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A Classic Greek Journey

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In this land of myth and magic, where Gods ruled and heroes battled, Classical Greece stirs the imagination like no other.

Guided Walking Holidays - A Classic Greek Journey

In this land of myth and folklore, where gods ruled and heroes battled, Classical Greece stirs the imagination like no other. Follow in the footsteps of ancient Spartans and Olympians as you walk through green valleys rich in wild olive and plane trees and explore the ruined cities, temples and theatres of a lost age with Ramblers Walking Holidays

This is a journey from the ancient sacred site of the oracle at Delphi to the bustling modern metropolis of Athens. From Athens airport, we travel to Delphi, which according to Zeus, was at the centre of the Earth. We explore the ancient site and museum with our guide and enjoy a walk in the surrounding countryside.

Continuing across the Gulf of Corinth, we next visit Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. Set in a valley of wild olive and plane trees, it is an evocative and enchanting setting which we explore with our guide.

We cross the mountains of the Peloponnese to arrive at Sparta lying in a fertile plain with the peaks of the Taigetos mountains rising dramatically from the edge of the town. Nearby is Ancient Sparta and Mystra, which has some of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in Greece.

We travel north to Nauplia, the small Venetian seaport in the Gulf of Argos from where we visit Tiryns & Argos and the stunning theatre at Epidauros. Nauplia itself is dominated by the hill top Palamidi fortress, which offers panoramic views.

We make our way to Athens by way of Agememnon’s Mycenae and Ancient Corinth and crossing the impressive Corinth Canal. Although the highlight of Athens is undoubtedly the Acropolis, dominating the heart of the city and is itself dominated by the Parthenon, there is much more to see. We visit the Temple of Zeus and perhaps the Archaeological Museum. In the evening we will go into old Athens for dinner.

Holiday Highlights

  • Appreciate the dramatic acoustics at Epidaurus amphitheatre.
  • Be led through history with our knowledgeable local guides.
  • Tread in the footsteps of Ancient Olympians.
  • Take in the panoramic views from the Palamidi fortress at Nauplia.
  • Visit the spectacular Acropolis in Athens topped by the spectacular Parthenon with views across the city.
  • Savour genuine Greek cuisine at local restaurants.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Athens (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      Transfers between centres
      En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken in the hotels
      Dinners taken at local restaurants and tavernas
      Knowledgeable English speaking local guides
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 2

  1. Day 1

    Depart from London Heathrow to Athens, and transfer by road to Delphi for 3 nights’ accommodation. Our journey takes approximately 3.5 hours driving, plus a short stop.

  2. Day 2

    We will have a fairly relaxed day in Delphi, exploring the museum and the ancient site, with our local guide, also allowing for some time to be spent at leisure.

  3. Day 3

    Our walk today takes us out of Delphi to the little village of Chryso, passing chapels and small churches as we walk. From Chryso, the path continues towards the coast, ending in Itea at Kirra Beach. Here we'll find a tavern for a drink and time for a dip in the sea! Approx. 7 miles; 3 hours walking If you prefer, it is possible to shorten your walk and return by public bus from Chryso to Delphi, giving you time to further explore Delphi.

  4. Day 4

    Crossing the Gulf of Corinth today, we travel by coach to the ancient site of Olympia, birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. We’ll have time to explore the site with our local guide. We stay in Olympia for 1 night’s accommodation.

  5. Day 5

    Leaving Olympia in the late morning, we journey across the Peloponnese mountains to Sparta for 2 nights’ accommodation.

  6. Day 6

    We explore Mistra today, taking in the Kastro and monastery. The Castle Town of Mystras was very strong in Byzantine times and was once the second most important town after Constantinople.

  7. Day 7

    We now head northward to Nauplia where we spend 2 nights, visiting the impressive theatre at Argos and the archaeological site at Tiryns en route. This afternoon, once checked in at our hotel, there should be time for a walk around the peninsula and the beach.

  8. Day 8

    From Nauplia we visit Epidaurus this morning to experience the theatre's excellent acoustics. The afternoon can be spent at the Palamidi Fortress with 999 steps to descend back to Nauplia. Views from the top are well worth the visit! There is also the option to leave Epidaurus and go back to Nauplia by coach and spend the afternoon relaxing or further exploring the town.

  9. Day 9

    Leaving Nauplia behind we visit Mycenae and the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth before crossing the Corinth Canal and continuing to Athens where we stay for 3 nights' accommodation.

  10. Day 10 to 11

    During our two days in Athens we’ll spend time sightseeing, visiting the Acropolis, Parthenon, and perhaps the Archaeological Museum if time permits. You may also want to spend some time in the market areas of Monastiraki or the Plaka and also make a visit of the wonderful Benaki museum, located close to the Greek Parliament building.

  11. Day 12

    We leave for Athens Airport and our return flight to London Heathrow.

Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (c3hrs 30mins).
  • Flights: Heathrow-Athens, British Airways.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Arion, Athens

Located in the centre of Athens in the Psiri district, this is an excellent base to explore Athens. Close by you'll find Monastiraki, Athens Central Market, Syntagma Square and the restaurants of the Plaka district. Rooms are contemporary in style with en suite bathrooms, mini fridge, safety deposit box, and hairdryer. Free wifi is available for all guests.

Hotel Fedriades, Delphi

This warm, family-run hotel has magnificent views of the Corinthian Gulf and the valley of Pleistos and is well located too, only a 12-minute walk to the Archaeological Museum of Delphi and 20 minutes from the historic Castalian Spring. The understated, relaxed rooms come with balconies, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus fridges. Room service is available. A breakfast buffet is offered in an airy cafe. There's also the refined Epikouros Restaurant with a terrace with sea and mountain views. Other amenities include a fireplace lounge, a relaxed bar and bikes for hire.

Hotel Lakonia, Sparta

The centrally located Hotel Lakonia offers a warm and hospitable welcome in the small city of Sparta. The classical architecture and décor of the hotel blend in with the surrounding urban environment in the best possible way. You can enjoy a homemade buffet breakfast that serves fresh local produce as well international standards such as omelettes, pancakes and fresh fruit. Guests have previously rated the breakfast very highly. A cosy 24 hour coffee bar is available as well. Some rooms have private balconies that have panoramic views of the palm trees. All rooms are ensuite with free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, air conditioning and mini bar.

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