Meteora Monasteries

Classical Greece Tour, 4 days private tour in Greece

Experience the best of Greece and escape the monotony of everyday life by embarking on our exclusive Classical Greece Tour – a private 4-day journey through the country’s most iconic destinations. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of classical Greece as you visit renowned archaeological sites and museums, marveling at the remnants of a glorious era. Your itinerary will take you to the must-see attractions of Greece, such as EpidaurusNafplionMycenaeOlympiaDelphi, and Meteora, for an unparalleled sightseeing experience. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover the wonders of Greece firsthand.

Itinerary of the Classical Greece Tour

  • Day 1: Athens or Port of Piraeus – Corinth Canal – Epidaurus – Nafplion – Mycenae – Olympia
  • Day 2: Olympia – Rio – Antirio – Nafpaktos – Delphi
  • Day 3: Delphi – Kalambaka
  • Day 4: Meteora – Thermopylae – Athens

  • Embark on a captivating 4-day tour that showcases the most significant archaeological sites of Central Greece and the Peloponnese, immersing you in the rich history and culture of ancient Greece.
  • Traverse the breathtaking and idyllic Greek countryside, where you’ll be enchanted by the stunning landscapes and picturesque villages that dot the region.
  • Explore the legendary sites of Epidaurus, renowned for its ancient theater with impeccable acoustics, and Mycenae, the once-mighty kingdom of Agamemnon, as well as Delphi, the mystical center of the ancient world, and Olympia, the hallowed birthplace of the Olympic Games.
  • Marvel at the awe-inspiring Rio-Antirio Bridge, an engineering masterpiece that holds the title of Europe’s grandest bridge, connecting the Peloponnese Peninsula with mainland Greece.
  • Enjoy the convenience of a private tour, with pick-up and drop-off services available at your hotel in Athens or your cruise ship in the Port of Piraeus, ensuring a seamless and stress-free experience.
  • Put your mind at ease throughout your 4-day adventure, as our experienced and English-speaking tour driver navigates the roads with expertise, guaranteeing a safe and enjoyable journey for you and your companions.
  • Discover why this tour is highly recommended for cruise passengers visiting Athens, as it offers an unparalleled opportunity to delve into the wonders of ancient Greece while making the most of your limited time in the country.

Day 1: Corinth Canal, Epidaurus, Nafplion, Mycenae, Olympia

ship passing through corinth canal

Our adventure begins bright and early, whether you choose to depart from Athens or the Port of Piraeus. As we embark on our scenic drive along the coast, be prepared to be captivated by the stunning views of the Aegean and Ionian Seas merging together.

Our knowledgeable driver will guide us towards Corinth, where we will have the opportunity to marvel at the Corinth Canal, a fascinating waterway connecting two seas in a truly awe-inspiring manner. The Corinth Canal, completed in 1893, is a 6.4-kilometer-long and 21.4-meter-wide canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf.

Epidaurus and its Ancient Theater

epidaurus theater
The Ancient Theater of Epidaurus

Continuing on our private tour, we will reach Epidaurus and its legendary ancient theater, famed for its impeccable acoustics and remarkable preservation.

The theater of Epidaurus, built in the 4th century BC, is located amidst lush greenery and is the focal point of the cultural events during summer, with theatrical plays and music concerts. Don’t miss your chance to experience these wonders firsthand with us.

Nafplion, the first Capital City of Modern Greece

picturesque street in Nafplion
In the city of Nafplion

As you embark on the private tour, you will soon find yourself deep in the charming town of Nafplion, once the esteemed capital of Greece. Here, you will indulge in a delightful lunch and have the opportunity to meander through the town’s quaint cobblestone lanes, leading you to charming small shops and a magnificent seaside promenade. From here, you will be treated to a breathtaking view of the majestic fortress of Mpourtzi, as well as the surrounding towns of Argolis.

Nafplion served as the capital of the First Hellenic Republic and the Kingdom of Greece from 1821 to 1834. And that’s not all; your tour will also take you to the top of the town’s crowning jewel, the fortress of Acronafplia, where you can capture stunning photos of Nafplion, the Palamidi fortress, the fortress of Mpourtzi, and the entire splendor of the Argolic Gulf.


lion’s gate at mycenae
Lions’ Gate at Mycenae

After visiting the charming city of Nafplion, your journey will continue to the ancient city of Mycenae, once a prominent state in its time.

Here, you will have the opportunity to marvel at the Royal Tombs of King Agamemnon and his family, the massive Cyclopean Walls and striking Lion’s Gate, and explore the Museum of Mycenae, located within the archaeological site and home to significant artifacts from the Mycenaean Civilization. Mycenae was the center of the Mycenaean civilization, which flourished between 1600 BC and 1100 BC.

As the afternoon approaches, you will make your way to Olympia, where you can enjoy a relaxed evening and spend the night at your leisure.

Day 2: Olympia, Rio, Antirio, Nafpaktos, Delphi

ancient olympia
Ancient Olympia

As the second day of the tour dawns, we embark on a journey to the legendary Ancient Olympia, the hallowed grounds where the Olympic Games were born. It is a rare privilege to witness the very site that was once home to the grandest celebration in ancient Greece, and still holds the title of the most esteemed sports event in the world.

Within the vast archaeological site, we will marvel at the sanctuary of Zeus and the original stadiums used for the Games. For those feeling adventurous, the opportunity to test one’s skills on the original running track of Olympia awaits.

We will also have the chance to delve into the past at the Archaeological Museum of Olympia and the Museum of the Olympic Games. The ancient Olympic Games were held every four years, starting in 776 BC, and continued for nearly 12 centuries until Emperor Theodosius I banned them in 393 AD.

Rio – Antirio – Delphi

rio-antirio bridge
Rio-Antirio Bridge

Continue your journey towards Rio and embark on a scenic drive (lasting 15 minutes) along the beautiful Corinthian Gulf to Antirio.

Take in the breathtaking views of the Peloponnese Peninsula and Central Greece as you pass over the largest bridge in Europe and the longest cable-supported bridge in the world, boasting a continuous deck of 2,250 meters. The Rio-Antirio Bridge, officially named the Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge, was completed in 2004 and spans 2,880 meters.

Arrive at Delphi, an ancient city believed to be the center of the known world. The remainder of the day is yours to relax and explore at your leisure. For an optional experience, visit the charming village of Arachova, known for its delicious mountain cuisine. Retreat to your overnight accommodations in Delphi.

Day 3: Delphi, Kalambaka

The Temple of Athena Pronaia at Delphi archaeological site
The Temple of Athena Pronaia at Delphi

The third day of our tour will begin with an exciting stop at the intriguing archaeological site of Delphi. This renowned sanctuary, dedicated to the god Apollo, is where divine oracles were given and influenced the lives of all who sought guidance.

As we explore the site, we will have ample time to visit the impressive Museum of Delphi, which houses some of Greece’s most remarkable statues, including the Naxian Sphynx and the bronze Charioteer. Continuing our journey, we will also take in the breathtaking Temple of Apollo, as well as the Temple of Athena Pronea in Gymnasium, a true highlight of Delphi. The Delphic Oracle was consulted on important decisions throughout the ancient Greek world and was considered the most prestigious and authoritative oracle among the Greeks.

Our tour will then lead us to the charming town of Kalambaka, nestled at the base of the awe-inspiring Suspended Rocks of Meteora and the Monasteries of Meteora. We will arrive in Kalambaka in the late afternoon, filled with wonder and anticipation for the adventures to come. Overnight in Kalambaka or Kastraki village.

Day 4: Meteora, Thermopylae, Athens

Holy trinity in Meteora athens tours greece

On the fourth day of the tour, prepare to be awestruck as we journey to the magnificent monasteries of Meteora, perched atop towering rocks. This captivating destination exudes both rich history and stunning vistas, making it one of the most impressive sites you’ll ever encounter. The Meteora monasteries, built in the 14th and 15th centuries, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are known for their unique architecture and breathtaking views.

Once we’ve explored the monasteries, we’ll stop for a delicious lunch in Kalambaka before making our way back to Athens. As we traverse the scenic route, we’ll also pass through Thermopylae, known as the Hot Gates, where the legendary clash between the Spartans and Persians took place in 480 BC (Battle of Thermopylae). The Battle of Thermopylae is famous for the valiant last stand of the Spartan King Leonidas and his 300 warriors against the massive Persian army led by Xerxes I.

As the day draws to a close, our Classical Greece tour concludes with our return to Athens. You’ll have the option to be dropped off at your hotel or another preferred location in the late afternoon.

Tour Type

Included in the tour

  • Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle or similar appropriate for the size of your group
  • Your tour will be accompanied by a professional English-speaking driver or escort possessing in-depth knowledge of Greece’s history and culture. They will provide insightful commentary throughout the journey, guiding you until the entrance of archaeological sites and museums. However, please note that drivers are not licensed to accompany you inside these venues.
  • If you desire a licensed state tour guide to escort you within the archaeological sites and museums, providing comprehensive insights and explanations, we can gladly arrange one for an additional cost. These licensed guides are freelance professionals, and their availability is subject to your tour date.
  • When a licensed tour guide or English-speaking tour escort accompanies a group, the professional driver may not necessarily speak English fluently. Their role is focused on providing safe transportation.
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel in Athens. Extra charge for hotels outside Athens.
  • Pick up and drop off at Piraeus Port or Athens Airport.
  • Pick up and drop off at our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athens, Greece.
  • Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple-day tours only)
  • Road tolls and all local taxes

Excluded from the tour

  • Wine tasting fee (for wine tours)
  • Olive oil tasting fee (for olive oil tasting tours)
  • Optional Gratuities
  • Food and beverage
  • Your private chauffeur/guide will discuss a program best suited to your interest and mobile abilities. Option for a professional tour guide with a state license at an extra cost. Read more for the Differences between a Tour Guide and a Tour Driver

Cancellation Policy

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Additional info

  • Dress Code: When visiting religious sites, shoulders and knees must be covered out of respect for the cultural norms.
  • Please review our Terms & Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions
  • Upon booking, an electronic voucher will be emailed to you containing our contact information, tour details, and all necessary instructions. This voucher serves as your ticket and proof of purchase. Please present a printed or digital copy of the voucher on the day of your tour to redeem your activity.
  • City Tax for Hotel Stays: Effective from January 1st, 2018, a City Tax for hotel overnights is applicable and not included in our excursion rates. Clients will need to pay this tax directly at their hotel upon check-out. The amount per room is as follows: 5-star hotel: €4/overnight || 4-star hotel: €3/overnight || 3-star hotel: €1.50/overnight
  • Opening Hours and Entrance Fees for Archaeological Sites and Museums in Greece
  • Entrance Fees for Children from Non-EU Countries: Starting November 1st, 2019, children aged 6 and above from non-European Union (non-EU) countries will be required to pay the full entrance fee for Museums and Archaeological sites. For children from EU countries, the existing rates remain in effect. However, it is crucial to have their passports readily available to prove their nationality.

Persons with Disabilities

  • Due to uneven surfaces, certain sites are not recommended for persons with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair. Such sites are the Acropolis, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Mycenae, Delphi and Meteora
  • In all cases, we recommend comfortable flat-solid walking shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
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