This concise tour covers a multitude of noteworthy ancient sites, majestic monuments and mystical monasteries that will enchant you whether you're exploring in autumn, winter or spring.
Board your overnight flight (please ask about our great deals).
You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, a delightful evening of dinner and wine.
Morning sightseeing reveals the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Wingless Victory and Hadrian's Arch. A Local Expert will take you to the Parthenon, built atop the Acropolis. Then, follow the shores of the Saronic Gulf to the ruined city of Mycenae. With a Local Expert, walk through the Lion Gate, visit the royal ‘beehive' tombs and see the giant Cyclopean stones used to build the city walls. Later, meet the artisans and view beautiful works of art at a family-run pottery studio.
Travel into the heart of Argolis and with your Local Expert, visit the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus with its superb 4th century BC theatre. Visit the Asclepeion and discover one of the most spectacular collection of ancient findings in Greece at the Archeological Museum. Continue on to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. In the evening, join a local chef for an entertaining cookery demonstration followed by a dinner of authentic Greek flavors.
In Olympia, see the city's ancient temples, the Olympic Stadium and the athletes' gymnasium with a Local Expert and learn about how the original games were first held in 776BC. Follow the coastal road before driving up in the foothills of Mount Parnassus and on to your hotel.
Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with a Local Expert, past the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall. You'll approach the Temple of Apollo, where for 14 centuries the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic ‘words'. Continue north, stopping at Thermopylae to see the memorial to Leonidas.
With your Local Expert, visit one of the amazing monasteries of Meteora, meaning 'in the air'. Incredibly perched on top of pinnacles of rock, enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley before a scenic drive along the coast back to Athens. In the evening, enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.
Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Athens Airport.
6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 2 Three-course table d’hôte Dinners or Buffet, plus tea or coffee (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Signature Evening (SE), and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine plus tea and coffee. Departure on tour for New Year’s Eve enjoys a festive Highlight Dinner.
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There is no Single Supplement charge for July 28th, August 25th and October 2nd departures, subject to availability.
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 $750.
AARP members SAVE $100 per person on any guided vacation or river cruise!
Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.
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 48 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.
Adult Price: € 70.00
Nemea has been a wine region since ancient times, with vineyards sprawled across its hillsides, plains and plateaus – the vineyards of the Peloponnesus are known for their complexity and diversity. The first reference to the wine traditions of the Peloponnese is from Homer, who referred to the area as “Ampeloessa” (full of vines). According to archaeological excavations, wine was first produced in Nemea almost 3500 years ago. Some of Greece’s most well-known wineries are found in Nemea. Today Nemea is one of the largest winemaking regions of Greece and produces some of its best wines. The prominent grape here is Ayoryitiko, one of the most noble of the Greek red grapes. Ayoryitiko produces wines remarkable for their deep red color and remarkable aromatic complexity. After our tasting, we will return to Nafplion, where you’ll have free time to explore this beautiful port before we return to the ship. One of the most beautiful towns in Agrolis, the Eastern Peloponnese, and one of Greece’s most romantic cities, elegant, architecturally homogenous Nafplion, the capital of the First Hellenic Republic from 1828 until 1834, is a palimpsest upon which its many conquerors have written their turbulent stories over the centuries: the Franks, the Venetians and the Ottomans all contributed to the incomparable mien of this lovely port, which greets its many visitors with its ancient city walls, its castles, its Ottoman fountains, its Venetian houses and its neoclassical mansions. Plateia Syntagmatos, the lively heart of the city, is much as it was in the 1700s. Other important buildings include two Turkish mosques, the Archaeological Museum of Nafplion, which houses artifacts found in the area from the Prehistoric and Mycenaean eras, and the Municipal Gallery, an arm of the Athens National Gallery. Near downtown you’ll find the Church of Agios Spyridonas and the Church of Agios Georgios, which is home to a number of important murals, including a copy of Da Vinci’s “The Secret Dinner.” According to mythology, Nafplion was founded by Náfplios, the son of Poseidon and Danaus (Danaida) Anymone. The town’s history begins in prehistory, when its soldiers took part in both the Agronautic expedition and the Trojan War. A major port since the Bronze Age, Nafplion endured a long decline under the Roman Empire, but grew and thrived as part of the Byzantine Empire, when it was a key commercial and strategic port. In 1203 Leon Sgouros, the ruler of Nafplion, conquered Argos and Corinth, and Larissa fortress to the north. The city saw many fierce battles between the Ottomans and the Venetians, who built most of its medieval quarter between 1686 and 1715. From 1828 until 1834 it was the first capital of liberated Greece.
Adult Price: € 45.00
A delightful evening commences as we meet our local wine expert at our welcoming restaurant. Located in the heart of the village of Delphi, it overlooks a sea of olive trees covering the stunning valley below. As we discover the tantalizing local wines and learn about the indigenous grape varieties cultivated locally, we savor a variety of Greek hors d’oeuvres followed by a choice of delicious entrees and sumptuous dessert. A wonderful night to remember! Wine tasting, drinks and dinner included.
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