The Best of Greece Tour - Cosmos® Tours

The Best of Greece (6670)

10 Day Tour from Athens to Athens

2018 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

Sightseeing:

Visits to Epidaurus theater, Nauplia, Sparta, Mystra Byzantine citadel, Olympia, Delphi, Kalambaka, Meteora monasteries.

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Athens, Mycenae archaeological site; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:

Corinth Canal, Peloponnese, Mount Parnassus, Arcadian Mountains, Rion-Antirion Bridge

Individual headsets

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

  • Acropolis Athens
  • Archaeological site of Mystras
  • Archaelogical Site of Olympia
  • Archaeological site of Mycenae
  • Meteroa
  • Meteora

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach

 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. 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 the cruise ship on the optional 3-island cruise, visiting Aegina, Poros, and Hydra.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 ATHENS–CORINTH–EPIDAURUS–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 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. Head for the coast to Nauplia.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 NAUPLIA–MYCENAE–SPARTA

This morning, 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 sightseeing of the medieval BYZANTINE CITADEL OF MYSTRA, at one time known as the “Florence of the East.” Continue to Olympia.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 6 OLYMPIA–PATRAS–DELPHI

Focus on 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

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. Why not join the optional Greek dinner?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 ATHENS

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

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 Acropolis Select (F) or Golden Age (ST)
NAUPLIA Rex (F) or Victoria (F)
SPARTA Maniatis (ST)
OLYMPIA Olympia Palace (F)
DELPHI Apollonia (ST)
KALAMBAKA Antoniadis (ST)

 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).

Price Ranges

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


Athens
Nauplia
Olympia
Delphi

Athens

Aegean Cruise

Aegean Cruise

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

Price Range: $$$

A Greek Evening

A Greek Evening

Enjoy a true Greek evening with good quality food, live entertainment with dancing and all the traditions a Greek evening must include.

Price Range: $$

Nauplia

By Night

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: $

Olympia

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: $

Delphi

Dinner Outing

Dinner Outing

Enjoy this typically Greek dinner outing in this very nice restaurant with wonderful views of the valley with the olive trees.

Price Range: $

Delphi Archaeological Site

Delphi Archaeological Site

Ancient Delphi is situated on the southern slopes of Mount Parnassus, overlooking the sacred valley and Itea Harbour, and home to the oracle of the sun god Apollo. Visit the oracle site, the Temple of Apollo, the Athenian treasury, stadium and theatre.

Price Range: $

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