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Glories of Greece – Small Group

7 Day Greece Tour to Athens, Olympia & Kalambaka

Glories of Greece
7 Days
1 Country

Greece

8 Cities

Athens, Thermopylae, Kalambaka, Meteora, Delphi, Archaeological Site of Olympia, Archaeological Site of Mycenae, Nafplion

11 Meals

5 Dinner with Wines, 6 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 20

Insight - Small Groups

If you prefer to travel with a smaller group of curious fellow travelers passionate about diving into incredible experiences, Insight Vacations Small Group tours are the perfect choice. With all the premium features of Insight Vacations including 4 and 5-star hotels, one-of-a-kind inclusions, immersive local cultural experiences and superior dining, small group departures have a maximum of just 24 guests allowing for a more intimate, premium touring experience. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Insight Vacations Small Group departures are limited to only 24 guests. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, more personalized attention from your Travel Director, and the opportunity to form closer connections with fellow travelers. Perfect for couples, families, and solo travelers who want to explore must-see destinations with like-minded people.

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Explore the ancient Acropolis in Athens and indulge in an authentic cooking demonstration in Olympia, as a local chef prepares a feast from locally farmed produce. Replete with lashings of olive oil and Greek cheeses you’ll master moussaka and tzatziki, before experiencing Greece in all its glory. From the Temple of Athena and the Arch of Hadrian in Athens, the gargantuan pinnacles of Meteora near Kalambaka beckon. Guided by your Travel Director, you'll ascend the ancient rock formations of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and visit one of the historic monasteries at the top. Explore where the Olympic Games began in 776 B.C at the Temple of Zeus and in the city of Mycenae, take in the giant Cyclopean stones before discovering traditional Greek pottery methods at the Mycenae Pottery Studio.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Athens

An Insight host will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where there is time to settle in and relax.

The statues of Erechtheion on Acropolis Athens, Greece
Divani Palace Acropolis View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Divani Palace Acropolis

About the Hotel

Athens, Greece

Divani Palace Acropolis is an iconic hotel showcasing the best of Athens. Just meters away from the world-famous Acropolis, this is the perfect place to savor Athens fascinating history.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Gym
  • Concierge

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Welcome dinner with traditional Greek food, Athens, Greece
Athens Welcome Dinner

Get to know your fellow travelers over a delightful Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

Athens, City of Gods

Today your mythical Grecian discovery encapsulates the intriguing history of ancient Greece. Begin with an exploration revealing the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Arch of Hadrian. Next, your Local Expert takes you to the Acropolis, one of the most important ancient sites in the Western world. Crowning the top is the Parthenon, visible from almost everywhere in the city. 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 a delicious dinner from a fresh, seasonal menu.

The Acropolis of Athens, UNESCO world heritage site in Athens, Greece
Divani Meteora Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Divani Meteora Hotel

About the Hotel

Meteora, Greece

Surrounded by the majestic, towering rocks known as Meteora, in the charming village of Kalambaka.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Entrance into the Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Athens Acropolis Visit

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 k...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights The Arch of Hadrian in Athens, Greece
See the Arch of Hadrian in 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 wit...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Statue of Spartan leader Leonidas, Thermopylae, Greece
See the Leonidas Monument in Thermopylae

See the Leonidas Monument dedicated to the brave warrior and his 300 Spartans.

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Holy Trinity Monastery, with Kalambaka town below, Kalambaka, Greece
Kalambaka Orientation

Your Travel Director will provide an orientation of this town situated at the base of the extraordinary Meteora rocks.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 3

The Pinnacles of Meteora

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 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 relaxed walk on the nature trails? Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Natural History Museum.

Monastery Holy Trinity, Meteora, Greece
Divani Meteora Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Divani Meteora Hotel

About the Hotel

Meteora, Greece

Surrounded by the majestic, towering rocks known as Meteora, in the charming village of Kalambaka.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Meteora monastery in autumn, Meteora, Greece
Meteora City Tour

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.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Lively Trikala Town And Dinner

Experience the picturesque and lively town of Trikala, considered to have been the birth place of the “God of Medicine” Asclepius. Enjoy an orienta...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

The Sacred Way and onto Olympia

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,' rumoured 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.

The Ancient Theatre of Delphi, Greece
Amalia Olympia View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Amalia Olympia

About the Hotel

Archaeological Site of Olympia, Greece

This is a unique place that combines the energy, the space, the serenity of Ancient Olympia, set in a green landscape filled with olive trees. From every corner of the white marbled spacious lobby, guests enjoy the endless green scenery along with the open air terrace of the lounge café.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Concierge
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights The sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, Delphi, Greece
Delphi City Tour

With your Local Expert, walk to The Sacred Way once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb Polyg...

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Day 5

Ancient Olympia

It's all in the name. Ancient Olympia is the site where the Ancient Olympic Games began in 776 B.C., in dedication to Zeus. See the ruined Temple of Zeus that was built to honor the ruler of the gods. Continue your exploration through time to the athletes gymnasium and the Ancient Stadium of Olympia with its characteristic arch. The start and finish points 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 local Chef Farije as she shares with you her passion for local ingredients and high quality products with an entertaining and immersive cooking demonstration, showcasing classic Greek cuisine. Experience authentic Greek regional flavors, as you savor dishes prepared for your Highlight Dinner.

The Gymnasium at the Archaeological site of Olympia, Greece
Amalia Olympia View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Amalia Olympia

About the Hotel

Archaeological Site of Olympia, Greece

This is a unique place that combines the energy, the space, the serenity of Ancient Olympia, set in a green landscape filled with olive trees. From every corner of the white marbled spacious lobby, guests enjoy the endless green scenery along with the open air terrace of the lounge café.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Concierge
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Ruins of the ancient site of Olympia, Athens, Greece
Explore the Ancient Site of 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 gymna...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Insight Experiences Highlight Dinner Olympia, Greece
Olympia Cooking Demonstration

Chef Farije shares with you her passion for local ingredients and high quality products. Learn how to make tzatziki and other regional dishes durin...

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Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Authentic Dining Authentic Dining
Olympia Highlight Dinner

Taste unique Greek flavors and savor regional specialties over dinner.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 6

Mycenae and Nafplio

Today you leave the town of Olympia and begin your journey back to the Greek capital. Stop for a visit at 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. Travel to the elegant town of Nafplio known for its beautiful architecture, colorful shops and vibrant cafes. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you meet Maria and her daughter to learn about the ancient techniques of hand weaving. Your journey continues, following the shores of the Saronic Gulf to pass the Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnese and mainland Greece, before arriving in Athens. In the evening, enjoy a hearty dinner in true Greek style with good company.

 

Restaurant in flower covered street in the beautiful Greek town of Nafplio, Greece.
Divani Palace Acropolis View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Divani Palace Acropolis

About the Hotel

Athens, Greece

Divani Palace Acropolis is an iconic hotel showcasing the best of Athens. Just meters away from the world-famous Acropolis, this is the perfect place to savor Athens fascinating history.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Gym
  • Concierge

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Lion's gate in the archaeological site of Mycenae, Greece
Mycenae City Tour

Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal beehive-tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, while hearing tales of Agamemnon.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Beautiful port of Nafplio and Bourtzi castle, Nafplio, Greece
Nafplio Orientation

Join your Travel Director in an orientation of this beautiful seaport town and see why it is named one of Greece's prettiest spots.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights The Corinth Canal, Gulf of Corinth
Corinth Channel Crossing

Cross the amazing rock-cut channel dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Enjoy traditional dishes at your Welcome Dinner in Athens, Greece
Athens Celebration Dinner

Toast the culmination of your vacation with a lively Celebration Dinner in true Greek style at a local restaurant.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Make Travel Matter Hand Weaving Workshop, Nafplio, Greece
Hand Weaving Workshop

Owned and run by mother and daughter duo Maria and Nefeli whose passion for preserving this historical technique shines through. Visit their studio...

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Make Travel Matter

Day 7

Depart Athens

This morning after breakfast, your Grecian odyssey comes to an end. Take a complimentary transfer to Athens Airport for your onward journey.

Guards handover in Athens, Greece
Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

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Athens Acropolis Visit

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 k...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See the Arch of Hadrian in 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 wit...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See the Leonidas Monument in Thermopylae

See the Leonidas Monument dedicated to the brave warrior and his 300 Spartans.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Kalambaka Orientation

Your Travel Director will provide an orientation of this town situated at the base of the extraordinary Meteora rocks.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Meteora City Tour

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.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Delphi City Tour

With your Local Expert, walk to The Sacred Way once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb Polyg...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Explore the Ancient Site of 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 gymna...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Olympia Cooking Demonstration

Chef Farije shares with you her passion for local ingredients and high quality products. Learn how to make tzatziki and other regional dishes durin...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Mycenae City Tour

Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal beehive-tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, while hearing tales of Agamemnon.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Nafplio Orientation

Join your Travel Director in an orientation of this beautiful seaport town and see why it is named one of Greece's prettiest spots.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Corinth Channel Crossing

Cross the amazing rock-cut channel dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Hand Weaving Workshop

Owned and run by mother and daughter duo Maria and Nefeli whose passion for preserving this historical technique shines through. Visit their studio...

See More
Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned coach.

Authentic Dining

5 Dinner with Wines, 6 Breakfasts

Athens Welcome Dinner

Get to know your fellow travelers over a delightful Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Olympia Highlight Dinner

Taste unique Greek flavors and savor regional specialties over dinner.

Athens Celebration Dinner

Toast the culmination of your vacation with a lively Celebration Dinner in true Greek style at a local restaurant.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Divani Meteora Hotel
Amalia Olympia

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Lively Trikala Town And Dinner

Experience the picturesque and lively town of Trikala, considered to have been the birth place of the “God of Medicine” Asclepius. Enjoy an orienta...

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Greece

  • Official Language in Greece: Greek
  • Currency used in Greece: Euro (€)
  • Capital of Greece: Athens
  • Time Zone(s) in Greece: Eastern European Time Zone (EET), Eastern European Summer Time (EEST)

Greece passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Greece
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Greece has a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Summers in Greece are typically long and hot, with average temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). The country receives abundant sunshine during this season. Winters are generally mild, with temperatures averaging between 8°C and 15°C (46°F and 59°F), but colder conditions can be experienced in mountainous areas. Rainfall is highest during the winter months, while summers are generally dry.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Review date: Monday, May 27, 2019
Service
Maybe, but Insight tours were over priced for what we received
Vacation
Days too long, poor demonstration stop for ceramics, final meal poor due to environment making it impossible for a hearing impaired person to participate
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so sorry to hear this. We will be sure to share you comments with Insight Vacations and ask for immediate review and improvement. Thank you for brining this to our attention.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Liliana Cohen
Review date: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Service
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!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, November 24, 2017
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Service
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
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, November 3, 2014
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, September 6, 2014
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Service
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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