About the tour: Classical Greece – Athens, Mycenae & Olympia

Discover the great history of Greece, as we take you on an escorted coach tour of some of the country’s archaeological treasures and the famous sights of the mythological tales, all whilst exploring beautiful sun-drenched islands. See stunning natural sites, from the gigantic rock formations of Meteora to the stunning Islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. Explore the rich historical architecture, as we visit sites such as Delphi, ‘the navel of earth’, Epidaurus with its magnificent amphitheatre, Mycenae and the famous Lion’s Gate, and the ancient site of Olympia, home of the first ever Olympic games. We also spend time in Athens, where you can enjoy a guided tour of the city’s many sights, including the ancient Acropolis. We also offer a trip to the ancient Corinth Canal. All making for an amazing holiday to remember.

Tour Includes


  • 13 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 1 lunch & 9 evening meals
  • 2 overnight ferry crossings in two-berth en suite inside cabins (meals at extra cost)
  • Convenient local joining points

16 days from $4529 pp

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 1300 020 171 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

After breakfast settle back in your seat as we travel south through France and Switzerland to our overnight hotel in northern Italy.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We continue our journey across Italy to the port of Ancona where we board the overnight ferry to Igoumenitsa in Greece. Please note: your driver will be required to collect your passport in order for you to be checked-in before boarding the ferry. Please ensure you have your passport to hand. It is advisable to pack an overnight bag for this evening. (en suite cabins included).

  • Included meals: Breakfast

We disembark the ferry this morning at the port of Igoumenitsa and commence our journey towards Kalambaka for an overnight stay. Later this afternoon we travel to Meteora on our included excursion. Meteora (literally meaning ‘hanging from the sky’) is possibly one of the most impressive sites in Greece with gigantic rock formations. On top of these rock formations hide monasteries and before the end of the day we will visit at least two of them.

  • Included meals: Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Meteora

We leave the hotel today and head south through the mountains of central Greece towards ‘the navel of the earth’, Delphi. We meet our guide who will introduce us to the site, located on the side of Mount Parnassos, and also the museum of Delphi. We continue our journey south via the picturesque village of Arachova. If time allows we will pause here for a short stop before continuing to Athens where we stay for three nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Delphi Guided Tour & Museum Visit

This morning is dedicated to exploring the city of Athens. We meet our guide and take an included panoramic tour of the city. We see the House of Parliament, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Constitution Square, the Presidential Palace, National Library and the Panathinaikon Stadium. The highlight of the tour will be a visit to the impressive Acropolis. Our morning tour will continue with a short walk in the famous Plaka area where we stop for lunch at a typical Greek taverna. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore further or alternatively why not join our optional excursion along the coastal road of Attica to Cape Sounion. Here stands the magnificent Temple of Poseidon, the Greek God of the Sea, where we have a guided visit. In ancient times, mariners would see the brilliant white marbled temple and know they were close to home. Today’s temple was built in 444 BCE on the site of the older temple. Please be aware that passengers with walking difficulties may find this excursion a challenge. Rocks at the temple are rough but can also be slippery; therefore it is advisable to wear good sturdy footwear. Although the weather maybe hot it is advisable to take a jacket with you, as it can be very breezy at the temple.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included Highlights

  • Athens Guided Sightseeing Tour

Optional Excursions

Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
2020
  • Temple of Poseidon
$106
The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

Today is at leisure for you to explore Athens further at your own pace. Alternatively, why not join our optional full day cruise to the nearby islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. Each of the islands are beautiful but they all have their own characters. Aegina is known for its great production of pistachios, Poros is known for its wonderful landscapes and Hydra is highly cosmopolitan. Lunch will be served on board the ship and then late this afternoon we arrive back at the port ready for the transfer to the hotel.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Optional Excursions

Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
2020
  • Saronic Islands
$213
The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

We leave our hotel and drive along the coastal road towards the famous Corinth Canal where we have a brief photo stop. We continue to Epidaurus where we meet our guide for a visit to the magnificent amphitheatre. Our day continues to Nafplion, the first capital of Modern Greece. Here there will be free time to explore before we take a short drive to the nearby resort of Tolo where we stay for four nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Epidaurus
  • Nafplion
  • Corinth Canal

Today is at leisure for you to relax and enjoy your surroundings or alternatively why not join our optional excursion to ancient Corinth and nearby Nemea region. Corinth was an important city in ancient Greece and it played a major role in the missionary work of the Apostle Paul. Today, Corinth is the second largest city in the Peloponnese with several sites of interest to pilgrims and tourists. We continue to Nemea, famous in Greek mythology as the home of the Nemean lion that was ultimately killed by Hercules. Here we have the chance to sample some of the local produce. We return to our hotel in time for dinner this evening.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Excursions

Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
2020
  • Corinth & Nemea
$152
The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

A day at leisure today to relax and enjoy. Perhaps spend time at Tolo beach soaking up the sun.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Further leisure time for you to relax and enjoy your surroundings.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We leave Tolo this morning and head towards Mycenae. We meet our guide and take an included guided visit to the site of Mycenae with the famous Lion’s Gate and Agamemnon’s tomb. We continue our journey via Tripolis and Megalopolis to arrive in Olympia for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Mycenae Guided Visit

We begin our day at the home of the first Olympic Games. We meet our guide who will introduce us to the ancient site of Olympia and of course the outstanding museum. Later we drive towards Patras to board the overnight ferry to Ancona, Italy. (en suite cabins included).

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Included Highlights

  • Olympia Guided Visit

We disembark the ferry and head north to the Lake Garda / Verona region where we stay overnight.

  • Included meals: Dinner

To Belgium for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

After breakfast settle back in your seat as we travel south through France and Switzerland to our overnight hotel in northern Italy.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We continue our journey across Italy to the port of Ancona where we board the overnight ferry to Igoumenitsa in Greece. Please note: your driver will be required to collect your passport in order for you to be checked-in before boarding the ferry. Please ensure you have your passport to hand. It is advisable to pack an overnight bag for this evening. (en suite cabins included).

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Morning arrival at Igoumenitsa, then we follow the scenic road to the beautiful town of Ioannina set against Lake Pavmotis. There is time to explore during a short stop, perhaps taking a boat to the little island of Nisi on the lake (not included) or enjoying lunch in one of the local tavernas (not included). Continue to Kalambaka, where we stay overnight. This evening, we take a short drive to Meteora, possibly one of the most impressive sites in Greece. Weather permitting, we will take in the spectacular views over the plain and watch the breath-taking sunset.

  • Included meals: Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Meteora

Return to Meteora this morning, where we will meet with our local guide and visit at least two of the monasteries. Meteora (literally meaning ‘hanging from the sky’) are gigantic rock formations, like towers of sandstone, which have provided sacred retreat for monks over the centuries. Considered one of the most beautiful areas of mainland Greece, Meteora is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. There is time for lunch in Kalambaka (not included) before we head south through the mountains to Delphi, where we stay overnight.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Meteora
Meteora

Included Highlights

  • Meteora

Located on the slopes of Mount Parnassos in a spectacular natural setting, Delphi is a trove of archaeological treasures dedicated to Apollo. We explore the site with a local guide including a visit to the museum, which houses the famous bronze statue of the ‘Charioteer’. Later we continue to Athens for a two-night stay. This evening, join an optional excursion to the famous Plaka area, followed by dinner at a Greek restaurant with live music and folk-dance show.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Delphi
Delphi

Included Highlights

  • Delphi Guided Tour & Museum Visit

Included panoramic guided tour of Athens, seeing the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Constitution Square and the Presidential Palace. We will also visit the Acropolis. Enjoy a short walk in the famous Plaka area, where we enjoy lunch at a typical Greek tavern. In the afternoon, you can take an optional tour along the coastal road of Attica to Cape Sounion, for a guided visit to the Temple of Sounion.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included Highlights

  • Athens Sightseeing

We leave our hotel and drive along the coastal road towards the famous Corinth Canal where we have a brief photo stop. We continue to Epidaurus where we meet our guide for a visit to the magnificent amphitheatre. Our day continues to Nafplion, the first capital of Modern Greece. Here there will be free time to explore before we take a short drive to the nearby resort of Tolo where we stay for four nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Epidaurus
  • Nafplion
  • Corinth Canal

Today is at leisure for you to relax and enjoy your surroundings or alternatively why not join our optional excursion to ancient Corinth and nearby Nemea region. Corinth was an important city in ancient Greece and it played a major role in the missionary work of the Apostle Paul. Today, Corinth is the second largest city in the Peloponnese with several sites of interest to pilgrims and tourists. We continue to Nemea, famous in Greek mythology as the home of the Nemean lion that was ultimately killed by Hercules. Here we have the chance to sample some of the local produce. We return to our hotel in time for dinner this evening.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Excursions

Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
2020
  • Corinth & Nemea
$152
The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

A day at leisure today to relax and enjoy. Perhaps spend time at Tolo beach soaking up the sun.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Further leisure time for you to relax and enjoy your surroundings.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We leave Tolo this morning and head towards Mycenae. We meet our guide and take an included guided visit to the site of Mycenae with the famous Lion’s Gate and Agamemnon’s tomb. We continue our journey via Tripolis and Megalopolis to arrive in Olympia for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Mycenae Guided Visit

We begin our day at the home of the first Olympic Games. We meet our guide who will introduce us to the ancient site of Olympia and of course the outstanding museum. Later we drive towards Patras to board the overnight ferry to Ancona, Italy. (en suite cabins included).

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Included Highlights

  • Olympia Guided Visit

We disembark the ferry and head north to the Lake Garda / Verona region where we stay overnight.

  • Included meals: Dinner

To Belgium for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Classical Greece – Athens, Mycenae & Olympia 16 days from $4,529pp

Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
1300 020 171

Accommodation

If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 020 171.
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 1300 020 171 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 020 171.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

2019 departures

In Greece you will stay for one night in Kalambaka at the 3-star Hotel Orfeas, or similar, followed by three nights in Athens at the 4-star Hotel Stanley, or similar. In Tolo you will stay for four nights at the 3-star Hotel Minoa, or similar, and then one night at the 3-star Hotel Neda in Olympia, or similar.

2020 departures

In Greece you will stay for one night in Kalambaka at the 3-star Hotel Orfeas, or similar followed by one night in Delphi at the 3-star Hotel Hermes, or similar. In Athens you will stay for two nights at the 4-star Hotel Stanley, or similar. In Tolo, you will stay for four nights at the 3-star Hotel Minoa or Hotel Apollon, and then one night at the 3-star Hotel Neda, or similar, in Olympia.

Overnight stays in northern France, northern Italy and Belgium are in city-style hotels. Overnight in the Lake Garda/Verona area will be in a 3-star hotel.

Minoa

56 Aktis Street, 21056 Tolo,

  • English Speaking Staff
  • Bureau de Change
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone

Neda Hotel

Karamanli 1, 27065 Ancient Olympia ,

  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

Travel Options

Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

Front row seats can be reserved for $35pp (up to 6 days' duration), $55pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and $60pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for $18pp (up to 6 days duration), $35pp (7 & 8 days duration) and $42pp (9, 10 and days duration) $50pp (12 days and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately $1.80 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 1300 020 171 two weeks before you are due to travel. With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours, an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning.
All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
Alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. If joining in the UK, you may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

When it comes to getting you to your destination, McLachlan European Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

Silver Service, refreshments

Silver Service Features

  • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
  • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
  • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
  • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
  • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
  • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
  • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
  • Onboard toilet

Silver Service Seating Plan

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Luxuria - Charging sockets

Luxuria Features

  • Deluxe armchair-style seats with leather exterior, central arm rests with cup holders and retractable calf rests give you a more comfortable journey.
  • Every seat has its own, fully interactive, touch screen T.V. offering a wide choice of entertainment so you can control what you want to watch and when.
  • There’s also a selection of double and single seats, including four seats face-to-face with tables. And with a total of 5 single seats available, these are ideal for passengers travelling independently.
  • Plug sockets and USB points at each seat mean you can keep your devices fully charged throughout your journey.
  • Onboard toilet.

Luxuria Seating Plan

Luxuria Seating Plan