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Grand Tour of Greece and the Balkans (Summer 2017)

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ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Athens: See Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Zeus.
  • Delphi: See the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians, Polygonal Wall and the Temple of Apollo.
  • Thermopylae: See the memorial to Leonidas and his heroic Spartans.
  • Thessaloniki: Experience the best of this Byzantine metropolis, as well as exploring some of the city's colourful markets and culinary highlights.
  • Sofia: See the Cathedral, churches, and Soviet-era buildings.
  • Skopje: A guided walk through these enchanting streets to see the churches, mosques and old Turkish buildings.
  • Ohrid: Walk through the cobbled streets with a guide.
  • Tirana: Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour.
  • Patras: Cross world's longest multi-span cable-stayed bridge.
  • Corinth Canal: Cross the amazing rock-cut channel dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Olympia: Join a qualified chef for an entertaining cookery demonstration, then enjoy these authentic flavours of Greece.
  • Athens: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine.
  • 14 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 4 three-course table d'hôte Dinners or Buffets (D) with tea or coffee; 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 3 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Athens: Ascend the ‘Sacred Rock', the Acropolis, to admire the Parthenon built in 5th century BC as well as the smaller Temple of Athena Nike and Caryatid Beauties.
  • Delphi: Ascend the Sacred Way in mystical Delphi, past the superb Polygonal Wall to reach the temple where the mysterious Oracle breathed her enigmatic 'words'.
  • Meteora: Visit the amazing hanging Monasteries of Meteora, incredibly perched on top of pinnacles of rock.
  • Vergina: Descend through subterranean stone passageways to a specially built museum housing the tomb of Alexander the Great's father.
  • Thessaloniki: Experience the history of ancient Macedonia through important findings dating back to the end of 6th century B.C. at the Archaeological Museum.
  • Rila: See the Rila Monastery, the largest and most important symbol of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
  • Ioannia: Visit the Theatre of Dodona, one of the largest and best preserved of ancient Greece.
  • Olympia: See the Olympic Stadium where the original games took place in 776BC, plus the ruins of temples dedicated to Zeus.
  • Mycenae: Walk through the Lion Gate, see the Royal Palace and Tomb of Agamemnon on this ancient site.
  • Mycenae: Walk through the Lion Gate, see the Royal Palace and Tomb of Agamemnon on this ancient site.
  • Argolis: View beautiful works of art during your visit to a family-run pottery studio, which embraces traditional methods.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Ohrid: Surrounded by a magnificent pine wood and 100 yards from the shore of Lake Ohrid, the Hotel Belvedere is a comfortable hotel with a unique ambience and friendly service.
  • Ioannina: Situated next to the lake of legends, the Du Lac Hotel is a modern hotel offering excellent facilities.
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You will visit the following 2 places:

Albania

Albania

Albania, officially known as the Republic of Albania, is a country in South Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, the Republic of Macedonia to the east and Greece to the south and southeast. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the west, and on the Ionian Sea to the southwest. It is less than 45 miles from Italy, across the Strait of Otranto which links the Adriatic Sea to the Ionian Sea. Albania is a member of the United Nations, NATO, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Council of Europe, World Trade Organisation, Organisation of the Islamic Conference and one of the founding members of the Union for the Mediterranean. 

Greece

Greece

Greece, also known since ancient times as Hellas, is a country located in southeastern Europe. The country has one of the longest histories of any country, and is considered the cradle of Western civilization, having been the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature, historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, and Western drama, including both tragedy and comedy.  Athens, its busy capital, retains ancient landmarks including the 5th-century-B.C.E. Acropolis citadel and Parthenon temple. Greece is also known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos. Furthermore it's a geographically appealing place to visit, with a mountainous mainland and idyllic island beaches!

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