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Best of Greece (Winter Season)

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Tour Pace: Active
Ancient Delphi
Tour Style: First Class
9 Days from $1,550 per person

Cast your mind back over millennia, your footprints following those of Alexander the Great, Aristotle and Plato. Explore the mighty kingdom of Ancient Greece, from the Temples of Zeus and Hera, the Parthenon and Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassos. Walk the Sacred Way to the 4th century Temple of Apollo and greet the gods and goddesses of Olympia.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Athens. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax or spend time exploring the wonders of this ancient city. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception, including a light meal and welcome drink with your traveling companions and your Travel Director.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Divani Palace Acropolis
  3. Classical Athens was a center for the arts, learning and philosophy, and is widely seen as the cradle of Western Civilization and the birthplace of democracy. One of the world's oldest cities, discover the rich heritage of Athens during your morning sightseeing tour with your Local Expert. Explore the Acropolis and view the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. Marvel at the Agora, the Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus. Enjoy an included visit to the Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities. See Hadrian's Arch, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. In the evening perhaps choose to dine in a lively area of the city.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  4. Cross the mighty Corinth Canal to the Peloponnesian Peninsula and visit the ancient city of Corinth with your Local Expert. In Mycenae − a mighty kingdom of ancient Greece and a military stronghold − see the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace with your Local Expert. Later visit the ancient theater and view the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the God of Medicine in Epidaurus with your Local Expert. The rod of Asclepius, a snake-entwined staff, remains the symbol of medicine to this day. Arrive later in Nafplion where you will dine tonight at your hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Amalia Nauplia
  5. Enjoy a spectacular drive east across the Mountains of Arcadia to ancient Olympia. Connected to many gods and myths, Olympia is also the site of the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest dinner of authentic local cuisine on an olive farm.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Be my Guest
    hotel:Arty Grand
  6. Meet your Local Expert and spend the morning visiting the ancient Olympic site and museum and the Temples of Zeus and Hera − the wife of Zeus and one of the most important deities in Greek mythology. Driving north to Patras, you cross the Gulf of Corinth to mainland Greece before continuing to Delphi.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  7. Tour Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassos with your Local Specialist and see the site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo dating from the 4th century. It was here that every four years athletes competed in the Pythian Games, dedicated to Apollo and the arts. A picturesque early afternoon drive brings you to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defense by Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. After seeing the memorial, cross the fertile Thessaly region, the ‘bread basket of Greece' and travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Drive to Meteora, one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. Visit two of the six monasteries built on sandstone rocks above the town with your Local Expert. A scenic drive brings you back to Athens, where later you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your traveling companions.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel:Divani Palace Acropolis
  9. Say goodbye to your fellow travelers and Travel Director after an unforgettable journey. Airport transfers available, conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast

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Christmas & New Year’s Eve Highlights: The December 20th 2017 departure will celebrate Christmas in Kalambaka. The December 26th 2017 departure will celebrate New Year’s Eve in Delphi. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.

The December 20th 2017 departure will have a slightly amended itinerary for the Athens portion with a one-night stay at the beginning of the trip and a two-night stay at the end in Athens.

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 $340 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $60 p.p.

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

Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port and a cruise can be combined with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe.

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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.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Say ‘opa!' to an Olympic olive oil and wine tasting experience with the Karambellas family on their 30-acre olive and wine farm, followed by a traditional meal and dancing

Cultural Insight

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

Local Expert

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

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • 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


Friday, January 12, 2018
Best of Greece
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
Best of Greece
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
Best of Greece
Service rating : yes
Vacation : Had fun trip,guide was very nice.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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
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.
  • 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.

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.


Cape Sounion

Adult Price: € 40

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.

Cape Sounion And Seafood Dinner

Adult Price: € 81

Take a relaxing drive along the Apollo coast to the southernmost point of Attica and visit the splendid 5th century B.C. Temple of Poseidon. The area steeped in Classical Greek history is where King Aegeas threw himself from the rocky precipice, a 197 ft drop in to the sea below, thereby lending his name to the Aegean Sea. A unique opportunity to view of the temple high above the Aegean Sea! Do not forget your cameras to capture the moment. A real Greek fish-seafood dinner in one of the most popular fish-tavernas in the area, frequented by the local people. Sitting next to the sea savour delicious seafood starters, Greek salad, fish for the main course and local wine.

Dinner "Meze" Style in Psiri

Adult Price: € 50

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)

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