Greece ancient monuments tour
An 8 day, circular tour of Ancient Greece, starting in Athens. Featuring monuments and archaeological sites, food, wine and beaches.
Athens Acropolis Delphi Galaxidi Ancient Olympia Nafplio Capsia Cave Epidaurus Palamidi Mycenae
€1490 excluding flights
4 pax & up 1.490 eur per pax - 4 pax & below 1.690 eur Price includes VAT/transfers/4* hotels/ breakfasts/guided tour to Acropolis/Honey Farm/Agricultural Art Farm/Capsia Cave/Winery.
Official tour guide only upon request.
(Single suppl +330 eur),
Official tour guide only upon request.
(Single suppl +330 eur),
Description of Greece ancient monuments tour
This trip can be booked between April and October
1 Reviews of Greece ancient monuments tour
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 05 Oct 2019 by Diana Thierry
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
The ancient monuments, and the historical and archaeological insights of
our guides...warm welcome at very comfortable local hotels with character and delicious breakfasts...swimming in the ocean off Napthakos watching a purple sunset, boats, a fortress on a hill...visiting the church at Mantineia and by chance meeting its architect who explained the symbolism behind his designs...climbing all around the Palamidi fortress high above the town and sea...escaping the bustle of Athens for the beautiful natural scenery of the Peloponnese...delicious meals at local restaurants...learning about organic olive farming and beekeeping...hearing about life in modern Greece and about historic events at places we visited.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Just do it! Don’t overpack, as you will be going from place to place so don’t want a heavy wheeled trunk bag. Bring layers, walking shoes, bathing suit, something
to cover up should you visit a church..bring a good camera as sights too beautiful for just a cellphone. Forget your diet, or you won’t get to try great local food. Read up a little at least on the classical sights, tho the guides are great and will answer your questions. Sort out your cash, cellphone etc beforehand so
you’re not wasting your trip time changing money, etc. Be sure you can walk several miles a day at a decent clip over uneven steps, around archaeological sites as these cannot be made wheelchair accessible or smooth. You will often be standing a long time on marble so avoid museum feet and go for
sensible shoes, no high heels. Depending on season, bring or be prepared to buy a hat and sunscreen and be aware that Greece is warmer than many places.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I hope so. The hotels were lovely, friendly, local, not chains and employees were locals. Altho we drove because of landscape and itinerary, we linked visits to minimize miles, and we walked everywhere in our free time. We mostly spent money on experiences rather than a lot of stuff, tho we did buy edible and
useful products from the farms we visited (that we had shipped home). And we bought small gifts for relatives from local stores, things made locally to
extent possible. We were struck by the kindness of the Greeks to the free roaming dogs and cats—I saw one restaurant worker bringing out scraps
(presumably tourist leftovers?) to the cats. In many towns we visited, tourism is a major employer (those who travel -shame others for their carbon footprint flying overseas should ponder this...)
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
I have travelled all my life, usually organized solo or family trips, a couple of big bus tours. This trip was one of my best ever. The model of small groups and local experiences, promoting local producers and using local guides, with many alternative sights to the usual mass market trophy tourism, is perfect. They accommodate different interests, prior knowledge, and fitness levels. Appropriate for many ages and stages tho probably not hyper little kids (some historic sites are not as safe as some parents of small children might wish—it’s not Disney!). But a 26 year old and a 60 plus parent equally enjoyed the itinerary.
Tho the basic trip was great, they also worked tirelessly to add and include
stops or experiences related to our interests. for example we managed to fit in stops at Nemea, Corinth and the church at Mantineia as well. Plus a couple of castles And some museums extra.
The trip more than exceeded expectations. No disasters or problems. We were pampered, logistics were taken care of, questions answered, and we had enough free time each day to fit in things like a hike, a swim, visits to local
sights that caught our eye. Very good balance between intense, enlightening
visits to great sites like Acropolis, Delphi, Olympia and Epidaurus, Mycenae and relaxing, fun local experiences that gave one a sense of modern Greek life. We
would happily go on another of the operators trips. Far better and more
restorative than brute force figuring everything out oneself from the internet.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetIn this tour we visit Acropolis, Delphi, Ancient Olympia, Mycenae and Epidaurus. All our archaeological sites have a great historic importance and concern the whole world. Important people of the past lived many centuries ago here. All the buildings, monuments and artifacts, tell us about who was using them, how and why. All these people left us their unique cultural heritage! So we suggest our travelers to respect their life and their masterpieces, to keep historical places clean, not to make any marks on the land and not to remove anything from the ground or from the monuments. We advise them not to throw rubbish down; there are special trash baskets everywhere. We motivate them to keep their voice down, because many tour guides at the same time try to talk to their groups, so if we make a lot of noise, no one will be able to hear, neither we nor the others. All these are extremely important for us due to overtourism in these historical sites. All of us want to deliver this cultural heritage intact to the next generations.
In this tour we also visit the traditional settlement of Galaxidi, which is an exquisite coastal town, which is full of neoclassical buildings. Many painters have painted its narrow paved streets and its beautiful houses. All these are old buildings and many of them are renovated with local material and the famous Greek local stone. This is an opportunity for our guests to show their sensitinity to the architectural environment.
We also suggest to our travelers to say no to plastic bags, so we present them with a beautiful fabric bag as a gift. They can use the eco bag during our tours to put their water and souvenirs in. At the end of the tour, they can take the bag home as a remembrance of the journey.
In all our tours we visit family restaurants. Almost all the owners are our friends and we know that they cook with local and seasonally grown food, which is more delicious and healthy. Some of them have their own gardens, where they cultivate fruits and vegetables. We mention this, because this way is always the best for the environment, as it cuts down food travel miles.
Our goal is to make this impact as positive as possible!
PeopleIn all our tours, we encourage our visitors to interact with the locals and the inhabitants of each place we visit, to talk with them and ask them everything they need. They will soon realize that almost all Greeks want to be helpful. Greek people are very social, they speak a lot and they are proud for their communities.
We suggest our guests, to buy delicacies, desserts and bread from local bakeries. This is an enriching experience for them, because in this way they will meet interesting people and experience the real Greek life! We also advice them not to visit big stores, where most items are cheaper, but imported from foreign markets. We encourage them to visit small workshops of Greek craftsmen. Greek artists and craftsmen love their work and create beautiful items.
On this trip we will meet Maria and visit her workshop in Argolida, where we will have the opportunity to buy her beautiful silk scarves. Maria weaves her unique scarves, which are works of art, on her mother's old loom!
We strongly believe that travelers, who are sensitive to responsible tourism, like we are, will follow our advice.
In this way, they will enjoy their journey more, and us, we will help, as much as we can, our home country.
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