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Athens, Sparta, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora

  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodations at your Choice of Hotel in Athens
  • 1 Night Luxury Accommodations at Hotel Europa in Olympia
  • 1 Night Luxury Accommodations at Nafsika Palace in Itea/Delphi
  • 1 Night Luxury Accommodations at Divani Hotel in Kalambaka/Meteora
  • Private Half Day Tour of Athens with an English Speaking Licensed Guide
  • Private 4 Day Tour of Mainland Greece with an English Speaking Driver
  • Round-trip Airport Transfers
  • Breakfast Daily
  • All Hotel Taxes and Service Charges
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ITINERARY DETAILS

DAY 1

Athens


Arrive to Greece, the land of mythical Gods and ancient civilization. Your private driver will pick you up from Athens International Airport and take you to your five-star hotel. Enjoy your afternoon and evening exploring the vibrant culture and nightlife of Modern Athens. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for recommendations of their favorite restaurants, cafes and entertainment.

DAY 2

Athens - Half Day Athens Walking Tour


In the morning, your licensed English-speaking guide will meet you at your hotel lobby, to begin your tour of the new Acropolis Museum. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to explore the Acropolis and its timeless temples of the Parthenon, Erectheion and Athena Nike. Walk up to the Hill of Philopappus to see the impressive funeral monument from the Roman era as you appreciate the widespread views of Athens and Piraeus. Subsequently, walk down to the hill of the Pnyx, an area used in Classical Athens as the meeting place for the democratic assembly. You can later enter the historical Plaka area, close to the Thiseion temple, dating back to the 5th century BC. Meander past the ancient Agora and its remarkably restored Stoa of Attalus, Hadrian's Library, and the picturesque Tower of the Winds. The return route takes you over the Hill of Mars, also known as Areopagus, where Saint Paul preached his Sermon on an unknown God, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, in 54 A.D., which is directly below the Acropolis. Continue your tour to the Odeion of Herodes Atticus, still used today as a summer venue for open-air concerts and theatrical performances. The last stop of the tour will be at Syntagma Square, where you will witness the changing of the Guards, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, right below the Parliament building.

DAY 3

Athens, Olympia


After breakfast, your private driver will pick you up from your hotel to begin your 4-day tour of Greece's Mainland. Start by travelling along the Saronic Gulf's coastal road towards the Corinth Canal. Before the canal was built, ships used to sail between the Aegean and Adriatic Seas by circumnavigating the Peloponnese, adding an additional 185 nautical miles to their journey. Visit Ancient Corinth where St. Paul spoke to the Corinthians before driving across the Peloponnese, to reach the city of Sparta, the hometown of Leonidas which was popularized by the movie 300. You will have the opportunity to see Leonidas statue along with the remains of the palace and theatre. After visiting Sparta, head for the capital of the Byzantine Empire, a little town known as Mistras, full of churches and monasteries. End the day at your final stop of Olympia, where you will stay the night.

DAY 4

Olympia, Arachova


Your second day of exploration on the Peloponnese peninsula begins in Ancient Olympia, which gained its fame as the sanctuary of Zeus and Hera and contains a wealth of other small shrines, gymnasiums and sculptors' workshops. According to history, Ancient Olympia was the site of the Olympic games in classical times, founded in 776 B.C. Today, the Olympic torch is still lit here, before travelling to where the modern Olympics are hosted. While visiting the museum, pay close attention to the exhibits of unique sculptural masterpieces, such as Praxiteles' Hermes, Paeoneus' Victory, and Apollo. Your journey from Olympia continues by crossing the newly built bridge near Patra, exiting the Peloponnese, as you head towards the quaint village of Arachova. Relax in the evening with a nice dinner at a local tavern and wander through the streets as you explore this mountainous town.

DAY 5

Delphi, Kalambaka


After breakfast, spend your morning exploring Delphi's archaeological site and impressive museum, which was once considered the center of the universe, best-known for the oracle at the sanctuary and later dedicated to Apollo during the classical period. After visiting Delphi, continue towards Kalambaka, stopping along the way at historical Gravia, where Odysseus Androutsos, with a team of 100 men stopped 8 thousand Turks. Its noted in history that over 400 of Turks died, while Androutsos lost only 2 of his men. Make a pit stop for coffee in the town of Domokos, before ending the day at your hotel in Kalambaka.

DAY 6

Meteora, Athens


Start your day by visiting Meteora, a unique and impressive site with ageless monasteries perched on top of huge monolithic granite rocks, with unforgettable views. Explore three of the monasteries, suspended between the earth and sky, containing priceless historical and religious treasures, as well as many pieces of Byzantine art. On the return trip to Athens you will stop again in Domokos for coffee or lunch, before visiting the giant statue of Leonidas in Thermopiles, which was popularized by the movie 300, where the Persians battled against the vastly outnumbered Greeks for three days. Although it was clear that the Persians were going to win, Leonidas stayed and fought the final battle with only 300 men from Sparta. The last stop on your journey will be at the beachside town of Arkista, before returning to Athens.

DAY 7

Departure


After breakfast, your private driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Athens International Airport to catch your departure flight.

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Since 1874, Hotel Grande Bretagne, has been recognized as the “Royal Box” of Athens, an exclusive luxury hotel, which flawlessly serves the most noble of society with grace and style. Occupying a prestigious block of the city’s center, under the Parliament, and offering views of the Acropolis, Hotel Grande Bretagne is ideally located within walking distance of exclusive shopping, restaurants, open-air cafes, museums, and the business district, serving as our traveler’s top pick.

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King George Palace was created for people who recognize quality and demand excellence in all they do. It combines the grace and stature of a historic landmark with ultra-modern amenities and personal service that puts guests’ comfort above all. A total renovation has recently restored the King George to its original glamour, while the experienced hotel personnel offer discreet and competent service around the clock, making it one of the best luxury hotels in Athens.

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The New Hotel is a splendid structure situated in the heart of Athens, making it an ideal destination for an exclusive and unforgettable stay. This luxurious establishment was designed by the Brazilian Campana brothers, mixing ancient Athens charm with modern amenities, making it perfect for both business and leisure travelers. Enjoy your stay in this 79-room art installation hotel, located a few blocks away from the Constitution Square, Plaka and Acropolis.

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Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, the Electra Metropolis, located in the heart of the city has been welcoming guests since 2016. Situated at the beginning of Mitropoleos Street next to Syntagma Square, the most famous square in Greece, this lifestyle hotel is just a stone throw away from many attractions and must-see sights in Athens. Its contemporary design with a few classical twists throughout all rooms and public areas ensures both style and comfort. Relax in the unique sky-light Atrium or the exquisite Roof Garden and bask in the modern approach to Greek Hospitality.

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Inspired by ancient Athenian wisdom and intellect, Academias Hotel is a luxurious city hotel, portraying a contemporary interpretation of Plato’s Academy blending the old and the new, which awakens all the senses, while combining bespoke facilities, with impeccable services and unique experiences. With a total of 60 rooms and suites, Academias Hotel is nestled in the heart of Athens in the Kolonaki district, one of the most prominent and prestigious old-Athenian neighborhoods, within walking distance of the Acropolis and all of Athens’ historic landmarks, shopping, art galleries, and vibrant nightlife.

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Four Seasons Hotel is only thirty minutes from Athens International Airport. It’s based on the sophisticated Athens Riviera, near Vouliagmeni, on a pine-clad peninsula. Because of its convenient location, this hotel offers you the best of options. You can discover the wonders of Athens and its history as well as explore the seaside the hotel provides. Four seasons hotel has three unique settings. The relaxed vibes of Arion or the dynamic atmosphere of Nafsika and of course the unique luxury experience of The Bungalows. This place will offer you the ideal Greek seaside getaway, it’s the perfect place for you to relax and unwind, while you can still choose to explore and learn more of the city.

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The Margi luxury hotel, in Athens, is a luminous haven away from home. Perfectly balancing discreet luxury with a cozy Mediterranean ambience, this unique design hotel is exceptionally nestled between the sea and pine forest, promising moments of absolute pleasure in the Athenian Coast. This fresh and charming boutique hotel is also a few steps away from a yacht marina, an array of water sports, and Athens’ most popular clubs and restaurants.

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Located on one of Athens’ most iconic pedestrian streets, A77 Suites in Plaka welcomes you to a newly constructed urban oasis blends a complex sense of antiquity with the nonchalance of contemporary sophistication. A 19th century, neoclassical, listed building has been restored to its former glory and transformed into a state-of-the-art collection of A77 Suites that boast minimalist design and exquisite materials. Marble, wood, brass touches and gypsum ceilings with cornice detailing as well as an array of modern artworks create an environment of overwhelming elegance and understated luxury. Twelve exceptional suites await to become your haven in the beating heart of the historical Athens center.

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Perfectly situated in the famous Syntagma square, the NJV Athens Plaza Hotel provides guests with stunning views of the Acropolis and easy access to all the major attractions. With 162 spacious elegant rooms and 18 suites, the NJV Athens Plaza offers many accommodation options. The rooms feature a chic design, state-of-the-art amenities, ample space, comfortable beds, marble bathrooms with bathtub or shower and a terrace or balcony. The hotel also provides guests with three unique dining venues, including a fine dining Parliament restaurant, a cozy café, and a British-style bar.

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Nafsika Palace is ideally located in the heart of Itea, a quiet picturesque coastal town at the foot of mount Parnassos. The 4-star hotel is within easy reach of the beaches at both Itea and Galaxidi and provides guests with a relaxing retreat after a day of sightseeing. The charismatic hotel’s spacious 85 guestrooms were recently renovated with a contemporary design and a touch of French elegance, providing modern interiors and comfortable amenities with floor to ceiling windows.

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Idyllically located on the outskirts of the historic Arachova village, Domotel Anemolia Resort offers unique views across the Delphi Valley and the Parnassos mountain range. The ideal base for exploring the nearby Delphi Archaeological site and the picturesque Galaxidi fishing village. The stone-built Arachova village is a leisurely walk away from the Resort. You will find elegant and spacious rooms and luxury suites with exceptional views, while the staff prides itself on personalized service, creating a warm and welcoming feeling from the moment you arrive until you check out.

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Divani Meteora Hotel is a fully renovated luxury hotel located in the quaint village of Kalambaka, surrounded by the magnificent rock formations of Meteora and its amazing dramatic landscapes. All guestrooms and suites offer a blend of tranquility and elegance with a tasteful décor of muted shades against a cream background. The palatial hotel also boasts picturesque gardens, a swimming pool, spa, fully-equipped fitness center and a first-class restaurant serving an excellent cuisine of local and international dishes.

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Elegantly redesigned, the contemporary boutique hotel Amphitryon is one of the true accommodation gems in Nafplion. Perched near the legendary castle of Akronafplia, just a 5 minutes walk from the city center of Nafplion and right next to a dazzling public beach. At Amphitryon, luxury is defined down to the finest details giving the sense of well-being, inspired by the sheer beauty of the hotel and its surroundings.

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Grande Bretagne Nafplio is a boutique hotel boasting its long-standing history and neoclassical architecture. Through a selection of specially designed rooms and suites, this central hotel in Nafplio provides luxurious accommodation to its distinguished guests. Blending the timeless elegance of handpicked furnishings, draped curtains and antique additions, along with the modern facilities and services, Grande Bretagne boutique hotel constitutes the epitome of fine living in Nafplio.

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Sat high upon the Bronze Age acropolis of Akronafplia with breathtaking views across the Bay of Argolis and Nafplion below, is perched the magnificent Nafplia Palace hotel. From the drawing board of an award-winning architect, sprang the concept of an uncompromisingly luxurious hotel.

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Welcome to the place where pure nature meets top-notch hospitality. The Amanzoe resort sits on a hilltop as a modern-day Acropolis, surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, the Aegean blue, ancient ruins, and pure tranquility. Designed to blend with the timeless landscape of the mythical Peloponnese, Amanzoe Resort offers a wide range of sleek and serene accommodation options and an amazing array of services and facilities including a spa with signature treatments based on the healing philosophy of Greek medicine.

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Situated right on the waterfront in upmarket Porto Heli, the Nikki Beach Resort and Spa provides a picturesque setting with panoramic views from every corner of the property. Guests are guaranteed a relaxed and cosmopolitan ambiance at the high-end resort with ample opportunities for sightseeing. All the elegant and chic accommodations are tastefully and luxuriously decorated. The resort boasts a marvelous spa, several first-class dining options and an impressive infinity pool.

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Once an impressive estate dating from Byzantine, Ottoman and Venetian times, the expansive Kinsterna Spa Hotel is nestled in a valley amid lush vineyards, olive groves, and citrus trees. This exclusive retreat has been restored to its former glory and provides guests with outstanding accommodations overlooking the legendary castle rock of Monemvasia, the Aegean Sea, and the scenic countryside. Meticulously refurbished, the property boasts a river-like swimming pool, as well as a family pool, a spa, library, and a fully stocked wine cellar.

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Hotel Europa was built overlooking Ancient Olympia, with idyllic views of the Arcadian mountains and the paradisiacal valley, lying between the two rivers of Alpheus and Cladeus. The hotel's warm aesthetics and inviting design help to provide a peaceful and relaxing feel during your stay in Olympia. All rooms and suites exemplify the balance of the area's heritage with modern amenities, making it a perfect option for unwinding by the pool and soaking up the Greek sun.

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A postwar winery that has been transformed into a barefoot luxury resort on one of the most unspoiled stretches of coastline in the western Peloponnese. Situated on Kourouta beach near the town of Amaliada, the hotel is an ideal outpost for sun-seeking and exploring the region's offerings, including an abundance of wineries. Dexamenes Seaside hotel offers two types of accommodation, the Beachfront Villa and the WineTank Suites both playfully engaging the past with the present.

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Providing an ideal holiday location stretching along the postcard-worthy Navarino Dunes at Costa Navarino, the Romanos Luxury Collection resort is within easy access for a number of notable UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Olympia, Mystras and the Temple of Apollo Epicurius, as well as Ancient Messini. It sits amidst vast olive groves in southwest Peloponnese and is in close proximity to 2 signature golf courses surrounded by lush landscape. The property boasts 321 guestrooms, suites, and villas, all with easy access to the famous Golden Dunes Beach.

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Built into the mountainside so that it becomes, quite literally, one with nature, the Euphoria Retreat Spa rises over four levels, each representing a distinct passage in your journey of self-discovery and rejuvenation. All the mysticism and elegance of Euphoria Retreat is blended with soothing colors, dreamy curves, and touches of modern luxury, to create an atmosphere of absolute pleasure and relaxation in 45 spacious rooms and suites.

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3 Nights Rome Extension

Journey to Rome, the Eternal City, with its enchanting history that spans nearly three millennia. Stay three nights at one of our hand-selected luxury hotels as you experience Imperial Rome on your half-day tour of the city, including the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, Capitol Hill, and more. Spend your last day of leisure enjoying Italian food and wine or take an optional tour of Vatican City. Your three nights/four-day extension in Rome includes roundtrip airfare from Cairo to Rome, private transfers, hotel accommodations, private tours, and local assistance.

3 Nights Istanbul Extension

Travel to Istanbul, the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Spend three nights at one of our top selected luxury hotels, with spectacular views. Explore the Ottoman and Byzantine Relics of the city on a full-day tour, Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, the Hippodrome, and Topkapi Palace. Enjoy a day of leisure where you can experience the local culture or take a trip up the Bosphorous. Your three nights/four-day extension in Istanbul includes roundtrip airfare from Cairo to Istanbul, private transfers, hotel accommodations, private tours, and local assistance.

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Laura & Alan, USA

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We want to thank you both for the outstanding service Travelive offered for our Greece and Italy trip. We travel very often, and have been many places but it's the first time we had such an amazing experience. From the time we left JFK airport until we arrived back, everything went smoothly. The drivers, the hotels, the tours.. everything was top of the line - and your service was excellent. Even when we needed an English speaking dentist, you found one just a block from our hotel and fit the appointment into a small window of time. I want to thank you again for the exceptional service.

All the hotels we stayed at were stunning. Excellent accommodations and first rate staff with impeccable service. Our favorite was the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens.

Our tour guide in Athens was outstanding. Knowledgeable, friendly engaging and personable. We enjoyed every moment of the tour.

Our driver in Greece was also exceptional. He made us feel at ease the minute we got in his car.

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