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DISCOVERING GREECE
Early Spring 2026

Starts in Athens and also visit Athens, Sounion, Epidauros, Nauplion, Nemea and Delphi.

Embarking on a journey through Greece is an odyssey through the annals of human history, an exploration of ancient civilizations, and a celebration of timeless beauty. The journey begins in Athens, the cradle of Western civilization, where the echoes of antiquity resonate amidst the bustling streets and iconic landmarks.  Athens captivates with its blend of ancient grandeur and modern vitality.  As travelers immerse themselves in the city's rich tapestry of mythology, philosophy, and art, they embark on a quest to unravel the mysteries of the past and discover the enduring legacy of Hellenic culture.

The journey continues along the sun-kissed shores of the Attic Coast, where azure waters meet rugged cliffs adorned with whitewashed villages and ancient ruins. The Attic Coast offers a sanctuary of tranquility amidst the splendor of nature.

 

Continuing the odyssey, the journey takes travelers to the ancient theater of Epidaurus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its acoustics and architectural brilliance.  Epidaurus invites visitors to step back in time and experience the power of ancient drama amidst a setting of unparalleled beauty. From the grandeur of its limestone tiers to the whispered secrets of its sacred precincts, the theater of Epidaurus stands as a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of the ancient Greeks, inspiring awe and wonder in all who behold its splendor.

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9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS
Early Spring 2026

Price for Full Land Package All Inclusive $ TBD Per Person

 

Purchase your flight on your own to have more control over possible changes.  Choose a flight from the closest airport with non-stop flights to the Italian hub city where the group meets.  If you are not close to a city with non-stop service to the hub in Italy, we suggest you take a domestic flight to the US city that offers non-stop service to Italy hub or fly to a European city with layover to the hub city in Italy where the group meets. ​

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Discovering Greece 9 Days 8 Nights

Day 0

Travel overnight from the US 

Arrive in Greece

Day 1
Arrival in Athens or Thessaloniki

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Morning

  • Arrive Athens (ATH) or Thessaloniki (SKG) airport in Greece.  Meet your private driver outside baggage claim.

  • Check in to Herodion Hotel near the Acropolis in Athens 

  • Check in to Herodion Hotel near the Acropolis in Athens ▴

Day 2
Exploring the Acropolis and Plaka District
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  • Take a leisurely walk around the neighborhood of the Acropolis ▾

and the Plaka district ▾

  • Stroll through and view the National Gardens ▾

  • Sleep in Athens

Morning

Afternoon/Evening

  • Take a leisurely walk around the neighborhood of the Acropolis ▴

  • Stroll through and view the National Gardens ▴

Day 3
Ancient Athens Tour and Acropolis Museum Visit
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Athens: Tour the famous sites in the ancient city center of Athens.

and the new Acropolis museum ▾

  • Tour of the Acropolis ▾

  • Walk around the ancient Kerameikos cemetery, a beautiful landscape filled with ancient tombs and sculpture ▾

Morning

Afternoon/Evening

  • Walk around the ancient Kerameikos cemetery, a beautiful landscape filled with ancient tombs and sculpture ▴

  • Tour of the Acropolis ▴

  • Free time in Athens 

  • Sleep in Athens

Day 4
National Archaeological Museum and Sounion Sunset

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  • Visit to the National Archaeological Museum; then visit a small museum dedicated to Byzantine and Christian Greece Athens National Museum ▾

  • Lunch in Athens

  • Take a short bus ride to Sounion on the Attic Coast before sunset 

  • Visit to the small Byzantine and Christian Museum en route to Sounion. 
  • Visit to the famous temple of Poseidon on the promontory at Cape Sounion.  View at sunset  

Athens & Attica

Morning

Afternoon/Evening

  • Sleep in Athens
     
  • Visit to the National Archaeological Museum; then visit a small museum dedicated to Byzantine and Christian Greece Athens National Museum ▴

  • Visit to the small Byzantine and Christian Museum en route to Sounion. ▴
  • Visit to the famous temple of Poseidon on the promontory at Cape Sounion.  View at sunset  ▴
Day 5
Epidauros, Corinth Canal, and Nafplion
Pouring Wine

Visit a monastery, a canal, a stunning ancient theater, and a seaside Venetian town

Arrival and free time in Nauplion. 
Sleep in Nauplion 
  • Visit to Epidauros, site of famous Greek theater, cult center of the healing god Asklepios, and museum. 
  • Visit to the Corinth Canal en route 
  • On the ride from Athens, stop at the Daphne Monastery ▾

Morning

Afternoon/Evening

  • Visit to Epidauros, site of famous Greek theater, cult center of the healing god Asklepios, and museum. ▴
  • On the ride from Athens, stop at the Daphne Monastery ▴
  • Visit to the Corinth Canal en route ▴
Day 6
Mycenae and Nemea Excursion
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Mycenae and Nemea

Morning

  • Visit the palace of Agamemnon, and the sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea. Tour Mycenae, the site that gave its name to the Mycenaean (ca. 1600-1000 BC) early Greek civilization, home in literature and art to King Agamemnon.  The famous lion gate, grave circles, and chamber tombs. 
  • Visit the palace of Agamemnon, and the sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea. Tour Mycenae, the site that gave its name to the Mycenaean (ca. 1600-1000 BC) early Greek civilization, home in literature and art to King Agamemnon.  The famous lion gate, grave circles, and chamber tombs. ▴

Afternoon/Evening

  • Explore Nemea: Similar to the Olympics, games were celebrated here every two years in antiquity.  The foot races have been revived every four years since 1996, and the temple and stadium reconstructed.  A small local museum displays the findings from the archaeological campaigns conducted by archaeologists from the University of California at Berkeley.  It is a quiet and uncrowded site. We will visit the site and museum. 
  • Explore Nemea: Similar to the Olympics, games were celebrated here every two years in antiquity.  The foot races have been revived every four years since 1996, and the temple and stadium reconstructed.  A small local museum displays the findings from the archaeological campaigns conducted by archaeologists from the University of California at Berkeley.  It is a quiet and uncrowded site. We will visit the site and museum. ▴
Visit Nemea which is also famous for its vineyards and native Agiorgitiko grape.
Lunch and wine tasting. 

Visit to the ancient stadium at Nemea. 

Sleep in Nauplion 

Day 7
Odontotos Rack Railway and Kalavryta
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Morning

  • Ride by motor coach up to the village on the Odontotos Rack Railway Drive from Nauplion along the scenic Bay of Corinth with a side trip up to the village of Kalavryta on the historic Odontotos cog railway. 

  • Ride by motor coach up to the village on the Odontotos Rack Railway Drive from Nauplion along the scenic Bay of Corinth with a side trip up to the village of Kalavryta on the historic Odontotos cog railway. ▴

  • Perched on the Vouraikos Gorge, the town has a monument to the villagers that were massacred by the Nazis in 1943. 

  • Perched on the Vouraikos Gorge, the town has a monument to the villagers that were massacred by the Nazis in 1943. ▴

Afternoon/Evening

Lunch in Kalavryta. Arrival in the evening at Delphi. 

Sleep in Delphi

Day 8
Delphi Sanctuary and Pythian Games
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Morning

  • Explore the sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi, site of the oracle of Apollo and the ancient Pythian Games (second in prestige only to the Olympic Games).  Since tour buses from Athens arrive at Delphi around noon, those who spend the night will be able to tour the site in the morning when it is mostly empty and quiet in its stunning mountain setting. 

Visit to site, theater, stadium, and museum

Afternoon/Evening

Lunch in Kalavryta. Arrival in the evening at Delphi. 

Sleep in Delphi

Day 9
Hosios Loukas Monastery En Route to Athens
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Visit to Hosios Loukas Monastery en route to Athens. 

Arrival at Athens late afternoon. Tour bus stops at the Athens airport.

Morning

Afternoon/Evening

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