Athens & Ancient Greece with Maria Hernandez

Sep 22-Oct 4, 2019 / 13 DAYS

Explore the places that shaped Western civilization as we know it.

Between the Mediterranean beaches bathed in sunlight, ancient ruins teeming with legends, and villas bursting with local charm, falling in love with G…

Your package includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 wine tasting
  • 7 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • 2 ferry transfers

Included highlights

Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Apollo, Meteora Monasteries, Corfu’s Old Town, Ruins of Olympia, Nemea vineyard visit, Epidaurus & Mycenae

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you'll walk for at least 2 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads and unpaved trails, with some hills and stair…

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Sep 22: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Athens today.

Athens / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 23: Arrival in Athens

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Greece! Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner tonight.

Sep 24: Sightseeing tour of Athens

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the highlights of this bustling ancient capital, home to the world’s first democracy. • Pass by the Olympic Stadium, Syntagma Square, and the Arch of Hadrian• View the sixth-century Temple of Zeus • See the classically inspired Old Royal Palace, home of the Hellenic Parliament, and drive through the Plaka district • Set off on a walking tour around the ancient Acropolis, site of the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, and Erechtheion Enjoy a free afternoon in Athens or add an excursion.

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Cape Sounion
4.5 hours
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Journey to the southern tip of the Attic Peninsula to take in the sights of the Poseidon Coast, including sandy beaches, natural and manmade harbors, and, of course, the Aegean Sea itself. High above the sparkling shoreline, the Temple of Poseidon dominates the landscape. Of the original structure, 16 elegant Doric pillars remain. Afterward, decide how you'd like to spend your free time. Take a moment to look out from the lofty cliffside vantage point, where you can see five Aegean islands on a clear day. You may also choose to enjoy a coffee, stop in the souvenir shop, or stroll through the area. Please note: This excursion involves some walking on uneven terrain.4.5 hours and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Delphi Region / 1 NIGHT

Sep 25: Sightseeing tour of Delphi

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to the Delphi region for a guided tour of the legendary home of the mystical oracle. You’ll visit the Temple of Apollo where according to legend, the god once communicated with mortals.  Spend a free evening in Delphi or add an excursion.

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Arachova Village & Greek Dinner
4 hours
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Visit Arachova, a picturesque town at the foot of Mount Parnassos, and soak in the breathtaking mountain landscape. The evening is yours to stroll through the cobblestone streets, explore the charming village, and admire Arachova’s many Byzantine-era churches. Then, enjoy a traditional Greek dinner at a restaurant in the village.4 hours and departs in the evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Meteora Region / 1 NIGHT

Sep 26: Sightseeing tour of the Meteora Region

Included meals: Breakfast

Today, travel to the remote village of Kalambaka at the foot of the Pindus Mountains. Discover Meteora’s stunning architecture: Pinnacle Monastery and St. Stephen’s Monastery, two Byzantine structures perched atop 1,000-foot-high pinnacle rocks.

Corfu / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 27: Transfer to Corfu

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross the Pindus Mountains and make your way to the lakeside town of Ioannina, whose beautiful mosque and Ottoman fortress are evidence of four centuries of Turkish rule. This afternoon, board a ferry bound for the island of Corfu. Later, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Sep 28: Sightseeing tour of Corfu

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover Corfu with a local guide. Once ruled by the Venetians, this island has retained much of its Italian charm.  • See the city’s Italian influence on display at the Spianada, arguably the most impressive square in Greece • Visit the regal Achillion Palace, once the palatial summer residence of German Kaiser Wilhelm II • Enter the Church of St. Spyridon, where you’ll uncover the sacred relics of the island’s patron saint Enjoy a free evening in Corfu or add an excursion.

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Corfu Tavern Dinner
4 hours
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Step back in time and savor authentic Greek specialties and hospitality at a rustic, family-run tavern in the picturesque village of Kinopiastes. Touted for its friendly atmosphere, the Tripa Tavern has drawn rave reviews from past patrons, including Greek President Constantine Karamanlis, Aristotle Onassis, and Jane Fonda. While you sample hors d’oeuvres, hearty entrees, and tasty wines, the tavern staff will entertain you with song and dance.4 hours and departs in the evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Rio / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 29: Transfer to Rio

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Board a ferry back to the mainland from Corfu. Then, follow the dramatic Ionian coast, making stops on your way to Rio.  • Visit the fishing village of Amfilochia  • Stop in historic Missolonghi to visit the Garden of Heroes In Rio, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Sep 30: Sightseeing tour of Olympia

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, tour the legendary city of Olympia with a local guide.  • View the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World • See the ancient Gymnasium and site where the first Olympic Games took place • Step inside the Archaeological Museum of Olympia and enjoy free time to explore the exhibits

Nafplio / 2 NIGHTS

Oct 01: Wine tasting & guided tour of Nafplio

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore the historic region that has been occupied by the Turks, Venetians, Franks, and Byzantines. • Stop in Nemea to tour a vineyard and taste a selection of red and white wines accompanied by snacks  • In Nafplio, your Tour Director leads an orientation walk through the town that was the first capital of independent Greece This evening, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Oct 02: Epidaurus & Mycenae

Included meals: Breakfast

Explore the landmarks of Epidaurus and Mycenae on guided sightseeing tours.  • In Epidaurus, discover Greece’s best-preserved open-air theater • In Mycenae, explore the mysterious beehive-shaped Treasury of Atreus and the magnificent Lion Gate, one of the oldest monumental sculptures in Europe  • Visit the burial ground of Agamemnon and his followers in Mycenae, where archaeologists unearthed incredible treasures

Athens / 1 NIGHT

Oct 03: Return to Athens

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel back to Athens, stopping along the way to admire the Corinth Canal. Later, enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Oct 04: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home or continue your Greek adventure in Santorini.

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