GC2 Classical Greece Tour
With the Monasteries of Meteora
Argolis tour -- Corinth, Epidaurus, Mycenae; Olympia site and Museum; Byzantine treasures of Mystra; Spectacular Delphi and Museum tour; Hanging Monasteries of Meteora; Guided Athens city tour
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Dates & Prices
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Thu 05 Sep 2019||Fri 13 Sep 2019||$3270 USD|
|Wed 06 May 2020||Thu 14 May 2020||$3270 USD|
|Thu 25 Jun 2020||Fri 03 Jul 2020||$3270 USD|
|Thu 03 Sep 2020||Fri 11 Sep 2020||$3270 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $411 USD (number of singles limited).
As the birthplace of western democracy, there is something strangely familiar to those who partake on our Greece guided tours. Perhaps it is the folklore, the monuments, or the legends that we have heard of over time that allows the traveller to feel both in awe yet at home while exploring this ancient land. Or perhaps it is that Greek hospitality and lust for life that oozes into every aspect of our Greece guided tours that leaves visitors filled with wonder. Whatever the case, guided tours of Greece have the right recipe for a classic journey full of history, arts, scenic landscapes, and memorable people.
Although Greece does not occupy an overly large landmass, the vastness and richness of its history is overwhelmingly apparent. From the first sighting of the Acropolis in Athens, with buildings that date back to the 5th century BC, memories from the time of antiquity are readily available and easily accessed. Learning from historians with a deep knowledge of archeology and philosophy, our Greece guided tours offer a small group experience with experts who engage our travellers with a fun yet informative approach to learning the vast saga of Greece.
By exploring the remains of some of Greece's most rewarding sites such as the Temple of Apollo in Corinth, the Temple of Zeus in Olympia, or the sanctuary at Delphi, it is not hard to imagine the extensive power and prestige that Greece once held. Clues to their strength is also apparent with visits to Sparta, where the most formidable army in Greece once lived, or at the fortresses of Mystra which became a sanctuary of refugees who flourished within the impregnable walls during the middle ages as war and invasions surrounded this city.
It was during the turmoil of the middle ages that Greece had a resurgence of culture, with the creation of churches of Meteora. Built on sandstone pillars of rock, these complexes which were built in the 11th century contain some of Greece's most important Eastern Orthodox monasteries.
As with any Adventures Abroad small group tour, our Greece guided tours try to highlight the character of the country with trips to local restaurants at mealtimes and venture to places not usually found on the beaten path. Get your fill of delicious Greek food, such as moussaka, dolmas, and souvlaki while dining in locally owned tavernas, hosted and frequented by kind people keen to discuss their country in an informal manner over dinner. Cheers your neighbour with a warm opa to celebrate a journey with a newfound group of friends who are lifelong learners and equally as keen to explore the world as you are.
Enjoy a relaxed pace that allows ample time of exploration with a balance of downtime to reflect on a magnificent days journey. Classical Greece guided tours are dedicated to showing the historical side and soul of Greece, with a focus on having fun in this ancient land. Take in a comprehensive look at the mainland of Greece with a fascinating and in depth tour off all the legends, folklore, and monuments that have made this country famous for several millennia.
Mary Ellen L. (Ruskin, FL, US)
This was a very positive experience! I learned so much about a country I knew very little about, while having the scheduling of hotels, meals, transportation, and guides taken care of by very competent people! It was professionally done, but with a friendliness I appreciated, I think our tour leader set the tone by her friendliness and positive attitude! Every sightseeing experience was so informative; it is hard to focus on just one most enjoyed; personally I loved Corinth. I liked the monastery visits, too. We were very fortunate as we arrived, for the most part, at sites before the crowds gathered. The local guides were terrific: personable, friendly, informative! Their English was impeccable, too! They were also enthusiastic, and one falls in love with sights presented by such positive guides!
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Hotel Divani Palace Acropolis
Divani Palace Acropolis enjoys a priceless location right by the world-famous Acropolis, the perfect place to savour Athens fascinating history. ... beautiful hotel offers elegant rooms and suites, an outdoor pool with bar, and delicious dining including our summer Roof Garden restaurant with enchanting views of the ancient heritage. Top-notch meeting rooms and romantic banquet rooms make our hotel ideal for business meetings or a truly memorable event.
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Centrally located right in the heart of Delphi, the Hotel Parnassos is conveniently situated for visiting the famous archaeological site ... museum (300 meters away). All rooms feature air-conditioning, central heating, private bathroom, TV, hairdryer, telephone.
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Set on the outskirts of town, this refined hotel is 1 km from the Meteora. Traditional rooms with antique wood ... feature satellite TV, minifridges, free Wi-Fi, and balconies offering mountain and Meteora views.
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Breakfast and dinner (mostly local restaurants) daily. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable) air taxes, and excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered in spring, summer, and fall, the most popular being spring and fall when temperatures are milder, crowds thinner, and airfares lower. Spring is popular for green landscapes and wildflowers. The region has a Mediterranean climate with early springs, long hot and dry summers, and autumns that are bright and warm into mid-October. Showers are possible in spring, rare in summer, and possible in late fall.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Road transport throughout by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Greek roads are very good and distances are not great, though we do have some full, though scenic, travelling days.
This trip is typical of most of our European tours, which are ambitious and involve full days of travel and sightseeing. While we don't have any actual strenuous activity (ie hiking) built into the program, you will do a lot of walking on this trip. These walks will mostly be in the form of walking tours of towns and cities and short walks to dinner. Being Europe, and a hilly/mountainous area, cobbles, uneven surfaces, and slopes/stairs are common. If you are accustomed to typical "bus tours," which rely heavily on vehicular transport for all sightseeing activities, you should be aware that this tour is considerably more active.
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range hotels (3-star) throughout. All hotels have en suite bath, though most have shower only. Porter service is usually available on the mainland (see 'Inclusions'). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, driver (s), local step-on local guides in various locales.
10-18 (plus Tour Leader)
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