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Ancient Greek Cities & Island Explorer tour

Ancient Greek Cities & Island Explorer

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
From: $ 2,774 $ 277 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Start in Athens, then enjoy a guided 4-day tour of Classical Greece: Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, and Kalambaka.
  • Enjoy a scenic ferry ride to the beautiful island of Mykonos. Take in stunning views of the sparkling bright blue sea as you sail off to paradise.
  • Visit the extraordinary monasteries of Meteora, perched atop enormous granite rocks, and experience unforgettable views and backdrops.
  • See the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Corinth Canal, the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Oracle of Dephi, and much more.
  • Stroll through winding streets of white-washed houses on the postcard-worthy island of Mykonos.
  • From the mythological masterpieces of Athens, Olympia, and Delphi, to the breathtaking bright blue seascapes of Mykonos, experience the highlights that showcase Greece's historical beauty.

Short Description

Escape to breathtaking sea views, majestic ancient cities, and picturesque traditional towns on this once-in-a-lifetime Greek adventure. Experience the Acropolis in Athens, then explore Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, Kalambaka, and the stunning island of Mykonos! This vacation is the perfect blend of city bustle, historical exploration, and blissful relaxation.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Athens
End City Athens

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Athens (ATH)
  • All airport, hotel, and ferry transfers
  • 2 nights in Athens at the Hotel Electra, or similar
  • Athens Sightseeing Tour with Acropolis Site & Museum entrance
  • 4-day Classical Greece Escorted Tour including the following accommodation, or similar:
  • 1 night in Olympia at the Hotel Amalia Olympia
  • 1 night in Delphi at the Hotel Amalia Delphi
  • 1 night in Kalambaka at the Hotel Amalia Kalambaka
  • 1 night in Athens at the Hotel Electra, or similar
  • High-speed ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Mykonos
  • 3 nights in Mykonos at the Hotel Leto, or similar
  • One-way, economy class flight from Mykonos to Athens
  • 1 night in Athens at the Hotel Sofitel Athens Airport, or similar
  • 3 dinners (while on escorted tour)
  • Breakfast Daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Athens!

Accommodation: Electra Hotel Athens; Amalia Hotel Athens; Titania; Royal Olympic Hotel; The Athenian Callirhoe Exclusive Hotel; Athens Avenue Hotel; Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites; Athens Marriott; Hotel Divani Caravel

Arrive in the history-rich city of Athens, meet your transfer, and enjoy a comfortable ride to your hotel. After you settle in, step outside and experience your first taste of Athens. Take a leisurely stroll through the charming old-world district of Plaka, located right under the Acropolis. Dive right into souvenir shopping at bustling Ermou, Kolonaki, and Voukourestiou streets!

Treat yourself to an authentic first-night dinner of Pasticio, Moussaka, or another Greek favorite.

Transfer to hotel

You'll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Day 2: Athens

Enjoy breakfast, then embark on your included Athens Sightseeing Tour! Follow your expert guide and take tons of photos of the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum. Explore Syntagma Square, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Parthenon, and much more!

Athens Sightseeing Tour (with Acropolis)

Discover the secrets of Athens, including its famous Acropolis on your sightseeing tour! Your expert guide will take you to see the center of the city, the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library.

On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Modern Olympic Games were held in 1896.

On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the famous Parthenon.

Your first taste of Athens would not be complete without a visit to the Acropolis Museum, a modern architectural building where, at last, the statues have found their home. Here, you can admire the wonders and architectural masterpieces of the classical era.

Day 3: Athens – Olympia

Accommodation: Hotel Amalia Olympia; Europa Hotel; Arty Grand Hotel

Recharge during breakfast, then depart for your 4-day tour of Classical Greece! Drive along scenic coastal roads and over the famous Corinth Canal. Snap photos of the imposing landscape in the Corinth Canal's protected waters, one of the world's engineering masterpieces of the 19th-century, which holds history that dates back as far as 602 B.C.!

Continue on to Epidaurus and discover its 4th-century B.C. theater, famous for its astonishing acoustics. Next, stop in Nafplion, a modern seaside resort and old town, crowned by the mighty ramparts at the Palamidi Fortress. The last stop of the day will take place at Mycenae, the Homeric city of Atreides - the city "rich in gold" of the ancient poets. After visiting Lion's Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, and the Royal Tombs, depart for Olympia. Travel through Central Peloponnese, Tripoli, and Megalopoli until you arrive at your luxurious hotel for dinner.

You'll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Day 4: Olympia – Delphi

Accommodation: Amalia Hotel Delphi; Domotel Anemolia

Start the morning off strong with a visit to Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the idea and site of the Ancient Olympic Games. Explore the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus and the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, which hosts the famous statues of Praxiteles, Hermes, and other treasures.

Continue on through Achaia and Rio, then pass through the picturesque towns of Nafpaktos and Itea towards Delphi. Keep your eyes out during the drive - something beautiful is around every turn! Settle into your hotel, then enjoy dinner and excitedly discuss your next adventure-filled day.

You'll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Day 5: Delphi – Kalambaka

Accommodation: Hotel Amalia Kalambaka; Divani Meteora Hotel

After an energizing breakfast, head out on your tour to Delphi. Located on the slopes of Mount Parnasus, Delphi, once believed as the center "Naval" of the Earth, is home to the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. At the oracle of Apollo, Pythia, the high priestess of the temple, under the influence of the ancient god Apollo, delivered her famous prophesies.

While in Delphi, you'll visit the Treasury of the Athenians and the Delphi Museum, which hosts valuable pieces of art, such as the famous bronze Charioteer of Delphi. After a full day of history and sightseeing, relax on the ride to Kalambaka, then cozy up in your hotel.

You'll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Day 6: Kalambaka - Meteora – Athens

Accommodation: Electra Hotel Athens; Amalia Hotel Athens; Titania; Royal Olympic Hotel; The Athenian Callirhoe Exclusive Hotel; Athens Avenue Hotel; Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites; Athens Marriott; Hotel Divani Caravel

Today, visit the majestic monasteries of Meteora! Perched atop huge granite rocks, these breathtaking monasteries seem to suspend between the earth and the sky, providing truly awe-inspiring views.

After sifting through each monastery's priceless historical and religious treasures, treat yourself to a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Athens. On the way, make a pit-stop at the memorial of Leonidas and the brave 300 Spartans in Thermopylae!

You'll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Day 7: Athens – Mykonos

Accommodation: Leto Hotel; Hotel Petinos; Porto Mykonos Hotel; Hotel Kamari; Pelican Bay Art Hotel; Hotel San Antonio Summerland Mykonos; San Marco Hotel Mykonos

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the Athens port of Piraeus or Rafina and hop on the ferry to Mykonos! Relax on this scenic 2-hour boat ride and take tons of photos as you approach the beautiful island of white and blue.

Upon arrival on Mykonos, enjoy a transfer to your hotel and get settled. Spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. Discover what makes Mykonos one of the most photographed, and most romantic, islands in the world.

Transfer to Athens ferry port

Ferry to Mykonos!

High-speed ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Mykonos

Transfer to Mykonos hotel

You'll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Day 8: Mykonos

Wake up and look out your window to whitewashed houses and bright blue skies. Indulge in a pleasant breakfast, then enjoy time at leisure on the beloved island of international "jet-setters." Explore its famous white windmills and chapels, then relax on its sandy beaches and dip your toes into the crystal clear water. Be sure to visit iconic Paraportiani, one of the island's many beautiful churches.

In the evening, weave in and out of the quaint shops, galleries, and cafes that line the narrow streets of Mykonos. Dance the night away as you discover the island's incredible nightlife, or unwind with a glass of wine at Little Venice!

Day 9: Mykonos

Start your day with a stroll down picture-perfect Matoryianni Street, where you'll find more amazing souvenirs than you can pack in your luggage! Spend the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps relaxing on one of Mykonos' spectacular beaches. Lounge in the warm sun at Kalafati, Psarrou, Platis Gialos, or any of the other sparkling beauties around the island.

Treat yourself to a decadent last-night dinner at one of the island's amazing seafood restaurants. Savor the flavors of Greek cuisine while feasting your eyes on an unforgettable sunset over the sea.

Day 10: Mykonos – Athens

Accommodation: Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel

Wave goodbye to the magical beauty of Mykonos as you're transferred to the airport for your flight back to Athens. Settle into your hotel and rest easy, knowing your airport accommodation positions you just steps from your flight in the morning.

Transfer to Mykonos airport (JMK)

Fly to Athens!

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