The depth of Western Civilization will emerge from the mainland and islands during your 12-day Greece highlights tour that revels in beauty, history, and heritage. Your custom-tailored tour provides you with specialized guides and immersive excursions from sailing across the Aegean Sea to the whitewashed villages of the Cycladic islands. Cobblestone medieval lanes on Rhodes, elegant beaches on Mykonos, and hanging monasteries at Meteora introduce you to Greece’s timeless splendor.
Athens – Gazing Up at the Illuminated Acropolis
Evenings can be magical in the heart of Athens. Locals fill the streets, bringing energy to the squares and terraces. The Acropolis is illuminated, a majestic centerpiece visible from almost anywhere in the city. A soft audible hum of chatter floats around, echoing down narrow lanes. After landing at Athens International Airport, you will be met by a guide and transferred into the city’s heart, with Plaka your neighborhood base for the next three nights. From here, it will be an easy walk to countless cafes and restaurants, and you are just steps from the history of classical Greece. From your terrace, you can begin to soak in the atmosphere, and then you can dive into the streets and begin your local experience.
Day 2 - 3
Athens – Soaking Your Senses Into All the Classic History
Kalambaka – The Magnificence and Mystery of the Meteora Monasteries
Delphi – The Sacred Ode to Zeus and Other Greek Gods
Olympia – A City in an Evocative State of Ruin
Nafplio – So Much History in Peloponnese
Mykonos – Start of the Four-Day Aegean Cruise
Day 9 - 10
Crete – Luxurious Sailing and Island Bliss
Santorini – Cruising Past the Blue and White Villages
Athens – Departure
- Luxuriate on the Aegean with a four-day Greek island cruise
- Dive into history with a full day spent at Delphi and then Olympia
- Explore the mystery of the Meteora monasteries, as dramatic a sight as any in Europe
- Crisscross the blue and white island villages, your cruise taking you to Mykonos, Santorini, and Patmos, among others
- Connect four millennia of history around Nafplio, from the Epidaurus Theater to Mycenaean remains and Venetian streets
- Discover the very best of classical Greece with two full days in Athens, where the Acropolis and Agora are just the beginning of the stories
- Wander plenty of local neighborhoods along with the famous classical sights
- Spend one afternoon in Kusadasi, Turkey, where you can relax on the coast or explore Ephesus
The highlights of Greece fall into two very distinct categories. There is the ancient history with the mainland home to many of the world’s finest classical sites. And then there are the islands with the sun-drenched bliss of the Aegean Sea. This handcrafted 12-day tour to Greece combines the best of these worlds, with seven nights traveling between the cradles of Western civilization, before a four-day luxury island-hopping cruise. So after watching history come alive, move next to the whitewashed villages and beaches. Somewhere along the way, you will discover the atmosphere that ties history and islands together as Greece can transport you into another world, be it a distant past or a quiet escape.
For the first week, you are exploring, soaking all your senses into the history and mystery. Two full days in Athens means you can discover most of the legendary sites, without being undone by too much walking in the heat. Your guide will time your visits to avoid tour buses, and you can take it slow, allowing for time to reflect on places like the Acropolis and Agora. Travel to Kalambaka on day four and an afternoon in the Meteora monasteries, sacred places perched on the most mind-blowing mountain locations. Delve into the world of Zeus with a day in Delphi then walk the lonely old lanes of Olympia, a city that impresses vast scale and authenticity. There will be time for many more attractions as you spend one more night on the Peloponnese peninsula of Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplio.
After a quick drive back to Athens you will embark on the four-day cruise, first sailing the sparkling sea to Mykonos. Travel to Turkey on day nine, disembarking in Kusadasi for a day on the beach or a day in famous Ephesus. The boat travels onwards, an evening on Patmos before the medieval old town of Rhodes. You will generally cruise at night and then wake up to a new island each morning. Next, it will be Crete, and then a stop in the blue and white bliss of Santorini. Over these four days, you will see beautiful beaches, time-warped villages, whitewashed towns, and dramatic sea cliffs. You will likely think about nothing at all, the Greek islands proving their ability to take you away from every-day life. Don’t take just our word for it - consider reading some of our travelers’ reviews of Greece.
$3,895 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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