13 Day Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization



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Mediterranean Palace Thessaloniki
Divani Meteora Hotel Kalambaka
Divani Corfu Palace Corfu
Nafs Hotel Nafpaktos
Europa Hotel Olympia
Amphitryon Hotel Nauplion
Divani Palace Acropolis Athens

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2022 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $800

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Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Accommodation Details:
The Amphitryon Hotel in Nauplion has only double rooms with one bed available.

Triple rooms will be accommodated in a twin and single at Nafs Hotel in Nafpaktia.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This program is moderately active. Walking is done over cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. For touring days, expect most of the sightseeing to require three to four hours of walking as well as a considerable time standing. Many historical cities have specific driving regulations, with set drop off and pick up points, that result in extra walking to and from the sights. The pacing is moderate as numerous sites are included. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights New York-Thessaloniki, Athens-New York
  • Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Thessaloniki
    • 1 night Kalambaka
    • 2 nights Corfu
    • 2 nights Nafpaktos
    • 1 night Olympia
    • 1 night Nauplion
    • 2 nights Athens
  • Hotel taxes, fees, and service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 26 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners (including welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Ferry service between Igoumenitsa-Corfu, Corfu-Igoumenitsa
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Tour Highlights

    Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Visit Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great and center of the ancient Macedonian dynasty
  • In Thessaloniki, view the iconic 15th century White Tower, once used as a fort and prison
  • View the royal tomb of King Phillip and the priceless jewels and treasures in Vergina
  • Tour Meteora’s mystical monasteries perched in mid-air, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Ferry to dazzling Corfu, with its dramatic coastlines, olive groves and miles of wild flowers
  • Walk through luxurious Achilleion Palace built for Princess Sisi, the Empress of Austria
  • Visit the archaeological site of Delphi and the imposing Temple of Apollo
  • Tour the Achaia Clauss Winery and its vineyards in the wine region of the Peloponnese
  • Enjoy a Greek cooking demonstration led by a chef who shares his culinary secrets
  • Visit the archaeological sites of Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics
  • Visit the picturesque town of Nauplion, the first capital of modern Greece
  • In Mycenae, heartland of Greek mythology, visit the remarkable Tomb of Agamemnon
  • Enjoy a fun filled night in Athens' Plaka area with great food and great company!
  • Explore Athens - a living museum! Stand before the gleaming Acropolis and magnificent Parthenon

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This program is moderately active. Walking is done over cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. For touring days, expect most of the sightseeing to require three to four hours of walking as well as a considerable time standing. Many historical cities have specific driving regulations, with set drop off and pick up points, that result in extra walking to and from the sights. The pacing is moderate as numerous sites are included. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Greece
Depart for Thessaloniki, Greece

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Thessaloniki
Welcome to glorious Greece! Arrive in the energetic city of Thessaloniki; transfer to the hotel. Time to rest and relax before tonight’s orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the wonderful journey in Greece that awaits you, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Thessaloniki
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Ancient Pella, Edessa Waterfalls
Begin your day with a visit to Pella, the center of Alexander the Great's kingdom that became famous when King Archelaos made it the capital. View the site's excavations revealing the grandeur of the ancient Macedonian dynasty. At the Archaeological Museum, you’ll marvel at the phenomenal mosaics portraying mythological scenes that once adorned the city's grand mansions. Then, continue to the picturesque town of Edessa, full of little streams and parks and best-known for its great waterfalls. Enjoy lunch before returning to Thessaloniki. Leisure time for personal discoveries. Perhaps explore the renowned Archaeological Museum with its impressive Ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine treasures. Tonight, dinner is at a popular restaurant in the historic Ladadika district where you will enjoy some lively Greek music! This landmark area is known for its spirited nightlife and eclectic mix of tavernas, restaurants, and cafes
Overnight: Thessaloniki
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Wednesday - Thessaloniki Highlights, Ancient Vergina, Travel to Kalambaka
Your tour of Thessaloniki starts at the Arch of Galerius (Kamara), one of the most distinctive Roman structures in the city, built as a triumphal monument by the Emperor. On to the iconic 15th century White Tower, once used as a fort, garrison, and prison. Because of its fame as a notorious prison, it was also known as the "Tower of Blood." At the Basilica of St. Demetrios, devoted to the patron saint of the city, you see a superb example of Byzantine religious architecture. Afterward, a closer look at the city's Byzantine walls and panoramic views of Thessaloniki and the Gulf of Thermaikos before departing to the archaeological site of Vergina in Central Macedonia. Considered one the most extraordinary finds of the 20th century, Vergina was the first capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia. Visit the Royal Tomb of King Phillip (father of Alexander the Great); view the famous "Vergina Treasures" including gold urns, jeweled wreaths, unique art, ivory, and armor, protected by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Continue to the town of Kalambaka, nestled at the base of inspirational Meteora for dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Kalambaka
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Meteora’s Monasteries, Ferry to Corfu
An unforgettable day! Visit spectacular Meteora with its mystical ancient Byzantine monasteries incredibly perched atop massive pinnacles of rock, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monasteries appear to be suspended in mid-air! These monasteries are indeed an extraordinary achievement and a powerful example of dedication, determination, and courage. Admire exquisite specimens of 16th-century frescoes and the amazing expanse of the Peneios Valley. Following lunch, take a ferry from Igoumenitsa to dazzling Corfu, the second largest Ionian island with its dramatic coastlines, cypress trees, olive groves and miles of wildflowers. On your approach by sea, you’ll be welcomed by the majesty of the famous Old Fortress. Dinner tonight is at the hotel
Overnight: Corfu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Achilleion Palace, Corfu’s Old Town (Kerkyra)
Travel to the luxurious Achilleion Palace in the quaint village of Gastouri, originally built for the Empress of Austria in 1892, widely known as Princess Sisi. The palace, built as a reflection of her love for Greek mythology, was named Achilleion to honor the Greek hero Achilles; view the palace's frescoes, paintings, and stunning neoclassical architecture. Continue to view Pontikonisi a picturesque islet, home of the Pantokrator monastery. Later in the charming Old Town of Corfu (Kerkyra), a walking tour along the cobbled streets takes you past pastel-hued elegant Venetian mansions, French-style flowered squares, beautiful fortresses, and palaces. Linger on your own in the pleasant town, or sit at one of the cafes of the historic Liston arcade to enjoy a refreshing ginger beer or kumquat liqueur. Tonight, dinner together is at a local restaurant in Corfu
Overnight: Corfu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Ferry to Igoumenitsa, Preveza and Nafpaktos
A morning return by ferry to Igoumenitsa. Then, continue on your route to Preveza, stopping for a refreshing lunch in this town built on the entrance of the Gulf of Amvrakikos. Charming, traditional buildings adorn the port and the historical center while the pedestrian walkways and cobblestone streets with shops and cafés remind you of the islands. In the late afternoon, arrive in the picturesque port town of Nafpaktos. Admire the panoramic views from the 15th century Venetian castle, or explore the scenic harbor with its many restaurants and cafés
Overnight: Nafpaktos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Sunday - Archaeological Site of Delphi
Tour the excavated site of Delphi and the Archaeological Museum, perched on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered one of the most important places in Greek history, its stunning setting and ancient ruins are truly inspirational. Walk the Sacred Way to the imposing 4th century B.C. Temple of Apollo, site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Enjoy lunch at a local tavern before heading back to Nafpaktos
Overnight: Nafpaktos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Monday - Achaia Clauss Winery, Local Olive Oil & Art Farm in Olympia
In this beautiful wine region of the northwest Peloponnese, visit the Achaia Clauss Winery, one of the largest wineries in Greece, founded in 1861. You'll be charmed by breathtaking views of the gorgeous vineyards, the rugged stone buildings as you sample a few of the local varietals. Continue to Olympia and visit the Magna Grecia Olive Oil Farm where you will have a guided tour on the farming and production of Olives and Olive Oil. Have lunch on the farm, sampling olive oils, wines and local Mediterranean Specialties from family recipes. Dinner tonight at your hotel
Overnight: Olympia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Tuesday - Archaeological Sites of Olympia and Nauplion, Cooking Demonstration
This morning, visit the sacred Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus and the ancient stadium where the Olympic Games were first held. Visit the Archaeological Museum to view priceless Greek works of art such as the sculpted decoration of the Temple of Zeus, the famous Hermes of Praxiteles and the statue of Nike of Paionios . Enjoy a cooking demonstration, led by a professional chef, who shares his secrets of how to prepare Greece’s fabulous Mediterranean dishes - with tastings, of course! After lunch depart for Nauplion, one of the most beautiful towns in the area of Argolis, which flourished during the Byzantine era. According to mythology, the town was founded by Náfplios, son of the god Poseidon. The walking tour of Nauplion is highlighted by ancient walls, medieval castles, Ottoman fountains and neoclassical buildings with unique architecture. Dinner tonight is at a popular restaurant in the town of Nauplion
Overnight: Nauplion
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Wednesday - Boat to Bourtzi, Mythological Mycenae, Arrive in Athens, Evening at Plaka
A boat ride takes you across Nauplion Harbor to the island of Bourtzi with its towering fortress castle built by the Venetians in 1473 to protect the city from pirates and invaders from the sea. After a walk on the island, continue to Mycenae, the heartland of Greek mythology. Visit the archaeological site known as the Treasury of Atreus and the Tomb of Agamemnon. This "golden" city of legendary King Atreus and Agamemnon is surely one of the most important archaeological sites of Greece. Arrive in Athens. This evening, dine with your fellow travelers and the company of local university students at a local restaurant with entertainment
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Thursday - Athens and the Acropolis
Today explore Athens - an astonishing living museum! A panoramic drive takes you past the grand 4th century Panathenian Stadium built as a venue for athletic contests, the ruins of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch commemorating the Roman emperor. Stand before the gleaming white marble Acropolis, the ancient architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens, crowned by the magnificent Parthenon that rises above the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On to the imposing modernist Acropolis Museum that brings together the surviving treasures of the Acropolis, showcasing layers of history by floating above the ruins with the Acropolis visible above. The rest of the day is yours. Be sure to walk to Constitution Square, to catch a glimpse of the colorfully-costumed Evzone guards, outfitted in traditional Greek style. On the last night of your journey in Greece, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. Kaló taxídi!
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Friday - Depart Greece
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, September 2019
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Well, I can’t say enough good things! It was the best trip ever. Our first Discovery tour. We have had excellent tour guides with Gate 1 and other companies, but Jenny was by far the best! She was so knowledgeable, kind, caring, engaging, and fun. We especially loved the hotel in Athens but all the hotels were good. We enjoyed all of the meals and loved the students who joined us for dinner in Athens. What amazing young people. Greece is now our favorite trip! Looking forward to planning our next Gate 1 trip.

Sharon & Stephen L. San Luis Obispo, CA
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, September 2019
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It was a great trip! The guide, Yainni, was fantastic and the driver had nerves of steel! I do not plan to drive myself in Athens anytime soon. I was astonished at the high level of service provided...picking up bags, clear directions every day, and making sure we were escorted to the airport. Those are tiny examples, but they meant a lot.

Judy K. San Pedro, CA
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, September 2019
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It couldn’t have been better. We can’t say enough about our tour guide, Demetra, who anticipated every need of our group and shared the wealth of knowledge she has of Greece and its history, places, and culture. The tour was well designed and gave us what we were looking for regarding the history and beauty of Greece. The exposure to quality local restaurant foods was beyond our expectations. Also exposure to products such as the kumquats and wines was a nice feature of the tours. The hotels and services were more than satisfactory. The pace of the tour assured we wasted none of the precious time set aside for the Greece tour. We also had plenty of opportunity to get to know, enjoy and bond with our fellow travelers. And finally, at the very end when we had to get on a transfer vehicle to the airport at 4AM, Demetra was there to make sure the connection was working for us and fellow travelers and to wish us a warm farewell. We would do a tour with Gate 1 and Demetra anytime we can arrange for one in the future.

Larry and Helen T. Suffolk, VA
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, September 2019
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Our trip was really great. We enjoyed the Gate 1 customer experience for the first time and were impressed by the way the trip was planned. Most importantly, Demetra our tour guide was exceptionally good. With her knowledge and professionalism, she made our vacation quite memorable. She is the best travel guide we have had so far.

Shrikant N. Kendall Park, NJ
8 Day Classic Greece, July 2019
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We had a wonderful time. Our tour manager, Yainni, was terrific. He made the trip informative and fun. The hotels were great and we loved the food. The surprise cooking and dancing lesdon was so much fun. Thanks for another ( my 14th) awesome Gate 1 trip.

Gabriele D. New Hope, PA
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, May 2019
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We had a wonderful time. Our trip through Greece was sensational and we were very happy with the choice of hotels and restaurants– the food and wine were so delicious. The Gate 1 Guide, Millitsa, was excellent and she kept us informed and helped us have the most informative and entertaining time. There were only 14 of us on the trip and we all got along very well (only us from Australia and the others from US). This was our third Gate 1 trip this year and we very much appreciate the standard of service which Gate 1 provides.

Pauline G. Canberra, Australia
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, April 2019
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We had a great trip. Sophia, our guide was amazing. She had an endless knowledge of Greek history and culture and was able to relate it to all the things we saw. George, the bus driver was a careful driver and a gentleman. The trip went smoothly and the group size was great. This was our first discovery tour, although we have traveled many times with Gate 1, and I am sure we will do this again.

Debbie N. Nova Scotia, Canada
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, October 2018
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Wow...wow...wow! I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed Greece! What a perfect trip! I loved every minute! First, our guide Effie was amazing and made everyone feel at home! She was so informative about everything and the history was mind boggling! She made my trip even better by making sure my food was perfect and I felt even more special! The bus driver, George, was friendly and efficient ...The hotels were so first class and spectacular! The scheduled events included several new adventures everyday! ... The people of Greece were so warm and friendly and you should be so proud how Effie represents your company so wonderfully! We learned how to Greek dance and loved the food! Thank you for one of the best trips...they get better and better!

Linda M. Los Angeles, CA
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, October 2018
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FABULOUS!! Sophia was absolutely wonderful & a wealth of knowledge. We all were amazed at her abilities regarding all the history at each location we stopped at, including the Acropolis Archaeology Museum. You are very fortunate to have her as your guide. Also, Christos is an excellent driver. He is very skilled at getting into surprisingly small spaces with our huge bus. We all appreciated his assistance with our travel around Greece. Great trip.....many highlights!!!

Cheryl H. Lakewood, CO
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, May 2018
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Trip was great, greatly organized, very nice hotels, great food and our driver Plato was outstanding and who really made this trip superior, was our tour guide Chris. He is so knowledgeable a good storyteller. Altogether wonderful experience.

Zdena V. Fair Lawn, NJ.
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, August 2017
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Our Gate 1 trip to Greece was very satisfactory, in line with all our other great past experiences with Gate 1. Please note for your management team that our Tour Guide Manager Militsia was one of Gate 1 's best. This trip definitely exceeded our very high expectations!

Theresa T. Marlton, NJ
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, May 2017
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The trip to Greece was fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone. Jenny, our tour guide, was the best tour guide I've ever had and I've taken many tours with various companies. She's extremely knowledgeable and also very conscious of her travelers' needs. I recommend her highly. I truly believe it was because of her, her knowledge and guidance that made the trip so enjoyable. She's a real asset to Gate 1 in Greece.

Nancy M. New York, NY
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, May 2017
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Greece trip was wonderful. The tour was excellent and Jenny was a fantastic guide. All of the sites we visited were incredible and very interesting.

Mark I. Spring, TX
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, October 2016
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Our trip to Greece was wonderful! Militsa, our tour guide, and Christos, our driver were both helpful, engaging and very knowledgeable--Militsa's commentary on the sites we visited was just what we wanted--historical perspective peppered with her enthusiasm for her country and its beauty. I would recommend this tour to all who want to learn about Greece--past and present!

Bettina S. Atascadero, CA
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, June 2016
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We had such a wonderful time time on our small group tour to Greece. As it turned out there only 11 on the tour plus our bus driver George and guide Eugenia. Being so small, we were able to be flexible. Everyone got along wonderfully. The weather was beautiful, the sea too and oh my the food was out of this world. Every place/stop we went was so interesting. Eugenia was very knowledgeable and passionate about her country. I believe two of favorite things about the tour was eating in the homes of Greeks and their families, actually living the Greek culture. Such for for everyone. Eugenia & George were such a great team, they worked very well together & got along so well. Both were very polite, accommodating, and personable. George at every stop was there to help everyone off & on the bus. Something I noticed at sites that other tour drivers didn't do. George too was very friendly and fun to be around. His driving was impeccable and driving that huge coach in Greece was no easy task. We felt very safe. Eugenia, I don't know where to start on how wonderful she was. Wealth of knowledge, always smiling, very friendly, willing to lend a helping hand, and very professional. She was just plain fantastic. A truly lovely gal. In closing, I will again sing Eugenia & George's praises. Hoping someday, our paths will cross again.

Kim W. Houston, TX
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, April 2016
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Our trip was very good! Our tour guide (Demetra) was excellent and we learned so much about Greek history and past and present Greek culture. I certainly recommend this trip to others.

Douglas B. Danville, PA