2021 Greece – Ancient History and Modern Culture – Small Group Tour

ATHENS • NAFPLION • OLYMPIA • ARACHOVA • DELPHI • METEORA • THESSALONIKI • KAVALA

SMALL GROUP Tour: June 12 – 24, 2021                  Limited to 14 Travelers

Greece – Ancient History and Modern Culture | Starts: Athens Ends: Thessaloniki

Accompanied by a Lakani Tour Manager, discover the ancient icons and modern aspects of life of Greece.

Discover ancient antiquities and architectural marvels on this tour that takes you through the Peloponnese to central and northern Greece. Learn about the ancient Greeks and see the birthplace of the Olympic games. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites; drive through picturesque mountain passes; and take in the fresh sea air in various coastal locations. Encounter friendly locals and indulge in delicious Greek specialties and wine. This exploration of Greek history and culture is packed with memories to last a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Ascend the Acropolis to see the ancient Parthenon and visit the remarkable Acropolis Museum in Athens
  • Admire the near vertical sides of the Corinth Canal, an engineering masterpiece
  • Take in the views of the Argolic Gulf from Palamidi Castle above Nafplion
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games
  • Visit the most important shrine in Ancient Greece, the Temple of Apollo in Delphi
  • Marvel at the unique UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora and visit monasteries perched atop natural pillars
  • Learn about the Byzantine influence in the port city of Thessaloniki and explore highlights of the Macedonian region
  • Gain insight from local experts and your Lakani Tour Manager

Pricing & Inclusions

$17,790

Cost Per Person

$3,990

Single Room Supplement

Accommodations in Deluxe Rooms

All meals including opportunities to Dine by Choice at local eateries

VIP Airport Arrival assistance

Transportation by deluxe vehicles including private airport transfers

Gratuities for lodging, meals, local guides and drivers

Internet access at all hotels

Lakani’s “Luggage-One-Touch”

Services of the Lakani Tour Manager from start to finish

Saturday, June 12 - Sunday, June 13, 2021  •  Athens, GREECE -- Grand Bretagne

Arrive Athens and you will be greeted and transferred to your luxury hotel in the heart of the city on Syntagma Square. Meet your fellow travelers and Lakani Tour Manager at a welcome cocktail and dinner party.

Tour the highlights of Athens, including the legendary Acropolis, and the impressive Acropolis Museum.

Monday, June 14 - Wednesday, June 16  •  Nafplion & Olympia -- Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas

Leave Athens behind and drive to the Corinth Canal for a look at this historic canal that separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. Continue to the impressive ancient theatre of Epidaurus, built in the 4th century BCE in honor of Asclepius – god of medicine. Head to Nafplion, a beautiful seaport town and your accommodations in a luxury sea view bungalow. Explore the town on the Argolic Gulf on foot with your guide. Visit the hilltop 18th-century Palamidi Castle, the best preserved of the Venetian castles.

Drive to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic games in the 8th century BCE, and home to an ancient Greek religious sanctuary. Visit the archaeological site and museum.

Thursday, June 17 - Friday, June 18  •  Arachova / Delphi -- Santa Marina Resort & Spa

Travel northwest to the Helmos mountains and take the historic rack railway from Kalavryta to Diakofto. Continue to Patras, an important city inhabited since the prehistoric age. Drive across the Rion-Antirion Bridge, the world’s longest suspended cable-stayed bridge at 1.8 miles, to the mainland and head to Arachova, nestled at the base of Mt. Parnassos. Your stylish accommodation affords stunning mountain views.

Explore the archaeological ruins at Delphi, a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit its museum. Return to Arachova for free time.

Saturday, June 19 - Sunday, June 20  •  Meteora -- Divani Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka

Drive to Meteora, the unique rock formations whereupon monasteries from the 14th century are perched. Visit some of these unique monasteries and then tour the area at sunset for picture perfect views.

Monday, June 21 - Wednesday, June 23  •  Thessaloniki -- Makedonia Palace Hotel

Head north to Vergina, the site of the ancient capital of Macedonia. See the gold treasures of the Royal Tombs. Continue to Thessaloniki and your hotel overlooking the sea. Tour the ancient monuments of the city and step inside the impressive Archaeological Museum.

Venture outside of the city to explore the lovely port city of Kavala and the important archaeological site of Philippi. Reminisce with your fellow travelers at a farewell cocktail and dinner party.

Thursday, June 24  •  Thessaloniki

Say goodbye to Greece as you depart for the airport for your flight home or onward destination.

Grand Bretagne  •  Athens

Landmark classical hotel with modern amenities in the heart of the city on Syntagma Square. Deluxe Acropolis View Room.

Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas  •  Nafplio

Built into the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Argolis, the enchanting town and surrounding mountains. Sea View Bungalow.

Santa Marina Resort & Spa  •  Arachova

Elegant retreat in the mountains near Delphi. Mountain View Junior Suite

Divani Meteora Hotel  •  Kalambaka

Traditional hospitality in a contemporary setting with views of the dramatic rocks of Meteora. Executive View Room.

Makedonia Palace Hotel  •  Thessaloniki

A paradise in the heart of the city. Located in a prime spot on the Thermaikos Gulf, steps from the landmark White Tower. Junior Sea View Suite.

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