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Save up to $200 on 2021 Europe and North America Budget Vacations
Save up to $200 on 2021 Europe and North America Budget Vacations
Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between June 9, 2020 - November 9, 2020 for travel in 2021. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Not applicable to custom tours. Combinable with all other applicable promotions. Applies to new bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time.
Young Travelers Save 10%
Young Travelers Save 10%
To receive the Young Traveler discount, the age of the traveler must qualify at start date of the vacation. Does not apply to custom groups. Discount is applicable to any accommodation. Additional restrictions may apply.
Up to $500 Welcome Back Credit for Repeat Travelers
Up to $500 Welcome Back Credit for Repeat Travelers
- Spend $2499 or less and receive $100 credit
- Spend $2500 - $3499 and receive $150 credit
- Spend $3500 - $4499 and receive $200 credit
- Spend $4500 & Over and receive $250 credit
The Welcome Back Credit will be awarded upon completion in 2019 onward of Globus family of brands vacations. Credit amount can only be applied to the land/cruise or cruise only portion of a new Globus family of brands vacation (excluding Escapes by Globus, 2020 Oberammergau, select Cosmos tours, Monograms City Getaways, and Custom/Charter vacations). Credit amount is per person and must be redeemed for a future vacation with a deposit within 2 years from date of credit issue. Bookings can be made by contacting your preferred travel agent. Passenger name or past invoice number is required to redeem the credit. Combinable with all applicable consumer promotions except those with any Globus family of brands special discount programs of the vacation price. Credit is not redeemable for cash, non-refundable deposit, airfare, transfers, travel insurance, prepaid gratuities, pre/post nights, or optional excursions and is non-transferrable. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Valid for all participating Globus family of brands offices. Additional restrictions may apply.
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)
Sightseeing & Activities:
Guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis
Visit the open-air theater
Guided visit of the archaeological site
Visit the Byzantine citadel of Mystra and olive oil museum
See the mystical rock MonasteriesTouring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi
Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners
Hygiene and Safety Protocols for Cosmos Tours
Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Cosmos' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Cosmos has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.
It all starts with Cosmos' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Cosmos' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.A SAFE & WARM WELCOME
Cosmos will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE
Cosmos will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Cosmos' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH
To ensure a healthy environment for team and guests, Cosmos will conduct regular temperature checks for both guests and team, and when necessary, masks will be worn by Cosmos' team members when with guests.TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS
Traveling with Cosmos removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Cosmos are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Cosmos will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.COMMITMENT TO CLEAN
As a part of Cosmos' commitment to clean, Cosmos is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH
Cosmos has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.
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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.
Trip with Cosmos was great. Director was helpful and very knowledgeable. I would book again with Cosmos
Strongly feel that Cosmos is good value for money. The Tour Directors are extremely efficient and knowledgable.
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
Highly recommended Moe, Great booking coordinator
I have now taken two trips booked through Affordable Tours and both have worked out perfectly.
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.
Great tour, knowledgeable tour guide and exceptional bus driver.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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