Ancient Greece was an age of incomparable human achievement. Great thinkers still shine like beacons of light in today’s search for knowledge and understanding of our world. Amazing structures still stand to remind us of their genius and creativity. Visit the Parthenon and Plaka, then Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus and Olympia. Explore Nauplion overlooking the Argolic Gulf, and Delphi, one of the most stunning of all the temples extant in mainland Greece. Conclude with a lively night back in Athens. We can arrange individual travel to Mykonos, Santorini, Crete and other Greek Isles as well.
- Athens +1-2 Stay in Plaka, the oldest part of the city, with its narrow streets, winding lanes and authentic churches, shops and restaurants. Dine on a terrace overlooking the Parthenon. Toast the beginning of an adventure with ouzo or another Greek favorite, homemade lemonade. The next morning, tour the Parthenon and Acropolis, the 1896 Olympic Stadium, Parliament, and the National Archeological Museum.
- Nauplio & the Peloponnese +3-4 Depart for the Peloponnese peninsula. Cross the Corinth Canal, and stop at the ruins of the early Olympic Games stadium of Nemea. Pause for a wine-tasting and lunch. Then arrive in Nauplia for two nights, a scenic port dominated by the Citadel of Acronauplia. Visit Constitution Square and the elegant St. George Cathedral. Take an excursion to Epidaurus, one of the finest classic Greek theaters. Later visit the famed arch at Mycenae, the Palace of Agamemnon, and the tomb of Atreus, Agamemnon’s father.
- Sparta & Magical Monemvasia +5-6 Today we will journey onward, stopping for coffee and homemade candies during a tour of the 10th-century Monastery of Loukou, then onward to wander among the exquisite collection at the Archeological Museum of Sparta. We’ll have some free time to explore the town for lunch. Today we will journey onward, stopping for coffee and homemade candies during a tour of the 10th-century Monastery of Loukou, then onward to wander among the exquisite collection at the Archeological Museum of Sparta. We’ll have some free time to explore the town for lunch. During our two days in the area, we’ll take a short trip to the seaside town of Neapolis, and a swimming excursion in the crystal clear waters off Elafonisos Island (weather permitting).
- Messini and Humble Temple +7 As we travel toward Olympia, we’ll make a few stops, including the ruins at Ancient Messini with time for an independent lunch, as well as the small holy site of Agia Theodora. We’ll check into our charming small hotel in Olympia with time to relax before our dinner together.
- Olympia +8 Journey to Olympia, birthplace of the famous games, carved into an olive-covered slope. Magic is in the air at the track where the Games were first held. Legend says Hercules initiated gymnastic and athletic training and events in this area near the shrines of Pela, Hera, and Zeus.
- Delphi +9 Return to mainland Greece to Arachova, a lovely traditional village perched on Mount Parnassus, with homes made out of stone, nice restaurants, bars and shops. The next day tour the ancient sites of Delphi, enjoying breathtaking views of the River Piesto and the Bay of Corinth. Follow the Sacred Walk up to the Temple of Apollo and pay respects to the Oracles of Delphi. Visit the theater and the museum.
- Meteora & Ancient Creatures +10 Today we take a drive to see the impressive monasteries of Meteora, perched high atop the almost inaccessible rock spires. For a change of pace we will get a living history lesson when we visit Dimos Arc, a local farm whose proprietor breeds and maintains the animals we can recognize from Greek legends and ancient texts
- Thessaloniki and Alexander the Great +11-12 Today we travel north to Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki. This city (also known as Salonika) was Europe’s Cultural Capital a few years ago, and is known for its art, music, architecture and churches, as well as St. Paul’s preaching to the Thessalonians. We will also head into the countryside to visit some of the most fascinating sites of the Macedonia region of Greece. Next we will head to Pella, the ancient home of Philip II and his rather more famous son, Alexander the Great. Today we can visit the Museum and also see the foundations of the palace and other structures that dominated this former capital city in the 3rd and 4th centuries BC. Still well-preserved are amazing mosaic pavements that were once used to decorate the floors of the nobles’ homes.
- Departure +13 Our Greek holiday is complete. Transfers to the Thessaloniki Airport will be provided for those departing on this day.
- Important Notes
based on a shared room
for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom
“I was totally overwhelmed by the dining experience that I had on this trip. I was expecting the informative and spectacular touring, but the restaurants and the surprise Greek food cooking class were wonderful surprises. HE Travel made some excellent choices for me.”Tony Adams, New York, NY
This trip includes walking on uneven paths among the ruins including going up and down hills. Anyone who can comfortably navigate through historic sites and walk on city streets, dirt paths and sandy beaches will enjoy this trip.
Group transportation for all destinations within Greece; accommodations each night in accordance with the tour itinerary; breakfast each day, 4 special dinners and 3 lunches; entrance fees for sightseeing, accompanied by knowledgeable guides and HE Travel tour director (subject to minimum participation); transfers from Athens airport to hotel on first day of tour and from Athens hotel to airport for those departing on the final day of tour; all hotel services charges, government taxes, porterage, and gratuities for drivers and included meals. All HE Travel tours include complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance.
What’s NOT Included
Transportation to and from starting and ending points; meals not shown as included; personal items including: alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls; gratuities for guides and HE Travel tour director.
*See the Parthenon, a paradigm of classic Greek architecture, which crowns the Acropolis in the heart of Athens. *Enjoy a seaside stroll in Nauplia, a lovely port in the Peloponnese. *Tour the famous cities of Mycenae and Epidaurus. *Visit Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. *Walk in Apollo’s footsteps at the famous Temple of the Oracle at Delphi.
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