Grand tour of Greece 7 days (6 overnights)

 
Visit of :

Corinth Canal  / Epidauros Nauplion / Mycenae / Olympia / Delphi / Meteora / Dion

Thessaloniki / Veria / Naoussa / Edessa / Pella / Vergina

 
1st day:

Leave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal. Drive on and visit the theatre of Epidauros, famous its remarkable acoustics.

Then proceed to the town of the Nauplion, drive on to Mycenae and visit the Archaeological site and the tomb of Agamemnon.

Then depart for Olympia through central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis.

Overnight in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic games.


2nd day:

In the morning visit the archeological site with the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the ancient stadium and the Archaeological Museum.

Then drive on through the plains of Ilia and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian bay from Rion to Antirrion.

Pass by the picturesque towns of Nafpaktos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi.

Overnight.

3rd day:

In the morning visit the Archaeological site and the Museum. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town stated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, giagantic rocks.
Overnight Kalambaka.
 
 

4th day:

Visit the Meteora, among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Depart from Kalambaka, drive through the plain of Thessaly and the valley of Tempi, arrive and visit the Archeological park of Dion.

Admire also the gigantic figure of Mount Olympos, the highest mountain in Greece and home of the 12 Gods of Mythology.

After the visit depart for Thessaloniki, the second largest and the most vibrant city in Greece.
Overnight Thessaloniki.

5th day:

Depart in the morning for a unique approach to historical Macedonia.

First stop at Veria to visit Saint Paul’s Bema, and then stroll through the old Jewish neighborhood and the colorful market area.

Then proceed to Naoussa to a site of exceptional beauty and importance: Aristotle’s school the impressive scenery where the great philosopher taught “the doctrines of morals and politics” to Alexander and the Macedonian youths.

In only a few miles away is picturesque Edessa where we see the town’s famous landmark, the waterfalls.
Then comes Pella, the capital of Alexander the Great.

See the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th century b.C. villas, in situ as well as in the new Museum.
Reutrn to Thessaloniki for overnight.


6th day:

See in the morning the city that throughout the era of the Byzantine Empire, was the “co-reigning” city, second in population and prestige only to Constantinople.

Visit unique monuments and feel the the glorious Byzantine past in some of the oldest and most characteristic churches of the Christian world as well as in the Museum of Byzantine Culture.

Rest of the day free, to enjoy time in the lively center of the city.

Overnight Thessaloniki.


7th day:

Drive to Vergina, to live the experience of a visit to the unique Museum, created in the Great Tumulus covering the royal tombs of Macedonia.
See the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Phillip II, Alexander’s father, and feel the thrill of the greatest discovery of the 20th century.

After the visit we shall start driving south and through Thessaly, Lamia, Thermopylae and Thebes, arrive in Athens late in the afternoon.