Visit classic landmarks of Greece’s Golden Age in Athens, Sparta, Olympia and Delphi, and wander the lanes of ancient coastal villages of the Peloponnese Peninsula. Conclude your time in Greece with our relaxing 3-day optional extension to the picturesque (and very gay-friendly) island of Crete.
Classic Tour of Greece: A Walk through History
Ancient Greece presided over an age of incomparable human achievement. Great historians like Herodotus and Thucydides, great dramatists like Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus, and the brilliant philosopher Socrates still shine like beacons of light in today’s search for knowledge and understanding of our world.
Democracy was embraced as an experiment that would set the foundation for governments to come. Amazing structures were built in Athens and other Hellenic city-states, many of which still stand to remind us of the genius and creativity of the early Greeks. It was an age of human discovery and achievement – an age that proudly bears the name classical. For almost two weeks we will experience the Golden Age of Greek Civilization first hand. Starting in Athens, we’ll visit the Parthenon, the iconic structure overlooking the city from the Acropolis, we’ll dine in traditional tavernas, and stroll through the lovely Plaka. From there our journey takes us west to historic Peloponnese sites such as Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus and Olympia. Our home base to start our exploration will be Nafplio, a charming city perfectly situated on a promontory overlooking the Argolic Gulf.
We will pause in our journey in a coastal town on the Mani Peninsula, where we can enjoy outdoor activities, or take a swim (weather permitting). Then after a night in Olympia, we head to Delphi, arguably one of the most stunning of all the temples extant in mainland Greece, staying in the hillside village of Arachova.
October 06 to 16 – $6398.00 USD
Duration: 11 Days
Starts In: Athens, Greece
Ends In: Athens, Greece
Deposit: $1000 USD
Group transportation for all destinations within Greece; accommodations each night in accordance with the tour itinerary; breakfast each day, 6 special dinners and 4 lunches; entrance fees for sightseeing; transfers from Athens airport to hotel on first day of tour and from Athens hotel to airport for those departing on final day of tour; all hotel services charges, government taxes, porterage, and gratuities for included meals. Services of a knowledgeable HE Travel tour host (with a minimum number of participants); HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Transportation to and from starting and ending points; meals not shown as included; personal items including alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls; gratuities for guides and HE Travel host.
After the visit of Corinth, we will continue our journey to Nafplio, a lovely seaside town dominated by its massive medieval citadel, the first capital of Independent Greece from 1821 to 1834, where we spend the next two nights. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening meet in the lobby and walk to dinner.
We shall stop for a light lunch then continue our journey to the southern-most part of the Peloponnese, ultimately to stay in one of the villages of the Mani Peninsula.
We’ll visit the theater of Delphi, just above the Temple of Apollo, and one of the best-preserved in Greece. With 35 rows of seats, it could accommodate 5,000 people. Finally, no visit to Delphi would be complete without a tour of the museum. The museum houses many of the artifacts saved from the ruins. It also houses arguably one of the most famous and beautiful statues of early Greece, The Charioteer. This wonderfully preserved bronze statue from 478 BC is a remarkable example of the achievements of the Greek sculptors of their day. Dinner tonight will be on your own at one of the many fine choices in Arachova.
Day 11: Welcome to Heraklion, Crete
Today we will depart from the main group and head to the airport for our flight to Heraklion, Crete. Heraklion is a port city and the capital of Crete. We will get checked into our hotel and enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant.
Day 12: Heraklion
Today we will visit some pretty amazing places! The Palace of Knossos is just outside the city. This huge archaeological site dates back to the Minoan civilization, thousands of years ago. We will then visit the historical landmark of Venetian Loggia and Lions Square. Lions Square is an important monument that the Venetians have bestowed on Heraklion. It was a solution to the water supply issue, providing 1,000 barrels of water a day! We will have some free time in Heraklion this afternoon before heading back to the hotel for the evening.
Day 13: Aghios Nicholaos
This morning we will head to the picturesque coastal town of Aghios Nicholaos and enjoy a stop at Sarantari Beach. This beautiful beach is located in a bay, which keeps the beach from being windy. The sand is fine and the water is shallow, the perfect place to enjoy some sun and relax.
Day 14: Departure from Crete
Today we will provide transfer for your departure out of Crete to connect with your international flights.
Arrive early and join our United Kingdom Cultural Tour
The United Kingdom is a culturally fascinating country with countless well-preserved historical treasures. On this tour, we’ll visit some of these awe-inspiring places and learn about their past. Delight in an in-depth cultural tour featuring medieval architectural marvels, more contemporary historical sites and cities as well as natural wonders unique to the region. Click here for more information.
Stay longer and join our Puglia Culinary Tour
Savor the bounty of the rich traditions of Italy’s Adriatic coastal region of Puglia. By day explore mountain towns, seaside villages, Swabian castles and cave homes that pre-date the Renaissance. Then each evening relax in our authentic 14th-century villa over a dinner featuring produce, meat and fish from the region, and olive oil and wine from the villa’s own fields. Click here for tour information.
What if I am traveling alone?
Most of our trips draw more single travelers than couples. When couples do join us, it’s usually because they’re looking forward to interacting with a gay group; if they wanted a holiday by themselves, they wouldn’t have signed up to travel with us. Furthermore, the activities included with our trips serve as natural ice-breakers. Within a day, you’ll be traveling with friends. You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you’re traveling alone. We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself.
For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.
Where does the tour start and end?
This tour starts and ends in Athens, Greece, with the Crete Extension ending on Crete.
What is the Activity Level of This Tour?
This trip includes walking on uneven paths among the ruins including going up and down hills. Anyone who can comfortably navigate through historic sites and walk on city streets, dirt paths and sandy beaches will enjoy this trip.
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“Classic Greece was exactly as advertised. The tour guide(s) was knowledgeable and the sites & museums were terrific! The selected accommodations were a bonus.” – Thom L., Washington D.C.
“Intensive, rich, and immersive.” – Marcell L., Los Angeles, CA
“The tour of Greece was a perfect mixture of history, culture, and cuisine. Our guides and accommodations were first-rate, and my traveling companions were the best!” – Dan K., Birmingham AL
“I was totally overwhelmed by the dining experience that I had on this trip. I was expecting the informative and spectacular touring, but the restaurants and the surprise Greek food cooking class were wonderful surprises. HE Travel made some excellent choices for me.” – Tony Adams, New York, NY
“HE Travel put all the right ingredients together that provided an experience that way exceeded my expectations. I will be reminiscing and traveling with my new friends for years to come.” – Tom T., Prairie Village, KS
“This trip allowed me to see things I only dreamed I would see!” – Michael Blatt, New York, NY
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