Classic Greece

Classic Greece

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Classic Greece

8 Days Starting and ending in Athens

Visiting: Athens, Delphi/Nafpaktos, Nafpaktos/Kalavryta/Dimitsana, Central Arcadia/Dimitsana, Mycynes/Nafplio, Nafplion, Nafplio/Epidauros/Athens

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

ZMKE

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 12

Physical rating:

Low, Low

Age range:

15-99 years

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Activities:

Hiking, Rail Excursion

From: $3010 $2196 Operator discount: -$752 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$62 -27%

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Tour Overview

On this eight-day trip through Greece, you’ll balance must-see tourist hotspots with local secrets. Start and end in ancient Athens, home to many impressive ruins and sites like the Acropolis. Discover archaeological sites that tell the story of human history, creativity and civilisation at Delphi, Mycenae and Epidavros. Stay in small mountainous villages and coastal towns with fresh air, hospitable locals and nature’s best scenery. Hike the Menalon Trail and find waterfalls, sweeping views and old monasteries. Eat your way through the countryside with mezze, salads, seared meats, local bread and freshly caught seafood and wash it down with a wine tasting at a family-owned winery.

Highlights

  • Hike along the scenic Menalon Trail, starting in Lousios Valley and walking among fir forest with views of waterfalls, monasteries, rivers and the villages below.

  • Visit famed archaeological sites like Delphi – home to the Athena temple complex, Epidavros – home to the famed theatre and Mycenae – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – all with local guides who know all the fascinating history.

  • Eat your way through Greece’s picturesque Peloponnese, starting with a mezze welcome dinner. Along the way, try fresh seafood, seared meats and traditional salads, cheeses and breads.

  • Get to know the locals at a family-run winery near Nafplion, where you’ll get to taste their signature dry wines, followed by a lunch of traditional Greek food and local hospitality.

  • Take the scenic railway journey from Diakopto to Kalavryta, passing through the Vouraikos Gorge as well as forests dotted with waterfalls.

  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Amurtel, who provide a safe space for refugee women and children in Greece. Donations help them provide antenatal and postnatal care programs run by qualified midwives.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Athens

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Location: Athens

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: dinner

Yiasou! Welcome to Greece. Your adventure begins in Athens with a welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight. If you arrive early, maybe explore some of the iconic ancient sites, including the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After, celebrate the start of your trip with a mezze feast – an array of small plates typically accompanied by a glass of wine or ouzo in a rustic taverna. Zucchini balls, moussaka, salads and stuffed vegetables are just a few of the flavoursome dishes that may be on offer.

Optional Activities:
-Athens - Twilight Athens Urban Adventure
-Athens - Acropolis Museum
-Athens - National Archaeological Museum

Day 2: Delphi/Nafpaktos

Location: Delphi/Nafpaktos

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning, make the drive to Delphi – an archaeological site, home to the Athena temple complex. Here, you’ll take a tour with a local guide and learn more about its history as you walk by the Plestios River Valley. After, drive to your seaside overnight stop for free time exploring the traditional architecture of the town or kicking back on the beach. Maybe tuck into some fresh seafood for dinner.

Included Activities:
-Delphi - Archaeological Site Visit with Local Guide

Optional Activities:
-Nafpaktos - Venetian Castle

Day 3: Nafpaktos/Kalavryta/Dimitsana

Location: Nafpaktos/Kalavryta/Dimitsana

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Start your day with a drive to Diakopto, then take a scenic train journey from there to Kalavryta – a mountain village and one of the most popular ski resorts in the country. The train journey climbs from sea level to a height of 750 m through Vouraikos Gorge, so you’ll get beautiful views along the way of forests, waterfalls and tunnels. When you arrive, you have the option to visit the Holocaust Museum for some sobering history. After, drive to a nearby mountainous village for the night where you can hole up in a good restaurant for a replenishing feed and a chat with the warm, hospitable locals.

Included Activities:
-Diakopto - Diakopto – Kalavryta rack railway

Optional Activities:
-Kalavryta - Holocaust Museum

Day 4: Central Arcadia/Dimitsana

Location: Central Arcadia/Dimitsana

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

Give your legs a stretch today on a 2-hour hike along the Menalon trail. The route starts with a short, uphill section in the Lousios Valley before gently ascending to the outskirts of a fir forest. Visit a couple of monasteries along the way and stop for a picnic lunch with your group when you find a spot with great views over the river. Tuck into some fresh bread, local cheese and fruit before driving back down to Dimitsana, where you have the chance to stroll around the little shops and buy local produce like honey and local picked herbs. The village also has some cool cafes, where you can relax and chat with the locals. Tonight, return to your village accommodation and ask your leader for the best spot for dinner and maybe a few drinks.

Included Activities:
-Dimitsana - Menalon trail hike

Day 5: Mycynes/Nafplio

Location: Mycynes/Nafplio

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

Today you’ll visit the grand archaeological site of Mycenae – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll have a local guide to take you around the ruins of the ancient Mycenaean civilisation, which once dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th centuries BC. Continue your journey with a stop for a wine tasting and included lunch at a local vineyard. The winery was founded in 1999 and is a family business focusing on producing wines with love, quality and passion. You’ll try some of their favourite dry wines, both red and white, over a traditional meal that might include beef cheeks flavoured with cinnamon and cocoa, juicy lamb or moussaka. Travel onwards to Nafplion, a gorgeous coastal city in the Peloponnese, and enjoy a free afternoon to wander the gorgeous streets, sit by the coast and people-watch or find an alleyway bar for another glass of local wine.

Included Activities:
-Argos - Wine tasting with lunch
-Mycenae - Guided Tour

Day 6: Nafplion

Location: Nafplion

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Today is yours to spend as you wish. You may like to spend the day cruising to the islands of Hydra and Spetses, or learning to create flavoursome local dishes in a cooking class. If you'd like to uncover more of Greece's ancient history, the fortresses of Palamidi and Bourtzi await. Or perhaps you'd like to spend the day simply strolling the picturesque streets of Nafplion, with a coffee here, a glass of wine there, taking in the buzz of the town.

Optional Activities:
-Nafplion - Fortress of Palamidi
-Nafplion - Day cruise from Tolo to Hydra and Spetses
-Nafplion - Cooking class
-Nafplion - Folklore Museum
-Nafplion - Bourtzi Island Fortress by boat

Day 7: Nafplio/Epidauros/Athens

Location: Nafplio/Epidauros/Athens

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning, with a local guide, you’ll make your way to Epidavros for a tour of the famed theatre and its surroundings. The history of this place, once a city in ancient Greece, is associated with the healing god of Asklepios – the son of Apollo, mythology states that this was his birthplace. After, head back towards Athens, stopping to view the Corinth Canal on the way – an artificial canal connecting the Gulf of Corinth in the Ionian Sea with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. When you arrive in Athens, you can opt to join a farewell dinner with your group to celebrate a trip well-travelled.

Included Activities:
-Epidavros - Guided Tour

Day 8: Athens

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Location: Athens

Meals Included: breaksfast

As there are no activities planned after breakfast today, your trip will come to an end. If you’d like to stay in Athens longer, just speak to your booking agent.

Optional Activities:
-Athens - Half day trip to Cape Sounio
-Athens - Day trip to the Saronic Islands

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    No

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Delphi - Archaeological Site Visit with Local Guide

  • Diakopto - Diakopto – Kalavryta rack railway

  • Dimitsana - Menalon trail hike

  • Argos - Wine tasting with lunch

  • Mycenae - Guided Tour

  • Epidavros - Guided Tour

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

Transport

  • Train , Private vehicle

Important Information

  • 1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Accommodation

  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline only and may change. On some occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our preferred accommodation. In these cases, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.
  • Throughout the trip, we request that our properties prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However, this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination or on some trips, have use of shared day rooms until all rooms are available.
  • EUROPEAN HOTELS
  • Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together/apart. Rooms can be rather small, especially by American or Australian standards.
  • Your accommodation may not always have private en suite facilities or air-conditioning. European hotels generally don't provide kettles or fridges.

Check out our Q&As

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 15 years old or above

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    LOW - Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Is this trip right for you

    Summer temperatures in Greece can reach up to 40°C, which can be uncomfortable for those not used to the heat. In April, many businesses may still be closed, and the weather can be unpredictable. However, you may have some of the major sights almost to yourself. Please consider the time of year you wish to travel and your suitability for that season.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

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

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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