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Four-day classic Meteora tour from Athens

Take four days to explore four millennia of history with this classic tour of Greece’s glorious past. We travel from prehistory to the present day via ancient Greeks and Romans, Byzantine monks and crusaders. Leaving Athens by the coastal road, we take a short stop to peer down at the narrow Corinth Canal below. Next, explore the ancient theatre at Epidaurus, before taking a short photo stop at the romantic town of Nafplio. At mystical Mycenae we’ll visit the atmospheric Tomb of Agamemnon. Then we depart for Olympia, cradle of the Olympic Games, through Tripolis and Megalopolis. On day two visit the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the ancient stadium and the archaeological museum to learn more about the history of Olympia. Then we drive on through the plains of Eliad and Achaia, crossing the magnificent bridge spanning the Corinthian Bay. We’ll pass through the Italianate architecture of Nafpactos and pretty coastal Itea, before arriving in Delphi in time for dinner. Day three includes a visit to Delphi’s Unesco-listed archaeological site and museum, to uncover the awesome prophecies of the Delphic oracle. Then we depart for Kalambaka, gateway to the Meteora, where we’ll spend the night. On day four, explore the monasteries atop the awe-inspiring Meteora. These hermetic retreats were built under impossible conditions, often with only a rickety winch or some treacherous rock-cut stairs for access. Nonetheless the monasteries are full of priceless Byzantine treasures, including exquisite murals, Orthodox iconography and precious manuscripts. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia and Thermopylae. Here we stop to visit the Leonidas Monument commemorating the routing of the Persian invaders at the Battle of Thermopylae. Arrive back in Athens early in the evening. Take four days to explore four millennia of history with this classic tour of Greece’s glorious past. We travel from prehistory to the present day via ancient Greeks and Romans, Byzantine monks and crusaders. Leaving Athens by the coastal road, we take a short stop to peer down at the narrow Corinth Canal below. Next, explore the ancient theatre at Epidaurus, before taking a short photo stop at th Meeting/pick-up point: Your hotel lobby (Athens centre only). Start/opening time: 8.45am on day one. End/closing time: 7.30pm on day four. Others: Transfer from your hotel, coach tickets, overnight hotel stay, guide, entrance fees, half board (dinner) are included. Not suitable for wheelchairs or the less mobile due to the many steps at the sites visited. Visitors to the monasteries must wear modest clothing covering their legs and arms in order to enter.