The Best of Greece (6670)

10 Day Tour from Athens to Athens

2019 Tour Details

On this Best of Greece tour, discover the best of historic and mythical—as well as modern—Greece. As the birthplace of Western civilization, Greece has some of the world’s most fascinating archaeological sites, and now is your chance to explore the Greek Isles on your affordable tour of Greece. Your tour starts and ends in Athens and overnights along the way in Nauplia, Sparta, Olympia, Delphi, and Kalambaka.

Step back in time as you visit some of Greece's ancient sites where the Mycenaean civilization thrived in Greece between 1600 and 1200 BC. At the Mycenae archaeological site, learn about this civilization as you enjoy guided sightseeing of the monuments erected here between 1350 and 1200 BC. In Athens, visit the Acropolis, still standing after 2,500 years. Dedicated to the goddess Athena, the Acropolis sits high on a rocky hill and is a symbol of the wealth and power of Athens at its apex. Visit the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theater in Epidaurus and marvel at the perfect acoustics. You'll step back in history—but not as far back as Ancient Greece—when you enjoy sightseeing of the medieval Byzantine Citadel of Mystra, a castle founded in 1249. Also visit the fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries set in almost inaccessible sandstone peaks.

On this affordable Greece tour, you’ll travel to Olympia, legendary home of the Olympic Games, and Delphi, where people visited in ancient Greece to seek the advice of the Oracle. But that’s not all…you’ll experience modern Greece as well. Cross over the world's longest cable-stayed bridge, the spectacular Rion-Antirion Bridge, which links the Peloponnese to the Greek mainland. From the ancient ruins to contemporary engineering —with beautiful landscapes in between—this tour through Greece is perfectly designed for value-minded travelers. You’ll agree that your affordable Greece tour is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation!

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 Tour Highlights

ATHENS
Guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis
CORINTH CANAL
EPIDAURUS
Visit the open-air theater
MYCENAE
Guided visit of the archaeological site
SPARTA
Visit
MYSTRA
Visit the Byzantine citadel of Mystra and olive oil museum
RION-ANTIRION BRIDGE
DELPHI
Visit
METEORA
See the Monastic buildings

Headsets throughout the tour.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Acropolis Athens
  • Archeological Site of Olympia
  • Archeological Site of Delphi
  • Archeological site of Mycenae
  • Archeological site of Mystras

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners

 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

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring the Greek capital with the help of the CosmosGO app. Later, meet your Tour Director.

Day 2 ATHENS

A day to discover Athens at leisure, visiting one of the museums or strolling through the Plaka district, or an opportunity to see island life from a small cruise ship on the optional 3-island cruise, visiting Aegina, Poros, and Hydra.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 ATHENS–CORINTH–NAUPLIA

Join the included guided tour of Athens, featuring the highlights of this ancient capital with a visit to the ACROPOLIS. Next, cross the CORINTH CANAL and head for the coast to Nauplia.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 NAUPLIA–EPIDAURUS–MYCENAE–SPARTA

This morning, journey into the Argolis to stop in EPIDAURUS, located in the hilly countryside dotted with pine trees and oleanders. In this magnificent setting, visit the ancient OPEN-AIR THEATER that can still seat 14,000 spectators. Later enjoy the included excursion to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE and the MUSEUM OF MYCENAE, a city fortress cursed by the gods but rich in gold and warrior kings. Travel deep into the Peloponnese to Sparta, where history hangs between reality and legend.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 5 SPARTA–MYSTRA–OLYMPIA

Enjoy the included visit of the medieval BYZANTINE CITADEL OF MYSTRA, at one time known as the “Florence of the East.” Before arriving in Olympia, visit an OLIVE OIL MUSEUM.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 6 OLYMPIA–PATRAS–DELPHI

Explore Olympia, where the athletes of antiquity performed in honor of the king of deities. Spend some free time or learn more about the history of the Olympic Games on the optional sightseeing tour. Later, drive north to Patras, the capital of the Peloponnese and the west coast’s largest port. Then, via the spectacular RION-ANTIRION BRIDGE through the picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to mystical Delphi.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 DELPHI–KALAMBAKA

Join optional morning sightseeing of the archaeological site in Delphi. Once called the “Navel of the Earth,” Delphi was the greatest oracle of the ancient world, where people flocked to seek advice. Now, it’s one of the grandest sites in Greece. On to Kalambaka.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 8 KALAMBAKA–METEORA–ATHENS

A short drive to Meteora, a cluster of spectacular Christian-Orthodox MONASTIC BUILDINGS perched in an unforgettable manner on a set of rising rock formations. They were originally built by hermit monks living in caves carved into the rocks. Later, drive south to Athens.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 ATHENS

A full day at leisure to explore the unseen parts of the city, do last-minute shopping, or maybe join the optional Greek dinner.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 ATHENS

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

MARIEKE KOENDERS

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Traveling through Greece, history and mythology come alive. You can smell the wild thyme, see the islands with their white-washed houses, taste the olives and sun-kissed tomatoes, listen to church bells in Meteora and touch the marble of a centuries' old monument. Greece is a country that awakens all the senses and it will be a pleasure to share my passion for it with you.

Tour Director - MARIEKE KOENDERS

 Accommodations

Athens
Nauplia
Sparta
Olympia
Delphi

 Optional Excursions

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 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

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


Athens
Nauplia
Delphi

Athens

Saronic Islands Cruise

Saronic Islands Cruise

Visit three Greek islands and enjoy lunch on board your modern cruise ship.

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: $$

Nauplia

Nauplia by Night

Nauplia by Night

Late afternoon take a small caique to the little island of Bourtzi with free time to explore. Then sail back to Nauplion to enjoy a dinner in a typical small Greek restaurant in the old part of town.

Price Range: $

Delphi

Dinner in Delphi

Dinner in Delphi

Enjoy dinner and drinks at a traditional Delphi restaurant, with lovely views of the surrounding olive tree-dotted valley.

Price Range: $

The Wonders of Ancient Delphi

The Wonders of Ancient Delphi

Experience the magic of Delphi, home to Apollo's famous Oracle, as you visit the Delphi Archaeological Site and its impressive museum.

Price Range: $

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