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Best of Greece

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Price per person
from £1,283

Price based on
London Heathrow
12th Oct 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 10 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

On this Best of Greece tour, discover the best of historic and mythical—as well as modern—Greece. As the birthplace of Western civilization, Greece has some of the world’s most fascinating archaeological sites. Your tour starts and ends in Athens, with overnight stops along the way in Nauplia, Sparta, Olympia, Delphi, and Kalambaka.

Step back in time as you visit some of Greece's ancient sites where the Mycenaean civilization thrived in Greece between 1600 and 1200 BC. At the Mycenae archaeological site, learn about this civilization as you enjoy guided sightseeing of the monuments erected here between 1350 and 1200 BC. In Athens, visit the Acropolis, still standing after 2,500 years. Dedicated to the goddess Athena, the Acropolis sits high on a rocky hill and is a symbol of the wealth and power of Athens at its apex. Visit the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theatre in Epidaurus and marvel at the perfect acoustics. You'll step back in history—but not as far back as Ancient Greece—when you enjoy sightseeing of the medieval Byzantine Citadel of Mystra, a castle founded in 1249. Also, visit the fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries set in almost inaccessible sandstone peaks.

On this affordable Greece tour, you’ll travel to Olympia, legendary home of the Olympic Games, and Delphi, where people visited in ancient Greece to seek the advice of the Oracle. But that’s not all…you’ll experience modern Greece as well. Cross over the world's longest cable-stayed bridge, the spectacular Rion-Antirion Bridge, which links the Peloponnese to the Greek mainland. 

From the ancient ruins to contemporary engineering —with beautiful landscapes in between—this tour through Greece is perfectly designed for value-minded travellers.

You’ll agree that your affordable Greece tour is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday!

At a glance

  • Athens Guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis
  • Corinth Canal
  • Epidaurus Visit the open-air theatre
  • Mycenae Guided visit of the archaeological site
  • Sparta Visit
  • Mystra Visit the Byzantine citadel of Mystra and olive oil museum
  • Rion-Antirion Bridge
  • Delphi Visit
  • Meteora See the Monastic buildings

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Customer Reviews

Well organised good guides hotels and efficient transportation...

12th October 2018
Trusted Customer

Well organised good guides hotels and efficient transportation

The Tour Director was excellent....

21st September 2018
Mr Brian Mitten

The Tour Director was excellent.

The holiday exceeded our expectations....

13th September 2018
Mrs Diana Heffernan

The holiday exceeded our expectations.

Amazing ! Every site was worth visiting including the optional...

8th June 2018
Mrs Marilyn Tripp

Amazing ! Every site was worth visiting including the optional excursions.

Great itinerary excelent guide and hotels...

7th June 2018
Mr Michael Carney

Great itinerary excelent guide and hotels

fine - driver and director v good...

24th May 2018
Mr Kevin Mckenna

fine - driver and director v good

Excellent holiday, went to lots of nice places in Greece,...

21st May 2018
Mr David Bentham

Excellent holiday, went to lots of nice places in Greece, and saw many amazing sights. The whole trip was very well organised and the tour director Margarita was informative and entertaining, very professional and friendly at the same time. The only downside being a connecting flight cancellation by Lufthansa on the way home leading to a 12 hour overnight delay.

It was very good with an excellent tour director who...

3rd May 2018
Trusted Customer

It was very good with an excellent tour director who ensured that we saw all the classical sites on the itinerary.

Lots of traveling and early mornings, good for getting to...

5th October 2017
Trusted Customer

Lots of traveling and early mornings, good for getting to sites before they get hot and/or crowded but not a relaxing holiday

Wanted to see all the sights, and got to see...

4th October 2017
Trusted Customer

Wanted to see all the sights, and got to see them. Good value for my hard earned pennies

Overview

On this Best of Greece tour, discover the best of historic and mythical—as well as modern—Greece. As the birthplace of Western civilization, Greece has some of the world’s most fascinating archaeological sites. Your tour starts and ends in Athens, with overnight stops along the way in Nauplia, Sparta, Olympia, Delphi, and Kalambaka.

Step back in time as you visit some of Greece's ancient sites where the Mycenaean civilization thrived in Greece between 1600 and 1200 BC. At the Mycenae archaeological site, learn about this civilization as you enjoy guided sightseeing of the monuments erected here between 1350 and 1200 BC. In Athens, visit the Acropolis, still standing after 2,500 years. Dedicated to the goddess Athena, the Acropolis sits high on a rocky hill and is a symbol of the wealth and power of Athens at its apex. Visit the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theatre in Epidaurus and marvel at the perfect acoustics. You'll step back in history—but not as far back as Ancient Greece—when you enjoy sightseeing of the medieval Byzantine Citadel of Mystra, a castle founded in 1249. Also, visit the fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries set in almost inaccessible sandstone peaks.

On this affordable Greece tour, you’ll travel to Olympia, legendary home of the Olympic Games, and Delphi, where people visited in ancient Greece to seek the advice of the Oracle. But that’s not all…you’ll experience modern Greece as well. Cross over the world's longest cable-stayed bridge, the spectacular Rion-Antirion Bridge, which links the Peloponnese to the Greek mainland. 

From the ancient ruins to contemporary engineering —with beautiful landscapes in between—this tour through Greece is perfectly designed for value-minded travellers.

You’ll agree that your affordable Greece tour is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday!

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners

UK - Athens, Greece

Day
1

Fly to Athens where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for two nights.

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring the Greek capital. Later, meet your Tour Director.

Athens

Day
2

A day to discover Athens at leisure, visiting one of the museums or strolling through the Plaka district, or an opportunity to see island life from a small cruise ship on the optional 3-island cruise, visiting Aegina, Poros, and Hydra.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Athens - Corinth - Nauplia

Day
3

Join the included guided tour of Athens, featuring the highlights of this ancient capital with a visit to the ACROPOLIS. Next, cross the CORINTH CANAL and head for the coast to Nauplia.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nauplia - Epidaurus - Mycenau - Sparta

Day
4

This morning, journey into the Argolis to stop in EPIDAURUS, located in the hilly countryside dotted with pine trees and oleanders. In this magnificent setting, visit the ancient OPEN-AIR THEATRE that can still seat 14,000 spectators. Later enjoy the included excursion to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE and the MUSEUM OF MYCENAE, a city fortress cursed by the gods but rich in gold and warrior kings. Travel deep into the Peloponnese to Sparta, where history hangs between reality and legend.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sparta - Mystra - Olympia

Day
5

Enjoy the included visit of the medieval BYZANTINE CITADEL OF MYSTRA, at one time known as the “Florence of the East.” Before arriving in Olympia, visit an OLIVE OIL MUSEUM.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Olympia - Patras - Delphi

Day
6

Explore Olympia, where the athletes of antiquity performed in honor of the king of deities. Spend some free time or learn more about the history of the Olympic Games on the optional sightseeing tour. Later, drive north to Patras, the capital of the Peloponnese and the west coast’s largest port. Then, via the spectacular RION-ANTIRION BRIDGE through the picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to mystical Delphi.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Delphi - Kalambaka

Day
7

Join optional morning sightseeing of the archaeological site in Delphi. Once called the “Navel of the Earth,” Delphi was the greatest oracle of the ancient world, where people flocked to seek advice. Now, it’s one of the grandest sites in Greece. On to Kalambaka.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Kalambaka - Meteora - Athens

Day
8

A short drive to Meteora, a cluster of spectacular Christian-Orthodox MONASTIC BUILDINGS perched in an unforgettable manner on a set of rising rock formations. They were originally built by hermit monks living in caves carved into the rocks. Later, drive south to Athens.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Athens

Day
9

A full day at leisure to explore the unseen parts of the city, do last-minute shopping, or maybe join the optional Greek dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Athens - UK

Day
10

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK or extend your holiday with a Greek Islands and Turkey cruise.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
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Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Athens - Acropolis Select

Hotel is located in the city center, next to public transportation and within walking distance from the New Acropolis Museum, the ancient site of the Acropolis and the Plaka district.The Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Flee Market and Syntagma Square are within easy reach.

  • Location

    37-39 Falirou Str, Athens,, 117 42, Greece

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Nauplia - Rex

Hotel Rex is located in the city center of Nafplio,very close to the port in a cozy atmosphere guarantees a pleasant stay.With 42rooms and a cafeteria-bar the hotel offers rest and relax to the customers .All the archailogical sites and museums are very close to the hotel and that gives you the opportuity to visit them very easy.

  • Location

    Bouboulinas 21, Nafplio, 21100, Greece

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Sparta - Maniatis

The modern Maniatis Hotel is situated in the centre of Sparta. It houses a marble lobby with elegant seating areas and lounges, an a la carte restaurant and a breakfast area. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. The stylish rooms are warmly decorated with contemporary light-wood furnishings and soft soothing colours. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, 28'' LED PHILIPS HOTEL TV, DVB-T2 and DVB-S2, MPEG-4, fridge, hairdryer and wall-to-wall carpeting. All rooms have balconies with city view. The Ino Restaurant and the Milky Way breakfast area boast one of the tastiest buffet breakfasts in town. The up-market Ζeus Restaurant serves fine Greek and International dishes. Located in the city centre of Sparta, Maniatis Hotel provides a great starting point for excursions in Laconia, visits to the city's archaeological museum, art museum, the Greek Olive museum, and more.

  • Location

    Paleologou Ave. 72-76, Sparta, Greece

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer

Olympia Palace

The Olympia Palace is a 3-storey building with 65 spacious rooms, indoor and outdoor restaurants, located in the town on Ancient Olympia.

  • Location

    2 P. Kondyli Street, Olympia, Greece

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Delphi - Apollonia

The Hotel Apollonia is 4 * accommodation with the majority of rooms overlooking the Corinthian Gulf, located in the village of Delphi.

  • Location

    Ifigenias And Andrea Syngrou 37-39, Delphi, Greece

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant Bar Wi-Fi available Room service available

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