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National Geographic Journeys: Greece Historic Sites and Islands 11-Night Tour

Experience the ancient beauty and modern charm of Greece with our National Geographic Journeys tour! This 11-night adventure takes you through some of Greece's iconic historic sites and scenic islands. From the Acropolis of Athens to the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, you'll bear witness to ancient wonders that have stood the test of time. You'll also have the opportunity to explore the island of Santorini.

National Geographic Journeys: Greece Historic Sites and Islands 11-Night Tour

VARIOUS DATES AVAILABLE IN MARCH & APRIL 2024
DEPARTURE DATE: April 28, 2024
Countries Visited: Greece

OVERVIEW

Step back in time on a journey to Greece, where iconic ruins bring ancient history to life. Explore the awe-inspiring monuments of Athens and the stunning Cyclades islands; and run and jump in the footsteps of ancient Greek athletes at the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Then venture to the olive-covered hills and rugged coasts of the Peloponnese, where some of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey played out; and savour the delightfully fresh flavours of Greek cuisine.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
April 28, 2024from $5,099 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 11 night small group escorted tour round trip from Athens
  • 11 night accommodations
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Ancient Athens Tour with an Archaeologist, Athens
  • Athens Culinary Mezze Experience, Athens
  • Tour of Shedia Home and a Beverage, Athens
  • Guided visit of Acropolis and Parthenon
  • Guided tour of Ancient Delphi
  • Delphi Archaeological Museum visit
  • Olympia Archaeological Site and Museum visit
  • Guided tour of Mycenae
  • Epidaurus and Ancient Corinth Ruins visit
  • Santorini Sailing Excursion
  • Orientation walks in Athens, Delphi and Náxos
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Taxes

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Sun Apr 28ATHENS GREECE
2Mon Apr 29ATHENS GREECE
3Tue Apr 30ATHENS/DELPHI
4Wed May 1DELPHI/OLYMPIA
5Thu May 2OLYMPIA/NÁFPLIO
6Fri May 3NÁFPLIO
7Sat May 4ATHENS/NÁXOS
8Sun May 5NÁXOS
9Mon May 6SANTORINI
10Tue May 7SANTORINI
11Wed May 8SANTORINI/ATHENS
12Thu May 9ATHENS

DAY 1 – ATHENS

Arrive at any time.

DAY 2 – ATHENS

Considered the cradle of Western civilization, Athens is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Explore the iconic Acropolis with an archaeologist guide and wander among the columns of the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena. Continue to the ancient Agora—where Athenians gathered to discuss the affairs of the day—and listen to our guide bring these timeless ruins to life. Afterwards, be enriched and refreshed with drinks and a tour of local non-profit cafe, Shedia Home.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Journeys Highlight Moment Ancient Athens Tour with an Archaeologist

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3 – ATHENS/DELPHI

Take free time to explore Athens on your own, or choose to visit the National Garden. Afterward, journey to Delphi, home to the Temple of Apollo—seat of the fabled oracle of Delphi and considered the center of the world by the ancients.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 4 – DELPHI/OLYMPIA

Explore mystical Delphi on a guided tour, then continue discovering the ruins on your own and visit the Archaeological Museum of Delphi to admire the many artifacts discovered at the site. Travel along the breathtaking Gulf of Corinth, crossing into the Peloponnese via the Rio-Antirrio bridge, an impressively long multi-span cable-stay bridge. Wind your way to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, and channel your inner champion as you discover this remarkable site, where ancient Greek athletes would gather every four years to compete in a series of sporting events honoring Zeus.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 5 – OLYMPIA/NÁFPLIO

Browse the Olympia Museum this morning, then travel to Náfplio, a charming port town and the first capital of modern Greece. In Náfplio, lose yourself in the winding lanes of the old town, and take in glimpses of the sapphire-hued Aegean Sea from the hilltops.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6 – NÁFPLIO

Embark on an excursion to the Bronze Age city of Mycenae, where the legendary king Agamemnon ruled. Take a guided tour of the ruins, enclosed within Cyclopean walls, and enter the citadel through the famed Lion Gate—one of Europe’s oldest monumental sculptures. Return to Náfplio and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Opt to climb up to the Akronafplia fortress, or hit the beach.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 7 – ATHENS/NÁXOS

Drive back to Athens, stopping en route at the ancient site of Epidaurus and the ruins of Corinth, where the Christian apostle Paul is said to have visited in the first century A.D. From Athens, board a ferry to the Cyclades islands. Relax on board, enjoying sparkling views of the sea, and disembark at Náxos, the largest island in the archipelago.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 8 – NÁXOS

The Cyclades are known around the word for their dazzling white villages and golden beaches. On Naxos, while away your time exploring the storybook old town; opt to walk to the emblematic Temple of Apollo, overlooking the sea; or stretch out on a sandy beach.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 9 – SANTORINI

Catch a ferry to postcard-perfect Santorini. Get to know this much-photographed isle at your own pace, discovering candy-colored doorways and sugar-cube buildings; and take in a spectacular sunset from the village of Oía. Savor the taste of local produce—marked by the island’s volcanic soil—or unwind at the beach.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 10 – SANTORINI

This morning, sail Santorini’s breathtaking sunken caldera, and learn about the volcanic origins of the surrounding crescent-shaped ring of islands. Later, enjoy free time to explore Santorini.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 11 – SANTORINI/ATHENS

Fly back to Athens for an adventure in Greek cookery. Head out with a local expert to a teaching kitchen and learn how to craft mezze, a platter of appetizers commonly served in southeast Europe and the Middle East. Wash down these tasty snacks with a glass of ouzo, an anise-flavored liqueur, and cheer our journey with your best “opa!”

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Journeys Highlight Moment Athens Culinary Mezze Experience
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 12 – ATHENS

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

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