• Parthenon, Athens, Greece
    Acropolis in Athens
  • Athens' National Archaeological Museum
  • Ancient Delphi
  • Mani Peninsula, Greece
    Mani Peninsula
  • Monemvasia, Greece
    Monemvasia
  • Dining on Fresh Seafood
  • Hydra Harbor

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Athens & the Heart of Greece in 14 Days Tour

from $3,995 per person + air

Single Supplement $725

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The Rick Steves Athens & the Heart of Greece tour is an odyssey of time-travel thrills, from Athens' majestic Acropolis to the must-see ancient sites of Delphi, Olympia, Epidavros, and Mycenae. With knowledge and a nudge from your Rick Steves guide, you'll walk among marble monuments where Plato pondered, splash in the turquoise Aegean where Odysseus sailed, gaze up at god-dwelling mountains, sample family-crafted olives and wines — and maybe learn to play backgammon at a whitewashed taverna on the island of Hydra. Join us for Athens & the Heart of Greece in 14 Days!

Book a 2025 tour by 6/30/24 and save $100 per person! See details.

Dates & Prices

2024

2025

What's Included

You'll get at least 17 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our 2025 Greece tour:

  • Acropolis
  • Acropolis Museum
  • Ancient Delphi
  • Scenic Diakofto–Kalavryta Railway
  • Olive and olive oil tasting
  • Ancient Olympia
  • Mani Peninsula villages
  • Monemvasia orientation
  • Cooking demonstration
  • Ancient Nemea
  • Nafplio orientation
  • Wine tasting
  • Ancient Mycenae
  • Folk music evening
  • Theater of Epidavros
  • Hydra orientation
  • National Archaeological Museum

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Greece come alive for you
  • All group transportation from Athens to Athens
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and 7 other meals
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Greece

We'll gather at our hotel at 6 p.m. for a "Welcome to Athens" group meeting. Then we'll take a neighborhood orientation walk together and get acquainted with one another over dinner.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Athens.

Day 2: Athens' Acropolis

This morning we'll hike to the top of Athens' legendary Acropolis, where we'll take a walking tour of its 2,500-year-old golden-age temples, dominated by the dramatic Parthenon. We'll then work our way down and tour the sleek new Acropolis Museum, custom built to showcase the amazing Parthenon sculptures. Your afternoon and evening are free for exploring Athens' marketplaces — the ancient Agora and the modern Plaka's labyrinth of inviting streets, squares, shops, and cafés.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Athens.

Day 3: Delphi

This morning we'll leave the city behind and drive into the rugged countryside. In a dramatic setting on the flanks of 8,000-foot Mt. Parnassus, we'll enjoy the fresh air and tour the mystical ruins of Delphi. Here, 25 centuries ago, the celebrated oracle allowed mere mortals to converse with the gods. This evening we'll enjoy dinner together.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Delphi.

Day 4: Peloponnese Mountains

Today we'll cross over the Gulf of Corinth to the Peloponnese, where we'll temporarily leave our bus for a steep, scenic cog railway ride up to the historic town of Kalavryta, past the waterfalls and caves lining the narrow Vouraikos Gorge. Just beyond, at a riverside café in the mountain village of Planitero, we'll enjoy a lunch of freshly caught trout and other Greek specialties before our bus takes us to our destination high up in the Menalon Mountains.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 5 hours. Train: 1 hour. Sleep in or near Lagkadia.

Day 5: Ancient Olympia

This morning's winding mountain drive will take us to Olympia, site of the world's first Olympics over 2,700 years ago. There we'll take a vivid walking tour of Olympia's ancient athletic venues, temples, and museum, followed by time for lunch on your own. This afternoon, we’ll stop at an olive mill and enjoy an olive oil tasting, then continue our drive along the sweeping views of the Ionian Sea to a relaxed seaside village on the Mani Peninsula.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep on the Mani Peninsula.

Day 6: Seaside Discoveries

The Mani is an ideal place to enjoy a "vacation from your vacation." After some orientation by your guide, the day is all yours. You might hike along the ancient cobbled paths that wind their way through the nearby hills, or just relax on the beach and end your day with a grilled seafood dinner and a view from the little taverna you've discovered.

Walking light to strenuous: your choice. No bus. Sleep on the Mani Peninsula.

Day 7: Mani Villages

We'll follow the coast to the isolated Mani Peninsula, home to generations-long clan wars, salt-of-the-earth villages, and unique pyrgospita — tower houses. If Greece had a Tombstone and an O.K. Corral, they'd be here. We'll enjoy lunch together, and after making a few off-the-beaten-path discoveries, we'll ride on to the dramatically set medieval town of Monemvasia, where you'll be free for dinner.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in mainland Monemvasia.

Day 8: Medieval Monemvasia

This morning we'll cross the causeway to tackle the massive rock that shoots straight up out of the blue-green Aegean Sea. After an orientation walk around Monemvasia's cozy little Lower Town, you'll have free time to wander more of the romantic walled town or take a swim in the Aegean. Those who want a workout can hike to the very top of the rock. You'll be rewarded with sweeping Aegean views and a chance to explore the ruins of the Upper Town — a living museum of Byzantine, Ottoman, and Venetian history. This evening we'll enjoy a cooking demonstration, followed by dinner together.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in mainland Monemvasia.

Day 9: Ancient Nemea

Today we'll head into the heart of the Peloponnese to the ancient town of Nemea, best known for ruins and wine. We'll visit the sacred Temple of Zeus and tour the 4th-century Hellenistic Stadium, once the venue for the Nemean Games. After lunch, we'll visit a family-run winery to learn about the re-emergence of ancient traditions in Greek wines and sample their successes. Then we'll continue north to our destination: the delightful, fortress-topped harbor town of Nafplio, where after an orientation, you'll be free for dinner on your own.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Nafplio.

Day 10: Mycenae and Nafplio

After breakfast we'll take a short drive to mysterious Mycenae, the fortified city founded by Perseus a thousand years before the Parthenon was built. We'll take a walking tour through the grand Lion Gate, along the "cyclopean" walls, and into a remarkably domed tholos tomb. Then we'll return to Nafplio for a free afternoon to explore the colorful alleyways of the Old Town, ride a boat to the little castle island in the harbor, or hike up to enjoy a Venetian fortress view. Tonight we'll regroup for dinner and a traditional music performance.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 1 hour. Sleep in Nafplio.

Day 11: Ancient Epidavros

This morning we'll drive to nearby Epidavros. Once the most famous healing center in the Mediterranean, Epidavros' star attraction today is its ancient theater, large enough to accommodate 14,000. We'll learn about the roots of medicine and drama here, before hopping a boat to the idyllic traffic-free island of Hydra.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 2 hours. Boat: ½ hour. Sleep on Hydra.

Day 12: Island of Hydra

Your entire day is free to soak up the whitewashed architecture as you wander Hydra's narrow streets and harbor promenade. You might swim at a nearby beach, hike across the island, or try to make friends with a donkey. We'll cap our island vacation with a relaxing sunset happy hour.

Walking light to strenuous: your choice. No bus. Sleep on Hydra.

Day 13: Athens' National Archaeological Museum

This morning we'll take a ferry ride to Piraeus, where our bus will be waiting to take us to Athens' impressive National Archaeological Museum, home to amazingly preserved masterpieces in marble, bronze, and gold. Your afternoon is free to wander and shop through the Plaka, or explore other parts of this bustling city. Tonight we'll gaze at the floodlit Acropolis and enjoy a final dinner together, sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Opa!

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 1 hour. Boat: 2 hours. Sleep in Athens.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. You can easily catch a cab to the airport or to nearby Piraeus, where a fleet of ferries awaits to transport those with time to even more Greek destinations. Antio!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Athens & the Heart of Greece in 14 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. Travel on a bus without a toilet (rest stops every two hours).
  6. Hike over steep, slippery, uneven terrain at several ancient sites, including 200 stairs to the top of the Acropolis.

Reviews

Daniel

Tour: 05/30/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Probably the best tour guide(Apostolos Douras) and tour we have had in the last few years and we have been on several other tours hosted by competing tour companies. The only 2 that came close was VBT-New Zealand and Tauck-Hawaii. Apostolos provided outstanding historical perspectives on the evolution of Greek Mythology & the Greek Culture while ensuring all events & activities were issue free. The mixture of daily posted planned activities & free time at the various locations was excellent !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "WOW" moments, it is hard to pick a favorite. The Acropolis ruins in Athens, the Sanctuary of Apollo & Tholos of Athena ruins in Delphi, the Cog Train Ride from Diakofto to Kalavrita, the Mourtzinos Tower, hiking up to the Agia Sophia & Citadel at Monemvasia, the monastery of Pantanassa, Acropolis of Mycenae(Archaeological Site of Mykines(Beehives)) & Nafplio, and the hike from Hydra to Agia Marina are just a few of the highlights. How do you pick a favorite ?"

Patricia

Tour: 05/30/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"walking into the beehive tomb constructed in 2000 BC was amazing"

Bruce

Tour: 05/30/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour group was the best; so many really fascinating, fun people. And so much thanks to our guide, Apostolos. There are no words to describe my gratitude.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough call. Probably the Acroopolis. "

Arnie

Tour: 05/30/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group, beautiful country, great tour guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the country"

Kameron

Tour: 05/30/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I cannot say enough good things about this tour. I had never been to Europe before and this was a wonderful introduction. The mix of archaeological sites, local venues, and simply unbelievable views made it a wonderful time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about ancient culture from tour guides who had personal investment in the archaeological sites and museums."

Jennifer

Tour: 05/27/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The guide Lorenza and the driver Yannis were very good. Covid hit our tour early on with 8/26 people ultimately getting sick. Greece was interesting but a bit repetitive on both food and sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking around Delphi was amazing. "

Antoinette

Tour: 05/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It could not have been better. From beginning to end, I was pleasantly surprised every day by the itinerary, guides, hotels, and locations we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to pick just one. But I loved the day when we drove over the Gulf of Corinth and took the railway through the Vouraikos Gorge and had lunch at a riverside restaurant in the village of Planitero. The town of Lagadia was a delightful place to spend the night!"

Aaron

Tour: 05/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every activity, city tour, group meal, hotel, and travel time was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's almost impossible to pick just one, but I loved our visit to Mycenae and tour of the grave circle, beehive/domed burial tomb, and the cyclopean walls. "

Maureen

Tour: 05/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time and enjoyed all of the stops and experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Beehive tomb Mycenae. It was so amazing!"

Karel

Tour: 05/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Springtime in Greece on this tour was wonderful. There was so much to discover and enjoy. We were well fed on all the group dinners and lunches.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially liked our group lunch overlooking the water. It was relaxing and fun to watch the Loggerhead turtles swimming around in the crystal-clear water directly in front of us. "

Kristie

Tour: 05/25/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour of Greece but some of the older friends on our tour struggled physically with all of the high steps and the climbing. The rocks are shiny and very slippery. You really need to have a pair of shoes with excellent tread and grip so you don’t slip. Several people didn’t have the right shoes and it was difficult for them. I think it needs to be spelled out more about the steps and rocks being so slippery. Many of our tour friends did not feel safe on them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was seeing the Olympic grounds. To be able to put your feet into the starting blocks made of stone and stand where famous Olympians stood two thousand years ago was really amazing! The amount of history and ancient ruins in Greece really is mind blowing! The food in Greece was outstanding as well."

Mark

Tour: 05/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour, fantastic guide, and the group was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

" Turtles swimming in the blue waters"

Mark

Tour: 05/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful, awesome experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A couple wow moments.....one, realizing how rocky, mountainous Greece really is; the second, the amazing artifacts and monuments exist, all from the last century BC"

Anji

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my sister and my third RS tour together, our first two being in Italy. Since I’m 69 and 16 years older, I wanted to do another high energy tour while I could. This one was perfect. High energy, great sights, perfect narrations and enough down time to reenergize us for the nest day! Our guide, Ioanna is a gem! She was so pleasant, informative, personable and above all, compassionate! We each felt like the tour was uniquely designed for us as she guided us thru her beautiful country!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My personal “Wow!” moment was when my sister and I visited the island of Monemvasia. After our guided tour of the lower and then upper “towns” those who wanted to could hike to the top of the island. At the age of 69, with my sister being 16 years younger, I gave it a go. These were not paved paths, but many times a navigation of rocky, and natural gravel and dirt paths. The view from the top was amazing. Especially when we got back to our hotel with a beautiful view back to my accomplishment!"

Audrey

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first RS tour and it did not disappoint. Our group was manageable in size and our tour guide/driver were the perfect hosts. The convenience of having everything from meals to transportation to exhibit tickets made the tour extremely pleasurable for me. I was surprised by and grateful for the amount of “free” time we were given. The lodging was good, but in certain places the beds were very hard. Lastly, the food was delicious and bountiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s difficult to list one “wow” moment, but I will try. For me, the early entrance to the Acropolis was my ‘pinch-me’ moment. "

Susan

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptional, beyond my expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wow moments to select just one. Family run local hotels (Hotel Panorama & Hotel Marianna) who made us feel special. "

Kara

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Informative, magical, friendly, educational and breathtakingly beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to the Misirlou taverna family story and the music was enchanting. Not to mention the food... outstanding. The human experiences really stood out for me and this could not have been possible without out our guide Ioanna."

Jeff

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing tour with so much history, beautiful archeological sights, wonderful food, and relaxing beaches. Our guide Ioanna was amazing and made the tour so much fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The crystal clear water swimming in the sea in the tiny village of Kardamyli. "

Kornelia

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved this tour! In addition to having the best tour guide, Ioanna, we had a fantastic group of fellow travelers. The people of Greece were so welcoming and we felt that at every stop along the tour. We enjoyed the energy of Athens as well as the serenity of the smaller towns and learned so much about the history and culture of Greece. Ioanna’s knowledge and love of Greek Ancient history, Greek Mythology and the culture of her country was infectious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As per usual there were so many wow moments that it’s hard to pick just one. Walking along the Parthenon, being at the site of the Ancient Olympic Games, a Jazz Festival in Kardamili, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, and relaxing in idyllic Hydra."

Susan

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this tour including sharing it with an amazing tour guide and group of fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow" moments were seeing the Acropolis lit up at night as well as the beautiful waterfront vistas all along the tour."

Gregory

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great. Saw a lot. Kept just busy enough with some ‘own’ time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Acropolis at night & water & mountains from hydra beach "

Cyndy

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Athens and the Heart of Greece was a fantastic tour! I felt completely immersed in the culture and history - it was our own personal Greek odyssey with all the creature comforts and no cyclops to battle!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The integration and telling of the Ancient Greek myths our guide told alongside the amazing places we visited - Delphi, Olympia, Epidavros, and Mycenae. It brought all of it to life for me!"

David

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour leader made the trip seamless as we move from place to place. She also introduced us to various aspects of the Greek culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 12th century frescos in the church in Kastania."

Douglas

Tour: 05/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An overall excellent experience with an abundance of natural beauty and fascinating history, the locations, local guides, drivers, food, and hotels were all great. Our tour guide Maria's warmth, knowledge, humor, and management were exceptional, and all our fellow tour members were a pleasure to travel with. Even the weather was nearly perfect, it felt like a charmed trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were wow moments everyday, moments in Lagkadia, Kardamyli, Monemvasia, Nafplio, and Hydra all come to mind, but in Kardamyli the food, hiking, swimming, music, and impromptu wine party on the hotel's patio provided my favorite single day of the trip. "

Donna

Tour: 05/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Though we are experienced travelers, this was our first tour of any kind. We had an incredible time. Our tour manager Maria was so knowledgeable and attentive to everyone's needs, and if she didn't know something, she always followed up when she found an answer. Our group clicked together really well, and we often ended up hanging out with members of the group even in our free time. Our driver Yanni was incredible. It's a very active tour, but still manageable for all ages.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Treasury of Atreus (beehive tomb), Temple of Apollo (Delphi), Theater of Epidavros, and Monemvasia were all standout monuments. We had an impromptu special moment when one of our tour members got to play the guitar with the rebetiko musicians at our group dinner in Nafplio. I also never got tired of seeing the crystal blue waters."

Polly

Tour: 05/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves Tour and we really didn't know what to expect. It was the best decision we could have made for our retirement gift to ourselves. We were on the tour of Greece. Our guide, Maria, was exceptional. She guided us through all the ancients ruins & magical hidden villages, while giving us all the background information and Greek Mythology we needed to make the most out of each day. Our group of 26 became one big family and we thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments, it's hard to select just one. We especially loved all the small villages that were off the beaten path. My WOW moment was the afternoon we spent in the fishing village of Limeni. The beauty of the emerald waters and the harbor took my breath away. We even saw a sea turtle swimming and coming up for air several times. "

Carol

Tour: 05/18/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

David

Tour: 05/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was the fine work of Maria our tour guide TOP NOTCH

Favorite "WOW" moment

"HONEYBEE DOMES "

Randy

Tour: 05/18/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The fellow travelers were great, the tour guide made our experience really relatable with all her knowledge of Greece, learned so much about the country and its history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having dinner in a local restaurant with a Greek band. I got to play the guitar and sing with them and my wife danced with the women! The owner of the restaurant made everything entertaining."

Richard

Tour: 05/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We hit the highlights of Greek history, experienced first-hand much of Greek culture and were given just enough personal days to enjoy the towns and beaches. And tour group leader Maria was superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was being at the Acropolis, the symbol of Greek culture and history. For my spouse, it was Delphi."

Robert

Tour: 05/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the best ever (and it's our 10th!)! Outstanding guide, great itinerary, very smart planning to avoid the worst crowds. Fine food. Typical hotels with one at each end of the spectrum.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from. We loved the beach and Jazz Festival at Kardamili. The cooking class at Monemvasia. The hotel in Nafplio."

James

Tour: 05/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. Greece itself has spectacular scenery coupled with amazing history. This was presented by knowledgeable guides who added flavor, insight, and perspective.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour guides and our group of fellow travelers were our WOW moments. Maria was outstanding! Her knowledge and personal touch in every aspect of leading the group was top notch. Our group of 26 was the other WOW moment. All of us blended into a fun loving and appreciative group of travelers. Just like in sports, our “team” bonded during the trip."

Joan

Tour: 05/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greece was so fun to explore and experience. The drive along the coast was absolutely beautiful. The food was fantastic and Maria, our guide, was one of the best I've ever had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wasn't one wow moment, but rather each day brought a surprise- learning about Greek mythology, being in Olympia, listening to amazing guides, hiking and discovering beautiful villages."

Carol

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guides were all so knowledgeable, funny and engaging and gave us so much history and context to all that we saw. The other tour members were delightful! Everyone got along so well and enjoyed each others company. Accommodations were all different & sometimes quirky but wonderful. The bus was so comfortable and the driver was fabulous. The food was delicious as well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi was especially interesting to me. The location was breathtaking and so worth all those steps to get to! Our guide made history come alive. I also loved exploring all the coastal towns with outdoor cafes, beaches and charming atmosphere."

Elvin

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide Iris was awesome! Able to wrangle us "cats" into a "school of fish" to safely cross streets, as well as easily explain conditions in the Greek countryside for our understanding. Hotels were fabulous, in beautiful locations, with attentive landlords/staff. Great food, tremendous local guides! The right amount of free time to manage individual needs (rest, exercise,massage, laundry, reading up,...)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! I especially liked the cooking workshop/demo where 6 of us got to help prepare our supper that evening in Monemvasia. Tzatsiki, moussaka, felafel, and baklava! It was a shared Joy for those preparing and those watching!"

Cynthia

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour and it exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide Iris was so informative, and all the local guides kept adding to the historical story of Greece as we traveled to each new venue. All was so well coordinated. All the hotels were great, in good locations and provided good breakfasts. Thought provoking and educational. The tour provided time for exploring on our own, and going to Hydra was a perfect resting stay.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Athens and seeing the Acropolis from our hotel lit up at night was just the start of incredible sights. Myceanae and Epidavros were exceptional, both great wow moments! "

Richard

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded our expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Delphi 2.Hydra 3. Olympia"

Lori

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the local hotels, restaurants, other tour members, our guide, local guides, and experiencing the historic sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Witnessing the Greek people enjoy each other's company with NO cell phones. Experiencing the pride of local restaurant owners and servers. "

Lisa

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Iris and the itinerary were delightful, engaging, wow every day. Mama Faye in Athens was so informative and funny, I cried on our last day and told her I was sad our time with her had ended, but also tears of happiness for what she had shared. We loved every hotel, every meal, and realized we were happy sitting with anyone on the tour, everyone was such good company. Kristos was so careful driving. The one day with two big meals- trout farm and Lagkadia was too much food. Maybe pm tapas?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hydra was my Wow, with the fun harbor, the swimming, the sunset views. The top of our hotel Acropolis Select with its Parthenon view and delicious food was a close second. Seriously, so many wows. The hotel in Nafplio with its breakfast terrace, the Jazz festival in Kardamyli, the tiny town above Kardamyli with the two churches and delicious mountain tea, the dinner in Delphi, the seaside and town of Monemvasia, Pina (Delphi guide) , Patti, Mycenae and Epidavros guide, the Mistras view. All wow."

Joan

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was so nice to see Greece beyond Athens. I had no idea the mountains were so beautiful. The coastal villages were breathtaking, The food was great. Guides were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vouraikos Gorge and the views of the Peloponnese Mountains as we were driving and enjoyed the stops along the way. But there were other wow moments such as Monemvasio and Hydra. "

Vivanne

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Iris is a outstanding and well organized tour guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour group was very friendly and helpful "

Allison

Tour: 05/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and it exceeded my expectations! Everything was well organized and top notch… from the hotels, food, free time built in to balance the activities, and especially our guide, Denae Kousouri.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My well moment was learning the customs in the storytelling that our guide shared with us to immersed in the Greek culture"

Julie

Tour: 05/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was really amazing going through Greece and learning about the ancient history. Going from bustling Athens to smaller towns was wonderful to get a sense of the country. The pacing was terrific on this very active tour. We had an interesting and engaging tour group and had so much fun with the locals we met along the way. Our guide, Danae shared many stories about Greek history and mythology while also giving us an idea of the Greek people and culture. She was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments on the tour. My overall wow was both my surprise at how mountainous Greece is and also getting close to the ancient history that was until now just a learning in school years ago. Also, the people I met in Greece were so much fun and helped to make the trip even more amazing."

Lynda

Tour: 05/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much, I saw and experienced so much. The tour was a great success.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is impossible to pick just one, the breathtaking antiquities, the beautiful scenery of Greece and the warmth of her people all made me say ‘Wow!’"

Charles

Tour: 05/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Danae, was simply GREAT! She was so friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and organized that it really added to my enjoyment of the tour. Any off-beat question that she didn't immediately know the answer to, she would research and come back with the answer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, the view from the flag pole in Hydra overlooking the harbor and the Sea of Crete. It was a picture book moment, but with lots of activity."

Janis

Tour: 05/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved our guide Danae and her stories and history lessons that brought the sites to life. Such a pleasure to have the logistics taken care of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monemvasia- I knew nothing about it, hadn't read up on it and was happily surprised with the village and history."

Karen

Tour: 05/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very interesting? Nice pace with scattered down time. Guides were superb

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each stop had a wow moment. Every meal was a wow moment. I loved stopping at Hydra just before ending the tour when we were comfortable with each other & Greek lifestyle."

Susan

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour and guide. Would have been a great challenge to do this ourselves using public transit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the dinner in Nafplio with the Rebetiko musicians. "

Lore

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The group consisted of a some what diverse group and were a great part of the enjoyment of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The incredible villages in the mountains and at the coast from Monemvasia to Nafplio. "

Seth

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour .Great leader and local guides, excellent food and accommodation!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Turning corner and seeing the immensity of the beehive tomb"

Maury

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was packed with so much content, it's still processing days after the tour. Everyday was new sites, experiences and knowledge about Greece.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments. Being on the ground where the Olympic Games began. Enjoying the beauty of the Aegean and Ionian seas. "

John

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was marvellous. The group meshed together well, one member called it an "aloha" group. The sites were well chosen, a nice combination of learning and sightseeing, the guides were very knowledgeabe at the top of their game, and our tour guide, Daphni, organized in a most pleasant way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Momemvasa. The view, the climbing, the medieval city. Close seconds were the Mani peninsula and Athens itself, seeing so many happy tourists from all over the world, and the hospitable Greeks."

Kathleen

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed every minute of the tour. This was our second Rick Steves tour and I think that made it even more special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Olympia was my favorite, the "wow" being how many remaining structures/pieces there are. The museum was a wonderful preclude to our walk on the grounds. "

Mark

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Better than expected. Got great appreciation for Greek history and culture. Great guide. Great food.

Julie

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I knew I would love Greece, but this tour exceeded my expectations in every way. Our guide was amazing! The country side was beautiful. The complicated history was fascinating!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many “wow” moments on this tour! My favorite was seeing the Acropolis for the first time and then getting to explore it."

John

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Apostolos’s was an excellent guide. Informative, timely, funny and made sure all were taken care off. Group meals were always excellent but I think the first night dinner that had an off night. The hotels were all unique and greatly appreciated for their hospitality and cleanliness. Our guide did an over the top job of getting us connected to the people of Greece. I would have liked a 3 night stay in one of the small towns but what do you give up. Please keep Hydra and Kardamyli

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The charm of small town Greece. Easter dinner up in the small village square. The food continued to wow"

Thomas

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the perfect guide, Apostolos, who had both in depth knowledge and experience. His familiarity and personal touches made the trip expectational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Easter! We got to experience the holiday within a small town and with the President of Greece as well. The traditions, rituals and food were fantastic."

Sherry

Tour: 04/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th RS tour and our favorite! We love our guide, Iris, the places we stopped. I enjoyed the Oracle and my husband like that and Olympia the best of the archeology sites. Of course Hydra was wonderful too. We went during Easter Passover and that was interesting too. Everyone was happy to miss Myestra - tired of archeological sites by then.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Karakul - This was our favorite place to stay. We enjoyed our free day here and our room was above the ocean. Loved the whole area!"

Jack

Tour: 04/27/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Maybe B- grade. Tour advertised as 14-days of Athens and Heart of Greece however reality was a 12-day tour of the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum and cities in the Peloponnese. Day 1 of the tour started at 6:00PM which was a introductory meeting and a brief walk to restaurant for a meal. Day 14 was breakfast at the hotel

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mycenae....tremendous site....amazing architecture...history coming alive"

Deborah

Tour: 04/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall a great learning experience of the history of Greece including culture, food, archeological sites and most importantly the welcoming Greek people. I gained a true appreciation for the country after knowing very little going into the tour. I was astonished at how mountainous Greece is.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour had one after another. my highlights were walking up to the Acropolis in Athens and seeing the Parthenon in person as well as Delphi and Olympia. The tour hotel in Kardamyli with my deck overlooking the water was something I won’t forget. The horses, donkeys, and mules as the mode of transport in Hydra welcomed us at the harbor. "

Lorraine

Tour: 04/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Found this tour to be very interesting. Great mix of history and places to see to bring that history alive. We were lucky to have an outstanding guide who had many challenges to deal with yet managed to make my trip one I will always remember. Iris is one in a million and you're lucky if you have her as your guide. She is organized and so very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments from the first view of the Acropolis on arriving in Athens to the beautiful island of Hydra and so many in-between. "

Jean

Tour: 04/27/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fascinating archeological sites,excellent guides, beautiful coastal cities

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing up the acropolis"

Elaine

Tour: 04/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we had hoped for and have come to expect on a RS Tour. It's our 7th RS Tour and probably our most favorite so far. Iris, our tour guide, was perfect. She took great care of us, made sure we had perfectly highlighted and labeled maps for every town so we knew the best places to eat and visit (even ones not in the book!) She is organized and thoughtful and was never frazzled even when venues were unexpectedly closed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sculpture of Hermes (340 BC) in the Olympia Museum that looked so much like Michelangelo's David (1500 AD)! This is was the original masterpiece! "

Joel

Tour: 04/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The people on our tour were experienced travelers and most were familiar with Rick Steves' tours. One fellow traveler had been on 21 previous RS tours. Our guide Iris was very organized, and gave us a good blend of free time and guided time. The food provided by the tour was very tasty and abundant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing inside a tomb structure that was 3400 years BC in Mycines, Greece (Jane). Being able to hike up to the Acropolis, something I have seen in photos over the years but never imagined myself there. (Joel)"

Marcie

Tour: 04/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful to experience Greece in person. The countryside was more mountainous than I imagined. The ancient sites, whose names are so familiar, placed to honor the gods and impress the neighbors. We enjoyed climbing up hillsides to see ruins of fortifications or orthodox churches. And eating marvelous food at each meal. The Horiatiki salad with wonderful tomatoes was always a treat!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved seeing Olympia, the site of the original Olympic games. Seeing the original starting line in the Stadium was special. I lined up there to run my own "Individual 5-meter sprint". No records were broken, but it was fun to run where so many have run previously. "

Joe

Tour: 04/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We keep signing up for your tours because they provide such unique experiences making great memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The realization how young an independent country Greece is and the amazing archeological sites we visited. "

Linda

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nice itinerary. Great Guides

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hydra"

Christian

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

The tour was OK. There were far too many group meals with way too much food it was usually wasteful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Theatre of Epidaurus"

Ron

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was well designed and executed. Company handled the guides emergency well and supplied us with a great substitute guide to get us through the final days with no hickups.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of WOW moments but Kardamyli was such an unexpected joy with an amazing hotel and hiking options. Quite, charming, welcoming. Lots of driving to get there but well worth getting off the beaten path."

Nicole

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exposed to me wonderful food, new customs and beautiful places I didn't even know I should search for. We had a great time meeting new people and trying new things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was visiting the beehive Mycenaean burial tomb and learning from our local guide Penny. Her information helped me better understand the vast history and civilizations we had been exploring throughout the Greece tour."

Mark

Tour: 04/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our visit to Greece was everything we had envisioned. Our group of travelers were fun, inviting and respectful of everyone in the group. Lorenza was the perfect guide for our trip. Everything was well coordinated and the itinerary included some very nice surprises (Greek coffee experience, Olive oil making, for example) that wesimply wouldn't think of, or know where to look had we planned ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure we can narrow it down to 1 "wow" moment. Our visits to Delphi and Olympia were more that we had expected. If I had to pick it might be our trek through Monemvasia - the "wow" might relate to making it to the top! Athens was amazing and its hard to top standing on the Acropolis and absorbing the history of the Parthenon and walking through the Plaka. We loved every minute of the trip but we were exhausted by the end of our stay. "

Robert

Tour: 04/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The construction of massive facilities (with virtually no tools or equipment) from the Minoans to the Greeks/Romans to the Venetians was amazing. It was hard to imagine how this was done. Also, it was fascinating to realize we were walking on the same ground as the ancient architects/engineers, generals and philosophers. Although I was really looking forward to the Cog Railway ride up the Vouraikos Gorge, I understand that Rick has a hard time competing with Mother Nature.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Parthenon lighted up at night from the top floor of our Hotel was a "show stopper" and we had a hard time getting enough pictures. The tour of the Parthenon the next day was even more fascinating."

Susana

Tour: 04/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and we enjoyed learning about all the history of Greece. At times, the history was a bit overwhelming for me, but still enjoyed it

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Parthenon all lighted up at night from the top of our hotel. "

Michael

Tour: 04/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Lorenza was fantastic. She is very experienced in taking tours through Greece and is very knowledgeable of the history, features, culture, people, etc. When I left a coat behind at a hotel she jumped to help, called the hotel, and arranged shipment to our next hotel. Turn Key. Especially key since I don't speak Greek!!!!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning from Lorenza how the Athenians stopped the Persians in a battle and basically saved what we know now as western, liberal, democratic culture."

Carol

Tour: 04/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was awesome - we were able to see ancient sites that we had learned about years ago. Our guide was excellent, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about sharing her insights. Local guides were also great. Our bus driver was superb, negotiating hairpin curves on very narrow roads.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our first glimpse of the Acropolis was at night from our hotel rooftop. It was amazing. Our visit to Delphi was very special - the setting of the Theatre and the Temple of Apollo with the backdrop of rugged mountains was unforgettable."

H

Tour: 04/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the most fun tour, out of my 3 with RS. Lorenza, tour guide, and Penny, local guide, was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was "wow" moments. "

Michael

Tour: 04/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and led, the ancient sites were fascinating, and the scenery was stunningly beautiful. The local guides, particularly the ones at Olympia and Delphi, brought the ruins and museum exhibits to life. The food was good (the farewell dinner in Athens may have been the best meal we have ever had), our travel mates were fun and inclusive, and the weather (mostly) ideal for traveling. A wonderful trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was amazed at the engineering and construction that were involved in the domed tomb at Mycenae and the theater at Epidavros. The ancient people that built those structures were skilled designers and builders, and their creations are astounding. "

Mary

Tour: 04/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything and MORE than what I imagined! So many new sights and experiences. Wonderful people on the tour and in Greece!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We spent so many activities looking at fantasitc views!! Some of my photos look like they were taken from a plane or at least a drone:) I look at those photos and still say "Wow!""

Ronald

Tour: 04/20/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour gave me the incredible opportunity to view, ponder and thoroughly appreciate several of the world's most important historical sites, which was both exhilarating, and at times, very humbling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My most favourite "wow" moment of the tour was the crystal clear night time view of the illuminated Parthenon, from the 7th floor of our Athens hotel. "

Susan

Tour: 04/20/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

we were glad we were able to see many of the sites we've heard about all our lives. Our expectations of our time by the sea was no doubt influenced by all the marketing for Santorini. By contrast, the rocky drab terrain was a bit disappointing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The blue waters of the sea never ceased to amaze us!"

Christine

Tour: 04/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous itinerary! Lorenza was a very knowledgeable guide and the tour was a good mix of museums, historic sites and beautiful coastline!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can I choose one? Greece has so many amazing places but Delphi was spectacular and Penny our guide was fantastic!"

Philip

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful, but my wife had the bad luck to get sick and missed a lot of the activities. I participated as much as I could while taking care of her and was very impressed with the itinerary, the scenery, and the sites. Hopefully, we can come back to Greece sometime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know if it's a "moment" but I very much enjoyed the mixing of history and myth that made it all seem magical. "

Diane

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great tour guide and great group of people to travel with

Favorite "WOW" moment

"that is really hard to pick. I would say i liked that fact that all our group meals were family style and local favorite foods. All delicious."

Maydene

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a tour filled with knowledge and Greek myths that I never get tired of listening to them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being on Hydra with no automobiles and then going on a horseback ride to the top! "

Elizabeth

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful country. Great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the navel of the world in Delphi"

John

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all very interesting "

Cheryl

Tour: 04/15/24

The tour was fabulous! I had no idea how mountainous Greece was nor all the rocks that make up Greece and the islands. The tour was a great mix of ancient civilizations and topography.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of WOW moments. But one of the most memorable was when we went to the ancient city of Monemvasia. So unexpected! So interesting!"

Richard

Tour: 04/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful to see so much of Greece. Angelos was just the best tour guide, kept us all informed as to our different stops. the meals and hotels were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into our apartment in Hotel Anniska in Kardamyli and seeing our view of the ocean. We both said, Wow, and so much room to move around, with a patio overlooking the beautiful ocean."

Cindy

Tour: 04/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Historical overload...as to be expected from the the birthplace of western civilization. Lot to take in but excellent local guides brought context and relevancy to all these ancient sites. Learned a lot and very glad to have experienced it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Realizing that Greek mythology and geothermal activity truly shaped how people thought...something so unbelievable was real to them...they thought they it all figured out and could talk/seek advice from the gods. Second wow moment was visiting the holocaust Museum in the school house in Kalavytra -- site of the 1943 massacre of 752 civilians by Nazi soldiers trying to break the resistance."

Robert

Tour: 04/13/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I've always maintained that the biggest problem with "group-travel" is "group" travel; however, in this instance I thought we had a great group of travelers join us on this excellent adventure. My only complaint with the tour overall was the slow-pacing at some specific sites and museums.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was drinking a cool glass of Greek white wine, eating mezedes and watching the sunset from the balcony of our water-front hotel room in Kardamyli. "

Kathryn

Tour: 04/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Angelos and the local guides were very knowledgeable and helped to give context to the many sites and locations that we visited in Greece. We enjoyed the mix of typical tourist attractions like the Acropolis and Olympia with off the beaten track sites like Monemvasia and Mystras. The provided meals were excellent and allowed us to sample a wide range of Greek foods. The two free days were welcome breaks in an otherwise busy schedule. We would recommend this tour to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments on the trip as we finally got to tour sites that we had read about for years. Seeing the Parthenon and the other temples on the Acropolis, walking into the Beehive tomb at Mycenae, touring Olympia the day after the Olympic flame was lit and getting to walk into the stadium were all things on our bucket list."

Karen

Tour: 04/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour of Athens and the Peleponese was fabulous -- Great guides, lovely tour-mates, beautiful scenery, amazing history

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum"

David

Tour: 04/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing, immersive experience about Greece. Great tour group, great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being on the Acropolis and walking the Agora where so many ancient Greek leaders walked."

Melinda

Tour: 04/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed the places within Greece that we visited, especially some of the ancient ruins. Loved getting a glimpse of the vast landscape---mountains, farms, oceanfront villages. The local guides like Mama Faye, Penny, Detmetrious, Patty were all fantastic!! Hiking to the acropolis, churches and fortress were fun challenges.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the 999 steps to the fortress at Nafplio! Also, enjoyed the traditional music night!!"

Barbara

Tour: 04/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I loved the trip. Our fellow tourists were delightful, and our guide was brilliant, humorous (and it's not easy to be humorous in other than one's native language), helpful, encouraging, and kind. We felt fortunate to have him as our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Parthenon in lights from the roof of our hotel...fantastic!"

Tim

Tour: 04/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great time from start to finish. Angelos has an amazing fund of knowledge and we enjoyed his monologues on the bus between sites. The tour group was uniformly friendly and we made new friends that we will keep in touch with. Every site we visited was well planned with "subspecialty" guides at those sites very knowledgable. Most hotels were better than expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just flying in to Athens was a thrill - I didn't realize how mountainous Greece was. It provided a nice overview of the land, sea and islands. The size of Athens itself was a surprise, spreading from the base of the mountains to the sea. "

Steve

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As always, it was very enjoyable. I have a few suggestions for improvements, but overall am very satisfied with the tour and experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We absolutely loved Kardamili and the seaside hotel there. "

Karla

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always smooth and easy. Nice hotels and staff is always helpful and friendly. Its a truly enjoyable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire country of Greece was a wow. The scenery, the history, the food was exceptional. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I was wowed so many times it's hard to say one area. The people are generous and so excited to share their culture and traditions. A lovely experience. "

Guy

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was excellent for my interest in archeology and history. I was also introduced to current Greek culture and cuisine. Travel by coach is a great way to get around the mountainous terrain of Greece. This tour gives the traveler a comprehensive overview of this country. In addition, the food alone was worth the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the famous historical sites I have read about were a joy to see in person. Delphi was a particular favorite, but Olympia was fun because we got to see the dancers for the Olympic flame practice at the ancient Olympic stadium."

Karen

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Truly enjoyable. Great country, great guides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Delphi"

Carol

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greece tour was awesome!! What a beautiful country, friendly people and great food!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to see the Olympic torch run through the street in Nafplio on its way to Paris! Opportunity of a lifetime."

David

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Parthenon at night; ancient Olympia: the mountains, the coastal villages, Hydra."

Stephen

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour exceeded our high expectations in every way, especially our terrific guide, Dafni and our tour companions. The tour itself was well structured and had a great balance between must see places vs. places off the beaten track.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our 2 days in Kardimyli. Perfect rest day in an idyllic place."

James

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Dafni was the key to this trip’s great success. She is a wonderful person, knowledgeable and passionate about everything Greek, a great logistician with a perfect smile.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing the Delphi site on a beautiful day such that I could feel the power of the place. Penney, the local guide was excellent. Said just enough…left silences to feel the place. If I only there would have been an earthquake when we were there!"

Nancy

Tour: 04/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Danae was an amazing guide. Her knowledge of the history and culture of Greece helped bring the country to life. And she was a gifted storyteller and she recounted many of the Greek myths. And what is not to love about everything Greece? We experienced both the history and the Greece of today. Initially I wasn’t sure about the “day to yourself to explore” but there was more than enough to do in those Hydra and Nafpoli. The hotels were lovely, especially Kardamyli. a wonderful storyteller

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Parthenon lite up at night from the roof of the hotel, and climbing the steps of the Acropolis the next day."

Melitta

Tour: 04/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In one sentence: it was the BEST organized trip I have ever taken anywhere. Everything was great. The tour guides absolutely outstanding, especially the caring, knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining Danae, but also the soft spoken excellent Delphi guide Penny and no nonsense Athen guide Fay. But all the other local guides were also excellent and enthusiastic to introduce us to their culture and heritage. The restaurants and programs were all great, with enough time to do our own things too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The depth of humanity and advanced art of the ancient Greeks. Even if we study Greek mythology, it doesn't compare to the experience of being there and see the art, the buildings and to listen to the stories from someone who knows them. loves them and proud to share them. The Hermes and infant Dionysus sculpture was breath taking! I could only think of David by Michelangelo, but it was sculpted way over a thousand year later!!"

Angela

Tour: 04/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This far exceeded any expectations I had; Danae was an excellent tour guide. Her knowledge of history and Greece was fascinating and she welcomed all of us as if we were family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is no single moment; Greece is so amazing. Athens, Lagodia, Delphi, Mt Olympus, Hydra - all wonderful.The two nights spent in Kardamyli were a highlight as were the many friends we made in the tourgroup. "

David

Tour: 04/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great time with a great group of people and a fantastic guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but one of them was the hotel in Kardamyli! Gorgeous view!!!"

Paul

Tour: 04/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There should be a disclaimer regarding the activity of this tour. This one is number 7 for me, and I have never been taxed as much with navigating horrendously slippery marble/granite stairs worn smooth by millennia of travelers. This was the most physically taxing tour of all. Your travelers should know so. This is beyond the miles per day, but the irregularity of cobbled, stone, dirt, "stairs" and paths where you have to monitor every footfall lest you face plant. Thankfully, it never rained.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You need to rephrase this question. The entire experience was sublime from a historical perspective. 2500+ years of history that you can touch. History written on marble slabs that you van breathe on in the same space as someone did that long ago. Gives one pause to your place in this great world of ours, that is unfortunately going to shit because of asshole world leaders. "

Ruby

Tour: 04/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jack

Tour: 04/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Maria was outstanding. Her knowledge of Greek customs, food, religion, history etc painted a great picture of all things Greek.. She also had a humorous style of delivery that made it fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two "wow" moments One was Olympia and the other was Hydra (vacation from a vacation)."

Sarah

Tour: 04/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

really good, pace was nice, guides were terrific- super

Favorite "WOW" moment

"olive oil local place in Mani, the tasting, the people, brought home some and may order from them again. Also spectacular lunch with fresh trout. "

Gary

Tour: 04/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Top-rate in every area: guides, hotels, food/restaurants, travel suggestions. Everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We're debating between Delphi and all we learned there, and ancient Olympia, walking around the grounds of the ancient Olympic Games."

Marcy

Tour: 04/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Maria was a great tour guide. She was always aware of individual needs while keeping the entire group experience in mind.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to choose from but really loved Monemvasia and Hydra."

Brenda

Tour: 03/30/24

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Shallow, history oriented. Fellow travelers not up for strenuous travel. Group dynamic more for single women.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bee hive tomb in Mykonos"

Marycarol

Tour: 03/30/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour, full days of learning and exploring new sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through Delphi, learning about the oracles, and thinking how many people walked to this same town so many years ago."

Karen

Tour: 03/30/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Personally for me there was TOO much time spent in museums and riding the bus. It was not a relaxing trip and too many transfers between hotels and locations. I wish I had analyzed the tour descriptions more carefully. It felt very rushed and not relaxing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day and half that we actually had time to relax on Hydra Island. This tour could use more time to relax."

Dana

Tour: 03/30/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding! I particularly enjoyed the "extras" that went beyond tours of the ancient sites and provided a glimpse of Greek culture - olive oil and winery tours, cooking lesson, Greek coffee in Kastania, music at a neighborhood restaurant in Nafplio. I appreciated the flow of the tour, the balance of activities with down-time, and the effort to get us to sites before the crowds. I felt that we were in great hands with Iris as our leader. She's capable, organized and knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ancient sites were captivating, the history was intriguing, and the landscapes were gorgeous. But my "wow" moment came when we were sitting in a small neighborhood restaurant in Nafplio. The charming hostess welcomed us warmly and brought out plate after plate of simple but delicious food. Local musicians came by to play traditional music. Families enjoyed meals and clapped along to the music at nearby tables. It all felt so joyous and genuine . . . and Greek!"

Steven

Tour: 03/30/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each day had something interesting and new.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring ancient Olympia. "

Elizabeth

Tour: 03/30/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The most strenuous, by far, of our 12 RS tours! Amazing archaeological sites, breathtaking scenery, perfect weather, delicious food, welcoming Greek people, and fun, interesting tour mates. To be in the birthplace of democracy and modern Western thought was very powerful for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a “wow.” Every single ancient site was overwhelming to contemplate, and the ruggedness of the mountains contrasting with the colors of the sea as Christos drove us from one place to the next was breathtaking. How amazing to be in Olimpia at the site of the ancient Olympic torch lighting and then watch the news at home and see the ceremonial 2024 Olympics torch being lit right where I’d been just a week before!"

Veronica

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Greece Tour was fantastic. Anastasia was a wonderful guide and the local guides were superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really liked the Island of Hydra. The visit was a great way to wrap up the tour. Other Wow moments were pretty much everywhere from Delphi to Olympia and Mystras and Mycenae were mixes of nature and the ancient. I enjoyed running on the track where the Olympics began. The Acropolis was also fantastic. Many wow moments on this tour. "

Martha

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great learning of Greek history, mythology, culture, religion, and current day Greece. Beautiful sights of ancient and modern Greece as well as the varied landscape. Guide was extremely knowledgeable and was also good with people and logistics.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi—perfect blend of an ancient site, mythology, politics, and setting in the mountains. "

Ericka

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall this was an amazing trip! The many different experiences made the trip anything but boring. Every day was a new adventure

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many of those but probably Delphi was my favorite experience "

Kathleen

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've had a lifetime of travel and this tour (my first RSE tour!) stood out as the trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, it was all "wow" worthy but if forced to pick, I really enjoyed the Archeological Site of Mystras."

Bruce

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steves tour greatly exceeded my expectations! It was extremely well organized with a perfect mix of group time and time on our own and was like a 3 credit class in Greek History and Culture thanks to our very knowledgeable guide who filled us with facts and wove myths into the talk. My biggest surprise was what a wonderful group we were part of that had no divas or whiners. Sooo good!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympia and seeing the sites of the first Olympics."

Herbert

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was very satisfied with the overall tour experience. Everyone of the tour guides were outstanding. Anastasia was 'outstanding +', meaning her personal energy, attentiveness, humor, ability to make connections between a diverse amount of information required a separate kind of outstanding. I am thinking of only a very good rating for the meals, the hotels, the minimum 'MC-ing' of the musical events and the overall travel schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment happened during a happy hour on Hydra Island when Anastasia initiated and guided an impromptu and wide ranging dialogue amongst the members of the group that didn't leave the site of the happy hour. I felt I really connected with the group and Anastasia as we shared our thoughts, jokes and sentiments about a number of topics as the afternoon transitioned into twilight. "

Jamilah

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

All excellent tour guides: Anastasia, Faye, Penny, Zoe, Dimitrio and Patty. Excellent bus driver, George. Comfortable bus. I enjoyed the tour group. We had many interesting conversations. Through the tour guides, I learned a lot about Greece, its history, its culture, its politics, its music and especially its cuisine. The tour went through a variety of landscapes in Greece in 2 weeks, from the Athen to the mountain, then to the coast and to Hydra, the island. Too many wonderful memories.Delphi

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi, I always wanted to see; the Peloponneso Mountains, especially Lagkadia, free of tourist; the Cooking demonstration in Monemvasia Panarama hotel was fun; the tour of Mycenae’s Lion Gate and Beehive Tomb; the city of Nafplio was beautiful; the interesting conversation with our tour group during happy hour at Hydra."

Gail

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have done several RSE tours before and this is certainly a highlight. Rivals Turkey for us. The fellow travelers are the most fun group yet. Everyone understood the physical requirements and the agreement to stay cheerful. Our guide Anastasia was truly outstanding. The local guides were very knowledgeable and very interesting. Anastasia is the best storyteller I’ve met.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monemvasia was a great surprise. "

John

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great weeks of new learning. Mornings filled with interesting tours of historical sites and museums, with afternoons free for exploration.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The leader's presentation of Greek mythology and history was a huge Wow for me. Brava to Anastasia. "

Sini

Tour: 03/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was well thought out and interesting. We had never been to Greece before, and the country exceeded our expectations. The Greek people are so friendly, hospitable, and accommodating. Our tour guide Niki had a great sense of humor, is very knowledgeable about Greek history and culture, and kept our group moving at an appropriate pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the two days in Kardamyli when we had time to explore a gorgeous new place on our own. We enjoyed the amazing views from our hotel room, a fun hike up to St. Sophia above the town, an afternoon walk along the beach road with multiple stops for beer and appetizers. It could not have been more idyllic."

John

Tour: 03/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time! From the weather, our guide "Mama Niki", our local guides, the food, the history, and the Greek people, we couldn't ask for a better holiday.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"OMG - so many!!! One that stands out for me was at the ancient theater in Epidarus, where our local guide, Patricia, demonstrated the amazing acoustics by clapping her hands - first very close to the ground, and then slowly raising them up above her head as the sound reverberated through the theater. The fact that the ancient Greeks figured out how to do this 3000 + years ago was even more astonishing. "

Lisa

Tour: 03/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire experience was exceptional! Our guide Nikki and driver were superb! Once again Rick Steves does not disappoint!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Olympic Stadium"

Mary Ellen

Tour: 03/18/24

The guides were excellent; the hotels were good; and the included meals were repetitive but good. The itinerary was ambitious, particularly the return to Athens for one day before the trip’s end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Hydra!"

John

Tour: 03/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful selection of sites to visit to get the authentic “flavor” of Greece. The carefully selected places to visit, in conjunction with the hotels’ central locations, the choices for group meals & the outstanding tour guides made a good itinerary into a great experience. I cannot say enough about our guide Apostolos who certainly enriched our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My “wow” moment has to be rounding the bend & seeing Monemvasia coming into view. The light was just perfect to view this magnificent wonder of nature rising out of the ocean. I have been looking forward to seeing it much of my adult life & it did not disappoint. There were other notable moments as well, but this was the topper."

Wendy

Tour: 03/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Except for my motion sickness (surprisingly on coastal winding roads rather than mountainous terrain), I again enjoyed being back on a RS tour. Fellow travelers were mostly like-minded in wanted to learn about history, culture, art and local people and "color". The itinerary was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A hotel! Hotel LaIkoto in Kardamyli where a woman must have put in the finishing touches with hooks in bathroom, Kleenex tissues, stocked kitchenette, and baked cookies along with gifts for the guests. My friend and I walked the town, visited the cemetery, bought a huge ripe tomato and walked back to the seaside hotel. We dined al fresco on our patio, enjoying leftover taverna dinner, tomato, and cookies. Yes, Olympia, Delphi, Athens, Hydrae were wonderful but we LOVED this hotel!"

Nick

Tour: 03/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I would have to start with the Tour Guide, Apostolos. His continual efforts in keeping the quality of the Tour at a highest level, from day one to the last day, made this trip both exciting and informative of the Greek culture and history. He was continually offering little surprises of some of the most exceptional Greek pastries and other treats. He also, after hearing of the group's interest in Greek dance gave a small lesson one evening. These are a couple of examples of going beyond expectat

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was continually amazed at the smooth logistical flow of this trip. Every stop on this trip was well thought out. My personal favorites were Delphi, The Acropolis, and Island of Hydra. Accommodations were all nice, where there was an experience of the Greek culture."

Liz

Tour: 03/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip exceeded our expectations. We originally signed up for all the sights of Ancient Greece, and they delivered! But it was so much more! Incredible mountains, views, turquoise water in March, and so much information about modern day Greece too. We had absolutely lovely people as fellow travellers, and incredibly passionate and knowledgeable tour guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympia. "

Betty

Tour: 03/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic tour guide, Apostolos. He was everything one can want in a tour guide: friendly, approachable, knowledgable, organized, very personable, funny, and so much more. I feel a very important factor is to have locals as tour guides. And in this tour, all the vendors are locals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympia. Penny (I think) as the on the site guide is great. She really brought life into the rubbles along with lots of stories to go with it. We also loved the slower pace of the tour in the 2nd half of the tour. There is just so much information and tour bus sitting. Surprisingly just sitting on the bus is exhausting. "

David

Tour: 03/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Apostolos, was fantastic….knowledgeable and personable. Tour sights chosen were amazing. Local guides were great as well. The people in Greece were friendly, welcoming and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Delphi was definitely a “wow” moment. The location and history were breathtaking."

Harvey

Tour: 03/18/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized, the guides were very knowledgeable and enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had wanted to see sites like the Acropolis for many years, the biggest surprise was Delphi, very impresive."

Kristin

Tour: 03/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a bucket list trip and we were extremely pleased! Our guide, Apostolos, laid the framework for a great trip. Our fellow travelers were very nice and interesting. The hotels and shared meals were very good. We especially loved our free time to explore the ancient ruins and fortresses as well as hang out on a beach or two.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was not one 'wow' moment but several! Just walking among the ruins and knowing the amount of effort that went into the engineering and building of them was truly amazing! "

Paul

Tour: 03/16/24

This was our 8th Rick Steves Tour and another great one! The itinerary was great, and we really enjoyed all the sights, food and history on this trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really loved Olympus. The stunning sunsets in Monemvasia were hard to beat as well!"

Brenda

Tour: 03/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was great, but some of the sites were challenging with steep and rocky paths--particularly going down!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments, but the sunsets at Kardamyli were pretty spectacular!"

Ramona

Tour: 03/16/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very interesting and well planned. We had a great tour group who were always on time and willing to help each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Peloponnese mountains - the beginning trek in the bus. Breathtaking scenery . Also the coast of Kardamyli , beautiful seaside view!"

June

Tour: 03/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guides, lodging, bus driver, and itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour included experiences that can't be duplicated by video or by reading about them - such as surveying the spectacular mountain scene at Delphi, entering the massive beehive tomb at Mycenae, and hiking on the top of the Monemvasia "rock". These were all awe-inspiring experiences that I'm so glad to have had the opportunity enjoy in person."

Doug

Tour: 03/11/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not any one wow moment, but the whole process of learning the Greek history was interesting."

Barbara

Tour: 03/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ioanna our tour guide was outstanding. Her kindness, humor and knowledge was beyond compare. The places we stayed at and visited were lovely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi with our expert Penny. Her telling of Delphi was full of such passion."

Liz

Tour: 03/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great leaders for our trip! They were both very knowlegeable and entertaining. I felt a bit lost coming in to Athens by myself the Sunday before the tour start day and was afraid to venture out from my hotel, but I used the guidebook to force myself to go to the Central Market and have a cup of the traditional coffee at Mokka per your sugestion. Once I did that, I found my courage and proceeded to wander around the various squares and sites. The rest of the trip was just pure magic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking to the top of the mountain at Monemvasia and on Hydra- I really enjoyed ALL of the hiking and walking with a mixture of being part of the group and occasionally branching off for a few alone moments to marvel at being in these sacred places. "

Catherine

Tour: 03/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was a great trip - we saw a lot, but did enjoy some free time. Really enjoyed the smaller towns and the family run hotels.Ioanna was an outstanding tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed Hydra."

Deborah

Tour: 03/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Informative. Lots of opportunities to increase the activity level if desired. Plenty of unscheduled time. Great accommodations and food. Friendly fellow travelers and the best tour guide ever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many because Greece is such a beautiful country. But one moment that stands out is when our bus driver pulled over because the view of the sun on the water was so spectacular and our tour guide wanted us to get pictures. It might happen on every tour, but it seemed spontaneous. Even if it was scripted, it was a wonderful moment."

Tom

Tour: 03/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The food, hiking, guides and the places we visited in Greece were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The outstanding food and the depth of the history."

Kyle

Tour: 03/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved Ioanna!! She was truly amazing and brought the trip to life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. The Parthenon overlooking our hotel was a complete surprise. We went to the roof top restaurant the first night there and surprise there it was all lit up in all of its glory. "

Frank

Tour: 03/11/24

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

I'm sort of an outlier and don't like group guided tours. My wife and I have been to Europe about twenty or so times. Most of those trips we make our own transportation and accommodations. While my wife liked this tour I was put off by the constant guide narratives and herding on and off busses and around museums. I turned off my receiver during site and museum visits so I could read the displays at my own pace and interest and not be brow beat by the guides. I'm an artist and landscape architec

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moments where when away from the group on my own with my wife or another group member. Climbing to the fortress at Naplio, climbing the island rock at Monomvasia, or hike out of town in Hydra with out the group"

Jane

Tour: 03/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip, my first with Rick Steves, exceeded all of my expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments every day because of our outstanding guide!"

Terri L

Tour: 03/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent tour! I learned so much about the country; its people and culture. Hearing about the history and mythology; seeing a lot of the geography and tasting the various foods were all very interesting and enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the locations of the various ruins of the Acropolis / Parthenon; Delphi, etc., and learning about how the Greeks documented these locations was amazing!"

Linda

Tour: 03/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guides were all exceptional however Ioanna was without a doubt the best. She handled everything and everybody beautifully. Hotels and food were great....loved having those breakfasts with the best yogurt I have ever tasted!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did not expect this to be one of my favorite moments but I really liked Olympia and the history of the games. "

Kevin

Tour: 03/09/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was a typical Rick Steve's tour experience; well designed tour, great guides, plenty of opportunity to explore on your own, interesting places to visit and last, but not least, a great group of people to travel around with! Traveling early in the season and the way the tourist site visits were scheduled made the experience more relaxing and enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Realizing after a few days into the trip that your able to travel half way around the world and converge with 20+ other people from all over the USA to see some magical places with a fantastic tour guide and great food!"

Teri

Tour: 03/09/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, this tour was well organized with a good balance of group activities and free time. Our guide, Dafni, personified the hospitality of the Greek culture. Our travel mates were friendly and fun! The food was delicious, and hotel staff went above and beyond to make our stay memorable. I feel like we were immersed in the history/culture of Greece and I better appreciate the influence the Greeks had on our modern world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Greece is beautiful with more land formations than I realized! The wildflowers among the ruins WOWed me time after time, as did the blue and green hues of the sea. The hikes off the beaten track were lovely with various landscape perspectives. Venturing out at sunrise in Monemvasia for a photo shoot is a memory I will cherish and have well documented!"

Michelle

Tour: 03/09/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves' Tour, it was well run, had fun people, great guide and so much food!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being on the Mani Peninsula, the laid back feel of the town, the bright blue water visible outside our hotel room. "

Kevin

Tour: 03/09/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an informative and entertaining overview of Greek history, current events, and with a lot of natural beauty and hospitality added!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gaining a better understanding of Greece's founding contributions to Western Civilization, which continue to the present day. "

Barbara

Tour: 03/09/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The hotels were nice and the guides were excellent and seemed to love what they were doing a pm

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to pick just one"

Julie

Tour: 03/09/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always it was impeccably planned and followed through. The lodging was great and so were the meals included in the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When a bolt of lightning pierced the clouds and Zeus appeared. Then we embraced. Seriously, Monemvasia sticks in my mind."

Margaret Elaine

Tour: 03/09/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

History overload in a positive way. The tour put in perspective the history of western civilization. The Greek people were friendly and enthusiastic, very fun to converse with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two; the engineering ability of those ancient people was astounding and BLUE...the sea and the sky made my jaw drop and my eyes pop."

Antonio

Tour: 03/09/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As great as expected

Michael

Tour: 03/09/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Meeting new people is one of the best parts of joining a RS tour. A great, enjoyable group of people. Our tour guide Dafni was fun, authentic and enthusiastic. Dafni loves Greece!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sphinx of Naxos in the Archaeological Museum of Delphi took my breath away. Upper Town on Monemvasia was breaktaking (literally & figuratively)."

Violet

Tour: 03/04/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well originated by Apostolos our tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night view from The Acropolis Select Hotel in Athens of the Acropolis. The Peloponnese. Ancient Theater"

Douglas

Tour: 03/04/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greece has everything - a multilayer history, unique culture, outstanding food, vibrant cities, laidback villages, mountains, seashores,,,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tomb of Agamemnon blew me away - so old, so high - and built by bronze age people."

Dan

Tour: 03/04/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding. Everything was well organized and the logistics were perfect from the tour director to the hotels to the meals to the transportation to the site tour guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hydra"

Jesse

Tour: 03/04/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Impeccably planned and guided.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Urban strolling/exploring throughout Hydra and Monemvasia."

Patricia

Tour: 03/04/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

our guide on the TOUR was the best so personal even on his free time he took us for more experiences of the area

Favorite "WOW" moment

"climbing to the very top of the ROCK BEAUTIFUL DAY AND LOTS OF PICTURES AND MEMORIES"

Dale

Tour: 03/04/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, great sites, great bus driver, great time of year to go!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The passion and pride of the music in Napflio."

Sadie

Tour: 03/04/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Susan

Tour: 03/04/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great tour led by our outstanding tour guide, Apostolos Douras. Being the first RS Greece tour of the year we didn't have to deal with large crowds and our weather was great, sunny and 65F the average. The group was punctual and convivial, the bus was very comfortable and our driver, George, took us smoothly through many hairpin turns. Apostolos was very well organized and provided us with unexpected opportunities like our visit to the Kalavryta Holocaust Museum.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really enjoyed our climb to the top of the Rock of Monemvasia, viewing Greek ruins and the Byzantine Church along the way."

Catherine

Tour: 03/04/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole tour exceeded my expectations - the guide was the best, the food was fantastic, and the destinations were interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner we had in the old Jewish quarter of Nafplio was incredibly special with the musicians and our hosts. To hear their stories of what life was like, how they had to hide their musical instruments, and to experience their joy in sharing their music with us. "

Deborah

Tour: 03/04/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip/tour was phenomenal. The sites, the people, and especially the food were fabulous but I think our guide Apostolos was key in making this an unforgettable experience. His charming personality, wit, knowledge of Greek history, and recommendations for things to do on our non-tour days contributed to our high satisfaction with this tour. Apostolos is one of the best guides ever!!! .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Its hard to pick just one 'wow' moment since there were so many. As nice as it was to see the archeological sites and museums, overall I was 'wowed" by the beauty of the country and the hospitality of the people we met in the small villages along the tour. . "

Norman

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First time on a guided tour, Guide Dafni made it great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Food"

Kevin

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Dafni, was wonderful. Informative and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lunch at Limeni village was magical. The fisherman cleaning the fish at waters edge and delivering it directly to the grill!"

Stephen

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very informative and comfortable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympia "

Perry

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour organization was good. The tour director Dafni was good. I was hoping for more organized tour time and less free time to do our own thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Parthenon. Walking Delphi sites."

Sheila

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This active tour had amazing sites, great views, and delicious food! The people made this trip memorable. Our tour guide, Dafni, is warm, caring and taught us so much about everything Greek. She was always attentive to the needs and preferences of her travelers. Our group bonded early and we enjoyed each other’s company. The local guides, Mama Faye, Penny, Niki, Nikos, and Patty, were excellent. Our driver, Christos, expertly drove our bus through narrow roads and hairpin turns. A great tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, but what I remember so vividly was the hospitality of the brothers who own and run the Hotel Marianna in Nafplio. They welcomed us with open arms and served us fresh cold homemade lemonade made with lemons from their orchard. They also carried our luggage for us up and down many flights of stairs. Taking time to chat with us at breakfast was another way they displayed their genuine Greek hospitality."

Dodie

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour visited most of the sites we wanted to see on the Greece mainland, except for Meteora. Lots of antiquities, which was why we were on the tour. Tour was on the go, but we did get some down time in two places. A good balance of group activities and time to do our own thing. Well organized tour. Excellent tour guide and local guides. Some good, some bad hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one favorite "wow" moment on this tour. We visited Meteora after the tour on our own and that was my "Wow" moment in Greece."

Christine

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was an excellent mix of ancient sites, culture, people and food with stays in off the beaten path locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The impressive ancient theatre of Epidaurus with its perfect acoustics, imagining 14000 spectators filling the stadium to hear music and plays."

Claire

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was meticulously organized and executed but still managed to feel easy and open to possibility, with free time integrated at the right times. The shared meals were all experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing and learning about the beehive tomb, climbing to the top of Monemvasio and finding the ancient church, smoky with incense and a docent to tell us about it."

Barbara

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

My husband got Covid and we were asked to leave.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Acropolis from below."

John

Tour: 09/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent itinerary, great hotels/inns on the Pelleponese, super guide (Ioanna), wonderful food experiences, and some of the most beautiful scenery I have seen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick just one"

Diana

Tour: 09/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greece was stunning in so many ways - history, scenery, culture, food! We loved the tour, our group was great, our guide was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It may sound cliche, but the Parthenon left me speechless. "

Grant

Tour: 09/30/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A tour guide makes all the difference in a vacation destination, and the Rick Steves guides are excellent. Second in importance is the attitude of the tour group, and this tour was lucky to have good people who were very supportive of each other despite differences in personalities and attitudes. Rick does a great job of attracting participants who value these attitudes and seek tours like Rick’s.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am hard to surprise but as an engineer was very impressed by the structures built 3000 years ago"

Daniel

Tour: 09/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wowed every day by the beauty, food, history, and most importantly, the people of Greece

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Parthenon through our local guide Mamma Fay's eyes for the first time up close "

John

Tour: 09/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. It was full of wonderful, ancient treasures. But it also gave me a real opportunity to get to know Greece, it’s history and its people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we walked up to the giant beehive tomb, in Mycenaea, I was blown away"

Leslie

Tour: 09/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I very much enjoyed the Athens & The Heart of Greece tour. Our guide, Ioanna, was exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment happened upon our arrival at the Athens hotel and going to the rooftop restaurant seeing the Parthenon illuminated. I also had a WOW moment on our coastal walk in Hydra to the beaches of Kaminia and Vlychos. We walked the coastal path both directions and the views!!"

Ratna

Tour: 09/30/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Educated and fun

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit Ancient Greek Ruins"

Julie

Tour: 09/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Apostolose is an amazing guide! The sites and activities are amazing! Out of the 6 tours we have taken, this was the most physically demanding but I think also the most historically loaded. Totally surprised by the Peloponnese. I loved all the hotels except for one. Wishing our vacation within a vacation stay was different. Very uncomfortable. Our farewell dinner feast was by far the best I've ever had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the traditional dance. So much fun. The village of Langodia was just charming. But our visit to Delphi was a close second. "

Eric

Tour: 09/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour covered a lot of ground. I learned so much about Greece, both ancient and modern. I am generally not one to enjoy group tours, but this was the only way possible to experience such a wide range of locations and activities. I had a great time, wonderful guide (Apostolos), nice people, and plenty of free time. We were informed beforehand that this tour was very strenuous, and it was. Lots of walking and many, many stairs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in the Sea."

Jim

Tour: 09/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the Olympia site. Excellent local tour guide. I leaned a lot."

Erric

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was great. The group came together quickly, always looking out for other members of the tour. Combine that with a great, knowledgeable guide and you have the makings of a great tour. Having taken nine RS tours perviously, we were surprised with the ruggedness of the access to the sites visited. Some of the trails used to access the sites were what I considered treacherous and I was concerned for my safety and safety of others on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The massive amount of huge stones quarried and moved to mountain tops several thousand years ago to build such massive structures. Combine that with the complexity of the structures and technology needed to complete the tasks."

Jennie

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded our expectations even though we are experienced travelers who frequently travel on Rick Steves tours. We spent a lot of time planning for this tour. Reading and viewing videos are a poor substitute for the "real" thing and this tour exhibited this facet more than ever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a "wow" moment. Seeing the parthenon at night from our hotel rooftop restaurant was such a surreal moment. Running on the ancient track in Olympia was one of my highlights...my grandsons were thrilled that grandma "won" the race. Sitting at the top of the Epidaurus ancient theater was so worth the climb up. Every moment walking around the sights and viewing these fabulous artifacts from the past was a "pinch me" moment."

Lynn

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A Rick Steves tour is reliably professional and intelligently conceived. Our Greece tour exceeded expectations for variety, hands-on experiences, and cultural immersion. Guides were uniformly amazing, hotels were welcoming and immaculate, and our group was most convivial.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow indicates immediacy. Was it walking into the Olympic stadium to the imagined roar of the crowd? Was it dancing wildly to banned music of the oppressed? Or did Wow depend on reflection, seeing the threads of Greek history in our everyday lives? As Mana Faye said, there’s nothing new under this sun. "

Dennis

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Full of valuable education plus great fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing how wild and empty the Peleponnese is."

Bella

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about this tour was great, the sites, the people, the food. Our guide Maria is fantastic and she helped make this an outstanding experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many beautiful sites, but seeing the Acropolis for the first time from the top floor of our hotel was our wow moment."

Ruth

Tour: 09/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an outstanding tour that enabled us to experience Greek history and culture. It was well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moments were when the guides would bring to life the past in the midst of ancient ruins. "

Bob

Tour: 09/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and it was fabulous from start to finish. Our guide Danae was brilliant, filled with knowledge and enthusiasm and a clear love of Greece that made the entire tour a memorable experience for us. Many members on the tour who had taken other tours said the Greece tour was the best ever and that Danae was the best guide they had ever had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but the island of Hydra and the stadium at Olympia were definitely "wow" moments."

Nelda

Tour: 09/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Such a surreal experience to be totally immersed in Greek culture. Guide Danae Kousouri was a suburb story teller and made the history and the mythology come alive. We survived a torrential rain storm at Delphi and knew that Zeus was watching us too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wiw moment was walking through the tunnel out onto the Olympic track. We walked from the start line to the finish line and cheered on the people running the course, some barefoot as the first Olympians ran it. We also loved Hydra and with tour friends took a boat shuttle to a nice beach and swam in the sea and soaked up the sun. Many steps and hills to climb but you could take your time and it was worth it every step of the way."

Carol

Tour: 09/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip to Greece was life changing. It is almost impossible to put into words how awe inspiring it was to learn more about the art, architecture, mythology and history of the country that was truly the birthplace of western civilization.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of several "wow" moments on the tour was seeing the Rebetiko musicians and learning about Rebetiko's subversive history, from being banned in the mid-1930s by a dictatorship to being designated in 2017 as a UNESCO intangible heritage. "

Kay

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves’ tour. Our guide truly set the gold standard for future tours. From the intro to the final dinner, the engaging Filippos Kanakaris guided our group through experiences from historical sites to village explorations to savory Greek food, all accompanied by “lectures” and stories, peppered with humor. He kept us safe, on schedule, and maximizing every moment. This tour sealed our zeal for Rick Steves that was born with the first book that we used in 1998 for Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Only one? The hidden village of Kastania was memorable to see colorful frescos in 2 Byzantine churches. Walking through the village's cobblestone paths, an angel kitty who adopted us, later turned into a demon cat. Coffee in the leafy village square was followed by a tour of an 18th c. typical Mani tower house. Tours of the ancient sites were educational and Monemvasia was striking. Cooking with Lucy and Ethel was a hoot. Hydra was picturesque, relaxing, and critter-filled, especially cats!"

Colleen

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the overall history of Greece that was presented by both our guide and the local guides. all were excellent and extremely knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the vistas from the mountain top villages to the ports and seeing the largest continuous olive grove in Greece"

Jerome

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was a grand time and enjoyed Phillpose as our guide. He was fantastic

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The diversity of the landscapes from the mountains to the seas made an impression on us. Also, the history of Greece going back millennia."

Susan

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I grew up in a Greek family and Filippos took me back to my childhood fond memories. My husband and I loved seeing all the different areas of Greece from the iconic cities to the impressive mountains and ancient sites to the gorgeous water. The Greek people were so welcoming, it was like being home with all the amazing food and we never wanted to leave. The tour was full of wonderful experiences every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Greek people and the food were phenomenal. The theater at Epidavros was such a beautiful place along with the island of Hydra. Wow moments were many."

Derek

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking up the stairs and seeing the Epidaurus Ancient Theatre, amazing!"

Rick

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Phillipos was fantastic. He made this tour. His connections and historical knowledge allowed us to experience authentic Greek food and locations, especially in Athens where he grew up.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monemvasia.....unbelievable. The view from our 2nd floor hotel room from the Panorama Hotel was the best. We had a perfect view of the Rock.....Monemvasia."

Evelyn

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves’ tours are terrific in general and Athens and the Heart of Greece is no exception.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought my favorite moment would be touring the Parthenon but it turns out that all of the ruins, the stories, the myths, the people, and the food were equally charming! "

Linda

Tour: 09/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an awesome experience, so much beauty and history, we were totally amazed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick just one…just seeing the topography, the mountains, villages and sea driving thru Greece was a “wow” !"

Kevin

Tour: 09/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour itinerary was very well selected. Our guide Fotios was very knowledgeable, pleasant, handled all situations with a calm demeanor, and did a great job overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sites the thrilled us, the most included the following: the acropolis with the Parthenon was awesome. The museum to follow was incredible. The site it Delphi was much more extensive, and provided a greater insight into the era. The charioteer in the Delphi museum was striking. The tomb at Mycenae was only able to be appreciated when we were inside of it. Finally, the climbs to the citadel, and to the fortress were a lot of exercise, but well worth it. Food was excellent."

Werner

Tour: 09/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ba

Tour: 09/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectation. The itinerary was well put together covering the sights that made Greek history and culture come alive. Our guide Niki Vlachou was superb, capable and resourceful. Niki was our Greek mama. She took really good care of us. She was also a great Greek ambassador. Her passion for her country was palpable. It was a joy listening to her exposition of Greek mythology, adding lots of fun to the bus rides -- we covered a pretty large area of Greece. Highly recommended.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the Agora and had goose bumps when realizing that Socrates walked the same path."

Ronald

Tour: 09/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt I got a really good sense of Greece and it's citizens, their culture and history. Niki's commentary during the bus rides was excellent for providing historical, political, and economic context in a balanced way. She is obviously a proud Greek, but all to be realistic about pros & cons.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Acropolis and its history are of course fundamental. Monemvasia and Kardamyli were also very memorable."

Lynn

Tour: 09/14/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a very enjoyable experience until I had to leave the tour prematurely due to a (mild) case of Covid. In retrospect I wish I'd worn a mask in crowded museums. The highlight of the tour was our excellent guide, Niki. She was extraordinarily knowledgeable and fun besides. Our fellow travelers were also a pleasure. It was quite strenuous, though a person could have skipped some of the activities and not missed too much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first view of the Parthenon at night"

Joe

Tour: 09/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Niki was a fantastic tour guide. So helpful, so organized, so knowledgeable. I couldn’t ask for better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s hard to narrow down to just one. Some include my amazement at the skill of the archaeologists in preserving and reconstructing the ancient relics. The scenery around in Delphi and the temple of Apollo. The comparatively low prices for food and drink. The integrity and honesty of the Greek people."

Fay

Tour: 09/14/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good selection of activities and places to visit with good your guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The train ride through the mountain and amazing seminaries."

Ellen

Tour: 09/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Developed Covid and had to leave the tour halfway. Iris, our guide, was very helpful and empathetic. She checked on us frequently. I would like to commend her as an individual and as a guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hydra"

Teresa

Tour: 09/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of Greece was outstanding as our guide Iris kept our group organized and was always approachable and fun to be around. We had such a great group of people that it made every shared experience and meal a delight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It really is hard to select just one wow moment. What surprised me most was that the Greek people were all so welcoming and kind. I have done a fair amount of traveling and so often tourists are really made to feel like they are imposing on the community they are visiting. This is often true in the US. In Greece, the locals just welcomed us and really tried to help if help was needed. Our guide Iris was also really welcoming and helpful. "

Larry

Tour: 09/11/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We found our guides to be very insightful, our tour director was awesome. The hotels were great. The food was terrefic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Acropolis was breath taking"

Sherry

Tour: 09/11/23

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

On the 3rd morning of the 14 day tour I tested positive for COVID and was left behind in Delphi. I traveled with 2 other ladies and did not want their trip ruined so I sent them on without me. It was the most alone I've ever been in my life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"seeing the offerings at the "convenience store" we stopped at on the way to Delphi"

Barb

Tour: 09/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was excellent, from the itinerary, the guides, food and accommodation. Outstanding value!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the ruins at Delphi and Olympia. The extent and magnitude was mind blowing."

David

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour met and exceeded our expectations. Angelos, our guide, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. His instructions to us were very thorough, just shy of being excessive. The hotels at which we stayed were very good, nicer than we had been led to expect. The local guides were also very knowledgeable. It was refreshing to hear their perspectives on the history and culture. I wished we had been able to fill our own water bottles from a larger common source, (not disposables).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First look at the Acropolis, (so high above Athens); Parthenon lit up at night; the sad stats on the percentage of the Jewish population of Greece that the Nazis killed; view of the Mediterranean from the top of Monemvasia; participating in Greek dancing and Greek cooking; proprietor at Antica Gelato di Roma in Nafplio; Monk Parakeets mingling with pigeons in Syntagma Square, Athens; approaching Hydra harbor by boat; farewell dinner at The Balcony."

Kirk

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful and detailed exposure to Greek history, mythology, archaeology, culture, landscape and cuisine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having visited Greece years before, I was thrilled to revisit the major sites. However, my real Wow moment was in Napflion when as a group we walked to a local restaurant outside the usual tourist area and had a multicourse meal of local and unfamiliar delicacies, all the while being entertained by a group of three musicians/singers of rebetiko music."

Greg

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group and an excellent guide who did a great job keeping everyone engaged (and entertained).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one thing in particular - seeing all the sites I've read about all my life was great."

Laura

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent overview of Athens & the Heart of Greece as it was our first visit to Greece. I felt I had experienced the "real" Greece - away from the tourists masses (other than Athens).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not just one "wow" moment - loved exploring the Mani Peninsula - Kardamyli, Monemvasia & The Rock, Nafplio (esp the dinner @ local restaurant w/ Greek musicians), & Hydra. Every stop had a take-away and incredible scenery!"

Sarah

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Greece tour was amazing. Balance mix of tour time and free time. Friendly group of fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting all the interesting archeological sites and seeing Greece's beautiful scenery."

Margaret

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great value! Not having to deal with the logistics was so refreshing, allowing us to see more places with less stress than in past vacations. Our guide was hilarious, helpful, and knowledgeable. The local guides gave us excellent history lessons, our group meals sumptuous and filling, the hotels comfortable, and the mix of group vs. personal time was perfect! Our fellow travelers were all friendly. We very much enjoyed our first (why did we wait so long!) but not last Rick Steves adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful clear refreshing waters of the Peloponnese coast. "

Johanna

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great, so many sights and experiences. There was an excellent balance between group and free time. Everyone was friendly and helpful, a very memorable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having the opportunity to visit so many archeological sights, museums, and communities throughout Greece."

Kathleen

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was stupendously well informed and charismatic and the itinerary was full of interesting activities and destinations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner and the music at Misirlou, "The Girl from Egypt" restaurant."

Dean

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary, with a wide variety of travel experiences. Our guide was the absolutely the best...a wealth of information presented in a humorous and entertaining way, while sweating all the details to assure us a fun and trouble-free experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delfi had such historic significance and well-preserved ruins."

Karen

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was amazing. Varied, active, informative and so much fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Exploring the ruins of Delphi. I was overwhelmed with such emotion, it was simply incredible."

Joseph

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a veteran of 4 previous tours, I expected and was gratified to experience another excellent trip. Our guide, Angelos, was extremely competent, personable, and attentive. He provided a great deal of "color" commentary during the bus rides, and was especially well-versed in Greek culture. All hotels and group meals were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had not expected the beautiful mountainous landscape and the seaside sites we visited. All of the visits to the Peloponnese and Mani sites were visually spectacular. The food was probably my biggest "wow"."

Carl

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderfully run - we cannot say enough good things about our guide, Maria Sioulas - she was professional, extremely knowledgeable and just a very nice person - a joy to be around and spend two weeks with. Overall we enjoyed the pacing of the tour - two days was plenty in Athens - it was great to leave the crowds to explore the Peloponnese. I particularly enjoyed Olympia, all the little villages we visited, the wonderful hosts at several hotels and the free time we had to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympia and Hydra"

Paul

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every aspect of the tour was excellent: the lodging, the meals, the sites and the way that our tour guide, Maria Sioulas, gave us a masters class on Greek history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The way that our tour guide, Maria Sioulas, made everything interesting and exciting. "

Teresa

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely loved it! The mix of history and fun was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing amazing items from ancient civilizations amazed me. Eating a fresh fish lunch at a restaurant on the water, watching giant turtles swim by. Hanging on an idyllic beach on the island of Hydra. "

Brian

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Without visiting, I wouldn't have been able to understand how mountainous Greece is, and how that terrain directly affected the development of the country. The tour did an excellent job of exposing us to all the major attractions of Greece and did an excellent job of explaining the history and culture of the land and peoples.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Brian-opportunity to run at Olympia Brian & Becky-Plakas beach in Hydra"

Linda

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour met or exceeded my expectations. I learned so much about the history and culture of Greece. I enjoyed the people on the tour. We all got along and had a lot of laughs. Just the right amount of free time as well. Cont wait to join another tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympia was a favorite. Swimming on Hydra was also a favorite. "

Marie

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

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Margaret

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tourguide, Maria, was wonderful in every way! I loved her warmth, knowledge, optimism and sense of humor. Her anecdotes about her life in Greece were entertaining. She was terrific at handling all the details and expertely navigated last minute alternatives when the weather didn't cooperate. She was available via email for last minute restaurant recommendations and guided us on post-tour stops.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aside from the stupendous historical archeological sites, Kardamyli and Limeni on the Mani Peninsula were enchanting and restful - unspoiled, authentic little Greek villages where we floated in the deep blue Aegean, ate the freshest fish in coastside tavernas, and strolled through charming streets."

Lawrence

Tour: 09/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour made ancient Greek history come to life. Seeing the geography helped to understand why each city-state was separate in ancient times. Our guide, Anastasia, filled in the details of life in the era of gods and very beautiful goddesses. Hotels were great with locations that allowed walking to many points of interest. Food was good and very plentiful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi was amazing! Seeing the ruins showed the importance of the Oracle. So much treasure was given to have an audience with her. Such unexpected drama came to life here. "

Joan

Tour: 09/02/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Parts of the trip were outstanding, parts were just Good and parts disappointing. Overall - it was a good experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The group dinner at a local, family restaurant when our bus driver and guide got up and danced! A true “Rick Steves” tour experience. Appreciate the opportunity to experience local music and culture."

Susan

Tour: 09/02/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Predominantly an archeological tour that showcased ancient ruins that we thoroughly enjoyed. However, I could not appreciate what I was seeing because I lacked the historical chronology of the early Greek civilizations ie. Mycenaeans, Spartans or Minoans. Specialized guides were excellent. Challenging hikes to historical sites. Unanticipated emphasis on mythology which became confusing. Cultural events were very enjoyable. Food was excellent. Properties were good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Athens Archeological Museum and the Athens Acropolis Museum"

Linda

Tour: 08/31/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best ever - very well organized and executed. RSE tour guide and bus driver were excellent. No hassles and no tension. It was a real bonus to have Apostolos as our guide - a native Greek and local resident of Athens. All the museum tour guides were excellent and entertaining - kept everyone moving and engaged. A fabulous tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed Delphi and its museum. (The Acropolis/Parthenon had too many people.) But the last day and the Acropolis Museum was incredible. What an architectural marvel with all its glass floors and window walls. That was the best way to view the Acropolis/Parthenon. "

Michael

Tour: 08/31/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour of Greece was by far the best of the nine RS tours I have taken over the past 20 years. The itinerary in itself, which included tours of the Acropolis and the National Archaeological Museum in Athens along a week in the Peloponnese, would support an outstanding rating; Apostolos made this tour exceptional. In so many ways he fostered an atmosphere of friendliness, cooperation, and engagement that enhanced the experience beyond my expectations, and that is quite an accomplishment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Engaging Greek history first-hand, creating an understanding and association that it is a building block of Western Civilization and the seed of our "democracy"."

Michael

Tour: 08/31/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Judy A

Tour: 08/31/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Apostolos, was outstanding. He shared a lot about everyday life in Greece, and taught us a lot about Greek history. The guides at the sites were great too. I loved the extras such as Greek dance troupe, wine tasting, and cooking demonstration to name a few. We had a great group of people, which added to the experience. I felt like we really got to know the 'real Greece', not just the main sites. This was our first Rick Steves tour, but it will not be our last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi was so amazing. So much of the artifacts and buildings have been preserved, and the museum is incredible. We really enjoyed this location because we were the only group there. I'll never forget this experience."

Wesley

Tour: 08/31/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was overall very enjoyable. The local guides gave talks on history, folklore, myth, and fact that brought the locations we visited to life. Our guide, Apostolos Douras, gave us unfiltered and honest perspectives on Greece as a country with regard to its economy, the role of the Greek Orthodox Church, and other important topics. I found the tour rewarding because I had lots of fun and learned a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Participating in traditional Greek dancing in Lagkadia."

Mei

Tour: 08/31/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing trip!! Well organized and executed. Good mix of group activities and free times on our own. Apostolos is an excellent tour guide who not only shared historical facts and culture of his country, but also showed us how modern Athenians live by sharing stories from his personal life. My family and I felt that he was not just doing a job, he was showing friends his beloved country. All the local guides were good as well. We enjoyed our trip very much!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Acropolis and view of the Rock in Monemvasia"

When To Go & Weather

Any time between March and October is a good time to take an Athens & the Heart of Greece tour. However, the months of April, May, September, and October are Greece's most pleasant travel months, with comfortable weather, no rain, and lighter crowds.

Greece / Athens

Athens Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email, as well as in your tour account. About one month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour in your tour account.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements and transfers are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly in and out of Athens (ATH).

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, or traveling to the Greek Islands, see your Rick Steves Greece guidebook.