Travel to the time of Socrates and Odysseus during your 12-day history and culture tour of Greece. From past wars to contemporary opulence, you will trace the wonders at the dawn of Western Civilization to view the marvels of antiquity and Greece’s enduring beauty. The magnetic past will meet the alluring present as you visit ruins, enjoy alpine scenery, and find hanging monasteries while exploring, experiencing, and enjoying Greek splendor.
Athens - Athenian Settlements
Arrive in Athens Airport where olive groves spread across the open hills that surround the city. The creamy scent of olive trees wraps around the arid landscape. Your private transfer greets you and brings you through the hills where the marbled tops of the mountains are still used as quarries for various endeavors. Once inside the city the pillars of the Parthenon rise above the urban center on Acropolis Hill. The cobblestone streets of the Plaka, one of the oldest continuously used streets in Athens, are filled with vibrancy, from the luscious aroma of roasted lamb to the ancient mansions that line the laneway. Your Grecian expedition has begun.
Day 2 - 3
Athens - The Grand History of Athens
Olympia - Visiting Epics
Delphi - Historic Games Wonders of the World
Kalambaka - What the Future Could Have Held
Kalambaka - An Exploration of the Sky
Thessaloniki - The Sacred Cities of Alexander
Thessaloniki - Where Greatness was Laid in Stone
Athens - 300 Treasures
Athens - Return to Antiquity
Athens - Exploration Never Ends
- Witness the fabulous ruins of the Acropolis known for the renowned Parthenon
- See the tomb of the infamous Agamemnon, mentioned in Homer’s epic poem The Iliad
- Visit the home to the original Olympic games that are still celebrated today
- Discover the opulent ruins of the oracle of Delphi
- Climb to the breathtaking marvels of the Meteora monasteries
- Explore sacred cities that were home to Alexander the Great
- Stand on the grounds where Leonidas led the charge against the Xerxes
- Come within arms’ reach of the Vergina Treasures of King Philip
Where else in the world can you spend time among thousands of years of history stretched over the entirety of the country? This 12-day tour brings you along the classics from the poems to the ruins, the mountains to the legends. Reach into the archives of history where the stories of Socrates thrive, the imaginings of past Olympics flourish, and the coveted tales of brave Leonidas are written in the sands of time. This is your grand exploration of Greece where you can touch the marks of history never to be forgotten.
Begin your historic exploration through Greece with your arrival in Athens, the pillar of western thought. On a tour through the modern and ancient city, you will practically be able to reach out and touch the past, stretching your mind to wrap around the almost fabled beauty of the Parthenon. In Mycenae you can wander through Bronze Aged brilliance, large stones pressed together to make the incredible kingdom once ruled by Agamemnon. In Olympia you can walk with storied gods, each paid tribute within their illustrious temples for grace in the reveled games. Arrive in Delphi and enjoy the whispers of history, where the oracle had the power because she had the ear of kings and politicians.
Your venture through classic Greece continues with your arrival in Kalambaka, beneath the rising precipices that hold the inspiring monasteries of Meteora. Each monastery is unique, built on a single solid rock, isolated from all the others. Witness the majesty of the sacred Macedonian city of Dion on your way to the largest town in Northern Greece, Thessaloniki. Experience the ruins of Pella, home to the capital of Alexander the Great’s empire, where frescos continue to decorate the floors of the once distinguished city. Before returning to Athens you will have the chance to visit Thermopylae, where 300 Spartans defended Greece against the impressive Persian army. Your final day in Athens gives you a moment to enjoy the city at your leisure before departing for home.
Your exploration through Greece is best made within the months of April – October and is custom tailored to your wishes, giving you the chance to experience as much of each site and city as you prefer.
$3,895 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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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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