Mainland Greece Discovery

8 Days | Dig beneath the surface of history with this in-depth tour of mainland Greece.

4.9 out of 5 based on 99 reviews submitted.
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Get lost in colourful cities filled with natural and ancient treasures on this whirlwind tour of mainland Greece. See where democracy began and how life was lived when Zeus called all the shots. Explore ancient ruins and rituals of the past. Unwind in the evening after a big day with a sip of ouzo over a banquet of culinary treats. Yamas!

Trip overview

Map of Mainland Greece Discovery including Greece
Start
Athens, Greece
Finish
Athens, Greece
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Greece
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZMSW
This trip generates 29 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Uncover thousands of years of civilisation in Athens with a visit to the world-famous Acropolis and the ancient Agora
  • Like endless pilgrims before you, visit the home of the Oracle of Delphi in the Sanctuary of Apollo, one of Greece's most important archaeological sites
  • Be mesmerised by the magical monasteries of Meteora, an extraordinary site precariously perched on a series of ancient rock pinnacles
  • Discover the many flavours of Greek cuisine. There's nothing quite like dining on rich and hearty moussaka or grilled lamb and tzatziki in a traditional taverna as Rembetika music floats around you

Is this trip right for you?
  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in Greece (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
  • Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
  • On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
  • If you have more time to explore the region you may want to check out our trip ‘Best of Greece’ (trip code ZMSAC). This trip explores the beautiful Cycladic Islands in addition to the Greek mainland. Most departure dates are designed to create this perfect combination trip.

Itinerary

Map of Mainland Greece Discovery including Greece

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Train, Public bus, Private vehicle, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

Activities
  • Athens - Acropolis Archaeological Site Visit with Local Guide
  • Athens - Acropolis Local Guide
  • Thessaloniki - NAOMI Ecumenical Workshop for Refugees visit
  • Meteora - Monastery Visits
  • Delphi - Archaeological Site & Museum guided tour
  • Delphi - local lunch & olive oil tasting with a view of Delphi Valley
Add on activities
  • Athens - National Archaeological Museum - EUR12
  • Athens - Lycabettus Hill - Free
  • Athens - Dora Stratou - EUR20
  • Athens - Numismatic Museum - EUR15
  • Athens - Day trip to the Saronic Islands - EUR140
  • Athens - Acropolis Museum - EUR15
  • Athens - Half day trip to Cape Sounio - EUR55
  • Thessaloniki - Museum of Byzantine Culture - EUR8
  • Thessaloniki - White tower of Thessaloniki - EUR6
  • Thessaloniki - Thessaloniki water boats to beach - EUR7
  • Thessaloniki - Visit Historical & Cultural Monuments of Thessaloniki with public Bus "Cultural" Route No 50 - EUR2
  • Meteora - Natural history Museum of Meteora - EUR6
  • Meteora - Digital centre of Meteora Projection - EUR3
  • Athens - Twilight Athens Urban Adventure - EUR99
  • Athens - Markets, Ruins & Ancient Athens Urban Adventure - EUR139
  • Athens - Taste of Athens Urban Adventure - EUR139

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 99 reviews submitted.
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Ben · Traveled June 2024
Wonderful trip with intrepid on mainland Greece with the passionate and friendly Dina as leader. Small group showing all of the highlights, great recommendations along the way and seamless travel arrangements.
Review submitted 26 Jun 2024

Rachel · Traveled June 2024
I have taken several trips with Intrepid and I have loved every one. But Mainland Greece outshines them all. Our leader Dina was absolutely exceptional. Her warmth and passion for Greece made the experience unforgettable in every way. I can recommend this tour to anyone interested in Greece, and it’s rich history and culture.
Review submitted 17 Jun 2024

Alexander · Traveled June 2024
This trip was fantastic, providing tons of history, culture and breathtaking views, making for an unforgettable experience. Our tour leader, Dina, was amazing and made even the 5 hour train ride easy, making sure we were comfortable. Everything was planned very well and the tour guides that were provided were incredibly informative. This trip exceeded all my expectations.
Review submitted 22 Jun 2024

Linda · Traveled June 2024
Fantastic tour with an amazing leader Dina , very well organised and visiting the monasteries in Meterora definitely the highlight
Review submitted 19 Jun 2024

Ian · Traveled May 2024
This is a great trip which reveaked some of the treasures of mainland Greece with access to interesting history and food culture.Dina was an exceptional,approachable leader clearly in live with her work.
Review submitted 07 Jun 2024
Mainland Greece Discovery
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EUR €1,365