Greek Escape plus 2 nights in Crete

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You've seen photos of the ancient Acropolis in Athens, dating back to the 5th century BC—now’s your chance to see it in person on this escorted Greek vacation. You've watched the Olympics on TV—now’s your chance to walk among the ruins in Olympia, where the Olympics began in 776 BC. You've eaten at Greek restaurants—now's your chance to enjoy an authentic Gre...
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Trip type
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Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
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What's this trip about?

    You've seen photos of the ancient Acropolis in Athens, dating back to the 5th century BC—now’s your chance to see it in person on this escorted Greek vacation. You've watched the Olympics on TV—now’s your chance to walk among the ruins in Olympia, where the Olympics began in 776 BC. You've eaten at Greek restaurants—now's your chance to enjoy an authentic Greek cooking demonstration, where you'll learn how to make traditional Greek tzatziki. All this and more awaits you on this Greek Escape. History comes alive on your guided visits to many of Greece's ancient sites. In addition to the Acropolis and Olympia, you'll also visit the ruins in Mycenae, dating from 1,350 to 1,200 BC and described in Homer’s epic poem, “The Iliad.” Also see the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theatre in Epidaurus. In ancient Greece, people journeyed to Delphi to seek the wisdom of the Oracle. Learn about the Oracle, tour the excavations, and visit the Archaeological Museum. To add to your Greek experience, enjoy a sirtaki dance lesson and try a glass of Ouzo. Plus, you'll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director who will bring this country to life by sharing its history, stories, and insider secrets. Continue your Greek Escape with two fantastic nights in Crete with guided sightseeing in Heraklion as well as the free time to discover on your own or with an optional excursion. From the picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic sights, this Greek Escape has it all!

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start City ATHENS, GREECE
End CityATHENS

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Greece

Attractions

  • Athens
  • Corinth
  • Crete
  • Delphi
  • Epidaurus
  • Heraklion
  • Mycenae
  • Olympia

Activities

  • Culture

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Travel Map

Day 1: ARRIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE

Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome drink.

Day 2: ATHENS

Marvels & Myths ATHENS Guided sightseeing includes a visit to the Acropolis and a stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Free time this afternoon and evening. (Breakfast)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT HISTORIC SPOT Explore the heart of Ancient Greece, in the historic empire whe...

Day 3: ATHENS–CORINTH–MYCENAE–EPIDAURUS–NAUPLIA

Greek History & Heroes CORINTH CANAL Photo stop. MYCENAE Guided visit of the excavations and museum. EPIDAURUS Guided visit of the 2,300-year-old open-air theatre before continuing to Nauplia. (Breakfast,Dinner) 132mi/212km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT CULTURAL GEM The o...

Day 4: NAUPLIA–OLYMPIA

Ruins & Recipes Scenic drive through the Arkadian Mountains. OLYMPIA Join a guided visit to the archaeological site and the museum. Attend a [LF] cooking demonstration this evening and learn how to make traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer. (Breakfast,Dinner) 11...

Day 5: OLYMPIA–DELPHI

Digs & Dances DELPHI Join a guided visit of the excavations and Archaeological Museum. This evening [LF] learn how to dance the sirtaki in a dance class while sipping a glass of Ouzo. (Breakfast,Dinner) 149mi/239km

LOCAL FAVORITE CULTURE & TRADITION Dan...

Day 6: DELPHI–ARACHOVA–ATHENS–HERAKLION, CRETE

Mountains & Islands ARACHOVA Visit the picturesque mountain town. ATHENS Fly to Heraklion. (Breakfast) 118 mi / 190 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT NATURAL WONDERS The largest island in Greece, Crete captures all the wonder you have imagined a Greek island to be – a brilliant landscape of ancient ruins, lively sidewalks, and stunning beaches.

Day 7: HERAKLION

Cultural capital HERAKLION Guided walking tour includes sights of the Venetian Walls, St. Minas Cathedral, and the Church of St. Titus. [LF] Taste a Greek Koulouri. (Breakfast)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT SIGHTS & BITES The bustling capital of Crete boasts over 3000 ye...

Day 8: HERAKLION–ATHENS, GREECE

Myths & Legends HERAKLION Free day. Return flight to Athens. (Breakfast)

FREE TIME TIPS EXPLORE MORE of Heraklion, a place of myths and legends; known as the birthplace of Zeus and epitomised by the legends of Daedalus and Icarus, the Minotaur, and the labyrinth at the incredible Minoan Palace of Knossos.

Day 9: ATHENS

Safe Travels Until We Meet Again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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