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

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads and unpaved trails, with some hills and stairs.

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

Map of Tour of Greece

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 $45pp* 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: $55)

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 - Arachova Village & Greek Dinner $65pp* Details

Visit Arachova, a picturesque town at the foot of Mount Parnassos, and soak in the breathtaking mountain landscape. The afternoon is yours to stroll through the cobblestone streets, exploring the charming village and admiring Arachova’s many Byzantine-era churches. Then, enjoy a traditional Greek dinner at a restaurant in the village.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

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 - Corfu Tavern Dinner $75pp* 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: $85)

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 Starting from $799 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

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 $95pp* 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 as you enjoy a casual buffet dinner on board the boat. Please note: This optional excursion is seasonal and runs only from late May to mid October.

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 $55pp* Details

Santorini’s volcanic landscape and nutrient-rich soil nurtures a wealth of outstanding vineyards. On this excursion, you’ll tour a local winery, enjoying a film screening followed by a wine tasting. Taste five different varietals, including Vin Santo, a sweet wine made from dried grapes, then enjoy a light lunch overlooking the Aegean Sea.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $65)

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
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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Greece, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.  

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads and unpaved trails, with some hills and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of ferries.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in and depart from Athens. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • A ferry ride to and from Corfu is included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a one-way ferry between Athens and Santorini and a flight back to Athens.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted. 
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. 
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Greece. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • Please note that codeine (commonly found in headache medications) is banned in Greece, and you may face prosecution if you bring it into the country.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • Greece’s warm climate ensures a constant supply of fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables. Salads served with aromatic olive oil, feta cheese and oregano are plentiful. Grilled fish and meat are integral to Greek cuisine, as well as squid and octopus. Don't miss the spinach and cheese pies, called spanakopita.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Greece operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins. 
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed. 

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

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

  • You will use the euro on this tour. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour. 
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: OK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful!!!

We give this tour a two thumbs up!! The day before our tour was to start, Athens air controllers went on strike! Go Ahead worked on this all day calling us frequently to update us!! We did get to go on schedule!! The tour was all we could have asked for! Rob our tour guide was great, he was entertaining as well as very knowledgable!! This was our fifth Go Ahead tour, and we are looking forward to planning another!!

 

Hi Mary! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your fifth Go Ahead tour! We're also very glad that the strike in Athens didn't impact your trip. Our team closely monitors all relevant world events to ensure that nothing disrupts your tour experience. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 31, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Opa

I would have to rate this trip in the top three vacations I have taken. Our Tour Guide Irene was fabulous. She was very knowledgeable and helped fill in the time on the bus with wonderful stories of the local customs and fantastic stories of Greek Mythology. We also had fabulous local guides that enhanced the sites we were visiting with great knowledge of the history of these sites. The hotels were fabulous, with great views from our rooms.. I think the best was the Corfu Holiday Palace, my room overlooked the pool and the bay. The optional trip to the Tripa Tavern was lots of fun, as most of our group got up and danced with the locals patrons and another tour group that was also there. I feel this trip was well worth the cost and I feel comfortable recommending this trip to all my friends or anybody else that asks

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Hi Daniel! We’re thrilled that this trip ranks as one of the best vacations you’ve ever taken! It sounds like your Tour Director and local guides brought the historical highlights to life with their extensive knowledge. We will be sure to share this feedback with their supervisors. It’s great to know that you feel this tour is a good value and that you would recommend it to others. We are glad to hear it! Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 23, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/19/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime!

First, let me just say this was an awesome trip! Our tour director was Emmie R. ( an American from the Carolinas) was fluent in Greek and knew more about the country that I have even ever read ! She was so helpful and was able to add extra's to the trip to make it even better. There were a few things that could have been done differently/better to make this trip more amazing. Here are a few: 1) Make the hotels closer to the main cities. Would rather pay a little more up front for decent central hotels than having to pay for a cab or bus just to be able to get dinner somewhere besides the hotel. 2) Pertaining to #1, should offer something besides buffet dinners when it is included in the tour. 3) Allow more time at attractions/ruins- after the local tour guide had finished, we only had 15-20 minutes at each stop to take pictures. Once we ran around trying to get as many pictures as possible, there was no time left to see the museums and shop for souveniers. 4) If we are paying for our own meals, should have an option to go where we want. On 3 occasions, we were told that we had to have a meal at a restaurant not of our choosing and we had to pay. I would have much rather shopped at Olympia VIllage instead of paying for an overpriced lunch and the "scenic lunch" we had on the bus trip turned into a nightmare. Our table did not get all the food we ordered, then we were told that someone did not pay for their lunch and we all had to "donate" a Euro each to make up the expected difference in the check. The Epidaurus lunch was wonderful, but again, we had no choice in the matter. 5) Really did not like the "shopping" excursions. We were taken to a specific store to "shop" in and there were no others available. Then they offered "raffle tickets" to anyone that purchased there to be entered for a prize drawing. Just felt a little too much like a set up to me. Was not given time to shop where I wanted to , but extra excursions where they wanted us to. 6) SO, the Santorini add-on is a must! The island was was beautiful and our hotel was quite lovely. However, you need to provide TO THE DOOR transportation. We had to walk all the way up this huge hill, just to get to the hotel. Then, we were all housed in the lowest floor and there were no elevators. For 3 days was multiple trips up and down the stairs and up and down that hill. Had there been anyone in our group that was elderly or impaired, they would not have been able to leave the hotel. 7) Also, since the hotel was not near a beach- had to pay 60 Euros for a cab/bus ride to and from. Since we were already right there for the Akrotiri ruins, GoAhead should include a beach trip as well ( other companies in the area did offer day trips and cheaper boat trips) or at least make it an optional excursion. All in all, though, this was the most wonderful trip! I don't know that I will ever get to make it back again as there is still so much of the world I want to see with Go Ahead. Would just love to see this trip be more amazing!

 

Hi Jennie! Thank you for your thoughtful and detailed review. We’re thrilled that you had an awesome time in Greece and that your Tour Director added value to your experience. We appreciate all the constructive suggestions you provided for the itinerary and will be sure to communicate them to the relevant departments. Regarding hotel locations, we do our best to choose centrally located accommodations. However, availability is another factor that may affect these decisions. In terms of pacing, the amount of time allotted for each stop or site largely depends on the tour. Some of our tours cover much more ground than others, in which case less time is spent at each location. That said, we certainly don’t want travelers to feel rushed, so we do appreciate your thoughts on the pacing. Regarding the meals that are not included, travelers are generally able to choose their own restaurants and meals. The primary reason the location would be predetermined is due to logistics, such as a stop along the way to the next site or city. We regret that you felt limited for a few of your meals, and we will be sure to revisit this itinerary and see if there is a way to avoid that. We’re so glad you chose to go to Santorini, and we agree that it’s a must! We appreciate your suggestion to include a beach trip, and we will definitely pass that tip along to our Product Development team. Thank you again for all the wonderful feedback, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 09, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 3/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: BC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

"Best Tour Director!"

This was a very comprehensive tour of Greece led by a nurturing leader who is a former teacher. She kept us on time and she made sure that we saw as much of ancient and modern Greece as possible. The Greek people were extremely welcoming and gracious. We need to increase the tourist traffic to Greece. The weather warm but not extremely hot. Line-ups were short because of the time of year. The olives, olive oil, Mousaka, Chicken and Pork Gyros, and Baklavas were heavenly. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in Greek history and culture and food.

 

Hello! Thank you for your review of Athens & Ancient Greece! We're happy you enjoyed your time on tour. Between the welcoming locals, fantastic food, and fascinating history and culture, Greece is certainly a wonderful destination to explore. We're glad you would recommend this tour, and we look forward to welcoming you on another soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 27, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 15

From: BC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

One of the best!

I have travelled with GAT on several tours and I have to say that this trip, at this time of year has to be one of the best ever! The tour guide Emmie was so very willing to help in any way possible. She went out of her way to offer all sorts of great venues that were not on the itinerary. The hotels were good, mostly central to the areas we were visiting and the breakfasts were always tasty and plentiful. Visiting Greece in the spring offers a kaleidoscope of colourful wild flowers and green valleys. There are no crowds and warm sunny weather. Do go on the extension to Santorini and enjoy this unique and remarkable island. It was the icing on the cake form me and my group!

 

Hi Verna! It’s wonderful to hear that this trip was one of the best you’ve taken with us! Greece in the spring is just lovely and not as crowded, as you say. We’re so glad you enjoyed your accommodations and that you found your Tour Director to be enthusiastic and helpful. We agree that the extension to Santorini is a “must!” Thank you for sharing your experience, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 27, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing tour

I cannot believe how much we saw of Greece in such a short time. It was a little exhausting at first but the thrill of adventure kept me going. Our tour guide, Irene, and all the local guides were so knowledgeable about the history of Greece - and there is a LOT of history to know about! We learned so much from them about the ancient peoples who lived there and left such an impact on everything. While traveling on the bus we were often entertained with stories of the gods that began "Once, in a magical mystical time..." Irene is the best storyteller of all time. Two recommendations. If you are a female, bring a skirt that falls below your knees to visit the monasteries. Also, the tours that end up in Santorini after November 1st will have limited choices for restaurants as many of them close on that date for the winter. The advantage is that the crowds are practically non-existent. Overall the tour and the accommodations were great...especially the Corfu Palace Hotel with its breathtaking balcony view and elevator down to the swimming area on the Ionian Sea.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Lots of History

This was a very in-depth history lesson! Greece has so much history, with mythology mixed in. It was hard to keep up at times. But our tour director, Alexandra, was excellent. She told fabulous stories, kept us laughing. And she was very good with explaining the history. We had excellent tour guides at the ruins ...walking us thru the time-lines and important facts. I had forgotten what little I knew of Greek Mythology, and knew nothing of Greece's turbulent past, so it was definitely a big learning experience for me. In addition to the ruins we saw much of the Greek countryside (mountains, deltas, coasts). The trip to Meteora and the Monasteries was very interesting. We covered alot of territory on this tour,being on the bus alot. We stayed at nice hotels, but unfortunately didn't have much free time to enjoy the facilities or town that was nearby. One of our favorite stops was Nafpoli where we had a free afternoon and evening in town (took a taxi back to our hotel). Our least favorite hotel was the Metropolitan in Athens...dirty, crowded, loud, too far away from the tourist area. It would have been better to be within walking distance of the Plaka. My only recommendation would be a better hotel in Athens, and more free time in the towns we stayed in (with more dinners on our own).

 

Hi Linda! Greece truly is a historically rich destination. It’s great to hear your Tour Director did an excellent job of keeping your group informed and providing some laughs along the way. We’re so glad you learned a lot, as we always strive to make our tours both a cultural and educational experience. The Greek countryside is extremely beautiful, and we’re thrilled you were able to enjoy it. The Meteora region is definitely an amazing spot, boasting both an incredible landscape and stunning architecture. We have worked hard over the years to build a portfolio of tours that has something for everyone, no matter their interests or reasons for traveling. For those looking to cover a great deal in a short amount of time, we have tours such as this with many inclusions and points of interest. For travelers looking to have more time in select areas, we have tours with a slower pace and ample occasions for exploration. Regarding your hotel in Athens, we regret to hear that it did not meet your expectations. We hand-select all of our hotels with our travelers' best interest in mind, and we will monitor the performance of this hotel in the future. We thank you for your thoughtful review, and we hope to welcome you onto another Go Ahead tour in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | January 11, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great tour

This was our first tour and our tour was great. The tour director was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The bus driver did a fantastic job of getting around in tight spots. There was nothing about this tour we did not enjoy.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Surprisingly fun tour

Greece was amazing! I had so much fun. The food was delicious, views were panoramic, and the temples were amazing to see. I didn't know what to expect, especially being a single traveler, but it turned out to be even more fun than I had ever imagined. Our tour guide, Michael, was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. The only thing I wish was different was one more day. The trip is so fast paced and we were constantly on the bus and getting up really early everyday. I wish there would have been one day where there would have been a free day, so that way people could sleep in and have a day to relax. Overall, it was a good trip. I would highly recommend it.

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2 / 5

2 / 5

Tour Date: 6/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Disappointing to say the least

I have waited three months to write a review so that I could cool off and be more unemotional. Here it is. There were several issues with our tour, and I’m not sure in many cases whether they were the fault of the company or the tour guide, or possibly a combination of both (unclear directions to and/or lack of oversight of the guide). In many cases, it was as if Go Ahead tours was running its very first tour—it was like they had never run across this issue before. I am at a loss to explain it. Total lack of management skills? 1) We never got a room with a sea view. Rooms were handed out randomly. Why? Why not alternate between giving customers a sea view and a parking lot view? It would be quick, easy, and cost nothing. 2) "Bait and Switch" or blackmail optional additional stops--several times the guide told us we could make an additional stop, usually for about 25 Euros a person. But it was all or nothing--if one person didn't want to go, we didn't go. This is obviously company policy since a reviewer of this same tour mentioned exactly the same thing in 2012. These are NOT the published options you pay for ahead of time; you don't learn about these until you're on the bus. 3) Restaurants were often a command performance--either we had paid for them as part of the tour or they were in an isolated spot and we had no choice. Often the food was sub-standard and/or luke warm. Or they simply didn't have what was on their menu. People walked out of several restaurants without eating, including me. Once half of a large table walked out (6-7 people). 4) The guide sometimes left us at sites and then disappeared. There was no local guide, we were on our own. Some of these sights had signs in Greek only. She also never ate with the group--she ate by herself or with the bus driver. She seemed exhausted--she had left a previous tour group just hours before she picked us up. 5) Someone got sick on the bus (what are the odds? 50-50? Of course several others got sick a few days later. Apparently the company has no protocols for dealing with this. I realize this sort of thing happens--but that's the point. If you're policy is to ignore it, that's not a good policy. 6) A trip to a winery is included. Why? Are there any Americans left who haven't been to a winery?

 

Dear Robert, Thank you for writing your review, and for taking the time to speak with us about your experience on tour. We regret to learn that you felt there were aspects of your trip that did not meet your expectations. We work hard to ensure the comfort of our travelers throughout their time with us, and we regret to learn that you did not feel we accomplished this goal in your case. We thank you for your detailed and thoughtful feedback, and we hope to welcome you onto another Go Ahead tour in the future.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 07, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 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!

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