Best of Greece - 12 Days

Best of Greece - 12 Days

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Best of Greece - 12 Days

12 Days Starting and ending in Athens, Greece

Visiting: Athens, Thermopylae, Kalabaka, Meteora, Delphi, Nisís Trizónia, Olympia, Archaeological site of Mycenae, Nafplion, Corinth Canal, Acropolis, Mykonos, Thera

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Expat Explore Travel

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Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 51

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All Ages / Not applicable

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Beach Tours, Cultural



$2720 (USD)

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Tour Overview

12 days exploring the best that Greece has to offer, including Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, Mykonos and Santorini!


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Day 1: Arrive In Athens
Location: Athens

Welcome to Greece! Upon arrival in the morning, make your way to the hotel for the start of the tour. Airport transfers are available at extra cost, please contact us for details. Meet with your tour leader who will brief you on the upcoming itinerary. Then, head into the city for an orientation tour of Athens! Get acquainted with this ancient city and its many iconic sites. You’ll even get to see a traditional changing of the guard ceremony! This evening, enjoy an included dinner of authentic Greek cuisine. Get to know your tour leader and fellow travellers before the tour continues tomorrow.

Day 2: Athens - Thermopylae - Kalambaka
Location: Athens, Thermopylae, Kalabaka

Depart from Athens this morning as we make our way to Kalambaka. On the way, stop at Thermopylae to admire the statue of Leonidas, King of Sparta. Next, travel to Kalambaka, an excellent base town from which to visit the famous Meteora landscapes and monasteries. Upon arrival, visit a Byzantine art workshop to see how locals create exquisite works of Christian Greek art. Then, head to tonight’s hotel accommodation and take some time to settle in. Finish the day with a mesmerising sunset drive of the Meteora hills and catch panoramic views of the monolithic pillars and hills with its celebrated cliff top monasteries. It’s truly any photographer’s dream. Enjoy traditional Greek food for dinner this evening at the hotel.

Day 3: Kalambaka - Meteora (Optional) - Delphi
Location: Kalabaka, Meteora, Delphi

Spend free time in Kalambaka this morning, exploring as you wish. Or join our optional excursion of the monasteries of Meteora. This excursion will take you on a drive through the hills and giant cliffs of Meteora, with scheduled visits and free time to explore cliff-top monasteries. This afternoon we cross the mountains for central Greece and Delphi. After a short orientation tour with your tour leader, the evening is yours to spend at leisure.

Day 4: Delphi - Trizonia Island - Olympia
Location: Delphi, Nisís Trizónia, Olympia

This morning allows free time in Delphi. Explore as you please, or join in on the optional excursion to discover Delphi with a local guide as you admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and visit the famous museum of Delphi. Then drive along the Coast of Corinth and take a short ferry to the colourful Greek island of Trizonia. The last of its kind, this island is only 2,5 km² big with almost no cars. Soak up the culture, tastes, sights and sounds, and experience how life here has remained the same for centuries. You have the choice to join an optional lunch at a local eatery on the island, or explore as you wish. After the ferry ride back to Glyfada, we drive on to ancient Olympia. This was the home of the original Olympic Games, which originated in 776 BC. Tonight you can spend time at your leisure, or choose to join a Greek evening of traditional food and dance. The perfect way to end an eventful day!

Day 5: Olympia - Mycenae - Nafplion
Location: Olympia, Archaeological site of Mycenae, Nafplion

This morning’s activities include a locally-guided tour of the Olympia ancient site. Next, we cross the mountains of Peloponnese to arrive at Mycenae for our visit to the tomb of Agamemnon and the famous Lion’s Gate. It’s not only one of the most important archeological sites in Greece, but is also the place where many of the ancient Greek myths have their origin. Tour the grounds with an expert guide and have an included lunch before making your way to the picturesque town of Nafplion. Nafplion is the first capital of modern Greece, the skyline of which is dominated by Palamidi castle. Settle into your hotel upon arrival and spend the rest of the evening at your leisure, or join an optional evening tour to Epidaurus and see the ancient theatre.

Day 6: Corinth Canal - Athens City Tour - Acropolis (Optional) - Mykonos
Location: Corinth Canal, Athens, Acropolis, Mykonos

Depart for Athens from Nafplion and take a short stop along the way for a photo stop at the Corinth Canal. Once you arrive in Athens, embark on a city tour with an expert local guide. See top attractions like the Academy, National Library, Greek parliament, Panathinaikos marble stadium, Hadrian’s Arch, and the temple of Olympian Zeus. The tour will end at the museum of the Acropolis where you will have the option to join a guided tour of the Acropolis site. During this optional excursion you will continue on foot to the sacred rock of Acropolis, visiting the Propylaea, the Erechtheion, the temple of Athena Nike and the Parthenon. After the tour, walk along Apostolou Pavlou street towards the Plaka neighbourhood for an included lunch at a local restaurant. Later on, transfer to the port to catch the local ferry to Mykonos. Upon arrival in Mykonos, settle in at your hotel room and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 7: Mykonos - Free Day
Location: Mykonos

Day at leisure to explore the magnificent island of Mykonos with its unique sandy beaches on your own.

Day 8: Mykonos - Free Day
Location: Mykonos

Another day at leisure to soak up some sun, explore the bustling town of Mykonos or enjoy the facilities of your hotel. Alternatively, follow our suggested optional excursion to ancient Delos.

Day 9: Mykonos - Santorini
Location: Mykonos, Thera

Morning at leisure until the time to transfer to the port to catch the local ferry to Santorini. Arrive in Santorini and transfer to our hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 10: Santorini - Free Day
Location: Thera

Day at leisure to explore this unique island on your own.

Day 11: Santorini - Free Day
Location: Thera

Another day at leisure for you to explore this unique island. Alternatively, you can follow our optional boat excursion to the caldera islands. We will visit the volcano, the hot springs, little Thirassia island and we will end at Amoudi bay, the little port of Oia. We will climb up to Oia village and admire one of the best sunsets in the Aegean. Later, we will be transferred back to our hotel.

Day 12: Return To Athens
Location: Athens

Early in the morning, we will be transferred to the airport of Santorini to catch a local flight back to Athens. This flight is included within the cost of the tour package. Arrival at Athens airport brings your tour to a conclusion.

What's Included

  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach throughout the tour for all transfers and visits (arrival transfer is not included and is offered as an added extra).

  • 11 nights 2 and 3-star hotel accommodation in twin-share rooms.

  • Ferry ticket Athens to Mykonos and Mykonos to Santorini.

  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners.

  • Flight ticket Santorini to Athens.

  • Not included - entrance fees.

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  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our team.

  • Children on tour?

    Our tours are not suitable for young children which is why we have a minimum age limit of 10 years old. However, at the discretion of Expat Explore we may consider younger children on certain tours if they meet certain criteria and a request is received in writing via email. Minors (between 10 and 18 years of age) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who accepts full responsibility for them. Unaccompanied minors will not be accepted on tour. Expat Explore reserves the right to decline any booking at our discretion. Any minor (between 10 and 18 years of age) is priced the same as an adult.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    The health and safety of our travellers and employees are our top priority. Which means, when you travel with us, our enhanced hygiene protocols will ensure you do so in a safe and responsible way - ask for details of current policies.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2005

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Expat Explore we value responsible travel and are committed to exploring the world consciously and kindly. We are proud to make responsible travel possible with a number of our sustainable travel practices!

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Relate is a South African based not-for-profit organisation that Expat Explore supports. The group aims to help those less fortunate create better lives for themselves through a variety of fundraising initiatives. On our South Africa tours, each passenger will receive an Expat Explore branded Relate bracelet. We donate the cost of these bracelets to our chosen Relate charity: the Nelson Mandela Sc

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