13 Day Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization

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Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization
Mediterranean Palace Thessaloniki
Divani Meteora Hotel Kalambaka
Divani Corfu Palace Corfu
Hotel Nafpaktos Nafpaktos
Nafs Hotel Nafpaktos
Europa Hotel Olympia
Amphitryon Hotel Nauplion
Electra Metropolis Athens

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2017 Dates & Prices
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Apr 14  (Sold Out) $2749 $3629*
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*Not Included:
Prices do not include include gratuities for guides/tour managers.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.


Accommodation Details:
Aug 25 departure will be accommodated at Hotel Nafpaktos in Nafpaktos.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • International flights New York-Thessaloniki, Athens-New York
  • Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Thessaloniki
    • 1 night Kalambaka
    • 3 nights Corfu
    • 1 night Nafpaktos
    • 1 night Olympia
    • 1 night Nauplion
    • 2 nights Athens
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 26 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners (including a welcome & home hosted farewell dinners)
  • Bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • Ferry service between Igoumenitsa-Corfu, Corfu-Igoumenitsa
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Visit Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great and center of the ancient Macedonian dynasty.
  • In Thessaloniki, view the iconic 15th century White Tower, once used as a fort and prison.
  • View the Royal Tomb of King Phillip and the priceless jewels and treasures in Vergina.
  • Tour Meteora’s mystical monasteries perched in mid-air, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Ferry to dazzling Corfu, with its dramatic coastlines, olive groves and miles of wild flowers.
  • Walk through luxurious Achilleion Palace built for Princess Sisi, the Empress of Austria.
  • Visit the Gardens and Palace of Mon Repos located amidst the ruins of ancient Corfu.
  • Tour the Achaia Clauss Winery and its vineyards in the wine region of the Peloponnese.
  • Enjoy a Greek cooking demonstration led by a chef who shares his culinary secrets.
  • Visit the archaeological sites of Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics.
  • Visit the picturesque town of Nauplion, the first capital of modern Greece.
  • In Mycenae, heartland of Greek mythology, visit the remarkable Tomb of Agamemnon.
  • Enjoy a fun filled night in Athens' Plaka area with great food and great company!
  • Explore Athens - a living museum! Stand before the gleaming Acropolis and magnificent Parthenon.
  • An exclusive invitation to join a Greek family in their home for a Farewell Home Hosted Dinner


DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Greece
Depart for Thessaloniki, Greece

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Thessaloniki
Welcome to glorious Greece! Arrive in the energetic city of Thessaloniki; transfer to the hotel. Time to rest and relax before tonight’s briefing by your Tour Manager on the wonderful journey in Greece that awaits you. Celebrate your arrival at a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Thessaloniki
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Ancient Pella, Edessa Waterfalls*
Begin your day with a visit to Pella, center of Alexander the Great's kingdom that became famous when King Archelaos made it the capital. View the site's excavations revealing the grandeur of the ancient Macedonian dynasty. At the Archaeological Museum, you’ll marvel at the phenomenal mosaics portraying mythological scenes that once adorned the city's grand mansions. Then, continue to the picturesque town of Edessa, full of little streams and parks and best known for its great waterfalls. Enjoy lunch before returning to Thessaloniki. Leisure time for personal discoveries. Perhaps explore the renowned Archaeological Museum with its impressive Ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine treasures. Tonight, dinner together at a popular restaurant in the historic Ladadika district. This landmark area is known for its spirited nightlife and eclectic mix of tavernas, restaurants and cafes
Overnight: Thessaloniki
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Thessaloniki Highlights, Ancient Vergina, Travel to Kalambaka*
Your tour of Thessaloniki starts at the Arch of Galerius (Kamara), one of the most distinctive Roman structures in the city, built as a triumphal monument by the Emperor. On to the iconic 15th century White Tower, once used as a fort, garrison and prison. Because of its fame as a notorious prison it was also known as the "Tower of Blood." At the Basilica of St. Demetrios, devoted to the patron saint of the city, you see a superb example of Byzantine religious architecture. Afterwards, a closer look at the city's Byzantine walls and panoramic views of Thessaloniki and the Gulf of Thermaikos before departing to the archaeological Site of Vergina in Central Macedonia. Considered one the most extraordinary finds of the 20th century, Vergina was the first capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia. Visit the Royal Tomb of King Phillip (father of Alexander the Great); view the famous "Vergina Treasures" including gold urns, jeweled wreaths, unique art, ivory and armor, protected by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Continue to the town of Kalambaka, nestled at the base of inspirational Meteora for dinner at your hotel and some lively Greek Music!
Overnight: Kalambaka
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Meteora’s Monasteries, Ferry to Corfu
An unforgettable day! Visit spectacular Meteora with its mystical ancient Byzantine Monasteries incredibly perched atop massive pinnacles of rock, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monasteries appear to be suspended in mid-air! These monasteries are indeed an extraordinary achievement and a powerful example of dedication, determination and courage. Admire exquisite specimens of 16th century frescoes and the amazing expanse of the Peneios Valley. After a leisurely lunch, ferry from Igoumenitsa to dazzling Corfu, the second largest Ionian island with its dramatic coastlines, cypress trees, olive groves and miles of wild flowers. On your approach by sea, you’ll be welcomed by the majesty of the famous Old Fortress. Dinner tonight at the hotel
Overnight: Corfu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Achilleion Palace, Corfu’s Old Town (Kerkyra)
Travel to the luxurious Achilleion Palace in the quaint village of Gastouri, originally built for the Empress of Austria in 1892, widely known as Princess Sisi. The palace, built as a reflection of her love for Greek mythology, was named Achilleion to honor the Greek hero Achilles; view the palace's frescoes, paintings and stunning neoclassical architecture. Later in the charming Old Town of Corfu (Kerkyra), a walking tour along the cobbled streets takes you past pastel-hued elegant Venetian mansions, French-style flowered squares, beautiful fortresses and palaces. Linger on your own in the pleasant town, or sit at one of the cafes of the historic Liston arcade to enjoy a refreshing ginger beer or cumquat liquer. Tonight, dinner together at your hotel
Overnight: Corfu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Mon Repos Palace, Kassiopi Village
Enjoy a morning walk through the gardens of Mon Repos and visit the beautiful Regency Style Palace of the area, now a museum with art collections and archaeological finds from the excavations of ancient Corfu. On your travels, see the all-green Pontikonisi islet in the middle of the sea, one of Corfu’s iconic symbols. Enjoy lunch in the quaint fishing village of Kassiopi in a local taverna by the harbor with a view of Albania across the bay. On your last night in the paradise of Corfu, discover the vibrant restaurants and cafes that line the lanes of the colorful Old City
Overnight: Corfu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Friday - Ferry to Igoumenitsa, Preveza and Nafpaktos
A morning return by ferry to Igoumenitsa. Then, continue on your route to Preveza, stopping for a refreshing lunch in this town built on the entrance of the Gulf of Amvrakikos. Charming, traditional buildings adorn the port and the historical center while the pedestrian walkways and cobblestone streets with shops and cafés remind you of the islands. In the late afternoon, arrive in the picturesque port town of Nafpaktos. Admire the panoramic views from the 15th century Venetian castle, or explore the scenic harbor with its many restaurants and cafés
Overnight: Nafpaktos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Saturday - Achaia Clauss Winery, Chef-led Cooking Demonstration
In this beautiful wine region of the northwest Peloponnese, visit the Achaia Clauss Winery, one of the largest wineries in Greece, founded in 1861. You'll be charmed by breathtaking views of the gorgeous vineyards, the rugged stone buildings as you sample a few of the local varietals. On to the village of Koutsochera for lunch, before heading to classical Olympia. Time to settle in before tonight’s cooking demonstration, led by a professional chef, who shares his secrets of how to prepare Greece’s fabulous Mediterranean cuisine – with tastings, of course!
Overnight: Olympia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Archaeological Sites of Olympia and Nauplion
Visit the sacred Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus and the ancient stadium where the Olympic Games were first held. At the Archaeological Museum view priceless Greek works of art such as the sculpted decoration of the Temple of Zeus, the famous Hermes of Praxiteles and the statue of Nike of Paionios. Next, to Nauplion, one of the most beautiful towns in the area of Argolis, that flourished during the Byzantine era. According to mythology, the town was founded by Náfplios, son of the god Poseidon. The walking tour of Nauplion is highlighted by ancient walls, medieval castles, Ottoman fountains and neoclassical buildings with unique architecture. Dinner tonight at a popular restaurant in the town of Nauplion
Overnight: Nauplion
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Boat to Bourtzi, Mythological Mycenae, Arrive in Athens, Evening at Plaka
A boat ride takes you across Nauplion Harbor to the island of Bourtzi with its towering Fortress Castle built by the Venetians in 1473 to protect the city from pirates and invaders from the sea. After a walk on the island, continue to Mycenae, heartland of Greek mythology. Visit the archaeological site known as the Treasury of Atreus and the Tomb of Agamemnon. This "golden" city of legendary King Atreus and Agamemnon is surely one of the most important archaeological sites of Greece. Arrive in Athens and dine with your traveling companions at a local restaurant in the heart of Plaka. This lively area in the oldest section of Athens is the center of the city's nightlife with scores of bars, tavernas, ouzeris and clubs
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday - Athens and the Acropolis
Today explore Athens - an astonishing living museum! A panoramic drive takes you past the grand 4th century Panathenian Stadium built as a venue for athletic contests, the ruins of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch commemorating the Roman Emperor. Stand before the gleaming white marble Acropolis, the ancient architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens, crowned by the magnificent Parthenon that rises above the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On to the imposing modernist Acropolis Museum that brings together the surviving treasures of the Acropolis, showcasing layers of history by floating above the ruins with the Acropolis visible above. The rest of the day is yours. Be sure to walk to Constitution Square, to catch a glimpse of the colorfully-costumed Evzone guards, outfitted in traditional Greek style. On the last night of your journey in Greece, an exclusive invitation to join a Greek family in their home for a Farewell Home Hosted Dinner. Kaló taxídi!
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Wednesday - Depart Greece
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*April 14 Departure: Sightseeing on Days 3 & 4 of this departure may be rearranged due to the observance of Greek Easter.


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Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, October 2016
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Our trip to Greece was wonderful! Militsa, our tour guide, and Christos, our driver were both helpful, engaging and very knowledgeable--Militsa's commentary on the sites we visited was just what we wanted--historical perspective peppered with her enthusiasm for her country and its beauty. I would recommend this tour to all who want to learn about Greece--past and present!

Bettina S. Atascadero, CA
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, June 2016
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We had such a wonderful time time on our small group tour to Greece. As it turned out there only 11 on the tour plus our bus driver George and guide Eugenia. Being so small, we were able to be flexible. Everyone got along wonderfully. The weather was beautiful, the sea too and oh my the food was out of this world. Every place/stop we went was so interesting. Eugenia was very knowledgeable and passionate about her country. I believe two of favorite things about the tour was eating in the homes of Greeks and their families, actually living the Greek culture. Such for for everyone. Eugenia & George were such a great team, they worked very well together & got along so well. Both were very polite, accommodating, and personable. George at every stop was there to help everyone off & on the bus. Something I noticed at sites that other tour drivers didn't do. George too was very friendly and fun to be around. His driving was impeccable and driving that huge coach in Greece was no easy task. We felt very safe. Eugenia, I don't know where to start on how wonderful she was. Wealth of knowledge, always smiling, very friendly, willing to lend a helping hand, and very professional. She was just plain fantastic. A truly lovely gal. In closing, I will again sing Eugenia & George's praises. Hoping someday, our paths will cross again.

Kim W. Houston, TX
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, April 2016
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Our trip was very good! Our tour guide (Demetra) was excellent and we learned so much about Greek history and past and present Greek culture. I certainly recommend this trip to others.

Douglas B. Danville, PA