GREECE SMALL GROUP TOUR
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 14 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 towering monasteries of Meteora and 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 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
- The METEORA area combines extraordinary sandstone pinnacles with some of the first medieval monasteries in Greece, perched on the rocky peaks
- Explore well-preserved 19th century architecture in the picturesque town of NAFPLIO
- “GREEK HOME-HOSTED MEAL” in a quaint village
- 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
- The TEMPLE OF POSEIDON on the cape at SOUNION
- Be captivated by the magnificent mosaics at the MONASTERY OF DAPHNI
- Visit the fascinating THESSALONIKI ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to see its priceless gold treasures
- Popular UNESCO World heritage sites
- Real Greece Small Group Tour
- Experienced Greek Tour guide to accompany you throughout your journey
- Included entrances to Greek sites
- Transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned luxury 16 seats motorcoach
- Included hotel city tax
- No hidden extras
- Early arrival/Late stay options: We strongly recommend arriving 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 with transfers from Athens airport to the hotel and end with a transfer to the airport in Thessaloniki scheduled times
- 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
- ATHENS, “Electra Metropolis Hotel” or “Hotel Grande Bretagne” (3 nights)
- NAFPLIO, “Nafplia Palace Hotel” or “Amphitryon Hotel” (3 nights)
- GALAXIDI, “Hotel Nostos“or similar (2 nights)
- TRIKALA, “Ananti Resort” or similar (1 night)
- THESSALONIKI, “Antigon Urban Chic Hotel” or “Electra Palace Thessaloniki” (2 nights)
GREECE SMALL GROUP TOUR
THE PEARLS OF GREECE TRAVEL ITINERARY
TOUR LIMITED TO 14 PARTICIPANTS ONLY FROM ATHENS TO THESSALONIKI
DAY 1: WELCOME TO MONUMENTAL ATHENS-THE BIRTHPLACE OF EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION
Kalimera!!!Arrive at Athens International Airport and travel to the city center for a three nights stay at the”ELECTRA METROPOLIS HOTEL” or similar, a charming boutique hotel which enjoys an excellent location close to the city’s architecturally treasures. This evening, join your local tour guide and fellow travelers for a welcome drink followed by our first dinner together in a local restaurant.Overnight in ATHENS
DAY 2: ATHENS CITY TOUR, ACROPOLIS & MUSEUM
Start your discovery of Greece with a guided walking tour of ATHENS, visiting early morning before the crowds 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. A street food experience is included today at the local MARKET. End the day with a panoramic tour to the most important monuments and landmarks of the city. Evening and dinner is on your own. Overnight in ATHENS
DAY 3: NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, TEMPLE OF POSEIDON & CAPE SOUNION
Begin your day with a guided tour through the NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM of Athens, the largest one in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art.It contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide and some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity.Sun,sand,art and antiquity all lie south-east of Athens in SOUNION. Drive along the picturesque south Attica coastal road for an included light lunch in a local fishing restaurant, following a discovery of the white marble TEMPLE OF POSEIDON, erected in the middle of the 5th century BC and built to honor Poseidon, god of the sea.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: THE COLORS OF THE PELOPONNESE: UNESCO DAPHNI MONASTERY, CORINTH CANAL, ANCIENT CORINTH & NEMEA WINERY
After breakfast, we depart for the PELOPONNESE, the rocky peninsula home to many of Greece’s greatest archaeological sites.The day begins at the DAPHNI MONASTERY, an 11th-Century Byzantine monastery listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk the halls and see its interior with various mosaics, some of which depict the life of Christ and the Virgin.Afterwards, we drive along the coastal road and 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 the magnificent site of ANCIENT CORINTH, one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the Peloponnese.Capital of the Roman province of Achaia, was renowned for its luxury and elegance, exemplified by this ornate capital.The ruins constitute the largest Roman township of Greece. In the rolling hills southwest of Corinth,the NEMEA region is 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 accompanied by a light lunch. Spend the next three nights in the charming seaside port of NAFPLION, the first capital city of Greece with its Venetian charm staying at the 5 stars “NAFPLIA PALACE HOTEL” or similar, located near the town center. Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight stay in NAFPLIO
DAY 5: PICTURESQUE NAFPLIO, BOURTZI FORTRESS & UNESCO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF MYCENAE
With its marble pavements,looming castles and remarkably homogeneous architecture, NAFPLIO is a stage set of spectacular Venetian fortresses, Greek churches, and neoclassical mansions. The first capital of Greece is often described as the most cultural, historic, and romantic port city in the country.In the morning,embark on a walking tour of the old town,where Greek, Venetian, and Turkish architecture melds in harmony in its little streets and tree-shaded plazas.After an included boat trip to the small fortress BOURTZI and a local street food experience, we drive to nearby Agamemnon’s blood-soaked realm, the mighty UNESCO fortified palace of MYCENAE destroyed in 468 BC with an inclusive visit of its amazing MUSEUM, full of exquisite artifacts found on the site.Walk through history and myth in the archaeological site of Mycenae, with its legendary Lion Gate and the Tomb of Agamemnon, a 3,500 years-old megalithic monument.Dinner is included this evening in a local restaurant.Overnight in NAFPLIO
DAY 6: UNESCO EPIDAURUS THEATRE & TIRYNS
This morning, explore EPIDAURUS THEATRE, 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.Following an included lunch in a local tavern, arrive to the small Mycenaean 13th century BC castle of ancient TIRYNS, which stands on a low hill in the Argolid Plain. Its most impressive feature remains the mighty walls dating from between 1400 and 1200 BC. Unique are the so-called galleries, long corridors spanned by corbelled vaults. Within the castle walls are the remains of a Royal Palace similar to the one at Mycenae. Rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy beautiful Nafplio. Overnight in NAFPLIO
DAY 7: ANCIENT OLYMPIA-BIRTHPLACE OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES & OLIVE OIL FARM
After breakfast, 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 archaeological museum is a treasure trove of artifacts excavated from the sacred precinct including superb architectural sculptures from the Temple of Zeus itself.Following a visit to an OLIVE OIL FARMER to sample some incredibly top-quality olive oil, you’ll continue to the charming town of GALAXIDI for the next two nights in a small, family run “HOTEL NOSTOS” or similar, near the town center. Dinner is included this evening in a local tavern. Overnight in GALAXIDI
DAY 8: MAGICAL DELPHI, MUSEUM, MEAL WITH A GREEK FAMILY & MOUNTAIN VILLAGE OF ARACHOVA
Today’s excursion takes us to central Greece to explore DELPHI, one of the most beautiful and celebrated ancient sites. We see the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo and the MUSEUM which houses the bronze “Charioteer,”one of antiquity’s greatest statues.Today’s lunch is taking place in the house of a local family. We then continue to the picturesque mountain village of ARACHOVA for sightseeing and time on your own.The remainder of the day is at leisure for more explorations.Overnight in GALAXIDI
DAY 9: GREECE SMALL GROUP TOUR-UNESCO METEORA MONASTERIES
This morning, 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. Then, after lunch on your own in the town of KALAMBAKA, continue to TRIKALA for your overnight stay at the boutique hotel “ANANTI RESORT” or similar. Dinner is included this evening.Overnight in TRIKALA
DAY 10: UNESCO VERGINA ROYAL TOMBS, WINERY EXPERIENCE & PELLA- THE BIRTHPLACE OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT
Departure to VERGINA, the ancient capital of the Macedonian Kingdom, where nowadays we can find one of the most beautiful museums of Greece. Lunch is included today. Continue the village of PELLA, the birthplace of Alexander the Great, and visit the archaeological site and the museum. The excavations brought to life some interesting findings of the ancient city. Spend the last two nights of your Greek adventure in THESSALONIKI at the central boutique hotel “ELECTRA PALACE THESSALONIKI” or similar. Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight in THESSALONIKI.
DAY 11: HIGHLIGHTS OF THESSALONIKI-GREECE SMALL GROUP TOUR
Today, we’ll explore THESSALONIKI, Greece’s second largest city and the capital of the northern Greek region of Macedonia. After time for lunch on our own, we’ll visit the Museum of Byzantine Culture to view its extensive collections of sculpture, frescoes, mosaics, and icons from the Byzantine period. The remaining of the day is at leisure. 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- GREECE SMALL GROUP TOUR
Morning transfers to Thessaloniki airport.