Explore Greece on JOURNEYS' fantastically comprehensive and varied itinerary -- perfect for you, your family or your own group of travel companions. Not only will you visit the iconic monuments of ancient Greece and walk the landscapes of the great myths. You'll also explore the fantastic rock formations of Meteora with their monasteries unbelievably perched on precipices, and then climax the trip with two different islands in the Cyclades -- traditional Tinos and vibrant Mykonos. Nowhere else on earth are the skies, waters, and household trim colors so astonishingly blue. No other Greece itinerary offers such a range of content, so comfortably and carefully constructed.
- Day 1: athensWelcome to Greece
Upon arrival in Athens today, you will be met and transferred to your hotel near the old Plaka district, within walking distance of the Acropolis. Plaka is the oldest part of Athens, an area now packed with restaurants and shops. This afternoon, your guide will lead you on a walking tour of the neighborhood, ending at a restaurant in Plaka for dinner, where you can hear Greek folklore and traditional music.
- Day 2: athens / nafplion
After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Athens, including Constitution Square, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, and the House of Parliament, which was the royal palace until 1935. You will also visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, and Panathinaiko Stadium, the venue for the first Olympic Games. Explore the Acropolis, which offered protection to the ancient city-state and was the center of ancient Athenian religious and commercial life. Finally, stop at the National Archaeological Museum on the Acropolis, before departing Athens midday. After a light lunch, stop for some photos at the Corinth Canal, the six-kilometer waterway connecting the Ionian and Aegean Seas. Then continue on the scenic drive to Nafplion. Considered one of the prettiest towns in Greece, Nafplion was the first capital after independence and has been a major port since the Bronze Age. After settling in for a two-night stay at a lovely hotel, travel by bus into the old town of Nafplion for dinner at an outdoor tavern. In the evening, there may be a chance to join a Greek dance lesson. Learn the basic steps and some well-known tunes!
- Day 3: nafplion / mycenae / epidaurus theaterExplore the ruins of ancient Greece
This morning, climb the 999 stairs to the Palamidi Castle, an old Venetian fortress built between 1711 and 1714 that has marvelous views of the city. Next, drive to Mycenae, a place intrinsic in the works of Homer, the 9th century BCE poet. Enter the Mycenean citadel through the Lion's Gate and wander through the remaining ruins. Then visit the 3rd century theater of Epidaurus, one of the best-preserved classical Greek structures and renowned for its superb acoustics. Enjoy lunch near Mycenae and later, return to your hotel in Nafplion. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
- Breakfast, Lunch
- Day 4: nafpaktos / delphiTake in exhilirating views of the water
Today you will drive to Delphi via the coastal road. On the way to Delphi, you will stop at a quiet fishing village, just outside the historical town of Nafpaktos, where you will enjoy lunch and have the opportunity to take a swim. Nafpaktos, with its famous natural limestone fortifications, was developed into an impressive citadel by a string of conquering groups. The views from the top are splendid! Then you will continue on to your final stop for the day, Delphi. Walk to a local tavern for dinner and stay overnight at a lovely hotel.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 5: delphi ruins / meteora rock forest
In the morning, a professional guide will accompany your visit to the awe-inspiring archaeological site and museum at Delphi. Considered the center of the world by the ancient Greeks, Delphi is best known for its oracle, believed to be the mouthpiece of Apollo, the god of light and truth. Then travel farther north to the "rock forest" at Meteora, a fascinating site of rock pinnacles, caverns, and monasteries. Dine at a tavern in Meteora and then settle into your chalet-styled hotel, where you will stay for the next two nights.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 6: meteora monasteriesAuthentic Greek cuisine
Spend this morning exploring the famous rock outcroppings capped with monasteries built in the 10th to 14th centuries. You may hike the trails to the monasteries or opt for vehicle transport. Visit two of the monasteries, Moni Megalo Meteoro and Moni Varlaam and enjoy lunch today at a scenic picnic spot by the woods. After eating, visit a workshop to see and learn how painters make Byzantine icons. Late in the afternoon, return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
- Breakfast, Lunch
- Day 7: rafina port / tinos islandTravel by boat
After breakfast, set out on the 5-hour drive to Rafina, Greece's second-largest port. En route, visit a nearby sandy beach at the historical village of Marathonas, famous for its naval war in ancient times. Spend time swimming and having lunch in a tavern by the port before setting out on the 1 1/2-hour high-speed catamaran ride to the island of Tinos. Many Greek Orthodox make pilgrimages to Tinos' religious sites, but the town also has a bustling waterfront with many shops. Dine at a tavern in the main town this evening and stay overnight at Tinos Beach Hotel (or similar).
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 8: tinos trek / mykonos island
After an early breakfast in the morning, travel to the village of Falatados, where the trekking starts. Head uphill to Exomburgo, to admire the stunning view of the Aegean. Continue onwards to the village of Koumaros, where you'll make a short break and try the traditional Greek coffee, before continuing to the village of Volax and Agapi, which is the finishing point of today’s trek. The bus takes you back to the port for the short trip to Mykonos Island. Walk through Little Venice and the picturesque alleys of Mykonos. Enjoy dinner in the vibrant town at a tavern by the sea, and settle in for a two night stay at a lovely hotel.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 9: delos island/mykonos free timeExperience local markets
After breakfast, you will depart by boat for the Cycladic Island of Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. The word Cyclades derives from the Greek word kyklos, which means “circle.” The five islands of Mykonos, Tinos, Paros, Naxos, and Syros form a circle around the sacred island of Delos. You will see the famous Lion Avenue, the three temples of Poseidon, the stadium, and the old gymnasium. View artifacts from the 6th century BCE in the museum. You will return to Mykonos in the early afternoon. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, exploring or relaxing at the beach.
- Day 10: athens farewell
Midday you will depart Mykonos and return to Athens by high-speed catamaran. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Have a farewell dinner in the Plaka area.
- Breakfast, Dinner
- Day 11: onwardYou will meet friendly faces from the first day of your journey to the very end
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward international flight.
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Included in costs: Meals as noted, each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation and check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.
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