Delve deeper into the history and heritage of ancient Greece on this 12-day tour. From the port city of Thessaloniki by the Aegean Sea to the hilltop monasteries of Meteora, you will be introduced to the region’s vibrant culture, cuisine and natural wonders. Unwind in the beautiful island of Corfu, and visit its many churches and museums or sign up for a traditional Greek cooking class! Wrap up your vacation with a visit to the stunning monuments of Athens, the capital city.
If you love history and mythology, a Greek vacation might be the perfect fit for you! We can tweak this itinerary to suit your personal preferences. All you have to do is speak to our travel experts!
Thessaloniki, the ancient port city on the Aegean Sea, is Greece’s second largest city. This vibrant city is strewn with ancient monuments and historic remains from its Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman eras.
Personalized Food Walking Tour in Thessaloniki
Discover Thessaloniki through its cuisine. Walk through historical markets, visit specialty food shops and taste famous delicacies. The local expert offers insights into the port city’s culinary history influenced by Frankish and Ottoman conquerors, Arabs and Jews. Visit the Kapani Market, which offers a colorful introduction to the city’s food scene. In its narrow arcades, you’ll find vats of glistening olives, tubs of feta and chains of piquant sausages. Spice vendors, butchers and fishmongers clamor for attention of passersby. Next, head to Modiano Market in the Jewish quarter. Navigate your way through the maze of vendors selling varieties of cheeses, coffee beans, herbs and confectioneries. Try sweet bread topped with almonds, melted chocolate coating or chestnut filling. Sample buttered phyllo pastries dunked in syrup. Finally, visit Athonos Square, popular for its cafés, taverns and restaurants serving delectable local fare.(Duration: half day; Time: 1100 hrs; Private activity & transfers; Meal included: light snacks; Please inform us of any food allergies in advance; Please wear closed toe walking shoes.)
Personalized Origins of Alexander The Great Tour
Travel back in time to discover the origins of Alexander The Great on this full day adventure in Greece. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Thessaloniki at 0900 hrs and take you to the ancient site of Pella. Alexander was born in the Pella region in 356 BC and he and his sister were raised in Pella’s royal court. Walk through the excavated section of the city and note how it was designed in a grid of parallel streets. Your guide will tell you what life was like in an Ancient Greek city and explain the significance of the buildings. From Pella, drive south for about an hour to reach Vergina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Royal Tomes of Vergina, where Alexander’s father, King Philip, is buried. Your guide will also show you the subterranean structure that was built in 1993 to protect the tombs. Learn about the importance of the Macedonians in ancient Greece and the relationships between the various city-states that existed at the time. Enjoy some free time around lunch before returning to Thessaloniki. (Duration: full day; Time: 0900 hrs; Private activity & transfers; Meals are not included)
Meteora is a spectacular complex of hilltop Eastern Orthodox monasteries located in Central Greece. Perched on lofty sandstone pinnacles rising above the Thessalian plain, these centuries-old buildings with hidden hermetic caves and manicured garden terraces, are wonders of architecture and engineering.
Personalized Tour of Meteora Three Monasteries
Discover the natural and cultural marvels of Meteora with a visit to the Three Monasteries, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set off from your Kalambaka hotel in the company of your local guide, as he/she traces the history of this monastic community back to the ninth century. Spot the towering rock pillars where the first hermits decided to build the monasteries of Meteora. The name itself means ‘suspended in the air,’ giving you a sense of the serenity of the space. Explore the hushed environs of the monasteries and later take in stunning views of the countryside from lookouts suggested by your guide. (Private Activity & Transfer; Duration: 3-4 hrs; Time: 0900hrs; Tour includes guide; Fitness level: moderate; Guests are requested to bring water, hat, sunscreen and walking shoes)
Corfu is one of the most beautiful Greek islands in the Ionian Sea. The old town of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is centered around its landmark town square of Spianada. This heritage district is home to the Church of St Spyridon, the island’s patron saint, the St Michael and St George Palace, elegant fortresses, Byzantine churches and a number of museums.
Personalized Food Walking Tour of Corfu Old Town
Embark on a gastronomical tour of Corfu, while you explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town on foot. Walk around the prominent landmarks in the old part of the city as your expert guide narrates their historical significance. Uncover the hidden culinary treasures of the city as you navigate the alleys and narrow pathways, stopping at carefully selected food outlets. Learn how Venetian and Greek influences have given an innovative twist to traditional recipes. Sample locally made meze dishes and get insights about their making from the store owners. Feel free to ask questions about Corfu and its food to your knowledgeable guide. (Duration: half day; Time: around 1100 hrs;Private activity & transfers; Meals included: food tastings; Please inform us of any food allergies in advance; Please wear non-slip walking shoes; This tour involves walking through busy streets and over uneven ground)
Personalized Market Visit and Greek Cooking Class
Learn to cook traditional Greek dishes on this immersive tour. Set off with your guide along the narrow alleys of Corfu to the local outdoor market. Take in the sights and sounds as you pick up fresh organic produce and other ingredients for your culinary session. Stop by the local bakery and the small cheese shop for more supplies. Once you’ve got everything you need, head to a country home for your cooking class. Learn to prepare traditional dishes as you enjoy the hospitality of your hosts. Watch as the chef demonstrates age-old techniques of cooking that are still in use today. You will get to use a wood-fired oven that lends a distinct flavor to the dishes. Afterwards, sit down and feast on the delicious food you learned to prepare. (Duration: half day; Private activity & transfers; Meals included: lunch; Please inform us of any food allergies in advance; Suggested start time is 0900 hrs; Please wear non-slip walking shoes; This tour involves walking through busy streets and over uneven ground)
Personalized Tour of Corfu
Explore the lovely island of Corfu on this day tour, accompanied by your English-speaking guide cum chauffeur. Corfu, one of the most beautiful Greek islands, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. After an early breakfast in your hotel, meet your chauffeur and drive down to the seaside village of Palaiokastritsa by the Ionian Sea. Enjoy a dip in the sea, or a boat trip with your guide to explore the secluded coves and beaches. Drive onwards to Kanoni, visiting the Vlacherna Monastery and the Mouse Island, which provide fantastic photo ops. Constructed in the 17th century, the monastery has beautiful frescoes and wood carvings. Stop by the 13th century church of Pantokrator and enjoy some refreshments, before heading back to the town of Corfu. Stroll down the lovely town square with its Byzantine churches, museums and monuments. Your guide will take you down pedestrian friendly streets lined with heritage buildings from the Venetian era. Wind down at sandy beaches before you wrap up the tour. (Duration: half day; Time: 0900 – 1330 hrs; Private activity & transfers; Entry fees are not applicable; Meals included: no; Fitness level: easy; Please wear comfortable walking shoes).
Admire the ancient city of Athens in Greece, where millennia-old history and contemporary culture connect. Although the hilltop Acropolis complex is Athens’ showstopper attraction, there are significant archaeological sites and architectural wonders scattered across town with museums to match.
Personalized Half Day Sightseeing Tour of Athens
Explore the highlights of Athens along with your expert local guide. Start your tour with a visit to the Panathenaic Stadium, built completely out of marble. This stadium hosted the first Olympic Games in 1896. Next up, head to the colossal Temple of Zeus and see the ruins around. Continue to the Greek Parliament at Stygmata Square, across the beautiful National Gardens. Here you can witness the Changing of the Guard, featuring the Evzones dressed in traditional costumes. Later, make your way up to the main attraction, the Acropolis of Athens that overlooks the cityscape. Spread across the complex, highlights to explore include the Parthenon the Propylaea gateway, and Temple of Athena Nike, which tell stories of Greek history. Admire the stunning architecture of the ancient world. Learn more at the modernist Acropolis Museum. Return to your accommodation while listening to additional insights and local legends. (Duration: Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy)
You will be transferred from your hotel to Athens airport in a private vehicle
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 9,190 /person
Option 2 From $ 11,390 /person
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