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Glories of Greece

7 Days from $1,850 per person

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Join an expert in antiquities, as you explore the wonders of Kalambaka and Olympia, visiting monasteries, monuments and ancient sites along the way.

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

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Join an expert in antiquities, as you explore the wonders of Kalambaka and Olympia, visiting monasteries, monuments and ancient sites along the way.

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

  1. A host will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where there is time to settle in and relax. At 7 pm, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception, get to know your fellow travelers over a delightful evening of dinner and wine. 

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center
  2. Your exploration reveals the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Arch of Hadrian. Next, your Local Expert takes you to the Parthenon, built atop the Acropolis. See the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion. Continue to Thermopylae, famous as the mountain pass where King Leonidas led his Spartan army, along with fellow Greek soldiers, into battle against the Persians in 480 B.C. See the memorial dedicated to Leonidas and his courageous Spartans, then on to your hotel in Kalambaka for dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Divani Meteora Hotel/Grand Meteora Hotel/Meteora Hotel
  3. With your Local Expert, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora, meaning 'in the air.' The massive pinnacles of smooth rock are ancient, yet could also be the setting for a futuristic science-fiction tale. Visit one of the monasteries, that adds to the strange and beautiful landscape and enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Why not explore with a leisurely walk on the nature trails? Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Natural History Museum.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Divani Meteora Hotel/Grand Meteora Hotel/Meteora Hotel
  4. Travel south, stopping at the foothills of Mount Parnassus. Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with your Local Expert. Pass the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall with its interlocking stones still perfectly intact after thousands of years. You'll approach the Temple of Apollo, where for 14 centuries the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic ‘words,' rumored to have successfully predicted events related to the Argonauts expedition and the Trojan War. Your travels continue to Olympia where dinner is served in your hotel.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Arty Grand Hotel/Amalia Hotel Olympia
  5. It's all in the name. Ancient Olympia is the site where the Ancient Olympic Games began in 776 B.C. in dedication to the god Zeus. See the Temple of Zeus, the athletes gymnasium and the stadium of Olympia. The starting and finishing markers for the sprint track are still marked by stones and there is time to capture your own memory with a photo at the starting line. In the evening, join a local chef for an entertaining cooking demonstration, followed by a dinner of authentic Greek flavors.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Arty Grand Hotel/Amalia Hotel Olympia
  6. Visit 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 to the elegant town of Nafplio, known for its beautiful architecture, color shops and cafés. Your journey continues following the shores of the Saronic Gulf to pass the Corinth Canal dividing the Peloponnese and mainland Greece, and arriving in Athens. In the evening, enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center
  7. Your Grecian odyssey comes to an end with a transfer to Athens Airport.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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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 $500 per person

Triple Room Discount $100 per person

Roommate matching is not available on this trip.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the order of this itinerary may change at short notice.

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

Included Quality Dining

6 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners, 2 Dinners with Wine, all with tea or coffee. 

Signature Experiences

  • Mycenae: Meet the artisans of a family-run pottery studio and learn about their unique traditional methods.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Cross the rock-cut channel dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece
  • Visit the Acropolis • one of the monasteries of Meteora • The Sacred Way and temple of Apollo in Delphi
  • City tours of Athens, Meteora, Delphi and Mycenae all with Local Experts
  • See the Arch of Hadrian and Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens • Leonidas Monument in Thermopylae • the Meteora rocks from Kalambaka • Delphi's Athenian Treasury and Polygonal Wall • Temple of Zeus and athlete's gymnasium in Olympia • Lion Gate and royal beehive-tombs of Mycenae • Nafplio.
  • Athens: Ascend the Acropolis with a Local Expert to admire the Parthenon, built in 5th century B.C. Steps away you'll see the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion.
  • Athens: See the Arch of Hadrian, erected in honor of the Roman Emperor and used as a divider between the ancient city and the new Roman district, along with the remaining columns of the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
  • Thermopylae: See the Leonidas Monument dedicated to the brave warrior and his 300 Spartans.
  • Kalambaka: Your Travel Director will provide an orientation of this town situated at the base of the extraordinary Meteora rocks.
  • Meteora: With a Local Expert, visit one of the remarkable centuries-old monasteries of Meteora, teetering on towers of rock and arguably the most spectacular place to visit in Greece.
  • Delphi: With your Local Expert, walk to The Sacred Way once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb Polygonal Wall to reach the Temple of Apollo, where the people would seek divine wisdom from the mysterious Oracle.
  • Olympia: The stadium of Olympia hosted the ancient Olympic Games and the Heraia, the women's games in honor of Hera. See the Temple of Zeus, athlete's gymnasium and the stone marker where the sprint began.
  • Mycenae: Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal beehive-tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, while hearing tales of Agamemnon from your Local Expert.
  • Corinth Channel: Cross the amazing rock-cut channel dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece.
  • Nafplio: Join your Travel Director in an orientation of this beautiful seaport town and see why it is named one of Greece's prettiest spots.
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Reviews

Sunday, April 29, 2018
Liliana Cohen
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Service rating : This was my first trip ever and "alone" to Europe (my choice being Greece). I was very anxious, not knowing what to expect. My anxiety escalated at the airport as I was informed my flight was cancelled. After all was said and done , I was rerouted and arrived in Greece only 30 min later than my scheduled time. from that point on, my trip became an awesome Greek-inspired dream. I was treated singularly, not just "part of the tour group". Moraig (tour director) with Insight Vacations was phenomenal- informative, personable, attentive to everyone's safety and needs, and always with a little surprise or "flourish" as she called it. Mia and Fiona from I.V. accompanied our tour also and added to the fun and friendliness of our days. Dimitri, our driver was excellent in maneuvering the winding mtn roads ( I needed that comfort with my fear of heights!) Meals were delicious and plentiful and hotel accommodations more than I expected. I rate this trip an A+. Thanks for the beautiful memories I now hold.
Vacation : I chose not to go with the most economical deal, and am glad I didn't. All accommodations of the tour were well above average. I was made to feel special!
Friday, November 24, 2017
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Tour director and driver excellent so as UNESCO site, transfers and picked from airport and to airport on time. Need more optional tour. Wine tasting is the only optional tour we had, in the whole 7 days . It should be 5 day tour instead of 7 day tour cause 2 days were lost in traveling. Santorini and Crete should be included in the tour.
Vacation : It says 7 day tour but actually it is only 5 day tour . 2 days for traveling.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Service rating : We were a little nervous about this trip because of their financial crises at first but, were pleasantly surprised. The people were wonderful, the food was great! Our tour guide and the driver were awesome. I was a little disappointed with the service in some hotels.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That's fantastic to hear! Now is a perfect time to visit Greece and help support and encourage the warm and wonderful people who live and work there. Thank you for sharing your comments. Grand European Travel
Friday, July 31, 2015
Vacation : Good
Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Service rating : Couldn't have planned a better trip. Saw quite a lot in 6 days.
Response from Grand European Travel:
There is a lot of beautiful sites in Greece and the Glories of Greece Vacation is a wonderful way to see them. We're so happy you enjoyed yourself and appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. Thank you! Dee-Grand European Travel
Monday, April 27, 2015
Vacation : Enjoyed the trip tremendously. Our tour leader Susanne was super.
Monday, November 3, 2014
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Service rating : Best company to travel with
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your loyalty to Grand European Travel. I'm happy to see that you enjoyed your trip to Greece and that the hotels, food, guide, coach and driver were up to your expectations. We will be here when you are ready to start planning your next trip. Liz, Grand European Travel
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Vacation : This was our 7th trip and one of the best ones so far. The hotels were 5 star, the food and wine was so good, and our tour guide was extremely professional and knowledgeable. Our bus driver was very professional and the couch was clean and he went out of his way to help.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
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Service rating : Your preparation and information before departure was great! We had no problems at all.
Vacation : This is my 7th trip to Greece. I am a Greek-American and speak Greek fluently. I brought my grandkids (18 yrs old) to see their heritage. Every archeological stop was interesting although at times the local Greek guides had too much to say. Our people were not that interested in minute details.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Service rating : We have taken eight trips with Grand European and have never been disappointed. We find they offer good value, nice hotels and have had some outstanding tour directors.
Vacation : This was a very nice tour, lots of fun and all the people involved were great. The Greek people were super nice to tourist.
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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.

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Adult Price: € 47.00

Travel through the beautiful countryside of Thessalia, towards Epirus and on to the stunning Greek mountain village of Metsovo. We'll visit the Katogi Averoff winery and explore the cellars boasting over 1200 oak barrels in which their red wine matures. Our host shares their passion and knowledge of the winery and its production, before inviting us to savour a meal of local delicacies at the winery’s restaurant. Afterwards stroll through the charming village and perhaps sit in one of picturesque leafy shaded square and try a “tsipouro” a feisty traditional digestive liquor!

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