The Best of Greece 2020

The Best of Greece 2020


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Greece

Tour Itinerary

On this Best of Greece tour, discover the best of historic and mythical—as well as modern—Greece. As the birthplace of Western civilization, Greece has some of the world’s most fascinating archaeological sites, and now is your chance to explore the Greek mainland and the Peloponnese peninsula on your affordable tour of Greece. Your tour starts and ends in Athens and overnights along the way in Nauplia, Sparta, Olympia, Delphi, and Kalambaka.Step back in time as you visit some of Greece's ancient sites where the Mycenaean civilization thrived in Greece between 1600 and 1200 BC. Enjoy a guided sightseeing of the Mycenae archaeological site and learn about its history and legends. In Athens, visit the Acropolis, still standing after 2,500 years. Dedicated to the goddess Athena, the Acropolis sits high on a rocky hill and is a symbol of the wealth and power of Athens at its apex. Visit the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theater in Epidaurus and marvel at the perfect acoustics. You'll step back in history—but not as far back as Ancient Greece—when you enjoy sightseeing of the medieval Byzantine Citadel of Mystra, a castle founded in 1249. Also visit the fantastic mountain landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries set in almost inaccessible sandstone peaks.On this affordable Greece tour, you’ll travel to Olympia, legendary home of the Olympic Games, and Delphi, where people visited in ancient Greece to seek the advice of the Oracle. But that’s not all…you’ll experience modern Greece as well. Cross over one of the world's longest cable-stayed bridge, the spectacular Rion-Antirion Bridge, which links the Peloponnese peninsula to the Greek mainland. From the ancient ruins to contemporary engineering —with beautiful landscapes in between—this tour through Greece is perfectly designed for value-minded travelers. You’ll agree that your affordable Greece tour is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation!

Day 1: ARRIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring the Greek capital with the help of the CosmosGO app. Later, meet your Tour Director.

Day 2: ATHENS.
A day to discover Athens at leisure, visiting one of the museums or strolling through the Plaka district, or the opportunity to see island life from a small cruise ship on the optional 3-island cruise, visiting Aegina, Poros, and Hydra. (B)

Day 3: ATHENS–CORINTH–NAUPLIA.
Join the included guided tour of Athens, featuring the highlights of this ancient capital with a visit to the ACROPOLIS. Next, cross the CORINTH CANAL and head for the coast to Nauplia.
Today’s Distance: 90 mi/ 145 km (B)

Day 4: NAUPLIA–EPIDAURUS–MYCENAE–SPARTA.
This morning, journey into the Argolis to stop in EPIDAURUS, located in the hilly countryside dotted with pine trees and oleanders. In this magnificent setting, visit the ancient OPEN-AIR THEATER that can still seat 14,000 spectators. Later enjoy the included excursion to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE and the MUSEUM OF MYCENAE, a city fortress cursed by the gods but rich in gold and warrior kings. Travel deep into the Peloponnese to Sparta, where history hangs between reality and legend.
Today’s Distance: 134 mi/ 215 km (B,D)

Day 5: SPARTA–MYSTRA–OLYMPIA.
Enjoy the included visit of the medieval BYZANTINE CITADEL OF MYSTRA, at one time known as the “Florence of the East.” Before arriving in Olympia, visit an OLIVE OIL MUSEUM.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi/ 210 km (B,D)

Day 6: OLYMPIA–PATRAS–DELPHI.
Explore Olympia, where the athletes of antiquity performed in honor of the king of deities. Spend some free time or learn more about the history of the Olympic Games on the optional sightseeing tour. Later, drive north to Patras, the capital of the Peloponnese and the west coast’s largest port. Continue via the spectacular RION-ANTIRION BRIDGE through the picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to mystical Delphi.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi/ 250 km (B)

Day 7: DELPHI–KALAMBAKA.
Join the optional morning sightseeing tour of the archaeological site in Delphi. Once called the “Navel of the Earth”, Delphi was the greatest oracle of the ancient world, where people flocked to seek advice. Now, it’s one of the grandest sites in Greece. On to Kalambaka.
Today’s Distance: 165 mi/ 265 km (B,D)

Day 8: KALAMBAKA–METEORA–ATHENS.
A short drive to Meteora, a cluster of spectacular Christian-Orthodox MONASTERIES perched in an unforgettable manner on a set of rising rock formations. They were originally built by hermit monks living in caves carved into the rocks. Later, drive south to Athens.
Today’s Distance: 224 mi/ 360 km (B)

Day 9: ATHENS.
A full day at leisure to explore the unseen parts of the city, do last-minute shopping, or maybe join the optional Greek dinner. (B)

Day 10: ATHENS.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

Sightseeing & Activities:

ATHENS
Guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis

CORINTH CANAL

EPIDAURUS
Visit the open-air theater

MYCENAE
Guided visit of the archaeological site

SPARTA
Visit

MYSTRA
Visit the Byzantine citadel of Mystra and olive oil museum

RION-ANTIRION BRIDGE

DELPHI
Visit

METEORA
See the mystical rock MonasteriesTouring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

Meals:
Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$430

No triple room reduction.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Athens: Illisos
Athens: Golden Age
Nauplia: Victoria
Nauplia: Rex
Sparta: Maniatis
Olympia: Olympia Palace
Delphi: Apollonia
Kalambaka: Orfeas

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many people in a group. What hotels are we going to stay in. Do I have to fly back on Sept.16 (trip Sept. 7-16) or will I be penalized If wanted to stay another 5 or 7 days?

Max group size range from 44-50. Avg size is usually 30. We can definitely help you with your post nights after the tour ends.

Question: Is this double or triple in price if I travel by myself?

Solo travelers will be assessed a single supplement. Cosmos also has a room share option where you can choose to room with another guest of the same gender in order to waive the single supplement.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

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Ratings based off 26 reviews . Currently showing 13 reviews with comments only.
By Julio C on Jun 01, 2019

The tour schedule was according to expectations but it could have been much better if tour guides would have been assigned for the museum visits. We only had tour guides for archeological sites and they were barely of one hour duration. The rest was on us to "explore" with very limited time. In Myrnas we were provided with a map that was inaccurate and I missed visiting a very important monastery because I couldn't find it. This is unacceptable.

By Mark S on Apr 20, 2019

Trip with Cosmos was great. Director was helpful and very knowledgeable. I would book again with Cosmos

By Don H on Oct 06, 2018

Strongly feel that Cosmos is good value for money. The Tour Directors are extremely efficient and knowledgable.

By Rosita B on Oct 06, 2018

My husband and I had a great experienced during our Greece tour with excellent tour guide George & coach driver Flavio... the places we went were ancient Greeks started history...lots of museums and artifacts from ancient times...mountainous place srounding Greece The amazingly orthodox monastery on top of the hill w/ 130 steps...wow I made it to the top really! We found one Roman Catholic Church the St Dionysius just one English mass & 6:30 pm on Sundays, the rest are Greek masses were we attended the 11am mass about 15 min from Wyndham hotel There's only 3 hotels w/c i lke most during our stay: Hyatt, Meteora & Wyndham, the rest are not a good place to stay Our last day optional Greek dinner & dance were superb...overall, we enjoyed our tour & again we can't thank you enough George & Flavio for everything

By Anjanie B on Oct 06, 2018

Highly recommended Moe, Great booking coordinator

By Evelyn B on Sep 29, 2018

I have now taken two trips booked through Affordable Tours and both have worked out perfectly.

By Tatyana L on Sep 01, 2018

The greek dinner and dancing which took place on the last day of the tour should have been sooner, on the first couple of days of the tour.

By James G on Jun 23, 2018

Great tour, knowledgeable tour guide and exceptional bus driver.

By Delores B on Sep 09, 2017

The tour director was absolutely tops - a walking history book with insight to Greece from formation to current time; very personable with concern for the safety and well being of all the passengers on the trip. The coach driver was without doubt a very proficient professional driver who safely delivered all of us around switch backs and hair pin turns in the mountains or many miles.

By Maria K on Aug 19, 2017

The cabin on the ship was terrible. The cruise staff was not helpful and did not want to hear our complaints. We asked for,another cabin and were told there were none however when the people in the next cabin asked they were moved. The cabins near the staff service area should not be made available as the door opens and closes all day and night making it difficult to rest or sleep. We paid extra for an outside cabin and it was terrible. Also the ship itself needs a lot of work. If this was our first cruise, I would never go on another. We have no complaints and only compliments for the land part of our trip. The tour guide was excellent.

By Robert L on Jun 18, 2016

My experience on The Best of Greece was amazing. The staff of Cosmos was absolutely wonderful. My husband and I will be planning our third trip with Cosmo for next year 2017.

By Irene G on Oct 19, 2013

We enjoyed our Greece trip. We especially loved the hotels in Athens and Olympia. Unfortunately they had a fire in hotel Acropole in Delphi. Our tour director handled the situation on a high profession level and nobody got hurt.

By Frederick V on Oct 13, 2012

The optional tours in Delphi and Olympia should have been included tours, They were not extentions but the essential way to see those sites. Other sites with similar the best available. Ours such as the accropols were included, All had similar local guides to supplemen the tour leader. The hotel Coral in Athens was not up to the 4 star rating it has., Hotels in the small towns were basic, but probablu t


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