9 Nights

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This nine day classical tour operates every Sunday from Athens, providing the best sightseeing around the sights around Athens, the Peloponnese and the Mainland. This is a great way to see the best of Ancient Greece away from the summer crowds and see this amazing country in a new and refreshing light.




Day 1

Arrive in Athens to be met by your English speaking drive who will take you to your central Athens hotel. You have the afternoon and evening to acclimatise to Athens, freshen up and start to explore this wonderful city. We suggest you make your way to the Plaka, at the base of the Acropolis and wander around the busy streets, finding dinner in a local restaurant before retiring before your busy second day.

Day 2

After an early breakfast you will check out of your hotel and be collected by the coach and your English Speaking tour guide and head out to Corinth, home of the Corinth canal. The canal is one of the engineering marvels, joining the Adriatic and Aegean Seas. Then it's off to Epidaurus, where you will visit the amphitheatre. The amphitheatre has near perfect acoustics and it's a fascinating place to spend some time. Lunch will be taken at Nafplio on the coast, where you can have a quick wander around this seaside town. After this, you will be driven through Megapolis and Tripoli before arriving at Olympia, where you will spend the night in a hotel. Dinner is provided at a local restaurant.

Day 3

Breakfast is followed by a trip to the archaeological site of Olympia, home of the Olympic games. You will be able to wander the site where the flame of the Modern Olympic Games is lit, as well as the Olympic Museum. After this, you will drive to Patra and across the channel to Antrio, across the longest suspension bridge in Europe. Lunch will be taken at Nafpaktos and then you will be driven to Delphi, where you will have dinner and stay the night.

Day 4

Today is your day of mysteries and magic. After breakfast and check out you will go to the home of the Oracle at Delphi, Greece's most sacred site, nestled among the hills around Mount Parnassos. Winter is the perfect time to wander these mystical ruins, where the clouds around the mountains sigh like the oracle itself. Make sure you spend some time in the wonderful museum on the site. The afternoon is spent driving to Kalambaka, through the towns of Amfissa, Lamia and Trikala. On arriving at Kalambaka you will have dinner and check into your hotel. There you can ponder the amazing mountains that surround this bustling town.

Day 5

Your morning will be spent visiting the magical Meteora, home to the amazing monasteries that perch themselves high on these remarkable mountains. Wonder at how these buildings were constructed high upon these near perpendicular climbs. You will visit the monasteries, where monks still live and work today. After lunch you will be driven back to Athens, an afternoon's drive, taking you through the towns of Thermopylae and Kammena Vourla. After checking into your central Athens hotel, the evening is free for you to have dinner in a local restaurant and relax ahead of another magical day.

Day 6

After breakfast you will be collected for your half day Sightseeing Tour of Athens. Your English speaking guide will take you to the major sights around Athens including Syntagma Square, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and of course, the Acropolis, where you will be free to wonder the ancient site after a guided tour. After lunch in a local Athenian Greek Tavern you will te taken by coach on the Cape Sounion Tour, on the Athenian coast down to the Temple of Poseidon. On your return in the early evening you are free to do as you please.

Day 7

This day has been kept free for you do discover Athens for yourself, whether you choose to visit some of the places you have been to on your previous tour, such as the Acropolis, or maybe find some of the other treasures that Athens has to offer. If you enjoy history and archaeology, a trip to the National Archaeological Museum is a must. Or maybe you can spend the day shopping in Omonia and the Plaka. You will have to be back at your hotel by the late afternoon when you will be collect for your Athens by Night Tour. Here you will be taken around the city, ports and marinas of Athens, overlooking the illuminated boulevards and boats. The tour concludes in the Plaka, where you will be treated to dinner in a traditional Greek Taverna and a floor show before being transferred back to your hotel.

Day 8

After an early breakfast you will be transferred to the port for your full day cruise around the Saronic Islands, those islands closest to Athens. You will visit Aegina, Poros and Hydra. These island all have their own unique charm. Poros, the smallest of the Saronic islands is separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow straight, and its best seen from the boat. Hydra has a charm like no other, with its mail mode of transport being the donkey and its colourful architecture and portside amphitheatre. Aegina is the largest of the Saronic Islands and the closest to Athens, an island which an incredible amount of history and beauty. The order in which the islands are visited is determined on the day and you will have ample time to discover the townships you visit. On return to the port in the late afternoon you will be transferred back to your hotel where the evening is yours to do as you please.

Day 9

The end of your tour has come. After checking out of your hotel, you will be transferred by your English speaking driver to the airport to catch your flight home.

Fantastic, beautifully organized trip to Greece

Anthony with Antelope was simply fantastic. He started by understanding the kind of vacation we wanted and then put together an itinerary that was just perfect for our needs. He was extremely responsive and worked hard to ensure that everything went off without a hitch. From the sunset Catamaran cruise and the excellent food tour with Dino in Santorini to the 3-day classical tour through mainland Greece and walking tour of Athens, every detail was well-planned and exceeded our expectations. Thank you for such a fantastic vacation! I would recommend Anthony and Antelope travel without hesitation.

Written June 19, 2023

Trip of a Lifetime

Anthony worked very closely with us to design a custom tour that was best suited to our particular needs and wants for our trip. His knowledge and expertise helped steer us to the best sites and experiences which was invaluable to exceeding our highest expectations. The selection of first class hotels, the pick up arrangements which were performed like clockwork, the knowledgeble and courteous guides all contributed to our total enjoyment.
Further we were kept informed by the guides of any advance arrangements all during the trip which as a retired business executive who values good communication greatly added to our pleasure and relaxation.
With respect to hotels, which were all great, the hotel in Santorini high up on the hillside with spectacular views of the harbor and sites was so breathtaking we were all blown away by it's unique character and beauty.
We would heartily recommend Antelope Travel, and in particular Anthony Alagiah, especially for their travels to Greece and also Turkey. It was a trip of a lifetime.

Written July 2, 2023


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