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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 76 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 30.43 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 between 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

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

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Map of Mainland Greece Discovery including Greece

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts

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
  • Pella - Archaeological Site - EUR8
  • 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 76 reviews submitted.
Reviews are from travellers who have completed their trip and want to share their experience. We show all reviews, but may remove any that include profanity or inappropriate content, are unrelated to the trip or reveal personal details.

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Carol · Traveled October 2023
Wonderful condensed week tour of mainland Greece Small group makes for good interaction and sharing Wonderful selection of major archeological sites, extraordinary geological sites , orthodox monasteries perched on mountains, a vibrant city of Thessaloniki , bustling Athens Tour lead by a wonderful young woman , knowledgable, attentive to all needs Felt safe throughout- a tour not to be missed!!
Review submitted 25 Oct 2023

Eleni · Traveled October 2023
As someone half-Greek who was travelling to discover a little bit about my heritage, the Mainland Greece Discovery was a great intro to Greek history and geography. The trip travels to some absolutely amazing destinations, including the otherworldly setting of Meteora, the sleepy village of Delphi with a history dating back thousands of years, Thessaloniki, the birthplace of Alexander the Great and of course, Athens the country's vibrant capital.
Review submitted 29 Oct 2023

David · Traveled October 2023
Review submitted 06 Nov 2023

Sarah · Traveled September 2023
I had an amazing time on this tour and loved exploring the mainland of Greece. There was plenty to see and do and I didn't feel it was too rushed as there was time to also do your own thing as well as the included activities. Our group leader, Dina, was amazing and she made the tour much more enjoyable as I felt very happy, comfortable and safe. It was nice to explore Greece for the first time this way (also as a solo traveller) and not have to worry or think too much on what to do or how to get around. Amazing memories and friendships made along the way. Would highly recommend!
Review submitted 03 Nov 2023

Tracey · Traveled September 2023
This was an informative and totally enjoyable trip. Travelling with our tour leader Dina was like travelling with a close friend. All in all a joyous experience.
Review submitted 29 Oct 2023
Mainland Greece Discovery
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