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A Week in Ancient Greece: Athens, Delphi & Olympia

9 days |  12 days with Crete & Athens extension
9 days |  12 days with Crete & Athens extension
Group size1538 travelers

4.8 out of 5 stars

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Erechtheion temple with Caryatid Porch on the Acropolis in Athens Greece
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Learn about sites and legends that defined Ancient Greece.

Rich history, rugged ruins, remarkable beauty—you can find it all in Greece. And on this tour, you’ll experience the country’s wonders coming alive as the summer heat dies down and the locals return to their daily routines. Let the echoes of antiquity wash over you as you monument-hop in Athens, Delphi, Olympia, and Nafplio, unbothered by the peak season’s typical crowds. To dig even further back in time, add the trip’s extension to Crete—Greece’s largest and most populous island—for a study of the Minoan civilization, and discover a culture that predated even Socrates by centuries.

Your tour package includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 5 sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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Included highlights

  • Acropolis
  • Parthenon
  • Temple of Apollo
  • Ruins of Olympia
  • Ancient Theater of Epidaurus
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Athens today.

Athens2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Athens
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Greece! Settle in to your hotel. Then, gather with your Tour Director and fellow groups members at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Athens
Included meal: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the highlights of this bustling ancient capital, home to the world’s first democracy.

  • Pass by the Olympic Stadium, Syntagma Square, and the Arch of Hadrian.
  • View the sixth-century Temple of Zeus.
  • See the classically inspired Old Royal Palace, home of the Hellenic Parliament, anddrive through the Plaka district.
  • Set off on a walking tour around the ancient Acropolis, site of the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, and Erechtheion.

Spend a free afternoon in Athens or add an excursion.

Cape Sounion

From $75 per person

Delphi Region1 night
Day 4: Transfer to the Delphi Region & sightseeing tour
Included meal: 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 gods once communicated with mortals. 

Enjoy a free evening in the Delphi region or add an excursion.

Arachova Village & Greek Dinner

From $79 per person

Olympia Region1 night
Day 5: Transfer to the Olympia Region & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to the Olympia region and tour the legendary city of Olympia with a local guide.

  • View 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.
  • Step inside the Archaeological Museum of Olympia and enjoy free time to explore the exhibits.

Please note: The sightseeing tour of Olympia may take place on Day 6 depending on the season.

This evening, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Nafplio2 nights
Day 6: Transfer to Nafplio & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way to the seaside town of Nafplio and explore the charming locale with your Tour Director.

  • Stroll through Syntagma Square.
  • Soak in the beautiful views of the port and the hilltop Palamidi Fortress.
Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Epidaurus
Included meal: Breakfast

Head into the countryside for a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus.

  • Enter the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, one of the best-preserved Greek amphitheaters in the world.
  • Learn about the site’s many temples and ruins.

Spend a free afternoon in Nafplio or add an excursion.

Mycenae & Nemea Wine Tasting

From $85 per person

Athens1 night
Day 8: Athens via the Corinth Canal
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Travel back to Athens today. Along the way, stop at the Corinth Canal to snap a photo of the waterway that separates the Peloponnese peninsula from mainland Greece. 

This evening, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Flight Home1 night
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to visit Heraklion in Crete and further explore Athens.

Extension to Crete & Athens
Even to the Ancient Greeks, the Minoans of Crete were relics of a bygone era. On this trip’s extension, you’ll go back—way back—to when they ruled modern Greece’s largest island. Fly to the Cretan capital of Heraklion and investigate the ruins of Knossos, the mythical home of the legendary Minotaur. Then, after a free day to do as you please, return to Athens for a final night in the Greek capital.
Heraklion2 nights
Day 9: Flight to Heraklion & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

This morning, fly to Heraklion, capital of the island of Crete.

Then, join a local guide for a tour of the city this afternoon.

  • Visit the ruins of Knossos, where King Minos imprisoned the Minotaur in a labyrinth, according to the myth.
  • Enter the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
Day 10: Free day in Heraklion
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Heraklion or add an excursion.


From $119 per person

Athens1 night
Day 11: Flight to Athens
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly back to Athens today. Then, gather with your group members and toast to your trip with a farewell drink. 

Spend a free evening in Athens or add an excursion.

Athens Home-Hosted Dinner

From $79 per person

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.8 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.8 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Adventure
    4/20/24 by 2nd-time traveler Catherine

    This tour was amazing. So many things to see. So little time. If you like mythology and ancient mysteries then this tour is a great fit. Alexandra worked really hard to insure the group had every opportunity to see additional sites. Thank you.

    5 out of 5 stars

    Ancient Greece in April - Perfect!
    4/20/24 by 2nd-time traveler Susan

    I am so glad we chose late April to go to Greece. The weather was perfect, not hot or humid but still lots of sun. Our tour director Alexandra was fantastic! She was really attentive to everyone’s needs plus being funny and very interesting. She had great relationships with all our local guides...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    4/20/24 by 1st-time traveler Patricia
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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Saint George Lycabettus Hotel
    Saint George Lycabettus Hotel

    This boutique hotel is located in the Kolonaki neighborhood in central Athens. Guests enjoy a screening room, rooftop pool, and spa. Nearby, you’ll fi...

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    Amalia Hotel Delphi
    Amalia Hotel Delphi

    This modern hotel is located at the foot of Mount Parnassus in Delphi. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, beautiful views, and manicured gardens. Nearby, ...

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    Hotel Europa Olympia
    Hotel Europa Olympia

    This impressive hotel sits atop Drouvas Hill in Ancient Olympia. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, Greek Tavern, and relaxing garden. Nearby you’ll find ...

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    Amalia Hotel Nafplio
    Amalia Hotel Nafplio

    This modern hotel is located in the town entrance of Nafplion. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, balconies, and air conditioning. Nearby, you’ll find Árgos, Ti...

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    Galaxy Hotel Iraklio
    Galaxy Hotel Iraklio

    This luxe hotel is located in Heraklion on the island of Crete. Guests enjoy restaurants, the outdoor pool, and a spa. Nearby, you’ll find Lions Squar...

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