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Athens & Ancient Greece

13 days
Between the Mediterranean beaches bathed in sunlight, ancient ruins teeming with legend and whitewashed villas bursting with local charm, falling in love with Greece is a sure thing. Discover the heart of Europe’s oldest city, from the Acropolis to the Plaka. Island hop along the Ionian to shorelines steeped in mythology. And explore the backdrops that played roles in Plato and Homer’s epics and shaped Western civilization as we know it.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Athens aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Athens2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Athens! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax or begin acquainting yourself with Athens. At an included dinner this evening, meet your fellow travelers.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Acropolis site

A local guide introduces you to the highlights of this bustling ancient capital. On your tour of the Acropolis—the original City on a Hill—you can walk amid the ruins of the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike with its graceful statue of the goddess Athena. Notice that she has no wings, a symbolic gesture to keep her from deserting the city. Descending from the Acropolis, view the Presidential Guard in their traditional costumes and the classically inspired Greek Parliament. Then, pass through Syntagma Square, where you’ll see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After your tour, consider joining an excursion to Cape Sounion, where you can see the Temple of Poseidon.

Optional Excursion - Cape Sounion $35*pp Details

Journey to the southern tip of the Attic Peninsula to take in the sights of the Poseidon Coast, including sandy beaches, natural and manmade harbors and, of course, the Aegean Sea itself. High above the sparkling shoreline, the Temple of Poseidon dominates the landscape. Of the original structure, 16 elegant Doric pillars remain. Afterward, decide how you'd like to spend your free time. Take a moment to look out from the lofty cliffside vantage point, where you can see five Aegean islands on a clear day. You may also choose to enjoy a coffee, stop in the souvenir shop or stroll through the area. Please note: This excursion involves some walking on uneven terrain.

Delphi Region1 night Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Temple of Apollo

After traveling to the Delphi region, take a guided tour of this legendary site, home of the mystical oracle. Visit the Temple of Apollo, where, according to legend, the god once communicated with mortals. Greece’s ancient military leaders left gifts here in hopes of good fortune in battle. Later, consider joining an evening optional excursion to the Convent of Prophet Elias, which includes dinner.

Optional Excursion - Convent of Prophet Elias $69*pp Details

This evening excursion begins with a visit to the Convent of the Prophet Elias, a Byzantine convent dating back to the 11th century and known for its ornate Greek ecclesiastical wood carvings. Later, enjoy a dinner of regional dishes in the mountainside town of Arahova.

Meteora Region1 night Hotel info

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Pinnacle Monastery, Holy Monastery of St. Stephen

Today, travel to the remote village of Kalambaka, at the foot of the Pindus Mountains, under the shadow of the rocks of Meteora. Discover Meteora’s stunning monasteries, Byzantine structures perched atop 1,000-foot-high pinnacle rocks, and spend the night in the Meteora region.

Corfu2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross the Pindus Mountains and make your way to the lakeside town of Ioannina, whose beautiful mosque and Ottoman fortress are evidence of four centuries of Turkish rule. This afternoon, continue to the port of Igoumenitsa. Board an afternoon ferry bound for the island of Corfu, where you’ll dine with your travel companions tonight.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Achillion Museum

This morning, discover Corfu on a guided sightseeing tour. Once ruled by the Venetians, this island has retained much of its Italian charm. The best architectural reflection of this influence is found at the Spianada, which still stands as the most impressive square in Greece. During your tour, visit the regal Achillion Palace, once the palatial summer residence of German Kaiser Wilhelm II and the Church of St. Spyridon, where you’ll uncover the sacred relics of the island’s patron saint. Later, you may want to join our optional excursion, Tripa Tavern Evening, where you’ll savor authentic Greek specialties and hospitality at a charming, family-run taverna in the picturesque village of Kinopiastes.

Optional Excursion - Tripa Tavern Evening $69*pp Details

Savor authentic Greek specialties and hospitality at a rustic, family-run tavern in the picturesque village of Kinopiastes. Touted for its friendly atmosphere, the Tripa Tavern has drawn rave reviews from past patrons, including Greek President Constantine Karamanlis, Aristotle Onassis and Jane Fonda. While you sample hors d’oeuvres, hearty entrees and tasty wines, the tavern staff will entertain you with song and dance.

Rio2 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After a ferry crossing back to the mainland from Corfu, follow the dramatic Ionian coast to Rio, where you’ll spend the next two nights. On your way, make stops in the fishing village of Amfilochia and historic Missolonghi to visit the Garden of Heroes. In Rio, settle in over an included dinner.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Olympia site

Travel to Olympia for a full day of exploration. Your guided tour highlights the ancient Gymnasium and the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the vast stadium, see where the first Olympic Games took place nearly 3,000 years ago.

Nauplia2 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leaving Rio this morning, head to the charming harbor town of Nauplia. Upon arrival, your Tour Director leads an informal tour through the town, which was the first capital of independent Greece. Prior to that, Nauplia had been occupied by the Turks, Venetians, Franks and Byzantines. Dinner is included this evening.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Epidaurus amphitheater, Mycenae Archeological Site

Explore the landmarks of Epidaurus and Mycenae on guided sightseeing tours. In Epidaurus, discover Greece’s best-preserved open-air theater (dating from the 4th century B.C.), where the acoustics are as impressive as the structure itself. Highlights of Mycenae include the mysterious beehive-shaped Treasury of Atreus and the magnificent Lion Gate, one of the oldest monumental sculptures in Europe. Visit the burial ground of Agamemnon and his followers, where archaeologists unearthed incredible treasures.

Athens1 night Hotel info

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way back to Athens, stopping for a photo at the Corinth Canal, which links the Corinthian and Saronic Gulfs. Once you’re back in Athens, you might choose to visit any of the city’s excellent museums or take a walk in the National Gardens during your free time. Tonight, say goodbye to your fellow travelers at an included farewell dinner.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not continuing on our tour extension to Santorini, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Add Santorini & Athens $679 pp

Some call Santorini the lost city of Atlantis. Most just call it paradise. Discover a volcanic island of black-sand beaches, sprawling vineyards and cliff-lined shores famed for its Mediterranean sunsets and world-class white wine. During your stay, you’ll soak up Santorini’s stunning seascapes on a guided tour and uncover its rich history on a visit to the museum of Akrotiri, a Minoan colony buried in volcanic ash 3,600 years ago.

Santorini3 nights Hotel info

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a ferry to Santorini. Upon arrival, you have free time to explore the island.

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Akrotiri Excavations

Admire views of the island and explore the local sights on your guided tour. You’ll also visit Akrotiri, a town situated on the southwestern side of Santorini that’s home to incredible excavations of wall paintings. The afternoon is free for you to delve deeper into the island’s history or relax on the picturesque beaches.

Day 15

Included meals: Breakfast

Today is a free day to explore on your own. This afternoon, for a taste of local flavor, consider joining our optional excursion for a Greek wine tasting and lunch.

Optional Excursion - Greek Wine Tasting & Lunch $45*pp Details

Santorini was once a volcano, and the island's nutrient-rich soil nurtures some outstanding vineyards. On this excursion, you'll enjoy a tour through a local winery followed by a wine tasting and an included lunch overlooking the Aegean.

Athens1 night Hotel info

Day 16

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a final morning in Santorini before flying back to Athens, where you’ll have a free afternoon to spend as you’d like. Consider a visit to the National Archaeological Museum, which houses one of the world’s finest collections of antiquities. Or, shop for handicrafts in the shops along Pandrossou Street

Day 17

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

This morning, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Athens, Greece
  • Delphi, Greece
  • Kalambaka, Greece
  • Corfu, Greece
  • Rio, Greece
  • Nauplia, Greece
  • Santorini, Greece
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Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Greece, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact Greece’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.  Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).  Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Baggage Handling

Please note that porter service cannot be guaranteed on the ferry from Corfu to Igoumenitsa. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

We recommend packing comfortable, light, loose-fitting clothing, as well as a sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes. A lightweight jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. Also, please be respectful and refrain from visiting churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Turkey. Especially during the summer months, take proper care for sun exposure. While no vaccinations are required for entry, be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel recommendations. 

Cuisine

Greece’s warm climate ensures a constant supply of high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables. Salads are excellent here, usually served with aromatic olive oil and topped with feta cheese and oregano. Simple, grilled fish and meat are also integral to Greek cuisine. Barbecued lamb, squid, octopus, spinach and cheese pies, baked eggplant and zucchini are other delicious dishes.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Athens. A ferry ride to and from Corfu is also included (as well as a one-way ferry between Athens and Santorini and a return flight on the extension). All other included transportation is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the cities by public transportation. Despite the famed hustle and bustle of Athens, the city’s main attractions are easily accessed on foot. If you do need to use public transportation, however, there’s a brand-new efficient metro system that was conveniently completed in time for the 2004 Olympics.

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll be using in Greece. We advise that you take a combination of ATM/ bank cards, credit cards and traveler’s checks, which can be exchanged for cash at local banks in Greece as needed. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Shopping on Tour

Please note that some excursions may include a stop at a market or specialty store. Go Ahead Tours has no relationship with these vendors and encourages you to research specialty items you’re interested in purchasing abroad before you leave to ensure you receive the best quality.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Tour Director

This tour was excellent. Well-planned and executed. The Tour Director was one of the best ever; very personable and very knowledgeable.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/1/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great sites and times

Our tour director was Michael and he was fantastic. He has a wealth of knowledge about his country and took care of us exceptionally well. He added several "tour director specials" that were amazing out-of-the-way spots, including a church built over a cave, a small pyramid, and two fishing villages. He was unflappable, answering all our questions and never losing his thoughtfulness or his upbeat personality. We also had a great driver, Demetrios. Our only challenges on the tour were transportation outside the mainland: Air Canada Rouge was an ordeal both ways, and the ferry to Santorini was like being in an airplane (we would have preferred a slower ferry that would allow us to be outside on deck). Overall, though, it was a wonderful, well-organized trip and we saw so much of Greece!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/1/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

"Wonderful Classic Tour of Greece!"

This was a fantastic trip that combined archaeology, history and culture. Our tour leader, Michael, provided exceptional commentary as we traveled thru the countryside, villages, and islands. Be sure to take in the optional excursions to Cape Sounion and the Taverna Evening. Michael provides/suggests additional "surprise" excursions that were all worth participating in. We felt they enhanced the trip and gave additional insight into the culture of this country. The food was delicious and hotel accomodations were clean, comfortable and well located. Several had fantastic water views! Santorini is a must. This is a trip you will thoroughly enjoy!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/4/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tour director was awesome

This was my 4th trip with go ahead and I was not disappointed. Our tour director Rob was the best yet he was very very knowledgable ass well as entertaining. He really made the trip that much better. I can't wait for my next go ahead vacation and hopefully many others will be able to take this trip and have as great of a time as I did.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/16/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director!

This was the most amazing tour I've been on so far with GoAhead. The tour director was exceptional, Alexandra made the trip flow so smoothly and I never worried about a single detail of this tour. My fellow group of travelers were amazing and on-time, which makes a huge difference in keeping up with the schedule of things to see and do. The sites we visited were breathtaking and the people of Greece were so friendly. The food was delicious as well! We visited in March and the weather was wonderful and the places we visited were not too crowded with tourist.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/16/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour

This was a most enjoyable tour experience, and it was our first group tour. We hope to take more. Everything worked smoothly, the bus was uncrowded and driven by a friendly, safe driver, and our tour guide was tops. Hotels were comfortable, meals plentiful and tasty, sites visited were very interesting, guides were very knowledgeable, and our tour guide was terrific. If you haven't been to Greece, this is an excellent first trip.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/16/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Super Experience

This tour exceeded all my expectations. From the very beginning when we were met at the Athens airport by our amiable guide, Alexandra, to the farewells 11 days later. She and all our site guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. Our travel coach was first class and comfortable, and with only 17 people on the tour, we had plenty of room. The huge breakfast buffets and 5 dinners included were delicious, and our hotel accommodations were excellent. I would wish for everyone taking this tour the perfect weather we had. This tour combines ancient sites with beautiful scenery, and included enough free time to go exploring on our own. The information Go Ahead mailed in preparation for our trip came in handy on the tour. This was a first-time tour for me and I will certainly be going on more.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/21/2013

Number of Past Tours: 12

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Glorious Tour of "The Glory That Was Greece"

I agree with everything in Karen’s 8/8/2013 review, starting with “Alexandra is a goddess” among tour directors, including her tips and recommendations, and concluding with the “trip of a lifetime.” I can't imagine a tour director more helpful, more patient, more cheerful, or more fun than Alexandra. Together with the exceptionally companionable traveling companions also on this tour, Alexandra made every day a delight. The tour was a fascinating education in ancient history filled with breath-taking landscapes and ruins, fascinating museums … and Greek salads made with the freshest feta and tomatoes.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/21/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Alexandra is a Goddess

Just returned from my Go Ahead tour to Greece. If you go and Alexandra is your tour director, you have just hit the jackpot!!! You will definetly feel like you got a true tour of the Ancient sights, while learning all about Greek customs today. Make sure you take the excursion to Cape Sounion to see the Temple of Poseidon overlooking the Aegean Sea. The excursion to the Monastery is not worth it, although the included dinner was nice. All the other excursions were cancelled due to lack of interest. Alexandra added an excursion to Ancient Corinth and it was awesome. I think that Go Ahead should add it to the tour. How can you go all that way and not be offered to see this spectacular sight? The local guides were extremely knowledgable, and excited to answer questions. In Greece, they undergo three years of schooling to prepare, and are some of the most informed local guides I have ever encountered. This is an active tour, there is lots of walking on uneven terrain, not for those who want to sit around. The hotels were all beautiful, and make sure to bring your bathing suit. Lots of opportunities to swim. Also, make sure you bring water shoes as many of the beaches are quite rocky. But remember, if you arrive and the Greek Goddess Alexandra is waiting for you at the airport, smilling and telling you kalimera (good morning), know that you are about to have the trip of a lifetime.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/12/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: RI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

great Greece vacation

we had a great tour director for this trip and had a wonderful time. I would say if you are thinking about going to Greece Do it!!

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