Pentravel
Pentravel

Glories of Greece with Insight Vacations

Pentravel
7 days
28 Apr 24 to 19 Oct 24
Book by 29 Feb 24
Marvel at the monumental rock formations of Meteora near Kalambaka and ascend to a historic monastery with your Travel Director. Discover the birthplace of the Olympic Games at the Temple of Zeus and explore the ancient city of Mycenae, where traditional Greek pottery methods come to life at the Mycenae Pottery Studio.

Includes

  • 7 Day Insight Vacations Guided Holiday
  • 6 Nights in stylish, hand picked hotel accommodation
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners with Wine
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned coach
  • An expert Insight Travel Director
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • Baggage handling everywhere, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included
  • Personal radio headsets, gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries
  • Additional experiences during your free time that can be purchased at an additional cost
  • Top Rated Highlights
  • Athens Acropolis Visit
  • See the Leonidas Monument in Thermopylae
  • See the Arch of Hadrian in Athens
  • Explore the Ancient Site of Olympia
  • Corinth Channel Crossing and much more!
  • Unique Insight Experiences
  • Olympia Cooking Demonstration: Chef Farije shares with you her passion for local ingredients and high quality products. Learn how to make tzatziki and other regional dishes during a fun and immersive cooking demonstration.
  • Make Travel Matter Experiences
  • Mycenae Pottery Studio Visit with an Artist: Discover ancestral pottery methods at an artist's studio that preserves important skills and ancient traditions.

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Transfers not mentioned
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature

Extras

  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.
  • Additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge can be signed up for on tour at an additional cost.
  • Airport Transfers: If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
  • Please note some departures are not definite departures.

Highlights

  • 6 Nights in stylish hotel accommodation
  • 11 Meals
  • Unique Insight Experiences

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Athens

An Insight host will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where there is time to settle in and relax. Welcome meet your travel director at 19:00 Accommodation: Athens Marriott Hotel/Divani Palace Acropolis/NEW Hotel Included Meals: Dinner with Wine

Day 2: Athens, City of Gods

Today your mythical Grecian discovery encapsulates the intriguing history of ancient Greece. Begin with an exploration revealing the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Arch of Hadrian. Next, your Local Expert takes you to the Acropolis, one of the most important ancient sites in the Western world. Crowning the top is the Parthenon, visible from almost everywhere in the city. See the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion. Continue to Thermopylae, famous as the mountain pass where King Leonidas led his Spartan army, along with fellow Greek soldiers, into battle against the Persians in 480 B.C. See the memorial dedicated to Leonidas and his courageous Spartans. Then on to your hotel in Kalambaka for a delicious dinner from a fresh, seasonal menu. Your hotel will be dependent on your departure date Accommodation: Divani Meteora Hotel/Grand Meteora Hotel Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 3: The Pinnacles of Meteora

With your Local Expert, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora, meaning 'in the air.' The massive pinnacles of smooth rock are ancient, yet could also be the setting for a science fiction tale. Visit one of the monasteries, that adds to the strange and beautiful landscape and enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Why not explore with a relaxed walk on the nature trails? Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Natural History Museum. Accommodation: Divani Meteora Hotel/Grand Meteora Hotel Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: The Sacred Way and onto Olympia

Travel south, stopping at the foothills of Mount Parnassus. Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with your Local Expert. Pass the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall, with its interlocking stones still perfectly intact after thousands of years. You'll approach the Temple of Apollo, where for 14 centuries the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic ‘words,' rumoured to have successfully predicted events related to the Argonauts expedition and the Trojan War. Your travels continue to Olympia, where dinner is served in your hotel. Accommodation: Amalia Hotel/Olympion Asty Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 5: Ancient Olympia

It's all in the name. Ancient Olympia is the site where the Ancient Olympic Games began in 776 B.C., in dedication to Zeus. See the ruined Temple of Zeus that was built to honour the ruler of the gods. Continue your exploration through time to the athletes gymnasium and the Ancient Stadium of Olympia with its characteristic arch. The start and finish points for the sprint track are still marked by stones and there is time to capture your own memory, with a photo at the starting line. In the evening, join local Chef Farije as she shares with you her passion for local ingredients and high quality products with an entertaining and immersive cooking demonstration, showcasing classic Greek cuisine. Experience authentic Greek regional flavours, as you savour dishes prepared for your Highlight Dinner. Accommodation: Amalia Hotel/Olympion Asty Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 6: Mycenae and Nafplio

Today you leave the town of Olympia and begin your journey back to the Greek capital. Stop for a visit at the ruined city of Mycenae with a Local Expert. Walk through the Lion Gate, visit the royal beehive-tombs and see the giant Cyclopean stones, used to build the city walls. Later, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you meet the artisans at a family-run pottery studio and view beautiful works of art. Travel to the elegant town of Nafplio known for its beautiful architecture, colourful shops and vibrant cafes. Your journey continues, following the shores of the Saronic Gulf to pass the Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnese and mainland Greece, before arriving in Athens. In the evening enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner in true Greek style, paired with fine wine and good company. Accommodation: Athens Marriott Hotel/Divani Palace Acropolis/NEW Hotel Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 7: Depart Athens

This morning after breakfast, your Grecian odyssey comes to an end. Take a complimentary transfer to Athens Airport for your onward journey. Included Meals: Breakfast

Terms & conditions

Prices are per person twin share, include discounts, and are subject to availability and rate of exchange changes. Offers above are a guide only and will vary depending on the departure date, our guide price is based on the cheapest departure within the stipulated season and availability is correct at time of loading. Visas may be necessary and insurance is essential. Pentravel and Tour Operator terms and conditions apply, and can be requested. Excludes flights, transfers, visas, travel insurance and anything not mentioned. Savings are not valid on all itineraries and/or departure dates, are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. High season supplements and block out dates may apply, pricing varies pending departure date. Package excludes flights. You can do optional free-time add-on experiences in your free time and pay for them as you travel (additional costs apply). Insight Vacations reserves the right to withdraw promotional offers and adjust savings anytime. All savings / discounts mentioned have already been included in the advertised price. Pentravel and Tour Operator reserves the right to withdraw or amend promotional offers at any time. These packages are based on CASH price. E&OE;.

Make an enquiry

R52,600
per person sharing
Details
Valid on 28 April 2024
Stay
7 days
Dates
28 Apr 24 to 19 Oct 24
Book by
29 February 24
Experience ID
525
Voted No.1
in travel

Thank you for being part of our journey... and choosing us to be part of yours.

PenTravel voted no1