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Classical Greece

What will you need to pack for this enlightening tour of Classical Greece? A sun hat, your thinking cap, and your competitive spirit for starters. Thought-provoking scenery and stories await in the land of powerful Sun Gods, ancient philosophers, and legendary Olympians. From the world-famous Acropolis in Athens to the sacred Temples of Olympia, and the mountainside excavations of Delphi to the monastery-topped rock formations of Meteora, you’ll walk in the footsteps of Greece’s most renowned and mystical figures—and dance in them, too. A glass of traditional ouzo will loosen your joints to learn the lively steps of the sirtaki, made famous in the classic movie Zorba the Greek. A t-tapping, hands-on adventure, you’ll also learn the secrets of Mediterranean cuisine and how to make traditional tzatziki cucumber dip. Don’t forget to bring your appetite, too!

Traveller Notes
We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect holiday—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi.
Tour details
Tour Provider Globus
Price From
$3,859
Number of Days
8
Start Location
Athens, Greece
End Location
Athens, Greece
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
14 to 24
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
No specific theme
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Day 1 - ARRIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE
Welcome to Athens!
At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome drink.
Day 2 - ATHENS
Marvels & Myths
ATHENS Guided sightseeing includes a visit to the Acropolis and a stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)
TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOTS Explore the heart of Ancient Greece, in the historic empire where 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, never fail to amaze! See the Panathenaic Stadium, one of the venues of the first modern Olympic Games.
Day 3 - ATHENS-CORINTH-MYCENAE-EPIDAURUS-NAUPLIA
Greek History & Hers
CORINTH Cross the canal and visit ancient Corinth.
MYCENAE Free time for lunch. Guided visit of the excavations and museum.
EPIDAURUS Guided visit to the 2,300-year-old open-air auditorium before continuing to Nauplia. (B,D) 132 mi / 212 km
TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURAL GEM The outdoor auditorium of Epidaurus combines perfect mathematic proportion with excellent acoustics. This fascinating archaeological treasure was used for the healing of patients from all over Greece and was dedicated to Asklepios, the god of healing.
Day 4 - NAUPLIA-OLYMPIA
Ruins & Recipes
Take a scenic drive through the Arkadian Mountains.
OLYMPIA Join a guided visit to the archaeological site and the museum. [LF] Attend a cooking demonstration this evening to learn how to make traditional Greek tzatziki. (B,D) 112 mi / 181 km
LOCAL FAVOURITE
LOCAL TASTES Dip into the delicious tradition of Greek tzatziki - a mix of yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and herbs such as dill, mint, parsley, and thyme. Learn how to make this quintessential recipe loved the world over.
Day 5 - OLYMPIA-PATRAS-DELPH
Digs & Dances
Drive by the busy seaport of Patras.
DELPHI Join a guided visit to the excavations and Archaeological Museum. This evening, [LF] learn how to dance the sirtaki while sipping a glass of ouzo. (B,D) 149 mi / 239 km
LOCAL FAVOURITE
CULTURE & TRADITION Dance in the steps of Zorba the Greek to learn the sirtaki. This passionate and dramatic dance gs very well with a glass of ouzo, the anice-infused drink the locals are so fond of.
Day 6 - DELPHI-METEORA AREA
Monasteries in Magical Greece
Drive past Lamia and Trikala en route to Kalambaka.
METEORA Guided visit of the Varlaam and St. Stephen's Monasteries. (B,D) 155 mi / 249 km
TOUR HIGHLIGHT
SACRED SITES Perched atop soaring huge cliffs are the monasteries of Meteora, of which six are still active. Visit the beautiful monasteries of Varlaam and St. Stephen's to marvel at this serenely mystical landscape with breathtaking views from above. Long revered for the perfect monastic retreat from the world outside, Meteora's spectacular array of massive sandstone cliffs create a surreal setting unlike any other.
Day 7 - METEORA AREA-THERMOPYLAE-ATHENS
Grecian Battles & Beauty
THERMOPYLAE Stop at the battle site.
ATHENS Free time late afternoon and evening. (B) 236 mi / 380 km
TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDARY LIVES The story of the Battle of Thermopylae is hard to beat for drama. You may recognise this tale of the heroic, yet doomed Spartans of 480 BC fighting against the Persian army, which is dramatised in the film "300." Their brave battle endures as a valiant symbol of bravery and sacrifice for a patriotic cause.
Day 8 - ATHENS
Safe travels until we meet again!
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Inclusions
7 breakfasts.
1 lunches.
4 dinners.
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
31 May 2024 07 Jun 2024 On Request $3,859
03 Jun 2024 10 Jun 2024 On Request $3,859
07 Jun 2024 14 Jun 2024 On Request $3,859
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31 Aug 2024 07 Sep 2024 Open $3,859
09 Sep 2024 16 Sep 2024 Open $3,859
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14 Apr 2025 21 Apr 2025 Open $4,249
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01 Aug 2025 08 Aug 2025 Open $4,249
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11 Aug 2025 18 Aug 2025 Open $4,399
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