Greece is a country without rival when it comes to bewitching travelers with ancient monuments, exciting legends, noteworthy legacies and romance.
Our tour, though only nine days in duration, packs so much in that it promises to satiate the thirst of any intrepid traveler thirsty to explore Classical Greece, but be warned that it will also leave you hungry to come back for more. Our guides regale us with the histories of 6th century temples and 14th century fortresses, of stories of betrayal and assassination, of ancient rivalries and of paying homage to the gods.
We visit Sparta, whose near-barbaric military training served to produce the most formidable army in ancient Greece and we spend some time in Olympia, where rival states laid down their arms and set aside their differences to participate in the ancient Olympic Games. Here we find the Stadium, the Temple of Hera and the Temple of Zeus, which once housed one of the seven wonders of the ancient world -- a gargantuan statue of the god Zeus. Via the Monasteries of Meteora, we travel to Thermopylae, the site of the great historical battle between the Spartan King Leonidas and the massive Persian army and we end this classic tour with exploration of Athens.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered in spring, summer, and fall, the most popular being spring and fall when temperatures are milder, crowds thinner, and airfares lower. Spring is popular for green landscapes and wildflowers. The region has a Mediterranean climate with early springs, long hot and dry summers, and autumns that are bright and warm into mid-October. Showers are possible in spring, rare in summer, and possible in late fall.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Road transport throughout by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Greek roads are very good and distances are not great, though we do have some full, though scenic, travelling days. Several walking tours on uneven surfaces.
Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range hotels (3-star) throughout. All hotels have en suite bath, though most have shower only. Porter service is usually available on the mainland (see 'Inclusions'). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, driver (s), local step-on local guides in various locales.
10-21 (plus Tour Leader)