GREECE SMALL GROUP TOUR
Uncover the history and culture of ancient Greece and Greek mythology. Thousands of years of history. Greek mythology. Gorgeous islands and beaches. Ancient ruins. Delicious food. Greece has a lot to offer! Experience the Greek lifestyle and tradition with a small group tour limited to 13 travelers only! A visit to the land of Homer, Aristotle, and Sophocles is a journey to the dawn of classical civilization, with archaeological splendors from Athens to Crete. The varied landscape appeals to all types of travelers, whether you enjoy mountains or beaches, big cities or small villages. The soaring Mt Olympus inspire awe, while peaceful fishing villages such as Nafplio and Galaxidi invite simple pleasures and a taste of the good life on the Peloponnese land. The Greek countryside presents the perfect coda with idyllic landscapes of cypress groves, vineyards, and olive trees, as well as dramatic coves with sparkling white sand and rugged mountains that plunge into the sea.
Travel to Greece with its idyllic climate, archaeology treasures, dramatic vistas and hearty cuisine that embodies all things Greek. On this small group tour journey, you’ll delve into one of the most fascinating and coveted countries in Europe.
We have a real passion for Greece and look forward to sharing it with you !
- Guaranteed departures group travel: small,friendly group of 12/14 participants only!
- Guided tour of ATHENS with its historical treasures & popular markets
- Unique DELPHI-home to the evocative ruins of an ancient religious complex and theater situated on Mount Parnassos.
- Trace the origins of the athletic 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 from 1200BC
- Experience extraordinary acoustics at the ancient theater of EPIDAVROS, one of the finest examples of Classical architecture in the world
- Majestic CORINTH and NEMEA WINE TASTING in local wine estate
- Experience the stunning TEMPLE OF POSEIDON
- HOME-HOSTED DINNER in NAFPLIO
- Popular UNESCO World heritage sites
- Experienced Greek Tour guide to accompany you throughout your journey
- Included entrances to Greek sites
- Transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned luxury 20 seats motorcoach
- Included hotel city tax
- No hidden extras
- Early arrival/Late stay options: Arrive in Athens a day or more prior to tour start.We’ll be happy to make these arrangements for you.
- Our regional meals:All breakfasts, 3 street food experience, 5 dinners, 4 lunches (main meals include regional wine, mineral water, local coffee or tea only)
- Arrival & departure: The tour will begin on Day 1 with morning transfers from Athens airport and end with morning transfers on Day 12 to Thessaloniki airport
- Activity level:Moderate
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- Trip Interruption & Cancellation insurance is not included. We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation.
- Purchase of European Travel & Health insurance is strongly recommended
GREECE SMALL GROUP TOUR
ATHENS & THE PEARLS OF GREECE TRAVEL ITINERARY
TOUR LIMITED TO 12/14 PARTICIPANTS ONLY FROM ATHENS TO THESSALONIKI
DAY 1: WELCOME TO MONUMENTAL ATHENS & THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM
Arrival at Athens international airport and drive to the city center for the first three nights at at the 5stars ”ELECTRA METROPOLIS HOTEL” or similar, a charming boutique hotel which enjoys an excellent location close to the city’s architecturally treasures.This evening we gather for a welcome dinner in an elegant restaurant boasting amazing views over the Acropolis.Overnight in ATHENS
DAY 2: MONUMENTAL ATHENS & THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM
Start your discovery of Greece with a guided walking tour of ATHENS visiting early morning the ACROPOLIS, one of the great ‘Wonders of the Ancient World’. Ascending the hill, you’ll soon experience the Parthenon itself – its blindingly white marble columns with their perfect symmetry and balance completely dominate the skyline.We continue to the new ACROPOLIS MUSEUM, with its amazing 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. After an included lunch in a local restaurant, you’ll end the day with a panoramic tour to the most important monuments and landmarks of the city.Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight in ATHENS
DAY 3: TEMPLE OF POSEIDON, CAPE SOUNION & NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Sun,sand,art and antiquity all lie south-east of Athens in SOUNION.Drive along the picturesque south Attica coastal road for a discovery of the spectacular white marble TEMPLE OF POSEIDON, erected in the middle of the 5th century BC to honor Poseidon, god of the sea,sits atop a cliff 195 feet over the Saronic gulf.Today, the archaeological site at Sounion is one of the most photographed in Greec.After an included lunch in a local fishing restaurant, return to Athens for the afternoon at leisure or take advantadge of an included entrance to the National archaeological museum of Athens, one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art.It contains the richest collection of artefacts from Greek antiquity worldwide and some of the most important artefacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity.The evening is at leisure to make your own discoveries or simply wandering the colorful winding streets and alleys of Athens.Overnight in ATHENS
DAY 4: CORINTH CANAL, ANCIENT MYCENAE,WINERY & MAGICAL NAFPLION
After breakfast, we depart for the PELOPONNESE, the rocky peninsula home to many of Greece’s greatest archaeological sites. The tour begins with a drive along the coastal road for a stop at the impressive CORINTH CANAL, the 6 km long and only 21.4 meters wide canal which separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland (short stop).Continue to Agamemnon’s blood-soaked realm, the mighty fortified palace of MYCENAE, destroyed in 468 BC where you will see the Beehive Tombs,the Treasury of Atreus, the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace.We also visit the amazing MUSEUM full of exquisite artifacts found on the site. Continue your journey to NEMEA region, one of Greece’s premier wine-producing areas, famous for its full-bodied reds, many produced from the local AGIORGITIKO grape,a dark, fruity red often referred to as the “blood of Heracles”.Here we’ll visit a well-known winery for a wine tasting followed by an included light lunch.Drive to the attractive town of NAFPLION, the first capital city of Greece with its Venetian charm staying at the central “HOTEL & SUITES” or similar.With its marble pavements,looming castles and remarkably homogeneous architecture,NAFPLION is a stage set of spectacular Venetian fortresses, Greek churches and neoclassical mansions.Dinner is on your own this evening.Overnight stay in NAFPLION
DAY 5: UNIQUE EPIDAURUS & HOME-HOSTED DINNER WITH COOKING LESSON
This morning we reach nearby EPIDAURUS, birthplace of Asclepios – the god of healing, and whose sanctuary here 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.Rest of the day is yours to make your own discoveries in the beautiful town of NAFPLION, maybe climbing to the top of the Castle for fine views or enjoying a local boat trip.In the evening, we meet up in the house of a Greek family for a COOKING LESSON accompanied by a light dinner.Overnight stay in NAFPLION
DAY 6: ISLAND OF HYDRA
Today we drive to the ferry dock in Metochi from where you’ll sail across to the ISLAND OF HYDRA.Not even bikes are allowed on Hydra. This little island is traffic free apart from donkeys and boats. Time here moves slowly and, in many ways, that’s Hydra’s appeal. Yet, the island’s enduring popularity has also given it a chic, sophisticated air.Narrow stone streets climb the steep hill from the Aegean Sea, lined with simple whitewashed cottages and the grand mansions that once belonged to the sea captains who made their fortunes here in the 18th and 19th centuries.Bougainvillea cascades down the façades, chic shops, bars and restaurants lie hidden on tiny backstreets and everyone gets around on foot, giving the town a leisurely air.Along with writers, musicians and actors, Hydra has attracted its fair share of artists. You’ll find a number of small galleries along its winding streets.Overnight stay in NAFPLION
DAY 7: OLYMPIA-BIRTHPLACE OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES
This morning we head west through the beautiful Peloponnesian countryside towards the ancient site at OLYMPIA, home to the Temple of Zeus, one of the Wonders of the Ancient World.The sanctuary not only lies in a beautiful and peaceful setting but its largely non-reconstructed remains allow a unique opportunity to visualize how this complex would have looked during its heyday. Also 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 itself.Drive to the charming town of GALAXIDI for the next two nights in a small family hotel “GALAXA MANSION“or similar, near the town center.Dinner is on your own this evening.Overnight in GALAXIDI
DAY 8: ANCIENT DELPHI & THE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE OF ARACHOVA
Today’s excursion takes us to explore DELPHI, one of the most beautiful and celebrated ancient sites. Nestled between twin cliffs on a slope of Mount Parnassus and spilling out onto the Sacred Plain, Delphi is where the oracle representing the revered 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 BCE theater still in use today.We also visit Delphi’s MUSEUM that houses the bronze “Charioteer,”one of antiquity’s greatest statues.Drive to the nearby mountain village of ARACHOVA for sightseeing and time on your own for lunch.A dinner is included this evening in a local restaurant.Overnight in GALAXIDI
DAY 9: UNESCO METEORA MONASTERIES
Today we’ll witness the towering rock formations of the region, on top of which are built the famous monasteries of METEORA, some of which date back to the early 14th century. The word meteora means “suspended in the air “and these astonishing retreats are indeed perched atop pinnacles that rise about 1,000 feet from the valley floor. For centuries, the monasteries served as Christian redoubts while the Ottoman Turks ruled Greece and today, we’ll visit two of these historic structures, which will be dependent on local restrictions at the time. Spend the night near the village of Trikala in the first class hotel “ANANTI CITY RESORT” or similar.Overnight in TRIKALA
DAY 10: UNESCO VERGINA ROYAL TOMBS, WINERY & PELLA
Departure to VERGINA, the ancient capital of the Macedonian Kingdom, where nowadays we can find one of the most beautiful museums of Greece. Visit of the museum, which contains the royal tomb of King Phillip the 2nd, Alexander the Great’s father, along with golden and other artefacts of an incredible beauty and value.After a stop in a local winery for a tasting of their wines and a light lunch, we’ll continue to the village of PELLA, the birthplace of Alexander the Great for a visit of the archaeological site and the museum.The excavations brought to life some interesting findings of the ancient city.You will be impressed by the outstanding mosaic floors that used to decorate the city’s grand mansions – the most famous are the ones depicting the Abduction of Helen, Rapture, the battle of Amazons and the Deer Hunt. The last two nights of your Greek adventure are spent in THESSALONIKI staying in a central boutique hotel “ELECTRA PALACE THESSALONIKI” or similar.Dinner is on your own this evening.Overnight in THESSALONIKI
DAY 11: HIGHLIGHTS OF THESSALONIKI
Today, we’ll shed light on THESSALONIKI, Greece’s second largest city and the capital of the northern Greek region of Macedonia. We start the visit from historic Ano Poli, the only section of the city that managed to escape the devastating Great Thessaloniki Fire of 1917. Here, we’ll admire Byzantine churches, traditional pastel-painted homes, and restaurants that cater to the locals. Then, we’ll return to the city centre where we’ll spend some time exploring before stopping at one of Thessaloniki’s bustling traditional market. After time for lunch on your own, we’ll visit the MUSEUM OF BYZANTINE CULTURE to admire its wonderful collection of sculpture, frescoes, mosaics, and icons from the Byzantine period.In the evening celebrate your Greek adventure with an “Good-bye dinner” sharing travel memories and toasting new friends.Overnight in THESSALONIKI
DAY 12: GOODBYE BEAUTIFUL GREECE
Morning transfers to Thessaloniki airport