We take our flight to Athens. At the airport, we are collected by a local travel representative and taken to our hotel for check-in and dinner.
Today is we really discover the Greek capital, with visits to the Acropolis, the National Museum and Plaka, the oldest and picturesque district of Athens that surrounds the Acropolis. The area is a maze of little lanes with small low houses nestled cheek by jowl with fine townhouses, bars and little shops.
After breakfast, we visit Epidaurus, the most important place of worship of the healing god Asklepion. We will also visit Mychenae, where the excavations of the ‘citadel of Mychenae’ gave the world the picture that we now have of the Mychenae culture. Our final visit of the day is to Nafplion, the first capital of the free Greek state, with the water castle of Bourdzi and the Palamidi Fortress. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Tolo.
Through central Peloponneseus we come to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. We visit the archaeological site with the sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus, the ancient stadium and the museum. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Olympia.
In Rio we take the car-ferry to Antorio for the crossing of the 'Little Dardanelles'. We pass through the picturesque Nafpaktos and make a stop in the areas of Eratini and Itea for lunch.
In the afternoon we reach Delphi where we visit Castalia Spring and the shrine of Athena Pronaia. Delphi is situated on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, high above the Gulf of Corinth and is one of the most important shrines in the whole of Greece.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Delphi.
The morning is spent visiting the shrine of Apollo Pythios and the museum. In the afternoon, we drive on to Kalambaka, famous for its many Byzantine churches. Our journey takes us through numerous picturesque typical small towns in the Greek interior.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Kalambaka or Larissa.
Today we visit Meteora, with its 300-metre high ancient rocks with their strange formations and vertical walls created by erosion. Perched high up on these gigantic rocks are the Monasteries of Meteora, floating as they do between heaven and earth. In times gone by the monasteries were only accessible by little pathways and rope ladders operated by a pulley. They are now open to visitors, but still remain places of meditation, silence and prayer. At various places in the rock walls, niches and hollows can be seen were hermits lived in early times. A drive along the coast road takes us back to Athens. Dinner and overnight in the capital.
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for the return flight back to Brussels.