Greece Tour With The Peloponnese & Santorini
Duration: 15 Days Countries Visited: 1 Activity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural
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$500 USD
Countries Visited: 1

Activity Level: 2

These are particularly busy tours that feature a lot of moving around, sometimes by train and short journeys on local transport. Walking tours of towns and cities are leisurely but you should be prepared to be on your feet for several hours. Some of our cultural trips that occur at high altitude and/or require greater independence with baggage handling (at hotels, airports, train stations) also fall into this category.
Tour Style: Cultural

These three- and four-star hotel-based, "soft adventure" trips concentrate on the culture, history, and natural attributes of our destination. Though there are no strenuous activities built into these tours, you need to be prepared for some full days with some early starts, plenty of walking on uneven surfaces through villages, cities and archaeological sites, and not a lot of "down time." Independence, reasonable fitness, and an ability to be steady on one's feet are critical in order for you to get the most out of these programs.

Greece Tour With The Peloponnese & Santorini

15 Days

Timeless Athens, Dramatic Delphi, Gems of the Peloponnese Peninsula, Spectacular Santorini

Escape the beaten path Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.
All-inclusive comfort Get more value with all-inclusive trips featuring top-rated restaurants and hotels.
Expert local guides Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides
Small Group Size Typically featuring a modest group of a dozen like-minded travelers, we have a maximum threshold of 16-18 in order to ensure that extra personal attention.
Tour Overview
Tour Overview

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Countries Visited: 1 Activity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural

This tour has been initiated by Peter Prontzos, who has led about 10 tours to Greece with Vancouver's Langara College, a long-time partner in providing fun and educational travel experiences around the world. Langara ended its travel programs when Covid hit, and now Adventures Abroad is pleased to open this trip up to all-comers, far and wide. While learning is always an important element in all of our tours, the approach here is informal with no pre-scheduled lectures -- and no tests! Rather this is an immersive, experiential, visually stunning, and fun exploration of some of Greece's most iconic sites on the Peloponnese Peninsula, Athens, and the island of Santorini. (It also includes a stay in Peter's beautiful village, Kyparissi, on the Aegean Sea!)

Note: Some itinerary modifications may be required and the order of our visits and nights will be altered as a result. The content of the tour, however, will remain the same. Once finalized a new itinerary will be available.



Dates & Prices
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 below Prices & Dates table. For general information on flights to/from the tour, click here.

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As this is a customized one-time offering (as per the tour overview above), some of the inclusions/exclusions listed under "Trip Info" will vary from our usual policies pertaining to meals & tipping.

Optional Single Supplement: $550 USD (number of singles limited).

$500 USD DEPOSIT REQUIRED per person
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Full Itinerary
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Day 1 Arrival in Athens
Today we arrive in Athens, the capital of Greece and the historical capital of Europe. The city has a long history dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age; in the 5th Century BC, the city’s values and civilization acquired a universal significance. In 1834, it became the capital of the modern Greek state and an attractive modern metropolis with unrivalled charm.

Overnight in Athens.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Athens Sightseeing
Today we enjoy a guided tour of Athens, the heart and soul of Greece.* A large part of the town's historic centre has been converted into a 3-kilometre pedestrian zone (the largest in Europe), leading to the major archaeological sites, reconstructing -- to a large degree -- the ancient landscape, thus allowing us to avoid the city's notorious traffic.

We start at the Acropolis (with hopes to beat the heat/crowds), near the site of the Dionysos Theatre. Constructed in the 6th century BC, it is one of the world's oldest theatres and the place where the great works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes were first performed. We will also see a more recent theatre, the Odeon of Herod Atticus from the second century AD, which is still used for concerts and performances.

Ascending to the top of the Acropolis, we will see magnificent buildings dating from the 5th century BC, the Golden Age of Athens. On the highest point on the Acropolis is the Parthenon, often considered the finest monument to Greek civilization. The temple was dedicated to Athena "Parthenos," the virgin and patron goddess of the city.

After our Acropolis tour, we'll descend and enter the Ancient Agora located adjacent to the Plaka, the old town of Athens. Among the numerous sights in this archaeological park are the well-preserved Temple of Hephaistos and the landmark Roman era Tower of the Winds.

Our guided tour ends at the Acropolis Museum, located at the foot of the Acropolis. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece; nearly 4,000 objects are exhibited over an area of 14,000 square metres. From here you are free to wander and explore on your own or make your way back to the hotel with your Tour Leader's assistance.

* The exact order of our sightseeing in Athens may be altered by your Tour Leader depending on several variables and their judgement on how best to run today's tour.

Overnight in Athens.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3 Athens: Archaealogical Museum - Nafplio & the Palamidi
This morning, still in Athens, we'll visit the National Archaealogical Museum before departing by road for Delphi. This museum is an unrivalled treasure house of Cycladic, Minoan, Mycenaean and classical Greek art. One of the most interesting sections is the Mycenaean hall with all of Schliemann's gold finds from Mycenae. The museum contains the world's finest collection of antiquities and treasures from all over the ancient Greek world, spanning some 7,000 years.

Our journey continues to Nafplio, the capital of the Argolid prefecture and the former capital of the Greek state (from 1828 to 1834, before this role passed to Athens). Nafplio is one of the loveliest towns in all Greece; the old city with its neoclassic houses, picturesque streets, wooden balconies with cascading flowers, Turkish fountains, Constitution (Syntagma) Square with its fascinating mosques and outdoor café tables, are all very charming.

Upon arrival in Nafplio we'll visit the immense 17th century Venetian fortress (the Palamidi) that sits atop the mountain dominating the city. It was first fortified by the Venetians during the second Venetian occupation of the area (1686-1715). It is a typical baroque fortress, based on the plans of the engineers Giaxich and Lasalle. In 1715 it was captured by the Turks and remained under their control until 1822 when it was liberated by the Greeks.

Overnight in Nafplio.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4 Naflplio: Mycenae & Epidaurus
Today's excursion takes us to Mycenae, a citadel occupying the triangular summit of a low hill between two gorges. The Mycenaeans excelled in this style of building using large, un-worked stones. These massive fortifications were begun in the 14th century, followed by fortifications at Tiryns and Dendra, Argos and Athens, as well as a host of subsidiary forts and eventually, a huge wall across the Corinthian isthmus. The famous Lion Gate, and similar constructions at Gla and Tiryns, were built around 1,250 B.C.

Later we travel to Epidaurus, a sanctuary of Asklepios, the God of Medicine. The sanctuaries of Asklepios, the healer god, were as much sanatoria, health farms or spas, as places of worship. This was the most prestigious centre of the cult in the Classical period and received a galaxy of splendid buildings spanning the whole of the 4th century BC. We'll tour the site, including, of course, the famous theatre constructed in the late 4th century BC. It is considered to be the most perfect ancient Greek theatre with regard to acoustics and aesthetics; indeed performances in this spectacular setting continue to this day.

Return to Nafplio for overnight.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5 Nafplio - Kyparissi
Today we travel by bus to the traditional village of Kyparissi.

Kyparissi is a beautiful village of about 400 people, which lies on the east coast of the Peloponnese. The Parnonas Mountains tower above it on three sides and sandy beaches face the clear blue sea. Founded during the Bronze Age about 3,500 years ago Kyparissi ("Cypress tree") has few tourists, but does have fine restaurants, several tavernas, lots of sun, and places to hike and swim and explore. It's a great place to unwind and experience the real Greece.

Overnight in Kyparissi.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6 Kyparissi: Day at Leisure
Free day for easy hikes and walks, suntanning, swimming, exploring...

Overnight in Kyparissi.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7 Kyparissi & Monemvasia
Today we head southward toward Cape Maleas, an isolated peninsula located off the east coast of the Peloponnese. This home to a stunningly set town often called the Gibraltar of the East: Monemvasia. Accessible only by a long causeway, the town is an enormous and ancient fortress.

We will have time to stroll through this wonderfully-located ancient town, which reflects influences of the Byzantine, Frankish, and Ottoman presence. Famous for Malvasia wines -- Malvasia being the Italian pronunciation of the town's name -- and olive oil, Monemvasia also has some excellent museums and churches. We will have a half-day walking tour of Monemvasia and some free time here in the afternoon.

Overnight in Kyparissi.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8 Kyparissi - Diros Caves - Pylos
Today we travel by bus to Pylos; en route we make a stop at the Diros Caves, which form part of an underground river. About 5000 meters have been exposed and are accessible by small boats and through narrow passageways. One is surrounded by formations of stalagmites and stalactites. Archaeological research has shown that the caves served as places of worship in Paleolithic and Neolithic times and their inhabitants believed that the caves were the entrance to the underworld.

We continue to Pylos, historically also known under its Italian name, Navarino.

Overnight in Pylos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9 Pylos: Palace of Nestor & Boat Ride
Pylos is the main harbour on the Bay of Navarino and has a long history, having been inhabited since Neolithic times. It was a significant kingdom in Mycenaean Greece. Nearby are the remains of the so-called "Palace of Nestor" excavated nearby, named after the king of Pylos in Homer's Iliad.

We'll visit the palace and museum and then enjoy an afternoon boat ride on Navarino Bay.

Overnight in Pylos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Pylos - Olympia - Train to Kalavryta
Today our journey continues by road to the ancient site of Olympia, home of the original Olympic Games. We will spend some time visiting the extensive ruins, with its monument Temple of the Olympian Zeus, included in the enumeration of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the museum that outlines the history of these games that first started here in the 776 BC.

Later today we travel via the Diakofto-Kalavryta Railway, a historic 750 mm (2 ft 5 1/2 in) gauge rack railway.

Overnight in Kalavryta.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 11 Kalavryta Touring - Train to Delphi
In Kalavryta we visit the church of Agia Lavra, built in 961 AD on Chelmos Mountain at an altitude of 961 meters. It was built in the 10th century but was burnt to the ground in 1585 by the Turks. It was rebuilt in 1600 while the frescoes by Anthimos were completed in 1645. It was burnt again in 1715 and in 1826 by the armies of Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt. In 1850 after the rebirth of modern Greece, the building was completely rebuilt. It is famously linked with the Greek War of Independence, since it was here that the call for Eleftheria I Thanatos was first heard ("Freedom or Death") on 25 March 1821, launching the revolution against the Ottoman Empire.

We also visit a memorial to the Massacre of Kalavryta, or the Holocaust of Kalavryta, which refers to the extermination of the male population and the total destruction of the town of Kalavryta by Nazi occupying forces during World War II on 13 December 1943. It is the most serious case of war crimes committed during the Axis occupation of Greece during World War II.

We continue by train to Delphi, one of most impressive archaeological sites in Greece.

Overnight in Delphi.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 12 Delphi Touring
This morning we visit the site of Delphi, a place full of energy and the place where heaven and earth met. Here lies the Sanctuary of Apollo, where Oracle Pythia was talking to the God, asking for his wisdom on behalf of the numerous visitors seeking celestial help. The Temple of Apollo, the Temple of Athena Pronaia, the Castalian Spring, the Gymnasium and the Ancient Theatre may be seen on our visit.

A visit to the Archeological Museum of Delphi gives us the chance to see up close the famous bronze Charioteer of Delphi, Eniochos, the actual stone marking the Centre of the Ancient World and a vast array of statues and artifacts.

Overnight in Delphi.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 13 Delphi - Athens - Fly to Santorini: Akrotiri
This morning we travel to the domestic airport of Athens in time to connect to our flight to the island of Santorini.

Visually, Santorini is the most spectacular of the Cycladic islands. With its brilliant flooded caldera, high cliffs and charming villages, it is the Greek Isle of everyone's dreams. The BBC named Santorini the most beautiful island in the world!

On arrival we begin with a visit to Akrotiri, where excavations have revealed a complete prehistoric Minoan city with squares, streets and two-storey houses which contained marvellous frescoes. The buildings date to the late 16th century BC. No skeletons or treasures have been found in Akrotiri, so historians think that the inhabitants were forewarned of the eruption and were able to escape. The excavations have yielded evidence that has revolutionized our knowledge of the Late Bronze Age.

After our tour we check-in to our hotel.

Overnight on Santorini.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 14 Santorini: Island Touring
This morning we visit the Archaealogical Museum in Fira before travelling to the charming cliff-side village of Oia. But first we'll enjoy a relaxing sightseeing boat cruise in the caldera. The views from sea level are stunning; wind-permitting, our vessel may stop at the island in the centre of the caldera where you can take a short hike in this stupendous volcanic setting.

We return to land and travel by road to Oia. Every turn is yet another photograph, and one can explore the many narrow walkways and enjoy the views over town and sea. There are also plenty of places where one can enjoy a snack, a drink perhaps, with incredible vistas.

After our farewell dinner we return to our hotel.

Overnight on Santorini.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 15 Santorini - Fly to Athens - Depart
Today we fly back to Athens and connect with homeward flights.

PLEASE NOTE: In the event that flight schedules require an extra night in Athens (ie at an airport area hotel), we can quote/book these extra services as needed.


Included Meal(s): Breakfast



Trip Info
Trip Info

Hotel breakfast daily & two dinners (which varies from our general inclusions pertaining included meals as described elsewhere on this website).

Full-time tour leadership and local step-on guides at several locations.

All transport (including internal flights), accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary.

Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving/late departing land & air customers who book their air AND extra hotel nights through us.

International airfare to/from the tour.

Lunches and most dinners (as per tour itinerary), personal items (drinks, laundry, etc), and excursions referenced as 'optional'.

Airport transfers for Land Only customers.

Tips/gratuities for your Tour Leader, local guides, porters drivers etc are not included.

Travel insurance.

Seasonality and Weather
Our spring date is set to avoid the busier and expensive high summer high season (July/August) during which sites can be overcrowded. Our timing also avoids the extreme summer heat often associated with this time. As Greece does not experience the extreme humidity of the tropics, this is not a concern at any time.

May is a gorgeous time in terms of the landscape, which after winter rains is lush and green and festooned with wildflowers. The sea is swim-able but still a bit chilly, and showers, though unlikely, are still possible. Another nice thing about springtime in Greece is the local people are well-rested after a long winter and especially delighted to see us!

Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport (city & island tours, port transfers) by private air-conditioned coaches, minibuses and vans, depending on group size (see 'group size'). Locally we may make short hops using multiple local taxis.

Porter service is rarely available; you MUST be independent with your luggage.

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, mostly be in the form of walking tours of towns and cities. Being Europe, and a hilly/mountainous area, cobblestones, uneven surfaces, and slopes/stairs are common.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

Our accommodation choices reflect the charm and spectacular views of for which Greece is known. Large chain hotels are rare outside of Athens, so most hotels are smaller, often family-run establishments. Our mid-range rated (international 3-star standard) island properties feature private bath, air-conditioning, wifi, and in-house breakfast.

Staff and Support
Full-time Tour Host, Peter Prontzos of Langara College; local step-on local guides in various locations.

Peter Prontzos’ passion for Greece started very early on in life; he started studying Greece when his parents sent him to Greek school as a child. The first time he visited Greece for educational purposes was when he co-taught a Classical Studies class. It was a great opportunity to give his students an in-depth introduction to the land of his ancestors: the history, culture, politics, and philosophy. His enthusiasm for Greece and travelling have led him to his current role.

"Travelling with a group allows you to share experiences with like minded people, while providing more opportunities for activities and to visit wonderful places efficiently and affordably."

Peter’s guided tour will reveal Greek life in addition to the historic sites. His personal connection to Greece, especially to the village of Kyparissi, offers access a casual traveller wouldn’t have.

Group Size
Maximum 15 plus Tour Escort



Map & Hotels
Map & Hotels

Regions visited: Western Europe
Countries visited: Greece

*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
5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation
Location: Athens
Country: 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.

Divani Palace
... offers a variety of rooms & suites that satisfy each guest and embraces how heritage and modernity blend in perfect harmony.
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Hotel Parnassos
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Delphi
Country: Greece
The hotel is found at a unique location in the heart of Delphi and is an ideal place to stay year-round. It is only 300m (984ft.) from the Museum of Delphi and ... archaeological ruins, the bus station of Delphi and the taxi station.

The hotel's rooms and suites are spacious and feature free Wi-Fi throughout the premises. All units are elegantly furnished. At Parnassos Delphi Hotel's well-known restaurant, "Epikouros", you can enjoy a variety of exquisite Greek and Mediterranean dishes.
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Santorini Palace Hotel
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Santorini
Country: Greece
The absolute destination for families, groups of friends, honeymooners or anyone who desires a highly standard accommodation in a traditionally built hotel that offers everything the world-famous island of Santorini is promising ... />
The hotel is located in Firostefani village just 10 minutes walk from the capital of Santorini, the village of Fira. Santorini Palace combines the Cycladic surroundings with the breathtaking views of the east side of the island.

Nearby Attractions are The Dominican Convent, The Catholic Cathedral, The Greek Orthodox Cathedral, The cable car and the old port, The Archeological Museum, the Prehistoric Museum, shops, restaurants and nightclubs.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
01. What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?
Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 60-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.
02. Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?
Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.
03. How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?
The easiest way to make a reservation is to contact us by telephone. You can also book online through our website. A non-refundable deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s). Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time. Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.
04. What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?
Please review our cancellation policy page for details.
05. I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?
All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location. This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement. The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible. On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available. Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.
06. Do you have a shared accommodation program?
Yes! If you are single traveller and are willing to share, we will do our best to pair you with a same-gender roommate. On most of our tours, if we fail to pair you, we will absorb the single supplement fee and you will default to a single room at no extra charge. At some destinations, however, where single rooms are not significantly discounted, or not at all, we may apply a "mandatory" single in the event that we cannot find you a share partner. This is usually 50% of the usual supplement, but can be as much as 100%. If applicable, this proviso will be noted on each tour page on this website, on your invoice, and in our tour date/price book (available for download under "Resources").


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