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Best of Greece

8 Days from $1,825 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

Explore Ancient Greece, from the Temples of Zeus and Hera to the Parthenon and Delphi. Walk the Sacred Way to the 4th-century Temple of Apollo and greet the gods and goddesses of Olympia.

Best of Greece also has winter departures; click here to see the Winter Season version of this tour!

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Overview

Explore Ancient Greece, from the Temples of Zeus and Hera to the Parthenon and Delphi. Walk the Sacred Way to the 4th-century Temple of Apollo and greet the gods and goddesses of Olympia.

Best of Greece also has winter departures; click here to see the Winter Season version of this tour!

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Put the 'oh' in opa and embark on an unforgettable exploration of an ancient land of gods and goddesses, myths and legends. Your springboard to your spellbinding vacation is the vibrant capital of Athens, an effortless mix of ancient treasures and modern verve, which you will have an opportunity to explore after being transferred to your hotel. Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided Grand European with their flight details. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception, including a light meal and welcome drink.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Divani Palace Acropolis/Marriott
  2. Join your Local Specialist for a guided morning sightseeing tour to the ancient complex that was once the Cradle of Western Civilization. Along our journey into antiquity, we'll have an opportunity to explore the Acropolis with its treasures. We'll admire the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, the Royal Palace, Temple of Zeus and the Agora, once the haunt of Socrates and Plato. Dive into culture and see remarkable displays of an ancient world during an included visit to the Acropolis Museum, and see Hadrian's Arch and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy on your own. Stroll through the Plaka, people watch in Syntagma Square or go in search of the city's tastiest souvlaki—the choice is yours.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  3. We depart Athens this morning, crossing the mighty Corinth Canal to the wild Peloponnesian Peninsula. Arriving in Corinth, we join a Local Specialist to explore an ancient city that several empires fought over throughout the centuries. We continue to Mycenae, a mighty kingdom of ancient Greece, where we'll see the Beehive Tombs (the Treasury of Atreus), the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace, in the company of a Local Specialist. Later, we'll travel to Epidaurus to visit the ancient theater and view the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the God of Medicine, whose snake-entwined staff remains the symbol of medicine to this day. Arriving in the Venetian town of Nafplion later, we'll dine in our hotel this evening.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Amalia/Ippoliti/Nafplia Palace
  4. We traverse the Mountains of Arcadia to ancient Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. This evening, we connect with locals joining the Karambellas family on their olive and wine farm for a Be My Guest dinner, some traditional dancing and characteristic Greek philoxenia.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Amalia/Europa/Olympia Palace
  5. We join a Local Specialist this morning to delve into centuries of history. We'll visit the ancient Olympic site, the museum and the ruined remains of the Temples of Zeus and Hera. Leaving Olympia, we skirt the coastline north to Patras, crossing the Gulf of Corinth to mainland Greece before continuing to Delphi, our home for the night.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Amalia/Nafsika Palace/Aegli
  6. Tread in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks, who would descend on the sanctuary of Delphi to consult with the most important oracle in the classical world. Join your Local Specialist and walk the Sacred Way to the 4th-century Temple of Apollo. View the statues immortalizing the strength of the athletes who once competed in the Pythian Games, held in honor of Apollo and the Arts. A scenic afternoon drive brings us to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defense by Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. We cross the lush Thessaly region, the ‘bread basket of Greece,' then travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Amalia/Meteora/Grand Meteora
  7. The UNESCO World Heritage monasteries of Meteora are our first stop today. Join a Local Specialist to visit two of the six Eastern Orthodox monasteries that cling impressively to immense, rounded rock towers overlooking the town. A scenic drive returns us to Athens, where we'll enjoy a rousing Farewell Dinner with our travel companions and reminisce over an incredible journey through Greece.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel:Divani Palace Acropolis/Marriott
  8. We say a fond farewell to our newfound friends and the treasures of Greece after an unforgettable journey. Airport transfers are available, conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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  • Festive Celebrations: Christmas and/or New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.
  • Solo Traveler Discount: This departure includes a 20-100% discount on standard single supplement subject to availability.
  • Autumn Winter Spring Departure: Please note, these departures are subject to change in price, discount and hotel.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $430 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $80 p.p.

Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.

Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

12 meals: 7 buffet breakfasts, 5 dinners. 

Insider Experiences

Connect with Locals

  • Say opa! to an Olympic Be My Guest experience with the Karambellas family on their olive and wine farm, followed by a traditional meal and dancing

Dive into Culture

  • Visit the Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities giving visitors insight into the lives of Athenians centuries ago

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi, Kalambaka

Sightseeing Experiences

  • City tour in Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora
  • Visit the Acropolis and Museum in Athens, the ancient ruins in Corinth, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia, the home of the Oracle at Delphi, the incredible rock monasteries in Meteora
  • View the Parthenon, the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus in Athens, the ancient theater and Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus, the battle site at Thermopylae
  • See the Corinth Canal, the Lion Gate, Agamemnon's Palace at Mycenae
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Reviews

Friday, October 5, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Great trip! Great tour director and excellent bus driver!
Vacation : It was definitely worth the price of the trip. I am sure we could not have seen half of the sights on our own.
Karen DeQuardo
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Well organized and professional
Vacation : Trafalgar put together a terrific trip touring many of the important sites in Greece, and a taste of island life. Fantistic trip, great tour director and driver. We were always one of the first groups to arrive At a site and always organized and on time. The local tour guides were terrific with an in-depth knowledge of Greek history. I highly recommend this tour.
John Dequardo
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Great tour guide, great schedule. Wine should be included with provided dinners.
Vacation : We had a great time. Learned a lot.
Friday, January 12, 2018
Robert Homant
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : This was about 6th time we've gone through get. The coordination of air and land, and little things like transport to and from airport and itinerary documents are all well done.
Vacation : The tour did everything it was supposed to. Good use of time (very little "down" time but not run ragged). One minor criticism: in general the hotel dinners were not up to the restaurant dinners; I'd rather have had the evening free to explore for my own restaurant experience (which I am not likely to do if the hotel buffet is "paid for" as it were).
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The itinerary of the trip was great. The flow of moving from one historical site to the next was planned out well. Trafalgar did an excellent job at accommodating everyone's needs. We lucked out with great weather for the season, which added to the positive experience. Fellow travelers were all great too!
Vacation : Great price for a great trip!
Friday, December 8, 2017
Young Paik
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : yes
Vacation : Had fun trip,guide was very nice.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Linda Fay
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The service was good, though the tour group of 33 a bit unwieldy. Transportation was excellent and timely and little wait time at scheduled tours.
Vacation : Good trip. Excellent guide.
Monday, October 23, 2017
Barry Richards
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Absolutely wonderful. Nina, our tour guide and Niko, our bus driver were very polite and knowledgeable. We had a wonderful time and look forward to our next trip with Grand European.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review and for sharing some photos from your trip. It looks like you had a fantastic vacation to Greece, and we're here to help when you decide on your next destination.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Vacation : Good value for what you get.
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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Greece must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Greece.

  • The currency in Greece is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Greece, you can use your debit and credit card to pay in most places and will likely find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Greece. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Mediterranean food is simple, delicious, and centered on a variety of fresh seafood, produce, cheeses and baked goods. Try Greek salad prepared with tomatoes, feta, olive oil and herbs as well as other popular dishes including grilled lamb, octopus, eggplant and spanakopita.  Olives, cheese and flatbread make a tasty snack with a glass of chilled white wine.   

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At bars and restaurants, tipping is less common or generous as in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro for good service.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Athens

Dinner "Meze" Style in Psiri

Adult Price: €50.00

Enjoy a lovely dining experience at a wonderful restaurant located in the lively area of Psiri. Dining is “meze style”, giving you the opportunity to taste many Greek cuisine dishes, which are served in the centre of the table. Also enjoy the local free-flowing wine! (Casual dress)

Athens

Cape Sounion

Adult Price: €40.00

Take a relaxing trip down to the southernmost tip of Mainland Greece to see the fifth century B.C Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. See if you can spot where Byron carved his initials on one of the temple’s sixteen columns. Marvel at the sheer rugged beauty of the coastline and the ancient temple perched above a 197-foot drop down to the Aegean Sea below. Stand above the site of the world’s first lighthouse, overlooking an area steeped in classical Greek history, ever since the tragic King Aegeas threw himself from the rocky precipice into the sea below, thereby giving his name to the Aegean Sea.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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