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  • Nightlife in Thessaloniki
  • Meteora cliff top monasteries
  • Athens, gateway to the Greek islands

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Istanbul to Athens

A mini Greek trek through the lands of the ancient Gods. You'll travel from Istanbul to Athens and visit Thessaloniki, the cliff top monasteries of Meteora, Thermopylae and the Temple of Delphi.

What's Included

  • Your fantastic Busabout Guide and local driver
  • 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts
  • Orientation walk in Thessaloniki
  • Entrance to 2 Monasteries at Meteora
  • Professional local guide in Delphi, plus site and museum entrance

Free time

Take time out with one of our optional extras.  Full details from your Busabout Guide.

  • Thermopylae, where the Spartans battled the Persians
  • Traditional Greek Dancing and Music

H: Included Highlights

F: Free Time Option

Day 1: Istanbul to Thessaloniki

We leave the Turkish metropolis and head to the Greek Acropolis. Heading across the border to Greece, we pay a visit to Kavala and its impressive Roman aqueduct then on to Thessaloniki. It's well known that you can eat some of the best Greek food here, its nightlife is second to none and its white sandy beaches are awesome so time to party on and enjoy some local interaction.

Day 2: Thessaloniki to Kalambaka

A historical afternoon at the cliff monasteries of Meteora. This ancient site features monasteries perched on cliffs dating back to the 9th Century. The St Stephen's monastery was featured in the James Bond movie 'For Your Eyes Only' and today is a UNESCO listed site. After being awe-struck by the grandeur we spend an evening in the nearby traditional Greek village of Kalambaka. (B)

H: Marvel at Meteora’s stunning cliff top monasteries

Day 3: Kalambaka to Athens

After breakfast we drive southwards to our first stop in Thermopylae, where the statue of Leonidas stands to commemorate the heroic defence of the Spartans against the Persians. It looks a little different nowadays than what is shown in the movie 300! We continue the drive to Delphi where we have an amazing professional guide take us around the incredible site and museum of delphi (Included in tour price). The sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the religious centre of the ancient Greek world. After an enthralling day we head to Athens and in the evening we mingle over dinner and drinks at our hostel's roof-top bar. (B)

H: Visit Thermopylae, where the Spartans battled the Persians

H: Professional local guide in Delphi

Day 4: Athens

A day to delve into the great Greek capital. Classical Athens was a hotbed of culture and has had a huge influence on western civilisation. The wonder-inducing temples never fail to fascinate, and a visit to the Acropolis is an absolute must. During the day you have free time to discover this great city before we meet in the evening to sample some traditional greek dancing and music. (B)

F: Explore the stunning Acropolis

Day 5: Athens

Say goodbye to your friends as the trek ends after breakfast. (B)



An awesome way to see some amazing places amongst great people"

Kerri, Queensland

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