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history • 11 days, 10 nights

Greece: Ancient Ruins to Modern Culture

Greece
history • 11 days, 10 nights

Greece: Ancient Ruins to Modern Culture

Greece
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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Moderate
  • Travel Style
    Road Trip

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Trip Overview
Overview

This classic Greece trip will take you to all the must-sees from the Acropolis to the Monasteries of Meteora to Ancient Olympia, making sure to connect these ancient sites with modern-day Greece by opening the door to modern-day culture.  Be ready to connect with the community, experience traditions first-hand, and dig into hyper-regional food culture — this is Greece after all, a foodie’s dream! This whirlwind road trip will be balanced with plenty of fresh air through amazing scenery, optional hiking opportunities, and longer stays at each hotel.

 

**ITINERARY NOTE: While all departures include the same basic elements, there are a few special departures that include some special activities: Greek Easter (April 20-30, 2022), Olive Harvest (October 24- November 3, 2022), Carnival (February 24- March 6, 2023)

Please note that the Carnival departure will run the same route as all others, only in reverse; Athens-Delphi-Kalambaka-Kyparissia-Athens

Highlights
  • Seasonal activities (from Greek Easter to an olive harvest)
  • All the Ancient Greece must-sees including the Acropolis, Delphi, Meteora, and more
  • A legendary ancient Greek feast by a local gastronomic club
  • Railbike down disused 19th-century railroad tracks near Corinth
  • Get hands-on in a local family’s kitchen, spending the afternoon in their home
  • Accommodations vary from a swanky 4-star hotel in Athens to comfortable 3-star hotels in smaller towns
  • Two optional hikes

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
Greece

Trip Leader

Evan Panagopoulos
Born and raised in Greece, Evan is an urban storyteller, a fan of brutalist and mid-century architecture, and a knowledgeable guide who’s been engaging with Greece’s hidden histories and abandoned spaces since childhood. A travel industry veteran, he’s also the founder of Explorabilia, a travel site that helps people discover off-beat, astonishing spaces hidden in plain sight. When he’s not leading niche history tours around Europe, Evan lives in London, where he hosts highly acclaimed architecture and urban history walks.

Additional Info

Seasonal Departures

While all of our trips include the same route, activities, and inclusions, we’ve put together a few special seasonal departures where you can partake in traditional activities alongside the local Greeks.

Join a family for a Greek Easter meal and even partake in the local midnight mass if you wish (April 20-30, 2022), roll up your sleeves to help out with the yearly olive harvest (October 24- Nov 3, 2022), or experience a beautiful day flying kites followed by an epic Lent lunch as part of Carnival traditions that are harder to find in modern-day Greece (February 24- March 6, 2023).

Traveling Solo?

The listed price of this trip is per person based on double occupancy. 

If you’re traveling solo, you’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $575. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance. The capacity for private rooms is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles over the course of each day, and walking on uneven terrains such as cobblestones or ruins. Several sites required stairs to access.

There are two optional hikes, one 4.3 miles (7 km), and one 5.6 miles (9 km) - for those who choose not to hike to the destination, the coach will be available.

This trip also includes railbiking, an activity where you sit and pedal a velocipede along a railroad track.  While definitely a thrill ride, this is a low-impact activity that requires about the same effort you might use in a pedal- or pedalo- boat.  There's an option to ride along in the electric support vehicle for anyone who would rather.

Arrival & Departure

This trip includes airport transfers to and from the Athens airport at the beginning and end of the trip.

Our trip begins with a welcome dinner on Day 1. To give yourself time to settle into your accommodations before dinner, we recommend arriving in Athens by 5 PM.

The trip concludes on the morning of Day 11. If leaving Athens directly after our tour, you can depart anytime after breakfast.

Meteora Monastery Dress Code

There is a strict dress code Monasteries at Meteora.

For men: Shirts that cover the shoulder and trousers or shorts over the knee length. Sleeveless clothing and shorts shorter than the knee are prohibited.

For women: Skirts (yes, skirts) over the knee length and clothing that covers shoulders and chest are required in order to enter the monasteries. Sleeveless clothing, shorts, or trousers are prohibited for women.

Included
  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable local 3 and 4-star hotels
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip, including arrival and departure airport transfers
  • An experienced Atlas Obscura Leader to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
  • All tips and gratuities except for accompanying Trip Leader
Excluded
  • Transportation and flights to and from Athens
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • COVID-19 testing requirements
  • Customary gratuities for Trip Leader
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Trip FAQ

A variety of dietary restrictions can be accommodated in Greece but please keep in mind that for any meal on this trip that is hyper-local or related to a specific dish, alternative options- while available- might be limited.  It is very important that you mark this in your trip form and have that sent to us early on so that we can make arrangements ahead of time as needed.

If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.

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