September 8–21, 2019
Settle in for a story or two as Leftheris brings you to Pelion, where he used to spend summers as a child, Athens where he grew up, and Sifnos where he still loves spending time with friends. You will visit the ancient sites you have always dreamed of seeing, but you will see them through the eyes of someone who has spent decades introducing Greece to longtime friends and newfound friends discovered during trips like this one. This is a special trip with delicious meals at charming local restaurants, visiting a winery, enjoying a cooking lesson, hiking on old mule tracks, getting out on the water. Enjoy Greece in a way few others have seen it, traveling with Leftheris.
13 nights/14 days: September 8–21, 2019
Minimum/maximum participants: 8–14
Trip cost based on double occupancy = €5,263 per person
Est. $5,994 per person plus $360 travel insurance at $1 = €.878
Single Supplement: additional €1,787 (Est. trip cost including the supplement $8,029 plus $482 travel insurance at $1 = €.878)
Day One and Two: Athens (September 8–10)
Welcome to Athens, the cultural center of the ancient world and now a modern metropolis. Our journey together begins with a stroll around the Acropolis and Plaka—the old central district—followed by a lovely Welcome Dinner. The next day our journey day begins with a private tour of the marbled temples of the Acropolis (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Acropolis Museum. After enjoying lunch at one of Leftheris' favorite local bistros, you'll be free to explore Athens on your own.
Day Three through Five: Mt Pelion (September 10–13)
The next few days we will scamper through the Land of the Centaurs, Mt Pelion. Here we'll take walks through lovely mountain villages on mule paths, visit folklore museums, take a private cooking class where we can learn about the cuisine of Pelion and then savor the fruits of our labor for lunch, and swim in the clear, bright waters of the sea. Leftheris used to spend his childhood summers here, and he looks forward to sharing Pelion's treasures with you.
Day Six: Delphi (September 13–14)
Today we visit Delphi, the center of the ancient world (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Our private tour includes a visit to the charming, small archaeological museum, as well as the magnificent site of the oracle itself, situated on the slopes of Mt. Parnassos in a landscape of remarkable beauty and majesty.
Day Seven and Eight: Nauplion (September 14–16)
This morning we head to Nauplion, the first capital of modern Greece. Our drive takes us across the Rion-Antirion Bridge (the world's longest cable-stayed bridge) to the Peloponnese. We’ll visit a renowned winery where we will be warmly welcomed for an introduction to several of its finest wines along with a lovely lunch. Afterwards we'll settle into the charming port town of Nauplion. The area surrounding Nauplion includes several ancient treasures. One of the most dramatic, and another UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Epidauros—sanctuary of Asklepios, the god of medicine. It features one of the the most famous and best preserved of all the ancient theaters in Greece, built right into the hillside within the sanctuary. Also nearby looms the Palamidi Fortress, built in 1711-14. This fortress, set on a 700-foot peak, is elegant with red stone bastions and flights of steps that zigzag down the cliff face. While in Nauplion, we will also have an option to explore Nauplion and the surrounding area on bicycles.
Day Nine through Twelve: Sifnos (September 16–19)
As we leave the Nauplion area, we'll visit the ancient citadel of Mycenae, one of the most powerful city-states in Greece up to 1100 BC, when it was destroyed by fire. We’ll enter the acropolis through the famed Lion’s Gate, the oldest example of monumental sculpture in Europe, before exploring the ruins of the palace and tombs, including one once thought to belong to Agamemnon. Afterwards we'll stop to see the famous Corinth Canal, then head to Sifnos, the island of Apollo. Lacking an airport, Sifnos is off the tourist track (that’s a good thing) and we can enjoy its turquoise beaches and unspoiled settlements away from the crowds. Sifnos is known for its food as well as its local artisans in pottery, weaving, and folk dancing. While here we'll enjoy a tour of Sifnos and its lovely villages. We'll also spend a full day on the water exploring nearby islands—Polyegos, Kimolos and Milos—by RIB boats, and then enjoy a leisurely lunch at a traditional fish taverna on the beach. We'll also have a full day at leisure to simply enjoy the beauty and simplicity of life on Sifnos.
Day Thirteen: Athens (September 19–20)
Alas, time to say good-bye to the island of Sifnos and take our ferry to Athens. Upon arrival in the early afternoon, enjoy the remainder of the day free. You may wish to visit another of Athens’ world-class museums, enjoy a Greek coffee or ouzo at a local café, do a bit of last-minute shopping, or stroll through the National Gardens. Take it all in while you can…
Day Fourteen: Travel Day (September 21)
Private transfer to the airport [end of services] to board your outgoing flight. Enjoy your journey home or to your next destination!
- 1 night Athens, Athens Hilton
(5* luxury hotel, executive rooms, Acropolis view)
- 3 nights Portaria, Mt Pelion, Xenia Palace Hotel
(4* hotel, panoramic sea view rooms)
- 1 night Delphi, Kastalia Boutique Hotel
(4* hotel, 5 double rooms. sea view and 2 deluxe rooms, sea view )
- 2 nights Nauplion, 3Sixty Hotel & Suites and Xenon Hotel
(4*superior boutique hotel, 2 deluxe junior suites and 2 deluxe queens at 3Sixty plus 3 standard double rooms at Xenon)
- 4 nights Sifnos, Elies Resort Hotel
(5* luxury hotel, superior rooms, sea view)
- 1 night Athens, Athens Hilton
(5* luxury hotel, guest rooms, Acropolis view)
Your 13 night/14 day journey consists of the following services as per itinerary: accommodations in 4* to 5* luxury hotels; transfers and land transportation provided by private, air conditioned vehicles; all breakfasts at hotels and 11 additional lunches or dinners (multi-course) at lovely local restaurants or special locations excluding beverages except bottled water and coffee/tea; however, the Welcome and Farewell Dinners, the cooking class, and winery lunch include wine and non-alcoholic beverages; private sightseeing tours led by expert local licensed guides, walking/hiking excursions, full-day private sailing excursion, cooking class, winery tour, all public transportation by ferry (business class) as per itinerary, all entrance fees to sites and museums as per itinerary, and all tips and taxes for the services noted above. Plus, Leftheris, your fearless leader, often has one or two surprises up his sleeve!
Note: We strongly recommend the purchase of the comprehensive travel insurance offered to protect your travel investment and that of your traveling companions.