7 days Grand Tour in Greece and the Archaeological Panorama of Greece

Overview

Take the route of the splendid Greek landscape with the 7-day tour to the Peloponnese and Northern Greece, and admire the beauties of the Greek land and history with this classic and popular private tour.

Itinerary of the 7 days Grand tour to the Peloponnese and North Greece

Athens, Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplion, Epidaurus, Olympia, Patras, Nafpaktos, Arachova, Delphi, Kalampaka, Meteora, Larisa, Dion, Tempi, Katerini, Pela, Vergina, Thessaloniki, Athens

Highlights of the Grand tour to the Peloponnese and North Greece

  • A comprehensive overview of the Greek history, visiting sites of immense importance
  • A combination of modern and ancient Greece in the most hassle-free way
  • A tour designed for everyone interested in the Greek culture
  • An English-speaking, professional driver

Description

Description of the 7 days private tour to the Peloponnese and North Greece

Day 1: Athens, Corinth canal, Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia

corinth canal
Corinth Canal

If you are packed and ready, the tour starts early in the morning from Athens with a direction westwards, towards the coastal road of Athens that will lead you to Corinth Canal which offers breathtaking views to the Aegean and Ionian Sea.

After a short stop there for the avid photographers, the tour will soon bring you to Ancient Corinth, one of the most distinguished city states in Ancient Greece, which was also the place of residence for two years of St Paul during his stay in Greece.

At Corinth you will visit the Ancient Agora and Apollo’s Temple dating back to the 6th B.C, and the ancient port of Kechreai where St. Paul disembarked.

The tour will then continue to Mycenae, the capital of the Mycenaean civilization. At the Archaeological site of Mycenae you will see the Cyclopean walls, the Lion’s Gate, the Tombs of the Kings.

Our next stop at Nafplion, the picturesque town of Argolis which was also the first capital of modern Greece. You will admire the fortress of Palamidi overlooking the town and stroll around its cobblestone paths with the small shops. We will have Lunch in Nafplion before our departure to Olympia.

Tomb of Agamemnon and Agamemnon's mask at Mycenae
See the Tomb of Agamemnon and his golden mask at Mycenae

In the afternoon, we will be driving towards Olympia, where we will spend the night.

Day 2: Olympia, Patras, Rio, Antirrio, Nafpaktos, Arachova, Delphi

The second day of the tour finds you in Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the most important and prestigious athletic institution since the antiquity. The Olympic Games were dedicated to Zeus and are till today the starting point of the Olympic Flame before the Games. You will visit the archaeological site where you can see the actual track – and run it if you want – the Olympic Museum and the Archaeological museum of Olympia.

Ancient Olympia, The Olympic flame begins
Ancient Olympia, The Olympic flame begins

 

After this exciting morning the tour will continue towards Delphi; you will cross by 20 minutes short cruise from Rio to Antirrio in order to admire the largest  cable bridge in Europe, you will pass by the beautiful town of Nafpaktos and you will soon get to Delphi.

You will spend your free evening in Arachova where you will enjoy a tasteful dinner (optional) and then spend the night in Delphi.

Day 3: Delphi, Amphissa, Lamia, Trikala, Kalambaka, Meteora

 

Delphi Greece
Delphi Greece

The third day of the tour starts again with a morning full of sightseeing rush!

You will visit the sanctuary of God Apollo and the place where the Oracle gave her prophesies, the ancient theatre, the Museum in Delphi with the impressive artefacts, the Athenian treasury and the temple of Athena Pronaia.

Later, you will head towards Kalambaka, crossing the fertile Thessalian plain and important cities such as Amphissa, Lamia, Trikala before arriving at Kalambaka which rests at the feet of Meteora.

Dinner and Overnight in Kalambaka, or Kastraki.

Day 4: Meteora, Veroia

Visit the monasteries of Meteora, built on the top of the suspended rocks, between earth and sky and admire the willingness of the monks and nuns who have chosen this refuge on earth.

Not all monasteries are open each day, therefore if you wish to visit one in particular, make sure you notify your driver in advance.

After the visit and lunch, the private tour sets off for Veroia the oldest Mcedonia ancient city since 2.700 BC that still holds still the same name. , Well-known for the “Steps” of Apostle Paul , it’s the place where Paul preached during his 2 visits in Veroia, around 50-51 AD and 57 AD, the Jewish neighborhood of Veria  Barbouta – Tripotamos,  The landmark of Veria is Elia Park with its centuries-old trees.

Free evening and overnight in Veroia.

Day 5: Veroia, Vergina, Pella, Thessaloniki

thessaloniki seafront
Thessaloniki

The morning starts with a tour to Vergina, where you will see the Vergina Treasures, reminiscent of the great past of the Empire and the Tomb of King Phillip, and then a visit to Pella, the capital city of Alexander’s Macedonia.

Enjoy your lunch in a traditional Greek tavern and return to Thessaloniki. Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Thessaloniki

Day 6: Thessaloniki

After breakfast we’ll pick you up from the hotel for a sightseeing tour in the city; visit the Museum, the city center, each alluring seaside and enjoy a free evening in the city that boasts a unique night life.

After a day full of images and historical experiences, you will return to the hotel.

Overnight in Thessaloniki

treasure of vergina
The treasure of Vergina

Day 7: Thessaloniki, Dion, Thermopylae, Athens

The 7th day takes you a trip to Macedonian history; visit the town of Dion, the ancient place of worship of Zeus, which emerged in the late 5th century. B.C. as the official religious center of Macedonia in North Greece.

Also, the seventh day of the tour is the return day; we will take the route back crossing the Valley of Tempi and the Thessaly plain, and we will pass by Thermopylae, another known town of the North, the famous Hot Gates of the 300.

Our private tour ends in Athens late in the afternoon.

Details

Important notes

Tour Type

Included in the tour

  • Car and Driver
  • A professional English speaking driver or escort with good knowledge in history and culture of Greece, to guide you till you enter archaeological sites and museums. Tour drivers are not licensed to companion you inside the archaeological sites and museums. If you'd like to have a licensed by the state tour guide to escort you inside the sites and museums, we can arrange it for you with an additional cost. Licensed by the state tour guides are freelance and it is subject of availability on bookings day!
  • Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle or similar appropriate for the size of your group
  • Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple day tours only)
  • Pick-up from and return to your hotel
  • Pick-up from the Port of Piraeus
  • Private tour, Road tolls and local taxes
  • Our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athina, Greece.

Excluded from the tour

Additional info

  • Dress: religious and marmoreal sites: shoulders and knee must be covered
  • Terms & Conditions and Frequent Questions
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A voucher will be emailed to you with our contact numbers and all necessary information for your tour.
  • This is your ticket and proof of purchase. On the day of tour please present a paper voucher in order to redeem your tour/activity.

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.

Restrictions:

  • Please note that on this tour, your tour driver is not licensed to accompany you on your climb. If you want this service you may book a licensed by the state tour guide for an extra cost.
  • In case a group is followed by a licensed tour guide or an English speaking tour-escort the professional driver is not obliged to speak English!

Opening hours & Admission fees

  • Opening Hours:Summer April 1st to October 31st from 08:00 AM to 07:30 PM
  • Winter: November 1st to March 31st from 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
  • Free admission fees: Children under 18 & Students from E.U.
  • Reduced admission fees: Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65 & Students from countries outside the E.U.

Free admission days

  • March 6: In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
  • June 5: Environment international day
  • April 18 : International monuments day
  • May 18: International museums day
  • September 27: International tourism day
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
  • National Holidays
  • Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
  • The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September
  • NOTE: If the first Sunday is a holiday then the second is the free admission day

Holidays in Greece

  • January 1: closed
  • January 6: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • Shrove Monday: 08:30AM - 03:00 PM
  • March 25: closed
  • Good Friday: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Holy Saturday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • Easter Sunday: closed
  • Easter Monday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • May 1: closed
  • Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • 15 August 15: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • October 28: 08:30 AM- 03:00 PM
  • December 25 & 26: closed
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