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There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive athens / drive to nafplion

Welcome to GreeceWelcome to Greece

Upon arrival in Athens today, you will be met and immediately transferred to your hotel in 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!

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Amalia Hotel or similar

Day 2: nafplion tour

With its famous natural limestone fortifications, Nafphlion was developed into an impressive citadel by a string of conquering groups. After breakfast, you'll climb the 999 steps to the Palamidi Castle, an old Venetian fortress built in the early 18th century, for excellent views of the city. Next, drive to Mycenae, a place mentioned in the writings of Homer, the ninth century BC poet. You'll enter the Mycenean citadel through the Lion's Gate and have time to explore the ruins. Continue on to the thrid century theater of Epidaurus, one of the best preserved classical Greek structures and known for its supurb acoustics. Lunch will be near Mycenae before returning to your hotel where you have the rest of the day free to spend at your leisure.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Amalia Hotel or similar

Day 3: nafpaktos to delphi

Take in exhilirating views of the waterTake in exhilirating views of the water

Today you will drive to Delphi via the coastal road, stopping along the way at a quiet fishing village just outside the historical town of Nafpaktos. Here you will enjoy lunch and have the opportunity to take a swim. 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, which is idyllically located on the outskirts of the historic Arachova village, offering impressive views across the Delphi valley and the Parnassos mountain range. It is the ideal base for exlporing the nearby Delphi Archaeological sites.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Anemolia Hotel or similar

Day 4: 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.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Meteora Hotel or similar

Day 5: meteora monasteries

Authentic Greek cuisineAuthentic 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.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Meteoro Hotel or similar

Day 6: rafina port / mykonos island

Travel by boatTravel by boat

After breakfast, set out on the 5-hour drive to Rafina, Greece's second-largest port. En route, visit the village of Falatados, a small village with a history dating back to the 14th century and where agriculture and cattle breeding still play an important role of the locals. Visit the church of Agios Ioannis and admire its marbled decoration then hike uphill to Exomburgo to admire the stunning view of the Aegean. From here, continue on to the village of Koumaros where you take a short break to try the traditional Greek coffee. You then visit the villages of Volax and Agapi before heading to the port for the short boat ride to Mykonos Island. Volax is a tiny village almost hidden among round, giant granite rocks with houses built right onto the rocks. It's architecture is very unique to this island and its tiny Catholic Church and folklore museum are highlights of the village. Agapi is a picturesque village shaped like an amphitheater on the edge of a valley and is one of the most traditional villages on Tinos Island

On arrival in Mykonos, take a walking tour of this "Little Venice" town and the picturesque alleyways. Enjoy dinner at a tavern by the sea and settle in for a two night stay at your lovely hotel.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Illio Maris Hotel or similar

Day 7: delos island/mykonos free time

Experience local marketsExperience 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.

Mykonos Town (Chora) is a stunning Cycladic town with a maze of tiny streets and whitewashed steps lanes, houses and churches in the middle of a wide bay. The streets are lined with little shops, boutiques, art galleries, cafes, stylish bars and restaurants while maintining its traditional Cycladic architectural style due to the island’s strict building regulations. 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Illio Maris Hotel or similar

Day 8: return to athens

You'll have the morning free to relax, then check-out of the hotel around noon and return to Athens by high­speed catamaran. Upon arrival, you will be 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.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Herodion Hotel or similar

Day 9: athens city tour

Explore the ruins of ancient GreeceExplore the ruins of ancient Greece

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 city­state and was the center of ancient Athenian religious and commercial life. Stop at the National Archaeological Museum on the Acropolis. Return to your htoel where you have some free time before dinner.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Amalia Hotel or similar

Day 10: athens free day

You'll have the entire day to do as you like - either spend more time visiting the local sites, strolling through the city, or doing some last minute shopping.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Amalia Hotel or similar

Day 11: depart athens

You will meet friendly faces from the first day of your journey to the very endYou will meet friendly faces from the first day of your journey to the very end

When it is time, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward international flight.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
None

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$4,400
NOTE: Fluctuations in exchange rate may affect pricing. Group size 2-3: $5600 Group size 4-6: $4700 Group size 7-12: $4400
Single Supplement:
$550
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
comfortable, small lodges and delightful hotels
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
easy walking with some uphill walking
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Greece

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Payment and Deposit Schedule​

A 30% deposit per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date.  Final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your reservation, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Welcome to Greece
Welcome to Greece
Explore the ruins of ancient Greece
Explore the ruins of ancient Greece
Take in exhilirating views of the water
Take in exhilirating views of the water
Authentic Greek cuisine
Authentic Greek cuisine
Travel by boat
Travel by boat
Experience local markets
Experience local markets
You will meet friendly faces from the first day of your journey to the very end
You will meet friendly faces from the first day of your journey to the very end

An Original Greece Odyssey

Nafplio, Epidaurus, Delphi, Meteora, the islands of Tinos and Mykonos, and Athens

overview

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.

From the Acropolis in Athens and the Oracle of  Delphi   to the tiny island of Delos  it's all profound. Travel through the past, and through paradise, with Journeys.

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overview

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.

From the Acropolis in Athens and the Oracle of  Delphi   to the tiny island of Delos  it's all profound. Travel through the past, and through paradise, with Journeys.

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive athens / drive to nafplion
    Welcome to GreeceWelcome to Greece

    Upon arrival in Athens today, you will be met and immediately transferred to your hotel in 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!

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Amalia Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: nafplion tour

    With its famous natural limestone fortifications, Nafphlion was developed into an impressive citadel by a string of conquering groups. After breakfast, you'll climb the 999 steps to the Palamidi Castle, an old Venetian fortress built in the early 18th century, for excellent views of the city. Next, drive to Mycenae, a place mentioned in the writings of Homer, the ninth century BC poet. You'll enter the Mycenean citadel through the Lion's Gate and have time to explore the ruins. Continue on to the thrid century theater of Epidaurus, one of the best preserved classical Greek structures and known for its supurb acoustics. Lunch will be near Mycenae before returning to your hotel where you have the rest of the day free to spend at your leisure.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Amalia Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: nafpaktos to delphi
    Take in exhilirating views of the waterTake in exhilirating views of the water

    Today you will drive to Delphi via the coastal road, stopping along the way at a quiet fishing village just outside the historical town of Nafpaktos. Here you will enjoy lunch and have the opportunity to take a swim. 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, which is idyllically located on the outskirts of the historic Arachova village, offering impressive views across the Delphi valley and the Parnassos mountain range. It is the ideal base for exlporing the nearby Delphi Archaeological sites.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Anemolia Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: 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.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Meteora Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: meteora monasteries
    Authentic Greek cuisineAuthentic 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.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Meteoro Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: rafina port / mykonos island
    Travel by boatTravel by boat

    After breakfast, set out on the 5-hour drive to Rafina, Greece's second-largest port. En route, visit the village of Falatados, a small village with a history dating back to the 14th century and where agriculture and cattle breeding still play an important role of the locals. Visit the church of Agios Ioannis and admire its marbled decoration then hike uphill to Exomburgo to admire the stunning view of the Aegean. From here, continue on to the village of Koumaros where you take a short break to try the traditional Greek coffee. You then visit the villages of Volax and Agapi before heading to the port for the short boat ride to Mykonos Island. Volax is a tiny village almost hidden among round, giant granite rocks with houses built right onto the rocks. It's architecture is very unique to this island and its tiny Catholic Church and folklore museum are highlights of the village. Agapi is a picturesque village shaped like an amphitheater on the edge of a valley and is one of the most traditional villages on Tinos Island

    On arrival in Mykonos, take a walking tour of this "Little Venice" town and the picturesque alleyways. Enjoy dinner at a tavern by the sea and settle in for a two night stay at your lovely hotel.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Illio Maris Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: delos island/mykonos free time
    Experience local marketsExperience 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.

    Mykonos Town (Chora) is a stunning Cycladic town with a maze of tiny streets and whitewashed steps lanes, houses and churches in the middle of a wide bay. The streets are lined with little shops, boutiques, art galleries, cafes, stylish bars and restaurants while maintining its traditional Cycladic architectural style due to the island’s strict building regulations. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Illio Maris Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: return to athens

    You'll have the morning free to relax, then check-out of the hotel around noon and return to Athens by high­speed catamaran. Upon arrival, you will be 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.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Herodion Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: athens city tour
    Explore the ruins of ancient GreeceExplore the ruins of ancient Greece

    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 city­state and was the center of ancient Athenian religious and commercial life. Stop at the National Archaeological Museum on the Acropolis. Return to your htoel where you have some free time before dinner.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Amalia Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: athens free day

    You'll have the entire day to do as you like - either spend more time visiting the local sites, strolling through the city, or doing some last minute shopping.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Amalia Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 11: depart athens
    You will meet friendly faces from the first day of your journey to the very endYou will meet friendly faces from the first day of your journey to the very end

    When it is time, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward international flight.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    None
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$4,400
NOTE: Fluctuations in exchange rate may affect pricing. Group size 2-3: $5600 Group size 4-6: $4700 Group size 7-12: $4400
Single Supplement:
$550
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
comfortable, small lodges and delightful hotels
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
easy walking with some uphill walking
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Greece

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Payment and Deposit Schedule​

A 30% deposit per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date.  Final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your reservation, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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