GR0007   ATHENS, GRAND TOUR (Partially Tailor Made)

In English - Any Day

A cultural tour in Greece and its islands is a complement to general culture : not only Antique masterpieces such as the Minoan, mycenaen or classical civilizations but also byzantine, franc, venetian, ottoman monuments are worth being discovered. 

Some privileged moments in the islands such as the arrival of a ferry, a market, a wedding party, the sound of a bouzouki, picturesque landscapes...

This all means a travel through Greece . By cut-out character of its coasts and especially by its islands, Greece is a country of the sea. Corfou , Santorini , Mykonos , Rhodes are the most popular beach destinations.  But history is also present on the islands : minoan sites in Crete, the sacred island of Delos (Mykonos), medieval souvenirs in Rhodes and Kos .

In this tour, we invite you to discover Greek history, nature, local culture, activities... yet we will mostly concentrate on the mainland rather than the islands.

The program we propose here will be partly using “seat on coach” tours (or if you prefer, by rental car) and partly with excursions.

Day 1 : Athens

Arrival in Athens and transfer to your hotel.
Free afternoon and overnight in Athens.

Day 2 : Athens

Athens Sightseeing with Acropolis Museum:
From Tuesday to Sunday, all year round - Dep: 08:30 - Ret: 13:30

From the Acropolis to Omonia Square, with the half-day sightseeing  and  Acropolis museum tour you'll see all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens on this comprehensive morning tour. Offering a perfect overview of the modern city, this guided halfday tour will help you get your bearings if this is your first visit to Athens.                                              The Athens half-day tour depart for a photo stop at Panathinaiko Stadium where the first  Olympic Games took place in 1896. It is the only stadium built out of white marble. Proceed, passing by Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus.  You will then pass the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Continue passing by National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Schliemann’s House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral,  Old Parliament, Constitution Square ,Russian Orthodox Church, and finally ACROPOLIS (visit Propylae, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens). Continue the expert guided Athens sightseeing and museum tour with a pleasant short walk passing by Herodion and Dionysos Theater, in order to visit the  ACROPOLIS museum. Avoid and skip the lines of the new museum. Main attractions such as votives, artifacts of every day life, statues from archaic period, Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze will impress you.   

Free afternoon to stroll the “Plaka” (old town) area. Overnight in Athens.

Day 3 : Kalambaka

We start our first tour of 5 days “Northern Greece”

This tour provides you with an ideal opportunity to explore Macedonia, the Land of Alexander the Great, make a unique journey through 7.000 years of Greek History and meet parts of a Countryside you will always remember.

Drive through the fertile plain of Beotia region, pass by the towns of Thebes, Levadia and via the picturesque village of Arachova, arrive in Delphi. Visit the Archaelogical Site and the Museum. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks. Overnight.

Day 4 : Naoussa

Visit Meteora, among striking scenery, perched o­n top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art.
Depart from Kalambaka, drive through Trikala and Larissa, arrive and visit the Archaeological Site of Dion.
Admire also from here the gigantic figure of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and home of the 12 Gods (Greek Mythology) after the visit depart for the town of Naoussa. Overnight.

Day 5 : Naoussa

Depart in the morning for the town of Kastoria, the Greek center of the fur industry and also famous for its beautiful Lake. A Prehistoric Lake settlement 7.000 years old, was discovered here and you will admire the rare findings in the tiny local Museum together with the recreation of the Old Settlement. After the visit of Kastoria continue driving and arrive in the picturesque town of Edessa. Here you can seat next to the town's famous Landmark, the Waterfall and enjoy a drink or a cup of coffee. Return to Naoussa for overnight.

Day 6 : Naoussa

Leave in the morning for Pella, the Ancient Capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia. Visit the Site. After the visit, depart for Thessalonica the second largest City in Greece. Visit the City and the Archaeological Museum. Return to Naoussa for overnight.

Day 7 : Athens

Depart from Naoussa in the morning and since the area is famous for the production of some of the finest wines in Greece, we shall make a very interesting visit to the local «BOUTARI» winery.
After the visit we shall drive to Vergina. Visit the very important Museum with all the astonishing and priceless findings belonging to the Macedonian civilization which recent excavations brought to light.
Here we shall also view the remains of King Phillip's (father of Alexander the Great) Palace. After the visit we shall start driving South and through the Valley of Tempi, Lamia, Thermopylae (visit the Leonida's Monument) and Kammena Vourla, arrive in Athens late in the afternoon and overnight.

Day 8 : Athens

Day at leisure in Athens or possibility to join a day Cruise to the Saronic Islands :

Take a day cruise from Athens to the fabulous Greek islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina for a relaxing day on the sea.
With all your transport, transfers and buffet lunch organized, you can sit back and enjoy your leisurely day cruise with free time on each island to explore.
After transferring from Athens to Piraeus by motor coach, you'll set sail for the island of Poros, where you'll have free time for strolling and shopping.
Next, it's on to the island of Hydra. You will have about 1 hour and 45 minutes at leisure to enjoy the unique charms of Hydra Island, whose amphitheater shape once served as a safe shelter for Saronic Pirates.
From the decks, you will be able to admire the very special architecture and dramatic landscapes of this island, whose old traditional stone houses and mansions silently stand witness to a long and turbulent history.
Upon arrival in Egina (Aegina) you can either join an excursion to the Temple of Aphaia (cost not included) or take a walk around the main town. Aegina is one of the Saronic islands of Greece in the Saronic Gulf. The lovely island is only 31 miles (50 kilometers) from Athens, and is a popular getaway for Athenians during the summer months. 

After sailing back to Piraeus port you'll be transferred to Athens.  Overnight in Athens.

Day 9 : Nafplion

We start our tour of 2 days “Argolis”

1. If you wish to book a “seat on coach”, departure will have to be as per coach program (whole year)
2. If you wish to rent a car, this may be any day…

Participants in this tour will have an afternoon and a morning free in order to see more of the picturesque town of Nauplion that the Venetians called «Naples of Greece».

Today we will discover Corinth Canal - Mycenae (visit), Nauplion, afternoon free and  Overnight.

Day 10 : Athens

Nauplion - Epidauros (visit) - return to Athens and overnight.

Day 11 to 15 : Cruise Program

Join a short Cruise to the Aegean Departure on Mondays (5 days – 4 nights) :

Monday evening : Mykonos
Tuesday morning : Kusadasi (Turkey – Ephesus)
Tuesday afternoon : Patmos
Wednesday : Rhodes
Thursday morning : Heraklion, Crete
Thursday afternoon : Santorini
Friday morning : Athens – disembarkation

Departure on Friday (4 days – 3 nights) :

Friday evening : Mykonos
Saturday morning : Kusadasi (Turkey – Ephesus)
Saturday afternoon : Patmos
Sunday morning : Heraklion, Crete
Sunday afternoon : Santorini
Monday morning : Athens - disembarkation

For more information about this cruise (choice of program, cabins, promotions...), please feel free to check our website

Day 16 : Athens

At the end of the cruise, transfer to your hotel in Athens and overnight

Day 17 : Home Sweet Home

Transfer to the airport for home flight.


1. Depending the seasonality or some international events (congress, fairs...) prices of the proposed hotels may vary.
2. Due to closure days of some sites and museums, tours may be swapped to ensure the best running of your program.  We have endeavored to show these in the program.
3. This program is not possible during winter period (November through March) as the cruise proposed is not operated nor are the ferries between some of the proposed islands

Possible program alternatives :
1. Private excursions at any or all destinations (supplement to be added)
2. Higher or lower hotel category (price difference to be reflected)
3. Guide services in other language than English (supplement possible) 
4. Possible connection with other tours you have booked with third parties
5. This is a program proposal.  We are open to any additions or reductions you may require. These will be reflected in the new quotation.

Per Person
in Double Room
Starting From (8580 TL) 1320 €
The prices in Turkish Liras have been calculated according to the exchange rate of Central Bank. The rates can change depending on the rate of the payment day.
Please contact us for the group prices.

1. Transfers and Excursions as detailed for Greece mainland only
2. Ferry tickets in economic seat lounges
3. Accommodation in double room, breakfast included (Hotels are 4* or boutique style 4* equivalent)


1. Transfers on the Greek islands
2. Excursions on the Greek islands
3. Meals unless otherwise mentioned under "included"
4. Drinks and other personal expenses
5. Visa fees if / when needed
6. Cruise program
7. Any other service not mentioned as "included" above
8. Greece Overnight Tax

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