Greece Explorer (7800)

8 Day Tour from Athens to Athens

2020 Tour Details

What does Greece conjure for you? Breathtaking beaches, the footsteps of philosophers, the tracks of ancient Olympians, or gods and goddesses of Greek mythology? Experience it all and more with an affordable vacation in Greece. You choose how to spend your days with MyCOSMOS excursions, and your CosmosGO mobile app has all the details on guided tours, restaurants, and activities to make the most of your days in the Mediterranean. Discover some new destinations on this Cosmos Lite à la carte tour and escape to legendary Greece for eight glorious days. Your affordable vacation in Greece begins and ends in Athens.. Explore the Acropolis and Parthenon or simply unwind on the white-sand beaches.

Traveling from Athens, you’ll get a look at the Corinth Canal on your way to the mountain resort of Vytina—a favorite holiday spot for locals and great for hiking. In Olympia, you could visit the archaeological area to see Zeus’ temple, and the birthplace of the original Olympic Games. In the port city of Patras, discover the Byzantine castle of emperor Justinian I, and the ancient Roman amphitheater on your own. En route back to Athens, take in the views along the Gulf of Corinth and then enjoy an included stunning rack-and-pinion train ride along Vouraikos Canyon. Have lunch if you wish in Kalavryta to experience authentic taverna hospitality. An amazing and affordable tour of Greece!
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 Touring À La Carte

Free Time to Explore in Athens, Vytina, Olympia, Patras and Diakopto rack-and-pinion railway

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MyCOSMOS Personalize your tour with hand-selected excursions available for purchase. Visit our website for details.

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with Wi-Fi, rack-and-pinion train.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfast daily

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 Arrive in Athens, Greece

History, Beaches and Street Art
Kalimera! Welcome to Greece and its capital city, Athens. Settle into your hotel and, if you have time, start exploring with the help of the CosmosGO app. Athens is a charming city full of contradictions, where modern life meets ancient history. Meet your Tour Director in the early evening, who will give you some practical information about the city, including some hints on how to appreciate its unique features.

Day 2 Explore Athens

The Acropolis and Other Hills
The focal point of Athens is the Acropolis, a sight you should not miss. However, there are other areas of the city that are worth exploring. Hike up Lycabettus hill for the best view of the Parthenon, especially at sunset, or take a tram to Faliro for a walk on the beach. Check out MyCOSMOS to select the available optional excursions.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Athens–Corinth Canal–Vytina

From the Proud City to the Peloponnese Peninsula
Combining well-known sites with undiscovered Greek locales, your journey begins with a stop at the Corinth Canal. The idea of building a canal for ships to shortcut from the Ionic sea to the Aegean sea goes back to Roman times, but the narrow canal was only actually built in the 19th century. Driving through the countryside, you’ll reach Vytina, a mountain resort and one of Athenians’ favorite weekend destinations.
Today’s Distance: 71 mi/ 115 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Vytina

Tradition, Food, and Hikes
Vytina is a traditional village overlooking the verdant slopes of Mount Mainalo. It sits at an altitude of approximately 1,050 meters from sea level. Its unique architecture, cozy style, and warm hospitable locals have made an unexpected hidden gem of Greece. Take some time to go out and enjoy a walk, or relax under the shade of a tree.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Vytina–Olympia–Patras

Where the Olympic Flame First Burned
Leaving the magic mountains of Arcadia, we go back in time and visit Olympia. On MyCOSMOS you can pre-book a guided tour of the archaeological area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll visit the remains of the temple dedicated to the god Zeus, and see where the Olympic games started in 776 BC. The village itself is fun to visit, with its many souvenir shops, tavernas, and bars. Continue to the port city of Patras.
Today’s Distance: 109 mi/ 175 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Patras

Not only a Port
Patras is widely known for being an important ship port, but it is a remarkable city. Wander in the beautiful old town and climb to the hillside castle built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian Ist, where several cultural events still take place during the summer, and explore the ancient Roman amphitheater. In the city background, you’ll see the Rion-Antirion bridge, the spectacular suspension bridge connecting the Peloponnese peninsula with mainland Greece.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Patras–Diakopto–Athens

Canyons, Coasts, and Cities
See more of the diversity of Greece during today’s journey back to the city of Athens. Enjoy the views along the Gulf of Corinth and an included stunning rack-and-pinion train ride along the Vouraikos Canyon, ranking among the ten most beautiful in Europe. The railway was built in 1896 with a gauge of just 750mm. Spend some free time in Kalavryta, maybe enjoying lunch at one of the renowned tavernas, and then continue your journey to Athens.
Today’s Distance: 134 mi/ 215 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Athens

Your personally tailored vacation ends in Athens this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

Athens
Vityna
Patras

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site as soon as initial deposit or payment is received.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Athens
Vityna
Patras

Athens

Highlights of Athens with the Acropolis and Its Museum

Highlights of Athens with the Acropolis and Its Museum

The ancient wonders of Athens come to life on this in-depth orientation featuring the city¿s major highlights and an inside visit of the Acropolis and its fascinating museum!

Price Range: $$

Chef for a Day: Greek Specialties

Chef for a Day: Greek Specialties

Learn to prepare authentic Greek dishes and savor your delicious handiwork afterwards at this fun and interactive cooking class!

Price Range: $$$

Greek Dinner & Culture

Greek Dinner & Culture

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of authentic Greek food, culture, dancing, and music at this fun interactive dining experience.

Price Range: $$

Vityna

Tzatziki-Making and Dinner at a Greek Taverna

Tzatziki-Making and Dinner at a Greek Taverna

Learn how to make authentic tzatziki and enjoy a delectable 3-course Greek dinner with drink during this festive outing to a quaint local taverna!

Price Range: $

Hit the Trail: Hike in the Greek Countryside

Hit the Trail: Hike in the Greek Countryside

Enjoy nature¿s splendor on this enjoyable guided hike through the beautiful Greek countryside.

Price Range: $$

Patras

Archaeological Site

Archaeological Site

This ancient site is the most famous of Greek sanctuaries, where Zeus was worshiped and where his ivory and gold statue was counted among the Seven Wonders of the World.

Price Range: $

Winery visit and trip to Nafpaktos

Winery visit and trip to Nafpaktos

Spend time on Greece's exquisite Peloponnese peninsula during a day trip featuring a wine tasting at one of the country¿s oldest wineries and a visit to the village of Nafpaktos.

Price Range: $$

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