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Greek Escape plus 2 nights in Crete

You've seen photos of the ancient Acropolis in Athens, dating back to the 5th century BC—now’s your chance to see it in person on this escorted Greek vacation. You've watched the Olympics on TV—now’s your chance to walk among the ruins in Olympia, where the Olympics began in 776 BC. You've eaten at Greek restaurants—now's your chance to enjoy an authentic Greek cooking demonstration, where you'll learn how to make traditional Greek tzatziki. All this and more awaits you on this Greek Escape.

History comes alive on your guided visits to many of Greece's ancient sites. In addition to the Acropolis and Olympia, you'll also visit the ruins in Mycenae, dating from 1,350 to 1,200 BC and described in Homer’s epic poem, “The Iliad.” Also see the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theatre in Epidaurus. In ancient Greece, people journeyed to Delphi to seek the wisdom of the Oracle. Learn about the Oracle, tour the excavations, and visit the Archaeological Museum. To add to your Greek experience, enjoy a sirtaki dance lesson and try a glass of Ouzo. Plus, you'll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director who will bring this country to life by sharing its history, stories, and insider secrets.

Continue your Greek Escape with two fantastic nights in Crete with guided sightseeing in Heraklion as well as the free time to discover on your own or with an optional excursion. From the picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic sights, this Greek Escape has it all!

Highlights of Greek Escape plus 2 nights in Crete

Price Details US

All Escapes by Globus tours and departures are excluded from the following Globus discounts: Book Early & Save Discounts, Second Tour Discount and Small Group Discount.

Travelers Notes

Services of the Tour Director end on day 6. Island portion includes services of a local expert.

Product Group

Greek Escape

Private Touring

6 guests in a party: $664*
18 guests in a party: $172*

Notes

Services of the Tour Director end on day 6. Heraklion portion includes services of a local expert.

UNESCO Sites

Acropolis Athens|Archeological site of Mycenae|Archeological Site of Olympia

Inclusions

We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi.

Services of the Tour Director end on day 6. Heraklion portion includes services of a local expert.

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome drink.

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Day 2

ATHENS Marvels & Myths ATHENS Guided sightseeing includes a visit to the Acropolis and a stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT Explore the heart of Ancient Greece, in the historic empire where 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, never fail to amaze! See the Panathenaic Stadium, one of the venues of the first modern Olympic Games.


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Day 3

ATHENS–CORINTH–MYCENAE–EPIDAURUS–NAUPLIA Greek History & Heroes CORINTH CANAL Photo stop.
MYCENAE Guided visit of the excavations and museum.
EPIDAURUS Guided visit of the 2,300-year-old open-air theatre before continuing to Nauplia. (B,D) 132mi/212km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURAL GEM The outdoor auditorium of Epidaurus combines perfect mathematic proportion with excellent acoustics. This fascinating archaeological treasure was used for the healing of patients from all over Greece and was dedicated to Asklepios, the god of healing.


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Day 4

NAUPLIA–OLYMPIA Ruins & Recipes Scenic drive through the Arkadian Mountains.
OLYMPIA Join a guided visit to the archaeological site and the museum. Attend a [LF] cooking demonstration this evening and learn how to make traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer. (B,D) 112 mi / 181 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES Dip into the delicious tradition of Greek tzatziki – a mix of yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and herbs such as dill, mint, parsley, and thyme. Learn how to make this quintessential recipe loved the world over.


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Day 5

OLYMPIA–DELPHI Digs & Dances DELPHI Join a guided visit of the excavations and Archaeological Museum. This evening [LF] learn how to dance the sirtaki in a dance class while sipping a glass of Ouzo. (B,D) 149mi/239km

LOCAL FAVORITE
CULTURE & TRADITION Dance in the steps of Zorba the Greek to learn the sirtaki. This passionate and dramatic dance goes very well with a glass of ouzo, the anice-infused drink the locals love.


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Day 6

DELPHI–ARACHOVA–ATHENS–HERAKLION, CRETE Mountains & Islands ARACHOVA Visit the picturesque mountain town.
ATHENS Fly to Heraklion. (B) 118 mi / 190 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
NATURAL WONDERS The largest island in Greece, Crete captures all the wonder you have imagined a Greek island to be – a brilliant landscape of ancient ruins, lively sidewalks, and stunning beaches.


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Day 7

HERAKLION Cultural capital HERAKLION Guided walking tour includes sights of the Venetian Walls, St. Minas Cathedral, and the Church of St. Titus. [LF] Taste a Greek Koulouri. (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
SIGHTS & BITES The bustling capital of Crete boasts over 3000 years of history and multi-cultural influences. While walking along its narrow streets see the most famous historic and cultural sites. Join the locals and taste a Koulouri one of the most popular Greek street foods.


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Day 8

HERAKLION–ATHENS, GREECE Myths & Legends HERAKLION Free day.
Return flight to Athens. (B)

FREE TIME TIPS
EXPLORE MORE of Heraklion, a place of myths and legends; known as the birthplace of Zeus and epitomised by the legends of Daedalus and Icarus, the Minotaur, and the labyrinth at the incredible Minoan Palace of Knossos.


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Day 9

ATHENS Safe Travels Until We Meet Again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2024-10-26 2024-10-27 2024-11-04 $1822 $0 $2069 KGOX41027 Not Available
2 2024-11-02 2024-11-03 2024-11-11 $1822 $0 $2069 KGOX41103 Available
3 2024-11-09 2024-11-10 2024-11-18 $1822 $0 $2069 KGOX41110 Available
4 2024-11-16 2024-11-17 2024-11-25 $1822 $0 $2069 KGOX41117 Available
5 2024-11-23 2024-11-24 2024-12-02 $1722 $0 $1969 KGOX41124 Available
6 2024-11-30 2024-12-01 2024-12-09 $1722 $0 $1969 KGOX41201 Available
7 2024-12-07 2024-12-08 2024-12-16 $1722 $0 $1969 KGOX41208 Not Available
8 2025-01-25 2025-01-26 2025-02-03 $1522 $0 $1769 KGOX50126 Available
9 2025-02-01 2025-02-02 2025-02-10 $1722 $0 $1969 KGOX50202 Available
10 2025-02-08 2025-02-09 2025-02-17 $1722 $0 $1969 KGOX50209 Available
11 2025-02-15 2025-02-16 2025-02-24 $1722 $0 $1969 KGOX50216 Available
12 2025-02-22 2025-02-23 2025-03-03 $1722 $0 $1969 KGOX50223 Available
13 2025-03-01 2025-03-02 2025-03-10 $1822 $0 $2069 KGOX50302 Available
14 2025-03-08 2025-03-09 2025-03-17 $1822 $0 $2069 KGOX50309 Available
15 2025-03-15 2025-03-16 2025-03-24 $1822 $0 $2069 KGOX50316 Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Zafolia Attractive 7-story Hotel situated near museums, 1 km from Larisis train station & 35 km from El. Venizelos Airport. Athens 87-89 Alexandras Avenue First-Class
2 Amalia Nauplia Neoclassical-style Hotel situated on tree-lined grounds with landscaped courtyards, 1 mile from city center. Nauplia National Road Argos First-Class
3 Europa Hotels Europa is built on the top of Drouvas Hill in Ancient Olympia (UNESCO World Heritage Site), at the foot of which is sited the Sacred Alti with brilliant monuments and the stadium of the Ancient Olympic Games. Olympia Archaia Olympia - Drouva First-Class
4 Amalia Delphi At the foot of Mount Parnassus overlooking olive groves and the Ionian Sea, and just minutes away from the archaeological site and museum, the temple of Apollo, and Castalia spring. The modern guest rooms are air-conditioned and have Wi-Fi and minifridges. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and an inviting lounge bar with a fireplace, where guests can relax and take in the breath taking Delphian scenery. Delphi 1 Apollonos Street First-Class
5 Galaxy Hotel Iraklio This Hotel is centrally located in an upscale and convenient area of Heraklion. The 127 contemporary and elegant guest rooms are equipped with anatomic mattresses, espresso machines, USB sockets, flat screen TV and complimentary bathroom amenities. Two restaurants, a cafè and a lounge bar are at Guest's disposal. A gym, hammam and seasonal outdoor swimming pool are available free of charge, there are power banks in the public areas and Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property. Heraklion Leof. Dimokratias 75 Deluxe
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