Best of Greece

Visit Athens and tour the historic sights on the Greek mainland before enjoying free time on the beautiful islands of Mykonos & Santorini.

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Greece travel packages are the best way of discovering the birthplace of modern civilization.  This 12 day Greece tour includes fabulous 2 or 3 star accommodation, breakfast each day and three evening meals.

Starting in Athens, you will travel by air-conditioned bus to Mycenae and pass through Lion Gate, the main entrance to the Bronze Age citadel, before reaching the tomb of Agamemnon, the ancient King of Mycenae who was murdered by his wife Clytemnestra after he returned victorious from the Battle of Troy. 

The following day begins with a picturesque journey through the mountains of central Peloponnese to the verdant city of Olympia, home of the ancient Olympics. From there you will have the opportunity to visit the sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi. The god Apollo took the form of a dolphin, which is Greek for Delphi.

Returning to Athens, nothing can prepare the uninitiated for the grandeur of the Acropolis and the Parthenon The Acropolis museum is an ultra modern building with a terrific restaurant, laid out to attract non-history buffs and academics alike. Afterwards, wander through the nearby area of Plaka and be amazed by the artefacts that pop up inside shops and underground stations.

Now, at the halfway point of your 12 day Greece tour, it’s time to relax. Take the ferry, included in the price of the tour, to the islands of Mykanos and Santorini. Observe spectacular sunsets from Santorini’s whitewashed buildings perched on the edge of a caldera, formed by the collapse of land after a volcanic eruption. If you still haven’t had your fill of history, optional excursions are also available for this second half of the tour, which finishes with an included flight from Santorini back to Athens.

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Why this Trip

  • All tour dates are guaranteed to depart.
  • No minimum numbers required.
  • Only 10% deposit or minimum $80.00 required and no booking fees.
  • Modern air-conditioned coaches.

Itinerary PrintView full Itinerary here

Start in: Athens

Athens , Check-in from 14:00 hrs on Day 1
End in: Athens

Athens , 13:00 hrs
Duration: 12 Days
Ages: 10 - 75+
Places: 1 Countries
10 Experiences

DAY 1: Arrive in Athens

Welcome to Greece! Upon arrival, make your own way the hotel for the start of the tour (airport transfers available at extra cost).

DAY 2: Epidaurus - Nafplion - Mycenae

Our exploration of mainland Greece begins today. Our first stop will be to admire the Corinth Canal. You will then have the opportunity to visit Epidaurus, the most important healing center in antiquity, and famous for its theatre, the best preserved in Greece. Our day continues to picturesque Nafplion, dominated by Palamidi castle. We will have some free time to explore the picturesque narrow streets with the neoclassical buildings, and walk on the sea-front promenade with the amazing views to the fortified Bourtzi islet guarding the entrance of the port of Nafplion. Our day continues with the opportunity to visit Mycenae, and the tomb of Agamemnon and the famous Lion’s gate. In the afternoon, we will be crossing the mountains of central Peloponnese to arrive in Olympia where we will be staying this evening. Dinner is included this evening, a great opportunity to try the local cuisine.

DAY 3: Olympia - Delphi

Today, we will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful site of Olympia. Built on the banks of the River Alfios, Olympia is beautiful, green, and placid; it was the home of the original Olympic Games, begun in 776 BC. We will enjoy a tour through the remains of the Ancient Olympia Complex, including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra, and Phidias’s Workshop. Later, we will have the opportunity to visit the Olympia Archaeological Museum, one of the richest museums in Greece. In the afternoon, we will depart northwards, via Patras, and over the impressive and longest hanging bridge of Rio-Antirio, via Nafpaktos and Itea to Delphi for dinner and an overnight stay.

DAY 4: Delphi - Kalambaka

Today we will have the opportunity to visit Delphi. In antiquity, Delphi was considered the “omphalos” (navel) of the earth, and the place where people from around the world would visit in order to receive an “oracle” from “Pythia”. We will admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and we will also visit the museum of Delphi. Later, we will continue our drive and crossing the mountains of central Greece, we will arrive in Kalambaka for dinner and an overnight stay.

DAY 5: Meteora - Thermopylae - Athens

This morning we will have the opportunity to visit Meteora. Amazing rock formations, like towers of sandstone, stand ageless, and have provided sacred retreat for monks over the centuries. A number of monasteries are hidden on top of Meteora. The view over the plain is breathtaking and Meteora is considered among the most beautiful areas of mainland Greece and belongs to UNESCO’s list of world heritage monuments. After our visit, we will be taking the road back to Athens, stopping at Thermopylae to admire the statue of Leonidas, King of Sparta.

DAY 6: Athens - Mykonos

After our breakfast we will take a panoramic tour of Athens. We will see the Academy, the National library, the Greek parliament and the tomb of Unknown Soldier guarded by the Evzones, the Panathinaikon marble stadium where the first modern Olympics took place, Hadrian’s Arch, the temple of Olympian Zeus, and other monuments and landmarks of the city. Our panoramic tour will end at the sacred rock of Acropolis. We will visit the Propylae, the Erechtheion, the temple of Athena Nike and the Parthenon. We continue to the nearby museum of Acropolis, considered one of the best museums in Europe (please note, entrance fees apply if you wish to go inside these attractions). Our day continues with some free time to explore the picturesque Plaka, the old part of the city, with its beautiful narrow streets, the neo-classical building and the numerous shops and tavernas. Later, we will be transferred to the port to catch the local ferry to Mykonos. Arrival in Mykonos and transfer to our hotel.

DAY 7: Mykonos - Free day

Day at leisure to explore the magnificent island of Mykonos with its unique sandy beaches on your own.

DAY 8: Mykonos - Free day

Another day at leisure to soak up some sun, explore the bustling town of Mykonos or enjoy the facilities of your hotel. Alternatively, follow our suggested optional excursion to ancient Delos.

DAY 9: Mykonos - Santorini

Morning at leisure until the time to transfer to the port to catch the local ferry to Santorini. Arrival in Santorini and transfer to our hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 10: Santorini - Free day

Day at leisure to explore this unique island on your own.

DAY 11: Santorini - Free day

Another day at leisure for you to explore this unique island. Alternatively, you can follow our optional full day boat excursion to the caldera islands. We will visit the volcano, the hot springs, little Thirassia island and we will end at Amoudi bay, the little port of Oia. We will climb up to Oia village and admire one of the best sunsets in the Aegean. Later, we will be transferred back to our hotel.

DAY 12: Return to Athens

Early in the morning we will be transferred to the airport of Santorini to catch a local flight back to Athens. This flight is with Aegean airlines and is included within the cost of the tour package. Arrival in Athens airport, makes the conclusion of the tour and the end of your 12 day Best of Greece Tour.


What's Included

  • 11 nights' 2 and 3-star hotel accommodation in twin-share rooms. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
  • 11 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
  • Air-conditioned coach
  • 10 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
  • Ferry transportation: Athens-Mykonos & Mykonos-Santorini
  • Internal flight: Santorini-Athens
  • Not Included: Entrance fees as part of the listed experiences. Check the Optional Excursions here for more information.

Optional Excursions

Optional excursions are payable in cash currency to your tour leader whilst on tour.
  • Delos Tour
  • Caldera Islands and Oia tour
  • Epdiaurus
  • Mycenae
  • Olympia
  • Delphi
  • Meteora
  • Acropolis
  • Temple of Zeus
  • Ancient Agora

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Detailed Info Pack

  • Tour start & end points
  • Pre-departure information
  • Pre-tour accommodation

For more information on, starting points & times, emergency contact details, budgeting for your tour & much more you can download our information pack here.

Helpful Pre-Trip Info


Certain nationalities may require a visa(s) for this tour. Please see our visas page for more information. It is your responsibility to contact the relevant embassies to confirm your visa requirements. We can provide the support documentation upon request - please contact us

On tour costs

Please refer to the tour itinerary for full details of what activities are included, which meals are included and what is excluded. We would recommend budgeting €25-€40 per day (this excludes optional excursions).

Room Sharing

Please note, all rooms are twin bed as standard.

  • Partners: When you book for more than one person, we will by default group you together in a room (unless you specifically request us not to). If you are unequal numbers (3, 5, 7 etc.) and we are unable to secure a triple room then the the remaining traveler will be roomed with another passenger of the same gender. 
  • Single Travelers: If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.
  • Triple Room requests: We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please contact our customer services team to request a triple room. Please note that in some hotels, the triple may be a double and a single bed, or the third bed may be a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveller of the same gender.


In some destinations you will have a full free day, where you can choose to join our optional excursions or explore on your own.

Meeting Point

Your tour starts and finishes in Athens. Please have a look at our essential tour information page for detailed information.


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Have a question?

Are children allowed?

Our tours are not suitable for young children, so we set a minimum age limit of 10 years old. However, at the discretion of Expat Explore we may consider younger children on certain tours if they meet certain criteria and a request is received in writing via email for consideration. Expat Explore reserves the absolute right to accept or decline a booking at our discretion.

Are international flights included in the tour price?

No, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the meeting destination for the first day of your tour. Make sure you keep departure times and possible delays in mind when booking flights. Please click here to visit Skyscanner - a useful tool for comparing prices from the vast majority of airlines.

Can I access wi-fi on the tour?

Most hotels offer Wi-Fi, but there is usually a charge for access. Most cities and towns will have internet cafés where you can access the internet; opening hours will vary. Please speak to your tour leader and the reception staff at hotels for further information.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

Before the tour starts, you will receive an email from us requesting your dietary requirements. There is always a vegetarian option, which is a meal without meat. We try as much as we can to offer you the traditional local cuisine.

Can you provide a triple room?

We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please contact our customer services team to request a triple room. Please note that in some hotels, the triple room may consist of a double bed and a single bed, or a double bed and a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveller of the same gender.

Can you send me a quote?

The price shown on the website for your departure date on the day you book is the price you will pay. If you would like to make a group booking for 10 or more people please contact us.

Do I get allocated a seat on the coach?

Your tour leader will implement a seat rotation policy, so that everyone on board the coach gets the chance to have a different view from their seats each day.

If you have any medical conditions that may be affected by where you sit, please discuss them with your Tour Leader, but note that the seat rotation policy will most likely mean that your request may not be honoured.

Do I need a visa to travel on this tour?

Greece is part of the Schengen Area. Please check with your local Greek embassy to confirm if you require a visa for this tour.

Do I need to change money before the tour?

Please make sure you bring with you for the start of the tour the local currency(ies) you will need for at least the first three days, as there may not be an opportunity to change currency at the very beginning of the tour. You should budget for any optional excursions you wish to do in this period (see 'Optional Excursions' tab above) and non-included meals. We don’t recommend carrying large amounts of cash with you on tour; you are better off withdrawing enough cash to last you for the next 5-7 days, rather than carrying enough cash to last you for the entirety of the tour. Please refer to your pre-departure information for more information on the currencies you will require for your particular itinerary.

Do you have storage/left luggage facilities?

No, we do not have these facilities. For security reasons, you will be required to keep your belongings with you at all times. Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to bring.

How can I get the documents I need to apply for my visa?

Expat Explore can provide travellers requiring visas with visa support documents on a request basis. Please note that you are required to pay for your tour in full in order to receive the documents. This is an embassy/consulate requirement by law. Once you have received confirmation that your booking has been paid in full, you can request your visa support documents by emailing - please allow up to 10 working days to receive these documents.

How do I book/pay?

You can book online through our website or call our customer service team to make a booking over the phone. You must pay a deposit of 10% or 50 GBP (whichever is greater) via our online payment platform to secure your place. You can pay the remaining amount up to 35 days before departure, with a debit/credit card or with a bank transfer.

How many other people will be on the tour?

It depends on how many other people will book, but group sizes are generally between 15 and 25 people.

How much luggage can I bring?

Due to weight and space limitations, you are allowed to bring one main piece of luggage weighing no more than 20kg, and one small soft bag for hand luggage. On all tours, you will have to carry your own luggage (e.g. into hotels and up to your room if hotels don’t have elevators). Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to pack.

How much spending money do I need for my holiday?

This is up to you, of course, and will vary depending on how much wish to spend on snacks, drinks, souvenirs etc. We do not include entrance fees to attractions and museums. We do, however, provide you with free time to see everything you want, and our tour leaders will have all the information on pricing and locations so you can manage your own budget. Please refer to your tours specific pre-departure information and optional excursions guide for further details.

How much walking is involved in your tours?

We believe the best way to get to the heart and soul of a city is on foot, surrounded by the people and the culture. For this reason, we do walking tours through most of the cities we visit. Many of the cities you visit are vast and old, often with steps and cobblestones. Our walking tours can last up to 3 hours with plenty of opportunities to take photographs and soak up the history of these fascinating places, but you do require a certain level of fitness to enjoy your tour to its fullest.

Is my deposit refundable?

Your deposit payment secures your place(s) on the tour and the price you pay. Your deposit paid at the time of booking is non-refundable. Our full Terms and Conditions can be viewed online.

Is travel insurance compulsory?

Yes, and you are responsible for arranging your own insurance. Passengers and their personal property travel with Expat Explore solely at their own risk. A suitable insurance policy should provide adequate cover for medical expenses arising through illness or accident prior to or during the holiday, and loss of holiday monies through cancellation or curtailment of the holiday or other insurable reasons. Clients should ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting protection for the type of activities in their tour. When on tour, ensure you keep personal belongings on you at all times and that your suitcase/backpack has a lock on it, especially in tourist areas. It may be advisable to wear a money belt to store money, credit cards and passport.
For a relatively small price, travel insurance provides you with the peace of mind so that you can enjoy your tour without any worries. To receive a quote from one of our preferred travel insurance partners, please visit WorldNomads (for all nationalities) or Hollard (for South Africans).

Should I tip the tour leader and driver, and if so, how much?

Whilst we fully understand that some nationalities are not accustomed to tipping, this is a normal part of culture in the places you will visit. Tipping has become an increasingly accepted practice in all areas of the service industry, but particularly in restaurants, bars and taxis worldwide. If you take a walking tour with a local guide, tipping these guides at the end of walking tours and excursions is always appreciated, but not expected. Your Expat Explore crew will be travelling with you between anywhere from just a few days, up to a few weeks, and you’ll soon become great friends. Expat Explore crew members will transform your trip experience from good to exceptional, and where this is the case a tip (even a modest one!) is always hugely appreciated. It is sometimes easy to forget that they work hard to ensure that you have your once in a lifetime experience. If you feel that your Expat Explore crew have done a good job, and you would like to tip them, this would be highly appreciated. We suggest approximately €2-€4 per day per person travelling for your crew. Tipping is entirely voluntary and the above rate is offered as a suggested guide only.

The tour I want is unavailable, what does this mean?

If a tour is displaying as fully booked, then unfortunately at this point in time we do not have any available seats. However, we can sometimes add extra places, and we do occasionally receive cancellations, so if you cannot find an alternative tour or departure date, please contact our customer service team.

What about room sharing & single supplements?

If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.

What happens if I forget or lose my passport?

Unfortunately, you will be unable to continue the tour and you should make contact with your closest embassy immediately to replace the passport. Your passport is an essential travel document, and should be kept safe at all times.

What happens if my visa gets rejected?

Please allow sufficient time to complete the visa process (at least 4 weeks). Should your visa application be unsuccessful, you will be able to change or cancel your tour, but standard terms and conditions (and therefore fees) will apply. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information.

What is included in the tour price?

The tour price includes accommodation for the duration of the tour, transport by private coach, breakfasts and dinner as per your itinerary, ferry crossings (where applicable), and guided walking tours and excursions as per your itinerary. On top of this, you will have a tour leader to assist you along the way with great tips and handy advice! Please refer to the ‘Included’ section of the itinerary where a full breakdown is given.

What is the average age of your groups?

The average age of our travellers is approximately 30-35; however we most definitely welcome "older travellers" who are still young at heart! A positive attitude and an open mind are more important than a number.

What kind of accommodation do you use on your tours?

We have worked with our partners in Greece to secure excellent accommodation. On this tour, we use 2 and 3 star hotels. During this tour you will stay in twin share rooms, and, if you are a single traveller, you will be roomed with a fellow traveller of the same gender, unless you pay the single supplement.

What level of fitness do I need to participate in these tours?

All travellers are required to carry their own bags, get on and off the coach and use public transport. Our city walking tours can last up to 3 hours and certain places involve walking up and down lots of steps. We want you to enjoy your tour, so read through the itinerary thoroughly and make your own conclusions as to whether you feel that you are fit and healthy enough.

What time does each day start on tour?

Generally, we like to make an early start, so that you can spend more time at each destination. On your free days, you can have a lie in if you wish!

Where does my tour depart from?

Please see the 'Tour Start & End Points' tab at the beginning of the Help Section for more information on the start and end points, and meeting times.

Who will be my tour leader?

Our tour leaders come from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and interests. They are all confident and well-travelled, with an in-depth knowledge of the destinations they are working in, and a passion for helping you make the most out of your Expat Explore tour.

Will I get confirmation of my payment?

As soon as your payment has been processed by our accounts team, we will send you a confirmation email. Please note this may take up to 5 working days, depending on your method of payment.
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  • Why this Trip
  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Departure Dates
  • Pre-Trip Info
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