• 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 $3,195 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $675

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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!

Dates & Prices

2019

2020

    • Apr 4–Apr 17 (Sa–Fr)
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    • Apr 18–May 1 (Sa–Fr)
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    • Apr 27–May 10 (Mo–Su)
    • $3,495 + Air

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    • May 25–Jun 7 (Mo–Su)
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What's Included

  • 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 tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 17 group sightseeing events • Acropolis • Acropolis Museum • Ancient Delphi • Scenic Diakofto–Kalavryta Railway • Olive and olive oil tasting • Ancient Olympia • Mani Peninsula villages • Monemvasia orientation • Cooking demonstration • Byzantine Mystras • Nafplio orientation • Wine and ouzo tasting • Ancient Mycenae • Folk music evening • Theater of Epidavros tour • Hydra orientation • National Archaeological Museum…and more
  • All group transportation from Athens to Athens
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2020
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • 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

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2–8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Greece

At 6 p.m. we'll meet at our hotel for a "Welcome to Athens" meeting. Then we'll get oriented to our neighborhood and walk to a nearby restaurant where we can get acquainted over dinner. Sleep in Athens (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

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. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

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 have dinner together and sleep in the town of Delphi (1 night). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: strenuous.

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. Tonight we'll enjoy dinner together. Sleep in or near Lagkadia (1 night). Train: 1 hour. Bus: 5 hours. Walking: light.

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 lunch together. This afternoon's drive will take us along sweeping views of the Ionian Sea to a relaxed seaside village on the Mani Peninsula, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: Seaside Vacation

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. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

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, here is where they'd be. 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. Sleep in mainland Monemvasia (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: light.

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 will 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. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 9: Byzantine Mystras

Today we'll head up into the heart of the Peloponnese, where we'll tour the haunting ruins of the fortress town of Mystras and its still-standing group of Byzantine churches. After stopping in nearby Sparta for lunch, we'll continue north to our destination: the delightful, fortress-topped harbor town of Nafplio. We'll enjoy a Greek wine and ouzo tasting, and sleep in Nafplio (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: strenuous.

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. We'll regroup for dinner and music together this evening. Bus: 1 hour. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: Ancient Epidavros

This morning we'll drive to nearby Epidavros. Once the most famous healing center in the Mediterranean, today's star attraction 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, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: moderate.

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 will cap our island vacation with a relaxing sunset happy hour. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 13: Return to Athens and 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! Sleep in Athens (1 night). Boat: 2 hours. Bus: 1 hour. Walking: light.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. You can easily catch a cab for 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. Travel on a bus without a toilet (rest stops every two hours).
  5. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  6. Hike over steep, slippery, uneven terrain at several ancient sites, including 200 stairs to the top of the Acropolis.

Reviews

John

Cary, NC

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Greece is the fortieth country I have visited. I was interested in coming to Greece primarily because of the history of ancient Greece and its source as the origin of democracy. I enjoyed seeing all of the artifacts from its ancient past. I was impressed by the variety of the terrain that we saw and the beauty of the coastline. The food was outstanding and added to the overall package.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of the most exciting experiences for me was going to the Acropolis and seeing this, one of the most significant buildings in world history, still standing. After the tour was over, my wife and I went through the Agora on our own (not sure why that is not included in the tour) and really found that the RS self-guided tour added a lot to our appreciation of the site. I also really enjoyed seeing the various rock formations on our train ride as these rocks reminded me of southern Utah."

Stacy

Cary, NC

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Greece, like all of the other Rick Steves tours, I have taken, was an excellent venture with a conscientious tour guide and congenial travel mates. The outstanding aspects of Greece in particular were the stunning landscape (outside of Athens which is not particularly beautiful), the hospitality of the people and the high caliber of the cuisine, particularly in terms of the quality of the ingredients. Potential travelers should be warned about the terrain which is often perilous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I found the tour of Olympia to be the most interesting because athletic competition is something that we have in our own society so the content was more approachable. I also thought the attitudes of the ancient Greeks towards athletics showcased the values of their culture and society. I was amazed to see the actual helmut of the Greek who defeated the Persians at Marathon. It was battered - so we could still see the impact of that battle."

Lisa

Madison, WI

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it! Good mix of structured activities and free time to explore. I like all the walking-- my favorite way to explore anywhere, much better than looking out a bus window! A wonderful introduction to a variety of the highlights of Greece.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Acropolis/Parthenon for the first time. Climbing the rock at Monemvasia with a few others from the group. Meeting the nun at Mystras. Learning some traditional Greek dancing. Trying to speak a few words of Greek with local people. Hydra--the beautiful beaches."

Liz

Del Mar, CA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

AMAZING!!! I'd always wanted to go to Greece, and this tour was perfect. The food, culture, and activities were all amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, probably hiking up to the stadium at Delphi anf realizing all the history of this beautiful location"

Debra

Madison, WI

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We travel with another couple on the Rick Steves tours. I was the hold out for going to Greece. The majority won & I went with them. It was the most fabulous tour ever! Greece is a fantastic place. The people, the food, the sites, the tour guides, the history! I never realized that Greece was so hilly and mountainous. It is a lot of work to climb the stairs up and down as much as we did. I am glad to say that I was able to keep up. I was the slowest but, our guide had an abundance of patience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How do I pick just one? I think the historical connections that are shared by all people, helped me to understand more about all people. Standing at the entrance archway in Olympia, gave me a huge sense of connectedness from ancient times to today. The amphitheaters gave me another connection. The list goes on. I can't choose just one!"

Thomas

Pittsburgh, CA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an excellent balance of structured and free time, and the group members were all very friendly. Our guide was fantastic, and his insights into history vs modern Greece added greatly to the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking to the citadel at Monemvasia and looking all around at the ruins, the ocean, and the surviving and new towns. It was spectacular, and my fiance and I were completely alone for about 15 minutes with the view."

Sandra

Colville, WA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I travelled with my 13 year old granddaughter. It was her first trip. We both enjoyed the ancient sites and the history our guide provided, from ancient times to current. Accommodations and food were top notch. Seeing the ancient sites was amazing. My granddaughter especially liked Olympia, since she lives in Olympia Washington.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Greece is a beautiful country and I was surprised by the steep rugged mountains and the clear blue Aegean Sea."

Dana

Clovis, CA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First I was thrown how little I new about Greece & Greeks.The historical sites, ruins and knowledge, that was present so long ago. I liked most the people & small villages. How they were able to maintain their culture through all the occupations.And that the landscape was hilly and mountainous.And climate was like home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ancient Olympia. Walking the layout how grand it must have been!"

Jeffrey

Madison, WI

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I didn't have any specific expectations, but the tour had one wow moment after another. The pace was quick, but not overwhelming, and there were opportunities to relax . The time we had in our own enabled us to enjoy sights and restaurants beyond what the tour provided. I came away from the tour with a greater appreciation of Greece and its people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to choose from among so many great experiences, but the greatest wow moment for me was the night after the tour, when we saw YoYo Ma perform in the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. 5000 people in a 2000 year-old theater made for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We only found out about the performance from Apostolos, who also helped get us tickets. The greatest wow moment on the tour was touring the Acropolis and then the museum. Delphi and Olympia were close seconds."

Gregory

Chugiak, AK

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Apostolos made this very good tour into a great tour. His knowledge and love of Greece was inspiring. He did a good job of showing both the old ancient Greece along with the Greece of today and how the Greek people live and have fun. Each location on this tour was better than the previous, and each location was great. Napflio and the island of Hydra were the high points for me. I also enjoyed trying to speak Greek to say good morning, ordering coffee, and asking for the check.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As part of getting to know the people of Greece and the Greece of today, Apostolos took those who volunteered on an evening walk in a small mountain village, where we visited a hardware store ran by a man who was 93 years old. He had run the hardware store since 1962, he did not speak English, but Apostolos translated the conversation. This gentleman was amazing, and after seeing the Acropolis, Delphi and Olympia, this was the high point for me, seeing the human side."

Lauren

Denton, TX

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I honestly could not have imagined a better tour experience. Being a history nerd that also enjoys beach time, the Athens & the Heart of Greece in 14 Days Tour could not have been a better balance! Between reveling in 15th Century BCE history and finding secluded crystal clear beaches, this was the perfect tour. Our tour guide was fantastic, our local guides were wonderful, and our bus driver was truly a magician! We were able to experience more of Greece than we ever could have on our own!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing inside the Treasury of Atreus (beehive tomb from 15th century bce) was simply magic. Nothing could prepare me for the feeling of standing in a spot that so many other humans and animals over time have visited. The feeling of the significance of this location was only heightened by our wonderfully dramatic local guide. Standing in a spot that is quite literally out of my old text books is a memory that I'll always treasure (no pun intended)."

Rodger

Huntington Beach, CA

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I did not feel safe walking from the hotel to Monemvasia. Other than that everything was EXCELLENT!

Susan

Wesley Chapel, FL

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my second RS Tour so not much to compare it to. The historic sights we saw were impressive and it was nice to get off the beaten path and avoid some of the summer crowds. The fellow travelers were all really nice and fun to be around for two weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Leaving Athens and driving west. The countryside was a surprise and much prettier than I expected. The coastal roads around the Mani were a delight as was Monemvasia and Nafplio. My favorite day was our free day on Hydra were I hiked to the Monastary and up to Mount Eros then lounged sea side for the afternoon."

Timothy

Plano, TX

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour and the first full tour (our previous one was My Way Italy). That said, we've traveled throughout Europe using Rick Steves' books and methods. Overall experience is Very Good mainly due to our tour guide Anastasia. I'll comment on shortcomings below in the specific sections.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was at the top of Monemvasia - it was very, very hot, but the view of the strikingly blue water was fantastic. Also the hike around "the rock" was great as well but it is riskier and not recommended for everyone especially if you're afraid of heights."

Ralph

Bonita Springs, FL

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The planning was great. Each day built on previous days. Good balance between planned and free time. Our guide Anastasia and driver Chris were super. Our 4th RS tour. All have been challenging, educational, and with super RS staff. Hotels were super. In remote areas they were more basic but great service. Food was excellant. Great value for money.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. Everyday just got better. Delphi and Mycenia stand out. So do the group meals. It was physically challenging but we did every bit of the walking. Seeing the stadium at Delphi was well worth the hike. The museum in Athens at the end tied everything together."

Michelle

Oakdale, LA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've been on 4 other European tours (one with RS to Prague and Budapest) and this was by far my favorite. Everything exceeded my expectations: the food, the scenery, the history. Each new place we went became my "favorite" and each historical site we visited left me amazed. My fellow travelers and awesome tour guide also made the trip so much more enjoyable. When it came time to leave, my heart was heavy and I was already planning my return. This was the trip of a lifetime for me!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How do I choose?! Better question is what wasn't a "wow" moment! The scenery was breathtaking, from Delphi to our lunch stop at Limeni, to the island of Hydra. I didn't realize just how beautiful Greece is. But I think if I had to choose a "wow" moment it would be the Bee Hive tomb in Mycenae. Standing under the 120 ton lintel stone, it's hard to grasp how a society built something so impressive over 3000 years ago. And, of course, the Parthenon will always be the ultimate "wow" moment!"

Constance

Spokane, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour, and it far exceeded my expectations. It was well-organized, educational, led by an outstanding guide, and we had a congenial group of fellow travelers. I liked the fact that the tour gave us some free time to explore on our own as well. I had gone wanting to know more about the land that birthed Western Civilization, along with enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of the Mediterranean. I came back with great insights into Greek's past and present.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first day we arrived at the hotel in Athens where we would meet our traveling group, my husband and I went up to the top floor restaurant for a cup of coffee. When I stepped out onto the restaurant balcony, I gasped because, there in full view, stood the Parthenon atop the Acropolis. It took my breath away. And I thought, if this is the way the rest of the trip will go, then it will be quite the experience! And it was, from start to finish."

Janel

Vacaville, CA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"An amazing sunset from Hydra. The pictures I took, over the course of almost an hour, were unbelievable. Guardian dogs on the steps of ancient sites, that can distinguish between tourists and bad guys. I was finally able to say a few words in Greek!"

Frank

Hebron, IN

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think the tour thoroughly covered a very wide breath of historical and contemporary Greece. I was very pleased with the amount of free time we had to recover from the more strenuous tour days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the beehive tomb at Mycenae. I marveled the engineering skill and degree of preservation at the site. I also remember from Homer's Odyssey and Iliad the literally relevance of Mycenae to the Trojan War. This was a combination of an old archaeological site tied into an ancient literary work. This was an extreme wow moment!!!!!"

Garry

Spokane, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour from get acquainted happy hour to farewell dinner. The balance of guided sightseeing to free time was perfect. We were fortunate to have a very congenial group of fellow travelers, which added to the enjoyment. Our guide was amazing and the historical sites provided a great learning experience. Unexpected bonuses were learning about more recent Greek history, and the food, which was fantastic. This was our first guided tour of any type and we certainly hope it won't be the last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a very hard choice, but probably the hike up to the Prophet Elijah Monastery on the island of Hydra. A close second would be our local guide chanting a liturgy he was reading off the ceiling of an ancient Greek Orthodox church in Mystra."

Stephen

Hanover, PA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my eighth RS Tour and I was not disappointed. Once again everything was excellent. Filippos is an excellent guide and lived up to the expectations I have of RS guides! The hotels were comfortable and well located. The bus and driver were as I wonderful, as I expected. And Greece is a destination that must be on everyone's bucket list!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As usual, I have a lot of trouble with this question. Five minutes from now I'd answer it differently! The entire tour, from beginning to end, is my favorite "wow" moment!! It is so hard to pick just one. Since I have been involved in theatre for so much of my life, I think I have to pick visiting the ancient theatre at Epidavros as my favorite "wow" moment. A theatre of its size, built well over 2,000 years ago with perfect accoutics! A whisper center stage can be heard at the very top - "WOW!""

Timothy

Duluth, MN

Tour: 06/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was excellent overall. It showed us many wonderful aspects of Greek culture, history, and landscape we didn't expect. The tour held many wonderful surprises and unique experiences I will never forget. Our guide, Danae, was outstanding. If you have a problem with motion sickness, you need to know there is A LOT of bus driving through very curvy, mountain roads. We were lucky to have a very experienced bus driver, George, who helped make this better than it could have been.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the tour of Ancient Dephi. This is the most picturesque archaeological site I have ever seen, and our guide was excellent."

Andrew

Lincoln, IL

Tour: 06/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour and it was wonderful. We love how the tour was full of exciting opportunities that we would not have thought of on our own, and yet there is still some down time to relax and enjoy the moment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Parthenon is the bucket list site to see when you are visiting Greece. It is an amazing structure and makes the whole trip worth the 10 hour flight."

Hugh

Duluth, MN

Tour: 06/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was so much fun! Greece really surprised me. I had no idea that it is such a mountainous country of amazing beauty and resilient people. We learned so much along the way. Our tour guide Danae was a tremendous ambassador for her country. We learned so much about the people of Greece through her. A great Rick Steves' adventure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having my Big Fat Greek Birthday party on my birthday in Nafplio. The staff and the professional dancers at Pseiras restaurant went out of their way to make the evening special. They did a great job."

Scott

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 06/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the tour immensely! Danae was a wonderful guide and provided an excellent environment for everyone and our driver George, while very quiet, was a magician of a bus driver. The sites seen and schedule were very good. A good mix of ancient and current with very enjoyable cultural moments. I was surprised and grateful for the "vacation" within the vacation that allowed us the time to go the the beach during a heat wave.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed Kardmyli! Going down the Mina is an unusual choice for tours, it's definitely off the beaten track. This little town was a joy with great beaches, history and some excellent food. Nafplio was my close 2nd. Well Hydra too. Each have their own charms."

Margaret

Fairfield, CA

Tour: 06/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our favorite Rick Steve's tour yet! We learned so much about Greek history/mythology/people. Our guide Danae was absolutely amazing and local experts added so much context to the sites we experienced...We came a couple of days early so had already oriented ourselves to Athens which I would advise others to do. We also had great tour companions which added to the trip. Danae set the example for a friendly, congenial group atmosphere.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick. Maybe walking across the Olympic track field at Olympia...of course the Parthenon at sunset...a magical night on our own in Hydra...Delfi...walking the Agora on our own...and simply learning from Danae about how Greek mythology, religion and everyday life intermingle. We really enjoyed Danae's storytelling."

Barbara

Marysville, OH

Tour: 06/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves Tour and it exceeded our expectations! The tour guide was very well educated and fun to be with and all the traveler got along very well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To be able to see Olympia as we go to every Olympic stadium in every city/country that we can was our "Wow" moment. To know that the Olympic cauldron is literally lit there every 4 years was surreal. Brought chills to be able to walk on the track that was used thousands of years ago."

Camille

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 06/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Where to start? Greece was a revelation. Mountainous and rugged, turquoise blue waters and beautiful beaches, ancient, yet well-preserved historic sites, friendly people, incredible food. We saw and experienced all of it during this tour, which was a perfect blend of scheduled tour time and free time to explore on our own. I loved that we went to many smaller towns that are not too touristy, it was fun to explore them and learn about parts of Greece that are off the beaten path.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was our arrival in Kardymili. While I enjoyed our time in busy, gritty Athens and then the drive through the surprisingly mountainous northern part of the Peloponnese, arriving in this tiny seaside town, located on a crystal clear, blue bay, was exhilarating. Kardymili is the kind of place that other tours don't go to, so we had the place virtually to ourselves. It was beautiful, quiet, and we enjoyed spending time with other tour members on the beach."

Christopher

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Colin's management of the tour was outstanding. His attention to tour deals, keeping us all informed of what's going to happen, when it's going to happen and where it's going to happen was was always clear and and well thought out. That all said, the thing I will remember most about Colin was his vast knowledge of all the ancient world and Greek history and his presentation style that made it easy and fun. Oh yeah, his sense of humor was great and made the trip a lot of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The opportunity to stand in the field of the Olympia area where athletes competed 2,700+ years ago...AMAZING!"

John

Shepherdstown, WV

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide Colin was excellent: very knowledgeable on Greek and Eastern Mediterranean history as well as current events, kind, thoughtful, and very skilled at handling our crowd. Sites were well chosen, with obvious stops such as Athens, Olympia, and Delphi and much less notable villages that were a joy to see.

Silvina

Pearland, TX

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic tour. I have been very fortunate because I did the same exact tour in 2016. This time I did it with my husband and my two adult children, and it was beautiful. So much history and art! I loved it. I had more time to sink in some of the knowledge. Everyday I was eager to discover something. The itinerary is excellent. I enjoyed visiting the National Archaelogical Museum in Athens at the end of the tour. It gave me the opportunity of revisiting some of the places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in Monenvasia and Hydra. Chanting with our guide George in one of the churches in Mistras. The view from Agia Sophia in Kardamyli. The surprise of seeing two fantastic turtles while eating by the sea in Limani. I could go on and on because there were more than one wow moment a day."

Kerry

Claremont, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never been on a tour before because I usually just travel alone. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the tour experience, but I had never been to Greece before and thought it would be a better introduction to go with an experienced tour guide and a group. I was completely won over. The tour group was friendly and easy going, the tour leader was extraordinary in so many ways, the places we visited were wonderful, and everything ran smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to say because everything was so new. Maybe it was the beauty of Delphi as we drove into the mountains. It was such a contrast with the big-city atmosphere of Athens that it was quite surprising. But the beauty of the coast, walking above Kardamyli, hiking up Monemvasia, spending a morning reading the paper and relaxing at a harbor cafe in Hydra--it was on "wow" after anohter. And that's not even mentioning the "wow" art moments: the Lion's gate, the Charioteer and Zeus bronzes, etc."

Sandy

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

everything was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"standing in front of the Parthenon on top of the acropolis"

Laura

Crawfordville, FL

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip to Greece. The tour was well organized. We loved our guide Colin and the driver Cristos. Colin was very knowledgeable about the history and people of Greece. The trip was a good mix of tours and free time. We loved visiting both small towns and bigger cities. Greece is a lovely place to visit with lots of phenomenal history. The tour guides at the archeological sites were excellent. The people in the tour group were a good mix and we enjoyed spending time with our tour mates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved visiting the Acropolis and the archeological sites. Hydra was beautiful as was the Greek countryside."

Carlos

Pearland, TX

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was so well organized. I was lucky enough to have done the same tour three years ago, and this time the experiences enriched the previous ones. The group was fun and nice. Everyone was courteous and ready to enjoy the moment. The balance of Guided time and alone time was impeccable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in Monenvasia and Hydra. Running through Athens' streets before sunrise. Walking through ruins feeling history become alive."

Peter

Hollywood, FL

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 2nd Rick Steves tour and it lived up to or exceeded my 14 day Adriatic tour from last year. Our guide/tour manager Anastasia was outstanding: incredibly knowledgeable, personable, caring, funny and fun, as well as extremely well organized. I was expecting lots of history and culture and was indeed exposed to it constantly. I was not expecting the level of natural beauty which we found at every turn, at every hamlet, harbor and mountain town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The town on "The Rock" of Monemvasia was exhilarating in its setting, its narrow, arched, cobbled alleys and the views it provided of the mainland and sea beyond."

Daniel

Napa, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding itinerary and guide (Anastasia). The local guides were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking up the Acropolis and relaxing at the beach on Hydra - the beach at the Four Seasons was lovely."

Ellen

Kent, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a great time on this tour. This was our third Rick Steves tour and each one has been special and unique. This Greece trip was a jump into the past showing the civilizations over many centuries in their ruins, beautiful beaches, wonderful and interesting museums and yummy Greek foods. Our tour guide made past and present Greece come alive for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite moment was comparing the rather gritty side of present-day Athens to the wonder of past Greece on the acropolis and looking at the Parthenon from every area in view. In the evening we had a beautiful sunset view from our hotel."

Patricia

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Second tour this year and we enjoyed it immensely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Truly enjoyed the evening of folk music and dancing. Also enjoyed the lunch on the beach at the priest's establishment."

Catherine

Napa, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized. We covered more territory than we could traveling on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Hydra. So beautiful and relaxing!"

Sallee

Bozeman, MT

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After 20 years of traveling with Rick Steve's books as our guide, we finally took this tour,and were thrilled! We enjoyed every aspect - Anastasia was a fabulous guide, the other tour members were fun,interesting,and caring people, the destinations fabulous, the cuisine delicious, the accommodations excellent. We loved the balance between free time to explore on our own and excursions that provided us with historical and cultural information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was being high above the sea on the Mani peninsula while visiting the dramatic tower village of Vathia - the view, the isolation, the history - breath-taking!"

Darrell

Louisville, KY

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip. The usual excellence we've come to expect from A Rick Steves tour. As is always the case, the excellence of the tour leader is what set this apart. Our tour members repeatedly reaped the benefits of Apostolos' knack for building and maintaining relationships with people. The people he introduced us to enabled us to connect with the area in a way that we never would have otherwise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one thing. But, my list would include being on the field of the stadium at Olympia."

Debra

Shepherdsville, KY

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations going into this tour, not only from my desire to visit Greece, but also from what I had heard from other RS travelers who had done this tour. I can just say this tour exceeded those expectations. Apostolos is a phenomenal guide who seems to really care that the guests in his country receive the ultimate experience. It is great to feel well taken care of but not smothered or "herded",and with ample time on our own to really enjoy our stays in various areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maybe it was when we stopped at a remote mountain restaurant by a small stream and had fresh grilled trout on the terrace. While we were sitting there a herd of sheep and goats came trotting past herded by huge white dogs and followed by a shepherd leading a donkey with a little boy on top. Perfect!"

Philip

Tigard, OR

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour guide was outstanding. He was personable, witty and maintained a professional demeanor at all times. He was well organized and on time every day. He provided information and personal experiences to stimulate your perceptions of Greece. We visited with locals that he knew that gave us a sense of what Greece was like fifty years ago. The national elections were taking place and he explained the system and how it is different from our elections. I can't say enough about Apost

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments during the tour. Apostolos made sure that everyone had the best time. The group dynamics were very good....people talked to everyone and i felt very comfortable. Our arrival at different landmarks was timed to be most beneficial to the group. Our meeting with one of his acquaintances in his backyard was very heartwarming and made the trip very special. Apostolos is a gem...."

Laurie

Tigard, OR

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' Tour and it was amazing. My husband and I have only been traveling the past four years and we have enjoyed arranging the trips using your books so we were unsure if we would like a tour. Now I cannot imagine not joining another one your tours. I loved the variety--large city, small towns, and the different types of food representing each area. Apostolos and our local guides were so full of interesting facts and stories and our 23 traveling buddies added to the fun

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food fabulous. I did not know what to expect, but I loved the freshness and variety. I appreciate the time it must take to planning such consistently great meals. Although I always thought there was too much food, I learned to try everything, but in smaller amounts."

Fred

Lexington, VA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All aspects (except one local guide session explained below) were wonderful: the country and its history, culture and friendly people; accommodations and food; our group and local guides, driver and transport; perfect weather. Especially liked the varied, beautiful and interesting itinerary of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably our 4-person group's face-to-face encounter with a bull and herd of cows on a single-track trail coming down the mountain from Agia Sofia in Kardamyli. On the way down from the church, we took an alternate trail back, began to wonder whether we could get back the way we were going, and then ran into the bull coming right at us at a sharp turn in the trail; we backed down the trail a way until we could get off the path and let the determined cows go where they clearly wanted to go. Wow!"

Robert

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour provided a wonderful balance of incredible archeological sites and beautiful landscapes and coastlines. It was an awesome experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Acropolis at night set the stage for the entire tour."

Nancy

Louisville, KY

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved Greece!! We were thrilled to go to so many "off the beaten track" places. We met some wonderful new friends. The tour itself did not disappoint in any way but requests for help in planning our additional two days around Athens were futile. I wish that there was a guidebook either written or recommended that covered other places to visit outside the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments that it is hard to pick just one. Every day seemed more beautiful than the last."

Robert Kent

Arvada, CO

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual with Rick Steve's tours, my experience was wonderful. Our guide Apostolos, was superb; his knowledge and pride in Greek culture was clearly evident, and his ability to inform the group was amazing. He was very thoughtful and caring of the tour members, and provided many humorous and informative stories of Greek life. As usual the accommodations were excellent, and the hosts very friendly and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had expected that the Acropolis in Athens to be my Wow moment, but actually, I found the other sites (Olympia, Delphi, Mycenae and Epidavros) to be more interesting. One major wow for me was the beehive tomb at Mycenae. Just looking at the construction gave me a tremendous appreciation for the ingenuity of the people living there over 3000 years ago. Monemvasia was also a wow."

Susan

Lexington, VA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our fifth Rick Steves tour, and we've enjoyed all of them. This tour, however, just had the right combination of great guide, great scenery, great culture and history, great food, and great tour group that made it a very special trip. We loved every aspect, from the excitement and amazing history of Athens to the charming and relaxing seaside villages. We learned so much about ancient and modern Greece on this trip, all the while enjoying the beautiful scenery and delicious food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Ancient Olympia and actually running on the same race track that athletes competed on thousands of years ago -- and realizing that the tradition of today's Olympic Games began here by an ancient civilization."

Kay

Ojai, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour with very compatible members! The first part was highly educational and more rigorous physically while touring ancient sites that came alive with explanations by outstanding local guides. Later seaside stays were more laid back, but equally interesting. Bus rides were enjoyable and not too long, thanks to the beautiful scenery and Apostolos' commentaries. I loved visiting the small towns. We had enough time to explore on our own and relax. Hydra was idyllic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On an optional walk that wound between back yards up to the Old Town from Kardamyli, our guide Apostolos stopped to talk to an 86-year-old man. He invited us to see his garden, and talked about his life, and his unrealized dream to come to America. Similar interactions occurred in other small villages. I loved swimming on Hydra and hiking to the top of Monemvasia after wandering its medieval lanes, but these unexpected personal glimpses into rural life were quiet but powerful "wow" moments."

Marilyn

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very well traveled group that was on our tour which made for some great conversation and insights into further travel. Our guide Apostolos, was friendly, knowledgeable, professional, fun, and so genuine about his love for his country. The tour was somewhat strenuous, as noted in the brochure, but I would highly recommend it to anyone who can handle the walking/stairs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each archeological site really was a 'wow' moment of its own when you realize how far back the site and it's buildings go. It was wonderful to meet some locals and spend time hearing about their family and their life in Greece. If it wasn't for Apostolos, we wouldn't have had that experience. This was a taste of real Greece, a 'wow' moment for me. I loved being in the little villages and out of the way places rather than just in those 'travel brochure spots'."

Alice

Arvada, CO

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was certainly the most rigorous tour we've done. But that is OK, we were well warned. ?????????, our guide, always gave plenty of suggestions for less strenuous options. As always our Rick Steve's tour guide, Apostolos Douras, was excellent. Likewise, our fellow members on the tour were a wonderful and interesting group of people. Possibly the best ever. I think that the people who sign up for a RS tour are a reflection of the Rick Steve's organization.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was walking the track in Olympia, I had a real sense that I was experiencing the same view as the ancient athletes. Likewise, walking up to the stadium at Delphi was spectacular. Looking back on the ruins from above, put the whole place in perspective."

Daryl

Bluffton, SC

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had such a fabulous trip. We came on this trip on the suggestion of our friends who we travelled with. As we had never thought about going to Greece we had no idea what to expect and just 'went along' for the ride, so to speak. We were totally impressed with the organization, itinerary, food, hotels, and guides. It was impressive to see how many other members of our group were regular Rick Steves travelers. We will, most definitely be traveling with Rick Steves ion the future

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a Wow. Two lunches stood out. The 'trout farm' lunch and the seafood lunch situated right on the water. Teke? Sorry, we can't remember the exact name of the restaurant but we had 'mullets' among other fantastic food offerings"

Carol

San Lorenzo, CA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fillippos was fantastic which enhanced the overall tour experience. I was also lucky to tour with a great group of people. I enjoyed all of the stops on the tour. There is quite a bit of bus time but it was always broken up in 1 1/2 increments which made the time go by. Plus, Greece is a beautiful country and I was happy to listen to my audio book and stare out the window at the countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fillipos had been playing Greek folk music in the bus after lunch. I was teasing him that he should show us some Greek dances. On the night we had Greek musicians, Fillipos arranged for Greek dancers. They performed and taught us some of the dances. I love to dance and this was definitely a highlight for me."

Jennifer

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized, just the right level of activities and free time. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and flexible when the a mudslide change our plans. The tone of the trip was set from the 1st meeting. Have been to Europe 7 times and have used 3 other tour groups. This was the best by far - I am looking forward to taking more RS tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night of traditional music and dancing that the tour guide was able to arrange because we asked about it. It was fun to see our fellow guests join in an have a marvelous time. Another "wow" moment was the realization on the final night that I wanted to remain in touch with all the members of our tour. They all made the trip fabulous."

John

Winchester, TN

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greece is amazing and far exceeded expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The people and passion of the people of Greece."

Andrew

Kent, WA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great Rick Steve's tour. Greece was a fascinating place to visit, and in true Rick Steve's style this "back door" approach will show you the real Greece (not just the tourist infested sites). Second key ingredient for a great tour is a great guide, and Filippos was outstanding. Everything went off without a hitch, he was a wealth of information, and oozes the spirit and vitality of the Greek people -- his determination for us to experience that really made the trip great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard not to be wowed by walking around 2,000 to 3,000 old ruins at a number of stops along the way and can't forget the many breathtaking views from on high all along the route. But really cherished some of the simpler moments like eating lunch at a beautiful beach-side cafe in Kardamili, strolling the streets of Nafplio watching the Greek families enjoy their weekend in the city square, and the perfect end to the trip relaxing on a quiet beach in Hydra under a thatched umbrella."

Natalie

Canfield, OH

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I are very busy with our demanding careers. We love traveling together, but we don't have time to plan the details of an international travel trip. This was our third Rick Steve's tour. We keep coming back because the experience is seamless and we are never disappointed. This tour, however, has a special place in our hearts. It was really so amazing because our guide, Filippos, took extra care to ensure an outstanding vacation. This was truly a 5 star experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a really hard question to answer. There were many "wow" moments. Greece had so much amazing scenery and topography. We were so surprised to discover the neat town of Monemvasia. What looks like a giant rock on an island contains a charming medieval town and a scenic hike to the top of the rock offers amazing ruins of a old fortified town. The food was amazing - each meal was so fresh and delicious. We also loved the cooking class at our delightful hotel in Monemvasia."

Ron

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Yet another outstanding tour w/ Rick Steves! Greece was fantastic and our guide, Philipos, was extraordinary. The combination of his passion for his home country and knowledge of history, art, architecture, ... made for a wonderful experience. We're already discussing where we'll go next w/ Rick Steves' Tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sprinting down the track on the stadium at Olympia!"

Renata

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall this was the best tour of the three I have been on. I did not do a lot of research but was more impressed than I expected. Everything ran so smoothly. Filippos was an amazing guide. I loved the fact that several times we just went with the flow and there was no stress, only positive attitudes and grateful hearts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a couple actually. 1) First and foremost I travel for food and scenery and those did not disappoint, both were incredible. 2) I loved the small town feel we got in several towns, not just the hustle and bustle of Athens. 3) The seaside villages were so charming, love being near the water and did not realize we would be spending so much time near beaches and such."

Kathryn

Boise, ID

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, this was a very successful tour experience; I would consider another Rick Steve's tour in the future. The tour was well organized and Filippos was an awesome guide; the sites were excellent and interpretation was good; the bus driver was fantastic; the hotels were fine; the food was good; the local guides were helpful; Filippos took care of many, many details allowing us to relax and enjoy the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was taken aback by the ruggedness of Greek terrain and the incredible building that has occurred over time in such steep areas. The theater at Epidavros; the treasury of Atreus, the Lion Gate, and other structures at Mycenae; and the museum displays were fantastic!"

Naomi

Spartanburg, SC

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first tour anywhere! So glad I had the best guide and the best country to have such an adventure. I've been recommending Rick Steves to everyone I talk to about my trip. I felt so cared for and safe so I could relax and have the time of my life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I only had one specific thing I wanted to do in Greece. After I watched Rick's segment on YouTube and saw how he ran on the Olympic field, I thought that I'd like to do that. And I did! I am still thrilled about that!!"

Linda

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Sort of knew what to expect for Athens, but the rest of Greece was a complete surprise. All the rest of the tour through beaches and mountains was wonderfully scenic as well as of cultural and historical interest. This was our 5th Rick Steve's tour and we knew that we loved this format, but our guide, Philipos, was exceptional. Would love to have him show us the northern part of his country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kardamyli - the water was stunningly clear and blue."

Nicole

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, my experience was wonderful. I loved the variety of foods we tried in addition to the varied scenery (from the mountains to the ocean). The amount of history given was perfect and I loved learning about Greek culture and the everyday life of the Greeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick just one, but my favorite wow moment was seeing the Acropolis for the first time. I had heard so much about it but it was incredible to see it in person."

Joanne

Palm City, FL

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of Athens & the Heart of Greece was an unbelievable experience! Our tour guide, Fillipos, was outstanding! This was our 3rd Rick Steves' tour and we thought it couldn't get better than the first two, but we were wrong! Our tour group buddies were terrific....both friendly and fun. And to top it all off, Greece is a magnificent country....steeped in history, beautiful vistas, and friendly people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's very hard to choose our favorite "wow" moment since there were so many! The ruins and setting of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi was spectacular. Our tour guide there (Penny) was excellent and made the experience all the more outstanding. The cooking class at Hotel Panorama in Monemvassia was so much fun and, of course, we got to share the delicious results of our labor afterwards!"

Judi

East Hampton, CT

Tour: 05/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of the best RS tours we have taken! Greece is an amazing country with lots of history and delicious seafood. This tour exceeded my expectations which were high. We had a wonderful guide and a great group of travelers. We felt like family from the beginning of our first meeting and learned so much about the Greece culture and history from Ioanna.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The variety of the landscapes in Greece! From the mountains of Peloponnese to the Mani Peninsula and the island of Hydra, as well as all the Greek archeological sights. Every time we climbed a mountain or took a walk, there were so many wow moments. From eating all the delicious fresh seafood and learning Greek dances from Ioanna, our guide, the whole trip had many Wow moments."

David

East Hampton, CT

Tour: 05/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our "lucky 13th" RS tour and it did not disappoint us in the Greek experience from the start and end in Athens. Our guide, Ioanna, made this tour a memorable one. The tour members were fun and friendly, we were a "team" from the first meeting to the last supper.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Again, too many to chose from but the Acropolis tour with views of Athens stands out. A very close second was the Stadium in the ruins of Olympia, what a beautiful site!"

Patrick

Oakland, CA

Tour: 05/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific overall tour guide in Ioanna, knowledgeable, efficient, diplomatic, personable, fun. Excellent site specific tour guides. Very good hotels throughout tour. Food also very good at all locations. As usual, tour companions very simpatico. No grumps, only smart, interesting folks wanting to experience Greece, its history and culture. Language aid handout very useful in trying to become a little Greek in our interactions. RS tour book on Greece very useful and digestible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many but one that stays with me [INVALID] walking the tunnel into the original Olympic stadium thinking about being a young Greek, preparing for months to represent well my province and transitioning from the darkness of the tunnel into the light, the stadium and 45K spectators cheering my entrance. Like so much Greek, everything old is new again. And the wisdom of Greek philosophers that resonates today and their engineering acumen 2K yeas BCE."

William

Chester, NJ

Tour: 05/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful pacing with the right amount of time on our own! The overall Greek experience was far more then we expected!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ioanna!! and her sharing of Greek culture and history including some personal stories which were very touching and engaging!! The country sites especially the mountains and sea was beautiful!"

Don

Dublin, OH

Tour: 05/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and we were not sure what to expect. However as we became friends with everyone in the group including Ioanna (tour guide) and Panos (bus driver), the trip really exploded in great fun and camaraderie.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many WOW moments but probably the best was seeing artifacts from 7000BC. That was tough to wrap your head around. The beauty of the countryside and the amazing archaeological sites were additional WOW moments."

Roy

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been on two My-Way tours and enjoyed them both tremendously. However, I had reservations about a tour. Visions of pennant waving guides rushing harried participants from one site or picture to another. I should have known better with one of your tours. Our Greece tour was carefully choreographed to give the broadest range of experiences: urban, rural, countryside, oceanside. It was a breathtaking sweep of a large part of Greece. Personal time at each site was much appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything had a wow component but here a few of my favorites. The mountains/forests of the northern Peloponnese. The richness of Greek art/architecture. The isolated monasteries(Osios Lukas) The people: warm, ebullient, resolute. The food: fresh, flavorful. From home-cooking to urban-sophisticated it was happy bites. Lastly, but certainly not least, our bus-drivers skill in negotiating hair-pin turns, switch-backs and hair-raising traffic. Bravo!"

Pamala

Chesapeake, VA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything I expected and more. Maria was phenomenal! Her knowledge of history, culture & mythology and her first hand experience as a resident of Greece added enormous insight throughout the trip. The bus driver was also amazing; navigating tight spaces, windy roads and always getting us to our destinations with skill & on time. Kudos to everyone in our group! All were sensitive to the schedule and managed their time and belongings with respect for each other. We enjoyed time spent with all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maria's knowledge and skill at leading us was as spectacular as all the amazing places we visited. I did not expect the site at Epidavros to be so extensive & interesting. The theater was amazing, but the healing center site was massive and the tour added something different to the ancient history story. I loved Monemvasia and this is one of the places I would go back to in addition to Nafplio and Hydra. I enjoyed the additional options for hiking at many of our destinations during the trip."

Raymond

Aurora, IL

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual the tour was well planned and carried out. I especially appreciate being chauffeured around as I am always the driver on road trips and I don't get to site-see as I am able to do on the Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While I expected Greece to be the Acropolis and numerous ancient ruins along with views of the sea I never expected the snow capped mountains and the hillside towns and villages that we encountered. I was glad we did Athens first and the countryside next. Hydra was enchanting!"

Deborah

Danville, CA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The wonderful 2 weeks started the first evening with our outstanding guide Maria. She is knowledgeable, humorous, and respectful to individual needs. Our group of 25 blended well and we certainly enjoyed the activities provided and recommended. Greece provides amazing history, beautiful museums, interesting outdoor ruins, delicious food, and hospitable residents. No matter what town or hotel we stayed in, we were always greeted with friendly and enthusiastic residents.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At the conclusion of our tour we had a vacation within our vacation in Hydra. Unlike the crowded Greek islands, this one is a gem. We were there prior to the Greek elections and saw politics in action. We had a delightful happy hour where Maria challenged us with 4 Euros each to put together Greek products only. What a spread in addition to her honoring a couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary!"

Karl

Chesapeake, VA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was excellent. Hotel rooms were clean and well furnished. Transportation was excellent. Maria, our guide, kept everyone on time with clear instructions. On the few instances where tour members needed special accommodation it did not impact the rest of the group. Meals were very good and we enjoyed the unique meal experiences (trout, etc.) along with the wine tasting, olive production, and cooking demonstration. Local guides were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A dinner with family and friends while looking at the Acropolis in Athens in lights."

Roberta

Aurora, IL

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exhausting! But saw and did a ton.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For some reason, I really liked the time we spent in Kardimyli. I loved the little "apartment" we had and it was a break from all the museums and churches we were visiting."

Mary

Avon, CT

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itenery. Pace was perfect. Knowable guides

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking back to the hotel in Hydra after an election speech we turned into a street party after the rally. It was amazing to see the warmth and excitement in the community."

Kenneth

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We explored a spectacularly beautiful portion of Greece from urban centers to remote rocky seashore and alpine forests with all the hillside villages and farms in between. Athens was fascinating, rich with sites reflecting its long and important history. Our tour was more comprehensive than I had imagined and there was not one day that didn't hold an unexpected surprise. An overall wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wows", it is hard to choose one in particular. I would say the bus ride from the Corinthian Gulf up the narrow winding road to mountainous Kalavrita with all the spectacular views took everyone's breath away. All the ancient sites were wow moments, as well. No picture or description can do them justice."

Stephanie

Chicago, IL

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another amazing tour from Rick Steves Tours! It was everything I hoped for... a wonderful overall guide (Maria), fantastic local guides, amazing food, unique hotels, beautiful scenery and a great group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"-Stepping off the ferry onto the island of Hydra. I was in awe of the beauty and felt so lucky to be such a magical place. -Stumbling upon a store in Nafplio that sold handmade pottery, but also seeing and meeting the ceramicist throwing clay on the wheel -Discovering Orange Pie and the wonderful Greek pastries -Hiking to the top of Monemvasia"

Patricia

Franklinville, NJ

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

If you've been considering Greece as a travel destination, wait no longer! This tour is very well organized with a good balance of planned activities and free-time options. It allows one to experience so many aspects of Greek culture, history, cuisine, and more. I'm so glad that I went!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, there wasn't one particular "wow" moment, rather a series of moments. Just being in Greece with it's beautiful scenery, extensive history & lovely people was amazing. At each of the ancient sites we visited - the Acropolis, Delphi, Olympia, Mystras, Mycenae, Epidavros & others - I stood in awe that I was actually there in those fascinating places. Maria and our local guides brought each of the sites to life through their captivating stories and narratives."

James

Franklinville, NJ

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything that we expected! It combined "Big City" time in Athens with "Ancient Treasures" in places like Delphi and Olympia; "Mountain Vistas" in Kalavryta and Lagkadia; "Old Towns" in Nafplio and Monemvasia; and "Island Time" in Hydra. It was a joy to see the similarities and contrasts found in Greece. Our tour guide and local guides made sure that we understood how it all fit together. The food (from the provided meals to the recommended restaurants) was amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the "break" we had in Kardamyli. The seaside town offered beaches and hills; shops and restaurants; beautiful views. We ate dinner that night right along the shoreline watching the sun set over the mountains in the distance. It was wonderful!"

Tamara

Cedar Falls, IA

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Greece Tour was my third Rick Steves Tour. My first tour was Spain, and my second was the 21 day Best of Europe Tour. I can honestly say that many of the best days of my life have occurred on these tours, and I have loved them all! Greece was even better than I had imagined. Our tour guide, Danae was outstanding! It is beyond incredible to visit the Acropolis, Delphi, Ancient Olympia, and all of the rest of the sites on this tour. I often had goosebumps!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to choose just one. Delphi was so much more than I imagined! Running the race course in Olympia. Eating on a rooftop in Ancient Monemvasia! The view from there, with the Aegean Sea, and the beautiful architecture fit my picture of Greece perfectly. Dining and dancing at a Greek Taverna in Athens, with a local family was heartwarming. The Mani Peninsula views, the island of Hydra! Every day was a "wow!""

Veronica

Naperville, IL

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the trip was a great experience. Our guide, Danae, took care of us, and with her stories, brought each ancient site alive. The people we traveled with were a highlight. I loved seeing the acropolis again, and Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae and Epidavros.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi museum, and the site were exceptional. Walking up into the site, and when there, looking down into the valley, reminded you of what the ancients were about. The Tholos tomb and Lion Gate at Mycenae were another wow. How they got the 120 ton lintel up in the tomb is amazing."

Douglas

Cedar Falls, IA

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Got an entirely new mind picture of the geography of Greece--all one sees in the movies is islands and blue water: these were present, in abundance, but account for only a small part of the whole country. Loved the mountains, the mountain villages, the WWII resistance... but was saddened by the fact that said villages are apparently for the most part deserted. Something wrong there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Easily it was on the second floor of the Acropolis museum--walking around a corner and there, right in front of me, is Kritios Boy. No pomp, no circumstance; just there. Something akin would be finding the Mona Lisa just hanging on a wall in some nondescript room of the Louvre."

Jennifer

Stanwood, WA

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we joined on recommendation from our neighbors (who also attended this tour). This tour exceeded our expectations! The carefully planned itinerary gave us rich history of Greece, allowing us the balance of planned and free time. We LOVED our guide Danae and our bus driver Christos. What a team! Danae was so knowledgeable in every way and she made it fun and informative. We enjoyed both the mountains and the sea. Local tour guides fantastic too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A few favorites: Standing at the Acropolis and surrounding sites. The nite of Greek dancing and seeing Danae join them and tour group dancing with them. Running the stadium in Olympia - unforgettable! The olive mill and learning how to drink Greek coffee was a very favorite Danae moment! The many beautiful Aegean Sea locations, especially Monemvasia and Hydra."

Eric

Stanwood, WA

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

"A trip of a lifetime!" People talk about this kind of experience and never realize it - but we did! The packaging of sights, travel, hotel, food and trip guide was beyond our expectations in each area. We have traveled a bit in Europe but not on an organized trip like the Rick Steve's Greece trip. All the major decisions were made by people and a team that have extensive travel knowledge and experience in Greece and surrounding countries. With key decisions made we were simply left to enjoy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite wow lives in several areas: 1) Danae our guide was a wow! She brought the color, culture and connective tissue of story to each experience. 2) Site wow - Standing on Mars Hill knowing Paul preached from their w/the Powerful acropolis on one side and the controlling Roman forum below! 3) Hotel = Mariana with the 4 brothers and the view over the city. 4) Group comradery at the Greek night of dancing, eating and drinking! 5) Greatest impact = Greece is the birthplace of so so much!"

Mary

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is a well-curated blend of world class ancient sites and museums that are the heritage of every culture touched by the Greeks over millennia. As an added bonus, mountain, island and coastal villages offer jaw-dropping vistas, great food and pleasant relaxation. Our guide Danae delighted us with well-told tales of ancient and current times, outstanding hospitality and true concern for our well-fare. I wish I had done this tour years ago so I could return again and again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting an elderly nun dressed in black from head to toe in her fabulous rose garden on the mountaintop at Mystras."

Dennis

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great tour! Being able to actually experience the locations in Greece you have read and heard about all your life in the company of caring and knowledgeable expert guides and new friends. This tour is like completing a truly enjoyable university level course in Greek history and culture in two weeks with excellent logistics,amazing sights and quality food and lodgings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Way, way too many wows to list just one."

Laurie

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved this tour! It was our 3rd tour so we kind of knew what to expect, but it was so much more! Loved our guide Danae, loved our tour mates, and LOVED Greece! Going to the Peloponnese Peninsula you see a lot of Greece that I think most people skip, and that is a huge mistake on their part but a huge bonus for us because it really wasn't too crowded. There were of course a few places that were busy but we always got there early and beat the crowds. Overall a 10!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment of course was that first glimpse of the Acropolis. My second was visiting Monemvassia and also our visit to Hydra. It just kept getting better everyday!"

Renee

Stanwood, WA

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We covered a lot of ground on this tour. We went from mountains to the sea.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Running the track in Olympia"

Samuel

Cleveland, TN

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our second tour. We really enjoyed it. Even better experience than the first. Greece was beautiful in May with all the wild flowers. Tour guide did a great job. Our tour group was excellent company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, hard to choose. If I had to choose...Hydra."

Lawrence

Canyon Country, CA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Very good tour site locations chosen. Good hotels. Tour provided food venues just adequate (with the exception of final dinner, which was outstanding). Good historical context provided by guide. Passionate insights from a Greek citizen perspective missing from tour dialogue.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Epidavros."

Roy

Elkins Park, PA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best tour yet. The coastal stops were breathtaking. Only wish I brought hiking shoes to tackle the mountain climbs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sharing my dinner of yogurt, cherries, wet walnuts and blueberries with a cat by my side on a bench in Athens."

Candace

Castle Rock, CO

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again I was impressed with the ease of transition from one beautiful location to another. The bus was top notch, George the bus driver was exceptionally skilled, and Colin, our guide was fantastic. Greece surprised me with how mountainous the terrain was in the Peloponnese. Stunningly beautiful! Surrounded by olive groves, orange groves and the blue, blue water, I fell in love with the country. The people are so friendly and accommodating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hydra was one of my favorites, but I love the quaint, small town feel, with donkeys and seaside cafes. What more could you ask for?"

Heather

Aurora, CO

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm not even sure where to start but it was AMAZING! The hotel accommodations were lovely, the local guides so knowledgeable, the sights awe inspiring and the food was delightful! Greece proved to be as wonderful as I hoped it would be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was standing in the bee hive tomb in Mycenae. It was absolutely amazing to see. Oh and I loved the town of Limeni, the water was beautiful. Well, really I could go on and on about how many WOW moments I had."

James

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

An exhaustive and at times exhausting tour of Greece. We saw and experienced a tremendous amount of culture and history. Probably could have used more down time at places like Nafplio, Kardamyli and Hydra.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympia and seeing Miltiades helmet. #2 was sunset in Hydra."

Craig

Chico, CA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a great time. Greece is such a beautiful and diverse country. So much history and beauty. There was something new and exciting every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved being in Olympia and exploring the site of the first Olympics. Being able to stand on a site that dates back over 2700 years is special. I also enjoyed how our guide related what the Olympics stood for. It was a very moving experiences."

Neal

Denver, CO

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Walking in the footsteps of the Gods! Walking in the footsteps of the people who laid the foundations of modern life! What a great trip and a great experience. This was our fifth EOTD tour because we really have found these tours to include so much of what we value when we travel - information, history, great sites and THE ABSOLUTELY BEST GUIDES!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Parthenon was tremendous. But truly, the places, sites, experiences and the guides were all just marvelous."

Diane

Chico, CA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had no idea Greece was so diverse. The countryside, from mountain to vineyard to seaside as outstandingly beautiful. Our tour guide, Apostolos, was polished and knowledgeable. Our group was kind and compatible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First seeing the Acropolis from the upstairs bar in our hotel. Several interactions with the locals gave me a whole new perspective on the heart of the Greek people."

Vivian

Clinton, WA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We took our tour in May and afterward spent two additional weeks in Greece. Rick Steve's Tour provided us a good grounding for the rest of our time there. We thoroughly enjoyed the group of people that we traveled with on the tour. Each one was outstanding and offered a good feeling of community in the small group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Connecting with the people in Greece. When we were hiking in our group and were invited into a garden, tended by an older gentleman. He was very welcoming and appreciated showing us around. Also in the same town, there was a Jazz/Blues festival going on and it was a bonus to take in some of the shows. (Kardamyli) Also trying to understand the ways of the Greeks. How they have struggled over the centuries touched my sense of humanity and compassion."

John

Falmouth, MA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour!! It could not have been better, thanks to the best guide possible: Apostolos. He made the tour the trip of a lifetime. The itinerary and execution were flawless. Ancient ruins, great food and wine, wonderful people, an ancient landscape, combined with our guide Apostolos made this the best tour ever!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was simply a gradual realization of how the many generations of ancient peoples who inhabited this corner of our planet mined stone from the ground to build huge fortresses both for defense and to wage war, but simultaneously used the same stone to create some of the best art the world has ever seen. And at the same time they created many major democratic and scientific principles and literature that have endured to this day."

Jim

Gallatin, TN

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. Apostolos was a wonderful tour guide and the tour had the right mix of busy days and slow periods. We saw some of the most important sites but also some of the less traveled but still fascinating places. Truly one of the best trips I've ever been on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to say. Delphi was fabulous, partially because it's just a fascinating place and partially because Penny, our local guide, was incredible. But I loved the Agora in Athens, Monemvasia and Hydra as well."

Jim

Chicago, IL

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was especially excited to leave Athens and get into the countryside of Greece. Apostolos is an excellent guide who handled the tour with grace, expertise and knowledge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the ruins of history and realizing the many thousands of human beings before me standing in the same place. Delphi and the beehive tombs were two places where this feeling was very high."

Karen

Denver, CO

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th Rick Steves tour. We have come to expect a lot - high value, lots of learning, new experiences, physical activity, little surprises, terrific guides, beautiful scenery, good food, and more - and this tour delivered on all counts. I love connecting the dots of history and culture. Having been to Italy many times, and Turkey (with RSE), Greece was a bunch of wonderful dots and connections! We loved Greece, and are so glad we experienced it first with RSE.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was the awareness that we were perhaps literally walking in the footsteps of Socrates or Aristotle in Athens, or in the footsteps of Croesus at Delphi, or of Euripides in the theater in Epidaurus. We walked through places like Mycenae, where real history blurs into myth, and you feel like you could almost pass through a thin veil where the gods still hang around, waiting to toy with humans. The space of 3000 years seems to shrink and "ancient" history starts to feel much closer to us."

Nancy

Scotch Plains, NJ

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was over the top. Apostolos is an outstanding tour director. Great group of tour members who looked after each other and had a good sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting on the Acropolis looking at the Parthenon and down at Mars Hill and the Agora and Ancient Agora. Overwhelmed by the amount of history that took place right there."

Vale

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We appreciated the variety of experiences and the expertise of our tour guide, Filippos. His planning made the trip seamless and his commentary about both mythological and current Greece added additional depth during bus transit time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I appreciated time at Delphi: looking out from the hillside, wandering around the site, imagining people in ancient times coming for enlightenment."

Bob

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was wonderful. The history, culture, and landscape of Greece are remarkable. Our guide Filippos made all of these come to life in a very real way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our trip to ancient Olympia. Our visit to the site of the first Olympics held there thousands of years ago. The opportunity to see and walk the track were the runners first competed. Visioning what the scene might have been like with thousands of visitors present to view the games and participate in the activities of the village."

Margaret

Ottawa, ON

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved every minute of this tour and Greece is now my favourite country in Europe! Our guide, Fillipos was exceptionally good. His knowledge of history and culture was fantastic, especially his knowledge of Greek plays and mythology. The tour was well paced and I felt we experienced a well-rounded sampling of Greece, from Greek dancing and music, to food, to archeological and historical sites. Our driver, Christos, was extremely competent and a lovely person as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Seeing the Parthenon for the first time blew me away! I taught art so seeing the treasures in my art history books was amazing - the Lion's Gate, the gold mask of Agammemnon, the Archaic statues and the sites of Olympia, and Delphi, especially since it was misty and mysterious when we visited Delphi! Also sleeping in an original castle room at Marianna's Hotel in Nafplio ranks right up there! I loved having dinner at a restaurant patio right next to the ocean in Kardamyli!"

Jeanne

Center Lovell, ME

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have taken several RS tours and fellow travelers always mentioned Greece as one of their favorite destinations. We took this trip and fell in love with the country. Our guide, Filippos, was phenomenal. Our group was made up of veteran travelers, all interested to soak up the information provided by Filippos as well as the city guides. Everyone was "game" to participate and we had a very easy comfort level with fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On our free day, we hiked to a Elias monastery on a hilltop above Hydra. The zigzag path to the summit was steep but with easy footing. We passed mules lugging building supplies up the hill so the monks could make repairs. We saw the harbor down below from a distance. The peace and solitude of the monastery site once we arrived was serene."

Karl

Hawkesbury, ON

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall I would have to say the tour met all my expectations. I had seen the video covering the route we followed but was still delightfully surprised by unexpected 'gems' along the way. The pace was good and the accommodations were very good. Our guides were generally excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That had to be Hydra. Two days 'off' and a chance to really relax. The entire time on the island was a treat with opportunities for hiking and relaxing. Even had a chance to chase down traces of Leonard Cohen."

Daniel

Center Lovell, ME

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific experience with a great lead guide (Filippos), a convivial and experienced group of travelers and excellent accomodations. We greatly appreciate the exceptional supporting guides in each location, the scale of the hotels (mostly family owned) and the thoughtful pacing of the trip -- which involves a fair amount of bus travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting and staying in some of the smaller towns in the mountains over the first half of our journey. I was largely unfamiliar with the rugged mountainous region of Greece and was stunned by the beauty of mountain villages like Lagadia. Seeing the high profile sites (Acropolis, Delphi, Olympia) was memorable of course, but it was the beauty of the mountain villages that surprised me the most."

Joan

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Greece tour was an exceptional tour in many ways. The rich and varied history, the interesting sites that we visited and the lovely group of travelers led by Filipinos made for a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I believe my favorite moment was the view from the top after climbing to the ruins above Monemvasia. When we initially saw the mountain that looked like Gibraltar, we considered staying behind. I'm so glad we made the effort because the views from the top were spectacular and the town itself was charming. The time spent on the island of Hydra was another highlight."

Gary

Salem, OR

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have used Rick Steves' tour books for over 15 years but this was our first tour with the company. It lived up to and exceeded our expectations.

Cynthia

Rochester, NY

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were delighted with our Greece tour! Filippos, our wonderful and experienced tour guide, helped us understand Greek history and civilization, while adding his own personal spin in showing us the Greece of today. Our traveling group was fun, the food was delicious and every last detail of the tour was planned out in advance. This was our second Rick Steves tour and we're excited to participate in another tour. This was truly an all-around top notch Rick Steves tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole cumulative Greece tour was a "wow" moment! Each of the carefully selected locations were memorable and contributed to a outstanding experience. We came home with a whole new understanding of Greece, and overall this was a amazing tour that we won't forget. Highly recommend this unique and special tour of Greece!"

Janis

Victoria, BC

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent experience in every way. Everything we hoped for and more. We loved the history, culture, and wonderful diversity of Greece. Our guide Filippos was outstanding--so well organized, professional, and knowledgeable. He worked tirelessly to ensure that we had the best experience possible. Our fellow travellers were fun, our driver one of the best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. We enjoyed all the ancient sites--Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae, and the many medieval churches we visited, especially the tiny church just outside the mountain village of Kastania in the Mani peninsula. But our favorite "wow" moment must have been when the rain stopped and the sun came out as we approached the beautiful temple of Athena at Delphi. It was magical."

Francis

Bridgeton, NJ

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent vacation for me and my wife. This is our 4th trip with Rick Steve's and it was just as great as the others. It was a most enjoyable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"for my wife it was visiting Delphi. For me hiking through Olympia."

Gina

Delta, BC

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great storytelling, which made the history and culture come alive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To understand the depth of knowledge and understanding of ancient Greeks related to engineering, democracy and art."

Edward

Denver, CO

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have vacationed in Europe many times, all on our own. This was our first ever tour. Consequently, we were a little apprehensive. Our apprehensions were totally unfounded. The tour was well planned and expertly [INVALID]d. We saw and learned much more on this tour than we could have possibly seen and learned on our own. For example, we could have found the little towns in that the tour visited, but we would never have learned what we learned from Ioanna and the local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult question. For Ned, it was seeing the actual bronze helmet worn by the Athenian General Miltiades at the Battle of Marathon. For Karen, it was seeing the ancient frescos in Mystras (where we had a most knowledgeable local guide)."

Maureen

Surrey, BC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour. A very thorough overview of Greece. A very physical tour for sure. We ate at some great places. Our bus driver panayoti was fabulous. Crazy roads. We had no hot water in one of the hotels which was disappointing. But overall it was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably seeing the ruins in Olympia"

Jill

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the trip because of Ioanna. She was very knowledgeable of the Greek traditions, foods and customs. She shared many stories about her family and friends which helped us to relate to the Greek way of life. As a result of the Easter holidays the schedule had to be rearranged and Ioanna did so without missing a beat. She was always good natured and a joy to be around. She helped several a very sick travelers with care and ease. She is the consummate professional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved seeing the ruins through the eyes of the local guides. I felt as if their stories brought the statues, buildings and historical sites, to life. Each of the remarkable ruins represented a struggle and triumph for the populace during that time in history. I felt honored to hear the stories while walking around the different ruins. The trip was well balanced as toward the end we enjoyed the coastal towns and the easy way of life. Best trip ever!"

James

Centerville, OH

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ioanna Papakosta did a great job as our tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monemvasio offered unbelievable sites and views. Ioanna's tour was very good, and hiking the Upper Town was fascinating."

Wendell

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been on two previous RS My Way Tours (Italy in 2015 and Spain in 2016). This was our first "fully guided" tour with you. Our Guide, Ioanna was outstanding. I cannot overstate was a joy and beautiful experience she gave us all. The guides at all the archeological sites were fantastic, the schedules around May 1 closures were great. We didn't miss anything! I need a few 1000 more characters to fully state my appreciation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I must say there were many, but at the top of the list is the guided tour of Delphi. Because the site was closed on May 1 (Labor Day) our scheduled day to be there Ioanna had to scramble to get us into The Monastery of St. Luke that day. Early the next day we went to Delphi. Our guide at the site was Penny and she brought the site to life in so many dimensions. Honestly, this was the only historical site tour in my life that has brought me to tears with the impact on us today, 2500 years on."

Katherine

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Traveling to Greece has been my dream for as long as I can remember. I've loved Greek mythology since I was small and studied Greek and Roman mythology in college as well. I had very high expectations for this tour and they were more than exceeded. Every moment, every meal, every experience wowed me. I learned a great deal, met wonderful people and fell even more in love with Greece. I can't wait to visit Greece again. I loved everything about it. Thank you for designing such an amazing tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can I say everything? I said "wow" out loud multiple times a day. Monemvasia was pretty incredible. What an impressive sight to see this giant rock in the middle of the water with ruins perched precariously on top. Driving around the side to see the charming little town was stunning. Loved the brightly colored buildings, learning about the history and winding through the narrow streets. We were there during a local religious holiday and were surrounded by chanting and flowers. Amazing day!"

Marion

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First trip to Greece and first RS tour; neither will be my last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Magnificent views of the sea and the lower town from upper Monemvasia."

Sylvia

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a very good experience with my 1st Rick Steves tour. I liked the destinations, the tour guide Ioanna, the different featured guides at the historic sights, and most of the hotel accommodations. I liked that the groups are small and our group seemed to mix well from the start which added to the tour experience. I credit Ioanna for the success of the tour. She is knowledgeable with the best smile and laughter. She impressed me with her help to a sick guest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was impressed with all the history I was experiencing 1st hand. The Parthenon, Delphi, Monemvasia, Mycenae; to name a few."

Susan

Florence, AZ

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Unfortunately, I very ill for most of our vacation. Ioanna, was very good about getting me to a medical clinic then back to join our tour. Sadly, the treatment did not work and I continued being ill for an additional 2+ weeks, so my experience was not stellar. That said, Ioanna was a fun guide and some of our local guide were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Penny, our Delphi Tour guide was really enjoyable. She made the experience relate-able to today's traveler. Nicki at Olympus was funny, irreverent and enjoyable emphasizing the significance of the games to the Hellenic World."

Robin

Eugene, OR

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was awesome. The rhythm was good mixture of free time and tour time. I also loved the sites we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"that is difficult. My favoritess were Delphi and the museum, Olympia and the museum. And Finally Montevasia. These all were unexpected , interesting and beautiful."

Frank

Columbia, TN

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. The guide was exceptional and the combination of touring and eating and education was a nice mix. I liked having a large bus which was half full so that everyone could have a window seat. The choice of restaurants provided a comprehensive sampling of greek cuisine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially liked Mycenae. The oldest sites interested me the most. I have always enjoyed the Iliad and the Odyssey and I enjoy viewing artifacts from the time."

Cathy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being in Athens for Easter was a wonderful experience; we had an Easter Sunday feast at God's Restaurant. Loved Kardamyli with the beautiful coast & beach. Maria was fabulous, organized, fun and funny. And she always gave us great ideas to make the most of our time. Our wonderful coach driver, George, highlighted our tour route on our maps of Greece! So helpful, it's my favorite! I hope it will help me identify my hundreds on pictures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wonderful experiences: Arriving in beautiful Limeni on the coast, so scenic with the beautiful water; then we had a group lunch of amazing calamari and little fish right at the water edge! Spectacular! Hydra was another favorite, loved the walk along the shore!"

Ann

Avila Beach, CA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour with Rick Steves - it exceeded expectations every inch of the way! From our remarkable tour guide Maria to the breadth and depth of the itinerary. Our hotels were typical "Rick Steves", food was outstanding, transportation comfortable and safe. The group size was ideal. We HATED to see the trip end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments...hard to pin point. I think our guide Maria was the wow - she was the glue that made everything exceptional. I enjoyed the hiking opportunities - the Greek dancing and music were delightful."

Darlene

San Diego, CA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I will tell you what I have told everyone who asked me about my trip to Greece, "It was fabulous." The weather, the tour group and especially our tour guide all were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed Olympia. Our local guide, Nicky was engaging and knowledgeable and I could see the Olympic village in my head amidst the ruins."

Peter

San Diego, CA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized and run. Pacing was appropriate. Reasonable time to self explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Acropolis must bee seen in person. Coolest town is Nafplio"

Cynthia

La Mesas, CA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved this tour! In my opinion there are 3 things that make a tour great. Exceptional choice of sites. Excellent and knowledgeable guides, and congenial, non judgmental, and open minded tour members. This tour had all three. This tour was challenging physically at times but I never felt hurried or harried. There was a good combo of "hot touristy" sites mixed with more personal experiences. That this tour fell during Greek Orthodox Easter week was a bonus. Experiences were unique.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh my, there were so many. I am sure my "wow" moments would not be a blip on anyone else's radar. The walk along the coast in Hydra, the real Greek coffee taken under that giant tree in that itty bitty town, the little town where we ate the tiny fried fish, the wooded area where we walked along the stream and later ate tout, the various sites that invited appreciation to a culture that gave so much to the world."

Marianne

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. We loved the country, our tour mates and guide. Our tour spanned Easter and May 1 and Maria provided several opportunities to see how the Greeks celebrate. We are hikers and there were several opportunities to go off exploring. Greek is a very mountainous country, but the tour was only as strenuous as you wanted. George, the bus driver, was a master of tricky driving. We discovered a Greece we didn't know existed. (ski resorts???, trout???)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to Epidavros, and in a moment of serendipity, watching an Italian teen drama group perform Antigone in that magical theater."

William

Lorain, OH

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of our bucket list trips. We have been on Rick Steves Tours before and we really enjoyed them. Greece was one place we really wanted to journey to. From the beginning to the end we were in awe of the sights we were exposed to. It just never ended.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments for me. Participating in the Greek Orthodox Easter Service, the Athens Acropolis (Very "Wow"), Ancient Mycenae, the seafood lunch in Limeni (beautiful seashore), the Island of Hydra, and Ancient Epidavros. Ancient Epidavros was just awesome. The open air theatre was breathtaking! To witness area students putting on plays in the theatre was just icing on the cake. The acoustics were stunning and to think that it was constructed in ancient times is mind-boggling."

Zachary

La Mesa, CA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greece was great. The sites were spectacular. but each different in its geography, culture and feel. Maria was a terrific guide and George provided the safest and most convenient transport possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the honeycomb tomb and Lion's gate at Mycenae or the coastal walk on the island of Hydra. Could just as easily say the small town of Limeni where we sat right on the water and ate fresh calamari and fried fish."

Pamela

Lorain, OH

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing and exceeded my expectations. The Acropolis captivates you the moment you see it.Each day Maria provided us with experiences that captured all our senses; layering history, mythology, architecture and art located in beautiful settings throughout Greece. Each place we visited had passionate guides who shared their knowledge, answered all our questions and challenged our learning capacity. The places we visited and the food that we ate nourished us in mind, body and spirit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to celebrate Easter in Greece and experiencing first hand the traditions and festivities was a once in a lifetime incredible experience. Maria providing us beautiful candles to participate in their lighting and share the light of Christ from Jerusalem and the priest blessing us all. The fireworks at midnight celebrating Christ has Risen and the pounding on the church door. All uplifting experiences that will never be forgotten. Eating a traditional Greek Easter feast was delightful."

Janet

Templeton, CA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide made the tour for us. Very informed , very helpful, complete professional. Covered so much of Greece that we would not have seen. Most beds were very uncomfortable; some of the stops seemed to be focused on tourist shopping which I didn't care for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not a specific location, but more of an overall pleasure of seeing all different geographical locations- giving a better idea of the diversity of Greece and not just the beaches and whitewashed buildings- Greece is so much more. The people of Greece were some of the nicest folks I've ever experienced in Europe."

Roy

Templeton, CA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful, it was very active, very informative, the guide Maria was amazing, she attended to every need of every individual above and beyond!. The group of 24 was a very manageable size and I believe everybody got to know everyone and were very compatible. Our bus driver George was awesome, he was very timely and cared about our comfort as well as being an excellent driver. There is no way that I could have seen as much and learned as much about Greece without this tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pin down just any Wow moment , because there were so many but I believe the Acropolis in Athens was pretty darn amazing!"

Karen

Wakefield, MA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour and it was way more than we could have imagined. The planning and execution were flawless. RST made the most of every moment, and made so much local history and customs available. That made touring Greece more than comprehensible. We were in Athens on Greek Orthodox Easter and Maria made it possible to attend Easter services at a small church at midnite. What a wonderful opportunity.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many great moments. When we approached Monemvasia, and saw the 'Rock", I was totally surprised. I had no idea about this. It was much like Mt. Ste. Michel, and we had a wonderful stay there, exploring the town and the harbor."

Jim

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Maria, our guide, was excellent. She was knowledgeable and enthusiastic during the course of the entire tour. All of the logistics worked well and she kept things moving as planned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It seemed like there was a "wow" moment of some kind every day. Hard to identify just one favorite. Some of the favorites include: seeing the acropolis lighted at night; the spit roasted lamb dinner on Orthodox Easter Sunday; seeing the crystal clear water with the colorful boats at lunch at the seaside town of Lemoni; the seafood lunch at Lemoni with the best ever calamari and fried red mullet; the Theater of Epidavros and watching an impromptu performance by some high school age students."

Kathy

Round Rock, TX

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. All of the stops were incredible, the bus time was minimal. The group dynamic was outstanding and our guide is surely one of a kind.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First night seeing the floodlit Acropolis from the hotel rooftop! Having the opportunity of celebrating Orthodox Easter. Standing in Delphi looking down On the Oracle of Delphi, lunch in beautiful Lineni next to be multicolored blue sea. My favorite Wow moment was Hydra, so authentically Greek. Wonderful, friendly people and the beautiful hike along the sea. All treasures to be remembered."

Jane

Thiensville, WI

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour has it all...amazing archaeological sites, scenic beauty, and cultural experiences. Our guide, Colin, was extremely knowledgeable with a dry sense of humor. He introduced us to wonderful, hospitable people at every stop. In addition, our local guides were fantastic, amongst the best we have had on a RS tour. Meals were overall delicious with bountiful portions. There was a perfect balance of structured and unstructured time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in Greece for the Orthodox Easter celebration was a "wow" moment for me. We joined in a candlelit procession through the town of Kardemyli on Good Friday evening. At noon on Sunday, we were treated to a special Easter lunch outside on the square in the tiny village of Kastania. We had goat roasted on a spit. Everything was made by our hosts, even the cheese! This was an amazing cultural experience!"

Dawn

Urbandale, IA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, full of layers and layers of history. While impressive in its own right, it was made more special being there during Holy Week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Participating in all the Orthodox Easter celebrations: from Monday Thursday service in Lagkadia, the Good Friday procession in Kardimyli, the passing of the light at midnight on Easter to the incredible dinner on Easter Sunday in the tiny mountain village of Kastania. This was a connection with locals I wasn't expecting, but thoroughly enjoyed and will never forget."

Leslie

Twin Falls, ID

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour. Colin is a great guide. We traveled during the Greek Easter holiday week so our schedule needed to be adapted to national site closures. Colin handled this with seeming little effort. We didn't miss a thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment is the Island of Hydra its beautiful."

Joel

Cheyenne, WY

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Colin was fantastic guide and we appreciated his knowledge of history and the sites visited. Food was amazing as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympia, before the tour I thought I would enjoy Olympia the least, I ended up liking it the best."

Suzanne

Manhattan, IL

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greece is SO much more than I expected! Every day was was "the best day" as we traveled through the country. I soon realized how little I knew about Greece, its history, and its people. Thanks to Colin, our guide, we had some unique experiences...always enhanced by his humor (humour) and wisdom. This was my eighth Rick Steves tour--I can't believe I waited so long to "discover" Greece! Now, how about a RS tour of northern Greece? (Hint, hint...)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sometimes the best moments aren't on the itinerary. For me, it was the Greek Orthodox Easter weekend. We were fortunate to be able to participate in the Good Friday procession, the Saturday midnight candle-lighting, and an authentic Easter Sunday dinner."

Elaine

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves tour and it was all that I expected and more - wonderful tour guides, beautiful accommodations, lovely fellow tourists, amazing sites and experiences, great food and a truly rich cultural and intellectual experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Celebrating Orthodox Easter - Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday in two villages - was unexpectedly poignant, exciting and communal. In Kardamyli, Good Friday, we processed with townsfolk by candlelight through the streets behind the Effigy of Christ. On Saturday night, we gathered in the church square to wait for midnight when the light of the risen Christ was shared - candle by candle and we carefully walked back to our hotel with candles burning. Then, Easter lunch in Kastania!"

Teresa

Mililani, HI

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Highly enjoyable immersion into Greek history and current culture. Excellent mix of museums, churches, rural and urban art & engineering marvels. Personal exploration of ancient mythological and historic sites. Invigorating outdoor exercise in gorgeous mountain and sea environments. Spring wild flowers galore. Healthful, delicious Greek cuisine. Fascinating evenings with traditional olive grower Ioannis Dimitraeus and other local experts. Guided reliably with wit and gentility of Colin Clement.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Above the donkey paths of Lower Town, navigate the slick stone switchbacks. Up! Turn the corner at Hagia Sophia. Up! Byzantine structure gives way to wild botany. Up! The Rock presents, directly to the sun, timeless beauty. Chartreuse euphorbia, red poppy, lemon Compositae, magenta thistle, white mignonet. Oblivious to the blue Aegean 100 meters down, riotous growth competes to green every inch between the ancient rocks. Fragrant airy Spring in Monemvasia!"

Helen

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour; destinations, lodgings, food and guides were outstanding. I was in Greece in the late 70's, I so enjoyed going back; it has changed a great deal since that time, but the scenery and the ancient sites are still amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wow moments to just select one. Amazing museums with items too old to conceptualize! Hill top towns with amazing charm, scenic acres of olive and orange trees, the visit to Hydra with no cars but lots of donkeys, shops full of botanical goods, Easter celebrations and of course Colin, who was amazing!"

Mark

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 13th RS tour and ranks up there with the best of them. The balance of well-organized activities coupled with free time was just right. Also, because of unanticipated schedule changes due to Easter (and Easter week), the tour was superbly handled (with everything still getting done). Yes, this was more strenuous than most, but not unduly so... and the usual inclusion of special activities always makes these more than I could easily plan on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many many wow moments. Standing at the top of the Oracle of Delphi; running the track at Olympia; climbing to the top of Monemvasia; strolling about in Hydra."

Ronald

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Based on two prior RS tours, I expected a great experience, and that is what I got. I really enjoyed the two weeks, and came away with a much better understanding of Greece – the people, the history, and the geography. Colin was a great guide, and I appreciated his expertise and his obvious affection for the Greek people. I was especially impressed that he could take the curveballs of Greek Easter week and May Day and work around (and through) them in ways that seemed seamless and added to the whole experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Monemvasia since it was for me the best site to understand Greek history through many centuries. Hydra seemed a perfect example of the Greek islands."

Susan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greece is a delightful country. I like the focus of this trip and I learned a lot. Everyone asked me if I was going to the islands so wasn't sure I had made the right choice, but I have high praise for the agenda. The various attributes of your trips were consistent in this trip: balance of learning and free time. Getting to know locals through the contacts you have developed. Use of expert local guides is very value added.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had too many to narrow this."

Richard

Twin Falls, ID

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th tour with the Rick Steves group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not possible.......as always the two weeks go by very fast. Every moment seemed to be a "wow" moment. By the end of the trip on was on information & visual "overload" in a good way."

Susan

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful group of interesting participants on the tour and the guide was top notch. The bus driver excelled at navigating tight corners and spaces.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Greek music and folk dancing in Nafplio."

Bob

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed it very much and would highly recommend it. This was our first Rick Steves tour, and hopefully not our last. Colin was an outstanding tour guide and all the local guides were excellent. Learning more about Ancient Greece and also the modern day country and all of the current difficulties. This trip would have been impossible on our own. The Greek language felt unpenetrable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Acrpolis was number one, but the Agora was also special. Walking thru all this history was amazing and just experiencing all the 'Greeceness' of it was a treat."

Sara

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and it was fabulous! We enjoyed learning about the rich history of Greece as well as experiencing the culture. We travelled with a great group of people who started as strangers and became like family!!! Wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were traveling during two holidays- Orthodox Easter and May Day or Labor Day. Since the museums and sites were closed those days, our guide set up some fabulous alternatives. Learning about and experiencing the unique traditions around Easter was indeed a highlight!"

Charles

Thiensville, WI

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again, this was a great Rick Steves tour. The tour guide, Colin, was very knowledgable about the country and very passionate about Greece and its people. His job was made more challenging because the Orthodox Easter holiday and May Day occurred during the tour. Colin was very resourceful and used his many contacts in the country to pull off the itinerary changes without a hitch. All of the local guides were great storytellers and really brought the history home to us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Easter Sunday lunch on the square in the tiny hill town of Kastania. Colin arranged for the group to enjoy a traditional Greek holiday feast after touring the town and its many ancient churches."

Robin

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent! The hotels were lovely, always in town and usually family owned. Our guide Colin was amazing!! He brought Greece, it's history and politics into focus and introduced us to Athens as well as many small towns across the country. The culture, food and people were all marvelous. Our bus driver and the local guides were excellent and helped bring Greece alive. The tour group was great, as they always are, and we made lots of new friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a couple of wow moments - spending Easter Holy Week in Greece was incredible. We participated in the parades and candle lighting at midnight on Holy Saturday. And our wonderful guide Colin arranged for us to have a wonderful home cooked Easter meal in Kastania. Also, spending time on Hydra, where we did some touring and then had some downtime with new friends. So many flowers blooming and the water was that beautiful blue green that doesn't look possible, but it is!"

Caryn

Westminster, CO

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We expected a very good tour and the actual tour really exceeded our high expectations. Well-organized and led by a great guide, we saw well-known and lesser-known aspects of Greek history and culture. Excellent blend of organized tours and optional events and free time. We had a great trip and we hope to take more tours with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick a "wow" moment. We'll pick the days in Kardamyli as a "wow" moment. The hike up to the old city and the optional hike to the church even higher up were wonderful. The optional tour led by our guide Apostolos was first-rate. The meal in the restaurant in the olive grove at Kardamyli was outstanding in every way. The fine wine shop in town ended up with my having a wine tasting with the owner."

Nick

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a second generation American with three grandparents from Greece my goal was to better understand my parent's great pride in being Greek. Our tour could have not been better scripted to help answer that question. Our guide, Apostolos was a warm, personable leader that shared freely his passion for his home and culture. He and the local guides showed how the history of Greece directly influenced the people of today. It was not just a tour of the past but a look at how a rugged mountainous

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gracious nature of the Greek people was best exemplified on our walk in the small town of Kardamyli when a lady offered our group lemons and loquats from her garden and when a local fisherman kindly invited my wife and I to Easter dinner."

Ram

Dallas, TX

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the entire tour. Structure and the focus of tour is great, mixed with urban and rural areas of the beautiful country of Greece.The scenery has far exceeded my imagination, though I am always fascinated by Mediteranian See and volcanic nature of the Islands.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To start with the Acropolis ; learning much more about Greek mythology. Especially how far advanced the thinking, the initiation of democratic principals, mathematical knowledge and applicationin moving and building enormous monuments and venues."

John

Chico, CA

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

From start to finish Apostolos had everything under control. This is why I enjoy Rich Steve's Tours. Show up and go. I also like the free time designed into the tour. Just the right amount.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many memorable moments, but I would have to say the cave tour. Spectacular. It was nice to be immersed in the Greek Orthodox Easter. Had not thought about this before we booked our tour. Apostolos did a great job of educating us on the symbolism and it's importance to the Greek culture. P.S. Orange pie! In Kardamyli. It doesn't take much to make me happy."

Janet

Chico, CA

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Apostolos was an exceptional guide. The tour was filled with cultural experiences and in-depth knowledge of the antiquities. It included a variety of foods for us to experience. There was just enough free time for exploring on our own. We had surprises ( Easter festivities) that added to our cultural experience and provided for some laughter and bonding with our fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is harder to answer because everyday had its own wow experience. I really enjoyed the caves we viewed, Apostolos arranged for us to visit when the cog train ride became unavailable. As I have already mentioned, participating in some of the Greek Easter and learning their customs provided for an in-depth experience, that I would not have gotten had I toured on my own. Walking in the old cities is a beautiful way to spend time, this experience is enhanced by the walk with the guide,"

Lee

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It's been fun and educational. Good balance of touring and time on your own. Our guide, Apostolos, was outstanding, and our driver, Christos, was wonderful on the twisty roads in the countryside as well as the busy roads of Athens. Lots of walking and climbing on this itinerary to fully experience the tour, which we expected, but seemed beyond capabilities of some tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monemvasia was such an unexpected sight, a monolith just off the mainland. It reminded me of Gibraltar, but with an upper town (mostly ruins) built on top, a bustling lower town at the base of the rock, and a new town across the bridge. In the hotel Panorama, we had a Greek cooking demonstration in which six of our tour members helped prepare the dish for our later consumption, and it seemed to solidify the group with a very fun experience in the shadow of Monemvasia."

Therese

Middle Haddam, CT

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I knew this tour would involve an exposure to archeological sites and an ability to visit different parts of Greece. But the best part of the tour was in meeting wonderful Greek people and experiencing a rich and evolving culture through their eyes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The participation in the celebration of Good Friday and Easter in Greece. Instead of seeing these celebrations during our visit to Greece as a challenge to work around, our tour guide Apostolos rewrote the script of our tour. He chose and put together experiences that highlighted this beautiful and unforgetable celebration."

George

Monterey Park, CA

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having a tour guide from Greece who brings his culture and compassion really enhances our Greek experience. We were fortunate that Greek Easter Sunday occurred during our tour and we participated in the evening church ceremony and procession carrying lit candles and ex. Na day RS tours are perfectly balanced with excellent museum and field guides who are knowledgeable and creative in their presentations. Just the right amount of free time for us to explore and experience the country lifestyle.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in Athens and seeing ruins of the Acropolis, ancient cities, Olympic stadium and ruins at Delphi, were moments of amazement in determining how they were built."

Sue

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves tour. We were so lucky to be on tour in Greece with Apostolos during Holy Week! The overall excellent experience in Greece was just that much more special by getting to witness and participate in the Greek Orthodox Easter week. We also had a particularly good group of fellow travelers on this trip and that added to the experience as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list just one. I really appreciated the sense of being in the cradle of Western Civilization. The individual sites at Athens, Delphi, Olympia and the Mycenaean beehive tombs were a touch point for the myths, philosophy and art I loved growing up. Swimming in the Aegean at Hydra was chilly but 'wow' for sure! I appreciated learning more about more modern Greek history and experience. And my friends are raving about the moussaka I learned to make during our cooking class!"

Daniel

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was overall more relaxing than our previous two, which was great given I just got diagnosed with arthritis in my toe and it was giving me problems the entire trip. There were enough light days to recover my toe a bit for the more strenuous days. I especially loved that Filippos had the ability to choose a few things for our group to do, such as the caves he brought us to - what a unique experience! It gives every tour a little touch of flavor that means a lot to the guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think our biggest "wow" moment was when we were at Kardamyli at Hotel Vardia... looking out our balcony window to the Aegean and the mountains with the sunset. I got the most gorgeous picture!!!"

Krista

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time in Greece and we learned so much not only about the history but also the culture, food, and people. We gained such an appreciation for the country and its people. Filippos was such a fantastic guide! We could not have asked for better! At our farewell dinner he said it's who you travel with, not where you travel that makes the difference, and it is so true! Because of Filippos we would happily return to Greece and fingers crossed there will soon be a northern Greece tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh goodness, it's too hard to name just one! All of the ancient ruins - seeing Mycenae and the Acropolis in person! It's just incredible to see all these places in person that we have historically heard so much about. It put things in perspective how much the world has been influenced by Greek culture/history."

James

Gahanna, OH

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first experience participating in a group tour. Everything about the tour exceeded my expectations. I was very happy with the split of organized activities vs free time to explore on my own. The included meals were far better than what I anticipated. My only suggestion is to allow more time on the Acropolis (or provide a ticket that would allow us to return on our own later in the day). That was the only time that I felt that I did not have enough time to explore on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to choose just one."

Donald

Crestwood, KY

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour offered a good mix of planned time and free time. Filippos was very responsive to the needs of all on the tour. He is an excellent guide! I enjoyed getting the opportunity to learn about the culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery of looks like a post card but it was real!!"

Barbara

St Louis, MO

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being a mathematician I thought I was a little ahead with my knowledge of the Greek alphabet, but little did I know! I became fluent with a few greetings and courtesies but learned so much more about the rich and extensive Greek history and culture. We had the oceans and mountains, rocky trails, all kinds of weather, outstanding food choices and Greek wine! Did I mention the calamari or lamb, incredible sculptures, archaeological treasures, and a plenitude of cats? Keep RS Greece on your list!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Celebrating the season of Easter in Greece with my husband of 20 years and taking off-the-schedule hikes in Monemvasia and on Hydra."

Karen

Crestwood, KY

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and it exceeded our expectations. Filippos was an amazing tour guide who's attention to detail (from restaurant and food choices to having snacks for us when lunch was going to be later)made the trip so enjoyable with no stress. I really liked the balance of guided tours by local experts, education, story telling and free time to explore on our own. Our group was amazing and we all looked out for each other. I plan to schedule another Rick Steves Tour again

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WoW moment was the views in Greece. I loved the view of the mountains, the Acopolis (from our hotel rooftop) and the sea."

Donell

Madison, WI

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous! Awesome and humbling to be in presence of such deep history- to appreciate the advanced development of these civilizations that are the foundations of our current world. Greece is a beautiful country. We experienced steep winding mountain switchbacks with grand vistas; sweeping acres of olive groves or grapes and beautiful sea scales.r Food was excellent and plentiful. Our guide was superb! Very knowledgeable; great people skills wonderful sense of humor; excellent story teller.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi for me. The natural setting in a sparsely developed area made it easy to imagine the " power" and influence of the ancient oracle. It was easy to imagine weary pilgrims reaching the cleansing baths with relief. Then the final upward trek to gain the wisdom/ answers they are after."

Ben

Indialantic, FL

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A lot was packed into 2 weeks, yet we had slack time for our own exploits. Fillipos, our guide, was excellent, as were the driver and local guides. By seeing the historic sites and museums, and getting data from guides and the guidebook, I increased my comprehension of and appreciation for the lengthy history of the Greeks and their effect on the evolution of western civilization. The Greeks were helpful and friendly. The quiet beauty of the island of Hydra was a nice cap on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A top memory is the scenery as we walked along the coast of island Hydra. The wildflowers were in bloom, the air was clear, and few tourists were present in late April."

Linda

Indialantic, FL

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a Preplanned Dance trip in England , looked at places we had never been, and chose the Greek Trip because it was south of England (for warmer weather), the dates worked, and simply knew, without another thought, that the Rick Steves Tour would be good. We have traveled a lot and taken a few other RS Tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I expected all the cobble stones, steps, etc. But was shocked when I realized our rocky path was made of fossilized fan corals"

Rose

Gahanna, OH

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In every way the tour exceeded my expectations! Our tour guide, as well as local guides, were fantastic providing us great information without feeling overloaded. We had a nice balance of group and independent time. The food was amazing and I appreciate getting to try so many local dishes!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hotel in Nafplio -wow!"

James

Satellite Beach, FL

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable and informative. Parts of tour would be better in warmer weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering the Peloponnese via a cog railroad with a side-trip to a wet cave and lunch at a trout farm. Stunning natural beauty."

Steven

St Louis, MO

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour of Greece. I feel like we got to know the country, both the big cities and the small city scene along with the history of the world. Our guide, Phillipos was fantastic. He was a real people person and had a firm grasp of the country and history. Food was great also. Hotels were very nice. Truly a great experience all around. The group of people were also great and made the trip even more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the city and the countryside of Hydra was fantastic. Wildflowers were in bloom, the mountain and country scene was great and walking down to the sea offered even more fantastic sceneryt."

Susan

Oceanside, CA

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

David is an outstanding guide--very informative and knowledgeable. He possesses an excellent perspective on the history of Greece and an amazing recall of ancient history as it pertained to our excursions. Plus he gave us lots of additional applicable information. He demonstrated great leadership and it was very obvious that he loves his job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the acropolis and Delphi."

Laura

Arlington, VA

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed our tour immensely and here are some reasons: [INVALID]The incredible hospitality and kindness of the Greek people [INVALID]Learning about ancient Greece from the many beautiful ruins we saw and museums we visited [INVALID]Making the connection between ancient Greece and today's world and realizing that we are much more similar than I ever thought [INVALID]Seeing the beautiful mountainous landscape; it's not just islands! [INVALID]Feeling "Greek" as we immersed ourselves in this wonderful country

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think I first began really feeling "Greek" when we had lunch by the sea in the town of Limeni. The morning had been cold and rainy and then it suddenly became warm and sunny, as we sat down and looked over a cerulean blue sea. Fresh calamari and all of the wonderful Greek delicacies,served with grace and generosity among new friends. I just didn't get any better than that."

Ava

Jackson, CA

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Before the tour I was apprehensive about getting tired of the tour being focused on ancient times and antiquities. But the more I saw, the more interested I became. There was for me a growing mystical feeling in seeing these sites and learning about their history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I actually felt the entire tour was a wow moment. Hydra was the fun moment."

Molly

Loveland, OH

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greece has been on my "must see" list for many years. The tour exceeded my expectations. All the local guides were terrific. The days and overall schedule was well paced providing a variety of experiences. Our RS guide, David Willet, added so much to my understanding of ancient history, modern culture, and the complex political issues past and present. This was my first time traveling solo but it won't be my last. Fellow RS travelers were welcoming, compatible and convivial.

Joan

Naperville, IL

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and having heard from family members how great these trips are, I figured couldn't go wrong with a RS tour. I was right! All comments and reviews were spot on! Our guide, David Willet, is outstanding! He is Greece. His knowledge of Greece, its history and culture is endless. He is well known AND liked by the locals. He was generous with his time, offered suggestions on dining, offered walking tours of our villages.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we visited Olympia! To actually stand in the very stadium that athletes competed on many 1000's of years ago is incomprehensible. In general to see these structures that were built 1,000s of years BC, is mind boggling when you think of the talent and fortitude it took to take raw material and construct these awesome struck."

William

La Crescenta, CA

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent! The usual great combination of historical sites and history, museums, national culture, churches, and food with a cross section of cities and towns and chances to explore on your own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The seafood lunch on the wharf at Limeni was a special experience and one of many great meals that introduced the tastes and customs of Greek cuisine. Oh, and having great local guides walk us through Delphi and Olympia was pretty special too ;-)"

Ronald

Palm Desert, CA

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I'm an active outdoor person so this type of tour is not a perfect match for me. However, I knew what I was getting into so no complaints. The tour had many positive aspects including a good look at 1000's of years of history, exposure to the interesting Greek landscape, some sense of how the Greek people function today.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was springtime in Greece, and the display of wildflowers was the best ever. I've been a lot of places and this array of color and variety is at the top of my list."

Kevin

Port Orchard, WA

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well-planned. Transportation and events were all on time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Exploring the island of Ydra on foot was great. There were no vehicles except garbage trucks, so it was pretty serene. (I have to say that hearing inadequately muffled vehicles was my worst experience in Greece.) The jumbled geography of Ydra's town was fun to get lost in. St. Elias monastery on the slopes of Ydra's Mt. Eros was austere yet beautiful and was practically deserted. The summit[INVALID]600+ meters high, I think[INVALID]had eight or ten hikers on it and the views were expansive, although not clear due to the persistent dust from Africa. I enjoy hiking and there doesn't seem to be much public land in Greece, so that was a liberating day."

Wendy

Sequim, WA

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

David was a great tour guide - knowledgeable, gregarious, flexible, caring. The people on the tour were wonderful. Our bus driver, Cristos won our hearts too. The bus was very comfortable and I appreciated the frequent breaks. The sights we saw were amazing and visiting them was made so much richer by the local guides. The total orchestration of the tour was incredible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was pretty much all "wow" - the food, the ancient ruins, the museums, the people. I'm glad we didn't spend too much time in Athens and I really enjoyed Hydra. Staying in family owned hotels, eating at local restaurants and meeting the locals were a very important part of the travel experience for me."

Linda

Salem, OR

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was my first Rick Steve's tour. I would definitely recommend it to everyone. It was well organized, well paced with a variety of activities and very informative. I feel as if I learned Geek history ancient up to current times. The food experiences were fantastic. We even had a little cooking class. Over excellent tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having lunch at an outdoor restaurant on the edge of the Mediterranean was amazing"

Janice

Veneta, OR

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent local guides, David our tour leader was also excellent. Really enjoyed the itinerary. EVERY visit to a museum with a local guide was very rushed. While I realize some people only have a 30 minute attention span, I would definitely like more time with the local guide at the museum.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't really pick just one. Every site we visited was spectacular."

Paul

Burr Ridge, IL

Tour: 04/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was excellent. I enjoyed learning about the history of Greece. It was fun going to places which typical tourists don't reach.

Elaine

Imlay City, MI

Tour: 04/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very pleased with the tour. It was well-planned and exquisitely implemented.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a couple of contenders the mountain retreat for its unexpectedness or Mycenae because pictures just cannot capture the monumental tombs and the setting."

Cynthia

Greeley, CO

Tour: 04/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a lot of rain which is no one's fault but did detract. I enjoyed everything and am glad I went, however, I do not think I was as interested or engaged in ancient history as much as I was on our Eastern Europe trip last year. The WW2 and Soviet Occupation was particularly interesting to me. I had read a lot of fiction and non fiction prior to that trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This time I do not think I had one"

Mark

Newport, OR

Tour: 04/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a fascinating experience. I'm glad that we did the guided tour instead of just going it on our own like we usually do. There is so much information that just reading it out of a book doesn't do it justice. Ioanna did an outstanding job explaining what we were seeing, along with the history of the various sites. I was somewhat concerned about the strenuous hiking and climbing that was promised, but it turned out to be not so bad after all. I survived!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing next to something that is 2000+ years old, and something that I've only seen photos of. I didn't ever think that I would be there."

Rodrigo

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Tour: 04/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very nice. We have always travelled by ourselves and we took this tour out of curiosity following avery strong recommendation by a friend. Ionna's great guiding made us believers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour was great. However,for me, the detour to Kastania to see the frescoes was unique since that is something we are unlikely to have done had we been traveling on our own."

Lynda

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 04/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful trip! A good mix of ancient culture and modern Greece. The guides brought the history to life. The food was excellent and the people were friendly and welcoming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was the island of Hydra. It was exactly the way I pictured Greece. The beautiful village, the warm friendly people, the beautiful sea. The hotel we stayed at was my favorite. The courtyard was the perfect place to read and to people (and donkey) watch."

Kasey

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third visit to Europe, but the first "tour" - anywhere. In the past I've rented a car and charted my own route (with input from Rick Steve's books). I had doubts about traveling with a group, but it was the preferred option for my travel companion. All doubts have been erased, at least as far as Rick Steves tours are concerned. Everythng was so well organized and thoughtfully arranged.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really knew I was in Greece when a goatherd and flock filled the road in front of the restaurant in Planitero where we'd just sat down to dine. The wildflowers were a joy."

William

Happy Valley, OR

Tour: 04/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good with a nice range of experiences from the majestic to more modest, yet always enjoyable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very difficult to choose from so many, but probably Epidavros with the theater and museum highlighting the healing arts."

Ka

Alameda, CA

Tour: 04/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

She is a very nice person, an excellent tour guide. Thanks her for a wonderful trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi, standing where the Oracles stood, surrounding by the clouds, having a sense of talking to God."

Jane

Boulder, CO

Tour: 04/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized with a leader who was very knowledgeable, friendly and interactive with everyone. We visited places that we would never gone on our own. We loved the amount of guided time and free time to explore on our own. The pace of the trip suited us and the length was just right.

Bruce

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's difficult to convey how wonderful the whole experience was. Our group was full of interesting and intelligent people. The tour itself hit all the important historical places, at least as far as the Classical world was involved, but it also provided plenty of local color and more contemporary history. I also think the perfect balance was struck between time on tours and time on our own. I had time to see almost everything I wanted to see, but which wasn't formally included on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am an ancient history buff, so the whole trip was a "wow" moment for me, but two events stood out. One was going the Agora in Athens and seeing where Socrates, Plato and Aristotle were familiar faces. The second was standing beneath the Lion Gate at Mycenae. I have seen pictures of the place for fifty years, and, I finally arrived in person at a structure that was erected thirty-five hundred years ago, and was the putative home of Atreus and Agamemnon."

James

Lexington, MA

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My second Rick Steves tour and was a comprehensive coverage of Greek history and current life. I was very interested in the ancient military campaigns and the citystate warfare which was covered well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around the historical sites as in the footsteps of the philosophers', the Trojan War, the Delphi prophets and the Olympic athletes'."

David

Greenwood Village, CO

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Heart of Greece exceeded my expectations. Our guide, Danea, made a great tour even better with her knowledge, personality, care for the group and love of Greece! For me, she made the experience the best yet. Our group within days was like traveling with lifelong friends. Everyone got along! The balance between tour and unstructured time was perfect. Recommends for activities and dinning options were spot on and the HERA hotel made our post trip adventures easy with transfers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of HYDRA. A vacation within a tour. Long hikes, beautiful sunsets, seaside dinning, fun shops, and a slice of Greece seen by few travelers. But how can you not include visiting the sites were western civilization was born. This is a must tour on your Rick Steves list!"

Susan

West Bend, WI

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an interesting trip! History and Mythology were a big part of this trip but we also met interesting people, ate some great food and saw so many archeological sites it became hard to keep them straight. I signed up to learn about Greece and came away with a much broader knowledge of early history than I expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to respond to this question. Of course the Acropolis and Parthenon are spectacular but I really liked Delphi. So much to learn! I was glad we went to the town of Kalavryta, a small town significantly impacted during WWII."

Lisa

Greenwood Village, CO

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greece exceeded my expectations! From Athens to the island of Hydra each destination was unique to its area. I loved the quaint mountain villages and seaside towns! From a cultural and historical perspective, Athens, Delphi and Olympia were amazing! I was extremely impressed with the beehive tombs in Mykines and the Lions' Gate in Mycenae. In addition, the sanctuary of Asklepios and the theater were exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments, but my favorite was the museum and grounds of the first Olympics in Olympia."

Susan

Lexington, MA

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very complete review of the culture, history and geography. We had an exceptionally good group of travelers, repeat Rick Steves'rs who had the right expectations. The driver, George, was excellent on the narrow roads. Wild flowers were in bloom everywhere. So much natural beauty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delfi - the views, the beauty, easy to see why they thought it was the center of the earth."

Ron

Sunriver, OR

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 7th RS Tour...an exceptional experience! The tour experiences for us are always set by the guide...our guide Danae was an excellent guide along with being warm and caring individual. Having never been to Greece before we were not sure how we'd enjoy it but from the opening welcome meeting to our farewell dinner with our traveling tour members we enjoyed each unique and interesting experience...and Greece has a lot to share. There was a lot of variety to this tour which we appreciate

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour and how it was organized provides numerous "wow" experiences...Olympia...site of the first Olympics,WOW! The Mani Peninsula and the Greek Country side/coast line was beautiful. The Island of Hydra was a very special experience...one we'd like to repeat. I'd have to say the people of Greece we meet was the unexpected WOW. We were fortunate to tour Greece with the Country in full bloom with wildflowers everywhere. This Greece tour qualifies for a WOW!"

Sarah

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a good over all exposure to the mainland of Greece. Our guide was very knowledgeable and the local guides added a lot to the experience. The food and wine were great and the different settings (outside, seaside, inside) made each meal interesting. A real plus was the new Acropolis Museum and the additional time to spend there was much appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would have to be Mycenae. I was amazed at what all they had invented/developed and the beehive architecture was striking. Local guide Patty made it come alive for us.."

Paul

West Bend, WI

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with all of the Rick Steves tours we have been on, this one didn't disappoint in any way!. Hotels, travel, food, sights and our guide were all outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm sure everyone says too many to count, however mine was at the olympic stadium and the Temple of Zeus. Having been a "gymnast" myself, (though not in the lack of attire that they had to compete in!) it was a fascinating place. You could almost hear the crowds cheering!"

Vicki

Spooner, WI

Tour: 03/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized and provided amazing and unique experiences. We never had to wait at any of the venues and were informed about how the tours would go and the timing. The tour group was great about being on time for all departures which made the trip even more enjoyable. The bus was very nice althou it would have been more comfortable with footrests. Our bus driver Christos was an amazing driver and made the drive very enjoyable and safe. He was a fun part of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it's hard to pick. It is a toss up between walking into the Acropolis and seeing the Parthenon or the wonderful views and ambience of Hydra."

Lois

Windham, NH

Tour: 03/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth RS tour. Best to date. The whole experience was extremely well planned. Apostolos was organized, approachable, and gave us an authentic Greek cultural experience. I loved everything - the bus talks, cooking classes, wine tasting and the local guides were professional, organized,and experts in their fields. Every stop was a new adventure into an historical, and cultural perspective. My brain is full of new knowledge and a whole new understanding of the Greek people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Yikes! So many "wow" moments. I would guess discovering the layers upon layers of history everywhere. Walking along the water in Hydra. Eating cookies and drinking the best orange juice ever tasted at the brothers organic farm outside of Nafplio. Discovering just how beautiful Greece is - snow-capped mountains, blue-green waters, yellow, red, and white carpets of flowers under the olive trees....."

Todd

Glenside, PA

Tour: 03/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip with a great tour leader and a thoughtful itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympia"

Richard

Burien, WA

Tour: 03/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought that the tour was very well organized, an excellent cross section of the country. Our Guide Apostalos was extraordinary. He knew Greece from many perspectives and was always available to answer questions. He kept things moving, but was not pushy. Our Museum guides were all excellent "teachers", were all entertaining and well educated. Our bus driver, Christos was excellent, negotiating the difficult roads of Greece. Very good natured! I learned so much about Greece and its people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many "WOW" moments! Seeing places I've read about and seen pictures of in real time. Seeing the Acropolis and Olympia were special as they are so famous. Seeing how mountainous all of Greece is was a surprised."

Cynthia

Wayzata, MN

Tour: 03/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. I loved all the different places we stayed in as if I would have planned the tour myself, I would not have stayed in these out of the way places. The weather was difficult with rain and colder than what I thought, but I so enjoyed myself. The places and the local guides were great. So love our tour guide Apostolos Douras and our bus driver, Christos. Apostolos was one of the best guides I have had in my life having traveled extensively.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had top highlights. I loved Olympia where I just ran the stadium! I loved the hike with Julianne (assistant) to the top of a hill/mountain. I loved Hydra and watching the bay and boats and where we hiked and I took a swim!"

Maureen

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 03/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. Our guide,Apostolos, was so knowledgeable about history,economics and family life in Greece. He was so much fun! And the other tour members were wonderful-we became a temporary family for a short period of time. And Our bus driver,Cristos, was amazing -how he navigated the narrow streets and how much fun he was.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of wow moments on this trip. We ate at the hotel's rooftop restaurant and the Acropolis was lit up-it was so romantic. There was another magical setting in the woods with a bubbling brook where we ate a delicious grilled trout lunch. And then on the island, Hydra, our guide Apostolos took us on a hike along the Aegean Sea-wild flowers were blooming and we saw a dolphin-it was glorious! And the people we met along the way were so congenial."

Deborah

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 03/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. This is our 5th and while it is so hard to choose a favorite, this is tops! It was a feast for all the senses. Loved the diversity of landscape, learning about the breadth of history, the great meals and the camaraderie among our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, hard to pick one. Delphi, Olympia and Hydra."

Peter

Windham, NH

Tour: 03/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th tour and, it seemed the best yet. Apostolos was excellent. He was personable, informative and approachable. He answered any and all questions asked. His sense of humor made every day pleasant and enjoyable. We very much enjoyed his occasional "surprises" that were tucked into the daily schedule and we never missed his "optional" walks or visits. The tour was well planned and the other tour guides at the various sites and museums were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many great moments... I was struck by the beauty of the countryside, the friendliness of the people we met and the amazing sites we were privileged to see. I was struck by the extent to which you have to be "on your toes" watching for pickpockets and scam artists in Athens. That was a bit of an experience (subway ride from the airport)... - but not really what you're looking for here I expect :-)"

Dale

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 03/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Apostolos was born to be a tour guide in Greece. He was so sincere , kind knowledgeable & humorous. He was so enthusiastic about his country & its people. He treated the elderly locals with tremendous respect. In turn, we got more insight into the lives of real people in Greece. He was the glue that held us together. How can you go wrong with " the Apostle " as your guide. We were also protected by Christos " the Christ" , as our driver.He had amazing skill in handling the narrow, winding roads.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We all believe that Rick Steves saved the island of Hydra for last. It was the grand finale. No cars or bikes-only mules, burros, horses, cats & dogs. Throw in the blue Aegean & it was paradise ( except for the morning rooster). Food was exceptional. Apostolos held a great surprise party/ cocktail hour on the patio of our hotel. He had gifts for all,"

Shelley

Lake Forest, CA

Tour: 03/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Love, Love Loved it! So informative and we experienced so much!

Favorite "WOW" moment

""WOW" Monemvassia, Nafplio and Hydra our favorites! We love climbing the fortresses an exploring. The island of Hydra was just so beautiful, quiet and charming."

Huitian

Signal Hill, CA

Tour: 03/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were on the waiting list. I felt lucky to get on this tour. It exceeded my expectations. I learned a lot about history and Greek culture. Our guide Apostolos's personal stories gave us extra benefits to view real Greek people's lives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a few. Got in Athens around 3am due to a flight delay, the taxi driver pointed us the Acropolis which was glowing in the dark sky; ancient sites that were covered by wildflowers; local guide Mama Faye; clear waters, wildflowers and serenity in Hydra."

Mark

Signal Hill, CA

Tour: 03/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful journey to the crucible of civilization and the roots of democracy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi reminded me of Michu Picchu, a magical and special place."

Connie

Burien, WA

Tour: 03/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a marvelous tour! The itinerary was full--and we grumbled about leaving a few places too soon--but we understood that this was an ambitious tour, with an agenda that would literally cover a lot of territory. It was better than the description, actually, with outstanding guides at the Acropolis, Delphi, Mystras, and Mycenae. I relearned a lot about mythology, as well as the famous sites. It was a gigantic time-travel experience. I loved our fellow travelers--interesting people everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It wasn't a moment as much as a realization. Time is skewed by the BC/AD construct. This could be 6019, as opposed to 2019. We went on to Santorini after the tour, and learning about the thriving, sophisticated culture of the Minoans led me to realize that we do ourselves a disservice by how we measure time."

Deirdre

Stillwater, MN

Tour: 03/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall plan was terrific. I feel we gained a good sense of Greece, the Greeks, their history, culture and food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many . . . I think Nafpoli. . . everything about our stay there was great . . hotel, walking tour, town, tour to Mycenai, dinner at Apostolos's favorite place . .. the did I mention the hotel . . the view was stunning!"

Bradley

Lake Tapps, WA

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really can't say enough about how great this tour was! Our tour group was fun, everywhere we went we were welcomed, the food and drink was great, and history and culture were everywhere! Every local we came across when away from the group was friendly and helpful. Greece is a beautiful country with its mountainous interior and clear blue shorelines. I look forward to returning someday and would certainly take an additional tour if offered for the northern areas!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, seeing the Acropolis for the first time, standing on Mars Hill, standing in the very first Olympic game stadium, but my favorite was visiting Hydra! It was like stepping back in time! Wandering the narrow cobbled streets with white washed buildings while mules hauled people and supplies around was delightful to see. Cars and motorcycles are not allowed so it was peaceful as well as beautiful. I could have stayed there longer."

Bryce

Durango, CO

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a tremendous experience. David was an outstanding guide very first- class! The accomplishments of the ancient Greeks boggled my mind. Each of the site guides provided excellent knowledge and understanding of Greek history and told it in a captivating way. The substitute for Fran's substitute on our tour of the Acropolis Museum was the ideal guide; statuesque, knowledgeable, entertaining and undisputed by a large crowd! A great bus driver master of narrow mountain roads!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many fit to pick but I got to go with this! The first night standing on our hotel balcony and seeing the Parthenon bathed in light was a spectacular sight. A welcome to the wonders of Greece!"

Susan

Durango, CO

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have always been fascinated with Greek history and especially its mythology. With the help of our knowledgable group leader, wonderful guides, and incredible museums, Greek history came to life and dazzled me. The Greek people we met were delightful, welcoming and so gracious. I want to go back to Greece and explore more of the country and its islands. So much more to see and learn! I enjoyed the variety of activities and time on our own. Good balance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the amazing artifacts in the museums really helped me visually construct a more vivid picture of life at each of the incredible sites we visited. Site, Guide, Museum...the trifecta. The Treasury of Artreus with the sound of the "drones". Oranges at the Hotel Marianna. They were as sweet as the owners. Lining up on the starting line at the Olympic Stadium. The Acropolis illuminated at night. Hike up the rock at Monemvasia and looking out at the Aegean Sea."

Susan

Mount Vernon, IL

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a wonderful combination of ancient history, beautiful scenery with loads of spring wildflowers and greenery, excellent food and drink, friendly locals and a superb guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to say. I felt that as we climbed higher and higher up the mountainside at Delphi that the combination of the ruins and the breath taking view into the beautiful valley below was just amazing. A close second had to have been the massive 3,300 year old beehive burial chamber at Mycenae."

Marla

Lewisville, NC

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fifth Rick Steves' tour with outstanding guides, but being an outstanding guide when complications arise is what I saw in David. We were ready to cross the bridge over the Gulf of Corinth when we discovered that the bridge was closed. David sought information and the best outcome for all of us. The bridge was closed about 5 hours. David found a wonderful solution-hotel just on the other side of the bridge and a fantastic dinner and an amazing staff! Thanks David!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting and enjoying the company of a local Greek couple while we waited hours for the bridge to reopen. They typified the Greek people that we continued to meet on our trip! The Acropolis, Delphi, sunset at a little restaurant in Kardamyli, and the Hydra experience are all WOW moments. All of our tour companions jelled from day 1. This, too, provided daily WOW moments!"

Harvey

Austin, TX

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Particularly enjoyed Delphi."

James

Mount Vernon, IL

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have done 5 other RS tours, plus tours with other companies. All were very good with fantastic people and experiences. This one, overall, had to be the best yet. The group bonded more quickly and thoroughly than any other, and I believe David was responsible for much of that bond. The fantastic history and cultural wonders of Greece are not to be missed. The Greek people could not have been more warm or welcoming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW was Agamemnon's Tomb. How a structure such as that could stand over 3000 years intact is totally amazing to me. However, Monemvasia, in its entirety, is as much a Kodak moment as anywhere I have been. Of course, Hydra could not have been more beautiful."

Deborah

Lake Tapps, WA

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour rates at the top of the 8 RS tours I have taken. The group was congenial, engaged, and a pleasure to be around. Our guide was outstanding. Arriving at the bridge over the Gulf of Corinth to find it closed (for hours) would have been very stressful if we had been traveling independently. But David was in touch with people to find out what was happening, and to come up with an acceptable plan b when we had to jettison our day's itinerary. Additionally, the food was a highlight!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At our first gathering, we were asked to say what we were looking forward to the most. My answer was Olympia. It was, in fact, a "wow" moment for me. Not just because of my excitement in seeing the site of so much Olympic history, but the bucolic surroundings were breathtaking. There were wild flowers in full bloom, and the weather was delightful. Following our time here we had a wonderful lunch overlooking the hillside. A perfect day!"

Susan

Arvada, CO

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Greece tour was excellent and our guide David was outstanding. The reason I cannot say the whole trip was outstanding was that the hotel Esperides or the hotel Vardia (I'm not sure of the name of the one I stayed in) had no hot water and there was no soap in the bathrooms. One of the things we love about traveling with RS is that we Stan in downtown hotels and small towns with "funky" hotels but no hot water is not up to the RS experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The churches in Kastania are outstanding a real find, a place where I felt connected to the people of long ago and their lives and worship experience. Thank you for that."

Michael

Arroyo Grande, CA

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

How do you captivate all that we experienced of awesome moments that just take your breath away. Between that immediate feeling of Heart & Brain is exploding with, is this possible I could be standing there & experiencing the reality of what happened 3000+ years BC, and to be among a civilization that lived, breath the same air that we are at this very moment, it is all beyond explanation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"to many to single out one, but loving good food the first was eating fresh food sitting next to the beautiful clear Ionian sea at Aeropoli, and then the last farewell dinner back in Athens. The history of early Greece that we saw at so many sites was another WOW moment."

Dick

Rock Hill, SC

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Anastasia set the tone for a wonderful exploration of Greece.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympiad"

Alice

Eugene, OR

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent from beginning to end. I will be assimilating history, mythology, imagery, landscapes, seascapes, museums, food, music, dance, camaraderie, for a while. This journey surpassed my expectations. It was a great introduction to Greek culture as it currently exists and ancient Greek culture. Every new setting has its own stories and people and culture, the Mani is different from Athens, Napflio is different from Hydra and Monemvasia. We moved along at a fast clip but got a flavor of each.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out my window of Hotel Marianna in Napflio over the broad sweep of Aegean harbor, and from my balcony almost able to reach out and touch the ancient wall of a site going back to 3,000 BC or more. From Napflio we visited Mycenae, which housed the mysterious beehive tomb of Agamemnon, filled with drone bees during our springtime visit, which added to the sense of awe. Followed by a visit to the lion's gate, a walk to the north gate, gazing down into an ancient cellar that housed a spring."

Jonathan

Eugene, OR

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A complete immersion in Greek history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was amazing. Right now, I'm thinking about Delphi."

Gary

Spearfish, SD

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was wonderful from start to near the finish. The weather on the last three days was rather miserable. Unfortunately, the tour of Epidavros was accompanied by rain, wind, and mud. Some of the tour members opted out because of the weather. We endured it for awhile. The wind on the island of Hydra was gale-force. Going outside was unpleasant. Weather happens, but it was unfortunate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monemvasia was incredible. The old town was beautiful from below as well as from above. Since we were there on Greece's "National Day", we got to see children and adults dressed in traditional costumes, hear the national anthem, and see part of the celebrations. Overall, we had a great time in Monemvasia."

Jan

Rock Hill, SC

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good experience! Anastasia was an excellent guide! She has her history of Greece down and tried to impart a better Understanding of us who were only partially informed. I nearly have a Greek time line in my brain. I think it would be helpful to the traveler to have an actual time line in hand to fit the various groups of people over the ages. We did not realize Greece is 80% mountains!!! We knew about the abundance of islands but surprised about the abundance of mighty mountains!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful iountryside with the high snow covered mountains! I couldn't get enough pictures!"

Alan

Rockford, IL

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been looking forward to going to Greece for years. To walk the streets of the great philosophers and to stand on top of the Acropolis sent a chill up and down my spine. Visiting so many ancient sites and being in and amongst the ruins was an experience I will never forget. Our guide, Anastasia was brilliant, knowledgeable, a great story teller, and a great organizer. We had some weather issues returning to Athens from hydra, but she managed it all smoothly, efficiently, and without drama.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyone asks me what the favorite part of the trip was. I did not have a "WOW" moment because I had so many. The Acropolis, Delfi, Olympia, Mystras, Mycenae, and the list goes on. Each place we visited created a stir of excitement, fascination, and appreciation. The frescoes in Mystras were extraordinary!"

Wayne

Sanger, CA

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed this tour. The guide was maybe the best of the four tours I have been on. Very personable, attentive and fun to tour with. The other members of the tour were great as well. Really fun on interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Olympic stadium where the first Olympics were held."

Nancy

Friendsville, TN

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our group came together quickly. It was a good balance of time with the group and time on our own. Anastasia was an excellent guide and a fantastic storyteller who filled our heads with Greek myths during our bus drives. The trip was demanding physically as the streets were cobblestone and the stairs always uneven. The food and the overwhelming history of the place were highlights. Visiting the National Archaeological Museum last allowed me to understand what I was seeing there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not one WOW moment but the sheer depth of history and the amazing engineering feats and artistic accomplishment of such an ancient people."

Chuck

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 03/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think the was my sixth Rick Steve's tour and

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually I think it was the night before the tour, we went up to the hotel bar and sat and had dinner with the Acropolis all lit up in lights. The whole trip was amazing but that first good look at the Acropolis in lights really took my breath away."

Mark

Ephrata, WA

Tour: 03/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I both agree that this tour was excellent and couldn't have been any better due in part to our guide Ioanna. She was not only knowledgable but gave the tour a very personal touch. She knew so many people along the way, and loved to have fun. We thank her for her friendship which made our tour a real joy

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Hydra, with its wild cats waiting for a handout as the fishing boats come in and donkeys waiting to be loaded. The hike along the water with Ioanna was joyful and the food at Ricks favorite spot along the trail was terrific."

Elizabeth

Seattle, WA

Tour: 03/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour went well from the first meeting. The tour route was a great balance of more urban and rural sights and made sense historically. The pace of the trip was perfect, with a good balance of free time and active time. I had wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the history as well as the culture and that was achieved while having lots of fun. Going in the spring was a great surprise, I hadn't expected to see ruins blanketed by wildflowers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Besides the wildflowers, going to Delphi was a wow. Coming from Athens, having seen the Acropolis and gotten a taste of the history, the setting and significance of Delphi was amazing. I also found Olympia surprisingly interesting and lovely. Monemvassia, Mycenae and Hydra wound be close seconds to these."

Robert

Tavares, FL

Tour: 03/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Joanna was terrific. She combined the right blend of history with her personal experiences- all coupled with a sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Greece's Rock of Gibraltar""

Tom

Bend, OR

Tour: 03/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Of the seven tours we have been on with ETBD, this was probably the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympia ruins. The beehive tombs at Mycenae with all the real live buzzing drone bees. Amazing coincidence. The baklava from Ioanna's parents."

Sue

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 03/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ioanna was a wonderful tour guide. She knew so much Greek history and culture. I really felt like my knowledge was expanded. It seemed like a short Course in Greek History. Ioanna was so warm and welcoming to everyone on the tour. The local tour guides were also well informed and again I learn so much About Ancient Greece. A Great Tour!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was our Tour of Delphi. Walking on the paths that the Ancients walked was a "WOW"."

Lynne

Ephrata, WA

Tour: 03/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was exceptional in teaching us about the culture and history of Greece. The information provided in museums, churches, and historical sites was wonderful. There was an excellent balance between free and planned time to accommodate our personal planned activities. Our small travel group was cohesive and we have made some wonderful new relationships. We enjoyed a variety of Greek food and drinks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On a beautiful Sunday morning we were at the archaeological Site of Mystras. Our local guide George was explaining the frescoes of an Ancient Greek Orthodox Church. We were in a small doomed room with sun beaming in on us thru a tiny window. Suddenly, he began to sing the Hymn of the Angels, Holy Holy Holy. I will always remember his incredible voice and acoustics of this very magical and spiritual moment."

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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 online customer account. About one month prior to the tour departure, in your customer account you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

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.