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Athens, Sparta, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora

  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodations at your Choice of Hotel in Athens
  • 1 Night Luxury Accommodations at Hotel Europa in Olympia
  • 1 Night Luxury Accommodations at Nafsika Palace in Itea
  • 1 Night Luxury Accommodations at Divani Hotel in Kalambaka/Meteora
  • Private Half Day Tour of Athens with an English Speaking Licensed Guide
  • Private 4 Day Tour of Mainland Greece with an English Speaking Driver
  • Round-trip Airport Transfers
  • Breakfast Daily
  • All Hotel Taxes and Service Charges
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ITINERARY DETAILS

DAY 1

Athens


Arrive to Greece, the land of mythical Gods and ancient civilization. Your private driver will pick you up from Athens International Airport and take you to your five-star hotel. Enjoy your afternoon and evening exploring the vibrant culture and nightlife of Modern Athens. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for recommendations of their favorite restaurants, cafes and entertainment.

DAY 2

Athens - Half Day Athens Walking Tour


In the morning, your licensed English-speaking guide will meet you at your hotel lobby, to begin your tour of the new Acropolis Museum. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to explore the Acropolis and its timeless temples of the Parthenon, Erectheion and Athena Nike. Walk up to the Hill of Philopappus to see the impressive funeral monument from the Roman era as you appreciate the widespread views of Athens and Piraeus. Subsequently, walk down to the hill of the Pnyx, an area used in Classical Athens as the meeting place for the democratic assembly. You can later enter the historical Plaka area, close to the Thiseion temple, dating back to the 5th century BC. Meander past the ancient Agora and its remarkably restored Stoa of Attalus, Hadrian's Library, and the picturesque Tower of the Winds. The return route takes you over the Hill of Mars, also known as Areopagus, where Saint Paul preached his Sermon on an unknown God, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, in 54 A.D., which is directly below the Acropolis. Continue your tour to the Odeion of Herodes Atticus, still used today as a summer venue for open-air concerts and theatrical performances. The last stop of the tour will be at Syntagma Square, where you will witness the changing of the Guards, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, right below the Parliament building.

DAY 3

Athens, Olympia


After breakfast, your private driver will pick you up from your hotel to begin your 4-day tour of Greece's Mainland. Start by travelling along the Saronic Gulf's coastal road towards the Corinth Canal. Before the canal was built, ships used to sail between the Aegean and Adriatic Seas by circumnavigating the Peloponnese, adding an additional 185 nautical miles to their journey. Visit Ancient Corinth where St. Paul spoke to the Corinthians before driving across the Peloponnese, to reach the city of Sparta, the hometown of Leonidas which was popularized by the movie 300. You will have the opportunity to see Leonidas statue along with the remains of the palace and theatre. After visiting Sparta, head for the capital of the Byzantine Empire, a little town known as Mistras, full of churches and monasteries. End the day at your final stop of Olympia, where you will stay the night.

DAY 4

Olympia, Arahova


Your second day of exploration on the Peloponnese peninsula begins in Ancient Olympia, which gained its fame as the sanctuary of Zeus and Hera and contains a wealth of other small shrines, gymnasiums and sculptors' workshops. According to history, Ancient Olympia was the site of the Olympic games in classical times, founded in 776 B.C. Today, the Olympic torch is still lit here, before travelling to where the modern Olympics are hosted. While visiting the museum, pay close attention to the exhibits of unique sculptural masterpieces, such as Praxiteles' Hermes, Paeoneus' Victory, and Apollo. Your journey from Olympia continues by crossing the newly built bridge near Patra, exiting the Peloponnese, as you head towards the quaint village of Arachova. Relax in the evening with a nice dinner at a local tavern and wander through the streets as you explore this mountainous town.

DAY 5

Delphi, Kalambaka


After breakfast, spend your morning exploring Delphi's archaeological site and impressive museum, which was once considered the center of the universe, best-known for the oracle at the sanctuary and later dedicated to Apollo during the classical period. After visiting Delphi, continue towards Kalambaka, stopping along the way at historical Gravia, where Odysseus Androutsos, with a team of 100 men stopped 8 thousand Turks. Its noted in history that over 400 of Turks died, while Androutsos lost only 2 of his men. Make a pit stop for coffee in the town of Domokos, before ending the day at your hotel in Kalambaka.

DAY 6

Meteora, Athens


Start your day by visiting Meteora, a unique and impressive site with ageless monasteries perched on top of huge monolithic granite rocks, with unforgettable views. Explore three of the monasteries, suspended between the earth and sky, containing priceless historical and religious treasures, as well as many pieces of Byzantine art. On the return trip to Athens you will stop again in Domokos for coffee or lunch, before visiting the giant statue of Leonidas in Thermopiles, which was popularized by the movie 300, where the Persians battled against the vastly outnumbered Greeks for three days. Although it was clear that the Persians were going to win, Leonidas stayed and fought the final battle with only 300 men from Sparta. The last stop on your journey will be at the beachside town of Arkista, before returning to Athens.

DAY 7

Departure


After breakfast, your private driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Athens International Airport to catch your departure flight.

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Since 1874, Hotel Grande Bretagne, has been recognized as the “Royal Box” of Athens, an exclusive luxury hotel, which flawlessly serves the most noble of society with grace and style. Occupying a prestigious block of the city’s center, under the Parliament, and offering views of the Acropolis, Hotel Grande Bretagne is ideally located within walking distance of exclusive shopping, restaurants, open-air cafes, museums, and the business district, serving as our traveler’s top pick.

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King George Palace was created for people who recognize quality and demand excellence in all they do. It combines the grace and stature of a historic landmark with ultra-modern amenities and personal service that puts guests’ comfort above all. A total renovation has recently restored the King George to its original glamour, while the experienced hotel personnel offer discreet and competent service around the clock, making it one of the best luxury hotels in Athens.

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The Margi luxury hotel, in Athens, is a luminous haven away from home. Perfectly balancing discreet luxury with a cozy Mediterranean ambience, this unique design hotel is exceptionally nestled between the sea and pine forest, promising moments of absolute pleasure in the Athenian Coast. This fresh and charming boutique hotel is also a few steps away from a yacht marina, an array of water sports, and Athens’ most popular clubs and restaurants.

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Centrally-located in midtown Athens, the grandiose Royal Olympic Hotel sits just in front of the famous Temple of Zeus and the National Gardens. Laying in the shadow of the Acropolis, it is just a stone's throw away from some of the major city attractions, including the new Acropolis Museum, Plaka and the famous Parliament building. The 5 star family-run property boasts a library, an elegantly decorated roof garden restaurant/bar, an outdoor swimming pool, a fully-equipped gym and spa, and has facilities for the disabled too.

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The New Hotel is a splendid structure situated in the heart of Athens, making it an ideal destination for an exclusive and unforgettable stay. This luxurious establishment was designed by the Brazilian Campana brothers, mixing ancient Athens charm with modern amenities, making it perfect for both business and leisure travelers. Enjoy your stay in this 79-room art installation hotel, located a few blocks away from the Constitution Square, Plaka and Acropolis.

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Hotel Europa was built overlooking Ancient Olympia, with idyllic views of the Arcadian mountains and the paradisiacal valley, lying between the two rivers of Alpheus and Cladeus. The hotel's warm aesthetics and inviting design help to provide a peaceful and relaxing feel during your stay in Olympia. All rooms and suites exemplify the balance of the area's heritage with modern amenities, making it a perfect option for unwinding by the pool and soaking up the Greek sun.

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Nafsika Palace is ideally located in the heart of Itea, a quiet picturesque coastal town at the foot of mount Parnassos. The 4-star hotel is within easy reach of the beaches at both Itea and Galaxidi and provides guests with a relaxing retreat after a day of sightseeing. The charismatic hotel’s spacious 85 guestrooms were recently renovated with a contemporary design and a touch of French elegance, providing modern interiors and comfortable amenities with floor to ceiling windows.

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Divani Meteora Hotel is a fully renovated luxury hotel located in the quaint village of Kalambaka, surrounded by the magnificent rock formations of Meteora and its amazing dramatic landscapes. All guestrooms and suites offer a blend of tranquility and elegance with a tasteful décor of muted shades against a cream background. The palatial hotel also boasts picturesque gardens, a swimming pool, spa, fully-equipped fitness center and a first-class restaurant serving an excellent cuisine of local and international dishes.

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3 Nights Rome Extension

Journey to Rome, the Eternal City, with its enchanting history that spans nearly three millennia. Stay three nights at one of our hand-selected luxury hotels as you experience Imperial Rome on your half-day tour of the city, including the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, Capitol Hill, and more. Spend your last day of leisure enjoying Italian food and wine or take an optional tour of Vatican City. Your three nights/four-day extension in Rome includes roundtrip airfare from Cairo to Rome, private transfers, hotel accommodations, private tours, and local assistance.

3 Nights Istanbul Extension

Travel to Istanbul, the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Spend three nights at one of our top selected luxury hotels, with spectacular views. Explore the Ottoman and Byzantine Relics of the city on a full-day tour, Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, the Hippodrome, and Topkapi Palace. Enjoy a day of leisure where you can experience the local culture or take a trip up the Bosphorous. Your three nights/four-day extension in Istanbul includes roundtrip airfare from Cairo to Istanbul, private transfers, hotel accommodations, private tours, and local assistance.

Laura & Alan in Greece and Italy - Travelive Reviews

Laura & Alan, USA

Nico & Isidora,

We want to thank you both for the outstanding service Travelive offered for our Greece and Italy trip. We travel very often, and have been many places but it's the first time we had such an amazing experience. From the time we left JFK airport until we arrived back, everything went smoothly. The drivers, the hotels, the tours.. everything was top of the line - and your service was excellent. Even when we needed an English speaking dentist, you found one just a block from our hotel and fit the appointment into a small window of time. I want to thank you again for the exceptional service.

All the hotels we stayed at were stunning. Excellent accommodations and first rate staff with impeccable service. Our favorite was the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens.

Our tour guide in Athens was outstanding. Knowledgeable, friendly engaging and personable. We enjoyed every moment of the tour.

Our driver in Greece was also exceptional. He made us feel at ease the minute we got in his car.

It is always a shot in the dark when you find a company through a search on Google. Alan was skeptical when I first presented the itinerary and idea to him about using your services. What we got far exceeded our expectations. We thank you both for making everything so easy and excellent. Thank you.

Laura & Alan

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