optional: Acropolis Archaeological Site Walking Tour (AM)
Optional: Dinner in Athens (PM)
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Sightseeing en route to Olympia
Depart Athens via the scenic coastal road to the mighty Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. Continue via Nauplion to Mycenae, the heartland of Greek mythology. Visit the Acropolis of Mycenae and the Tomb of Atreus, built around 1250 B.C. From here, drive through the Central Peloponnese Peninsula, whose major cities in classical times were Corinth and Sparta. Continue to Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games
Overnight: Olympia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Tour the Olympia Archaeological Site
Morning visit to the archaeological site of Olympia, including the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, and the ancient stadium where the Olympic Games were first held in 776 B.C. At the Archaeological Museum view astonishing Greek works of art such as the Nike of Paionios and terracotta statues dating back to the 5th century B.C. Visit a local store, where you will have a chance to taste local olive oil and spices. Then, drive north through the plains of Eliad and Achaia, crossing the Corinth Strait via a cabled bridge from Rion to Antirion. Pass the town of Nafpaktos en route to Delphi, home of the ruins of the Tholos Temple
Overnight: Delphi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Archaeological Tour of Delphi
Tour the excavated site of Delphi and the archaeological Museum, perched on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered one of the most important places in Greek history, its stunning setting and ancient ruins are truly inspirational. Walk the Sacred Way to the imposing 4th century B.C. Temple of Apollo, site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Afterward, travel south and arrive in Athens in the late afternoon. The rest of the evening is at leisure to further discover Athens on your own. Tonight, attend a Farewell Reception with your Tour Manager and newfound friends
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Thursday - Depart Greece
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Athens, Athens-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 5 nights accommodations
  • 3 nights Athens
  • 1 night Olympia
  • 1 night Delphi
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 7 meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guide in Athens
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Special Features

  • Visit the Acropolis Museum, a modern museum housing ancient relics from the Acropolis
  • Visit Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games
  • Tour the archaeological sites of Delphi and the Temple of Apollo
  • *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.

    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.In order to attend the Orientation Meeting at approximately 7 PM on Day 2, we recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 PM or earlier, if possible.

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    Accommodations

    Crowne Plaza Athens
    This first class hotel is located in Athen's Ilissia suburb.

    Europa Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated on a hill above the village of Ancient Olympia.

    Hotel Apollonia
    This superior tourist class hotel is situated in an ideal location with majestic views.

    Crowne Plaza Athens
    This first class hotel is located in Athen's Ilissia suburb.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

    Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    3.9
    Accommodations
    3.6
    Itinerary
    3.6
    Professional Staff
    4.4
    Repeat with Operator
    4.1
    Value for Money
    3.9

    Ratings based off 7 reviews - currently showing 3 reviews with comments only

    It was my first time booking with Affordable Tours, I have always used the respective tour companies directly. The representatives I have dealt with regarding my trip to Greece answered my questions and were courteous, plus i received a steep discount on-top of the discount provided by the tour company. I will definitely book with affordable Tours again.

    T believe this was my 15th trip with Gate 1. I have already booked two more tours with that company, but after the experience with "8 Day Essential Greece". I am not certain I would choose to travel with them. Without notifying me, they combined my tour with two other groups , and the result was a group of 41 people, most of whom had been touring together for some time. There was only one guide who did her best to work with so may tourists - and many did not speak English ! Optional tours which had not been described fully in the material I received ( no prices were included) were discussed at the opening meeting - and to my shock, could only be bought with cash. ( The only optional tour I was able to purchase prior to leaving was paid for with a credit card - I never carry large amounts of cash with me ! ) The accommodations described two of the three hotels as "first class" and they were far from being 4-5 star hotels. ( Has anyone checked their bathrooms lately ?) Actually, the Stanley, called a "superior tourist class hotel" , was the best. On a positive note, the bus driver was excellent, and the tour manager did work that should have been done by two people !


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