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Greece: Ancient Ruins & Iconic Islands

12 days, Athens to Athens

Step back in time on a journey to Greece, where iconic ruins bring ancient history to life. Explore the awe-inspiring monuments of Athens and the stunning Cyclades islands; and run and jump in the footsteps of ancient Greek athletes at the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Then venture to the olive-covered hills and rugged coasts of the Peloponnese, where some of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey played out; and savour the delightfully fresh flavours of Greek cuisine.

12 days - Athens to Athens

From$2899USD
Valid on May 16 2021
Trip Code: EGANG

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Step back in time on a journey to Greece, where iconic ruins bring ancient history to life. Explore the awe-inspiring monuments of Athens and the stunning Cyclades islands; and run and jump in the footsteps of ancient Greek athletes at the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Then venture to the olive-covered hills and rugged coasts of the Peloponnese, where some of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey played out; and savour the delightfully fresh flavours of Greek cuisine.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 3 - Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

12 days - Athens to Athens

From$2899USD
Valid on May 16 2021
Trip Code: EGANG

Need a flight? We can help.

Search for the perfect flight at time of booking.

Round-trip to Athens from

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Map of the route for Greece: Ancient Ruins & Iconic Islands

Places visited

Itinerary

Day 1Athens

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Athens

Considered the cradle of Western civilization, Athens is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Explore the iconic Acropolis with an archaeologist guide and wander among the columns of the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena. Continue to the ancient Agora—where Athenians gathered to discuss the affairs of the day—and listen to our guide bring these timeless ruins to life. Afterwards, be enriched and refreshed with drinks and a tour of local non-profit cafe, Shedia Home.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Ancient Athens Tour with an Archaeologist| Your G for Good Moment Tour of Shedia Home and a Beverage

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Athens/Delphi

Take free time to explore Athens on your own, or choose to visit the National Garden. Afterward, journey to Delphi, home to the Temple of Apollo—seat of the fabled oracle of Delphi and considered the center of the world by the ancients.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4Delphi/Olympia

Explore mystical Delphi on a guided tour, then continue discovering the ruins on your own and visit the Archaeological Museum of Delphi to admire the many artifacts discovered at the site. Travel along the breathtaking Gulf of Corinth, crossing into the Peloponnese via the Rio-Antirrio bridge, an impressively long multi-span cable-stay bridge. Wind your way to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, and channel your inner champion as you discover this remarkable site, where ancient Greek athletes would gather every four years to compete in a series of sporting events honoring Zeus.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5Olympia/Náfplio

Browse the Olympia Museum this morning, then travel to Náfplio, a charming port town and the first capital of modern Greece. In Náfplio, lose yourself in the winding lanes of the old town, and take in glimpses of the sapphire-hued Aegean Sea from the hilltops.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Náfplio

Embark on an excursion to the Bronze Age city of Mycenae, where the legendary king Agamemnon ruled. Take a guided tour of the ruins, enclosed within Cyclopean walls, and enter the citadel through the famed Lion Gate—one of Europe’s oldest monumental sculptures. Return to Náfplio and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Opt to climb up to the Akronafplia fortress, or hit the beach.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7Athens/Náxos

Drive back to Athens, stopping en route at the ancient site of Epidaurus and the ruins of Corinth, where the Christian apostle Paul is said to have visited in the first century A.D. From Athens, board a ferry to the Cyclades islands. Relax on board, enjoying sparkling views of the sea, and disembark at Náxos, the largest island in the archipelago.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Náxos

The Cyclades are known around the word for their dazzling white villages and golden beaches. On Naxos, while away your time exploring the storybook old town; opt to walk to the emblematic Temple of Apollo, overlooking the sea; or stretch out on a sandy beach.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9Santorini

Catch a ferry to postcard-perfect Santorini. Get to know this much-photographed isle at your own pace, discovering candy-colored doorways and sugar-cube buildings; and take in a spectacular sunset from the village of Oía. Savor the taste of local produce—marked by the island’s volcanic soil—or unwind at the beach.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Santorini

This morning, sail Santorini’s breathtaking sunken caldera, and learn about the volcanic origins of the surrounding crescent-shaped ring of islands. Later, enjoy free time to explore Santorini.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11Santorini/Athens

Fly back to Athens for an adventure in Greek cookery. Go shopping with a local expert at a market and pick out fresh ingredients; then head to a teaching kitchen and learn how to craft mezze, a platter of appetizers commonly served in southeast Europe and the Middle East. Wash down these tasty snacks with a glass of ouzo, an anise-flavored liqueur, and cheer our journey with your best “opa!”

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Athens Market-to-Meal Experience

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 12Athens

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Ancient Athens Tour with an Archaeologist, Athens
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Athens Market-to-Meal Experience, Athens
  • Your G for Good Moment: Tour of Shedia Home and a Beverage, Athens
  • Guided visit of Acropolis and Parthenon
  • Guided tour of Ancient Delphi
  • Delphi Archaeological Museum visit
  • Olympia Archaeological Site and Museum visit
  • Guided tour of Mycenae
  • Epidaurus and Ancient Corinth Ruins visit
  • Santorini Sailing Excursion
  • Orientation walks in Athens, Delphi and Náxos
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (11 nts).

Meals

11 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Allow USD560-730 for meals not included.

Transportation

Ferry, private vehicle, plane, walking.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Athens Sunset Bike Tour - From $43.00

Witness the light of the setting sun transform the ancient city of Athens into a sight to behold - and all from your bicycle seat. Take in the golden hour during a scenic bike tour as you roll past Athens' most noteworthy sites. You will see the Panathenaic Stadium, the National Gardens, and the Acropolis Museum to name a few. Prepare for both up close and personal glimpses into life in Athens as well as breathtaking panoramic views of the city during your bike tour.

My Own Room - From $749.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure - with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour - for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

Greece: Ancient Ruins & Iconic Islands

| 12 days - Athens to Athens - from $2899 USD
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