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Greece: Oracles, Centaurs and Cyclades—Oh My!

September 5–17, 2020

Take a deep breath, as the fumes of Delphi are said to hold many mysteries. Let us foretell your future, says the Oracle. You are about to set out on a journey. You shall meet new friends, guided by Leftheris. He shall take you to Athens, where he grew up; here, to Delphi, home of this Oracle; to Pelion, land of the Centaurs, where he used to spend summers as a child; to Skiathos, where he still spends time with his family today; and beyond, to Naxos, at the heart of the Cyclades. 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 shall be a truly special trip with delicious meals at charming local restaurants, visiting a winery, enjoying a cooking class, hiking on old mule tracks, getting out on the water. You shall enjoy Greece in a way few others have seen it, traveling with Leftheris.—

The Oracle at Delphi has foretold this, so it must be true. Read further, to discover the details of this vision of the future.

12 nights/13 days: September 5–17, 2020

Minimum/maximum participants: 8–12

Trip cost based on double occupancy = €5,351 per person
Estimated $5,965 per person (at $1 = €.897) plus optional travel insurance

Single Supplement based on single occupancy = €1,283
Estimated trip cost including the supplement $7,395 (at $1 = €.897) plus optional travel insurance

Domestic Greek Transportation: Estimated $302 per person (at $1 = €.897)

Travelex 360° Group Choice Insurance: $373 per person in double occupancy; $498 per person in single occupancy

Day One and Two: Athens (September 5–7)

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 dinner at a local restaurant. The next day starts with free time to explore Athens on your own; later we gather for a private tour of the marbled temples of the Acropolis (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Acropolis Museum, followed by a lovely Welcome Dinner. On our departure day from Athens, we explore the National Archaeological Museum, as well as the amazing Athens Food Market, en route to the Markou Winery for a lovely lunch paired with wines.

Day Three: Delphi (September 7–8)

On our arrival day in Delphi, we will have some free time to explore this mountain village. The following morning 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 Four through Six: Mt Pelion (September 8–11)

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 Seven through Nine: Skiathos (September 11–14)

After a brief, 41-nautical mile journey by hydrofoil, we begin our exploration of Skiathos, the closest of the beautiful Sporades islands. Skiathos is a green island—its low hills are covered by pine trees and olive groves. There are many wonderful bays, both large and small, with stunning, sand beaches and a lively main village with a plethora of shops, restaurants, the home/museum of Papadiamantis, and the Bourtzi, a small peninsula with the ruins of an old castle where there is a cultural center that includes a summer theater that hosts theater and musical performances. While here, you’ll have time for leisure on the beach and exploration of the lively village. Our adventures here include a hike to Kastro, an imposing rocky point on the northernmost part of the island, home of a castle there that once contained 300 houses and more than 20 churches, although only two now remain. We’ll also enjoy a full day on the water exploring the beautiful coastline and coves of Skiathos and some nearby islands by boat.

Day Ten through Twelve: Naxos (September 14–17)

Our final destination is the island of Naxos, the largest and most fertile of the Cycladic islands. In mythology, Naxos is the island of Dionysus, god of wine, and Ariadne, who was jilted and left there by Theseus. We’ll set out to explore some of the picturesque villages of Naxos, visiting local sites and museums along the way. The villages are each of distinctive interest. First, visit the Kouros statues, waiting for you since 6th century B.C. before driving on to the village of Apeiranthos. Here you will visit the small archaeological museum that houses the finds of the nearby cave of Mt. Zas, where Zeus was once worshipped. You will also have free time to stay at our hotel to enjoy the pool or private beach, go into Chora to explore the Kastro, the medieval fortress within it, do your last-minute shopping, or visit one of the lovely beaches of Naxos. Our time here concludes with a Farewell Dinner. On the final day, you will have a transfer to the port or airport for your journey home, or on to your next destination!

If you would like to extend your journey, whether to Crete, Mykonos, Santorini, or somewhere else, please contact us, and we will be glad to assist you.

Trip Details

  • 2 nights Athens, Herodion Hotel
    (4* hotel, superior rooms, Acropolis view)
  • 1 night Delphi, Amalia Hotel Delphi
    (4* hotel, classic rooms)
  • 3 nights Portaria, Mt Pelion, Stevalia Hotel & Spa
    (3* superior boutique hotel & spa, three Honeymoon Suites, two King Suites, one junior suite; all sea view)
  • 3 nights Skiathos, Princess Resort
    (4* superior hotel, deluxe premier rooms, sea view)
  • 3 nights Naxos, Villa Marandi
    (4* superior boutique hotel, one Cycladic junior suite, sea view; one Cycladic junior suite, side sea view; three Cycladic superior suites, pool view; one Honeymoon junior suite, sea view)

Your 12 night/13 day journey consists of the following services as per itinerary: accommodations in 3*superior to 4*superior boutique 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, English-speaking licensed guides, walking/hiking excursions led by expert, English-speaking local guides or naturalists, full-day private sailing excursion, cooking class, winery tour with tasting lunch, all public domestic transportation by hydrofoil or air as per itinerary; all entrance fees to sites and museums as per itinerary; and all tips and taxes for the services noted above. Your tour will be fully escorted by Leftheris Papageorgiou, founder of Hellenic Adventures, whose love of his native country exceeds all expectations, and his wife, Jane.

Note: We do recommend the purchase of the comprehensive travel insurance offered to protect your travel investment and that of your traveling companions.