Treasures of Mainland Greece
9Days Athens - Delphi - Meteora - Volos - Thessaloniki
Experience Greece’s true spirit on this 9-day epic journey across the mainland. Explore an array of UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the iconic Acropolis in Athens, the clifftop monasteries of Meteora, the royal tombs of the Macedonian kings, and the exquisite Byzantine churches of Thessaloniki. With chauffeured transportation throughout, experience genuine Greek hospitality and delve deeply into the colors, flavors, and traditions of Greece.
Day 1 Welcome to Athens
On arrival you will be escorted to our luxury hotel in the heart of the city. Enjoy a welcome dinner.
Day 2 The Golden Age of Athens
Enjoy an in-depth tour of the Acropolis led by our expert guide and discover the fascinating details and secrets of the Parthenon that made it one of the world’s most iconic buildings. At the New Acropolis Museum marvel at the famous Parthenon frieze and the exquisite archaic Greek sculpture.
Day 3 Sanctuary of Delphi
Today, walk the sacred way to the temple of Apollo at the Pan-Hellenic oracle at Delphi which according to the ancient Greeks was at the center of the world. At the Delphi Museum marvel at some of the most exquisite examples of ancient Greek art including the famous bronze charioteer. Check in to hotel and explore on your own the modern charming village at the slopes of Mount Parnassus.
Day 4 Onward to majestic Meteora
This morning travel to one of Christianity’s holiest places set in a landscape of rare beauty. Marvel at the unique geological phenomenon of the “hanging” rocks, visit centuries-old monasteries of unparalleled beauty, and get special access to the kitchen of our favorite local restaurant to choose yourself what goes on your plate. Later, cross the great plain of Thessaly to visit Volos, the land of Jason and the Argonauts. Check in to Hotel.
Day 5 Idyllic villages of Mount Pelion
Explore the highlights of Mount Pelion, the summer resort of the ancient Greek gods. Marvel at majestic views, experience the slow-paced lifestyle in the mountain villages, and enjoy a delicious farm-to-table lunch in a unique setting. In the afternoon, visit an award-winning family-owned olive press to sample Pelion olives and learn about extra virgin olive oil production. This evening is yours to relax and take a stroll along the waterfront of Volos.
Day 6 Treasures & Flavors of Volos
Trace 9,000 years of Greek history while exploring Volos’ archaeological treasures including a visit to the oldest village in Europe (7,000 BC). In the afternoon, join our experienced instructor in a memorable traditional Greek dancing class. Tonight, you will dine at a tsipouro restaurant and experience Volos’ famous gastronomic tradition.
Day 7 Onward to the land of Alexander the Great
Journey into the tranquil countryside of northern Greece to the ancient town of Vergina and marvel at the riches of the royal Macedonian tombs. At the city of Veroia, enjoy a delicious meal and visit the Bema of Saint Paul. In the afternoon, explore Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great, before you arrive to Thessaloniki.
Day 8 Explore Thessaloniki
Once the capital of the Roman Empire, Thessaloniki boasts spectacular ancient monuments. Explore the city’s mix of ancient and contemporary with your local guide, including a visit to the World Heritage-listed Rotunda and church of Saint Demetrios. After lunch, venture to Gerovassiliou Winery and Wine Museum to sip on some of the finest wines the country has to offer, or alternatively, visit the Museum of Byzantine Culture.
Day 9 Farewell Greece
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.