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.
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 in spacious comfort by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi is included on board your coach and in most hotel lobbies and common areas. Sea Cruise Ship features land excursions with Local Experts. Note: headsets included on tour, excluding island extension.
6 guests in a party: $631*18 guests in a party: $161*
Services of the Tour Director end on day 6. Heraklion portion includes services of a local expert.
Acropolis Athens|Archeological Site of Delphi|Archeological site of Mycenae|Archeological Site of Olympia|Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus
ARRIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome drink.
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 HIGHLIGHTHISTORIC 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.
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/212kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTCULTURAL 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.
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 kmLOCAL 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.
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/239kmLOCAL 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.
DELPHI–ARACHOVA–ATHENS–HERAKLION, CRETE Mountains & Islands ARACHOVA Visit the picturesque mountain town.ATHENS Fly to Heraklion. (B) 118 mi / 190 kmTOUR 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.
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.
HERAKLION–ATHENS, GREECE Myths & Legends HERAKLION Free day. Return flight to Athens. (B)FREE TIME TIPSEXPLORE 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.
ATHENS Safe Travels Until We Meet Again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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|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||75 Dimokratias||Deluxe|