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Classic Greece


On this eight-day trip through Greece, you’ll balance must-see tourist hotspots with local secrets. Start and end in ancient Athens, home to many impressive ruins and sites like the Acropolis. Discover archaeological sites that tell the story of human history, creativity and civilisation at Delphi, Mycenae and Epidavros. Stay in small mountainous villages and coastal towns with fresh air, hospitable locals and nature’s best scenery. Hike the Menalon Trail and find waterfalls, sweeping views and old monasteries. Eat your way through the countryside with mezze, salads, seared meats, local bread and freshly caught seafood and wash it down with a wine tasting at a family-owned winery.

8 days, from

$2,418

per person

GROUP SIZE

12 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

 
2
Trip code: ZMKE
Style: Comfort
Theme: Explorer

Details

Countries Visited:  Greece
Accommodation: Hotel (7 nights)
Transportation: Train , Private vehicle
Included Meals:

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 dinners

Group size: Minimum 1, Max 12

  • Hike along the scenic Menalon Trail, starting in Lousios Valley and walking among fir forest with views of waterfalls, monasteries, rivers and the villages below.

  • Visit famed archaeological sites like Delphi – home to the Athena temple complex, Epidavros – home to the famed theatre and Mycenae – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – all with local guides who know all the fascinating history.

  • Eat your way through Greece’s picturesque Peloponnese, starting with a mezze welcome dinner. Along the way, try fresh seafood, seared meats and traditional salads, cheeses and breads.

  • Get to know the locals at a family-run winery near Nafplion, where you’ll get to taste their signature dry wines, followed by a lunch of traditional Greek food and local hospitality.

  • Take the scenic railway journey from Diakopto to Kalavryta, passing through the Vouraikos Gorge as well as forests dotted with waterfalls.

  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Amurtel, who provide a safe space for refugee women and children in Greece. Donations help them provide antenatal and postnatal care programs run by qualified midwives.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Athens

Yiasou! Welcome to Greece. Your adventure begins in Athens with a welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight. If you arrive early, maybe explore some of the iconic ancient sites, including the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After, celebrate the start of your trip with a mezze feast – an array of small plates typically accompanied by a glass of wine or ouzo in a rustic taverna. Zucchini balls, moussaka, salads and stuffed vegetables are just a few of the flavoursome dishes that may be on offer.

Day 2: Nafpaktos

This morning, make the drive to Delphi – an archaeological site, home to the Athena temple complex. Here, you’ll take a tour with a local guide and learn more about its history as you walk by the Plestios River Valley. After, drive to your seaside overnight stop for free time exploring the traditional architecture of the town or kicking back on the beach. Maybe tuck into some fresh seafood for dinner.

Day 3: Dimitsana

Start your day with a drive to Diakopto, then take a scenic train journey from there to Kalavryta – a mountain village and one of the most popular ski resorts in the country. The train journey climbs from sea level to a height of 750 m through Vouraikos Gorge, so you’ll get beautiful views along the way of forests, waterfalls and tunnels. When you arrive, you have the option to visit the Holocaust Museum for some sobering history. After, drive to a nearby mountainous village for the night where you can hole up in a good restaurant for a replenishing feed and a chat with the warm, hospitable locals.

Day 4: Dimitsana

Give your legs a stretch today on a 2-hour hike along the Menalon trail. The route starts with a short, uphill section in the Lousios Valley before gently ascending to the outskirts of a fir forest. Visit a couple of monasteries along the way and stop for a picnic lunch with your group when you find a spot with great views over the river. Tuck into some fresh bread, local cheese and fruit before driving back down to Dimitsana, where you have the option to visit the open-air Water Power Museum. Tonight, return to your village accommodation and ask your leader for the best spot for dinner and maybe a few drinks.

Day 5: Nafplion

After breakfast, you’ll drive to Nafplion – a gorgeous coastal city in the Peloponnese. Stop along the way for a wine tasting and included lunch at local vineyard. The winery was founded in 1999 and is a family business focusing on producing wines with love, quality and passion. Located in Panorama, you’ll be just a stone's throw away from the archaeological site of Mycenae. You’ll try some of their favourite dry wines, both red and white, over a traditional meal that might include beef cheeks flavoured with cinnamon and cocoa, juicy lamb or moussaka. Continue to Nafplion and enjoy a free afternoon to wander the gorgeous streets, sit by the coast and people-watch or find an alleyway bar for another glass of local wine.

Day 6: Nafplion

This morning, with a local guide, you’ll make your way to Epidavros for a tour of the famed theatre and its surroundings. The history of this place, once a city in ancient Greece, is associated with the healing god of Asklepios – the son of Apollo, mythology states that this was his birthplace. After wandering around ancient ruins and learning about the architectural masterpiece that is the ancient theatre, you’ll make your way back to Nafplion. Enjoy another free evening here to rest and recharge or head out for dinner and drinks with the group.

Day 7: Athens

Today you’ll visit the grand archaeological site of Mycenae – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll have a local guide to take you around the ruins of the ancient Mycenaean civilisation, which once dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th centuries BC. After, head back towards Athens, stopping to view the Corinth Canal on the way – an artificial canal connecting the Gulf of Corinth in the Ionian Sea with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. When you arrive in Athens, you can opt to join a farewell dinner with your group to celebrate a trip well-travelled.

Day 8: Athens

As there are no activities planned after breakfast today, your trip will come to an end. If you’d like to stay in Athens longer, just speak to your booking agent.