Day 1: Arrival – Philippi – Lydia – Kavala
Day 2: Thessaloniki
Day 3: Thessaloniki – Vergina – Kalampaka
Day 4: Kalampaka – Meteora – Delphi
Day 5: Delphi- Hosios Lukas – Patras
Day 6: Patras – Olympia – Apollo Epicurus – Kalamata
Day 7: Kalamata – Mystras – Nafplio
Day 8: Nafplion – Epidaurus – Mycenae – Athens
Day 9: Athens Acropolis / walking tour (Theseion, Monastiraki Flea Market, Plaka, Anafiotika)
Day 10: Return or extend your trip for 1 or more days.
Extension 1: Panoramic tour, New Acropolis Museum and Filipapou Hill.
Extension 2: One day cruise to Argo-Saronic Gulf
Extension 3: National Archaeological Museum - Sounio
Extension 4: Cruise or visit a Greek island of your choice. Please contact us…
End of Tour
…It’s not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind…
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN GREECE
“…It’s not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind…”
Due to its geographical location, Greece was a crossroad of civilizations. Over thousands of years a variety of cultures and traditions left their marks everywhere. This is evident at the architecture of the museums and settlements, the miniature arts, daily life, nutritional customs and generally in all forms of popular art in the various regions of the country. The visitor can come into contact with this multihued and impressive mosaic through visits and trips into historical, cultural, artistic and folkloric traditions.
Greece as a World Heritage site
According the UNESCO’s official website:
“The monuments included on the World Heritage List are selected and approved on the basis of their value as the best examples of human creative genius. They exhibit an important interchange of human values and bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or has disappeared. They are directly linked to important stages in human history and for this reason they have outstanding universal significance and are a part of mankind’s common heritage”.
There are currently 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece. Of these, 16 are inscribed based on “cultural” criteria, while the remaining two (Mount Athos, Meteora) are inscribed for meeting both “cultural” and “natural” criteria. Five of the sites are located on islands, one is distributed between the islands and the mainland, with the remaining 12 exclusively on the mainland. This first site to be inscribed was the Temple of Apollo at Bassae in 1986, the most recent is the Philippi, inscribed in 2016.
Below you will find the complete list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Greece:
Acropolis, Athens (1987)
Acropolis includes four of the greatest masterpieces of classical Greek period: the Parthenon, Propylaea, Erechtheion and the temple of Athena Nike, and they can be considered as global symbols of the idea of world heritage.
Archaeological Site of Aigai (Vergina) (1996)
The city of Aigai, the first capital of ancient Kingdom of Macedonia, was discovered in the 19th century near Vergina, in northern Greece. The most important monuments are the Palace and the impressive tombs. One of the royal tombs in the Great Tumulus, was identified as the tomb of Philip II, who as it’s widely known, to whom that watch Hollywood movies(!), is the father of Alexander the Great!
Archaeological Site of Delphi (1987)
The Hellenic Sanctuary of Delphi, which was given the oracle of Apollo, was considered the center of the world and it was the symbol of unity of the ancient world. Probably we need such kind of symbols nowadays as well…
Archaeological Site of Mystras (1989)
The castle of Mystras was built as a fortress in 1249 by King William, was recovered by the Byzantines and later conquered by the Turks and the Venetians. It was abandoned in 1832, leaving fascinating medieval ruins standing within an exceptionally beautiful location!
Archaeological Site of Olympia (1989)
At 10th century BC, Olympia was the centre of worship of Zeus. Apart from the temples, there are the remains of all the sports facilities built for the Olympics and it is the place where the first Olympic Games took place from 776 BC.
Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns (1999)
These two remarkable sites are the impressive monuments of the two largest cities of the Mycenaean civilisation, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean from the 15th to the 12th century BC and played a vital role in the development of classical Greek culture. These two towns are linked to the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey and they have influenced European art and literature for more than three thousand years!
Almost all the places in Greece are related to Greek mythology and Delos could not be any exception. According to Greek Mythology, God Apollo was born on this small island in Cyclades. The archaeological site is exceptionally extensive and rich and gives the feeling of a great Mediterranean port.
Medieval City of Rhodes (1988)
In 1988 UNESCO declared Rhodes “World Heritage City”, mainly because of the Castle and the medieval city that is built inside. This is one of the largest and best-preserved castles in Europe and of course one of the most beautiful castles in Greece! It took its current form mostly in the period when the knights of the Order of Saint John occupied the island, from 1309 until 1522.
Meteora, these stunning and unique rocks, which embrace Kalambaka is the largest monastic city in Greece after Mount Athos! According to geologists these ”weird” tectonic formations were created 30 million years ago when the sea which covered the area, began to decline. The way that these rocks stand for thousands year creates a magical landscape. This was the reason that led the monks to find the “right” isolated place for their monasteries.
Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios (1990)
The first monastery is located in Athens, the second in Phokida and the third in Chios. The churches are built with large domes which are supported by small arches creating an octagonal space. In 11th and 12th century the monasteries had colourful marble decoration and mosaics on a gold background, all characteristics of the second Byzantine Period.
Mount Athos (1988)
The natural beauty of Mouth Athos with the picturesque hills, wild forests, steep cliffs and incredible water is extraordinary. It can be visited only by men who should have received a special pass, which is called “diamonitirion” and it includes twenty monasteries, twelve sketae and its capital in Karyes.
Old town of Corfu (2007)
The historical centre of Corfu is characterised mainly by two fortresses. The one along east side is the Old Fortress, while the other on the west side is the New Fortress. The Old Fort is located on an island and joins the city with a concrete bridge that formerly was wooden. In the past, the two fortresses of Corfu were linked by large walls.
Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika (1988)
The monuments that are included in the list are Rotunda, the temple of Acheiropiitos and St. Demetrius. The monastery Latomou, the church of St. Sophia and the Church of Our Lady Chalkeon. The churches of Saint Panteleimon, the Holy Apostles and Saint Nikolaos Orfanos. The St. Catherine and the Almighty Saviour Christ, Vlatadon, the church of Prophet Elias, the Byzantine baths and the walls of Thessaloniki!
This the most recent addition to UNESCO World Heritage sites list. The remains of this walled city lie at the foot of an acropolis in north-eastern Greece, on the ancient route linking Europe and Asia, the Via Egnatia. Founded in 356 BC by the Macedonian King Philip II, the city developed as a “small Rome” with the establishment of the Roman Empire in the decades following the Battle of Philippi, in 42 BCE. The vibrant Hellenistic city of Philip II, features the walls and their gates, the theatre and the funerary heroon (temple). These were supplemented with Roman public buildings such as the Forum and a monumental terrace with temples to its north. Later the city became a centre of the Christian faith following the visit of the Apostle Paul in 49-50 CE. The remains of its basilicas constitute an exceptional testimony to the early establishment of Christianity.
Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos (1992)
Since 3.000 BC, many civilisations have inhabited this small greek island, which is very close to Asia. The ruins of the Pythagorean, an ancient fortified port with Greek and Roman monuments; an impressive aqueduct and the Heraion, the temple of Hera of Samos, are still accessible.
Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus (1988)
The main monuments, particularly the theatre which is considered as one of the masterpieces of Greek architecture, are dated from the 4th century.
Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae (1986)
The famous temple dedicated to the god of healing and the sun was built in the 5th century on the steep mountains of Arcadia. It has the oldest Corinthian capital ever found and it combines the Archaic with the Doric rhythm.
The Historic Centre (Chorá) with the Monastery of Saint-John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos (1999)
Patmos, in Dodecanese Islands, is known as the island where St. John wrote the Gospel and the Apocalypse. A monastery dedicated to the ‘beloved disciple’ was discovered on the isle in the late 10th century. The old settlement in Chora, which is connected with, includes religious and folk buildings.
DepartureThessaloniki / Athens
- Accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room.
- All transfers from/to the airport.
- All transfers/tours as per the program.
- Choice of selected Hotels.
- Half-board (Breakfast & Dinner).
- Experienced Tour Guide.
- Civil Liability Insurance.
- Entrances to all museums and archaeological sites as per the program.
- Drinks, souvenirs and personal expenses.
- Whatever is Optional as per the itinerary.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Air fares are not included in the price. Return Airfare can be arranged/included upon agreement.
- Prices are based on groups of 25 travelers.
- Prices can/will be subject to change depending on the number of participants and the duration of the journey.
- The program might be altered on the day but no visits/tours shall be missed.