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Athens & Ancient Greece

13 days
Between the Mediterranean beaches bathed in sunlight, ancient ruins teeming with legend and 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.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

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, 1 wine tasting

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Athens today.

Athens 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Athens

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Greece! Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner tonight.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Athens

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the highlights of this bustling ancient capital.

• Tour the ancient Acropolis, site of the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike

• Visit the 6th-century Temple of Zeus

• View the classically inspired Old Royal Palace, home of the Greek Parliament

• Pass through Syntagma Square to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Enjoy a free afternoon in Athens or add an excursion.

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $45)

Delphi Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Delphi

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to the Delphi region for a guided tour of the legendary home of the mystical oracle. You’ll visit the Temple of Apollo where according to legend, the god once communicated with mortals. 

Spend a free evening in Delphi or add an excursion.

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Meteora Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of the Meteora Region

Included meals: Breakfast

Today, travel to the remote village of Kalambaka at the foot of the Pindus Mountains. Discover Meteora’s stunning architecture: Pinnacle Monastery and St. Stephen’s Monastery, two Byzantine structures perched atop 1,000-foot-high pinnacle rocks.

Corfu 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Transfer to Corfu

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, board a ferry bound for the island of Corfu.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Corfu

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover Corfu with a local guide. Once ruled by the Venetians, this island has retained much of its Italian charm. 

• See the city’s Italian influence on display at the Spianada, arguably the most impressive square in Greece

• Visit the regal Achillion Palace, once the palatial summer residence of German Kaiser Wilhelm II

• Enter the Church of St. Spyridon, where you’ll uncover the sacred relics of the island’s patron saint

Enjoy a free evening in Corfu or add an excursion.

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Rio 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Transfer to Rio

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Board a ferry back to the mainland from Corfu. Then, follow the dramatic Ionian coast, making stops on your way to Rio. 

• Visit the fishing village of Amfilochia 

• Stop in historic Missolonghi to visit the Garden of Heroes

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Olympia

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, tour the legendary city of Olympia with a local guide. 

• Explore the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

• See the ancient Gymnasium and site where the first Olympic Games took place

Nauplia 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Wine tasting & guided tour of Nauplia

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Explore the historic region that has been occupied by the Turks, Venetians, Franks and Byzantines.

• Stop in Nemea to tour a vineyard and taste a selection of red and white wines

• In Nauplia, your Tour Director leads an orientation walk through the town that was the first capital of independent Greece

Day 11: Epidaurus & Mycenae

Included meals: Breakfast

Explore the landmarks of Epidaurus and Mycenae on guided sightseeing tours. 

• In Epidaurus, discover Greece’s best-preserved open-air theater

• In Mycenae, explore 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 in Mycenae, where archaeologists unearthed incredible treasures

Athens 1 night Hotel info

Day 12: Return to Athens

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel back to Athens to enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Day 13: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home or continue your Greek adventure in Santorini.

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.

Santorini 3 nights Hotel info

Day 13: Transfer to Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, board a ferry to the volcanic island of Santorini.

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast

Follow a local guide for a tour of the island’s best sights.

• Admire panoramic views from the top of Profitis Ilias Mountain

• Visit Akrotiri, a town situated on the southwestern side of the island that’s home to incredible excavations of wall paintings

• Stop in the charming village of Pyrgos

Enjoy a free afternoon in Santorini or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Santorini Caldera Cruise & Dinner $95*pp Details

Cruise through Santorini’s awe-inspiring caldera and around the volcanic island of Nea Kamenim for views of the picture-perfect cliffside village of Oía (pronounced “EE-ah”). Situated on the western end of the island, Oía was once a maritime center and stately captains’ houses still sit on its high ridges. Take in the scenery and the sunset (on clear days) as you enjoy a buffet-style dinner of home-cooked Greek specialties on board the boat. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs only from May through mid-October. It is also dependent upon weather conditions. A welcome drink, glass of wine and water are included.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Day 15: Free day in Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Santorini or add an excursion.

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $55)

Athens 1 night Hotel info

Day 16: Return to Athens

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly back to Athens to enjoy a free evening in the Greek capital.

Day 17: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your 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.

Electricity

Greece operates on the European standard 220 volts.

Time zones

Greece is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 7pm in Athens.

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.

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.

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.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

"It's All Greek To Me!"

How true that statement is now! I was thrown into the hustle and bustle of what is Athens...the energy of the people there was phenomenal! Everybody say, "Yiamas"! That's the greek word for Cheers! We slowed it down to venture thru the mountains and lakes of the Meteoric Region. I was enchanted with the monasteries on the mountain tops along with being shushed by the nuns for being too loud...my mom will be so shocked and proud ;)! Along with many royals, current and past, I fell in LOVE with the island of Corfu...I WILL BE BACK ONE DAY! You must try a Kumquat shot....Yiamas! I toured the Peloponnesian Island to see Ancient Corinth where my favorite disciple, Paul, taught the word of Jesus. Raquel, our fabulous tour guide, allowed us to have our own Olympics at Olympia Gymnasium where the first olympics took place. I ended the tour with the extension, which I highly recommend, in Santorini...AHHHH! The beach, it was FABULOUS!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

amazing Greece

The tour of UNESCO World Heritage sites was amazing, The richness of the Hellenic period which existed approximately 500 BC or 2,500 years ago is unsurpassed. Each local tour director was knowledgeable and affable. Despite the financial difficulties of the country tourism is very much appreciated in this magnificent country which provided the foundation of contemporary ideas and ideals.i

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 18

From: AL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wondeful ancients sights

Loved this tour

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: WI

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful at store called sites

Wonderful historical sites! The tour was well-managed. The hotels along the way were pretty far from city centers, disappointing. Arrived at hotels fairly late, due to long stops at, obviously, moneymaking tourist traps. Our tour director was a very positive person, likable, knowledgeable and helpful. So, two, the tour guides along the way, at the historical stops. All in all, a wonderful tour.

 

Welcome home, and thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your knowledgeable and positive tour guide, and that you found the historical sites wonderful! We are sorry to read that you were disappointed with your hotel locations, and the stops made en route from place to place. We have passed your comments along to our operations team, who are constantly reviewing and revising hotels and on-tour activities to ensure the highest quality and value. Thank you again for providing an important insight into this tour, and we hope to welcome you onto another Go Ahead tour in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 10, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/7/2012

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Glory was the "Best Tour Director"

I have some issues with walking and everyone helped me walking with out no problems and Glory helped me most of the time. I was there in Athens when the riots were going on in Athens, we were on the same street and had to walk back out about 4 blocks due to the streets being closed. Everyone was helpful and assisted us in getting back a few blocks then we called the van from the Hotel to pick us up. The tour was one of the best with Athens and the Greek Islands, we also went into Turkey and had one of the carpet sales experiences. The people were nice the food was great and the accomadations were excelente. Yes I would recommend the Tour and Glory the Tour Director, she is one of the best and most knowledgeable with languages and resources and countries. I was very impressed with this trip, plus there were two Goahead Employees that took the trip with us Veronica and Charlotte that was also very helpful to me. My name is Charlie I have been on 6 tours and have two booked this summer and fall. If you have questions or concerns I would be more than happy to discuss either one of my trips with whom every is interested. Thank you Charlie!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/15/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Unforgettable Glorious Greece

Our tour of Greece was simply WONDERFUL. This was our first experience with Go Ahead. We have done nine great student tours with EF and now that we are retired we wanted to travel with peers. The itinerary, pace, lodging, travel arrangements, and food were perfect. Our tour director, Kostas, was excellent. He has set a very high standard for those who will follow. Every one of the local guides was impressive. We have already signed up for two more tours in the future. We enjoyed meeting the people, learning about the historic sites, eating the native Greek food, and experiencing the culture. We are grateful for the new friends we made as we traveled together. My wife and I are both educators and seasoned travelers and we highly recommend Go Ahead. We have already recommended Go Ahead to friends and family.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/15/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour director

This was an amazing tour. The meals, hotels and sights were wonderful. Tour guide made it very very pleasure able. He was knowledgeable, accommodating, very organized with all the arrangements and details. Go Ahead picked the right places to see and the pace of the tour was just right. Highly recommend. This is a first class company! Ts s

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 16

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The most Perfect tour of my life!

November in Greece turned out to be the perfect temperature and the crowds were at the most wonderful, uncrowded level I have ever experienced. Our last-minute replacement tour director was the Best Ever (and I have had fabulous directors in my many experiences with GOT). Michael surpassed all others and I really hope I have another tour with him in the future. There wasn't a single thing that I thought should be different, and for a Virgo to call something PERFECT is really saying something (we usually analyze things to shreds). I would love to take this tour again, all the locations and activities were wonderful.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/21/2014

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful tour

Our tour director, Michael, really went all out to make this a memorable experience. In addition the great historical sites scheduled for us to visit, he included side trips and stops at little-known, hidden surprises that added so much to everybody's enjoyment. Also I might mention, many people don't realize the amazing natural beauty of mainland Greece. I highly recommend this tour to anyone. I'd like to take it again myself some day.

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.

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