Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, Santorini, Mykonos, Crete
Dates are customizable for private departures.
This 16-day Greece tour is designed to ensure your access to not just the vibrant character of modern Greece but also the abundance of historical and archeological treasures that can be found here. Enjoy it all while basking in the relaxing ambiance of the Aegean Sea. Greece has long enjoyed a unique position at the crossroads between Europe, Asia, and Africa, and you can immerse yourself in this unique position with this unique adventure.
Athens – Arriving in the Greek Capital
Located on the southern tip of the Greek Peninsula, Athens dominates the region of Attica and boasts an impressive history that dates back to before the Bronze Age. Modern Athens is a colorful city filled with vibrant neighborhoods and is separated by fast-paced boulevards. Athens is also home to the world-famous Acropolis. Upon your arrival at the main Athenian airport, a transfer will ensure your smooth arrival into this legendary land of Doric columns, greek gods, and delicious food. When you reach your conveniently located accommodation, you will have the remainder of the day at your leisure.
Athens – Touring the Acropolis
Greece has long enjoyed special prominence in the Western world as being the birthplace of democracy. Today, you will be able to walk the very streets and squares where some of the world's earliest philosophers and statesmen pondered humanity. Meeting you at your hotel, a private guide will lead you on a guided tour of Athens that will include all the must-see highlights as well as some off-the-beaten-path delights often missed by the hasty traveler. From the scenic Acropolis to Constitution square, this tour will allow you to compare modern and ancient Athens side by side.
Olympia – A Scenic Road Trip
Today, you will depart the hustle and bustle of Athens and make your way to the famous Peloponnesus Peninsula and into the rolling hills and olive groves that make this one of Greece's most scenic regions. As you will see, there is no shortage of sights to see as you make your way by road through this storied landscape. After crossing the Corinth Canal, you will make your way to Epidaurus, which is known for its well-preserved Greek amphitheater. Afterward, you will pay a visit to the ruins of Mycenae. Your road trip will conclude at the site Olympia, where the pan Hellenic games celebrated ancient athleticism.
Delphi – Tracking Ancient Athletes
The nice thing about Greek ruins is their abundance. Unlike other countries where rare archeological finds are painstakingly preserved and kept intact behind ropes, barriers, and other obstacles to keep public access at a safe distance, in Greece, you are able to get up-close and personal with the foundations, columns, temples, and other ancient ruins. This will certainly be the case as you stroll through Olympia to appreciate the site of the original Olympic games. Here, you can actually run on a track that was once used by the ancients. After enjoying your visit, you will depart the Peloponnesus for Delphi.
Meteora– The Greek Mainland
After waking up in Delphi, you can almost sense the sacredness of this ancient holy site. It was here that an intoxicated oracle was said to have been able to predict the future by being in direct communication with the gods. Greeks would come for miles around to hear her wisdom and predictions. As you explore this site in the mountains of mainland Greece, it will not be hard to imagine the arrival of caravans and delegates from the various Greek city-states. In the afternoon, you can make your way into the heart of the Greek mainland.
Athens – UNESCO World Heritage Site
As you will notice, the Greek interior is just as rugged as the coast. When you wake to your first morning in Meteora, you will be able to enjoy a region that seems to have been carved by the hand of Zeus himself. Known for its mountaintop monasteries, cliffs, and abrupt rock formations, Meteora was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. After visiting two breathtaking orthodox monasteries, you will depart this mesmerizing landscape and return to the coast and Athens.
Mykonos – An Auspicious Arrival
The rugged beauty and hilltop history of the Greek interior will be replaced today as you turn your back on the mainland and make your way out to the seascape of the Aegean archipelago and some of Greece's most famous islands. After enjoying a fortifying breakfast at your Athenian hotel, you will return to the airport to catch a flight to Mykonos, a vibrant and charming example of why so many seek out the Greek island in the summertime. Upon your arrival at the island's airport, a transfer will convey you to your comfortable hotel so that you can spend the rest of the day exploring.
Mykonos – Day Trip to Delos
Long a treasure trove of historic sites and archaeological artifacts, the Cycladic islands extend to the south and east of the Greek mainland. Today it beckons visitors with their pristine beaches and coastal waters. You will be able to enjoy a tour through this famous island chain on a voyage to the nearby island of Delos, where you can visit the amphitheater and other ruins. Delos is one of the most well-preserved archeological sites in the Mediterranean world.
Mykonos – Your Relaxation Rhythm
Today, you will be able to enjoy this jewel of the Aegean Sea at your own pace on a leisure day in Mykonos. For those in search of some educational explorations, the island's principal village boasts an array of boutique art galleries, museums, and archaeological sites that can inspire even the most indifferent imagination. Likewise, relaxation can be found at many of the island's thermal spas or sandy beaches, which are great for taking a plunge into the azure waves or reclining with a good book.
Santorini – An Ancient Volcano
Your island-hopping tour will continue as you depart the iconic windmills of Mykonos to make your way deeper into the Cycladic island chain to Santorini. After enjoying a traditional Greek breakfast from your hotel staff in Mykonos, you will make your way to the port and board the ferry to Santorini. At first glimpse, the height of Santorini is arresting because it seems to rise out of the waves like some gargantuan sea monster, but the warmth of this island will quickly win you over as you enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.
Santorini – A Panoramic Tour
Perhaps, no better ambassador exists for the geologic origins of the Cycladic island chain than Santorini. As the smoldering remains of a 16th-century BC eruption, the island actually comprises the eastern edge of a flooded volcanic crater that lends the region its fertile soil and rugged appearance. Today, you will be able to enjoy a comprehensive exploration of this landscape on a tour of the island's highest point, a traditional Greek winery, and a number of scenic villages where you can catch a glimpse of authentic Greek culture.
Santorini – A Pristine Greek Island
For the intrepid traveler, Santorini provides a vast array of active adventures that inspire the spirit and offer excellent opportunities for recreation. If two feet are not enough, you can explore the island from two wheels on a bicycle tour of the Santorini's many whitewashed villages or take to the waves on a day cruise and snorkeling adventure. If rest and relaxation are your goals, Santorini boasts numerous sandy beaches where a quick dip in the waves is the best antidote for the midday heat. No matter how you decide to spend this day of leisure, your hotel staff will be happy to offer recommendations.
Crete – Greece's Largest Island
Today, you will turn your back on the Cycladic island chain and make your way to Greece's largest island. A land of abundant natural beauty, ceramic skills, and outstanding cuisine, Crete rarely fails to delight the visitor who makes the journey to its golden shores. Between the warm hospitality, the character of the island, and the millennia of history that supports it, your arrival to Crete will signal your immersion in a distinct land with its own take on Greek life. After arriving by ferry, a transfer will convey you to your hotel for an evening of leisure.
Crete – Unwind with a Leisurely Day
After enjoying the many sights, sounds, and smells of mainland Greece and the Cycladic islands, Crete will be your opportunity to unwind and chart your own course through this magical landscape. This two day stretch of leisure will provide you with the canvas upon which you can paint your Cretan adventure with the help and recommendations of your helpful hotel staff. Today, you will have the option to explore the history of Crete or to immerse yourself in the stunning coastline that annually attracts thousands of visitors.
Crete – Cretan Adventure
Within a short distance from your hotel, numerous archaeological sites present visitors with an excellent source of Cretan history, and you can take in the rustic ruins and impressive frescoes of the early civilizations that spread quickly through the ancient world. Likewise, an excursion to the island's interior will reveal and awe-inspiring landscape of mountain ranges that stretch across the horizon in addition to innumerable caves and gorges. These are just some of the options for you to explore today as you chart your own course through Crete.
Athens – Departure
On your final morning in Crete, you will embark on a breathtaking tour of the nearby palace of Knossos, where the ruins of the ancient Minoan civilization is well-displayed through the archaeological ruins. You will encounter these ruins before making your way to Heraklion to see the more recent historical influence of the Venetians, who bought the city in 1204. You can also enjoy a visit to the famous Heraklion Archeological Museum. After the tour of these memorable attractions concludes, you will make your way to the airport for your return flight to Athens, marking the conclusion of your Greek adventure.
- Wander the cobblestone streets and ruins on a visit to the Agora, the beating heart of daily life in ancient Athens and a great place to ponder the past
- Scale the historic slopes of the Acropolis to encounter the famous Parthenon and temple of Athena, which feature stunning examples of ancient Greek architecture
- Test your skill as a sprinter on the ancient racetrack at Olympia, where the original Olympic games were first held
- Explore the rugged rocks and orthodox monasteries of Meteora, enjoy some spectacular panoramas, and come face to face with a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Embark on an exploration of the island of the Winds on a trip to Mykonos, where unused windmills stand as silent reminders of the island's reliance upon the natural world
- Stroll through one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in the Mediterranean on a day trip to Delos, where the secret origins of the Cycladic island will be revealed
- Discover the volcanic origins of Santorini on a tour that includes the scenic views from Mount Profitis Ilias, an authentic Greek winery
- Bask in the sun on a trip to the famous beaches of the Cycladic islands, where worries are best left behind and the white sand and refreshing waters are excellent companions
- Take to the waves on an optional voyage around Santorini that will allow you to enjoy the impressive sights of the semi-submerged volcanic crater from the water
- Explore the Byzantine fortresses and Minoan palaces of Crete, where the beauty and history of Greece's largest island will be yours to enjoy at your own pace
$4,315 per person (excluding international flights)
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