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  • 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 $3,495 per person + air

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

2023

What's Included

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

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

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

Plus you'll get all this, too.

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

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

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Greece

At 6 p.m. we'll gather at our hotel for a "Welcome to Athens" group meeting. Then we'll get oriented to our neighborhood and walk to a nearby restaurant where we can get acquainted over dinner.

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

Day 2: Athens' Acropolis

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

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

Day 3: Delphi

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

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

Day 4: Peloponnese Mountains

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

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

Day 5: Ancient Olympia

This morning's winding mountain drive will take us to Olympia, site of the world's first Olympics over 2,700 years ago. There we'll take a vivid walking tour of Olympia's ancient athletic venues, temples, and museum, followed by 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.

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

Day 6: Seaside Discoveries

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

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

Day 7: Mani Villages

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

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in mainland Monemvasia.

Day 8: Medieval Monemvasia

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

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

Day 9: 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, where we'll enjoy a Greek wine and ouzo tasting. 

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

Day 10: Mycenae and Nafplio

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

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

Day 11: Ancient Epidavros

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

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

Day 12: Island of Hydra

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

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

Day 13: Athens' National Archaeological Museum

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

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

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

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

Reviews

Jeanne

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing experience. Our guide was fun and very knowledgeable. Hotels, food and transportation all made the trip easy and enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can’t pick out just one wow moment as everything we did was different. I did really enjoy Hydra."

Kristie

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another wonderful experience with Rick Steves' Europe! The tour activities, guide, group members, hotels, and included meals combined with the beauty of the Greek people and scenery resulted in an amazing and memorable trip. It exceeded our expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoying the gorgeous sunset while sipping a tasty cocktail at a cute seaside cafe while chatting with new friends as a Greek band played into the evening in the wonderful village of Kardamyli - absolutely magical!"

Jeffrey

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized, smooth traveling during the whole trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of hydra, very unique and interesting."

Sarah

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve’s tour and I was impressed by the overall organization and quality of experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed Delphi - our tour guide was incredible and the views were amazing"

William

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Everything that Rick Steves and Apostoulos controlled was outstanding ; the guides, hotels, meals transportation. This was our first ever tour and we found it a bit challenging to travel with other participants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Momenvasia, Athens and the ancient theater and talking to Apollo through the Oracle :-) were highlights of our trip."

Douglas

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very pleased with the Greece tour. It provided a great overview of the history, culture, geography and challenges of the country both historically and current day. This is an active tour which was quite manageable for us but, if you have difficulty with steps and elevation, may not be your best choice. We enjoyed time with our tour group members and the freedom to explore areas on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The historical sites and museums for Athens acropolis, Delphi were stunning. The beautiful village of Lagkadia and the fun dance troupe. Learning about olive trees, harvesting and processing."

Adrian

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, this tour was one of the best we have ever taken. The mix of being guided to the amount of “me time” was perfect! Our guide Ioanna was absolutely awesome, bringing history, mythology and general knowledge to us with humour and patience, she was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments, the temple at epidavarus, the Acropolis at night and the outstanding food everyday!"

Julie

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour went off without a hitch. Every site I visited and every guide I had was amazing. The food was unbelievable. The explanation and stories told by Yoanna was really informative. I have traveled with a number of other tour companies, but this was one of the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I believe see Olympus was my wow moment. It was such a large site to see and understand. It was really amazing. I could picture the athletes there on the site."

Mary Beth

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again, a RS tour was a great experience. This was my 6th trip and they never fail to be top-notch. Ioanna, our guide, was so knowledgeable and energetic. She really brought the group together. Things were well organized. George was a great driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the Acropolis at night from the Hera Hotel’s restaurant."

George

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympia"

Suzanne

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greece has been on my hucket list for a very long time. This tour was everything I was hoping for and so much more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was alot more than one. If I have to pick one I would say it was standing at the site in Olympia where the Olympic flame is lit for every Olympia Games."

Todd

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was excellent from start to finish. Ioanna (our guide) was outstanding at providing us information and making us feel comfortable in a new country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was walking the track at ancient Olympia and climbing to the top of the path at Delphi after learning about the site and the Oracle."

Michael

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Two weeks filled with immersion of Greek history, significant sites, culture, language and cuisine led by an outstanding travel guide (Ioanna) and many very informative local travel guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the ancient sites where Western civilization was born."

Julia

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steves tour and found the guide and the group to be outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure, Greece is so full of ancient sites."

Thomas

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great. Loved Greece.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Acropolis. Seeing Athens. Villages by the sea."

Vicki

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a different picture of Greece before the trip and was pleasantly surprised by our journey. Ioanna was a wonderful guide, always smiling and upbeat. She is very knowledgeable and gave us information in an entertaining way. The other guides at various stops were very good too. The food was great! We saw some out of the way places that were interesting. We enjoyed our fellow travelers. Our hotels were always comfortable. We had some special moments: Greek dancing, music & cooking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is so much beauty and history in Greece. I think my "wow" moment combining both of those was visiting Monemvasia. It had the quaint island village, the beautiful views of the water and surrounding area from our hike to the top, a pretty lighthouse and interesting ruins. From our hotel we had gorgeous sunrise and sunset views of the rock."

Leanna

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I truly enjoyed this trip with our excellent guide, Ioanna. Every turn and town brought new sights and experiences. The history was amazing and overwhelming, nonetheless, I highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Views. This tour offered several hikes to fantastic views of; Athens, Delphi, Kardamyli, Monemvasia, and Hydra. Loved, loved, loved it."

Ellen

Tour: 09/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The sites were so much more than I expected especially the ones outside of Athens. (Those I expected to be riveting.) Delphi, Olympia, the Mani Villages, Hydra, all where interesting and different. I loved the challenges like walking up the 999 steps to the fort in Nafplio and the top of the Monemvasia rock . I loved Angelos our director. He listened, cared, and gave 110% to giving us the best experience. I had some dietary issues and he was very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was seeing the Acropolis and Parthenon lit up at night. It was amazing and just to be able to witness something so historic and actually be there was breathtaking."

Char

Tour: 09/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was fantastic! Our guide, Angelous was an expert in the archeology, history and culture of Greece. With each site we visited, he always made connections to what we previously saw and to what we would see next. Driving through the mountains and dining by the seaside were wonderful surprises throughout the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Acropolis for the first time -during the day and at night!"

Brian

Tour: 09/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Most physically stressful of the 6 tours I’ve been on to the point of some of the walks being actually dangerous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Acropolis at night."

Elizabeth

Tour: 09/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the depth and variety of the sites we visited were outstanding. I really enjoyed getting to know our guide Angelos and my fellow tour members. Most of them had been on multiple Rick Steves tours, and that tells you something about the quality of the tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Acropolis from the top of our hotel which was perfectly situated for the Athens portions of the tour. Striking. Gorgeous."

Mary

Tour: 09/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Greece since 1974 when I was a college student...and I only saw a bit of Athens. So I was amazed by all that I saw and experienced. Angelos was fun and engaging. His archeological background made such a difference in that he could answer questions on the spot. But I have to give a shout out to all of the local guides. All were excellent. I feel that the local guides set RS tours apart from others. I loved the special touches....the dancing in Delphi and music in Napflio

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I absolutely loved the little villages we visited. Seeing the sunset on Monemvasia was magic. But I have to go back to Athens and say that seeing the Acropolis lit up at night was stunning. The music in Napflion was wondeful. Understanding the stories behind the words as well as the traditional instruments brought Greece to life for me. And lastly, the cooking class was such fun. And the outcome was even better...to be able to eat what we cooked. We started comparing our Mousaka to other places"

Cherie

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greece was so much more than I had imagined - I was awed to stand on the same stones that the ancients trod thousands of years ago, but also discovered a complex story of triumph and tragedy, varied landscapes, small villages, generous people, rich culture and delicious food. This trip showcased what is special about RS tours, which is the relationships that Rick and his team have developed with the families that host us in their pensions and tavernas. We really felt like extended family!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Goat Traffic Jam! After our delicious lunch of freshly caught trout in Planitero, we had to patiently wait while a shepherd and his dog herded his goats across the old stone bridge and small road through town."

Hollie

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour, and everything about the tour exceeded my expectations. But by far the best thing about the two weeks was our tour guide, Maria! She was just phenomenal. To drive through the beauty county of Greece with Maria telling us the history and mythology was just spell bounding. She was so incredibly knowledgeable and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Acropolis was definitely a highlight."

Joellen

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This RS tour was a wonderful introduction to Greece. From the awe inspiring Parthenon to the small mountain villages Maria S, our lovely knowledgeable tour guide, made ancient Greece come alive. We loved the small family run hotels that made us feel so welcome. Hiking the trails to small villages along the coast in Hydra was magical. Our genial group was driven by expert driver Dimitri and enjoyed local guides Fay and Patty but our star was Maria S who helped us learn and made us laugh.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our *wow* moment was standing inside the bee hive tomb in ancient Mycenae. This truly showed the skills of the ancient builders as brought to life by out local guide Patty."

Gwyneth

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish our guide made sure that we were well informed about what sites we were going to see and what each stop would require from us. The sites were interesting and beautiful and the pace was just right. Cultural events such as the Greek dancers were mixed with archeological wonders and beautiful natural scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but Delphi was the hit for me. The setting is spectacular, and the guide made it come alive for us. I could easily imagine being a pilgrim visiting to seek guidance from the oracle."

Laura

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We chose RS tours because we want to learn and have experiences that we could not achieve by traveling alone. The Greece tour sites and guides provided an outstanding glimpse of ancient and modern life. I was amazed how much we saw. The pace was fast but not overwhelming. A perfect mix of going and rest. I thought the tour was brilliantly constructed, and we got a high value experience for the money spent. We absolutely loved Maria, our guide. Lots of laughs, super organized, a real treasure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our group was particularly special- by the end we felt like our family. It’s very special to share travel with enjoyable people. The oldest standing theaters, stadiums, and temples - it gives me chills when I think of all the people using these so long ago, and they still exist and are even used today."

Melissa

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being on the Acropolis is Athens"

Thomas

Tour: 09/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was tour number 5 for us with Rick Steves, as with the previous tours it was well run and a delight to be on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That had to be Delphi! So amazing!"

Beth

Tour: 09/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th and favorite RS tour. Dafni was one of our best guides. I enjoyed the Greek Mythology stories she shared when we were on our bus rides. Christos was an excellent driver. The hotels were all wonderfully located, and the owners made us feel right at home. The activities brought us into Greek culture: dancing, music, and a cooking lesson. The city guides were fantastic, especially Mama Faye and Patty. The city guides are one of the best reasons to take a RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my favorite WOW moments was seeing the Parthenon from our hotel rooftop terrace lit up at night. Many WOW moments were the views of the Ionian and Aegean Seas. We were able to get the most out of their beauty with a seaside lunch at the small village of Limeni, kayaking on the Mani Peninsula, and swimming on a beach day at Hydra."

Majorita

Tour: 09/24/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Positive experience overall. Guide and bus driver were exceptional. Hotels were good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour guide Daphne was our "wow" moment. She went above and beyond to provide any support at any time."

Janet

Tour: 09/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My goal was to see as many Ancient Greek sights as I could, and that goal was certainly met! It was extraordinary to see such a wealth of beauty in Greece, modern and ancient. Beautiful country!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say Delphi was the ‘wow’ experience for me. I didn’t know much about Delphi, but I just loved the site and learning about the Oracles!"

Deborah

Tour: 09/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The pace was brisk but we also got open time to enjoy the villages and beaches and Athens.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the Olympic stadium on the marble starting line. And the rock in medieval Monemvasia."

Margaret

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour! Having planned a few prior trips to Europe on our own, we appreciate the details that are involved. Every aspect of this tour was well thought out. All the hotels were good and represented a variety of places. Every meal was delicious. I never could have found those types of experiences on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We stopped in a small town, Itlio, and ate at Limeni restaurant It is a fantastic setting, right on the water, we watched people swimming, along with turtles, and small fish. The owner gutted fish on steps nearby, and we could see the fish being grilled. We had a few minutes to walk around and found a delicious gelato shop too."

Annabelle

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First and best Rick Steve's tour. Danae, our guide, was the absolute best ever. She made the whole trip wonderful, Fostering a close bond with Greece and fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A village where we lunched on fresh caught grilled by the most exquisite clear aqua water with a large sea turtle swimming nearby."

Sheila

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I did this tour with my 28 year old granddaughter, worrying if she would fit in and it turned out to be just the best , the rest of the people loved her and she had a great time and I have the wonderful memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One afternoon we stopped at a little village on the Mani Peninsula for an Octopus lunch(yummy) my granddaughter and I sat there in the rocks and watched the turtles swim around. What could be better."

Dan

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great experience. We chose Greece because neither my wife nor I had been there before and we were both very interested in ancient Greece; what we discovered was that it wasn't all about Greece's Golden Age: contemporary Greece is fascinating, vibrant, and beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list just one: Climbing Mars Hill at dusk, looking up at the Acropolis while standing where the apostle Paul had preached 2000 years ago; running the length of the ancient stadium in Olympia; and a personalized introduction to the literature of Hydra in the town archives by the founder of the Hydra Book Club were all great."

Joel

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Start to finish, we were very happy with the tour. The guides were amazing and the sites were incredible. Our tour group got along like a house on fire and hence our days were fun and full of good conversations. The hotels were comfortable and our driver was a gem.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pick a favorite wow moment as there were so many ! daily !"

Robert

Tour: 09/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first guided tour in Europe and it was FABULOUS! I was a solo traveler but the group felt like a family. Tour Guide Apostolos gets 5 stars for his knowledge and small personal touches. Meals were great (how does one gain 16 lbs. while walking 15,000-18,000 steps almost daily!) The pace while vigorous, worked for me. Rooms were generally very good. Overall, a packed-solid adventure of a lifetime and every part flowed smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dephi. The ruins and history of the site and what the Greeks accomplished is incredible."

Michael

Tour: 09/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was strenuous but overall well planned with open days along way. Included sites & activities were all excellent. Apostolos was the best!! He added so much with information, special stops along the way & provided treats & small gifts to everyone. He is so knowledgeable & gave a personal touch that made the tour memorable. Beyond just sightseeing, tour let me with special feelings for culture, history, food & warmth of the people of Greece. Outstanding experience, enhanced by Apostolos

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On a walk in Kardamylii, Apostolos met & introduced us to 2 elderly citizens that he knew from previous visits. It was so touching that he saw them both again after time of covid. Through Apostolos' translation, we learned of their life experiences. Most memorable moment. Awe of being on the Acropolis. A lifelong dream. Mycenae overall, especially thalos 'beehive' tomb, was incredible. Seeing the mountainous terrain of Peloponnese was eye opening to me. Musicians in Nafplio. Food throughout."

Frank

Tour: 09/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything worked out great. Our guide, Apostolos was the "Google of Greece". Weather was surprisingly good, the tour group was nice, and the itinerary was fulfilling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was not a place or building, but rather the people and experiences we had other than the major sites that were memorable."

Kay

Tour: 09/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As expected, really well organized, absolutely fantastic guide, well chosen combination of beautiful and important sites, lovely interesting places to stay, great food, and cultural experiences, wine/ouzo tasting, cooking demonstration.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the beauty of Delphi in the late afternoon, looking over the ruins and beautiful valley all the way to the sea."

Kay

Tour: 09/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very organized. Great tour guide who was very knowledgeable and taught us so much about his country. Her really went the extra mile to make an excellent tour experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beehive tombs"

Eric

Tour: 09/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had to postpone our tour because of Covid with everything being closed. So this was a long awaited trip and we were not disappointed. Thank you so much to Rick Steves and our amazing tour guide Apostolos. From all the amazing site, museum and delicious foods. The stories and history that Apostolos would share with us. Meeting our tour friends (and buddies), truly an amazing experience. We will miss the friends we made.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being surrounded by history. Swimming in the Aegean and Ionian Sea. Seeing the sites from The Rick Steves' show in person."

Marcia

Tour: 09/15/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first ever organized tour. It covered so many sites and information in a short amount of time, giving me the opportunity to see a lot of Greece on my first visit there. I am used to independent travel for the last 30 years and appreciated the convenience of not having to worry about transportation, timing or planning. The group of fellow travelers was wonderful to get to know and the guide was outstanding. I am over 70 and it was a “push” to keep up with the pace and physicality.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment of the tour had to do with the music and culture. We had a small music group play traditional bouzouki and other instruments in a small restaurant in Nafplio. I sat next to them and watched them closely as their fingers flew over the frets and they sang traditional Melodies."

Dennis

Tour: 09/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an absolutely outstanding experience made possible by our guide Ioanna. She was spectacular in guiding us throughout Greece.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment was realizing toward the end of the trip at how well all of us bonded together. Ioanna set the tone for our merry band of travelers. The team made the experience."

Donna

Tour: 09/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a mixture of history, food, culture and beauty! I now have a better understanding of the Greek people and the vastly different scenery, from island living to the quaint mountains.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am second generation Greek, so for me it was the stories about the "population exchange" that happened between Turkey and Greece in the 1920's. My family was part of that history and Ioanna gave me a lot of information that I was unaware of. She has a deep passion for the Greek people, their history and their future. I truly connected wit her!"

Kathy

Tour: 09/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ioanna our guide made the tour so playful as we learned and experienced a myriad of Greek people, places, history, tastes, sounds, and vistas. The group was coherent and everyone was honored as an interesting individual with something to offer each other. Dimitre was a happy and excellent driver as we careened around the winding roads of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Greek coffee time sitting in a small mountain village beside an old church next to the towns headstone of soldiers from WW1&2. So many people and experiences had occurred right on that spot."

James

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was outstanding. We loved how efficient the tours were at showing us a quality experience of sites and museums with no wasted time. Our tour guide and local guides were fantastic, all contributing to a trip that provided us such intimate appreciation of the sites, locales, culture, and history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was awed by the views from Delphi. It was easy to imagine travelers coming to the site so many years ago from the sea and up the valley, and up, up, up to hear prophecies from the oracle. I had imagined it would have been an easier place to get to -- but then it would not be such a magical place, close to the heavens. And then, you have to have a stadium and theater to round out the attractions! So cool to see and imagine the footsteps before me."

Ricka

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Maria is fabulous. Really knows the country and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to limit it to one. Fabulous to finally see so many of the archeological wonders that I had been reading about for most of my life."

Mike

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I are veteran Rick Steves travelers, this tour ranks as one of our most favorites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "food and wine" rates a "wow". Every time you had a meal thinking it couldn't get any better....it did."

Gretchen

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first "tour" and I enjoyed not having to worry about hotels and transportation. Our guide was AMAZING, she had the best recommendations and obviously a wonderful relationship with all the people she interacted with at hotels and restaurants. I feel like I really got to know Greece and the people that live there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing my first sea turtle while eating an amazing fish lunch at a oceanside restaurant in Limeniom"

Jeff

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was outstanding. This is the second RS tour I have taken, and I have enjoyed both of them.. The guides are knowledgeable and personable, and are able to help you focus on what you want to learn and see. RS tours also attract an interesting and a semi-diverse group of people who are fun to travel with. RS tours are a great way to travel and avoid having to make all the arrangements yourself..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was great and it is difficult to pick our a single event, although hearing one of our site guides chant in an ancient church ruin (he was the son of a Greek Orthodox) priest was very moving."

Deborah

Tour: 09/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was amazed by the beauty of Greece. From the mountain villages to ones by the sea. The monuments and sites were breathtaking and the Byzantine churches were unbelievable. Our guide, Niki and the tour group were so much fun. She made the history so interesting while weaving in the mythology.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was visiting the Byzantine churches. They are so tucked away only a guide would know about them. Their preservation is remarkable."

Nancy

Tour: 09/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just wonderful. Exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When my guide "read" my Greek coffee grounds and told me that I would be marrying within a year--and that I must call her when it happens!"

Doris

Tour: 09/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Invigorating. Great guide. Wonderful companions. Everything looked after.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stunning vistas in the countryside"

Walter

Tour: 09/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 10th Rick Steves tour and was one of our favorites. It was everything we hoped for. Great guides, great food, amazing experiences, and a fun group of fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How do you pick? Ancient Athens is an obvious choice. Nafplio stands out, especially an evening of live Rembetiko music ??. Oh, and Hydra was sublime with zero cars or motorcycles."

Doug

Tour: 09/10/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

In our experience we thought the guide was the best, we regret not be prepared for the rocky terrain through out the tour, and slippery marble surfaces.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The preserved Archaio theatre in Epidavros. We had a former actor in our group who performed a spoken sonnet and his wife a singer, song a song, wonderful acoustics. WoW"

Zeena

Tour: 09/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We Loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Acropolis"

Kimberly

Tour: 09/10/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We loved Niki and the places we visited. The guides in general are very knowledgeable and friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure I had a "wow" moment but I really enjoyed all the sites."

Sue

Tour: 09/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip overall. Great guide. A group that worked well together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The museums - I was concerned we'd be 'museumed' out, but each one complimented the ruin site so nicely. Best meal was in Nafplio - unique food and the live music was so fun."

Jill

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide was great! Greece was beautiful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking to the top of Monemvasia"

Josephine

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everyday was fun, different & amazing! There was always something new, some surprise that awaited our tour group. Our tour leader Apostolos kept everything rolling along and provided us with tons of information about everything. I also enjoyed the other local guides, the hotels we stayed at and the activities we participated in, especially the cooking class & buffet afterwards. Hydra was beautiful and serene...I especially enjoyed the absence of noise & cars!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tombs of Mycenae was a “wow” moment for me."

Diane

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Apostolos, was all and more than one could ask for. He is intelligent, kind and knowledgeable. He made the tour more incredible than I even expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have read the Homer many times since I first discovered his works as a student. The archeological tour of Mycenae, with a knowledgeable guide, brought the tales of Agamemnon to life for me. So much of this tour was memorable but Mycenae was the wow for me."

Rod

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympic flame location"

Mike

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great time, guide was outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing ancient history"

Diane

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my third Rick Steve's tour and I would say the BEST! I loved the itinerary, guides and most everything else. Apostolos Duras was knowledgeable, funny and very thorough. The targeted guides were excellent also, really made a difference as there was no way we could have read quickly all of what they shared with us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we drove over the hill to ??Limenion? and saw the bright blue coastline. Very inviting! We had a fabulous lunch there on the water. Another was being at Ancient Olympia where the first Olympics were held! A lifelong quest and glad to fulfill it"

Dawn

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was very educational and enjoyable. The days were busy with fun activities, yet we always had plenty of “downtime “ to relax.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in the sea on our free day and enjoying a little beach town. Realizing I was on a very decadent vacation."

Richard

Tour: 09/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was all over the map-literally. The other travelers were the usual mix of personalities and the accommodations, meals and tours first rate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lunch virtually on the Mediterranean with the freshest seafood ever."

Linda

Tour: 09/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The best thing about a Rick Steves tour is the carefully crafted itinerary and the type of travelers it attracts. Independent, educated, diverse, and flexible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Acropolis of course. But my favorite day was our “free” day on the Mani Peninsula. We rented ebikes and rode along the stunning coastline exploring villages, cafes, and beaches along the way."

Julie

Tour: 09/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've wanted to do a Rick Steves tour for years, and finally got to go! We were delayed 2 years due to Covid. We thought about delaying again, but read the blog and were reassured after seeing low rates of infection for 2022 tours. We had a great time with great people, and stayed healthy. The tour packs so much in, efficiently, and is so much easier than planning it all ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in the Aegean Sea at Kardamyli. It was our mid-trip "vacation from our vacation." We rented e-bikes and traveled along the Mani coast, stopping for lunch along the way. Before returning the bikes we rode to the beach. It's described as a pebble beach, but it's rocks--super smooth rocks, new to me and very do-able. The water was such a clear blue, and the perfect temperature. The long coast meant no crowd. Sublime."

Dianne

Tour: 09/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Dafni was a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide for our Greece Tour. Flying into Athens I was surprised at all the wind turbines on the high hilltops as well as the solar panels on people's rooftops to heat their water. Greece is a beautiful and historic country with so many small towns full of friendly residents, cobbled streets, and covered open air spaces to enjoy a meal or a drink. I loved all of the cats everywhere and the burros in Hydra. Great food and friendly people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Parthenon from our dinner at the roof top restaurant of the Hera Hotel on our first night! Also seeing the sight of the first Olympics. We enjoyed our entire experience at so many historic and varied sites! The museums were very interesting with so many antiquities dug from the soil of Greece. Our bus driver did a fantastic job ferrying us around more hairpin turns than I've ever experienced. We saw everything from high mountains to the seashore and the scenery was fabulous!"

Steven

Tour: 09/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Guide Dafni was the most personable guide we've had on a Rick Steves tour. The guides at the attractions were all excellent. The bus driver was a true professional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset on Hydra."

Cynthia

Tour: 09/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and it surpassed all my expectations. Our guide Dafni was outstanding and all our stops were beautiful and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the sunset on Hydra with a lovely glass of wine."

William

Tour: 08/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect! This tour was the carrot that forced me to get back into travel shape after a life altering event, eight months earlier. As expected, we had the most amazing guide, acceptable accommodations, incredible bus-driver, great food, and went to beautiful places that would be very difficult to duplicate, like this, on our own. I can't say enough about our tour group. Amazing folks that all shared a thirst for adventure and exploring. I enjoyed everyone very much. Where we all going next?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our wow moment was the restaurant we had dinner at in Delphi. High on the side of a steep mountain overlooking the olive tree filled valley below with the most beautiful sunset shining on the ocean in the distance."

Kimberly

Tour: 08/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time on the Athens & Heart of Greece tour. Our guide, Ioanna, was great. She was very positive and knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was taking the cog train and having lunch in Planitero. The views from the train were amazing. The park and plane trees around the restaurant in Planitero were beautiful and relaxing."

John

Tour: 08/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was our 3rd, and as wonderful and exciting as each of the others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to count, but standing at the grounds in Delphi, or beneath the Lions gate have always been dreams of mine; two more things checked off the bucket list."

Doris

Tour: 08/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall my experience was a wonderful time. Our tour guide was excellent. They get you to the sites, ie. Acropolis, Delphi at the times of the least amount of other travelers. The bus was very comfortable. There was a excellent mixture of time with the tour, and time to yourself. There were a couple of hotels that were small, but they were all clean. There was a story with each hotel and restaurant that was chosen associated with Rick Steve. I thoroughly enjoyed our Greece trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Acropolis from the top of the hotel restaurant."

Lisa

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Apostolos, was amazing. His insights into Greek culture and history was always interesting and helped to inform the activities each day. I was nervous traveling to Greece; a country that I couldn't speak the language or understand the alphabet, but being on the tour made everything easy and Apostolos gave us the confidence to venture out on our own too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one.. seaside group lunch group lunch in Limenion, the ruins of Delphi, and our time on the island of Hydra."

Rafael

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on our tour of Greece. Our tour guide was gracious, kind, intelligent and funny. Our fellow travelers were also great company!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were quite a few "wow" moments including hiking up the Acropolis early in the morning, but it was the open day traversing the walkways in medieval Monemvasia that will stick with me for a lifetime."

Lori

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. It struck the right balance of organized and free time. My family and I felt energized with each new experience and would do it all over again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My family and I each had our own "wow" moment. Our college-bound daughter loved the Greek dancers and was happy to be included in the show. My husband was intrigued by the walled town of Monemvasia and I enjoyed the stories of Olympia."

Korin

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Apostolus was an amazing guide! The tour was absolutely wonderful. It’s hard to put into words what it was like standing among ruins and imagining the pictures painted for us by the local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in Delphi and imagining what it was like and the energy and excitement the Greeks must have felt."

Bruce

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about how the Greek mythology was used socially."

Anne

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was a wonderful intro to Greece and all I hoped for and more. It was amazing to see so many iconic sites with expert guides. However, I found some quieter moments just as memorable: a day at the beach in the seaside town of Kardamyli and a cappucino on a VERY windy outcrop in Momevasia. Last but not least, our tour guide Apostolos went above and beyond to share his knowledge and humor every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mycenae, a fortress city from 1600 to 1200 BC, that I had never heard of prior to the tour."

Michael

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour guide and great driver. Maybe not as memorable as our previous 3 tours.... but maybe I am just getting older.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Live music in typical Greek neighborhood.... Group meal on the crystal clear water with the sea turtles."

Jason

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our Rick Steves Athens & the Heart of Greece Tour! It's difficult to imagine a better tour guide than Apostolos Douras... or a more beautiful country than Greece. Apostolos has a radio friendly voice and extensive knowledge of his country that makes him an ideal teacher. The tour moves at a perfect pace and has an excellent balance of guided activities and free time. I love how RS takes you to places that you didn't know that you wanted to go to, making the most of our time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite wow moments were the numerous times that we were surprised by the beauty of our location. The description of the day never seemed to sound as exciting as the locations were once we were able to visit them. Sometimes the lunch stops (which were not included on the itinerary) proved to be the most beautiful location of the day."

Teresa

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I took our two 18 year old grandchildren with us on our trip to Greece. We all had a wonderful time exploring the ruins and museums and basking in the sun at the beaches.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s hard to choose a favorite “wow” moment in seeing all of the antiquities of Greece and references to Greek mythology that I’ve read about my entire life. It’s all a “wow”."

Tony

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! One major reason was our guide. She was knowledgeable, personal, and organized. The best we have ever had. When we finished, we truly felt She was much more than a guide. She was family! Overall, the tour was one of the best we have had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ruins of Olympia and seeing the Acropolis would have to be a tie."

Lynda

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our 4th Rick Steves tour and was the best yet! Every hotel was a great experience in itself. Our tour guide was beyond wonderful, we were fortunate to have a great group of people, and the itinerary has been perfected over the years.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Before going, I thought it might be standing on the Acropolis or the Olympic Stadium. However, one night in Nafplion we were enjoying a multi-course, delicious Greek outdoor dinner listening to three musicians playing stringed instruments. Next to us was the largest Greek Orthodox church in the city and a wedding was taking place. Bells rang out, the bride and groom appeared, and somehow my fellow travelers became my family and I truly felt a part of Greek village life."

Marjorie

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic tour guide and driver. I really enjoyed the pace of the tour and the rest times too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi!! Time spent there was priceless."

Jeff

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish, the tour was amazing. Every detail was taken care of by our guide, Ioanna, and she did a fabulous job of showing us the wonder of Greece. The local guides who took us through some of the sites were knowledgeable and enjoyable. The hotels and food we experienced were first rate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While seeing the Parthenon for the first time stands out, the incredible beauty of Delphi is unforgettable. The views from Mt. Parnassus are simply stunning."

Robert

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I appreciated that the tour visited places that avoided large tourist locations but gave us a good experience of ancient and contemporary Greek life. My Greek friend said that we visited the places the Greeks like to go.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide Ioanna was the highlight of the tour."

Kelly

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the best way to get an in-depth and diverse taste of Greece in a short amount of time! Our guide Ioanna shed so much perspective on Greece past and present and made every moment an outstanding experience. The tour has a good balance of ancient sights, modern cultural experiences and free time. This tour allowed me to cover the highlights of the Peloponnese and have unique local experiences that I would not have had traveling on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Joining in with locals to learn traditional Greek dances!"

Jodi

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary, wonderful guide, lots of hiking/walking opportunities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi!"

Debra

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experience was outstanding. Ioanna, our tour guide, was exceptional! She made Greece come alive for my family. Her vast knowledge of Greek culture and history was incredible as was her way of sharing it. We were never bored of listening to her talk about her country. We so appreciated her kindness, patience and energy. Loved her mom's baklava! Best in the world! Shout out to Christo who is an amazing bus driver! AJ and Jared so enjoyed getting to know you. Best trip ever!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide and driver were so personable. It was evident they loved what they were doing. It wasn't just another job. They made it feel as if our group was a family. Ioanna took special care to make sure my son's food allergies were addressed at each restaurant."

Deborah

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First trip (and not last) with Rick Steves' Europe. My children and I had an amazing time. It surpassed what I was expecting, which was pretty high to begin with! The entire experience brought us closer by letting us experience something new and memorable in a group setting that was spectacular. The guides were incredible. The bus driver, incredible. All the hotels, incredible. This is a trip we won't ever forget and it won't be our last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Turning to see my teenage son and daughter smiling and enjoying themselves; truly enjoying themselves as they experienced a new country, new people, and a new culture. In recent years, due to a family tragedy, we hadn't experienced true joy and bonding. I will never forget the moment I looked at them and saw unabashed and sincere happiness on their faces! RSE was the catalyst for that. Our tour made us stronger and helped us reconnect and find true joy. Can't get more "wow" than that! Priceless!"

Kim

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our tour guide Ioanna. She made us feel safe. She knew our hotel owners everywhere we went and you always felt like you were in good hands with them. She took time to walk each town with us and point out all the fun things to do and she kept us informed on all the fun local gossip. Ioanna knew all the right places to eat and would tell us how much we were supposed to be paying for everything so we didn’t get taken advantage of, she made us feel like locals. She was incredible!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I needed to check off the Acropolis for sure! But I was blown away by Delphi! It’s history and location was unbelievably beautiful and when we were done we just walked back to our hotel. I loved Lagadia too. It has this tree that watched over Main Street with lanterns and white lights in it. The locals were out talking and kids were riding their bikes while we fed the local stray dog ice cream. It was like being on a movie set; magic!"

Allyson

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing trip with a very knowledgeable guide and an amazing group of people. Definitely recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monemvasia exceeded my expectations and Hydra. Both beautiful places"

Pete

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my second Rick Steve's tour and I was very impressed. Not knowing much about Greece, I came away with a good understanding of Greek history and its current economic woes. I love riding on the bus, listening to our guide explain various topics while observing everything around us. Quite a relaxing experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say it was/is the clarity of the water in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. I was really surprised when I first walked up to it. Another was dinner with our group in Nafplio and having three gentlemen play traditional Greek music. It was wonderful."

Sue

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent sites to see with excellent guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ruins in Ancient Olympia and the excavation site under the archeological museum in Athens were my two favorite spots."

Deborah

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of this tour! The pacing, the sites, the fellow travelers, the hotels, the food, and the guides were all exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our wow moment happened at Delphi. After a brief downpour, we were standing on a high pathway above the ruins with a view of the valley below, when a rainbow appeared!"

Michael

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Anastasia was both knowledgeable and approachable throughout the tour. She is a huge asset to your Program!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The little "tidbits" of information on the buses from Anastasia and the other tour guides, like where certain words and phrases originating in Greek come from and the history of the places we visited."

Christy

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our fourth RS tour and we love them. While some of the hotels are definitely not what I would choose, I loved all the little places and seeing off -the-beaten-track places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We've talked about this, and it's hard to narrow it down. The landscape everywhere was beautiful, Anestacia, was fantastic, as have been all of the accompanying guides we've experienced. We rented a traditional Greek boat while in Hydra and spent the day on the Aegean Sea, swimming and sunning. And the captain grilled lunch for us and found perfect swim spots. That was memorable. Overall, seeing the incredible clarity of the sea up close was amazing."

Bari

Tour: 06/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I have wanted to do a Rick Steves' tour for years -- and when this Greece trip opened up, it was the perfect time and trip for me. I enjoyed our hotels - boutique, small and very service oriented. Food was always a delight, and the family-owned, smaller venues were particularly enjoyable. Our guide, Dafni, couldn't have been more engaging and knowledgeable. Just a delight!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but what comes to mind first was the unexpected "song chanting" from our guide, George, while inside one of the Byzantine churches in Mystras. His father was a priest, as I recall. Also the ancient theatre in Epidavros. Touring Olympia and standing in the actual ruins...incredible."

Henry

Tour: 06/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greece is a special place noted for its history as well as its delightful contemporary life. The tour covered it all. Experienced guides explained the historical significance of what we were seeing. We also had a cooking class in Greek food, wine tastings and plenty of free time to enjoy the night life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While touring the ancient Greek theater at Epidaurus, the guide asked for volunteers to read something in order to test the acoustics. Being a published poet, I stepped up and gave a quick reading of one of my poems while the tour guide shot it all on her phone! A very memorable experience. Here's the YouTube link I created: https://youtu.be/Sd1InI8guzM."

Loretta

Tour: 06/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed having all planned out

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Acropolis"

Barbara

Tour: 06/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had done a Rick Steves Best of Italy tour back in 2009 that I was so impressed with then that ever since I have wanted to do this tour. That tour set a high bar and I was wondering how this would compare. I am happy to report I was just as impressed and pleased with this tour! I felt the tour struck just the right balance between group activities and independent time allowing us to have our own unique experiences of any given place

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to boil it down to just one, but if I had to choose I’d have to say it was Momma Faye’s amazing wealth and depth of knowledge about not only the Parthenon or the Archeological Museum pieces, but her ability to connect that to our lives today was beyond words."

Marie

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am so extremely satisfied with the 14 Greece itinerary. There is no way I could have covered so much of Greece on my own. Our tour guide Apostolos is a top notch tour guide and made the overall experience even better. The guide is so important to the success of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment started right off at The Acropolis and each day after was just as amazing. Too many moments to list...."

John

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We took our grandson; we had a great time seeing Greece through his eyes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Athen's acropolis at night."

Jeanie

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While Greece itself was lovely, their national treasure was our guide Apostolos. He opened the heart of his country to us through story, humor, welcoming kindness, carefully selected destinations, experiences and the glorious food of Greece. Each day had just the right balance of engaging activity, rest and freedom. Bravo.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite memory was an evening spent in Nafplio. Apostolos took us on a walk away from the tourist areas into a wonderful local neighborhood. It was the last day of school and children were celebrating in the most delightful way through song and play. Our dinner in the local taverna had three musicians who sang and played such beautiful Greek music for us. I was in heaven."

Rebecca

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful people, places

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dancing and the music"

Pamela

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Apostolos was knowledgeable, kind, and approachable. He made us feel like we were part of his Greece family. With this tour we became temporary "Greeks" - learning about history - past and present, culture, food, and wine. My fellow tour members were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment for me was our dinner with local music in a working neighborhood in Napflio"

Negin

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour, full of history, culture, and nature. Our tour guide, Ioanna, was outstanding, one of the best tour guides I have had after so many tours. Her knowledge, skills, passion and love of Greece made the trip extra special. Tour covered many different aspects of Greece and allowed us to have personal and deep experience with authentic Greece.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many many wow moments. Olympia was a complete wow moment as well as all the experiences along the way such as the train ride, Lagkadia, driving through mountains with thousands of olive trees, Ioanna optional walk in Kardamyli and of course Monemvassia."

Samuel

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. I learned so much about Greek history and culture. I thought the tour was a perfect blend of museums/archaeological sites and free time to explore the towns on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the landscape of Greece itself. I had no idea it was so mountainous!"

Linda

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I was very pleased. The guide was very knowledgeable and nice, the group played well together. It was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing at the start line at the Olympic stadium"

Jane

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable tour. Great balance of structure and free time. Our guide Ioanna was incredible!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ancient Olympia and Greek Dancing"

Afsaneh

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best tour I have ever been

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour guy . She was very nice, professional, kind helpful and funny. She was the reason that make our tour the best."

Brian

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Greeks are wonderful people, so gracious and hospitable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the illuminated streets of Monemvasia at night"

Damon

Tour: 05/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In general, great. Greece was gorgeous, we avoided COVID, we felt the beautiful heft of ancient Greek history, we reveled in the myths and the amazing sculpture, the food was very good, and we even got in a little beach time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing the paths at Delphi, the navel of the world, where Zeus's eagles met, where Alexander and so many others pilgrimaged to hear a prophecy, where Athenian treasure from the battle of Marathon was kept, where it was clear there was something mystical present."

Marsha

Tour: 05/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed seeing all of the amazing sites that we visited. Our tour guide Anastasia was so knowledgeable about everything and everywhere we visited. I also especially enjoyed our Athens guide Fay. The tour provided a wonderful opportunity to see places I have only read about. The group was very supportive of each other, and developed a very caring attitude. I enjoyed the many different hotels that we stayed in. The whole experience was more than I could have anticipated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Wow experience was realizing how the past and presence of Greek culture meshed together to create an ongoing part of history."

Linda

Tour: 05/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded our expectations especially for all of the archeological sites and museum visits. It was a perfect balance of enjoyable meals together with our group and free time on our own. The crown jewel was our tour guide, Anastasia as she was always interesting, knowledgeable and caring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to define because there were so many wow but I will say the day at Delphi."

Jill

Tour: 05/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exactly what I expected from a Rick Steves Tour. Wonderful group, amazing guide, culture, history, and days filled with amazing experiences. Our guide, Anastasia has great knowledge and love of her country and a charismatic skill that to helped us love her country too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views every day were breathtaking, but the experience of dipping into the crystal blue waters of the sea off a rock in Hydra was soul cleansing."

Elizabeth

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I now know from firsthand experience why Athens and the Heart of Greece is one of Rick Steves' most popular tours. Archaeological sites, mountains, and sea; "off the charts" outstanding local guides; delicious food; warm, generous Greek people. The best of the 4 Rick Steves tours I've taken thus far.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the beehive tomb at Mycenae."

Jane

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was fabulous. Guide Dafni did a superb job in her debut tour; Etelco added a lot of joy to the tour. Also the local guides added much to our knowledge and enjoyment of Greek life and culture. The rhythm of each day was great, reasonable time on the bus with needed breaks for refreshments and WC. Hotels were adequate, clean and welcoming. I really liked Hera (we stayed several extra days); the staff very helpful and pleasant. I would do this tour again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was my second time in Greece (with family), revisiting about half of the sites. On my return I looked forward to the delicious Greek food and I wasn’t disappointed with the group meals. Each was feast, many starters and many entree options to satisfy my food intolerances. Most of the time I didn’t need to have an extra meal, maybe just a snack from one of the many bakeries."

Steven

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My fellow travelers were friendly and we all bonded quickly. Our guides, as usual, were caring knowledgeable and warm. Dafni and Etelka were the best of the best. RS tours are entertaining, a cultural awakening, and a wonderful lesson in the commonality of all people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunrise at the ocean in Monemvasia as well as the crystal clear ocean waters."

Connie

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour from beginning to end! Our tour guide Dafni was fun and so knowledgeable, and the local guides were also good. There were a variety of experiences, from archaeological sites to food, the city walks, the water and exploring on our own. Spectacular mountains and relaxing in small cafes by the water.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was Delphi. Everyone has seen pictures of the site, but walking up the mountain really was stunning, with the view and surrounded by the ancient ruins. Another “wow” moment for me was swimming in the astoundingly blue sea with my husband at Kardamyli."

Jacquie

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was perfect. Our guide Dafni was exceptionally kind knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We were immersed in the history and culture of Greece because of the carefully curated locations and engaging activities we experienced throughout our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful small town of Kardamyli was a highlight. Our guide suggested a kayaking trip which took us along the coast and through sea caves. The people of the town were friendly and our stay there felt authentically Greek."

Mark

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 3rd RSE tour, was really great. Fantastically charming and wonderful guides, very nice group, and Greece is astonishing all the way around. Great activities, really cool places we visited (and the food was wonderful too... only gained 5 pounds, even with all the walking)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It might seem like a cliche, but the Parthenon - it is so huge, and the whole setting... hard to find words."

Thomas

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Guide Daphne was phenomenal. She was excited to have us learn about Greek culture and history. She was well organized, friendly and willing to ensure we all had a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick just one."

Rita

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a remarkable experience! This was our 4th Rick Steve’s Tour and we loved it. Our tour guide, Dafni, her assistant, Etelka, and our bus driver, Christos, really made the tour special for us. We loved Dafni’s stories and style, Etelka’s energy and Christos’ expert driving. We had a lovely group of travelers and made good friends with some of the couples. The itinerary was excellent. Each place we visited was amazing! We were worried about too much time on the bus, but it went quickly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything! Each place we visited was spectacular! On our free day we went Sea Kayaking -Explore Messinia in Kardamyli. What an Incredible experience! We went into 2 caves and jumped into a blue lagoon. George, the leader, was knowledgeable and helpful. He took pictures which we will treasure. 10 of us from the tour went together which made it really fun!"

Anna

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was great! We had a great guide, Dafni, and excellent local guides. Lots of charming places and nice people to share them with!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kardamyli and sea kayaking on our free day - a great suggestion from our guide, Dafni! We got to kayak into caves and the water was so clear and blue. The beehive tombs of Mycenae were also incredible to see and explore!"

Edwin

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner on a terrace overlooking the harbor on Hydra."

Katherine

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much. Greece was more then I dreamed it was. Dafni our tour guide was amazing and truly made the experience top notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the starting line at Olympic field and then crossing the finish line."

David

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very active tour with a full, varied itinerary. The history of Greece is quite rich and extensive, but we also managed to experience many aspects of the culture (food, music, dancing). The tour is an accurate reflection of what Rick Steves describes on his programs and definitely met our expectations. Our fellow travelers were positive and enthusiastic. Our tour guide, Daphne, and assistant, Etelka, were great, as was our extremely capable driver, Christos. We liked all local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mycenaean gold and artwork were magnificent, but the view of the acropolis lit up at night is definitely a "wow" moment."

Marsha

Tour: 05/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The quality and experience of our tour was outstanding. Our guide, Maria, was so kind and knowledgeable she shared her thoughts and experiences with us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hydra....beautiful area."

Sherri

Tour: 05/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was full of fascinating ancient sites made more meaningful by our knowledgeable guide Maria and the local guides who shared all the significance and details of each site, its place in history and mythology, and the genius of those who built the sites. The food was amazing, the tour members so enjoyable, and as always a nice balance between group and free time. Much attention and care was given in ensuring our health and safety as we travel still in Covid times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were blown away by the engineering feat of the tholos or beehive tomb in Mycenae as well as the ruins of the fortifications of this Mycenaean city. To think that it was built in the 15th century BC and is still standing in spite of the earthquakes through the years is truly remarkable. The small museum on the site displays many items excavated from the site which added understanding of the significance of the site."

Ken

Tour: 05/21/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Tour guide was very well organized and knowledgeable. For my taste, we spent too much time in museums.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Clarity of the sea"

Julia

Tour: 05/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Better than expected. Enjoyed learning the Greek story; delicious lunches, dinners, beautiful towns and locations. Our guide, Maria, looked after us in every way. Our tour group members were all so great and friendly. Greek people were friendly too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. I think the story behind the creation of the Olympic games 3000 years ago, as well as seeing the ruins and the original Olympic stadium."

Martha

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our itinerary was well-planned and provided a great way to experience the "best of Greece." Our tour guide, Filippos, was outstanding, our bus driver, Panos, skillfully and safely transported us from site to site, and the 23 other people we traveled with were both interesting and easy-going.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ancient sites of Delphi, Olympia and Mycenae were highlights as expected. My favorite surprise was our visit to the ancient Byzantine city of Monemvasia (despite the helicopter dropping construction supplies at the upper village on the day of our visit, which unfortunately prevented us from making the climb to the top)."

Shane

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful trip except that I injured my leg part way through.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved all of it, but I especially enjoyed the illuminating commentary by the outstanding guides. The variety of scenery and location was so diverse and spot on for understanding Greece and its ancient history, mythology, and culture."

Raymond

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides, especially Filippos. They tell great stories and make the sites, the history and the country come alive. We were spoiled with the attention to detail, the planning, the extras (like drinks at dinner and the second happy hour), the beauty of the country, the depth and layers of history, the friendliness of the people, and more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Toss up between the history and site of Monemvasia, viewing the Acropolis from the top of the hotel while having drinks with new tour friends, Mycenae, Epidavros and Napflio."

Gail

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a well planned itinerary. Great balance between site visitations. Active due to terrains but not strenuous. The tour captured the flavour of Greece

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympia"

Karen

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Filippos, was outstanding. It was awesome to have someone who could take us to the remote small villages of his mother and father and have us share traditional meals in places his family has long enjoyed. Our group enjoyed so many delicious meals together served family style. We developed an appreciation for the many struggles the Greek people have endured over the centuries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I will never forget seeing the freshly caught octopus waiting to be cleaned on the dock of the restaurant. Or all the beautiful cats roaming the streets and restaurants. Or the breath taking views of the sea."

Debbie

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The educational aspect was wonderful. Our guide was so engaging and fun to listen to. Lots of museum tours which added so much to the experience. Our hotels were funky and clean and always welcoming. A great experience all around with amazing food and plenty of downtime if needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of Olympia and the Acropolis"

Debra

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. The one thing that sticks out in my mind is our group vegetarian lunch at the port of Limeni and the stunning colour of the water. I’ve never seen anything so beautiful. The boats looked as if they were floating on air."

Patricia

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 10th Rick Steves tour, and like the others it was outstanding. Our guide, Ioanna, was knowledgeable and took time to get to know each traveler personally. Excellent local guides as well. The tour offered a good survey of the Peloponnese/Athens without trying to cram too much into 14 days. It was fast-paced and rigorous, with lots of walking and climbing, but we expected this based on the tour description. If you like or want to like ancient history, this tour's for you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Where to start? I'd say stepping into history at Delphi & Olympia, but there were so many "wow" moments. The food was delicious & bountiful, the people gracious & welcoming, the landscape we traversed--simply breathtaking."

Brad

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Tour Guide...Ioanna Papakosa. She was a great facilitator, engaged our tour group, shared facts, history and personal experiences. Her enthusiasm for her job set the stage for an excellent adventure. Facilities...all of our facilities were wonderful. Meals were excellent and our hosts were gracious and sincere. We felt the charm of Greece in a real way. It was great to connect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Aegean Sea and then swimming in perfect water. Our time at Hydra was heavenly. What a great way to end the tour."

Suni

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience. Our tour guide was excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed everything. All the places that we visited had a unique charm . The people were super friendly ."

Richard

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding. It was made exemplary by our guide Loanna. She was absolutely a delight. Not only is she steeped in the history and culture of Greece but she was able to keep my interest throughout the tour. Although I was prepared for a rigorous tour, it was just about all I could handle. The accommodations were great for the most part. However, I thought the trek from the dock to the hotel in Hydra was a bit much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually, when I went up to the rooftop restaurant at the Hera Hotel on my first might in Athens, I was stunned by the view of the acropolis. It was really a great way to begin the tour."

Kathy

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded our expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hydra"

Tracy

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely nothing to find fault with on this trip. Great schedule, fantastic tour guide and driver. It was all perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"MONEMVASIA"

Richard

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th Rick Steves' tour and I would have to rate it at the top. Our guide, Ioanna, was exceptional!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of Olympia. I had no idea of the size and scale of the facilities for the athletes."

Sarah

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

5th RS tour. We visited WOW locations I did not know existed, and would not have seen but for RS.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many WOW moments for different reasons. Monemvasia, swimming the crystal clear Aegean Sea on Hydra, Acropolis at night, strolling Olympia, best open Gyro ever at Onion, Greek wine and Ouzo tasting in Nafplio, walking the Agora with RS app as our guide, and our Guide, Ioanna,"

Nancy

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fantastic tour. Lot’s of information the first few days but we kept seeing the sites that we had heard about at the beginning. It’s a very active tour with many hills and steps to climb so make sure you are in good physical shape. I think May was the perfect time to go, weather wasn’t too hot and lots of daylight

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Acropolis and the Parthenon was certainly a wow moment but seeing the ruins at Mycenae was also very impressive. But my favorite was Monemvasia with it’s active lower town and then climbing to the upper town ruins. You feel like you are going back in time."

Gabrielle

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Greece Tour was phenomenal! Our guide was THE best tour guide ever!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monemvasia! What a beautiful city. Climbing to the citadel and experiencing the Views of Greece was amazing!"

Kenneth

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing! The right combination of history, activity, laughter, and excellent companionship.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympia was my favorite. The stand in the starting blocks and “run” the stadium was incredible. One could visualize the gymnasium and the power of the races when conflicts were halted so the event could occur."

Deryl

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was all we expected and more. This was our fourth RS tour. Itinerary was great with an excellent balance, as always, of guided and free time. We enjoyed learning about the history of Ancient Greece and visiting the ancient sites both on our own and with our guides. Hotels were excellent and well located. Transportation was reliable and safe. Unfortunately our tour was affected by COVID which sadly resulted in fellow travellers having to leave the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the Parthenon at night from our roof top. Olympia was amazing! The theatre at Epidavros! No one was there!!! What acoustics! Those are the moments you only experience on a RS tour!"

Jennifer

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I tested positive for Covid on day five of the tour. My husband and I stopped our touring experience in Kardamyli, Greece, quarantining in the RS hotel. All in all, it was not a bad place to have to quarantine. RS tour guide got me (and several others who also tested positive) a nice doctor who came in person to check us out. She was extremely diligent and gave me confidence. I recovered in 5 days and continued on through Greece off the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Acropolis in Athens."

Daniel

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience with the tour was Rick Steves’ usual terrific! Although with a number of people dropping out because of Covid it was a bit stressful at times. Met a lot of great people on the tour and bonded well with all the folks that remained (about half) until the very end!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess the “wow” moments for me were all the great meals. The cooking class was terrific and the final meal was over the top! Just simply super."

Kathy

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was done with excellence as per usual with a Rick Steves tour! Our tour guide, Iris, was superb and handled the extenuating circumstances of Covid with expertise and grace. What a surprise to experience such a varied Greece! There were so many aspects of the country I’d not really heard much about: Naphlio, Mani Peninsula, etc. Great travelers to share the experience! Most were repeats. The meals were wonderfully delicious! I particularly enjoyed the cooking class and last din

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The meals! That last dinner was totally unbelievable… So delicious it almost made me cry.. The cooking class was really really fun!"

Christine

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour of Greece had lots of variety in the places we visited. Our hotels were good, better than Rick's warnings had led me to expect, and most of the places we dined were good. I enjoyed our tour leader, guides, and other participants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Acropolis lit up at night is spectacular. Nafplio at night was good, and the food and entertainment at the restaurant Mirsolou on our last night there was excellent. Arriving in Athens in time for the Sunday changing of the guard has led to a new fascination with men in skirts."

Max

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Appreciated the great guides interpreting the well-chosen signature sites throughout the trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Parthenon from its heights. Great food and Greek music at a restaurant in Nafplio"

Barbara

Tour: 05/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all we had exceptional & excellent leadership from Denae! (& Dafne) Denae went out of her way to arrange our schedule for optimal enjoyment.(Seeing places when crowds were lower.)Denae prepared us for each site in advance by sharing stories and information. Denae taught us some phrases so we could communicate & experience Greece first hand. We had wonderful traveling companions. Denae encouraged group bonding experiences. We had phenomenal weather. We also were given time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing the Delphi beauty (practically by ourselves) in the late evening complete with rainbow!"

G. Michael

Tour: 05/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A perfect Greek experience…exceptional guide Danae and assistant Dafni and driver Christos, and local guides, a perfect mix of ancient sites, mountain and seaside villages and towns, excellent themed meals, beautiful scenery, and GREAT group of fun loving fellow travelers, all made this a meaningful and memorable tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many candidates, but for me Ancient Olympia, where the games began."

James

Tour: 05/02/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall our tour of Greece was wonderfully better than expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The biggest Wow of the tour was our tour Director Danae Kousouri. She was a wonderful story teller and fabulous shepherd of our tour. Beyond this I enjoyed our experiences at Delphi and Monemvasia the most."

Claire

Tour: 05/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our guide, Danae. She entertained and informed us on the bus with stories from mythology that pertained to each area we visited and Dafni, her assistant, was able to answer questions on Greek flora and fauna. We felt the tour had the perfect mix of big cities along with mountain villages, as well as historical sites like Delphi. Fay, Penny, Patty and all the site specific guides were extraordinarily informative and interesting. Our group jelled quickly, and all wore masks where

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole tour was a wow moment. Seeing the Acropolis lit up at night fulfilled a lifetime dream"

Srikanth

Tour: 05/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides, nice tour group, way too much food

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Delphi"

Brian

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An amazing tour which perfectly blended beautiful Greek locations, ancient history and contemporary culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No single moment stands out… just a compilation of small unique experiences which yielded a sum greater than the whole."

Allan

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Some of the hotels were in need of reapirs two had showere that barely worked

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the entire trip was a wow moment we learned so many things it is hard to pick out just one"

Janice

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide, food and experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The way our guide brought Greece and the people to the trip."

Myron

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was amazing. The tour was well put toghether with a good balance of site seeing and meeting with locals. The tour quide (Apostolos) was outstanding. We were concerned as we re-enter the touring scene; however, everyone (including the locals) was considerate of each orher. THis was our 9th trip and I think it was the best one to date.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no single "wow" moment for me, rather the entire trip was a "wow" experience."

Emily

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour I learned an incredible amount about Greece and wish it had been longer!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mycenae, it amazed me walking through a 2500+ year old city"

Mary

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Greece tour was amazing because of the historical sites along with experiences and social interactions with people in smaller villages.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Hydra."

Daphne

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour took me to places I never would have gone otherwise. Amazing mountains with endless hairpin turns. I put my life in the hands of our most capable driver and enjoyed every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking over the mountains from Delphi and thinking about those people who had been there before me over thousands of years looking at the same amazing views."

Cindy

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our honeymoon. It was delayed because of Covid but turned out better in the end! The trip was amazing. I am a vegetarian and had no issues with plenty to eat at all the meals. Iris was an incredible guide and did an amazing job providing information about everything. It was great to get her perspective on things as well. I would love to go on another trip lead by Iris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough to say as there were so many. I really appreciated the guides at the museums who did an incredible job of providing the history and pointing out the items that were of the most historical meaning. Clearly they were all passionate about their work and not just reciting facts. There was a lot to see and while we didn’t stop to read every sign on every item I don’t feel like I missed anything as they did such a good job highlighting the important things."

Bambi

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had many changes due to Orthodox Easter and “May Day.” In spite of this it was a fantastic tour. Our tour guide rearranged things made sure we had a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to name."

Douglas

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was well planned and executed by the guide, Iris. Especially with two holidays in the mix.. THIs has been a consistent on all the Rick Steves tours I have been on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Hydra. No cars or bicycles. Just quiet. Could walk without worry about something coming from behind."

Suzanne

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the tour very much. Slightly disappointed about the effect the Greek Orthodox Easter and the May 1 holiday had on the tour. While we were aware there would be adjustments due to Easter, it affected the schedule more than we expected. Totally agree there were extras because of the adjusted schedule, but it seemed we had more free time than expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! The Parthenon, Olympia, the Byzantine churches......Iris was an excellent guide and each of the local guides were knowledgeable as well."

Claudette

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From seeing all the ancient sites to the great food and company, this trip was amazing. Iris, our guide, was excellent and very organized as she had to maneuver our activities through not one but two holidays- Easter and Labor Day. It was a very strenuous tour but thank goodness for that because we sure got fed so much!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kardamyli, our “vacation” from our vacation spot, was this gem of little town with a beautiful seaside, delicious food and friendly people. It was a nice respite from all our activities."

Nancy

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour despite the necessary COVID precautions that shadow travel these days. Iris was a wonderful tour guide, Panos was a very skillful driver, the accommodations were well chosen, the food was great, and our tour group was friendly and easy to get along with. Because our tour spanned both Orthodox Easter and the May 1 holiday, our itinerary had to be rearranged, but we were able to see and do almost everything that had been planned without inconvenience to us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many memorable moments seeing sculptures and ruins I’ve read about and realizing Greece’s impact on western civilization, but swimming in the Messenian Gulf, watching the sun set in Delphi, and relaxing near the harbor in Hydra were some of my favorite experiences."

Brian

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greece, with all its ancient sites, is an exciting country to visit. We had a wonderful time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monemvasia - every time we turned a corner in the little town, we had another lovely view!"

Glenn

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great RS tour in a stunning country with really friendly people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A tie: Being at the Parthenon and swimming in the Aegean."

Vivian

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a tour guide, Maria has everything that one can ask for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the whole trip"

Lilly

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've been a long time Rick Steves' fan, 11 years to be exact. However this is my 1st time on a Rick Steves' tour, as I'm usually rather skeptical toward tour groups and always plan my own travels (using Rick's tour books & audio guides, of course). This tour completely changed my view - I am totally impressed with the itinerary, the thoughtful planning of group vs. alone times, the amazing room and board, the fantastic guides and our driver, and the last but not least my fun fellow travelers!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There're certainly more than one such moments. Here's my top 3: 1. The amazing stay at Kardamily 2. Running with my fellow travelers at the Olympia Stadium 3. Maria's magical story-telling on Greek mythology and Greek history during our bus rides!"

Jane

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide , so full of Greek knowledge she shared many a good story , amazing scenery great bus driver !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the harbor at hydra"

Karen

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! Our guide, Maria, was outstanding and exceeded all expectations. She was knowledgeable, well organized, helpful and went out of her way to make the tour an unforgettable experience. The tour took us to places we'd never have found on our own - beautiful scenery, charming towns, incredible food, and exposure to local culture. While we covered a lot of territory, I wouldn't have wanted to skip any of it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "beehive" at Mycenae."

Donald

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Island of Hydra - so quaint"

Orilyn

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall experience of this tour was excellent!!I would not have changed a thing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each place had its ‘wow’ moments! The scenery, views, and especially the fragrant orange blossoms were all a highlight for me! Hydra was the climax to the trip and it topped all the rest with the delightful courtyard, the magnificent views on the hike, and the whole ambience of the Island! I truly loved it all!!"

Carolyn

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fell in love with Hreece

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention. Perfect tour"

Richard

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very good. My wife and I have done a lot oh independent travel so it was nice to let someone else do the bookings and planning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hydra. We could have easily have spent a week."

Daniel

Tour: 04/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent itinerary, with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, and comfy bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Good Friday Easter Procession from Monemvasia was fantastic!"

Evelyn

Tour: 04/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steves tour, and as expected, it was excellent! Filippos was a fantastic guide -- very enthusiastic and excited to share his knowledge and love of his country with us. It was awe-inspiring to visit so many of the ancient sites we had heard about, as well as those with which we were not familiar. Learning about modern Greek life and culture was also very interesting. There are several places we'd like to go back and visit again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many "wow" moments to choose from! Our favorite places and experiences were the little, out of the way places that only locals typically know about."

Gerald

Tour: 04/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience. Terrific guide! Fillipe’s was extremely knowledgeable. He went above and beyond.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Greek Orthodox Easter."

Virginia

Tour: 04/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Through out carefully orchestrated itinerary and fantastic, knowledgeable guide I gained a rich understanding and mew appreciation for Gree e and its history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Participating in Greek Easter traditions. A unique and moving experience."

Brenda

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour of Greece! Our tour group leader was amazing and the sites we saw were top notch. Food was excellent and plentiful. I don’t think it could have been managed any better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi - beautiful spot and weather that day. Amazingly old and awe inspiring. Also Hydra was a highlight for me with the donkeys, cats and no motors!"

David

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great sights, history, art and artifacts and great hiking opportunities. All led by a ferric guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first sighting of the Acropolis/Parthenon from our hotels rooftop bar. Loved Monemvasia and Hydra as well."

James

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned and professional guided. Everything was explained very well- even how not to get lost in some labyrinthian towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The clarity and vibrant blue of the Ionian Sea."

Patsy

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As we have come to expect from a Rick Steves tour, the entire experience was great! There was a mixture of modern cities and medieval villages; of history and current culture; of mountains and seashore; of group and solitary adventures; of museums, mythology, and ancient sites; and of guides whose knowledge helped tie together past and present-day Greece. Also, the food was wonderful, and the dance and cooking demonstrations were so much fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the Parthenon and reflecting on its history and the famous people who shaped its importance."

Kenneth

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every aspect of this tour was worth it, from the wonderful planning of the route, to the choice of points of interest, to the hotels and meals, to the choice of local guides, to the splendid narratives of our learned main tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our main tour guide, Anastasia, was both learned and an expert in conveying that learning through story telling. She made the culture and legacy of Greece to the world come alive, by telling stories that connected the Greek myths with the geographic and archeological sites."

Tina

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned with enthusiastic guides and tour members

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to name just one. But possible it was looking at artifacts from 14th century BC"

Kathy

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Anastasia was an excellent, informative and fun guide who made the trip very special. Every site that we visited was outstanding. If she tells you to wear your "excavation" shoes, please listen to her advice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved my time spent on the island of Hydra. It was stunning."

Daniel

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The passion that each of the guides had for Greece and its story really helped make us part of the country, and not just tourists.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the Ancient Agora in Athens thinking that Socrates, Pluto, and Aristotle had been in the same spot."

Richard

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful and life fulfilling. Greece is the most beautiful country I’ve ever been too. All the tour guides were amazing and knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being out in nature. Taking in all the natural splendor Greece has to offer."

Gerald

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It felt really great to go touring again after 2/12 years of Covid seclusion. Good food, good wine, very friendly tour members, an enthusiastic guide, and a beautiful country...a very enjoyable re-introduction to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No real "knock-your-socks-off" moment. The Acropolis/Parthenon was quite impressive, as was the cog train ride up the Vouraikos Gorge."

George

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour with Apostolos Douras was a nearly perfect combination of culture, history, art, and cuisine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mycenae archeological site was a complete and overwhelming surprise in the sense that I knew about Agamemnon from the Iliad, but the realization that he lived and was not a storybook character was striking."

Sally

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Apostolos was the best guide we have encountered in ten Rick Steves tours. We had 18 in our tour group which added to our most positive experience. I felt the need to go to Greece to be a better educated person. Besides learning a great deal at the ancient sites we had fun and I can hardly wait to return to Greece.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"2 nights in Kardamyli and 2 nights in Monemvassia were among my WOW moments because before the tour I was unfamiliar with both & enjoyed these locations and can hardly wait to return. The hike through the lower and upper towns of Monemvassia on my way to Hagia Sophia (12th C) was spectacular full of wildflowers at foot level and blue blue Agean Sea as far as the eyes could see. At times Hagia Sophia was under Ottoman rule & a mosque & when under Ventician rule a monasttery."

Ken

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic tour. The tour members were friendly and welcoming and our tour guide, Apostolos was outstanding. We were very pleased with all the hotels and group event restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing ancient Olympia and Mycenae was inspiring and thought provoking. Hydra was a relaxing and delightful stop at the end of the tour."

Miriam

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

When trying to describe my overall experience, the first thing that comes to my mind is our Guide, Apostolos Douras. He was knowledgeable, organized, patient, personable. He responded to every challenge with good humor and professionalism. He made the trip the wonderful experience it was.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was learning a little Greek from our Guide, Apostolos. He gave us a "cheat sheet" that included several greetings, numbers, thank you. He told us how the locals would appreciate the effort. My "wow" moment was when locals really did respond with a smile or a chuckle at my "efharisto!""

David

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Love the entire tour. Our guide, Apostolos, was wonderful. He led us on many adventurous hikes and constantly surprised the group with his many "pleasant surprises"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mycenean Beehive Tomb, Lion Gate, and the view from the Mycenean Acropolis. I admired the history and also the many beautiful statues, coins, and artworks. Finishing the tour at the museum in Athen gave us a better appreciation of the Mycenean culture and accomplishments"

Laura

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an exceptional group of people who were so much fun to travel with, and an excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on top of the Acropolis after 2.5 years at home waiting for a pandemic to end."

Scott

Tour: 04/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was Fantastic!!!! We were blessed with great weather and we had a very good group. Our guide, Danae, was awesome, she brought energy and enthusiasm to all aspects of the tour. All the local guides we had were very good as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Almost every day was a wow moment for me. One thing that really stands out was all the wild flowers that were blooming and to see those flowers at the ancient sites was really amazing. All, the hiking opportunities also brought many wow moments as well."

Shelley

Tour: 04/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredible tour! Two weeks later, I'm still on a vacation zen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a WOW! At one point, I thought 'tomorrow will not be as good as today. How can the tour top this?' Boy was I wrong."

Pamela

Tour: 04/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide; quality hotels, meals; cultural experiences fun and lively; gracious Greeks; lovely scenery and wonderful ancient sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being at Olympia on my birthday!"

Tim

Tour: 04/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Danai Kousouri was an exceptional guide and leader. Overall the tour brought ancient Greek history to life for me primarily because of Danai and the other site specific guides: Faye, Penny, others. Danai presented modern Greece to us. The 'special events', folk dancing, folk music, cooking class, were well presented and fun experiences. I for one enjoyed seeing the countryside from the bus, mountains, seas, wildflowers, and olive trees. Tour restaurants were very good and lodging exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was at the National Archaeological Museum. With Danai's help guiding me to Room 38, I saw the remarkable Antikythera Mechanism."

Susan

Tour: 04/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We trusted your organization and definitely our guide, Danai, who didn't let us down in a period of Covid travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being at the Parthenon in person - Husband/ For Susan, wow moments experienced all the time, every day."

Marie

Tour: 04/02/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very informative we saw a life too much time on the bus where I to spend more days in one place

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I will visit to hydra"

Veronica

Tour: 04/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour allowed us to see the Greece we have dreamed about - ancient ruins and history, charming towns in the mountains or seaside with visually stunning beach views. And the engaging commentary of our tour guide, Denae, with her knowledge of history, Greek mythology and her own personal experience only enhanced our first group tour. Denae showed confidence with the details of her job, made us laugh, listened and always went the extra mile.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are many - but the "40" minute walk to Vlychos Beach, which turned into an hour plus walk because of the gorgeous views from the path that we just had to stop and take photos, And at the end, Brunch Greek Style at the Taverna Marina - only ones in the restaurant - with fresh baked bread, fresh calamari, fresh Barbounia etc. served by Christos."

Rita

Tour: 04/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Visiting Greece was an amazing experience! I was in all of the beauty of the whole country and the experience of visiting so many historical ancient sites. Our guides were very knowledgeable and had a way of making each place interesting and intriguing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was entering a hotel room and finding that our balcony overlooked the beautiful Aegean Ocean! It was heavenly!"

Edward

Tour: 03/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An insightful & fun introduction to the Greece of today and of ancient times. Our guide, Maria, was fabulous. Our tour group was composed of the curious, intrepid & positively minded folks that are attracted to Rick Steves’ ventures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our trip coincided perfectly with the spring blossoming of trees & wildflowers, adding a special beauty to the landscape & archeological sites."

Linda

Tour: 03/28/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very happy with our tour. I was part of the group that had several members need to leave due to testing positive for Covid. It was difficult but handled who well by our tour leader and the company, so we still enjoyed! Maria was very thoughtful in her handling of the situation and she was excellent in her role.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say...there were quite a few. Delphi was a highlight. Wonderful tour guide there. Also loved the little seaside hotel with the giant breakfast tray....what a wonderful spot!"

Karrie

Tour: 03/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves tour exceeded expectations on all fronts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The abundant wildflowers everywhere on the Peloponnese were a real surprise!"

Don

Tour: 03/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the overall experience was memorable. Our guide, bus driver, Itinerary and hotels made the whole trip. The free time gave us a chance to catch our breath and explore. You could eliminate the one night hotels, however I can see that would be difficult to stay in the 'mountain' towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountains and scenery. We have been to Greece several times, 7+/-, and never realized that it had such beauty."

Lynn

Tour: 03/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 3rd RS tour. It exceeded my expectations in every way. There was a lot of focus on ancient Greek history, but also on current social and cultural issues. As usual, the itinerary was quite varied: mountainside villages, seaside paradises, island resorts, and museums and archeological wonders. 7 members of our group tested positive for Covid on day 9. Our wonderful guide Maria's leadership turned what could have been a catastrophe into just part of an amazing adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Always so hard to pin down. The "beehive" tomb at Mycenae was named for its shape. But when our small group entered it early in the morning I was overwhelmed by the buzzing of the actual bees that called it home. That, plus its shear size and the fact that it was constructed 3000 years ago, dwarfed any of my temporary concerns. I believe that my most enduring memories will be of cats, wildflowers and the food!!"

Diane

Tour: 03/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour and sites but due toCOVID I only experienced 1/2 the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking in to the original Olympia athletic stadium"

Debbie

Tour: 03/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour allowed us to see and learn about many ancient sites in an organized and efficient manner - we wouldn't have seen so many sites on our own. The tour guide, Anastasia, was fabulous and along with a fun tour group enhanced the experience. Greek history, food, music, dance and of course those Greek sweets were all included and enjoyed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ancient site, ancient site, and ancient site was a wow, wow and wow! The Acropolis views from Athens never got old!"

Linda

Tour: 03/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw all I had wanted to and more. The two free days were great. I wish I had brought hiking poles for some of the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Anastasia! She was terrific, so knowledgeable, so much fun, able to cope with a sailors’ strike — she made it look easy."

Kim

Tour: 03/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My expectations were very high but the reality was so, so much more!! Our guide Anastasia, driver Christos, and learning guide Nikki were outstanding, with fabulous information and insight, always going above and beyond, offering historic and current details. The hotels were great, the meals fantastic, the other tour folk pleasant, engaged and just plain fun to be around. While I've been a fan of Rick Steves for years, this is my first RS tour and it certainly won't be my last! Hats off RS team!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just seeing the age and history of so many things and sites. The homes and spaces under the Acropolis Museum after everything inside and outside was amazing. Seeing sewage pipes from 3,500 BC blew me away!"

Lisa

Tour: 03/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WhatExceeded expectations in virtually every respect, and expectations were very high to begin with. Our tour director, Annastcia (sp??) was absolutely outstanding. Knowledgeable, warm and personable, excellent communicator and story teller, sense of humor, just a joy to be with. Hard to imagine having a good overall tour experience if the tour director was just so-so. Hotels, bus, sites, local guides, food, all excellent. Free days much appreciated. Amount of walking/climbing was okay.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi and Olympia were my favorite tours. Excellent local guides at those sites. Entering Olympic stadium through the tunnel was definitely a “wow” moment. Traveling through the mountains was almost a continuous “wow” experience. We saw the Parthenon for the first time at night from the base of the Acropolis before the tour actually started. An unforgettable “wow” moment. Every one of the museums had “wow” moments, especially the archeology museum in Nafplio."

Bill

Tour: 03/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary, guide, food and new friemds

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick one..................I really enjoyed Hydra Island"

Anita

Tour: 03/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We covered alot of ground, physically and in terms of history. The trip and information thru our guide allowed us to understand even more than we had before how much western civilization owes to the ancient Greeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi. Had no idea the oracles were "sniffing glue" (my interpretation). And visiting the actual location of ancient Olympic Games. Amazing."

Linda

Tour: 03/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous guides. Amazing food. Breathtaking scenery with fabulous Spring flowers! I learned a lot about Greek history, archeology & mythology.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one! The Acropolis, the Mani Penisula, climbing the "rock" of Monemvasia, cooking class & the Island of Hydra all stand out for me."

Cristy

Tour: 03/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Filippos was a wonderful guide - always striving to give information, context, and a connection to the people and customs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Athen's Acropolis in person!"

Charles

Tour: 03/21/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour was a very good way to experience Greece for the first time, and especially during COVID. We felt very safe the entire time. The tours were good with really good local guides. But the best part about our tour was our guide, Fillipos, who brought the places we visited to life with great stories and personal insight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our "wow" moment was being at the Acropolis on a sunny, but very cold and windy day. While the wind and cold kept a lot of people away, we were dressed for it and really enjoyed exploring the site with very few other tourists around!"

Barbara

Tour: 03/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Filippos, our tour guide, was delightfully knowledgeable about the history and culture of Greece from pre-history to modern. His knowledge and enthusiasm led our adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite moment-Mystras, in the ancient church when our guide Georgios explained the ancient frescoes, told us of his priest father, turned his back to us and began a rich, baritone Gregorian type chant. The dome echoed his voice. Our group was stunned into silence. Then he turned to us and said, “that was not me singing; that was the voice of my father.” The local guides on our tour were uniformly gifted."

John

Tour: 03/21/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really good gluten free food!"

Peter

Tour: 03/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding as always -- great guide, excellent food, wonderful intinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the stadium at Ancient Olymplia."

Peter

Tour: 03/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time despite weather being colder and windier than anticipated. Apostolos Douras is an excellent guide, and managed schedule changes due to poor weather conditions with aplomb. Very informative and enjoyable tour around Greece.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wasn't one "wow" moment, but several. The ancient sites we visited and associated museums came alive throughout he efforts of the local guides, and overall the scenery and food were impressive. We also enjoyed the Greek people, who welcomed us to their country."

Lynne

Tour: 03/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour is well planned. The sites and guides were amazing. So much great food. The hotels were great with the exception of one. The tour guide was organized & maintained a schedule. Plenty of free time. We were immersed in the Greek culture. So many great memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first day of the tour in Athens. I have wanted to visit Greece for as long as I can remember and I couldn't believe that I was going on a tour that exceeded my expectations."

Suzanne

Tour: 03/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Apostolos was extremely thoughtful and organized and developed a comraderie in our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide at Delphi provided insights into the writings and prophesies which caused me to try to learn a little more about oracular statements from Delphi."

Meta

Tour: 03/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very pleased with the tour. No complaints

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the bus. Being able to see the country was important to me"

Gloria

Tour: 03/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful guide, fellow travelers, hotels, tours, meals and ancient sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our off itinerary strolls with Apostolos to meet the locals and discover the real people of Greece."

Robert

Tour: 03/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent! Our guide, Apostolos Douras, was outstanding. The tour itenerary was excellent taking us to some off-the-beaten track locations. I feel we saw the ancient highlights (outstanding) and met some really nice people, mostly thanks to Apostolos.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but I think wrapping the tour up at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens was my major "wow" moment. To see so many amazing artifacts taken from many of the sites we visited further increased my appreciation of ancient Greece. An amazing culture!"

Karmen

Tour: 03/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful and well organized tour with a unique land based itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"See "The Charioteer" at the museum in Delphi."

Susan

Tour: 03/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. We are independent travelers, but we felt that Greece presented some challenges, especially during the pandemic. We spent several days in Athens before the courtesan to acclimate ourselves. Our tour group was small-11 tourists and 2 guides--but that made us flexible and possibly safer from contagion. While it was colder than we expected it to be the sun managed to be present when we were visiting the sites. When the tour ended we were ready to start again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have 2 wow moments, although almost every day produced a wow moment. Delphi was magical. We drove through snow to get there, but when we arrived the sun came out. The thought of the 1000s of people that had visited the site in history was mind-boggling. My second wow was seeing Miltiades' helmet at Olympia."

Mary

Tour: 03/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip, new friends and warm memories made. Phillipos was fantastic. Idris was a wonderful addition to our tour. Loved learning about everyone’s experiences with Rick Steve’s and touring in Europe. There was a hotel in the town outside of Olympia that the shower facility was too small and quite awkward. Everything else was really fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monemvasia and Napflia"

Jack

Tour: 03/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guide, small group , overall experience was above par , this was my 8th trip ,one of the best !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the grounds of the Olympic Games ,taking the fried can only image what it must have been like sacred"

Anne

Tour: 03/07/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was an unusual tour for many reasons. We were the first Greece tour since Covid began. We only had 11 tour members on our tour. We were the guides' first tour group in 2 years. The hotels were welcoming us after many months of no guests. AND, it was extremely cold for Greece and even snowed. Because it was early March and so cold, many local businesses were closed. On top of that, we had a wind storm in Hydra that forced us to leave early so that we wouldn't miss our flights out of Athens.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. Overall I was very impressed with the depth of knowledge of our guides, especially Fillipo. It was like taking a college course. Also I had no idea that Greece was so scenic with snow capped mountains! Events that stood out are the dinner/music in Nafplio, exploring the charming town of Monemvasia, seeing the ruins of the first Olympics, and sharing Greek desserts with our fellow travelers! A "wow" that wasn't so great, some of our hotels didn't have heat and I slept in my jacket!"

Joseph

Tour: 03/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In spite of highly unusual weather (no way to predict such things) our experience was simply outstanding! From superb guides to unique experiences and venues from start to finish, it would have been impossible for us to craft such a rich and rewarding experience ourselves - and we typically plan our own travel. This was our first tour experience and I think it may have spoiled us for any others we may try!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi was a haunted place that spoke to me on a very deep level. Being there was a spiritual and magical experience."

When To Go & Weather

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

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

Flights

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

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

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