Taste of Greece

7 Days, 1 Countries. Discover ancient Greece as you explore the historic sites of Athens, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae and more!

DAY 1: Athens

Welcome to Greece! Upon arrival, make your own way the hotel for the start of the tour (airport transfers available at extra cost, please contact us for details). This evening we will enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant in Plaka, an historical neighbourhood of Athens close to the Acropolis.

Experiences

Get to know the other travellers on your tour at the included dinner this evening. You’ll get to try traditional Greek cuisine, like pitta with tzatziki, greek salad, tomato balls and spanakopita (spinach pie).

Accommodation

Best Western Candia

Other Foods to try

There are many slight variations on the classic moussaka throughout the Mediterranean and Balkan regions, but they all have the same basic format: layers of aubergine, minced meat, tomato, onion and garlic. It is then topped with potato and a cheesy, bechamel sauce.

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DAY 2: Thermopylae – Meteora – Kalambaka

It’s an early start this morning as we head north. On our way, we will stop at Thermopylae to admire the statue of Leonidas, King of Sparta. We’ll then drive on to Meteora, where we will see amazing rock formations, like towers of sandstone, stand ageless, and have provided sacred retreat for monks over the centuries. A number of monasteries are hidden on top of Meteora and today you will have the option to get to see the Varlaam Monastery and The Great Meteoron Monastery, the highest, largest and oldest monastery in Meteora. The view over the plain is breathtaking and Meteora is considered among the most beautiful areas of mainland Greece and belongs to UNESCO’s list of world heritage monuments. After our visit, we travel to Kalambaka, where we will check into our hotel and enjoy an included dinner at the hotel.

Experiences

Visit Thermopylae for a photo stop to admire the statue of Leonidas, King of Sparta.

Visit Meteora, considered one of the most beautiful regions in mainland Greece, officially a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Entrance fee to Meteora (two monasteries) – €6

Optional Excursions
Meteora €6
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.

Accommodation

Kosta Famissi

Other Foods to try

Greeks love their sweet foods as much as any other country. Most include honey and flaky pastry, including the classic baklava – layers of honey, filo pastry and ground nuts.

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DAY 3: Kalambaka – Delphi

After breakfast, we depart and cross the mountains for central Greece, arriving in Delphi, we will check-in to our hotel and make our way out again, heading straight for our visit to the ancient site of Delphi and museum. In antiquity, Delphi was considered the “omphalos” (navel) of the earth, and the place where people from around the world would visit in order to receive an “oracle” from “Pythia”. We will admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and we will also visit the museum of Delphi with the famous bronze statue of the Charioteer. The evening is yours to spend at leisure, with an included dinner at the hotel.

Experiences

Option to visit Delphi and see the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and visit the museum of Delphi.

Entrance fee to Delphi site and museum – €12

Optional Excursions
Delphi €12
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.

Accommodation

Parnassos Hotel

Other Foods to try

Greece offers many different varieties of cheese, and the most famous is undoubtedly feta. If you visit a market you can ask to try the feta kept in large barrels behind the counter – this is very different to the feta you find in a supermarket!

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DAY 4: Delphi – Olympia

We leave Delphi behind this morning and head south towards the Peloponnese peninsula. The road will lead through Itea and Nafpaktos to the impressive Rio-Antirio bridge. Crossing over the bridge, we will arrive at the little village of ancient Olympia, Built on the banks of the River Alfios, Olympia is beautiful, green, and placid; it was the home of the original Olympic Games, which began in 776 BC. Before checking into our hotel we will stop for some Olive Oil tasting. Did you know Greece is the third largest producer of olive oil, but its consumption is the highest? After checking in, we will enjoy a tour through the remains of the Ancient Olympia Complex, including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra, and Phidias’s Workshop. Later, we will be visiting the Olympia Archaeological Museum, one of the richest museums in Greece. The evening is yours to spend at leisure, with an included dinner at the hotel.

Experiences

Olive oil tasting – sample different varieties of the oil that has been an intrinsic part of Greek culture for thousands of years.

We enjoy a tour of the the ancient Olympia complex, including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra and Phidias’ workshop. Option to visit the Olympia Archaeological Museum, one of the best museums on Greece.

Entrance fee to Olympia site and museum – €12

Optional Excursions
Olympia €12
Greek Tapas & Traditional Greek Dancing €15
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.

Accommodation

Neda

Other Foods to try

Legend has it that Athena gave an olive tree to the city of Athens, thus gaining its favour. Olives are eaten in many different ways, including stuffed with peppers, and olive oil is of course used liberally in Greek cooking.

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DAY 5: Mycenae – Nafplion – Epidaurus – Corinth canal – Athens

This morning we will cross the mountains of Peloponnese to arrive at Mycenae for our visit to the tomb of Agamemnon and the famous Lion’s gate. Our day continues to the picturesque town of Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece, dominated by Palamidi castle. We will have some free time for lunch, and to explore the picturesque narrow streets with the neoclassical buildings, and walk on the sea-front promenade with the amazing views to the fortified Bourtzi islet guarding the entrance of the port of Nafplion. We’ll then travel on to Epidaurus, the most important healing center in antiquity, and famous for its theater, the best preserved in Greece, with is incomparable acoustics. We then travel back to Athens, with a short stop along the way to admire the Corinth Canal.

Experiences

Option to visit Mycenae, featuring the tomb of Agamemnon and the famous Lion’s Gate.

Visit Nafplion, dominated by Palamidi Castle. Be sure to take time to explore the picturesque narrow streets and admire the neo-classical architecture. Take a stroll along the sea-front promenade and enjoy the amazing views to the fortfied Bourtzi islet, which guarded the entrance to the port of Nafplion.

Option to visit Epidaurus, the most important healing centre in ancient Greece, and famous for its well-preserved theater.

Visit the Corinth Canal.

Entrance fees: Epdiaurus – €12, Mycenae – €12

Optional Excursions
Epidaurus €12
Mycenae €12
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.

Accommodation

Best Western Candia

Other Foods to try

Classic dips are a big part of any Greek meal – try taramasalata (fish roe), tzatziki (yoghurt, cucumber and garlic), melitzanosalata (aubergine) and fava (split pea purée).

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DAY 6: Athens

After our breakfast we will take a panoramic tour of Athens. We will see the Academy, the National library, the Greek parliament and the tomb of Unknown Soldier guarded by the Evzones, the Panathinaikon marble stadium where the first modern Olympics took place, Hadrian’s Arch, the temple of Olympian Zeus, and other monuments and landmarks of the city. Our panoramic tour will end at the museum of the Acropolis for our guided visit, considered one of the best museums in Europe. We then continue on foot to the sacred rock of Acropolis. We will visit the Propylae, the Erechtheion, the temple of Athena Nike and the Parthenon. We will then walk along Apostolou Pavlou street towards the Thisio neighbourhood for an included lunch at a local restaurant. The afternoon is then yours free to explore Athens at your leisure.

Experiences

We’ll take you on a tour of the city which will include stops at The Academy, the National Library, the Greek parliament and the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Panathinaikon marble stadium where the first modern Olympics took place, Hadrian’s Arch, the temple of Olympian Zeus and the sacred rock of Acropolis. We’ll also visit the Propylae, the Erechteion, the temple of Athena, Nike and the Parthenon. Not to forget the museum of Acropolis, considered one of the best museums in Europe (entrance fees apply).

Entrance fee to Acropolis museum – €5

Optional Excursions
Acropolis museum €5
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.

Accommodation

Best Western Candia

Extra Information
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

DAY 7: Athens

Our tour concludes today after breakfast, and there is the option of an airport transfer. We hope you’ve enjoyed your tour of Greece!

Experiences

Your week long tour of the ancient sites of Greece has come to an end! If you would like to spend longer in Athens, please contact us to book post-tour accommodation.

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