Tour description

Welcome to the ancient and magical country of Greece! On this small group tour, we’ll take you by the hand and lead you into the joyful celebration of Greek life through exploring, adventuring, tasting, and sharing the hidden corners of this magnificent country. Uncover thousands of years of history and culture of ancient Greece and Greek mythology at various UNESCO World Heritage sites. Visit the land of Homer, Aristotle, and Sophocles on a journey to the dawn of classical civilization, with archaeological splendors from Athens to Crete. Pay your respects at the famed Temple of Poseidon and feel inspired by the lives of the Greek Gods.

Modern culture is alive and well in Greece and is showcased best through their food. Take a culinary journey through farm-to-table eating and homegrown ingredients highlighting the best of the famed “Mediterranean diet” and learn what makes this region so special. Take a hands-on cooking class to bring home the secrets of Greece. The idyllic climate in the small villages, full of cypress groves, vineyards, and olive trees, is the perfect backdrop for a picture-perfect holiday. Nature lovers will be in awe at the famed blue water beaches, stunning cliffs, and endless sun that make Greece an iconic vacation. Dive deep into one of the most fascinating and coveted countries in Europe.

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HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS

Highlights

  • Guided tour of Athens with its historical treasures & popular markets
  • Trace the origins of the Olympic games at Olympia
  • Visit a local olive oil producer and learn about the importance of olive oil to the Greeks
  • Explore well-preserved 19th-century architecture in the picturesque town of Nafplio
  • Marvel at the imposing walls of Ancient Mycenae, thought to date back to 1200 BC
  • Experience extraordinary acoustics at the ancient theater of Epidaurus, one of the finest examples of Classical architecture in the world
  • Tour of Corinth and wine tasting in a local wine estate
  • Experience the stunning Temple of Poseidon
  • Hands-on cooking experience in Nafplio
  • Discover the magic of Crete Island

Included

  • Small group tour of 12-14 participants
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking tour director
  • Entrance fees for all sites
  • Tour transportation in a private air-conditioned motor coach
  • Local guides in the outlined cities and towns
  • Hotel city and service taxes at all accommodations and restaurants are included
  • Transfers from Athens airport and to Chania airport at scheduled times
  • Included airline ticket from Athens to Heraklion
  • Baggage transfers and porters are included
  • All breakfasts, five lunches, and three dinners are covered. Main meals include wine, mineral water, espresso, or tea
  • Activity level: Light/Moderate
  • Terms & Conditions/single supplement and FAQ

Not Included

  • Travel insurance and visa fees/Trip Interruption & Cancellation Insurance
  • Any charges for extras not listed in the itinerary
  • Room services, telephone charges, laundry fees
  • Gratuities for the tour director and local driver
  • Single room supplement
OUR UNIQUE ACCOMMODATIONS
DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Greece

Welcome to the monumental city of Athens. Today, you’ll arrive at Athens International Airport and head to the city center for the first three nights at the Electra Metropolis Hotel (or similar). This charming boutique hotel boasts a prime location close to the city’s architectural treasures. This evening, we’ll gather for our first group dinner in an elegant restaurant with amazing views over the Acropolis.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included , lunch on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Athens

Day 2: Historic Walking Tour of Athens & The Temple of Zeus

Today, we’ll dive right into the wonders of Ancient Greek architecture with a guided walking tour of Athens. Start the day with a visit to the Acropolis Museum, with its fantastic glass floor displaying ancient houses, streets, and even an olive press below. Exhibits include superb sculptures and an incredible series of carved pediments from the temple of Athena. We’ll continue to the Acropolis, and as you ascend the hill, you’ll experience the Parthenon itself – its blindingly white marble columns, with their perfect symmetry and balance, completely dominate the skyline. After time on your own for lunch, you’ll end the day with a panoramic tour of the most important monuments and landmarks of the city, such as the Temple of Olympian Zeus, one of the most prominent temples ever built in Athens, the Panathenaic Stadium, an ancient stadium initially constructed in 338 BC, the Presidential Guards on duty in front of the Greek Parliament and the old city of Athens, and a stroll around the small streets of Plaka. 

Meals: Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Athens

Day 3: Ancient Oracles of Delphi & Romantic Arachova 

Today’s tour brings us to explore the nearby ancient site of Delphi. Nestled between twin cliffs on a slope of Mount Parnassus and spilling out onto the Sacred Plain, Delphi is where the oracle representing the god Apollo presided over the ancient world. We see the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo, walk the marble Sacred Way, and climb to the 4th-century BC theater still in use today. We also visit Delphi’s Museum, which houses the bronze Charioteer, one of antiquity’s greatest statues. In the afternoon, we’ll drive to the nearby mountain village of Arachova for sightseeing and an included lunch. In the late afternoon, we’ll return to Athens for your final night in the city.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Athens

Day 4: The Picturesque Peloponnese Region & The Blood of Heracles

After breakfast, we’ll depart for the Peloponnese region. This rocky peninsula is home to many of Greece’s greatest archaeological sites. Our tour begins with a scenic drive along the coastal road for a stop at the impressive Corinth Canal, the 6 km long and 21.4 meters wide canal that separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. Then we’ll continue to Agamemnon’s blood-soaked realm, the mighty fortified palace of Mycenae, where you will see the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace. We complete the experience with a visit to a well-known winery located in the Nemea region, one of Greece’s premier wine-producing areas. This region is famous for its full-bodied reds, many of which are produced from the local Agiorgitiko grape. This dark, fruity red wine is often called the “blood of Heracles.” In the late afternoon, head west through the beautiful Peloponnese countryside towards Olympia for an overnight stay with dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included, lunch on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Olympia

Day 5: Ancient Olympia & The Temple of Zeus

This morning, we’ll visit the ancient site of Olympia, home to the Temple of Zeus, one of the wonders of the ancient world. The sanctuary lies in a beautiful and peaceful setting. Still, it is largely composed of non-reconstructed structures to allow visitors to visualize how this complex would have looked during its heyday. Within the sanctuary is the ancient Temple of Hera, while just outside the precinct are the gymnasium and well-preserved stadium. The archaeological museum is a treasure trove of artifacts excavated from the sacred precinct, including superb architectural sculptures from the Temple of Zeus. In the afternoon, we’ll drive to the attractive town of Nafplion, the first capital city of Greece with its Venetian charm. Here we’ll stay at the central Hotel & Suites (or similar) 

Meals: Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Nafplion

Day 6: Walking Tour of Nafplion & a Hands-on Greek Cooking Experience 

With its marble pavements, looming castles, and remarkably homogeneous architecture, Nafplion is the perfect stage for the spectacular Venetian fortresses, Greek churches, and neoclassical mansions in the city. The first capital of Greece is one of the most elegant and romantic cities, with a wealth of narrow alleyways and a lovely seafront promenade, but the best is perhaps just watching the sun color the bay in bright shades of orange and red. Our tour of Nafplion begins with a walking tour led by our local guide for a day of exploring this fascinating town. After the tour, we will step onto a private boat for a tour of the Argolic Gulf. In the late evening, enjoy a hands-on cooking class and dinner in the house of a Greek family. This is the perfect opportunity to hone your cooking skills and bring home a nice memory to recreate for family and friends. 

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included, lunch on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Nafplion

Day 7: Acoustic Healing in Epidaurus & Rich Olive Oil

We’ll start our day with a drive to the nearby Epidaurus, the birthplace of Asclepius – the god of healing whose sanctuary became the greatest center of medicine in the Classical world. The ancient Greeks believed that one should be healthy in both mind and body, so the plays and music performed here in the acoustically perfect theater played an integral part in the therapeutic process. Afterward, we’ll visit a local Olive farm for a tour and a taste of their rich olive oil. The rest of the day is yours to discover the beautiful town of Nafplion.

Meals: Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Nafplion

Day 8: Magical Island of Crete & The Colorful Heraklion

Today, we’ll arrive at Heraklion, the capital of Crete. This city unfolds a captivating journey through history, with Knossos Palace standing as a testament to the island’s ancient grandeur. Located just south of Heraklion, Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete, showcasing the intricate architecture and advanced civilization of the Minoans. We’ll roam through its labyrinthine corridors, marvel at the vibrant frescoes, and immerse ourselves in the mysteries of a bygone era.Afterward, we’ll drive to the central Atrion Hotel (or similar)  for a two-night stay. Once you’re settled, you can join your local tour director for an evening stroll through the vibrant streets of colorful Heraklion. You’ll find many shops, cafes, and traditional taverns lining the street, a buzz with people enjoying the evening. On the tour, you’ll have a great view of the central Morosini Fountain, Lions Square, noble mansions, Venetian buildings, and the Koules Fortress. We’ll enjoy dinner together this evening in a local restaurant. 

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included, lunch on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Heraklion

Day 9: Heraklion’s Rich Heritage & The Minoan Palace

After breakfast, you’ll meet your local tour guide to jump into Heraklion’s rich heritage by visiting its museums and historical sites. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum houses an impressive collection of Minoan artifacts, including treasures from Knossos. Do not miss the Venetian Loggia and St Titus Church, significant landmarks that weave together the diverse threads of Heraklion’s past. After some time on your own for lunch, shopping, and sightseeing, we board our bus for a short journey south of Crete to a family winery producing high-quality wines since 1966. They have a strong focus on rare local varieties and producing fabulous single-variety wines. We then visit the Minoan Palace of Phaestos, considered one of the finest of all Minoan palaces. The ruins of the old and new palaces have been preserved so viewers can enjoy the dynamic history of the Palace. You’ll have the rest of the evening in Heraklion on your own to enjoy the city.

Meals: Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Heraklion

Day 10: Scenic Rethymno & an Adventurous Boat Tour

Today, we depart Heraklion for Chania, one of the most romantic destinations in Crete. On the way, we will pass the Venetian harbor of Rethymno, visiting the Old Town, where narrow alleys lead to hidden gems, traditional taverns, and artisan shops. You’ll get to wander around the Venetian Harbor, surrounded by colorful buildings and waterfront cafes, creating a picturesque setting. Afterward, we’ll climb up to the Fortezza (Fortress) for a sweeping view of Rethymno’s landscape. Discovering this enchanting place is like stepping into a living history book, where Renaissance buildings and ancient fortifications coalesce to create a captivating narrative. We’ll head to a local seafood restaurant for lunch before boarding a private boat for an afternoon tour of the nearby historic caves. You’ll have an opportunity to swim or dip your toes in the cool water (weather permitting). Afterward, we’ll continue to the elegant town of Chania for the last two nights at the Porto Veneziano Hotel (or similar).

Meals: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Chania

Day 11: Walking Tour of Chania & Celebratory Cretian Dinner

Today, we’ll begin with a walking tour of the Venetian city of Chania. This city stands as a living testament to its Venetian past, evident in its well-preserved architecture. The harbor is adorned with landmarks such as the Venetian and the Lighthouse, a symbol of the city. The Firkas Fortress houses the Maritime Museum, showcasing Chania’s nautical history. The Venetian walls encircling the Old Town provide a scenic walk with panoramic views of the city and the sea. Wander through narrow alleys adorned with colorful flowers, discover hidden courtyards, and reach the Old Harbor, a captivating blend of Venetian, Turkish, and Greek influences. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own, maybe visiting the historical museum or choosing a waterfront cafe or restaurant as a perfect setting to savor the charm of Chania. In the evening, we will meet to celebrate this magnificent tour with an authentic Cretan dinner in a wonderful restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included, lunch on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Chania

Day 12: Goodbye Greece!

Today, we’ll depart with transfers to Chania Airport. If you’re keen on continuing your European journey, try a small group tour of Sicily or a trip to the stunning Northern Italian Lakes.

TOUR DATES & PRICING

2025 TOUR PRICE: € 5,000      SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: € 1,000       Currency Converter 

Price is per person based on double room occupancy for 12 days/11 nights

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