In this land of myth and magic, where Gods ruled and heroes battled, Classical Greece stirs the imagination like no other.
See what's planned
- Tread in the footsteps of Ancient Olympians at Olympia.
- Enjoy panoramic views from the Palamidi fortress at Nauplia.
- View the Acropolis in Athens topped by the spectacular Parthenon.
- Dine in local tavernas and sample traditional Greek cuisine.
- Experience knowledgeable local guides.
- Explore the ancient site and excellent museum at Delphi.
- Visit Sparta, once one of the most powerful cities in ancient Greece.
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.
Please note: Due to a cycling event in Sparta in September, our September 21st holiday will stay on the coast at Gythio instead of Sparta. Our planned itinerary remains the same
- 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.
What's not included?
- Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
- Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
- Discretionary tips
- Optional excursions
- Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)
This is a Grade 2 leisurely holiday, where our walking is mainly centered around active sightseeing, visiting ancient sites, museums, traditional villages and of course in Athens. There is a countryside walk from Delphi, taking us down towards the coast, which has an opt out point en route. Occasionally paths are rough as we follow cobbled tracks, and there will be some ascents and descents, where you may find walking poles useful. The highest point we reach on the holiday is 1141m on the Ancient Footpath of Pan Worshippers above Delphi, with most of the ascent being achieved using transport. All the other walks are at much lower altitudes.
Our bottom line is happy travellers, and to that end we trust our tour leaders to use the itinerary below as a basis for providing you with a great holiday. We expect our leaders to make adjustments to the itinerary if the weather, group ability or other local conditions make that necessary. There are normally more options available to our leaders than those listed below and one or more of these options may well be chosen. All distances, heights & timings are approximate.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
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.
Transfer Time = 3h 30m
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.
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.
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.
Leaving Olympia in the late morning, we journey across the Peloponnese mountains to the sea-side town of Gythion for 2 nights’ accommodation.
We texplore 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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 10 to 11
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.
We leave for Athens Airport and our return flight to London Heathrow.
Walks & Excursions
The majority of walking on this holiday is made during sightseeing days, visiting ancient sites, which generally involves a good amount of walking. We do include a walk while in Delphi, down towards the sea at Itea, visiting Chrisso village en route. In addition to the Ramblers Walking Holidays group leader, this holiday also benefits from the knowledge of local guides to enhance the visits at some of the archaeological sites.
Spring time in the Peloponnese lends itself to an array of flora and the archaeological sites we visit are often carpeted in colour. You don;t need to be a botany buff to enjoy these, so whatever your knowledge you might find that a bit of reading before you travel can add significantly to the joy of your holiday discoveries. Look at the ‘Discover Wild Plants’ section of the www.plantlife.org.uk website for fascinating facts on a huge range of plants you might see both in the UK and abroad. They have ‘spotter sheets’ to use on your walks to help you get your eye in, and a good section on Habitats.
Often it’s not only the name of the plant that’s of interest, but the way it grows and the stories behind it. www.ukwildflowers.com has tons of information of flowers way beyond just the UK. Try googling ‘wild flower photography’ to get some new ideas to try out. Naturally, it’s completely fine if you just turn up with no prior knowledge, ready to be delighted and surprised by what out out there beneath your feet.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator.
We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by
us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price,
non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or
additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
There are a wealth of sites to be visited on this itinerary and to assist you with your holiday budget, you may wish to take the following entrance fees into account (rates as of 2018), all prices noted are per person. In Greece, archaeological sites offer a 50% reduction to the entrance fee to EU citizens on proof of age for anyone aged 65 or over.
- Delphi site and museum: €12
- Olympia: €12 including Archaeological Museum
- Argos Museum and Tiryns: €4 and €4
- Epidaurus: €8
- Palamidi site: €4
- Mycenae: €12
- Ancient Corinth: €8
- Mistra: €7
- Athens (general admission to various sites): €18
- National Archaeological Museum: €9
The currency in Greece is the euro.
Each of our hotels accepts major credit cards and banks and ATMs are available in each of our centres.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Tour Leaders & Local Guides
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.
Your Travel Details
We fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Athens (ATH) with British Airways.
Transfers between centres will be by road and possibly ferry and our arrival transfer from Athens to Delphi will take approximately 3½ hours.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
Passports and Visas
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport.
Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents
and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to
ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply
with, such requirements.
General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel
and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday price, with dinners taken at local tavernas, giving an excellent opportunity to sample the wonderful Greek cuisine. Often starters are sharing plates - mezzes - and desserts are simple. The Greek diet easily caters for vegetarians and gluten free dishes. Lunches are not included, and are at your own expense, and these may include a cafe stop or a picnic lunch.
Footwear & Kit List
Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
- Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
- Fleece or jumper
- Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
- Swimwear (if appropriate)
- Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
- Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
- Basic first aid kit
- Reusable Lunchbox
- Walking poles (should you find them useful)
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
- Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
- Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
- Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
- Holiday money
- Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
- Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
- Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
- Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
- Your travel insurance details
- Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
- Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
- A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
- Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about
Electricity in Greece
Electricity in Greece is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is
filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter
such as a Water-to-go bottle available from
Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go
for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website
at www.watertogo.eu and
enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the
discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us
to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information
Maps, Guidebooks & More
Greece – The Rough Guide
Greece-Athens and the Mainland – Eyewitness Travel Guide
Athens Insight City Guide – Insight City Guide
The Classical World - An Epic history of Greece and Rome – Robin Lane Fox
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
Tel: 01684 593 146
E-mail: [email protected]
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:
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Staying Healthy On Holiday
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility
to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on,
and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure.
Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Greece
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Greece.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
You may also wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.
There is a low to no risk of malaria in Greece. Malaria risk is from May to October and is very limited; confined to the villages of the Evrotas delta area in Lakonia district. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
It is a condition of booking with Ramblers Walking Holidays that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.
Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Looking for travel insurance cover?
If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.
SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.
EHIC & GHIC Cards
From January 1st, 2021 UK travellers can continue to use their European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) – which can last up to five years, until its expiry date, to gain access to medical assistance during your holiday. However, you will no longer be covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travellers without a valid EHIC can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replaces the EHIC once it has been phased out. Please note however that the EHIC/GHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations.
Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence
of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups
not only gives you an up close and personal experience of
your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate
environment. We feel that the most important starting point
to protect the environment is to be out in it.
For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able
to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives.
Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose
aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries
we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long
term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less
developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way.
See our website for more information and details of some of the
projects we support.
Staying In Touch
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for the future. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature
of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change
to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and
your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your
attention to any significant change.
You may wish to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
Ramblers Walking Holidays
Our office is open and our Sales & Reservations team are available to speak to you from:
- 09.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday
Please quote your Booking Reference number and Tour Code whenever contacting us.
We wish you an enjoyable holiday!
Our holiday walking grades
Grade 2 Sightseeing
Mixes active sightseeing with short city or countryside walks. Any walks will take up to 2 hours and any ascents or descents will be taken at a leisurely pace. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.
Discover more about our walking grades