Wendy Wu Classical Greece Tour
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Immerse yourself in the place western civilisation was born. Be enthralled by a dazzling array of ancient sites and be captivated by their timeless stories, myths and legends. The foundations of western art, architecture, literature, philosophy and politics are all uncovered on this tour, along with the vibrant culture of Greece today, where love of music, dancing, food and wine play such an important role in everyday life.
Visit the Temple of Apollo on Delphi, considering in ancient times to be the centre of the world.
Enjoy the wonderful traditional cuisine of Greece and learn how to make Portokalopita, a delicious orange pudding, which the region of Arcadia is famous for.
- Discover the historical sites of Athens
- Discover the Temple of Apollo at Delphi
- Marvel at the Monasteries of Meteora
- Enjoy traditional Greek food and get hands-on with a cookery class, wine tastings and a truffle hunt
Day 1 – Fly to Athens
Fly to Athens, birthplace of democracy and home to some of the most important ancient sites in the western world. Transfer to your hotel in the central Syntagma district and, depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure to absorb the ambience of the city.
Day 2 – In Athens
The day begins with a guided walking tour of the Acropolis of Athens. Wonder at the sublime beauty of the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike before visiting the nearby Acropolis Museum. Later enjoy a stroll to the Pnyx, a hill known for its panoramic views over the city including the Acropolis. Round off the day with dinner at a traditional local restaurant with live Rebetiko music.
Day 3 – Via Corinth and Epidaurus to Nafplio
Tour Athens by coach and visit the National Archaeological Museum, a breath-taking collection of some of the most important treasures of ancient Greece. Then travel west to see the Corinth Canal, which connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Aegean Sea, and continue to the ancient ruins of Epidaurus. Here explore the archaeological site and its impressive theatre. Finally arrive at Nafplio, one of the most beautiful towns of the Peloponnese.
Day 4 – Via Mycenae to Ambeliona
Begin the day with a guided visit to the impressive fortified city of Mycenae, with its royal tombs and fascinating museum. Next explore the region of Nemea, known for its vineyards, and visit a local producer to learn about the wine making tradition, with a chance to taste the wines. Later drive to the mountain village of Karytaina in Arcadia, where you can learn from a local chef how to make “portokalopita”, a special orange flavoured cake for which this region is known. Stay overnight at the nearby village of Ambeliona, deep in the mountains of Arkadia.
Day 5 – Ancient Olympia and Katakolo
Start the day at Bassae, famous for its great Temple of Apollo Epicurius, a UNESCO listed architectural masterpiece. Next visit Ancient Olympia, the place where the Olympic Games began and also recognised as a World Heritage Site. For a change of scene visit a nearby organic honey farm, a chance to learn the secrets of honey production and taste the products. Finally, head to the nearby seaside town of Katakolo for the night, with a seafood dinner.
Day 6 – To Delphi
Begin the day with a visit to one of the oldest wine producers in Greece, Achaia Clauss. Next discover the recently-built Archaeological Museum of Patras with its incomparable displays, then leave the Peloponnese peninsula and stop for lunch at pretty Nafpaktos. In the afternoon continue along the coast to Galaxidi and inland to Delphi, in the foothills of Mt Parnassus. Dinner at a local restaurant with magnificent mountain and sea views.
Day 7 – Delphi to Meteora
This morning enjoy a guided tour Delphi in its lovely mountain setting, and also visit its remarkable museum. From Delphi drive north to Meteora, one of the most important monastic sites in Greece, where you can admire magnificent views of the rock formations at sunset.
Day 8 - In Meteora
Today is dedicated to exploring the precipitously built monasteries of Meteora and discovering the other-worldly beauty of the region. Visit two of the most famous monasteries, with a climb of between 150 to 300 steps to each. Later on, venture into Meteora's forests for a unique truffle hunting experience, rounded off with truffle and wine tastings.
Day 9 – Via Thermopylae to Athens
First visit historic Thermopylae, known for the famous Greek-Persian battle in 480 BC, then stop at Kamena Vourla for a seafood lunch before arriving back in Athens. Later in the afternoon you will have the chance to learn how to dance in the traditional Greek style, with instruction from an excellent and experienced dance teacher. Then enjoy a farewell dinner at the old market of Monastiraki, with magnificent views to the Acropolis and live Greek music.
Day 10 – Fly Athens to the Uk
Transfer to Athens airport for your return flight to the UK.
The all-inclusive nature of the Classical Greece tour means you’ll spend your 9 nights in 4* accommodations
Learn to make a delicious Greek pudding
Immerse yourself in Greek cuisine throughout this tour but especially at the village of Karytaina in the beautiful mountains of Arcadia, where a local chef will demonstrate how to make “portokalopita”, a delicious orange pudding for which the region is famous.
Go Truffle hunting in the forests of Meteora
After exploring the monasteries of Meteora take some time to relax in the surrounding forests with a special truffle hunting experience, escorted by a professional truffle hunter and his dog. Afterwards enjoy eating your finds with a tasty pasta truffle dish.
Take a Greek folk dancing class
Learn some popular Greek folk dances at a private ‘masterclass’ with a professional dancer, followed by dinner and drinks at a traditional Athens restaurant with magnificent views of the Acropolis and live Greek music – a chance to try out those newly acquired dance moves!
- Touring with National Escort
- All entrance and activities fees
- Domestic transportation
- All accommodations
- All meals included: Breakfasts: 9 , Lunches: 8 , Dinners: 9
- International flights
- Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
- Based on London Heathrow departure
- Flight updates available on request
All tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for extra savings, more departure dates, and a quote.
See the classic sights in the company of expert guides so you can really understand the history and culture of the destination. On our classic tours we take care of everything, leaving you to sit back and enjoy the experience to the full. The tours are fully inclusive with all meals and a comprehensive touring programme.
The average number of people in a group is 21 and the maximum number of people is 28. You may encounter other Wendy Wu tour groups while you are travelling
This tour has a physical rating of 1. This means that a reasonable level of fitness is required but it’s more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You will be getting on and off coaches and boats as well as walk around the sights and climbing some steps.
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