Greece Explorer


  • 8 days

  • Greece

  • Leisurely pace

Tour : 7800

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From

£609 pp

Tour only

Based on 24th Apr 2020

From

£917 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Heathrow

Overview

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What does Greece conjure for you? Breathtaking beaches, the footsteps of philosophers, the tracks of ancient Olympians, or gods and goddesses of Greek mythology? Experience it all and more with an affordable vacation in Greece. You choose how to spend your days with MyCOSMOS excursions, and your CosmosGO mobile app has all the details on guided tours, restaurants, and activities to make the most of your days in the Mediterranean. Discover some new destinations on this Cosmos Lite à la carte tour and escape to legendary Greece for eight glorious days. Your affordable vacation in Greece begins and ends in Athens.. Explore the Acropolis and Parthenon or simply unwind on the white-sand beaches.

Traveling from Athens, you’ll get a look at the Corinth Canal on your way to the mountain resort of Vytina—a favorite holiday spot for locals and great for hiking. In Olympia, you could visit the archaeological area to see Zeus’ temple, and the birthplace of the original Olympic Games. In the port city of Patras, discover the Byzantine castle of emperor Justinian I, and the ancient Roman amphitheater on your own. En route back to Athens, take in the views along the Gulf of Corinth and then enjoy an included stunning rack-and-pinion train ride along Vouraikos Canyon. Have lunch if you wish in Kalavryta to experience authentic taverna hospitality. An amazing and affordable tour of Greece!

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts

Arrive in Athens, Greece.

Day
1

History, Beaches and Street Art
Kalimera! Welcome to Greece and its capital city, Athens. Settle into your hotel and, if you have time, start exploring with the help of the CosmosGO app. Athens is a charming city full of contradictions, where modern life meets ancient history. Meet your Tour Director in the early evening, who will give you some practical information about the city, including some hints on how to appreciate its unique features.

Explore Athens.

Day
2

The Acropolis and Other Hills
The focal point of Athens is the Acropolis, a sight you should not miss. However, there are other areas of the city that are worth exploring. Hike up Lycabettus hill for the best view of the Parthenon, especially at sunset, or take a tram to Faliro for a walk on the beach. Check out MyCOSMOS to select the available optional excursions.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Athens–Corinth Canal–Vytina.

Day
3

From the Proud City to the Peloponnese Peninsula
Combining well-known sites with undiscovered Greek locales, your journey begins with a stop at the Corinth Canal. The idea of building a canal for ships to shortcut from the Ionic sea to the Aegean sea goes back to Roman times, but the narrow canal was only actually built in the 19th century. Driving through the countryside, you’ll reach Vytina, a mountain resort and one of Athenians’ favorite weekend destinations.
Today’s Distance: 71 mi/ 115 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Vytina.

Day
4

Tradition, Food, and Hikes
Vytina is a traditional village overlooking the verdant slopes of Mount Mainalo. It sits at an altitude of approximately 1,050 meters from sea level. Its unique architecture, cozy style, and warm hospitable locals have made an unexpected hidden gem of Greece. Take some time to go out and enjoy a walk, or relax under the shade of a tree.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Vytina–Olympia–Patras

Day
5

Where the Olympic Flame First Burned
Leaving the magic mountains of Arcadia, we go back in time and visit Olympia. On MyCOSMOS you can pre-book a guided tour of the archaeological area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll visit the remains of the temple dedicated to the god Zeus, and see where the Olympic games started in 776 BC. The village itself is fun to visit, with its many souvenir shops, tavernas, and bars. Continue to the port city of Patras.
Today’s Distance: 109 mi/ 175 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Patras

Day
6

Not only a Port
Patras is widely known for being an important ship port, but it is a remarkable city. Wander in the beautiful old town and climb to the hillside castle built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian Ist, where several cultural events still take place during the summer, and explore the ancient Roman amphitheater. In the city background, you’ll see the Rion-Antirion bridge, the spectacular suspension bridge connecting the Peloponnese peninsula with mainland Greece.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Patras–Diakopto–Athens.

Day
7

Canyons, Coasts, and Cities
See more of the diversity of Greece during today’s journey back to the city of Athens. Enjoy the views along the Gulf of Corinth and an included stunning rack-and-pinion train ride along the Vouraikos Canyon, ranking among the ten most beautiful in Europe. The railway was built in 1896 with a gauge of just 750mm. Spend some free time in Kalavryta, maybe enjoying lunch at one of the renowned tavernas, and then continue your journey to Athens.
Today’s Distance: 134 mi/ 215 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Athens.

Day
8

Your personally tailored vacation ends in Athens this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Post tour

+5 days Aegean Islands Cruise

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Athens–Piraeus (Embarkation)–Mykonos.

Day
1

Cruise the islands!

Start your seafaring adventure in Piraeus, embarking on the ship and cruising to the islands. The first destination of your Aegean Sea cruise is lively Mykonos. This island flaunts its double personality the minute you set eyes on its coastline. Its rugged rocky landscape blends seamlessly with smooth sandy beaches and hills in the distance with their iconic windmills.

Meals included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Kusadasi, Turkey–Patmos, Greece.

Day
2

Out of Greece, into Turkey and back

Arriving in the port of Kusadasi in the morning, you’ll find a colorful bazaar and bustling streets full of shops and cafes. The real highlight of this call is the half day included excursion to Ephesus, the ancient city that shaped the Greek, Roman, Turkish, and Christian civilizations. As you walk through this UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll be like stepping back in time, breathing in centuries of legendary cultures, visible in the Ephesus Agora, Odeon, the Houses of the Patricians, the beautiful Temple of Hadrian, and the astonishing Library of Celsus. Back on board in the early afternoon, depart for the Greek island of Patmos, famous for its Medieval walls and white houses.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Heraklion–Santorini.

Day
3

Of Legends and the Caldera

Arrive in Crete, and dock in Heraklion, with its distinct Venetian heritage. On the half-day included tour, visit the Minoan palace of Knossos and imagine the legends of Daedalus, Theseus, and the Minotaur come to life. Your next port of call is Santorini, with its striking cliffs, legendary tales, white houses, and blue-domed churches. The island surrounds the underwater caldera of a volcano and offers breathtaking views from the top of its hills.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Piraeus (Disembarkation)–Athens.

Day
4

Back on land

After disembarkation, return to Athens in the morning. Your hotel rooms may not be ready for check in, but you can leave your luggage and complete the exploration of the city of Athens. Maybe visit the Archaeological or the Acropolis Museum, roam the streets of Plaka to do some shopping, or enjoy a meal sitting in one of the many restaurant verandas.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Athens.

Day
5

Your land and sea adventure ends in Athens this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

From

£609 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach

Tour with flights

From

£917 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes

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