A Week in Ancient Greece Odyssey

History comes alive on this mainland experience

The magnificence of the Acropolis is apparent on photographs, but it’s breathtaking in person. Watching the Olympic Games on television is a ritual, but walking on the ground where they began is surreal. Ancienct leaders visited Delphi for guidance before strategizing, and today the navel of the ancient world welcomes us into its mystical realm. While these are only a few of the highlights, this extraordinary itinerary helps travelers experience history through the ages on Greece’s mainland.

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Small group escorted Greece tours with planned excursions and plenty of flexibility for your wants.

Begin ATHENS, experience Delphi, Ancient Olympia, Nafplio, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Corinth & Athenian Riviera

Description

Arrive Athens and step back in time as you settle into hotel set in the paved alleys of the old Plaka, with a view of the Acropolis at your fingertips  Surrounded by ancient monuments and stately neoclassical buildings, feel the energy of over 3,500 years of civilizations. Then set off on a coach tour of the diverse mainland historical sights. Experience Delphi, Ancient Olympia, Mycenae ‘Rich in Gold’, the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon, the first capital city of modern Greece, Nafplion, and the ancient theatre with phenomenal acoustics in Ancient Epidaurus. Finish the week with a visit to Ancient Corinth and cross the Corinth Canal to a scenic drive on the Athenian Riviera.

Flexible Payment Schedule

  • Booking deposit of $500 refundable until 45 days prior to 2021 and 2022 tour commencement date
  • Balance of tour price due 30 days prior to first day of tour.
  • Due to small size of group, there is very limited space. Other than Special Solo Traveler Itinerary, single occupancy accommodations supplement begins from $400.00, dependent on dates. Please email us with date option  at info@insiderstours.com
  • Pricing quoted below is per person, double occupancy. Single supplement is $600 additional.
  • Price may increase closer to tour and are depending upon international currency fluctuations.

Dates & Pricing

  • June 10th to 17th 2022 $2820 pp
  • September 17th to 24th 2022  $2795 pp
  • Pricing indicates per person double occupancy. Single supplement applies. Please call for information 1-800-395-943
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What's Included

The cost of the tour includes:

Only the first 8 people are guaranteed a space.
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If your booking is being made with an Insiders Tours Credit Voucher, please be aware that the booking deposit is not refundable. The remaining terms on the cancellation policy will apply as they do on the new booking options.
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Daily Itinerary

Bon voyage! You will be departing the United States on an overnight flight to Athens. 

In order to maximize flexibility, the cost of the tour does not include flights. You will purchase your flight separately.

  • Arrive in Athens, Greece
  • Checkin to Hotel (we will arrange for transfer upon request)
  • Rest up quick…meet with Insiders Tours Leader at 6:00 PM
  • Foothills of the Acropolis Walking Tour
  • Hosted welcome dinner.
  • Sleep in Athens
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • City Tour of Extraordinary Athens 
  • Acropolis and Acropolis Museum, stroll through the ancient agora and view Aeropagos Hill.
  • Evening at your leisure
  • Sleep in Athens
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Board coach for Delphi.
  • Drive through the picturesque towns of Central Greece and stop for a midday break in the mountain town of Arachova.
  • Arrive at the Unesco Word Heritage Site of Delphi, famous for the ancient sanctuary that grew rich as the seat of Pythia, the oracle who was consulted about important decisions throughout the ancient classical world.
  • Dine with a view of the impressive mountain slopes at a traditional taverna or in the quaint town only minutes from sight.
  • Sleep in Delphi.
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Another breath-stealing morning and breakfast with a view.
  • Board private coach and enjoy the spectacular scenery on the way through the busy seaport of Patras, via the Rio–Antirrio Bridge. Officially the Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge, it is one of the world’s longest multi-span cable-stayed bridges and longest of the fully suspended type.
  • The bus will stop at a seaside town for break at lunchtime.
  • Then, spend the afternoon in OLYMPIA, where athletes of antiquity competed in honor of the king of deities. Learn about the history of those original Olympic Games as you walk among the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. Also visit the MUSEUM that displays Praxiteles’ magnificent statue of Hermes.
  • Evening at leisure, perhaps a relaxing service at the hotel spa after a sports-infused afternoon.
  • Sleep in Olympia.
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • As if traveling to medieval times, we enter the island fortress of Monemvasia,  one of the oldest continuously inhabited castle towns in Europe. Walking along the cobblestone paths, history sings in this magical place, once described by the famous Greek poet, Giannis Ritsos, as a “stone ship” about to sail.
  • The day is yours to savor. Spared the hustle and bustle of tourist hotspots,  Monevasia is a wonderful immersion in the Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman worlds, before gaining its independence during the Greek Revolution. 
  • Sleep in Monemvasia.
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Ride through the central Peloponnese to MYCENAE, where 19th-century excavations reveal impressions of the splendors so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, known as the Treasury of Atreus, Lion Gate, Europe’s oldest known monument, remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace, and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel.
  • Then, a short drive to EPIDAURUS for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year-old open-air theater and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus.
  • Evening at leisure to savor the picturesque first capital city of modern Greece, Nafplion, one of the most romantic and beautiful towns in mainland Greece. Nafplion town has an intense Medieval atmosphere, yet was very influential during the Greek War of Independence. Atop of a hill above Nafplion, there is the imposing fortress of Palamidi. The views of the seaside town have inspired many artists and poets through the years. At the entrance of the port, there is a small islet with a fortress that used to protect the town from naval attacks. 
  • Sleep in Nafplion.
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Spend the morning in beautiful Nafplion at your leisure.
  • In the early afternoon, visit ANCIENT CORINTH, where St. Paul lived and preached for two year.
  • In the ancient times, Corinth was amongst the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains, including the huge Agora (market place) and Apollo’s Temple from the 6th century B.C. 
  • After a group meal near the ancient sight, the tour continues towards the Athenian Riviera, crossing the Corinth Canal.
  • Guided tour of the Riviera, with the historically significant and only three consecutive ports in the world.
  • Sleep in Athenian Riviera.
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Tour has ended.
  • We will arrange for transfer to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport upon request. Please let us know your flight details, and we’ll take care of the rest.
    *Most flights to the States leave in the early morning, however some flights depart in the afternoon. An Insiders Tours leader will be available for a morning frappe, shopping, last minute sightseeing (there is no way to see everything on your first visit…trust us) and an early lunch. If you have chosen a stay-on tour, your tour leader will arrange for transfers.
  • Have a great flight home!  

Traveling within destinations of Greece is subject to natural forces such as wind and storms. We intend to utilize the transportation methods detailed on this page. However, Insiders Tours retains the option to exchange transfer modes between specified locales as we determine is best depending upon unexpected local conditions

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