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A Classic Greek Journey

In this realm of myth and magic, where divine beings held sway and legendary figures engaged in epic conflicts, the allure of Classical Greece captivates the mind in a way that is truly unparalleled. Its rich tapestry of stories and historical significance continues to inspire awe and wonder.

  • Peloponnese

  • 11 nights
  • Half Board
  • Culture

  • Apr

    Sep

Leisurely

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Grade 2

This is a Grade 2 leisurely holiday, where our walking is mainly centred around active sightseeing, visiting ancient sites, museums, traditional villages and of course in Athens. Paths on some sites are somewhat rocky or cobbled with short ascents and descents so you may find poles useful. There is one longer optional walk from Delphi on Day 3.

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Meticulously curated, guided walking holiday itineraries that delve into the culture, wildlife, cuisine, and rich history of the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Tread in the footsteps of Ancient Olympians at Olympia.
  • Enjoy panoramic views from the Palamidi fortress at Nauplia.
  • View the Acropolis in Athens topped by the spectacular Parthenon.
  • Dine in local tavernas and sample traditional Greek cuisine.
  • Experience knowledgeable local guides.
  • Explore the ancient site and excellent museum at Delphi.
  • Visit Sparta, once one of the most powerful cities in ancient Greece.

In the realm of myth and folklore, where ancient deities reigned supreme and legendary heroes battled, the allure of Classical Greece is simply unparalleled. Embark on a journey that retraces the steps of the ancient Spartans and Olympians, traversing lush valleys adorned with wild olive and plane trees, and delving into the remnants of a bygone era with Ramble Worldwide.

This captivating odyssey takes you from the hallowed grounds of the Delphi oracle to the bustling heart of modern Athens. Starting at Athens airport, you'll venture to Delphi, believed by Zeus to be the centre of the world, exploring its ancient sites, museums, and surrounding countryside with our knowledgeable guide. Your voyage continues across the Gulf of Corinth, leading you to Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the modern Olympics, nestled amidst a picturesque valley of wild olive and plane trees, offering an enchanting setting for exploration.

As you traverse the Peloponnesian mountains, you'll arrive at the fertile plains of Sparta, framed by the imposing Taigetos mountains. Nearby, you'll discover Ancient Sparta and Mystra, boasting some of Greece's finest Byzantine architectural treasures. Your journey northward takes you to Nauplia, a quaint Venetian seaport on the Gulf of Argos, serving as a gateway to exploring Tiryns, Argos, and the breath taking Epidauros theatre. Don't miss the panoramic views from the hilltop Palamidi fortress in Nauplia.

En route to Athens via Agamemnon's Mycenae and Ancient Corinth, you'll traverse the impressive Corinth Canal. While the Acropolis undoubtedly stands as the crown jewel of Athens, dominating the city's heart with the iconic Parthenon, there's a wealth of other treasures awaiting your exploration. Visit the Temple of Zeus and, perhaps, the Archaeological Museum. In the evening, immerse yourself in the charm of old Athens while savouring a delectable dinner.

  • Return flights from London to Athens.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Transfers between centres.
  • En suite three star hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Dinners taken at local restaurants and tavernas.
  • Services of a local guide on day two, four & 10.
  • All local transport costs. required for the itinerary by private coach.
  • Services of a Discover Tour Leader.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Delphi

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Depart from London to Athens, and transfer by road to Delphi for 3 nights’ accommodation. The journey takes approximately 3.5 hours driving, plus a short stop.

Transfer Time = 3h 30m

Day 2

Delphi

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You will have a fairly relaxed day in Delphi, exploring the museum and the ancient site, with your local guide, also allowing for some time to be spent at leisure.

Day 3

Delphi

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

Today there is an optional 7 mile above-grade walk that descends, steeply in places, through delightful countryside to olive groves and the coast at Kirra, then on to the resort of Itea. Those who prefer a leisurely day can relax in Delphi or take a local bus to the beach.

Day 4

Olympia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Ancient Olympia

The archaeological site of Olympia is the most famous venue for the ancient Olympic Games. Similar to the Olympic games now days they took place every 4 years, and were part of the celebrations to the god Zeus. 

Crossing the Gulf of Corinth today, you travel by coach to the ancient site of Olympia, birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. You’ll have time to explore the site with your local guide. You stay in Olympia for 1 night’s accommodation.

Day 5

Sparta

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Leaving Olympia in the late morning, you journey across the Peloponnese mountains to Sparta for 2 nights’ accommodation.

Day 6

Sparta

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You explore Mistra today, taking in the Kastro and monastery. The Castle Town of Mystras was very strong in Byzantine times and was once the second most important town after Constantinople.

Day 7

Nauplia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You now head northward to Nauplia where you spend 2 nights, visiting the impressive theatre at Argos and the archaeological site at Tiryns en route. This afternoon, once checked in at your hotel, there should be time for a walk around the peninsula and the beach.

Day 8

Nauplia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Epidaurus

Ancient Epidaurus is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. It is a famous Ancient Theatre with amazing acoustics.

From Nauplia you visit Epidaurus this morning to experience the theatre's excellent acoustics. The afternoon can be spent at the Palamidi Fortress with 999 steps to descend back to Nauplia. Views from the top are well worth the visit! There is also the option to leave Epidaurus and go back to Nauplia by coach and spend the afternoon relaxing or further exploring the town.

Day 9

Athens

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Corinth Canal

Stand on the bridge and look down at the spectacular man made canal which joins the Ionian Sea to the Aegean Sea.

Leaving Nauplia behind you visit Mycenae and the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth before crossing the Corinth Canal and continuing to Athens where we stay for 3 nights' accommodation.

Day 10 to 11

Athens

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

During your two days in Athens you’ll spend time sightseeing, visiting the Acropolis, Parthenon, and perhaps the Archaeological Museum if time permits with a local guide. You may also want to spend some time in the market areas of Monastiraki or the Plaka and also make a visit of the wonderful Benaki museum, located close to the Greek Parliament building.

Day 12

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

You leave for Athens airport and your return flight to London.

Departure dates for your selected tour

3rd Sep 2024 - 14th Sep 2024 (11 Nights)

17th Sep 2024 - 28th Sep 2024 (11 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (c3hrs 30mins).
  • Return flights from London to Athens.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Delphi

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Depart from London to Athens, and transfer by road to Delphi for 3 nights’ accommodation. The journey takes approximately 3.5 hours driving, plus a short stop.

Transfer Time = 3h 30m

Day 2

Delphi

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You will have a fairly relaxed day in Delphi, exploring the museum and the ancient site, with your local guide, also allowing for some time to be spent at leisure.

Day 3

Delphi

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

Today there is an optional 7 mile above-grade walk that descends, steeply in places, through delightful countryside to olive groves and the coast at Kirra, then on to the resort of Itea. Those who prefer a leisurely day can relax in Delphi or take a local bus to the beach.

Day 4

Olympia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Ancient Olympia

The archaeological site of Olympia is the most famous venue for the ancient Olympic Games. Similar to the Olympic games now days they took place every 4 years, and were part of the celebrations to the god Zeus. 

Crossing the Gulf of Corinth today, you travel by coach to the ancient site of Olympia, birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. You’ll have time to explore the site with your local guide. You stay in Olympia for 1 night’s accommodation.

Day 5

Sparta

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Leaving Olympia in the late morning, you journey across the Peloponnese mountains to Sparta for 2 nights’ accommodation.

Day 6

Sparta

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You explore Mistra today, taking in the Kastro and monastery. The Castle Town of Mystras was very strong in Byzantine times and was once the second most important town after Constantinople.

Day 7

Nauplia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You now head northward to Nauplia where you spend 2 nights, visiting the impressive theatre at Argos and the archaeological site at Tiryns en route. This afternoon, once checked in at your hotel, there should be time for a walk around the peninsula and the beach.

Day 8

Nauplia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Epidaurus

Ancient Epidaurus is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. It is a famous Ancient Theatre with amazing acoustics.

From Nauplia you visit Epidaurus this morning to experience the theatre's excellent acoustics. The afternoon can be spent at the Palamidi Fortress with 999 steps to descend back to Nauplia. Views from the top are well worth the visit! There is also the option to leave Epidaurus and go back to Nauplia by coach and spend the afternoon relaxing or further exploring the town.

Day 9

Athens

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Corinth Canal

Stand on the bridge and look down at the spectacular man made canal which joins the Ionian Sea to the Aegean Sea.

Leaving Nauplia behind you visit Mycenae and the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth before crossing the Corinth Canal and continuing to Athens where we stay for 3 nights' accommodation.

Day 10 to 11

Athens

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

During your two days in Athens you’ll spend time sightseeing, visiting the Acropolis, Parthenon, and perhaps the Archaeological Museum if time permits with a local guide. You may also want to spend some time in the market areas of Monastiraki or the Plaka and also make a visit of the wonderful Benaki museum, located close to the Greek Parliament building.

Day 12

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

You leave for Athens airport and your return flight to London.

Departure dates for your selected tour

16th Apr 2024 - 27th Apr 2024 (11 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (c3hrs 30mins).
  • Return flights from London to Athens.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Delphi

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Depart from London to Athens, and transfer by road to Delphi for 3 nights’ accommodation. The journey takes approximately 3.5 hours driving, plus a short stop.

Transfer Time = 3h 30m

Day 2

Delphi

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You will have a fairly relaxed day in Delphi, exploring the museum and the ancient site, with your local guide, also allowing for some time to be spent at leisure.

Day 3

Delphi

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

Today there is an optional 7 mile above-grade walk that descends, steeply in places, through delightful countryside to olive groves and the coast at Kirra, then on to the resort of Itea. Those who prefer a leisurely day can relax in Delphi or take a local bus to the beach.

Day 4

Olympia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Ancient Olympia

The archaeological site of Olympia is the most famous venue for the ancient Olympic Games. Similar to the Olympic games now days they took place every 4 years, and were part of the celebrations to the god Zeus. 

Crossing the Gulf of Corinth today, you travel by coach to the ancient site of Olympia, birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. You’ll have time to explore the site with your local guide. You stay in Olympia for 1 night’s accommodation.

Day 5

Sparta

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Leaving Olympia in the late morning, you journey across the Peloponnese mountains to Sparta for 2 nights’ accommodation.

Day 6

Sparta

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You explore Mistra today, taking in the Kastro and monastery. The Castle Town of Mystras was very strong in Byzantine times and was once the second most important town after Constantinople.

Day 7

Nauplia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You now head northward to Nauplia where you spend 2 nights, visiting the impressive theatre at Argos and the archaeological site at Tiryns en route. This afternoon, once checked in at your hotel, there should be time for a walk around the peninsula and the beach.

Day 8

Nauplia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Epidaurus

Ancient Epidaurus is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. It is a famous Ancient Theatre with amazing acoustics.

From Nauplia you visit Epidaurus this morning to experience the theatre's excellent acoustics. The afternoon can be spent at the Palamidi Fortress with 999 steps to descend back to Nauplia. Views from the top are well worth the visit! There is also the option to leave Epidaurus and go back to Nauplia by coach and spend the afternoon relaxing or further exploring the town.

Day 9

Athens

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Corinth Canal

Stand on the bridge and look down at the spectacular man made canal which joins the Ionian Sea to the Aegean Sea.

Leaving Nauplia behind you visit Mycenae and the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth before crossing the Corinth Canal and continuing to Athens where we stay for 3 nights' accommodation.

Day 10 to 11

Athens

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

During your two days in Athens you’ll spend time sightseeing, visiting the Acropolis, Parthenon, and perhaps the Archaeological Museum if time permits with a local guide. You may also want to spend some time in the market areas of Monastiraki or the Plaka and also make a visit of the wonderful Benaki museum, located close to the Greek Parliament building.

Day 12

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

You leave for Athens airport and your return flight to London.

Departure dates for your selected tour

2nd Apr 2024 - 13th Apr 2024 (11 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (c3hrs 30mins).
  • Return flights from London to Athens.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Fedriades

This warm, family-run Hotel Fedriades has magnificent views of the Corinthian Gulf and the valley of Pleistos and is well located too, only a 12-minute walk to the Archaeological Museum of Delphi and 20 minutes from the historic Castalian Spring.

The understated, relaxed rooms come with balconies, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus fridges. Room service is available. A breakfast buffet is offered in an airy cafe. There's also the refined Epikouros Restaurant with a terrace with sea and mountain views. Other amenities include a fireplace lounge, a relaxed bar and bikes for hire.

Hotel Pelops

A short walk from the Olympia ancient site, the Hotel Pelops is situated in a tranquil part of the town. There is a courtyard and lounge area to relax in, breakfast room and free wifi. Rooms are all en suite and have a private balcony. In the room you will find a mini fridge, tea & coffee making facilities, TV, a/c and hairdryer.

Hotel Lakonia

The centrally located Hotel Lakonia offers a warm and hospitable welcome in the small city of Sparta. The classical architecture and décor of the hotel blend in with the surrounding urban environment in the best possible way.

You can enjoy a homemade buffet breakfast that serves fresh local produce as well international standards such as omelettes, pancakes and fresh fruit. Guests have previously rated the breakfast very highly. A cosy 24 hour coffee bar is available as well.

Some rooms have private balconies that have panoramic views of the palm trees. All rooms are ensuite with free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, air conditioning and mini bar.

Rex Hotel

The three star Rex Hotel offers American buffet breakfast and free wifi. It is centrally located in the town, and all rooms are en suite with a/c, mini fridge, hairdryer and safety deposit box. There is also a bar in the hotel.

Hotel Arion

You stay at the centrally located, Hotel Arion, which offers en suite rooms with television and hairdryer. The hotel has a lounge, bar and a rooftop terrace with views towards the Acropolis. Close by you will find many restaurants, bustling markets and easy access to the city’s sites. Breakfast is included at the hotel. 

Hotel Antonios

Nestled in the historic centre of Ancient Olympia, Hotel Antonios' exceptional location provides history enthusiasts with a distinctive chance to discover the iconic historical landmarks of Olympia, including the Temple of Hera and the Philippeion ruins. Rooms are equipped with ensuite facilities, toiletries, hairdryer, iron and air conditioning. 

Park Hotel

The Park Hotel is located a short 6 minute walk from the beach and is located right in the centre of Nafplio near Kolokotronis Park. The breakfast room have views which over look the park, what better way to spend your morning. The recently renovated rooms are equipped with en suites, air conditioning, TVs, hairdryer and safe. Single rooms are double rooms for sole use.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 2 leisurely holiday, where our walking is mainly centred around active sightseeing, visiting ancient sites, museums, traditional villages and of course in Athens. Paths on some sites are somewhat rocky or cobbled with short ascents and descents so you may find poles useful. There is one longer optional walk from Delphi on Day 3.

Walks & Excursions

The majority of walking on this holiday is made during sightseeing days, visiting ancient sites, which generally involves a good amount of walking. We do include a walk while in Delphi, down towards the sea at Itea, visiting Chrisso village en route. In addition to the Ramble Worldwide group leader, this holiday also benefits from the knowledge of local guides to enhance the visits at some of the archaeological sites.

Spring time in the Peloponnese lends itself to an array of flora and the archaeological sites we visit are often carpeted in colour. You don't need to be a botany buff to enjoy these, so whatever your knowledge you might find that a bit of reading before you travel can add significantly to the joy of your holiday discoveries. Look at the ‘Discover Wild Plants’ section of the www.plantlife.org.uk website for fascinating facts on a huge range of plants you might see both in the UK and abroad. They have ‘spotter sheets’ to use on your walks to help you get your eye in, and a good section on Habitats. 

Often it’s not only the name of the plant that’s of interest, but the way it grows and the stories behind it. www.ukwildflowers.com has tons of information of flowers way beyond just the UK. Try googling ‘wild flower photography’ to get some new ideas to try out.  Naturally, it’s completely fine if you just turn up with no prior knowledge, ready to be delighted and surprised by what out out there beneath your feet.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

The currency in Greece is the euro.

Each of our hotels accepts major credit cards and banks and ATMs are available in each of our centres.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (c3hrs 30mins).
  • Return flights from London to Athens.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday price, with dinners taken at local tavernas, giving an excellent opportunity to sample the wonderful Greek cuisine. Often starters are sharing plates - mezzes - and desserts are simple. The Greek diet easily caters for vegetarians and gluten free dishes. Lunches are not included, and are at your own expense, and these may include a cafe stop or a picnic lunch.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Greece

Electricity in Greece is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at  https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Books
Greece – The Rough Guide
Greece-Athens and the Mainland – Eyewitness Travel Guide
Athens Insight City Guide – Insight City Guide
The Classical World - An Epic history of Greece and Rome – Robin Lane Fox

Websites
Greek National Tourist Office www.gnto.gr
Visit Greece www.visitgreece.com

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Greece

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Greece. 

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may also wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

There is a low to no risk of malaria in Greece. Malaria risk is from May to October and is very limited; confined to the villages of the Evrotas delta area in Lakonia district. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Greece

  • Capital

    Athens

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Greek

  • Time Difference

    UTC +03:00

  • Flight duration

    4hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • February

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 78mm

  • March

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • April

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 43mm

  • May

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 29mm

  • June

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 15mm

  • July

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 10mm

  • August

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 11mm

  • September

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • October

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 71mm

  • November

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 94mm

  • December

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 106mm

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